|2009 NASSAU COUNTY DUAL MEET CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW|
| NASSAU COUNTY DUAL MEET CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Jim & Tony Nordland
In the Class A bracket Massapequa (15-2) could face Long Beach in a possible semifinal and defending champion MacArthur (17-4) must get passed Uniondale (12-7) and Syosset to reach the finals.The Chiefs are paced by Rudy Lanzillotta (103), Anthony Evangelista (130/135), Josh Maddock (145), Eric Kaufmann (152) and James Ondris at 160. The Generals will seek their eighth dual-meet crown under coach Howie Greenblatt, now in his 23rd season, and are led by the state's top-ranked 112-pounder Sean Kempf (30-0) at 112. Other standouts include Alex Grant (103), Ariel Guerrero(125), Brian Herold (145) and possible county champion Brandon Mulholland at 160. Uniondale has Marvin Amazan (103) Mike Walker (125), Andre Berry (140), Troy Sterling (160) and Anthony Sylvester at 215. Syosset points to defending state champion Nick Arujau (25-0, 141-7) at 125, along with Sam Galasso (112), Alex Locke (119), junior Guy Macchia (160), Sebastian Randazzo (171) and Chris Williams at 285 pounds. Long Beach will be paced by freshman Dylan Palacio at 119 pounds.
The Class B bracket has reigning champion Wantagh (13-3) who is top-seeded and the clear favorite. The Warriors feature two state champions in their balanced attack, two-time winner Paul Liguori (25-2, 17 pins, 200-15 career) at 135 and John Greisheimer (27-0, 18 pins, 167-14) at 152 pounds. Others are Joe Barbato (21-5) at 96/103, Nick Fitzmaurice (130), Quimes Delacruz (20-1) at 140, Joe Kavanagh (24-3, 17 pins) at 171 and county runner-up Matt Loew (26-0, 14 pins, 106-32) at 189 pounds. The top challengers are Plainedge (18-7) and Seaford. The Red Devils have Joe Cusimano (119), Steve Spurgeon (135), Anthony Minicci (152), Nick Camera (171) and Joe Grieci at 285. Seaford has outstanding lightweights, Will Montgomery (103), county finalist Anthony Facchini (112) and Anthony Locast (119), along with Kevin Goldstein at 152.
At the NIT Championship Oyster Bay edged Jericho, 36-36, on criteria, 7-6 on bouts, and were led by Alex LaRusso (119) and state placer Danny Arnel at 125. Jericho's standouts were Mike Chamish (160) and Steven Graziano (189).
In the 2008 Tournament, MacArthur upended Uniondale, 46-13, and Wantagh edged Plainedge, 30-27. This season Wantagh defeated Plainedge, 47-21. Congratulations to three-time NYS place-winner Paul Liguori on earning his 200th career victory. Liguori will take his mat skills to Harvard University next fall.The dual meets begin on Thursday and Friday at various sites of the highest seeded team. The Class B Final is slated to begin at 1:00 PM and the Class A Final at 3:00 PM at Clarke HS. Best of Luck to all the teams...
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