Mat Side With Rob Koll – Doubleheader Weekend

It was a great weekend for the Big Red. We had a doubleheader on Saturday, starting with a 1 p.m. match at Hofstra, and then culminating in a 6 p.m. Ivy League faceoff at Columbia. Over the course of the day, our guys only gave up eight offensive points. Continue reading “Mat Side With Rob Koll – Doubleheader Weekend”

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”

NCAA Championship Preview Special

The conference tournaments are over. Lots of discussion is going on across America as to what the finishes and scoring of these events mean to the brackets for the D1 Championships.

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March 8, 2010 Des Moines, Iowa  –  The conference tournaments are over. Lots of discussion is going on across America as to what the finishes and scoring of these events mean to the brackets for the D1 Championships.   Continue reading “NCAA Championship Preview Special”

2010 EIWA Day One Results

Day one results from the EIWA championships at the Stabler arena on the campus of Lehigh University, PA. This is updated with Round One results.

Day one results from the EIWA championships at the Stabler arena on the campus of Lehigh University, PA. This is updated with Semin-finals, Quarter-Finals, and Preliminaries results and team standings.

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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:”

Scott Casber of TDR Interviews Coaches before Conference Championships

Scott Casber of TDR speaks with Big 12 Assistant Cowboy Coach Eric Guerreo; Colonial Athletic Association coaches Pat Popolizio, Tom Shifflet, and Steve Martin; and EIWA Coach Rob Koll.

tdrScott Casber of TDR speaks with Big 12 Assistant Cowboy Coach Eric Guerreo; Colonial Athletic Association coaches Pat Popolizio, Tom Shifflet, and Steve Martin; and EIWA Coach Rob Koll.

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Mat Side with Rob Koll – Weekend Observations 10-07

Now that we have wrestled through the most rigorous portion of the season it is nice to have a few “lighter” matches leading up the EIWA tournament. Out of twenty matches wrestled, we had only one wrestler lose a match.

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Cornell Big Red

Now that we have wrestled through the most rigorous portion of the season it is nice to have a few “lighter” matches leading up the EIWA tournament. Out of twenty matches wrestled, we had only one wrestler lose a match. Unfortunately that same wrestler, John Basting, not only lost a match but suffered an injury in his final bout. I am not sure when he will return to the mats.

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LIVE TEXT COVERAGE: Hofstra vs. Buffalo @ Mack Arena

Hofstra University—16; Buffalo—16 (Final)

Match-by-Match Results

149- #16 Desi Green Dec #20 Justin Accordino, 3-2 (UB)
157- #9 Jon Bonilla-Bowman (HU) Dec Andrew Stella, 10-5 (UB)
165- P.J. Gillespie (HU) Dec John-Martin Cannon, 5-2 (UB)
174- #10 Ryan Patrovich (HU) Dec Matt Bogardus, 10-3 (UB)
184- Ben Clymer (HU) Maj Dec Josh Peters, 8-0 (UB)
197- Jimmy Hamel Dec Anthony Tortora, 8-6 (UB)
285- Brett Correll (UB) Dec Paul Snyder (HU), 5-3 (UB)
125- Jamie Franco (HU) Dec Dylan Dabolt, 1-0 (UB)
133- Kevin Smith TF-4 over Jeff Rotella (HU), 28-12 6:56 (UB)
141- Andrew Schutt (UB) Dec Tyler Banks (HU), 5-4

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Journeymen Wrestling Presents Mega Events: Sprawl & Brawl (Nov. 22); Northeast Duals (Nov. 28th)

As the calendar hits mid-November, three certainties await the fanatical wrestling fan…First, the college season is now underway and will absorb the majority of your free time for the next five months; Second, Thanksgiving will probably be the last time you are allowed to hit as much as you want without feeling guilty about hunger pains to your friend, child, neighbor, etc. (yes wrestlers, we see the dirty looks you give us when we pig out in front of you); and finally, we are only weeks away from two of the premier early season collegiate events, the Sprawl and Brawl and Northeast Duals, both presented by Frank Popolizio and the Journeymen Wrestling Club. Continue reading “Journeymen Wrestling Presents Mega Events: Sprawl & Brawl (Nov. 22); Northeast Duals (Nov. 28th)”

Boomer Sooner: NYS DII Champion Colling Commits to Oklahoma

On Tuesday, another of the Empire State’s prized recruits from the class of 2010 came off of the market when it was announced that defending 215-pound DII State Champion, Kyle Colling, had given a verbal to University of Oklahoma Head Coach, Jack Spates. In doing so, the multi-sport athlete from Pioneer High School became the third mega prospect in as many years from New York to make Norman his home away from home…Last season, Spates and company won the sweepstakes for the services of 4x NYS DII Champion, Alex Ekstrom and NYS DI placewinner/2x NHSCA All-American Clay Reeb…Ekstrom is expected to be in contention for the starting spot at 133-pounds this season. Continue reading “Boomer Sooner: NYS DII Champion Colling Commits to Oklahoma”

Big Red Land Another: #99 Recruit Jesse Shanaman Cornell Bound

On Wednesday, InterMat broke the news that the #99 recruit in the land, Blair Academy’s Jesse Shanaman, had given a verbal commitment to Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll and his staff…In doing so, Shanaman become the second Bucs wrestler in the past week and a half to formally announce his collegiate plans. On October 4th, 2009 National Prep Champion, Max Huntley (who will wrestle on the Blair College team in 2010) revealed that he would continue his wrestling career at Missouri under the tutelage of Brian Smith….Remaining uncommitted from Jeff Buxton’s returning National Championship team are a pair of top-15 recruits in the persons of #3 Chris Villalonga (also rumored to be heavily considering Cornell) and #12 Mike Evans (a 2010 transfer who is believed to be down to a short list consisting of the University of Iowa and the aforementioned University of Missouri).

