February 27, 2005
    The Empire State's number one-ranked team is Islip-11 who finished the season a perfect 15-0. The Bucs won the League V tournament and captured their first Suffolk County Championship Tournament title and shattered the county meet scoring record set by Bay Shore.The Bucs, under the tutelage of coach Joe Patrovich, eclipsed the previous scoring mark of 245.5 points set by the 1981 Bay Shore squad as they tallied 276.5 points and crowned four individual weight class champions. Earning titles were; sophomore Tyler Mashkow(103), three-time state finalist Tom Magnani(119), Chris Wade(140) and junior Ryan Patrovich at 152 pounds. Mashkow was voted the Champion of Champions and Patrovich claimed the Most Pins Award, as he flattened four opponents in the aggregate time of 5:27, and as a team the Bucs had 12 all-county grapplers...MacArthur HS won their fifth consecutive Nassau County dual meet title, as they defeated Massapequa, 47-3, in the championship final.The Generals, under Howie Greenblatt, now in his 19th season, also claimed their fifth straight Nassau County Tournament Championship as they amassed 246 points and had four champions along with 12 county place-winners. Claiming county crowns were,  Mike Daly(96), the Calvacca brothers; Dan(135) and Billy(140), along with Brian Scher(34-2, 95-24 career) at 189 pounds. Billy Calvacca edged reigning champion and state place-winner, Spencer Cook, 8-7, of East Meadow for his first county title and received both the OSW and Most Pins Award. MacArthur(22-2) has been the dominant team in Nassau County the past five years and are the second-ranked team on Long Island and fifth-ranked in NYS. Their two dual meet losses were to the aforementioned Islip and Section Five power Wayne HS.They set the record for dual meet victories on Long Island, the previous mark was set by Mepham with 20 wins in 1958... Chaminade HS won both the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic League Tournament with 385.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up St. Anthony's(252) and captured  their third consecutive CHSAA State Wrestling Championship. The Flyers, under veteran coach George Dlugolonski, now in his 32nd season, had three individual winners; Tim Higgins(32-5, 96-39), at 130, Mike Casale(33-4, 73-29), at 140 and Craig Calderone(27-7, 83-21) at 145 pounds. St. Anthony's crowned two champions; sophomore Stephen Russ(20-2, 50-5) at 96 and Nick Bujacich(20-5) at 215 pounds. Kellenberg Memorial added three winners; Steven Contino(21-6, 40-19) at 103, Steven Kropp(17-9) at 160 and Dan Conroy(22-8, 35-13) at 189, along with Holy Trinity's Robert DelGreco(32-3, 52-11) at 125 and Darnell Marc(21-3,36-8) at 275 pounds. The OSW winner was tough Mike Rozborski(37-5, 114-35) of St. Joseph's Collegiate who defeated Chaminade's Pat Doherty, 10-5, to claim the 135-pound title... West Islip coach Tony Mellino, a 31-year veteran, notched his 300th dual meet victory against Hills West this past month and now has a 300-109-4 dual meet record. Speaking of milestones, four-time NYS champion Troy Nickerson(125) of Chenango Forks-4 recently won his 200th match and now boasts a 208-6 career mark. Nickerson(31-0) has all pins and technical falls this season and no opponent has reached the third period against him, he has a chance to become the first-ever five-time New York State champion...Nine New York prepped wrestlers are ranked by Amateur Wrestling News, the aforementioned Nickerson(1st at 125), Lou Ruggirello(5th at 112), Dan Bishop(11th at 112), JP O'Connor(12th at 130), Gregor Gillespie(4th at 145), Alton Lucas(2nd at 160), Eric Decker(9th at 160), Ricky Scott(6th at 171) and Arthur Jones(2nd at Hwt.)...Nassau CC recently won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament with 107 points and finished ahead of runner-up Gloucester(NJ) who had 97 points. The Lions crowned six champions, including the OSW Award by top-ranked Jon Andriac(Hwt.), and coach Paul Schmidt received Coach of the Year honors. Nassau CC is the two-time defending Division III champion and qualified eight wrestlers for the NJCAA Champioships in Rochester, Minnesota. Nassau qualifiers include; Jason Mulzoff(125), Pat Flynn(133), Russell Sykes(141), John Cummings(157), Jonathan Latona(165), Mike Vingo(174), Kyle MacCargar(184) and the aforementioned Andriac at heavyweight. Pat Flynn(Huntington) finished fifth, John Cummings(Bay Shore) was fourth and Jon Andriac(Port Jervis) placed fourth as well, to put Nassau CC in the top ten at the NJCAA Championships.
Troy Nickerson (left) vs Tom Magnani in the last year's final.