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Stephen Dutton

Rocky Point, senior

Dutton insists he isn't an angry young man, but you would have been hard-pressed to see him crack a smile after any of his 46 victories last year.

"It's not that I'm never satisfied, I'm definitely excited that I won [state]," said the Lehigh-bound senior who wrestles at 140 pounds. "It's just the way people handle it. I'm not one to start celebrating. It's not necessarily that I'm mad about anything."

In his first season at Rocky Point (he transferred from Hauppauge before his junior year), Dutton won his third Suffolk title, became a three-time state place-winner and won his first state championship. In the process, he defeated two former state champions - Wantagh's Paul Liguori, 3-0 at an early-season event, and Fordham Prep's Andrew Lenzi, 10-1, in the 135-pound state final.

"Every time I step on the mat," Dutton said, "I think I can beat the guy in front of me."

And why not? With 15 more wins, he'll join Jesse Jantzen (221) and Ryan Patrovich (215) as the only Suffolk wrestlers to reach 200 victories.

But don't expect him to smile about it.

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