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”

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”

1st Annual Diano Awards

Hi Everyone.

After a much lengthier absence than anticipated I am back to officially put a cap on what proved to be a great 2008-2009 season by awarding the first set of what I hope will be a long tradition of Diano Awards….Awards will be given in the following categories: Long Island Scholastic Wrestler of the Year, Long Island Collegiate Wrestler of the Year, NYS Scholastic Wrestler of the Year, NYS Collegiate Wrestler of the Year, National Scholastic Wrestler of the Year, National Collegiate Wrestler of the Year, Long Island Collegiate Rookie of the Year, and National Collegiate Rookie of the Year.

As a friendly note, I ask that anyone who reads this remember that these awards are just for fun, are in no way intended to slight or diminish the accomplishments of non-winners, and are simply the opinion of myself….LHW and other staff members were not consulted and therefore are not to be held responsible for anything that is stated in the remainder of this column.  Continue reading “1st Annual Diano Awards”

This Week in Wrestling: National Tournament Edition

Hi Everyone.

I am back after taking a few weeks off to get some personal ducks in a row (mostly graduate school and family obligations). Anyhow, with the start of the 2009 NCAA DI National Wrestling tournament less than four hours away, I thought that now was as good a time as any to sit down and put to paper my feelings on how I foresee the next three days of non-stop, exhilarating, wrestling action going. Normally, I would do an official preview for an event of such significance and magnitude. However, out of respect for those of you who were subjected to my 3,000 word rant on the state of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), I felt that perhaps it would best to keep this entry nice and casual. In other words, I am fully aware of the fake that with March Madness kicked into high gear, you might prefer the simple, “in and out” approach. Hence, in place of all of the flowery descriptions, endless rhethoric, and whatnot, I will supply only the meat and potatoes. For each weight class, I will list all of the odds on favs, recognize any sleepers in the field, as well as make my predictions on the 10 individual titlists….Sit back and enjoy !!! Continue reading “This Week in Wrestling: National Tournament Edition”

Swami Matt’s Predictions: NCAA Conference Tournament Edition

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Hey Everyone,

With the NY high school season on temporary hiatus until NHSCA Nationals, I figured now would be as good a time as any to refocus on my passion, the collegiate scene. Last week, the Pac-10 officially kicked off the DI postseason with their conference tournament, won by Boise State behind the efforts of six champions. This coming weekend, the remainder of the 2009 NCAA DI qualifiers would be determined as the Big-10, Big-12, ACC, EIWA, EWL, CAA, MAC, SoCon, as well as several of the other mid major conferences take to the mat for their respective conference tournaments.

Because seedings are not officially out yet for the majority of the conferences, I will do my best to use the national rankings and other sources to come as close as possible to coming up with the correct matchups. I will then make my predictions based on these anticipated matchups….So as to save time, I will begin the predictions in the Quarterfinal or semifinal round (depending on how in-depth the latest conference rankings are) and focus on the tournaments that I feel will be of the greatest interest to you, my viewers. Continue reading “Swami Matt’s Predictions: NCAA Conference Tournament Edition”

This Week In Wrestling #15: 02/23-03/01

Hi Everyone.

Sorry, no cool foreign language greetings this week.  I am sick in bed, so the enthusiasm to be quirky simply is not there today.  I will return next week after the NYS tournament with a little “language 101” for you all.  I know the silly greetings are not the reason that you read this column.  However, anytime I can interject a little bit of flavor into my column, I try to do it. 

