Meet the eight Long Island wrestlers who took home titles at the NYSPHSAA state wrestling championships on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Matt Campo, Mt. Sinai
Campo defeated top-seeded Mikey Squires of Norwich, 4-2, in OT at 170 pounds in Division II, winning his first state title. Campo scored the match-clinching takedown 21 seconds into overtime.
Jordan Titus, Center Moriches
Titus captured his second straight state championship, defeating Lowville's Micah Roes, 9-2, at 126 pounds in Division II. It was Titus' fourth consecutive appearance in the finals.
Matt Rogers, Wantagh
Rogers pounded out a 6-4 win over top-seeded Brock Delsignore of Shenendehowa in Division I at 182 pounds. His first and second period takedowns helped him build a 5-2 lead and keyed the win.
Christian Hansen, Cold Spring Harbor
Hansen captured the 152 pound title over Nick Ross of Onteora, 6-2, in Division II. It was his first public school state championship after previously winning two Catholic school titles with St. Anthony's.
Gage DeNatale, Locust Valley
DeNatale, the top seed, defeated Dean Shambo of Mexico, 6-5, in a match that came down to the wire at 132 pounds in Division II.
Malik Leftenant, Copiague
Leftenant erased a 6-2 deficit and came back for an 8-6 win over top-seeded Alex Semenenko of McKee Tech to capture the 220-pound weight class in Division I
Zach Redding, Eastport-South Manor
Redding punctuated a brilliant career with a 4-2 win over sophomore Jayden Scott of Rush Henrietta for the 132-pound Division I title. It was Redding's second state title in the past three years. He finished his season with a 52-0 record.
Elijah Rivera, Bay Shore
Rivera countered a takedown by Chenango Forks freshman Tyler Ferrara with a cradle 22 seconds into overtime to earn a wild 6-4 championship win at 106 pounds in Division I. Rivera is the first Bay Shore state champion since 1983.