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Two Garnets Qualify for Section Tourney

February 10, 2011

Under the direction of first-year head coach Matt Beatty, the Rye wrestling team finished the regular season 14-7 and sent 17 athletes to the Divisional tournament February 6. Two of those wrestlers – senior co-captain Donovan McSorley and junior Joe Simolacaj – advanced to the Section tourney February 12 at Lincoln High School in Yonkers.

Donovan McSorley

McSorley, 30-4 in the 145-pound weight class this year, grappled his way to the Division finals before losing via pinfall to the top-seeded wrestler. Simolacaj, in just his second year on the mats, lost in the semifinals, but rebounded to win his next two matches. Beatty believes Simolacaj’s conditioning and sheer determination propelled him to victory in an especially grueling final match.

Simolacaj, 22-12 so far this year, will be the No. 7 seed in the 171-pound class. McSorley is seeded second in his respective class.

“He’s had a great year and he’s worked very hard and provided great leadership for the team,” Beatty said of McSorley. “I’m so glad he’s matured to the point that he has.

Joe Simolacaj

Rye nearly qualified three additional Garnets for Sectionals, but Brian Gardner, George Knudsvig, and Jacob Stone came up painstakingly short. Beatty was nevertheless proud of his charges.

— Melanie Cane

Garnet Captains Tame Huskies, Inspire Teammates in Rivalry Match

January 12, 2011

Home field advantage was a factor January 4 at Rye, as the wrestling team edged Harrison by a razor-thin margin in front of boisterous friends, family and former grapplers. Rye’s 36-35 win over their rivals improved the team’s record to 11-4.

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Zahringer Reaches 100-Win Milestone and Section Finals

February 24, 2010

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.

Graham Zahringer with his parents on senior night

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.

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Morning Round-up: Garnets Make Their Mark in Sectionals

February 16, 2010

There was plenty of Garnet action on the courts, mats, pools and tracks over the weekend, and plenty of Sectional success as well. The Rye boys’ basketball team scored the stunner of the weekend, as the 18th-seeded squad upended No. 2 Sleepy Hollow 54-39 on the road Friday. With the win, Rye is now in position to visit the County Center for a second consecutive year. First they’ll need to go through No. 7 Tappan Zee on the road Wednesday at 6 p.m. Against the Horsemen, Conor Smith paced the Garnets with 17 points and Brian Pickup added 13.

Graham Zahringer provided an excellent showing for the Rye wrestling team at Sectionals on Saturday and Sunday, as he battled his way to the championship bout in the 152-pound weight class. The Garnet captain defeated a pair of Arlington wrestlers in the quarterfinals and semifinals via decision, but fell in the final to New Rochelle’s Diaz in a 3-2 decision. Jesse Trumm made his way as far as the quarterfinals in the 145-pound weight class.

Graham Zahringer
Graham Zahringer on senior day

Unfortunately for the Rye girls’ basketball team, their season came to an end on Friday at No. 6 Albertus Magnus. The 11th-seeded Garnets dropped a 56-37 decision. Rye trailed 30-14 at halftime, but sliced the deficit to seven at the end of three quarters. Albertus, however, put the Garnets away in the fourth quarter. Lillian McCabe and Catharine Greer each scored 13 in the loss.

While the girls’ basketball team suffered a defeat in Rockland, the Rye boys’ swimming team was putting together an impressive showing a few steps down the road Friday at Felix Festa Middle School in the Section championships. The Garnets competed in six events overall, and finished fourth behind Tappan Zee, Horace Greeley, and Arlington. Junior Kevin Hughes provided the school’s highlight of the day by winning the 500-meter freestyle event in 4:40.60, which was eight seconds faster than his time just days before.

Rye’s indoor track team fared very well at the Section 1 Class B championships Sunday at The Armory. The boys placed third overall, while the girls finished sixth. Mac Gager toppled an all-time Rye record on his way to a first place finish in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:24. Max Robinson placed first in the boys’ 2-mile run, while Torie Virtue took second in the high jump. Amanda Owens (pole vault), Erica Gold (1,500-meter race walk), Chris Fumasoli (shot put), Taylor Love (2-mile run), and the boys’ 4×800-meter relay team all finished third in their respective events.

