Tyler Beckwith of Greene (N.Y.) High became the first four-time National High School Champion as the 21st annual NHSCA National High School Seniors Wrestling Championships presented by the U.S. Navy concluded tonight at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
After falling behind 2-0 on a first-period takedown, Beckwith reversed Isaiah Williams of Haverhill (Mass.) High to his back for a 4-2 lead in the 171-pound final. Beckwith added a second-period reversal en route to a 6-3 victory. The Binghamton University recruit added the Senior Nationals title to the titles he won the previous three years in the National Junior, Sophomore and Freshman Championships. Continue reading “NHSCA Senior National Wrap-up: Mighty Max Wins Title + Beckwith Makes History”
On Friday evening, five New York State wrestlers extended over three grade levels (freshman, Sophomore, Junior) won National titles at the annual NHSCA National Tournament In Virginia Beach, VA…Claiming the hardware on behalf of the Empire State were 103-pound Junior, Abdulgawi Mohamed (Section IV/Lackawanna), 112-pound junior Zach McCormick (Section IV; Johnson City), 130-pound junior Bobby Dierna (Section V; Wayne), 145-pound sophomore Chris Nevinger (Section V; Letchworth), and 160-pound freshman, Zach Zupan (Section III; Canastota)…Finishing as national runners-up were the trio of 112-pound junior Nigel McNeil (Section XI; Huntington), 130-pound sophomore Quinton Murphy (Section V; Holley), and 152-pound sophomore, Tristan Hamner (Section VI; Medina)…A plethora of other wrestlers from New York State succeeded in becoming All-Americans, finishing in the 3rd-8th spots respectively. Continue reading “Five-Finger Clan: NY Quintet Win NHSCA National Titles…”
Early this afternoon, I learned from a person very close to the situation that 2010 152-pound New York State DI Champion, Giuseppi Lanzi, has selected the Bears of Brown University as his college choice. As gifted in the classroom as he is on the wrestling mat, Lanzi, with good reason, had his pick of top colleges/universities. However, as was explained to me, the Rhode Island based university has always felt like the right fit for the Amsterdam High School product. Therefore, when he formally received the acceptance letter from the school long rumored to be his #1 choice, it became a fitting ending to a scholastic career that has been nothing short of remarkable. Continue reading “Golden Bear: 152-Pound NYS Champion Lanzi Headed to Brown”
Lighthouse Wrestling awarded the best web site of the year by the National Wrestling Media Association.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The National Wrestling Media Association, the national professional organization for wrestling journalists, has named the recipients of its Annual Wrestling Journalist Awards. The NWMA has honored the top wrestling journalists in the following categories: Broadcaster of the Year, Print Journalist of the Year, Photographer of the Year, Publicist/SID of the Year, Publication of the Year and Web Page of the Year. Candidates were nominated by the NWMA members. Continue reading “Lighthouse Wrestling Recognized with Award”
Since the beginning of time, coaches have been repeating to their athletes cliche phrases such as “hard work pays off”, “no pain, no gain”, “don’t rest on your laurels” as well as a plethora of other famous sports sayings…On December 19th of this year, Monsignor Farrell senior, Ben Villaret, changed the aforementioned from empty words into action when he pinned Salesian’s Nick Terp with 13 seconds remaining in the opening period to claim his 148th career victory, making him the all-time career wins leader in New York City. The Lion captain had tied record of Petrides’s Brian Traub (2006-2009), early in the day with a 9-0 major decision over Eric Benito of Fordham Prep….As of this past Tuesday, the new record has grown to the 150 win mark, thanks to Villaret’s pin of Sachem East’s Frank Merante….With still plenty of season left to wrestle, the 2x defending Catholic State Champion finds himself in a good position to break the CHSAA career wins mark of 178, set by former St. Anthony’s and University of Iowa wrestler, Lucas Magnani (1999-2002 @ St. Anthony’s). Continue reading “King of the City: Farrell’s Villaret Becomes Winningest Wrestler in NYC History”
Good afternoon Lighthouse Wrestling readers….As many of you already know, I love being a wrestling journalist. Next to spending time with my family, having the privilege of covering all of your sons, daughters, godchildren, friends, etc in their athletic endeavors is my greatest source of joy and euphoria. It would be no understatement to say that I relish the opportunity to write 99.9 percent of the stories that I pen…Unfortunately, today is the first time that this feels like a job rather than a labor of love. This is the most difficult piece of my tenure with LHW because it is the announcement of news that I hoped that I would never have to report. It is with complete sadness in my heart and tears in my eyes that I have the burden of conveying to you that after nearly two years of the gutsiest/bravest fight I’ve ever seen, Adam Frey has lost his battle with cancer…Adam would have turned 24 in a few weeks. Continue reading “Loss of a Warrior: Adam Frey (1986-2009)”
