2008
                   SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
                                        
By Jim & Tony Nordland
                                            www.thematslap.com        

      The team race at the Doc Fallot Memorial Suffolk County Championships should be among
Brentwood and Hauppauge, as both squads won their respective league tournaments and will send a myriad of quality wrestlers to the tournament. Brentwood crowned six League I champions, along with 13 qualifiers and are led by the Gomez brothers, Alex (25-2) at 112 and unbeaten Ricardo (29-0), the top rated wrestler at 119 pounds. Other Indians that will vie for titles are Mike Hernandez (160), Josue Mendez (171) and second-seeded Jahsua Marsh at 215 pounds. Hauppauge emerged with seven League IV titlists and sends 15 matmen to the county meet. Defending county champion and state finalist Stephen Dutton (26-0) at 130 will pace the Eagles, along with the Collado brothers, Ken (103) and Keith (135), as well as second-seeded Jon Senese (145) and third-rated Eric Wooley at 189 pounds. Other top teams appear to be Longwood, Rocky Point, Huntington, John Glenn, West Islip, Connetquot and defending team champion Islip. A quick glance at the weight classes:

96 pounds-Top seeded eighth-grader Sean McCabe (Connetquot) is in the top bracket with Huntington's Damon McQueen, Teddy Hayde (Harborfields) and fourth-seed Anthony Abidin (Hills East). Lodged in the botton tier is second-seeded Matt Ross (26-1), he could meet the winner of the Malik Rasheed (Longwood) vs Conner Bass (Westhampton) in a possible quarterfinal bout.
103 pounds-State placer Jose Vasquez (27-1) of Huntington drew the top seed and will contend with Ken Collado (Hauppauge), Peter Detore (Westhampton) and James McCabe (Connetquot) in the top bracket. John Glenn's Nick Meinsen is second-ranked and could meet 7th grader Nicky Hall (Longwood) or Nigel McNeil (Huntington) in the semifinals.
112 pounds-Shoreham Wading River's reigning state champion Steven Keith (29-1, 112-14 career mark) is the number one ranked wrestler in this loaded weight class. In the top bracket with the aforementioned Keith is fourth-seeded James Cameron (Connetquot), Dan Gray (Ward Melville) and defending Suffolk champion and state medalist Brandon Escobar (25-3) of Rocky Point. Former Suffolk champ Jake Benedetto (28-1) of Islip is lodged in the bottom bracket as the second seed, along with state medalist Glenn Donatelli (28-3) of Bayport, as well as freshman and third-seeded Alex Gomez of Brentwood. Donatelli and Gomez are slated for a quarterfinal battle on Friday. Look for the OSW Award to come from this talented weight class, as well as multiple wild card entrants for the state meet.
119 pounds-Senior Ricardo Gomez is the favorite here and could meet either Connor Gribbin (Connetquot) or Copiague's Ronnie Hicks in the semifinals. Bottom bracket contenders include third-seeded Tyler Sinisgalli (John Glenn), Dan O'Malley (Sachem East), Nick Scotto (Ward Melville) and possible finalist, second-seeded Francisco Pereira of Huntington.
125 pounds-The number one seed here is Victor Goady (Longwood), he could face Nick Terdick (John Glenn) in the quarterfinals and that winner most likely square off with Whitman's Adam Troy (40-4) in a semifinal bout. Hills East's Mike Hromada drew the second seed and hopes to emege from the bottom bracket. Interesting opening round bout pits Wilson Cardozza (Brentwood) against Harborfield's Andrew Colamussi. Other challengers are Matt Fasaro (John Glenn), James Corsitto (Connetquot) and Mike Piro (Sachem North).
130 pounds-State finalist and top seed Stephen Dutton (109-10 career) should claim his second county crown and should face either Clayton Slivka (Hills East), Dave Flynn (SWR) or Ryan Kreischer (Commack) in the top bracket. Potential finalists are Islip freshman third-seeded Kyle Wade, Billy Hamilton (Sachem North), Kevin Pannebianco (Hauppauge), Sachem East's Steve Nguyen and second-seeded senior Sean Messina (26-2) of West Islip.
135 pounds-Sectional runnerup sophomore Andy Rodriguez (26-1) of Central Islip could face Hauppauge's Keith Collado in a tough quarterfinal match. Also lodged in the top bracket is David Rodriguez (WBabylon) and Rocky Point's Anthony Volpe. Top contenders in the bottom tier are defending Division II champion Mark Castellano (John Glenn) who drew the second seed, Travis Pitre (Sayville), Islip's John Lamonica and tough Joey Nunez, the third seeded wrestler from Deer Park.
