List of Matches
Nanuet High School
||Rockland Jamboree Multi-Event
Suffern High School
Felix Festa Blue
Horace Mann School
Haverstraw Middle School
Nyack High School
Pearl River High School
Farley Middle School
John Jay Cross River High School
East Ramapo High School
Suffern High School
Willow Grove Middle School
|Date / Who / Score
written by the Team staff and originally published in the TZHS web site in
|Wrestling Modified vs. Nanuet High School
January 3, 2008
Win 54 - 36
|The boys wrestling team had their first match of the year
yesterday after working really hard in December. Led by team captains
Charlie Garcia, Matt Beletti, Stephen Rosenthal, Larry Chan, and Dan
Wanamaker, the boys had a strong 54- 36 win against Nanuet. Overall, there
were a total of nine individual wins, eight of them coming by pin and the
ninth by technical fall.
The following boys were victorious in their matches yesterday with pins:
Phil Litz, Dominic Grasso, Dan Wanamaker, Bryan Mitkowski, Sony Rosenthal,
Dennis Carroll, Ryan Heaton, and Charlie Garcia. Frank Caruanaalso had a
huge win by beating his opponent by over 15 points. Special congratulations
to all those boys who wrestled their first matches ever. Coach Moretti and
Coach Rothschild are extremely proud of all of the boys for all of their
hard work, dedication, and commitment. Keep up the great work.
|Wrestling Modified vs. Suffern High School
January 7, 2008
Win 75 - 42
|The boys wrestling team won their second consecutive match
of the year after a huge weekend performance at the Rockland Wrestling
Jamboree. The boys dominated Suffern, who has always been known to have one
of the top wrestling programs in New York State. With a 75 -42 win, our
grapplers won by more than 30 points extending their undefeated record to 2
– 0. We won 14 of the bouts, nine of them coming by pin bringing their total
team wins to 63. The kids were so excited for their first home match and won
a great one in a gym filled with cheering students, parents, and teachers.
One of the team philosophies imparted by Coach Moretti and Coach Rothschild
is to never give up and never stop wrestling no matter what the score is.
Connor Kohlbrenner demonstrated that philosophy yesterday with the most
exciting bout of the afternoon. After being down by eight points, Connor
knew he wasn’t going to give up and he did just that by turning the match
around and pinning his opponent in the second period. That win filled
everyone in that gym with energy.
Before the matches began, Coach Moretti told the boys that he didn’t see
them as wrestlers or even as winners. He told them that he saw them as men
and that was much bigger than being a wrestler or a winner. The end result
was proof of that. Coach Moretti also told the boys after it was all over
that they have come such a long way and that he and Coach Rothschild were
extremely impressed and proud of yet another solid performance.
Congratulations to all of the boys on another job well done.
|Wrestling Modified vs. Felix Festa Blue
January 9, 2008
Win 46 - 31
|Our modified wrestlers continued on their remarkable winning
streak yesterday with a 46-31 victory against Felix Festa. This win improved
the boys’ undefeated record to 4-0. Wins were recorded by John Toher,
Charlie Garcia, Dennis Carroll, Jesse Gardner, Carlos Aponte, Connor
Kohlbrenner, John Sanford, E.J. Hernandez, and Lawrence Chan. Continuing
with their perfect records are Carlos Aponte, Matt Beletti, Robby
Ballesteros, Charlie Garcia, and Phil Litz.
Once again, Coach Moretti and Coach Rothschild were very impressed with
all of the wrestlers and their ability to pin opponents so quickly. We won
nine of the bouts yesterday with six of those victories coming by pin.
Charlie Garcia, Dennis Carroll, John Sanford, E.J. Hernandez, and Lawrence
Chan all pinned their opponents in less than one minute. Carlos is the only
undefeated 7th grader and he is improving each and every day. Coach Moretti
teaches the wrestlers about the benefits of good discipline and mental
toughness and Carlos demonstrates what he has learned each time he steps out
on the mat. 7th grader Jesse Gardner was as equally impressive yesterday
during his match. Jesse wrestled an opponent that was a bit bigger and
stronger than he was, but that didn’t stop him from doing what he wanted to
do. Jesse wrestled with solid technique and a big heart to overcome his
opponent by pinning him in the second period.
Coach Moretti told the boys that it has been an honor to be a part of
this team because of the 110% effort that is put forth each day. These boys
know that the winning and losing is not the important thing. They know that
it is much more about what goes into that win or loss and how they win or
lose that really defines their character and who they are as wrestlers and
as young men. Congratulations to all of the boys.
|Wrestling Modified at Horace Mann School
January 11, 2008
Win 102 - 27
|In a 3-way match on Friday evening, the boys wrestling team
continued on their dominant winning streak as they outlasted Horace Mann and
Scarsdale extending their perfect record to 5-0. The first place wrestlers
racked up an incredible 102 team points while their two competitors scored a
combined total of only 27 points. Once again, the boys dominated their
opponents by winning a combined total of 21 out of 26 matches. 13 of the
wins came by pin and the remaining 8 wins were by decision. A special
congratulations should go out to Sony Rosenthal who won both of his matches
beating two previously undefeated wrestlers.
