Rasheed, Grimaldi, Hughes provide a three-star performance
Rasheed dominated his competition at 152 pounds after dropping down in weight for the first time this season and he proved why he is a favorite to not only get back to the state finals, but to win it all.
Although Rasheed won all four matches to grab the 152- pound crown, culminating with a 19-4 technical fall over Steve Schmitt of Connetqout, he wasn't overly impressed with his performance.
"From my first match to the semis, I was kind of upset with my performance, I was a little sloppy," Rasheed said. "This is the first time this whole year I had to make 152 and I didn't have all the nutrients I should have had in me."
But he recovered to his standards for the final. "I was pretty happy with how I performed," Rasheed said. "I kept on pushing and got through the wall pretty easily and went 100 percent."
Smithtown West's Hughes also dominated on his way to a championship and did it without ever really having to go through a grueling match. Hughes also won a total of three matches, all by pin, taking up a total of 1:59 to do so.
"Today is really a more relaxing day for me, to be honest," Hughes said. "The coaches usually bring two guys down -- one who's an ex-Marine and one who wrestled in college -- to beat me up every day. It's a lot easier going up against kids who are my own weight and who aren't as strong as them."
Hughes' dominant performance was capped by a 34-second pin of Eastport-South Manor's Niko Bedell.
Grimaldi of Hills West, at 160 pounds, also came through strong, pinning two opponents in a combined 1:37 and scoring a 16-0 technical fall over Nick Mastro in the final.
"Every day when I wake up, the first thing I think about is getting back to that state finals match," Grimaldi said. "Every day, it's the first thing I think about and it's all that I want.
"I'm ready to go and I think the state title is mine. I don't want anybody to get in the way of that."
The tournament's most outstanding wrestler was Keanu Thompson of Grand Street Campus of Brooklyn.