NCAA 2011 Tournament Semifinal Preview

After bouncing between 2 and 4 in the standings, the Cornell Big Red emerged the team leader after the quarterfinal round. Only a half a point separates them from their Eastern Rival, Penn State. The top three team leaders are Cornell with 61, Penn State with 60.5, and Iowa with 51.5 points.

PrintPHILADELPHIA – By Bill Miller and Pete Candito, After bouncing between 2 and 4 in the standings, the Cornell Big Red emerged the team leader after the quarterfinal round.  Only a half a point separates them from their Eastern Rival, Penn State.  The top three team leaders are Cornell with 61, Penn State with 60.5, and Iowa with 51.5 points. 

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Takedown Wrestling’s Annual NCAA Championship Preview

Takedown Wrestling to Host Annual NCAA Championships Preview Show Division I Brackets to be Broken Down March 9

Takedown Wrestling to Host Annual NCAA Championships Preview Show Division I Brackets to be Broken Down March 9

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2011 New York State Wrestling Championship Preview (Division 1)

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Kyle Kelly (sec. 4 Chenago Forks) is the returning forth place state place-winner. But keep an eye on Nick Piccininni of section 11 Ward Melville. Dylan Realbuto of sec. 1 – Somers won the Eastern States. Kelly and Robert Person (sec. 8 pound champ from Bellmoe JFK) clash in what could be an interesting first round match.
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LEAGUE III CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

The Suffolk County League III wrestling championship is scheduled to be held at Smithtown East Islip High School on February 5, 2011.

The Suffolk County League III wrestling championship is scheduled to be held at Smithtown East Islip High School on February 5, 2011. The Bulls from Smithtown East (6-0) won each of their dual meets during the season and their coaches as well as the coaches from the other teams in League III, East Islip (3-3), Newfield (4-2), Smithtown West (3-3) West Islip (4-2), Half Hollow Hills East (1-5) and Centereach (0-6) all look to send a number of their wrestlers to the Suffolk County Championships scheduled to be held at Stony Brook University on February 13 and 14, 2011. There is sure to be tough competition in each weight class and the following wrestlers(listed in no particular order) will most likely be in the mix (weight classes are subject to change): Continue reading “LEAGUE III CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW”

Do You Believe? CHSAA Poised For Breakout 2011 Season

“If you don’t believe, than you don’t belong.” So are the words that adorn the homepage of the St. Anthony’s High School wrestling website. The concept of belief in one’s self is a trademark in the wrestling room of the South Huntington based perennial Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) powerhouse. However, in all honesty, it is a slogan that could easily be applied to the league as a whole. Fresh off of a 2010 campaign that witnessed the Catholic boys put forth their best collective performance in my lifetime (finishing sixth in the overall team standings behind six place-winners, three finalists, and a State Champion), the CHSAA is primed and ready to not only match last season’s efforts, but surpass it on all accounts. With seven individual Catholic State Champions/NYS Qualifiers back from last season, the talent is certainly there to make this year one for the record books. And, who better to lead this charge than the young men who inspired our theme, the defending champion Friars of STA. Continue reading “Do You Believe? CHSAA Poised For Breakout 2011 Season”

The Longwood Lion’s Roar Hearkens Back to an Earlier Dynasty

Down to the last two bouts on a Friday evening in January of 2009, the Longwood Lions trailed the Brentwood Indians 26-18 on their turf.

Down to the last two bouts on a Friday evening in January of 2009, the Longwood Lions trailed the Brentwood Indians 26-18 on their turf.

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Longwood Looks to be Back on Top in Suffolk This Season

Another wrestling season is upon us and the annual question is…what team will win in Suffolk County tournament this year? Most seasons will yield an answer that involves several teams that will battle for the annual title.

Malik Rasheed vs Nigel McNeil Photo Courtesy of photrens.com

Another wrestling season is upon us and the annual question is…what team will win in Suffolk County tournament this year? Most seasons will yield an answer that involves several teams that will battle for the annual title. But the 2010-11season seems to be a bit different. Longwood seems to roll off the tongue of every wrestling prognosticator this time around – and for good reason: Continue reading “Longwood Looks to be Back on Top in Suffolk This Season”

Winds of Change: Section 8 Preview

It’s that time of the year: Time to put the footballs away, Time to lace up the wrestling shoes and get your headgear out of the closet, Time to stop eating all those great meals, and time to step on the scale.

