21st annual SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
at Virginia Beach, Virginia
By Jim & Tony Nordland

NewYork State has four entries in the 103-pound weight class. Chris Brienza (St. Anthony's) pinned Michael Dauterive (Texas) in 5:15, Max Soria (Kings Park), posted an 11-1 major decision over Matt Hickerson (Minnesota), Joe Barnes (Missouri) defeated Alan Gomez (Cenral Islip), 8-0, and Zac Stevens (Indiana) upended Mike Soria (Kings Park), 9-0.  Of those four, only Max Soria pushed through the semifinal round, as he scored a 12-2 major decision over Chauncey Foster (VA). Max will face Joseph Barnes of Missouri in the final. Advancing for New York State thus far are two-time state king Andy Rodriguez (145) of Central Islip, reigning junior champion Tyler Beckwith (Greene) at 171 and  three-time state placer Lance Moore (Johnson City) at 285 pounds. Rodriguez nipped Garrett Kithcens (AL), 9-8, in the quarterfinals, Beckwith edged Walt Gilmor (Iowa), 12-8, and Moore posted a solid 12-6 verdict over California's Luis Contreras. In the semis, Rodriguez lost a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Grant Sullivan (AK). Beckwith edged Parker Madl (Kansas), 1-0, and will now square off against Isiah Williams (MA) in the finals. Beckwith has won  national titles as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He is on the verge of making NHSCA history by claiming his fourth consecutive national crown. Moore won an exciting 4-2 overtime victory over California's Drew Meulman. Moore is pitted against Jimmy Lawson (New Jersey) in the championship bout. Many of the New York contingent are still alive in the consolations including the aforementioned 103-pounders. In fact, Mike Soria edged Chris Brienza, 2-0, to capture All-American honors and will meet AA Alan Gomez (Central Islip) in the consolations. Other New York State HS All-Americans include, Damon McQueen (Huntington) who defeated Colby Christensen (Utah), 7-6 at 119, Andy Rodriguez (145) of Central Islip, Rocky Point's Anthony Volpe who registered a 4-1 decision over Jake Mason (Washington) at 160. Wantagh's Matt Loew defeated Logan Brand (Minnesota), 5-2, at 215 pounds. The final placings after the consolation rounds are: Mike Soria (4th at 103), Alan Gomez (8th at 103), Damon McQueen defeated Joe DeAngelo (NC), 9-3 to earn the bronze medal at 119 pounds. Other placers were Andy Rodriguez who defeated Jordan Nolan (WV), 5-2 and then dropped a 3-1 decision to Bo Candelaria (PA), he finished fourth at 145, Anthony Volpe (4th at 160) and Matt Loew (6th at 215). Volpe earned his fourth NHSCA medal, a feat that only he and Beckwith can claim. Missing All-American berths were with state champion Angelo Malvestuto (Niagara Wheatfield) at 189. Malvestuto won his first two matches before being pinned in 4:45 by Braden Atwood (Indiana). Reigning national junior champion and two-time state titlist Kyle Colling (Pioneer) was upset by Nicholas Ruggear (PA), 3-2, in the quarterfinals and dropped his bout in the consolations and was eliminated. Winning  national titles were Max Soria who defeated two-time Missouri state champion Joseph Barnes , 7-3, to capture the 103-pound crown. His twin brother, Mike, finished fourth at 103. Four-time national champion Tyler Beckwith (241-10 career) won six bouts en route to the 171-pound crown. In the finals, Beckwith trailed after the first period but scored with a reversal and a near fall to post a solid 6-3 decision over Isiah Williams (Massachusetts). He set an NHSCA record by claiming his fourth NHSCA national title and became the first-four time National High School Champion in the 21 years of the event. Beckwith, a four-time NYS placer (5-2-1-1) won national titles as a freshman, sophomore, junior and now as a senior. Beckwith will take his mat skills to Binghamton University, NY, next season. Lance Moore finished as a national runner-up, he dropped a 7-3 bout to New Jersey's Jimmy Lawson at 285 pounds. The national team title went to  New Jersey, who crowned four champions and tallied 232 points. Finishing as team runners-up for the second consecutive year was New York with 190 points. Rounding out the top teams were California (153.5), Michigan (148) and Pennsylvania with (142.5). The championship finals are scheduled to be shown on ESPNU on a tape delay. Check your local listings for the broadcast time.       
Congratulations to all the New York wrestlers.
Abulgawi Mohamed (103), Sean McCormick (112) and Bob Dierna (130). McNeil (112) drops a 4-2 decision to McCormick in the finals.
New York finishes with 13 Junior HS All-Americans.
                  6th annual  JUNIOR NATIONAL HS CHAMPIONSHIPS
                                        at Virginia Beach, Virginia

Winning national titles were Abulgawi Mohamed (Lackawana HS) who defeated Ian Nickell (CA), 3-2, at 103 pounds. Mohamed moved to the US from Yemen only three years ago, and to his credit, he has now won a NYS title and a national junior crown. Sean McCormick (Johnson City) finished fifth at the 2010 state meet and upended state champion Nigel McNeil (Huntington), 4-2, in the 112-pound final. Wayne's Bobby Dierna, a fourth place finisher at the states, edged Jordan Rinkin (Iowa), 2-1, for the 130-pound crown. Other place-winners were; Joe Barbato (Wantagh), 3rd at 103,  two-placers at 112- Arik Robinson (Peru), 4th and Chris Perez (MacArthur), 7th, along with Vin Fischetti (Monsignor Farrell), an 8th-place finisher at 125 pounds. Other Empire State All-Americans were; Lewis Cucchiara (Gates-Chili), 7th at 135, Derak Heyman (Tioga), 4th at 140, Pat Jennings (Longwood), 6th at 152, Craig Scott (Palmyra-Macedon), 5th at 160, Chanse Menendez (Hauppauge), 6th at 171 and Patchogue-Medford's Joe Clemente, a fourth-place finisher at 215 pounds. Other underclassmen (freshman and sophomores) who won national crowns were Chris Nevinger (145) of Letchworth and Zach Zupan (Canastota) at 160 pounds...
Congratulations to all  New York State's HS All-Americans.

MAX SORIA and  TYLER BECKWITH win NATIONAL TITLES. LANCE MOORE finishes second. NEW YORK STATE has 9 All-Americans. BECKWITH sets an NHSCA record - his fourth national title. New Jersey leads all states, NewYork is second.
Nigel McNeil
Matt Loew
Tyler Beckwith
Max Soria