Finger Lakes Prep opened their competition schedule this past weekend at the Southeast Open in Roanoke, Virginia. The tournament featured over 300 wrestlers, and two different divisions (a freshman/sophomore division and an open division).
Max Dean (184) and Ben Darmstadt (197) were the only two wrestlers to compete in the open division, and both put in a phenomenal performance by taking 3rd place honors at their respective weight classes.
Max Dean started off his day with two consecutive decision victories by scores of 7-4 and 5-0, which propelled him into the semi-finals of the tournament. Dean fell in his semi-final bout by a score of 6-4 to eventual champion Ian Baker of Princeton. Dean won his final match of the day with another decision victory 6-2, to finish his day with a record of 3-1 and a third place finish.
Ben Darmstadt won his first three bouts in dominate fashion with a technical fall and two pins to reach the semi-final round. Darmstadt lost that match to Army’s Rocco Caywood by fall before coming back and winning his third place bout with a major decision 18-8. Darmstadt finished his day with a record of 4-1.
The rest of the Finger Lakes Prep wrestlers competed in the freshman/sophomore division of the tournament. Foster Karmon (165) was the only other wrestler on the team to place in the tournament, by taking 6th. Karmon won his first match of the day in the round of 32 via pin, and then dropped his next match to NC State’s Thomas Bullard. Karmon rattled off four straight victories in the consolation bracket via a decision, technical fall, and two pins to reach the fifth place bout. Karmon dropped his final match of the day by a score of 7-2 to finish the tournament with a record of 5-2 and 6th place honors.
Max Pickett (141) and Adam Santoro (157) both reached the round of eight in the tournament, and were therefore just one victory away from placing. Pickett finished the day with a record of 3-2, and Santoro 2-2.
Steve Garza (149) finished his day with a record of 1-2, and Jeremy Puente (125), Anthony Palmiotto (149), and Jake O’Brien (184) all ended the tournament 0-2. Completed brackets of the tournament can be found on Flowrestling.
The Frogs will be back in action this weekend at the Bearcat Open in Binghamton, NY.
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