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The below was taken from the Hackley Athletic Department website. We congratulate the team on its numerous accomplishments:
Hackley's wrestlers proved to be some of the toughest in this year’s Ivy League competition, led by senior captains Matt MacFarlane, Will Johnson, Justin Seim and Chris Breen.
Season highlights include a all-time win record breaking 116th victory for Justin Seim, which set the momentum for the second half of the season, into the Stony Brook Duals, with victories over Stony Brook, Stepinac and Salesian. Finally, with wins over Trinity, Croton, and Poly Prep, the varsity wrestling squad was ready for the postseason.
At Ivies, the entire team wrestled with tenacity and poise, with first place finished by Will Johnson, Justin Seim (4X Champ), and Xavier Carmona, second place finishes by Sam Welch, Andre Newland, Damis Yancopoulos, Rodrigo Mejias, and Ben Jurcic, and third place finishes by Mike Tarantino, Matt MacFarlane and Chris Breen. The team placed third overall.
In the last dual meet of the season, Hackley beat Rye Country Day, avenging last year’s loss to the Rye squad, and finishing home competition in a fashion of which all could be proud of.
The team entered the State Tournament at Long Island Lutheran High School with high expectations, and preformed well, with Will Johnson and Justin Seim taking first, Xavier Carmona and Ben Jurcic taking second, Sam Welch and Rodrigo Mejias taking third, Stephen Zak, Dan Shaw and Andre Newland taking fourth, and Damis Yancopoulos and Milo Lempert taking fifth. The team again placed third overall, behind Horace Mann and Long Island Lutheran.
This season saw many individual and team accomplishments, including an amazing fifth state title for senior Justin Seim (career record of 138-19) with 321 takedowns and 70 pins, over fifteen dual meet victories for the wrestling team as a whole, and Coach Fran Stanek’s 100th career victory. After a season in which wrestlers of varied ages and experience levels contributed on the varsity level with success, it is clear the outlook for next year is bright.
College News from Dick Miller
In Vermont's NCAA opening round with Lamar of the Southland Conference on the 14th, at Daytona U., Sandro Carissimo (Sleepy Hollow-Iona Prep ’10) and his Catamounts defeated their opponents, 71-59, to advance further in the NCAA Division 1 " March Madness " National Championship.
He had 10 points in the game, with 6 of them coming in the final minutes of the game, in addition to 2 boards, 1 turnover, and a 1 steal in the victory.
Then, playing top seeded North Carolina in Durham on the 16th, he led his team in points, with 11, the result of 4 field goals and 1 trey, plus having 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal in the 77-58 loss. The Catamounts had a season's record of 24-12.
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