Some Eastern Magic in Philly – Penn State and Cornell On Top in a Tight Team Race

The Wrestling Witch of the East showed up in the form of Penn State blue and Cornell red and worked its magic as the 2 eastern teams moved ahead of Iowa. One of these teams could be making a bid to be the first eastern team to win a national wrestling title since Penn State in 1953.

The Wrestling Witch of the East showed up in the form of Penn State blue and Cornell red and worked its magic as the 2 eastern teams moved ahead of Iowa. One of these teams could be making a bid to be the first eastern team to win a national wrestling title since Penn State in 1953.

Continue reading “Some Eastern Magic in Philly – Penn State and Cornell On Top in a Tight Team Race”

2011 New York State Wrestling Championship Preview (Division 1)

96 Pounds

Kyle Kelly (sec. 4 Chenago Forks) is the returning forth place state place-winner. But keep an eye on Nick Piccininni of section 11 Ward Melville. Dylan Realbuto of sec. 1 – Somers won the Eastern States. Kelly and Robert Person (sec. 8 pound champ from Bellmoe JFK) clash in what could be an interesting first round match.
FINALS PREDICTION: Piccininni (11) or Kelly (4) vs. Realbuto (1) Continue reading “2011 New York State Wrestling Championship Preview (Division 1)”

Bethpage Coach Gets 300th Career Win

Last weekend, Bethpage High School wrestling coach Ron Abatelli scored his 300th dual meet victory as head coach of the Bethpage Golden Eagles. Abatelli will be honored on Saturday January 15th by the Bethpage Wrestling Alumni club during its annual Alumni Day celebration.

Lou Candito (L), Ron Abatelli(R)

Last weekend, Bethpage High School wrestling coach Ron Abatelli scored his 300th dual meet victory as head coach of the Bethpage Golden Eagles. Abatelli will be honored on Saturday January 15th by the Bethpage Wrestling Alumni club during its annual Alumni Day celebration. Continue reading “Bethpage Coach Gets 300th Career Win”

Longwood Looks to be Back on Top in Suffolk This Season

Another wrestling season is upon us and the annual question is…what team will win in Suffolk County tournament this year? Most seasons will yield an answer that involves several teams that will battle for the annual title.

Malik Rasheed vs Nigel McNeil Photo Courtesy of photrens.com

Another wrestling season is upon us and the annual question is…what team will win in Suffolk County tournament this year? Most seasons will yield an answer that involves several teams that will battle for the annual title. But the 2010-11season seems to be a bit different. Longwood seems to roll off the tongue of every wrestling prognosticator this time around – and for good reason: Continue reading “Longwood Looks to be Back on Top in Suffolk This Season”

Watch out! 2010 D1 Tournament Dark Horses

It’s always interesting to look at the brackets for lower seeds or unseeded wrestlers who have a good chance at placing top 8 for All-American status. So we have taken a look at each weight for wrestlers seeded lower than 8th who we believe have a good shot at placing in Omaha later this week.

By Pete Candito and Marc Candito

It’s always interesting to look at the brackets for lower seeds or unseeded wrestlers who have a good chance at placing top 8 for All-American status. So we have taken a look at each weight for wrestlers seeded lower than 8th who we believe have a good shot at placing in Omaha later this week. These wrestlers have either placed before or gone deep into the national tournament. Tournament tested wrestlers can often defeat those who are higher seeds but do not have the tournament experience. So watch out! These guys are not to be taken too lightly come tournament time. Continue reading “Watch out! 2010 D1 Tournament Dark Horses”

An Old Fashioned Long Island Wrestling Party…

It’s always exciting heading up to Albany to see the New York State high school wrestling championships. Long Islanders are used to being leaders at the annual state wrestling party.

long-islandIt’s always exciting heading up to Albany to see the New York State high school wrestling championships. Long Islanders are used to being leaders at the annual state wrestling party. Continue reading “An Old Fashioned Long Island Wrestling Party…”

2010 NYSPHSAA DI Wrestling Championship Preview

Pete Candito does a weight-by-weight preview of the 2010 New York State Division 1 Championship on February 26 and 27 at the Pepsi Arena in Albany.

nysphsaaSection 8 with some very tough draws…and a look at some key pre-semifinal match-ups, projected finalists and winner at each weight Continue reading “2010 NYSPHSAA DI Wrestling Championship Preview”

A Look Back at 2010 Section XI Tournament

It was another quality final at Stony Brook and now we need to take a look back at the matches and also look at who may be getting wildcards and a trip to Albany.

