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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 sixth straight week) after it won the Suffolk County title for the second straight year on Saturday. Hauppauge remained at No. 4 this week after placing second in Suffolk for the third straight season.
Onto this week's top 10...
1. Glenn (21-0, 7-0 League VI) — The Knights won their second straight Suffolk County championship on Saturday at Stony Brook with 213.5 points, 47.5 more than second-place Hauppauge. Nick Meinsen (130 pounds) and Nick Terdick (152), the Knights' only two finalists, each won Suffolk titles. It was Meinsen's second title in as many seasons. Meinsen (pictured) and Terdick will represent Glenn at the NYSPHSAA wrestling championships in Albany in two weeks. Of the 18 Knights who qualified for the county tournament, a meet-high 10 placed in the top 6, earning All County honors.
2. Hauppauge (23-0, 7-0 League V) — The Eagles finished second at the Suffolk tournament for the third straight year this weekend at Stony Brook, 47.5 points behind Glenn. Mark West (96 pounds) and Kevin Panebianco (135) each won individual titles, while Jesse Marro (145) placed second after losing a tight 3-2 match against defending state champion Andy Rodriguez of Central Islip. Eight Hauppauge wrestlers placed in the top 6, earning All County honors.
3. Longwood (24-0, 6-0 League I) — The Lions placed third at the Suffolk tournament at Stony Brook this weekend, 4.5 points behind Hauppauge for second place, behind finalists Malik Rasheed (112 pounds) and Ben Lee (285). Eight Lions placed in the top 6 to attain All County honors, including Malik's brother Corey, who placed fourth at 103.
4. Rocky Point (18-2, 6-1 League VI) — The Eagles finished fourth in the Section XI tournament at Stony Brook this weekend behind a meet-high three champions — Stephen Dutton (140 pounds), Anthony Volpe (160) and Billy Coggins (171), who all won their second straight Suffolk titles. Dutton won his fourth straight county title (the first two were with Hauppauge), and passed Jesse Jantzen, a 2000 Shoreham-Wading River graduate, for the most wins in Long Island history in the county semifinals. Jantzen had 221 in his career, Dutton now has 223.
5. St. Anthony's (22-6, 3-0 CHSAA) — The Friars won their first CHSAA state tournament since 2002 this weekend at their indoor athletic complex behind a meet-high seven champions — Chris Brienza (103 pounds), Jimmy Morris (112), Grant Greene (119), Jamel Hudson (130), Brandon Meisner (160), Paul Alessandrini (189) and Jon Desir (285). St. Anthony's won with 286.5 points, 61 more than defending champ Monsignor Farrell. Hudson is 13-0 on the season since becoming eligible to compete after his transfer from Bay Shore.
6. Wantagh (23-6, 5-0 Conference 3A) — The Warriors had three champions at the Nassau championships at Hofstra on Sunday, Joe Barbato (103 pounds), Joe Kavanagh (171) and Matt Loew (189). For Kavanagh and Loew, it was their second straight county title. Wantagh, the defending Nassau champs, finished second with 187 points, 20.5 points behind Long Beach. Eight Warriors placed in the top 6 to earn All County honors.
7. Long Beach (4-1 Conference 2A) — The Marines won their first county title since 1994 behind 96-pound champion Mark Raghunandan, who pinned his cousin Krishna Sewkumar in 58 seconds in the Nassau final on Sunday at Hofstra. Edisson Tigre-Borja (130 pounds), Nick Khoury (135) and Dylan Palacio (140) were all finalists, and four other Long Beach wrestlers made it to the consolation finals. The Marines finished with 207.5 points, 20.5 more than second-place Wantagh.
8. Sachem East (26-3, 5-1 League I) — The Flaming Arrows placed seventh in the Suffolk tournament Saturday at Stony Brook with 96 points. Chris Di Iorio won the 189-pound final by pinning Smithtown West's Jake Smith in 5:09. Conor O'Hara placed second at 96 pounds, and Sean O'Malley finished third at 140. Mike Merante was sixth at 160.
9. Huntington (4-3 in League V) — Behind champions Damon McQueen (119) and Nigel McNeil (112), and finalists Louis Puca (160) and Ryan Fox (171), the Blue Devils placed fifth at the Suffolk championships at Stony Brook on Saturday. Their 129 points was 3.5 behind fourth-place Rocky Point. Their only other placewinner was Maurice Loadholt, who finished fourth at 130 pounds. McQueen, who won his third straight county title, was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after his 13-3 major decision over Brentwood's Alex Gomez in the final.
10. Massapequa (17-2, 5-0 Conference 1A) — The Chiefs placed fifth at the Nassau championships Sunday at Hofstra behind 152-pound champion James Ondris and consolation finalists Conor Wetzel (third at 189) and Chris Sarro (fourth at 145). In all, seven Massapequa wrestlers placed in the top 6, earning All County honors.
Wrestlers of the Week
Stephen Dutton, Rocky Point — The 140-pound senior won his fourth Suffolk title on Saturday at Stony Brook, pinning Riverhead's Edwin Perry in 3:35. In the semifinals, Dutton eclipsed the Long Island wins record held by 2000 Shoreham-Wading River graduate Jesse Jantzen. Dutton now has 223 career victories.Daniel Cataldi, Great Neck South — The 140-pound senior defeated defending Nassau champion Dylan Palacio of Long Beach, 9-4, to earn Most Outstanding Wrestler and Champion of Champions honors on Sunday at Hofstra.
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