Friday, 25 December 2009 00:00
The Port Washington Wrestling team is off to a strong start. The wrestling team led by head coach Anthony Schettino, assistant coach Dave Foxen and volunteer coach Tony Coccarelli opened the season finishing a strong 4th place out of 12 teams at the Hank Paris Tournament. The team fell short one point behind perennial powerhouse Plainedge High School. After advancing three to the finals they finished the day with two champions Luke Klumpp and Mike O’Brien, one runner-up Michael Froccaro, three thirds Raffy Donado, Christian Castillo and Harry Weinstein and two fourths Noah Tanenbaum and Lev Pinkus.
Following the tournament the team wrestled their first two dual meets of the season finding a 36-33 win against a tough Hewlett team and 69-9 pounding of Oceanside. In the Hewlett meet Michael Froccaro and Boris Joutovsky both went out against tough opponents and earned pins for their team helping lead them to a win. In both meets senior Luke Klumpp went up a weight class to 152 lbs. pinning and decisioning his opponents and senior “Big Mike” O’Brien pinned both of his opponents.
This past weekend the Viking traveled to Section XI Suffolk County to wrestle in the Andrew Peers Tournament, one of the tougher tournaments on Long Island. There the Vikings placed the most wrestlers they have ever placed in the tournament since they first attended. Luke Klumpp won his second tournament of the season with a shutout victory of 7-0 in the finals, Big Mike O’Brien beat the #3 ranked wrestler in Suffolk County to take 3rd, Anthony “Big Ant” D’Aversa took a well earned 3rd place at 285 lbs and Christian Castillo, Harry Weinstein, and Lev Pinkus all took a respectable 5th place on the day.
The Viking wrestlers are still on the road with upcoming meets 12-16 Island Trees, 12-18 Herricks, and will be home for the first time on 12-22 when they face the Comets of Hicksville. Please come and support your towns wrestling program!