Congratulations Chris Perez on Winning the 2011 Lighthouse Ranking Contest

First, I’d like to congratulate Chris Perez on an outstanding season culminating with a Silver Medal finish at Senior Nationals this weekend. Congratulations Chris, and I wish you well at Princeton. Continue reading “Congratulations Chris Perez on Winning the 2011 Lighthouse Ranking Contest”

2011 First Round Review

934R3484PHILADELPHIA, PA – Wrestling fans gathered this morning at the Wells Fargo Arena and devoted there attention to the mosaic of red, black, blue, and gold as battle hardened grapplers took their turn upon the stage.   The first round had its share of heartbreaks and exhilaration, and  while some of our favorites fell, others unexpectedly triumphed.

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Interviews with the 2011 CAA Champions

On Tuesday evening I had the opportunity to visit and speak with the 2011 CAA Conference champions about reclaiming the CAA title, their season, and their hopes for the big dance in Philly next week. With midterms and other responsibilities not all of the wrestlers were available, yet I was able to speak with CAA runner-ups Steven Bonanno and PJ Gillespie; Champions Ben Clymer and Paul Snyder; and Assistant Coach and now head coach Rob Anspach. Given the time when I was available and the juggling act we all do with, Tom Shifflet was unable to make it, but I have posted an interview that Tom did with Scott Casber of TDR.

Upon the end of every season, it greets with sweet sorrow as the seniors we’ve come to warmly embrace and hold dear will adorn the Pride singlet for the very last time. I believe I can speak for every Pride fan when I say that you made us all proud to say that we are Hofstra Pride Wrestling fans. There were so many memorable moments. Lou Ruggirello, you will always be remembered as the lean, mean pinning machine. You could feel the uneasiness in every top wrestler who entered the circle with you in the Mack Center. Ryan Patrovich, your gutsy hard-nosed style delivered intensity and excitement in every bout. Thanks for the fond memories, and we’re all in your corner next week in Philly.

It is sad to learn of Coach Tom Shifflet’s parting upon the end of the season. Shifflet’s first season with the Pride was the most exciting ever in Pride history. To witness the Pride defeat a number of top 10 ranked dual meet teams and finally place 7th at NCAA was amazing. Who would have thought it was possible to take on the nation’s best and reign victorious.

But what impressed me most was his perseverance after a difficult season in 2009-10 when the Pride’s stranglehold on the CAA conference was broken. He didn’t let on to how disappointed he was, but instead went straight to the business of reclaiming the title. And you did it in spite of all the challenges that could have derailed the goal again. Congratulations coach. You’re a champion and leader in my eyes. And I’m sure I can say on behalf of all the fans that you will be missed, and we wish you and your family tremendous happiness and success in your new journey. Thank you for the memories, your dedication, and commitment to excellence.

Here are the interviews. Enjoy. I have some casual conversation with the wrestlers where they talk about their college wresting experiences. I will be posting shortly, so come back.

Congratulations 2011 CAA Champions. We wish you success in Philly.

Steve Bonanno

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Ben Clymer

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Paul Snyder

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PJ Gillespie

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Rob Anspach

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Tom Shifflet

Tom Shifflet Speaks with TDR on his New Opportunity

In Memoriam – Dr. Vince Zuaro

Vince past away last evening Friday- March 3rd, 2011

The Family has announced that there will be a wake on
Monday, March 7th from 2pm-4pm & 7pm-9pm
Franklin Funeral Home
1201 Franklin Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
516-746-0585

There will be a Interment Mass on Tuesday

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church
Garden City, NY 11530
516-746-6618
11:am

God Speed Vince and Pray for our country!

Here’s Vince at Hofstra’s Alumni day in December. There some very funny moments. For those who don’t know him, you get a glimpse into the man. He talks about the picture on the page. 

Vincent Zuaro Part 1

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Vincent Zuaro Part 2

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Cornell EIWA Updates


2011 New York State Wrestling Championship Coverage

Lighthouse Wrestling will cover the 2 day event beginning on Friday, February 25.  We will deliver day one coverage all day via live blog.  Day two coverage will be live audio for semifinals, live video for finals and live blog for wrestlebacks.   Visit  http://live.lighthousewrestling.com for coverage.

