South Side wrestlers finish strong
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Dantona’s two matches at the qualifier were done in the blink of an eye. It took him nine seconds to pin Hicksville’s Sean Sackman in the semis, and then 43 seconds to pin Hicksville’s John Cruz in the final. “When Jason has his technique going, he gets the job done,” Robinson said of Dantona, who won 21 of 34 bouts on the season.
Kenneally, who Robinson said was the team’s hardest worker, won four of five matches at the qualifier — three by pin and the other a 5-4 decision over Calhoun’s Isaiah Arroyo. “Of all the guys, I am most proud of Brian making it to the county tournament,” Robinson said. “It was great to see all his work pay off.”
Rafferty had three pins in the qualifier to get to 20 wins on the season, and followed with an All-County performance at Hofstra. He finished third in the 182-pound weight class. Alaimo also made the All-County podium, placing fifth at 170. He won five matches in the county tournament to finish 29-6 on the season.
Cornell got a taste of the big county stage after rallying for fourth place in the qualifier. He lost his opening bout but came back to pin Khaleem Morris of Freeport in 48 seconds, Peter Roberto of Calhoun in 32 seconds, and Paulino in 3:38.