Five-Finger Clan: NY Quintet Win NHSCA National Titles…

On Friday evening, five New York State wrestlers extended over three grade levels (freshman, Sophomore, Junior) won National titles at the annual NHSCA National Tournament In Virginia Beach, VA…Claiming the hardware on behalf of the Empire State were 103-pound Junior, Abdulgawi Mohamed (Section IV/Lackawanna), 112-pound junior Zach McCormick (Section IV; Johnson City), 130-pound junior Bobby Dierna (Section V; Wayne), 145-pound sophomore Chris Nevinger (Section V; Letchworth), and 160-pound freshman, Zach Zupan (Section III; Canastota)…Finishing as national runners-up were the trio of 112-pound junior Nigel McNeil (Section XI; Huntington), 130-pound sophomore Quinton Murphy (Section V; Holley), and 152-pound sophomore, Tristan Hamner (Section VI; Medina)…A plethora of other wrestlers from New York State succeeded in becoming All-Americans, finishing in the 3rd-8th spots respectively. Continue reading “Five-Finger Clan: NY Quintet Win NHSCA National Titles…”

Golden Bear: 152-Pound NYS Champion Lanzi Headed to Brown

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. Continue reading “Golden Bear: 152-Pound NYS Champion Lanzi Headed to Brown”

2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Preview:

Coaches around the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) circled 2010 on their calendar as the year Hofstra’s eight-year run as conference champions could be ending. Barring a monster tournament by the Pride, this will be the year the championship trophy goes somewhere other than Hempstead, N.Y.

But which university snatches up that team championship is still in doubt. Three teams have legitimate shots at winning the conference tournament: Old Dominion, Binghamton, and Rider. The tournament will be held on Rider’s campus in Lawrenceville, N.J., March 5-6 Continue reading “2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Preview:”

LIVE TEXT COVERAGE: Hofstra University vs. Drexel @ The HU PFC (Completed)

Hofstra Wrestling vs. Drexel

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Super Seven: Friars Win CHSAA State Crown Behind Plethora of Champions

On Monday, February 15th, the Friars of St. Anthony’s High School put the finishing touches on what has been an unblemished season for the ages for the South Huntington based school, completing the triple crown (Dual Meet, League title, Catholic State) behind the individual efforts of seven champions. In doing so, the Toni Walters led team, which last won the CHSAA State title in 2002, dethroned the defending team champions, Monsignor Farrell, outscoring the Lions 286.5 to 225.5 to bring the hardware back to Long Island where it had been a mainstay prior to last season. Continue reading “Super Seven: Friars Win CHSAA State Crown Behind Plethora of Champions”

CHSAA State Tournament Day #2—Semifinals + Placement Round Live Updates

After a successful and enjoyable day #1, LHW is back to continue its extensive coverage of the 2010 Catholic High School State Tournament…Today’s coverage will include play-by-play of the semifinal rounds, as well as results updates for all consolation bouts….As a reminder, for the finals, Lighthouse Wrestling is proud to be offering FREE LIVE VIDEO of 15 Championship matches…Be Sure to tune in. Continue reading “CHSAA State Tournament Day #2—Semifinals + Placement Round Live Updates”

2010 CHSAA State Tournament Day #1 Live Updates

Live Coverage of day #1 of the 2010 Catholic High School State Tournament. Action is scheduled to commence at approx. 10am on February 14th from the campus of St. Anthony’s High School…This coverage will include updates of all 1st round, quarterfinal, and consolation matches that occur throughout the opening day of the tournament.

2010 CHSAA State Tournament Preview

Last season, Monsignor Farrell did something that no other team had managed to do in the past six years, unseat Chaminade High School atop the Catholic High School latter.  With several of the key members of the Lions’ championship team back in 2010, the question of the hour is, will the Staten Island based school be able to pull off a repeat performance of last season’s feat?  With either the  top or second seeded wrestler at eight of the 15 weight classes that will contested this weekend, if you are a Farrell fan, you have to like your chances…Expected to shine for the perennial NYC powerhouse are returning Champions, Tony Carlo (145) and Ben Villaret (152).  Top-seeded Vin Fischetti (125), Joe Francolino (130), along with #2 seeds Chris Amendola (96), Paul DiStefano (103), Marc Pirozzi (119), and Tim McCann (135) should also be big point earners for the returning champs.   Continue reading “2010 CHSAA State Tournament Preview”

#7 Cornell vs. Hofstra Preview (Updated w/Results)


