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Wrestler to watch: Jackson Mordente of Sachem East

St. Anthony's Nick Alessandrini, left, walks off after

St. Anthony's Nick Alessandrini, left, walks off after losing to Sachem East's Jackson Mordente at 152 pounds. (Dec. 5, 2012) (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Sachem East had the second- and third-place finishers in Suffolk County at 145 pounds in 2012. For a team such as the Flaming Arrows, there is no such thing as rebuilding -- it’s all about reloading.

Enter Jackson Mordente. The fifth-place finisher in Suffolk at 138 pounds last year is looking to secure a state championship at 145 in 2013.

“Jackson is wrestling with a lot of confidence,” Sachem East coach Sean O’Hara said. “He goes out there with a job to do and he’s really been doing it recently.’’

The key for Mordente, a senior, is staying even-keeled and wrestling to his strengths, even if he did admit that he wanted to send a message in a decisive victory over Floyd’s Tom Gerle, one of the top 145-pound wrestlers in Suffolk, on Dec. 18.

Mordente credits the work he puts in with his teammates on a daily basis for his development.

“They say iron sharpens iron – we have a room with all these good guys who work out every day and it means a lot to me to lead this team, arguably one of the best in New York State,” he said. “It really helps me a lot and it shows.”

Anything less than a trip to Albany in February would leave Mordente disappointed.

“I want to be a county champion and a state champion this year,” he said. “I’ve been working for it a long time. I think I’ll have everything together by state time.”

Tags: wrestling , sachem east , jackson mordente

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