YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – Yorktown wrestler Kyle Santucci kept strengthening his grip on Brewster’s Gino Gioelli, determined to end their 152-pound match Saturday.
Santucci’s pressure resulted in a pin at 55 seconds into the third period for his landmark 100th varsity win.
Yorktown went on to a 45-30 victory over Brewster in the final of the Yorktown Dual-Meet Wrestling Classic at Yorktown High School.
Santucci finished the tournament 6-0 and received the Scott Hauser Most Outstanding Wrestler award. Teammates Jimmy Kaishian, Joe Mastro, Steven Sabella and David Varian also went 6-0 in the two-day tournament.
“It’s always a milestone when a wrestler gets his 100th win,” Santucci said. “It’s a great feeling for me and one of personal accomplishment.
“Winning this tournament means so much to us," he said, "because a lot of us have been here with Coach [John] Tornambe when he brought us up. It’s great to finally win our own tournament.”
Santucci and Gioelli were scoreless through two periods when the Brewster wrestler chose bottom to start the third period. Gioelli appeared to be extricating himself from Santucci’s grasp, but Santucci whipped Gioelli to his back, secured his head and began increasing the pressure.
“I cranked my arm through and once I got the leverage, I was going all the way with it,” Santucci said. “I ripped it with all of my energy. I knew it was a big match for us and I was not going to let him off of his back.”
Tornambe let Santucci know that it was going to be a big match because Gioelli was also 5-0 for the tournament.
“Kyle has been wrestling really well,” Tornambe said. “Going into the third period I thought Kyle was going to break him down. I could see the kid was tired, but Kyle was working hard and just kept pushing it.
“I thought it was a statement win for Kyle and it was nice to see Kyle get this award at home. He deserves it.”
Following Santucci’s win, Mastro (160 pounds) and Murray (182) pinned their opponents in 42 seconds. Sabella (195) finished his opponent in 36 seconds and Varian (285) capped the pin run with a 58-second stick.
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