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”

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 EIWA Finals Photo Album

Photo album from the EIWA finals at Lehigh’s Stabler arena on March 7, 2010 at the Newman Center.

Photo album from the EIWA finals at Lehigh’s Stabler arena on March 7, 2010 at the Newman Center. Photos by Joe D’Aquila of phototrens.com, professional photography dedicated to wrestling. Continue reading “2010 EIWA Finals Photo Album”

Big Red Storm Through EIWA on Day One

Cornell powers through the first day of the EIWA championship as 8 of 10 Big Red wrestlers stormed through the quartfinal round.


EIWA LogoCornell powers through the first day of the EIWA championship as 8 of 10 Big Red wrestlers stormed through the quarterfinal round. Continue reading “Big Red Storm Through EIWA on Day One”

2010 D1 Finals Videos (160lbs through 285lbs)

Previously recorded video of the 2010 New York State, High School Wrestling Championships, Division 1 finals from weights 160lbs through 285lbs.

Previously recorded video of the 2010 New York State, High School Wrestling Championships, Division 1 finals from weights 160lbs through 285lbs.

Continue reading “2010 D1 Finals Videos (160lbs through 285lbs)”

2010 D1 Finals Videos (96lbs through 125lbs)

Previously recorded video of the 2010 New York State, High School Wrestling Championships, Division 1 finals from weights 96lbs through 125lbs.

Previously recorded video of the 2010 New York State, High School Wrestling Championships, Division 1 finals from weights 96lbs through 125lbs. Will have the next five weights up tomorrow. It takes longer than I would like to get all this stuff on the site, about 3x the time to record it.

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2010 New York State Championship Brackets (DI, DII) – UPDATED

The New York State Championship brackets have been released.

The second release of the New York State Championship brackets have been released.

Second Release

Division I Tournament Brackets

Division II Tournament Brackets


First Release

Division I Tournament Brackets

Division II Tournament Brackets

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.

Continue reading “2010 Section VIII Championship Preview”

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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Open Freestyle Finals at NYAC today between 5 and 6PM

Lighthouse webcast of the open Freestyle Finals at NYAC today at 4PM on November 2.

Coverage of the Open Freestyle finals begins at 4PM today with live video coverage.    When we begin transmitting the video will say on air at the bottom; press the play button to begin watching when it says on air.   Please do not press refresh to bring in the video as it puts undue stress on the web servers.  For status updates follow at http://twitter.com/anklpik

Finals are currently projected to begin between 5 and 6PM. We are planning to cover both women’s and men’s finals. Follow us on twitter for latest start times.

Tournament Brackets

Men’s Open Brackets at Track Wrestling

Women’s Open Brackets at Track Wrestling

Live Webcast

Live video by Ustream

2010 NCAA DI Tournament Predictions and Team Rank

As the 2009-2010 wrestling season approaches, teams are planning and strategizing how they can improve upon last season’s performance, break into the top ten, or even vie for a title. But as Helmuth Von Moltke, a 19th century Prussian Field Marshall, is famed for saying, “no battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” While each team develops and works their plan, for sure their fierce competitors will have something to say about it.

NCAA 2010 Wrestling Championship LogoAs the 2009-2010 wrestling season approaches, teams are planning and strategizing how they can improve upon last season’s performance, break into the top ten, or even vie for a title.  But as Helmuth Von Moltke, a 19th century Prussian Field Marshall, is famed for saying, “no battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”   While each team develops and works their plan, for sure their fierce competitors will have something to say about it.  Continue reading “2010 NCAA DI Tournament Predictions and Team Rank”

Way Back in 1970 Section 8 Finals

LHW presents the 1970 Section 8 County Championship on video.

Thanks to the efforts of Carol Carroza and Bobby O’Conner for making these matches available on video, LHW presents the 1970 Section 8 County Championship. We may have some of the names incorrect, and at 175, we do not have the names of the competitors. If you happen to have information that we are missing, please add it with a comment.

