McCoy, Zuaro Speak at Hofstra

Kerry McCoy and Vincent Zuaro spoke at the Hofstra University brunch just before the dual meet. Here are the videos of those talks.

Kerry McCoy and Vincent Zuaro spoke at the Hofstra University brunch just before the dual meet.  Here are the videos of those talks.   I was experiencing some technical difficulties that prevented me from posting these sooner.  Be sure to open the full story (click on the title)  to watch all the speeches.  McCoy’s speech is in one part and Zuaro’s is in 3 parts.

Kerry McCoy

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Hofstra vs Maryland Video Hightlights and Speeches

Highlight clips of the Pride Dual meet vs Maryland Terrapins on Saturday December 12.

Highlights of the Dual Meet

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Vince Zuaro and Kerry McCoy Special Guests at the Annual Brunch

Hofstra University wrestling will open its home wrestling season taking on nationally ranked University of Maryland team in their newly refurbished Physical Fitness Center on the campus in Hempstead, L.I.

Kerry McCoy

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Hofstra Pride Wrestle-off Preview

On Thursday evening October 28th at 7:30PM Pride fans get their first peak of what is to come in 2010/11 when Hofstra holds their annual wrestle-off for the starting positions. The event, which will be held at the newly named Physical Education Center (formerly the PFC), will provide the student-athletes with the opportunity to display all the progress that accompanied the hard work, dedication and unmatched commitment put forth during the off-season. A one hour clinic (scheduled for 6:30pm) will precede the festivities.

By Bill Miller and Matt Diano

In unison, gathered at one end of the wrestling room, pulling and pushing a disc appearing to be the size and weight of a manhole cover, sweat, and pained look upon their faces, the Pride wrestlers locked their eyes and ears on the tall figure with buzz cut hair centered in front and bellowing commands. The soaked t-shirts, grunts, and damp musty scents surfaced mental images of workouts once forgotten. All at once I felt the physical pain and mental torture of pushing yourself beyond your limits in pursuit of glory. That was the Pride wrestling team gathered one Friday morning at 7AM preparing for the 2010/11 season.

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The Pride is Back !!!

Mark your Calendar for October 28th to watch New York’s Top High School Alumni wrestle-off for a starting postion on the Hofstra Pride.

Mark your Calendar for October 28th to watch New York’s Top High School Alumni wrestle-off for a starting postion on the Hofstra Pride.   Clinic begins at 6:30.  Wrestle-off starts promptly at 7:30pm at the PFC.
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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”

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:”

Inteviews with Shifflet, Bonanno, Gillespie, and Bowman

Watch interviews Tom Shifflet, Steve Bonanno, Jonny Bonilla-Bowman, and PJ Gillespie at the Hofsta vs. Drexel home dual meet on Saturday, February 20.

HofstraWatch interviews with Tom Shifflet, Steve Bonanno, Jonny Bonilla-Bowman, and PJ Gillespie at the Hofsta vs. Drexel home dual meet on Saturday, February 20. Open the post and watch the interviews. Continue reading “Inteviews with Shifflet, Bonanno, Gillespie, and Bowman”

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

Hofstra Wrestling vs. Drexel

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

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

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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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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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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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Return to the Lions’ Den: Hofstra Kicks Off ’09’-10 Season With Wrestle-Offs

This morning, a small but immensely enthusiast crowd journeyed to Islip High School to watch as the Hofstra University wrestling team took their first steps in what has the potential to be another successful season for the nine time defending conference champions (eight of which have come as members of the Colonial Athletic Association) by holding their annual wrestle-offs.

