Four Score: NYS’ Finest Break into National Rankings….

For years, it has been the shared sentiments of many New York State wrestling aficionados that our scholastic teams do not get the credit and recognition that they deserve in regard to the various national rankings services. Time after time (compliments to Cyndi Lauper), a team emerges that has the NYS populace excited, thinking that perhaps they will be the team to break the streak and get the Empire State back on the national radar. And, season after season, despite the local hype and admiration, it never seems to happen. It is with these thoughts and emotions in mind, that it is both my pleasure and my privilege to announce that our collective patience has paid off and our sometimes overly bold cries have been heard, as not one, not two, not three, but four of our top programs will find themselves amid the best this country has to offer when Amateur Wrestling News and InterMatwrestle.com release their updated team rankings for the week ending on February 5th…After all of the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, the day belongs to Shenendehowa, Spencerport, Longwood, and St. Anthony’s. Continue reading “Four Score: NYS’ Finest Break into National Rankings….”

College Coaches to Go “Camp”ing Again: Bound Brook Phenom Will Wrestle Afterall

Last April, when the news broke that then 2x New Jersey State champion (he has since added a third crown), Andrew Campolattano, had elected to bypass wrestling on the collegiate level and instead accept an offer to play football for the Scarlet Knights of rising EIWA contender, Rutgers University, the hearts of nearly every division I head coach broke at the notion of such a unique, once-in-a-lifetime talent leaving his wrestling shoes in the center of the mat. Instantly, memories of all of the great scholastic grapplers that the world’s oldest sport had lost to the gridiron in the past few years flashed back all at once in their collective minds. For me, names like Grant Miller, Jimmy Lawson, Dexter Lattimore, Arthur Jones, Justin Tougas, and Trevor Laws among others flooded by brain with thoughts of what if. And none of these fine multi-sport athletes had the resume of the Bound Brook stud. At that moment, I could not help but wonder, when is it finally going to end? When would wrestling finally win out over the all powerful football? When would the possibility of one day representing your county in the Olympic Games take precedent over the opportunity for fame and riches that goes with making it to the National Football League?….Yesterday, I got my answer as the “when” became the “present” with the announcement that Campolattano had a change of heart and will now be utilizing his limitless potential as a 197/285 pounder on the mat, and not as a linebacker on the turf of Rutgers Stadium. Victory had been achieved and the “w” question shifted from when to where. This is a question to which that those same formerly broken-hearted coaches now hope their respective colleges/universities will be the answer. Continue reading “College Coaches to Go “Camp”ing Again: Bound Brook Phenom Will Wrestle Afterall”

Replay of the 2011 PSAL A Dual Championship

On Friday January 21st, the Steppers of of Brooklyn Tech completed thier unblemished season by reigning victorious over Grand Street Campus, 43-24, in the finals of the PSAL A Dual Meet tournament, held on the campus of Martin Lurther King Jr. High School.

2011 PSAL A Dual Championship Match: Brooklyn Tech vs. Grand Street Campus

2011 Eastern States Seeds Released…






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01. Dylan Realbuto (Somers)
02. John Stramiello (Pine Bush)
03. Anthony D’Onofrio (Longwood)
04.  Kevin Jack (Danbury)
05.  Jesse Porter (Shenendehowa)
06.  Blaise Benderoth (North Rockland)
07.  Steven Sewkumar (Long Beach)
08.  Joe Ginley (Warwick Valley)
09.  Bryan Lantry (Wayne)
10. Nick Barbaria (New Rochelle)
11.  Justin Cooksey (MacArthur)
12.  Ben Ettlinger (Fox Lane)
13.  Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley)
14.  Jamie Dunn (Mepham)
15.  Corey McCormick (Johnson City)
16.  Mikey Carr (Union Endicott)
17. Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury) Continue reading “2011 Eastern States Seeds Released…”

Do You Believe? CHSAA Poised For Breakout 2011 Season

“If you don’t believe, than you don’t belong.” So are the words that adorn the homepage of the St. Anthony’s High School wrestling website. The concept of belief in one’s self is a trademark in the wrestling room of the South Huntington based perennial Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) powerhouse. However, in all honesty, it is a slogan that could easily be applied to the league as a whole. Fresh off of a 2010 campaign that witnessed the Catholic boys put forth their best collective performance in my lifetime (finishing sixth in the overall team standings behind six place-winners, three finalists, and a State Champion), the CHSAA is primed and ready to not only match last season’s efforts, but surpass it on all accounts. With seven individual Catholic State Champions/NYS Qualifiers back from last season, the talent is certainly there to make this year one for the record books. And, who better to lead this charge than the young men who inspired our theme, the defending champion Friars of STA. Continue reading “Do You Believe? CHSAA Poised For Breakout 2011 Season”

Higher Education: All-American Perez Latest NYS Wrestler To Take Talents to Ivy League, Headed to Princeton.

