The Pawling High School wrestling team has been riding a wave of success that has earned them a trip to the State Championship later this month. The honor of competing at States was earned following a dominant performance at the Section 1, Division 2 championships held on February 9 and 10 at Hastings High School. En route to this accomplishment, the Tigers wrestling squad also captured their first league championship since 2011.
On February 23 and 24, Pawling will send five wrestlers to compete at the State Championship held at the Times Union Center in Albany. At the helm are Seniors and Co-Captains James Bellucci and Jack Wrobel, who compete in the 220lb and 138lb weight classes, respectively. Joining them are Junior Carmine Pedoto (160lb weight class) Sophomore Alex Santana (113lb) and Freshman Jerome Scott (99lb). The PHS wrestling team is led by Head Coach Joe Amuso and assistant coaches Stephen Malone and Brian Ostyn.
All five Tiger grapplers won their respective tournaments at the Section 1, Division 2 Championship to catapult them to the State Finals. As a team, Pawling High School finished third overall. This achievement is doubly impressive as Pawling, the smallest school out of 81 high schools in Section 1 to have a wrestling team, boasts the greatest number of athletes from a single school to compete at the State level. Now, the eyes of the Pawling community will be on the Tigers as they head to Albany to take to the mat in search of championship glory on February 23.