Winds of Change: Section 8 Preview

It’s that time of the year: Time to put the footballs away, Time to lace up the wrestling shoes and get your headgear out of the closet, Time to stop eating all those great meals, and time to step on the scale.

It’s that time of the year: Time to put the footballs away, Time to lace up the wrestling shoes and get your headgear out of the closet, Time to stop eating all those great meals, and time to step on the scale.   Continue reading “Winds of Change: Section 8 Preview”

Section VIII 2009-2010 Season Preview

It’s that time of the year again. No it’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas. Good guess. It’s Wrestling Season. Let’s get the dust off the headgear and put the singlet on. Section 8 has had some dramatic changes, and we will address them. The Pre-season rankings appear way off with wrestlers in the wrong weights, but that’s a story for another day.

tugawarIt’s that time of the year again. No it’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas. Good guess. It’s Wrestling Season. Let’s get the dust off the headgear and put the singlet on. Section 8 has had some dramatic changes, and we will address them. The Pre-season rankings appear way off with wrestlers in the wrong weights, but that’s a story for another day. Continue reading “Section VIII 2009-2010 Season Preview”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (2/2): Paul Liguori

If you are a Long Island wrestling fan, then you’ve no doubt heard of Paul Liguori, and if it seems like he has been around forever, it’s because he has.

I recall Paul wrestling as a youth and being in awe of how accomplished he was against other wrestlers of his own age. It seems like every time, there has been a wrestling event, Paul has been part of it. Wrestling has opened a lot of doors allowing him to make friends and bonds that will last a lifetime, traveling, competing, and enjoying the success.

plIf you are a Long Island wrestling fan, then you’ve no doubt heard of Paul Liguori, and if it seems like he has been around forever, it’s because he has.

I recall Paul wrestling as a youth and being in awe of how accomplished he was against other wrestlers of his own age. It seems like every time, there has been a wrestling event, Paul has been part of it. Wrestling has opened a lot of doors allowing him to make friends and bonds that will last a lifetime, traveling, competing, and enjoying the success. Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (2/2): Paul Liguori”

Dual Meet Preview – Hauppaug vs. Huntington

On Friday, January 30, 2009, the Huntington Blue Devils ranked number eleven ( 11 ) by Matslap visit the Hauppauge Eagles ranked number two ( 2 ) for a 6:00 P.M. showdown.

On Friday, January 30, 2009, the Huntington Blue Devils ranked number eleven ( 11 ) by Matslap  visit the Hauppauge Eagles ranked number two ( 2 ) for a 6:00 P.M. showdown.

The question is can Huntington pull off the upset on the road ?. Hauppauge has shown overall depth throughout their line -up and will be hard to beat. The Blue Devils have some very talented wrestlers spread throughout the line up but can they match the Eagles? Continue reading “Dual Meet Preview – Hauppaug vs. Huntington”

An Interview with Ralph Napolitano – Part II: The Roots

I started wrestling in 7th grade at Brentwood North Junior High School. I wrestled three years in junior high, and then went on to wrestle for Joe Campo. Coach Campo was a major influence on my coaching career. However it was not until I started coaching did I realize how important Coach Campo was to me. He taught us many things but most of all, he showed us how to be men.

2008-09 Brentwood Wrestling Varsity Team Line-up
2008-09 Brentwood Wrestling Varsity Team Line-up

LHW: What’s your wrestling background?  Who was your biggest influence in wrestling?

Coach Nappy: I started wrestling in 7th grade at Brentwood North Junior High School. I wrestled three years in junior high, and then went on to wrestle for Joe Campo. Coach Campo was a major influence on my coaching career. However it was not until I started coaching did I realize how important Coach Campo was to me. He taught us many things but most of all, he showed us how to be men.

My biggest influence in wrestling is Bob Panariello. I had the pleasure of working for Bob as one of his assistants for 10 years. It is through Bob that I started to believe I could coach. He had an amazing desire to make Brentwood wrestling the best it could be. He worked extremely hard to put Brentwood back on the map where it was for many years under Coach Campo. Through his friendship and leadership, I learned how to coach at the high school level. Being from Brentwood myself I shared Bob’s passion and dreams of making Brentwood the best. Continue reading “An Interview with Ralph Napolitano – Part II: The Roots”

Nassau County Rankings 51-08

Nassau rankings as of week 51, 2008. Rankings take into consideration results up to and including December 13, 2008.

