Tremendous Trio: Sayville Wrestling Club Sending Three to DI Ranks….

Like any sport, wrestling is a pyramid where only the very elite are able to successfully make the jump to the next level. For this reason, it is a major honor when a school, town, or for that matter a wrestling club is able to send even one student-athlete to the NCAA Division I level. With this sentiment is mind, I ask you, just how big a smile do you think adorns the face of Sayville WC coach Mike Vetrano, who over the course of the last few weeks has witnessed not one, not two, but three of his star pupils give commitments to DI schools? My guess is that the grin is ear to ear, and rightfully so….Starting on November 6th when All-Suffolk wrestler, Steven Leshinger (a representative of Sayville High School as well as the wrestling club) gave a verbal commitment to Princeton Tigers’ Head Coach, Chris Ayres, a chain reaction was created that saw Paul Alessandrini commit to Franklin & Marshall two days later, and the third of the trio, Mt. Sinai’s Frank Abbondanza pledge his allegiance to the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina exactly one week after Leshinger’s initial commitment…When approached from just a wrestling aspect, this accomplishment is sufficient enough. However, to look at only one side of the proverbial picture is to ignore the true essence of what this achievement means. With all three of the selected institutions of higher learning ranked in the first tier by US News and World Report, it means that not only have these native sons done us all proud on the wrestling mat, they have also been role models in the classroom for their younger teammates. Coming from my background as a guidance counselor in training, the latter is every bit as significant to me as is the former; and both are deserving of your admiration and praise. Continue reading “Tremendous Trio: Sayville Wrestling Club Sending Three to DI Ranks….”

2010 Section XI Championship Preview

A weight-by-weight analysis of the 2010 Section XI high school wrestling championships.

tugawarAnother Suffolk County tournament is upon us and that translates into 2 great days of the best wrestling in New York State. We all have our feelings about who the Suffolk finalists will be in each weight class and who the potential place winners are. So here are my picks and weight class previews. I hope you have some fun with them. So pick them apart and enjoy another Suffolk County wrestling tournament.

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Section XI Dual Meet Team Rankings for 2009-2010

All Section XI Division I teams are ranked for dual meet competitiveness for the 2009-2010 season. To rank the teams, the following factors were taken into consideration.

nassaurank2All Section XI Division I teams are ranked for dual meet competitiveness for the 2009-2010 season. To rank the teams, the following factors were taken into consideration. Continue reading “Section XI Dual Meet Team Rankings for 2009-2010”

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 Wrestling on the March

The Sayville WC has their best NYS Greco Roman & Freestyle Tournament ever with 10 wrestlers earning All State Honors. Each of the 12 Wrestlers brought home a coveted NYS Championship Medal. This is at least twice the number of place winners the WC has ever compiled in previous years.

Broom County, NY – 5/8 thru 5/10

Jody Haas (Sayville, Class of 2010) sets the bar as Sayville WC brings home 12 All State Wrestlers from the NYS Freestyle & Greco Roman State Championships

The WC has their best NYS Greco Roman & Freestyle Tournament ever with 10 wrestlers earning All State Honors. Each of the 12 Wrestlers brought home a coveted NYS Championship Medal. This is at least twice the number of place winners the WC has ever compiled in previous years.

Jody Haas was the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the WC while making the state finals before being defeated by the #1 Ranked Wrestler in the USA, Kyle Dake of Section IV. Jody competed in the toughest weight class in the tournament in route to the tournament final.

