NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Coming into the season, Tim Leyden realized he might have to bump up a weight class or two in order to start for the Fordham Prep wrestling team.
The senior and Ossining resident, who certified at 170 pounds, jumped to 195 and has been having an excellent season. Leyden solidified his spot by winning the 195-pound title in the 48th annual Ted Murphy Shoreline Wrestling Class Saturday at New Rochelle High School.
It was the first wrestling title for Leyden, who weighed in for Shoreline at a robust 178 pounds.
Fordham Prep accumulated 85.5 points, good for eighth place in the 21-team field. Fox Lane won the team title with 189.5 points. Teammate Pat Argast, who wrestled modified at Fox Lane before going to Fordham Prep, was the 182-pound champion. Chris Melikian, who lives in Yorktown, finished third at 126.
The other two spots were also occupied by seniors so I thought it would be best for the team if I wrestled up and filled the 195-pound weight class, Leyden said.
Leyden, despite giving up an average of anywhere from 15-20 pounds to his opponents, is now 15-5 on the year. He registered his 15th win with a 6-4 triumph in overtime of Tappan Zees John Hartnett.
Leyden led 3-2 in the third period when Hartnett countered his opponents shot, turning it into a takedown and a 4-3 lead. It was short-lived as Leyden was up and out, quickly, forcing overtime.
In overtime, Leyden secured the decisive takedown.
He shot in on me and when he did that I sprawled and then I was able to jump around him, Leyden said. This is the first time and it feels awesome.
48th annual Ted Murphy Shoreline Classic
Team standings and key 1. Fox Lane (FL) 189.5 points; 2. North Rockland (NRK) 169.5; 3. New Rochelle (NR) 158; 4. Tappan Zee (TZ) 108; 5. Commack (Com) 101.5; 6. LaSalle (LS) 100; 7 Pine Bush (PB); 8. Fordham Prep (FP) 85.5; 9. Edgemont (Ed) 83; 10. Hen Hud (HH) 81.5; 11. Arlington (Arl) 80.5; 12. Walt Whitman (WW) 73.5; 13. Putnam Vocational (PV) 66; 14. Horace Mann (HM) 55; 15. Greenwich (Gr) 54; 16. Brookfield (Bk) 46; 17. Tie, Iona Prep (IP), Pearl River (PR) 42; 19. Nyack (Nk) 28; 20. Port Chester (PC) 20; 21. Westlake (Ws) 18.
99 Nick Barbaria (NR) dec. Joe Calderone (WW), 3-1 OT; 106 Mike DAngelo (Com) dec. Nick Tolli (Arl), 6-0; 113 Trey Aslanian (Ed) pin. John Muldoon (PR), 4:53; 120 A.J. Barbaria (NR) dec. Adit Thakur (Nk), 9-6; 126 Sam Speno (FL) major dec, C.J. LaBate (Com), 12-0; 132 Danny Ventura (FL) pin. Jordan Robles (PB), 1:34; 138 Tommy Grippi (FL) technical fall Charlie Garcia (TZ), 16-1; 145 Mike Caputo (NRK) pin. Brandon Goldup (LS), 5:49; 152 Jack McKeever (Br) dec. Chris Weston (PB), 1-0; 160 Connor Sutton (LS) dec. Matt Pasqualini (FL), 9-3; 170 Ryan Whittle (Gr) dec. Brendan Nunziata (Arl), 12-8; 182 ;Pat Argast (FP) major dec. Hassan Graham (PV), 16-4; 195 Tim Leyden (FP) dec. John Hartnett (TZ), 6-4 OT; 220 Tyler Lilly (NR) dec. Justin Conahan (Arl), 5-1; 285 Sean Barry (HH) pin. Andrit Lypchuk (FL), 2:26.
99 Nick Barbaria (NR) technical fall Kevin Rodriguez (PC), 15-0; Joe Calderone (WW) pin. Derek DiMarsico (NRK), 1:08; 106 Nick Tolli (Arl) dec. John Stramiello (PB), 10-3; Mike DAngelo (Com) pin. Blaise Benderoth (NRK), 3:00; 113 Trey Aslanian (Ed) technical fall Helmet Naeemi (WW), 16-1; John Muldoon (PR) dec. Troy Feniger (NRK), 9-7; 120 A.J. Barbaria (NR) major dec. John Gilston (HM), 14-4; Adit Thakur (Nk) pin. Ben Ettlinger (FL), 3:33; 126 Sam Speno (FL) dec. Sam Melikian (FP), 10-3; C.J. LaBate (Com) dec. Matt Caputo (NRK), 2-1; 132 Danny Ventura (FL) pin. Kevin McDermott (HH), 1:33; Jordan Robles (PB) dec. Jake DeMarsico (NRK), 8-5; 138 Tommy Grippi (FL) pin. Steven Moreno (PR), :21; Charlie Garcia (TZ) dec. Angel Santos (Arl), 9-3; 145 Brendan Goldup (LS) pin. Giancarlo Morreale (FL), 2:48; Mike Caputo (NRL) pin. Josh Perlmutter (HH), 2:45; 152 Jack McKeever (Bk) dec. Desmond Djekovic (TZ), 6-2; Chris Weston (PB) dec. Edgar Solis (Ws), 2-1; 160 Connor Sutton (LS) pin. Erik Derecktor (HM), 1:22; Matt Pasqualini (FL) dec. Phil Siegel (HH), 8-5; 170 Brenden Nunziata (Arl) dec. Aaron Butler (NR), 7-6 OT; Ryan Whittle (Gr) dec. Brian Anderson (IP), 6-2; 182 Pat Argast (FP) dec. Joel Wamser (Bk), 9-7; Hassan Graham (PV) dec. Jonathan Stokes (NR), 6-1; 195 John Hartnett (TZ) technical fall Jordan Butler (NR), 16-1; Tim Leyden (FP) injury default over Ekpenede Imasuen (NRK); 220 Justin Conahan (Arl) dec, Jon Babson (LS), 3-1; Tyler Lilly (NR) dec. Danny Clune (FL), 6-4; 285 Sean Barry (HH) major dec. Connor Reigotti (NRK), 8-0; Andriy Lypchuk (FL) pin. Mike Manni (TZ), 3:55.
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