Hofstra to Host Wagner in 2008/2009 Home Opener (UPDATED W/RESULTS


What: Hofstra vs. Wagner

When: November 12th, 2008

Time: 7:00 pm

Where: David S. Mack Sports And Exhibition Comp

Coverage: Live Text (Courtesy of Lighthousewrestling.com)


The Matchup: Steve Bonanno (HU) vs. Jason Mandragona

Synopsis: This is a battle of two freshmen as 2008 NYS Champion, Steve Bonanno, looks to feed off of the momentum created by his top-6 finish at last weekend’s Oklahoma Gold Gold Classic and give the Pride fans an indication of what they can expect to see over the course of the next four years….His opponent, Jason Mandragona, will be looking to break into the win column following a loss by pin to Boston University’s Fred Santaite.

Prediction: Bonanno by Major Decision:

Projected Team Score: 4-0 Hofstra

Result: Bonanno (HU) TF Mandrogona (Wag), 15-0



The Matchup: #7 Lou Ruggirello (HU) vs. Nick Keshecki (Wag)

Synopsis: Ruggirello, the two-time CAA Champion who came one victory short of earning All-American honors last season, will be looking to stay on a hot streak following his four pin effort in winning the Oklahoma Gold Classic last weekend. If you include his wrestle-off victory over teammate Jeff Rotella, one opponent has succeeded in making it out of the first period with “King Louie” thus far this season….Keshecki, who wrestled for four years for perennial powerhouse Jackson High School in New Jersey, hopes to reverse his fortunes after beginning the season as a 13-1 loser to Alex Cournoyer of Boston University.

Prediction: Ruggirello by Fall

Projected Team Score: 10-0 Hofstra

Result: Ruggirello (HU) pinned Keshecki (Wag) 2:07



The Matchup: Justin Accordino (HU) vs. Jake Villaret (Wag)

Synopsis: Inheriting the daunting task of trying to replace former two-time All-American, Charles Griffin, Accordino’s career got off to an impressive start last weekend, as the native of Wilkes-Barre, PA finished fourth at the Oklahoma Gold Classic. The RS freshman, who went 13-8 last year wrestling unattached, is considered a master of the cement mixer. Should he get in the position to hit one, this match could be over in a hurry….Villaret, a former two-time NYS qualifier for Curtis High School, will be working hard to pull the upset. Villaret was a pin victim last weekend, as he fell to the Terriers’ Abbie Rush.

Prediction: Accordino by Fall

Projected Team Score: 16-0 Hofstra

Result: Rotella (HU) pinned Villaret (Wag) 2:39



The Matchup: P.J. Gillespie (HU) vs. Ryan Cornell (Wag)

Synopsis: If there ever a match for Long Island bragging rights, this is it. Here, we have Gillespie, a former State Champion out Long Beach (Nassau) taking on Cornell, who was a four year member of the East Islip (Suffolk) program. Last weekend, Gillespie finished 6th at Oklahoma Gold, dropping a narrow 2-1 decision in the quarterfinals to 2008 All-American, Matt Kyler (Army)…Cornell was pinned by another former NYS Champion, Mike Roberts in the Seahawks duals against BU.

Prediction: Gillespie by Major Decision

Projected Team Score: 20-0 Hofstra

Result: Gillespie (HU) pinned Cornell (Wag) 4:36



The Matchup: #15 Jon Bonilla-Bowman (HU) vs. Nick Dalcero (Wag)

Synopsis: As with every JBB match, you can expect an endless gas tank, a plethora of takedowns, and if we are lucky, approximately 13 seconds of riding time. A practitioner of the Iowa style of wrestling, we can expect the 2008 CAA Champion to be in the face of his Seahawk opponent for every second of this bout. Bonilla-Bowman, coming off of a rather unimpressive showing at Oklahoma Gold, will have his sights set on returning to the form that nearly garnered him All-American honors last season….For Dalcero, the name of the game is to keep it close and hope to put it out at the end. Last week, the freshman from Florida wrestled Wagner’s best match of the dual, dropping a 9-8 decision to the Terriers’ Ben Mandelbraut.

Prediction: Bonilla-Bowman by Match Termination (TF-4)

Projected Team Score: 24-0 Hofstra

Result: Bonilla-Bowman (HU) Maj Dec Peotter (Wag), 21-8



The Matchup: Ryan Patrovich (HU) vs. Sean Quinn (Wag)

Synopsis: Patrovich, a third place finisher at last weekend’s Oklahoma Gold Classic, is hungry and committed to showing that last season’s 0-2 performance at the National tournament is a thing of the past and 2009 will be a whole different story. Much like his older brother, former two-time All-American, Mike, Ryan was a conference runner-up as a freshman. Hopefully, history will repeat itself and the youngest Patrovich brother will go on to have an incredibly solid sophomore campaign…Much like his teammate Dalcero, Quinn lost by the slightest of margins in the dual against BU, losing a 2-0 decision to C.J. Inglin. The three-time State qualifier out of the Garden State will be be looking to gun down the fan favorite.

Prediction: Patrovich by Major Decision

Projected Team Score: 28-0 Hofstra

Result: Patrovich (HU) Maj Dec Quinn (Wag), 16-4



The Matchup: #6 Alton Lucas (HU) vs. Ryan Malloy (Wag)

Synopsis: The lone returning All-American for Hofstra this season, Lucas will be expected to carry a lot of the load, as well as set a positive example for the younger guys. The 2008 CAA Champion accomplished both last weekend, leaving the Brockport based tournament with the title. Possibly the best overall athlete in the HU starting lineup, Lucas at times has become complacent in bouts that he was heavily favored in and thus has not shown a willingness to blow open matches. In all likelihood, he will get his chance tonight to show that a new season means a whole new Alton…With regard to Malloy, the last time I saw him, he unfortunately was staring at the lights of the Chaminade High School Sports Complex, having just been pinned by Holy Trinity’s Jules Doliscar. Alton Lucas is a big step-up and unless the St. Joes By the Sea product has really developed in the past few months, it is hard to believe the result will be any different this time around.

