Center Circle with Joe Giaramita

Since John Glenn exploded into dominance in 2009, capturing their first of two consecutive Section XI team titles, and now set their sights on the coveted hat-trick, Joe Giaramita has been a quiet source of strength.

The names Nick Meinsen, Nick Terdick, Matt Fusaro, and James Dekrone most readily slide off tongues when wrestling fans describe the impact of the John Glenn dynasty. Since John Glenn exploded into dominance in 2009, capturing their first of two consecutive Section XI team titles, and now set their sights on the coveted hat-trick, Joe Giaramita has been a quiet source of strength.

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Post game Interviews (Wantagh vs Plainedge)

Post game interviews with players and coaches after the Plainedge vs Wantagh Dual meet at Wantagh High School.

Post game interviews with players and coaches after the Plainedge vs Wantagh Dual meet at Wantagh High School.

Coach Shaver comments on the Dual Meet

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Long Beach: The Tradition Continues (video)

Lighthouse Wrestling visited the Long Beach grapplers at their practice over the Thanksgiving Holiday. We taped their practice, interviewed coaches and athletes, and compiled it into this short movie. Enjoy!

Lighthouse Wrestling visited the Long Beach grapplers at their practice over the Thanksgiving Holiday. We taped their practice, interviewed coaches and athletes, and compiled it into this short movie. Enjoy!

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If you’re watching this from the homepage, be sure to open the full story up to see the additonal coverage. In one interview we ask Dylan Palacio and his father about the semifinal bout at states, and in the final video, we do the Tour of the Champions.

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Interviews by Scott Casber of TDR 10-21

Listen to Scott Casber as he talks with Alex Radsky, Bob Patnesky, Doug Schwab, and Kendal Cross.

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Listen to Scott Casber as he talks with Alex Radsky, Bob Patnesky, Doug Schwab, and Kendal Cross.

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Interview with Nyassa Baker, a BTS Athlete

Watch this interview with this young female wrestler in the Beat the Streets program. She’s adorable. It’s nice to see the impact that the BTS program is having on the kids.

Watch this interview with this young female wrestler in the Beat the Streets program. She’s adorable. It’s nice to see the impact that the BTS program is having on the kids.


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Scott Casber of TDR Interviews before the Championships in Omaha

Listen to Scott Casber as he interviews Barry Davis, Derek Delporto, Jason Reitmeier, Jim Andrassy, Jim Giunta, John Smith, Josh Dziewa, Marc Bauer, Trent Paulson, Matt Gibson, and Jim Koch.

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Listen to Scott Casber as he interviews Barry Davis, Derek Delporto, Jason Reitmeier, Jim Andrassy, Jim Giunta, John Smith, Josh Dziewa, Marc Bauer, Trent Paulson, Matt Gibson, and Jim Koch.


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Scott Casber of TDR Interviews Coaches before Conference Championships

Scott Casber of TDR speaks with Big 12 Assistant Cowboy Coach Eric Guerreo; Colonial Athletic Association coaches Pat Popolizio, Tom Shifflet, and Steve Martin; and EIWA Coach Rob Koll.

tdrScott Casber of TDR speaks with Big 12 Assistant Cowboy Coach Eric Guerreo; Colonial Athletic Association coaches Pat Popolizio, Tom Shifflet, and Steve Martin; and EIWA Coach Rob Koll.

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Discussions with Rick Gumble, Chris Messina, and TJ Brocking

During the finals webcast coaches Rick Gumble, Chris Messina, and TJ Brocking sat with us and talked about the season.

During the finals webcast coaches Rick Gumble, Chris Messina, and TJ Brocking sat with us and talked about the season.

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NYS Championships Day Two Interviews with Wrestlers

Watch inteviews with Andrew Lenzi, Andry Rodriguez, Connor Horl, Giuseppi Lanzi, James Ondris, Joe Kavanagh, Justis Flamio, Malik Rasheed, Nick Meinsen, Nigel McNeil, and Tony Carlo after their semifinal victories.

