2007 SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

    
East Islip, the defending team champions held a slight lead over Islip, 117.5 points to 116. The Redmen pushed four into the finals while the Bucs advanced three to the championships. Defending state champions, Tyler Mashkow (36-0, 150-16) of Islip at 125 pounds and Corey Jantzen (29-0, 172-17) of SWR at 135 were impressive, as Mashkow posted a 14-4 major decision and Jantzen had a 16-1, tech. fall in 3:06. Three returning champions were upended in the tough semi-final competition, Ricardo Gomez  was edged by Huntington's, Stephan Riley, 4-3, and  Islip's Jake Benedetto was defeated by West Babylon's John Reyes, 7-2, both bouts were in the very competitive 112-pound class. State runner-up, Lance Wade of Islip was upset by unbeaten Jim Kaden (30-0), 5-2, of Walt Whitman in the tough 152-pound class. Other reigning champions that reached the finals were Islip's Paul Vaeth (34-1, 151-18) who will face Commack's Mike Fennell (34-1) in a battle for the 140-pound crown and  Chris Gandolfi (171) of Northport advanced to the final with an overtime decision, and will face Cameron Gee (24-0) for the county title.
                                             
                                              
SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

96-
Keith (SWR) pinned Ken Collado (Haup), :59.
       Vasquez (Hunt) dec. DeTore (WHamp), 8-6.
103- Escobar (RPoint) dec. Dan O'Malley (SachE) 7-0.
       Donatelli (Bayport) dec. Garcia (Brent). 9-6.
112- Riley (Hunt) dec. Gomez (Brent), 4-3.
       Reyes (WBab) dec. Benedetto (Islip), 7-2.
119- Rodriguez (Say) dec. Murray (Brent), 3-2.
        Dutton (Haup) dec. Adam Troy (WWhit), 12-4.
125- Mashkow (Islip) dec. Hersey (Comm), 14-4.
        Pitre (say) dec. LaMonica (Islip), 8-5.
130- Nelson (SachN) tech fall LaPersonerie (Cop), 17-2.
        Rob Troy (WWhit) dec. Floiier (RPoint), 8-3.
135- Jantzen (SWR) tech. fall Fechter (Long), 16-1.
        Perri (EI) dec. Keith Collado (Haup), 4-2 ot.
140- Vaeth (Islip) dec. Mast (WmFloyd), 15-8.
        Fennell (Comm) pinned Senese (Haup), 2:19.
145- Hruby (Bellport) dec. Dilandro (WHamp), 9-6.
       Bennett (DeerPark) dec. Feraco (Comm), 4-1.
152- Kaden (WWhit) dec. Wade (Islip), 5-2.
       Locke (WmFloyd) dec.Swezey (EI), 12-10.
160- Guerrier (HillsE) dec. Truscello (SachN), 7-5.
        Ferber (SachE) dec. Berretta (ESM), 4-2.
171- Gee (EI) dec. LoRusso (RPoint), 11-9.
        Gandolfi (Npt) dec. Goodale (River), 3-1 ot.
189- Kobus (WHamp) dec. Pryor (WMelville), 7-5.
       Washington (EI) pinned Yablonski (MtSinai), 1:31.
215- Korpi (MPlace) dec. Thode (WWhit), 2-1.
       MacIneirghe (EI) pinned Doran (WmFloyd), 3:01.
275- Wintons (Islip) dec. Siopa (Newfield), 11-4.
        Matos (Brent) dec. Mucciolo (SWR), 6-3.

MAT NOTES...
   The three defending champions, Gomez, Benedetto and Wade, are in the consolations and are eligible for  newly-formed wild card entrants for the 2007 state meet. In the bronze medal matches, possible scenarios are Gomez vs Benedetto at 112 and Wade vs Swezey at 152. Islip has more wrestlers alive in the consolation rounds and  might enable  them to over take East Islip for the team lead.

TEAM SCORES...
1. East Islip............117.5 points
2. Islip...................116
3. Brentwood.........76
4. SWRiver............71
5. Hauppauge.........66.5
      
EAST ISLIP LEADS ISLIP IN SUFFOLK CHAMPIONSHIPS
East Islip's Cameron Gee blocks a throw from Rocky Point's Larry LoRusso in the 171 pound semifinal bout. Gee won 11-9 and helped put his team in first place in the Suffolk Championships by one and a half points after the semis.
Walt Whitman's Jim Kaden puts Islip's Lance Wade to his back late in the 152 pound semifinal match. Kaden upset the Suffolk defending champ Wade 5-2.