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‘Winningest coach’ Amuso nails down 400th victory


Fox Lane wrestling head coach Joe Amuso (left) recently recorded the 400th win of his 41-year career at the helm of the Foxes. Here he stands with Dan Ventura (middle) and assistant coach Anthony Rodrigues.


Fox Lane’s Joe Amuso recorded the 400th victory of his coaching career with a 44-38 victory over visiting Clarkstown South on Dec. 20 at the Fox Lane Middle School in Bedford. In his 41st year at the helm of the Foxes, the win improved Amuso’s career mark to 400-137-6. Amuso is far and away the winningest wrestling coach in Section I history. Heading into this season, he had been the lone coach to even reach the 300-win plateau. He was finally joined two weeks ago in that club by Mahopac’s Dennis DiSanto.

Over the past decade, Amuso has coached some of his best Fox Lane teams as the Foxes won sectional crowns in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

Last winter, he also had his first-ever state champion when Steven Rodrigues won at 130 pounds. Amuso has been named Section I coach of the year three times and has coached 30 sectional champions.

“It’s nice to hit a milestone like that, but you know it couldn’t happen unless you have dedicated kids who buy into the program and commit to hard work,” said Amuso. “Fortunately, I have had kids like that come through the program year after year. As far as the longevity, that couldn’t happen without the support of a wife who is willing to give up her Saturdays to sit in a gym all day at the tournaments.”

Amuso went on, “I’ve had some good assistant coaches over the years, but none more dedicated than Anthony Rodrigues, who has been with me for 10 years and has helped add motivation for the kids to do well. I think one of the proudest things for me personally is that since the 1976 season, we have only had two seasons below .500, which I think shows consistency with the program.”

The coach added, “I’ve had some great individuals come through the program, each, within their own accomplishments, true champions. Hopefully, some of the things we work on in the wrestling room like hard work, dedication, determination, loyalty and sportsmanship will be of help to the kids later in life.”

For some time on this afternoon, it appeared that Amuso may have to wait a few more days for the coveted 400th win.

Starting at 182 pounds, C-South got pins from Austin Maurer (182), at 1:11 over A.J. D’Ambrosio, and Wilmer Qunitero-Martinez (195), at 5:02 over Alex Karaqi, to grab a quick 12-0 lead. Dan Clune (220) and Andriy Lypchuk (285) answered with pins for the Foxes, Clune taking down Matt Cummings 39 seconds into the final period, and Lypchuk finishing off Matt St. Onge with one second remaining in the second period.

Those pins evened the match at 12-12. Fox Lane went ahead 17-12 when Brendon Fay (99) posted a 20-5 technical fall win over Michael Alvarado.

C-South responded with a technical fall decision of their own from Alex Notaro (106), 18-2 over Nick Engert, and then a pin from Brian McLiverity (113) at the 3:31 mark of Warren Gabrillo.

Fox Lane closed back to within a point at 23-22 after Luciano Toledo (120) posted a 19-4 technical fall decision over Matt Pace.

But  C-South would then get a 5-3 win from Austin Fox (126) over Frank Surace, and a pin at the 2:38 mark by Joe Hughes (132) over Steven Robareto grab a 32-22 lead.

Danny Ventura (138) needed just 48 seconds to get the Foxes back in the match, ending his match with Paul Moiseau with a pin at that time.

C-South’s Liam Gallagher (145) countered with a pin of Ari Faust with 48 seconds remaining in their match to increase the Vikings’ lead back to 10 points at 38-28.

Fortunately for Fox Lane, the final three matches were at 152, 160 and 170, the heart of the Foxes’ murderer’s row that includes Tommy Grippi (152), Giancarlo Morreale (160) and Matt Pasqualini (170). Grippi scored a 16-0 technical fall decision over Sean Maloney to get the Foxes’ rolling, then Morreale continued the train with a 20-5 technical fall of Drew Breyfogle. Now all even at 38-38, the outcome rested in Pasqualini’s hands, and the senior responded with a pin of Hassan Auwarter with three seconds left in the first period.

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DECEMBER 30, 2011