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Lucas Pincus outstanding at Petersen Tournament

Hewlett's Lucas Pincus, right, controls Connetquot's Tom Repalone

Hewlett's Lucas Pincus, right, controls Connetquot's Tom Repalone in 138-pounds final. Pincus won, 9-1, in the Petersen Tournament Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at Island Trees High School. Photo Credit: James Escher

Hewlett’s Lucas Pincus went 4-0 in the 138-pound class en route to being named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Ted Petersen Memorial Tournament yesterday, and those around the sport knew that this type of performance was coming.

“Everyone knows how tough he is,” coach Steve Jones said. “As a junior, he’s a three-time All-County wrestler. Everyone kind of expects it.”

Pincus pinned Jake Faiella (Island Trees) and Matt Innella (Commack) before defeating Kevin St. Louis (Freeport) in overtime and then earning a major decision win (9-1) over Tom Repalone (Connetquot) to seal the title at Island Trees.

Jones said that Pincus has been “tearing it up all year,” and that “anything less than a county title would be a disappointment.”

If you ask Pincus, he’s right on track — or maybe even a little ahead of the game.

“I think Jones is right,” said Pincus, who went 37-7 last season and finished third in Nassau at 132 pounds as a sophomore. “So far my season has been going very well. I’ve only lost one match. Compared to last year, I’m a little ahead.”

Pincus said his biggest challenge came against St. Louis, as the Red Devils wrestler rode the line and made it difficult for him to work his takedowns.

“He was wrestling on the line for a majority of the match,” Pincus said. “It was hard to get my shots off because I couldn’t really work.”

Then when it came to the final, Pincus started slow before turning it up a notch against Repalone. He stood up quick off the whistle when starting on the bottom, and prevented escapes while on top.

For a wrestler with lofty goals, Pincus has started 2016 on a high note. — KENNY DEJOHN

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