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     Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer (138)
of Cheektowaga and Corey Rasheed (152) of Longwood won National Junior titles. Spencer edged Alfred Bannister (Maryland), 4-3, and Rasheed posted a solid 9-6 decision over Brandon Womack (Alabama). Finishing as runners-up were Reggie Williams (195) of Johnson City and Seaford's James O'Hagan (285). Williams dropped a 5-3 OT decision to Chance McClure (Georgia) and Hagan was defeated by Nebraska's Harrison Phillips by a 6-1 score.

Shoreham's TJ Fabian (126) and Smithtown West's Michael Hughes (285) advanced to the championship finals in the Senior Nationals at Virginia Beach. Fabian recorded a 4-2 victory over rival Chris Araoz (Wantagh) in the semifinals and will face PA's Kyle Krasavage for the gold medal. Hughes edged Brandon Johnson (WA), 2-1, in the semis and will meet Will Geary of Kansas in the championship bout. The finals are scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

     In the team standings, New Jersey won the Sr. Nationals with 191 points, followed by California (165) and the
New York contingent landed in third place with 156.5 points, ahead of PA (133) and NC (121.5). The Empire State crowned one champion among its two finalists and added 14 placewinners.The following matmen achieved All-American status:

Steven Lee (West Babylon) - 4th at 106
Jacob Yankloski - (Wayne) - 5th at 106
Mat Bradice (Wm Floyd) - 6th at 113
Dillon Stowell (Gouverneur) - 7th at 113
Steven Sewkumar (Long Beach) - 8th at 113
Chris Araoz (Wantagh) - 6th at 126
Dylan Realbuto (Somers) - 8th at 126
Matt Leshinger (Sayville)  - 7th at 132
Nick Tighe (Phoenix) - 5th at 138
Chris Koo (GNSouth) - 7th at 152
Troy Seymour (Peru) - 6th at 160
Carlos Toribio (Brentwood) - 5th at 170
Dan McDevitt (Wantagh) - 6th at 170
John Vrasidas (St. Anthony's) - 8th at 170

Mat Notes...
Winning the lone Senior National title was TJ Fabian with a solid 10-4 decision over PA's Kyle Kravasage, 10-4, at 126 pounds. Michael Hughes dropped a 9-1 bout to Will Geary of Kansas in the 285-pound final.
Of the 16 Senior HS All-Americans, six were former NYS champions; Stowell, Fabian, Leshinger, Tighe, Toribio and Hughes.
    In the consolation bouts,
Dillon Stowell posted a 10-6 decision over Steven Sewkumar, Nick Tighe had a wild 24-12 match against Anthoney Colon (Florida) and Carlos Toribio defeated Dan McDevitt, 9-4.
New York State won the Freshman Tournament with 208.5 points and edged out PA (207.5) and OH (204). They were paced by four national champions, Chris Mauriello (132) of Hauppauge, Jordin Torbitt (152) of Whitney Point, Chris Araneo (182) of Ward Melville and John Glenn's Edwin Rubio in the 285-pound class. In the Sophomore Division NYS finished in third place behind NJ (136) and PA (128). In the Juniors, New York won with 154.5 points, ahead of OH (147.5) and NC (124.5).
        Overall in the 4 National Divisions, the
Empire State had a fine showing with finishes of 1-3-1-3.


h (18-0) defeated MacArthur (23-8), 45-16, for their third consecutive Nassau County Dual Meet Championship. The Warriors were paced by national junior champion Chris Araoz (29-1) who posted a solid 10-6 decision over state finalist Justin Cooksey at 126 and unbeaten Dan McDevitt who improved his record to 30-0 with a first period fall. McDevitt, a returning state placer is currently top-ranked in the state in the 170-pound class. Other standouts and potential county champions for the Warriors are Kyle Quinn (25-2) at 113, Vin Turano (30-3) at 132 and tough James Corbett (27-2) at 182 pounds. Wantagh is the Empire State's top mat squad and has won 39 straight dual meets, including the UE Duals and captured the prestigious Eastern States Classic in early January. Congratulations to head coach Paul Gillespie, legendary assistant coach Reggie Jones Jr., along varsity assistant PJ Gillepsie, an All-American and graduate of Hofstra University, and the entire coaching staff at Wantagh High School.

  ABC DUALS @ East Islip HS

   In the opening round of the 5th annual  ABC (Athletic Booster Club) Duals at East Islip HS, the host Redmen defeated Nassau power Massapequa, 51-24.
EI (20-2) were paced by unbeatens, Jesse Dellavecchia (99) and Chris Chambers (195), along with Nick Barber (120), Dennis Ferro (26-2) at 145 and Zak Smalls (25-4) at 160 pounds. Dellavecchia threw a headlock and Chambers used a tight waist ride stack in recording falls and upped their records to 28-0.

