Wantagh Wrestling Summer Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, August 15, 2009
MANDATORY CHECK IN: 7 AM to 8AM, Wrestling Begins at 9:00AM
WHERE: Wantagh Middle School
WRESTLER REGISTRATION FEE: $25.00 Payable to WANTAGH WRESTLING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

WHEN: Saturday, August 15, 2009
MANDATORY CHECK IN: 7 AM to 8AM, Wrestling Begins at 9:00AM
WHERE: Wantagh Middle School
WRESTLER REGISTRATION FEE: $25.00  Payable to WANTAGH WRESTLING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

CONTACT: MR. LOEW at 516-679-4666

DIVISIONS:    
Junior High School going into 7th and 8th grade
High school: excluding 2009 graduates and an open division
Open: 2009 HS Graduates and older

MAXIMUM PARTICIPANTS  300 WALK IN’S ACCEPTED***

Click Here for Application

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

#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”

Help Wanted

Lighthouse wrestling is looking to cover each of the NYS sections for the 2009-2010 season, and we are looking for interested writers in each of the NYS sections to cover the local action. If you would like to help us expand our coverage and bring visibility to your local talent on one of the most popular wrestling web sites in NYS, please contact the web master at webmaster(at)lighthousewrestling(dot)com or follow this link for addtional contact details http://tinyurl.com/mylz8e

help-wantedLighthouse wrestling is looking to cover each of the NYS sections for the 2009-2010 season, and we are looking for interested writers in each of the NYS sections to cover the local action.  If you would like to help us expand our coverage and bring visibility to your local talent on one of the most popular wrestling web sites in NYS, please contact the web master at webmaster(at)lighthousewrestling(dot)com or follow this link for addtional contact details http://tinyurl.com/mylz8e

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”

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”

Legendary Island Trees Coach Ted Petersen

Ted Petersen dedicated his life to kids. Ted Petersen, varsity wrestling coach of Section 8’s Island Trees Bulldogs, was inducted into the New York State wrestling Hall of Fame during a ceremony before the 1989 state finals. “The Coach” as he was simply referred to by the many friends and athletes whose admiration and respect he earned, was a community leader in his home town of Levittown. During the course of 33 years , he was a dedicated family man, physical education teacher, football, baseball , wrestling coach and the director of a summer camp for school children in the Adirondack Mountains.

bulldogTed Petersen dedicated his life to kids. Ted Petersen, varsity wrestling coach of Section 8’s Island Trees Bulldogs, was inducted into the New York State wrestling Hall of Fame during a ceremony before the 1989 state finals. “The Coach” as he was simply referred to by the many friends and athletes whose admiration and respect he earned, was a community leader in his home town of Levittown. During the course of 33 years , he was a dedicated family man, physical education teacher, football, baseball , wrestling coach and the director of a summer camp for school children in the Adirondack Mountains.

Wrestling evolved into Coach Petersen’s favorite sport. As a graduate of Cortland State University in 1958 and having no previous experience with the sport, Petersen took a job coaching the junior high wrestling team of his local school district “because they needed a coach.”  He read books, pursued knowledgeable coaches for their advice and even listened to his own young wrestlers to learn the rules and techniques.  He quickly developed his own theories and sought out some of the finest clinicians in the country in a continuing effort to keep abreast of the best and latest skills emerging in the rapidly advancing sport of amateur wrestling.

In 27 years as the Island Trees High School varsity coach, he compiled a team dual meet record of 325 wins, 70 losses and 4 ties. His team won 20 Conference Championships, 3 Section 8 Championships, produced 22 individual Section 8 Champions and 6 NYS Champions.
Despite numerous awards Petersen shunned the spotlight and preferred focusing his attention on the many children and athletes whom he inspired and helped guide into responsible and caring adults, living humbly and teaching his own personal standards of excellence which is summed up by Petersen’s favorite motto..'”SEEK THE HIGHEST”

Day 5… until Wrestling Alumni Match……….JAN 9TH FRIDAY…


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Even if you have to walk…
come to Island Trees High School..HOME OF BULLDOG WRESTLING..OFTEN DUPLICATED BUT NEVER REPLICATED…
THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 9TH 2009…7PM..(COME EARLY)
BE SURE TO SIGN IN.. SEE CAROL CARROZZA

The Legend of the Toy Drive at MacArthur High

I would like to take a brief moment to reflect upon last evenings wrestling match. In a three simple words, it was GREAT! I mean REALLY GREAT! The atmosphere was electric.

Doreen Herold, on behalf of the MacArthur Wrestling Parent Club, asked me to post this letter of thank you to the wrestling community in attendance at last evening’s wrestling match:  

On behalf of the MacArthur Wrestlers and the MacArthur Wrestling Parent Club, we would all like to thank everyone for a great response to our first annual toy drive.  Over a pick up truck full of toys will be forwarded to John Theissen’s “Toys for Sick Children Foundation”.  It was wonderful to see the wrestling community come together for a great cause.  On behalf of the Parent Club, thank you all for a great match and a great turn out with great wrestling and sportsmanship!  Well over 500 people in attendance and we didn’t have one problem. 

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year to all!

Mike Herold
MacArthur Wrestling Parent Club

I would like to take a brief moment to reflect upon last evenings wrestling match.   In a three simple words, it was GREAT!  I mean REALLY GREAT!  The atmosphere was electric.  

Wrestling isn’t like other sports.  There’s an intimacy between the competitors and the fans, and the spirit of togetherness and friendship was apparent the entire night.

Continue reading “The Legend of the Toy Drive at MacArthur High”

Homegrown LI Wrestling News Coverage

Lighthouse Wrestling is the source for Long Island Wrestling News. As we all know, wrestling is an under-covered and under-appreciated sport for our local mainstream media sources. Our aim is to cover the local high school and college wrestling scene with interviews, rankings, in-depth coverage, live reporting, and results.

Lighthouse Wrestling is the source for Long Island Wrestling News.   As we all know, wrestling is an under-covered and under-appreciated sport for our local mainstream media sources.  Our aim is to cover the local high school and college wrestling scene with interviews, rankings, in-depth coverage, live reporting, and results.

We can use your help too.  There are so many good stories to tell, but as we are just starting up, we have limited ability to cover all the great stories.   We’d like your help.

  • If you are a student athlete and would like to write news stories about your wrestling team, we  would love to post your stories. 
  • If you’re a parent and would like to write about your wrestler’s team, we would love to post your stories.
  • If you’re a coach and would like to write about your team or anything about wrestling, we would love to post your stories.
  • If you’re college wrestler from Long Island and would like to write about your college experiences, we would love to post your stories.

All that is required is for you to have a passion for the sport of wrestling, an interest in writing, and a desire to tell the great stories about Long Island Wrestling.  Together we can tell our story in a way that only people with a passion for the sport can tell.  This is an open book.  If you have great stories from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the millenium that you would like to share, we want to hear them.  If you’re a coach or a trainor and would like to write about the latest in coaching and training techniques, please share your stories.

Together, we can make this the best source for news and information on Long Island Wrestling.

If you have an interesting in submitting stories or even being part of our news team, please contact the webmaster:  My email address is webmaster(at)lighthousewrestling(dot)com.   When you use the email address replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .   It’s written like this to prevent spammers from finding the email address and sending unwanted email.

Your webmaster is Bill Miller.  I wrestled here on Long Island in High School in the 70’s and coached at the Pee Wee level.