On Saturday, November 12, the Mamaroneck High School wrestling team captured the championship at its own 36th Annual Tiger Tournament by placing first out of 12 teams. “This is the first time in memory that we have ever won this tournament,” reported Anthony Vitti, the team’s coach.
Top 5 team scores:
Clarkstown North 211
Glen Cove (Long Island) 192
Port Chester 191.5
Horace Mann (Bronx) 164
“We had five finalists and two individual weight class champions (Junior John White-125 pounds and senior Jack Miller-160 pounds). Senior Christian Hill and juniors Andres Pedraza and Bobby Autera each took home silver medals. Sophomore Mynor Cornejo and Senior Taylor Whittemore took third.
“This is a truly momentous result for our program, and the entire team reveled in the victory Saturday evening at the Hommocks,” said Coach Vitti.
Team’s Only Female Scores
The day before, at Mamaroneck’s JV tournament, Junior Angela Lagrossa, the program’s first female wrestler, notched her first career win by pin, defeating Joe Graham of Mt St Michael,” reported the coach. “ The crowd erupted when Angela won. She is a terrific young lady who works so hard and deserves some publicity for her efforts daily,” added Coach Vitti.
Interviewed later in the week, Angela reveals that other than soccer as a child and a season of cross country, “I haven’t really done sports before.” She tried wrestling only after a friend suggested “you’d probably be interested; you’d probably be good.”
“I wasn’t very enthusiastic at first,” she admitted, “but once I got into, I really loved it. It’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to me – really it is. We’re all like a big family.”
Her teammates – all male – have been extremely supportive, she said. She also got tips from another female wrestler who attended another school but trained with the MHS team.
As for accommodations for gender – she adds an extra t-shirt under the singlet worn by everyone on the team.
She laughed when asked the embarrassing question: what’s it like being a girl and wrestling boys? “So many people ask me that,” she noted. “At first I was kind of iffy about it, but when you’re in the moment you don’t have time to think about that you’re wrestling a guy or that they are huge or small. You just have to think about the wrestling,” she said.