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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 fifth straight week) after it won the League VI tournament title for the third straight year on Saturday. Hauppauge moved up one spot to No. 4 this week after winning the League V tournament crown.

You can hear Gregg Sarra explain the Big 10 here.

Onto this week's top 10...

1. Glenn (21-0, 7-0 League VI) — The Knights crowned six champions as they won their third straight League VI tournament title on Saturday at their home gym — Vinny Punzone (112 pounds), Nick Meinsen (130), Matt Gannon (135), Matt Fusaro (145), Nick Terdick (152) and Joe Giaramita (189). Meinsen, who along with Fusaro won his third consecutive league title, won by forfeit in the final, as he was slated to wrestle his brother, Ken. Glenn won the tournament by 147.5 points over Rocky Point. 

Next up for the Knights: The 18 who qualified will try to defend their Suffolk Division I title at the Section XI tournament Friday and Saturday at Stony Brook. Meinsen is a defending county champion.

2. Hauppauge (23-0, 7-0 League V) —Seven Eagles earned League V titles Saturday at Eastport-South Manor — Mark West (96 pounds), Michael Ehlinger (125), Adam Lepkowsky (130), Kevin Panebianco (135), Anthony Piscitello (140), Jesse Marro (145) and Gennaro Bonaventuro (189). Lepkowsky avenged a loss to Huntington's Maurice Loadholt from earlier this season by defeating him 6-4 in the final. The Eagles won the event by 98.5 points over Huntington. It was their fifth straight league crown (three in League IV, two in League V).

Next up for the Eagles: The 12 who qualified will travel to Stony Brook this weekend looking for the first county title since 1999 after placing second the past two seasons. Collado is a two-time defending county champ. He was the Most Outstanding Wrestler of last year's event.

3. Longwood (24-0, 6-0 League I) — The Lions won their first League I tournament title since 2000 at Commack on Saturday by crowning six champions — brothers Corey (103 pounds) and Malik Rasheed (112), Casey Brice (125), Ricky Renck (145), Patrick Jennings (152) and Ben Lee (285). They won the event by 72 points over Sachem East. The title was Malik Rasheed's third in a row and Corey's second. Jennings also won his second league title, with the first coming as a 96-pound freshman three years ago.

Next up for the Lions: The 11 who qualified will travel to Stony Brook this weekend looking for the first county title since 1997 after placing third last season. Corey and Malik Rasheed are defending county finalists.

4. Connetquot (12-0, 6-0 League II) — The Thundrbirds won their third straight League II title on Saturday at Bay Shore. Sean (112 pounds) and James McCabe (119), Stephen Drew (130), Nick LoBue (160) and John Zullo (171) all won titles. It was James McCabe's fourth straight league title and his brother's second in three years. Connetquot won by 137.5 points over Central Islip.

Next up for the Thunderbirds: The 14 who qualified will travel to Stony Brook this weekend looking to win their first Suffolk title after placing 16th last season.

5. Wantagh (23-6, 5-0 Conference 3A) — The Warriors won their Nassau qualifier at Clarke on Friday by 102 points over Bellmore JFK. Joe Barbato (103 pounds), Danny McDevitt (112), Patrick Connolly (125), Paul Friscia (140), Nick Fitzmaurice (152), Joe Kavanagh (171), Matt Loew (189) and Tom Hall (215) all won titles. Friscia was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after beating Great Neck South's Daniel Cataldi 7-4 in the 140-pound final.

Next up for the Warriors: The 15 who qualified will travel to Hofstra this Saturday and Sunday looking to win their second straight Nassau title. Fitzmaurice, Kavanagh and Loew are defending county champions.

6. Rocky Point (18-2, 6-1 League VI) — The Eagles finished second in League VI, 147.5 points behind host Glenn for the title. Thomas Dutton (103 pounds), Matt Ross (125), Stephen Dutton (140), Anthony Volpe (160), Billy Coggins (171) and Matt Clarke (285) all won titles. Volpe, who avenged a loss to Glenn's Mike Bosco, earned his record-tying sixth straight league title. Dutton has won four in a row, while Coggins has won two straight and three in the last four seasons, and Ross has captured two in three seasons.

Next up for the Eagles: The 10 who qualified will travel to Stony Brook this weekend looking to win their first Suffolk title. Dutton, Volpe and Coggins are all defending county champions. Dutton has won three straight Suffolk crowns (two with Hauppauge, one at Rocky Point).

7. Massapequa (17-2, 5-0 Conference 1A) — The Chiefs won their Nassau qualifier at home yesterday by 211 points over Garden City. Joe Doria (96 pounds), Matt Alleva (125), Branden Renda (130), Nick Chicoine (140), Chris Sarro (145), James Ondris (152) and Conor Wetzel (185) all won their respective weight class. Sarro had the most pins in the least amount of time with four in 6:51. He pinned Garden City's Eric Coners in 47 seconds in the final.

Next up for the Chiefs: The 21 who qualified will travel to Hofstra this Saturday and Sunday looking to win their first Nassau title since 1999 after placing seventh last year.

8. Sachem East (26-3, 5-1 League I) —The Flaming Arrows finished 72 points behind Longwood for the League I title on Saturday at Commack. Conor O'Hara (96 pounds), Mike Schruhl (140), Frank Merante (171) and Chris Di Iorio (189) all won titles. Schruhl defeated teammate Sean O'Malley 3-0 in the final, while Di Iorio won his second straight League I crown.

Next up for the Flaming Arrows: The 10 who qualified will travel to Stony Brook this weekend looking to win their first Suffolk title since the combined Sachem team won in 1992. Di Iorio placed third in the county last season.

9. St. Anthony's (22-6, 3-0 CHSAA) — The Friars won their second Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA title in a row on Saturday at St. John the Baptist behind nine champions — Chris Brienza (103 pounds), Jimmy Morris (112), Grant Greene (119), Jamel Hudson (130), Tom White (135), Mike Fodera (152), Brandon Meisner (160), Paul Alessandrini (189) and Jonathan Desir (285). Morris pinned three opponents in 4:20, including Nick McKenna of St. John the Baptist in the 112-pound final, and was named Champion of Champions.

Next up for the Friars: The 18 who qualified will play host to the rest of the state's CHSAA teams on Sunday and Monday for the Catholic states, which St. Anthony's hasn't won since 2002. Brienza, Morris and Greene are defending CHSAA state champs.

10. Brentwood (14-5, 4-2 League I) — The Indians placed third at the League I tournament Saturday at Commack, 97 points behind Longwood and 25 behind second-place Sachem East. Alex Gomez (119 pounds), Alexis Blanco (130), Steven Rojas (135) and Carlos Hernandez (215) all won league championships. Rojas was named Most Oustanding Wrestler after knocking off Longwood's Nicky Hall 4-3 in two overtimes in the 135-pound final. Gomez has won three straight League I titles.

Next up for the Indians: The nine who qualified will travel to Stony Brook this weekend looking to win their second Suffolk title in three seasons. Gomez is a defending county runner-up.

 

Wrestlers of the Week

Damon McQueen, Huntington — The senior knocked off two-time All State performer Ken Collado, 7-0, in the 119-pound League V final on Saturday and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. It was McQueen's second straight league title.

Anthony Volpe, Rocky Point —The 160-pound senior won his record-tying sixth straight league title with a 5-3 win over Glenn's Mike Bosco on Saturday. Volpe's only loss of the season came to Bosco on Jan. 15.

Brendan Fowler, Chaminade — The 215-pound senior earned his second straight Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA title by pinning Jason Sullivan of St. Anthony's in 3:51 in the final. Fowler was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, which was held Saturday at St. John the Baptist.