| Connetquot (12-0) defeated Sachem North (18-7), 56-19, in a battle of League II powers before a capacity crowd at Sachem North HS. The Thunderbirds were paced by the McCabe brothers; Sean (28-2) at 112 and James (29-1) at 119, along with Connor Gribbin (21-5) and Nick Castellanos (28-5). Sean applied a bar-arm and James used a headlock as both registered first period falls. Gribbin scored with a series of single and double leg takedowns en route to a 13-3 major decision at 135 and Castellanos emerged from a leg scramble and posted a pin at the 1:35 mark in his 140-pound bout.
Connetquot's other top performers were Steve Bulzomi with a solid 7-2 verdict at 103, Mike Cella (22-6) who scored with a reversal to a headlock and clamped his opponent in the third period at 145, Shaun Gillen, a pin winner at 152, junior Nick LoBue (26-4) won by injury default at 160, and John Zullo (25-5) who edged Billy Turner, 5-2, at 171 pounds.
Sachem North was led by all-county performer Ryan Gerondel (101 career wins), who scored with a single leg takedown and added a snap/spin takedown for a 10-2 major decision at 130. Other standouts for the Flaming Arrows were Nick Horn who controlled his foe with a tight cross-face cradle en route to an 8-2 victory at 189 and Joe Kirchner who executed a Schalles to a headlock and flattened his opponent midway through the second period at 215. Also earning a victory was Andrew Mellina with an injury default at 285 pounds.
Connetquot's victory tonight clinched the League II dual meet title and was their sixth league crown over the past seven years. During that span the Thunderbirds have compiled an impressive 65-6 dual meet mark. The Thunderbirds' tri-captains; James McCabe, Connor Gribbin and Nick Castellanos, earned their 100th victory this season and now join Connetquot's elite Century Club. Connetquot coach Bill Santoro stated, " We have always been good and it's a tribute to all the kids, coaches and the program." Santoro added, " It has been the teamwork and outstanding staff of coaches; Anthony Melfi, Scott With, Bryan Meehan and former Amityville alum, Steve Cella, that have contributed to our success." He also remembered what the late Ted Petersen (Island Trees) and close friend told him, "Good kids make coaches look good." Santoro, now in his 32nd season, has enabled the CHS wrestlers to attain their goals. As one veteran wrestling observer noted, "Bill Santoro is legendary and a real class act."
| Connetquot 56 Sachem North 19
96- Anthony Scaffedi (Conn) pinned Alec Ross, 1:38.
103- Steve Bulzomi (Conn) dec. Frank Napoli, 7-2.
112- Sean McCabe (Conn) pinned Brandon Hegarty, 1:45
119- James McCabe (Conn) pinned Taylor Hegarty, 1:46.
125- Ryan Gerondel (Sach) major dec. Mike Sullivan, 10-2.
130- Stephen Drew (Conn) major dec. JP Tomanelli, 13-3.
135- Connor Gribbin (Conn) major dec. Nick Ianello, 8-0.
140- Nick Castellanos (Conn) pinned Tyler Itzkowitz, 1:35.
145- Mike Cella (Conn) pinned Richie Avella, 5:06.
152- Shaun Gillen (Conn) pinned Vin DiStasi, 3:50.
160- Nick LoBue (Conn) injury def. Dan Agostinelli.
171- John Zullo (Conn) dec. Billy Turner, 5-2
189- Nick Horn (Sach) dec. Nick Campbell, 8-2.
215- Joe Kirchner (Sach) pinned Kenny Drew, 3:00.
285- Andrew Mellina (Sach) injury def. Anthony Otters.
SACHEM NORTH 56-19
|Connetquot's Mike Cella takes Sachem North's Richie Avella to the mat in the 145 pound bout. Cella picked up his 22nd win of the season with a third period fall.|
|Connetquot Coach, Bill Santoro, at the helm for 32 years.|
|Connetquot's Connor Gribbin has a single on Sachem North's Nick Ianello in the 135 pound bout en route to an 8-0 decision. Gribbin, a senior and Connetquot Co-Captain picked up his 21st win on the season and has amassed over 100 career victories in all.
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