Four Score: NYS’ Finest Break into National Rankings….

For years, it has been the shared sentiments of many New York State wrestling aficionados that our scholastic teams do not get the credit and recognition that they deserve in regard to the various national rankings services. Time after time (compliments to Cyndi Lauper), a team emerges that has the NYS populace excited, thinking that perhaps they will be the team to break the streak and get the Empire State back on the national radar. And, season after season, despite the local hype and admiration, it never seems to happen. It is with these thoughts and emotions in mind, that it is both my pleasure and my privilege to announce that our collective patience has paid off and our sometimes overly bold cries have been heard, as not one, not two, not three, but four of our top programs will find themselves amid the best this country has to offer when Amateur Wrestling News and InterMatwrestle.com release their updated team rankings for the week ending on February 5th…After all of the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, the day belongs to Shenendehowa, Spencerport, Longwood, and St. Anthony’s. Continue reading “Four Score: NYS’ Finest Break into National Rankings….”

College Coaches to Go “Camp”ing Again: Bound Brook Phenom Will Wrestle Afterall

Last April, when the news broke that then 2x New Jersey State champion (he has since added a third crown), Andrew Campolattano, had elected to bypass wrestling on the collegiate level and instead accept an offer to play football for the Scarlet Knights of rising EIWA contender, Rutgers University, the hearts of nearly every division I head coach broke at the notion of such a unique, once-in-a-lifetime talent leaving his wrestling shoes in the center of the mat. Instantly, memories of all of the great scholastic grapplers that the world’s oldest sport had lost to the gridiron in the past few years flashed back all at once in their collective minds. For me, names like Grant Miller, Jimmy Lawson, Dexter Lattimore, Arthur Jones, Justin Tougas, and Trevor Laws among others flooded by brain with thoughts of what if. And none of these fine multi-sport athletes had the resume of the Bound Brook stud. At that moment, I could not help but wonder, when is it finally going to end? When would wrestling finally win out over the all powerful football? When would the possibility of one day representing your county in the Olympic Games take precedent over the opportunity for fame and riches that goes with making it to the National Football League?….Yesterday, I got my answer as the “when” became the “present” with the announcement that Campolattano had a change of heart and will now be utilizing his limitless potential as a 197/285 pounder on the mat, and not as a linebacker on the turf of Rutgers Stadium. Victory had been achieved and the “w” question shifted from when to where. This is a question to which that those same formerly broken-hearted coaches now hope their respective colleges/universities will be the answer. Continue reading “College Coaches to Go “Camp”ing Again: Bound Brook Phenom Will Wrestle Afterall”

Hauppauge Defeats Wantagh on Criteria (match videos inside)

In a season with few dramatic outcomes, fans at Wantagh’s Tom Ryan Duals cheered from the edges of their seats as the dual between the Wantagh Warriors and Hauppauge Eagles was decided in the final bout at 96 pounds.

Jose Rodriguez(W) vs Chris Mauriello(H)

In a season with few dramatic outcomes, fans at Wantagh’s Tom Ryan Duals cheered from the edges of their seats as the dual between the Wantagh Warriors and Hauppauge Eagles was decided in the final bout at 96 pounds.

Continue reading “Hauppauge Defeats Wantagh on Criteria (match videos inside)”

Replay of the 2011 PSAL A Dual Championship

On Friday January 21st, the Steppers of of Brooklyn Tech completed thier unblemished season by reigning victorious over Grand Street Campus, 43-24, in the finals of the PSAL A Dual Meet tournament, held on the campus of Martin Lurther King Jr. High School.

