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Pyle Pin Fuels Yorktown to Wrestling Victory

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Chris Pyle wanted to make his final wrestling match at Yorktown memorable.The senior, who was honored along with his classmates on Senior Night prior to the Yorktown-Somers match, was not on the mat long, but he walked off leaving his teammates and the Yorktown fans euphoric.Pyle registered a pin at 1:08 of the 145-pound bout, sending Yorktown to a 39-30 win over visiting Somers.It was Yorktown’s first win over Somers in three matches this season. The teams last met for the Yorktown Dual-Meet title last December.“We were extremely excited for this match, especially with this being senior night and our last home match,” Pyle said. “Everybody knew we had to step it up and go out and wrestle our hardest.”Yorktown was leading, 27-12, when Pyle stepped on the mat after Somers’ Kyle Turchik won at 138. Peter Johnson took the first, and only, shot of the match and Pyle made him pay for it.“When he got my leg up in the air I felt that I could hit a lateral drop,” said the two-year varsity starter. “As soon as I felt I had it, I was able to hit in and it ended up working. I haven’t done it much this season, but I use it a lot in the offseason.”When Pyle finished the pin, his teammates and the home crowd raised the decibel level in the gymnasium a few octaves.“That got us all fired up even more,” said Steven Sabella, who won the 170-pound match. “Chris had a big move and it got him the pin. It was his last match at home and a pretty good way to go out.”Kyle Santucci (132 pounds) also produced a pin for Yorktown (13-3). Sabella, David Varian (285) and Thomas Murray (195) won by decision.“Everyone was extremely excited about this match, especially with it being senior night,” Pyle said. “We wanted to win this match, even more, because losing the first two matches to them bothered us. Everyone went out and wrestled very tough.This means everything to win my last match and have our team win. To go out, with a move like that, is all I could ask for.”Somers received pins from Brian Realbuto (182) and Luke Roediger (113). Mark Lasar (152) upset Joe Mastro, 5-2, and Liam Heine scored three points in the third period for an 8-5 win at 160.

Yorktown 39, Somers 30

285 -- David Varian (Yk) dec. Dom DeVita, 3-2, criteria; 99 -- Nick Belmonte (Yk) won by forfeit; 106 -- David Guerrero (Yk) won by forfeit; 113 -- Luke Roediger (S) pin. Chris Varian, 3:23; 120 -- Jimmy Kaishian (Yk) won by forfeit; 126 -- Anthony DiMauro (S) dec. Jordan Olivera, 9-5; 132 -- Kyle Santucci (Yk) pin. Joe Palumbo, 2:17; 138  Kyle Turchik (S) dec. Jesse Jewell, 16-10; 145 -- Chris Pyle (Yk) pin. Peter Johnson, 1:08; 152 -- Mark Lasar (S) dec. Joe Mastro, 5-2; 160 -- Liam Heine (S) dec. Harry Mendel, 8-5; 170 -- Steven Sabella (Yk) dec. Angelo Revel, 9-3; 182 -- Brian Realbuto (S) pin. Zach Reilly, :21; 195 -- Thomas Murray (Yk) dec. Nick Giancaspro, 4-3; 220 -- Mike Donovan (S) won by forfeit.

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