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Suffolk Tournament: Semifinal Pairings

Longwood's Corey Rasheed won his match against Commack's

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Semifinal Pairings 99 -- Joe Calderone (Whitman) vs. Alex Tanzman (Westhampton); Dan Murray (Brentwood) vs. Steven Lee (West Babylon).

106 – Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville) vs. Chris D’Amico (Glenn); Mike D’Angelo (Commack) vs. Anthony D’Onofrio (Longwood).

113 – Eric Orellana (Brentwood) vs. Chris Mauriello (Hauppauge); Steve Bulzomi (Connetquot) vs. Corey Jamison (Huntington).


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The Island's top 5 wrestlers, No. 1: Dylan Palacio

Long Beach's Dylan Palacio won by a fall

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No. 1: Dylan Palacio

Grade: 12th

School: Long Beach

Weight: 160

Record: 33-0

While the rest of this list required extensive thought and second-guessing, the top spot was never in doubt. Palacio is far and away the Island's top dog and has been nothing short of unbeatable, hardened by the disappointment of finishing third at last year's NYSPHSAA tournament. Anything...

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The Island's Top-Five Wrestlers, No. 2: James DeKrone

Glenn's James Dekrone, right, works to get a

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No. 2: James DeKrone

Grade: 12th

School: Glenn

Weight: 138

Record: 37-3

Heading into the season, there were few wrestlers on the Island as accomplished as DeKrone, a reigning Suffolk champion and state runner-up at 130 pounds (a one-point loss).

Then, the season began, and DeKrone did not disappoint.

Only one of his losses has come at 138, and he dropped...

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The Island's Top-Five Wrestlers, No. 3: Jamel Hudson

St. Anthony's Jamel Hudson (top) wins his match

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No. 3: Jamel Hudson Grade: 12th School: St. Anthony's Weight: 132 Record: 28-1

Hudson is a two-time CHSAA state champion, who after taking fifth at last year's NYSPHSAA tournament, appears to be coming into his own. He has 17 wins via pin and has beaten Sachem East's Jackson Mordente (31-6) and Longwood's Malik Rasheed (25-6), both of whom campaign at 138.

Opposing coaches are unanimous...

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The Island's Top-Five Wrestlers, No. 4: Sean McCabe

Connetquot's Sean McCabe (Black) applies the hold on

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No. 4: Sean McCabe

Grade: 12th

School: Connetquot

Weight: 120

Record: 32-1

A three-time League II champion and defending county champion, McCabe has compiled a sterling record while competing in arguably the Island's deepest weight class. He is 2-1 this season against Hauppauge's Mark West (31-4), a state champion back in 2010. Since losing to West back on December...

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The Island's Top-Five Wrestlers, No. 5: Jose Rodriguez

Today is the first part of a five-entry installment counting down Long Island's five best wrestlers, regardless of weight.

With the wealth of talented wrestlers spread throughout the Island, trimming the list to five was anything but a simple task.

Without further adieu...

No. 5: Jose Rodriguez

Grade: 9th

School: Wantagh

Weight: 99

Record: 37-0


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Suffolk League Championships Tomorrow: Some (Potential) Matches to Watch

Shoreham-Wading River's John Keck fights for position against

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League I 106- Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville) vs. Eric Orellana (Brentwood) 126- Marc Gonzalez (Brentwood) vs. Armani Hendrickson (Patchogue-Medford), Hendrickson defeated Gonzales back on  January 11, 9-5. 132- Diego Ramirez (Brentwood) vs. Eddie Gomez (Patchogue-Medford) 138- Alexis Blanco (Brentwood) vs. Malik Rasheed (Longwood), rematch of Wednesday’s match, won by Blanco. 152- Nicky Hall...

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