96 lbs division

  1. Will Montgomery (Seaford) — 10th
  2. Joe Barbato (Wantagh) — 10th
  3. Thomas Manning (MacArthur) — 10th
  4. Shane Saltzman (VSN) — ??
  5. Kevin Herold (MacArthur) — ??
  6. Danny Jones (Garden City) — ??

Continue reading “Nassau County Rankings 51-08”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (12/8): John Greisheimer

The wrestler of the week needs no introduction but we must give him some well due accolades. John Greisheimer has been wrestling since 4th grade and he appears ready for greatness…

The wrestler of the week needs no introduction but we must give him some well due accolades. John Greisheimer has been wrestling since 4th grade and he appears ready for greatness. John is the defending State Champion from Section 8. Last year John went 49-1 suffering his only loss to Zach Clemente of La Salle Academy from Section 2.  After capturing his 1st NYS Championship, the Hammer followed this up with a 2nd place finish at the High School Nationals in Virginia last March. John has a career record of 145-14 with 92 pins and is climbing the ladder quickly. Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (12/8): John Greisheimer”

Are We Ready to Rumble?

Are we ready to rumble ? There are many questions leading into the season concerning weight certifications. Wrestlers who thought they were going one weight were shocked to find out they were competing at a higher weight class. Now that the shock has worn off and the results are in, we can start the season. Can section 8 duplicate their second place finish in New York State ?

Section 8 2008 -2009 Preview

Are we ready to rumble ?  There are many questions leading into the season concerning  weight certifications. Wrestlers who thought they were going one weight were shocked to find out they were competing at a higher weight class. Now that the shock has worn off and the results are in, we can start the season. Can section 8 duplicate their second place finish in New York State ?

Will anyone stop the MacArthur Generals from winning their unprecedented eighth title in nine years ? Coach Greenblatt has been on record saying this might be his last year of coaching and he could be getting ready to ride into the sunset and wants to take the County Championship with him.

The odds are with the Generals and they have the target on their backs. The formula seems to work. The song, ” We are Family ” made famous by Sister Sledge in 1979 comes to mind as the Generals continue to churn out one county champ after another. The team does not lose but just reloads. They have a few individual winners and lot’s of wrestlers finish in the top six of the counties. The motto has always been  ” Just score points ” You have to like their chances to repeat as few teams match the depth that the Generals can send out on the mat.

While MacArthur might walk off with the best tournament team, the Wantagh Warriors might have something to say about the best dual team. Under the tutelage of Co-Head Coaches, James Murphy ( Coach of the year, Nassau County 2008 ) Paul Gillespie ( Long Beach HS, former Head Coach of the Year ), Assistant Coach Izzy Medina and  Middle School Head Coach John Hamilton (  East Meadow and Calhoun ) it is not a forgone conclusion who wins this year. While the Generals might come out on top at the Counties their neighbors could end up taking the title when they square off for all the marbles on December 17, 2008, at the Generals home gym. Unfortunately, the two rivals are in different divisions and can not meet at the end of the year to determine a true champion as Nassau County has continued to separate the schools by population. Wantagh is in Division 3A while MacArthur is in Division 2A.  

The Generals have Alex Grant, 103 lbs, 2nd in 2008, Chris Perez, 112lbs, Sean Kempf, 119lbs, 2nd in 2008, Ariel Guerrero, 119 lbs, All County, Frankie Mederios, 130 lbs, Brian Herold 145 lbs, All County, 2008, Tyler Dunne, 145lbs /152lbs, ( 6th place in Iowa, Pre-season All American ) Brian Mullholland, 160 lbs, All County, 2008 and Joe Giamiata, 189, lbs, All County.

