|LONG ISLAND INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Piccinnini and West seek their second state crowns
| By Jim & Tony Nordland
Defending New York State champion sophomore Nick Piccinnini (13-0, 108-3 career) of Ward Melville leads a strong Long Island contingent and will be in the 113-pound class. Hauppauge's Mark West, a 2010 state winner, will compete at 126. State finalists that seek redemption will be Locust Valley's Nick Casella (113) , MacArthur's Justin Cooksey (112-15) at 126, Corey Rasheed (14-0, 168-10) of Longwood at 152 and Tyler Grimaldi (15-0, 156-20) of Hills West at 160 pounds.
There are a myriad of state medalists in the mix for gold medals in Albany including lightweights Alex Tanzman (Westhampton Beach) and Joe Calderone (Walt Whitman), both at 106 pounds. Others include Robert Person (120) of BJFK, TJ Fabian (126) of SWR, Matt Leshinger (15-0, 125-25) of Sayville, at 132 pounds and Dan McDevitt of top-ranked Wantagh, now in the 170-pound class. Also to watch are Gio Santiago (182) of Sachem North, Nick Lupi (220) of Huntington and Michael Hughes of Smithtown West at 285 pounds.
Sectional champions that return are Mepham teammates Louis Hernandez (145) and Dan Tracy at 160, along with Corey Jamison (126) of Suffolk power Huntington HS. County finalists that are potential all-state matmen include Steven Lee (106) of West Babylon, Steven Sewkumar (113) of Long Beach, unbeaten Mike D'Angelo (120) of Commack, along with the Wantagh tandem of NHSCA national junior champion Chris Araoz (126) and tough Vinny Turano at 132 pounds. Others are Quinn Knaeur (138) of Baldwin, Matt Schmelzinger (145) of Garden City, Joe Piccolo (170) of Hills West, along with Thomas Sinclair (Island Trees) and Steven Mills (Sachem North), both at 220 and Huntington's Anthony Puca in the 285-pound class.
All-County matmen that will vie for titles are 113-pounders; Kyle Quinn (Wantagh) and Anthony D'onofrio (Longwood), Steve Bulzomi (120) of Connetquot, Chris Mauriello (Hauppauge) and Conor O'Hara (Sachem East), both at 132, undefeated Thomas Dutton (138) of Rocky Point, along with Chris Koo (18-0) of Great Neck South at 152. Others to watch are Steven Schneider (160) of MacArthur, tough Carlos Toribio (16-0) of Brentwood at 170, James Corbett (182) of Wantagh, Dan Choi (Syosset) and Nick Weber (Kings Park) both at 195, along with Jenard Rosemond (220) of Calhoun and highly-regarded James O'Hagan of Seaford in the 285-pound class.
In Division II, look for Nassau's Locust Valley to flex their muscles, as they look Nick Cassella, Hunter Dusold (106) and Sam Ward (18-0) at 138. Suffolk's Bayport-Blue Point is on track to claim their fourth consecutive county team title and are led by three-time sectional champion Ryan Hake (17-2, 132-20) at 145, state meet qualifier Justin Underwood (132) and Jon Campanelli at 182.
Chaminade and St. Anthony's have oustanding individual matmen. The Flyers point to Declan Gray (18-1) at 152, Joe Boccardo (106), Christian Brody (113) and Connor Watson at 182. The Friars have a trio of lighweights; Ben Lamantia (113), Joe Russ (120), Freddie Dunau (126) and John Vrasidas at 160 pounds.