Frederick Dunau's fourth state championship helps St. Anthony's to team title
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St. Anthony's Frederick Dunau entered the 2014 season as a three-time defending CHSAA state champion and was looked at as the Friars' best chance to secure an overall state championship in the public school tournament in Albany.
It got dicey two weeks ago when Dunau forfeited the final match of the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA tournament because of a hip injury but nothing was going to stop him from reaching his goal Sunday.
"It definitely made it more difficult today," Dunau said. "My parents were a little bit against me wrestling today but I told them that even if my leg is falling off, I'm wrestling because I'm not giving up my chance to be a four-time Catholic league state champion."
Dunau roared back in the state tournament at Chaminade to capture that fourth consecutive title, winning a hard-fought 10-4 decision over Ben Peck of Fordham Prep at 138.
The Friars took the team title with 254 points. Chaminade took third with 178.5 points.
"When I first came into the league, the goal was to stop being mediocre," coach Tony Walters said. "When we walk in now, we expect to win and that's our attitude."
Dunau trailed 1-0 in the second period before he unleashed a lateral throw to put Peck on his back, securing four points. The senior secured the win late in the third after sprawling to stuff a Peck takedown and gaining back control.
Dunau is the first four-time Catholic state champion since Lucas Magnani of St. Anthony's from 1999-2002.
The Friars dominated in the lighter weight classes. John Twomey won his third consecutive Catholic state title with a technical fall in 1:57 at 113, Benjamin Lamantia repeated as a champion with a 57-second pin at 120 and Joe Russ won a 5-1 decision at 126 to win his second consecutive title.
"To get the bragging rights I'd need to get to the public state final because Stephen came in third," Russ said. "It's a challenge that I accept."
Two other Russ brothers have been to Catholic state finals as well, with Derick capturing a title in 2003.
St. Anthony's also had three other champions in Brian Kelly (99), Andrew Pryor (160) and Peter Corbett (285). Connor Watson (182) of Chaminade and Jason Javier (106) of Kellenberg were the other Long Island winners.