DiSanto Reaches 300 Wins, ‘Pac Takes First At Port Jervis Duals
MAHOPAC—It was quite the week for Mahopac High wrestling coach Dennis DiSanto, who became just the second coach in Section 1 to reach 300 career wins when the Indians beat Beacon High 60-28 on Thursday.
The Indians (10-4) followed up the milestone by winning the Port Jervis Duals on Saturday with a 5-0 record.
“It puts me in some pretty good company,” said DiSanto, who joins Fox Lane’s Joe Amuso as the only area coaches with 300 career wins. “It’s nice…but it’s really about the relationships you have with the kids, the effect that you have on them. For me, being a success is 10 years or 15 years, they come back and say, ‘thanks for the help that you gave me,’ that’s kind of more important to me. It’s nice to have the wins – all coaches are competitive – but to me, it’s more the positive influence that you have on the kids.”
DiSanto picked up his 300th win in dominant fashion, as Mike Dinardo (106), Paul Caruso (113), Chris Cornel (126), Mike Camastro (132), Jake Srednicki (145), Aaron Gallagher (160), Tim Bunyea (170) and Mike Spinelli (195) all pinned their opponents.
“We wrestled really aggressively,” DiSanto said. “I think the kids kicked it up a notch. We got a lot of first period pins and really dominated them from the get go.”
Following the win over Beacon, the Indians headed to Port Jervis and took first place in the duals thanks to a pair of dramatic wins in the semifinals and finals.
The Indians opened with convincing wins over Middletown (54-36), Monticello (64-24) and Wallkill (57-27) before advancing past Huntington after tying 39-39 and then edged Valley Central 38- 34 in the championship.
Heading into the final match in the championship against Valley Central, the Indians trailed 34-31 and needed Zack Boker (120) to pin, and 1:17 into the match Boker delivered.
“It was a great day,” DiSanto said. “It was one of the most exciting coaching days that I’ve ever had in all my 28 years.”
Gallagher, Joe Castellito (152) and Ryan Delahanty (285) all pinned their opponents, while Camastro and Srednicki won by major decision.
“Every match, every wrestler just wrestled their hearts out,” DiSanto said. “Even wrestlers who lost, managed to stay off their back and not get pinned, so it was a total team effort for us.”
In the semifinal against Huntington, the Indians needed another victory in their last match. Trailing 39-36, the Indians needed Caruso to win his match to tie the score and move on thanks to the owning the advantage in the tiebreaker.
Caruso held on for an 11-9 win while Dinardo, Castellito, Gallagher, Bunyea and Spinelli all pinned their opponents. Camastro (9-5) and Srednicki (9-3) both won by decision.
“It was two matches that came down to the last match, and both of them were against traditional powerhouses,” DiSanto said. “For us to beat both of them in the same day, was an amazing effort by all the kids.”
The Indians were scheduled to take on John Jay-Cross River on Tuesday, the results of which were too late for this week’s paper. Their next match is Tuesday, January 3 at Arlington High at 4:30 p.m.