By MIKE SMITH
The Mamaroneck wrestling squad got off to a solid start on Dec. 7 when they hosted the annual Tiger Tourney at Hommocks Middle School. In a field featuring tough competitors from all over Westchester and Long Island, the Tigers finished third behind eventual champion Glen Cove and a solid Port Chester team.
Glen Cove picked up 249 points to easily outclass the competition–which also included Edgemont and Iona Prep–but Mamaroneck fared well on the day, totaling 166 points. The Tigers had a couple of winners, including Charlie Saez at 106 pounds, Alexandro Sanchez at 132, Luca Pavicic at 160 and Luis Rubio at 285.
“I’m definitely happy with the team’s performance,” first–year head coach Andres Corrales said. “The one thing I can never say is that the kids didn’t wrestle well; they give me heart and that’s all I ask.”
Although Corrales is just starting his first year as the head coach, he has been with the program for the past several years, serving as an assistant under his predecessor, Anthony Vitti. Coming
into this year, Corrales said he’s relying heavily on Pavicic and 170-pounder Roger Ransom—who fell in the semis during Saturday’s tournament‑to lead the way. Pavicic should be the team’s lead 160-pounder until mid-season, when the weight divisions shift, said Corrales.
“Those two never say no, they perform very well and present themselves as leaders,” Corrales said. “A leader should be the guy who’s stepping up to the line at any given moment.”
After the tournament, the Tigers picked up a well-deserved win on Dec. 9 against Ramapo, Corrales’ first as a head coach.
“It’s been fun, and getting that win against Ramapo, I’ll say it was a fun bus ride home,” the head
coach said. “The season just started, and I just can’t wait for whatever the future holds.”
For the Tigers, the immediate future holds a berth in the Section I Dual-Meet Tournament. They were slated to wrestle at Harrison High School on Dec. 10 against a field that included Pearl River, Tappan Zee and Harrison, but the meet was canceled due to inclement weather.
“My goals for these kids are simple, I want them to leave this room knowing that you practiced hard,” Corrales said. “It’s like [wrestling legend] Dan Grable says; ‘Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.’”