All I can say is finally ! For those of you who loyally read all of these recruiting press releases, you know that in the past two years, I have written about just about every demographic possible; I’ve covered a Minnesota kid taking his act to Buffalo; I’ve highlighted back-to-back #1 recruits opting to become Bearcats; I even managed to sneak in an article about three kids from the same wrestling club all heading to different elite academic colleges. What follows is hardly the first Ivy League related piece that I have written, and with the way things are looking, it certainly will not be the last. Therefore, why does this particular story appeal to me? Because it hit me just a few seconds ago that today marks the first time that I will have the pleasure of paying tribute to a young man from my own hometown….After the countless recruiting updates (all of which I should note were a joy to pen), I finally get to pay homage to a Levittownian, thanks to the work, both in the classroom and on the wrestling mat of General Douglas MacArthur High School senior, Chris Perez, who just short of a week ago realized his personal dream when he formally committed to Princeton University. In making the big decision, the pride and joy of the Generals’ wrestling program became the second Long Islander to select the Chris Ayres Tigers as his next home. He joins All-Suffolk wrestler, Steven Leshinger of Sayville, who in early November, was the first member of the class of 2011 to opt for the New Jersey based institution of higher learning.  Now, all that remains is for a wrestler from the CHSAA to pledge his allegiance to the Orange and Black in order to complete the clean sweep. Continue reading “Higher Education: All-American Perez Latest NYS Wrestler To Take Talents to Ivy League, Headed to Princeton.”

Tremendous Trio: Sayville Wrestling Club Sending Three to DI Ranks….

Like any sport, wrestling is a pyramid where only the very elite are able to successfully make the jump to the next level. For this reason, it is a major honor when a school, town, or for that matter a wrestling club is able to send even one student-athlete to the NCAA Division I level. With this sentiment is mind, I ask you, just how big a smile do you think adorns the face of Sayville WC coach Mike Vetrano, who over the course of the last few weeks has witnessed not one, not two, but three of his star pupils give commitments to DI schools? My guess is that the grin is ear to ear, and rightfully so….Starting on November 6th when All-Suffolk wrestler, Steven Leshinger (a representative of Sayville High School as well as the wrestling club) gave a verbal commitment to Princeton Tigers’ Head Coach, Chris Ayres, a chain reaction was created that saw Paul Alessandrini commit to Franklin & Marshall two days later, and the third of the trio, Mt. Sinai’s Frank Abbondanza pledge his allegiance to the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina exactly one week after Leshinger’s initial commitment…When approached from just a wrestling aspect, this accomplishment is sufficient enough. However, to look at only one side of the proverbial picture is to ignore the true essence of what this achievement means. With all three of the selected institutions of higher learning ranked in the first tier by US News and World Report, it means that not only have these native sons done us all proud on the wrestling mat, they have also been role models in the classroom for their younger teammates. Coming from my background as a guidance counselor in training, the latter is every bit as significant to me as is the former; and both are deserving of your admiration and praise. Continue reading “Tremendous Trio: Sayville Wrestling Club Sending Three to DI Ranks….”

Friday Night Showdown: #1 Cornell vs. #6 Central Michigan Preview

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What: #1 Cornell vs. #6 Central Michigan

When: Friday November 19th, 2010

Time: 6:30 pm EST

Where: Friedman Wrestling Center (Ithaca, NY)

Coverage: FloWrestling.com  Continue reading “Friday Night Showdown: #1 Cornell vs. #6 Central Michigan Preview”

