I'm here at the Nassau Division I semis, early in the morning, and ready to give updates those of you not at Hofstra.
99-- Jose Rodriguez just keeps on rolling, taking a 17-0 technical fall over Plainedge's Hector Guerrero to advance to the final. Rodriguez is now 40-0. He will face Long Beach's Steven Sewkumar, who beat Westbury's Raeco Jackson, in the final.
106--- Krishna Sewkumar of Long Beach defeated Oceansid's Rocco Candela and will take on MacArthur's Justin Cooksey in the championship. Sewkumar beat No. 2 Kyle Quinn of Wantagh yesterday to advance to semis. Two weight classes down, and Long Beach has two county finalists. There is a reason why the Marines are arguably Nassau's best tournament team.
113-- It is Long Beach yet again, as reigning state championship runner-up Mark Raghunandan held on to beat MacArthur's Anthony Boccasini, 5-3. In what should be a razor-close final, it will be Raghunandan against defending county champion (96lbs) Robert Person of Bellmore JFK, who took a 5-0 decision from Lawrence's Pankil Chander.
120-- Roslyn's John Lanzillotti moves on when MacArthur's Chris Cataldo had to retire with an injury. Lanzillotti took second last year at 112 pounds and will face Wantagh's Chris Araoz in the final. Araoz earned a techincal fall over Long Beach's Oral Allen, making this the first weight in which the Marines will not have a county finalist.
126-- Garden City's Mike Lofrese had the first pin of the day, taking down Plainedge's Connor Sullivan in 3:07. In the other semifinal, Vinny Turano dominated Freeport's Jorge Barriero en route to a 16-3 major decision.
132-- Justin Paradiso moves on with an 11-6 decision over Wantgh's Nick Vines and will face Freeport's football star Maurice Irby in the final. Irby beat No. 2 seed Rob Bennett of MacArthur, 8-3.
138- Wantagh's Dan McDevitt scored a pin in 3:09 against Massapequa's Chris Broccoli. McDevitt, the top seed, will take on Baldwin's Quinn Knauer in the final. Knauer, unseeded heading into the tournament, is now 40-8.
145-- Mepham's Louis Hernandez took down top seed Dylan Cohen of Baldwin, 7-1. In the other semi final, Garden City's scored the go-ahead takedown with 18 seconds left to defeat Division's Joe Maldonado, 3-2.
152-- Mepham's Danny Tracy beat top seed Steve Schneider of MacArthur 2-0, and will face Hewlett's Troy Smith in the championship. Smith beat Mepham's Steven Lambert, 7-3.
160-- Long Beach's Dylan Palacio, considered by many (myself included) to be the Island's top wrestler, got an easy path to the final when North Shore's Dan Grabher dropped out with an injury before the match.
He will face No. 2 seed Joe Cataldo of MacArthur, who beat Chris Koo of Great Neck South, 3-1.
170- Dan Spurgeon of Plainedge defeated Errol Small of Freeport via 9-1 major decision. In the other semifinal, Evan Pantofel's escape in sudden victory gave him the win over Wantagh's Chris Loew.
182-- Bellmore JFK's John Luxmore dominated Syosset's Dan Choi en route to a pin at 2:59 and will face reingning county champion Andrew Jones of Plainedge. After two pins yesterday, Jones went the distance with Sewanhaka West's Dennis Melendez, winning a 7-4 decision.
195-- Uniondale's Davion Porter defeated Wantagh's Sean Tomlinson, 8-2, while top seed Rob Zorn of Sewanhaka East took down Lawrence's Karl Ravilus, 13-7. Next up is Porter's teammate Andrew Cole at 220.
220-- Island Trees' Tom Sinclair scored his first pin of the tourney over Lawrence's Isaiah Batts in 3:20. Competitive early, Sinclair scored a reversal early in the second period and controlled the action until the end.
Uniondale's Andrew Cole became the second Knight in as many matches to earn a championship berth, winning a 19-8 MD over Bellmore JFK's Matt Accetta.
285-- Syosset's Evan Kappatos pinned Lynbrook's Joe Espinosa in 3:18 one year after taking third in this tournament. His championship opponent: In other semi, Uniondale's Dante Salkey rode a two-point takedown in OT to victory over Seaford's James O'Hagan. The three Uniondale heavyweights, Salkey, Cole and Porter, profiled in today's Newsday, all madet he final.
The semis are over. Check back later tonight for a full recap of the Nassau Championships.