Kings Park's Greg Martin and Lindenhurst's Evan Wildberger have a history.
When Wildberger wrestled at Kings Park before transferring to Lindenhurst two years ago, the two grappled each day in practice for the top spot at 215. In the following years the two wrestled in some consolation matches but never in a tournament final.
In yesterday's 285-pound Lindenhurst Tournament final, Martin took a 3-1 decision over his old foe/teammate.
Scoreless after one period, Martin held his ground and tied it up in the second. In the third, he was searching for an opening.
"I kept pressing forward," Martin said. "I figured as long as I keep moving forward, he can't attack me."
With less than 15 seconds remaining in the third, Martin took hold of Wildberger's sides and threw him to the mat for the go-ahead two-point takedown. At 3-1, Wildberger could do no more as the seconds ticked away.
Asked if this victory gives him bragging rights over an old teammate, Martin said "probably."
He then paused for a second.
"Definitely," he said with a smirk.
Mark Jerrick of Amityville had already won three matches at 140 pounds prior to his finals match-up with Lindenhurst's Joe Napoleon. Against Napoleon, he wasted little time, picking him up off the ground and slamming him to the canvas 20 seconds into the match to gain a 2-0 lead. Points, however, were academic, as Jerrick finished things off in 50 seconds, giving him three pins and one technical fall for the tourney.
"I came here focused and ready to wrestle . . . nothing in my head but wrestling," Jerrick said.
The 2010 All-County selection appears to be in prime form.
"I'm ready for anyone at 140," Jerrick said.
Lindenhurst's Kevin Szczech enlivened the home crowd with his come-from-behind pin against Kings Park's Greg Bienenstein at 189. Szczech, down 4-1 in the second period, cut the deficit to one with a two-point takedown. At 4-3, he clinched the comeback with a pin at 2:59.
At 96 pounds, Andrew Roden of Kings Park made quick work of Grand Street Campus' Josh Antoine, pinning him in 57 seconds to clinch a 4-0 afternoon.
Clint Boone of Copiague rode a two-point takedown in the third period to a 3-0 victory over East Islip's Tyler Conway in the 171-pound final. Boone won the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler award.
Justin Boone of Copiague won the 135-pound title with an 8-6 decision over Zach Lugo of Deer Park
At 160 pounds, Bill Cortes repeated as tourney champion and notched the most pins (4) in the least amount of time (6:58).