Make It A Double: Journeymen Wrestling Club Presents 2010 Northeast Duals

Last week, Lighthouse Wrestling was proud to promote the Sprawl & Brawl Duals, organized by the Journeymen Wrestling Club, under the leadership of Frankie Popolizio. However, as deep in talent as that event is, the 2010 Northeast Duals, also sponsored by the JWC, might just be the best accumulation of talent in one place at one time this early into the 2010/2011 season…With a field consisting of seven of the nation’s top 25 teams (13 of the top 50), LHW and Journeymen have one suggestion for you, MAKE IT A DOUBLE, by being in attendance for both of the JWC’s premier events. Continue reading “Make It A Double: Journeymen Wrestling Club Presents 2010 Northeast Duals”

Tis the Season: Journeymen Sprawl & Brawl Highlights Start of ’10-’11 College Season

Scott Green, the legendary New York State Junior Coach, as well a former assistant coach at Binghamton University and the current head coach at prep powerhouse Wyoming Seminary, recently made the comment on his facebook profile that it is starting to “smell like wrestling season.” For many enthusiasts, with matches officially kicking off this past weekend, this is a statement that is abundant with veritas and intensity. However, while I acknowledge the importance of all matches, for me, the start of the college season is always marked by the first of Frankie Popolizio and Journeymen Wrestling Club’s two mega-events; 2010/2011 is no different as I, along with a plethora of fans located in the Northeast, anxiously await the calendar hitting November 21st, the date of the JWC’s annual Sprawl and Brawl Duals….Hosted by the defending Colonial Athletic Association champions, Binghamton University, this year’s field is highlighted by the participation of teams such as Penn State University, Harvard University, Rutgers, Michigan State University, and West Virginia, as well as the aforementioned Bearcats. Continue reading “Tis the Season: Journeymen Sprawl & Brawl Highlights Start of ’10-’11 College Season”

The Garden (State) Strikes Back: Scarlet Knights Steal One of NYS Finest….

After weeks of sitting back and watching as their neighbors stock-piled blue-chipper upon blue-chipper, New Jersey struck back hard on Tuesday night, landing one of the top unsigned talents in the Empire State when 2009 NYS DI runner-up, Steven Rodrigues of Fox Lane High School in Section I, announced on his facebook that he had given a verbal commitment to Rutgers University. The landing of Rodrigues, the #8 prospect in New York’s senior class, marks the second consecutive year that Scarlet Knight Head Coach, Scott Goodale, has enticed a top-10 student-athlete from the N-Y to take his respective talent to the New Brunswick based campus. Last season, Goodale, now in his fourth year at the helm of the rising EIWA contender, won the sweepstakes for eventual 2010 NYS DI State Champion, Anthony Volpe…Now including the #4 national recruit, 3x NJ State Champion Andrew Campolattano, who for the time being is considered the exclusive property of the Scarlet Knight football program, Rodrigues becomes the second member of the class of 2011 to select Rutgers from among his many suitors. He joins 2010 New Jersey State placewinner (6th) Anthony Perrotti of West Essex Regional High School, who announced his college intentions in mid-October. Continue reading “The Garden (State) Strikes Back: Scarlet Knights Steal One of NYS Finest….”

Four Sure….Big Red Get Verbal from Fourth Top-100 Recruit, Mizzou State Champ Bricker Dixon

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A quote from one of my favorite movies of all-time, “Prefontaine,” stated that the protagonist’s drug was winning at everything. Apparently, this is a personal philosophy that Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll, also subscribes to. The owner/operator of the preseason #1 team in the nation, Koll continued his pursuit of the top-ranked recruiting class in 2011 today by getting a verbal commitment from 3x Missouri State finalist/2010 State Champion, Bricker Dixon, the #41 recruit in the current senior class. The Park Hill High School stud is the highest regarded of the quartet, joined by #65 Joe Rendina (Dundee, MI), #97 Caleb Richardson (Blair Academy), and #93 Duke Pickett (Woodberry Forest, VA)….The Big Red have also landed  twin 2010 NYS DII State Champions in Craig and Owen Scott (Palmyra-Macedon). Continue reading “Four Sure….Big Red Get Verbal from Fourth Top-100 Recruit, Mizzou State Champ Bricker Dixon”