They say that the measure of a man is the way that he responds when things are not going his way. For Blair Academy Head Coach, Jeff Buxton and his team, it is unlikely that heading into day #2 of the Beast of the East tournament, they envisioned themselves in third place in the team standings, trailing fellow perennial powerhouses, Central Dauphin (3x Pennsylvania AAA State Champions) and Wyoming Seminary. However, rather than sulk, the Bucs refocused themselves and got down to business, putting together one of the most impressive second day efforts that I have ever seen in a tournament on either the scholastic or collegiate levels… Continue reading “Blair Deja Vu: Bucs Win Beast of the East Title; Cornell Recruits Shine”
The last time that Blair Academy senior, Chris Villalonga, lost a folkstyle match at a big time national tournament, he was a freshman. Since then, the #3 overall recruit in the class of 2010 had gone on to win a three National Prep titles, two Walsh Ironman titles, and a pair of Beast of the East titles. Therefore, when it comes to getting it done under pressure, there are few better. It was for this reason that when faced with a 2-2 deadlock after regulation in his 140-pound finals match, the future Cornell Big Red wrestler did not look the least bit concerned… Continue reading “Cornell Recruit Villalonga Leads Blair Academy to Walsh Ironman Title”
It was several months ago that a Cornell University insider informed me that they felt extremely confident that they would land the services of 2009 NHSCA Junior National Champion, Billy George…Yesterday, speculation became fact when the Long Branch High School senior verbally committed to wrestle for the Big Red and Head Coach, Rob Koll….The announcement that George would be Ithaca, NY bound further added to the already deep 2010 recruiting class that InterMat recently ranked as #5 following the conclusion of last month’s early signing period. Continue reading “By George, I Think They Got Him: NHSCA Junior National Champ Verbals to Big Red”
It has been said that Lance Moore was a NYer before he was officially a NYer….A pupil of Scott Green at the famed Shamrock Wrestling Club, Moore has honed his skills by working out with some of the finest talent that the Empire State has to offer…And on Thursday, all of that hard work and dedication paid off when he announced his intentions to continue his academic and athletic career at rising Colonial Athletic Association contender, Binghamton University….By virtue of making this decision, Moore, who kicked off November by finishing 5th at the prestigious Super-32 tournament, ensured that the relationship with Green (who is an Assistant on Coach Pat Popolizio’s staff) will be extended for at least the four or five years. Continue reading “The Big (Bear)Cat: Johnson City Heavyweight, Lance Moore, Commits to Binghamton”
It is with great regret that I am writing to inform you of the passing of Stan Bishop. Stan was a Charter member of the Friends of Long Island Wrestling and the Long Island Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He had been fighting a battle with leukemia and passed away November 14th while at South Nassau Hospital.
Dear Friends of Long Island Wrestling,
It is with great regret that I am writing to inform you of the passing of Stan Bishop. Stan was a Charter member of the Friends of Long Island Wrestling and the Long Island Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He had been fighting a battle with leukemia and passed away November 14th while at South Nassau Hospital. Continue reading “In Memory of Stan Bishop”
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”
Wednesday evening, right around the time that the New York Yankees were surging to a 2-0 game 6 lead by virtue of a Hideki Matsui homerun, Lighthouse Wrestling was in the process of getting it confirmed that 2x defending CHSAA Catholic State/2008 NYS DI Champion, Andrew Lenzi, had indeed officially come off of the market….Responding to a facebook message left for him, the two-time NYS finalist confirmed that earlier in the evening, he had contacted the University of Pennsylvania’s Head Wrestling Coach, Rob Eiter, to inform him that he had decided to make the Philadelphia based campus his home away from home for the next four years (commencing in the Fall of 2010)….Lenzi becomes the first recruit from the current senior class to formally announce his intentions to join the Qakers. Continue reading “Earth-Quake(r): Fordham Prep’s 2008 NYS Champion Lenzi Verbals to UPenn”
At first glance, it might have seemed like a foregone conclusion that Evan Knight, a senior at Urbandale High School in Iowa, would end up donning a cardinal and gold Iowa State singlet….After all, his father, Steve Knight, was an All-American for the Cyclones and spent three seasons on the Iowa State coaching staff. His uncle, Dan Knight, was also an All-American for the Cyclones. Three other Iowa high school seniors with Iowa State in their blood, Michael Moreno, Kyven Gadson, and Trevor Voelker, have already announced their intentions to be Cyclones.