Watch inteviews with Andrew Lenzi, Andry Rodriguez, Connor Horl, Giuseppi Lanzi, James Ondris, Joe Kavanagh, Justis Flamio, Malik Rasheed, Nick Meinsen, Nigel McNeil, and Tony Carlo after their semifinal victories.

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NYS Championships Day One Interviews with Coaches

Watch interviews with coaches Chris Messina, Darren Goldstein, George Dugolonski, Paul Gillespie, Jim Murphy, Joe Catalanotto, Ray Adams, Rob Paletta, Rob Schaffer, Mike Torriero, and Chris Poli.

Watch interviews with coaches Chris Messina, Darren Goldstein, George Dlugolonski, Paul Gillespie, Jim Murphy, Joe Catalanotto, Ray Adams, Rob Paletta, Rob Schaffer, Mike Torriero, and Chris Poli. And finally, LI Marty gives his day one recap after the quarterfinals. Continue reading “NYS Championships Day One Interviews with Coaches”

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”

Post Dual Interview with Rob Koll, Troy Nickerson, and Kyle Dake

After the Iowa State dual meet at the Newman Center on January 31, Lighthouse Wrestling sat with Cornell Head Coach Rob Koll, 3x All-American Troy Nickerson, and freshman standout, Kyle Dake for a brief interview.

Cornell Big Red
Cornell Big Red

After the Iowa State dual meet at the Newman Center on January 31, Lighthouse Wrestling sat with Cornell Head Coach Rob Koll, 3-times All American. Troy Nickerson, and freshman standout, Kyle Dake for a brief interview.

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Center Circle with Mack Lewnes

After agonizing setback at the NCAA tournament in 2009, Mack Lewnes, Cornell Junior at 174lbs, is rolling through opponents like a 16lbs bowling ball scrambles pins on a strike. In early season results, he won the Las Vegas Invitational with a finals victory over 3rd ranked Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska, the Body Bar Invitational, the Binghamton Open and two dominating victories over Maryland’s formerly number 4 ranked Mike Letts.

mack-lewnesAfter agonizing setback at the NCAA tournament in 2009, Mack Lewnes, Cornell Junior at 174lbs, is rolling through opponents like a 16lbs bowling ball scrambles pins on a strike.  In early season results, he won the Las Vegas Invitational with a finals victory over 3rd ranked Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska, the Body Bar Invitational,  the Binghamton Open and two dominating victories over Maryland’s formerly number 4 ranked Mike Letts. Continue reading “Center Circle with Mack Lewnes”

STROBEL: Stories From A Life With Wrestling

My latest book of stories, “STROBEL: Stories From A Life With Wrestling”, is receiving excellent reviews from the media. Just last week, Mike Chapman in W.I.N. magazine reported:

My latest book of stories, STROBEL: Stories From A Life With Wrestling”, is receiving excellent reviews from the media. Just last week, Mike Chapman in W.I.N. magazine reported:

STROBEL: Stories From A Life With Wrestling” written by James Moffatt. The 176-page book offers a penetrating insight into the life of Greg Strobel, one of the more influential figures in the sport over the past three-plus decades.  

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Interview with Ryan Patrovich

Scott Casber of Takedown Radio speaks with Ryan Patrovich about his move to the 171lbs weight class and Hofstra’s up comming season. Listen here.

ryan-patrovichScott Casber of Takedown Radio speaks with Ryan Patrovich about his move to the 171lbs weight class and the prospects for Hofstra’s up comming season. Listen here. Click the play button or the words in blue underneath Ryan’s photo.
Scott Casber Interview with Ryan Patrovich of Hofstra

Scott has a wrestling radio talk show that he broadcasts live over the internet. Lighthouse wrestling is also an affiliate of  his weekly TV program which we post weekly under the title “In the Studio with Scott Casber.”   Casber has conducted some interesting and inspiring interviews with many of the luminaries in the wrestling community. This week’s episode 31 is available here: Episode 31. If you haven’t watched his interview with Lee Kemp, I suggest you do. It’s that good. Watch it here: Lee Kemp: The Journey to Excellence. Also, be sure to visit Scott Casber at Takedown Radio, and look for details to begin listening to his live wrestling radio talk show.

