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Final Long Island wrestling rankings
Glenn remains the top team in our Big 10 (ahead of the Half Hollow Hills boys basketball team for the seventh straight week) after it crowned its first state champion — 130-pounder Nick Meinsen (pictured) — at the Times Union Center in Albany on Saturday. Nick Terdick placed third at 152 pounds for the Knights.
Hauppauge moved up one spot to No. 3 this week behind 96-pound state champion, freshman Mark West, and, after crowning three state champions, Rocky Point made its Big 10 debut at No. 6. To hear Gregg Sarra explain his Big 10 choices, click here.
And for a complete recap of the state tournament from Gregg and Andy Slawson, click here. In all, eight Suffolk wrestlers and one from Nassau won titles, while Suffolk took the sectional crown with a record 280.5 points, 88.5 more than second-place Nassau.
Onto the final top 10 dual meet rankings of the season...
1. Glenn (21-0, 7-0 League VI) — Nick Meinsen became the Knights' first state champion with his 6-0 win over Taylor Laraia of Newburgh in the 130-pound final on Saturday night at the Times Union Center in Albany. Glenn finished with 42 points (good for seventh place) behind Meinsen, third-place finisher Nick Terdick (152 pounds) and 189-pounder Joe Giaramita, who went 1-2 on the weekend. Terdick and Meinsen both finish their high school careers as two-time All State wrestlers.
2. Hauppauge (23-0, 7-0 League V) — Freshman Mark West became the Eagles' fifth state champion when he defeated Eric Lewandowski of Lancaster 2-1 in the 96-pound final on Saturday night at the Times Union Center. West finished the season 43-0, amassing the most wins in a season in school history. The Eagles' other representative at states, 135-pounder Kevin Panebianco, finished 2-2 on the weekend and fell one match short of becoming All State. Hauppauge finished with 29.5 points at states, good for 18th place.
3. Longwood (24-0, 6-0 League I) — Malik Rasheed became a two-time All State wrestler this past weekend in Albany, as the sophomore placed second as 112 pounds for the Lions. He dropped an 11-2 major decision to Huntington's Nigel McNeil in a rematch of the Suffolk final. Ben Lee (285 pounds) was 1-2 this weekend for Longwood, which finished with 24 points (22nd place).
4. Rocky Point (18-2, 6-1 League VI) — The Eagles won the state tournament this past weekend in Albany with 72.5 points, five more than second-place Huntington, behind champions Stephen Dutton (140 pounds), Anthony Volpe (160) and Billy Coggins (171). All three came into the tournament as a top seed. Dutton battled a stomach flu to win his second straight state title and finish the season 48-0. He earned a technical fall over Jim Kloc of Iroquois in 5:59 in the final.
Rocky Point is the sixth team in state history to crown three champions in the same season and the first since Islip in 2005. Dutton, who finished his career with 227 wins, is a four-time All State wrestler, while Volpe and Coggins earned that status twice.
5. Wantagh (23-6, 5-0 Conference 3A) — Like Rocky Point and Huntington, the Warriors had three wrestlers in Saturday's state final in Albany — Joe Barbato (103 pounds), Joe Kavanagh (171) and Matt Loew (189) — but all three placed second. Kavangh dropped a tight 3-2 decision to Coggins in the 171-pound final after earning an 11-3 decision over Francisco DeCristo of Springfield Gardens in the semifinals. Barbato and Loew (a two-time finalist) became All State performers for the second straight season.
Wantagh, the defending state tournament champion, placed third this weekend with 62 points, 5.5 behind second-place Huntington. It was the Warriors' third straight year in the top 3. Nick Fitzmaurice, Wantagh's fourth representative at states went 1-2 at 152 pounds.
6. St. Anthony's (22-6, 3-0 CHSAA) — Three Friars reached the semifinals this past weekend in Albany — Chris Brienza (103 pounds), Grant Greene (119) and Brandon Meisner (160). Greene, a defending state champ, advanced to the final, but dropped a 9-7 decision to Huntington's Damon McQueen in overtime. Brienza and Meisner each placed sixth, and St. Anthony's finished eighth as a team with 40 points.
Jon Desir (285) went 2-2 and finished one round shy of All State status, Paul Alessandrini went 1-2 and Jamel Hudson (130) was winless in two matches. The Friars were without 112-pounder Jimmy Morris, a defending All State wrestler, who failed to make weight by .4 pounds the first day.
7. Long Beach (16-5, 4-1 Conference 2A) — Dylan Palcio nearly pulled off a monumental upset of Rocky Point's Stephen Dutton in the 140-pound state semifinals, but the 15-year old sophomore had to settle for fourth place Saturday in Albany. He lost a 6-3 decision to Lewis Cucchiara of Gates Chili in the consolation final. Classmate Mark Raghunandan placed third at 96 pounds after pinning Kyle Kelly of Chenango Forks in 1:24 in the consolation final. The Marines, the Nassau tournament champions, finished 17th in the state tournament.
8. Sachem East (26-3, 5-1 League I) — Chris Di Iorio placed sixth at 189 pounds on Saturday in Albany after losing an 11-7 decision in the consolation final to Smithtown West's Jake Smith in a rematch of the Suffolk final. The senior went 2-3 on the weekend, while freshman Conor O'Hara, the Flaming Arrows' other representative, went 0-2 as a 96-pound wild card. Sachem East finished with 8.5 points.
9. Huntington (4-3 in League V) — The Blue Devils had state champions in back-to-back weight classes on Saturday in Albany, as Nigel McNeil earned an 11-2 major decision over Longwood's Malik Rasheed in the 112-pound final and Damon McQueen, a three-time All State performer, defeated defending state champ Grant Greene of St. Anthony's 9-7 in overtime of the 119-pound final. Huntington, which also had runner-up Louis Puca at 160 pounds, was one of three Long Island teams (Rocky Point and Wantagh were the others) with three finalists. The Blue Devils placed third as team with 67.5 points, five less than Rocky Point.
10. Massapequa (17-2, 5-0 Conference 1A) — The Chiefs' lone representative at this past weekend's state tournament in Albany was James Ondris, who placed fourth at 152 pounds. Ondris, who went 3-2 on the weekend, lost to Glenn's Nick Terdick 3-1 in the consolation final. He defeated Jacob Burke of Mexico 6-4 in double overtime to reach that match.
Wrestlers of the Week
Nick Arujau, Syosset — The Braves' senior won his third straight state title with a 7-5 win over Mahopac's Justis Flamio in the 125-pound state final at the Times Union Center in Albany. In doing so, he passed 2009 Wantagh grad Paul Liguori for the most consecutive wins in Nassau history with 123. He finished 38-0 this season with 28 pins and ended his high school career 186-7.
Damon McQueen, Huntington — The Blue Devils' senior won the 119-pound state final, 9-7, Saturday night at the Times Union Center in Albany with a takedown in overtime against defending state champion Grant Greene of St. Anthony's. He finished the season 42-1.
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