Welcome to LighthouseWrestling.com. I hope you all will enjoy reading my material as much as I intend to enjoy writing it.
My name is Matthew Diano. I am a 26-year-old resident of Levittown, New York. In August of 2006, I graduated cum laude from Hofstra University with a degree in print journalism….In addition to serving as the Collegiate Editor for the Long Island Wrestling Association (LIWA) for a short time in 2006, I’ve spent the majority of the last five seasons performing live text coverage for InterMat….In 2006, I received significant praise from the national wrestling community when I penned “Jon Masa: Victory Over Life,” a two piece series that was featured on InterMat’s homepage. After taking a few years off to concentrate on a job in the private sector, I recently returned to my journalistic roots, writing “Matt Diano Enters the Recruiting Zone,” on behalf of NewYorkWrestlingOnline.com.
Unlike several of my fellow feature writers for LighthouseWrestling, I have the distinction of being a respected member of the wrestling community despite having never formally wrestled myself. I discovered the sport of amateur wrestling during my junior year at Chaminade High School…Down at Herricks H.S. to support a friend making his varsity debut, I spent 10 hours watching the season opening tournament, even though my buddy went 0-2, BBQ. The following week, I attended the Bethpage Dad’s Club tournament and from there a love affair with the world’s oldest and greatest sport (to borrow from Mike Chapman) was ignited.
Known in most wrestling circles as “Hofman19” or simply “Hof”, I have been a leading contributor to several forums, including Themat.com, Wrestlingreport.com, as well as the aforementioned LIWA….Locally, I am considered one of the foremost experts on Hofstra Wrestling, CHSAA Wrestling, and the recruiting process….But enough about me.
With Matt’s Corner, I intend to act as a jack of all trades. Whenever recruiting news breaks, I’ll share it….If I am in attendance at a great HS or college match, I’ll pop on here and give my commentary….Do to the rise in popularity of mixed martial arts, I will no doubt throw in the occasional post regarding UFC, EliteXC, WEC, as many any other organization that I happen to stumble across…Whenever possible, I will try to throw in an interview or two with a prominent wrestler and/or coach from the LI area….Predictions on college matches will be a definite, as will be mention of top matches of the week—In other words, this column will be my unbiased and uncensored opinion on anything and everything related to wrestling…Sometimes my sentiments will be expressed in a calm little essay; Other times I may be on here ranting. One thing is for sure, IT WON’T BE BORING!!!
FINAL THOUGHT: Since a lot of you do know me from the forums, you know that I am extremely modest and approachable…I do what I do because I take great pride in being able to be an asset to the wrestling community….Hence, I never want anyone to hesitate to get in touch with me. If you have a son who just committed to college and you want to recognize his accomplishment, tell me and I’ll take care of it….Likewise, if there is a topic, movie, book, etc that you came across that you think the community would like to know about, share it with me….
My email address is hofpride19(at)optonline(dot)com. I am also usually at press row an hour or so prior to the start of every HU home match…Come on down and introduce yourself !!!