What: #7 Cornell University vs. Hofstra

When: Saturday February 6th, 2010

Time: 5pm EST

Where: Ithaca, NY

Coverage: Live Video (Courtesy of Cornell Redcast)

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LIVE VIDEO: NYC B Playoff Semifinal: #2 M.L. King Jr. vs. #6 Port Richmond

Lighthouse Wrestling is proud to be branching out and creating a working relationship with an untapped section of the Empire State, the New York City Public School Athletic League (PSAL)…It is for this reason, that it is with great pride that we announce that we will be offering a live webcast of today’s (Feb. 4th, 2010) PSAL B Dual semifinal between the host school, Martin Luther King Jr (seeded 2nd) and their opponent, the sixth-seeded Port Richmond High School…The dual is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm and will be archived for those who are unable to watch live…

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LIVE TEXT COVERAGE: Hofstra vs. UPenn @ The Mack (COMPLETED)

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#2 Iowa State vs. #7 Cornell Preview


What: #2 Iowa State vs. #7 Cornell University

When: Sunday January 31st, 2010

Time: 1pm EST

Where: Newman Arena

Coverage: Live Text (Courtesy of Light House Wrestling)/Live Video (Courtesy of Cornell Redcast)

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LIVE TEXT COVERAGE: Hofstra vs. #17 Missouri @ The Mack (Complete)

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LIVE TEXT COVERAGE: Hofstra vs. #3 Ohio State @ The Mack

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CHSAA Preview: Friars Poised to Regain Crown For First Time Since 2002

The 2009 New York State Catholic High School wrestling season was one that was marked by the return to the top of Monsignor Farrell High School. After nearly 20 years of watching as other Christian institutions had their days in the sun and hoisted the championship hardware, the team trophy was finally headed back to Staten Island, a location that Lion coaches Lou DeStefano, Rob Pavis, Anthony Anastasio, Phil Squatrito, Pete Hamm, Jason Bross, etc. hope to keep it for the unforeseeable future….One primary opponent standing in the way of a Farrell dynasty is the Friars from St. Anthony’s High School. Much like their rivals accomplished last season, the Friars, led by coaches Antoni Walters and Keith Eckert, will be hungry and determined to regain their spot atop the proverbial mountain, a position that the Huntington, NY based high school has not enjoyed winning back-to-back team titles in 2001 & 2002… Continue reading “CHSAA Preview: Friars Poised to Regain Crown For First Time Since 2002”

Big Red Repeat As Scuffle Champions: Dake, Lewnes, and Simaz Win Individual Crowns

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

They practice scrambling at Cornell; this is a certainty. If the finals of the 2009 Southern Scuffle on the campus of UNC-Greensboro taught us nothing else, it is that Big Red wrestlers have made an art out of countering their opponents’ offensive attacks and utilizing their scrambling ability to remain in control of matches at all times…If you need convincing, I suggest that tomorrow when the video hits the intermit, you check out the masterful job that true freshman, Kyle Dake, did in his 141-pound title bout against Minnesota’s Mike Thorn. A battle of two top-10 ranked wrestlers in the nation, Dake not only maneuvered his way out of a spladle-like predicament early in the first period, he also continually got the best of the not stop hit/react action that best described the final period of the title match…Trailing 4-2 to start the third period, the former 3x NHSCA National Champion, quickly scored the reversal to even the match. However, realizing that a Thorn escape could very well be all she wrote, the true freshman from Lansing, NY did whatever it took to avoid surrendering that make or break point…Dake’s efforts paid off as he successfully rode out remainder of the period, thus locking up the riding time point to claim the title by a score of 5-4. This victory was doubly special for the CU wrestler in that in addition to individual glory, the win served as the nail in second place, Minnesota’s coffin as the Big Red repeated as the team champions at the annual holiday tournament. Continue reading “Big Red Repeat As Scuffle Champions: Dake, Lewnes, and Simaz Win Individual Crowns”