I hope that all of you glued to your computers last week for the Section VIII finals enjoyed my and Bill’s live text coverage.  We each have our own distinct style of coverage.  However, I’ve always felt that we each do a fantastic job in keeping everyone at home updated as to what is going on at the arena.  My sincerest apologies to Wade Schalles.  Last week, when doing the updates for the 119 finals match (won by Long Beach’s Dylan Palacio), I referred to the move he used to gain the fall as a chalice.  Honestly, I do not know if I had Sunday Mass on my mind or if it was a mere brain cramp.  While I admit to the lack of a strong technical knowledge of wrestling (having never wrestled,  I am still learning the proper names for all of the moves), I do know Mr. Schalles and am quite familiar with the move.  Hence, I own up to my moment of stupidity.  Hopefully, this damn cold that I am currently battling will show decent enough improvement tomorrow, thus enabling me to accompany the rest of the LHW team up to Albany.  This way, I will be afforded the opportunity to do live updates of the tournament and make amends for last weekend’s error….Should I be a scratch for the NYS tournament, rest assured that guys like Bill and company will be right there to step in for me and make sure that those of you unable to attend will remain in the know.  Continue reading “This Week In Wrestling #15: 02/23-03/01”

This Week in Wrestling #14: 02/16-02/22

Hola Everyone.

It’s been an interesting week for LHW.  As you may have already noticed, Cornell Coach, Rob Koll, has decided to contribute to the content published on the site.  Unbeknownst to us, Coach Koll has been a big fan of ours for a long time and was very receptive when approached about getting involved.  He does however think that everyone on Long Island is crazy (joking, of course) and has already asked me on several occasions if I’d like to relocate to Ithaca…LOL. 

In addition, we got our response from Nassau County regarding our request to broadcast the finals of the DI tournament.  Again, as you probably already know, this decision did not quite go in our favor.  However, because I admittedly have little or nothing to do with this aspect of the website (I am a much better writer than I am a negotiator), I will not sit here and pretend to know why the request was denied.  I assume the people in power had their reasons, and I will respect those reasons.  I do feel bad for the young men though.  I believe it would have been a nice treat for them to have their moment in the sun broadcast across the entire nation.  In a time where so many brothers, sisters, fathers, uncles, friends, etc remain over seas, I rejoice in knowing that the Lighthouse broadcasts may be making it possible for a soldier to see a loved one compete.  I know that if I was in that position, I would be overjoyed to know that such an option was available to me.  Continue reading “This Week in Wrestling #14: 02/16-02/22”

Swami Matt’s Predictions 08-09

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Section VIII/Nassau County Tournament (Finals)—-Saturday February 21st, 2009:
096– Thomas Manning (MacArthur) defeats Joe Barbuto (Wantagh)
103– Chris Perez (MacArthur) defeats Alex Grant (MacArthur)
112- Sean Kempf (MacArthur) defeats Anthony Fachini (Seaford)
119– Dylan Palacio (Long Beach) defeats Luke Alber (Farmingdale)
125– Nick Arujau (Syosset) defeats Dean Shmuely (North Shore)
130– Nick Fitzmaurice (Wantagh) defeats Dan Lofrese (Garden City)
135– Paul Liguori (Wantagh) defeats Frank Mederios (MacArthur)
140– Matt Eberlein (Island Trees) defeats Quimes DelaCruz (Wantagh)
145– Mac Maldarelli (Calhoun) defeats Brian Herold (MacArthur)
152– John Greisheimer (Wantagh) defeats Troy Sterling (Uniondale)
160- Brandon Mullholland (MacArthur) defeats Joe Chamish (Jericho)
171– Thomas Jackson (Farmingdale) defeats John Daddino (Sewanaka East)
189– Matt Loew (Wantagh) defeats Conor Wetzel (Massapequa)
215– Connor Horl (Garden City) defeats Tom Hall (Wantagh)
285- Joe Grieci (Plainedge) defeats Yaseen Madassar (Division)

Continue reading “Swami Matt’s Predictions 08-09”

This Week in Wrestling #13: 02/09-02/15

Guten Abend Everyone.

Postseason is finally here, and is already off to a great start with last weekend’s Suffolk League finals, as well as the Nassau/Suffolk, NYC, and Buffalo CHSAA League tournaments.  If the intensity shown last week is any indication, the next few weeks of wrestling are sure to be action packed and full of excitement.  As wrestling fans, what more could we ask for?

