WRESTLERS KEEP PUTTING UP POSITIVE RESULTS WITH NATIONAL PREP CHAMPIONSHIPS LOOMING
Track team picks up a pair of third-place efforts at the prestigious Millrose Games
Feb. 9, 2020
As the Gray Bees inch closer to the National Prep Championships, coach Frank DiPiano likes what he has seen from his wrestlers each and every week.
“The kids have stuck to the process and are starting to peak at the right time,” said DiPiano. “The ultimate goal is the prep national tournament and being ready to have the best tournament they can have on that weekend.”
This weekend was a case in point. Every Gray Bee wrestler scored points for the team and 11 of the 14 individuals placed in the Melee on the Metro in Washington, D.C.
“We are seeing production from young guys and some guys who haven't had all that much success,” explained DiPiano. “This just shows that we are progressing.”
St. Benedict’s scored 234.5 points and placed second, 10 points behind Germantown Academy (PA). Leading the Gray Bees’ effort was 138-pound gold medalist Matt Ryan, who, for the second time in two weeks, beat the fifth-ranked wrestler in the national prep rankings.
Placing third for DiPiano’s club were Tom Fierro (132 pounds), Ibrahim Mendheim (160) and Cesar Espinal (220). Mendheim suffered a loss in the semifinals after being called for a questionable slam. Otherwise, SBP would have challenged for the overall team championship.
Fourth-place went to Felix Clayton (145), Stanley Alexandre (195) and 285 Sekou Diabate, while picking up fifth-place honors were Andrew D’Arcy (126) and Anthony Augustin (170). Mike Holleran (113) came in sixth, and Reuben Kaduhsin landed in the 7th/8th-place slot.
DiPiano and his assistants also made time for the team to enjoy some of the famous landmarks in the nation’s capital.
“We got to see some sights and competed hard and really did things that SBP wrestling has always been about,” said DiPiano, who is in his first year leading the Gray Bee program. “This year has truly been a return to tradition. But that all doesn't matter if we are not ready to compete come February 21st when that first whistle blows to start the first round of prep nationals at Lehigh.”
The Gray Bee track team took part in the famous Millrose Games at the New York City Armory on Saturday and received a pair of third-place performances in the relays.
St. Benedict’s 4x400-meter relay team, which consisted of Malique Jackson, Justis Worrell, Saveyon Blake and Malachi Little placed third with time of 3:23.07. The same four runners managed the same result in the 4x200-meter relay by crossing the finish line in 1:30.23.