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#lohudwrestling preview: Edgemont

// December 10th, 2016 // Comments Off on #lohudwrestling preview: Edgemont // Uncategorized

From: LOHUD WRESTLING BLOG

Edgemont's Cliffton Wang, top, beat Josh Grant from Yorktown in the 170 pound weight class, during wrestling finals at the 52nd annual Murphy-Guccione Shoreline Classic at New Rochelle High School, Jan. 9, 2016. (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

Edgemont’s Cliffton Wang, top, beat Josh Grant from Yorktown in the 170 pound weight class, during wrestling finals at the 52nd annual Murphy-Guccione Shoreline Classic at New Rochelle High School, Jan. 9, 2016. (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

2016-17 Edgemont Panthers
Coach — Pete Jacobson

Entering sixth season (15th with the program)

How did your team do last season?
•    Dual Meet Record: Overall 6-22; League 4-0
•    Fifth in Section 1 (Division 2)
•    League Champions

Who are your top returning wrestlers? 
•    Cliffton Wang (third in NYS; senior; 182 lbs)
•    George Mellor (second in section; senior; 145 lbs)
•    Andy Williams (senior; 120 lbs)
•    Lou Russo (senior; 285 lbs)
•    Surmed Khan (senior; 285 lbs)
•    Nick Meglino (sophomore; 126 lbs)

Who are the top wrestlers that you lost to graduation? 
•    Kyle Aslanian
•    Max Worobow
•    Hunter Moore
•    Chris Eppolito

What is the strength of your lineup? I think filling most or all of the weight classes certainly will make a big difference for us. We have some great seniors who will be great leaders for us and that will really set the tone for everyone else. I’d say that leadership is our biggest strength.

Are there any holes you’re concerned about filling? Last year we had a lot of holes in our dual meet line-up. This year, if we stay healthy, we should fill every weight class.

Do you think you’ll be a stronger team in dual meets or in tournament settings? Hard to say at this point. Filling weight classes is obviously really important for winning dual meets. If we stay healthy we should more or less be able to do that. I think we’ll put a fairly solid kid out at each weight. In tournaments we can obviously count on guys like Cliff Wang and George Mellor to earn us a lot of points, but we also have a few guys like Andy Williams and Nick Meglino that worked hard over the past several months and we think they’ll be helping our tournament point total as well.

What is your message to your team in the preseason? Our message doesn’t really change year-to-year. Obviously we need to tweak things here and there to maximize the potential of the guys on our roster, but that’s more physical and technical. The message stays consistent: Work hard, make good choices, push each other to get better each day and trust the system.

Will you host any tournaments? The 35th Annual Edgemont Wrestling Tournament on January 28th and the Section 1/Division 2 Championships on February 10th and 11th.

Lohud wrestling preview: The Mean 15

// December 10th, 2016 // Comments Off on Lohud wrestling preview: The Mean 15 // Uncategorized

Congrats to our own senior and captain Cliffton Wang for being named to the LoHud Mean 15 – the top 15 pound-for-pound wrestlers to watch in Section 1!

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Here’s Cliff’s excerpt:

Cliffton Wang, Edgemont — Some coaches will tell you that the Harvard-bound senior represents Section 1’s best shot at a state championship this season. The three-time section champ took third in the state at 170 pounds last season. WATCH

Full article here:

Every preseason, one of our most difficult tasks is coming up with a list of the top returning wrestlers in our area. We’ve changed the name a few times over the years, but I think this is the most appropriate — because anyone who has been around the sport of wrestling knows that you have to have a mean streak to excel.

With more than a dozen returning state qualifiers, there were plenty of good candidates to make this year’s cut. The last few spots were the toughest to decide on, but with the help of many coaches and local wrestling enthusiasts, we were able to nail it down. To give you an idea of who just missed the cut, we’ve also listed what we’re calling The Next 15.

 

The final thing to remember is that wrestlers are only eligible if they hail from Westchester, Rockland or Putnam counties. We know there’s plenty of talent in Dutchess and those guys will be included when we do our weight class rankings for Section 1 throughout the season.