7th grader Sergei
Meyer had the most exciting bout of the evening. Sergei beat a more
experienced wrestler after being down early on in the match. With only a few
seconds left in the match, Sergei took his opponent down to his back and
recorded an incredible victory for the Dutchmen. The fastest pins of the
evening were recorded by Dennis Carroll and Robby Ballesteros both pinning
their opponents in under eleven seconds. Dennis wrestled twice and won both
bouts by pin. Dan Wanamaker also wrestled twice and won both of his matches.
Carlos Aponte, Robby Ballesteros, Matt Beletti, Charlie Garcia, and Phil
Litz continued on their undefeated streaks. 8th grader and undefeated
co-captain Charlie Garcia has won all of his matches with pins.
As a team, the boys have individually racked up an incredible 93 wins in
just 5 events. Coach Moretti and Coach Rothschild told the boys that they’re
dedication, determination, and desire to be the best they could be has been
exceptionally impressive. After the bouts were all over, Coach Moretti also
told his wrestlers that he was speechless with the performance they just
turned in. He said of all the wrestlers he has ever coached on the modified
and high school levels that he had never seen such a complete domination on
the mat. All of our 7th and 8th grade wrestlers should be commended for a
job well done and an incredible performance.
|Wrestling Modified at Haverstraw Middle School
January 15, 2008
Win 82 - 15
|Our boys won their sixth consecutive match by defeating
Haverstraw Middle School by over 60 points on Tuesday. With an 82-15
victory, the wrestlers extended their undefeated winning streak to 6 – 0. We
won an astounding 15 out of 18 matches with one tie. As a result of this
victory, the boys have now compiled over 100 individual wins for the team in
just six events. Of the team’s 15 wins on Tuesday, 13 of them came by pin.
The quickest pins were recorded by John Sanford and E.J. Hernandez, both
pinning their opponents in under 30 seconds. Undefeated seasons continue for
Robby Ballesteros, Matt Beletti, Phil Litz, and Charlie Garcia. Charlie has
won all of his matches with first period pins. Jesse Gardner demonstrated
the desire and will to win in his match. Down by 3 points with only 20
seconds left in the match, Jesse escaped and recorded a takedown to tie the
score. He fought hard to earn a well deserved draw. Coach Moretti was
impressed once again with such a dominant triumph. He told his wrestlers
that the strength of this team is in the team as a whole. Win, lose, or
draw, these boys are always there to support each other and teach each other
which has truly created a bond and winning formula for success.
Congratulations to all of the wrestlers for another well deserved win.
|Wrestling Modified at Felix Festa Gold
January 18, 2008
Win 41 - 26
|The boys wrestling team extending their unbeaten winning
streak to 7-0 with a 41-26 win against Felix Festa Gold on Friday afternoon.
The boys have now racked up 118 individual wins for the team and continue on
their quest for the perfect season. Although the win was not a dominant one,
the boys fought hard and pulled off yet another victory for the Dutchmen.
Wins were recorded by Peter Girolami,
Meyer, Jordan Rinchiera, Carlos Aponte, Charlie Garcia, Frank Caruana,
Phil Litz, Dan Wanamaker, and Robby Ballesteros. Undefeated streaks continue
for Robby Ballesteros, Matt Beletti, Charlie Garcia, and Phil Litz.
A special congratulations should go out to Jordan Rinchiera who wrestled
twice at the match. He won his first match and really wrestled like a
seasoned wrestler. Great job to Jordan. Although John Miller was not
victorious in his bouts, he fought like a champion and almost pulled out a
victory in his second match. John should be congratulated for a job well
7th grader Carlos Aponte had the most exciting bout of the afternoon by
pinning his opponent in the first period after almost getting pinned
himself. His opponent was a more experienced 8th grader and Carlos once
again demonstrated what it takes to win no matter what the score of the
match is. Phil Litz had one of the quickest pins of the afternoon by pinning
his opponent in 19 seconds. Phil continues on his personal quest to an
undefeated season. Coach Moretti told the boys after it was all over that he
was proud of them, but that the wins are not always going to be easy and
exciting ones. The boys knew that this was a hard fought battle and that to
win and be successful as a team, they have to always work as a unit with
unconditional support to each team member.
|Wrestling Modified vs. Nyack High School
January 22, 2008
Win 42 - 18
|Led by most-improved 8th grader Connor Kohlbrenner, the 7th
and 8th grade boys wrestling team won their 8th consecutive match yesterday
against Nyack Middle School. The boys won a big one with a final team score
of 42-18 which brings the boys one step closer to a perfect, undefeated
season. Connor Kohlbrenner wrestled like a seasoned champion yesterday by
winning both of his matches by pin. Coach Moretti commented that he was
definitely the most improved wrestler on the team and that much can be
learned from Connor. Congratulations to Connor for a job well done.
