Long Island wrestling has won a combined total of thirty-one state sectional team titles: Suffolk (21) and Nassau with 8 championships. The 2013-2014 squads are strong favorites to claim another sectional crown. The island returns four state champions; seniors Corey Rasheed (18-0) of Longwood and Louis Hernandez (21-0) of Mepham, along with juniors Nick Piccininni (24-0) of Ward Melville and Kyle Quinn of the 2013 state's #1 team Wantagh. Four-time placer Rasheed (2-5-2-1) boasts a career mark of 218-12 and will compete at 160 pounds, two-time titlist Piccininni (24-0, 165-3 career) at 120, Hernandez (126-10 career) at 152 and Quinn (21-1) in the 113-pound class.

     Division I state finalists include freshman
Vito Arujau (23-0) of Syosset at 113 and senior Steven Schneider (21-0, 131-20 career) of MacArthur at 170. Division II runners-ups are sophomore Matteo DeVincenzo (106) of Port Jefferson and two-time silver medalist Nick Casella (102-20 career) a Locust Valley junior in the 120 weight class.

     Earning bronze medals at the 2013 state meet were Eastport-South Manor's
Travis Passaro (22-0) at 126 and James O'Hagan (23-0) a senior out of Seaford in the 285-pound class, both are currently top-ranked in the state. Other returning state placers include junior Jesse Dellavecchia (21-1) of East Islip at 120, juniors Mike D'Angelo (23-1) of Commack at 132/138 and Sam Ward (16-0) at 138 of Locust Valley. Others include state placers Fred Dunau (138) of St. Anthony's and highly-regarded Tommy Dutton (25-0) a junior from Rocky Point at 145 pounds.

LONG ISLAND WRESTLING RETURNS STRONG CONTINGENT
Four NYS Champions lead the field
Corey Rasheed, defending state champion and junior national champ from Longwood.
Louis Hernandez, defending state champion from Mepham.
Nick Piccininni, defending state champion from Ward Melville will seek his third title.
Kyle Quinn, defending state champion from the state's top team, Wantagh.