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First-round records by section

Rocky Points Steve Dutton escapes from the bottom

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Section XI (Suffolk) — 23-2 Section VIII (Nassau) —13-9 CHSAA (Long Island only) — 5-5 As you probably could've guessed Section XI leads the team scores with 44.5 points....

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Three Suffolk wrestlers advance at 189

Sorry about the lack of posts the last hour, the internet crapped out for a few minutes there. So let's get you guys caught up on the action before the quarterfinals begin... At 189 pounds, Smithtown West's Jake Smith, Glenn's Joe Giaramita and Sachem East's Chris Di Iorio all advanced, and all three are on the top half of the bracket. Di Iorio, the fourth seed, earned a technical fall, while...

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Islip's Wade upsets No. 3 seed, adds to Suffolk domination

Kyle Wade of Islip defeated Mike Vespa of Monroe-Woodbury, the third seed at 152 pounds, in impressive fashion, pinning him in just 53 seconds. He'll face Nassau champion Nick Fitzmaurice of Wantagh in the quarterfinals. Section XI, the defending sectional champion, is dominating the competition thus far. Through the 171-pound weight class, where top seed Billy Coggins of Rocky Point earned...

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Arujau two away from tying Nassau record

Syosset's Nick Arujau goes for the pin against

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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 his career...

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Three Suffolk wrestlers advance at 119

Huntington's Damon McQueen, left, battles to gain control

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Westhampton's Pete DeTore, Brentwood's Alex Gomez and Huntington's Damon McQueen — all Section XI wrestlers — advanced to the 119-pound quarterfinals. Three wrestlers is the maximum a section can have in a single weight class. McQueen, the Suffolk champ and the No. 2 seed, earned a 6-2 win over Richard Dennison on Minisink Valley. Gomez defeated Nassau champ Luke Alber of Farmingdale,...

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Soria brothers through to the quarterfinals

Mike Soria of Kings Park tries to get

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Kings Park twins Mike and Max Soria went unblemished as they each advanced to the 103-pound quarterfinals. Mike, the top seed, earned an 8-0 major decision over TJ Kreider of Cornwall, while Max, the third seed, earned a 10-0 major decision over Indian River's Derrick Gray. Mike (pictured) will face Wantagh's Joe Barbato in the quarterfinals and may face St. Anthony's Chris Brienza, who won...

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Part of St. Anthony's "Triple Threat" is out before he wrestles

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Jimmy Morris, the 112-pound member of St. Anthony's Triple Threat (which consists of All State wrestlers Chris Brienza, Morris and Grant Greene in consecutive weight classes), is out of the tournament before he's even wrestled. Morris failed to make weight this morning, giving Longwood's Malik Rasheed (the fifth seed at the weight) a bye into the quarterfinals. Morris (pictured, right), a junior...

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And we're off...

The first whistle of the day was for Hauppauge 96-pounder Mark West, the top seed in the class, who advanced with a technical fall over Nathan Marshall of Massena. Wild card Conor O'Hara of Sachem East lost a tight 4-3 decision to fifth seed Steve Michel of Lancaster. But the best match of the class was between Nassau champ Mark Raghunandan of Long Beach and Kellenberg's Pat Skinner. Skinner pulled...

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Live from the New York state wrestling championships

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

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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 of St. Anthony's...

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Arujau, Dutton best bets to bring home titles

Rocky Point's Stephen Dutton, before his teams match

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In the "On the Mat" segment that aired yesterday on MSG Varsity's High School Sportsdesk, our own Andy Slawson called Stephen Dutton of Rocky Point and Syosset's Nick Arujau "locks" to win the state tournament. Both are top seeds this weekend — Arujau at 125 pounds, Dutton at 140. Nobody is immune from an upset (see Wantagh's Paul Liguori, who won the state as a freshman...

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