At the Nassau County Championships, Long Beach won the team title with 177.5 points, finishing ahead of Massapequa (165.5) and Mepham (144). The Marines were led by three runners-up, John Paul Posada (126), Melvin Lindsey-Lewis (167) and William Whitaker (275). All three dropped close decisions in the finals, but their squad was able to win the county team title for the fifth consecutive year under the tutelage of head coach Paul Gillespie and able assistant Reggie Jones Jr. Bethpage crowned three champions, Jason Gabel (91), James Douglas (98) and Ron Cercy (275). Defending state champion Craig Vitagliano (33-0) edged MacArthur's Rob Paletta, 5-4, for the 105-pound crown and teammate Craig Walter defeated '89 county champion Craig Schlifstein (Baldwin),10-4, for the 112-pound title and earned the OSW Award. Winning his third county crown was Farmingdale's Aaron Brown (26-0) at 177 pounds. Herricks claimed three winners as Joe Renny (119), Rob Abramo (138) and Mike Reese (215) won their respective weight classes. Calhoun's Brett Gould claimed the 126-pound bracket.
At the Suffolk County Championships, Longwood tallied 206 points to finish ahead of Sachem (186) and Huntington (106) for their second consecutive team championship. Winning titles for the Lions were Ray Lizzol (132), junior Kerry McCoy (177) and unbeaten senior Nick Hall (25-0) at 215 pounds.
Sachem had four winners, Ralph Menechino (105), John Jaeger (112), Longwood transfer Tim Godoy (138) and junior Jason Kraft at 155 pounds. Godoy (22-1) decisioned former teammate Jason Burke, 6-3, for his county crown and said afterwards, "It feels great for me, and I feel great for my family." The outstanding wrestler award went to Rocky Point's Chad Henkin (35-0) who defeated Longwood's Chris Conway, 5-1, at 132 pounds. The Huntington Blue Devils garnered three county crowns as Brian Fischenich edged Longwood's Rason Phifer, 5-4 overtime, at 91, along with Chris Smith (98) and Elias Perez (119) as they all won their weight classes.
At the 29th annual New York State Intersectional Championships Section Four (Binghamton area) captured their third sectional team title with 209 points and finished ahead of host Section Three (Syracuse) with 181.5 and Section Eleven (Suffolk) with 167.5. The scarlet-cladded contingent crowned four champions; Shane Mack (Ithaca) at 91, Matt Sorochinsky (Johnson City) at 145, Matt Marciniak (Watkins Glen) at 155 and Paul Lyman (Johnson City) at 167 pounds.Sorochinsy became the first state champion for JC and made history by becoming the first father-son combination to win state titles, his father John, won two titles while at Union-Endicott in 1965-66. Sorochinsky decisioned Craig Furrer (Centereach), 6-3. Furrer's Dad was a two-time Long Island champion while competing for Mepham in 1958-59. Marciniak (41-0) edged Mike Quaglio (John Jay),4-2, in the finals and finished with 189 career wins, eclipsing the state record of 188 set by JJ Stanbro (JC) in 1989.Two-time state king Juan Carlos Garcia (168-12 career) nipped Bryan Roggie (Beaver River), 2-1, to claim the 119-pound title. Fowler had their first-ever state champion as Mike Jamison won the 105-pound crown and then teammate Kareeb Howard (39-0) capped a brilliant senior season by defeating Tim Godoy (Sachem), 7-3, at 138 pounds, in perhaps the toughest weight class in the tournament. John Degl (Mahopac) edged Longwood's Kerry McCoy, 3-2, to claim the 177-pound title. Nick Hall (28-0, 127-9 career) dominated all his opponents and easily won the 215-pound class and the OSW Award. The last time the oustanding wrestler award was given to a heavyweight was back in 1970 when Mike Phillips (Cooperstown) won a state crown. Section Eight's lone finalist was junior James Douglas (Bethpage) who dropped a 10-2 decision to Ithaca's Shane Mack at 98 pounds. Chaminade HS (CHSAA) made some noise at the 1991 state meet and emerged with three NYS place-winners; two-time medallist Rob Donnino (119) Gerry Donahue (138) and two-time place-finisher Dion Visconti (105-14-1 career) at 167 pounds. The Flyers (38.5 points) finished seventh in the individual team standings which was won by Johnson City who amassed 77.5 points. Longwood and Fulton were declared co-champions for the unofficial number-one ranking in the state.
|A Look Back - 1991|
91- Hardwick (Valley Central-9) dec.Rutecki (Fowler-3),8-6.
98- Mack (Ithaca-4) dec. Douglas (Bethpage-8),10-2.
105- Jamison (Fowler-3) dec. Croog (Brighton-5), 6-0.
112- Matteoti (Suffern-1) dec.Cali (Baldwinsville-3), 6-4.
119- Garcia (Sleepy Hollow-1) dec.Roggie (Beaver River-3), 2-1.
126- Castro (Washingtonville) pinned Groncki (Burnt Hills-2), 1:26
132- Caruso (New Hartford-3) dec. Edwards (Peru-7), 10-8.
138- Howard (Fowler-3) dec. Godoy (Sachem-11), 7-3.
145- Sorochinsky (Johnson City-4) dec. Furrer (Cent-11), 6-3.
155- Marciniak (Watkins Glen-4) dec. Quaglio (John Jay-East Fishkill-9), 4-2.
167- Lyman (Johnson City-4) dec. Francis (Palmyra-Macedon-5), 10-6.
177- Degl (Mahopac-1) dec.McCoy (Longwood-11), 3-2.
215- Hall (Longwood-11) pinned Walker (Chenago Forks-4), 1:39.
275- Yanis (Minisink Valley-9) dec.Davidson (Brighton-5), 6-0.
1. Secton Four 209
2. Section Three 181.5
3. Section Eleven 167.5
4. Section One 143.5
5. Section Five 139
6. Section Nine 120
7. Section Six 117.5
8. Section Two 102.5
9. Section Eight 88.5
10. Section Seven 63.5
11. Section CHSAA 57.5
12. Section Ten 21
13. Section PSAL 2