MASSAPEQUA WINS TED PETERSEN TOURNAMENT
Massapequa's James Ondris is in on a double leg against Uniondale's Bryce Younger in semifinal action. Ondris won this semifinal bout 3-1 and went on to the 152 pound crown defeating TJ Wilson in the final.  Click here for more semifinal photos...
                                 TED PETERSEN TOURNAMENT

      Massapequa edged Uniondale for the team title in the Ted Petersen Tournament at Island Trees. Massapequa finished with 285.5 points and two champions and Uniondale who crowned three champs finished second with 267 points. Rudy Lanzillota (119) and James Ondris (152) led the charge for the Chiefs. Tony Montpeirous (135), Dante Epps (140 ) and top-seeded Ajith Anthony-Sylvester (189) led the way for the Knights.
     Plainedge crowned four champions and came in third with 229.5 points while Huntington who had three champs finished fourth with 193.5 points. Huntington's Damon McQueen (125) and Nigel McNeil (112) picked up the Outstanding Wrestler and Most Pins Awards respectively.
                                  CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

96- Conor Sullivan (Plainedge) dec. Joe Doria (Massapequa), 4-2.
103- Chris Nigro (Plain) dec. Tom Donohue (Mass), 9-3.
112- Nigel McNeil (Hunt) pinned Joe Harris (Mass), 1:51.
119- Rudy Lanzillotta (Mass) dec. Marvin Amazan (Uniondale), 2-1.
125- Damon McQueen (Hunt) major dec. Derrick Whitlock (Un), 18-5.
130- Mike Alavanja (IslandTrees) dec. Maurice Irby (Freeport), 5-0.
135- Tony Montepouris (Union) dec. Kyle Paradiso (Mass), 3-2.
140- Dante Epps (Union) dec. Nick Devechiss (ITrees), 6-4.
145- Dan Spurgeon (Plain) dec. Patrick Morgan (Mass), 7-5.
152- James Ondris (Mass) major dec. TJ Wilson (Hunt), 11-3.
160- Andrew Jones (Plain) pinned Dan Sutherland (Mepham), 5:57.
171- Ryan Fox (Hunt) pinned Jeremy Hoyte (Un), 3:22.
189- Ajith Anthony-Sylvester (Un) dec. Conor Wetzel (Mass), 4-2.
215- David Ng (Plain) pinned Chris Williams (Un), 1:50.
285- David Agu (Freeport) dec. John Dingle (Un), 3-0.

OSW Award: Damon McQueen (Huntington) - 125 pounds
Most Pins Award: Nigel McNeil (Huntington) -112 pounds- (3 in 3:35)
Mat Notes...
    
Plainedge sophomore Andrew Jones upset top-seeded and previously undefeated Lou Puca (16-1) of Huntington, 9-7, in a semifinal battle. Jones (14-4) pinned another unbeaten grappler Dan Sutherland (15-1) of Mepham, en route to the 160-pound title. Earning titles for the Red Devils were Conor Sullivan (16-3) at 96, top-seeded Chris Nigro (103), Dan Spurgeon (20-2) at 145 and unbeaten and county bronze medalist David Ng (19-0), a junior at 215 pounds. Huntington's two winners are both undefeated - Nigel McNeil (18-0) at 112 and state finalist Damon McQueen (20-0) in the 125-pound class. Massapequa emerged with two champions among their eight finalists. The Chiefs' champions were Rudy Lanzillotta (119) and James Ondris (19-3) at 152 pounds. All-County junior Conor Wetzel (18-3) was edged by senior Ajith Anthony-Sylvester (22-3) of Uniondale, 4-2, in the 189-pound final. The Knights other champions were Tony Montpeirous (24-2) at 135 and tough Dante Epps (22-4) at 140 pounds.

     The tournament is named in honor of the late
Ted Petersen, the former Island Trees Bulldogs wrestling coach. The "Coach", as he was referred to by many friends and athletes whose admiration and respect he earned, was a community leader in his home town of Levittown. He was a true family man and an educator that also coached football, baseball and wrestling. Mr. Peterson was inducted into the NYS Hall of Fame in 1989 and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1998. As the mentor of the Island Trees wrestling teams, he compiled a dual meet record of 325-70-4 and captured 20 conference championships, three Nassau County team titles, had 22 county winners and produced six New York State champions. Coach Petersen passed away in March 1989 at the age of 55 after a two year struggle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He inspired and helped guide many young men into responsible and caring adults, living humbly by and teaching his own personal standards of excellence which are summed up by his favorite motto- "Seek the Highest!". As current Island Trees coach Damian Garcia noted, "Coach Pete was committed to the promotion of fairness, respect and good sportmanship". He was a positive role model, truly a great man and a person who we will never forget.
125 lbs. - Damon McQueen (Huntington) singles Matt Alleva (Massapequa) for an 18-5 decision. McQueen eventually won the gold and was awarded the Outstanding Wrestler.