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John Wagner of Liberty, top, looks up at the ref, who has just signaled two points for Wagner’s takedown of Monticello’s Scott Kaplan in their 125-lb. exhibition match on Tuesday. Kaplan had come back from a 7-1 deficit to take an 8-7 lead, but an escape and takedown by Wagner in the closing seconds gave him a 10-8 win.

Monticello Crushes Liberty

By Frank Rizzo
MONTICELLO—February 9, 2001 - Monticello crushed Liberty 66-6 to gain its first Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) National Conference win on Tuesday.
The host Panthers gained nine wins the easy way — by forfeit.
Liberty coach John Lennon said that several grapplers have quit his team and his 160-lb. veteran Randy Caruso was sick.
“Dan Ratner and Ryan Ringi are the only varsity wrestlers I’ve got tonight,” Lennon said. “The rest are all jayvee or first-year wrestlers.”
Ringi (145 lbs.) and Anthony Couitt (140 lbs.) accounted for the only Indian wins on Tuesday night.
Monti freshman Kyle Fried pinned Ratner at 3:04 into their 112-lb. match, running his season record to 21–5.
“I know how John feels, I’ve been in that boat before,” said Monticello coach Ed Kaufmann.
Monticello upped its record to 2–8 overall and 1–3 in the conference. Liberty is 0–4 conference, 0–12 overall.
— Frank Rizzo
Monticello 66 • Liberty 6
96 — Casey DeGraw (M) won by forfeit; 112 — Kyle Fried (M) pinned Dan Ratner 3:04; 119 — Ron Ducharme (M) won by forfeit; 125 — Bryan Ortiz (M) won by forfeit; 130 — J.B. Trebilcock (M) won by forfeit; 135 — Kyle Brasington (M) won by forfeit; 140 — Anthony Couitt (L) decisioned Josh Janove 9-6; 145 — Ryan Ringi (L) decisioned Keith McLaughlin 7-0; 152 — Eric Schulman (M) pinned Yeshid Ortiz 4:25; 160 — No contest; 171 — Matt Holmes (M) won by forfeit; 189 — Rene Perez (M) won by forfeit; 215 — Bill Steinberg (M) won by forfeit.
Exhibition Matches: 119 — Jerry Decker (M) decisioned Lauren Michaud 10-5; 125 — John Wagner (L) decisioned Scott Kaplan 10-8; 215 — Dan Catalano (M) tech fall Jermaine Edie at :37

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