Wantagh is set to return with Sophomore transfer, Joe Barbato, 96 pounds, All County, 2008, Paul Friscia, 125 lbs, All Conference, 2008, Arquimedes Delacruz, 135 lbs, All County, 2008, Paul Liguori, 135 lbs, 3rd in NYS, Nick Fitzmaurice, 130 lbs, All Conference, Sophomore transfer, Joe Kavanagh, 2nd place, 2008, 171 lbs, All Conference, Josh Kule, 160, All Conference, John Greisheimer, 152 lbs, State Champion,  Matt Loew, 189 lbs, 2nd 2008 and Thomas Hall, 215 lbs, ( Freshman All American ).        

Massapequa is another team with high hopes. With the retirement of Coach Gary Mims,  after the 2006 season there was no downtime as new coach Joe Catalanotto took over and added a few pieces to the puzzle by hiring Kevin Shippos who was a past NYS Champion and All American at the High School Nationals. The Chief’s put in a lot of practice time during the off season. The team lost two state place winners in Mike Doria and Shane Strumwasser but has the luxury of having a large team and numerous returning wrestlers such as Rudy Lanzilotta, 103 lbs, All Conference, Anthony Evangelista, 135 lbs, All Conference, Eric Kauffman, 140 lbs, All County, Josh Maddox, 145 lbs, All Conference, James Ondris, 152 lbs, All Conference, Robert Seckler, 171 lbs, Nick Insnardi, 171 lbs, All Conference and Conor Wetzel, 189lbs All Conference.  

There are several other schools in Nassau that have the potential to move up the ladder and make some noise. Uniondale is one of those teams under the guidance of Coach Tim Goydoy, whose team’s continue to perform in the top ten of nassau county. This team will not surprise anyone any longer with the way they have been turning out All County Place winners.

Uniondale has highly regarded Mike Walker at 125 lbs, All County, Andre Berry, 152 lbs, 2nd 2008, Troy Sterling, 145 lbs, All Conference and  Amazon at 112 lbs, All Conference.

After the first four teams, the rest of the race for placing in the County Championships is up for grabs. There are several teams that have good wrestlers but the lack of depth will hurt.  Jericho High School is one team that comes to mind. Jericho will have Nick and Mike Tucillo, Joe Chamish and Steven Graziano. They have been putting in many off season workouts at Vougar’s Russian School of Wrestling. These kids are battle tested and will make some noise.

Seaford is another team that is building on their younger but very talented wrestlers. The team lost senior, Blake Fisher and Curren Digney which will hurt, but the Vikings are bringing back Will Montgomery, 103 lbs, 3rd place 2008, Anthony Fachinni, 119 lbs, 2nd place, 2008, and Anthony LoCast, 119 lbs, 4th 2008. The question is if they can add some muscle to the upper weights ? 

Island Trees under the leadership of Damian Garcia has Matt Eberlein, 145 lbs, 2nd place 2008, Mike Alavanja, 119 lbs, Dan Nicolino, 215 lbs, and heavyweight Mike Zibokowski, 285 lbs all returning.

Baldwin lost several key wrestlers from last year including Keron Williams, Willie Quinn, Vinny Famularo and Nick Azcona. The Bruins are returning team captain, Vinny Pecora, All State 103 lbs, 2008, Kyle Cohen, Kevin Yeh, Dylan Cohen and Gerard Quinn. There are several younger wrestlers in the program that have the potential to move up and place in the counties if things fall the right way.

No team lost more All County wrestlers than Plainedge High School. The Devils will have to replace Matt Rich, Jesse Sgaglione, John Makastchian, Rocky Cervini and several  other seniors. This will be a huge mountain to climb but if anyone can develop new wrestlers from football players it is Head Coach Rob Shavers. I believe that given less the team can produce more. Returning for the Devils are Nick Camera and Steve Spurgeon.

Garden City is a young and very talented team. The Trojans return County Champion Mike LoFrese, 1st place 112 lbs, 2008, Danny LoFrese 130 lbs, Matt Schmelizger, 119 lbs or 125 lbs, John Whitman, 125 lbs, Drew LoCurto, and Connor Horl, 215 lbs. The team will benefit by the addition of several wrestlers making the transition from the youth team to the varsity which was run by former 3x All American Jon Masa of  Hofstra and Paul Gillespie. This team could be in the hunt in the near future.

