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Long Beach's Palacio Wins Eastern States; Contemplating Move to 160

Long Beach's Dylan Palacio has helped his team

Long Beach’s Dylan Palacio had a big weekend. A very, very big weekend. On Saturday, the 152-pounder won the Eastern States meet at upstate Sullivan CC, defeating Somers’ Brian Realbuto via 8-5 decision in the final. Realbuto won last year’s state title at 135 and the Junior Freestyle National Championship in July at 145. “I knew going in that this is what the final would be,” Palacio said. “I had...

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West-McCabe Rubber Match on Saturday?

Connetquot's Sean McCabe, right, defeated Longwood's Cory Rasheed,

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The tournament schedule is in full swing, which means the next few weekends will further crystallize the county and state championship contenders.

At the stacked Smithtown Tournament at Smithtown West HS this Saturday, Hauppauge’s Mark West and Connetquot’s Sean McCabe could meet in the 120-pound final. The two have wrestled twice this season, with West winning a 3-2 decision over McCabe at...

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Semifinal Results from State Tourney

The Finals are scheduled to start at 6, but here are the semis results, and the 30 wrestlers who will grapple for superiority:

96 pounds:Kyle Kelly (Chenango Forks) dec. Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville), 6-4Dylan Realbuto (Somers) dec. Freddy Dunau (St. Anthony's), 6-5 103 poundsMark Raghunandan (Long Beach) dec. Brandon Lapi (Amsterdam), 8-2Jimmy Duckham (Arlington) dec. Krishna Sewkumar...

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Final Long Island wrestling rankings

John Glenn's Nick Meinsen won the state title

(Credit: Photo by Pat Orr)

Glenn remains the top team in our Big 10 (ahead of the Half Hollow Hills boys basketball team for the seventh straight week) after it crowned its first state champion — 130-pounder Nick Meinsen (pictured) — at the Times Union Center in Albany on Saturday. Nick Terdick placed third at 152 pounds for the Knights.

Hauppauge moved up one spot to No. 3 this week behind 96-pound state...

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Plenty of action right off the bat

Mike Soria of Kings Park tries to get

(Credit: Photo by Pat Orr Photography.com)

Day 2 has started off with a bang.

At 96 pounds, Mark West of Hauppauge, the Suffolk champ, narrowly edged Nassau champ Mark Raghunandan of Long Beach, 7-2.

Then at 103, it was the Soria brothers' turn. Mike Soria (pictured) won his wrestleback 6-0 of Fox Lane's Sam Speno. But in the semifinals, Max was pinned by Wayne's Al Dierna.

He led 3-1 in the third period, but was taken...

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And we're off...

The first whistle of the day was for Hauppauge 96-pounder Mark West, the top seed in the class, who advanced with a technical fall over Nathan Marshall of Massena.

Wild card Conor O'Hara of Sachem East lost a tight 4-3 decision to fifth seed Steve Michel of Lancaster.

But the best match of the class was between Nassau champ Mark Raghunandan of Long Beach and Kellenberg's Pat Skinner....

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Long Island wrestling top 10

Glenn's Nick Meissen powers West Babylon's Paul Baumann

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

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...

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Full recap of Day 1

In case you weren't at Stony Brook for the first day of the Suffolk wrestling championships, here is a recap of everything that went on, including Max and Mike Soria's collision course for the 103-pound final (will they finally wrestle each other?), Ken Collado's early exit, and more.

Also, read Gregg Sarra's take on Stephen Dutton of Rocky Point surpassing Jesse Jantzen as Long Island's all-time...

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Collado won't place

Two-time defending county champion Ken Collado of Hauppauge won't even place at this year's event.

Collado, who won a state title two years ago at 103 pounds, earned a technical fall over Jorge Barreiro of West Babylon in the first round. But in a rematch of last year's 112-pound final against Pete DeTore of Westhampton Beach in the quarterfinals, Collado lost a 4-3 decision. He fell to Central...

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Live from the Suffolk championships

Good afternoon from Stony Brook, where the Suffolk County wrestling championships are going on.

We're in the quarterfinal round (sorry for the delay, we had some internet troubles), but before I get you up to date on everything that's happening, let's give you a quick tournament preview.

Defending champs: Mike Soria (Kings Park), Damon McQueen (Huntington), Ken Collado (Hauppauge),...

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