King of the City: Farrell’s Villaret Becomes Winningest Wrestler in NYC History

Since the beginning of time, coaches have been repeating to their athletes cliche phrases such as “hard work pays off”, “no pain, no gain”, “don’t rest on your laurels” as well as a plethora of other famous sports sayings…On December 19th of this year, Monsignor Farrell senior, Ben Villaret, changed the aforementioned from empty words into action when he pinned Salesian’s Nick Terp with 13 seconds remaining in the opening period to claim his 148th career victory, making him the all-time career wins leader in New York City. The Lion captain had tied record of Petrides’s Brian Traub (2006-2009), early in the day with a 9-0 major decision over Eric Benito of Fordham Prep….As of this past Tuesday, the new record has grown to the 150 win mark, thanks to Villaret’s pin of Sachem East’s Frank Merante….With still plenty of season left to wrestle, the 2x defending Catholic State Champion finds himself in a good position to break the CHSAA career wins mark of 178, set by former St. Anthony’s and University of Iowa wrestler, Lucas Magnani (1999-2002 @ St. Anthony’s). Continue reading “King of the City: Farrell’s Villaret Becomes Winningest Wrestler in NYC History”

Loss of a Warrior: Adam Frey (1986-2009)

Good afternoon Lighthouse Wrestling readers….As many of you already know, I love being a wrestling journalist. Next to spending time with my family, having the privilege of covering all of your sons, daughters, godchildren, friends, etc in their athletic endeavors is my greatest source of joy and euphoria. It would be no understatement to say that I relish the opportunity to write 99.9 percent of the stories that I pen…Unfortunately, today is the first time that this feels like a job rather than a labor of love. This is the most difficult piece of my tenure with LHW because it is the announcement of news that I hoped that I would never have to report. It is with complete sadness in my heart and tears in my eyes that I have the burden of conveying to you that after nearly two years of the gutsiest/bravest fight I’ve ever seen, Adam Frey has lost his battle with cancer…Adam would have turned 24 in a few weeks. Continue reading “Loss of a Warrior: Adam Frey (1986-2009)”

All I Want for Christmas: Wrestling Related Gifts

Hey everyone…It’s been a while since I had the opportunity to sit down and write one of these Matt’s Corner journal entries. However, now that my first semester of graduate school has officially been wrapped up (my last official class was thus past Monday, but all assignments had to be submitted by the previous Wednesday), today seemed as good a day as any to get back into the habit of sharing my personal thoughts, opinions, and suggestions about the sport that I love….With Christmas only a few days away (hopefully all of you were a lot smarter than me and did not wait until the 24th to begin your holiday shopping), it seemed appropriate that I dedicate this column to throwing out a few last minute ideas for the wrestling aficionado in your family….To my friends of the Jewish faith, I am sorry that I missed the Festival of Lights.  Had my research papers not conflicted, I certainly would have made the attempt to publish this article earlier. But alas, if any of you are looking for belated Hanukkah presents, this list might be of some assistance….In fact, several of the items that I will include are ones that came directly from the letter that I mailed to Santa this year (yes, I am just a big 27-year-old kid who still sends St. Nick a letter every year). I sincerely hope that all of you find these suggestions useful…Happiest of Holidays to all of you and your loved ones !!! Continue reading “All I Want for Christmas: Wrestling Related Gifts”

Blair Deja Vu: Bucs Win Beast of the East Title; Cornell Recruits Shine

Blair Bucs
Blair Academy

They say that the measure of a man is the way that he responds when things are not going his way. For Blair Academy Head Coach, Jeff Buxton and his team, it is unlikely that heading into day #2 of the Beast of the East tournament, they envisioned themselves in third place in the team standings, trailing fellow perennial powerhouses, Central Dauphin (3x Pennsylvania AAA State Champions) and Wyoming Seminary. However, rather than sulk, the Bucs refocused themselves and got down to business, putting together one of the most impressive second day efforts that I have ever seen in a tournament on either the scholastic or collegiate levels… Continue reading “Blair Deja Vu: Bucs Win Beast of the East Title; Cornell Recruits Shine”

LIVE TEXT COVERAGE—Hofstra vs. Lock Haven @ The Mack

Hofstra—20; Lock Haven—19 (Final)

Match-by-Match Results

141- Luke Vaith (HU) wins by forfeit
149- Brock Parker (LHU) Dec. Tyler Banks (HU), 4-2
157- #18 Jon Bonilla-Bowman (HU) MD Seth Creasy, 24-11 (LHU)
165- #17 P.J. Gillespie (HU) MD Kevin Dufresne, 13-1 (LHU)
174- #10 Ryan Patrovich (HU) Dec. Aaron Ernest, 5-0 (LHU)
184- Ben Clymer (HU) Dec. Jeremie Cook, 3-2 (LHU)
197- Harry Turner (LHU) Dec. Anthony Tortora (HU), 5-1
285- Dan Craig (LHU) MD Paul Snyder (HU), 16-7
125- Nick Hyatt (LHU) wins by Inj. Def over #13 Steve Bonanno (HU), 0:24
133- John Trumbetti (LHU) Dec. Jamie Franco (HU), 8-2

