Smithtown West's Michael Hughes has four fastest pins at Suffolk meet

Smithtown West's Mike Hughes won his match by Smithtown West's Mike Hughes won his match by pinning Huntington's Anthony Puca at 285 pounds with 1.26 left in the first period in the Suffolk Division I wrestling finals. (Feb. 13, 2013) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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Michael Hughes etched his name in the record book of the Suffolk wrestling championships by recording four pins in this week's sectional tournament.

But what separates the Smithtown West senior from the many others with four sectional pins is the way in which he got it done. Hughes pinned his four opponents in 2 minutes, 23 seconds -- the fastest cumulative time in the 74 years of the championships. Shoreham-Wading River's Jesse Jantzen had four pins in 4:16 in 1998.

"That's what I do, I pin people," said Hughes, who finished the season with a 38-0 record. "Why waste time when you can get the job done right away?"

Hughes pinned Huntington junior Anthony Puca in 34 seconds in the 285-pound final before a capacity crowd at Whitman in Huntington Station late Wednesday night. It was his 29th pin in 30 bouts this season (he has eight forfeit wins). Hughes, who placed sixth in the state tournament last season, is ranked second in the state this season.

At 195 pounds, Chris Chambers of East Islip pinned Kings Park junior Nick Weber in 2:32. With the score tied at 2 early in the second period, Chambers used a lateral drop to flatten Weber that electrified the crowd.

"He walked right into the move," Chambers said. "I wasn't going to rush the move. Coach always tells me not to force a move. I was patient and it worked out."

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The win improved Chambers to 41-0 and was also the 100th win of his three-year varsity career.

"He tied the school record for the most pins [24] in a season," East Islip coach Guy Leggio said. "This is a kid that improved year after year and put in the time in the offseason. I am so proud of him."

Longwood junior Corey Rasheed also pinned his way through the tournament to win at 152. The two-time county champion beat Erik Adon of East Islip in 1:50. Rasheed will make his fourth trip in five years to the state tournament, where he has placed second twice, including last year.

Hauppauge's Mark West won the 126-pound title and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. West won his second title with a 5-2 decision over Jimmy Leach of Eastport-South Manor and is making his first trip upstate in three years. He was a state champ in 2010 as a freshman.

Huntington ninth-grader John Arceri beat John Busiello of Eastport-South Manor, 9-3, to win at 99 pounds. Arceri and his father, John Arceri Sr., a county champion at 138 for Ward Melville in 1981 (he also was a state champion), became the eighth father-son combination to win Suffolk sectional crowns.

With Andy Slawson

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