December 2010

Longwood-11 (6-0) appears to be the top team in the Empire State and  Shenendehowa-2 (11-0) is ranked second. They narrowly defeated Section Eight power Wantagh (9-1), 36-32, in a recent dual and finished as runners-up at the Tieke/Bernabi Spencerport Tournament. Spencerport (5-0) won their own tournament and amassed 227.5 points, Shenendehowa finished with 206.5. Rounding out the top five teams were Peru-7 (126), Palmyra-Macedon-5 (103) and Ruch-Henrietta-5 with 96 points. The Rangers crowned three champions; Jon Haas (96), Steve Maier (145) and Roy Daniels at 152 pounds. Shenendehowa had four winners; Max Miller (125), Nick Kelley (130), Jim Carucci (140) and Tony Fusco at 189. Defending state champions, the Scott twin brothers Owen (160) and Craig (171) won their respective weight classes. Both posted major decisions in the finals and have identical 17-0 records, they  will attend Cornell University next fall. Peru's two-time state king Arik Robinson had to default in the semi-finals at 112 pounds, winning that class was state placer Sean McCormick (Johnson City).

   On Long Island, at the Joe Davidson Memorial Duals, the host school Sachem North won the tournament and posted a 9-1 mark over the two-day competition. Joe Davidson was a former NYS place-winner (1974) and along with head coach Jack Mahoney helped the Flaming Arrows to a 231-43-2 dual meet mark including one NYS Cup title and three NYS Championship teams. Davidson met his untimely death in 2005 and this tournament in held in his honor. In one of the most exciting duals of the tournament, Eastport-South Manor had a 26-0 lead over Suffolk County Division II champions Bayport-Blue Point. The Phantoms came roaring back and knotted the dual at 35-35, heading into the 285 pound class. Bayport junior Harrison DeSousa emerged with a thrilling 2-1 triple overtime decision to lead his team to a 38-35 victory. The ESM Sharks are coached by former state champion Nick Garone (1986) of Patchogue-Medford and two-time state medalist Chris Iorio (Sachem North).
   The annual LI Challenge Duals saw state-ranked Brentwood (11-1) capture the team title with impressive wins over MacArthur (47-20) and Islip (50-28). The Indians are led by five-time Section XI place-winner and NYS medalist  Alex Gomez (14-0, 168-12 career) at 125 pounds.

   At the 54th annual Windsor Christmas Tournament, Chenango Forks edged LI power Huntington, 152 to 142.5, amongst the field of 20 teams. Towanda (PA) was third with 140 and Greene finished with 126 points. Winning titles for Forks were unbeaten Kyle Kelly (96), Jacob Greene (112) and Travis Barrett at 140. The Blue Devils had two winners, Nigel McNeil (119) and Lou Puca at 171. Reigning state king McNeil defeated Massachusetts' Mizam Tamaradze, 7-3, and was named the Jim Howard OSW Award winner.

   In NCAA action Cornell University and Penn State finished deadlocked at the Southern Scuffle (Greensboro, NC) with 151.5 points. The Big Red garnered three titles, defending NCAA champion Kyle Dake (149), Justin Kerber (165) and Cam Simaz at 197 pounds. Dake edged PSU's Frank Molinaro, 1-0, in a key bout for the team title. Previously unbeaten NCAA finalist Mack Lewnes was defeated by the Nittany Lion's true freshman Ed Ruth, 11-6, and finished third in the 174-pound class. Hofstra finished in ninth place with 65.5 points and had two place-winners. Lou Ruggirello (14-3) dropped a 6-0 decision to Penn's Rollie Peterkin in the 133-pound final. PJ Gillespie (13-4) finished in fourth place at 165 pounds...
Cornell's Kyle Dake
Brentwood's Alex Gomez