Crimson Pins Down Barbato: 2010 NYS DI Runner-up Vebals to Harvard

The latin phrase “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae”, translated as “truth for Christ and the Church,” may not mean much to many of us, but today it takes on a much greater significance for one of our native sons, Wantagh High School senior Joe Barbato. As the motto of Harvard University, this is a slogan that the 2010 NYS DI state runner-up will become very familiar with over the course of the next four years as it was announced this afternoon that the Warrior wrestler had given a verbal commitment to Crimson Head Coach, Jay Weiss…In making this decision, Barbato becomes the second wrestler from his high school to give a verbal commitment to a DI institution. He joins fellow state runner-up, Joe Kavanagh, who committed to Hofstra University all the way back in July. Barbato is the first member of the current senior class to select the Cambridge, Massachusetts based school of high learning. Continue reading “Crimson Pins Down Barbato: 2010 NYS DI Runner-up Vebals to Harvard”

It’s A Bull Market: #44 Recruit, Waste, Commits to U. of Buffalo

To say that the recruiting front has been kind to New York State DI institutions the past 48 hours would be a minor understatement. With Empire State fanatics still buzzing with excitement over the announcement that the #19 recruit in the land, Nick Gwiazdowski, would be staying home and attending Binghamton, today was a day that the Bearcats’ SUNY brethren, the University of Buffalo took center stage when it was announced that 2x Minnesota state placewinner, Jake Waste, of perennial powerhouse Apple Valley High School (MN), had given a verbal commitment to Bulls’ head coach, Jim Beichner. Waste, who is ranked by InterMat as the #44 overall recruit in the class of 2011, becomes the first student-athlete this year to select the Mid American Conference member. In doing so, he also became the fourth member of his high school in the past week to formally make a college choice. He joins #37 recruit Matt Kelliher (Wisconsin on 10/19), #50 Steven Keogh (Minnesota on 10/20), and #1 overall Destin McCauley (Wisconsin on 10/24) in solidifying his future plans. Continue reading “It’s A Bull Market: #44 Recruit, Waste, Commits to U. of Buffalo”

Beary Beary Good Day for Binghamton: Top Recruit in NYS Verbals to Bearcats

If you ask the best coaches in the country, a lot of them will tell you that the key to any successful DI wrestling program, is the ability to keep the instate talent home. In recent times, no body in the Empire State has been better at that than Binghamton Head Coach, Pat Popolizio. Today marked a continuation of this trend when it was announced that for the second consecutive year, the #1 ranked recruit in the New York State had elected to make that upstate based school his college destination. In 2010, it was Greene High School’s 2x NYS DII Champion Tyler Beckwith signing with the Bearcats; 2011 will forever be known as the “year of the Gwiz” as the defending 215-pound DII State Champion from Duanesburg High School, Nick Gwiazdowski, revealed on his facebook that he would be heading to Binghamton next Fall….Gwiazdowski, the #19 recruit in the nation according to the InterMat top-100, becomes the third member of the current senior class to formally commit to Popolizio and staff. He is joined by Colton Perry (Windsor High School) and 2009 NYS DII Champion Derak Heyman (Tioga), both of whom made gave verbals to the SUNY school last month. Continue reading “Beary Beary Good Day for Binghamton: Top Recruit in NYS Verbals to Bearcats”

Pickett Makes His Pick: #93 Recruit Makes It Another Banner Day for Big Red

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I like Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll; I really do. However, if he continues to make these recruiting press releases a daily ritual, than I am afraid I am going to have to end our friendship….While it goes without saying that the previous statement was obviously meant in good fun, the one thing that is not a joke is the amazing job that Koll and staff have been doing thus far in landing elite talent from the class of 2011. As the calendar switches to October and next month’s early signing period will be here before we know it, there has been no rest for the weary in Ithaca as seemingly every day a new blue-chip recruit is informing us that they have selected the Big Red as their college choice. Less than 24 hours after putting the finishing touches on the press release announcing that #65 recruit, Joe Rendina, has decided on the returning NCAA runners-up, I find myself experiencing a touch of deja vu as again I am back on my laptop to formally break the news that for the second straight evening, an InterMat top-100 recruit, #93 Duke Pickett of Woodberry Forest High School has given a verbal commitment to the Ivy League institution of higher learning. Pickett, a 2010 Virginia State Champion, becomes the third top-100 honoree and fifth overall student-athlete to pick (no pun intended) Cornell.  He joins Rendina, along with #79 Caleb Richardson and twin NYS DII champs Craig and Owen Scott. Continue reading “Pickett Makes His Pick: #93 Recruit Makes It Another Banner Day for Big Red”

Redman Wants You, Gets Rendina: Michigan Standout Becomes Latest to Commit to Koll…