Full feature stories on each of these teams will appear in the next issue of The Rye Record, and on here before that paper hits the stands February 26.

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Morning Round-up: Boys’ Basketball Advances

February 12, 2010

The 18th-seeded Rye boys’ basketball team upended No. 15 Our Lady of Lourdes 48-43, on the road Thursday in the Outbracket Round of the Class A Section playoffs. Conor Smith paced the Garnets with 19 points, nine of them coming from downtown.

Conor Smith

Senior captain Brendan Nagle chipped in 10. With the victory, Rye is awarded a First Round meeting with No. 2 seed Sleepy Hollow today on the road at 5 p.m. Below are the playoff schedules for all teams who have qualified. The ice hockey Sectionals begin later this month.

I think my plan for today is to try and get to a little of all three RHS events. I’ll start off by heading over the Tappan Zee for boys’ swimming at Felix Festa at 4, and then shoot over to Albertus Magnus — just 0.7 miles from Festa — for the girls’ basketball game, which begins at 4:30. Finally, I’ll venture back over the Hudson to Sleepy Hollow for the boys’ basketball showdown. See you out there …

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
First Round — Friday, February 12
CLASS A — RHS (11) at Albertus Magnus (6), 4:30

Quarterfinals — Wednesday, February 17 at High Seed
Semifinals — Thursday, February 25 at County Center
Finals — Sunday, February 28 at County Center

BOYS’ BASKETBALL
Outbracket Round (February 11) — RHS 48, Our Lady of Lourdes 43

First Round — Friday, February 12 at Sleepy Hollow (2)
Class A — RHS (18) at Sleepy Hollow (2), 5 p.m.
Class B — RNHS (14) at Briarcliff (3), 7 p.m.

Quarterfinals — Wednesday, February 17 at High Seed
Semifinals — Wednesday, February 24 at County Center
Finals — Sunday, February 28 at County Center

BOYS’ SWIMMING
Section Championships — Friday, February 12 at Felix Festa Middle School, 4 p.m.

WRESTLING
Section Tournament — Saturday, February 13 at Clarkstown South, 3:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 14 at Pace University, 10 a.m.
Competing are Jesse Trumm (145), Graham Zahringer (152), and Donavon McSorley (16)

INDOOR TRACK
Class B Section Championships — Sunday, February 14 at The Armory, 1 p.m.

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Let the Games Begin!

February 11, 2010

Garnet fans get their reward for all that shoveling done over the past 24 hours, as the Section Playoffs get rolling today with a Rye boys’ basketball outbracket playoff game and the boys’ swimming Section championship. Rye’s 200 IM and 200 freestyle medley relays qualified Tuesday at Felix Festa, joining the individuals who qualified the day before.

The full Sectional schedule for the Garnets — aside from ice hockey, which begins later this month — is below. The private school tournaments also begin later in the month.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
First Round — Friday, February 12
CLASS A — RHS (11) at Albertus Magnus (6), Time TBA

Quarterfinals — Wednesday, February 17 at High Seed
Semifinals — Thursday, February 25 at County Center
Finals — Sunday, February 28 at County Center

BOYS’ BASKETBALL
Outbracket Round — Thursday, February 11
CLASS A — RHS (18) at Our Lady of Lourdes (15), 5 p.m.

First Round — Friday, February 12 at Sleepy Hollow (2)
Quarterfinals — Wednesday, February 17 at High Seed
Semifinals — Wednesday, February 24 at County Center
Finals — Sunday, February 28 at County Center

BOYS’ SWIMMING
Section Championships — Thursday, February 11 at Felix Festa Middle School, 4 p.m.

WRESTLING
Section Tournament — Saturday, February 13 at Clarkstown South, 3:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 14 at Pace University, 10 a.m.
Competing are Jesse Trumm (145), Graham Zahringer (152), and Donavon McSorley (16)

INDOOR TRACK
Class B Section Championships — Sunday, February 14 at The Armory, 1 p.m.

