By Frank Rizzo
MONTICELLOFebruary 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 Ive 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 215.
I know how John feels, Ive been in that boat before, said Monticello coach Ed Kaufmann.
Monticello upped its record to 28 overall and 13 in the conference. Liberty is 04 conference, 012 overall.
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