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State wrestling tournament, Day 1 updates

Commack's C.J. Labate, right, celebrates after winning by

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)


It has been an odd year for Long Beach.The prohibitive favorites in Nassau heading into the season, the Marines were by Plainedge upended in the team championship quarterfinals.At the NYSPHSAA Division I Wrestling championships from the Times Union Center, the Marines displayed their individual firepower, as four of their wrestlers reached the semis. At 103, first cousins Mark...

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Live From the State Tournament Preview


It is February in Albany, which means the drive from the hotel to the Times Union Center was done in a mini-blizzard, as the Capital region was blanketed in snow. But.... I made it, and I am ready to give those of you not in Albany periodic updates as it relates to the first two rounds of the tourney.


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State championship wild card berths announced

Longwood's Malik Rasheed will wrestle in the state

(Credit: Richard Slattery)

The Division I wild card berths were announced for next Friday-Saturday's NYSPHSAA Championships at the Times-Union Center in Albany. Four wild cards in each weight-class are given to wrestlers throughout the state who failed to win their section. Some of the wild cards were obvious choices (see Gomez, Alex) while others, I'm sure, required more deliberation from the selection committee....

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Nassau Division I Results UPDATE

The Nassau Championships are over--- Long Beach and coach Ray Adams are sending at least three wrestlers (four, if Mark Raghunandan grabs a wild card slot) to Albany. MacArthur and Wantagh will send two representatives apiece. 

After 13 hrs at Hofstra, yours truly is done for the evening, but keep checking back in the coming weeks for updates prior to states beginning Feb. 25. Come states,...

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Division II Results: Mineola Stands Out

 Division I is expected to start at approximately 7:15. But Division II has wrapped up here at Hofstra. Mineola led the way with 259.5 points, while both Mineola and Valley Stream North crowned four champions. Results are as followed:


96- Kishun (VSN) P. Pusey (Mineola), 5:28103- Leguelaff (OB) D. Miller (VSN), 5-4.112- Uslaner (VSN) D. Cassidy Exum (OB), 5-4.119- Mohrman...

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Live Updates: Nassau Division I Semis

The Division I semis are over. Here are results from the morning action. The finals begin tonight at 7:15 back here at Hofstra:

At 285, pre-tourney favorite and reigning 215-pound champ David NG of Plainedge escaped with a 4-3 decision over Syosset's Evan Kappatos. NG meets Island Trees' Joe Manna, who beat Endri Jaupaj of Massapequa via 7-4 decision in his semifinal match, 


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Nassau Finals Begin Tomorrow

The two-day Nassau County Individual Championships/state qualifier begin tomorrow at 10 a.m., which means long, long, looooong days for everybody involved.

Here are some of the potentially great matches on the docket:

At 215, undefeated Andrew Danziger (31-0) and Uniondale's Elijah Shabaaz are on course to meet in the semis. Danziger has pinned Shabaaz in their two previous matches this...

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Huntington's Nigel McNeil: Extending the Streak

Huntington 119-pound ace Nigel McNeil takes a 68-bout winning streak into Saturday's League V tournament at Kings Park. The defending state champ last lost in a 2009 Suffolk County tourney semifinal.

He won his consolation match in 2009, went 38-0 in 2010 and is 29-0 thus far in 2010-11.

If McNeil wins Saturday's matches,  the streak moves to 71.



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More Thoughts From Massapequa's Win

A few thoughts from Massapequa's surprise run to their second straight Nassau championship. They defeated Wantagh, 31-21, in Saturday's final:

Chiefs  coach Joe Catalanotto pushed all the right buttons. He moved 189-pounder Conor Wetzel up to 215 to face Wantagh's ace, Tom Hall. Wetzel controlled Hall en route to the 5-2 decision.

145/152-pounder Chris Sarro moved up to 160,...

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Massapequa wins 2nd straight Nassau title

An excellent performance by Massapequa tonight, shocking many people, including yours truly, by topping Wantagh to win their second straight Nassau title.

But the Chiefs put forth a great team effort, as each move by coach Joe Catalanotto seemed to pan out. Joe Doria had a big win at 103 and Frank Falcone held on at 152.

Here's the full story.


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