2008
                           SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
                                         
By Jim & Tony Nordland


     Brentwood HS captured the team title at the Suffolk County Wrestling Championship held at Stony Brook University. The Indians amassed 163.5 points to outdistanced runnerup Hauppauge who finished with 145.5. Brentwood crowned four champions and were led by undefeated senior Ricardo Gomez (39-0) at 119 pounds, along with Mike Hernandez (25-4) at 160, Joshua Mendez (35-2) at 171, and Jashua Marsh (35-2) at 215 pounds. Head coach Ralph Napolitano stated that he challenged his squad the first day of practice and told them "To prepare for glory." He also told them, "To believe in yourself and glory will be achieved". His prediction was accurate and the last time Brentwood won the Section Eleven Tournament was 31 years ago, dating back to 1977, when they were Brentwood Ross HS.
Hauppauge garnered two titles, including defending champion and state finalist Stephen Dutton (33-0) at 130, along with Ken Collado (34-4) at 103 pounds. Reigning state champion Steven Keith (39-1) of SWRiver won the loaded 112-pound class with a solid 9-4 decision over Islip's Jake Benedetto in the finals and was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler. Sophomore Andy Rodriguez (38-1) of Central Islip controlled his bout and  scored with his underhook/ankle pick and defeated four-time Division II champion Mike Castellano (36-2, 136-22 career mark) of John Glenn, 10-1, for the 135-pound crown. Huntington finished third in the team standings and finished with 111 points.The Blue Devils had two county winners, Damon McQueen (28-1) who scored with a reversal with 15 seconds remaining in his bout for the 96-pound title and Dashaun Thomas (37-3) who pancaked Amityville's Reggie Robinson and secured the only fall in the Division I finals at the 1:47 mark to capture the 285-pound crown.
     In the Division II Championships, Babylon tallied 192.5 points to runnerup Center Moriches (183.5) and Port Jefferson who finished with 179 points. Babylon had one champion, Colin Coffey, who pinned Mike Lucas (Port Jeff)  at 4:56 to capture the 103 pound-class. The OSW Award went to Andrew Leone (Center Moriches) who posted a 3:02 fall to claim the 130-pound title.   
                                                

                                            
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

96-Damon McQueen (Huntington) dec. Matt Ross (Rocky Point), 4-3.
103-Ken Collado (Hauppauge) dec. Nick Meinsen (John Glenn), 6-4 OT.
112-Steven Keith (SWRiver) dec. Jake Benedetto (Islip), 9-4.
119-Ricardo Gomez (Brentwood) dec. Francisco Pereira (Hunt), 5-2.
125-Mike Hromada (Hills East) dec. Adam Troy (WWhitman), 4-2.
130-Stephen Dutton (Haup) dec. Sean Messina (West Islip), 10-0.
135-Andy Rodriguez (Central Islip) dec. Mike Castellano (JG), 10-1.
140-Christian LaPersonerie (Copiague) dec. Rob Troy (WWhit), 3-2.
145-Ray Powers (Mt.Sinai) dec. TJ Neidhart (SWR), 5-3.
152-Angel Mazara (Amityville) dec. Paul Dilandro (Westhampton Beach), 6-2.
160-Mike Hernandez (Brent) dec. Randy Marine (Cop), 5-3.
171-Josue Mendez (Brent) dec. Pat Bell (WI), 4-1.
189-Zach Buonaiuto (Miller Place) dec. Conor Pryor (Ward Melville), 4-0.
215-Jashua Marsh (Brent) dec. Ernest James (Longwood), 3-2.
285-Dashaun Thomas (Hunt) pinned Reggie Robinson (Amity), 1:47.

OSW: Steven Keith (112) - Shoreham-Wading River
MOST FALLS: Alex Fernan (215) -West Islip, 4 in 7:53.

TEAM SCORES:
1.
Brentwood (163.5)
2. Hauppauge (145.5)
3. Huntington (111)
4. John Glenn (97)
5. Longwood (90)
6. Rocky Point (75.5)
7. West Islip (74)
8. Copiague (66)
9. Amityville (63.5)
10.Mt.Sinai (61)
11.Miller Place (60)
12.Islip (55)
13.Hills East (54)
13.Ward Melville (54)
15.Westhampton Beach (52)
BRENTWOOD WINS
SECTION XI TOURNAMENT
Reigning state champion Steven Keith (39-1) of SWRiver used his crab ride to win the loaded 112-pound class with a solid 9-4 decision over Islip's Jake Benedetto in the finals. Keith was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
Central Islip's Andy Rodriguez holds down John Glenn's Mike Castellano winning the 135 pound crown with a solid 10-1 victory.
Center Moriches' Andrew Leone won the Division II 130 pound crown and was voted Outstanding Wrestler.
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Brentwood's Mike Hernandez throws Copiague's Randy Marine in the 160 pound final. Hernandez won 5-3 as Brentwood claimed the county team title.