Early this afternoon, I learned from a person very close to the situation that 2010 152-pound New York State DI Champion, Giuseppi Lanzi, has selected the Bears of Brown University as his college choice. As gifted in the classroom as he is on the wrestling mat, Lanzi, with good reason, had his pick of top colleges/universities. However, as was explained to me, the Rhode Island based university has always felt like the right fit for the Amsterdam High School product. Therefore, when he formally received the acceptance letter from the school long rumored to be his #1 choice, it became a fitting ending to a scholastic career that has been nothing short of remarkable.
A 3rd place NYS finisher in 2009 @140, Lanzi was a known commodity on the national stage perhaps long before the majority of Empire State wrestling enthusiasts realized how a rare a talent they had on their hands. A NHSCA Freshman National Champion in 2007, Lanzi toyed with his competition, winning by bonus points in nearly all of his matches…After coming one victory short of a second consecutive All-American finish in Virginia Beach as a sophomore, the future EIWA conference wrestler worked his way back onto the medal stand, finishing 7th (@140) at the Junior National tournament (his only losses coming at the hands of the eventual 2nd and 3rd place finishers).
In addition to his success at the NHSCA grade level tournaments, Lanzi demonstrated that he was more than capable of competing on the national scene in an all-grade format when he placed 7th at the prestigious Super-32 tournament @152. This was the start of what would prove to be a historic senior campaign for the Journeymen Wrestling Club team member…Unblemished (38-0; 25 pins) heading into the state tournament, for Lanzi, the time in Albany must have had a “new day, same story” kind of feel to it as one-by-one he steamrolled all foes standing in the way of his claiming one of the few honors/titles that had alluded during him his high school career….Kicking off the NYS tournament with a 13-1 major decision victory (over Conner Lorenzo of Brighton) , Lanzi would lock up All-State honors quickly in the quarterfinals, putting Chenango Forks’ wrestler Jordan Barnett on his back and sticking him in less than a minute to punch his ticket to the semifinals…However, again, Lanzi left no doubt in people’s minds that 2010 was going to be his year, scoring early and often from all positions en route to another 13-1 major decision (this time the victim being Nassau County Champion James Ondris of Massapequa). The representative of Section II would make it an even sweep of Long Island’s finest one round later, just missing bonus points in a 13-6 decision over Islip junior, Kyle Wade (a former NHSCA freshman runner-up). For his efforts, Lanzi was a deserving recipient of the Outstanding Wrestler Award for the DI tournament.
As if the aforementioned was not already sufficient, it should be noted that Lanzi donned the singlet one final time in his scholastic career, leading Team NY to a hard fought victory over Western Pennsylvania (WPIAL) in the undercard of the Dapper Dan Classic…Pitted against Zach Shannon, who was coming off of a solid 4th place finish at the PA AAA State tournament, Lanzi wrestled intelligently and emerged with a clutch 2-1 decision.
Lanzi exits Amsterdam with an astounding 248-34 career record.
Having recently posted a 10th place team finish at the EIWA tournament, Brown has been in the midst of a rough patch the last few years. However, the addition of Lanzi as well as six other talented individuals has been coach Amato and staff reason to believe that a resurgence will soon await the Ivy League institution…In addition to our protagonist, the Bears will welcome a class of 2014 that features the likes of 125-pounder Vinny Moita (CA; 2010 CIF State Qualifier, 2009 Reno Tournament of Champions Runner-Up, 2009 CIF State 3rd Place, 2008 Reno Tournament of Champions 6th Place), 125-pounder fellow NYer, Billy Watterson (2010 NYS DI 3rd Place @119), Michigan grappler Dan Flowers (also projected at 125 on the collegiate level; 2009 Michigan D2 State Runner-Up, 2007 Michigan D2 State Qualifier), Nassau County Champion Dan Cataldi (projected as a 149-pounder at the next level), as well as pair of Keystone Staters in the persons of Jared Kay (165/174) and Pat LaBuz (157; 2010 PIAA AAA State 6th Place, 2009 NHSCA Junior National 3rd Place, 2009 PIAA AAA State Qualifier, 2008 NHSCA Sophomore National 5th Place, 2008 PIAA State Qualifier).
On behalf of everyone at LHW, we sincerely congratulate Giuseppi and his family on this immense and truly amazing accomplishment…Those of us who have been privileged enough to watch your career, share in the pride of witnessing you realize your dream !