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”

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”

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┬áthe 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”