Escobar Cracks Rankings, Battles With Shoreham’s Szymanski

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There was good news and bad news for Lucas Escobar last week.

The senior 120-pounder finally cracked the Suffolk County Division I rankings, showing up sixth this week. But he lost a close match to another standout in that weight class, falling, 8-6, to second-ranked James Szymanski of Shoreham/Wading River (5-1 in League VI) in what was an 80-0 loss for East Hampton (1-5 in League VI) in Shoreham on Friday.

Escobar gave Szymanski all he could handle, cutting Szymanski’s lead to just 7-6 in the third period after taking the talented Wildcat wrestler down. Szymanski provided the final margin with an escape at the end of the period.

Szymanski took a 2-1 lead after the first period, but Escobar chose the bottom position to start the second and got out right away, making it 2-2. The referee awarded Szymanski a point to make it 3-2 after saying Escobar was “backing up” while the wrestlers were on their feet. The ref had given Escobar a caution in the first period. Szymanski took Escobar down to make it 5-2, before Escobar got another escape to make it 5-3.

In the third, Szymanski started out on bottom and reversed Escobar to go up, 7-3. Escobar got out again, making it 7-4, before cutting it to 7-6 with the takedown. He came up short, though, in the 8-6 decision.

East Hampton head coach Steve Tseperkas said he was happy overall with how Escobar performed against Szymanski. It was only the second loss of the season for Escobar, his other coming against top-ranked defending state champion Nick Piccinnini of Ward Melville.

“I think he wrestled really well,” Tseperkas said of Escobar. “[Szymanski] was better than Lucas on his feet, but Lucas was better on the mat.”

Tseperkas added that Szymanski’s style on his feet—he keeps one knee on the mat while looking for a move—requires a tough adjustment for opponents, who typically have to resort to the same stance. Tseperkas said it’s an adjustment Escobar will have to face again if he meets up with Szymanski again, which could be in the League VI finals.

Before the loss to Szymanski, Escobar pinned Anthony Bosio of Mount Sinai (3-3 in League VI) in just 35 seconds in what was a 52-25 loss for East Hampton at home on Thursday. Escobar is now 25-2 on the season with 19 pins.

In the lopsided loss to Shoreham, East Hampton forfeited seven weight classes (99, 106, 126, 138, 145, 170 and 195), and had only two other matches that didn’t result in bonus points for the Wildcats. At 285 pounds, Richie Browne, wrestling up a weight class because usual starter Josh King was away, lost, 5-1, to Tyler Anderson. At 160 pounds, Luciano Escobar lost, 6-3, to Troy Miller. Escobar was winning, 2-1, after the first period, and Miller tied it at 2-2 with an escape in the second. Escobar then gave up a point on a penalty, forcing him to choose the bottom position to start the third in hopes of tying the match with an escape. Instead, Miller put Escobar in a cradle and scored three back points, making it 6-2. Miller gave up a penalty point late in the third to provide the final margin.

Against Mount Sinai, Luciano Escobar won an 8-1 decision over John Parente, while at 195 pounds, Axel Alanis won an 11-1 major decision over Ed Marrs. Luis Idrovo, the usual JV starter for East Hampton at 220, pinned Robert Christ in 3:07. Idrovo was called up to fill in the lineup due to King’s absence, as Tseperkas bumped usual varsity 220-pound starter Browne up to 285, where he received a forfeit.

At 152, Anthony Pineda lost a 6-2 decision to John Shlonsky. At 182, Jorge Calderone was edged, 7-6, by Joseph Vella. Calderone was winning, 6-4, going into the third period and took the bottom position, but Vella managed to turn Calderone for three back points.

ON THE SCHEDULE: Thursday, 1/30, vs. Elwood/John Glenn, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 2/1, at Port Jefferson tournament, 9 a.m.; Saturday, 2/8, League VI Championships at Shoreham/Wading River, 9 a.m.

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