Escobar a Wrestling Champion Again

Seeded second, Escobar edged the top seed, Hills East’s Jack Scurti, 1-0 in the final
Despite giving away about 40 pounds, Richie Browne won by pin at 285 in Friday’s meet here with Sayville. Craig Macnaughton

    Lucas Escobar, who’s been wrestling at 120 pounds for the East Hampton High School wrestling team, improved his record to 24-1 on Saturday as he won four matches (three by pin) on the way to the 120-pound championship at the Mattituck invitational.

    It was the senior’s second tournament championship this season.

    Seeded second, Escobar edged the top seed, Hills East’s Jack Scurti, 1-0 in the final after having in previous matches pinned West Babylon’s Bobby Piazza (44 seconds), Connetquot’s Ryan Beninlase (4:25), and Connetquot’s Andrew Fiore (3:25).

    East Hampton had two other place-winners that day — Richie Browne, at 285, and Anthony Pineda, at 152. Browne was the runner-up, and Pineda finished fifth, going 3-2 in the matches he wrestled.

    Browne has been wrestling at 220, but Steve Tseperkas, East Hampton’s coach, thinks he has a better chance of making the county meet if he wrestles up. In getting to the final, which he lost by pin to the top seed, Josh Gutierrez, Browne defeated second-seeded Rob Leen, of Miller Place, 3-1, and bested third-seeded Pete Curto, of North Babylon, 5-1.

    Browne and Lucas Escobar are the only seniors on East Hampton’s team, which lost a dual meet to Sayville here Friday by a score of 51-24.

    East Hampton, which forfeited at 126, 138, and 170 pounds — giving up 18 points — “did well,” said Tseperkas. Colton Kalbacher, a 145-pounder who has been rehabbing a knee injury, remained out of Bonac’s lineup Friday, and apparently will be out another week before returning.

    East Hampton’s winners were Axel Alanis, at 195 pounds, Browne, at 285, Kevin Boles, at 113, and Lucas Escobar, at 120. Josh King, who ordinarily wrestles at 285, was away that day, Tseperkas said.

    Giving up about 40 pounds, Browne pinned his man in the first period. In a gutsy performance, Boles, who’s a sophomore, used a bear hug to take Corey Levy down in overtime, thus winning 5-3. Lucas Escobar pinned Mike Perko in the first period.

    Alanis broke a 4-4 tie with an escape in the final second of his match with Shane Sullivan.

    In the 152-pound match, it appeared Luciano Escobar had a takedown in the second period to put him up 4-2, though the referee thought better of it, and removed those 2 points, after Sayville’s coaches maintained Escobar had, in Tseperkas’s words, “failed to hook the kid’s leg while he was on top. . . . Had Luciano [who wound up losing 6-4] hooked the leg, the match would have gone into overtime at 6-6.”

    East Hampton was to have wrestled Mount Sinai at home yesterday, but Tseperkas said during a conversation Tuesday that it might be snowed out.