The Hampton Bays wrestling team split a pair of League VII matches and competed in a tough tournament at Mattituck High School last week, with several wrestlers coming up with strong performances each time they took to the mat.
The Baymen suffered a 46-21 loss to Babylon, one of the top teams in the league, on January 21 at home before taking care of Mercy in Riverhead on Friday in a contest where only five matches were wrestled. The following day, the Baymen competed in a tournament at Mattituck that included some of the best Division I teams in Suffolk County.
Against Babylon, freshman Josiah Hoshyla (125 pounds), senior Timmy Jordan (135) and junior Oskar Ramirez (145) picked up wins, with Hoshyla and Jordan pinning their opponents while Ramirez was able to grind out a 10-8 overtime victory. At 112 pounds, freshman Joe LaFace suffered an 11-2 loss; at 119 pounds, Ryan Dargan lost a 6-4 decision; at 130 pounds Andre Fiahlo, just returning from an injury, was downed 4-2; at 140 pounds, Dylan Flynn was pinned and Zach Catz (152), Dylan Rogers (160) and Ben Tarpey (171) were all pinned. Hampton Bays forfeited at 103 and 215 pounds while Babylon forfeited at 189 pounds.
Hampton Bays head coach Rafael Lievano said he did not expect to beat Babylon but was pleased to see several of his wrestlers come up with strong individual efforts. He praised Hoshyla, who has moved down one weight class to 125 pounds, and also credited Jordan with his continued consistency.
“Josiah has been doing really well,” Lievano said. “He had been at 130, but we also have Andre at 130 so we’ve been shifting people around. He’s young and he’s starting to wrestle well, which is good for him.”
Jordan has been the most consistent wrestler for Hampton Bays and got another nice win against Babylon. Ramirez didn’t have his best effort of the year, according to Lievano, but the coach said he was happy to see him get the victory.
“He wasn’t himself and he hurt his shoulder in the match,” Lievano said. “But the most important thing is that he won.”
Fiahlo was hampered by fatigue and soreness in his close loss, due to the fact that he’s been out with an injury for several weeks and is just starting to work his way back to top form.
“He’s been practicing like he normally does, working really hard in the room,” Lievano said. “He was just really sore that day, but there’s no quit in him; he’s a tough kid.”
The match against Mercy was over in the blink of an eye, as only five matches were contested due to a bevy of forfeits by the Monarchs.
LaFace suffered a loss at 112 pounds and Hampton Bays won the other four matches, with Hoshyla, Flynn, Oskar Ramirez and Catz all pinning their opponents.
The following day, the Baymen faced some of the toughest teams on Long Island, including Division I powerhouses Rocky Point, Connetquot, Riverhead and North Babylon as well as host Mattituck and league rival Center Moriches.
Four Baymen wrestlers placed at the tournament, with Oskar Ramirez taking third, Juan Ramirez (112) taking fourth and both Catz and Tarpey taking sixth.
Oskar Ramirez battled county-ranked wrestler Ryan Connell of Mattituck and was down just one point in the third period before making a mistake that caused him to get pinned. Still, Lievano was proud of his effort.
“He wrestled Connell in the finals of the Doc Fallot Tournament and Connell beat him pretty bad,” Lievano said. “This time, we came up with a strategy and in the end, he just made a mistake and got caught. He’s still got a lot to learn but he’s going to be strong this year and maybe even win the county. He’s one of my leaders and everybody is counting on him to do well, so that’s a lot of pressure. But if he believes he’s as good as he is, he will be much better.”
The Baymen were scheduled to host Stony Brook on Tuesday and will host Center Moriches on Friday at 4 p.m. to close out the League VII dual meet season. They will compete in a tournament at Northport High School on Saturday.