PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Somers’ Mark Lasar and Ossining’s Leo McCarthy turned in two tournament-shaking wins Sunday on the first day of the Section 1 Large School Wrestling New York State Qualifier at Pace University.
Lasat beat second-seeded Nick Didio from North Rockland in a quarterfinal of the 160-pound weight class. In the same round, McCarthy bested second-seeded Hassan Auwarter of Clarkstown South in the 170-pound weight class.
Those were two of the major upsets on a day dominated by North Rockland. The Red Raiders scored 90.5 points to take the lead. Yorktown is tied with Clarkstown South for second with 54 points and two-time defending champion Fox Lane is third.
Wrestling resumes 3 p.m. Monday with the semifinals at Pace University. The finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.
Lasar posted an 11-7 decision over Didio and McCarthy controlled Auwarter, 8-3. Lasar, seeded seventh, gets third-seeded Ben Miller of Mamaroneck in a semifinal. McCarthy, also seeded seventh, faces third-seeded Adam Hofling of Sleepy Hollow in a semifinal.
Yorktown has five wrestlers in the championship semifinals – Jimmy Kaishian (126 pounds), Joe Mastro (152), Thomas Murray (182), Steven Sabella (195) and David Varian (285).
Horace Greeley, which is sixth (45 points), also has five wrestlers in the semifinals – Kirby Atlas (120), Mitchell Klein (145), Brock Cvijanovich (182), Scott Wymbs (195) and Brent Lobien (285).
Tommy Grippi (145) headlines a group of four Fox Lane wrestlers in the semis, including Brandon Fay (99), Matt Grippi (106) and Ben Ettlinger (132).