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Karl Wins Scarsdale Title, Yorktown is Second

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Yorktown senior Mike Karl could not contain his enthusiasm at the Scarsdale Wrestling Tournament Saturday.

Karl, who was giving up at least 20 pounds, decisioned Port Chester’s Jimmy Lopez, 6-3, to win the 195-pound title.

“He was jumping up and down on the mat,” Yorktown coach John Tornambe said. “It was nice to see Mike win. This is one of the reasons you get into coaching.”

This is Karl’s first-year in the starting lineup and his first tournament championship. Karl is wrestling in the 195-pound weight class because teammates Steven Sabella and Thomas Murray are at 170 and 182, respectively.

“Mike is a real good kid and one of the hardest-working kids in the room,” Tornambe said.Joe Mastro (145 pounds), Jimmy Kaishian (120) and Sabella (170) won their respective weight classes. Sabella was named the tournament’s most outstanding junior after a 7-1 win in the final over Scarsdale’s Jack Braun.

“Steven is hard to score on,” Tornambe said. “He is not going to give up points, easy. I think he wore down Braun. I was also impressed with Steven’s ability to scramble as he got himself out of a few tough situations.”

Mastro defeated Garden City’s Matt Schmelzinger, 5-2, in the 145-final and Kaishian handled Harrison’s Joe Maida, 9-2 in the 120 title bout.

David Varian (285) and Kyle Santucci (132) finished second and Murray (182) took third.

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