It was another quality final at Stony Brook and now we need to take a look back at the matches and also look at who may be getting wildcards and a trip to Albany. It seems Suffolk should send anywhere from between 25 to 29 wrestlers to Albany depending upon how the wild-card draws fall…similar to last year’s count. Continue reading “A Look Back at 2010 Section XI Tournament”

2010 Section XI Championship Preview

A weight-by-weight analysis of the 2010 Section XI high school wrestling championships.

tugawarAnother Suffolk County tournament is upon us and that translates into 2 great days of the best wrestling in New York State. We all have our feelings about who the Suffolk finalists will be in each weight class and who the potential place winners are. So here are my picks and weight class previews. I hope you have some fun with them. So pick them apart and enjoy another Suffolk County wrestling tournament.

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Section X1 2009-2010 Division 1 Wrestling Preview

Who will be the contenders at each weight? Which wrestler will win each weight class? With weight certifications and strategic weight class placement those are questions we may not be able to answer just yet. Another question being asked as we approach the beginning of the 2009-2010 Suffolk County wrestling season is the location of the county tournament. Will the tournament be held at the familiar SUNY Stony Brook facility this year instead of deep into section 8?

podiumA Wealth of Returning Talent in Section XI

Who will be the contenders at each weight? Which wrestler will win each weight class? With weight certifications and strategic weight class placement those are questions we may not be able to answer just yet. Another question being asked as we approach the beginning of the 2009-2010 Suffolk County wrestling season is the location of the county tournament. Will the tournament be held at the familiar SUNY Stony Brook facility this year instead of deep into section 8?

Continue reading “Section X1 2009-2010 Division 1 Wrestling Preview”

Yankees: Fate is in The House

Fate lost game 5 for the Yankees against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Do you really think they would have lost to a team with 5 words in their name if Fate would have allowed them to win?

Fate lost game 5 for the Yankees against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Do you really think they would have lost to a team with 5 words in their name if Fate would have allowed them to win? Continue reading “Yankees: Fate is in The House”

The Preview: 2009 NY State D1 H.S. Wrestling Tournament

Based upon the section winners and alternate qualifier lists by weight released today, here is a weight-by-weight preview of the NYPHSAA wrestling championships this weekend. Once the final seeds are determined and tournament charts by weight are released we will release our state finalist picks for each weight. Our sectional champion pick is already determined as section 11 – Suffolk County. The depth within this section this year seems to be insurmountable. Sections 2 and 9 should be competitive in Albany this year followed by sections 8, 1, 4 and 6.

Based upon the section winners and alternate qualifier lists by weight released today, here is a weight-by-weight preview of the NYPHSAA wrestling championships this weekend. Once the final seeds are determined and tournament charts by weight are released we will release our state finalist picks for each weight. Our sectional champion pick is already determined as section 11 – Suffolk County. The depth within this section this year seems to be insurmountable. Sections 2 and 9 should be competitive in Albany this year followed by sections 5, 4, 8, 1,  and 6. Continue reading “The Preview: 2009 NY State D1 H.S. Wrestling Tournament”

Top 20 Dual Meet Teams on LI 02-09

The top 20 Long Island Dual meet teams.

Top 20 Ranked Dual Meet Teams on Long Island. Scroll down, select your top 8, and submit your vote.

  1. John Glenn
  2. Hauppauge
  3. Wantagh
  4. MacArthur
  5. Longwood
  6. Connetquot
  7. Brentwood
  8. Rocky Point
  9. Massapequa
  10. Islip
  11. Huntington
  12. Harborfields
  13. Uniondale
  14. Plainedge
  15. Sachem North
  16. West Babylon
  17. East Meadow
  18. Seaford
  19. Calhoun
  20. Shoreham Wading River

Take the poll, and select your top 8 dual meet teams on Long Island for 2008-2009.  If you like, rank the teams in order from 1 to 20 in a comment.

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Suffolk County Rankings 02-09

Suffolk county individual rankings for week beginning January 5th, 2009.

Weights in Red indicate weights where the rankings have changed from 01-09.

96 lbs division

  1. Cory Rasheed (Longwood) — 8, [1]
  2. Nick Moriello (Hauppauge) — 9, [2]
  3. TJ Fabian (Shoreham-Wading River — ?, [U]
  4. Zach Lugo (DP) — ?, [3]
  5. Mike Soria (Kings Park) — ?, [4]
  6. ? Spencer (Commack) — ?, [5]

Continue reading “Suffolk County Rankings 02-09”

Fitzmaurice Seals the Deal

When we looked at this match last week for a preview we said it would come down to one key match and bonus points, and that is exactly what happened. If one match goes the other way in this dual MacArthur escapes with a victory. Instead Wantagh won the key match of the evening and received big pins from Matt Lowe, Thomas Hall and John Gresheimer to seal the victory.