Clarke High School can never be counted out under the leadership of Head Coach Mike Leonard. Last year, the team had Matt Gaynor and Jordan Spirou make the States. Both were lost to graduation. The team will be led by Kelly Palmer, 119 lbs, 6th place, All County, 2008, Tiago Pierera, 112lbs,  Mike Leonard Jr., 125 lbs and several other younger wrestlers. The team has worked very hard throughout the off season and it would not be a surprise to see them hold their own as the season progresses and gains some experience.

Another potential contender is Farmingdale High School. The team is led by Thomas Jackson, 3rd place 2008, 215 lbs, 2008 and Luke Alber, 3rd place, 2008, 112 or 119 lbs. Farmingdale is always in the mix with a new group of tough wrestlers every year.

Bellmore JFK has several wrestlers returning that could make some noise: Joe Maher, Rich Frank, and Mike Snow.

The rest of the teams include:  Dylan Palacio of Long Beach, Mack Maldarelli, Carlos Navas and Valentino of Calhoun HS, German Meza and Christian Toscano of Bethpage, Nick Falco, Steve Rispoli  Robert Mancino, Andrew Danzinger, Joe Ocasio of East Meadow, John Daddino of Sewanaka East, Robert Grabher of  North Shore, Nick Arujau, Sebastian Randazzo and Guy Macchia of  Syosett and the Agu brothers of  Freeport.

It should be a very interesting year with many upsets. How will Section 8 perform upstate?  Can  the Generals be knocked off the top ? Who is going to win individual titles ? Follow the action at www.Lighthousewrestling.com

Part 3: The Interview with Neil J. Alton

This is final part of the three part series of Lighthouse Wrestling’s interview Neil Alton a former Long Beach wrestler for Paul Gillespie and father of Dylan and Andrew Alton, two of the top High School wrestlers in the country.

Dylan (Left), Andrew (right)
Dylan (Left), Andrew (right)

This is final part of the three part series of Lighthouse Wrestling’s interview Neil Alton a former Long Beach wrestler for Paul Gillespie and father of Dylan and Andrew Alton, two of the top High School wrestlers in the country.

Note, this article is divided into pages.  Click the page number at the bottom to advance through all the pages.

LHW: Did the boys ever feel like they were missing out on family events- parties, nights out with there friends, etc? Did you leave the choice up to them to miss these events? Continue reading “Part 3: The Interview with Neil J. Alton”

Part 2: The Interview with Neil J. Alton

Lighthouse Wrestling wanted to interview Neil Alton in order to find out how a former wrestler from Long Island could develop his two children into two of the best wrestlers in the country. This is the second part of three part questions with Mr. Alton.

 

Alton Twins at Manheil Holiday Tournament
Alton Twins at Manheil Holiday Tournament

This is part 2 of Lighthouse Wrestling’s interview Neil Alton a former Long Beach wrestler for Paul Gillespie and father of Dylan and Andrew Alton, two of the top High School wrestlers in the country.

Note, this part is divided into four pages; at the bottom, click the page number to navigate through the pages.

LHW: How did Dylan and Andrew get involved in wrestling?

Mr. Alton:  Being born twins they were always wrestling even in the crib sometimes. Or on their beds at home, and on the living room floor. My wife was always yelling at them to knock it off, especially when they involved their sisters. The boys got started in wrestling when they were six almost Seven years old. I owned a Fitness Center called Fitness Unlimited and I always watched the boys after school while working at the gym. They were constantly fighting behind me at the desk and I was always breaking them apart while dealing with my customers.  

It used to be a real pain in the [butt] sometimes, because when I would break them apart it only lasted a minute or two before they were back at it. I would get so mad sometimes I think my customers probably thought I was an abusive parent. Sometimes my Daughters where there to help me, but then they want to wrestle or fight them too. They just loved the physical contact. I can’t tell you how many Babysitters we went through, who just gave up because it became too much to keep them separated.