While I love doing what I do, writing this weekly column, as well as contributing in any other way feasible, I must say that the last few days, I’ve found myself a little pressed for time.  A lot of you who know me in a personal capacity away from this and the LIWA board are aware that I am in the process of beginning my applications to graduate school.  Therefore, if any readers are proud alumns of either NYU or Fordham, and want to help a brother out, I am currently in the hunt for letters of recommendation. 

In addition to taking care of those academic responsibilities, I am also trying to find time to write match previews for HU’s duals against Edinboro (Saturday) and Buffalo (Sunday).  Since I will be leaving for Buffalo on Saturday morning, the plan right now (and it often changes depending on whether or not my mother needs a helping hand watching my niece and nephew), is to write the Edinboro preview tomorrow morning (which will require me to get my lazy butt up by around 7am; very unique to me nowadays), and then spend my Saturday night in a room at the Holiday Inn pounding away at the keys in an attempt to get the Buffalo preview completed sometime prior to the start of Sunday’s festivities.   Lucky for me, all hotel rooms now come equipped with wireless access.  Hence, unless I get taken in by a really good movie on HBO, finishing the article should not be much of a problem.  Continue reading “This Week in Wrestling #13: 02/09-02/15”

Swami Matt’s Predictions 07-09

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Section XI/Suffolk County Tournament (Finals)—-Saturday February 14th, 2009:
096– Nick Mauriello (Hauppauge) defeats Corey Rasheed (Longwood)
103– Damon McQueen (Huntington) defeats Malik Rasheed (Longwood)
112-  Ken Collado (Hauppauge) dec Dan Gray (Ward Melville)
119– Steven Keith (Shoreham-WR) defeats Alex Gomez (Brentwood)
125– Nick Meinsen (John Glenn) defeats Adam Troy (Walt Whitman)
130– Matt Fusaro (John Glenn) defeats Dan O’Malley (Sachem East)
135– Stephen Dutton (Rocky Point) defeats Jesse Marro (Hauppauge)
140– Nick Terdick (John Glenn) defeats Ryan Connell (Mattituck)
145– Anthony Volpe (Rocky Point) defeats Dan Gorman (Northport)
152– Chris Carlucci (John Glenn) defeats Mike Powers (Mount Sinai)
160- TJ Neidhart (Shoreham-WR) defeats Billy Coggins (Rocky Point)
171– Josue Mendez (Brentwood) defeats William Parks (Longwood)
189– Zach Buonaiuto (Miller Place) defeats Marvin Titus-Casseus (West Babylon)
215– Ernest James (Longwood) defeats Eric Wooley (Hauppauge)
285- Cody Hinrichs (Islip) defeats Scott Munro (Hauppauge)

Continue reading “Swami Matt’s Predictions 07-09”

This Week in Wrestling #12: 02/02-02/08

Buona Sera Everyone.

The calendar has officially  hit February, which means that my favorite part of the wrestling season, the postseason, is imminent… Every year, at all of the tournaments that I attend regularly, I am amazed at all of the upsets, clutch performances, and/or amazing comebacks that I am privileged enough to be witness to.  Now, while it is true that the aforementioned do happen during the regular season as well, to me, it just seems like they occur on a much more frequent basis when all of the marbles are on the line.  Perhaps, because the stakes are so high, I take more notice of the extraordinary. 

Unlike previous seasons when I was pretty much a lock to attend the CAA tournament, the Catholic League tournament, as well as the Catholic State tournament (with the ocassional NYS or NCAA Tournament thrown in every few years), 2009 may prove to be least active year for me in quite some time.  Because of scheduling conflict between the HU/Cornell dual and the Catholic League tournment, one of my annual events will be a no go this year.  In addition, because of the recession and the fact that I am still actively pursuing a change of careers (while also getting the ball rolling on my graduate school applications—Fordham, NYU, and CW Post are atop the list in case anyone was curious—neither the money nor the time may be available to travel to Norfolk, VA for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament.  This disapoints me because attending the CAA tournament has been something that I have always done with my dad.  We don’t fish or play golf, we travel once a year to the city that is hosting and have a good time for those two or three days….Strike 2 !!!  Fortunately, unless something changes between now and a week from Saturday, my arrangements to attend the Catholic State tournament seem rather secure.   And, if there was ever a year that I wanted to make sure that I was at Cath. States, it is this one.   Whether it be Sampson/Monaghan (125), Pappas/Hartnett (140), Villaret/Randazzo (152), Fowler/Harper (215), etc. there are some real hotly contested battles this season that I would hate to misss.  Plus, by attending CHSAA States, I, at the very least, avoid getting shutout for the year.  Continue reading “This Week in Wrestling #12: 02/02-02/08”

