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ROCKY GILMORE TOURNAMENT AT EAST ISLIP
          BRENTWOOD WINS THE ROCKY GILMORE CLASSIC
                                     
By Jim & Tony Nordland

    
Brentwood won the nine-team field with 330.5 points at the 25th annual Rocky Gilmore Classic Tournament held at East Islip HS.The Indians edged defending team champion Sachem East (306.5), Kellenberg (199.5), East Islip (193.5) and Central islip with 140 rounding out the top five teams. Brentwood garnered six individual titles including all-county matmen Eric Orellana (23-1, 101-20 career) at 106 and unbeaten Alexis Blanco (24-0, 99-25) at 138 pounds. Orellana defeated Anthony Grippe (Mt. Sinai), 4-0, in the semi-finals and earned his 100th career victory and in the finals pinned CI's Mike Figueroa. Top-seeded Alexis Blanco had a solid 14-6 major decision against Jackson Mordante (SachEast) in his championship bout. The tournament's outstanding wrestler award went to Brentwood's Marc Gonzalez who upset Suffolk finalist Giovanni Sanchez (CI), 8-2, in the 126-pound final. The Indians Carlos Toribio breezed through his bracket as he posted four falls (three in the first period) en route to the 160-pound crown, he received the Most Pins Award.

     Sachem East crowned five champions including two undefeated grapplers, freshman Jakob Restrepo (19-0) at 120 and Christian Nunez (15-0) in the 195-pound class. Both are ranked amongst the top wrestlers on Long Island. Kellenberg was paced by NYS place-winner Pat Skinner (22-2, 120-26), he posted a 15-5 major decision over Brentwood's Kevin Rivas in the 113-pound class. East Islip has four finalists and claimed three titles; freshman Jesse Dellavecchia (17-4) at 99, top-seeded Chris Chambers (16-3, 12 pins) at 182 and third-seeded Dan Hayden (15-5) at 285 pounds. Dellavecchia edged Brentwood's Danny Murray, 2-0, in the semi-finals and both Chambers and Hayden registered falls in the finals.

     The Rocky Gilmore Classic Wrestling Tournament is named in honor of the late Rocky Gilmore. Gilmore was a longtime educator and wrestling program coach in the East Islip School District for 20 years before he was named head coach in November 1986. In January 1987, Gilmore passed away suddenly, he was 42. Current EI head coach Guy Leggio has presided over all 25 years of the tournament and feels the tournament is a great tribute in the memory of a great man.

MAT NOTES..
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   Brentwood has won the Rocky Gilmore a record ten times. There have been only two four-time Rocky Gilmore champions; Rob Vaccaro (199-2002) of East Islip and Brentwood's Alex Gomez (2007-2010). Kellenberg's Pat Skinner (113) became the all-time wins leader in Kellenberg history and now has 120 career wins, he eclipsed the previous mark set back in 2007 by Steve Contino.

TEAM SCORES:
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Brentwood (330.5)
2. Sachem East (306.5
3. Kellenberg (199.5)
4. East Islip (193.5)
5. Central Islip (140)
6. Harborfields (136)
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. Bayport-Blue Point (110)
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. Mt. Sinai (75.5)
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. Valley Stream South (55)

    
               CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS                         

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9- Jesse Dellavecchia (EI)  dec. Tim Johnson (Harb) 10-7               
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06- Eric Orellana (Brent) pinned Mike Figueroa (CI) 3:30
113- Pat Skinner (Kell) major dec. Kevin Rivas (Brent) 15-5
12
0- Jakob Restrepo (SachEast) major dec. Mike Rothbaum (SachEast) 13-0
12
6- Marc Gonzalez (Brent) dec. Giovanni Sanchez (CI) 8-2
132- Diego Ramirez (Brent) dec. Anthony Messina (SachEast) 7-0
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8- Alexis Blanco (Brent) major dec. Jackson Mordente (SachEast) 14-6
145- Billy Merone (SachEast) pinned Matt Matuozzi (Kell) 5:45
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2- Anthony Pistone (SachEast) major dec. Mark Tracy (SachEast) 10-2
16
0- Carlos Toribio (Brent) pinnedMatt Goulbourne (CI) 3:45
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0- Zac Nobre (SachEast) pinned Shawn Cummings (EI) 5:57
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2- Chris Chambers (EI) pinned Carlos Vasquez (Brent) :52
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5- Christian Nunez (SachEast) major dec. Joshua Barksdale (Brent) 11-0
220
- Calvin Mora (Brent) pinned Chris Allianakian (Kell) 2:30
28
5- Dan Hayden (EI) pinned Jack Doyle (Harb) 2:56

OSW AWARD:
Marc Gonzales (Brentwood) - 126 pounds

MOST PINS AWARD:
Carlos Toribio (Brentwood) - 160 pounds - 4/7:35