140 pounds-Rob Troy (37-2) hopes to successfully defend his county title and improve on his fourth place finish at he state meet. His challengers in the top bracket are Eric Smith (PMedford) and Josh Hieronymous (West Babylon). Copiague's Chris LaPersonerie is second seeded and hopes to reach the final, he must get passed Will Fechter (Longwood), Jerry Cicio (Rocky Point) and Jean Oliver (Central Islip).
145 pounds-Junior TJ Neidhardt (SWRiver) is the top seed and will have competition with Mike Valentin (Connetquot), John Rocha (Sachem East), James Denicola (Harborfields) and Bill Coggins (Rocky Point). Lodged in the bottom bracket is second-seeded Jon Senese (Hauppauge), Ray Powers (Mt Sinai), Bayport's Kevin Edward and Sayville's Shawn Mazzarone (35-3). Mazzarone should meet Edward in the quarterfinals with the winner to face Senese in a semifinal battle.
152 pounds-Sachem East's Pat DiIorio is rated number one, but is situated in a talented upper bracket. He should face the winner of an opening bout between Steve Smith (WIslip) and Chris Carlucci (John Glenn). Another tough draw will pit league champion Matt Egan (Islip) against Westhampton's Paul Dilandro. Also to watch is fourth-seeded Tom Bosch (King's Park). The survivor of the bottom bracket could be second-seeded Angel Mazara (Amityville), Terry Bennett (North Babylon) or Bryan Fletcher (Sachem North).
160 pounds-Randy Marine (Copiague) is the slight favorite here and is top ranked, but has a tough opening foe in Will Izzo of Ward Melville. His upper bracket challengers include Davin Okerbloom (Connetquot) and Hauppauge's Ausin Schneider. In the bottom tier there are many quality matmen including Shafa Madir (Hills West), he should face the winner of Brentwood's Mike Hernandez and Kervin Charles (Hills East) in a quarterfinal bout. Second-seeded Alex Martocello (Miller Place) and  Commack's Gregg Fiorvanti are potential finalists.
171 pounds-Senior Patick Bell (28-2) of West Islip is the number one seed and will be pushed by Jake Smith (SWest), Kyle Minogue (Miller Place), Chris Lugo (Deer Park) and fourth-seeded Justin Constantatos (Commack). Bottom tier contenders include second-seeded Josue Mendez (26-2) of Brentwood and Marvin Titus-Casseus (West Babylon), along with East Islip's Dennis Drwya.
189 pounds-The prohibitive favorite here is top-seeded Conor Pryor (Ward Melville) who could see either Cory Gee (EIslip) or Garrett Yalonski (Mt.Sinai)  in a semifinal clash. Second-seeded Zach Buonaiuto (Miller Place), David Manzueta (Brentwood) and Hauppauge's Eric Wooley hope to challenge Pryor for the county crown.
215 pounds-Suffolk finalist and top-seeded Carl Korpi (Miller Place) is one of the top heavyweights on Long Island and should capture a county title. In the top bracket is Alex Furnan (WIslip), Cody Hinrichs (Islip) and Longwood's Ernest James. Possible finalists from the bottom bracket are second rated Jahsua Marsh (26-2) of Brentwood and Hauppauge's Dave McGarry, along with CIslip's Leon Bodden.
285 pounds-Amityville's Reggie Robinson is the number one seed and could meet either George Hatzel (WIslip), Scott Munro (Hauppauge) or Harborfield's Nawid Saddig  in a top bracket semifinal match. Huntington's Dashaun Thomas has move up to this weight class and earned the number #2 spot. He will face a challenge from Mike Levine (Commack) and Zach Pileski (Mattituck) in the bottom tier, with the winner most likely to face Robinson.

MAT NOTES...
   The loaded 112-pound weight class features one state champion, two county champions, and four New York State place-winners (Steven Keith, Brandon Esobar, Jake Benedetto and Glenn Donatelli). The most wild card entrants a weight class can have is four representatives. Last year, Islip's Lance Wade was defeated in the semifinals by eventual champion Jimmy Kaden (Walt Whitman). Wade finished third in Section Eleven, received a wild card berth and went on to capture the 152-pound state title...
SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
Shoreham Wading River's, Steven Keith, is a returning state champ and seeded number one at 112 pounds.
Jose Vasquez (Huntington)
Ricardo Gomez
(Brentwood)
Andy Rodriquez
(Central Islip)
Pat Bell
(West Islip)