When putting together the schedule for the first half of the season, Hampton Bays wrestling head coach Rafael Lievano said he wanted to schedule a lot of matches against a variety of teams to get his inexperienced team some much needed mat time.
On Saturday, the Baymen visited Harborfields High School to participate in the Steve J. Mally Memorial Tournament, and while Lievano only brought half the team, he was able to take home a champion in Oskar Ramirez who won the 145-pound weight class.
“He had a phenomenal day,” Lievano said of Ramirez. “Everything was working for him. He really wrestled tough all day long.”
Tim Jordan (140) placed fifth at the tournament, while one of Lievano’s newcomers, Luis Castro (285), placed sixth.
On December 10, Hampton Bays hosted Centereach for a match the Baymen lost 54-15.
Ben Tarpey (171) was the only Bayman wrestler who won by pin. He defeated Centereach’s Eric Brunig.
“Tarpey did well,” Lievano said. “He looked pretty good being down a weight class from last year. It was the first time down at that weight and if 171 works out for him and he can do it consistently then he might do that all year.”
Jordan won by decision defeating Centereach’s Matt Seidel 8-1 while fellow Bayman Michael Borretto (125) rounded out Hampton Bays’ scoring with a win by forfeit.
“Tim did really well,” Lievano said. “He wrestled 145 while last year he was at 119 so he was a bunch of weight classes up. He’s been real committed this year and he definitely wants to do well. He’s just trying to figure out his weight.”
Lievano said he could not be disappointed with any of his wrestlers since it was the first match of the season and many of them are still trying to find their weight.
“We had no idea what they’d be like coming in,” Lievano said of Centereach. “A lot of the guys weren’t at the right weight yet. We were just looking to fill spots so we didn’t have to forfeit any matches.”
Hampton Bays forfeited just two matches in the 112 and 215 weight classes.
Billy Altman (152) wrestled a very tough match in which he lost 8-6 in overtime to Centereach’s Danny Walsh.
“It was just a quick move and that’s it,” Lievano said, “sometimes that’s all it takes. It was a good learning experience for him. He was hoping he wasn’t going to lose early in the season, but when you lose early in the season it’s a good wake up call for you.”
Ramirez, trying to wrestle down a weight class at 140, was pinned by Centereach’s Andre Gil. Lievano said he didn’t have his usual quickness and strength and actually came out of the match a little dehydrated, an after effect from trying to make weight.
Hampton Bays had a dual meet at home against Miller Place on Wednesday. The Baymen will be hosting the Doc Fallot Tournament at Hampton Bays High School on Saturday, which will start at 10 a.m.