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Mayors Cup

Posted Monday, February 01, 2010 by Louis Destefano

Staten Island once again dominated at the 7th Mayor’s Cup at the 369th Armory in Harlem Sunday, as nine of the 15 champions crowned were local.


Monsignor Farrell had four individual champions — Vin Fischetti (125), Joe Francolino (130), Tony Carlo (145) and Ben Villaret (152) — and four more make the finals while taking home the overall team trophy with an impressive 271.5 points.


Villaret made quite a bit of history as his semifinal victory over Collegiate’s Will Redden gave him 179 for his career, breaking the all-time Catholic school career wins mark, formerly held by St. Anthony’s Lucas Magnani (2002), according to information provided by Farrell assistant coach Anthony Anastasio.


With his 13-1 finals win over Joe Halkias of Townsend Harris, Villaret became the first four-time winner of the Mayor’s Cup. For Carlo, the 145-pound half of the Lions’ four-year dynamic duo, it was his third straight Mayor’s Cup title.


Ben’s older brother, Jake Villaret, was also a two-time Mayor’s Cup winner while at Curtis, which had three champions yesterday: Rob Zyko (119), James Holden (160) and Kemar Shuriah (215). All three seniors were first-time winners. Zyko pinned, Shuriah won when Tottenville’s Alex Raff left with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder and Holden had to beat one of his close friends, Sea’s Mike Olgiati, in the finals.


“He’s my workout partner and one of my great friends,” said Holden. “You hate wrestling a friend. He brought the fire and I brought my fire. Getting a gold here was huge. I kind of screwed up last year and took fifth. I’m not saying I would have won (Villaret was in his weight last year), but I felt I should have made the finals, so it’s a great feeling to get a gold.


Perhaps the most exciting championship bout came in the 103-pound class, where Susan Wagner’s Luke Traub scored a two-point reversal with six seconds left in the bout to defeat Farrell’s Paul DiStefano 6-5.


“The first thing I said to him,” said SW coach Don Gatti. “was that I’m glad he didn’t wait any longer to come up with points.”


Susan Wagner’s Robert Mazzarella was the Island’s first Mayor’s Cup champ of the day, getting a technical fall over Farrell’s Chris Amendola at 96 pounds.


NOTES: Also reaching milestones were Farrell’s Francolino and SW’s Mazzarella, who each notched their 100th career victory at the tournament. Sea’s John Lobo and Francolino reached it Saturday, while Mazzarella hit the mark yesterday… While Farrell won the team title and Curtis finished second, Grand Street (116.5), private school winner Horace Mann (106.5) and Brooklyn Tech (105) rounded out the top five. St. Joseph by the Sea was seventh (93), Wagner took eighth (87.5), St. Peter’s ninth (87), Tottenville 13th (69.5), Petrides 19th (46.5) out of 58 teams in competition.


7th Annual Mayor’s Cup Finals

96—Rob Mazzarella (SW) decisioned Chris Amendola (F) 16-1

103—Luke Traub (SW) decisioned Paul DiStefano (F) 6-5

112—Donovan Melendez (MSM) decisioned Paul Schianodicola (F) 7-3

119—Rob Zyko (C) pinned Hasan Ahmed (L) in 5:36

125—Vin Fischetti (F) pinned Gerardo Alvarez (H) in 3:08

130—Joe Francolino (F) decisioned Donovan Fuentes (X) 4-2

135—Danny Evangelakos (HM) pinned Tim McCann (F) in 3:20

140—Jorge Jimenez (L) decisioned Andrew Murano (X) 11-4

145—Tony Carlo (F) pinned Andre Antoine (SB) in 3:34

152—Ben Villaret (F) decisioned Joe Halkias (TH) 13-1

160—James Holden (C) decisioned Mike Olgiati (SJS) 11-4

171—Francisco DeCristo (SG) pinned Frank McKee (T) in 3:52

189—Shonari Edwards (Collegiate) decisioned Patrick Nilson (X) 13-5

215—Kemar Shuriah (C) won by injury default over Alex Raff (T)

285—Max Kinder (FP) decisioned Ryan Pearce (PP) 2-1.

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