Sayville WC Place Winners

Cadet Division

Michael Payne/125, 4th Place – Greco Roman Michael Payne/125, 4th Place – Freestyle Justin Bonamico/130, 6h Place – Freestyle Geoff Teague/140, 6th Place – Greco Roman Jamel Hudson/135, 6th Place – Freestyle Joseph Sanchez/285, 6th Place – Freestyle Steven Leshinger/152, 4th Place – Greco Roman Steven Leshinger/152, 4th Place – Freestyle

Junior Division

Jody Haas/152, 2nd Place – Greco Roman
Zach Bass/135, 5th Place – Greco Roman
Alan Gomez/119, 2nd Place – Greco Roman Alan Gomez/112, 2nd Place – Freestyle

Mat Notes: Chris Siracusa/112 finished just shy of All State by going 5 rounds into the tournament. Chris competed in the largest weight class in the event. Travis Pitre/145 was also one round away from placing in the tournament. Sayville WC finished 6th in Team Scoring for the Junior Greco Roman and within the top 10 in all other styles. The WC has now completed in 8 tournaments this Spring in 4 different states. Jody Haas; Michael Payne; Steven Leshinger & Alan Gomez qualified for the National Championships to be held in Fargo, North Dakota in the summer of 2009. (The top 4 place winners automatically qualify)

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

2009 Section XI League and Section Results

Section XI 2009 League and Sectional tournament results.

2009 Doc Fallot Memorial Suffolk County Wrestling Championship
Division 1
at Hofstra University David S Mack Arena, Hempstead, NY
February 13-14, 2009

Team Scores
John Glenn — 186
Hauppauge — 165
Longwood — 144
Huntington — 109
Rocky Point — 99
Kings Park — 87
Shoreham-Wading River — 73
West Babylon — 67
Brentwood — 66
Islip — 63
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A Day When Big Dreams Came One Day Closer to Being Realized

After a day when every competitor put it all on the line for their dreams, I left the arena that evening in awe of all the athletes: winners and losers. Everyone one of these boys came to wrestle their hearts out, and if you were present on Friday, you were privileged to witness an exciting day of wrestling from the opening pigtail round to the final whistle of the 285 pound wrestle backs.

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Jon Hoeg(Mt. Sinai) dec Kyle Wade(Islip) 5-3 OT

After a day when every competitor put it all on the line for their dreams, I left the arena that evening in awe of all the athletes: winners and losers.  Everyone one of these boys came to wrestle their hearts out, and if you were present on Friday, you were privileged to witness an exciting day of wrestling from the opening pigtail round to the final whistle of the 285 pound wrestle backs.  Continue reading “A Day When Big Dreams Came One Day Closer to Being Realized”

Suffolk County Rankings 07-09

The final Section XI individual rankings based on results as of February 7, 2009

96 lbs division

  1. Cory Rasheed (Longwood) — 8, [1]
  2. Nick Moriello (Hauppauge) — 9, [2]
  3. Max Soria (Kings Park) — 10, [4]
  4. Mike Soria (Kings Park) — 10, [3]
  5. Justin Gneiser(Northport) — 9, [U]
  6. Ken Massa (John Glenn) — ?, [U]

Continue reading “Suffolk County Rankings 07-09”

Swami Matt’s Predictions 07-09

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Section XI/Suffolk County Tournament (Finals)—-Saturday February 14th, 2009:
096– Nick Mauriello (Hauppauge) defeats Corey Rasheed (Longwood)
103– Damon McQueen (Huntington) defeats Malik Rasheed (Longwood)
112-  Ken Collado (Hauppauge) dec Dan Gray (Ward Melville)
119– Steven Keith (Shoreham-WR) defeats Alex Gomez (Brentwood)
125– Nick Meinsen (John Glenn) defeats Adam Troy (Walt Whitman)
130– Matt Fusaro (John Glenn) defeats Dan O’Malley (Sachem East)
135– Stephen Dutton (Rocky Point) defeats Jesse Marro (Hauppauge)
140– Nick Terdick (John Glenn) defeats Ryan Connell (Mattituck)
145– Anthony Volpe (Rocky Point) defeats Dan Gorman (Northport)
152– Chris Carlucci (John Glenn) defeats Mike Powers (Mount Sinai)
160- TJ Neidhart (Shoreham-WR) defeats Billy Coggins (Rocky Point)
171– Josue Mendez (Brentwood) defeats William Parks (Longwood)
189– Zach Buonaiuto (Miller Place) defeats Marvin Titus-Casseus (West Babylon)
215– Ernest James (Longwood) defeats Eric Wooley (Hauppauge)
285- Cody Hinrichs (Islip) defeats Scott Munro (Hauppauge)