Then one day a state trooper who worked out at the gym saw them going at it and said I should get them involved in wrestling. I laughed and thought he was joking, but he wasn’t. I brought them to practice the next week and that’s when they started. In NY kids start wrestling in the Junior High, at least that’s what I thought. When I brought the kids to practice I couldn’t believe what I saw. Kids 6-12 years old hitting High C’s, sit outs, switches, etc… I knew then that my sons would fit right in, and they loved it as soon as they started it.


LHW: How many days per week did your kids train as youths? What kind of regime would you recommend for young wrestlers?

Mr. Alton:  They were always active and have lifted in the weight room since they were seven years old. I followed Wayne Westcott’s theory on youth’s lifting weights. It turned out to be one of the best things I ever did. So an answer to your question is they should train all the time year round, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be in the wrestling room. While in season in the elementary program they would meet Three times a week to practice. Once in a while I would take them to another wrestling room and work with them on some of their weaknesses and strength’s.

They have wrestled Freestyle since they were Seven years old, but they never practiced because of other sports they were involved in. They would learn a lot by just going and watching the older guys wrestle in between their matches. Then they would try to do what they saw while at the tournament. 

A good regime for a youth wrestler I think is three days a week in the wrestling room (during season), then one day or possibly two during freestyle. Also two days doing some type of strength training program (but keep it short and sweet and make it fun when training for strength – somewhere between 15-30 minutes). Competition on the weekends.

An Intervew with Neil J. Alton

Lighthouse Wrestling wanted to interview Neil Alton in order to find out how a former wrestler from Long Island could develop his two children into two of the best wrestlers in the country. Was it the coaching, genes, the water they are drinking in Pennsylvania? …

Dylan (Left), Andrew (right)
Dylan (Left), Andrew (right)
Lighthouse Wrestling wanted to interview Neil Alton in order to find out how a former wrestler from Long Island could develop his two children into two of the best wrestlers in the country. Was it the coaching, genes, the water they are drinking in Pennsylvania? How and why have these wrestlers dominated the sport? This interview will answer these questions and more.

There have been quite a few successful brother teams who have excelled in the high school and collegiate wrestling ranks.  Most notably have been Ben and John Peterson in the mid seventies, Ed, Lou and Steve Banach in the eighties and most recently the Brands (Tom/Terry), Smith (LeRoy/John/Pat/Mark) Scherr (Jim/Bill), Bonomo (Ricky/Anthony “Rocky”), Steiner (Troy/Terry) and Paulson (Travis/Trent) brothers to name a few…Now, we have a new tandem, Andrew and Dylan Alton of Central Mountain High School in Pennsylvania. Continue reading “An Intervew with Neil J. Alton”

Nassau Preseason Rankings 2008 v1.1

Updated Section 8 preseason rankings v1.1.

 

96 lbs division

  1. Will Montgomery (Seaford) — 10th
  2. Joe Barbato (Wantagh) — 10th
  3. ?? Manning (MacArthur) — 10th
  4. tbd
  5. tbd
  6. tbd

103 Lbs. Class

  1. Vinny Pecora (Baldwin) — 12th
  2. Alex Grant (MacArthur) — 12th
  3. Chris Perez (MacArthur) — 10th
  4. Joe Maher (Bellmore JFK) — 11th
  5. Lanzilotta (Massapequa) — 9th
  6. tbd

112 Lbs. Class

  1. Sean Kempf (MacArthur) — 12th
  2. Anthony Fachinni (Seaford) — 12th
  3. Mike Lofrese (Garden City) — 9th
  4. Anthony Locast (Seaford) — 10th
  5. tbd
  6. tbd

119 Lbs. Class

  1. Ariel Guerrero (MacArthur) — 12th
  2. Luke Alber (Farmingdale) — 12th
  3. Mike Palermo (MacArthur) — 11th
  4. Nick Falco (East Meadow) — 11th
  5. Rich Frank (BJFK) — 12th
  6. Matt Schmelizger (Garden City) — 9th

125 lbs division

  1. Danny Lofrese — 9th
  2. Mike Walker (Uniondale) — ??
  3. ?? Snow (BJFK) — 12th
  4. Dylan Palacio (Long Beach) — 9th
  5. Tiago Pierera (Clarke) — 12th
  6. Mike Leonard (Clarke) — 11th

