In the Battle of the Great Necks, Great Neck North prevailed to edge rival Great Neck South, 42-37, in an exciting Nassau County dual meet. The Blazers were paced by sophomores Jake Lustbader (6-1) at 99 and Troy Fritzhand (5-2) who clamped a tight overhead cradle to secure a first period pin at 132. In a pivotal bout of the dual, senior Ben Rismany (5-1) scored a decisive double leg takedown to eke out an exciting 4-2 win at 145 pounds. At 113, Adam Bakhshi clinched the meet with a second period fall and rallied the Blazers from a 37-36 deficit for a 42-37 dual meet victory.

     Great Neck South was paced by two-time all-county senior Chris Koo who remained unbeaten and upped his record to 13-0. Koo used his quick low single takedown and applied a tight bar arm for a first period fall in his 160-pound bout. Other top Rebel matmen were sophomore Elias Kokalis (9-3) who used a half/bar arm for a fall at 152 and the Lanzilotta brothers, Anthony and Sal. Anthony (120) started the dual off with a second period pin and Sal blanked his opponent with a 4-0 verdict at 197 pounds.

Mat Notes...
   The host team Great Neck South honored all former Great Neck wrestling alumni before the dual. Team captain for the Rebels is Chris Koo who has also earned All-American honors, he is currently the top-ranked 152-pounder in Nassau County. Rival coaches Dan DiSalvo (in his 3rd-year) of GNNorth and Peter Marques (in his 1st year at GNSouth) are former Massapequa HS teammates from the class of 2002. They are also currently roommates and have been lifelong friends...

Great Neck North  42 Great Neck South 37

Jake Lustbader (GNN) pinned Alex Bruni 5:46
Sean Campbell (GNN) won by forfeit
Adam Bakhshi (GNN) pinned Andrew Ha 2:52
Anthony Lanzilotta (GNS) pinned Nick Barrow 2:18
Rob Tantillo (GNS) major dec. Allen Yazdanpanah 11-2
Troy Fritzhand (GNN) pinned Jordan Zagon :31
Dan Benham (GNN) dec. Louis Palomo 5-2
Ben Rismay (GNN) dec. Calvin Lawrence 4-2 OT
Elias Kokalis (GNS) pinned Brian Kahen 1:25
Anthony Lombardo (GNS) pinned Mitch Bokhur 3:42
Chris Koo (GNS) pinned Hank Kirshner  :48
Ed Roldan (GNS) pinned Justin Rastegor 2:47
Sal Lanzilotta (GNS) dec. Oliver Eliho 4-0
Jon Nassimi (GNN) pinned Alex Lin 2:42
Ariel Fokshner (GNN) won by forfeit
Great Neck North's Justin Lustbader works his cradle on GNS's Alex Bruni. Lustbader picked up the fall in the to help North come from behind to win 42-37.
Coaches Dan DiSalvo and Pete Marques
Great Neck South Alumni
113- Adam Bakhshi (GNN)
120- Anthony Lanzilotta (GNS)
Coaches Dan DiSalvo and Pete Marques
132- Troy Fritzhand (GNN)
138- Dan Benham (GNN)
152- Elias Kokalis (GNS)
145- Ben Rismay (GNN)
160- Anthony Lombardo (GNS)
170- Chris Koo (GNS)
182- Ed Roldan (GNS)
197- Sal Lanzilotta (GNS)
220- Jon Nassimi (GNN)
126- Rob Tantillo (GNS)