The Suffolk County League III wrestling championship was held at Smithtown East High School on February 7, 2009. The Redmen from East Islip, winner of each of their dual meets during the season (7-0) battled its league opponents, Smithtown East (6-1), Newfield (5-2), Centereach (4-3), West Islip (3-4), Half Hollow Hills East (2-5), Copiague (1-6) and North Babylon (0-7). The league championships offer wrestlers from each school opportunities for redemption and confirmation as many of the wrestlers met during the current season and in seasons past.
East Islip sent 10 of its wrestlers to the finals, followed by Smithtown East with 5, West Islip with 3, Half Hollow Hills East with 3, Copiague with 3 Newfield with 2, Centereach with 2, and North Babylon with 2. Each of the finalists and third place winners will wrestle in the Suffolk County Championships at Hofstra University on February 13th and 14th.. Here are the results:
At 96, sophomore Steven Coppola from West Islip (24-4) pinned East Islip freshman Kyle Shevlin (16-8) at the end of the first period. At 103 East Islip sophomore Dave Dellavecchia (28-4) started out strong and pinned Smithtown East junior Max Gold (24-10) in the beginning of the second period.
At 112 and in a rematch of last year’s finals at 96 and a dual meet this year, sophomore Anthony Abidin (34-4 and 66-9 for his career) from Half Hollow Hills East took down Steven Dellavecchia (22-10) from North Babylon with 20 seconds remaining in the match to win 6-4 and claim his second consecutive league title and another win this year over Dellavecchia.
At 119, in a rematch with the same result from this year’s dual meet, junior Nick Ventiere from East Islip (32-5 and 82-14 for his career) used a cross body ride and wrist rolls to obtain a major decision over senior Akeam Tyrell (25-7) from Copiague, 8-0.
At 125, senior Matt Genchi from Half Hollow Hills East (28-5 and 93-19 for his career), league runner up in 2007, defeated his senior counterpart Rob Rossi from East Islip (33-3), 2007 league champion and 3rd place in 08, 8-5.
At 130, junior and two time league place winner, Kyle Eagan (27-11) from Smithtown East defeated senior three time league place winner Matt Melito (30-8, 100-34 for his career) from Centereach, with a first period ankle pick to a takedown and then Eagan controlled Melito for the rest of the match to win 4-1. In the semi-finals, Melito obtained his 100th career victory with a win over Joe Verderber from Smithtown East.
At 135, in rematch of last year’s consolations at 130, junior Alex Brown (28-4) from East Islip defeated senior Glenn Vogeli (25-8) from Newfield, 7-4.
At 140 in a highly anticipated rematch of a close dual meet, senior Ryan Kopiske (25-11) from Smithtown East won his first league championship after a runner up finish last year by injury default over senior Andre Gil (28-7) from Centereach who injured his leg and was unable to continue to wrestle in the second period after being down 2-0.
At 145, sophomore Tyler Conway (28-10) from East Islip improved on his 4th place performance last year and won close decision over junior Dan Reiter (28-13) from Smithtown East, 3-2.
At 152, masked East Islip junior Erik Vik (30-7) used a first period take down and second period escape to defeat sophomore Clinton Boone (32-6) from Copiague, 4-3 and avenging his dual meet loss to Boone (7-3) during the season.
At 160 senior and last years 3rd place finisher, Ty Morrison from Copiague (33-3) defeated senior league place winner Ryan Scannell (26-4) from Newfield, 6-1, Morrison also defeated Scannell during the season in a close match 6-4. Morrison narrowly defeated his teammate Joe Pulido in the semi-finals in overtime to reach the finals, and Pulido again qualified for the counties with a third place finish.
At 171 junior Nick Arma from East Islip (25-8) defeated junior Frank Capogna in his lime green shoes from North Babylon (20-10), 7-2.
At 189 in battle of powerfully built wrestlers, senior Vic Lazares from Half Hollow Hills East (34-2 and 91-26 for his career) took down senior Dan Malone (20-7) from West Islip five times for a 12-5 win to improve on his 3rd place finish last year.
Senior 215 pounder Kevin Cassidy from Smithtown East (38-1) pinned senior Jovan Ayoub (22-10) from East Islip in the first period to obtain his first league championship after a runner up finish last year and 4th place in 07.
At 285, senior Andrew Slawson from East Islip (26-5) and 4th last place year was awarded the title after an infraction disqualifying senior and last year’s champion George Hatzel (19-4) from West Islip.
Suffolk League 3 Finals – at Smithtown East
East Islip. 307
Smithtown East, 184
Half Hollow Hills East, 104.5
West Islip, 96
North Babylon, 71.5
96 – Steven Coppola (WI) pin Kyle Shevlin (EI), 1:47
103 – Dave Dellavecchia (EI) pin Max Gold (SmE), 2:28
112 – Anthony Abidin (HHHE) dec Steven Dellavecchia (NB), 6-4
119 – Nick Ventiere (EI) MD Akeam Tyrell (Cop), 8-0
125 – Matt Genchi (HHHE) dec Rob Rossi (EI), 8-5
130 – Kyle Eagan (SmE) dec Matt Melito (Cen), 4-1
135 – Alex Brown (EI) dec Glenn Vogeli (New), 7-4
140 – Ryan Kopiske (SmE) def. Andre Gil (Cen), by inj dflt
145 – Tyler Conway (EI) dec Dan Reiter (SmE), 3-2
152 – Erik Vik (EI) dec Clinton Boone (Cop), 4-3
160 – Ty Morrison (Cop) dec Ryan Scannell (New), 6-1
171 – Nick Arma (EI) dec Frank Capogna (NB), 7-2
189 – Vic Lazares (HHHE) dec Dan Malone (WI), 12-5
215 – Kevin Cassidy (SmE) pin Jovan Ayoub (EI), :52
285 – Andrew Slawson (EI) def. George Hatzel (WI), by DQ
Most Outstanding Wrestler: Matt Genchi (Half Hollow Hills East (125)
Most Pins, Least Time: Matt Melito (Centereach 130) 3 in 3:43
96 – Branson Berger (SmE) dec Chris Sortino (EI), 4-2
103 – Anthony Hirschfield (New) dec Luc Noens (Cen), 4-2
112 – Nick Domnisch (NB) pin Justin Regan (EI), 2:04
119 – Mike Diliello (EI) dec Jon Randazzo (New), 7-2
125 – Hasan Poole (Cop) dec Pat Flynn (Cop), 5-4
130 – Justin Boone (Cop) dec Joe Verderber (SmE), 5-3
135 – Vinny Chambers (EI) pin Andrew Newberg (WI), 4:27
140 – Ivan Nunez (EI) pin Mitch Palminteri (WI), 3:35
145 – Steve Weibel (WI) pin Roy Paulino (Cop), 1:17
152 – Shaun Percoco (New) dec Tim Kopiske (SmE), 1-0
160 – Joe Pulido (Cop) dec Greg Fernan (WI), 4-3
171 – Isaac Reiter (SmE) MD Brandon Henry (New), 12-4
189 – Joe Walsh (Cen) dec Matt Erdmann (EI), 11-4
215 – Pat Gatto (Cen) dec Ron Kibler (HHHE), 3-1
285 – Connor McCue (EI) pin Tom Schery (HHHE), 1:31