HOFSTRA BEATS SACRED HEART
HOFSTRA   23   SACRED HEART   18

125- Noto(Hof) d. Kalil 12-4
133- Messina(SH) won by fft.
141- Dalicandro(SH) d. Manarte 6-1 ot.
149- Strouse(Hof) d. J. Fendryk 11-4
157- Belville(SH) d. Vondruska 3-2
165- Everett(Hof) d. Oakley 19-7
174- Thompson(Hof) d. Fox 9-7
184- Christie(Hof) d. Oakley 19-7
197- Stretkowicz(Hof) p. Miller 1:09
Hwt-Zarrinpour(SH) p. Garay 1:22
    Hofstra (12-4) defeated Sacred Heart (8-6) before 800 fans at the Hofstra Arena. The Pride were led by returning All-American junior Chris Stretkowicz (29-2) who worked his spiral ride into a fall at the 1:09 mark in the first period to give his team a 10-0 lead. Teammate Tom Noto (24-6) used his low single takedowns and overall quickness to post a 12-4 major decision at 125 pounds.
     After Sacred Heart's Mike Messina (24-5) received a forfeit, the Pride led 14-12 in the team score. Messina (Hauppauge HS), a senior, was a two-time NYS Champion and NCAA qualifier last season. He is a potential All-American for the Pioneers.
     At 141 pounds the Pride's John Manarte (19-14), a NYS place-winner from Sachem HS, squared off with Nick Dalicandro (17-9) and battled to a 1-1 draw in regulation. In the overtime period Dalicandro struck quickly with a bear hug for a 6-1 overtime victory and brought the Pioneers within two points in the team score, 14-12. The Pride won three of the four remaining bouts, as former state champion, MacArthur's James Strouse (15-9) posted an 11-4 decision at 149, fifth-ranked Ralph Everett (27-2) used his quick low single takedowns to cruise to a 9-4 win at 165 and bring the team score to 20-18 in favor of the Pride. In the final bout of the meet, former state champion Freeport's Noel Thompson (22-5) was embroiled in the most exciting match of the day. Thompson led throughout the bout and on an attempted double leg takedown in the third period, Fox (16-13) countered with a roll through and put Thompson precariously to his back for five points and a 7-6 lead. With less than a minute remaining, Thompson responded with a quick escape and scored with a strong single leg-lift takedown and held on for a 9-7 win and clinched the meet for Hofstra.                                         
MAT NOTES...
     Hofstra is currently ranked 11th in the nation and coach Tom Ryan's overall record now stands at 82-68-1 during his nine-year tenure. The Pride have three matmen currently ranked by Amateur Wrestling News; Tom Noto (7th at 125), Ralph Everett (5th at 165) and Chris Skretkowicz (2nd at 197).
The match with Sacred Heart was also Ray Downey Day. Hofstra was proud to welcome the family of the late Raymond Downey Sr., FDNY Deputy Chief, who lost his life heroically during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. A special family presentation was held matside to award the annual Ray Downey Memorial Scholarship. Chief Downey's sons, Joe, Chuck and Ray were all standout wrestlers at Deer Park HS. The 2004 recipient of the Ray Downey Scholarship Award was sophomore Mike Patrovich from Islip HS. Mike was a NYS champion and National HS champion in 2001.
Hofstra's Noel Thompson works for an escape enroute to a 9-7 victory.
James Strouse rides on top as he helps the Pride to a 23-18 win.