Center Circle with Joe Giaramita

Since John Glenn exploded into dominance in 2009, capturing their first of two consecutive Section XI team titles, and now set their sights on the coveted hat-trick, Joe Giaramita has been a quiet source of strength.

The names Nick Meinsen, Nick Terdick, Matt Fusaro, and James Dekrone most readily slide off tongues when wrestling fans describe the impact of the John Glenn dynasty. Since John Glenn exploded into dominance in 2009, capturing their first of two consecutive Section XI team titles, and now set their sights on the coveted hat-trick, Joe Giaramita has been a quiet source of strength.

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Center Circle with Mack Lewnes

After agonizing setback at the NCAA tournament in 2009, Mack Lewnes, Cornell Junior at 174lbs, is rolling through opponents like a 16lbs bowling ball scrambles pins on a strike. In early season results, he won the Las Vegas Invitational with a finals victory over 3rd ranked Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska, the Body Bar Invitational, the Binghamton Open and two dominating victories over Maryland’s formerly number 4 ranked Mike Letts.

mack-lewnesAfter agonizing setback at the NCAA tournament in 2009, Mack Lewnes, Cornell Junior at 174lbs, is rolling through opponents like a 16lbs bowling ball scrambles pins on a strike.  In early season results, he won the Las Vegas Invitational with a finals victory over 3rd ranked Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska, the Body Bar Invitational,  the Binghamton Open and two dominating victories over Maryland’s formerly number 4 ranked Mike Letts. Continue reading “Center Circle with Mack Lewnes”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/30): Troy Nickerson

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”

— Muhammad Ali

With the 125lbs championship match tied at 1 and with six seconds into the 2nd overtime period, Troy Nickerson lay facedown on the mat in pain. It was the third time in the tournament that his injured shoulder dislocated.

Photo Courtesy of tech-fall.com
Photo Courtesy of tech-fall.com

“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”

— Muhammad Ali

With the 125lbs championship match tied at 1 and with six seconds into the 2nd overtime period, Troy Nickerson lay face down on the mat in pain.  It was the third time in the tournament that his injured shoulder dislocated.  Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/30): Troy Nickerson”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/16): PJ Gillespie

Life is about relationships, and NO sport embodies this human bond greater than the sport of wrestling. It’s about the bonds between a parent and son, coach and athlete, teammates and competitors, and competitors and fans.

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Life is about relationships, and NO sport embodies this human bond greater than the sport of wrestling.  It’s about the bonds between a parent and son, coach and athlete, teammates and competitors, and competitors and fans. Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/16): PJ Gillespie”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/9): Jordan Leen

Every individual that steps foot on the wrestling mat battles two opponents: the opponent the fans see and the opponent only the wrestler sees – THEMSELF. It’s the voice in your mind that tells you, you’re too tired to go on; it hurts too much to continue to fight; it fills you with self-doubt and makes you tentative in your attack.

Jordan Leen EIWA Finals vs JP O'Conner - Photo By Lindsey M. Mechalik
Jordan Leen EIWA Finals vs JP O'Conner - Photo By Lindsey M. Mechalik

Every individual that steps foot on the wrestling mat battles two opponents: the opponent the fans see and the opponent only the wrestler sees – THEMSELF.  It’s the voice in your mind that tells you, you’re too tired to go on; it hurts too much to continue to fight; it fills you with self-doubt and makes you tentative in your attack.

The champions win these battles; the repeat champions slay these demons. Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (3/9): Jordan Leen”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (2/23): Andre Berry

It’s a fear of many varsity wrestlers who love to play football in the fall yet are passionate about their wrestling career: do you risk injury and ruin your winter wrestling season by playing football in the fall? It’s an even more tortuous decision going into your senior year with many wrestling goals yet to be achieved and the dream of a state championship still burning fiercely in your heart.

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Andre Berry vs Matt Eberlein 2009 Section VIII finals. Photo is Courtesy of thematslap.com

It’s a fear of many varsity wrestlers who love to play football in the fall yet are passionate about their wrestling career: do you risk injury and ruin your winter wrestling season by playing football in the fall?  It’s an even more tortuous decision going into your senior year with many wrestling goals yet to be achieved and the dream of a state championship still burning fiercely in your heart. Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (2/23): Andre Berry”

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”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (1/19): Billy Coggins

The 160lbs final wasn’t supposed to end this way, but Rocky Point’s Billy Coggins had other plans. Entering into the tournament as the eighth seed in the 160lbs weight class, Billy Coggins won each round – as it can only happen – one match at time. Never looking beyond his current opponent, Billy knocked off three opponents seeded ahead of him to win the Eastern States Classic 2009.

billy-cogginsThe 160lbs final wasn’t supposed to end this way, but Rocky Point’s Billy Coggins had other plans.  Entering into the tournament as the eighth seed in the 160lbs weight class, Billy Coggins won each round – as it can only happen – one match at time.  Never looking beyond his current opponent, Billy knocked off three opponents seeded ahead of him to win the Eastern States Classic 2009.

