At the sectional qualifying tournament held at Pearl River on Feb. 8, the Mamaroneck wrestling squad was able to score a number of decisive wins to send four Tiger grapplers to the biggest stage in Section I this coming weekend.
Led by a pair of heavyweights who dominated their brackets, the Tigers qualified seven wrestlers for the Section I tournament that will take place at Arlington High School on Feb. 15.
Youssif Hemida (220 pounds) and Luis Rubio (280) both won their divisions outright to secure a berth in the sectional tournament. After pinning his semifinal round opponent in just 33 seconds, Hemida similarly dispatched Brian Kondraki in the finals, putting the Pearl River wrestler on his back at 3:39 for the win.
Rubio, who also advanced to the finals on a pinfall win, won the heavyweight division on the strength of a 3-1 decision win over Kondraki’s teammate Dan Avery.
Luka Pavicic (160) and Roger Ransom (170) were both able to bounce back from semifinal defeats to the eventual bracket winners to win their third-place bouts against foes from East Ramapo in order to advance to the sectionals. Pavicic won an 11-3 decision over Sheeler Lubin and Ransom took down Marcus Stroud 5-3 in the third-place bout.
Max Valera, Doyle Saez and Alexandro Sanchez all fell in that wrestleback round, but qualified for sectionals.
-Reporting by Mike Smith