The tournament was very close, so close in fact that there was a three-way tie for 1st place. The winning schools were Info Tech High School, Poly Prep, and Rye Country Day School. Host team Martin Luther finished fourth behind the three top schools.
Jim Regan, head coach of Martin Luther, said the wrestling tournament is an event his team looks forward to every year.
The Tournament featured 15 weight classes, from the lightweight class of 102 pounds to the heavyweight class of 288 pounds. Some weight classes had only 4 competitors in it while others had more than 8. Chris Bough of Martin Luther said the tournament was a fun experience. George Frank of Riverdale added its good to come to a tournament like Martin Luther because it’s a medium size tournament.
The winner of the 102-pound class was Andy Martinez of Info. Tech, while the 109-pound class was won by Kyle Morrissey of Martin Luther, who said it felt great great to win his weight class at the home tournament.
The 116-pound class went to Jake Barry of Riverdale, the 123-pound class was won by Mack Berkowitz of Long Island Lutheran, and the 129-pound class was won by Willem Humes of Poly Prep.
The 135-pound class was won by Martin Luther’s Jason Cuadrado, and the 141-pound class was won by Ben Lust of RCDS. Tim Ford of Collegiate took top honors in the 148-pound class was won by Tim Ford of Collegiate.
The 155-pound class was won by John Schmitt of Long Island Lutheran, and the winner of the 163-pound class was Andrew Miller of RCDS. Collegiate swept the 173-pound and 185-pound classes with wins by Alfred Hurley and Ken Li.
Ethan Liberty of Poly Prep won the 198-pound class. Runner-up Raul Figeroa of Martin Luther was disappointed when he got pinned at the very end of the match. “If only I hung on these two seconds,” he said.
The 223-pound class was won by Mark Brumback of Collegiate, and rounding out the tournament was a hard-fought battle for the title in the 288-pound class. At the final whistle, Diante Fleming of Poly Prep was victorious by a score of 5-4.
“It's only my first year of wrestling and I won first place in a tournament,” he said after the match.
Following the last match the winners received their medals. John Schmitt of LIL won the award for most pins with three. The Paul Gill Memorial Most Outstanding Wrestler Award went to Jason Cuadrado of Martin Luther and Ben Lust of RCDS.
The award is in memory of Paul Gills, a former Martin Luther student and wrestler who perished on 9/11.
After those awards came the school champions. For the first time in the 37 years, there was a three-way tie for first. “I can't wait to see what next year's tournament is going to be like,” said organizer Jim Regan.