Islip-11 (7-1) still remains the number one-ranked team in the Empire State and are led by returning NYS champion Ryan Patrovich (184-12 career mark) at 160 pounds and state place-winner Tyler Mashkow (112), along with state caliber matmen, Paul Vaeth (140) and Lance Wade at 145 pounds. The Bucs were narrowly defeated by Oklahoma power El Reno, 29-27, at the 4th annual Long Island Challenge, which Islip had won the past three years. Both  El Reno and Islip are ranked amongst the top squads in the nation; El Reno (29th ranked ) and Islip (40th) according to the Amateur Wrestling News poll. MacArthur-8, won the annual Nassau County Cup Tournament with 320.5 points and outdistanced runner-up Massapequa (296), East Meadow (215.5), Long Beach (179.5) and Wantagh with 168 points.The Generals, winners of the past five Section Eight titles, were paced by champions; Dom Tarallo (125), 2004 Nassau champ, Steve DeLorenzo (140), reigning Nassau titlist Dan Calvacca (152) and Brian Meredith at 189 pounds. MacArthur's state finalist Mike Daly was edged by Wantagh's John Greisheimer, 11-10, in an exciting bout for the 112-pound title. Two-time state medallist PJ Gillespie (Long Beach) captured the 135-pound crown  and state place-winner Eric Burnett (Uniondale) won the 215-pound title. At the 40th annual Teike-Bernabi Tournament, held at Spencerport HS, Section Two power Shenendehowa was victorious, as they amassed 175.5 points, and were led by defending state champion Austin Meys (125) and state place-finisher Hunter Meys at 152 pounds. Another set of brothers; the Paddocks out of Warsaw-5, won their respective weight classes, Ian (103) and Paul (160), both are defending Division II state champions. Team runner-up Spencerport-5 finished with 160 points and tallied two winners; Nick Terenzi (112) and Chris Collura (130), along with state place-winner Bryan Bourne who dropped a close 4-2 decision to the aforementioned Paul Paddock in the finals. Finishing third in the team standings was another Section Five power Wayne (144.5), who crowned two champions; cousins Josh Patterson (160) and Ryan Lamagra (171), both finished third at the 2005 state meet and are legitimate state title contenders this season. Josh Patterson (186-21 career mark) won the Junior National HS Championship this past spring at Cleveland, Ohio. The oldest tournament in NYS is the Windsor Invitational Tournament which began back in 1962 and the 2005 edition was won by perennial Section Four power Waverly who totaled 175 points, ahead of Chenango Forks (154.5) and Bainbridge GAfton who finished with 128 points. Waverly was led by their lone champion, Eric Hughes at 140 and had three runners-up; Devin Soper (96), Colin McDonald (160) and Scott Mincer at 275. Incidentally, defending Division II state titlist Colin McDonald was upset by Ryan Briggs (Deposit-Hancock) who edged him, 6-5, in the championship bout. Two-time Division II champion Eric Decker (14-1, 204-15 career) of BGAfton claimed the 171-pound crown, his lone defeat this season was at the hands of Islip's Ryan Patrovich 3-1 OT in the finals of the North Babylon Holiday Tournament. Massapequa-8 has won both the Huntington and their own Massapequa Christmas Tournament, which is the oldest invitational on Long Island, now in its 43rd year. At the Huntington Tournament, East Islip-11 finished as runners-up and were led by OSW winner, Dave Ingram (140) and the Most Pins Award winner was teammate, Ian MacInriegh (215). At the MHS Tourney, the team runner-up was Hauppauge, who were led by returning state king, junior John Oschmann at 119,  the OSW Award winner was  NYS place-winner, Jamie Franco (Monroe-Woodbury-9)  at 112  and the Most Pins Award went to county finalist, Eduardo Delgado (Long Beach) at 140. Coach Gary Mims has the Chiefs ready to challenge for both the Nassau Tournament and dual-meet titles this season. Standouts for the Chiefs have been; Shane Strumwasser (112), Mike Doria (125), Zach Spero (135), Andrew Mundo (152), Alex Varon (160) and Dan Bittner at 215 pounds. In the December issue of the Amateur Wrestling News, six New York prepped wrestlers are ranked amongst the top grapplers in the nation.Three-time state champion, JP O'Connor (Oxford-4), is ranked fourth at 145, Ryan Patrovich (4th at 160), two-time titlist Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central-9), 6th at 125, Eric Decker (11th at 171), Jim Almy (Duanesburg-2), 11th at 275 and junior Corey Jantzen (SWRiver-11), 12th at 125 pounds. In the NCAA Division I Rankings, seven former New Yorkers are ranked as the top collegians in the country; unbeaten Troy Nickerson (Cornell), 5th at 125, two-time All-American Jon Masa (Hofstra), 2nd at 149, Gregor Gillespie (Edinboro), 8th at 149, Mike Patrovich (Hofstra), 4th at 174, Joe Mazzurco (Cornell), 4th at 184, Josh Glenn (American), 5th at 184 and Kyle Cerminara (Buffalo), 3rd at 197 pounds.
Islip's Tyler Mashkow tries to takedown MacArthur's Mike Daly in last year's action.
Kyle Cerminara (left) hopes to make a return trip to the NCAA's for Buffalo.
Monroe-Woodbury's Jamie Franco (right) wins the Massapequa Tournament over John Greisheimer of Wantagh.