LONG ISLAND TEAM PREVIEW
LONG ISLAND TEAM PREVIEW
By Jim & Tony Nordland
John Glenn HS appears to be the top team on Long Island and New York State, they will be shooting for their second consecutive Suffolk County title. The senior-laddened team boast a solid squad that will be tough to defeat, and are led by state finalist Nick Terdick (120-11 career) at 152 pounds and county champion Nick Meinsen (130). Coach TJ Brocking and the Knights also have Suffolk runner-up Joe Giaramita, a junior at 189, all-county matmen Matt Gannon (135) and Mike Bosco (160), along with Vin Punzone (112), senior Matt Fusaro (145) and Jarid Cheatham at 171 pounds. Hauppauge HS hopes to improve on their second place finish and dethrone the Knights at the Suffolk Champonships. Veteran coach Chris Messina has 2008 state king Ken Collado (119), along with a trio of county medalists; Nick Mauriello (103), Anthony Piscitello (140) and Jesse Marro at 152. Long-time assistant coach Jerry Goodfellow and the Eagles also point to outstanding freshman Nick West (96), Tyler McGann (125), senior Kevin Panebianco (135) and Chanse Menedez at 171. Rocky Point HS returns three Suffolk champions, including state king Stephen Dutton (204-11) at 140, Anthony Volpe (196-18) at 160 and Billy Coggins (194-23) at 171, both were 2009 state placers. Coaches Darren Goldstein and Anthony Ciolino have other Eagle standouts with 7th-grader Tommy Dutton (103), Matt Ross (a 2007 state medalist) at 125 and talented Peter Vivonetto at 189 pounds. Longwood HS is the prohibitive favorite to capture both the dual and tournament titles in League I. They return two All-State matmen, the Rasheed brothers; Corey (103) and Malik (112), both are county contenders. Coach Mike Picozzi and the Lions also have Suffolk bronze medalist Casey Brice (125), along with county placers, freshman Nick Hall (135) and potential finalist Ben Lee at 285. Other key prospects are Ricky Renck (145) and Pat Jennings at 152. Huntington HS return two-time NYS place-winner and 2009 finalist Damon McQueen at 119. The Blue Devils also have all-county grapplers; Nigel McNeil (112) and Lou Puca (160), along with tough Ryan Fox at 171 pounds.
Defending Nassau and NYS team champion Wantagh HS have potential state champion with Matt Loew (28-1, 156-34) at 189 and state placer Joe Barbato (103). Coaches James Murphy and Paul Gillespie also have state meet qualifiers Nick Fitzmaurice (145) and Joe Kavanaugh (171), along with other Warrior county place-winners, Paul Friscia (140) and finalist Tom Hall, a junior at 215 pounds. MacArthur HS who recently edged Wantagh in their classic dual meet (27-26) will be a solid contender at the Nassau Championships. They are paced by senior Adam Troy (former All-State performer from Walt Whitman) at 130 and a pair of sectional finalists, Thomas Manning and Chris Perez in the 112- pound weight class. Other top Generals to watch are sophomore Kevin Herold (96) and county placers, Tyler Dunne (152) and Joe Giametta at 160. Massapequa HS a perennial power have all-county grapplers Rudy Lanzilotta (119) and junior Conor Wetzel (a Cadet All-American) with a career mark of 52-11 at 189 pounds. The Chiefs and coach Joe Catalanotto, now in his fourth-year, also point to freshman Joe Doria (96), Nick Chicoine (140),Chris Sarro (145) and James Ondris at 152 pounds. Syosset HS has two-time NYS champion Nick Arujau (158-7) at 125, along with a pair of all-county returnees, Brandon Guastafeste (152) and three-time All-League Guy Macchia at 171. The Braves and first-year coach Mike Murtha also look to potential county champion Steven Graziano at 215, along with Eric Faimon (112) and Sam Galsasso at 119. Long Beach HS has defending Nassau champion sophomore Dylan Palacio (140) and county medalists, Edisson Tigre (130) and Adam D'Auguste at 145. Coach Ray Adams looks to other top Marines; sophomore Mark Raghunandan (96) and Oliver Astone at 285 pounds.
