Replay of the 2011 PSAL A Dual Championship

On Friday January 21st, the Steppers of of Brooklyn Tech completed thier unblemished season by reigning victorious over Grand Street Campus, 43-24, in the finals of the PSAL A Dual Meet tournament, held on the campus of Martin Lurther King Jr. High School.

2011 PSAL A Dual Championship Match: Brooklyn Tech vs. Grand Street Campus

2011 Eastern States Seeds Released…






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01. Dylan Realbuto (Somers)
02. John Stramiello (Pine Bush)
03. Anthony D’Onofrio (Longwood)
04.  Kevin Jack (Danbury)
05.  Jesse Porter (Shenendehowa)
06.  Blaise Benderoth (North Rockland)
07.  Steven Sewkumar (Long Beach)
08.  Joe Ginley (Warwick Valley)
09.  Bryan Lantry (Wayne)
10. Nick Barbaria (New Rochelle)
11.  Justin Cooksey (MacArthur)
12.  Ben Ettlinger (Fox Lane)
13.  Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley)
14.  Jamie Dunn (Mepham)
15.  Corey McCormick (Johnson City)
16.  Mikey Carr (Union Endicott)
17. Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury) Continue reading “2011 Eastern States Seeds Released…”

Higher Education: All-American Perez Latest NYS Wrestler To Take Talents to Ivy League, Headed to Princeton.

All I can say is finally ! For those of you who loyally read all of these recruiting press releases, you know that in the past two years, I have written about just about every demographic possible; I’ve covered a Minnesota kid taking his act to Buffalo; I’ve highlighted back-to-back #1 recruits opting to become Bearcats; I even managed to sneak in an article about three kids from the same wrestling club all heading to different elite academic colleges. What follows is hardly the first Ivy League related piece that I have written, and with the way things are looking, it certainly will not be the last. Therefore, why does this particular story appeal to me? Because it hit me just a few seconds ago that today marks the first time that I will have the pleasure of paying tribute to a young man from my own hometown….After the countless recruiting updates (all of which I should note were a joy to pen), I finally get to pay homage to a Levittownian, thanks to the work, both in the classroom and on the wrestling mat of General Douglas MacArthur High School senior, Chris Perez, who just short of a week ago realized his personal dream when he formally committed to Princeton University. In making the big decision, the pride and joy of the Generals’ wrestling program became the second Long Islander to select the Chris Ayres Tigers as his next home. He joins All-Suffolk wrestler, Steven Leshinger of Sayville, who in early November, was the first member of the class of 2011 to opt for the New Jersey based institution of higher learning.  Now, all that remains is for a wrestler from the CHSAA to pledge his allegiance to the Orange and Black in order to complete the clean sweep. Continue reading “Higher Education: All-American Perez Latest NYS Wrestler To Take Talents to Ivy League, Headed to Princeton.”

Make It A Double: Journeymen Wrestling Club Presents 2010 Northeast Duals

Last week, Lighthouse Wrestling was proud to promote the Sprawl & Brawl Duals, organized by the Journeymen Wrestling Club, under the leadership of Frankie Popolizio. However, as deep in talent as that event is, the 2010 Northeast Duals, also sponsored by the JWC, might just be the best accumulation of talent in one place at one time this early into the 2010/2011 season…With a field consisting of seven of the nation’s top 25 teams (13 of the top 50), LHW and Journeymen have one suggestion for you, MAKE IT A DOUBLE, by being in attendance for both of the JWC’s premier events. Continue reading “Make It A Double: Journeymen Wrestling Club Presents 2010 Northeast Duals”

Tis the Season: Journeymen Sprawl & Brawl Highlights Start of ’10-’11 College Season

Scott Green, the legendary New York State Junior Coach, as well a former assistant coach at Binghamton University and the current head coach at prep powerhouse Wyoming Seminary, recently made the comment on his facebook profile that it is starting to “smell like wrestling season.” For many enthusiasts, with matches officially kicking off this past weekend, this is a statement that is abundant with veritas and intensity. However, while I acknowledge the importance of all matches, for me, the start of the college season is always marked by the first of Frankie Popolizio and Journeymen Wrestling Club’s two mega-events; 2010/2011 is no different as I, along with a plethora of fans located in the Northeast, anxiously await the calendar hitting November 21st, the date of the JWC’s annual Sprawl and Brawl Duals….Hosted by the defending Colonial Athletic Association champions, Binghamton University, this year’s field is highlighted by the participation of teams such as Penn State University, Harvard University, Rutgers, Michigan State University, and West Virginia, as well as the aforementioned Bearcats. Continue reading “Tis the Season: Journeymen Sprawl & Brawl Highlights Start of ’10-’11 College Season”