If you have some old videos of NYS events that you would like to make available on Lighthouse Wrestling, please contact the webmaster. Continue reading “Way Back in 1970 Section 8 Finals”

Golden Flashers Bring Home the Hardware from the Northeast Regional Championships

A battle tested Sayville Wrestling club continue the Spring march at the Northeast Regional – Freestyle & Greco Roman Championships (Kids & Cadet) at Broom County Community College. The Golden Flashes earn 8 top 4 medals at the Northeast Regional Championship.

Broom County Community College
5/30/09 & 5/31/09

A battle tested Sayville Wrestling club continue the Spring march at the Northeast Regional – Freestyle & Greco Roman Championships (Kids & Cadet) at Broom County Community College. The Golden Flashes earn 8 top 4 medals at the Northeast Regional Championship.

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Sayville Tearing it up at NYS Schoolboy State Championships

Sayville Wrestling club netted and astounding 7 top 3 place finishers in the New York State Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle & Greco Roman) with Matt Leshinger, 8th grade, crowned Schoolboy State Champion in Greco Roman and Third in Freestyle. Freestyle finalist, Zach Meyer, took home the sliver for Sayville while the remaining competitors took home very respectable bronz medals.

West Nyack, NY – 5/16 & 5/17

Sayville Wrestling club netted and astounding 7 top 3 place finishers in the New York State Schoolboy State Championships (Freestyle & Greco Roman) with  Matt Leshinger, 8th grade, crowned Schoolboy State Champion in Greco Roman and Third in Freestyle.  Freestyle finalist, Zach Meyer, took home the sliver for Sayville while the remaining competitors took home very respectable bronz medals. Continue reading “Sayville Tearing it up at NYS Schoolboy State Championships”

New York’s Soria wins first Northeast Regional Junior Champion Belt

BROCKPORT, N.Y. – Michael Soria of Kings Park, N.Y. was awarded the Northeast Regional Junior Champion Belt for his outstanding performance at the USA Wrestling Northeast Junior Regionals held at SUNY-Brockport over the weekend.

BROCKPORT, N.Y. – Michael Soria of Kings Park, N.Y. was awarded the Northeast Regional Junior Champion Belt for his outstanding performance at the USA Wrestling Northeast Junior Regionals held at SUNY-Brockport over the weekend.

A handsome belt award was provided for the first time to the wrestler who had the best performance at the event, which included Junior Regional Championships in both freestyle and Greco-Roman and a Junior Folkstyle Festival.

Soria won a gold medal at 98 pounds in all three styles, earning the maximum number of points available for the belt award program.

Soria is a junior at Kings Park High School on Long Island. He was a New York state high school champion this year at 96 pounds. Soria was a member of the New York Cadet National team two summers ago.

Placing second behind Soria in the belt series was Aaron Velasquez of New Jersey. Velasquez won titles at 145 pounds in the Greco-Roman Regional and the Folkstyle Festival, and won a silver medal in the Freestyle Regional.

This was the first year that a Junior Folkstyle Festival was held as part of the Northeast Junior Regional Championships.

Section XI Dominates, Wantagh Takes Home the Team Title

Section XI resumed its state domination this weekend after a three year respite as they took the 2009 New York State DI Championship Sectional Title outscoring, the second place section, Section II by a score of 237.5 to 191. Winning six Sectional Championships in the decade of the millennium, finishing second twice, and third and forth once, Section XI is once more New York State’s section of the decade. Congratulations Section XI on another outstanding season of wrestling.

dsc03210Section XI resumed its state domination this weekend after a three year respite as they took the 2009 New York State DI Championship Sectional Title outscoring Section II, the second place section, by a score of 237.5 to 191.  Winning six Sectional Championships in the decade of the millennium, finishing second twice, and third and forth once, Section XI is once more New York State’s section of the decade.  Congratulations Section XI on another outstanding season of wrestling.