Redman

Just 10 days after getting verbal commitments from a pair of NYS DII Champions in the persons of the Scott twins, Cornell Head Coach, Rob Koll had cause to celebrate again when 2010 Michigan State Champion, Joe Rendina, the #65 ranked recruit in the land according to InterMat, announced live on Wrestlingaddix.com that the Big Red had won the sweepstakes for his services.  The EIWA conference powerhouse beat out the hometown favorite Spartans of Michigan State (who in their own right have had an impressive start to the class of 2011 recruiting season), as well as the University of North Carolina, who represented the only other institutions to make the final cut on Rendina’s short list of schools. Continue reading “Redman Wants You, Gets Rendina: Michigan Standout Becomes Latest to Commit to Koll…”

Twin Killing: DII State Champions, Scott Brothers, are Cornell Bound

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The Banachs, the Brands, the Altons, and now the Scotts. For as long as I can remember, the sport of amateur wrestling has been no stranger to its fair share of historic tales involving twin brothers who have gone on to lead their respective schools to national prominence. For Cornell University Head wrestling Coach, Rob Koll, the hope is that there is magic in another set of siblings as late last night, Craig and Owen Scott broke the news on their facebook accounts that they have elected to verbally commit to the reigning EIWA team Champions/NCAA National runners-up. The brothers, who enter their senior campaign as both returning individual and NYS DII team champions, become the second and third blue-chip members of the class of 2011 to announce their intentions to continue their academic and athletic careers at the Ithaca, New York based campus. They are joined by Caleb Richardson of Blair Academy who several weeks ago become the first student-athlete to commit to Koll and his staff. Continue reading “Twin Killing: DII State Champions, Scott Brothers, are Cornell Bound”

A Bear(cat) of A Good Recruit: 2x NYS DII Finalist/2009 Champion To Stay In-State; Verbals to Binghamton

Derek Heyman

Earlier this morning, Tioga High School rising senior, Derak Heyman, a 2x NYS DII finalist and 2009 State Champion, was named as one of the top-10 members of NYS’ class of 2011 as a part of the InterMat Wrestling-49 series. This was only the start of the good news for this immensely talented young man and his family as several hours later, he revealed to Lighthouse Wrestling that after weighing all of his options, he had elected to give a verbal commitment to reigning Colonial Athletic Association champions, the Bearcats of Binghamton University. In doing so, Heyman becomes the second blue-chip recruit in less than a week from the Empire State to officially break the news of his college plans; He joins fellow 2x state finalist (albeit different divisions) Grant Greene, who on the 25th of this month, broke the news that he would be continuing his academic and athletic pursuits at Northwestern University. Heyman is the first elite wrestler to announce his intentions to compete for Coach Pat Popolizio and staff. Continue reading “A Bear(cat) of A Good Recruit: 2x NYS DII Finalist/2009 Champion To Stay In-State; Verbals to Binghamton”

UFC 118 Wrap-up: Wrestlers Rock the Garden !

Saturday, August 28th was a good day if you fancy yourself as both an amateur wrestling and mixed martial arts fan. That is because, on this day, in front of a packed house at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, four prominent former DI wrestlers turned MMA elite fighters stepped into the octagon as part of UFC 118, and all exited it having done their jobs, sweeping their bouts to demonstrate to the world why wrestling remains the greatest and most dominant martial art in the world… For some, the victories were a way for them to continue to climb the proverbial latter; for another, it was about showing the boxing world that MMA is not something you can just pick up without first dedicating yourself to becoming competent in all areas; And finally, for the final two, it was about doing what was necessary in order to set up a much anticipated rematch against other for the lightweight strap.  Regardless of the motivational factor, the one thing that these four men (Nik Lentz, Gray Maynard, Randy Couture, and Frankie Edgar all had in common is that they all did the wrestling community proud by dominating their opponents from the opening bell of each of their respective battles. Continue reading “UFC 118 Wrap-up: Wrestlers Rock the Garden !”

