|JOHN GLENN 46
| 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...