Cody Nolan, Lucas Kraus and Ralph Oswald all appear poised to lead this season’s Hampton Bays wrestling team after their performances at the Doc Fallot Memorial Dual Meet Tournament on Saturday at Hampton Bays High School.
Nolan and Kraus have now put together back-to-back impressive weekends, also having done well at the Sprig Gardner Tournament in East Hampton two weeks ago. But Oswald emerged as a candidate to make some noise in the county this season after a good performance this past weekend.
Oswald (152 pounds) pinned his first opponent in 16 seconds, and his second opponent in 37 seconds, but then found himself in an awkward position and got pinned in his third match of the day. He bounced back, though, and pinned his final opponent in a minute.
Nolan (170), looking to reach the New York State Division II Tournament for the second consecutive season, won all four of his matches, three by pin and one by forfeit. Kraus (106) also went undefeated, winning one match by technical fall, one by pin and two by decisions.
“We have a core of a couple of guys who are really starting to win a lot of their matches,” Hampton Bays head coach Rafael Lievano said. “Cody and Lucas are at the top of that list, but we also have Travis [Flynn] and Ralph. Anthony Mora also wrestled well.”
Flynn won three of his four matches, and the lone loss was a forfeit because he was feeling sick before one of his matches. Mora split his matches during the tournament, going 2-2.
As for the team aspect of the tournament, host Hampton Bays went 1-3, picking up a lone victory against Rocky Point’s “B” team. They also faced East Hampton, West Babylon and Centereach; the latter went undefeated to win the tournament. The Miller Place “B” team placed second.
Lievano is looking forward to getting some of his more veteran wrestlers back after the holiday break—namely, heavyweights Erik Ramirez and Tom Tretola. Ramirez has had a hard time making weight, while Tretola wasn’t eligible for the first few tournaments of the season, due to injuries that forced to him missed a big chunk of practice time.
The Baymen are off most of the holiday break until Friday, January 3, when they host Bayport/Blue Point in their first League VII/Division II match. They will head to Nassau County for the Wheatley Duals the following day.
Lievano said Bayport will be a tough test but also a good barometer to see where his wrestlers are in their development. “Bayport, they’re two deep in every weight class,” he said. “We’ll try to do the best we can, as far as matching up in the different weights. But they’re trying to win it all this year, while it’s still early for us, as we’re still trying to figure out our weights.”