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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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Live Updates: Day 1 State Wrestling Championships

JUSTIN COOKSEY MacArthur 106 pounds Nassau County champion

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

ALBANY -  I am back at the Times Union Center for the 50th NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships, and unlike last year, I did not have to brave a snowstorm while arriving to the arena... so I'm off to a good start and ready for hour after hour of wrestling coverage. The first round of the tourney is starting at 10 a.m., and I will be here to give you constant updates on how the Long Island-area...

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Video: Highlights of the Nassau Division I championships

Long Beach's Mark Raghunandan won the 113-pound Division

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Highlights from the Nassau Division I wrestling championships at Hofstra University on Feb. 12.

Click here to read the full story by Evan Korn....

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Nassau Championship Results

Uniondale's Dante Salkey controls Pete Amabile of Long

(Credit: Alan J Schaefer)

99-- Rodriguez (Wantagh) TF S. Sewkumar (Long Beach), 5:20

106-- Cooksey (MacArthur) D K. Sewkumar (Long Beach), 4-3

113-- Raghunandan (Long Beach) Person D (BJFK), 8-7;

120-- Lanzillotti (Roslyn) D Araoz (Wantagh), 4-1

126-- Lofrese (GC) D Turano (Wantagh), 7-2

132-- Irby (Freeport) D Paradiso (Massapequa), 6-0)

138-- McDevitt (Wantagh) TF Knauer (Baldwin), 15-0


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Nassau wrestling semifinal results

Long Beach's Krishna Sewkumar controls Kyle Quinn of

(Credit: Alan J Schaefer)

I'm here at the Nassau Division I semis, early in the morning, and ready to give updates those of you not at Hofstra. 

99-- Jose Rodriguez just keeps on rolling, taking a 17-0 technical fall over Plainedge's Hector Guerrero to advance to the final. Rodriguez is now 40-0. He will face Long Beach's Steven Sewkumar, who beat Westbury's Raeco Jackson, in the final.

106--- Krishna Sewkumar...

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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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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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Nassau Team Championship Set: Wantagh vs. Long Beach

Long Beach's Dylan Palacio has helped his team

  Wantagh, the top-ranked team Nassau since the start of the season, almost was eliminated before the Nassau Dual Meet Championships began. Down early to MacArthur in this morning’s semifinal, the Warriors rallied in the upper weights to win, 30-25.   Trailing 25-24 heading into the final match, 285-pounder Steve English (28-6) scored a 42-second pin. Wantagh will meet Long Beach (who...

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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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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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