Sophomores Trey Aslanian and Sky Korek led the Panthers to an impressive second place finish at the 29th Annual Edgemont Invitational Wrestling Tournament this past Saturday.
In the crowded 19-team field, the largest in tournament history, the Panther?s pulled away from the pack and led the tournament up until the championship finals when they were just edged out by Mamaroneck.
Even more impressive was the fashion in which the Panthers recorded such a strong performance ? with only 2 finalists, Korek at 96 pounds and Aslanian at 103. The Panthers showed their true dominance with a balanced performance from their entire line-up, and had 11 of their 17 wrestlers (14 of which were freshmen and sophomores) place in the Top 6 of their respective weight classes. With the double entry format, some of these weight classes were as large as 24 wrestlers.
Other place winners for the Panthers included 4th place finishes for junior captains Max Abramsky (112) and Danny Kornberg (215) and sophomores Jack McCormack (135) and Ross Kantor (145). Also finishing in the top 6 were junior Pete Berman (135), sophomores Mike Rothstein (140) and Oliver Oks (160) and freshmen Tyler Aslanian (96) and Will Graybeal (119).
Amongst the many great wins for Edgemont were Jack McCormack?s overtime win over 2010 Sectional Placewinner Keith Griffith of Woodlands. McCormack gave up an early takedown in the first period and was ridden out by Griffith, who then scored an escape in the 2nd period. McCormack, down 3-0, chose bottom in the 3rd period. After managing his own escape, McCormack continued to push the pace, continually wearing down his opponent. McCormack?s tenacity paid off as he scored his own takedown with only seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. McCormack continued his relentless attack in overtime scoring the winning takedown and a 5-3 victory.
Berman also had his own impressive victory in the consolation semi-finals over Pearl River?s Rob Gullo. After giving an early lead to Gullo, Berman kept battling. He found himself on his feet, down by 3 in the third period. Berman smothered Gullo with his continuous offensive attacks until he finally scored with 30 seconds left on the clock. Berman immediately cut Gullo loose giving him a one-point escape and putting himself down by two. Berman?s offense continued and the efforts paid off as he dominantly took down Gullo straight to his back to score a two-point takedown and two backpoints just as time expired. This gave Berman an impressive 9-7 come-from-behind victory.