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Valley Stream North's Sicurella wins at buzzer

At yesterday's Nassau Division II wrestling championships at Hofstra, Valley Stream North senior Cyle Sicurella turned into Jack Bauer.

With 24 seconds remaining - just a coincidence - in the 130-pound final and possibly his high school career, Sicurella trailed Wheatley's Michael Affigne by one point. The wrestlers reset and Sicurella looked to take down Affigne, who resisted as the seconds ticked down.

Doing his best Bauer impersonation, Sicurella got his man at the last possible second, finally putting Affigne's shoulders on the mat for a four-point swing and an 8-5 victory at the buzzer.

"I was trying to tie him up for a while," Sicurella said. "I think it was a single leg . . . I'm pretty exhausted."

VSN crowned four champions but finished third behind Mineola and Oyster Bay. Also winning for the Spartans were Justin Uslaner (103), who hung on for a 6-5 victory over Mineola's Justin Sandler; Chris Aumuller (135) and Will Hunter (285), who won a 3-1 sudden victory over Cold Spring Harbor's Dylan Cole.

It was all Mineola at 171 pounds, as Arnold Gomez triumphed over Mike Escobar, 6-2. Dan Granados (215) also won for Mineola.

Cold Spring Harbor sophomore McKinley Mohrman (112) won his second straight county title and was named most outstanding wrestler and champion of champions. Nick Carlisi (152) and Sam Patterson (145) also were repeat winners for the Seahawks and Zach Perrone (119) survived for a 10-9 win over VSN sophomore Jesse Oppenheimer.

"It's in the [training] partners," said Carlisi, who won his third title. "I work with Sam; Sam works with Mac. You see it in and out of the wrestling room. It makes us better every day."

Oyster Bay also crowned four champions: Jack Leguelaff (96), Rob Morgan (125), Brian Dillman (160) and Harry Nicastro (189), who pinned Carle Place's Chris Barbosa in the final and had the most falls in the least amount of time.

Wheatley senior Gabe Hogan (140) pinned Mineola's Joe Massaro in 4:27 and will head upstate for the first time. "It's gonna be tough," he said. "But I'm game.''

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