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AS THE REFEREE watches closely, Monticello’s Jesse Campanaro locks up Liberty’s Ian Irwin and tries to pin his shoulders to the mat during their 160-pound match. Campanaro was not able to get the pin, but he earned a technical fall victory over Irwin in just under three minutes.

Monticello Pins Liberty

By Ted Waddell
LIBERTY — January 27, 2006 – The Monticello Panthers defeated the host Liberty Indians 63-11 in Tuesday night’s non-league varsity wrestling match.
Monticello improved to 4-4 on the season with the victory.
Liberty (0-3) is hard-pressed this season as the team consists of only five grapplers. While going up against a Panthers squad with six times more wrestlers, the Indians managed to pull off two wins in the five matches that were contested.
The complete results were as follows: 96-pound weight class: no contest; 103: Monticello’s Jerry Taggart won by forfeit; 112: no contest; 119: Monticello’s John Bowens won by forfeit; 125: Monticello’s Andres Diaz won by forfeit; 130: Monticello’s Anthony Aber won by forfeit; 135: Monticello’s Anthony Ng won by forfeit; 140: Monticello’s Vinny Brugaletta defeated Liberty’s Vernon Wilson on a technical fall in 5 minutes, 23 seconds; 145: no contest; 152: Liberty’s Justin Katz pinned Nef Leon at 2:53; 160: Monticello’s Jesse Campanaro won on a technical fall over Ian Irwin at 2:57; 171: Monticello’s Dan Green won by forfeit; 189: Monticello’s Martell Funney defeated Anthony Martinez by an 11-4 decision; 215: Liberty’s Justin Lopez defeated Rodney Stickle 14-1l; 275: Monticello’s Cory Waichman won by forfeit.
Justin Katz followed his dad’s footsteps onto Liberty’s wrestling mat.
“He did it, so I did it,” said the 15-year-old sophomore, who is now in his fourth year of wrestling for Liberty Central School.
“It’s a lot of work every day after school, a couple of hours of practice, and a lot of running, push-ups and sit-ups… it takes a lot of dedication,” he added.
Liberty’s Justin Lopez, who won his match, is enjoying his first wrestling season.
“I tried out, and I liked it,” the 16-year-old junior said of joining the LCS wrestling program.
Veteran Monticello Coach Ed Kaufmann said Liberty was hampered by a lack of numbers, particularly when faced with his 32-man team.
“I have no comment about the program at this time,” said Liberty Coach John Lennon, who has been guiding the Indians’ varsity grappling squads for the past several years.

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