Chiefs (10-5) were lead by John Kalinglu (106), Kevin Burke (138), all-county Chris Broccoli (22-3) and Tim Gungor (20-5) at 285. Kalinglu and Burke  posted falls, Broccoli edged Erik Adon (26-4), 2-1, in their 145-pound bout and in a battle of top heavyweights Tim Gungor scored with a pair of snap/spin takedowns to defeat Dan Hayden (25-2), 7-4, at 285 pounds.
   In other first round duals, John Glenn defeated Ward Melville, 43-27, and Grand Street upended Copiague, 39-12.
East Islip went on to win the Duals and finished 5-0 in the competition, the Redmen now boast a 24-2 mark. Congratulations to head coach Guy Leggio and his outstanding staff.


Jesse Dellavecchia (EI) pinned Mike Stashin 4:45
6- John Kalinglu (Mass) pinned Griffin Brown 4:46
3- Sal Cipolla (EI) won by forfeit
0- Nick Barber (EI) pinned Justin Grimes :37
6- Brian Morgan (Mass) dec. Frank Argenti 2-0
2- Alex Diviglio (EI) won by forfeit
8- Kevin Burke (Mass) pinned Hunter Ingram :51
5- Dennis Ferro (EI) pinned Brenadn Grimes :56
2- Chris Broccoli (Mass) dec. Erik Adon 2-1
0- Zak Smalls (EI) pinned Alex Georgalas 1:10
0- TJ South (Mass) dec. Matt Korl 8-5
- Jake Hoina (EI) dec. Josh Brachfeld 8-4
5- Chris Chambers (EI) pinned Chase O'Mahoney :52
0- Jonathan Wilson (EI) won by forfeit
5- Tim Gungor (Mass) dec. Dan Hayden 7-4
                                    ABC DUALS - PREVIEW

    East Isli
p  will host the annual ABC Duals on Saturday, Jan. 19th as the wrestling action will begin at 9:00 AM. The Redmen are paced by sophomore Jesse Delllavecchia (99), Dennis Ferro (145), Erik Adon (152), Zak Smalls (160), Chris Chambers (195) and Dan Hayden at 285 pounds. Both Dellavecchia and Chambers are unbeaten and currently top-ranked in Suffolk County.

   Other top teams are
Massapequa with Joe Doria (113), county placer Chris Broccolli (145) and junior Tim Gungor at 285, Ward Melville has reigning state champion Nick Piccininni (25-0, 118-3 career) at 113, Don Donnelly (126) and outstanding freshman Christian Arneo at 182 pounds. John Glenn looks to 8th-grader Zach Ancewicz (99), Chris D'Amico (120), Matt Porrello (145) and Anthony Pino in the 195-pound class. Also participating with be Copiague with Mike Illcete (138) and Isai Gonzalez (160), along with PSAL's Grand Street Campus with state meet qualifier Keanu Thompson at 126 pounds.



Jan. 16th, 2013 -
Hofstra (1-11) defeated Rider (5-5), 17-15, for their first dual meet victory on the season at the David S. Mack Sports Complex. The Pride was paced by returning All-American Steve Bonanno (9-7) who used a barrage of single leg takedowns and snap/spins en route to a 20-8 major decision over Rider's Pat Skinner (Kellenberg) in the 125-pound bout. Luke Vaith (12-9) scored with a double leg takedown and added a leg turk/claw for back points and coasted to a 17-9 major decision at 141. Paul Snyder (13-7) opened the scoring with a slick ankle pick and posted a solid 5-1 win at 285 pounds. Rider was led by Jimmy Morris (St. Anthony's) who scored with a double leg takedown and converted a bar/arm for near fall points and posted a 8-2 verdict over the Pride's Jamie Franco at 133.


Steve Bonanno (Hof) maj.dec Pat Skinner 20-8
3- Jimmy Morris (Rider) dec. Jamie Franco 8-2
1- Luke Vaith (Hof) maj.dec. Vinny Fava 17-9
9 -Curt Delia (Rider) dec. Cody Ruggirello 7-1
7- Zac Cibula (Rider) dec. Tyler Banks 3-2 OT
5- Roman Santiago (Rider) dec. Nick Terdick 8-6
4- Jermaine John (Hof) dec. James Brundage 3-2
4- Taras Luzhnyy (Hof) dec. Ryan Wolfe 6-4
7- Donald McNeil (Rider) dec. Tim Murphy 10-6
5- Paul Snyder (Hof) dec. Greg Velasco 5-1

