High School Wrestling
Step onto the mat with Newsday's high school writers as they cover Long Island wrestling.
Huntington 119-pound ace Nigel McNeil takes a 68-bout winning streak into Saturday's League V tournament at Kings Park. The defending state champ last lost in a 2009 Suffolk County tourney semifinal.
He won his consolation match in 2009, went 38-0 in 2010 and is 29-0 thus far in 2010-11.
If McNeil wins Saturday's matches, the streak moves to 71.
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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 »
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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Just got back from covering Sachem East's 52-15 League I win over Ward Melville.... Story is as followed:
In short, it was a dominant performance from the Flaming Arrows, who have proven they belong in the League I conversation with Brentwood and Longwood. And while I find it difficult...Read more »
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...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 »
Suffolk was the sectional team champion for the second straight year and broke the state record for points in a tournament with 280.5 points. They had a state record eight individual champions.
Here are the final results involving Long Island wrestlers...96: Mark West (Hauppauge) d. Eric Lewandowski (Lancaster), 2-1103: Al Dierna (Wayne) d. Joe Barbato (Wantagh), 9-2112: Nigel McNeil (Huntington)...Read more »
All wrestlers listed below are considered All State wrestlers. No Long Island Division II wrestlers placed in the top 6.
Normal001955474167111.1282000 Division I 3rd place results involving Long Island wrestlers96: Mark Raghunandan (Long Beach) p. Kyle Kelly (Chenango Forks), 1:24103: Max Soria (Kings Park) d. Asher Kramer (Suffern), 6-0119: Billy Watterson (John Jay-Cross River) d....Read more »
In a rematch of the 189-pound Suffolk final, Smithtown West's Jake Smith earned an 11-7 win over Chris Di Iorio of Sachem East to place fifth in the state.
Two weeks ago, Di Iorio pinned Smith in 5:09.
Earlier, Jericho's Joe Chamish became only the second Jericho wrestler to earn All State honors. He took fourth after getting pinned by Lamont Fleming of Corcoran in 4:50.
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As expected, Mike Soria of Kings Park forfeited to brother Max in the 103-pound consolation semifinal.
Max took third place in the weight class after he defeated Asher Kramer of Suffern for the second time this weekend, 6-0, while Mike (pictured), last year's 96-pound state champ, finished fifth with an 11-3 win over Chris Brienza of St. Anthony's.
The twins' interesting and highly successful...Read more »