So how good is this Long Beach wrestling program?
The Marines are the No. 1-ranked team in the state. They have a 17-0 dual-meet record. They captured the Union-Endicott duals, which is the unofficial state dual-meet tournament. They won the Nassau dual meet title for the second year in a row.
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“We’re firing on all cylinders,” said Long Beach coach Ray Adams. “It’s a great program with a lot of different components. Wrestling is a big deal in Long Beach. We have a wonderful parent base, a successful youth program, a ton of support from our administration and our guys work at it all year round.”
Long Beach qualified 26 wrestlers to the Nassau individual championships this weekend in Mack Arena at Hofstra University. On Saturday, 12 Marines moved on, led by two-time state champion Jacori Teemer, into Sunday morning’s 10 a.m. semifinal round.
Teemer (126) improved to 43-0 with two second-period pins.
“He’s only a sophomore and he’s comfortable at his weight and his technique has been on point,” Adams said. “He’s peaking at the right time for the tournaments.”
Long Beach flexed its muscle throughout. The other two top-seeded Marines are juniors Tyrese Byron (152) and Tyreek Bromley (182). Both were runnerup in Nassau a year ago and have their eyes on a title.
Byron had the quickest work day. He pinned his opponents in 34 and 41 seconds.
“We practice on shooting takedowns on the line and standing Peterson rolls and we won bouts working those moves,” Adams said. “Our wins are products of hard work and listening in practice.”
The depth of the program can be found in three weight classes in which the Marines will have two of the four semifinalists at 120, 160 and 182. None of the six meet in the semifinal round, which potentially could have three all-Long Beach finals.
Perhaps the biggest win of the first few rounds for the Marines came at 120 when unseeded senior Josh Bourne pinned second-seeded Hunter Scutellaro of Massapequa in 2:26 of the quarterfinal round.
Long Beach leads the team scoring with 172 points. Wantagh has 120.5 points with four semifinalists and Massapequa is third with five in the semis.