Friday Night Lights was a smashing success at Johns Burns Park in Massapequa on Friday Evening July 10. Unlike the tension at other wrestling touraments, Friday Nigh Lights was a combination festival, reunion, wrestling tournament rolled into one. Contrasted with a baseball game in progress on the adjacent field, it was on the mat where you could find all the excitement and fans, not so much for America’s favorite past time.
There was a great turnout in the senior division with, I believe, Ted Depasquale and Ray Downey being the oldest of the seniors in attendance (The Two Wrestled a great match and it is posted here). It was like a who’s who of former Section 8 and Section XI stars. The event was well attended at all divisions with over 400 athletes in attendance.
The event was also graced with outstanding weather. For a mid-July event the temperature was comfortable, even cool later in the evening. The only drawback to the cool evening temperatures was that it brought with it condensation that was impossible to clear from the mats making the mat conditions somewhat slippery, but no more slippery than a sweaty wrestling room nearing the end of hard practice.
Friday Night Lights was a terrific idea, and I’d like to complement the Friends of Massapequa Wrestling and especially Joe Catalonato and his staff for holding a Great Event! Running a tournament is never easy and especially running the first of an exciting event.
A View of the Crowd
Early evening and late evining scan of the wrestlers and fans in attendance at Friday Night Lighs.
Scramble of the Evening
The best scramble of the evening.
Various highlights captured on film throughout the evening.
Ray Downey vs Ted Dipasquale
Outstanding match between to former Section XI standouts.
Senior nationals All American, Brian Herold dominates the competition.