The (Wild) Cats’ Meow: 3x NYS Finalist/’09 Champion Greene Verbals to Northwestern

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Those of you who have followed my writings from local message board icon (kidding, of course) to freelance wrestling journalist know that I have always had a special place in my heart for the New York State Catholic League. It was the place of origin of my now well established affinity for the world’s oldest and greatest sport (to borrow from one of my literary heroes, Mike Chapman). Therefore, it is no understatement to say that I take immense pride and satisfaction when learning that one of its student-athletes has “done good”. For this reason, last night took on great significance to me when I was informed that the league’s brightest star, 3x NYS finalist/2009 NYS DI Champion, Grant Greene, of St. Anthony’s High School, had given a verbal commitment to compete for Coach Drew Pariano as a part of the class of 2015 at Northwestern University. Greene, who will be named to the top-10 seniors list when the New York installment of the Wrestling-49 series is released at a future date, becomes the first rising senior from the recruiting class of 2011 to formally announce his intentions to continue his academic and athletic pursuits at the Evanston, IL based institution of higher learning. Continue reading “The (Wild) Cats’ Meow: 3x NYS Finalist/’09 Champion Greene Verbals to Northwestern”

The Neverending Story: Cornell Continues to Dominate Recruiting War by Securing Verbal from 2011 #80 Caleb Richardson

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If you are an avid reader of Lighthouse, it is likely that you recall that every other week it seemed that I was writing a press release announcing that another blue-chip recruit had committed to wrestle for coach Rob Koll and staff at Cornell University. In fact, so deep was the 2010 recruiting class that Earl Smith from D1collegewrestling.net ranked it as the #4 class in the nation…Following the finalization of such a talent class, one might make the assumption that 2011 would be a down year on the recruiting front. Nothing could be further from the truth as Cornell began its quest to turn in their third consecutive top-10 with last night’s breaking news that the #80 ranked recruit in the InterMat-100, Caleb Richardson, has given a verbal commitment to the reigning NCAA National runner-up, Big Red. Continue reading “The Neverending Story: Cornell Continues to Dominate Recruiting War by Securing Verbal from 2011 #80 Caleb Richardson”

A Little Local Flavor: 2010 NYS DI Runner-up Kavanagh Verbals to Pride

Friday July 9th was a good night for Hofstra University Head Wrestling Coach, Tom Shifflet, as he learned that the Pride had just picked up their first recruit from the class of 2011 when 2010 NYS DI 171-pound State runner-up/2x Nassau County Champion Joe Kavanagh of Wantagh High School informed the fourth year coach of his decision to give a verbal commitment to the hometown university. In doing so, the rising senior becomes the third high profile Warrior wrestler in as many years to choose the Hempstead based institution of higher learning. He will be joined by Steve Bonanno (2009 NCAA Qualifier @125) and Matt Loew (2x NYS DI Finalist/anticipated starter at 197 in 2011). In speaking with Kavanagh’s father, Jim, the realization that his son would be donning the Pride Blue & Gold in 2012 was described as a dream come true for the family, especially the future HU student-athlete himself. Continue reading “A Little Local Flavor: 2010 NYS DI Runner-up Kavanagh Verbals to Pride”

2nd Annual Diano Awards

Hey All,

It’s been a while since I last had the chance to sit at the old laptop and pound out an article for my loyal readers. Therefore, with graduate school set to resume next Tuesday, I knew that it might be long and far between before I had the opportunity to write. Hence, I decided that if I was going to fully commit to writing a piece, I might as well go big by bringing back the Annual Diano Awards. From what I recall, it was one of my more popular pieces from the 2009 season. Thus, I know that I need to give it my all if I am to match the warm responses that I received last year. I shall do my best. Continue reading “2nd Annual Diano Awards”

From Blue Wave to Blue Jay: John Glenn Standout Fusaro Commits to Hopkins

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 Continue reading “From Blue Wave to Blue Jay: John Glenn Standout Fusaro Commits to Hopkins”

NHSCA Senior National Wrap-up: Mighty Max Wins Title + Beckwith Makes History

Tyler Beckwith of Greene (N.Y.) High became the first four-time National High School Champion as the 21st annual NHSCA National High School Seniors Wrestling Championships presented by the U.S. Navy concluded tonight at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

After falling behind 2-0 on a first-period takedown, Beckwith reversed Isaiah Williams of Haverhill (Mass.) High to his back for a 4-2 lead in the 171-pound final. Beckwith added a second-period reversal en route to a 6-3 victory. The Binghamton University recruit added the Senior Nationals title to the titles he won the previous three years in the National Junior, Sophomore and Freshman Championships. Continue reading “NHSCA Senior National Wrap-up: Mighty Max Wins Title + Beckwith Makes History”