A LOOK BACK
1969
                                                            A LOOK BACK
                                                    
              1969

    
At the Nassau County Championships, Bellmore JFK totaled 70 points to finish ahead of runner-up Farmingdale (44) and Baldwin (37). The Cougars had three champions; Steve Kahn (120), Rich Smith (154) and Bill Schmidt (165). Kahn defeated the Dalers' Fred Handorf 4-3 (on riding time). Close matches were the norm in the 69' championship finals. Tom Campanelli (Wantagh) nipped BJFK's Shawn Sickle on riding time at 95 pounds and his teammate John Henning, also won on riding time over Baldwin's Paul Gillespie at 138. Defending state champion Bob Pina (Freeport) shutout Rich Adham (VSS), 6-0, at 103 and Farmingdale's Bruce Biondi posted a 2-0 riding time verdict over Mepham's Kevin Stock in the 112-pound weight class.

     
At the Suffolk County Championships, Brentwood ended Lindenhurt's five-year reign and crowned three champions en route to the team championships. Coach Joe Campo's Indians tallied 89 points to easily outdisatnce Lindenhurst (58) and Amityville (54). Winning titles for the Indians were Ivan Gonzales (103), two-time titlist and OSW winner Bob Bender (138), along with Jose Tejada at 145. In the finals, junior Jack Spates (Smithtown) edged Dana Edwards (Huntington), 4-3, by scoring with a second period predicament, Pete Pappas (Amityville) upended Ron Adams (Brentwood), with a third period reversal, 4-2, at 120, Jim Cisek (Sayville) defeated Bill Priois (Port Jefferson), on a referee's decision at 154, after both wrestlers had escapes in regulation and in overtime ,and Jesse Holiday (Lindenhurst) upset previously unbeaten Ray Miro (Brentwood), 6-0, at 215 pounds. Miro had pinned Holiday in the League I finals.

     At the 7th annual NYS Intersectional Championships, Section Four (Binghamton) claimed their second sectional team title with 80 points and nipped Section Eleven (77) and Section Eight with 68, in the tournament held at the Rochester Instiutue of Technology. The red-cladded contingent garnered three state crowns; two-time winner Randy Payne (Sidney) at 120, Scott Ross (Ithaca) at 127, and Gary Robinson (Elmira Southside) in the Unlimited weight class. Earning state titles for Suffolk County were undefeated Steve Weiss (Lindenhurst) who clamped Joe Pitts (Scotia-Glenville-2) in the first period at 112, tough Joe Russo (22-0) of West Islip at 133 and Port Jefferson's Bill Proios who claimed the 154-pound class. Earning runner-up finishes were Ivan Gonzales (Brentwood) and Jesse Holiday (Lindenhurst). Gonzales lost a high-scoring affair to two-time champion Lee Kleeper (Suffern), 10-7, at 103 and Holiday was pinned in the third period in the  unlimited class. Gonzales, only a sophomore, had upset reigning state king Bob Pina (Freeport), earlier in the day, with a stunning 7-6 victory in the semi-finals. Pina earned the bronze medal. Wantagh emerged with two state kings; Tom Campanelli (22-1) at 98  and John Henning (20-0) at 138 pounds to pace the defending team champions. Finalists for the green-clad squad were Bill Henaghan (133) of Island Trees, Bill Schmidt (165) of BJFK and Ed Carlsson (180) of Valley Stream Central.

Mat Notes...
   Suffolk County champion Jim Cisek of Sayville opted not to enter the state tournament, as he was the Best Man at his brother's wedding the same weekend of the states. Cisek defeated Bill Priois,1-1,1-1, referees' decision in the county final. Priois was entered as "an alternate" and defeated Mike Duffy of the host Section Five's  East Rochester, 1-1, 1-1, referee's decision at 154 pounds. Wantagh champion Tom Campanelli (98 pounds) went onto a career as a successful jockey. Finishing in fourth place for Suffolk was Smithtown's Jack Spates who would claim the state crown in 1970, and finish as a NCAA runner-up at Slippery Rock (1974) at 118 pounds. He  is currently the head coach at Oklahoma University. Another fourth-place finisher, Jim Guizotti (Maryvale-6) would capture the 130-pound title in 1970, and would later win a Division III national crown for Ashland University, Ohio. Lindenhurst's Steve Weiss (21-0) handed previously unbeaten Joe Pitts (21-1-1) his first loss on the season in the 112-pound final. Two-time champion Randy Payne (Sidney) would become an NCAA finalist as a true freshman for the University of Pittsburgh and  would drop an 8-0 decision to the heralded Dwayne Keller of Oklahoma State in the NCAA championship bout...

                       
1969 NYS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
                                                        

95- Tom Campanelli (Wantagh-8) dec. Robbi Cole (Sidney-4), 8-2.
103- Lee Klepper (Suffern-9) dec. Ivan Gonzales (Brentwood-11), 10-7.
112- Steve Weiss (Lindenhurst-11) pinned Joe Pitts (Scotia-Glenville-2). 1:44.
120- Randy Payne (Sidney-4) dec. John Scanlon (Pearl River-9), 9-4.
127- Scott Ross (Ithaca-4) dec. Art Trovei (Port Jervis-9), 2-0.
133- Joe Russo (West Islip-11) pinned Bill Henaghan (Island Trees-8), 5:31.
138- John Henning (Wantagh-8) dec. Tony Backus (Livonia-5), 10-2.
145- Jerry Siefert (Sherburne-Earville-3) dec. John Allen (Windsor-4), 13-5.
154- Bill Prios (Port Jefferson-11) dec.Mike Duffy (East Rochester-5), referee's decsion.
165- Ron Tojdowski (Pioneer-5) dec. Bill Schmidt (Bellmore-JFK-8), 5-4.
180- Ernie DiBella (Pittsford-5) dec. Ed Carlsson (Valley Stream Central-8), 7-1.
215- Bill McCauley (Skaneateles-3) pinned Jesse Holiday (Lindenhurst-11), 5:51.
Unl- Gary Robinson (Elmira Southside-4) dec. Keith Rose (Watertown-3), 3-1.

Team Scores:
1. Section Four (80)
2. Section Eleven (77)
3. Section Eight (68)
4. Section Five (55)
5. Section Three (44)
6. Section Nine (41)
7. Section Two (22)
8. Section Six (20)
9. Section One (15)
10.Section Seven (8)