The winter break is over and the season is in full swing, so with key league/conference matchups on the horizon, let's take a look at our Long Island wrestling top 10 dual-meet teams.
1. Glenn — The Knights had a breakout performance at Saturday's Union-Endicott Duals, one of the most prestigious team tournaments in the state. They knocked out John Jay Cross River (I) 53-4 and Greene (IV) 47-15 in the preliminary rounds before taking down Chenango Forks (IV) 33-13 in the semifinals and Spencerport (V) 37-10 in the final. The latter two opponents were tied for first place in the New York State Sports Writers Association large school poll, and Spencerport was the three-time defending champ of the 12-team event.
Glenn is the lone wrestling team in the winter debut of Newsday's Big 10, coming in at No. 2 behind Half Hollow Hills West boys basketball.
Next up for the Knights: They'll play host to East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson in a League VI matchup tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
2. Hauppauge — The Eagles won their own dual-meet tournament on Saturday with victories over Seaford (73-10), Ossining of Sec. I (80-3) and Floyd (53-18 in the final). Jesse Marro was named team MVP after earning three pins in 5:03 at 145 pounds. Chanse Menendez recorded two pins and a major decision at 171 pounds.
Next up for the Eagles: They'll visit Islip in the League V opener tomorrow at 6 p.m.
3. Longwood — The Lions went 8-0 at the Mountain Duals at Dolgeville High School, a Section III school near Adirondack State Park, on Dec. 30. Corey (103 pounds) and Malik Rasheed (112) both earned first-period pins in a 57-17 win over General Brown (III), while Casey Brice earned a 15-2 major decision at 125.
Next up for the Lions: They'll visit Sachem East (No. 8 on this list) in the League I opener tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
4. Wantagh — The Warriors have been off since a 54-9 win over Lawrence on Dec. 22, in which Nick Fitzmaurice had a technical fall at 160 pounds.
Next up for the Warriors: They'll visit Lynbrook for a Conference 3A affair tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
5. Brentwood — The Indians placed fourth at the Union-Endicott Duals on Saturday after falling to Chenango Forks 31-27 in the third-place match. They defeated the host school and Fulton (III) in the preliminary rounds before dropping a 26-20 decision to Spencerport in the semifinals.
Next up for the Indians: They'll visit Commack for the League I opener tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
6. Rocky Point — The Eagles won the Dave Ironman Tournament by 80.5 points over host Monsignor Farrell on Saturday. Rocky Point had five individual champions — Thomas Dutton (103, who was also named Most Outstanding Wrestler), Matt Ross (125), Stephen Dutton (140), Billy Coggins (171) and Pete Vivonetto (189).
Stephen Dutton (pictured at last year's state tournament) is one of five defending state champions from Long Island. To hear more about him and the four others from Newsday's Gregg Sarra, click here.
Next up for the Eagles: They'll play host to Miller Place in a League VI battle tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
7. MacArthur — The Generals finished sixth at Saturday's Union-Endicott Duals after losing to Greene (IV), 30-28, in the fifth-place match. MacArthur posted wins over Niagara-Wheatfield (VI) and Union-Endicott (IV) on the day.
Next up for the Generals: They'll play host to Division in the Conference 2A opener tomorrow at 4:45 p.m.
8. Sachem East — The Flaming Arrows won the Long Island Challenge on Dec. 29 at MacArthur by defeating Islip (52-6), Sayville (41-12), MacArthur (32-19) and Garden City (54-12). Frank Merente went 4-0 with four pins at 160 pounds, while Mark Florian (103) was also undefeated with a pin and major decision.
Next up for the Flaming Arrows: They'll play host to Longwood (No. 3 on this list) in the League I opener tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
9. Massapequa — The Chiefs had one champion, Conor Wetzel at 189 pounds, and three other finalists, Branden Renda (130), James Ondris (152) and Alex Hoffman (215), at their holiday tournament on Dec. 29, where they finished fourth.
Next up for the Chiefs: They'll play host to Farmingdale in a Conference 1A matchup tomorrow at 7 p.m.
10. Connetquot — The Thunderbirds had seven champions at the Mt. Sinai Tournament on Saturday, including Steven Bulzomi, who had the most pins in the least time (three in 2:01) in the 103-pound weight class, Champion of Champions James McCabe (119), and Most Outstanding Wrestler Sean McCabe (112).
Next up for the Thunderbirds: They'll play host to Whitman in the League II opener tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Also, here are the conference placements in each county for the 2009-10 season...
Suffolk (ordered by size)
League I — Brentwood, Floyd, Longwood, Patchogue-Medford, Sachem East, Ward Melville, Commack
League II — Lindenhurst, Sachem North, Connetquot, Central Islip, Northport, Bay Shore, Whitman
League III — West Islip, Newfield, Half Hollow Hills East, Centereach, Smithtown East, East Islip, North Babylon
League IV — Riverhead, Smithtown West, West Babylon, Copiague, Bellport, Half Hollow Hills West, Deer Park
League V — Eastport-South Manor, Huntington, Comsewogue, Kings Park, Hauppauge, Islip, Harborfields, Sayville
League VI — East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson, Rocky Point, Miller Place, Westhampton, Shoreham-Wading River, Amityville, Mt. Sinai, Glenn
League VII (Division II) — Bayport-Blue Point, Mattituck/Greenport, Southampton, Babylon, Hampton Bays, Center Moriches, Mercy, Port Jefferson, Stony Brook, Smithtown Christian
Nassau (based on size and ability)
Conference 1A — East Meadow, Farmingdale, Freeport, Massapequa, Syosset, Uniondale
Conference 2A — Bellmore JFK, Calhoun, Garden City, Division, Long Beach, MacArthur
Conference 3A — Bethpage, Glen Cove, Lawrence, Lynbrook, Plainedge, Wantagh
Conference 4A — Clarke, Cold Spring Harbor (Div. II), Island Trees, Locust Valley, North Shore, Seaford
Conference 1B — Baldwin, Hempstead, Hicksville, Oceanside, Sewanhaka East, Sewanhaka West
Conference 2B — Great Neck South, Herricks, Jericho, Mepham, Plainview JFK, Port Washington, Valley Stream Central
Conference 3B — Great Neck North, Hewlett, Roslyn, South Side, Valley Stream South, West Hempstead, Westbury
Conference 4B — Carle Place (Div. II), Manhasset, Mineola (Div. II), Oyster Bay (Div. II), Roosevelt, Valley Stream North (Div. II), Wheatley (Div. II)