Whitman Wrestlers Set Record at Peers Tournament

Placing first in their weight class for the 2018 Peers Memorial Tournament is left to right: Anthony Constantino, Elvis Vasquez and Joseph Feola.
Placing first in their weight class for the 2018 Peers Memorial Tournament is left to right: Anthony Constantino, Elvis Vasquez and Joseph Feola.
The winner of the ‘Jimmy Kaden Most Outstanding Wrestling Award’ went to Whitman wrestler Anthony Constantino. Presenting the award is Jim and Debbie Kaden.
The winner of the ‘Jimmy Kaden Most Outstanding Wrestling Award’ went to Whitman wrestler Anthony Constantino. Presenting the award is Jim and Debbie Kaden.
Jacari McKay came in strong this year in a tough weight class and really showed he’s ready to take it to the next level.
Jacari McKay came in strong this year in a tough weight class and really showed he’s ready to take it to the next level.
Marques Cheeks moved well all day and finished the day strong getting 2nd in his weight class
Marques Cheeks moved well all day and finished the day strong getting 2nd in his weight class
Herson Cisneros beat 2 All-League wrestlers on his way to the finals
Herson Cisneros beat 2 All-League wrestlers on his way to the finals
Thomas Costas took 2nd place in his first finals and looks to be a sold wrestler going forward.
Thomas Costas took 2nd place in his first finals and looks to be a sold wrestler going forward.

On Saturday, December 1st., the 2018 Peers Tournament saw the Whitman Wildcats place 9 wrestlers in the top 4 with three earning 1st place trophies.  The tournament was successful overall as the Suffolk County coaches were now required to use a new software program that is meant to ensure each wrestler gets 4 to 5 matches throughout the tournament. The late Vincent Altebrando used to say how he wished the kids could wrestle in more matches, especially at the first tournament of the season and with this new system, the teams and parents were very pleased to see their kids wrestling more than before.

Impressively, from the 9 Whitman wrestlers that made it to the top 4, three placed first in their weight class. Among those is Anthony Constantino who beat 3 other wrestlers who were All-League and one who is All-County. When asking Coach Cardella how he would describe Constantino, he says: “he’s tough and has good technique. He’s put in a lot of work during the offseason that’s given him the confidence boost to keep stepping up.” Another Whitman first place wrestler in his weight class was Elvis Vasquez who Coach describes as being a “slick, quick and technical guy” who is a great leader and has “All-County ability.”  Our third first place winner is Joseph Feola who Coach sees as the perfect mix between our other first-place wrestlers. “He’s tough and he’s slick. He’s the total package wrestler.”

Coach Cardella then went on the mention other great performances from his wrestlers who placed top 4: “Marques Cheeks moved well all day and finished the day strong getting 2nd in his weight class.  Jacari McKay came in strong this year after unfortunately being unable to finish the season with the team last year. He got third in a tough weight class at this tournament and really showed he’s ready to take it to the next level.  Thomas Costas took 2nd place in his first finals after sticking with his game plan all tournament. And Herson Cisneros had a notable performance as well, beating 2 All-League wrestlers on his way to the finals and getting 2nd place for his weight class.”

The Wildcats have two more invitational tournaments before they open at home on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 PM

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