2009 NASSAU COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT FINALS
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                               DIVISION I FINAL RESULTS
                                
at Davis S. Mack Sports Complex

 
96-Will Montgomery (Seaford) major dec.Thomas Manning (Mac), 8-0.
       
103-Alex Grant (MacArthur) dec. Chris Perez (Mac), 3-0.
       
112-Sean Kempf (Mac) pinned Anthony Facchini (Seaf), 3:05.
      
119-Dylan Palacio (Long Beach) pinned Joe Cusimano (Plainedge), 4:36.
      
125-Nick Arujau (Syosset) dec. Mike Walker (Uniondale), 6-3.
       
130-Nick Fitzmaurice (Want) dec. Ariel Guerrero (Mac), 4-3.
       
135-Paul Liguori (Want) major dec. Joe Chiaffitella (Calhoun), 17-5.
      
140-Andre Berry (Uniondale) major dec. Matt Eberlein (Island Trees), 19-7.
      
145-Brian Herold (Mac) dec. Mac Maldarelli (Calh), 7-3.
      
152-John Greisheimer (Want) major dec. Troy Sterling (Union), 17-5.
       
160-Rob Grabher (North Shore) pinned Anthony Minicci (Plain), 3:51.
      
171-Joe Kavanaugh (Want) dec. John Daddino (SewEast), 6-4.
       
189-Matt Loew (Want) pinned Eric Walordy (LBeach), 4:57.
      
215-Connor Horl (Garden City) dec. Tom Hall (Want), 5-3.
       
285-David Agu (Freeport) pinned Chris Williams (Syosset), 3:52.

OSW Award: Andre Berry (Uniondale-140)
Champion of Champions: Andre Berry (Uniondale-140)
Most Pins: Sean Kempf (MacArthur-112), 4 falls in 10:30.

Mat Notes...
  
The last time Wantagh won the Nassau County Wrestling Championships was in 1968. That year they had two state runners-up, John Henning (127 pounds), who was defeated by Amityville's Todd Morgan and Terry Phelan (138). Phelan is the current coach at William Floyd HS. In 1968, there were only ten contestants in a weight class at the NYS Tournament and Section Eight won the tournament over Sections 4 and 11. Now there are 16 competitors in a weight class, with two divisions. Congratulations to coach James Murphy and co-head coach Paul Gillespie, along with the entire staff at Wantagh on their county team championship. Wantagh had nine place-winners and MacArthur finished with seven All-County performers. Earning bronze medals for the Warriors were Joe Barbato (31-5) at 96 and Quimes Delacruz (31-2) at 140, those valuable points helped to propel them to their county team title. Veteran coach Howie Greenblatt and MacArthur have won seven Nassau County team titles in the past eight years. Between both teams, they will be sending eight representatives to the NYS Intersectional Championships next weekend in Albany. Two-time state champion Paul Liguori (211-15 career mark) captured his fourth Nassau title and is a three-time NYS place-winner (1-1-3), his teammate and close friend, and reigning state king John Greisheimer boasts a career record of 178-14. Nassau's other returning state champion is unbeaten junior Nick Arujau (140-7 career) of Syosset at 125 pounds. Top-seeded freshman Dylan Palacio (28-0) of Long Beach won the 119-pound title, he is the son of former Marines standout Leo Palacio, who is now one of the coaches at Long Beach. Top-seeded Connor Horl (Garden City) remained unscathed and upped his record to 36-0 at 215 pounds. Nassau County should get considerable recognition for wild card entrants with Anthony Facchini (112) of Seaford, Mike Walker (125) of Uniondale, Matt Eberlein (140) of Island Trees and John Daddino (Sewanhaka East) at 171 pounds. Special thanks to Section Eight coordinator Ed Ramirez, and the tournament committee of Laura Maddock, Ed & Cheryl Gould, along with Russ Cellan and Dick DeMott for a smoothly run Nassau County Championship...
        

Team Scores..
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1.Wantagh (245)
2.MacArthur (224.5)
3.Long Beach (143)
4.Uniondale (142)
5.Syosset (113)
6.Plainedge (112)
7.Massapequa (95)
8.Seaford (86)
9.Calhoun (79)
10.Clarke (78.5
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     Wantagh won the Nassau County Championships with 245 points, to finish ahead of runner-up MacArthur (224.5) and Long Beach with 143 points. The Warriors crowned five champions, including their pair of state titlists, Paul Liguori (37-2, 26 pins) at 135 and John Greisheimer (38-0, 27 pins) at 152, along with Nick Fitzmaurice (25-5) at 130, Joe Kavanagh (33-4) at 171, and junior Matt Loew (36-0, 20 pins) at 189. Reigning state king Nick Arujau (35-0) of Syosset won at 125 lbs. MacArthur had three winners, Alex Grant (26-4) at 103, Sean Kempf (36-0) at 112 and Brian Herold (38-3) at 145.