The Hampton Bays wrestling team had what would qualify as a very good weekend on the mats, beating a crosstown League VII rival in a dual meet at home on Friday before winning the Sorenson Tournament at Long Island Lutheran High School on Saturday.
The weekend started under the spotlight in the Hampton Bays gym, where the Baymen defeated league foe Southampton 36-24, improving to 1-1 in league meets. Prior to beating the Mariners, the Baymen were downed 41-18 at Port Jefferson on January 13.
Against the Mariners, Bayman Juan Ramirez (112 pounds) pinned Dylan McKay in 2:27, and Tim Jordan (135) won with a pin in 2:19. At 140 pounds, Dylan Flynn beat Mariner Adam Gravano 8-2, and at 145 pounds, Oskar Ramirez beat Erin Simmons 9-0. Zach Catz (152) won by pin in 3:01, and the Baymen received the rest of their points due to forfeits by the Mariners. Hampton Bays forfeited at 215 pounds to Mariner standout Julius Anglickas.
Of the three matches Hampton Bays head coach Rafael Lievano expected to be the most hard fought, the Baymen emerged victorious in two of them. Flynn beat a quality wrestler in Gravano, who was a county place winner last year, while Oskar Ramirez’s win over Simmons—who placed second at the county meet last year—was a strong win as well. At 171 pounds, Mariner Khomari Moses got the better of Ben Tarpey in a 14-5 decision.
Lievano was happy with the way Oskar Ramirez wrestled and gave credit to Moses for getting past Tarpey, one of Hampton Bays’ better wrestlers.
“Oskar looks really good; he had a good match,” he said. “We lost a tough one at 171. Moses has been wrestling really well.”
At the Sorenson Tournament, the usual strong core led the Baymen to the overall tournament win, which Lievano said was a nice confidence booster. The tournament included mostly smaller squads like the Baymen, but a good number of teams attended the event. Missing from the mats on that day however, was the host LI Lutheran squad, which is currently battling a breakout of MRSA staph infection.
The absence of the usually strong team helped open the door to the Baymen. Five wrestlers advanced to the finals in their respective weight classes for Hampton Bays, with the Ramirez brothers taking first place, while Josiah Hoshyla (130), Jordan and Tarpey all finished second. Catz and Ryan Dargan (119) each finished fourth overall.
“It was a great tournament for us,” Lievano said. “There were really no big teams. We only brought nine guys. But we usually place second or third at this tournament, so it was nice to win.”
The Baymen couldn’t come out on top against Port Jefferson, a team that along with Babylon and Center Moriches is expected to battle for the Division II team title at the county tournament. Flynn had the biggest win of the day for Hampton Bays, prevailing 3-2 in triple overtime. In the first overtime session—a one-minute, sudden-death frame—neither wrestler could score, leading to consecutive 30- second overtime sessions. After a coin flip, one wrestler chooses which position he’d like to start in and if he scores, the other wrestler—after choosing his position—must also score in the next 30-second session or the match is over. In the third overtime, Flynn’s opponent chose the down position and Flynn was able to ride him out to secure the victory.
Lievano said that he didn’t expect his team to take the overall victory against the Royals, but that Flynn’s exciting individual effort made the match feel like a success.
“I told him after the match was over that just by him winning, it made the 45-minute trip to Port Jeff worth it,” he said.
Jordan won a 5-0 decision for the Baymen, Oskar Ramirez won by pin in 2:49 and Tarpey won with a pin in 6:56 to account for the other Baymen victories. Juan Ramirez suffered a tough 8-6 loss at 112 pounds.
The Baymen have been without the services of injured Billy Altman (152), and Lievano said he is unsure if the senior will be able to make a return this season.
The Baymen were scheduled to host Babylon on Wednesday and will visit Mercy on Friday for a 4 p.m. match.