Paul Ligouri with double armbars
Paul Ligouri with double armbars

When we looked at this match last week for a preview we said it would come down to one key match and bonus points, and that is exactly what happened. If one match goes the other way in this dual MacArthur escapes with a victory. Instead Wantagh won the key match of the evening and received big pins from Matt Lowe, Thomas Hall and John Gresheimer to seal the victory.

The key bout of the evening was the 130 pound match between Nick Fitzmaurice of Wantagh and Ariel Guerrero of MacArthur. Guerrero looked superior on his feet as he took a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period, and he was in deep on another takedown attempt midway through period # 2. That is when the match turned to Wantagh’s advantage. Fitzmaurice was able to throw Guerrrero over his head and to his back for a 5 point move…nearly pinning Continue reading “Fitzmaurice Seals the Deal”

MacArthur vs. Wantagh Preview

Just west of Wantagh Avenue and about a mile north of Wantagh High School, MacArthur plays host to the most anticipated dual meet of the Nassau County season as Wantagh and MacArthur face off in this recently intensified rivalry.

MacArthur & Wantagh Set to Battle for Nassau Bragging Rights

Just west of Wantagh Avenue and about a mile north of Wantagh High School, MacArthur plays host to the most anticipated dual meet of the Nassau County season as Wantagh and MacArthur face off in this recently intensified rivalry. 

The dual meet features some possible marquee match-ups as both teams have multiple ranked individual wrestlers, state champions, and national place winners in their lineups.

Will Wantagh be intimidated by the long history of MacArthur dominance in Nassau wrestling…or will MacArthur be shocked by this newly established Nassau wrestling power?  It’s not very likely.  These 2 teams will come ready to wrestle and be prepared for a quality high school wrestling battle. This could be the most anticipated Nassau County dual meet since the late 70’s and early 80’s Island Trees/Locust Valley/Long Beach matches.

LHW asked Coach Murphy and Coach Greenblatt a few questions about the anticipated dual meet.  When asked about the mood in the room or if they do anything differently to prepare for such an anticipated early season dual coach Greenblatt seemed to downplay things a bit:

Coach Greenblatt said, “The mood is really no different. We have been busy getting the season in order. It’s a long season and want to peak at the right time. Though this is a fun and anticipated match we have to stick to the big plan (A County Championship is our goal)…I guess this is bigger for them. We have nothing to prove. We’ll do our best for mid December.”

Coach Greenblatt does see some key match-ups Macarthur may need to win this match, and he is not underestimating Wantagh’s ability. “There should be quite a few,” coach Greenblatt responded. “Kavanaugh v Giametta , Hall v Mondella/Saguero, Fitzmaurice v Medieros, Barbato v Grant/Perez/Manning to name a few.” 

Wantagh’s loss to section 9 power Monroe Woodbury did not put a damper on this meeting of top section 8 teams. “Could Monroe Woodbury in their own right be the best team in NY?” Coach Greenblatt questioned.   “In the big State league most matches are decided by the moment, many 3-2 OT matches. Nassau can run with the best, no matter what anyone thinks or says.”

Wantagh Warrior coach Murphy responded similarly when asked about the mood in the room and the preparation for the big match. “Nothing has changed…everything is business as usual,” Murphy said. “We have nothing to prove, we’re treating this as any normal match.”

There’s sure to be some lineup juggling by each coach to take advantage of the best match-ups possible – especially as the match progresses and the outcome does not evolve to plan.  The winner of this dual will need to win one swing match, minimize bonus points in 2 or 3 weight classes where they are expected to lose to top wrestlers, and/or maximize bonus points in one key weight class where they are expected to win. 

Whatever the outcome, this dual meet will showcase two of Nassau County’s top wrestling teams demonstrating their talent and their hard work for the fans to admire and appreciate.  And thanks to the support of the MacArthur Wrestling Parent Club’s toy drive for John Theissen’s Toys for Sick Children, you’re attendance will help to make a happy holiday for a few deserving young children.  

LHW is planning to stream live video of this match provided there are no technical difficulties, which we do not anticipate.  At a minimum, we will support this event with live texting, so if you can’t make the match, tune into Lighthouse Wrestling for the real-time results.

Predictions

Pete Candito Favors Wantagh27-24 based upon the preliminary match info. However, I see the 2 critical possible match-ups as 135 Delacruz vs. Medeiros AND 171 Kavanaugh vs. Giametta. I have Mac losing both of those matches by decision. If they win one of those matches they win the match 27-24. That is how close this match will be. Both teams minimizing bonus points in individual matches they are due to lose will also be the key to victory.

