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 (Wild) Cats’ Meow: 3x NYS Finalist/’09 Champion Greene Verbals to Northwestern

Northwestern

Those of you who have followed my writings from local message board icon (kidding, of course) to freelance wrestling journalist know that I have always had a special place in my heart for the New York State Catholic League. It was the place of origin of my now well established affinity for the world’s oldest and greatest sport (to borrow from one of my literary heroes, Mike Chapman). Therefore, it is no understatement to say that I take immense pride and satisfaction when learning that one of its student-athletes has “done good”. For this reason, last night took on great significance to me when I was informed that the league’s brightest star, 3x NYS finalist/2009 NYS DI Champion, Grant Greene, of St. Anthony’s High School, had given a verbal commitment to compete for Coach Drew Pariano as a part of the class of 2015 at Northwestern University. Greene, who will be named to the top-10 seniors list when the New York installment of the Wrestling-49 series is released at a future date, becomes the first rising senior from the recruiting class of 2011 to formally announce his intentions to continue his academic and athletic pursuits at the Evanston, IL based institution of higher learning. Continue reading “The (Wild) Cats’ Meow: 3x NYS Finalist/’09 Champion Greene Verbals to Northwestern”

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 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”

Super Seven: Friars Win CHSAA State Crown Behind Plethora of Champions

On Monday, February 15th, the Friars of St. Anthony’s High School put the finishing touches on what has been an unblemished season for the ages for the South Huntington based school, completing the triple crown (Dual Meet, League title, Catholic State) behind the individual efforts of seven champions. In doing so, the Toni Walters led team, which last won the CHSAA State title in 2002, dethroned the defending team champions, Monsignor Farrell, outscoring the Lions 286.5 to 225.5 to bring the hardware back to Long Island where it had been a mainstay prior to last season. Continue reading “Super Seven: Friars Win CHSAA State Crown Behind Plethora of Champions”

New York State Individual Rankings 10-07

This is the third release of the New York State Individual rankings. Both DI and DII wrestlers are ranked.

This is the third release of the New York State Individual rankings. Both DI and DII wrestlers are ranked. Rankings are based on results as of February 7. If you have comments, please identify the results that would indicate a different rank. If you would like to contribute feedback to our rankings before they are published, send and email to webmaster(at)lighthousewrestling(dot)com. Continue reading “New York State Individual Rankings 10-07”

NYSCHSAA Individual Rankings: 10-06

This is the release of the updated Catholic High School Athletic Association’s individual rankings…The rankings, compiled by the CHSAA committee, reflect all of the action that has taken place up to February 3rd…These rankings were provided to LHW by CHSAA chairperson, Chris Alfalla. They are for entertainment purposes only and should not be a cause of argument..Enjoy ! Continue reading “NYSCHSAA Individual Rankings: 10-06”

Nassau/Suffolk CHSAA Individual Rankings: 10-05

This is the release of the updated Nassau/Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association’s individual rankings…The rankings, compiled by the CHSAA committee, reflect all of the action that has taken place up to January 27th…These rankings were provided to LHW by CHSAA chairperson, Chris Alfalla. They are for entertainment purposes only and should not be a cause of argument..Enjoy ! Continue reading “Nassau/Suffolk CHSAA Individual Rankings: 10-05”

NYSCHSAA Individual Rankings: 10-05

This is the release of the updated Catholic High School Athletic Association’s individual rankings…The rankings, compiled by the CHSAA committee, reflect all of the action that has taken place up to January 27th…These rankings were provided to LHW by CHSAA chairperson, Chris Alfalla. They are for entertainment purposes only and should not be a cause of argument..Enjoy ! Continue reading “NYSCHSAA Individual Rankings: 10-05”

CHSAA Individual Rankings: 10-04

This is the release of the updated Catholic High School Athletic Association’s individual rankings…The rankings, compiled by the CHSAA committee, reflect all of the action that has taken place up to January 20th…These rankings were provided to LHW by CHSAA chairperson, Chris Alfalla. They are for entertainment purposes only and should not be a cause of argument..Enjoy ! Continue reading “CHSAA Individual Rankings: 10-04”

New York State Individual Rankings 10-04

This is the second release of the New York State high school individual wrestling rankings for the 2009-2010 season.

This the first release of the New York State Individual rankings. Both DI and DII wrestlers are ranked. Continue reading “New York State Individual Rankings 10-04”

CHSAA Individual Rankings: 10-03

This is the release of the updated Catholic High School Athletic Association’s individual rankings

This is the release of the updated Catholic High School Athletic Association’s individual rankings…The rankings, compiled by the CHSAA committee, reflect all of the action that has taken place up to January 11th…These rankings were provided to LHW by CHSAA chairperson, Chris Alfalla. They are for entertainment purposes only and should not be a cause of argument..Enjoy ! Continue reading “CHSAA Individual Rankings: 10-03”

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”