130 lbs division

  1. Quimes Delacruz (Wantagh) — 12th
  2. ?? Kavarsky (Lawrence) — 12th
  3. Frank Medeiros (MacArthur) — 11th
  4. Kelly Palmer (Clarke) — 12th
  5. Eric Kaufman (Massapequa) — 12th

135 lbs division

  1. Paul Liguori (Wantagh) — 12th
  2. Mike Tucillo (Jericho) — 11th
  3. Anthony Evangelista (Massapequa) — 12th
  4. Christian Toscano (Bethpage) — 12th
  5. Mike Snow (BJFK) — 12th 

140 lbs division

  1. Mack Maldarelli (Calhoun) — 12th
  2. Brian Herold (MacArthur) — 12th
  3. Steve Spurgeon (Plainedge) — 12th
  4. Nick Fitzmaurice (Wantagh) — 11th
  5. tbd
  6. tbd
     

145 lbs division

  1. Matt Eberlein (Island Trees) — 12th
  2. Troy Sterling (Uniondale) — 12th
  3. Robert Mancino (East Meadow) — 12th
  4. Tyler Dunne (MacArthur) — 11th
  5. tbd
  6. tbd

152 lbs division

  1. John Greisheimer (Wantagh) — 12th
  2. Robert Grabher (North Shore) — ?? 
  3. Andre Berry (Uniondale) — 12th
  4. German Meza (Bethpage) — 12th
  5. tbd
  6. tbd

160 lbs division

  1. Brian Mulholland (MacArthur) — 12th
  2. Kyle Cohen (Baldwin) — 12th 
  3. Joe Chamish (Jericho) — 12th
  4. tbd
  5. tbd
  6. tbd

171 lbs division

  1. Joe Kavanagh (Wantagh) — 10th
  2. John Daddino (Sewanaka East) — 10th
  3. Nick Camera (Plainedge) 12th
  4. Giametta (MacArthur) — 12th
  5. Guy Macchia (Syosett) — 11th
  6. tbd

189 lbs division

  1. Matt Loew (Wantagh) — 11th
  2. Wayland Roberts (Freeport) — 12th
  3. Sebastian Randazzo (Syosett) — ??
  4. Steven Graziano (Jericho) — 11th
  5. Leonard Dul (Mineola) — ??
  6. tbd

215 lbs division

  1. Thomas Jackson (Farmingdale) — 12th
  2. Nicolino (Island Trees) 12th
  3. ?? Agu (Freeport) — ??
  4. Connor Horl (Garden City) — 11th
  5. Thomas Hall (Wantagh) — 10th
  6. ?? Greci (Plainedge) — ??

285 lbs division

  1. ?? Williams (Syosset) — ??
  2. ?? Madassar (Divison) — ??
  3. Devonellis (North Shore) — ??
  4. Rollo (Clarke) — ??
  5. Zibokowski (Island Trees — ??
  6. tbd

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HOFSTRA SCHEDULE 2008 -2009

Hofstra’s 2008-2009 wrestling schedule with links to competitor’s web site.

Saturday, November 08, 2008 – Brockport, NY
Hofstra University at Oklahoma Gold Tournament 10:00 AM

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 – Hempstead, NY
Wagner College at Hofstra University  07:00 PM

Continue reading “HOFSTRA SCHEDULE 2008 -2009”

Border Wars 4 Corners Border Brawl 10/18/2008

The tournament was well run but did not have a strong field of Long Island Wrestlers. There was some good competition between New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The top four wrestlers in each weight class are eligible to advance to the next round of the tournament located in Michigan on November 1, 2008. Section 8 and 11 were represented by Longwood, Wantagh, Baldwin, MacArthur, and Mephem High Schools with at least one wrestler.

The tournament was well run but did not have a strong field of Long Island Wrestlers. There was some good competition between New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The top four wrestlers in each weight class are eligible to advance to the next round of the tournament located in Michigan on November 1, 2008.  Section 8 and 11 were represented by Longwood, Wantagh, Baldwin, MacArthur, and Mephem High Schools with at least one wrestler. The following is a partial list of competitors and there places:

Continue reading “Border Wars 4 Corners Border Brawl 10/18/2008”