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Wantagh's wrestling success continues

Wantagh's James Corbett won his match against Plainedge's

Wantagh's James Corbett won his match against Plainedge's Robert Ng at 182 pounds in the Nassau Division I wrestling finals at Hofstra. (Feb. 12, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Champions at the Union-Endicott Duals in Binghamton – Check.

Nassau County dual meet champions – check.

The 2013 wrestling season has belonged to the Wantagh Warriors.

On Tuesday night, they added another impressive result to its resume, finishing first in the Nassau County Tournament with 202.5 points. MacArthur, the team it beat in the dual meet finals, finished second with 131 points.

“They really are tough boys and they work hard,” Wantagh head coach Paul Gillespie said. “It’s probably one of the best teams I’ve ever coached and I’ve had some decent teams through the years. They’re right there with the best.”

Wantagh had four county champions – Kyle Quinn at 106 pounds, Vinnie Turano at 132 pounds, Dan McDevitt at 170 pounds and James Corbett at 182 pounds.

No. 1 seed Chris Araoz was upset in the semifinals of the 126-pound bracket, but Gillespie talked about his leadership and what it meant to the team.

“Chris Araoz, Vinny Turano, James Corbett and Dan McDevitt are the core of Wantagh wrestling and have been for the last couple of years,” Gillespie said. “They’re four captains and you can only give them so many accolades, but they’re wonderful, wonderful people.”

With another year of experience for each of those wrestlers, Wantagh is hoping to check off the last item left on its to do list – a dominant showing at the state championships.
 

Tags: wantagh , wrestling , Chris Araoz , Vinny Turano , James Corbett , Dan McDevitt , Paul Gillespie

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