2011 PSAL A Dual Championship Match: Brooklyn Tech vs. Grand Street Campus

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”

Live Dual Meet Webcast, Sayville vs MacArthur

MacArthur wins the dual meet. MacArthur 42 to 22. For a replay of the webcast visit http://live.lighthousewrestling.com

Open the story for interviews with coaches Rob Paletta and Gary Pesko after the dual meet. Continue reading “Live Dual Meet Webcast, Sayville vs MacArthur”

Higher Education: All-American Perez Latest NYS Wrestler To Take Talents to Ivy League, Headed to Princeton.

All I can say is finally ! For those of you who loyally read all of these recruiting press releases, you know that in the past two years, I have written about just about every demographic possible; I’ve covered a Minnesota kid taking his act to Buffalo; I’ve highlighted back-to-back #1 recruits opting to become Bearcats; I even managed to sneak in an article about three kids from the same wrestling club all heading to different elite academic colleges. What follows is hardly the first Ivy League related piece that I have written, and with the way things are looking, it certainly will not be the last. Therefore, why does this particular story appeal to me? Because it hit me just a few seconds ago that today marks the first time that I will have the pleasure of paying tribute to a young man from my own hometown….After the countless recruiting updates (all of which I should note were a joy to pen), I finally get to pay homage to a Levittownian, thanks to the work, both in the classroom and on the wrestling mat of General Douglas MacArthur High School senior, Chris Perez, who just short of a week ago realized his personal dream when he formally committed to Princeton University. In making the big decision, the pride and joy of the Generals’ wrestling program became the second Long Islander to select the Chris Ayres Tigers as his next home. He joins All-Suffolk wrestler, Steven Leshinger of Sayville, who in early November, was the first member of the class of 2011 to opt for the New Jersey based institution of higher learning.  Now, all that remains is for a wrestler from the CHSAA to pledge his allegiance to the Orange and Black in order to complete the clean sweep. Continue reading “Higher Education: All-American Perez Latest NYS Wrestler To Take Talents to Ivy League, Headed to Princeton.”

EIWA week in review: Rutgers upsets Missouri in Albany

Six EIWA schools headed to Albany, N.Y., this past weekend for the Northeast Duals and none made a larger splash than Rutgers. The No. 18 Scarlet Knights were the only team at the Duals that went undefeated, going 3-0 behind wins over Stanford, Columbia, and arguably the biggest win in the team’s recent history in a 19-16 victory over No. 16 Missouri.

Six EIWA schools headed to Albany, N.Y., this past weekend for the Northeast Duals and none made a larger splash than Rutgers. The No. 18 Scarlet Knights were the only team at the Duals that went undefeated, going 3-0 behind wins over Stanford, Columbia, and arguably the biggest win in the team’s recent history in a 19-16 victory over No. 16 Missouri. Continue reading “EIWA week in review: Rutgers upsets Missouri in Albany”

Four Sure….Big Red Get Verbal from Fourth Top-100 Recruit, Mizzou State Champ Bricker Dixon

Cornell Big Red

A quote from one of my favorite movies of all-time, “Prefontaine,” stated that the protagonist’s drug was winning at everything. Apparently, this is a personal philosophy that Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll, also subscribes to. The owner/operator of the preseason #1 team in the nation, Koll continued his pursuit of the top-ranked recruiting class in 2011 today by getting a verbal commitment from 3x Missouri State finalist/2010 State Champion, Bricker Dixon, the #41 recruit in the current senior class. The Park Hill High School stud is the highest regarded of the quartet, joined by #65 Joe Rendina (Dundee, MI), #97 Caleb Richardson (Blair Academy), and #93 Duke Pickett (Woodberry Forest, VA)….The Big Red have also landed  twin 2010 NYS DII State Champions in Craig and Owen Scott (Palmyra-Macedon). Continue reading “Four Sure….Big Red Get Verbal from Fourth Top-100 Recruit, Mizzou State Champ Bricker Dixon”

Coaching Legend and Champion Person, Joe Campo Passes Away at 85

I received an email today from my friend Jose Campo, who is a very successful high school wrestling coach out in the San Diego area. Jose let me know that his father, Joe Campo, had passed away last night at the age of 85.

