POLAND, N.Y. — The Little Falls Mounties swept through their competition Saturday and won the Dominic DeSiato Duals for the second year in a row.
The Mounties completed a 5-0 day by coming back from a 24-0 deficit in the final rotation and beating Mt. Markham 48-35. Mt. Markham finished third at the six-team tournament with a 3-2 record; Watertown was second at 4-1.
Little Falls defeated Watertown 45-36, Poland 55-27, Cooperstown 70-12, and Fabius-Pompey 48-27 before meeting Mt. Markham to end the day. The Mt. Markham dual started with pins by Mustangs Montana Wellenstein, Tanner Christian, John Wier and Joe Maugeri, putting Little Falls in a deep scoring hole. Josh Fargo added a pin for Mt. Markham but Little Falls took advantage of its deeper lineup to pick up 18 points through three forfeits.
The Mustangs led the Mounties 36-18 after a Little Falls forfeit at 195 pounds but did not win another match. Mt. Markham forfeited at 113 pounds and neither team entered a 99-pounder, leaving Little Falls with four bouts to make up a 12-point deficit. Zach Kane pinned Sier Ferrell late in the first period at 220 pounds and Dakotah Redner reversed Dakota Davinport into a pin quickly at the start of the second at 285; the Mustangs were also docked a team point after the second match.
Freshman Neiko Scarano capped an impressive varsity debut by pinning Tristan Dixon in 35 seconds at 106 pounds to give the Mounties the lead in the team scoring and clinch the victory. Mt. Markham forfeited to John Klimacek at 113, giving Little Falls a seven-point advantage entering the match and Andrew Messina added a first-period pin to end the day.
Scarano won each of his five matches for Little Falls — four by pin, one by forfeit — and was named the most outstanding wrestler for the Mounties. Teammates Sean Rood (160 pounds) and Kane were also chosen for the tournament’s all-star teams at their respective weights.
The Mounties overcame similar starts in other matches during the day. They trailed Watertown 27-18 midway through their first match and 36-33 before Kane and Redner ended it with back-to-back pins. Fabius-Pompey held a 24-18 lead before forfeiting at four consecutive weights. With three starters out of their lineup, the Mounties were still able to fill all but the 99-pound slot in their lineup; they also forfeited twice at 195.
“We were able to fill the holes because of our numbers,” coach Tony Scaparo said, “and they came through. We had wins all over throughout the day. It was a good team effort.”
Rood and Kane each recorded five wins; Kane had four pins and a forfeit while Rood had two pins a technical fall, a decision and a pin. Messina, Casler and Redner were all 4-1; Messina and Casler each pinned three opponents while Redner pinned two.
Page 2 of 2 - Maugeri went 5-0 and was named Mt. Markham’s most outstanding wrestler. Teammate Tanner Christian was 4-1 with his only loss in a match when he moved up in weight against Watertown.
Albert Amacher was the most outstanding wrestler for Poland, winning three matches by pin and two by decision. A 45-27 victory over Cooperstown in the opening round ended a two-year victory drought in duals for the Tornadoes who last won Jan. 11, 2011, against Herkimer. They had close calls in two other matches, losing 42-39 against Mt. Markham and 43-42 to Fabius-Pompey on criteria to end the day.
The others most outstanding wrestlers honored at the end of the tournament were Cooperstown’s Paul LoRusso, Watertown’s Tristan Maldonado, and Fabius-Pompey’s Brian Cuipylo.
Mt. Markham has a dual meet at home Wednesday against Holland Patent. Little Falls travels to Berne-Knox-Westerlo Saturday for the Bulldog Invitational. Poland next competes Dec. 14 at the Herkimer Invitational, a tournament that will also include Little Falls.
Little Falls 5-0
Mt. Markham 3-2
MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLERS
Albert Amacher, Poland
Brian Cuipylo, Fabius-Pompey
Paul LoRusso, Cooperstown
Tristan Maldonado, Watertown
Joe Maugeri, Mt. Markham
Neiko Scarano, Little Falls
99 POUNDS — Josh Deline, Watertown
106 POUNDS — Neiko Scarano, Little Falls
113 POUNDS — Michael Ortiz, Fabius-Pompey
120 POUNDS — Paul LoRusso, Cooperstown
126 POUNDS — Albert Amacher, Poland
132 POUNDS — Tanner Christian, Mt. Markham
138 POUNDS — Desean Williams, Watertown
145 POUNDS — Joe Maugeri, Mt. Markham
152 POUNDS — Brian Cuipylo, Fabius-Pompey
160 POUNDS — Sean Rood, Little Falls
170 POUNDS — Josh Fargo, Mt. Markham
182 POUNDS — Kam-Ryn Jones, Watertown
195 POUNDS — Tristan Maldonado, Watertown
220 POUNDS — Zach Kane, Little Falls
285 POUNDS — Morgan Stein, Poland