Crimson Pins Down Barbato: 2010 NYS DI Runner-up Vebals to Harvard

The latin phrase “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae”, translated as “truth for Christ and the Church,” may not mean much to many of us, but today it takes on a much greater significance for one of our native sons, Wantagh High School senior Joe Barbato. As the motto of Harvard University, this is a slogan that the 2010 NYS DI state runner-up will become very familiar with over the course of the next four years as it was announced this afternoon that the Warrior wrestler had given a verbal commitment to Crimson Head Coach, Jay Weiss…In making this decision, Barbato becomes the second wrestler from his high school to give a verbal commitment to a DI institution. He joins fellow state runner-up, Joe Kavanagh, who committed to Hofstra University all the way back in July. Barbato is the first member of the current senior class to select the Cambridge, Massachusetts based school of high learning. Continue reading “Crimson Pins Down Barbato: 2010 NYS DI Runner-up Vebals to Harvard”

It’s A Bull Market: #44 Recruit, Waste, Commits to U. of Buffalo

To say that the recruiting front has been kind to New York State DI institutions the past 48 hours would be a minor understatement. With Empire State fanatics still buzzing with excitement over the announcement that the #19 recruit in the land, Nick Gwiazdowski, would be staying home and attending Binghamton, today was a day that the Bearcats’ SUNY brethren, the University of Buffalo took center stage when it was announced that 2x Minnesota state placewinner, Jake Waste, of perennial powerhouse Apple Valley High School (MN), had given a verbal commitment to Bulls’ head coach, Jim Beichner. Waste, who is ranked by InterMat as the #44 overall recruit in the class of 2011, becomes the first student-athlete this year to select the Mid American Conference member. In doing so, he also became the fourth member of his high school in the past week to formally make a college choice. He joins #37 recruit Matt Kelliher (Wisconsin on 10/19), #50 Steven Keogh (Minnesota on 10/20), and #1 overall Destin McCauley (Wisconsin on 10/24) in solidifying his future plans. Continue reading “It’s A Bull Market: #44 Recruit, Waste, Commits to U. of Buffalo”

A Bear(cat) of A Good Recruit: 2x NYS DII Finalist/2009 Champion To Stay In-State; Verbals to Binghamton

Derek Heyman

Earlier this morning, Tioga High School rising senior, Derak Heyman, a 2x NYS DII finalist and 2009 State Champion, was named as one of the top-10 members of NYS’ class of 2011 as a part of the InterMat Wrestling-49 series. This was only the start of the good news for this immensely talented young man and his family as several hours later, he revealed to Lighthouse Wrestling that after weighing all of his options, he had elected to give a verbal commitment to reigning Colonial Athletic Association champions, the Bearcats of Binghamton University. In doing so, Heyman becomes the second blue-chip recruit in less than a week from the Empire State to officially break the news of his college plans; He joins fellow 2x state finalist (albeit different divisions) Grant Greene, who on the 25th of this month, broke the news that he would be continuing his academic and athletic pursuits at Northwestern University. Heyman is the first elite wrestler to announce his intentions to compete for Coach Pat Popolizio and staff. Continue reading “A Bear(cat) of A Good Recruit: 2x NYS DII Finalist/2009 Champion To Stay In-State; Verbals to Binghamton”

