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Somers' Courtien Rallies To D'Agnese Wrestling Title

Posted Monday, December 30, 2013 by Tony Pinciaro

LINCOLNDALE, N.Y. – Larry Courtien was determined to have a good showing Saturday in the annual Eric D’Agnese Wrestling Tournament in Somers.

“I’ve always wrestled badly in this tournament and I don’t know why,” Courtien said.

Courtien erased those memories by winning the 138-pound title with a 5-4 decision against Putnam Valley’s Kyle Kelvas in the final.

Teammate Dylan Realbuto won the 132-pound title. Mark Lasar (160), Liam Heine (145) and Anthony DiMauro (120) were runners-up.

Courtien came into the tournament seeded first. After he overcame his nervousness about the seed, Courtien settled in and pinned his first two opponents.

Prior to the final, Courtien received a scouting report on Kelvas from teammate Alex Graap, which he used to his advantage.

Courtien had a takedown in the first period for a 2-0 lead, but Kelvas answered in the second period with an escape and late takedown for a 3-2 lead going into the third period.

“In the second period, I thought I was doing pretty well, then in about 10 seconds, I was down,” Courtien said. “Through the first half of the third period it was getting a little scary because he was riding me for a while.”

Courtien was working hard to break Kelvas’ wrist control and tight waist control. Once Courtien freed up his left hand, he made his move. He separated himself from Kelvas with 30 seconds remaining to even the score at 3-3 and nine seconds later, secured a takedown for the decisive points.

“Once I got out of the tight waist I was able to get to a sturdy base and get out,” Courtien said. “I saw that he was kind of rocked that I got out so I figured it was a good time for a re-shot and I was able to take him down.

“I don’t think it should‘ve gotten to that point, but the fact that I came back and was able to win makes its feel great.”

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