CONNETQUOT WINS
                           MASSAPEQUA HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

     
Connetquot won the 47th annual Massapequa Holiday Tournament over a strong field as they tallied 170 points to easily outdistance runner-up Massapequa (147.5), Section One power Fox Lane (145.5), Hauppauge (145) and Section Nine representative Monroe-Woodbury with 135.5 points.

     The T'Birds crowned one champion, undefeated Kenny Drew, who rolled through the 220-pound bracket and the well-balanced squad had a plethora of place-winners including All-State Sean McCabe. McCabe dropped a close 3-2 decision to Hauppauge's Mark West, a 2010 state champion, in the semi-finals, and battled back for a bronze medal in the loaded 120-pound weight class. In the finals West was caught in a tight crossface cradle midway through the second period by sectional champion Justin Corradino (Warwick Valley) and was forced to injury default in the championship final.

     The tournament's outstanding wrestler  went to Hauppauge's Nick Mauriello (14-0) who won three bouts en route to the 132-pound crown. In the semi-finals Mauriello edged Connetquot's Joey Gates, 6-5, and Massapequa's Justin Paradiso upset top-seeded and returning state finalist Danny Ventura (Fox Lane), 17-10, in a wild match that featured scrambles throughout the bout. In the gold medal match after a frenetic flurry, Mauriello caught Paradiso in a tight inside overhead cradle and registered a first period fall.

Mat Notes...
  
Long Beach led all teams with four individual titles, including their trio of NYS place-winners; Krishna Sewkumar (106), Mark Raghunandan (113) and Dyaln Palacio (160), along with Steven Sewkumar at 99 pounds. State finalist Sam Speno (Fox Lane) registered three falls and a major decision in winning both the 126-pound class and the Most Pins Award.

                         
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

  99
-Steven Sewkumar (LB) pinned Vinny Vespa (Mon-Wood) 5:39
10
6-Krishna Sewkumar (LB) dec. Joe Doria (Mass) 5-3
113
-Mark Raghunandan (LB) dec. Chris Mauriello (Haup) 5-0
120
-Justin Corradino (Warwick Valley) injury default Mark West (Haup)
12
6-Sam Speno (Fox Lane) major dec. Brendan Dent (Conn) 19-6
13
2-Nick Mauriello (Haup) pinned Justin Paradiso (Mass) 1:32
13
8-Sam Schwartzapfel (Haup) major dec. Tommy Gripi (Fox Lane) 14-3
14
5-AJ Voelker (Mon-Wood) dec. Jon Maldonado (Lev Div) 7-4
15
2-Andrew Hoffman (Mass) dec. Liam Fitzpatrick (LB) 6-3
16
0-Dylan Palacio (LB) pinned Matt Pasqualini (Fox Lane) 4:56
17
0-Andrew Chiccoine (Mass) dec. Joe Gatti (Haup) 3-2
18
2-Dan Choi (Syosset) pinned Tim Schweitzer (Lev Div) 1:27
19
5-Rob Kelly (Mon-Wood) dec. Conor Leavell (War Vall) 5-2
22
0-Kenny Drew (Conn) dec. Danny Clune (Fox Lane) 5-2
28
5-Evan Kappatos (Syosset) injury default Mike Rutigliano (Haup)

George K. Doherty Memorial OSW Award:
Nick Mauriello (Hauppauge) - 132 pounds

Richard Doherty Memorial Most Pins Award:
Sam Speno (Fox Lane) - 126 pounds

Team Scores:
1.
Connetquot (170)
2.Massapequa (147.5)
3.Fox Lane (145.5)
4.Hauppauge (145)
5.Monroe-Woodbury (135.5)
6 Long Beach (125)
7.Syosset (76)
8.Warwick Valley (72.5)
9.Levittown Division (58.5)
10.Bethpage (22)
11.Manhasset (12)
CONNETQUOT WINS MASSAPEQUA HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
Connetquot's Kenny Drew
Evan Kappatos (Syosset)