BIG 10 INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
By Jim & Tony Nordland

     Wantagh HS won the Big 10 Invitational Tournament as they tallied 194.5 points to edge Huntington (179), Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (163.5), Guliderland (139) and Averill Park who finished with 124 points, amongst the twenty teams that competed in Albany. The Warriors crowned five champions and were led by two-time winner Paul Liguori (135), defending state king John Greisheimer (152), along with Joe Barbato (96), Joe Kavanagh (171) and junior Matt Loew at 189. Huntington claimed two individual titles, as state placer Damon McQueen dominated the 103-pound class and state-ranked Nigel McNeil won at 112. Other top grapplers that captured crowns were, Curt Thompson (119) of Whitehall, all-state Matt Cubillos (130) of Guilderland, highly-regarded Guiseppi Lanzi (140) of Amsterdam and Zeal McGrew of Burnt Hills at 215 pounds.


Joe Barbuto (Wantagh) dec. John Delaney (Watervliet), 18-5.
103-Damon McQueen (Huntington) dec. Ty White (Whitehall), 12-0.
112-Nigel McNeil (Hunt) dec. Max Miller (Burnt Hills), 9-3.
119-Curt Thompson (White) dec. Matt Jankowski (New Rochelle), 10-0.
125-Andy Lyman (Ravena) dec. Andrew Etman (Wat), 17-3.
130-Matt Cubillos (Guild) dec. Omar Santiago (Hunt), 9-3.
135-Paul Liguori (Want) tech fall Brian Walsh (Wat), 15-0.
140-Guiseppi Lanzi (Amster) pinned Austin Debell (Johnstown), 1:18.
145-Stephon Flood (Albany) dec. Joey Morrison (John), 8-2.
152-John Greisheimer (Want) pinned Bryan Fain (Middletown), :42.
160- Ethan Wilson (BHills) pinned Travis Beayon (White), 2:35.
171-Joe Kavanagh (Want) dec. Zach Diekel (White), 11-1.
189-Matt Loew (Want) dec. Anthony Lupi (Hunt), 10-5.
215-Zeal McGrew (BHills) dec. Devan vanAuken (Guild), 7-6.
285-Nate Brown (Averill Park) pinned John Acors (BHills), 2:50.
Matt Loew (Wantagh) 189 lbs. Big 10 HS Invitational Champ. (file photo)