Swami Matt’s Predictions 06-09

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CHSAA Nassau/Suffolk League Tournament (Finals)—Sunday February 8th, 2009:

096– Chris Brienza (St. Anthony’s) defeats Robert Wallace (Chaminade)
103– Jimmy Morris (St. Anthony’s) defeats Zach Indovino (Kellenberg)
112-  Grant Greene (St. Anthony’s) defeats Glen McKenna (Chaminade)
119–  Ryan Neugebauer (Chaminade) defeats Tom Penza (St. Anthony’s)
125–  Troy Sampson (Chaminade) defeats James Sullivan (Kellenberg)
130– Anthony Alesandro (Kellenberg) defeats Brandon Ayala (St. Anthony’s)
135– Evan Doherty (Chaminade) defeats Neil Mastellone (Holy Trinity)
140– Andrew Pappas (Kellenberg) defeats Dan Gehrig (Chaminade)
145–  Brandon Meisner (St. Anthony’s) defeats Rob Chisena (Chaminade)
152–  Ricky Randazzo (St. Anthony’s) defeats Joe Fiore (Kellenberg)
160-  Sal Rizzo (Chaminade) defeats Joe May (St. John The Baptist)
171–  Collin Pryor (St. Anthony’s) defeats Matt DeLuca (Holy Trinity)
189– Alex Erikson (Chaminade) defeats Anthony White (Holy Trinity)
215–  Brendan Fowler (Chaminade) defeats Anthony LaCalamita (St. Anthony’s) 
285- Nick Auriemma (St. Anthony’s) defeats Matt Wilson (Holy Trinity)

Continue reading “Swami Matt’s Predictions 06-09”

Swami Matt’s Predictions 05-09

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Featured Duals—Friday January 30th, 2009:

#7 Illinois vs. #25 Purdue
125- BJ Futrell (Illinois) dec Akif Eren (Purdue) 3-0 Illinois
133- #3 Jimmy Kennedy (Illinois) dec Carson Beebe (Purdue) 6-0
141- Ryan Prater (Illinois) dec Matt Hemry (Purdue) 9-0
149- #7 Jake Patacsil (Purdue) dec Eric Terrazas (Illinois) 9-3
157- #2 Mike Poeta (Illinois) dec Colton Salazar (Purdue) 12-3 
165- #11 Luke Manuel (Purdue) dec #18 Roger Smith-Bergsrud (Illinois) 12-6
174- John Dergo (Illinois) dec Nick Korpe (Purdue) 15-6
184- #14 A.J. Kissel (Purdue) dec #12 Jordan Blanton (Illinois) 15-9
197- #13 Logan Brown (Purdue) dec Patrick Bond (Illinois) 15-12
285- #10 John Wise (Illinois) dec Chris Kasten (Purdue) 18-12

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 125, 141, 165, 174, 184, 197
Potential Illinois Bonus Points: 133, 157 
Potential Purdue Bonus Points: 149

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This Week in Wrestling #11: 01/26-02/01

 Konnichiwa Everyone.