Prediction: Lucas by Fall

Projected Team Score: 30-0 Hofstra

Result: Lucas (HU) pinned Malloy (Wag) 2:15



The Matchup Ben Clymer (HU) vs. Peter Morano (Wag)

Synopsis: First off, yes, this was the best picture of Clymer I could find. The only alternative was him dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow. I think I made a good choice. With regard to the match, tonight marks the official collegiate debut for the 2008 Pennsylvania AA State Champion. After sitting out last week’s tournament, I am sure Clymer is hungry to start his college career off in impressive fashion. A 3-2 winner over veteran Anthony Tortora in the wrestle-offs, the Northwestern Lehigh High School product will look to improve upon last year’s performance at 184 (by an undersized Justin Danz)…Morano, a sophomore from New Caanan, CT will be hope to capitalize on the experience advantage and earn his first win of the season….DON’T BE BE SURPRISED TO SEE TORTORA WRESTLING FOR THE PRIDE IN PLACE OF CLYMER.

Prediction: Clymer/Tortora by Major Decision

Projected Score: 34-0 Hofstra

Result: Clymer (HU) TF Morano (Wag), 17-0



The Matchup:: Rob Piscitello vs. Mark Wagner

Synopsis: The second of the all Long Island contests pits a pair of freshman against one another. Representing Locust Valley will be the Pride’s Rob Piscitello. The Seahawks will counter with Lindenhurst’s native son, Mark Wagner. Tonight will be Piscitello’s debut, while Wagner will come in with the goal of notching his first collegiate win, following a pin in 1:10 by BU’s John Hall….A lot of HU loyalists were hoping to catch their first glimpse of Indiana transfer, Joe Fagiano. However, due to NCAA regulations, the 2008 NCAA qualifier is required to sit out the first two events of the season. Tonight is event number two.

Prediction: Piscitello by decision

Projected Team Score: 37-0

Result: Piscitello (HU) pinned Wagner (Wag) 3:43



The Matchup: Jordan Enck (HU) vs. Connor Hart (Wag)

Synopsis: Enck, fresh off of a 6th place finish at the Oklahoma Gold Classic in his college debut, will look to use his superior quickness to overcome any size disadvantage that he might have. The 2008 Pennsylvania AAA State Champion will look to close this dual out in impressive fashion against his Seahawk opponent…Hart, who did not wrestle in the dual against the BU Terriers will be making his debut tonight…..DON’T BE SURPRISED TO SEE A WAGNER FORFEIT AT THIS WEIGHT CLASS.

Prediction: Enck by decision (or forfeit)

Projected Final Team Score: 40-0 (43-0)

Result: Enck (HU) TF D’Amico (Wag), 15-0

Final Team Score: Hofstra-53; Wagner-0

2 thoughts on “Hofstra to Host Wagner in 2008/2009 Home Opener (UPDATED W/RESULTS”

  1. There’s one question that just begs asking……


    Back in the not so distant past, when Wagner was a member of the CAA wrestling conference, the Pride used the compulsory Wagner dual as an opportunity to give a little competitive mat time to the guys who work their tail ends off all season in the wrestling and weight rooms, but who sit behind more polished wrestlers on the Hofstra depth chart.
    The Wagner dual was often scheduled as part of a ‘doubleheader’, with the starters facing the more challenging competitors and the reserves toiling against the local Seahawks from Staten Island.
    Under the circumstances, the annual dual made perfect sense.

    But time and circumstances have changed. Hofstra no longer ranks among the elite Top 15 programs in the country and Wagner no longer wrestles under the CAA banner.
    So how does this dual benefit the relatively young and inexperienced Pride?

    You could say that the starting 10 needed a break, coming off of this past weekend’s tournament in Brockport, but that justification would be a complete crock.
    With the exception of Ruggirello, JBB, Lucas, Fagiano and possibly Patrovich, the young and developing Pride wrestlers need to be continually challenged by counterparts with equal or superior credentials and pedigrees if they hope to successfully compete against conference and nationally ranked opponents.
    Better yet…..remember that only Lucas has already achieved All-American status among the Hofstra veterans. Ruggirello and Bonilla-Bowman, who were close, and both Patrovich and Fagiano can all contend for a place on the medal stand if they continue to get better.
    Wrestling Wagner wasn’t going to advance those goals.
    Wrestling Wagner wasn’t going to better prepare the Pride for the events of next March…..or even for the upcoming duals against Penn State and Missouri.
    Wrestling Wagner wasn’t even an upgrade in competition over the Wrestle-Offs held at Northport H.S.

    So, again, I ask the question, “WHY WAGNER?”

    The only benefit that can be derived from this dual is that the Pride, as a team, most certainly won the dual……and the wrestlers themselves added a plus number to their individual win columns.
    That said, I’m reasonably sure that these young men didn’t enroll at Hofstra to pad their numbers or to falsely inflate their worth with meaningless wins.
    I’m just hoping that the schedule makers share that philosophy.
    There’s only five home matches on this year’s plate, and only a limited number of non-conference opportunities available to develop both the young and veteran wrestlers.
    You can’t convince me that we didn’t just throw one away when we scheduled this dual.

    By the way, if you think that these comments were meant to disrespect the Wagner wrestling program, you are completely incorrect. Those young men work just as hard as the Pride wrestlers. They’re just simply not as accomplished or talented.
    Hofstra showed the willing Seahawks more disrespect by scheduling them for their “Homecoming” match.

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