The Southampton wrestling team was led by three wrestlers at the Mattituck Tournament on Saturday.
Southampton senior Julius Anglickas was once again champion at the 215-pound weight class. Anglickas pinned Connetquot’s Mike Danillo in 56 seconds in the championship round. Eighth-grader Nick Alessandrini placed second, dropping his final match to Nick Accardi of Rocky Point by a 4-3 decision and senior Khomari Moses placed second after being pinned in 3:03 by Mattituck’s Sean Heaney, who was ranked sixth in Division I as of January 18.
Southampton head coach Ryan McCready said Anglickas took control of match with a quick take down. While Danillo was on his back, Anglickas put him in a half nelson but couldn’t get his opponent’s shoulder all the way down for the pin, so Anglickas then went to a reverse half nelson and the match was over.
Other than his semifinal match against Miles Farrell of Rocky Point, Anglickas made quick work of his opponents and showed everyone why he will be a force to be reckoned with at the county tournament coming up on February 13.
“I wouldn’t say it was real easy,” McCready said of the competition Anglickas faced at the Mattituck Tournament. “Rocky Point is tough, Riverhead is tough, Connetquot is tough. There were a lot of good teams there. I don’t think the competition is so easy. I just think Julius is a step above the competition.”
As for Alessandrini and Moses, McCready was happy with their results.
“Both Nick and Khomari had a great day, especially in their earlier matches,” he said. “Nick is really coming alive. Even though they lost in the finals, they both had really good days.”
The rest of the team was unable to place. Most of the other wrestlers are inexperienced who are either wrestling for the first time or haven’t wrestled in a few years.
“These guys are busting their butts for me each week,” McCready said. “I thought it was a tough tournament. It was the biggest tournament by far with 10 teams. They’re not going out there and laying down. Unfortunately, with an inexperienced team they’re getting edged out by better wrestlers.”
The Mariners won a duel meet at Stony Brook on Friday by a 42-34 score.
Alessandrini pinned Stony Brook’s William Tseng in 1:51, while Moses also pinned his opponent. Anglickas pinned Jun Suk Kim in 1:34, while Papa Bullock (130) pinned Joon Park in 18 seconds. Erin Simmons at 145 pounds pinned Mick Kim in 1:01, and Ahtuk Collins (160) pinned Henry Hwang in 5:04. Joe Dosch (125) and Adam Gravano (140) both won their matches by decision with Dosch winning 12-8 over James Jenden and Gravano taking an 8-4 win over Kenny Ruddick.
Southampton has now wrestled in six tournaments—the maximum allowed—this season. It will practice with a couple of teams this week to get ready for the county tournament. The Mariners visited Riverhead on Monday, will be at Mattituck on Thursday and will be at Shoreham-Wading River on Saturday.