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Pleasantville's Anyichie Holds Down Scarsdale Win

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – After eight minutes of wrestling in the Scarsdale Tournament 285-pound final, the result would come down to one last 30-second period.  Pleasantville’s Obum Anyichie would need to prevent Yorktown’s David Varian from getting out in order to win, while a Varian escape would result in a victory.

Anyichie maintained control for the entire 30 seconds and went on to a 3-2 victory over Varian.

Pleasantville finished seventh, with 75 points, among the 14-team field. Stephen Paternostro (113 pounds) and Mark Taino (120) both finished fourth.

“It was a big win for Obum,” Pleasantville assistant coach Steven Tornambe said. “It was against a very good large-school wrestler and to win a big final like Obum did can get you ready for sectionals.”

Anyichie and Varian, who finished third in the 2011 Section 1 Division I 285-pound weight class, were tied at 1-1 after regulation and a one-minute overtime period. Both wrestlers escaped from the defensive position in the subsequent 30-second periods leading to the sudden-victory 30 seconds.

Varian scored first so he had choice, and opted for the defensive position.“It was a very even match between both wrestlers,” Tornambe said. “You could feel the excitement as the match went on.”

Scarsdale Tournament

Team standings and key – 1. Garden City (GC) 245 points; 2. Yorktown (Yk) 197; 3. Scarsdale (Sc) 156.5; 4. White Plains (WP) 105.5. Harrison (H) 92; 6. Ossining (O) 85; 7. Pleasantville (Pv) 75; 8. Pawling (Pw) 65; 9. Stepinac (AS) 64; 10. Port Chester (PC) 53; 11. Rye (R) 51.5; 12. Pearl River (PR) 26; 13. Eastchester (E) 14; 14. Mount Vernon (MV) 0.

Championship

99 – J.P. Moran (GC) dec. Chris Repetti (GC), 5-0; 106 – Tom Reina (GC) pin. Pat Slovensky (GC); 113 – Jack Reina (GC) pin. Mike Hodges (Sc); 120 – Jimmy Kaishian (Yk) dec. Joe Maida (H), 9-2; 126 – Mike Lofrese (GC) pin. Gavin Menchel (H); 132 – John Tambunting (Sc) dec. Kyle Santucci (Yk), 3-2; 138 – Joe Koshakow (Sc) dec. Joe McDonough (PR) , 6-4; 145 – Joe Mastro (Yk) dec. Matt Schmelzinger (GC), 5-2; 152 – Scott Porter (Pw) pin. A.J. Revellese (AS); 160 – Devonte Harrell (O) pin. Andy Zagazeta (PC); 170 – Steven Sabella (Yk) dec. Jack Braun (Sc), 7-1; 182 – Jacob Berkowitz (Sc) dec. Oliver Mold (Pw), 9-3; 195 – Mike Karl (Yk) dec. Jimmy Lopez (PC), 6-3; 220 – Ceasar Cantori (WP) pin. Matt Acevedo (Pw); 285 – Obum Anyichie (Pv) dec. David Varian (Yk), ride out.

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