This Week In Wrestling #15: 02/23-03/01

Last week, Bill was telling me that we received our first private donation.  Therefore, without giving away the identity of the individual, allow me to thank him publicly on behalf of everyone at Lighthouse Wrestling.  Whether it is $5 of $100, every kind gesture that you make is greatly appreciated by all of us.  While we will never openly ask for compensation, please remember that all of us (mostly Mr. Miller) are doing what we are doing by spending out of our own pockets.  Therefore, if you are in a position to give a little something (and again, I reiterate that the amount is not at all important), we assure you that your contributions will be put back into delivering a quality product….In the future, we’d love nothing more than to be able to travel to places like Virginia Beach, Fargo, the NCAA tournament, etc.  

Another exciting announcement that Bill was telling me about was that it seems that very shortly, we will welcome our first group of interns.   Being someone that has always been very involved in the world of academia, I am especially proud of the fact that we will be able to give back to the community in such a  manner. While the opportunity to cover the world’s greatest sport is reward upon itself, I must say that the privilege of being able to do it while also assisting a deserving young man or woman in earning their degree brings twice the joy to me heart.  If you are the parent of a college (or for that matter a high school) student who is looking to pursue a degree in journalism and feel that your son or daughter would enjoy the opportunity to work with us, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Miller. 

Furthermore, in the category of things that made me laugh this week, we turn to a post that I read on forum.  According to one individual (whose posts I am a huge fan of, just to make sure that he knows that I am not trying to insult him), LHW has a tendency to be biased towards Suffolk County….Honestly, since most of what I do pertains to the national collegiate scene, I know that the comment in no way was directed at me.  However, as a person who also is an avid reader of the stories posted on this site, I must say that I have never noticed any kind of preferential treatment being shown to either county.   Plus, making the comments all the more ironic is that to the best of my knowledge, all of the primary contributors to this site are residents of Nassau (I am in Levittown), Bill resides in Bethpage as does Pete, and even Marty I believe calls section viii home.  Hence, if we are showing favoritism to Suffolk, it goes down as one of the most unintentional cases of bias ever witnessed in the journalistic realm….To the gentleman who wrote the comment, thank you for the chuckle…Again, I am laughing with you, not at you.  Therefore, don’t take my comments as a slight on your character. 

Finally, because I will again be bypassing the summary section of my weekly activity, I wanted to close by congratulating Wantagh on winning the Nassau County title.  Equal congratulations go out to Paul Liguori on winning his fourth individual county title.  Over the past six months or so, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to chat occasionally with Paul and his mother.  Therefore, I feel completely secure when I say that the Liguoris are a great family and are deserving of all the good fortune that continues to come their way.  Best of luck to Paul, his teammates, and for that matter, all Long Island wrestlers heading upstate this weekend.  Make us proud gentlemen !!!

Now, I am off to grab a bowl of chicken soup in the hopes that it will help me to revive my sickly butt.  I hope to see all of your smiling faces in Albany.  However, should previous engagements prevent you when being there in person, by all means, accept our invitation to sit back and watch the state finals from the comfort of your own home….Bill has worked extremely hard the best two weeks to rid the site of all bugs.  Hence, we immensely welcome a huge audience. 

Until next week, be well and God Bless !!!!

P.S. If you are looking for a good book to put you in the right mood for the postseason, allow me to suggest Four Days to Glory: Wrestling With the Soul of the American Heartland by Mark Kreidler.  The book gives an inside look at the senior seasons (in H.S.) of current University of Iowa wrestlers, Dan LeClere and Jay Borschel, as they attempt to join an exclusive club of four time Iowa State Champions.  I read the book once before and plan to do so again should I make the journey to Albany this weekend.  It is a quick read and is sure to keep the attention of many a wrestling fan !!!

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