Wrestling has always meant a lot to Greyson Meak. He just didn’t realize how much until his state championship loss last year.
The Cold Spring Harbor senior is looking to avenge that loss after securing the 190-pound Nassau Division II crown at Cold Spring Harbor High School on Saturday. Meak defeated Marcus Rosario of Clarke by technical fall, 16-1, in 2:16 to punch his ticket back to Albany.
In 2023, Meak fell short of an individual state title at 172 pounds after a 5-4 loss to Tavio Hoose of Section VI’s Southwestern, and it proved to be a defining moment.
“Ever since last year at states, it’s been a driving factor for me,” Meak said. “I do feel more confident in my wrestling since last year. Going in as the two seed, I have a duty to accomplish what I missed out on.”
Meak, who has a 36-1 record this season, suffered his only loss in the Eastern States Classic semifinals last month to none other than Hoose.
“I’ve been practicing my technique and focusing on having longer matches instead of just going in and getting out,” said Meak, who has 106 career pins. “This year, I’m not letting anything stand in my way.”
Other state qualifiers
Locust Valley eighth-grader Finnegan O’Brien won his first Nassau title in his first varsity season when he pinned Anthony Sampogna of Wheatley in 40 seconds.
“I'm super excited for the opportunity to go to states and wrestle the best guys in New York,” said O’Brien, who has a 30-1 record. “Prepared is an understatement. I’ve been working on small adjustments which has been crucial in these higher-level matches.”
Cold Spring Harbor junior Raymond McNulty earned his third county championship with a 6-0 win over Clarke’s Sebastian Mejia at 145 pounds. The two were scoreless through the second period until McNulty scored six unanswered points in the third, including three near falls.
“There was a lot of pressure especially as the one seed, but I think I just trusted in my technique,” McNulty said. “I knew that an opening was going to come, and I was prepared to take it.”
Defending county champion Joseph Filocamo earned his second straight crown at 138 pounds when he defeated Sebastian Barco of Clarke via major decision, 13-3. Filocamo, a junior who is committed to LIU for lacrosse and also plays football, was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award.
Clarke crowned three champions and totaled 280.5 points to claim the Division II title. Seaford had one champion and finished second with 226 points, while Locust Valley had three winners and totaled 208.5 points.