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Live Updates: State Semifinals

DAN SPURGEON Plainedge 170 pounds Nassau County champion

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

- Albany

We are back for Day 2 of the State Tournament, another loooooonnnng day of wrestling, starting with the semis at 10 a.m. and the finals, which begin at 6 p.m.

As usual, Long Island is well-represented in these proceedings, with 26 wrestlers in the semis. Most notably, the 138-pound weight class is an all-Long Island party: in  one semifinal, top seed Dan McDevitt of Wantagh...

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Nassau Championships; Semifinal Pairings

Wantagh's Dan McDevitt pins Mepham Sal Rodriquez at

(Credit: Alan J Schaefer)


After a long day of wrestling, here are the semifinal pairings for tomorrow (morning)

Nassau Division I Championships

99—Rodriguez (Wantagh) v Guerrero (Plainedge), Jackson (Westbury) v S. Sewkumar (LB)

106—Cooksey (Mac) v Dunn (Mepham), Candela (Oceanside) v K. Sewkumar (LB)

113-- Raghunandan (LB) v Boccasini (Mac), Chander (Lawrence) v Person (BJFK)


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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 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.


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Local wrestlers to represent N.Y. in Dapper Dan Classic

Damon McQueen of Huntington during his 119 lb.

(Credit: Photo by Pat Orr)

Four Long Island wrestlers — Huntington's Damon McQueen (119 pounds) and Ryan Fox (160), Syosset's Nick Arujau (125), Central Islip's Andy Rodriguez (145) — have been selected to participate in the 36th annual Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic on Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Field House.

McQueen (pictured), Arujau and Rodriguez all won New York state titles...

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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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Arujau ties Nassau consecutive wins record

Syosset's Nick Arujau is wondering what his next

(Credit: Photo by Pat Orr Photography.com)

Syosset's Nick Arujau dominated from start to finish in his 16-0 technical fall over Vin Fischetti of Monsignor Farrell in the 125-pound semifinals. His double-bar arms put Fischetti away at the 4:48 mark (he would have had the pin, but the referee whistled the action dead because his move was potentially dangerous).

In advancing to his fourth straight state final, Arujau won his 122 straight...

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Arujau one away from Nassau consecutive wins record

Syosset's Nick Arujau tries to keep Ryan Gerondel

(Credit: Photo by Pat Orr Photography.com)

In pinning Fulton's Adam Wallace in 1:49, Syosset's Nick Arujau (pictured) moved within one of Paul Liguori's Nassau record of 122 wins in a row. Arujau, who is 36-0 with 28 pins on the season, has won 121 straight matches dating back to the 2007 state final.

He will wrestle Vin Fischetti of Monsignor Farrell in tomorrow's semifinals....

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Arujau two away from tying Nassau record

Syosset's Nick Arujau goes for the pin against

(Credit: Photo by Pat Orr Photography.com)

With his 120th straight win (a 13-2 major decision over Sachem North's Ryan Gerondel), Syosset's Nick Arujau is two wins shy of Paul Ligouri's Nassau record for consecutive victories of 122.

Arujau (pictured), a two-time state champ and the top seed at 125 pounds, hasn't lost since the state final his freshman season.

In other news, Rocky Point's Stephen Dutton won the 224th match of...

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Live from the New York state wrestling championships

St. Anthony's Grant Greene, right, pinned Chaminade's Glenn

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Good morning from the Times Union Center in Albany everyone, where in just moments the 48th annual NYSPHSAA wrestling championships will commence.

Before the action gets going, sink your teeth into this preview from today's paper written by Gregg Sarra.

In it, he talks about Long Island's five defending state champions (in weight order) — Mike Soria of Kings Park, Grant Greene...

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