A Little Local Flavor: 2010 NYS DI Runner-up Kavanagh Verbals to Pride

Friday July 9th was a good night for Hofstra University Head Wrestling Coach, Tom Shifflet, as he learned that the Pride had just picked up their first recruit from the class of 2011 when 2010 NYS DI 171-pound State runner-up/2x Nassau County Champion Joe Kavanagh of Wantagh High School informed the fourth year coach of his decision to give a verbal commitment to the hometown university. In doing so, the rising senior becomes the third high profile Warrior wrestler in as many years to choose the Hempstead based institution of higher learning. He will be joined by Steve Bonanno (2009 NCAA Qualifier @125) and Matt Loew (2x NYS DI Finalist/anticipated starter at 197 in 2011). In speaking with Kavanagh’s father, Jim, the realization that his son would be donning the Pride Blue & Gold in 2012 was described as a dream come true for the family, especially the future HU student-athlete himself. Continue reading “A Little Local Flavor: 2010 NYS DI Runner-up Kavanagh Verbals to Pride”

Five-Finger Clan: NY Quintet Win NHSCA National Titles…

On Friday evening, five New York State wrestlers extended over three grade levels (freshman, Sophomore, Junior) won National titles at the annual NHSCA National Tournament In Virginia Beach, VA…Claiming the hardware on behalf of the Empire State were 103-pound Junior, Abdulgawi Mohamed (Section IV/Lackawanna), 112-pound junior Zach McCormick (Section IV; Johnson City), 130-pound junior Bobby Dierna (Section V; Wayne), 145-pound sophomore Chris Nevinger (Section V; Letchworth), and 160-pound freshman, Zach Zupan (Section III; Canastota)…Finishing as national runners-up were the trio of 112-pound junior Nigel McNeil (Section XI; Huntington), 130-pound sophomore Quinton Murphy (Section V; Holley), and 152-pound sophomore, Tristan Hamner (Section VI; Medina)…A plethora of other wrestlers from New York State succeeded in becoming All-Americans, finishing in the 3rd-8th spots respectively. Continue reading “Five-Finger Clan: NY Quintet Win NHSCA National Titles…”

Lion King No More….#46 Recruit, Nick Arujau, Decommits From HU

Early this afternoon, journalists from The Open Mat broke the news that 2x defending NYS DI Champion, Nick Arujau, had contacted the coaching staff at Hofstra University to inform them that he would be retracting the verbal commitment that he gave to the Hempstead, NY based school back in May…LHW contacted the #46 recruit and was able to get the validity of this story confirmed…The news comes approximately one week after Arujau put forth an incredibly solid showing at the Super-32 tournament, finishing third in an extremely deep 125-pound weight class. Continue reading “Lion King No More….#46 Recruit, Nick Arujau, Decommits From HU”

2009 Super-32 Updates (COMPLETE)

Hello all…In an attempt to make finding results for your favorite Empire State wrestlers as convenient as possible, I will be doing twitter updates as the results pour in…This way, rather than having to search bracket by bracket, you will be able to quickly find the match that you are interested in….To clarify, I am not in attendance at the Greensboro Coliseum. Like all of you, I will be following the action from the comfort of my own home…However, as a means of serving as your “one stop shop for all Team NY results from the Battle for the Belt, I volunteer to condense the results…I hope everyone enjoys !!! . Continue reading “2009 Super-32 Updates (COMPLETE)”

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”

Nothing Hokie About This: #79 Recruit Malvestuto Commits to Virginia Tech

This past Tuesday, the fifth and final member of the InterMat Top-100 recruits list from New York, Angelo Malvestuto officially came off of the market when he announced that he would be continuing his academic and athletic career in Blacksburg, VA for Head Coach Kevin Dresser and the Virginia Tech Hokies…The news broke exactly one week after fellow Empire State top-100 recruit, Nick Wilcox (#70) revealed that he had decided to do his collegiate wrestling at Bloomsburg University…

Virginia Tech Hokies

This past Tuesday, the fifth and final member of the InterMat Top-100 recruits list from New York, Angelo Malvestuto officially came off of the market when he announced that he would be continuing his academic and athletic career in Blacksburg, VA for Head Coach Kevin Dresser and the Virginia Tech Hokies…The news broke exactly one week after fellow Empire State top-100 recruit, Nick Wilcox (#70) revealed that he had decided to do his collegiate wrestling at Bloomsburg University….LHW wishes to extend its sincerest congratulations to both talented young men, their families, and their coaches. Continue reading “Nothing Hokie About This: #79 Recruit Malvestuto Commits to Virginia Tech”

2009-2010 New York State Power Rankings (DI & D2)

A power ranking of the top 25 high school wrestlers in New York state for the 2009/2010 season, both DI and DII wrestlers are included in the ranking. A power ranking formula was used to compare performance across weight classes. No subjective information was used to rank the wrestlers except for arriving at the power point system which was applied the same for each wrestler.

