Billy the Kid: 2009 Suffolk County Champion, Coggins, Headed to UVA

On Wednesday morning (September 9th), InterMat broke the story that that 2009 Suffolk County Champion, Billy Coggins, has elected to continue his academic and athletic career in Charlottesville as a member of the University of Virginia’s class of 2014. In making this decision, the 2009 NYS DI place-winner (5th @160 pounds) became the third member of the Rocky Point High School wrestling team to formally give a verbal commitment to the college/university of his choice. He is joined by the #75 ranked recruit in the nation, Stephen Dutton, who committed to Lehigh University in early July and Anthony Volpe, who just two weeks after Dutton, announced that he would be Rutgers bound…The success of these three young gentlemen are indicative of the quality program run by Head Coach, Darren Goldstein. Continue reading “Billy the Kid: 2009 Suffolk County Champion, Coggins, Headed to UVA”

Dennis Hall Named Head Coach

Dennis Hall of Stevens Points, Wis. has been named the head coach for USA Wrestling’s Greco-Roman program at the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University.

Hall was one of the greatest Greco-Roman wrestlers in U.S. history, with three career Olympic and World medals. He was a 1995 World champion, only the second American at that time to win a Greco-Roman World title. Hall captured a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., and won a World bronze medal in 1994.

USA Wrestling’s Training Program at Northern Michigan University

by Gary Abott

Dennis HallDennis Hall of Stevens Points, Wis. has been named the head coach for USA Wrestling’s Greco-Roman program at the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University.

Hall was one of the greatest Greco-Roman wrestlers in U.S. history, with three career Olympic and World medals. He was a 1995 World champion, only the second American at that time to win a Greco-Roman World title. Hall captured a silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., and won a World bronze medal in 1994. Continue reading “Dennis Hall Named Head Coach”

Program provides opportunities for youth

It’s a cool summer evening at the Linden Recreation Center where people are taking time out of their day to enjoy the weather. As some sit on park benches talking, kids play on the playground and the North East Falcons youth football team begins fitting its players with equipment. One way or another, the people there are taking it easy, except for those inside the center itself. continue reading

Bodacious Bearcat: #11 Recruit, Tyler Beckwith, Binghamton Bound

Less than 72 hours after concluding his 2009 campaign by earning double All-American honors at the Asics/Vaughan Junior National Tournament, the #11 recruit in the class of 2010, Tyler Beckwith, officially announced that he is off of the market, verbally committing to the State University of New York-Binghamton….He becomes the first rising senior to align himself with Coach Pat Popolizio’s quickly emerging Bearcat program. Continue reading “Bodacious Bearcat: #11 Recruit, Tyler Beckwith, Binghamton Bound”

Beat the Streets Update

Pretty impressive…Ben Villaret’s, one of the first Beat the Streets middle school wrestler coming through the system from Monsignor Farrell HS is participating in the World’s largest age group event in wrestling.

2009 Jr. Cadet NationalsPretty impressive…Ben Villaret’s, one of the first Beat the Streets middle school wrestler coming through the system from Monsignor Farrell HS is participating in the World’s largest age group event in wrestling. Continue reading “Beat the Streets Update”

(Scarlet) Knight Time: Suffolk Champion, Volpe, Gives Verbal to Rutgers

Anthony Volpe of Miller Place, New York has given a verbal commitment to Rutgers. Volpe placed third at the 2009 NYSPHSAA State Wrestling Championships in Division I at 145 pounds. He is a three-time NHSCA Nationals All-American and a 2007 Cadet Nationals Greco-Roman All-American. It marks the second verbal commitment that the Rutgers wrestling program has received this month. Last week, Joe Duca, a two-time New Jersey state placewinner, verbally committed to Rutgers. Continue reading “(Scarlet) Knight Time: Suffolk Champion, Volpe, Gives Verbal to Rutgers”

Golden Girl: Longwood’s Burkert Pins Her Way to 2009 Junior National Women’s Title

When you think Longwood wrestling, what names immediately come to mind? Kerry McCoy perhaps? How about Nick Hall Sr.? In the long and prestigous history of Longwood, there have been countless individuals that have added to the rich tradition… and as of Monday July 20th, a new name has officially etched HERSELF into the sands of time…Jenna Burkert….Burkert, who despite attending Marquette Senior High School in Michigan (in order to train as part of the USOEC), still considers Suffolk County home, became the first Empire Stater in 2009 to win a National title when she pinned Randi Beltz of Missouri with :29 seconds remaining in the opening period to win the 132-pound bracket at the Junior National Women’s Freestyle Tournament in Fargo, N.D….Winning the crown puts an emphatic cap on what has been an extremely impressive year for the rising junior. In March, Burkert won the USGWA National title with a 12-5 decision over former 2x National Champion, Hanna Martin…Martin (Oklahoma) was also a national champion this afternoon, winning the 116-pound weight class. Continue reading “Golden Girl: Longwood’s Burkert Pins Her Way to 2009 Junior National Women’s Title”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucky Seven

Al Bevilacqua
A lot has been said already about the 2009 USA Wrestling National Wrestling Team that will be participating in the 2009 World Freestyle Championships in Herning, Denmark.

