It's hard to argue with Glenn, Hauppauge and Rocky Point as the top three teams in Suffolk, as each has built quite an impressive resume through the first two months of the season.
But it's hard to discount Longwood as a contender for the county title based on its depth. In addition to two returning All State wrestlers -- brothers Corey (103 pounds) and Malik Rasheed (112) -- the Lions (16-0, 2-0 League I) boast All County performers Casey Brice (125), Nicky Hall (135, who received a forfeit last night), and Ben Lee (285), who didn't wrestle in the optional weight class last night. Patrick Jennings, who was a League I finalist last season, is currently the third-ranked wrestler at 152 pounds, while last night's star, Ricky Renck, is fourth at 145.
Of those seven key cogs in the Longwood lineup, only Lee is a senior. Corey Rasheed (pictured scoring back points in his 7-6 win over Eric Orellana last night) is an eighth-grader, while Malik Rasheed and Hall (who is wrestling through a knee injury) are both freshman.
Those three burst onto the scene with spectacular results last season, and are trying to avoid regressing as they grow and move up in weight, as so many wrestlers do.
Said Corey: "When you do good one year, guys that face you the next year are always trying to get their names known. So you have to practice hard. I always put pressure on myself."
Last night, Longwood won seven of 12 bouts against a talented Brentwood squad en route to a 37-17 League I win. With wins over Sachem East (32-22) and now Brentwood, the Lions have positioned themselves as the favorites for the League I dual-meet title. They also are a good bet to win their first League I tournament title since 2000.
But for now, coach Mike Picozzi, is content with last night's win.
Said the coach: "Any time you beat Brentwood, it's a good day."