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Suffolk County League III Championships 2009

The Suffolk County League III wrestling championship was held at Smithtown East High School on February 7, 2009. The Redmen from East Islip, winner of each of their dual meets during the season (7-0) battled its league opponents, Smithtown East (6-1), Newfield (5-2), Centereach (4-3), West Islip (3-4), Half Hollow Hills East (2-5), Copiague (1-6) and North Babylon (0-7). The league championships offer wrestlers from each school opportunities for redemption and confirmation as many of the wrestlers met during the current season and in seasons past.

The Suffolk County League III wrestling championship was held at Smithtown East High School on February 7, 2009. The Redmen from East Islip, winner of each of their dual meets during the season (7-0) battled its league opponents, Smithtown East (6-1), Newfield (5-2), Centereach (4-3), West Islip (3-4), Half Hollow Hills East (2-5), Copiague (1-6) and North Babylon (0-7). The league championships offer wrestlers from each school opportunities for redemption and confirmation as many of the wrestlers met during the current season and in seasons past. Continue reading “Suffolk County League III Championships 2009”

LEAGUE III CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

The Suffolk County League III wrestling championship is scheduled to be held at Smithtown East High School on February 7, 2009. The Redmen from East Islip won each of their league dual meets during the season and its coaches as well as the coaches from the other teams in league III, Smithtown East (6-1), Newfield (5-2), Centereach (4-3), West Islip (3-4), Half Hollow Hills East (2-5), Copiague (1-6) and North Babylon (0-7) look to send a number of their wrestlers to the Suffolk County Championships scheduled to be held at Hofstra University on February 13 and 14, 2009. 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):

The Suffolk County League III wrestling championship is scheduled to be held at Smithtown East High School on February 7, 2009. The Redmen from East Islip won each of their league dual meets during the season and its coaches as well as the coaches from the other teams in league III, Smithtown East (6-1), Newfield (5-2), Centereach (4-3), West Islip (3-4), Half Hollow Hills East (2-5), Copiague (1-6) and North Babylon (0-7) look to send a number of their wrestlers to the Suffolk County Championships scheduled to be held at Hofstra University on February 13 and 14, 2009. 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):

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Top 20 Dual Meet Teams on LI 06-09

Long Island rankings from results as of January 31, 2009.

Top 20 Ranked Dual Meet Teams on Long Island. Scroll down, select your top 8, and submit your vote.

  1. John Glenn
  2. Wantagh
  3. Macarthur
  4. Hauppauge
  5. Longwood
  6. Sachem North
  7. Connetquot
  8. Brentwood
  9. Rocky Point
  10. Huntington
  11. Islip
  12. Westhampton
  13. West Babylon
  14. Northport
  15. Kings Park
  16. Massapequa
  17. Miller Place
  18. Mt. Sinai
  19. Sachem East
  20. East Islip

Honorable Mention

  • Long Beach
  • Plainedge
  • Shoreham Wading River
  • Smithtown East
  • William Floyd

Take the poll, and select your top 8 dual meet teams on Long Island for 2008-2009. If you like, rank the teams in order from 1 to 20 in a comment.

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Suffolk Dual Meet Team Rankings 06-09

Section XI dual meet team rankings as of results from January 31, 2009.

Numbers in brackets indicates previous ranking.

  1. John Glenn – [1]
  2. Hauppauge – [2]
  3. Longwood – [3]
  4. Sachem North – [4]
  5. Connetquot – [5]
  6. Brentwood – [6]
  7. Rocky Point – [9]
  8. Huntington – [7]
  9. Islip – [8]
  10. Westhampton – [10]

This is your chance to tell us whether we got it right. Take the poll, and select your top 3 dual meet teams in Suffolk county for 2008-2009. If you select other, please identify that other team with a comment, and if you like, rank your selections in order from 1 to 10 in a comment.