An Interview with Scott Green – Part 5: New York Wrestling

So much has changed since I competed in high school during the 1970s. When I wrestled if you had 20 matches during the season, it was a lot. There are more opportunities to compete competitively all year today than in the 70s. Are the top wrestlers better today than in yesteryear? What’s your reasoning?

scott-greenLHW: So much has changed since I competed in high school during the 1970s.  When I wrestled if you had 20 matches during the season, it was a lot.  There are more opportunities to compete competitively all year today than in the 70s.  Are the top wrestlers better today than in yesteryear?  What’s your reasoning?

GREEN: I don’t know.  I know this….there are no surprises anymore.  Everyone is on YouTube, everyone is scout-able.  The best kids in the country see each other at more events then they did then.  Back then, you could theorize that you were the best…now kids lay it on the line maybe a dozen times a year. Would Troy Nickerson or Jesse Jantzen won as many titles as they did 30 years ago?  I say yes.  Could the stars of that era compete today?  Sure, I don’t doubt it.  It’s a fun debate, but anyone who says they know for sure is dangerously myopic.

LHW: We’ve heard that you’ve offered Marty R. a coaching position at Shamrock, as well as a recruiting post at Binghamton.  Is Marty considering the offer?  Is it true that he will be living in an apartment in your home?  Seriously, Marty has many criticisms about wrestling today.  How would you constructively respond to those criticisms?

GREEN: Marty is great for wrestling.  We need more fans like him.  I love the fact that he has his opinions and expresses them, no matter how silly, trite and wrong they are.  Seriously, how can we turn away a fan like him? When you travel to events as much as he has, and put as much into supporting the sport, you are entitled to be wrong as often as you want.  Most people are fans of our sport as long as their kids are involved and then that’s it.  We’ve lost 2/3 of our college programs in the last 30 years, and we think we don’t need fans?

Now, are some of the things he says idiotic?  Of course!  But if you ever had a conversation with the guy off the board you’d see he’s just a provocateur, looking to stir the pot.  Bottom line is he loves the sport, and the sport needs people who love it.  And from what I’ve heard…people aren’t shy about letting him know what they think of him to his face…so check and balance right there.

He can stay at my house whenever he wants…I always have lawn work I need done.

LHW: The Long Island fan base can sometimes be quite enthusiastic about their success; they sometimes voice complaints on the forums about how the upstate teams are trying to stack the deck against them. It must trouble many of the upstate wrestlers and coaches.   Would you like to say anything to the LI fans, wrestlers, and coaches about their position on this?

GREEN: You should be proud of your success.  Regional rivalries drive a lot of successful states.  But I’ve always been more about judging people on an individual basis more than I have groups of people.  A day doesn’t go by in our Bearcat room when we don’t talk a little trash about Sec 2 (Pop), 8 (Dennis) 5 (Patterson’s) and 4.  If people put as much energy into fighting the external factors that threaten our sport as they did in complaining about which ref screwed their kid, or how this coach is a egomaniac, or how upstate hates LI and vice versa, we’d progress a lot more as a unit.  Try this: every time you want to complain, donate a $1 to your local college program, or to an organization that works to save wrestling.  Seems a lot more productive, no?

LHW: What do you think of the change to the regional format for high school wrestling in New York?  Do you feel that the revised format favors any one or group of regions? Might it have an adverse effect on any single or group of regions?

GREEN: I honestly haven’t examined it that closely.  Anything that gets good kids to States is good, I guess.  I thought the wildcard was good.  To me though, until you go back to one state champion, it’s like putting a fresh coat of paint on a house with a cracked foundation.  One State Champ! It’s what set us apart, made us unique.   I’m pretty ambivalent about anything else.

LHW: What does the future hold for New York wrestling?  Where would you like to see the sport go in the Empire State?

GREEN: I think we have great college programs. We are very lucky to have so much access to college wrestling at all levels.  I’d like to see more of NY’s best on the Fargo Dome floor every summer.  The reports of the demise of wrestling in our state have been greatly exaggerated.  We are doing fine at all levels.

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An Interview with Scott Green – Part 4: Shamrock AC

What’s your vision for the Shamrock AC? Where do you plan to take it? What are your hopes and dreams for the club?

