Meet Newsday's All-Long Island wrestling team for the 2015-16 season.
Newsday's Wrestler of the Year: Vito Arujau, Syosset, Jr., 132 pounds
Arujau is Newsday's wrestler of the year after winning his third Division I state title. Arujau finished the season with a 47-0 record and extended his winning streak to 137 bouts when he dominated senior Fred Eckles of Lake Shore, 19-6. "We are seeing one of Long Island's best wrestling careers unfold right in front of us," said Syosset coach Mike Murtha. "This is a special student-athlete who has Olympic aspirations and the work ethic to make it a reality." His career record is 173-1 and he is on trek to become Long Island's greatest wrestler of all time.
Suffolk Wrestler of the Year: Anthony Sparacio, North Babylon, Sr., 120 pounds
Sparacio, who finished with a 35-0 record, won his second Suffolk title before becoming North Babylon's first state champion by beating John Devine of Columbus, 3-1. "He had a successful career and wanted to top it off with a state title," said North Babylon coach Anthony Sparacio Sr. "He's battled through a severe elbow injury and persevered in his last shot at the title, what a run. I'm so proud of him." The three-time state place finisher holds the record for wins in a career at North Babylon with 179.
Christian Araneo, Ward Melville, Sr., 195 pounds
Capped a brilliant careerwith his second state title, beating Michael DiNardo of Mahopac, 3-1, to capture the 195-pound crown. He only lost one bout over the final two years of his career and had a 176-29 overall record. He was 42-0 as a senior.
John Arceri, Huntington, Sr., 126 pounds
Huntington's first four-time Suffolk champion went 44-1 this season, losing only in the state title match. The former state champion also won four Suffolk sectional titles.
Adam Busiello, Eastport-South Manor, Fr., 105 pounds
Busiello was the top-ranked wrestler in Suffolk County at 106 pounds. He rolled to his second state title, upending Trey Wardlaw of East Ramapo, 6-1, for the crown. Busiello finished with a 48-0 record and improved his career mark to 137-7. "He's such a tough and focused kid," said Eastport-South Manor coach Nick Garone. "He still has three years left to continue to etch his name in the record books."
Tommy Cox, Deer Park, Sr., 113 pounds
Cox punctuated a great career with the 113-pound state title. Cox, who finished third in the state as a junior, had a 44-1 record this season and was 163-21 over his career. The four-time All-Suffolk wrestler will wrestle at North Carolina State.
Matteo DeVincenzo, Port Jefferson, Sr., 126 pounds
DeVincenzo earned the 126-pound Division II title with a 2-1 win over Locust Valley's Hunter Dusold. DeVincenzo, who won his second state crown, finished his season at 37-0 and a career record of 148-4. He placed four times in the state tournament.
Terron Robinson, Whitman, Jr., 220 pounds
Whitman's first state champ since 1978 won his title by beating Ryan Ellefsen of Goshen, 9-5. He went 44-1 to improve his career record to 88-27. "He's triumphed over personal tragedy and become one of the nicest young student-athletes I've ever coached," said Whitman coach Vinny Altebrando. "Everybody roots for a kid like Terron. He's the complete package."
Edwin Rubio, Glenn, Sr., 285 pounds
Rubio erased the memory of a one-point overtime loss in the state final from his junior year with a stunning performance in his senior campaign. He capped his state-title run with a 3-2 win in triple overtime over Cameron Rohr of Irondequoit. Rubio finished with a 42-0 record this season and a career mark of 153-11. The two-time Suffolk champion was also a four-time All-Suffolk performer. "He worked his butt off to get back to the state final," said Glenn coach T.J. Brocking. "And redemption feels really good."
Jacori Teemer, Long Beach, Soph., 126 pounds
Teemer won his third state crown with a 6-3 decision over Huntington's John Arceri and became the first Long Island wrestler to win consecutive state crowns in the eighth, ninth and 10th grades. Teemer was 49-0 this season and has a career record of 141-4. He is only the fifth wrestler from Nassau to win three state titles.
Coach of the Year: Ray Adams, Long Beach
It was quite a year for Long Beach wrestling. In his 19th season as head coach, Adams led the Marines to the No. 1 ranking in the state and a 17-0 dual meet record. They won the Nassau sectional title, Nassau dual meet championship and crowned four Marines as individual county champs. "This is not at all possible without the incredible support of our community, feeder programs and the dedicated coaches throughout our system," Adams said. "We are a product of family and hard work. I'm honored to coach these boys."