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Simolacaj Picks Up Mamaroneck Tournament Title

LARCHMONT, N.Y. - Joe Simolocaj was quick to analyze his opponent’s move in the 182-pound title match at the 38th annual Mamaroneck Tiger Wrestling Tournament, Saturday.

The Rye senior felt Liberty’s Andy Martinez stepping into tie-ups, so Simolacaj was going to take advantage of it. “I felt that he was a little off balance so I was looking for the ankle pick,” said Simolacaj, who had an excellent football season for the Garnets.

Simolocaj executed the ankle pick for a takedown in the first period and it would be the difference in a 3-1 victory at Hommocks Middle School.  It was the first tournament championship for Simolacaj, who missed the 2010 event because of an injury.

Simolacaj registered the takedown with 33 seconds remaining in the first period. He set it up by allowing Martinez to tie up. Once Martinez felt comfortable and thinking he was dictating the match, Simolacaj struck.

Beginning the second period in the defensive position, Simolacaj escaped 24 seconds in, extending his lead to 3-0. Martinez then began pushing the tie-up, looking for a throw, but Simolacaj would not have it, defending against his opponent’s attempts. “He really wanted to do it and he was not trying to set up any shots,” Simolacaj said.

Martinez did record an escape in the third period, but he was not able to penetrate Simolacaj’s defense. “It feels great with this being our first individual tournament of the season and the first time I have won a tournament,” Simolacaj said.

Ben Breitel finished second at 160 pounds, Fritz Zahringer (138) and Steven Valencia (195) both took third and Brian Gardiner (113) was fourth for the Garnets.

Team scoring and key -- 1. Glen Cove (GC) 356.5 points; 2. Clarkstown North (CN) 230; 3. Port Chester (PC) 181.5; 4. Mamaroneck (Mk) 165; 5. Hackley (Hk) 160.5); 6. Iona Prep (IP) 152; 7. Rye ® 107; 8 Mount St. Michael 81; 9. Liberty (Lib) 65; 10. Eastchester (E) 38.

Championship 99 -- Eduardo Montecer (GC) dec. Joey Fields (CN), 6-0; 106 -- Mike Seligson (CN) pin. Brian Hong (CN), 5:28; 113 -- Justin Hong (CN) dec. Joey Rodriguez (PC), 2-0; 120 -- Troy Whittemore (Mk) pin. Gorov Sodhi (GC), 1:56; 126 -- Matt Begley (CN) major dec. M.J. Dell’Aera (IP), 15-4; 132 -- Justin Seim (Hk) technical fall Connor Mullins (IP), 16-1; 138 -- Vincent Webbe (Lib) pin. Connor Ready (IP), 3:15; 145 -- John Guido (PC) pin. Nick McAdams (GC), :59; 152 -- Ben Miller (Mk) pin. Jacob Salesky (CN), 5:47; 160 -- Dion Duran (Mk) pin. Ben Breitel ®, 3:11; 170 -- Brian Anderson (IP) major decision Charlie Guastella (GC), 14-3; 182 -- Joe Simulacra ® dec. Andy Martinez (Lib), 3-1; 195 -- Robert Krisch (GC) dec. Rodrigo Mejias (Hk), 5-0; 220 -- Xavier Carmona (Hk) pin. Craig Williams (MSM), 3:17; 285 -- Edgar Aguilar (Mk) pin. Connor Gallin (IP), 2:37

Semifinals

99 -- Eduardo Montecer (GC) pin. Matt Fay (IP), 4:35; Joey Fields (CN) pin. Justin Peredes (MSM); 106 -- Mike Seligson (CN) pin. Brian O’Connell (GC), :51; Brian Hong (CN) pin. Joe Angiletta (Mk),5:23; 113 -- Joey Rodriguez (PC) dec. Steven Fabiano (Mk), 8-5; Justin Hong (CN) pin. Brian Gardner ®, :50; 120 -- Trpoy Whittemore (Mk) pin. Louis Rivera, (Lib), 4:58; Gorov Sodhi (GC) dec, Anthony Marina (GC), 7-5; 126 -- Matt Begley (CN) pin. Dan Shaw (Hk); M.J. Dell’Aara (IP) pin. Matt MacFarlane (Hk), 2:39; 132 -- Connor Mullins (IP) dec. Rob Lalli (E), 3-1; Justin Seim (Hk) dec. Colby Kash (CN) 10-4; 138 -- Connor Ready (IP) dec. Fritz Zahringer ®, 7-5; Vincent Webbe (Lib) dec. Sean Mullins (IP), 6-2; 145 -- Nick McAdams (GC) dec. Ryan Becker (CN), 4-3; John Guido (PC) pin. Jeremy West (CN); 152 -- Ben Miller (Mk) major dec. Jeremy Ho (GC), 17-5; Jake Salesky (CN), 2:14. 160 -- Dion Duran (Mk) dec. David Crispino (CN), 5-3; Ben Breitel ® dec. Derek Shearer (GC), 8-2; 171 -- Brian Anderson (IP) dec. Youssif Hemida (Mk), 7-1; Calgero Guastella (GC) pin. Chris Ortiz (GC); 182 -- Andy Martinez (Lib) dec. Will Johnson (Hk), 3-1; Joe Simolacaj ® dec. Dominick Celli (IP), 11-4; 195 -- Robert Mejias (Hk) pin. Isaac Cardenas (PC), 1:41; Robert Krisch (GC) pin. Steven Valencia ®, 4:30; 220 -- Xavier Carmona (Hk) pin. Cristian Zambrano (PC) :41; Craig Williams (MS) pin. Mario Serrano (GC); 285 -- Connor Gallin (IP) pin. A.J. Cesarini (IP), 3:29: Edgar Aguilar (Mk) pin. Ben Jurcic (Hk).

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