Islip (11-2) defeated Huntington (9-1), 36-21, before 1,046 wrestling fans at the Islip gym to capture the League V dual meet title  and snapped the Blue Devils win skein at 81.The Bucs won the first five bouts to jump out to a commanding 21-0 lead and gained momentum throughout the meet. The dual started at 130 pounds and saw freshman Paul Vaeth (19-1) post a solid 6-0 decision and junior Mike Rudden (23-4) followed with a 6-2 win at 135 pounds. Highly-touted junior Chris Wade (27-3) used a nice pancake takedown for five points en route to 16-1 tech fall at 140 and senior Dan Petroro (19-4) secured his cross-face cradle for a pin at the 5:29 mark to give his team a comfortable 18-0 lead. In the feature bout of the the meet, Huntington's Shaheim Bradshaw (23-2) squared off with Ryan Patrovich (25-1) at 152 pounds. Patrovich, a sophomore, struck quickly with a low single takedown near the edge and after a Bradshaw escape and a single in-the-air takedown he then took a 3-2 lead. But, Patrovich quickly escaped and knotted the match at 3-3. In the second stanza, Bradshaw, a senior, took the lead again with a missed headlock but Patrovich stormed back in the third period with a partial cement mixer reversal that put Bradshaw to his back and a 9-5 lead. Bradshaw followed with an escape and a double leg takedown but fell short as Patrovich held on to an exciting  9-8 decision. After the match, Patrovich commented, "I knew in the first period when I got off to a good start that I could win the match." He also added on his team's victory, "Getting guys in certain weight classes was important and it helped us get the matchups we needed." Huntington's Charlie Paar (20-1) finally got his team on the scoreboard with a solid 7-3 decision at 160 pounds. At 171, the Bucs' Tom Leggio (18-4) pinned the Blue Devils' Dwayne Sair at the 4:22 mark in what proved to be a pivotal bout in the dual. Huntington then reeled off three consecutive wins, with Jack Sullivan (24-1) a 17-5 winner at 189, Pierre Delva (18-2) with a 15-6 decision at 215 and freshman Justin Giani (15-8) who won a thrilling 7-6 overtime decison over Kris Camarda at 103 pounds to bring the team score to 27-15. Two-time state runner-up Tom Magnani (26-1, 104-5 career) clinched the team's victory as he applied  his bar arm and figure-four to secure the fall at the 3:41 mark in the 112-pound bout and gave the Bucs an insurmountable 33-15 lead with only two bouts remaining in the dual. Islip's Joe Macaluso used his granby roll reversal to post a solid 10-3 decision at 119. Huntington's state medalist senior Shawn Riley (20-0, 102-6 career) was impressive as used a series of single and double leg takedowns to record a 21-6 technical fall at 125 pounds and conclude the meet, 36-21. After the meet, an elated Joe Patrovich said, "The draw at 130 was huge and certainly worked in our favor". On using his son, Ryan, to face county runner-up Bradshaw at 152, he replied, "After the draw we felt we needed for him to wrestle Bradshaw and he wrestled a great match." It was a great bout indeed, one that many wrestling fans will be talking about in the years to come.

MAT NOTES...
     Huntington's Lou Giani is still The Empire States's leader with 22 individual NYS champions.His grandson, Justin, competes at 103 pounds.  Last year the Blue Devils won 25-24 and in 2001 they also won 42-22. They didn't wrestle each other in 2002. Islip's Joe Patrovich is a former Nassau County champion from Farmingdale and now boasts a 78-24-1 overall dual meet record at Islip during his nine-year tenure. On their victory over Huntington, "Honestly, it feels good, but now I want to gear up for the leagues and the counties." 
ISLIP TOPS HUNTINGTON
  ISLIP 36   HUNTINGTON 21

103- Giani(Hunt) d. Camarda 7-6 OT
112- Magnani(Is) p. Feldman 3:41
119- Macaluso(Is) d. Dolan 10-3
125- Riley(Hunt) tf. Trott 21-6
130- Vaeth(Is) d. Santiago 6-0
135- Rudden(Is) d. Sangiovanni 6-2
140- Wade(Is) d. Stockell 16-1
145- Petroro(Is) p Bird 5:29
152- Patrovich(Is) d. Bradshaw 9-8
160- Paar(Hunt) d. Egan 7-3
171- Leggio(Is) p. Sair 4:22
189- Sullivan(Hunt) d. Guinta 17-5
215- Delva(Hunt) d. Carroll 15-6
February 7, 2004
Islip's Ryan Patrovich on the leg of Huntington's Shaheim Bradshaw in front of a capcity crowd. Patrovich won this 152 lbs. bout 9-8.
Tom Magnani (Islip) works his half on top of Tom Feldman (Huntington). Magnani picked up the fall at 112 lbs.