Before I get started, I admit that “hello” (or more accurately, “good afternoon”) is the only word in japanese that I know.  I took latin in high school and espanol in college…and pretty much stunk at both despite getting an A in each (big assist to Fr. Garrettt and Prof. Billy Thompson).  However, the normal greeting for this journal was getting a little bit on the stale side.  Hence, the reason for the  switch up.  Next week, I’ll probably do the intro in german, italian, or possibly farsi (if I can find a translation on yahoo).   Anyhow, this is not “This Week in Language Lab.”  Therefore, I’ll shut up and start talking about wrestling.  The HU/Ohio State dual seems like as good a place as any to begin.  Sit back and enjoy !!!

Even in defeat, I’d be lying if  did not say that Sunday’s effort against Ohio State was by far one of the proudest I have ever been of my alma mater’s wrestling team.  In fact, following the 19-13 loss, I immediately added the match to the list of my top-10 all-time Hofstra moments.  It trails only (in particular order) the win over #2 Lehigh a few years ago, watching my friend pitch the HU softball team to the CAA title our freshmen year, my commencement (although, the keynote speaker was horrible), and perhaps meeting Taryne Mowatt (ESPY Award Winning Pitcher for the University of Arizona)  at the 2008 NCAA Softball Hempstread Regional.  God, she is damn hot !!!

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Swami Matt’s Predictions 04-09

Predictions for the weekends big match-ups beginning Friday, January 23, 2009.

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Featured Duals—Friday January 23rd, 2009:

#1 Iowa vs. #15 Wisconsin
125-J.J. Krutsinger (Iowa) dec Drew Hammen (Wisconsin) 3-0 Iowa
133-#5 Daniel Dennis (Iowa) dec Tom Keliher (Wisconsin) 6-0
141- #5 Zach Tanelli (Wisconsin) dec #1 Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) 6-3
149- #1 Brent Metcalf (Iowa) dec #5 Kyle Ruschell (Wisconsin) 9-3
157- Ben Jordan (Wisconsin) dec Matt Ballweg (Iowa) 9-6
165- #3 Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) dec #13 Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) 12-6
174- #4 Jay Borschell (Iowa) dec Travis Rutt (Wisconsin) 15-6
184- #3 Phil Keddy (Iowa) dec Eric Bugenhagen (Wisconsin) 18-6
197- #3 Dallas Herbst (Wisconsin) dec #19 Chad Beatty (Iowa) 18-9
285- #7 Kyle Massey (Wisconsin) dec #11 Dan Erekson (Iowa) 18-12

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 125, 141, 157, 165, 285
Potential Iowa Bonus Points: 133, 149, 184
Potential Wisconsin Bonus Points: 197

Continue reading “Swami Matt’s Predictions 04-09”

This Week in Wrestling #10: 01/19-01/25

Sorry it took me so long to get this week’s column out. The past few days have been on the crazy side. My older brother finally got his heat back after three days of freezing, and then the very next day, his electricity goes out. Therefore, I’ve been babysitting for my nephew a lot this week. Plus, the dreaded cold that I had around the time of the Long Island Challenge, has reemerged. Hence, as I sit down to write this journal entry, I need to stop every five minutes or so to attend to health matters. However, to borrow from a few cliche phrases, the show must go on, and it’s better late than never.

Hello again everyone.

Sorry it took me so long to get this week’s column out.  The past few days have been on the crazy side.  My older brother finally got his heat back after three days of freezing, and then the very next day, his electricity goes out.  Therefore, I’ve been babysitting for my nephew a lot this week.  Plus, the dreaded cold that I had around the time of the Long Island Challenge, has reemerged.  Hence, as I sit down to write this journal entry, I need to stop every five minutes or so to attend to health matters.  However, to borrow from a few cliche phrases, the show must go on, and it’s better late than never.  So here goes:

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Swami Matt’s Predictions 03-09

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2008/2009 CHSAA Duals- Saturday January 17th @ Monsignor Farrell

-Round #1:

Monsignor Farrell (NYC) defeats St. John The Baptist (LI)
Chaminade (LI) defeats St. Francis (Buffalo)
St. Anthony’s (LI) defeats Fordham Prep (NYC)
Kellenberg (LI) defeats St. Joseph’s By the Sea (NYC) Continue reading “Swami Matt’s Predictions 03-09”

This Week in Wrestling #9: 01/13-01/18

Before I get too deep into my journal entry for the week, I wanted to let you all know that this column will be undergoing a bit of change. Instead of releasing all four parts in a single shot, we at LHW have decided that it will be better if we unveil each piece of the weekly blog, day-by-day for three consecutive days. That way, none of you will get burned out or lose interest by the time you reach page three. Heck, if I had to do what I was asking all of you to do, I think I’d be completely bored out of my mind by the half way mark too. My apologies for that. Hopefully, you will find the new format to be more pleasing and enjoyable to read.

