Pearl River Edges Nanuet In Battle For The Belt, Gullo gets 100th Win
By Ryan Buncher
With a standing room only crowd, The Pearl River Pirates wrestling team held on for a 33-31 victory over Nanuet in the Battle for the Belt Thursday at Pearl River.
The Pirates will hold on to the newly-created championship belt until the teams face off again next year in what the organizers of the event hope will be an annual tradition similar to the “Little Brown Jug” football game.
Pearl River senior Rob Gullo won the 100th match of his career Thursday, a 7-1 decision over previously unbeaten Alex Slaybaugh. The event also served as senior recognition night for the Pirates. “Getting 100 wins was my goal from freshman year”, said Gullo, a 4 year varsity starter.
The Battle for the Belt also serves as a fundraiser. This year’s proceeds go to the Tommy Lollipop Project and the Tommy Scogs Foundation, two organizations dedicated to helping others in the name of Tommy Scognamiglio, a Pearl River teenager who passed away from cancer in October 2012. Scognamiglio would have been a senior at Pearl River High School this year. The event raised a staggering $3,000 for Tommy’s charities.
Pearl River 33, Nanuet 31