High School Wrestling
Step onto the mat with Newsday's high school writers as they cover Long Island wrestling.
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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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,...Read more »
Wantagh and Massapequa are duking it out in the finals, which started at 125 pounds. Wantagh is 3-0 after three matches and holds a 10-0 lead. More results to come later on today....Read more »
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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A host of Long Island wresters are competing for Team New York in the ASICS/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championships in Fargo, N.D., this week. The event, which features Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, is being held at North Dakota State's Fargodome and Bison Sports Arena.
Only one Long Island wrestler placed in the Greco-Roman brackets — Long Beach's Mark Raghunandan,...Read more »
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...Read more »
In a rematch of the 152-pound Suffolk final, Islip's Kyle Wade exacted revenge in a surprising fashion, pinning Glenn's Nick Terdick in 2:46.
Wade, who was leading 2-0 at the time, went in on a deep shot and Terdick tried reaching over Wade's back to grab his ankle and cause a stalemate.
But in the process, he exposed his back, and the referee whistled him pinned, much to Terdick's surprise...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
Good morning from Albany everyone!
Of the 87 Long Island wrestlers who came upstate this weekend, 27 in contention for the title, none of the Division II level.
Not included in that group is defending state champ Mike Soria of Kings Park, who was upset by Wantagh's Joe Barbato yesterday. That eliminated the possiblity of meeting his twin brother Max in the final. To read more...Read more »