Local wrestlers shine at Sprig Gardner
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Senior Tyler Smith was second at 120, and sophomore Danny Arkow grabbed second at 138 pounds. Sophomore Aydin Kessler finished third at 182 pounds. Junior Ben Sather (106 pounds), named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Kennedy Hall of Fame Duals on Dec. 1, earned fourth place at the Sprig.
For Calhoun, which also returns a healthy amount of veterans, junior Willie Jutt (113 pounds), senior Dan Tripiccione (220) and returning All County performer Jenard Rosemond (285), also a senior, earned second-place honors. Rosemond, normally a 220-pounder, finished with a 35-8 mark last season and racked up 25 wins by pin. “He’s very technical for a big guy,” Colts coach Steven Romano said. “He’s got good technique and knows a lot of moves.”
Senior Julian Arroyo, a 138/145-pounder who missed almost all of last season due to injury, has jumped out of the gates with a pair of third-place finishes and a second-place finish in the Colts three tournaments so far. Sophomore Anthony Fitzsimmons (170 pounds), the team’s Most Improved Wrestler last season, won his weight class at the Ralph Jansson Tournament at Valley Stream North on Dec. 15, though the lineup lost a key contributor when his twin brother, Thomas, went down with an injury. Junior Dylan Goldstein has also placed in each tournament. Classmate Chris Johnson, like Goldstein, was thrown into the fire as a sophomore, but has started strong in 2012. At 126 pounds, senior Austin Hecker continues to lead by example.