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Yorktown Has Three Champs, is Third at Mid-Hudson

LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. -- The Yorktown wrestling team concluded the two-day Mid-Hudson Tournament exhausted, but it was a good feeling as the Cornhuskers came away with individual and team success.

Overall, Yorktown finished third as a team and had seven wrestlers place in the top six and was led by champions Joe Mastro (145 pounds), Steven Sabella (170) and Thomas Murray (182).

The three titlists were the most for any team. David Varian (285) was a finalist, Avik Mohan (220) finished third, Jimmy Kaishian (126) was fourth and Jesse Jewell (138) placed sixth.

Mastro was selected as the most outstanding junior wrestler.

“I think we wrestled really well,” Mastro said. “It was a long two days, but having three champions and all of these guys place was big for us," he said. "It shows how Yorktown wrestling has gotten so much better over these last few years. Third place is awesome and we’re happy, but not satisfied.”

Mastro, who was seeded first, had a technical fall and pin, which came in the first period, before finishing his day with a 4-3 win over Rondout Valley’s Ian Morse. Sabella, the fourth seed, defeated the top seed, Arlington’s Brenden Nunziata, 3-2, in the semis and shut out third-seeded Kyle McGuire of Newburgh Free Academy, 5-0 in the final.

Murray, seeded second, won the title with a 6-1 decision over Valley Central’s Bilal Hassan.

The fourth-seeded Varian advanced to the title match with a 2-1 double overtime victory over top-seeded Terrence Cheeks of Newburgh Free Academy.

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