2007-03-02 / Sports

DiMola Wins Silver And Sets Xavier Wrestling Record

Jon DiMola (right) is seen standing with Coach Julio Chacon immediately before he took to the mats to win number 110.Jon DiMola (right) is seen standing with Coach Julio Chacon immediately before he took to the mats to win number 110. In the world of high school wrestling, one of the more impressive milestones a wrestler can reach is to win 100 matches over the course of four years.

This level of achievement has been reached only twice before at Xavier High School (Bryan Vetell '95 with 108 and Mike Lee '96 with 105), but in early January at the Monsignor Farrell Ironman Tournament, Jonny DiMola accomplished this goal and his achievement was announced publicly at the tournament.

DiMola however, had nine more wins to go in order to break the Xavier record of 108 for most wins in a high school career.

By early February at the NY City Catholic High School wrestling championships he did exactly that by winning match number 109, 110 and 111. He also managed to win gold in his weight class of 135 lbs.

Jon's wrestling talent has allowed him to advance to the NYS Catholic HS Championships, where over President's weekend he entered the tournament as the number one seed from New York City at 135 lbs. On Sunday, he successfully advanced to the semi-finals by beating the number one seed from Upstate, and on Monday in the semi finals, Jon beat Chaminade's best 135 lb wrestler 5-1 to advance to the finals.

In the finals, Jon was up against a Kellenberg Memorial wrestler who was the number one seed from Long Island. Jon scored first with a takedown and was ahead 2-0 for most of the first period, but the Kellenberg wrestler escaped and the period ended 2-1. In the second period, the Kellenberg wrestler took bottom and forced a stalling call, which provided him a point, and then escaped right at the end of the period to take the lead 3-2.

In the final period, Kellenberg scored two take downs as Jon got tired and the match ended 7-2 in a very close match that could have gone either way. It is not surprising that Jon's silver in the Catholic States, matching silver at the NYC Mayor's Cup and 36 wins as a senior have put him on the recruiting radar at NYU.

A number of Xavier teammates also made Catholic States (i.e. Steven Cabrera, Anthony Cerullo, John Fall, Donovan Fuentes, Patrick Erickson, Anthony Giganti, Elliot Ortiz) with Donovan Fuentes taking third and John Fall fourth in their respective weight classes.

Donovan, who stepped off the football field in November and onto the wrestling mats for the first time, managed 32 wins this year as a freshman, which is quite an accomplishment itself. But, if he is setting his sights on the new career record set by Jon DiMola, he has an awful big hill to climb.

The magic number is now 113 wins and it took four years to get there.

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