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Long Island wrestling top 10
Glenn remains the top team in our Big 10 (ahead of the Half Hollow Hills boys basketball team for the fourth straight week) after it won five matches last week, including four at their own dual-meet tournament on Saturday. Hauppauge moved up one spot to No. 5 this week.
Onto this week's top 10...
1. Glenn (21-0, 7-0 League VI) — The Knights capped an undefeated League VI slate with a 59-3 win at Miller Place on Thursday. On Saturday, they earned victories over Commack (54-3), East Islip B (45-27) and Kellenberg (80-12) at their own dual-meet tournament. Against Commack, Vinny Punzone (112 pounds) pinned his opponent in the second period, while Kenny Massa (103) won by technical fall. Their dual-meet winning streak is at 59 at the conclusion of the regular season, two behind Hauppauge for fourth in Suffolk history. To read more about the success the Knights, click here.
Next up for the Knights: They'll host the League VI tournament, where they are the two-time defending champions, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Massa, Nick Meinsen, Matt Fusaro and Nick Terdick are all defending league champions.
2. Hauppauge (23-0, 7-0 League V) — The Eagles defeated Sayville, 49-12 on Wednesday, and Kings Park, 50-12 on Friday, in their home gym to win the League V dual-meet title. In the latter, Nick Mauriello defeated All State performer Max Soria, 9-2, at 112 pounds. On Saturday, Hauppauge won the Newburgh Duals with wins over Arlington (55-12), Chaminade (62-13) and Warwick Valley (50-21) before taking out Valley Central 49-25 in the final. Chance Menendez was named team MVP after earning three pins (including one in 45 seconds in the final) and a major decision at 171 pounds.
Next up for the Eagles: They'll travel to Eastport-South Manor for the League V tournament at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. They've won four straight league tournament titles (League V last season and League IV the three years before). Mauriello, Ken Collado and Kevin Panebianco are defending league champions.
3. Longwood (24-0, 6-0 League I) — The Lions completed a perfect League I season with a 43-19 win over visiting Commack on Friday. Andrew Stack earned a 9-7 win over Chris Palazzolo at 140 pounds.
Next up for the Lions: They'll travel to Commack for the League I tournament at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Their last League I tournament title was in 2000. Corey and Malik Rasheed are the team's lone defending champions.
Next up for the Thunderbirds: They'll travel to Bay Shore for the League II tournament, where they are the two-time defending champs, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. James McCabe and Connor Gribbin are the team's defending champs. McCabe is looking for his fourth straight league crown.
5. Wantagh (23-6, 5-0 Conference 3A) — The Warriors won their third straight Class B Nassau Duals title on Saturday at Clarke with a 48-18 win over Plainedge in the final. Paul Friscia earned an 11-3 major decision over Michael Nigro at 140 pounds. They defeated Mineola (88-0), Bethpage (62-13) and Clarke (63-6) in the first three rounds of the event.
Next up for the Warriors: They'll head back to Clarke for the county qualifier at 4 p.m. on Friday.
6. Rocky Point (18-2, 6-1 League VI) — The Eagles wrapped up the regular season with a 47-12 win at Mt. Sinai on Friday. Stephen Dutton pinned Anthony Powers in 1:51 at 140 pounds, and Thomas Dutton (Stephen's brother) pinned Chris Powers (Anthony's brother) in 50 seconds at 103 pounds. Rocky Point finished second in League VI to Glenn.
Next up for the Eagles: They'll travel to Glenn for the League VI tournament at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Stephen Dutton, Anthony Volpe and Billy Coggins all won league titles in League V last season. Rocky Point last won a league tournament title in 2008.
7. Sachem East (26-3, 5-1 League I) — The Flaming Arrows had five individual champions at their own tournament on Saturday — Conor O'Hara (96 pounds), Nikhn Kochath (119), Sean O'Malley (140), Frank Merante (171) and Chris DiIorio, who was named MOW after defeated Smithtown West's Jake Smith, 7-4, in the 189-pound final.
Next up for the Flaming Arrows: They'll travel to Commack for the League I tournament at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Sachem East, which has no defending champions, last won a league tournament title in 2006.
8. Massapequa (17-2, 5-0 Conference 1A) — The Chiefs won the Class A Nassau Duals at Clarke on Saturday with a 34-15 win over MacArthur in the final. It was their first title since 1999. Justin Paradiso earned a 9-8 win over defending county runner-up Chris Perez at 119 pounds to give Massapequa the lead for good. The Chiefs beat Herricks in Round 1, Bellmore JFK in the quarterfinals (40-18) and Long Beach in the semifinals.
Next up for the Chiefs: They'll host a county qualifier at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
9. Brentwood (14-5, 4-2 League I) — The Indians wrapped up the regular season with a 41-15 win over visiting Floyd on Friday. Alexis Blanco defeated Thomas Gerle, 11-6 at 130 pounds, as coach Ralph Napolitano earned his 100th career victory. He is 100-19 in eight seasons with the team. Brentwood finished third in League I in the regular season behind Longwood (6-0) and Sachem East (5-1).
Next up for the Indians: They'll travel to Commack for the League I tournament at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Alex Gomez and Jonathon Falconi are the defending champs for Brentwood, which has won three League I tournament titles in a row.
10. St. Anthony's (22-6, 3-0 CHSAA) — After squeaking past visiting Huntington 27-25 on Wednesday in a match in which Brandon Meisner earned a 5-3 win over Louis Puca at 160 pounds, the Friars dropped a 36-32 decision at West Babylon on Saturday.
Next up for the Friars: They'll travel to St. John the Baptist for the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA tournament, where they are the defending champs, at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Wrestlers of the Week
Chris DiIorio, Sachem East — The senior was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Sachem East tournament on Saturday after earning a 7-4 win over defending All County performer Jake Smith of Smithtown West in the 189-pound final.
Dave Ng, Plainedge — The 215-pound junior pinned defending county runner-up Tom Hall of Wantagh in 5:37 in the Nassau Class B final on Saturday at Clarke.
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