In a classic dual between two of Long Island top mat squads, Hauppauge (13-0) edged MacArthur (11-4), 25-21, before 1,042 fans at the Timmy Collins Memorial Duals held at Farmingdale HS. Hauppauge won seven bouts in the dual and were paced by Jesse Marro (135), Kevin Panebianco (140) and Anthony Bonaventura who earned a key 7-3 decision in a pivotal bout at 152 pounds. At 171, Chanse Menendez posted a 4-0 decision and senior Eric Wooley flattened his opponent at the 1:59 mark at 215, to give the Eagles a comfortable 25-12 lead, with three bouts remaining in the meet. The Generals responded with three consecutive victories, Alex Grant (103), Shawn Kempf (112) and Mike Palermo at 119, but the rally came up short and Hauppauge held on to capture the meet and the tournament. The marquee match of the dual was at 112 pounds, where Shawn Kempf (28-0) defeated reigning state champion Ken Collado (22-1),13-10. Kempf opened the scoring with a low single takedown, but Collado battled back with an escape and a slick duck under takedown for a 5-4 lead midway through the second period. In the third stanza, Kempf hit a switch and then clamped on a tight cross face cradle and emerged with an exciting 13-10 victory.
     The Timmy Collins Memorial Duals is named in memory of Timmy Collins, a former Daler wrestler, Middle School coach, Nassau County Wrestling Official and a great friend to everyone. Farmingdale head coach, Ken Garcia commented, "Timmy was a unique, compassionate person and a community member that represents all that is good and true about Farmingdale."


                                     
HAUPPAUGE 25  MACARTHUR 21

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Alex Grant (Mac) dec. Tyler McGann, 11-8.
112-Shawn Kempf (Mac) dec. Collado, 13-10.
119-Mike Palermo (Mac) dec. Adam Lepkowsky, 4-1.
125-Ariel Guerrero (Mac) dec. Michael Ellinger, 14-3.
130-Anthony Piscatello (Haup) dec. Damian Garcia, 10-1.
135-Jesse Marro (Haup) dec. Frank Medieros, 5-1.
140-Kevin Panebianco (Haup) dec. Vin Coiro, 5-3.
145-Brian Herold (Mac) tech.fall Vance Wernert, 15-0, 5:32.
152-Anthony Bonaventura (Haup) dec.Tyler Dunne, 7-3.
160-Brandon Mulholland (Mac) dec. Dan Bonaventura, 4-1.
171-Chanse Menendez (Haup) dec. Joe Giametta, 4-0.
189-Gennaro Bonaventura (Haup) dec. Pete Mondella, 5-3.
215-Eric Wooley (Haup) pinned Will Saguero, 1:59.

Mat Notes...
  
In the third place match, Minisink Valley defeated Long Beach, 43-15, fifth place went to Farmingdale, who nipped Walt Whitman, 37-28, and Brewster outlasted Centereach, 34-24, to earned 7th place. Farmingdale coach, Ken Garcia (Long Beach), now in his 11th year, was a national champion for SUNY Brockport in 2006 at 165 pounds. The Dalers have two potential Nassau County champions in Luke Alber (26-5) at 119 and Thomas Jackson (23-1) at 171 pounds. Charles Ross, Coordinator of the Alumni Association that sponsored the event, was a longtime friend of Timmy Collins. Ross said, "Timmy coach my son, CJ, and he had a special passion for kids, and when you think of Timmy, you think of heart." Legendary coach Chris Messina earned his 300th dual victory earlier in the tournament and now has 302 wins. Congratulations to Coach Messina and veteran assistant coach Jerry Goodfellow and the entire Hauppauge Wrestling program...
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Hauppauge's Kevin Pannebianco tries to takedown MacArthur's Vin Coiro in their 140 pound match. Pannebianco won this bout 5-3 as the Hauppauge Eagles edged the MacArthur Generals 25-21.
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HAUPPAUGE OVER MACARTHUR 25-21
IN FARMINGDALE DUALS FINAL
Legendary Hauppauge coach Chris Messina earned his 300th dual meet victory.
MacArthur's Shawn Kempf uses his cradle late in the match to upset defending state champion Ken Collado of Hauppauge 13-10.