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”
On Tuesday evening, it was confirmed that after weeks of speculation about which Ivy League institution would land his services, Blair Academy senior, Chris Villalonga, had given a verbal commitment to continue his academic and athletic career under the guidance of Big Red head Coach, Rob Koll…This decision came just weeks after Villalonga’s Bucs teammate, #99 recruit Jesse Shanaman, also announced to attend the Ithaca, NY based campus.
With the addition of the three-time defending National Prep champion to their recruiting class, the Big Red have now successfully managed to land both the #3 and #4 recruits in the nation, having received a verbal from Marshall Peppelman (2x PA AAA State Champion) in late September…And what’s scary, is that according to Koll, the Big Red are expected to receive at least three more big name commitments in the coming weeks (per NCAA guidelines, names were not permitted to be discussed) Continue reading “All Victories Starts With V: #3 Recruit Villalonga Commits to Cornell”
On Tuesday, another of the Empire State’s prized recruits from the class of 2010 came off of the market when it was announced that defending 215-pound DII State Champion, Kyle Colling, had given a verbal to University of Oklahoma Head Coach, Jack Spates. In doing so, the multi-sport athlete from Pioneer High School became the third mega prospect in as many years from New York to make Norman his home away from home…Last season, Spates and company won the sweepstakes for the services of 4x NYS DII Champion, Alex Ekstrom and NYS DI placewinner/2x NHSCA All-American Clay Reeb…Ekstrom is expected to be in contention for the starting spot at 133-pounds this season. Continue reading “Boomer Sooner: NYS DII Champion Colling Commits to Oklahoma”
On Wednesday, InterMat broke the news that the #99 recruit in the land, Blair Academy’s Jesse Shanaman, had given a verbal commitment to Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll and his staff…In doing so, Shanaman become the second Bucs wrestler in the past week and a half to formally announce his collegiate plans. On October 4th, 2009 National Prep Champion, Max Huntley (who will wrestle on the Blair College team in 2010) revealed that he would continue his wrestling career at Missouri under the tutelage of Brian Smith….Remaining uncommitted from Jeff Buxton’s returning National Championship team are a pair of top-15 recruits in the persons of #3 Chris Villalonga (also rumored to be heavily considering Cornell) and #12 Mike Evans (a 2010 transfer who is believed to be down to a short list consisting of the University of Iowa and the aforementioned University of Missouri).
On Wednesday, InterMat broke the news that the #99 recruit in the land, Blair Academy’sJesse Shanaman, had given a verbal commitment to Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll and his staff…In doing so, Shanaman become the second Bucs wrestler in the past week and a half to formally announce his collegiate plans. On October 4th, 2009 National Prep Champion, Max Huntley (who will wrestle on the Blair College team in 2010) revealed that he would continue his wrestling career at Missouri under the tutelage of Brian Smith….Remaining uncommitted from Jeff Buxton’s returning National Championship team are a pair of top-15 recruits in the persons of #3 Chris Villalonga (also rumored to be heavily considering Cornell) and #12 Mike Evans (a 2010 transfer who is believed to be down to a short list consisting of the University of Iowa and the aforementioned University of Missouri). Continue reading “Big Red Land Another: #99 Recruit Jesse Shanaman Cornell Bound”
This past Tuesday, the fifth and final member of the InterMat Top-100 recruits list from New York, Angelo Malvestuto officially came off of the market when he announced that he would be continuing his academic and athletic career in Blacksburg, VA for Head Coach Kevin Dresser and the Virginia Tech Hokies…The news broke exactly one week after fellow Empire State top-100 recruit, Nick Wilcox (#70) revealed that he had decided to do his collegiate wrestling at Bloomsburg University…
This past Tuesday, the fifth and final member of the InterMat Top-100 recruits list from New York, Angelo Malvestuto officially came off of the market when he announced that he would be continuing his academic and athletic career in Blacksburg, VA for Head Coach Kevin Dresser and the Virginia Tech Hokies…The news broke exactly one week after fellow Empire State top-100 recruit, Nick Wilcox (#70) revealed that he had decided to do his collegiate wrestling at Bloomsburg University….LHW wishes to extend its sincerest congratulations to both talented young men, their families, and their coaches. Continue reading “Nothing Hokie About This: #79 Recruit Malvestuto Commits to Virginia Tech”
The surprising move gives CAA Sports a critical role in the bidding process for Olympic media rights in the United States. The agency’s top media executives, Chris Bevilacqua and Alan Gold, essentially will be the IOC’s point men in the United States, meeting with U.S. broadcasters as they try to secure lucrative bids for the 2014 and 2016 Olympics. Continue reading “CAA gets key role with IOC”
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”