Gino Titone, Greg Cherry, Brendan Dent lead Connetquot to tourney title

Connetquot's depth was on full display Saturday at the Smithtown Wrestling Tournament.

Led by tournament winners Gino Titone at 132 pounds, Greg Cherry at 138 and Brendan Dent at 145, the Thunderbirds won the team competition with 362 points. Smithtown West placed second with 219 points and Longwood was third with 209.

"That's the goal. We came here as a team and we win as a team and we lose as a team," Dent said. "When one of us wins, we all win. It's great to come here and be the team champions."

Dent praised the majority of his teammates, specifically mentioning how Titone had stepped up his game coming into this season.

"We all wrestle tough," Dent said.

Outside of the three winners, Connetquot also placed 152-pounder Steven Schmitt, 113-pounder Eddie Hart, 99-pounder Sean Miller and 120-pounder Steven Bulzomi at in the tournament finals.

"We've won four consecutive tournaments and a large part of that is wrestle-backs because we have so much depth," Connetquot coach Bill Santoro said. "We're looking like a pretty good tournament team and the nice part is they're wrestling like a team."

Connetquot tied three other schools with three tournament winners. Eastport-South Manor winners included John Busiello at 99 pounds, Nick Garone at 106 and Travis Passaro at 120. Longwood had three champions: Evan Corso at 113 pounds, Corey Rasheed at 152 and Robert James at 220. Half Hollow Hills West winners included Tyler Grimaldi at 160 pounds, Joe Piccolo at 170 and Jagger Rebozo at 182.

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