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Westlake's Solis Pins Down O'Connell Title

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. - Edgar Solis has been compiling wins this season but there was one aspect of his wrestling that was bothering the Westlake junior.

Even though Solis was controlling his matches and winning by lopsided scores, he was not pleased with his lack of pins. That all changed, Wednesday at the annual Michael O’Connell Wrestling Tournament.

Solis pinned his first two opponents, the punctuated his day with a win by technical fall over Pearl River’s Rob Gullo, becoming the 152-pound champion.

Westlake finished ninth as a team (44.5 points). Tappan Zee won the title and Hen Hud finished third. Solis was the lone Westlake champion. The Wildcats had two other place finishers -- Con Coffinas was third at 160 and Nick O’Halloran was fourth at 138.

“’ve been working on my mat wrestling for the last two weeks because it has not been as good as I want it,” Solis said. “I had not pinned anyone this season until today.”

The match was a mere 30 seconds old when Solis registered the first takedown and immediately got back points. “My coaches spoke to me about being aggressive so I kept shooting and I was able to control the match,” Solis said.

Leading 4-0 in the first, Solis closed out the period with three additional near-fall points. Solis was pleased with his two pins and despite the non-pin in the final, he came away happy because he put all three facets together -- wrestling from his feet, from the defensive position and from the offensive position.

“Coming in it was frustrating not having pins because you always want to end the match as quick as possible,” Solis said. “I felt I had a very good tournament today.”

Team standings and key -- 1. Tappan Zee (TZ) 147 points; 2. Washingtonville (Wv) 112.5; 3 Hen Hud (HH) 111.5; 4. Pearl River (PR) 107.5; 5. Clarkstown North (CN) 90; 6. Pleasantville (Pv) 62; 7. North Rockland (NRk) 60.5; 8. Nyack (Ny) 55; 9. Westlake (Ws) 44.5; 10. Irvington (I) 38; 11. East Ramapo (ER) 37; 12. Lakeland/Panas (Lk/Pn) 28; 13. Ellenville (Ell) 24; 14. Tuxedo (Tux) 19.Championship

99 -- Brian Hong (CN) dec. James Kelly (PR), 8-2; 106 -- Mike Seligson (CN) dec. Dylan Lynn (Tux), 12-8 OT; 113 -- John Muldoon (PR) technical fall Stephen Paternostro (Pv), 18-3; 120 -- Adit Thakur (Ny) major dec. Bryan Monticello (Wv), 8-0; 126 -- Jose Rodriguez (NRk) technical fall Graham Williamson (Pv), 18-3; 132 -- Kevin McDermott (HH) technical fall James Giraldez (Ny), 18-2;138 -- Charlie Garcia (TZ) dec. Steven Moreno (PR), 3-1; 145 -- Josh Perlmutter (HH) dec. Brett Pastore (I), 10-8; 152 -- Edgar Solis (Ws) technical fall Rob Gullo (PR), 16-1; 160 -- Phil Siegel (HH) pin. Ken Krygier (Ell), 3:17; 170 -- Colin Casey (Wv) pin. Tino DiPaterio (Lk/Pn), 3:34; 182 -- Benji Sinanaj (TZ) pin. Tyler Goings (ER), 2:48; 195 -- Ekepende Imasuen (NRk) pin. John Hartnett (TZ), 5:44; 220 -- Mike Manni (TZ) dec. Sam Weinger (Wv), 8-4; 285 -- Sean Barry (HH) pin. Obum Anyichie (Pv), 1:10.

Third place

99 -- Joey Fields (CN) dec. James Bathon (Pv), 5-3; 106 -- Jack Wagner (HH) dec. Tyler Wexler (I), 11-5; 113 -- Jon Alvarez (ER) pin. Louis DeLucia (CN), 2:04; 120 -- Matt Begley (CN) dec. Dan Ferriera (Lk/Pn), 3-1; 126 -- Carlos Aponte (TZ) pin. Rob Fahey (HH), 1:29; 132 -- Nick Simeti (PR) dec. Luke Harrison (Wv), 7-4; 138 -- Mark Milisci (Wv) dec. Nick O’Halloran (Ws), 6-4; 145 -- Ryan Becker (CN) dec. Dan Wanamker (TZ), 6-0; 152 -- Desmond Djekovic (TZ) dec. Francesco Pichardo (Wv), 7-1; 160 -- Con Coffinas (Ws) pin. Andrew Brayado (Wv), 2:32; 170 -- Valdon Djekovic (TZ) pin. Dennis Carroll (TZ), 3:31; 182 -- Tim Fjermestad (PR) pin. Selena Nixon (Ny), :25; 195 -- Kevin Degnan (I) pin. Brendan Woods (Lk/Pn), 2:08; 220 -- Frank Lezamiz (NRk) pin. Jason Dorsainville (ER), 3:11; 285 -- Stephen Melgar (Wv) dec. Mike Manni (TZ), 3-1.


99 -- Brian Hong (CN) major dec. Chris Bathon (Pv), 8-0; James Kelly (PR) dec. Joey Fields (CN), 4-3; 106 -- Mike Seligson (CN) dec. Jack Wagner (HH), 10-8; Dylan Lynn (Tux) pin. Tyler Wexler (I), 1:21; 113 -- Stephen Paternostro (Pv) pin. Joe Smith (Ell), 1:18; John Muldoon (PR) major dec. Jon Alvarez (ER), 9-1; 120 -- Adit Thakur (Ny) pin. Steven Richardson (HH), 1:43; Bryan Mongiello (Wv) major dec. Dan O‘Connor (NR), 15-1; 126 -- Graham Williamson (Pv) pin. Rob Fahey (HH), :59; Jose Rodriguez (NRk) dec. Carlos Aponte (TZ), 9-2; 132 -- James Giraldez (Ny) pin. Blake Cohen (Lk/Pn), :53; Kevin McDermott (HH) dec. Nick Simeti (PR), 9-3; 138 -- Steven Moreno (PR) dec. Mark Milisci (Wv), 6-4; Charlie Garcia (TZ) pin. Nick O‘Halloran (Ws), 1:23; 145 -- Brett Pastore (I) pin. Anthony Zurla (NRk), 1:34; Josh Perlmutter (HH) dec. Ryan Becker (CN), 6-5; 152 -- Rob Gullo (PR) pin. Francesco Pichardo (Wv), 3:31; Edgar Solis (Ws) pin. Desmond Djekovic (TZ), 3:45; 160 -- Phil Siegel (HH) pin. Adonis Alcime (Ny), 2:33; Ken Krygier (Ell) major dec. Dave Crispino (CN), 11-2; 170 --Colin Casey (Wv) dec. Valdon Djekovic (TZ), 10-3; Tino DiPaterio (Lk/Pn) dec. Dennis Carroll (TZ), 8-3; 182 -- Tyler Goings (ER) dec. Tim Fjermestad (PR) 4-3; Beni Sinanaj (TZ) pin. Selena Nixon (Ny), :29; 195 -- John Hartnett (TZ) pin. Brendan Woods (Lk/Pn), 1:41; Expenede Imasuen (NRk) dec. Kevin Degnan (I), 7-2; 220 -- Chris McGann (TZ) pin. Bryan Kendrick (PR), :45; Sam Weinger (Wv) pin. Jason Dorsainville (ER), 2:25; 285 -- Obum Anyichie (Pv) pin. Anthony DiNardo (I), 3:34; Sean Barry (HH) dec. Mike Manni (TZ), 4-0.

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