Jan. 11th-12th, 2013- EASTERN STATES (UPDATE)
Top-ranked Wantagh leads the 11th annual Eastern States Classic with 67 points currently ahead of Shenendehowa (60), Westfield, MA (53.5), Danbury, CT (53) and Monroe-Woodbury  with 44 points. The Warriors advanced Kyle Quinn (106), Chris Araoz (126), Vin Turano (132), Dan McDevitt (170) ,James Corbett (182) and TJ Ragusa at 220 pounds. Defending state champion Dylan Realbuto (Somers) will square off with Chris Araoz at 126 and top-seeded Matt Leshinger (Sayville) is pitted against Vinny Turano at 132 in two key quarterfinal match-ups.
    Shenendehowa pushed
Nick Kelley (132), David Almaviva (145), Zach Joseph (152) tough Levi Ashley in the 182-pound class into the quarterfinals. Division II state champion Nick Tighe (138) of Phoenix also advanced,  he could meet Kelley in a classic final bout. Reigning state king Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville) at 113, state finalists Corey Rasheed (152) of Longwood and Hills West's Tyler Grimaldi (160), all posted tech falls and coasted into the quarterfinal round which begins at 10:00 AM.

Mat Notes...
There are 118 schools from 4 different states entered into the prestigious field at the 2013 edition of the Eastern States Classic. The top ranked Warriors (12-0) sit atop the NYS Sportswriters Poll, ahead of Sachem East (16-1), Rocky Point (20-0), Islip (16-2), Shenendehowa (6-3), East Islip (15-2), Sachem North (14-1), Fairport (13-1), Columbia (18-0) and both Connetquot (6-0) and Monroe-Woodbury (20-2) rounding out the top teams.

Dec. 29th, 2012 - Sachem East (10-0) showed their dominance as they defeated Islip,41-21, and Nassau power MacArthur, 42-30. The Flaming Arrows were paced by all-county matmen Conor O'Hara (132/138) and Jackson Mordente at 145. Anthony Messina (126)of Sachem East  defeated Islip's Brad Wade, 10-3, and then dropped a  4-3 verdict to state runner-up Justin Cooksey (MacArthur). Cooksey then was edged by Wade, 2-1, talk about a true round robin. In other duals, Islip defeated Brentwood (39-30) and MacArthur (40-30). Defending Suffolk team champion Brentwood HS upended MacArthur 37-27.


Dec. 29th, 2012- Sachem North
(11-1) had an impressive two-day run at the annual Joe Davidson Memorial Dual Meet Tournament held at Sachem North HS. The Flaming Arrows, one of the top teams in Suffolk County, defeated East Islip 46-33 in the final. Standouts included all-county Sean O'Hagan (132), league placer James Schreck (160), Suffolk champion and state medalist Gio Santiago (182) and county finalist Steven Mills (72 career wins) at 220 pounds.


Dec. 28th, 2102- Wantagh HS
had six individual champions at the Red Raider Invitational Tournament held at Patchogue-Medford HS. Winning for the top-ranked Warriors were: Kyle Quinn (113), national junior champion Chris Araoz (132), Vinny Turano (138), state placer Dan McDevitt (170), highly-touted James Corbett (182) and TJ Regusa at 285 pounds. John Glenn had an impressive showing and had three winners; Zach Ancewicz (99), Matt Porrello (145) and Anthony Pino at 195


Dec. 28th, 2012 - Connetquot HS crowned four champions en route to the team title for the second consecutive year at the Massapequa Holiday Tournament. The T'Birds amassed 263.5 points to outdistance runner-up Monroe-Woodbury-9 (215 points) and Suffolk power Hauppauge with 201.5 points. Winning titiles for Connetquot were two-time all county  Steven Bulzomi (120), tough Gino Titone (132), all-league Greg Chery (138) and three-time league placer Brendan Dent at 145 pounds. Hauppauge's Mark West, a 2010 NYS champion, won the 126-pound crown. Great Neck South's Chris Koo (17-0) breezed to the 152-pound championship.

Huntington wins Windsor Tournament

Dec. 28th, 2012- Huntington
HS tallied 168 points to capture first place team honors at the annual Windsor Christmas Tournament over Greene-4 (123 points) and Canandaigua-5 (115 points). The Blue Devils were paced by Suffolk champion Corey Jamison who defeated former NYS champion William Koll (Lansing HS-4), 3-1, in the 126-pound final. Jamison was voted the OSW in the tournament. Other titlists included; John Arceri (99), Brandon Mendez (138) and Anthony Puca at 285 pounds. Two-time state champion Kyle Kelly (124-9 career mark) of Chenango Forks-4 won his fourth Windsor title, as he pinned his opponent in the first period in the 113-pound class.