Without further ado, here are the best pound-for-pound wrestlers in our area…

The #lohudwrestling Mean 15

Satoshi Abe, Putnam Valley — A two-time section champ, the Lehigh-bound senior is as smart as they come on the mat and the leader of a team with four high-end guys. He should earn All-State honors this season. WATCH

Connor Breit, Nanuet — The senior’s career arc has been similar to his older brother Dan’s, who was an Eastern States champ and All-State performer in his final season. Connor took fourth in the state at 195 pounds last year and could be the best big guy in the section. WATCH

Mikey Bruno, Putnam Valley — Only a junior, the defending 99-pound champ in Division 2 has qualified for the state tournament three times already. He took fourth in the state last season and will be in the mix again if he remains in the lighter weight classes. WATCH

Jack Chesman, Pearl River — The sophomore is the only wrestler on this list who didn’t qualify for states last year, but that was due to a freak accident in which he was dropped on his head during the sectional final. He was a champion as an eighth-grader and possesses tremendous upside. WATCH

Grant Cuomo, Brewster — Despite missing most of the regular season due to an avulsion fracture in his hip, the junior returned for the postseason to win a section title and place fifth in the state at 152 pounds. He’s expected to wrestle at 160 this season. WATCH

Evan Frank, John Jay — The senior has yet to win a sectional title in two trips to the finals, but there shouldn’t be anyone standing in his way this year. Frank earned a wild card to states last season and took third at 182 pounds. WATCH

Matt Grippi, Fox Lane — There’s only one returning state finalist in Section 1 this season, and it’s the junior from Fox Lane. He’s expected to compete at 152 pounds this year and is referred to by many coaches as the best pound-for-pound wrestler in the section. WATCH

Jake Logan, New Rochelle — The sophomore class throughout Section 1 is highly-regarded, and Logan is one of the standouts. He was the only freshman to win a section title last season and is expected to be back at 160 pounds this year. WATCH

Anthony Malfitano, Pearl River — Few were surprised that Malfitano won his first sectional title last season at 152 pounds, but it was his performance at states that turned heads. Now a senior, he took sixth in the state last season. WATCH

Sean McGarvey, Pearl River — The two-time section champ will be a heavy favorite to get his third this season and be a force at states. He’s expected to make a big jump from 106 pounds to 126 or 132. WATCH

Conor Melbourne, John Jay — It’s amazing to think that the Princeton-bound senior has yet to win a section title, but he’s been in some very tough weight classes the last few years. That won’t change if he’s at 152, as expected, but he should be an All-State performer again. WATCH

Kyle Sams, Putnam Valley — Like teammate Mikey Bruno, Sams is a two-time section champ as he enters his junior season. His athleticism and lankiness makes him a difficult opponent for lighter weights to handle. WATCH

Garrett Semenetz, Mahopac — After beating cancer, winning on the mat is child’s play for the senior. He’s expected to remain at 99 pounds, where he won a section title last season and came within one win of placing in the top six at states. WATCH

Jordan Wallace, New Rochelle — Despite losing to Cuomo in last year’s 152-pound final, Wallace earned a wild card to states and placed sixth. The senior will make the jump to 170 pounds this season, where he should be quicker than most. WATCH

Cliffton Wang, Edgemont — Some coaches will tell you that the Harvard-bound senior represents Section 1’s best shot at a state championship this season. The three-time section champ took third in the state at 170 pounds last season. WATCH

#lohudwrestling preview: Edgemont

// November 26th, 2016 // Comments Off on #lohudwrestling preview: Edgemont // Uncategorized

Cliffton Wang '17 (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

Cliffton Wang ’17 (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

Posted by Vincent Z. Mercogliano , vmercoglia@lohud.com 7:10 p.m. EST November 23, 2016

From LoHud Wrestling Blog.

2016-17 Edgemont Panthers
Coach — Pete Jacobson

Entering sixth season (15th with the program)

How did your team do last season?
•    Dual Meet Record: Overall 6-22; League 4-0
•    Fifth in Section 1 (Division 2)
•    League Champions

Who are your top returning wrestlers? 
•    Cliffton Wang (third in NYS; senior; 182 lbs)
•    George Mellor (second in section; senior; 145 lbs)
•    Andy Williams (senior; 120 lbs)
•    Lou Russo (senior; 285 lbs)
•    Surmed Khan (senior; 285 lbs)
•    Nick Meglino (sophomore; 126 lbs)

Who are the top wrestlers that you lost to graduation? 
•    Kyle Aslanian
•    Max Worobow
•    Hunter Moore
•    Chris Eppolito

What is the strength of your lineup? I think filling most or all of the weight classes certainly will make a big difference for us. We have some great seniors who will be great leaders for us and that will really set the tone for everyone else. I’d say that leadership is our biggest strength.