There were many noteworthy accomplishments throughout the weekend.  One prominent accomplishment is Wantagh’s team title outscoring Port Jervis (IX), the second place team, by the score of 78 to 64. Congratulations Wantagh on an outstanding season and bringing home the Team title to Section VIII after many years.   Wantagh returns home with four All-State wrestlers:

John Greisheimer, Wantagh’s 152lb Champion and team co-captain, builds strength as any bout wears on.   Congratulations John.  We will miss you next season and look forward to following your career at Edinboro University.

Paul Ligouri, two time NYS Gold Medalist, two time Bronz Medalist, four time Section VIII champion and team co-captain, lost a close quarterfinal bout to last year’s champion, Andrew Lenzi. Wrestling back to 3rd place, Paul completed his outstanding Varisty wrestling career with the all time Section VIII win record compiling 216 career wins and surpassing PJ Guillespe’s former record of 214.  Congratulations Paul! We will miss you next season and look forward to following your career at Harvard University.

Matt Loew, Wantagh’s 189lb finalist and sliver medalist, was the Cinderella story of the tournament as he knocked off the 2nd seed and 2 time national champion, Christian Boley.  Matt went on to pin Zach Buonaiuto of Miller Place(XI) in the Semifinal bout to enter the finals.  Entering the finals as the underdog against his formidable opponent, Austin Meyes, Matt was up against tremendous odds as his opponent entered the finals wrestling a total of 1:37 out of a possible 18 minutes.  To Matt’s credit, he outlasted all 3 of Austin’s previous opponents, nearly making it through the first period when he was pinned at 1:59.  Congratulations Matt!

Joe Barbato, after securing a wild card bid, had a tremendous tournament as he wrestled back strong to take sixth.  Congratulations Joe!

Nearly completing the All State sweep, Nick Fitzmaurice and Joe Kavanagh wrestled strong but suffered difficult losses in the wrestle backs.  Joe nearly secured All-State honors as he suffered an overtime loss to Josue Mendez in the semifinal wrestle back round.  Congratulations Nick and Joe on valiant performances!

Weight-by-Weight Summary

dsc0319996lbs – Here we saw a rematch of the Section XI finals as Mike Soria of Kings Park (XI) defeated Corey Rasheed.  Long Island dominated this weight with four all-state honors: Mike Soria first, Corey Rasheed Second, Max Soria third, and Joe Barbato sixth.

103lbs – This was a thrilling bout between Damon McQueen(Huntington) and Brian Realbuto (Somers).  Damon lost a close battle by a score of 9-8.  Taking fifth was Malik Rasheed(Longwood)

112lbs – After losing a close semifinal bout to Steven Rodrigues of Fox Lane, Kenneth Collado of Hauppauge went on to take sixth place in a very stacked weight class where the number one seed lost in the opening round.

119lbs – Steven Keith walked into the finals with 2 first period pins and a major decision.  This bout was a rematch of the Eastern State finals where Steven Keith defeated Justin Flamio of Mahopac(I) 10-2.  Justin, determined to make this a different outcome, pushed the action and sent the bout into overtime where Steven Keith proved his mettle with a well executed takedown to end the overtime round quickly.

125lbs – Nick Arujau(Syosset-VIII) won me over mid week with his forum post on the seeding controversy where he declared, “I guess I’ll have to beat all of them.”  Nick Arujau emerged into the finals against last year’s Champion Jamie Franco  of Monroe Woodbury (IX), who will be wearing the Pride singlet next season.  Focused and determined Nick left no doubt about his ability as he went on to win with a convincing 4-0 score.  Taking fifth was Adam Troy of Walt Whitman (XI) and taking sixth was Mike Walker of Uniondale (VIII).

130lbs – Vinnie Digravio of Wayne (V) defeated Joey Grippi of Fox Lane (I) by the score of 9-5.

135lbs – Stephen Dutton of Rocky Point (XI) dominated the weight class as he went on to defeat Andrew Lenzi of Fordham Prep (C ) by the score of 10-1 in a rematch of the Eastern State finals.  Taking third was Paul Ligouri of Wantagh (VIII) as he went on to wrestle strong in the wrestle backs after suffering a close defeat to Andrew Lenzi 6-5 in the quarterfinal contest.