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Suffolk County Rankings 06-09

Suffolk county individual rankings as per results up to January 31, 2009.

96 lbs division

  1. Cory Rasheed (Longwood) — 8, [1]
  2. Nick Moriello (Hauppauge) — 9, [2]
  3. Mike Soria (Kings Park) — ? [U]
  4. Max Soria (Kings Park) — ?, [3]
  5. Tom Badamo (Bayport-Bluepoint) — ? [4]
  6. James Spencer (Commack) — ?, [5]

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Huntington Edges Hauppauge in OT

For those of you who made it to Hauppauge tonight or tuned into Lighthouse Wrestling’s live coverage of the battle for the League 5 championship, you had the privilege of watching perhaps the most exciting dual meet of 2009, in a season where there has been no shortage of great matches.

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For those of you who made it to Hauppauge Friday evening or tuned into Lighthouse Wrestling’s live coverage of the battle for the League 5 championship, you had the privilege of watching perhaps the most exciting dual meet of 2009, in a season where there has been no shortage of great matches. Continue reading “Huntington Edges Hauppauge in OT”

Suffolk Results as of 05-09

Section XI results from Monday January 26 through and including Saturday, January 31, 2009.

Brentwood 45, Syosset 24
Saturday, January 31
96 – Papa (Bwd) dec Frasina (Syo) 12-0
103 – Garcia (Bwd) pin Sam Galasso (Syo) 1:18
119 – Gomez (Bwd) pin Alex Locke (Syo) 3:15
125 – Danny Gewolb (Syo) dec Blanco (Bwd) 7-2
130 – Arujua (Syo) pin Garcia (Bwd) 1:22
135 – M Calderon (Bwd) TF Walter Mata (Syo) 5:45
140 – Rojas (Bwd) pin Diaz (Syo) 3:05
145 – Falconi (Bwd) dec Guastafeste (Syo) 4-1
152 – Cabrera (Bwd) dec Tom Anderson (Syo) 7-2
160 – Guy Macchia (Syo) pin Delossantos (Bwd) 3:31
171 – Mendez (Bwd) dec Randazzo (Syo) 13-0
189 – Brooks (Bwd) dec Jack Narcessian (Syo) 6-2
215 – Evan Kappatos (Syo) dec Hernandez (Bwd) 8-4
285 – Williams (Syo) pin Wilson (Bwd) 1:43
Forfeits: Syosset (103)

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Dual Meet Preview – Hauppaug vs. Huntington

On Friday, January 30, 2009, the Huntington Blue Devils ranked number eleven ( 11 ) by Matslap visit the Hauppauge Eagles ranked number two ( 2 ) for a 6:00 P.M. showdown.

On Friday, January 30, 2009, the Huntington Blue Devils ranked number eleven ( 11 ) by Matslap  visit the Hauppauge Eagles ranked number two ( 2 ) for a 6:00 P.M. showdown.

The question is can Huntington pull off the upset on the road ?. Hauppauge has shown overall depth throughout their line -up and will be hard to beat. The Blue Devils have some very talented wrestlers spread throughout the line up but can they match the Eagles? Continue reading “Dual Meet Preview – Hauppaug vs. Huntington”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (1/26): Nick Hall

It’s a large responsibility for an eighth grade varsity wrestler, but Nick Hall is no ordinary wrestler — even for a prodigy. In the last match of a hotly contested dual meet against Brentwood, Section XI’s perennial powerhouse, where Longwood held the lead only once, it was up to Nick Hall to deliver a victory for his team.

nickhallcIt’s a large responsibility for an eighth grade varsity wrestler, but Nick Hall is no ordinary wrestler — even for a prodigy. In the last match of a hotly contested dual meet against Brentwood, Section XI’s perennial powerhouse, where Longwood held the lead only once, it was up to Nick Hall to deliver a victory for his team.

At that moment, Brentwood’s victory looked as certain as could be under these circumstances, not because Nick was expected to lose, but who would have expected Nick to pin in a bout that looked to be difficult to win by decision? Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (1/26): Nick Hall”