Wantagh’s James Langan kept going back to one thought during his 182-pound title match against Bellmore JFK’s Jack Krug.
“I just wanted to win so bad,” Langan said.
It didn’t appear Langan was going to be victorious as he trailed Krug by five points late in the second period of his match at Sunday’s Nassau Division I wrestling championships at Hofstra.
However, Langan rallied and eventually took a one-point lead, only to watch Krug escape with 32 seconds left in the third period and force overtime. But Langan was able to avoid a low leg shot and lock his hands on Krug, who bailed on his attempt. Langan circled behind Krug for two points and a thrilling 13-11 overtime win in the match of the night.
Langan, who was named Champion of Champions, was one of five Wantagh wrestlers to win Nassau championships, as the Warriors earned their seventh Nassau team title in the last eight seasons with 291 points. Massapequa (264.5) was second.
Although Wantagh continued its team dominance, Long Beach’s Jacori Teemer did what he usually does when he wrestles. He wins.
The Marines 152-senior senior won by technical fall, 23-8, at 5:15. Teemer became just the second wrestler to ever win five Nassau individual crowns. (Syosset’s Vito Arujau was the first.)
Teemer, who has a chance to become the second wrestler to earn five New York state individual crowns, overcame an inadvertent elbow to the head from North Shore’s Stephen Grabher in the second period.
“It hurt,” Teemer said, “but that was not going to keep me away from five .”
It also seemed like nothing was going to keep Wantagh from winning another Nassau team title.
The Warriors’ champs included Matthew Rogers (170), Langan (182), Jonathan Loew (195), Josiah Encarnacion (106) and Justin Vines (132).
But for Langan, he had the added motivation to win his first Nassau title. His older brother, Matt, was a champ at 145 a few years ago.
“I knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” Langan said. “I’m very happy my team came through my senior year.”
It’s been quite a season for Wantagh, which won the state’s first-ever dual meet championship in Syracuse on Jan. 27. No wonder some of the Wantagh wrestlers had bittersweet feelings about wrestling for the final time in high school on Long Island.
“I’m a little upset. I’m feeling sentimental,” said Loew, who won at 160 pounds last season. “But I’m happy for how we did as a team.”
Manhasset senior Nick Tannuzzo won at 120 against unseeded freshman Dan Gibson of Port Washington by ultimate tiebreaker (4-4). Tannuzzo became the first Manhasset wrestler to win a Nassau Division I championship.
Also, Plainedge’s Jared Altan defeated Massapequa’s Nick Karamoshos, 3-2, at 126 and became a three-time Nassau champion.