Defending league II champion Connetquot HS (14-2) defeated rival Sachem North HS (10-5) in a League II dual meet showdown on Senior Night at Connetquot High School.

     The host T-Birds won 11 of the 15 bouts contested and were paced by All-County matmen Sean McCabe (23-2, 131-11 career mark) at 119 pounds, Stephen Drew (21-2) at 125 and Nick LoBue (25-2) at 160. McCabe used a snap spin takedown en route to a 4-0 decision over Sachem North's Frank Napoli (20-5). Drew scored with a barrage of single and double leg takedowns and posted an 18-6 major decision and LoBue was awarded a forfeit win. Other key victories were turned in by Eddie Hart (96), Steve Bulzomi (112), Mike Cella (12-4) at 145, John Zullo (22-3) at 171 and Ken Drew (22-4) at 215 pounds. Hart and Bulzomi converted snap backs into their falls and Cella used a leg turk to flattened his opponent at the 3:08 mark. Zullo was involved in a high scoring affair and scored with a third period reversal and emerged with an 11-8 win. Drew scored with a late double leg takedown for a 4-2 verdict. After the dual, head coach Bill Santoro commented; "I was very pleased with the way we wrestled and when asked about his team's aggresive style, he added: "That's the way you are supposed to wrestle."  

     Sachem North junior Anthony Confessore (24-4) converted a double leg takedown for a second period fall at 285 pounds and gave the Flaming Arrows a short-lived 6-3 lead. At 103, talented freshman Sean O'Hagan (22-1) used a bar arm to register a first period fall. Other winners for coach Ray Pickersgill and the Flaming Arrows were Nick Ianello (140) and Gio Santiago (189). Santiago had a key lateral drop midway through his bout and posted a 21-6 tech fall.

Mat Notes...
   Connetquot finished the 2010 season with a perfect 12-0 mark and captured the League II Tournament title. They are currently the 8th ranked mat squad on Long Island and Sachem North is rated 22nd.


96-Eddie Hart (Conn) pinned Matt Stallone, 3:59.
103-Sean O'Hagan (SachN) pinned Anthony Scaffedi, 1:43.
112-Steve Bulzomi (Conn) pinned Alex Ross, 5:35.
119-Sean McCabe (Conn) dec. Frank Napoli, 4-0.
25-Stephen Drew (Conn) major dec. Matt Marino, 18-6.
130-Joey Gates (Conn) dec. Frank Blaise, 7-2.
135-Steve Schmitt (Conn) dec. Nick Ward,10-6.
140-Nick Ianello (SachN) dec. John Keane, 8-3.
45-Mike Cella (Conn) pinned Richie Avella, 3:08.
152-Shaun Gillen (Conn) pinned James Schreck, 2:58.
160-Nick LoBue (Conn) won by forfeit.
171-John Zullo (Conn) dec. Anthony Marino, 11-8.
189-Gio Santiago (SachN) tech fall Miguel Clemente, 21-6.
215-Ken Drew (Conn) dec. Mike McCarthy, 4-2.
285-Anthony Confessore (SachN) pinned Anthony Otters, 3:48.
Connetquot's Sean McCabe works to turn Sachem North's Frank Napoli. McCabe won the 119 pound bout 4-0 as Connetquot took the dual on "Senior Night".