It was an uphill battle for Billy as he endured an overtime victory over Derek Golner of Tyngsborough in the round of 16, winning 5-3.  With that win, Billy had the opportunity to face the number one seed: James Brundage of Ossining, third in NYS D1 at 160lbs in 2008. Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (1/19): Billy Coggins”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (1/12): Sean Kempf

He may not break your top 5 list or even your top 10 list of Section VIII wrestlers, but I have a feeling that it wouldn’t trouble this General. He’s too busy preparing for his next opponent and doing what Generals do: they make their statement on the mat.

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Eastern States Victory over Steven Rodriques


He may not break your top 5 list or even your top 10 list of Section VIII wrestlers, but I have a feeling that it wouldn’t trouble this General.   He’s too busy preparing for his next opponent and doing what Generals do: they make their statement on the mat.

Sean Kempf has been quietly defeating many of Nassau’s top wrestlers over the past two years.  In 2007, he earned All County honors with a 4th place finish at 103, and in 2008, he followed it up with a 3rd place All County finish at 112, behind Nick Arujau and Cory Krimmer.

Sean first impressed me this season in his win over Paul Friscia at 125 in the Wantagh vs. MacArthur Dual meet on December 17, 2008.  You saw it in his eyes.  He was determined to bring the Generals back into the match.  After 5 minutes and 31 seconds of unbottled determination, Sean scored a pin for MacArthur, bringing the Generals quest for victory within reach. Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (1/12): Sean Kempf”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (1/5): Nick Meinsen

The John Glenn wrestling team has been ripping through the competition this season like a tornado ripping through a neighborhood. They’ve racked up an impressive 281 points while giving up 83 points in 6 Dual meets this season alone.

At the Bethpage Tournament, they tore through the competition entering into the finals with 18 finalists and crowning 10 champions.

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Photo Courtsey of thematslap.com

The John Glenn wrestling team has been ripping through the competition this season like a tornado ripping through a neighborhood.  They’ve racked up an impressive 281 points while giving up 83 points in 6 Dual meets this season alone.  

At the Bethpage Tournament, they tore through the competition entering into the finals with 18 finalists and crowning 10 champions.  

Two weeks later, the tornado picked up strength as it moved south and earned impressive victories over Sayville (59-6), Garden City (57-9), Brentwood (42-12), and a hardnosed win in the championship finals against the 2nd best dual meet team in Nassau County, MacArthur (31-30), and the win over MacArthur includes 2 forfeits by John Glenn. Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (1/5): Nick Meinsen”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (12/8): John Greisheimer

The wrestler of the week needs no introduction but we must give him some well due accolades. John Greisheimer has been wrestling since 4th grade and he appears ready for greatness…

The wrestler of the week needs no introduction but we must give him some well due accolades. John Greisheimer has been wrestling since 4th grade and he appears ready for greatness. John is the defending State Champion from Section 8. Last year John went 49-1 suffering his only loss to Zach Clemente of La Salle Academy from Section 2.  After capturing his 1st NYS Championship, the Hammer followed this up with a 2nd place finish at the High School Nationals in Virginia last March. John has a career record of 145-14 with 92 pins and is climbing the ladder quickly. Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (12/8): John Greisheimer”

LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (12/1): Stephen Bonanno

When you think of Wantagh, the first wrestler that comes to most people’s mind is Paul Liguori, but greatness often comes in pairs, and in Wantagh’s case, greatness came in 3’s with the trio of Paul Liguori, Paul Greishiemer, and Steve Bonanno: a kind of Three Musketeers, if you would.

When you think of Wantagh, the first wrestler that comes to most people’s mind is Paul Liguori, but greatness often comes in pairs, and in Wantagh’s case, greatness came in 3’s with the trio of Paul Liguori, John Greishiemer, and Steve Bonanno: a kind of Three Musketeers, if you would. 

Over the last three years this trio of Wantagh wrestlers has been devastating the local competition, and now with Steve Bonanno, starting freshman at Hofstra University, we are seeing a sneak preview of what this trio plans to unleash upon their NCAA D1 competitors.  It’s gonna be AWESOME! Continue reading “LHW’s Wrestler of the Week (12/1): Stephen Bonanno”