  Hello again everyone.   

Before I get too deep into my journal entry for the week, I wanted to let you all know that this column will be undergoing a bit of change.  Instead of releasing all four parts in a single shot, we at LHW have decided that it will be better if we unveil each piece of the weekly blog, day-by-day for three consecutive days.  That way, none of you will get burned out or lose interest by the time you reach page three.  Heck, if I had to do what I was asking all of you to do, I think I’d be completely bored out of my mind by the half way mark too.  My apologies for that.  Hopefully, you will find the new format to be more pleasing and enjoyable to read. 

The way we will go about releasing each segment is like this: On either Monday or Tuesday, I will publish my journal entry for the week, along with the “Wrestling Recap”.  The following day, the Diano Top-10 will be unveiled.  Then, on the third and final day, I’ll put on my swammy hat and make my predictions for the week.  Continue reading “This Week in Wrestling #9: 01/13-01/18”

This Week in Wrestling #8….01/05-01/11

Happy 2009 All !!!

I hope everyone enjoyed a very safe and joyous New Year. I spent a solid portion of mine trying to recharge the old battery following an extremely busy week of wrestling action….As promised, I made it a priority to get my chubby butt to MacArthur to watch the Long Island Challenge, a decision that in hindsight, I am extremely pleased that I made. While the much anticipated dual between Glenn and Brentwood did not quite live up to expectations (albeit, to me it seemed closer than the final scored would indicate), the overall quality of the day was superb. Continue reading “This Week in Wrestling #8….01/05-01/11”

This Week in Wrestling #7….12/29-01/04

Good Morning everyone!!! I hope that you had a very blessed and joyous holiday. I spent a good portion of mine in pjs trying to kick the cold/cough bug, a battle that I continue to lose as I sit down to write this week’s column. However, it’s going to take much for than just a little tickle in my throat to keep me from attending this year’s Long Island Challenge, starting tomorrow (Tues. December 30th) at 10a.m. on the campus of General Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown. If you are off from high school, college, and/or the regular 9-5er, be sure to get yourself into the ole car and make he trip to L’Town to see a full day of fantastic wrestling featuring some of the Island’s (and with the inclusion of Monsignor Farrell, the city’s) finest talent.

Good Morning everyone!!!  I hope that you had a very blessed and joyous holiday.  I spent a good portion of mine in pjs trying to kick the cold/cough bug, a battle that I continue to lose as I sit down to write this week’s column.  However, it’s going to take much for than just a little tickle in my throat to keep me from attending this year’s Long Island Challenge, starting tomorrow (Tues. December 30th) at 10a.m. on the campus of General Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown.  If you are off from high school, college, and/or the regular 9-5er, be sure to get yourself into the ole car and make he trip to L’Town to see a full day of fantastic wrestling featuring some of the Island’s (and with the inclusion of Monsignor Farrell, the city’s) finest talent.  

Not too much happened last week on the college scene.  Therefore, the week in review portion of this article will in all liklihood be rather on the short side this week.  For the most part, the bulk of this week’s effort will focus on making predictions on the Southern Scuffle, Midlands, as well as the aforementioned LI Challenge.  Predictions on the tournaments will be using the pre-seeds released by the host schools.  Therefore, matchups are subject to change…Since the majority of my top-10 wrestlers at each respective weight class were not in action over the course of the past week, I won’t bother trying to pass off the rankings as “new”,  Instead, I will take the week off from that duty and come back with a fresh set of rankings at the conclusion of this heavy competition week.  Continue reading “This Week in Wrestling #7….12/29-01/04”

This Week in Wrestling #6….12/22-12/28

Happy Holidays everyone !!!  I hope that all of you have been a lot smarter than me and have managed to finish all of your shopping.  I am about 97 percent complete.  However, I still need to buy a gift for my father.  While I know what I am going to pick up, I am in no way looking forward to having to wait on the infinitely long checkout lines. 

