Peers Lights Up the North Gymnasium

The ‘Jimmy Kaden Most Outstanding Wrestling Award’ went to Whitman wrestler Kevin Romano. Presenting the award is Jim and Debbie Kaden.
The ‘Jimmy Kaden Most Outstanding Wrestling Award’ went to Whitman wrestler Kevin Romano. Presenting the award is Jim and Debbie Kaden.
Moving up to the 126lb class for his senior year, Kevin Roman cut through the early rounds conserving his strength for later in the day.
Moving up to the 126lb class for his senior year, Kevin Roman cut through the early rounds conserving his strength for later in the day.
Whitman junior Thomas DeGaetano moved up two weight classes since we last saw him.  Thomas is now wrestling at 120 pounds, and has a lot of tough competition in Section XI.
Whitman junior Thomas DeGaetano moved up two weight classes since we last saw him. Thomas is now wrestling at 120 pounds, and has a lot of tough competition in Section XI.
It’s not unusual in early season tournaments for wrestlers to be matched up against their own teammates. Here we see Joe Feola (right) and Luke McEvoy in the 132-pound semi-final match.
It’s not unusual in early season tournaments for wrestlers to be matched up against their own teammates. Here we see Joe Feola (right) and Luke McEvoy in the 132-pound semi-final match.

On Saturday, December 3, hundreds of wrestlers weighing between 99 and 285 pounds descended upon Whitman’s North Gym for the 22nd Annual Andrew Peers Wrestling Tournament.

Top performer, for not only the Wildcats but for the whole tournament, was Kevin Romano in the 126 pound class. Kevin went on to win first-place as well as the coveted ‘Jimmy Kaden Most Outstanding Wrestler Award.”

Whitman wrestlers also joined the winners podium in the following weight classes: Runners Up (2nd Place): 113 lbs Anthony Costantino, 120 lbs Thomas DeGaetano and 195 lbs Rodrigo Abrego.  Third Place: 132 lbs Joe Feola, 138 lbs David Costa, 160 lbs David Figueroa, and 170 lbs Jose Garcia. Fourth Place: 99 lbs AJ Wobig, and 132 lbs Luke McEvoy; Fifth Place, 113 lbs George Link, 132 lbs Elvis Vasques, 132 lbs Peter Marion, and 145 lbs Jared Zenie.  Sixth Place; 106 lbs Kevin Flores and 120 lbs Ray Matuza.

The Andrew Peers Memorial Tournament is named in memory of 1988 Walt Whitman graduate Andrew Peers, who was killed in an auto accident in 1994. Andrew was one of Whitman’s most spirited and accomplished athletes in the 1980s. He won All-League honors three times and was All-County in his senior year for wrestling. Andrew was also an accomplished lacrosse attack man, garnering All-League honors.

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