140lbs – Proving his win in the Section XI finals was no fluke, Andy Rodriguez of Central Islip (XI) defeated a determined Nick Terdick of John Glenn (XI) by the score of 3-2.  Taking 5 and 6 respectively in the weight class was Andre Berry of Uniondale and Matt Eberlein of Island Trees.

145lbs – You can’t say enough good things about this General: Brian Herold.  He’s often overlooked, but he is without a doubt one of the top wrestlers on Long Island as he went on to prove it in a strong finals showing against the nationally renowned Zach Clemente of Lasalle (II).  With less than 10 seconds left on the clock in the third period, behind 8-5, Brian Herold nearly scores a 4 point move with a takedown that briefly put Zach Clemente to his back.  Anthony Volpe of Rocky Point (XI) took 3rd as he defeated Ryan Tomkins of Beacon(I) 8-3.

dsc03239152lbs – John Greisheimer of Wantagh defeated Josh Veltre of Greece Olympia (V) by a score of 4-3.  Josh was strong on his feet and he proved to be a challenge for John, but John never losing focus, toughed out the win in classic style as he seems to get stronger in the closing seconds of every bout.  Chris Carlucci of John Glenn (XI) went on to take fifth with a win over Zach Mccormick of Johnson City (IV) by the score of 6-4. Chris toughed out a nice overtime win in the semifinal wrestle backs to secure all-state honors.

160lbs – TJ Neidhart of Shoreham Wading River (XI) loses to a very strong James Brundage by the score of 17-10 to take second.

171lbs – Defeating Joe Kavanagh of Wantagh(VIII) in the semifinal wrestle backs to secure all-state honors, Jose Mendez of Brentwood (XI) takes forth; John Daddino of Sewanhaka East (VIII) takes sixth.  The 171lbs weight class was one of a few weight classes dominated by Long Island all-state wrestlers with 2 or more place winners.

189lbs – As I covered this one earlier, I’d simply like to say congratulations Matt on an awesome performance.  Zach Buonaiuto of Miller Place (XI) went on to take all-state honors with a sixth place finish.

215lbs – Knocking off the first seed in the semifinal bout, Ernest James of Longwood (XI) went on to defeat Steve Butler of Port Jervis (IX).

dsc03255285lbs – This was one of only two weight classes with no Long Island place winners.  Ken Alterac of Lasalle (II) defeated JD Zitone of Port Jervis (IX).

Congratulations to all the Long Island wrestlers.  You made us proud.  And for those of you who will be moving on to college next season, please let us know of your plans so that we may continue to follow your careers.

2009 NYS Championships DI Completed Brackets
2009 NYS Championships DII Complete Brackets
Courtesy of armdrag.com

Chris Edmond’s NCAA DI Championship – Finals

Chris Edmond of Tennessee and local hometown Section VIII champion from Freeport defeats Peter Capone 14-10 to win the 1985 NCAA D1 championship at 167 lbs.

Chris Edmond of Tennessee and local hometown Section VIII champion from Freeport defeats Peter Capone 14-10 to win the 1985 NCAA D1 championship at 167 lbs.   This is an exciting bout where Chris Edmond takes an early big lead but needs to fend off Petes attack to pervent it from nearly slipping away.

If you have any old footage that you would like to share with the wrestling community on Lighthouse Wrestling, please contact me at webmaster(at)lighthousewrestling(dot)com to arrange for publication.


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Section VIII Championship Results

Section VIII individual championship results and team scores.

