CONNETQUOT WINS SAYVILLE TOURNAMENT
        CONNETQUOT WINS SAYVILLE HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
                                      
By Jim & Tony Nordland

      Connetquot captured the Gray-Fitzgerald Sayville Holiday Tournament for the second consecutive year, as they edged Brentwood, 364 points to 354. The Thunderbirds crowned four champions; James McCabe (119), Mike Cella (145), John Zullo (171) and Mike Campbell at 189 pounds
. Brentwood, a perennial League I power, had three winners and were paced by county finalist, junior Alex Gomez at 125.  Other Indian champions were Eric Orellano (103) and Humberto Garcia at 130. The host team Sayville finished third in the competition and had four gold medal winners. Earning titles for the Golden Flashes were freshman Matt Leshinger (96), two-time Suffolk County runner-up Travis Pitre (135), tough Josef Haas (152) and pinner Christian Bubba Nelson at 215 pounds. Defending Nassau County champion junior Will Montgomery (Seaford) was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler, as he edged highly-touted Sean McCabe (Conn), 4-2, to claim the 112-pound title.

                              CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

96- Matt Leshinger (Say) tech fall John Barnett (Brent), 18-3.
103
- Eric Orellano (Brent) pinned Brandon Pappa (Brent), 4:35.  
112
- Will Montgomery (Seaf) dec.Sean McCabe (Conn), 4-2.
119
- James McCabe (Conn) dec.David Chaverra (Brent), 7-1.
125
- Alex Gomez (Brent) pinned Anthony Locast (Seaford), 1:52.
130
- Humberto Garcia (Brent) dec.Mike Drew (Conn), 3-1.
135
- Travis Pitre (Say) dec.Steven Rojas (Brent), 11-4.
140
- Ryan Harding (Seaf) dec.Jonathan Falconi (Brent), 4-0.
145
- Mike Cella (Conn) dec.Darren Serignese (Miller Place), 9-3.
152
- Josef Haas (Say) pinned Dylan Mattern (Conn), 1:31.    
160
- Rich Lugo (Deer Park) dec. Nick LoBue (Conn), 12-8.
171
- John Zullo (Conn) dec. Mike Caiozzo (Conn), 3-1.
189
- Mike Campbell (Conn) pinned Demeeterius Houanche (DP), 5:06.
215
- Christian Nelson (Say) major dec.Andrew Gotay (Say), 14-3.
285
- Joe Bilello (DP) pinned Billy Johnson (Say), 1:06

OSW Award
- Will Montgomery (Seaford) - 112 pounds
Most Pins Award-
Christian Nelson (Sayville) - 215 pounds
Chief Ray Downey Team Sportmanship Award-
Sayville HS

Team Scores-
1. Connetquot- 364 points
2. Brentwood- 354
3. Sayville- 271
4. Seaford- 122
5. Deer Park- 98
6. Miller Place- 94
7. Thomas Edison Inventors- 61
8. Bellport- 44            
Connetquot's James McCabe works for a fall in the semis and led the Thunderbirds to victory winning the 119 pound crown. Click here for more photos...
Seaford's Will Montgomery won by technical fall here in the semifinals and went on to capture the 112 pound title. Montgomery was awarded the the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler trophy. Click here for more photos...
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