NASSAU COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMIFINAL RESULTS
| Mat Notes:
Long Beach's unbeatens Mark Raghunandan (41-0) and Dylan Palacio (36-0) will face tough opponents in the championship finals. Raghunandan, a 2011 state finalist will be pitted against defending county champion Robert Person (36-1) of BJFK and Palacio will face MacArthur's county finalist Joe Cataldo (42-4). Plainedge's Dan Spurgeon (45-0) applied his bar arm ride en route to a solid 9-1 major decision at 170 and his teammate Andrew Jones used his power double for a 7-4 verdict at 182 pounds.
Wantagh's county placer Chris Araoz (40-5) used a series of Griffin tilts and posted a 15-0 tech fall over Oral Allen (LB) in the 120-pound semifinals, he will meet 2011county runner-up and top-seeded John Lanzillotti ( 36-1) of Roslyn in the finals.
Uniondale's trio of quality big men all advanced to the gold medal matches; Davion Porter (35-1) at 195, Andrew Cole (37-1) and Dante Salkey (35-2) at 285. Porter had a solid 8-2 win, Cole used his single leg takedowns and a hip toss en route to an entertaining 19-8 victory and Salkey scored with a slick ankle pick in overtime and emerged with an exciting 3-1 win.
Other top seeded wrestlers that advanced to the championship finals were: Justin Cooksey (39-3) of MacArthur at 106, Mike Lofrese (38-3) of Garden City at 126, Massapequa's Justin Paradiso (33-3) at 132, Rob Zorn (24-3) of Sewanka East at 195 and state-ranked Evan Kappatos (41-0) who stopped Lynbrook's Jon Espinosa (26-2) roll attempts and clamped him at the 3:18 mark in their 285-pound bout.
Mepham's Louis Hernandez (24-2) upset top-seeded Dylan Cohen (47-2) of Baldwin, 7-1, at 145 and his teammate Danny Tracy (33-9) upended MacArthur's #1 seed Steve Schneider (39-4), 2-0, at 152-pounds.
In the Division II Championships, Locust Valley with 279.5 points held a slight lead over Oyster Bay( 259.5 points), Rounding out the top five teams are Mineola (167), Cold Spring Harbor (99) and Wheatley with 70. Locust Valley was paced by Nick Casella (26-3) at 99, Hunter Dusold (20-7), Robert Heney (112) and Jordan Formicola at 145.
Oyster Bay has three-time county titlist Rob Morgan (27-2, 124-13) at 170, Jack Leguelaff (27-3) at 113, Cassidy Exum (120), along with Ryan Arnel (31-3, 90-12) at 126) and Blake Meyer at 152.
Other top wrestlers that reached the finals were Mineola's Joe Massaro (160) and Dave Gorry (195), along with CSH's Zack Baron (195), Robert Incorvaia (220) and Dylan Cole in the 285-pound class.
99-Jose Rodriguez (Want) tech fall Hector Guerrero (Plainedge) 17-0
-Steven Sewkumar (LB) tech fall Raeco Jackson (Westbury) 16-0
106-Justin Cooksey (MacArthur) dec. Jamie Dunn (Mepham) 5-1
-Krishna Sewkumar (LB) dec. Rocco Candela (Oceanside) 5-0
113-Mark Raghunandan (LB) dec. Anthony Boccasini (Mac) 5-3
-Robert Person (BJFK) dec. Pankil Chandler (Lawrence) 5-0
120-John Lanzillotti (Ros) won by inj.def. Chris Cataldo (Mac)
-Chris Araoz (Want) tech fall Oral Allen (LB) 15-0
126-Mike Lofrese (GCity) pinned Conor Sullivan (Plain) 3:07
-Vinny Turano (Want) major dec. Jorge Barriero (Freeport) 16-3
132-Justin Paradiso (Mass) dec. Nick Vines (Want) 11-6
-Maurice Irby (Free) dec. Rob Bennett (Mac) 8-3
138-Dan McDevitt (Want) pinned Chris Broccoli (Mass) 3:09
-Quinn Knaeur (Baldwin) dec. Lucas Panebianco (ITrees) 11-4
145- Louis Hernandez (Mepham) dec. Dylan Cohen (Bald) 7-1
- Matt Schmelzinger (GCity) dec. Jon Maldonado (LevDiv) 3-2
152- Danny Tracy (Mepham) dec. Steve Schneider (Mac) 2-0
- Troy Smith (Hewlett) dec. Steven Lambert (Mepham) 7-3
160-Dylan Palacio (LB) won by forfeit Dan Grabher (NShore)
-Joe Cataldo (Mac) dec. Chris Koo (GNS) 3-1
170-Dan Spurgeon (Plain) major dec. Errol Small (Plain) 9-1
- Evan Pantofel (EM) dec. Chris Loew (Want) 6-5 OT
182-Andrew Jones (Plain) dec. Dennis Melendez (SewWest) 7-4
- John Luxmore (BJFK) dec. Dan Choi (Syosset) 2:59
195-Rob Zorn (SewEast) dec. Karl Ravilus (Lawrence) 13-7
-Davion Porter (Uniondale) dec. Sean Tomlinson (Want) 8-2
220-Andrew Cole (Union) major dec. Matt Accetta (BJFK) 19-8
-Tom Sinclair (ITrees) pinned Isaiah Batts (Law) 3:20
285-Evan Kappatos (Syosset) pinned Jon Espinosa (Lynbrook) 3:18
- Dante Salkey (Uniondale) dec. James O'Hagan (Seaford) 3-1 OT
1. Wantagh (209.5)
2. Long Beach (172.5)
3. MacArthur (124)
4. Plainedge (109)
5. Garden City (106)
6. Uniondale (94)
7. Mepham (88.5)
8. BJFK (84.5)
9. Freeport (78.5)
10. Syosset (77)
|Wantagh's Vinny Turano upsets second seeded Jorge Barriero of Freeport 16-3 in the 126 pound semifinal bout.
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