RHS WRESTLING: Garnets Off to Up-and-Down Start, Literally

Coach Matt Beatty’s Rye grapplers fought their way through two major tournaments to open the season.

Published December 21, 2014 9:23 PM
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wrestinhg-thCoach Matt Beatty’s Rye grapplers fought their way through two major tournaments to open the season.

By Mitch Silver

wrestling-1Coach Matt Beatty’s Rye grapplers fought their way through two major tournaments to open the season. The first, their own Bernie Miller extravaganza that was held December 6 — and named for the former Garnets’ Athletic Director — paired off the eight teams to start the day, with Rye drawing the combined squad from Lakeland-Walter Panas.

Though the inexperienced Garnets dropped the overall team contest to the Rebels, 54-35, five locals won their bouts, with a sixth win coming by forfeit. At 170 pounds, Jackson Kligerman was up 14-0 when he scored a 5-point TKO. Tyler Webb, an eighth grader wrestling at 152, scored a lightning-quick pin in 21 seconds. Franklin Goldzer pinned his 138-pound foe for a six-point pickup. Phillip Smith’s pin in the 113-pound weight class added six more. At 195, Miles Giordano’s pin gave the host school their final points on the day.

wrestling-2A week later they were back in their headgear at the Hommocks School, taking on 14 teams from all over the metropolitan area in an all-day tournament. “Our wrestlers performed well,” Coach Beatty said. “They lack experience, but just love the opportunity to get on the mat. Despite being a young team, these boys are beating opponents they should not be beating.” He singled out Jackson Kligerman, who has a good chance to go a long way at Sectionals this year in a 170-pound class that has no returning champion or All-Section wrestlers. “Jackson won the tournament, beating the second-ranked kid along the way. He looked very impressive.”

Rye travels to Croton-Harmon and then White Plains post-press time, with the Woodlands tournament December 20, starting at nine in the morning.

 

 

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