Westhampton Beach senior Kyle Maddock picked the right time to put up his best performance of the season.
The 126-pounder won his weight class at the League VI Tournament at Shoreham/Wading River High School on Saturday and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler, headlining a group of six Westhampton Beach wrestlers whose performances that day earned them a trip to the Suffolk County Division I Tournament.
The tournament will kick off on Friday, February 14, at 10 a.m. at Hofstra University, and conclude on Sunday, February 16, starting at 10 a.m.
Maddock beat Shoreham/Wading River’s Chris Meloni in the finals, pinning him in 5:52. Maddock was losing the match 2-1 early on, but turned Meloni on his back and pinned him in the third period.
In a dual meet between the teams on January 17, Meloni pinned Maddock, but Westhampton Beach head coach Paul Bass pointed out that that was a rough night for his team, as it had just learned of the death of Westhampton Beach wrestling alum Cory Hubbard, 22, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Maryland. It was tough on Maddock in particular, who had worked with Hubbard as a caddy.
In the semifinals, Maddock dispatched another quality wrestler, beating Chris D’Amico of John Glenn in a 5-2 decision. D’Amico was an All-County wrestler two years ago and ranked in the top six in the county at one point this season. Maddock needed overtime to beat him in a dual meet earlier in the year, but was sharper this time around. Maddock opened the tournament by pinning Paul Cerrato of Glenn in 2:51 in the first round.
“He had one hell of a tournament,” Bass said of Maddock.
Ryan Osborne (145 pounds) also advanced to the finals, and seemed to be on his way to winning a championship too, up 5-1 with 30 seconds left. But his opponent, Dan Henry of Mount Sinai, scored a takedown and three back points in those final 30 seconds to steal the win away from Osborne.
Before facing Henry, Osborne had three pins, sticking Luke Marino of Mount Sinai in 2:48 to get to the finals.
Maddock and Osborne will be joined at counties by Liam McIntyre, who took fourth at 106 pounds, and Esteban Garcia (120), Jake Martin (220) and Hunter Hulse (138), all of whom finished third.
McIntyre, a seventh-grader, beat James Alamia of Miller Place in a 9-2 decision to get to the semis, which secured his spot, before losing to Jack DelDuca of Shoreham in a 3-1 decision in the match for third and fourth. Garcia beat Jake Blanton of Glenn, 11-0, to take third, while Hulse pinned Robby Valdez of Glenn in 2:11 to also finish third.
Martin, the defending league champ at 220 pounds, beat Chazz Leo of Miller Place, 6-3, in his consolation final. Bass said Martin wrestled as well as could be expected considering he didn’t practice in the week leading up to the tournament after battling the flu. Bass estimated that Martin had lost more than 10 pounds because of the illness, saying that Martin weighed in at 187 pounds to compete in the 220-pound weight class.
“He wasn’t himself, but he’s got a week to get strong again,” Bass said.
Bass was happy overall with his team’s effort. The Hurricanes finished third in the tournament with 108.5 points, behind champion Glenn (320.5) and second-place Shoreham (226.5). Mount Sinai (108) was fourth, followed by Sayville (90), Miller Place (85), Amityville (65) and East Hampton (57).
“I think we wrestled really hard,” Bass said. “We had a lot of young guys come within a point here or there of making All-League.”
Bass pointed out that freshman Connor Glynn (99 pounds) was a point away from being All-League. He also noted that senior Aiden Kravitz had a tough tournament, getting knocked out, literally, in the quarterfinals of his match with George Bonilla of Glenn. The wrestlers both went for a takedown at the same time and knocked heads. Kravitz took the worst of it, getting knocked unconscious, and had to default the match.