An Old Fashioned Long Island Wrestling Party…

It’s always exciting heading up to Albany to see the New York State high school wrestling championships. Long Islanders are used to being leaders at the annual state wrestling party.

long-islandIt’s always exciting heading up to Albany to see the New York State high school wrestling championships. Long Islanders are used to being leaders at the annual state wrestling party. Back in the “olden days” of the1960’s and 70’s section 8-Nassau County was the dominant section in NY State. Section 8 won the first state tournament in 1963 and in 1964 won a staggering 10 of 13 weight classes to almost double the team score of runner-up section 11-Suffolk County. Nassau won 8 of the first 17 NY state tournaments in the 1960’s and 70’s. Add to that the fact that section 11-Suffolk County also won 3 state tournaments in that same time period results in Long Island winning 11 of the first 17 state tournaments. Then the 1980’s happened, and the Suffolk County team started to really turn it on. They have now won 15of 30 tournaments since 1980. Nassau-8 won another two titles in that time period making it a total of 28 state tournaments won by a Long Island section since the tournament’s inception. That’s 28 of 48 state tournaments won by a Long Island section (including only D1 tournaments).

So why was 2010 so special? Not only did Section 11 have 15 semi-finalists, 11 finalists and 8 champions. Add to that section 8’s 9 semi-finalists, 5 finalists and 1 champ. But another section with Long Island representation joined the party and added to Strong Island’s success. The CHSAA Long Island wrestlers pitched in with 3 semi-finalists and 1 finalist. So some simple math shows Long Island wrestlers represented 45% of the semi-finalists, 57% of finalists and 60% of New York’s 2010 D1 state wrestling champions. With 36 of 90 total place winners Long Island still encompasses 40% of D1 all-state wrestlers. Now that is a snapshot of a Long Island wrestling party!

Hey Marty! Let’s mention the NY high school wrestlers who are nationally recognized…

We all know that with scheduling restrictions placed upon New York state high school  wrestling teams that national recognition for New York state wrestlers is harder to come by. But in the 2010 D1 state finals we saw some terrific nationally recognized talent and some head to head nationally ranked match-ups.

103 pounds: Alec Dierna, ranked 19th in the country looked very good in winning his first New York State title.

125 pounds: Nick Arujau of Syosset-8 won his 3rd state title and is ranked 5th in the country. Nick defeated another nationally ranked wrestler (14th ranked) in Justis Flamio of Mahopac-1.

135 pounds: In another match of nationally ranked wrestlers Andrew Lenzi of Fordham Prep-C won his 2nd state title over nationally ranked Cody Ruggirello of Valley Central-9.

140 pounds: Stephen Dutton won his 2nd state title in impressive fashion with a TF in the finals. Dutton was ranked 8th in the country coming into this year’s state tournament.

We should mention that at 171 pounds (in the D2 state finals) Tyler Beckwith of Greene HS in section 4 won his 3rd state title. Beckwith is the nation’s 3rd ranked wrestler in his weight class.

189 pounds: Angelo Malvestuto of Niagra Wheatfield-6 won his first state title after placing 3rd three times. Malvestuto is ranked 11th in the U.S at 189 pounds.

215 pounds: Pioneer High (section 6)  School’s Kyle Colling won his 2nd state title. Colling is ranked 4th in the U.S.

285 pounds: Lance Moore of Johnson City-4, formerly a PA state place winner, won his 1st NY state title and is ranked 14th in the country.

Footnotes:

  1. Sean McCormick of Johnson City-4 was ranked 9th in the country coming in to this year’s tournament. He placed 5th at 112 pounds.
  2. The internmatwrestle.com rankings were used as the source for nationally ranked high school wrestlers.

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