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Three Thoughts from the Nassau Wrestling Championships

MAURICE IRBY Freeport 132 pounds Nassau County champion

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This year, Uniondale is Long Island’s “Heavyweight Factory” Dante Salkey (285) and Andrew Cole (220) each won county titles, while Davion Porter (195) dropped a 4-2 decision to Rob Zorn of Sewanhaka East. Cole, the top seed entering the tourney, has yet to lose a match this season at 220. Salkey had lost to championship runner-up Evan Kappatos of Syosset last month, and as a result, was seen as...

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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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Nassau Team Championships Tonight

At 5:00 p.m. tonight (at Clarke HS), we have the Nassau team championships, which are preceded by the semis. What makes this day so special is that Suffolk does not have a tourney like this.... where every team in the county is put in a giant pot, and the last team standing wins. Forget school size or conference affiliation, this touney tests the depth and fortitude of the last team standing.

In...

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Final Long Island wrestling rankings

John Glenn's Nick Meinsen won the state title

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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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Long Island wrestling top 10

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

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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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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...

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Long Island wrestling top 10

Nassau High School Class A and Class

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Glenn remains the top team in our Big 10 (ahead of the Half Hollow Hills boys basketball team for the fourth straight week) after it won five matches last week, including four at their own dual-meet tournament on Saturday. Hauppauge moved up one spot to No. 5 this week.

Onto this week's top 10...

1. Glenn (21-0, 7-0 League VI) — The Knights capped an undefeated League VI slate...

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Long Island wrestling top 10

(top) Huntington High School Kevin Mender gets pinned

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Glenn remains the top team in our Big 10 (ahead of the Half Hollow Hills boys basketball team for the third straight week) after it won seven matches last week, including five at the ABC Duals at East Islip. Hauppauge remained at No. 6 for the second straight week.

Onto this week's top 10...

1. Glenn (16-0, 6-0 League VI) — The Knights' winning streak is at 54 after they clinched...

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Observations from the past week

(back) Huntington High School Maurice Loadholt battles to

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Having seen Riverhead earn a 49-18 win over West Bablon on Wednesday, Hauppauge knock off rival Huntington 37-24 on Friday, and Islip's Kyle Wade take Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at his school's Kris McDonald tournament on Saturday, it became clear that Section XI is chock full of strong wrestlers.

Here are some observations from the past week of those matches...

-West...

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Long Island wrestling top 10

Billy Coggins is one of three wrestlers at

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Glenn remains the top team in our Big 10 (ahead of the Half Hollow Hills boys basketball team for the second straight week) after its 33-17 win over Rocky Point on Friday, and its victory at the Yonkers tournament the following day. Hauppauge, which debuted at No. 10 last week, moved up to the No. 6 spot this week.

Without any further delay, here is this week's top 10...

1. Glenn (9-0,...

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