Bill Miller Favors MacArthur:  28-27 based upon my analysis of the likely matchups.  The key matchups that can turn the tide for either team are at 103 Barbatos vs Grant, 125 Frisha vs Palermo, and 130 Fitzmaurice vs Madieros.  These matches can go either way, and depending on the outcome, it is possible for one of these 2 teams to win big.   I took a conservative view on those matchups in my analysis.  Also key to the MacArthur win is to not give up the bonus points in the Ligouri and Greisheimer bouts.  My analysis has Mac fighting off the bonus points in those matchups with Mac holding Ligouri to 4 points and Greisheimer to 5 points.

Let’s hear your opinion.  Vote the poll.

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Schedule:

Where: MacArthur High School
Schedule:

5:00 set up
5:30 Mat side weigh-in, no Honor weigh-in 
6:00 toys entries only. Draw weight to begin
6:30 Paid and toys entries
7:00 warm up


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Macarthur Wrestling Parent Club Hosts Toy Drive

With these two Nassau County Teams wrestling each other, Macarthur’s wrestlers and Parent Club thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give back to the community. They will be hosting a toy drive, with all toys being donated to John Theissen’s Toys for Sick Children. Let’s use this great event to show how generous our wrestling community is by bringing an unwrapped toy to the match.   Free Admission with the donation of a toy.



What Suffolk Teams are Poised for a Top 10 Finish in 2008-2009?

The 2008-2009 Suffolk high school wrestling season should be one of the most fiercely competitively balanced in years with Hauppauge, John Glenn, Longwood and Rocky Point all realistically in the hunt for the county title. Don’t completely count out a few other teams though, since Huntington, Brentwood, Connetquot and Islip all have wrestlers who should factor into county tournament team points come tournament time. As usual many outstanding individuals return for Suffolk including many from the top teams mentioned above.

Hauppauge, John Glenn, Longwood & Rocky Point lead the list of potential D1 champs.

The 2008-2009 Suffolk high school wrestling season should be one of the most fiercely competitively balanced in years with Hauppauge, John Glenn, Longwood and Rocky Point all realistically in the hunt for the county title. Don’t completely count out a few other teams though, since Huntington, Brentwood, Connetquot and Islip all have wrestlers who should factor into county tournament team points come tournament time.   As usual many outstanding individuals return for Suffolk including many from the top teams mentioned above.

County Team Title Contenders: the top 4

Hauppauge returners are state champion Ken Collado (103) and county place winners Adam Lepkowsky (6th at 96) and Scott Munro (5th at 285). Also returning for Hauppauge are ranked wrestlers Nick Mauriello (96), Jesse Marro (140), Kevin Panebianco (145) and Eric Wooley (215). This talented group of wrestlers and an experienced county contender coaching staff could be the formula for a Hauppauge county title.

A talented young team surfaced a couple of years ago and that team just keeps on getting better. John Glenn will challenge for a county title this year by returning state place winner Nick Meinsen (112) and returning county place winners Nick Terdick 3rd  (125), Tyler Sinisgalli (119) and Matt Fusarro (125) both 5th in Suffolk last year. Glenn also returns four quality competitors in county qualifiers Matt Gannon (119),  Chris Carlucci (160) and Alex Rosenberg (171) as well as Joe Giaramita (4th in league 6 at 152). This is certainly a team that could pile up enough county place winner points to win a Suffolk title this tear.

Longwood returns 3 all county wrestlers in county finalist Ernest James (215), William Parks (4th at 171) and Nicky Hall (5th at 103). In addition Casey Brice (119) Mike Sweeney (125), Pat Jennings (130) and Ben Lee (returning county qualifier at 285) broke into pre-season county rankings seen on Long Island wrestling web sites. Malik Rasheed is a returning league champ. Longwood is the real deal and is one of 4 teams that top the Suffolk County team title pre-season lists.

If Hauppauge, Glenn or Longwood do not win a county title then you may not need to look any further than a talented Rocky Point team. Coach Goldstein will have his team ready come county time. Rocky Point returns state place winners Stephen Dutton (3rd at 130) and Matt Ross (5th at 96).  Anthony Volpe, 3rd in Suffolk at 135Lbs. and Billy Coggins, 5th in Suffolk at 145Lbs, also return. Add to that list returning county ranked wrestlers Mike Lopez (2nd in the league at 130) and Jerry Ceccio (league champ at 140) and you have six big point scorers come county tournament time.