Divided into teams representing the University’s colors of Blue and Gold, 15 incredibly talented student-athletes took to the match to give the “fannies” a taste for what they can expect to see over the course of the next five months…With such a young squad returning from last season, today’s festivities offered the Pride a faithful the opportunity to see the level of progression made from one year to the next by HU’s young guns. In addition, with newcomers expected to break into the lineup at 133, 141, and 285 respectively, today’s competition marked a welcoming/initiation of some sought….No one failed to disappoint !!! Continue reading “Return to the Lions’ Den: Hofstra Kicks Off ’09’-10 Season With Wrestle-Offs”

Lion King No More….#46 Recruit, Nick Arujau, Decommits From HU

Early this afternoon, journalists from The Open Mat broke the news that 2x defending NYS DI Champion, Nick Arujau, had contacted the coaching staff at Hofstra University to inform them that he would be retracting the verbal commitment that he gave to the Hempstead, NY based school back in May…LHW contacted the #46 recruit and was able to get the validity of this story confirmed…The news comes approximately one week after Arujau put forth an incredibly solid showing at the Super-32 tournament, finishing third in an extremely deep 125-pound weight class. Continue reading “Lion King No More….#46 Recruit, Nick Arujau, Decommits From HU”

There’s No Place Like Home: John Glenn Standout, Terdick, Latest Wrestler to Commit to HU

Early this morning, Lighthouse Wrestling learned that 2009 NYS DI Runner-up, Nick Terdick, of John Glenn High School had given a verbal commitment to the Hofstra University staff…The Knight senior, who capped off his third All-County performance last season as the runner-up at 140-pounds, becomes the fourth member of the class of 2010 (the third from Long Island) to formally commit to the Pride…He is joined by Syosset’s two-time NYS Champion, Nick Arujau, Wantagh’s Matt Loew, as well as Valley Central’s (Section IX) Cody Ruggirello. Continue reading “There’s No Place Like Home: John Glenn Standout, Terdick, Latest Wrestler to Commit to HU”

Loew And Behold: 2009 NYS Runner-up Verbals to Pride

loewpostEarly this morning, I received a message stating that rising Wantagh senior, Matt Loew, was expected to give a verbal commitment to Hofstra University following the conclusion of the Asics/Vaughan Cadet/Junior National Tournaments, to be contested under the FargoDome, commencing this coming weekend. However, in true breaking news fashion, LHW just learned that the 2009 NYS DI runner-up at 189 pounds had decided to push up the date of the announcement and informed Coach Tom Shifflet and his staff sometime this evening of his decision to stay loyal to his L.I. roots by continuing his bright academic and athletic careers at the Hempstead based institution….Loew becomes the second New York wrestler this week and the third overall to verbally commit to the eight-time Colonial Athletic Association champions. He is joined by 2007 NYS Champion Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central-section IX) who just this past Saturday revealed that he would be uniting with older brother Lou in the Fall of 2010, and two-time defending New York State Champion, Nick Arujau, the #42 ranked recruit in the nation out of Syosset High School. Continue reading “Loew And Behold: 2009 NYS Runner-up Verbals to Pride”

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Ruggirellos: Cody to Join Lou At HU

After three years of speculation and anticipation, the news came down Friday evening that section IX standout, Cody Ruggirello, will join his older brother Lou, at Hofstra University in the Fall of 2010. Following the younger Ruggirello’s decision to give a verbal commitment to Pride Head Coach, Tom Shifflet, rumors immediately started that older brother will take a redshirt season in ’09-’10 to allow the siblings one year to wrestle together, something they last did in 2006 when Lou was a senior and Cody an eighth grader at Valley Central High School. Continue reading “Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Ruggirellos: Cody to Join Lou At HU”

New Badger In Town: UW’s Tanelli Joins Pride Coaching Stafff

Three-time NCAA Championship qualifier and 2009 All-American Zach Tanelli has been named an assistant coach on the Hofstra Wrestling coaching staff, Pride head coach Tom Shifflet announced Thursday.

A University of Wisconsin graduate Tanelli placed fourth at the 2009 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Missouri in March. The Short Hills, New Jersey native recorded a 6-2 record, including five straight victories, in the National Championships to earn his first All-America honor. Tanelli, who was the top-ranked wrestler at 141 pounds for eight weeks through the conference tournament, placed second in the Big 10 Championships. The 2008 Midlands champion finished the year with a 31-6 record, including a 15-1 mark in duals and a 7-0 record in the Big 10 and ranked second in the country.

