The Southampton wrestling team kept busy last week with two League VII matches and a dual meet tournament in Comsewogue on Saturday.
The Mariners lost both of their league meets, 57-15 at home against Center Moriches on January 13 and 36-24 at Hampton Bays on Friday. While Southampton only won one of its dual meet matches in Comsewogue on Saturday—a 39-33 win over Ward Melville’s B team—many wrestlers on the team came away with impressive victories over tough opponents.
Julius Anglickas (215 pounds) won a 10-4 decision over West Babylon’s Marvin Titus-Cassius at the dual meet tournament. Titus-Cassius, who usually wrestles in the 189-pound weight class, is ranked second in Division I.
“He’s definitely a good wrestler,” Southampton head coach Ryan McCready said. “It was a good win.”
Anglickas picked up another win, this time via pin against Chris Gibbs of Comsewogue’s B squad in his only other match of the tournament.
Nick Alessandrini (103) did well at the tournament, splitting his matches 2-2. He pinned West Babylon’s Brandon Rodriguez and Ward Melville’s Connor Palmari while both of his losses were close, a 10-8 loss to the Comsewogue A squad’s Anthony Russo and a 6-5 loss to the Comsewogue B squad’s Nick Wiggers.
“That last match came right down to the end,” McCready said of Alessandrini’s match against Wiggers. “Even the matches he lost it was not like he got his butt kicked. I would say he’s the future of the program and I’m pretty happy I have him going through four more years.”
Khomari Moses (171) went 3-1 at the tournament, winning 8-2 over James Mitsos of Comsewogue A team’s, 7-4 over Ward Melville’s Eric Tangen, and winning by technical fall (15-0) against his Comsewogue B opponent.
“3-1 is pretty good,” McCready said. “I thought he did well.”
In the team’s win against Ward Melville’s B team, Adam Gravano (140), Erin Simmons (145) and Solomon Assis all won by pins to go along with Moses’ decision to account for the Mariners’ 39 points.
One wrestler who stood out to McCready at the tournament was Gilbere Bertaut at 135 pounds. While Bertaut didn’t win any of his matches, he still wrestled hard and has been improving throughout the weeks according to his coach.
“He’s very new to the sport. This is his first year wrestling,” McCready said. “He wanted to get in shape and he could get that done working with the team. He doesn’t complain. He does everything I ask and he’s definitely improving.”
In the League VII meets, the Mariners had to face a tough Center Moriches team and then battled Hampton Bays. Against the Red Devils, Moses won an 11-8 decision over Brenden Estes, while Anglickas picked up a quick pin in 51 seconds over Red Devil Leo Jendral.
The Hampton Bays match was more competitive with Southampton picking up four wins. Alessandrini won by pin over Bayman Aaron Perkins in 36 seconds, while Moses won a 16-5 decision over Bayman Ben Tarpey. Mariner David Begy (189) pinned Bayman Conor Curtis in 1:59, and Assis pinned Dylan Rogers in 33 seconds.
With just a few matches and tournaments left before the county tournament on February 13, McCready will be scheduling scrimmages against local teams to get his wrestlers ready. Shoreham/Wading River, Westhampton Beach, Riverhead, East Hampton and Mattituck are all teams McCready is looking to practice with.
“It’s just going to be practice and a lot of live wrestling,” he said. “Hopefully I can get these guys good competition.”
Southampton will be at Stony Brook on Friday for a League VII meet at 4:30 p.m. and will be at Mattituck for a tournament the following day at 9:30 a.m.