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Christian Araneo of Ward Melville won his second New York State title at 195 pounds. Araneo will take his wrestling talents to Princeton next year.
Penn State's Zain Retherford works to turn Michigan's Alec Pantaleo in 149 pound semifinal action. Retherford remained unbeaten picking up the second period fall.
Defending sectional team champion Section XI (Suffolk County) won the 54th NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships before 5,834 fans at the Times Union Center in Albany. The navy blue-clad contingent won an unprecedented eighth consecutive team title and amassed 260 points to easily outdistance runner-up Section V (Rochester area) who finished with 201. The Suffolk squad crowned seven champions and had a total of 26 wrestlers earn All-State honors.
Suffolk was paced in Division I by a pair of two-time champions Adam Busiello (48-0, 138-7 career), a freshman from Eastport South Manor at 106 and Ward Melville's Christian Araneo (42-0, 175-29) at 195 pounds. Also claiming titles were Tommy Cox (44-1, 163-24) of Deer Dark at 113, Anthony Sparacio (36-0, 181-42) of North Babylon at 120, Walt Whitman junior Terron Robinson (44-1, 87-23) who electrified the crowd with his throws en route to the 220-pound gold medal and Virginia-bound Edwin Rubio (42-0, 170-11) of John Glenn. Rubio hit a lightning quick sit out and eked out an exciting 3-2 overtime victory for the elusive state title at 285 pounds.
Tony and Jim working at the NCAA Tournament.
PENN STATE WINS THE NCAA's
AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
NEW YORK STATE WINS NHSCA SR. NATIONALS OVER OHIO - 172 to 171.5
2016 NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Jim & Tony Nordland
Penn State won the 86th annual NCAA Championships at historic Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Nittany Lions crowned two champions and scored 123 points. Oklahoma State also crowned two champions and finished in second with 97.5 points. Ohio State finished third with two champs and 86 points., Virginia Tech scored in the wrestlebacks and finished fourth with 82 points edging out Iowa with 81. Rounding out the rest of the top teams were Missouri (74.5), Cornell (67), Nebraska (58), Illinois and Michigan tied with 50.5 points.
BUSIELLO, ARUJAU & DEPREZ WIN SUPER 32
ESPN commentators and former Long Island standout wrestlers Quint Kessenich (Lynbrook HS) and Billy Baldwin (Berner HS).
SUFFOLK (SECTION XI) WINS NYS
LI CROWNS NINE CHAMPIONS
JIM & TONY NORDLAND TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME
Former Amityville High School alumni Jim and Tony Nordland are to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in April 2017. The Nordland brothers wrestled in the early 1970s for National Hall of Fame Coach Norm Maisel and finished their high school careers with All-County honors. Following their high school graduation both were standouts at Nassau Community College under legendary Coach Chuck Henke. They contributed to helping Nassau CC to Regional Championship titles and a high ranking amongst the top teams in NJCAA competition.
Following their SUNY college graduations they began coaching careers in Nassau County, Jim at Berner High School and younger brother Tony at Massapequa High School. In the early years at Berner, Jim worked with mentor and National Hall of Fame Coach Dick Doherty and was elevated to head coach in 1983, while Tony had the privilege to assist National Hall of Fame Coach Gary Mims. Their elite teams often vied for county championship titles and had numerous county champions, along with All-County and All-State performers. Both produced state champions; Steve Whelan (1982) at Massapequa HS and Michael Bevilacqua (1985) at Berner HS. Later Jim coached at Chaminade High School under the tutelage of National Wrestling Hall of Fame Coach George Dlugolonski and some of their mat squads won many CHSAA Championships and in 1991 had three All-State matmen. Both Jim and Tony concluded their coaching stints in the Sachem School District; Jim at Seneca JHS and Tony at Sagamore JHS with lifelong friend, Tim Cummins...
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