The New Shamrock Athletic Club
The New Shamrock Athletic Club

LHW: What’s your vision for the Shamrock AC? Where do you plan to take it? What are your hopes and dreams for the club? Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part 4: Shamrock AC”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part 3: The Coach

Obviously you’re a great coach as measured by the success of your athletes. What characteristics/traits do you feel makes a great wrestling coach? Can a coach make the difference in the success of these future champions, or have you been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach talent that was destined to be great no matter who coached them? What difference can a coach make? What are you emphasizing in your practices to make a difference in the success of your athletes?

JP O'Conner - Senior at Harvard
JP O'Conner - Senior at Harvard

LHW: Obviously you’re a great coach as measured by the success of your athletes.   What characteristics/traits do you feel makes a great wrestling coach?  Can a coach make the difference in the success of these future champions, or have you been fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach talent that was destined to be great no matter who coached them?  What difference can a coach make?  What are you emphasizing in your practices to make a difference in the success of your athletes? Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part 3: The Coach”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part 2: The Man

Most people only know you through the Shamrock AC. Tell us about your wrestling experience and accomplishments. How did you get started in wrestling? Where do you get the inspiration and drive from?

Shamrock Most Improved Wrestler 2008
Shamrock Most Improved Wrestler 2008

LHW: Most people only know you through the Shamrock AC.  Tell us about your wrestling experience and accomplishments. How did you get started in wrestling? Where do you get the inspiration and drive from? Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part 2: The Man”

An Interview with Scott Green – Part I: Realizing Dreams

“Establish trust with your athletes, demand that they give you their best, and teach them to love the sport as much as you do.” – Scott Green, Owner and Coach of Shamrock AC

“Establish trust with your athletes, demand that they give you their best, and teach them to love the sport as much as you do.”  – Scott Green, Owner and Coach of Shamrock AC Continue reading “An Interview with Scott Green – Part I: Realizing Dreams”

Lee Kemp: The Journey to Excellence

Scott Casber of Takedown Radio brings a fascinating interview to the wrestling community with this interview of Lee Kemp. I didn’t know much about Lee Kemp before the interview, but I’m glad I watched it. Lee Kemp is a remarkable man.

Scott Casber of Takedown Radio brings a fascinating interview to the wrestling community with this interview of Lee Kemp.  I didn’t know much about Lee Kemp before the interview, but I’m glad I watched it.  Lee Kemp is a remarkable man. 

Here’s what Al Bevilacqua had to say about the interview:

The emphasis of the interview was on the importance of the basic skills of wrestling. Lee quickly caught your lead and went on to fully explain and expound the importance with his personal development that made him successful so quickly.

Every young wrestler in America should listen to the piece. Many people think you have to wrestle 100 matches before the age of 10 years old in order to be able to compete at the highest level.

Lee spoke a great deal about his high school coach who emphasized the basic skills; positions and some of his practices were sometimes just drills. A far cry what is being done today in most wrestling rooms nationwide.


Henry Cejudo Interview

The Friends of Massapequa Wrestling hosted a clinic with Olympic Champion Henry Cejuod at Massapequa High School on Saturday that was well attended by the local wrestling community. The Friends of Massapequa Wrestling invited Lighthouse Wrestling and The Mat Slap to record an interview with Henry Cejudo. Jim Nordland hosted a great interview with Henry. Thanks to the Friends of Massapequa Wrestling, Jim Nordland for some great questions, and to Henry Cejudo for making this possible.

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LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/30): Troy Nickerson

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”

— Muhammad Ali

With the 125lbs championship match tied at 1 and with six seconds into the 2nd overtime period, Troy Nickerson lay facedown on the mat in pain. It was the third time in the tournament that his injured shoulder dislocated.

Photo Courtesy of tech-fall.com
Photo Courtesy of tech-fall.com

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”

— Muhammad Ali

With the 125lbs championship match tied at 1 and with six seconds into the 2nd overtime period, Troy Nickerson lay face down on the mat in pain.  It was the third time in the tournament that his injured shoulder dislocated.  Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/30): Troy Nickerson”