By Ted Waddell
LIBERTY January 27, 2006 The Monticello Panthers defeated the host Liberty Indians 63-11 in Tuesday nights 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: Monticellos Jerry Taggart won by forfeit; 112: no contest; 119: Monticellos John Bowens won by forfeit; 125: Monticellos Andres Diaz won by forfeit; 130: Monticellos Anthony Aber won by forfeit; 135: Monticellos Anthony Ng won by forfeit; 140: Monticellos Vinny Brugaletta defeated Libertys Vernon Wilson on a technical fall in 5 minutes, 23 seconds; 145: no contest; 152: Libertys Justin Katz pinned Nef Leon at 2:53; 160: Monticellos Jesse Campanaro won on a technical fall over Ian Irwin at 2:57; 171: Monticellos Dan Green won by forfeit; 189: Monticellos Martell Funney defeated Anthony Martinez by an 11-4 decision; 215: Libertys Justin Lopez defeated Rodney Stickle 14-1l; 275: Monticellos Cory Waichman won by forfeit.
Justin Katz followed his dads footsteps onto Libertys 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.
Its 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.
Libertys 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.