Birthday Boy Saves the Day for Garnets

Donovan McSorley made sure his birthday was a happy one. Wrestling at Rye Country Day School January 12, the Garnet grappler scored a decisive pin against the Wildcats’ Chibueze Nwakeze in the penultimate match, guaranteeing a 40-36 win for Rye High over their cross-town rivals. McSorley, a junior co-captain, pinned Nwakeze at the 3:45 mark in the 160-pound duel.

“Donovan’s pin was a well-planned strategy,” said Garnets’ head coach Matt Beckley.  “He came out slow, let the opponent burn off a lot of energy, and then – after the three-minute mark – Donovan turned it on. He has been developing nicely over the past few years and we’re excited to have him for one more year.”

Donovan McSorley and Chibueze Nwakeze

The match between the two Rye schools was highlighted by a bevy of pins. Mike Pollinger, Brandon Kim, Nick Bronson, and Zach Tax were all pinfall victors for the Wildcats, and – along with McSorley – Will Florio, Jesse Trumm, and Connor McWilton did the same for the Garnets.

“Connor McWilton’s win at 112 pounds really stuck out for us,” said Beckley. “He wasn’t feeling well all day but worked through it and got the fall for some very valuable team points.”

Garnets’ senior captain Graham Zahringer remained undefeated with a 13-3 decision over Mike Rosenfeld in the 152-pound class. He moved to 15-0 the next day with a victory in Rye’s match with Pleasantville, in which the Garnets were soundly defeated 68-7. They are 6-7 at press time.

With the loss to Rye High, the Wildcats fell to 5-2.

Rye’s Beckley had nothing but praise for the team across town. “They have really improved over the past couple of years. Their head coach, Rich Knazick, has done a very good job building the program.”

– Melanie Cane

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