CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- The Hendrick Hudson High School Wrestling team kicked off 2015 with a fast start.
The team started off the week by beating defending league champions Putnam Valley as well as Pawling in a tri-meet on Wednesday, Jan. 7.
Hen Hud then placed second overall in their inaugural, 18-team Varsity Sailor Classic Wrestling Tournament, held on Saturday, Jan. 10.
The Sailors had five wrestlers make it into the finals and two two were crowned champion in their respective weight classes; Jordan Artope and Mike DiPietro. Sebastian Burbano, Peter Maselli and Sam Zilker all placed second.
To top off the tournament event, Gina Curcuru, program director for the Love Shouldn’t Hurt and STAR (Students Terminating Abusive Relationships) Club Chapters at domestic violence agency Hope’s Door, was on hand to receive a $500 donation.
The check represented proceeds earned at the Hen Hud JV Wrestling Tournament held on Saturday, Dec. 6. The donation ceremony was held on center mat as team captain Mike DiPietro, Hen Hud STAR Club president Gabriella Picciano and varsity coach Paul LaVallee (who is also the STAR club advisor) brought out the mock seven-foot check.
“On behalf of the team, I’m proud of using our proceeds from the JV Tournament as a fundraiser for causes such as Hope’s Door Teen Program, which does such great work for those who are adversely impacted by domestic violence and help educate teens how to find healthy relationships in their lives," said LaVallee said. "I’m equally proud of my wrestlers, who have learned through this experience what role they can play as young men in breaking the cycle of violence.”
Curcuru commented on receiving the check.
“I am honored to accept this donation from the JV Wrestling Tournament. Students in our STAR peer leadership program pledge to promote healthy relationships based on equality, respect and trust," said Curcuru. "We are so proud of the work that we do with our Hendrick Hudson High School STAR chapter and we look forward to continuing to grow and reach even more students in the future."