The next tier of elite teams on Long Island include League I powers - Brentwood and Sachem East, along with League II rivals - Connetquot and Sachem North. Brentwood HS always a top ten finisher at the county meet are led by Suffolk finalist Alex Gomex (140-93) at 119, three-time All-League selection Humberto Garcia (96-35) at 130 and county placer David Chaverra (112). Coach Ralph Napolitano, now in his 18th year, and the Indians also look to sophomore Eric Orellana (103), Alexis Blanco (130), Steven Rojas (135) and league champion Jonathan Falconi at 140. Sachem East HS has county bronze medalist Chris DiIorio (189), unbeaten Conor O'Hara (96) and Sean O'Malley (135). Other stalwarts include Mark Florian (103), Mike Schruhl (145) and junior Frank Merante at 171. Connetquot HS point to the McCabe brothers; sophomore Sean (88-5), a two-time All-League performer and county placer at 112 and James (102-18), a senior at 119. Legendary coach Bill Santoro, now in his 32nd-year, also look to key Thunderbird matmen; all-county Connor Gribbin (98-33), at 135, along with talented Mike Cella (145) and Nick LoBue (160). Their rival Sachem North HS point to county place-winner Ryan Gerondel (96-16) at 125, along with the Hegarty twins, Brandon (112) and Taylor (119), both are All-League finishers. Coach Ray Pickersgill, now in his fifth-year at the helm (16 overall) and assistant John Aebly have Flaming Arrows standouts with sophomore Frank Napoli (103) and senior Billy Turner (88-30) at 189 pounds. Plainedge HS has county bronze medalist Dave Ng, an unbeaten junior at 215 pounds. Coach Rob Shaver enters his 14th year as the Red Devils' mentor and has county qualifiers; Dan Spurgeon (59-9) at 145 and Andrew Jones (52-8) at 160. The two surprise teams at the 2009 county meet were Kings Park and West Babylon, as both are capable of top ten finishes again. Kings Park HS has the Soria twins, state champ Mike and placer Max at 103/112, along with tough Mike Delvecchio (125). Others to watch are Patrick Pirmevino (96), Greg Bienenstein (171) and Greg Martin at 215. West Babylon HS point to a trio of county place-winners, Jordan Colon (135), Frank Speights (171) and potential champion John Wilkinson at 285. Coaches Vin Innes and Terry Haise also have Michael Richardson (130) and Dominick Montavani (160) to bolster their attack. Mepham HS has won the prestigious Sprig Gardner Tournament and are led by seniors, Dan Sutherland (160) and Andrew Madden (135). The Pirates and fifth-year coach Rich Anderson also have Tyler Clougher (96), Jamie Dunn (103), Nick Gangi (119), Charlie Martin (135) and senior Matt Dato at 189. Westhampton Beach HS has three-time all county star Pete Detore (116 career victories) at 119 and junior county medalist Conner Bass at 125. Coach Paul Bass embarks on his 23rd season and the Hurricanes look for leadership with Cory Hubbard (112 career wins) at 130, Zach Bass (135), county placer Matt Mazarakis, a junior at 160, and league finalist Brian Kobus at 171 pounds. East Islip HS has county place-winner Nick Ventiere (130), tough Dave Dellavecchia (112) and Alex Brown at 140. Coach Guy Leggio, now in his 21st season, and the Redmen also point to Vin Chambers(145), Nick Arma (189) and Andrew Slawson at 285. Islip HS has potential winner with county placer Kyle Wade at 152. Coach Joe Patrovich enters his 15th season and has Dan Gregg (125) and Steve Provenzano at 215. Sayville HS returns two-time Suffolk finalist Travis Pitre (126 career wins) at 135 and rugged Josef Haas at 152. Coach Gary Pesko and the Golden Flashes also have the Leshinger brothers, Matt (96) and Steven (140), along with All-League Nick Pesko (103) and Mike Payne at 119. Farmingdale HS has county medalists Luke Alber (119), Vincent Andriotti (130), along with John Tenny at 285. Uniondale HS has all-county performers, Marvin Amazan (119), Dante Epps (140) and Ajith Anthony Sylvester (189). Coach Tim Godoy, now in his 15th season, also looks to seniors, Derrick Whitlock (125) and Tony Montepouris at 135 pounds. Central Islip HS has reigning state champion Andy Rodriguez (178-25) at 145 and all-county senior Alan Gomez (94-14) at 103 pounds.
At the CHSAA Championships, look for St. Anthony's HS and Chaminade HS to battle for the team title. The Friars return state king Grant Greene (126-9) at 119, along with NYS placers, Chris Brienza (103) and Jimmy Morris (112). The Flyers' head coach George Dlugolonski, now in his 38th season, and assistant Mike Cole, have Troy Sampson (128 career wins) at 140, Andrew deLannoy (171) and CHSAA champion Brendan Fowler (40-5 mark last season) at 215 pounds. At the Suffolk Division II Championships, look for Bayport, Babylon and Port Jefferson to vie for the team crown. Bayport-BluePoint HS has a solid lightweight corps, Tom Badamo (20-4) at 112, freshman Ryan Hake (50-21 career) at 119, along with juniors; Kyle Underwood (76-30) at 125 and Jeff Purdy (52-14) at 130. Coach Rich Reilly, now in his 7th season, and the Phantoms also look to Terrance Hassard (140), Jeff Waddle (145), Kasten Carter (171) and junior Jim Alles at 215 pounds.
John Glenn recently won the UE Duals and now has a 46- match win streak. There are five reigning NYS champions on Long Island, Mike Soria, Grant Greene, Nick Arujau, Stephen Dutton and Andy Rodriguez, along with a former winner, Ken Colllado. Both Arujau and Dutton are three-time NYS place winners and are ranked fourth in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News. In the current issue of AWN there is a nice article/photo of Mike and Maxwell Soria.
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