WANTAGH  DUALS
By Jim & Tony Nordland

     Wantagh (11-2) defeated Sachem North, 35-28 and Brentwood, 33-27 to advance to the final against Rocky Point. Rocky Point dominated Syosset, 52-13 and controlled New Rochelle, 54-9. in their duals to gain a berth in the championship match against host Wantagh. That dual pitted two of the premier mat squads on Long Island and the Empire State. In that championship dual,
Wantagh edge Rocky Point, 25-22, for the team title. In the marquee match of the dual, two county champions met, unbeaten  Billy Coggins (Rocky Point) edged Joe Kavanaugh (Wantagh), 9-7, in the 171-pound bout. The Warriors' Matt Loew (13-0, 139-33 career) posted a 10-2 major decision over Peter Vivonetto at 189 and was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament.

     In the Sachem dual,
Wantagh was led by state finalist unbeaten Matt Loew who flattened Nick Horn in 59 seconds at 189 and state placer Joe Barbato who used a cross-face cradle to secure his fall over Frank Napoli at 103 pounds. The Warriors were also paced by defending county champions Nick Fitzmaurice and Joe Kavanaugh. Fitzmaurice posted a 14-0 major decision over Sachem's Dan Agostinelli at 160 and Kavanaugh used a strong half nelson to pin Tom Mollina at the 1:15 mark in the 171-pound bout. The Sachem Flaming Arrows had key victories turned in the Hegarty brothers; Brandon (112) and Taylor (119), along with highly-regarded Ryan Gerondel, a 5-4 winner against Pat Connolly at 130, and Joe Kirchner who had a first period over Tom Hall in the heavyweight bout.

Rocky Point, a perennial Suffolk County power, boasts a solid lineup which includes a quartet of state place-winners; defending state champion Stephen Dutton (140), Matt Ross (125), bronze medalist Anthony Volpe (160) and tough Billy Coggins at 171. Against Syosset, Dutton applied a tight overhead cradle and flattened his opponent in 17 seconds, Volpe used his strong double leg takedowns and powerful lifts en route to a 18-3 tech fall over Tommy Anderson at 160 and Coggins used his snap spins and front headlock to defeat the Braves' all-county Guy Macchia, 10-3, at 171 pounds. Other standouts for Rocky Point were Matt Ross (125) and Peter Vivonetto at 189 pounds. The Syosset Braves also have top matmen in Brandon Guastaeste (152) and potential county finalist Steven Graziano at 215 pounds.

Brentwood defeated Uniondale, 38-24, and were led by Suffolk finalist junior Alex Gomez (11-1 season mark) at 119, along with Eric Orellana (103), county placer David Chaverra (112), Humberto Garcia (130) and Steven Rojas at 135 pounds. The key grapplers for Uniondale have been Marvin Amazan (119), Tony Montepouris (135), Dante Epps (140), Andre Davidson (145), Adrain Montague (189) and Agith Anthony-Sylvester at 215 pounds. In the Brentwwod dual, the Knights had key wins turned in by Montague a 7-0 winner at 189 and Sylvester who pinned his opponent in 4:26 in the 215-pound bout. In other early round action, New Rochelle dominated Island Trees, 58-12.

Mat Notes...
     At the Wantagh Duals, Syosset's two-time state champion
Nick Arujau (150-7 career) was sidelined with a minor injury, he will compete at 125 pounds this season. Rocky Point is paced by three-time NYS place-winner and reigning state king Stephen Dutton (198-11 career) at 140 and state medalists Anthony Volpe (160) and Billy Coggins at 171 pounds. Defending Nassau County team champions Wantagh has a gruelling schedule, they will participate at the Spencerport Holiday Tournament in Rochester and then embark to the prestigious Virginia Duals in January. Congratulations to coaches James Murphy and NYS Hall-of-Famer  Paul Gillespie on their team's victory. Earning third place was the Brentwood Indians, a 54-12 winner over upstate New Rochelle (Section One). In the consolation dual matches, Sachem North defeated Uniondale, 36-23 and Syosset handled Island Trees, 43-16. Special thanks to tournament director Ray Hanley for all the results and pertinent information. In Friday night's double-dual action, the Warriors defeated Massapequa, 34-22, and were edged by cross-town rival MacArthur, 27-26. Former Walt Whitman all-county performer Adam Troy now competes for the Generals at 140 pounds. In the Massapequa dual, Wantagh's Nick Fitzmaurice moved up to 160 pounds and defeated James Ondris, 8-4 and a possible Nassau County final saw Matt Loew registered a falll with his patented bar arm over the Chiefs' Conor Wetzel midway throught the second period. In the MacArthur match, Loew used a snap down/pancake to flattened his opponent in eight seconds. See full box score below...

MacArthur  27  Wantagh  26

J.Barbato (Want) tech fall K.Herold, 17-2
112- C.Perez (Mac) major dec. D.McDeviit, 9-1.
119- V.Turano (Want) dec. T.Manning, 8-3.
125- M.Polermo (Mac) mahor dec. K.Albert, 13-3.
130- P.Connolly (Want) dec. J.Bennett, 7-6.
135- J.Analorello (Mac) major dec. V.Bartilucci, 10-1.
140- A.Troy (Mac) won by forfeit
145- R.Malenoski (Mac) dec. P. Friscia, 4-3.
152- N.Fitzmaurice (Want) dec. T.Dunne, 1-0.
160- J.Giametta (Mac) major. dec. C. Loew, 16-4.
171- J.Kavanaugh (Want) pinned N.Marrero, 1:40.
189- M.Loew (Want) pinned A.Haug, :08.
215- M.Carrillo (Mac) dec. T.Hall, 11-10.
Wantagh's Matt Loew works to turn Sachem North's Nick Horn. Loew picked up the fall in this 189 pound bout and was awarded the Dual Meet Tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.
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