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Birthday Boy Saves the Day for Garnets

January 18, 2010

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

Morning Round-up: Mundinger Scores 100th Point

January 14, 2010

Paul Mundinger scored his 100th career pointl for the Rye ice hockey team Wednesday at the Ice Casino, as the Garnets routed Somers 11-0. The victory snapped a three-game streak without a win, and improved Rye’s record to 6-3-1. Mundinger finished with four goals in the win. Up next for the Garnets are a pair of non-region games this weekend against upstate opponents. Both games — versus Homer-Cortland and Whitesboro — will be at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon.

Rye’s wrestling team dropped a 68-7 decision to Pleasantville at home. Graham Zahringer and Jesse Trumm were both victorious for the Garnets.

Holy Child’s track team won the Independent School section of the 4×400 meter relay at the Millrose Games trials at the New Balance Armory in Washington Heights, N.Y. Rachel O’Driscoll, Isabelle Despins, Brianna McLoughlin, and Katelyn Racanelli set a new school record of 4:23.8 en route to victory. The girls will compete in the 103rd running of the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden January 29.

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Morning Round-up: Garnets Edge RCDS on the Mat

January 13, 2010

Despite opening the match with three straight victories, the Rye Country Day wrestling team lost to Rye High School Tuesday at home, 40-36. Mike Pollinger (RCDS) opened the action in a 189-lb. duel with a pin victory at 3:10 against Steve Valencia. In the 215-lb. weight class, Brandon Kim (RCDS) pinned Zach Papadapolis in 3:13.  Obinna Nwakeze (RCDS) won by forfeit in the 285-lb. weight class, but Connor McWilton (R) turned the Garnets’ fortunes by pinning Brian Aronson in 4:21 in the 112-lb. weight class. The pins kept coming in the 119-lb. class, as Ben Lust (RCDS) edged Fritz Zahringer. Will Florio (R, 125-lb.) then bested Matt Lee in 2:36. Rye’s Peter Kennedy won a forfeit at 130 lbs., and then Nick Bronson (RCDS, 135-lb. class) pinned Russel Hanson in 3:45. Jake Stone was another forfeit winner at 140 lbs. for the Garnets, and Jesse Trumm kept the victories coming for Rye with a pin in 2:25 against Andrew Miller (145 lbs.). Two of Rye’s three captains then picked up victores. Graham Zahringer wa sa 13-3 victor in a 152-lb. battle with Mike Rosenfeld, and Donovan McSorley pinned Chibueze Nwakeze (160 lbs.) in 3:45. In the finale, Zach Tax (RCDS, 171 lbs.) pinned Joe Simalacaj in 3:58.

The Rye boys’ basketball team picked up their fourth win of the season at home in a 77-64 defeat of John Jay-Cross River. Brendan Nagle led the way with 27 points, as the Garnets won for the second time in three games. Brian Pickup chipped in 19.

Brendan Nagle

At Valhalla, the Rye Neck boys’ basketball team fell 65-42. Brendan Crowley and Harry Kerr each had 12 for the Panthers.

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Garnets Exact Revenge on Byram Hills

January 7, 2010

Rye’s wrestling team avenged a December loss to Byram Hills by edging the Bobcats 48-36 at home January 5.

“I’m very happy with today’s outcome,” said head coach Matt Beckley. “I’m thrilled that we were able to turn it around against them. We never like to lose, but being able to topple a team that recently beat you makes you feel a lot better about the initial loss. The boys have been working hard and it showed today.”

Jesse Trumm

Beckley said he was especially pleased by some of the younger wrestlers’ performances, which included a Connor McWilton pin victory, and Jake Concavage’s stunning upset of Byram’s captain in the second round. The coach was also proud of Russell Hansen’s showing.

“He has been the biggest surprise,” said the coach. “Russell joined the team three-quarters through the season last year as a freshman and made varsity this year. He does not have much match experience, but he was thrown into the varsity lineup and so far has a winning percentage.”

Graham Zahringer

Leading the way for the 5-6 Garnets have been captains Graham Zahringer, who is 13-0, Donovan McSorley (11-2) and Peter Kennedy, with Jesse Trumm also doing yeoman’s work in the lineup. Beckley and his team are now entering the heart of the season, with several matches ortournaments a week for the duration of the season. Up next is a January 12 match with cross-town rival Rye Country Day.

“This was a good win today,” said McSorley. “Hopefully it gets us started and is just one of many victories to come.”

– Melanie Cane