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Former Brentwood wrestler tragically killed
Starlin Jimenez, a 2000 graduate of Brentwood who was a Suffolk County champion at 112 pounds in 1999, was tragically killed on Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on County Road 83 in Medford.
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Jimenez, a member of the Brentwood wrestling hall of fame, placed third in the state after winning the county title his junior year. He was the county runner-up the next season after losing a 5-4 decision to Hauppauge's Dan Song in the 112-pound final.
He went on to Nassau CC, where he was a junior college All American in 2004.
Said Brentwood coach Ralph Napolitano, who was an assistant when Jimenez was a student: "He was a real quiet person, who led by example. His work ethic was second to none. Over the years as he grew to adulthood, he became a friend of mine.
"He loved coming back to the wrestling room during practice," Napolitano continued. "He's going to be missed. He was one of Brentwood's wrestling royalty."