Lucas Escobar, the East Hampton High School senior who wrestles at 120 pounds, improved his record to 30-2, defeating five opponents, four of them in Saturday’s invitational tournament at Port Jefferson.
These wins give him 93 for his career, seven short of joining Eric Kaufman, who’s in East Hampton’s Hall of Fame, in “the century club.”
Seeded third in his division, Escobar won the championship, winning his first match by pin, his second by a technical fall, his semifinal bout by a pin, and the final by a 4-1 decision over Riverhead’s Cody Weiss, the top seed. His semifinal opponent, Pat Ortiz of Centereach, was the second seed.
Last Thursday, in a dual meet here with the league’s top team, Elwood-John Glenn, Escobar pinned his man midway through the first period. It was one of two matches that the Bonackers were to win that day. The other winner was Axel Alanis, at 195 pounds.
Alanis was trailing when he caught his opponent in a headlock, throwing him to the mat for a 7-5 victory.
“The kid Axel beat was ranked fifth in the county,” Steve Tseperkas, East Hampton’s coach, said during a conversation Tuesday. “He was third in the league last year, so Axel beat an all-league wrestler.”
Alanis placed third in Saturday’s tournament, decisioning Riverhead’s Justin Hansel 6-4 in the wrestlebacks.
Other East Hampton place-winners were Luciano Escobar, who finished third at 160, decisioning Centereach’s Rob Truberg 5-3 in overtime, and Richie Browne, the top-seeded 220-pound wrestler, who also placed third, decisioning Riverhead’s Jerry Lopez 5-3 in O.T.
The league championships are to be contested at Shoreham-Wading River High School this Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Tseperkas said he’s entering Haiau Duong at 113 pounds, Lucas Escobar and Kevin Boles at 120, Matt Carrillo at 132, Colton Kalbacher and Malachy Mitchnick at 145, Jonathan Pineda at 152, Luciano Escobar at 160, George Calderon at 182, Alanis at 195, Luis Idrovo at 220, and Browne and Josh King at 285.