Top Teams 5-7

Connetquot has shown improvement over the past several seasons and returns a well-balanced team that should have a strong county tournament. Two county place winners return for the Thunderbirds, Sean McCabe (3rd at 96) and James Corsitto (6th at 125). In addition, James McCabe (112) and James Cameron (125) cracked the pre-season rankings. Both were all county wrestlers two seasons ago. Talented sophomore Nick  LoBue (3rd in league 2 at 152) is also now ranked in Suffolk County. Connor Gribbin (119) and Joe Pellegrino (189) are both returning league champs.

A wrestling season in Suffolk without Huntington in the mix for a county title will not happen this year. Damon McQueen (3rd in NY State at 96 pounds) and Nigel McNeil  (4th in Suffolk at 103) lead the Blue Devils into the 2008-2009 season. In addition Huntington boasts county pre-season ranked wrestler Louis Puca at 145.  Will the Blue Devils be able to contend in the first year without legendary coach Lou Giani at the helm? I would look for a strong top 10 finish.

What does Brentwood have in store for us in 2008-2009. A core of talented wrestlers graduated, but Brentwood will be a factor in 2008-2009. Josue Mendez (171) is a returning 6th in NY State and Alex Gomez (112) was 4th in Suffolk County last year.

Rounding Out the Top Ten Possibilities

What teams will round out the top ten in the Suffolk County tournament by taking the 8, 9 and 10 spots? Islip returns Kyle Wade, 3rd in Suffolk at 130 last year. Cody Hinrichs (215), Jawad Azam (171) and Matt Egan (160) all cracked the 2008-2009 pre-season rankings. Another League 5 team Harborfields also boasts pre-season county ranked wrestlers Andrew Colamussi (130), Kyle Delmuro (171) and Bill Reitz (189).  Sachem East has Dan O’Malley (119) and Sean O’Malley (135).  Shoreham Wading River boasts returning state 3rd place winners TJ Niedhart (145) and Steven Keith (112). East Islip has Nick Ventire at 130 and returns many starters from a young team last year.  Central Islip returns County Champ Andy Rodriguez (140) along with Allen Gomez (112). Whitman returns County runner-up Adam Troy (130) along with Vin Punzone (112). Deer Park has the Lugo brothers Damien at 96 pounds and Rich who was 6th in Suffolk at 140 last year. West Babylon returns county place winner Marvin Titus Cassius at 189 and John Wilkerson looks like a contender at 285. Sayville returns Travis Pitre at 140 (2nd in Suffolk 2 seasons ago), TJ Slevin (119) and Josef Haas (135).

League Outlook and Predictions

Suffolk League 1

Brentwood and Longwood should battle it out for the dual and league tourney title this season. Sachem East and an improving William Floyd team will be the two teams that slide behind Brentwood and Longwood.

The dual you should not miss: Brentwood – Longwood

The pick: Longwood unseats Brentwood as League 1 dual meet and tournament champion.

Suffolk League 2

Connetquot appears to be the team to beat in this league with Commack and Whitman as possible runner-ups.

The dual you should not miss: Connetquot – Commack

The pick: Connetquot  should win the dual meet championship and repeat as league tournament champ.

Suffolk League 3

League 3 may be the most wide open league in Suffolk this year and the toughest league to call. Copaigue continues to improve. Smithtown East, Hills East and North Babylon will also compete. West Islip may have lost too much to compete for a league title this year. East Islip may be underestimated this year and could be the dark horse to win a league title.

The dual with league champ implications: East Islip – Hills East

The pick: East Islip wins the dual championship but Hills East claims the tournament title.

Suffolk League 4

Deer Park and West Babylon appear primed to battle it out for league title honors this season with Smithtown West and Riverhead looking to improve with experience. 

The dual that should crown the league championship: Deer Park – West Babylon

The pick: Deer Park wins the dual and tournament titles in league 4 this season.

Suffolk League 5

Perhaps the most competitive league in New York State – no exaggeration. Harborfields will be improved with many returners. Huntington remains very tough and will be very competitive in its first year without Lou Giani officially as head coach. Islip and Sayville may not have the depth to compete with the upper echelon of this league but they will each produce a quality season. Rising to the top of this league are Rocky Point and Hauppauge.

The dual you should not miss: Rocky Point – Hauppauge

The pick: Hauppauge edges Rocky Point for the dual meet title and Rocky Point goes on to win the league tournament. Both teams finish top 5 in the Suffolk County tournament.

Huntington finishes top 10.

Suffolk League 6

John Glenn is the class of this league with Shoreham Wading River, Mount Sinai, Westhampton  and Miller Place in the mix for second place. 

The dual to watch: John Glenn – Mount Sinai

The pick: John Glenn wins the dual meet and tournament titles in League 6 and finishes top 5 in Suffolk.