This past week of wrestling was one of the best thus far in the still young season.  While I was never able to actually make it to the MacArthur gym to watch the much anticipated dual, I did follow the action attentively on the LHW live blog. Much thanks to Bill Miller for giving so freely of his time so that all of us unable to attend could still enjoy the festivities…On Thursday, I spent the time between 6pm-10pm clued to my laptop so listening to the semifinals and finals of the Reno Tournament of Champions.  While the overall quality of the tournament was somewhat tarnished by the decision of Boise State to send mostly backups (it certainly compromised my predictions), I still enjoyed having the opportunity to listen as wrestlers that I admire, such as Anthony Robles (Arizona State-125), and Gregor Gillespie (Edinboro-157) busted their butts in claiming titles in their respective weight classes.  Anthony’s title meant the most to me for personal reasons… Continue reading “This Week in Wrestling #6….12/22-12/28”

This Week in Wrestling #5….12/15-12/21

Happy Monday everyone,

I am back with another edition of the column I know you all love (LOL). As you can see, I have decided to change the title a little bit. While I will continue to base a large portion of this weekly blog towards the the collegiate scene (it is after all my specialty; Plus Irlo and Bill already do a great job handling the what’s what in high-school wrestling), I figured that after last week where I spent almost no time talking about college wrestling, it would be wise to remove “college” from the title so as to free myself up to deviate whenever I feel it is warranted.

Happy Monday everyone,

I am back with another edition of the column I know you all love (LOL).  As you can see, I have decided to change the title a little bit.  While I will continue to base a large portion of this weekly blog towards the the collegiate scene (it is after all my specialty; Plus Irlo and Bill already do a great job handling the what’s what in high-school wrestling), I figured that after last week where I spent almost no time talking about college wrestling, it would be wise to remove “college” from the title so as to free myself up to deviate whenever I feel it is warranted. 

With the holidays rapidly approaching, I, like the majority of you all, am completely swamped with last minutes shopping.  Perhaps one of these days, I will learn that he who procrastinates, never wins in the end.  However, despite the last minute runarounds that I have planned, I’ve already decided that regardless of what it requires, I will find time on my calendar to follow four events this week that have me excited. Continue reading “This Week in Wrestling #5….12/15-12/21”

This Week in College Wrestling #4….12/08-12/14

I am back with the fourth installment of “This Week in College Wrestling”. I must admit, the time I spend sitting down and writing this column is among the best moments of my week.

As promised, Matt’s official top-10 rankings at each weight class will debut this week. More than likely, what I will do, is sandwich the rankings in between the “weekly recap” and “featured dual” sections…That way, all of your Mattism will be contained in a single post. This is the first time I’ve ever attempted to do rankings (for any level) in my life. Therefore, if they stink, do not hesitate to offer feedback and/or suggestions as to who you want to see moved up or down.

Hey all,

I am back with the fourth installment of “This Week in College Wrestling”. I must admit, the time I spend sitting down and writing this column is among the best moments of my week.

As promised, Matt’s official top-10 rankings at each weight class will debut this week. More than likely, what I will do, is sandwich the rankings in between the “weekly recap” and “featured dual” sections…That way, all of your Mattisms will be contained in a single post. This is the first time I’ve ever attempted to do rankings (for any level) in my life. Therefore, if they stink, do not hesitate to offer feedback and/or suggestions regarding who you want to see moved up or down.

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This Week in College Wrestling #3….12/01-12/07

Hola mi amigos.

