After finishing the regular season 8-10, the Rye wrestling team sent three of their finest to the Divisional championships at Sleepy Hollow in early February. Junior captain Donovan McSorley placed third in the 160-pound weight class, and seniors Jesse Trumm (145) and Graham Zahringer (152), also a captain, emerged as winners of their weight class brackets.
Trumm overcame an upper-body injury he had suffered the week before to beat New Rochelle’s Aaron Butler 8-4 in the final. Zahringer entered the final round with 99 career victories under his belt, and – by defeating Brewster’s Nick Ghelarducci – the Rye captain entered the exclusive 100-win club. Only two other Garnets, Charlie Trumm and Charlie Foltman, had crossed the threshold prior to Zahringer’s feat.
The senior’s season was not over just yet, however, as he racked up three more victories – including a 3-1 upset of the No. 1 seed in the semifinals – en route to the 152-pound weight class Section finals at Pace University February 14. Zahringer battled New Rochelle’s Marc Diaz for the crown, but ultimately fell in a back-and-forth 3-2 nailbiter. Zahringer, a fifth seed, was the highest-seeded wrestler to appear in the finals.
“I’m sad that this is my last year of high school wrestling, but I’m proud of my how I’ve progressed since my freshman year,” said Zahringer. “It was great to get my 100th career win at Divisionals, and it was satisfying to beat some kids who were seeded higher than me at Sectionals.”
Trumm made it as far as the Section quarterfinals in the 145-pound weight class, giving Rye two All-Section wrestlers.
The end of this season was bittersweet for Garnets’ head coach Beckley. The six seniors who are graduating – Trumm, Zahringer, Peter Kennedy, Ryan Calo, Daniel Acevedo and Zach Papadopoulos – come from a group of 6th graders he coached in the Youth Wrestling Program in his first year at Rye.
“Back then, we only had three members on the team so these wrestlers were the building blocks of a program that now boasts 30 young men on varsity and another 28 on modified,” said Beckley. “They have also helped to develop the Rye Youth Wrestling Program, which usually supports roughly 40 wrestlers.
“I am happy with their development as wrestlers, but more importantly as young men. They have matured so much over the years and I am very excited to see them start the next phase of their life after high school.”
At the JV Section championships in January, sophomore Tyler Conway won the 131-pound weight class title before a capacity crowd at John Jay High School. Conway pinned Brewster’s Omar Juarez in the third period of the finals. The young grappler comes from a strong wrestling family. His father Dan and uncles Rich and Robert were outstanding wrestlers for the Garnets back in the 1970s and early 1980s.
On his road to the championship match, he took on many tough competitors. Conway faced Joe Solicipo of Clarkstown North in the opening round, winning on a close 2-1 decision that came down to the final seconds. He then scored a second-round pin against Felmer Barios of White Plains in the quarterfinals. The semifinal match started with an early takedown by Conway and ended in a hard fought 3-1 decision over Suffern’s Peter Sharp. In the championship tilt, Conway fell behind in the contest on a quick move by Juarez, but Conway took control early in the third period after a series of points exchanges.
“Tyler worked hard all year long in the practice room,” said coach Anthony DelVeccio. “He always strived to become better, and Saturday showed his hard work and drive paid off.”
Eighth-grader Fritz Zahringer of the Garnets placed fourth in the 127-pound division. The Garnets had 14 wrestlers compete in the JV Sectionals, which will help build a foundation for seasons to come.
— Melanie Cane and Jeff Dempsey