Are there any holes you’re concerned about filling? Last year we had a lot of holes in our dual meet line-up. This year, if we stay healthy, we should fill every weight class.

Do you think you’ll be a stronger team in dual meets or in tournament settings? Hard to say at this point. Filling weight classes is obviously really important for winning dual meets. If we stay healthy we should more or less be able to do that. I think we’ll put a fairly solid kid out at each weight. In tournaments we can obviously count on guys like Cliff Wang and George Mellor to earn us a lot of points, but we also have a few guys like Andy Williams and Nick Meglino that worked hard over the past several months and we think they’ll be helping our tournament point total as well.

What is your message to your team in the preseason? Our message doesn’t really change year-to-year. Obviously we need to tweak things here and there to maximize the potential of the guys on our roster, but that’s more physical and technical. The message stays consistent: Work hard, make good choices, push each other to get better each day and trust the system.

Will you host any tournaments? The 35th Annual Edgemont Wrestling Tournament on January 28th and the Section 1/Division 2 Championships on February 10th and 11th.

Huffington Post: 7 Things Sports —and Wrestling—Taught My Sons That I Could Not

// September 14th, 2016 // Comments Off on Huffington Post: 7 Things Sports —and Wrestling—Taught My Sons That I Could Not // Uncategorized

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For millions of American parents, Saturdays -and Sundays— are again fully booked with carpooling, cheering from the sidelines and unfortunately soothing hurt feelings over their children’s team or individual losses. With school in session, the traditional fall sports of soccer, football and fall baseball consume the weekends for many families with a stacked calendar of practices and games.
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Thanks for a great BBQ!

// June 13th, 2016 // Comments Off on Thanks for a great BBQ! // Uncategorized

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our BBQ at the Candlelight Inn this weekend! Seeing the support from all our alumni is always such a great reminder of what a special program we have! ‪#‎PantherTough‬ ‪#‎FeedThePanther‬

2016 Edgemont Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee Rob Moyle ’88 and his HS teammates!

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Panthers support E-Club at E-Day!

// June 5th, 2016 // Comments Off on Panthers support E-Club at E-Day! // Uncategorized

Phil Ahn ’19 takes on a bunch of prospective youth wrestlers at E-Day yesterday! Awesome day and awesome event – proud to support the E-Club! ‪#‎FeedThePanther‬

Raise the flags!

// June 5th, 2016 // Comments Off on Raise the flags! // Uncategorized

Love it when we get to update our banners and reset our countdown timer every year! Proud to add another name to our Section Champion and All-State Banners! What a proud tradition of wrestlers on these lists! Who’s name is going up next year?? ‪#‎PantherTough‬ ‪#‎FeedThePanther‬

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Panther Grapplers come through for Disabled American Veterans

// May 24th, 2016 // Comments Off on Panther Grapplers come through for Disabled American Veterans // Uncategorized

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If you haven’t been following, our team decided this winter to use our home dual meet against the Hastings Yellow Jackets as a fundraiser for the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust. Continue Reading

TribLive: Former Pitt wrestler Kornberg spreads positivity after beating cancer

// May 22nd, 2016 // Comments Off on TribLive: Former Pitt wrestler Kornberg spreads positivity after beating cancer // Uncategorized

From TribLive.

| Saturday, May 21, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Dan Kornberg was sitting in class when his phone started vibrating repeatedly.

He ignored the calls. But he did not ignore the text message:

THE DOCTOR NEEDS TO SEE YOU!

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Panthers go the distance at Colors Against Cancer 5k!

// May 15th, 2016 // Comments Off on Panthers go the distance at Colors Against Cancer 5k! // Uncategorized

Great job by the team today participating in Edgemont’s Colors Against Cancer 5k to raise money for pediatric cancer research! Giving back to the community is a big part of our ‪#‎PantherTough‬ culture! ‪#‎FeedThePanther‬

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