2007 NEW YORK STATE 
    HS ALL-AMERICANS
     Congratulations to the six New York State prepped wrestlers that were recently chosen for the annual High School All-American team by Amateur Wrestling News. Leading the Empire State contingent was Corey Jantzen (172-7) of Shoreham -Wading River at 135 pounds, he was a number-one selection and touted as one of the top five seniors in the nation. Janzten was a two-time state king and placed four times (2-5-1-1). He will join his NCAA champion brother, Jesse, currently an assistant coach at Harvard in the fall. Another blue chipper and a third team pick was two-time titlist Michael Chaires (221-19) of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany at 160 pounds. Chaires will wrestle at the University of Virginia and projects at 165 next season. Another top 160-pounder is NHSCA runner-up, Paul Paddock (235-19) of Warsaw who was a two-time champion with state finishes of 4-1-2-1. Paddock, ranked ninth, will take his talents to Edinboro (PA) and join another top New Yorker, Torsten Gillespie (135) of Webster-Schroeder. Gillespie, ranked eighth, finished third at the state meet and capped a brilliant career with a 7th place finish at the HS Nationals. He hopes to be in the Edinboro line-up next season and join his NCAA champion, brother Gregor, a junior at 149 pounds. Two other Long Islanders were selected for the AWN team; Michael Gomez and PJ Gillespie. Gomez (143-23) of Locust Valley was rated sixth in the country at 112, and was a three-time state placer (3-3-2), along with a 7th place finish at the NHSCA meet. Gomez will wrestle at Drexel (PA) and projects at 125 pounds. Gillespie (214-29) of Long Beach was a ninth team selection at 145 and was a four-time state medalist (3-3-3-1). He was a six-year varsity wrestler and went unbeaten his senior year at 41-0. Gillespie became the winningest wrestler in Nassau County history and will join NCAA top ten team, Hofstra, next fall, he projects at 149 pounds.