With a few quick momentum changes late Lindenhurst took control of its League II wrestling dual meet against Sachem North Wednesday night.
With Lindenhurst up two points, Mo Hernandez drove in for a shot against Sachem North’s Don Wetherbee during the second round of the 185-pound bout.
Wetherbee corralled Hernandez’s forward motion and rolled into the top position as they hit the mat. Hernandez kept pushing and used the momentum to propel himself back on top of Wetherbee, where he secured the pin moments later to send the crowd into a frenzy and helping secure the 39-28 victory.
“I knew I had to go in with the mentality of getting the pin,” Hernandez said. “I went in for the shot and I could have done better settling my hips, which is why he rolled me through but you just can’t stop wrestling. I was able to get him on his back and when I got off the mat my coach told me, ‘That’s why you don’t stop wrestling, great things come from that.’ ”
Lindenhurst got off to a fast start when Ryan Meisner secured a pin at 99 over Connor Green 1:50 into the first round. Lindenhurst momentarily fell behind but took control again after back-to-back dominant performances by Billy and Max Sims at 152 and 160. Billy finished off a 15-0 technical fall with just one second remaining in the match and Max pinned Joe Contessore in 1:20.
Jon Solorzano, who finished third in Suffolk last year, finished off the meet at 285 with a punctuation, pinning Thomas Aebly in just 14 seconds.
“In all my four years it’s been the same thing — whether I’m last or first I’m still going to wrestle everybody the same way,” Solorzano said. “Losing last year in states was disappointing but it was a great experience. I want to come back this year and go all-state and win a state title.”
As a team, Lindehurst is off to a great start. Sitting at 2-0 after also defeating defending League II champions Connetquot earlier this season, Lindenhurst is in the driver’s seat.
“It’s big and on paper they might be the two best but this league has a lot of parity,” coach Ron Frole said. “We can’t sleep on anybody in this league. Everybody has to do their job for our team. We don’t have any standouts — we have a lot of good, solid kids that wrestle tough.”