Tanelli earned his first NCAA Championship bid in 2007 as a wildcard after placing eighth in the Big Ten Championships. He recorded a 21-10 overall record including a 19-3 mark in dual matches and a 5-3 record in the Big 10. Tanelli also led the Badgers in dual points with 80. As a junior in 2007-08, he earned his second NCAA Championship bid by finishing fifth in the Big 10 Championships. Tanelli posted a 3-2 record at Nationals to finish the season with a 28-12 record including a 13-5 mark in duals and a 5-3 record in conference action.

A two-time New Jersey State Championship runner-up out of Millburn High School, Tanelli notched an 8-3 record and captured the Pointer Open title as a red-shirt freshman at Wisconsin in 2005-06. During his four-year career at Wisconsin, Tanelli posted an 88-31 overall record including a 49-10 mark in duals and a 17-6 record in the Big 10.

Tanelli holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wisconsin. He replaces Joe Dubuque, who left Hofstra in June to become an assistant at his alma mater, Indiana University.

***Article Courtesy of Hofstra University Athletic Communications Senior Sports Information Director, Jim Sheehan/GoHofstra.com

2009-2010 Hofstra University Wrestling Schedule Released

On Tuesday afternoon, the Hofstra University athletic office released the schedule for the upcoming ’09-’10 varsity wrestling season…Highlighting this series of matches/tournaments will be road trips to Albany, NY for the Northeast Duals (vs. Virginia, Northern Colorado, and Nebraska—November 28th), Primm, NV for  the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational (December 4th-5th), Greensboro, NC for the Southern Scuffle (December 29th-30th), Fairfax, VA for the annual CAA Duals (vs. Sacred Heart, George Mason, Boston University, and Old Dominion—January 16th), as well as journeys to Ithaca, NY and College Park, MD for duals against Cornell University (February 6th)  and the University of Maryland (February 14th)….The Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament will be contested On the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ on March 5th & 6th….The NCAA tournament will be held March 18th-20th at the QWest Center in Omaha, Nebraska.   Continue reading “2009-2010 Hofstra University Wrestling Schedule Released”

Back Home In Indiana: Former Pride Assistant, Dubuque, Returns to Hoosiers

Following several weeks of underground rumor and scuttlebutt that Joe Dubuque would not be returning for a fourth season on the Pride bench, the news came down yesterday morning that the former two-time NCAA titlist would be returning to the place that made him the champion that he is today, Bloomington, Indiana. Continue reading “Back Home In Indiana: Former Pride Assistant, Dubuque, Returns to Hoosiers”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/16): PJ Gillespie

Life is about relationships, and NO sport embodies this human bond greater than the sport of wrestling. It’s about the bonds between a parent and son, coach and athlete, teammates and competitors, and competitors and fans.

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CAA Tournament Preview (UPDATED W/RESULTS)

This weekend, Hofstra University will be looking to add their ninth consecutive conference tournament championship to the trophy case.  However, unlike the previous eight seasons where the Pride entered the tournament as the favorites, 2009 marks a new role for Coach Tom Shifflet’s team, that of underdog.

Much of this shakeup at the top can be attributed to the emergence of Old Dominion University.  Under the leadership of Coach Steve Martin, the Monarchs have assembled some of the deepest recruiting classes over the course of the last two or three seasons.  And, all of a sudden, the efforts off of the mat are starting to pay significant dividends on it, as more than half of the Monarch starters found themselves seeded either #1 or #2 when the official tournament brackets were released late last night.

Having already snapped the Pride’s consecutive conference dual winning streak (formerly the longest in the nation) earlier in the season, the Monarchs would like nothing better than to be able to complete the sweep by becoming the first school not named Hofstra to hoist the CAA title at the end of competition on Saturday evening.

Equally important, as the team race, is the fierce individual battle as wrestlers from eight institutions of higher learning will assemble at Oscar Smith High School (Chesapeake, VA) today to begin a journey that hopefully ends with an automatic birth to the NCAA National tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.   Under the new qualification system, the Colonial Athletic Association is guaranteed 20 automatic qualifiers (125/2; 133/1; 141/1; 149/1; 157/2; 165/2; 174/4; 184/2; 197/4; 285/1). 

Action starts today at 11am and will conclude with tomorrow’s finals beginning at 1pm.


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