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Rocky Point's Tommy Dutton, Eastport-South Manor's Travis Passaro take titles

Tommy Dutton of Rocky Point defeated Joe DiMasi

Tommy Dutton of Rocky Point defeated Joe DiMasi of Islip in the 145 lbs weight class at the Suffolk League V wrestling championships on Feb. 8, 2014. Credit: Daniel De Mato

The league was different in 2014 but the result was the same for Tommy Dutton and the Rocky Point Eagles.

Dutton captured his fifth consecutive league title as Rocky Point romped over the competition in the League V Tournament, scoring 224 points Saturday night. Islip was second with 187.5 and Kings Park finished third with 156.

It's the second straight League V title for Rocky Point, which captured the League VI crown in equally dominant fashion in 2013.

"This just goes to show that even a small school can be a big program," Dutton said. "It just shows how tough we are and that all the hard work we put in paid off. It's fun."

Dutton pinned his way to the finals in the 145-pound bracket before defeating Islip's Joe DiMasi via technical fall in just 2:16 to improve his season record to 38-3.

"Tommy Dutton comes from a wrestling family and puts the time in all year round," Rocky Point coach Darren Goldstein said. "He's our captain and he's a consummate professional -- he comes to work and does his job and takes care of business . . . Tommy Dutton is going to make his mark on this world and it's going to be bigger than just on the wrestling mat."

The other Rocky Point winners were Anthony Cirillo at 106, who won a 5-2 decision over Nicholas Forte of Kings Park, and Joe Russo, who scored a quick takedown and secured a pin over Islip's Nick Finnegan in just 50 seconds at 170.

"Before the match, I just got really focused and got rid of all the distractions," Russo said. "I just got warmed up and focused on what I needed to do and that's all that it took."

Rocky Point also placed four other wrestlers in the finals -- Jack Gold at 113, James Matias at 138, Dylan Zabbara at 160 and Charlie Canepa at 195.

Travis Passaro of Eastport-South Manor was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler after winning the 126-pound bracket. Passaro won a 5-1 decision over Corey Jamison of Huntington to improve his season record to 42-0.

"Beating a kid like Jamison in the finals really lets me go into counties feeling confident about how I'm wrestling," Passaro said.

Nick Weber, who finished fifth in the state in 2013, also entered the tournament with an unblemished record and left with it intact. Weber pinned Canepa in the final at 195 pounds to move to 34-0 on the season.

Despite the loss, Canepa is one of 13 Rocky Point wrestlers who placed in the top four and will compete in the county tournament next weekend.

"At the end of the day, it's about getting kids through to the county tournament," Goldstein said. "We've dealt with a lot of injuries but a lot of young kids stepped up and were a valuable and intricate part of our lineup that helped us land this championship."


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