Al Bevilacqua

luck7A lot has been said already about the 2009 USA Wrestling National Wrestling Team that will be participating in the 2009 World Freestyle Championships in Herning, Denmark.  Continue reading “Lucky Seven”

#68 Recruit Dutton To Be a Mountain Hawk

InterMat is now reporting that 2009 NYS Champion, Stephen Dutton, of Rocky Point High School has given a verbal commitment to continue his academic and athletic career under the tutelage of Coach Pat Santoro at Lehigh University. Continue reading “#68 Recruit Dutton To Be a Mountain Hawk”

On the Verge of a Dynasty?: #1 Recruit Taylor Officially a Nittany Lion

Back in late April LHW was pleased to announce that the then new Head Coach of Penn State, Cael Sanderson, had successfully landed two of the Keystone State’s top members of the class of 2010, the Alton twins. At that time, it was strongly believed that several of the incoming recruits that Sanderson had signed while at Iowa State would inevitably elect to follow him to University Park. A top that list was the consensus #1 recruit in the nation, St. Paris Graham’s (OH) David Taylor. This morning, after taking a few weeks to fully re-evaluate all of his options, the four-time State Champion made it official when he announced that he would indeed continue his education and wrestling career under the guidance of Sanderson as a member of the Nittany Lion class of 2013.

Back in late April LHW was pleased to announce that the then new Head Coach of Penn State, Cael Sanderson, had successfully landed two of the Keystone State’s top members of the class of 2010, the Alton twins. At that time, it was strongly believed that several of the incoming recruits that Sanderson had signed while at Iowa State would inevitably elect to follow him to University Park. A top that list was the consensus #1 recruit in the nation, St. Paris Graham’s (OH) David Taylor. This morning, after taking a few weeks to fully re-evaluate all of his options, the four-time State Champion made it official when he announced that he would indeed continue his education and wrestling career under the guidance of Sanderson as a member of the Nittany Lion class of 2013. Continue reading “On the Verge of a Dynasty?: #1 Recruit Taylor Officially a Nittany Lion”

A Game Changer

Living the Dream Medal fund created to award stipends to U.S. wrestlers who medal at Worlds and Olympics


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Living the Dream Medal fund created to award stipends to U.S. wrestlers who medal at Worlds and Olympics

USA Wrestling
05/30/2009

smusalogoUSA Wrestling proudly announces the Living the Dream Medal Fund.

We have created the Fund with the purpose of allowing the entire wrestling community to participate in celebrating and honoring the hard work of our champions. While we understand that no wrestling champion wrestles ‘for the money”, this Fund will send a strong message to our elite athletes that their glory is our collective glory and their hard work and dedication is appreciated. Continue reading “A Game Changer”

Seven New York Wrestlers Named ASICS All-Americans

Taylor named to ASICS All-America First Team for third time; Stieber also repeats; New York’s Kyle Dake named to third team; Six New York Wrestlers named Honorable Mention.

by Gary Abbott

Taylor named to ASICS All-America First Team for third time; Stieber also repeats; New York’s Kyle Dake named to third team; Six New York Wrestlers named Honorable Mention.

Four-time state champion David Taylor (135) of St. Paris (Ohio) Graham High was named to the First Team for the third consecutive year and junior Logan Stieber (125) of Monroeville (Ohio) High also earned a repeat selection to the 14-member First Team as the 24th annual ASICS All-America Wrestling Team was announced today.

Continue reading “Seven New York Wrestlers Named ASICS All-Americans”

Brave(s) New Lion: Syosset’s Two-Time NYS Champion, Arujau, Verbals to Hofstra

After much rumor and speculation on the various message boards about what the future may hold for him, Syosset High School Junior, Nick Arujau, put to rest any and all questions last night when he formally announced his intentions to attend Hofstra University on his facebook page. A conversation this afternoon with the two-time NYS Champion confirmed his decision to enroll at the Hempstead based campus, beginning in the Fall of 2010.

Arujau, who in addition to his pair of State crowns in ’08 @112 and ’09 @125 (State runner-up as a freshman in 2007 @103), has also won three Nassau County/Section VIII DI titles and was a 2008 NHSCA Sophomore All-American (finishing 3rd), as well as a Cadet Freestyle All-American (7th last Summer in Fargo), said that after visiting and giving due consideration to all interested institutions, his decision came down to a trio of schools—Hofstra, Lehigh (coached by Pat Santoro), and American University (coached by Mark Cody)—With the local school finally winning out. Continue reading “Brave(s) New Lion: Syosset’s Two-Time NYS Champion, Arujau, Verbals to Hofstra”

Two-Headed Lion: Alton Twins Give Verbal to Penn State

Exactly one week after announcing Cael Sanderson as the 12th head coach in Nittany Lion history, the decision is already starting to pay dividends as Penn State received the first of what many PSU enthusiasts are hoping will be a plethora of college commitments from the nation’s finest scholastic grapplers….And best of all, it was a package deal.

At approximately ten minutes after eight this morning (or so I’ve heard from one Keystone listener), Andrew and Dylan Alton went on the radio station, WBPZ, to announce that they are giving a verbal commitment to their hometown school….Programs cited by the two young men as missing out on winning the Alton sweepstakes were Big-12 perennial powers–Nebraska, Iowa State, and Oklahoma State, as well as Big-1o members—Michigan and the two-time defending National Champions, the University of Iowa. Continue reading “Two-Headed Lion: Alton Twins Give Verbal to Penn State”

Vote John Smith and Jeff Blatnick into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

CHICAGO, Ill. – The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Allstate Insurance Company (NYSE: ALL) today announced the nominees for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2009 at a press event at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Among the 15 nominees were Olympic wrestling champions John Smith and Jeff Blatnick.

CHICAGO, Ill. – The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Allstate Insurance Company (NYSE: ALL) today announced the nominees for the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2009 at a press event at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. 

Among the 15 nominees were Olympic wrestling champions John Smith and Jeff Blatnick.

Smith won Olympic gold medals in freestyle wrestling in 1988 and 1992. Blatnick was a 1984 Olympic champion in Greco-Roman and a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team that did not compete due to the U.S. boycott. Continue reading “Vote John Smith and Jeff Blatnick into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame”