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Mattituck wrestlers win team title

Mattituck's Christopher Baglivi, top, goes for the pin

Mattituck's Christopher Baglivi, top, goes for the pin against Center Moriches' William Hamilton in the 195 lb weight class in the Division II finals. (Feb. 16, 2013) Credit: George A. Faella

No school other than Bayport-Blue Point or Babylon has been crowned the team champion of the Suffolk County Division II wrestling tournament in the last five years -- until Saturday, that is.

Mattituck, with 233.5 points, captured the team title on the heels of its regular-season dual meet championship. The Tuckers distanced themselves from Bayport-Blue Point, which finished second with 203 points. Babylon was third with 166.

"I think it's important for our kids," coach Cory Dolson said. "We've taken second in this tournament twice since I've been around and we've never won it since it went to two divisions. It's something special. It's a testament to how hard our guys work and I'm super proud of all these guys, they did a great job."

Mattituck had three county champions -- Bobby Becker at 138 pounds, Tomasz Filipkowski at 170 pounds and Christopher Baglivi at 195 pounds.

"That team title is one of the biggest things we were striving for," Filipkowski said. "That's all we wanted."

It was the third consecutive county title for Filipkowski and the second in a row for Baglivi.

"You never want to overlook anyone but realistically for Tomasz and Chris, their goals are higher than this tournament," Dolson said. "They were expected to win and they came in and got the job done. We're not looking to go to Albany and just go for a free room and a couple of meals. We're looking to go up there and come home with some medals and I think these guys are capable of doing it."

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