PURCHASE, N.Y. – Port Chester senior Diego Giron was nervous as he prepared to step on the mat for his 126-pound match against Harrison senior Joe Maida.
“I was watching him and saw that he was winning all of his matches big,” Giron said.
Once Giron overcame the nerves, a take-down in the first period fueled him to an eventual 5-3 win to clinch third place for Port Chester.
Port Chester beat Harrison, 42-35, to finish third with a 5-1 record at the 2012 Tony Carlucci Dual Meet Tournament at Purchase College.
Monroe-Woodbury defeated two-time defending champion Fox Lane, 60-17, for the title. Mamaroneck overcame Edgemont, 46-37, for fifth place and Iona Prep decisioned Eastchester, 50-36, for seventh place.
“Going into the match, my coach told me to watch out for his shrug, so I didn’t want to tie up with him,” Giron said. “I took a couple of shots and I was able to get in and finish them.”
The first one occurred in the first period. Giron added another take-down in the second period to take a 4-2 lead.
“I wanted to push the action, and when I got my first take-down, that just boosted my confidence,” Giron said. “This felt good because my freshman year I won my match to clinch fifth place and today I won my match to clinch third place.”
Classmate Kevin Rodriguez, who pinned his Harrison opponent in the 120-pound bout, was psyched to see Giron follow him with a win.
“Diego gained his confidence early and when he did, he did what he had to do on the mat,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said he and his teammates were pumped with their third-place finish considering all of the maneuvering Port Chester coach Greg Domestico did.
“Coach was moving some guys around and we knew what we had to do, and we executed,” said Rodriguez, who weighed in at 113 and bumped up to wrestle at 120. “We also had some new guys who went out there and wrestled with confidence.”
Port Chester finished second to Monroe-Woodbury in its pool with a 4-1 record. The Rams defeated Mamaroneck, 40-39, on a tiebreaker, and beat Iona Prep, 57-30, Somers, 33-24, and Scarsdale, 36-27, before besting Harrison.