Defending two-time Suffolk team champion John Glenn (13-2) defeated Nassau power Massapequa (15-2), 46-23, in the championship finals of the EI-Athletic Booster Club Duals at East Islip HS.

    The Knights were led by Vin Punzone (21-2) at 119, James Dekrone (24-1), at 130 Ken Meinsen (19-2) at 135, Ken Massa (15-1) at 171, along with county finalist Joe Giaramita (20-2) at 189, and Mike Pinto (15-4) at 285 pounds.  Punzone and Meinsen recorded first period pins, Dekrone had a 13-1 major decision over Matt Alleva and Massa had a second period fall. Giaramita posted a 5-0 verdict over Conor Wetzel in a key match-up of the dual, both finished as county finalists last year, and are currently ranked amongst the top 189-pounders in the state.

   The Chiefs gained victories from Justin Paradiso, a 3-2 winner at 125, the Chicoine brothers; Nick (8-5 at 140), Adam (2-1 at 145), and All-County Chris Sarro (26-2) had a 21-5 tech fall at 152 pounds.

Mat Notes & Results...
     In other duals: Massapequa 46   East Islip 22
                           Massapequa 45  Ward Melville 23
                           John Glenn  75   Copiague 7
                           John Glenn  59   Ward Melville 15
                           Ward Melv  39   East Islip 27
                           Ward Melv  53   Copiague 21

    John Glenn is currently ranked 4th and Massapequa is rated # 6th on Long Island.Ward Melville's top grapplers are Nick Piccininni (23-1) at 96 and Dan Donnelly (22-3) at 103. Congratulations to the Patriot's coach Bill DeSario (1964 NYS champion from Mepham). DeSario recently earned his 300th dual meet victory, he began his high school coaching career at Babylon, then Commack, and now at Ward Melville. Copiague has all-county prospect with tough Clint Boone at 171. The host Redmen and coach Guy Leggio point to the Dellavecchia brothers; 8th-grader Jesse (21-8) at 96 and Dave (26-5) at 119, along with freshman Dennis Ferro (20-10) at 130,Tyler Conway (20-4) at 171, and sophomore Don Hayden (22-9) at 285 pounds. Special thanks to Massapequa stat man Ron Forman for the info and updates...