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Interscholastic League Championships
Varsity Wrestling Tournament
Benjamin Franklin High School
Preliminaries & Quarters - Tuesday, April 14, 1931
Semis - Thursday, March 16, 1931
Finals - Monday, April 20, 1931
Tech High Places 10 Men in Finals of School Mat Meet
Shopmen Dominate Grappling in Semi-final Round; DeFrancisco Beats Ruppenthal in
Thriller; Two Champs Eliminated
Democrat and Chronicle,
Friday, April 17, 1931
Full Text: Copyright
© 1931 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Company Inc.
Tech High School's championship wrestling squad showed its real strength by
sending ten out of a possible 18 men into the finals of the city interscholastic
individual mat title tournament as a result of winning 10 of 12 bouts in the
semi-finals yesterday afternoon at Benjamin Franklin High School. Coach Hoff's
Shopmen, well-drilled and exhibiting a surprising skill and knowledge of the
grappling sport, placed men in eight of the nine weight classes as Tech boys
came through in both ends of the semi-finals in two of the divisions.
The 105-pound class is the only one in which a Tech representative did not win.
Hall of West won the decision over Madalena, Shopman, in the lightest division
with a time advantage of 2 minutes, 24 seconds. Rice, in the 118-pound class,
was the only other wearer of the Tech colors to lose yesterday. He bowed to Joe
Caccamise of East High by a time edge of 4 minutes, 27 seconds. The all-Tech
finals will be in the 112 and 135-pound divisions.
Two defending champions lost out yesterday--both times to Shopmen. DiBenedetto
threw Ed Aratari, Oriental, in the 112-pound group; and Jimmy Gala of West High
lost to Houle in an extra period tussle for the upsets.
Probably the best match of the afternoon resulted in the 126-pound class when
John DeFrancisco of Monroe won over Bob Ruppenthal of Franklin in an over-time
struggle by the close time advantage of 2 minutes, 1 second. DeFrancisco upset
Sam Russo of Franklin, crowned city amateur titleholder at the Y.M.C.A. tourney
Saturday, in his first-round match.
Tom Polis, Shopman and amateur champion in the 135-pound section as a result of
winning in the Y event, put on a thrilling bout in defeating Chuck Geyer of
Franklin yesterday. Polis came from behind to eke out the narrow edge of 1
minute, 8 seconds.
The 175-pound and unlimited groups supplied plenty of heavy action as the big
boys grunted and squirmed in mauling each other. Schroeder of Tech gained a
close decision over Pete Johnson of Franklin in the unlimited group for the
The finals will be held Monday afternoon, starting at 3:30 o'clock at Franklin