|HUNTINGTON TOPS SAYVILLE
IN LEAGUE V SHOWDOWN
| Huntington (10-2) defeated Sayville (14-8), 41-26, in a League V dual meet amongst two of the top teams in Suffolk County.
Huntington was led by defending state champion Nigel McNeil (25-0, 148-15 career) at 125 pounds. McNeil scored with a quick fireman's carry and later added a series of snap/spin takedowns en route to a 18-4 major decision over sophomore Nick Pesko (28-5). State finalist Lou Puca (25-0, 134-31) won by forfeit. Other Blue Devils that posted key victories were Ken Stropoli (145) and TJ Wilson (20-5) at 152, as both recorded falls. Sophomore Nick Lupi (215) used a second period bar arm for a 9-1 major decision and freshman Anthony Puca (20-5) edged Albert Rios with a third period escape and held on for a 1-0 verdict at 285 pounds.
Sayville registered two consecutive major decisons to start the meet; Mike Payne (23-10) at 135 and Dan Caliendo (140). Payne hit a first period headlock and coasted to a 12-1 win and Caliendo scored with a double leg takedown and a wrist tilt for a solid 11-1 victory. Those decisions gave host Sayville a short-lived 8-0 team lead. Other winners for the Golden Flashes were Chris Siracusa (28-8) who scored with a single leg takedown for a 5-1 verdict at 119 and Justin Bonamico (26-10) who used a high crotch takedown and tilts en route to a 16-6 major decision at 130. Earning forfeit wins were all-county Matt Leshinger (32-3) at 112 and Rich Millwater (26-7) at 160 pounds.
The Blue Devils are the state leader with 25 individual state champions and could add two more state stars to their mat this season. John Arceri a 7th-grader for Huntington eked out a 3-1 win at 96 pounds. His father, John Arceri, was a state champion for Ward Melville in 1981. Sayville's lone NYS champion was Peter Yozzo in 1983, he went onto to become a NCAA champion at Lehigh.
HUNTINGTON 41 SAYVILLE 26
96-John Arceri (Hunt) dec. Mike Farese 3-1.
103-Brendan Mendez (Hunt) dec. JP Siracusa 2-1.
112-Matt Leshinger (Say) won by forfeit.
119-Chris Siracusa (Say) dec. Corey Jamison 5-1.
125-Nigel McNeil (Hunt) major dec. Nick Pesko 18-4.
130-Justin Bonamico (Say) major dec. Kevin Mendez, 16-6.
135-Mike Payne (Say) major dec. Tye Jamison 12-1.
140-Dan Caliendo (Say) major dec. Austin Dunn 11-1.
145-Ken Stropoli (Hunt) pinned Paul Piscitelli 3:59.
152-TJ Wison (Hunt) pinned Zach Meyer 1:52.
160-Rich Millwater (Say) won by forfeit.
171-Louis Mendez (Hunt) pinned Kevin O'Connor 3:11.
189-Lou Puca (Hunt) won by forfeit.
215-Nick Lupi (Hunt) major dec. Oliver Hull 9-1.
285-Anthony Puca (Hunt) dec. Albert Rios 1-0.
|Defending New York State champion, Nigel McNeil of Huntington rides Sayville's Nick Pesko winning the 125 pound bout 18-4.
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