It’s that time of the year: Time to put the footballs away, Time to lace up the wrestling shoes and get your headgear out of the closet, Time to stop eating all those great meals, and time to step on the scale.   Continue reading “Winds of Change: Section 8 Preview”

Friday Night Showdown: #1 Cornell vs. #6 Central Michigan Preview

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What: #1 Cornell vs. #6 Central Michigan

When: Friday November 19th, 2010

Time: 6:30 pm EST

Where: Friedman Wrestling Center (Ithaca, NY)

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A Look Inside PSAL and BTS 2010-11

Take a look inside BTS and PSAL in our 8 minute documentary. They’re aiming to make some noise in 2010-11. Watch what they have going on.

A couple of weeks back, LHW visited the BTS training center at 145 Thompson Street in Manhattan.   As I was walking downtown from my 16th Street office, I felt the 2010-11 season approaching in my bones.  A gray sky, a chill in the air, and darkness settling in early sent me back to my walks home after high school practice.  All that was missing was my wet hair turning to ice.  And once I got there, it was just like I remembered:  lots of athletes, music blasting, fooling around, basketball, rolling out the mats, and then about 2 hours of practice.  PSAL has it.  The culture is there, and before long, the results will be there to match.  Take a look inside BTS and PSAL in our 8 minute documentary.  They’re aiming to make some noise in 2010-11.  Watch what they have going on.

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Previewing the EIWA

The EIWA season is upon us and it’s time to take a look at the teams and wrestlers looking to make a splash when the NCAA Tournament invades Philadelphia this March. Lighthouse Wrestling brings you a breakdown of the top-five squads in the conference as selected in the coaches’ poll along with some big-time duals and other wrestlers to note this season.

The EIWA season is upon us and it’s time to take a look at the teams and wrestlers looking to make a splash when the NCAA Tournament invades Philadelphia this March. Lighthouse Wrestling brings you a breakdown of the top-five squads in the conference as selected in the coaches’ poll along with some big-time duals and other wrestlers to note this season.

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Marty’s Pre and Post Semifinal Analysis

Marty’s NCAA Wrestling Tournament analysis like only Marty can give it.

Marty invited us to watch the 2010 semifinals at his favorite sport bar, Instant Replay, in Huntington. We couldn’t miss the opportunity to capture Marty’s pre an post analysis and share it with all of you. So here it is. Marty’s NCAA Wrestling Tournament analysis like only Marty can give it.

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Watch out! 2010 D1 Tournament Dark Horses

It’s always interesting to look at the brackets for lower seeds or unseeded wrestlers who have a good chance at placing top 8 for All-American status. So we have taken a look at each weight for wrestlers seeded lower than 8th who we believe have a good shot at placing in Omaha later this week.

By Pete Candito and Marc Candito

It’s always interesting to look at the brackets for lower seeds or unseeded wrestlers who have a good chance at placing top 8 for All-American status. So we have taken a look at each weight for wrestlers seeded lower than 8th who we believe have a good shot at placing in Omaha later this week. These wrestlers have either placed before or gone deep into the national tournament. Tournament tested wrestlers can often defeat those who are higher seeds but do not have the tournament experience. So watch out! These guys are not to be taken too lightly come tournament time. Continue reading “Watch out! 2010 D1 Tournament Dark Horses”

2010 NCAA DI Championship Preview and Predictions

With only days left before the opening round of the 2010 NCAA DI wrestling championships, wrestling fans across the nation are seething with anticipation of a donnybrook amongst the top teams in the nation challenging for the coveted team championship.

by Matt Diano and Bill Miller

With only days left before the opening round of the 2010 NCAA DI wrestling championships, wrestling fans from coast-to-coast are seething with anticipation of a donnybrook amongst the top teams in the nation challenging for the coveted team championship. Last year’s championship ended with Iowa winning over Ohio State by the slimmest margin in NCAA tournament history by the score of 96.5 to 92. And this year’s may yet again go down in the history books. Continue reading “2010 NCAA DI Championship Preview and Predictions”

2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Preview:

Coaches around the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) circled 2010 on their calendar as the year Hofstra’s eight-year run as conference champions could be ending. Barring a monster tournament by the Pride, this will be the year the championship trophy goes somewhere other than Hempstead, N.Y.