A power ranking of the top 25 high school wrestlers in New York state for the 2009/2010 season, both DI and DII wrestlers are included in the ranking. A power ranking formula was used to compare performance across weight classes. No subjective information was used to rank the wrestlers except for arriving at the power point system which was applied the same for each wrestler. Continue reading “2009-2010 New York State Power Rankings (DI & D2)”

Bodacious Bearcat: #11 Recruit, Tyler Beckwith, Binghamton Bound

Less than 72 hours after concluding his 2009 campaign by earning double All-American honors at the Asics/Vaughan Junior National Tournament, the #11 recruit in the class of 2010, Tyler Beckwith, officially announced that he is off of the market, verbally committing to the State University of New York-Binghamton….He becomes the first rising senior to align himself with Coach Pat Popolizio’s quickly emerging Bearcat program. Continue reading “Bodacious Bearcat: #11 Recruit, Tyler Beckwith, Binghamton Bound”

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”

Empire State Places Five On InterMat’s Top-100 Recruits List

Early Thursday morning, the nationally recognized amateur wrestling website, InterMat, released its top-100 recruits list for the class of 2010. Included on this list were a quintet of student-athletes who call New York State home….With the rising senior class already being hailed as one of the deepest and talent rich in the past decade, inclusion on this list is a distinction that needs no further explanation….While the number of honorees from the Empire State are down from last year’s eye popping statistic of 10, the five individuals who did the list are 100 percent deserving and have earned the praise that will accompany their selection…Making this laundry list of the nation’s elite were Tyler Beckwith and Nick Wilcox of Greene High School, Nick Arujau (Syosset High School), Stephen Dutton (Rocky Point High School), and Angelo Malvestuto, the pride and joy of Niagara-Wheatfield High School. Continue reading “Empire State Places Five On InterMat’s Top-100 Recruits List”

All New York State DII Power Rankings 03-09

Final DII power ranking for the 2008-2009 season. Power rankings are calculated from state results over the last three years only: 2007, 2008, and 2009.

The top 25 Division II New York Wrestlers have been identified using a power ranking formula to compare performance across weight classes. No subjective information was used to rank the wrestlers except for arriving at the power point system which was applied the same for each wrestler. Continue reading “All New York State DII Power Rankings 03-09”

All New York State DI Power Rankings 03-09

Final power ranking for the 2008-2009 season. Power rankings are calculated from state results over the last three years only: 2007, 2008, and 2009.

The top 25 Division I New York Wrestlers have been identified using a power ranking formula to compare performance across weight classes. No subjective information was used to rank the wrestlers except for arriving at the power point system which was applied the same for each wrestler. Continue reading “All New York State DI Power Rankings 03-09”

Top 15 Dual Meet Teams in NYS

Now that the season is well underway and some of the top teams have had an opportunity to compete agains one another, we should have a better idea of who the top Dual Meet teams are in NYS for 2009. Select your top 5 teams and submit your vote. If you’re feeling ambitious, rank the top 15 in the comment section as you see it.

Now that the season is well underway and some of the top teams have had an opportunity to compete agains one another, we should have a better idea of who the top Dual Meet teams are in NYS for 2009.  Select your top 5 teams and submit your vote.  If you’re feeling ambitious, rank the top 15 in the comment section as you see it.

Select the Top 5 Dual Meet Teams in NYS for 2009

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Which NYS Dual Meet Teams Will Finish Top 10 in 2009?

Which NYS teams will finish in the top ten dual meets in 2009? Pick your top ten. If you pick other, please follow up with a comment and identify the team that you recommend to be in the top 10 for NYS in 2009. If you would, order the top 10in the comments after you submit your top 10 selections.

Which NYS teams will finish in the top ten dual meets in 2009?  Pick your top ten.  If you pick other, please follow up with a comment and identify the team that you recommend to be in the top 10 dual meet teams for NYS in 2009.  If you would, order the top 10 in the comments after you submit your top 10 selections. Continue reading “Which NYS Dual Meet Teams Will Finish Top 10 in 2009?”