Panthers surprise Section 1 at Championships

Cliffton Wang wins his second consecutive Section 1 Championship.

Cliffton Wang wins his second consecutive Section 1 Championship.

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
One thought on “Panthers surprise Section 1 at Championships
  1. Congradulations to all the wrestlers!! Great job again.
    Hats off to all the coaches who help all year just out of the “love of the sport”. You guys do a fabulous job.
    Thank you.

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