It was supposed to be a re-building year.
Everywhere you looked – rankings, online forums, casual conversation in the Section 1 Wrestling community – you would hear it: “Edgemont lost a lot to graduation last year.” “They’re gonna be way down this year.” “Who do they even have left besides Aslanian and Wang?”
The highest anyone projected Edgemont to finish was a distant 5th place, well behind Nanuet, Pearl River, Pleasantville and Putnam Valley.
The Panther grapplers obviously weren’t listening.
Edgemont marched into the Section 1 Championships this weekend with its youngest, least-experienced line-up in recent memory and proved to the doubters that hard work, belief in themselves and their training and a refusal to accept the low expectations of others is what ultimately dictates their results.
Edgemont finished third overall in the team standings in what can only be described as a total team effort:
- Only a marginal 23 points behind Team Champion Putnam Valley and 14 behind 2nd place finisher Pearl River.
- Edgemont finished with 210.0 points despite only one individual Section Champion, which is significantly more points than they accumulated last year despite having 5 Section Champions.
- Edgemont advanced 16 of their 17 wrestlers to Day 2 of the Championships. This was the greatest number of wrestlers they have ever had make it to the second day, and more than any other school in the Section.
- Edgemont had 12 wrestlers place in the Top 6 in the Section of their respective weight classes – more than any other school in the Section.
- The Panther’s future is looking particularly bright with 7 of these 12 wrestlers returning next season, as well as four more wrestlers who lost one round shy of placing Top 6 at their respective weight classes – Lucas Bayuelo (freshman, 113 lbs); Chris Eppolito (junior, 126 lbs); Hunter Moore (junior, 132 lbs); and Kofi Keteku (sophomore, 220 lbs).
“Without question, this is the single best team effort in a Sectional Tournament that we have had in my 13 years coaching at Edgemont,” said Coach Pete Jacobson. “Everyone in our line-up contributed and the rest of our team that didn’t compete did a tremendous job the past two weeks preparing our starters for the battles they would face. I credit the hard work of our student-athletes, their buy-in to our system and close family-like atmosphere of our team for the results. I’ve never had such a tight-knit group of wrestlers.”
Congratulations to Edgemont’s twelve Sectional Placefinishers!
- Cliffton Wang (sophomore, 152 lbs) – Champion
- Kyle Aslanian (junior, 120 lbs) – Finalist
- John Lee (senior, 285 lbs) – Finalist
- George Mellor (sophomore, 113 lbs) – 3rd Place
- Brian Evans (senior, 145 lbs) – 3rd Place
- Max Worobow (junior, 145 lbs) – 4th Place
- Frankie Sayegh (freshman, 170 lbs) – 4th Place
- Sam Charnizon (senior, 152 lbs) – 5th Place
- Lou Russo (sophomore, 285 lbs) – 5th Place
- Andy Williams (sophomore, 106 lbs) – 6th Place
- James Hammond (senior, 132 lbs) – 6th Place
- Chance Moore (senior, 170 lbs) – 6th Place