| MASSAPEQUA WINS, CROWNS 7 CHAMPIONS
Massapequa garnered seven individual championships at the Nassau Qualifying Tournament and amassed 496.5 points to finish ahead of top teams; Garden City (285.5) and Seaford (216). The tournament was held at Massapequa HS. The Chiefs were paced by outstanding freshman Joe Doria, who dominated the 96-pound class, pinner Chris Sarro (145), James Ondris (35-3) at 152 and junior Conor Wetzel (30-3) at 189 pounds.Wetzel registered three first period falls in the tournament. Also earning titles for MHS were, Matt Alleva (125), Branden Renda (130) and Nick Chicoine at 140. Massapequa will send 21 qualifiers to the county meet.
Two defending Nassau champions claimed titles, Will Montgomery (112) of Seaford and Connor Horl (27-2) of Garden City at 215 pounds.
Garden City eighth-grader Dan Jones (22-5) won the 103-pound class, sophomore Mike LoFrese (27-6) at 119 and all-county freshman Matt Schmelzinger (22-5), who posted a 9-1 major decision over talented Ryan Harding (Seaford), to earned the 135-pound crown. Jericho's unbeaten Joe Chamish (41-0), a returning county bronze medalist, won four bouts, including three pins, en route to the 160-pound title.
| NASSAU QUALIFIER AT MASSAPEQUA
96- Joe Doria (Mass) major dec. Tom Reina (GC), 13-5.
103- Dan Jones (GC) dec. AJ Muller (Seaf), 14-7.
112- Will Montgomery (Seaf) pinned Joe Harris (Mass), 3:45.
119- Mike LoFrese (GC) major dec. Rudy Lanzilotta (Mass), 14-2.
125- Matt Alleva (Mass) dec. Rob Zupo (Mass), 5-3.
130- Branden Renda (Mass) dec. Nahun Ramirez (Westbury), 6-5.
135- Matt Schmelzinger (GC) major dec. Ryan Harding (Seaf), 9-1.
140- Nick Chicoine (Mass) pinned Chris Demarco (Seaf), 3:22.
145- Chris Sarro (Mass) pinned Eric Coners (GC), :47
152- James Ondris (Mass) major dec. Pat Morgan (Mass), 14-6.
160- Joe Chamish (Jericho) major dec. Kevin Goldstein (Seaf), 11-1.
171- Matt Germinario (Seaf) dec. Barrington Mitchell (Jericho), 14-8.
189- Conor Wetzel (Mass) pinned Nick Sigelaks (Lynbrook), 1:12.
215- Connor Horl (GC) pinned Eddy Hernandez (West), 4:35.
285- Matt Zakiam (Jericho) dec. Alex Hoffman (Mass), 4-1.
MOW- Matt Schmelzinger (Garden City) -135 pounds
PINS- Chris Sarro (Massapequa) - 145 pounds- 4 in 6:51
1. Massapequa (496.5)
2. Garden City (285.5)
3. Seaford (216)
4. Jericho (188)
5. Lynbrook (128.5)
6. Hicksville (118)
7. Westbury (82)
|Massapequa's James Ondris takes Garden City's Jake Dowling to the mat in the semifinals of the Nassau Qualifier at Massapequa. Ondris won by fall and captured the 152 pound title over teammate Pat Morgan in the finals.