Also wrestling exceptionally well yesterday were 7th graders Peter
Girolami and Carlos Aponte. Both boys one at least one of their matches by
pin. Matt Beletti, Phil Litz, and Robby Ballesteros continue their seasons
with undefeated records. One of the Tappan Zee parents approached Coach
Moretti and said to him, “You must be one proud coach.” He commented that
that these boys do make him proud each and every day and that they are
already winners in life and are on their way to being true champions, and
that it has been an honor and a pleasure to work with them this season.
|Wrestling Modified vs. Pearl River High School
January 29, 2008
Win 81 - 12
|With School Principal Dr. Lee cheering them on along with
many other parents and spectators, the boys wrestling team extended their
undefeated record to 9-0 yesterday as they turned in their best and most
dominant performance of the year with an 81 – 12 win against rival Pearl
River. The day started with a huge win by 7th grader Ryan Heaton. Ryan
received one of the outstanding wrestler honors with a 7-4 decision against
his opponent. Coach Moretti told all the wrestlers that Ryan was deserving
of this honor because of his ability to learn a new technique and apply it
in a match. Team captain Charlie Garcia also received outstanding wrestler
honors as he wrestled twice winning both matches by pin. Each match was
under 30 seconds.
The other three outstanding wrestlers of the day were 8th graders Cameron
Collichio, Dan Ford, and Sonny Rosenthal. Phil Litz, Matt Beletti, and Robby
Ballesteros extended their personal undefeated records to 10-0, 9-0, and
7-0, respectively. Other special performances were turned in by Jesse
Gardner as he recorded another win with his first pin of the season, and
Peter Girolami, who pinned his opponent in 30 seconds. The win gave Peter a
better than 500 record. Great job to Jesse and Pete. The boys have now
recorded over 140 individual wins with 93 pins. The boys really wanted this
win more than any other as they know that Pearl River has always been a
rival of the Dutchmen. Well, they certainly got what they wanted and they
Coach Moretti told the boys before the match that in this sport there are
no shortcuts and it was that simple. The boys absorbed that, took it on to
the mat, and demonstrated what it takes to be winners. Each day these boys
sacrifice by giving everything they have during practices and matches and
both coaches are extremely proud of how hard they work each day.
Congratulations to all of the 7th and 8th grade wrestlers.
|Wrestling Modified vs. East Ramapo High School
February 5, 2008
Win 48 - 5
|Following a great performance on Superbowl Sunday at the
Hudson Valley Invitational, the SOMS wrestlers won another one in style
yesterday as they dominated East Ramapo, hence extending their unbeaten
record to 11-0. Not many of the boys wrestled during the match as the
opposing team did not have many wrestlers. Those that did wrestle did so
with passion and a lot of heart. The boys know that the season is winding
down and they are still undefeated with only two matches left to complete a
perfect season. They continue to strive for great success and they are an
incredible team of boys. There were only 8 matches in total and our boys won
7 of them, all coming by pin.
Coach Moretti told the boys that they had wrestled with a lot of solid
technique and focus which are the keys to succeeding in this sport. The boys
compiled a total of 48 points yesterday while only giving up 5 team points.
They really won this one with another great effort. Honors for
most-outstanding wrestler of the day have to go to Cameron Collichio.
Cameron demonstrated not only technical experience, but what it takes to win
with a big heart. He pinned his opponent in the first period after showing a
gym filled with peers, parents, and teachers what great wrestling technique
really looks like. Great job to Cameron. As a team, we have recorded over
170 wins and compiled more than 630 team points. Coach Moretti told the boys
that the next week was going to tell the complete story and that now is the
time to show how really wonderful and passionate this team really is.
Congratulations to all the boys on another phenomenal win.
|Wrestling Modified vs. Suffern High School
February 7, 2008
Win 48 - 43
|The boys wrestling team mounted one of the greatest
comebacks on Thursday against undefeated wrestling powerhouse Suffern Middle
School. The win really demonstrated why the boys are now 12-0 with only
Willow Grove Middle School to beat to complete the perfect season. After
losing the first six bouts of the match, the boys were down 19 points by a
score of 25-6. At this point, a win did seem gloomy and as though the boys’
undefeated season was about to slip away. For a brief moment, a win looked
out of reach.