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling
10/01/2010

I received an email today from my friend Jose Campo, who is a very successful high school wrestling coach out in the San Diego area. Jose let me know that his father, Joe Campo, had passed away last night at the age of 85. Continue reading “Coaching Legend and Champion Person, Joe Campo Passes Away at 85”

Redman Wants You, Gets Rendina: Michigan Standout Becomes Latest to Commit to Koll…

Redman

Just 10 days after getting verbal commitments from a pair of NYS DII Champions in the persons of the Scott twins, Cornell Head Coach, Rob Koll had cause to celebrate again when 2010 Michigan State Champion, Joe Rendina, the #65 ranked recruit in the land according to InterMat, announced live on Wrestlingaddix.com that the Big Red had won the sweepstakes for his services.  The EIWA conference powerhouse beat out the hometown favorite Spartans of Michigan State (who in their own right have had an impressive start to the class of 2011 recruiting season), as well as the University of North Carolina, who represented the only other institutions to make the final cut on Rendina’s short list of schools. Continue reading “Redman Wants You, Gets Rendina: Michigan Standout Becomes Latest to Commit to Koll…”

The (Wild) Cats’ Meow: 3x NYS Finalist/’09 Champion Greene Verbals to Northwestern

Northwestern

Those of you who have followed my writings from local message board icon (kidding, of course) to freelance wrestling journalist know that I have always had a special place in my heart for the New York State Catholic League. It was the place of origin of my now well established affinity for the world’s oldest and greatest sport (to borrow from one of my literary heroes, Mike Chapman). Therefore, it is no understatement to say that I take immense pride and satisfaction when learning that one of its student-athletes has “done good”. For this reason, last night took on great significance to me when I was informed that the league’s brightest star, 3x NYS finalist/2009 NYS DI Champion, Grant Greene, of St. Anthony’s High School, had given a verbal commitment to compete for Coach Drew Pariano as a part of the class of 2015 at Northwestern University. Greene, who will be named to the top-10 seniors list when the New York installment of the Wrestling-49 series is released at a future date, becomes the first rising senior from the recruiting class of 2011 to formally announce his intentions to continue his academic and athletic pursuits at the Evanston, IL based institution of higher learning. Continue reading “The (Wild) Cats’ Meow: 3x NYS Finalist/’09 Champion Greene Verbals to Northwestern”

Dr. Vincent Zuaro Inducted into the FILA Hall Of Fame

Dr. Vincent Zuaro becomes first official from the United States to be inducted into the FILA Hall of Fame

STILLWATER, Okla. – Longtime international wrestling official Dr. Vincent Zuaro will be inducted into the Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées (FILA) International Hall of Fame during the Wrestling World Championships on Sept. 4 in Moscow, Russia. Continue reading “Dr. Vincent Zuaro Inducted into the FILA Hall Of Fame”

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”

From Blue Wave to Blue Jay: John Glenn Standout Fusaro Commits to Hopkins

On Monday May 17th, InterMat released the names of the student-athletes who make up the class of 2014 at Johns Hopkins University. Among this list of distinguished wrestlers was a local face, 3x All-Suffolk/2007 DII County Champion, Matt Fusaro, a key member of the John Glenn High School squad that won back-to-back Division I team titles in ’09 and ’10 (were also the team champions in 2007; their last as a DII school). Fusaro, one of the Empire State’s top unsigned seniors heading into the week, was attracting the interest of several prominent NCAA Division I programs before ultimately making the decision to place academics ahead of athletics in selecting the U.S. News and World Reports #14 National University. In making picking his destination, the 2010 Suffolk County Bronze Medalist at 145-pounds became the third wrestler from his high school to formally commit to competing at the next level. He is joined by 2010 130-pound NYS Champion Nick Meinsen who committed to Binghamton University late last month, and 152-pound NYS 3rd place finisher/2009 NYS runner-up, Nick Terdick who opted to stay home and wrestle for Hofstra University all the way back in September of last year Continue reading “From Blue Wave to Blue Jay: John Glenn Standout Fusaro Commits to Hopkins”