In a match featuring three All State wrestlers (Max and Mike Soria for KP and Damon McQueen for Huntington) and another All County performer (Nigel McNeil of Huntington) in the three lowest weights, it was the "unsung heroes," as Kings Park coach Clark Crespi coined them, which earned the Kingsmen a 30-27 win over visiting Huntington last night.
Mike Delvecchia (125), Mack Morris (135), Matt Kelly (140) and Justin Pardo (145) earned consecutive wins to turn a 21-9 deficit into a 30-21 lead (Huntington forfeited the 130-pound class) and earn a win in the League V opener.
"Sometimes it's the 'B' kid who stays off his back or gets you an unexpected win that makes the difference," Crespi said.
Team captain Delvecchia started the ball rolling with a 6-0 win before Morris, a junior who was making his debut in the starting lineup, and Matt Kelly each earned 9-4 decisions.
"I just tried to stay on top and turn him," said Morris, who wore red argyle dress socks during his win over Tye Jamison.
In the featured matches, Mike Soria (pictured) earned a pin at 103 pounds, while McQueen won by technical fall at 119. McNeil, who finished third in the county at 112 last season, took an 11-2 major decision over Max Soria with a takedown and three near fall points late in the match.
It was Kings Park's first win over Huntington since 2006 and only the second dual meet loss against a league foe for Huntington since Feb. 3, 2007.
It also made the Kingsmen, whose only loss came to a strong Sachem East team on Dec. 19, the top challengers to Hauppauge, a 49-6 winner over Islip last night, for the League V crown.
Said Crespi: "This was a big win for our program."
The match was briefly interrupted during the 112-pound match when a shouting match broke out in the stands between a few adult spectators. Security officials halted action for about five minutes during the 119-pound bout to restore order.
Aside from that, it was an exciting night of wrestling between two of the better teams in the county.