With Hofstra on a break until their December 12th dual against Binghamton, I didn’t have much in the way of wrestling related entertainment this week. I did however spend a large portion of Saturday glued to the internet, trying to find updated results for the Mat Town Classic on the campus of Lock Haven University….I am happy to report that overall, the select members of the Pride team that choose to compete did represent HU well. Winning the title at 184 was true freshman, Ben Clymer. Steve Bonanno turned in another steady performance, claiming the bronze medal at 125. The only loss that the true frosh from Wantagh suffered was a 9-4 decision to 2007 NCAA Champion, Paul Donahoe, who is sitting out the first semester following a transfer from Nebraska to Edinboro….The one sour note for Hofstra at the Mat Town was Jordan Enck, who continues to be plagued by being an undersized heavyweight. The Manheim, PA native went 0-2 at the event.

Unfortunately, there are no rankings yet. I had hoped to incorporate them into this week’s edition of the column. However, because I am in the midst of working on an online interview with former US Olympic Gold Medalist, Jeff Blatnick, for another website, my time was somewhat limited. Following the conclusion of the Blatnick piece, I will be putting together a CHSAA preview for Lighthouse. But, if all goes well, I should have amble opportunity to release my first set of rankings this time next week….Your patience is as always, greatly appreciated.

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This Week in College Wrestling #2….11/24-11/30

Hey people,

The Hofstra loss to Missouri on Saturday left me in a rather melancholic mood for the majority of the weekend.  In watching the replay of the dual on Missouri All-Access (which I better remember to cancel before next month), I could not help but feel that the Pride were so close to victory only to let the opportunity slip throught their fingers.  On top of that, it goes without saying that yesterday’s performance at the Missouri Open left me less than satisfied.   Put simply, too many runners-up, not enough champions.  I am also not too crazy about beating an opponent one day, then losing to them the next.  I saw too much of that in 2007/2008.

That rant having been concluded, I am in much better spirits today because in about five hours, the college season officially kicks itself into the next gear with the annual N.W.C.A All-Star classic.  While the past few weeks have witnessed quite a few of the #1 and #2 wrestlers in the nation pulling out for various reasons, the 20 wrestlers that will be competing tonight are top shelf all of the way and should put on one hell of a show for the adoring fans gathered at the St. John Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University.   In the predictions section of this article, I will make known who I’ll be rooting for when the festivties kick off at 7pm EST. 

In addition to the “week in review” and “top duals” segments of this column, in future editions, I hope to also be able to incorporate some Division I rankings into the mix.   Rankings can often times be very time consuming.  Therefore, I don’t want to make any promises.  However, if all goes well with my personal/professional life and I find that I still have sufficient time to do fair and impartial rankings, I’d love to be able to bring that to you, my faithful viewing audience. 

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This Week in College Wrestling #1….11/17-11/23

After spending the past 48 hours celebrating Hofstra’s 18-15 victory over the #7 Penn State Nittany Lions, I felt the need to do some writing. Since I have not done any significant reading in the past few weeks, I promise, this blog will not be a book report. However, there will be more of those as soon as I find a piece of wrestling literature that meets my golden standard.

Hello again everyone.

After spending the past 48 hours celebrating Hofstra’s 18-15 victory over the #7 Penn State Nittany Lions, I felt the need to do some writing. Since I have not done any significant reading in the past few weeks, I promise, this blog will not be a book report. However, there will be more of those as soon as I find a piece of wrestling literature that meets my golden standard.

Instead, I wanted to introduce you to another of the feature series that I intend to work out throughout the course of the next year and beyond, “This Week in College Wrestling.” For the post part, what this weekly column will be in its most basic sense is a quick rundown of the key points from the previous week of wrestling, coupled with a breakdown of the best matches for the upcoming week. For the latter, I (the great analyst that I am, LOL) will make predictions on the outcomes of each individual bout, as well as the dual in whole. Following my not so impressive forecasting of the Hofstra/Upenn match, my confidence is not at its all time high. Therefore, if I nail 60 percent, lets call it a good week. Deal?

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