|WANTAGH WINS NASSAU
DUAL MEET CHAMPIONSHIPS
| WANTAGH WINS NASSAU COUNTY DUAL MEET CHAMPIONSHIPS
WANTAGH 42 LONG BEACH 18
@ Clarke HS
Wantagh 30 MacArthur 25
Long Beach 40 Massapequa 33
Wantagh (21-0) edged MacArthur (20-5), 30-25, in an exciting dual from start to finish before an overflow crowd at Clarke HS. The Warriors were paced by undefeated freshman Jose Rodriguez (34-0) who registered a tech fall (16-1) over MacArthur's Mike Coiro at 99 pounds. MacArthur would reeled off three consecutive victories as Justin Cooksey (34-3) defeated Kyle Quinn, 8-1, at 106, Anthony Boccasini decisioned Gary Sidoti, 5-1 and Chris Cataldo posted a 13-1 major decision over Kyle Foglietta, 13-1, to bring the team score to 10-5.
The Warriors' Chris Araoz had a 4-2 win over Kevin Herold at 126, to close the gap to 10-8 in the team score. The Generals' Steve Schneider upset county finalist Dan McDevitt (27-5), with a reversal and back points en route to a 4-0 win at 152 and teammate Anthony Cormace scored with a double leg takedown for a 2-0 overtime victory over Doug Rogers in the 160-pound bout.
Both teams swapped wins in the next two bouts, as Wantagh's Chris Loew pinned Joe Tangeredi at the 1:29 mark at 170 and in a pivotal bout, Joe Cataldo (MacArthur) narrowly defeated James Corbett, 4-3, with an escape and takedown at 182 pounds. The Warriors' Alex Wedell won 4-0 over TJ Iacano at 195 and brought the team score to 25-21 in favor of MacArthur. Wantagh's Steve English (28-6) used a bar arm to secure the fall in 42 seconds at 285 pounds and the number-one ranked Wantagh team escaped with a thrilling, 30-25, come-from-behind victory.
Long Beach (14-6) nipped Massapequa (16-5), 40-33, in the other semi-final match at the Nassau County Dual Meet Championships. The Long Beach lightweights won the first four bouts to take 19-0 lead behind top performances by Steven Sewkumar (99), Krishna Sewkumar, Mark Raghunandan and Oral Allen. In a battle of LI ranked wrestlers at 106 pounds, Krishna Sewkumar scored with a double leg takedown and later used a cross/face cradle en route to a 11-3 major decision over Joe Doria. State ranked and undefeated Mark Raghunandan (37-0) pinned Pat Nash in 2:28 at 113 and Oral Allen posted a solid 12-4 major decision over Tom Donahue at 120 pounds.
Massapequa rallied in the dual behind two tech falls recorded by Jake Spero (26-4) with a 17-0 win over Anthony Posada at 132 and highly-touted Justin Paradiso (27-3) outpointed Rich Tagalibe, 19-4, with a barrage of takedowns and tilts in their 138-pound bout. The Chiefs' Andrew Hoffman also added a victory over Liam Fitzpatrick in the 152-pound class. Long Beach's unbeaten state placer Dylan Palacio (39-0) applied a spladle and clamped his opponent in 29 seconds at 160 pounds. After both teams traded victories down the stretch, the Marines held a 34-33 lead over the Chiefs going in the last match. At 285 pounds, Long Beach's Pete Amible applied a snap back to flattened his opponent in 2:12 and propelled Long Beach with an exciting 40-33 victory and a berth in the championship finals.
Both dual meets were exciting and great for wrestling, along with featuring some of the elite wrestlers in the state and potential state champions. In the Long Beach-Massapequa dual there was some controversy over the status of a wrestler in the 138-pound bout. After the officials conferred, it was ruled that an ineligible wrestler was used by Long Beach in the beginning stages of the bout and according to the rules, was able to be replaced with another wrestler that was certified and eligible in that weight class.
NIT CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
Syosset (19-5) defeated Mepham (14-4), 56-23
NASSAU DUAL MEET CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
Wantagh (22-0) defeated Long Beach (14-7), 42-18
In the championship dual Wantagh got key victories from their lightweight corps, as Jose Rodriguez (35-0) edged Steven Sewkumar, 3-1, at 99 pounds and Kyle Quinn upset Krishna Sewkumar, 11 to 6, in the 106-pound class. Another key Warrior win was posted by Chris Araoz with a 3-1 verdict over Oral Allen at 126 pounds. Other top performances for Wantagh were turned in by Dan McDevitt, a tech fall at 152, and pins by Chris Loew (170) and Sean Tomlinson at 195.
Long Beach's Mark Raghunandan (38-0) at 113 and Dylan Palacio (40-0) at 160 remained unbeaten on the season, as they both registered second period falls in their respective weight classes.
Congratulations to the Wantagh Warriors and the tandem of coaches Paul Gillespie and Reggie Jones, Jr. on the first undefeated team in Wantagh history.