On Monday May 17th, InterMat released the names of the student-athletes who make up the class of 2014 at Johns Hopkins University. Among this list of distinguished wrestlers was a local face, 3x All-Suffolk/2007 DII County Champion, Matt Fusaro, a key member of the John Glenn High School squad that won back-to-back Division I team titles in ’09 and ’10 (were also the team champions in 2007; their last as a DII school). Fusaro, one of the Empire State’s top unsigned seniors heading into the week, was attracting the interest of several prominent NCAA Division I programs before ultimately making the decision to place academics ahead of athletics in selecting the U.S. News and World Reports #14 National University. In making picking his destination, the 2010 Suffolk County Bronze Medalist at 145-pounds became the third wrestler from his high school to formally commit to competing at the next level. He is joined by 2010 130-pound NYS Champion Nick Meinsen who committed to Binghamton University late last month, and 152-pound NYS 3rd place finisher/2009 NYS runner-up, Nick Terdick who opted to stay home and wrestle for Hofstra University all the way back in September of last year
A 2008 NHSCA Sophomore All-American, finishing 4th @119, Fusaro has long been a name on the NYS wrestling scene. In fact, so aware of his sky high talent level were members of the Long Island wrestling faithful that many were hopeful that he might receive a wildcard birth to Albany this season. Compiling an overall record of 34-3 in his senior campaign, the future Blue Jay wrestler seemed as worthy a candidate as any to receive an invite to the “big dance.” Unfortunately, it was for not, as Fusaro had to settle for ending his scholastic career in grand fashion, securing his third place finish via a major decision over Sayville opponent, Josef Haas.
Projected as either a 157 or 165-pounder on the collegiate level, the Blue Wave Wrestling Club representative had reportedly (per inside sources) narrowed his short list to schools such as: Binghamton University, Bucknell University, Boston University, as well as the eventual winner, JHU…Hofstra University was also rumored to have made contact late in the process. The caliber of all of the aforementioned institutions of higher learning serve as a testament to the strong academic profile that Fusaro compiled during his years in the Elwood District based school. It is no understatement to say that this young gentleman is very bit as gifted off the mat as he is on it !
In addition to landing the highly sought after Fusaro, Hopkins’ Head Wrestling Coach, Keith Norris, was successful in bringing in a boat load of other talented wrestlers. Among the new additions to the 2011 Blue Jay roster are 2010 New England Champion/National Prep All-American Duncan Crystal (MA; projected at 141), and 2010 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 3rd place, Richie Erb (NC; 149). Rounding out the 2010 recruiting class are Bryan Brensinger (PA; 125/133), Nick Carducci (NJ; 149/157), Daniel Gill (IL; 165/174), Jin Park (WA; 285), Chris Skoff (AZ; 133/141), Henry Stauber (NY; 133/141), Kelly William (NY; 197), Jordan Wilner (NY; 141), and Ray Yagloski (PA; 125).
On behalf of everyone at LHW, we sincerely congratulate Matt, his family, and his coaches on this amazing achievement…You have made Long Island and the Empire State proud !!!
***THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MAY 20TH. HOWEVER, IT WAS REMOVED UNTIL CONFIRMATION FROM THE FUSARO FAMILY COULD BE SECURED***