Team Scores
Wantagh………………………245
MacArthur…………………..224
Long Beach…………………..143
Uniondale…………………….142
Syosset………………………..113
Plainedge……………………..112
Massapequa…………………..95
Seaford…………………………86
Calhoun………………………..79
Clarke………………………..78.5
Farmingdale………………….71
Bethpage……………………67.5
Garden City………………..60.5
East Meadow………………54.5
Island Trees………………….45
Division/North Shore…….44
Freeport………………………38

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96 – Will Montgomery (Seaford) MD Thomas Manning (MacArthur), 8-0
103 – Alex Grant (MacArthur) dec Chris Perez (MacArthur), 3-1
112 – Sean Kempf (MacArthur) pin Anthony Facchini (Seaford), 3:05
119 – Dylan Palacio (Long Beach) pin Joe Cusimano (Plainedge), 4:36
125 – Nick Arujau (Syosset) dec Mike Walker (Uniondale), 6-3
130 – Nick Fitzmaurice (Wantagh) dec Ariel Guerrero (MacArthur), 4-3
135 – Paul Liguori (Wantagh) MD Joe Chiaffitella (Calhoun), 17-5
140 – Andre Berry (Uniondale) MD Matt Eberlein (Island Trees), 19-7
145 – Brian Herold (MacArthur) dec Mac Maldarelli (Calhoun), 7-3
152 – John Greisheimer (Wantagh) MD Troy Sterling (Uniondale), 17-5
160 – Rob Grabher (North Shore) pin Anthony Minicci (Plainedge), 3:51
171 – Joe Kavanagh (Wantagh) dec John Daddino (Sewanhaka East), 6-4
189 – Matt Loew (Wantagh) pin Eric Walordy (Long Beach), 4:57
215 – Connor Horl(Garden City) dec Thomas Hall(Wantagh), 5-3
285 – David Agu (Freeport) pin Chris Williams (Syosset), 3:52
Champion of Champions: 140 – Andre Berry(Uniondale)
Outstanding Wrestler: 140 – Andre Berry(Uniondale)

Chris Edmond’s NCAA DI Championship – Semifinals

This is the semifinal round of Chris Edmonds’ championship campaign in the 1985 NCAA DI wrestling championships. Chris squared off against John Monaco of Montclaire state to win by decsion: 5-3. Next week, I will post his championship final victory over Pete Capone of Hofstra University.

This is the semifinal round of  Chris Edmonds’ championship campaign in the 1985 NCAA DI wrestling championships. Chris squared off against John Monaco of Montclaire state to win by decsion: 5-3.  Next week will conclude this series when Lighthouse Wrestling will post his championship final victory over Pete Capone of Hofstra University.


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Chris Edmond’s NCAA DI Championship – Round 3

This is round three of Chris Edmonds’ championship campaign in the 1985 NCAA DI wrestling championships. Chris met John Laviolette of Oklahoma the number 9 seed in the quarterfinal round and defeated him by decision: 11-8

This is round three of Chris Edmonds’ championship campaign in the 1985 NCAA DI wrestling championships. Chris met John Laviolette of  Oklahoma the number 9 seed in the quarterfinal round and defeated him by decision: 11-8.

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Chris Edmond’s NCAA DI Championship – Round 2

This is round two of Chris Edmonds’ championship campaign in the 1985 NCAA DI wrestling championships. Chris met Dan Romero of Cal-Poly in the round of 16 and defeated him by overtime decision: 6-6, 9-4.

This is round two of Chris Edmonds’ championship campaign in the 1985 NCAA DI wrestling championships. Chris met Dan Romero of Cal-Poly in the round of 16 and defeated him by overtime decision: 6-6, 9-4.

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Chris Edmond’s NCAA DI Championship – Round 1

Lighthouse Wrestling will be posting Section VIII’s Chris Edmonds 1985 NCAA DI championship campaign. This is round 1 of Chris’ successful tournament.

Lighthouse Wrestling will be posting Section VIII’s Chris Edmonds 1985 NCAA DI championship campaign over the next few weeks.  Chris Edmond’s defeated Hofstra’s Wrestler and New York State Champion, Pete Capone, in the finals to win the NCAA title.  The finals match is incredible to watch.  In this post is round 1 of Chris’ championship battle.  If any of you viewers know the names and schools of the opponents, please leave a comment.