Osman Hasan didn’t want to let down his team.
Hasan was running out of energy against Wallkill’s Tyler Owen but he knew had to keep pushing if he and Valley Central were going to survive in a Section 9 Duals quarterfinal.
With the match tied 0-0 late in the second period, Hasan scored three back points. Owen surprisingly cut Hasan to start the third period. Hasan worked Owen to his back 5:08 into the match for a key win in Valley Central’s 39-36 victory over second-seeded and host Wallkill.
“It’s tough,” said Hasan, a senior. “I was a little gassed out there so I took it to him. I had to win. I knew the team needed it so I went out there and I won. It was crazy (the pin). I really worked him over and he got tired and I turned him.”
Hasan’s win gave Valley Central a 39-24 lead with three bouts left. Wallkill needed two pins and at least a major decision to pull out the match. Valley Central freshman Joey Ramos held his own against Wallkill junior Alec Guevara, losing by decision 14-7 to help the Vikings’ cause.
“It was a great match,” said Valley Central coach Jeff Lewis, whose team defeated Saugerties 45-39 in an opening-round match. “We had some real key matches there that we had to win and we won most of them. I was impressed with Osman. He really came out and did what he had to do…I was impressed with the guys. It was their first and second matches of the season. Guys are tired and we are seeing what’s missing from some of them and we build from here.”
Valley Central’s two victories earned the Vikings a shot at top-seeded Monroe-Woodbury in a semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Newburgh Free Academy. Monroe-Woodbury defeated Valley Central to capture the Section 9 Duals title last year.
“That’s going to be a fun one,” Hasan said. “It means a lot because everyone on our team has someone that they want to beat and Monroe has a lot of kids on that list. Our goal is to beat everyone that we can.”
Around the mat
Monroe-Woodbury junior Vinny Vespa picked up his 100th career win with a 21-second pin over Cornwall’s Gavin Mannion.
Monroe-Woodbury recorded seven pins in a 69-12 quarterfinal win over Cornwall. In one of the more exciting matches on the night, Wallkill’s Nick Sebesta edged Valley Central’s Hussain Hasan 16-13 at 132 pounds. Hasan jumped out to a early first-period lead. The match was back and forth from late first period on. Check below for video of the entire third period.
Minisink Valley junior Gerard Daly’s first high school match since the 2012 state tournament was a success. Daly, who missed last season following knee surgery, pinned Middletown’s Matt Calderin in 1:29.
Cornwall wrestled without senior Brett Johnson, a two-time section finalist. Coach Don Blaine said he hoped to have Johnson, who was injured in October, back practicing next week.
Warwick wrestled without sophomore A.J. Aeberli, a section finalist last season. Aeberli weighed in during the morning but didn’t travel with the team to Wallkill. Aeberli, junior Tom Wightman and freshman Ryan Ferro, Warwick’s top three wrestlers, are all certified at 145 pounds. Aeberli was scheduled to wrestle at 160.
Some of the top wrestlers at their weights – Minisink Valley junior Mike Raccioppi (138), Wallkill senior Tyler Blasko (182) and Monroe-Woodbury senior Rob Kelly (220) didn’t get any mat time. They were awarded forfeit win in the quarterfinal round.