JANUARY 2007

    
Spencerport HS (15-0) is currently the top-ranked team in the Empire State, as they won the Union-Endicott Duals. The Rangers upended Islip HS, 25-22, in the semi-finals and defeated Fulton, 26-15, in the championship match.. In that exciting semi-final dual, state place-winners, Lance Wade (Islip) met Bryan Bourne (Spencerport), Bourne came away with the pivotal 4-2 decision at 160 pounds. In the final, Spencerport won eights bouts to hand the Red Raiders their first setback on the season. Islip HS (10-2) is ranked second, they lost a dual to New Jersey power, Jackson Memorial, and have since added the prestigious Eastern States Classic, which featured 53 teams, to their ledger. At the Eastern States, they tallied 239.5 points and were led by defending state champion,Tyler Mashkow (125) and Christian Wintons at 275 pounds, along with runner-ups, Jake Benedetto (112) and Lance Wade. Benedetto was leading in his match, when he was caught in a headlock by Tioga's Derak Heyman at the 4:57 mark and Wade, a 2006 state finalist, was edged by defending state champion Eduardo Delgado (29-0, 176-32) of Long Beach, 3-1overtime, in the 152-pound final. The Bucs outscored Section Two power, Shenendehowa HS (171.5), Wayne HS (155) and Minisink Valley HS (149.5) to claimed their second consecutive Eastern States title. At the Eastern States, top-ranked Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central), a freshman, was pushed to overtime with Farrell's Connor Hanafee, but prevailed with a 6-4 ot decision for the 103-pound crown. Corey Jantzen (26-0, 162-7) of SWR-11, dominated four opponents en route to the 135-pound crown and was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler. Fulton HS (18-1) recently won the Section Three dual meet title for the 17th time in the past 19 years. The Red Raiders are currently ranked third in the state and defeated, Mexico HS (13-4), 42-19, in the final. They were led by Paul Slaver (112), Matt Draper (125), Dillon Shue (140), Matt Bogardus (152) and Jeremiah Richardson at 171 pounds.The fourth-ranked squad is Section Two power, Shenendehowa HS (15-2), they point to the Meys brothers, Austin (140) and Hunter (171), along with lightweight standout Luke Popolizio (96). Section Eight's East Meadow HS (12-2) appears to be the top team in Nassau County and holds down the number five spot in the state.The Jets have potential county champions with, Jimmy Pannullo (96), Tom Rispoli (135), Dan O'Leary (140) and Sal Hanna at 160 pounds. East Islip-11 won the Ross Cordell Rotary Club Tournament at Oneonta and finished third at the 20th annual Rocky Gilmore Classic, held at East Islip. The Redman have been paced by Mike Perri (135), Bill Swezey (152), Cameron Gee (171), Lamar Washington (189) and Ian MacIneirghe at 215 pounds. Both Gee and MacIneirghe are undefeated and state-ranked in their respective weight classes. Winning the team title at the Rocky Gilmore Tournament was a balanced Hauppauge HS squad, who narrowly defeated Brentwood HS. The Eagles were led by Stephen Dutton (119), Jon Senese (140), John Sardelli (145) and Austin Schneider at 160 pounds. Senior John Oschmann was edged by Mt. Sinai's Charles Hoeg, 6-4, in the 130-pound final. Long Beach's PJ Gillespie (28-0, 201-29 career mark) is the winningest wrestler in Nassau County history and the first to gain his 200th victory. Gillespie, a senior, has won the bronze medal in the past three state tournaments and is the top-ranked Division I wrestler at 145 pounds. Defending sectional team champion, Section Five (Rochester area) boasts a talented contingent and could have the top two 189-pounders in the state. Reigning champion, Ryan Lamagra (30-1) of Webster Thomas was recently defeated by rival, Eric Schuth (28-1) of Brockport, 10-5, in the finals of the Monroe County Championships. Lamagra had edged Schuth earlier in the season with a ride-out during the overtime period, and both could collide in two weeks, at the tough Super Sectionals. Now, with the addition of four competitors at large berths (wild-card entrants), there is a good chance that both would compete at the NYS Intersectionals and could meet in the state finals. Chaminade coach George Dlugolonski, now in his 34th season, recently won his 400th dual meet, as the Flyers defeated Port Jefferson, 44-18, on January 27th. Dlugolonski started coaching at Chaminade in 1973 and has compiled a 402-125-3 career dual meet record, which is eighth on the state's all-time win list. Congratulations to all the past and present wrestlers, as well as " Coach Dugo" on that outstanding achievement.




    

       















               
                               Chaminade head coach, George Dlugolonski.
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