But which university snatches up that team championship is still in doubt. Three teams have legitimate shots at winning the conference tournament: Old Dominion, Binghamton, and Rider. The tournament will be held on Rider’s campus in Lawrenceville, N.J., March 5-6 Continue reading “2010 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament Preview:”

2010 NYSPHSAA DI Wrestling Championship Preview

Pete Candito does a weight-by-weight preview of the 2010 New York State Division 1 Championship on February 26 and 27 at the Pepsi Arena in Albany.

nysphsaaSection 8 with some very tough draws…and a look at some key pre-semifinal match-ups, projected finalists and winner at each weight Continue reading “2010 NYSPHSAA DI Wrestling Championship Preview”

2010 CHSAA State Tournament Preview

Last season, Monsignor Farrell did something that no other team had managed to do in the past six years, unseat Chaminade High School atop the Catholic High School latter.  With several of the key members of the Lions’ championship team back in 2010, the question of the hour is, will the Staten Island based school be able to pull off a repeat performance of last season’s feat?  With either the  top or second seeded wrestler at eight of the 15 weight classes that will contested this weekend, if you are a Farrell fan, you have to like your chances…Expected to shine for the perennial NYC powerhouse are returning Champions, Tony Carlo (145) and Ben Villaret (152).  Top-seeded Vin Fischetti (125), Joe Francolino (130), along with #2 seeds Chris Amendola (96), Paul DiStefano (103), Marc Pirozzi (119), and Tim McCann (135) should also be big point earners for the returning champs.   Continue reading “2010 CHSAA State Tournament Preview”

2010 Section VIII Championship Preview

A weight-by-weight analysis of the 2010 section VIII wrestling championships with a team analysis as well.

conflictIs there a team in Section VIII that can spoil Wantagh’s second consecutive sectional team championship? If any team can challenge Wantagh’s section VIII new found dominance, it’ll be among Massapequa, MacArthur, and Long Beach to offer the best challenge.

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Section II Wrestling Championships Seeds

Here are the 2010 Section II Wrestling Championships tournament bracket seeds for both division I and II tournaments.

Here are the 2010 Section II Wrestling Championships tournament bracket seeds for both division I and II tournaments.

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2010 Section XI Championship Preview

A weight-by-weight analysis of the 2010 Section XI high school wrestling championships.

tugawarAnother Suffolk County tournament is upon us and that translates into 2 great days of the best wrestling in New York State. We all have our feelings about who the Suffolk finalists will be in each weight class and who the potential place winners are. So here are my picks and weight class previews. I hope you have some fun with them. So pick them apart and enjoy another Suffolk County wrestling tournament.

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#7 Cornell vs. Hofstra Preview (Updated w/Results)

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What: #7 Cornell University vs. Hofstra

When: Saturday February 6th, 2010

Time: 5pm EST

Where: Ithaca, NY

Coverage: Live Video (Courtesy of Cornell Redcast)

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League III Championship Preview

The Suffolk County League III wrestling championship is scheduled to be held at East Islip High School on February 6, 2010. Participating are Babylon, Smithtown East, Newfield, West Islip, Half Hollow Hills East, and Centereach.

The Suffolk County League III wrestling championship is scheduled to be held at East Islip High School on February 6, 2010. Continue reading “League III Championship Preview”

#2 Iowa State vs. #7 Cornell Preview

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What: #2 Iowa State vs. #7 Cornell University

When: Sunday January 31st, 2010

Time: 1pm EST

Where: Newman Arena

Coverage: Live Text (Courtesy of Light House Wrestling)/Live Video (Courtesy of Cornell Redcast)

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CHSAA Preview: Friars Poised to Regain Crown For First Time Since 2002

The 2009 New York State Catholic High School wrestling season was one that was marked by the return to the top of Monsignor Farrell High School. After nearly 20 years of watching as other Christian institutions had their days in the sun and hoisted the championship hardware, the team trophy was finally headed back to Staten Island, a location that Lion coaches Lou DeStefano, Rob Pavis, Anthony Anastasio, Phil Squatrito, Pete Hamm, Jason Bross, etc. hope to keep it for the unforeseeable future….One primary opponent standing in the way of a Farrell dynasty is the Friars from St. Anthony’s High School. Much like their rivals accomplished last season, the Friars, led by coaches Antoni Walters and Keith Eckert, will be hungry and determined to regain their spot atop the proverbial mountain, a position that the Huntington, NY based high school has not enjoyed winning back-to-back team titles in 2001 & 2002… Continue reading “CHSAA Preview: Friars Poised to Regain Crown For First Time Since 2002”