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On Wednesday, InterMat broke the news that the #99 recruit in the land, Blair Academy’s Jesse Shanaman, had given a verbal commitment to Cornell University Head Coach, Rob Koll and his staff…In doing so, Shanaman become the second Bucs wrestler in the past week and a half to formally announce his collegiate plans. On October 4th, 2009 National Prep Champion, Max Huntley (who will wrestle on the Blair College team in 2010) revealed that he would continue his wrestling career at Missouri under the tutelage of Brian Smith….Remaining uncommitted from Jeff Buxton’s returning National Championship team are a pair of top-15 recruits in the persons of #3 Chris Villalonga (also rumored to be heavily considering Cornell) and #12 Mike Evans (a 2010 transfer who is believed to be down to a short list consisting of the University of Iowa and the aforementioned University of Missouri). Continue reading “Big Red Land Another: #99 Recruit Jesse Shanaman Cornell Bound”

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”

There’s No Place Like Home: John Glenn Standout, Terdick, Latest Wrestler to Commit to HU

Early this morning, Lighthouse Wrestling learned that 2009 NYS DI Runner-up, Nick Terdick, of John Glenn High School had given a verbal commitment to the Hofstra University staff…The Knight senior, who capped off his third All-County performance last season as the runner-up at 140-pounds, becomes the fourth member of the class of 2010 (the third from Long Island) to formally commit to the Pride…He is joined by Syosset’s two-time NYS Champion, Nick Arujau, Wantagh’s Matt Loew, as well as Valley Central’s (Section IX) Cody Ruggirello. Continue reading “There’s No Place Like Home: John Glenn Standout, Terdick, Latest Wrestler to Commit to HU”

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”

#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”

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”

This Week in Wrestling: National Tournament Edition

Hi Everyone.

I am back after taking a few weeks off to get some personal ducks in a row (mostly graduate school and family obligations). Anyhow, with the start of the 2009 NCAA DI National Wrestling tournament less than four hours away, I thought that now was as good a time as any to sit down and put to paper my feelings on how I foresee the next three days of non-stop, exhilarating, wrestling action going. Normally, I would do an official preview for an event of such significance and magnitude. However, out of respect for those of you who were subjected to my 3,000 word rant on the state of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), I felt that perhaps it would best to keep this entry nice and casual. In other words, I am fully aware of the fake that with March Madness kicked into high gear, you might prefer the simple, “in and out” approach. Hence, in place of all of the flowery descriptions, endless rhethoric, and whatnot, I will supply only the meat and potatoes. For each weight class, I will list all of the odds on favs, recognize any sleepers in the field, as well as make my predictions on the 10 individual titlists….Sit back and enjoy !!! Continue reading “This Week in Wrestling: National Tournament Edition”

Swami Matt’s Predictions: NCAA Conference Tournament Edition

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Hey Everyone,

With the NY high school season on temporary hiatus until NHSCA Nationals, I figured now would be as good a time as any to refocus on my passion, the collegiate scene. Last week, the Pac-10 officially kicked off the DI postseason with their conference tournament, won by Boise State behind the efforts of six champions. This coming weekend, the remainder of the 2009 NCAA DI qualifiers would be determined as the Big-10, Big-12, ACC, EIWA, EWL, CAA, MAC, SoCon, as well as several of the other mid major conferences take to the mat for their respective conference tournaments.

Because seedings are not officially out yet for the majority of the conferences, I will do my best to use the national rankings and other sources to come as close as possible to coming up with the correct matchups. I will then make my predictions based on these anticipated matchups….So as to save time, I will begin the predictions in the Quarterfinal or semifinal round (depending on how in-depth the latest conference rankings are) and focus on the tournaments that I feel will be of the greatest interest to you, my viewers. Continue reading “Swami Matt’s Predictions: NCAA Conference Tournament Edition”

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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Swami Matt’s Predictions 08-09

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Section VIII/Nassau County Tournament (Finals)—-Saturday February 21st, 2009:
096– Thomas Manning (MacArthur) defeats Joe Barbuto (Wantagh)
103– Chris Perez (MacArthur) defeats Alex Grant (MacArthur)
112- Sean Kempf (MacArthur) defeats Anthony Fachini (Seaford)
119– Dylan Palacio (Long Beach) defeats Luke Alber (Farmingdale)
125– Nick Arujau (Syosset) defeats Dean Shmuely (North Shore)
130– Nick Fitzmaurice (Wantagh) defeats Dan Lofrese (Garden City)
135– Paul Liguori (Wantagh) defeats Frank Mederios (MacArthur)
140– Matt Eberlein (Island Trees) defeats Quimes DelaCruz (Wantagh)
145– Mac Maldarelli (Calhoun) defeats Brian Herold (MacArthur)
152– John Greisheimer (Wantagh) defeats Troy Sterling (Uniondale)
160- Brandon Mullholland (MacArthur) defeats Joe Chamish (Jericho)
171– Thomas Jackson (Farmingdale) defeats John Daddino (Sewanaka East)
189– Matt Loew (Wantagh) defeats Conor Wetzel (Massapequa)
215– Connor Horl (Garden City) defeats Tom Hall (Wantagh)
285- Joe Grieci (Plainedge) defeats Yaseen Madassar (Division)

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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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