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Cornell Recruit Villalonga Leads Blair Academy to Walsh Ironman Title

Blair Bucs
Blair Academy

The last time that Blair Academy senior, Chris Villalonga, lost a folkstyle match at a big time national tournament, he was a freshman. Since then, the #3 overall recruit in the class of 2010 had gone on to win a three National Prep titles, two Walsh Ironman titles, and a pair of Beast of the East titles. Therefore, when it comes to getting it done under pressure, there are few better. It was for this reason that when faced with a 2-2 deadlock after regulation in his 140-pound finals match, the future Cornell Big Red wrestler did not look the least bit concerned… Continue reading “Cornell Recruit Villalonga Leads Blair Academy to Walsh Ironman Title”

By George, I Think They Got Him: NHSCA Junior National Champ Verbals to Big Red

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

It was several months ago that a Cornell University insider informed me that they felt extremely confident that they would land the services of 2009 NHSCA Junior National Champion, Billy George…Yesterday, speculation became fact when the Long Branch High School senior verbally committed to wrestle for the Big Red and Head Coach, Rob Koll….The announcement that George would be Ithaca, NY bound further added to the already deep 2010 recruiting class that InterMat recently ranked as #5 following the conclusion of last month’s early signing period. Continue reading “By George, I Think They Got Him: NHSCA Junior National Champ Verbals to Big Red”

The Big (Bear)Cat: Johnson City Heavyweight, Lance Moore, Commits to Binghamton

It has been said that Lance Moore was a NYer before he was officially a NYer….A pupil of Scott Green at the famed Shamrock Wrestling Club, Moore has honed his skills by working out with some of the finest talent that the Empire State has to offer…And on Thursday, all of that hard work and dedication paid off when he announced his intentions to continue his academic and athletic career at rising Colonial Athletic Association contender, Binghamton University….By virtue of making this decision, Moore, who kicked off November by finishing 5th at the prestigious Super-32 tournament, ensured that the relationship with Green (who is an Assistant on Coach Pat Popolizio’s staff) will be extended for at least the four or five years. Continue reading “The Big (Bear)Cat: Johnson City Heavyweight, Lance Moore, Commits to Binghamton”

Fear The Turtle: 2x Suffolk Champ/2008 NYS Champion Collado Commits to Maryland

It is now being reported by InterMat that two-time defending Suffolk County Champion/2008 NYS Champion, Ken Collado has given a verbal commitment (can sign at any time) to the University of Maryland and their Head Coach, former Section XI legend, Kerry McCoy….The 2009 NYS placewinner (6th @ 112) is the latest member in what is already a very impressive recruiting class to join the Terrapins….He joins InterMat top-100 recruits Spencer Myers (#53; Projected as a heavyweight) and Frank Goodwin (#65; Projected as 133), as well as Jenkins Mozey (Projected as 125) and returning Pennsylvania State placewinner Mark Hartenstine (Projected at 141) as members of the class of 2010 to formally announce that they will be College Park, MD bound next Fall. Continue reading “Fear The Turtle: 2x Suffolk Champ/2008 NYS Champion Collado Commits to Maryland”

LIVE TEXT COVERAGE: Hofstra vs. Buffalo @ Mack Arena

Hofstra University—16; Buffalo—16 (Final)

Match-by-Match Results

149- #16 Desi Green Dec #20 Justin Accordino, 3-2 (UB)
157- #9 Jon Bonilla-Bowman (HU) Dec Andrew Stella, 10-5 (UB)
165- P.J. Gillespie (HU) Dec John-Martin Cannon, 5-2 (UB)
174- #10 Ryan Patrovich (HU) Dec Matt Bogardus, 10-3 (UB)
184- Ben Clymer (HU) Maj Dec Josh Peters, 8-0 (UB)
197- Jimmy Hamel Dec Anthony Tortora, 8-6 (UB)
285- Brett Correll (UB) Dec Paul Snyder (HU), 5-3 (UB)
125- Jamie Franco (HU) Dec Dylan Dabolt, 1-0 (UB)
133- Kevin Smith TF-4 over Jeff Rotella (HU), 28-12 6:56 (UB)
141- Andrew Schutt (UB) Dec Tyler Banks (HU), 5-4

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