Early in the second match of the day, the action had to be stopped
because 7th grader Carlos Aponte unfortunately dislocated and fractured his
elbow. A silence fell over the crowd. Carlos was unbelievably brave as he
lay on the mat in extreme pain. Fighting back tears, all he could muster up
to say to Coach Moretti, who was kneeling beside him, was that he was sorry
that he let the team down. Coach Moretti responded by telling Carlos that he
was a true champion and that he was the bravest boy he had ever had the
privilege of coaching. Coach Moretti then leaned down and whispered to
Carlos that we were going to win this one for him. It was the first time
since their match against Nanuet that the boys trailed in team points. Coach
Moretti and Coach Rothschild had been preparing the boys for this very
moment and this very situation. After the sixth match, Coach Moretti walked
over to 8th grade captain and team leader Charlie Garcia and told him to get
this team prepared and fired up for their greatest battle yet and to accept
nothing less than victory. This one wasn’t over yet. Charlie spoke to his
team and it was at that point when the match turned around.
The wrestlers began to rally back to win the next 6 out of 8 matches. The
boys had now taken the lead by a very narrow margin of only two points. The
score was now 36-34 in favor of Tappan Zee. However, it was far from over.
The comeback had begun and was led by energetic 7th grader John Toher. As he
ran out onto the mat, Coach Moretti told him that it was up to him to turn
this match around and spark this team. Well, that is exactly what he did
with a huge emotional win. He did so by pinning his opponent in the first
period. The rest of the team, coaches, and Tappan Zee spectators erupted
with cheers and applause as John excitedly ran off the mat with his fists
pumped in the air. The boys continued to charge in the next seven matches
with heart felt wins by Sergei
Meyer, Frankie Caruana, Lawrence Chan, Connor Kohlbrenner, and
One of the most exciting bouts of the day was turned in by Connor
Kohlbrenner who went out there and pinned the same boy that Carlos wrestled
before he had to forfeit due to injury. As he came off the mat, Coach
Moretti shook Connor’s hand and told him that Carlos is going to be so proud
of him. After losing the next two matches, the boys were now down 7 points
by a score of 43-36 with only two bouts left. The boys confidence never
wavered. They knew that this match was theirs to take. Dennis Carroll was
next on the mat. He went into his match strong and confident and wrestled
like a seasoned champion. He won his match by pin which closed the gap to
only one point. It was now 43-42 in favor of Suffern.
The most important match of the day and season rested on the shoulders of
co-captain Matt Beletti. Matt knew that his teammates undefeated season was
hanging in the loom. As he approached the mat, he walked over to his
coaches. Coach Moretti looked his wrestler in the eyes and simply said, “You
know what you have to do. I anchored you for a reason so now go out there
and show me why you are one of the captain’s on this team.” Matt shook his
head and approached the center of the mat and squared off against a much
bigger and heavier opponent. Matt’s commitment and confidence were never in
question. On the first whistle, Matt took his opponent to the mat in the
first three seconds of the match. The crowd erupted with cheers. Matt was in
control and didn’t give up that control at any point. He had a difficult
time turning his opponent onto his back, but after several attempts, he
finally did with every last bit of energy, strength, and heart that he could
muster up. With a gym filled with well-wishers, Matt kept his opponent on
his back until the referee finally blew the whistle and slapped the mat with
only seconds remaining.
The noise in that gym was deafening as every person on the Tappan Zee
side of the gym jumped out of their seats and erupted with applause. The
boys knew exactly what they had to do and they went out there and did it.
Pride filled the room. The final score was 48-43 in favor of Tappan Zee. The
win allowed the boys to continue their undefeated season with a 12-0 record
and only one match left against Willow Grove Middle School to complete a
perfect season. Smiling spectators and parents came out of the bleachers and
congratulated all the boys and coaches for an exciting and incredible win.
One parent even told Coach Moretti that this match was even more exciting
than watching the Giants defeat the Patriots in the Super bowl. On the
return bus ride, Coach Moretti told his boys that he had never seen such an
incredible display of commitment, courage, confidence, and heart all rolled
into one spectacular performance. He then let out an emotional scream to let
the boys know that they won this one for their fearless teammate who was
being attended to at Nyack Hospital. Those words by Coach Moretti created a
deafening sound of excitement and cheers by all of the wrestlers. This was
an incredible and historical victory for South Orangetown, which will not
soon be forgotten. Only one match now stands in the way of the perfect
season for the boys. We hope to see you all at TZHS on Tuesday as the boys
attempt to make SOMS wrestling history with a win against Willow Grove
Middle School en route to a 13-0 undefeated season.