Eastport South Manor's sophomore Adam Busiello
Penn State won their fifth NCAA team title at the NCAA Wrestling Championships last season at historic Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Nittany Lions are the preseason pick for the top spot over Ohio State, Oklahoma State, perennial power Iowa and Virginia Tech. Defending champion junior Zain Retherford (34-0), at 149, Jason Nolf (157) and Bo Nickal (184) finished as finalists lead a strong squad.
The Buckeyes have firepower with 2016 Olympic champion Kyle Snyder, a junior at 285, NCAA titlist sophomore Myles Martin (184), and 2015 NCAA winner Nathan Tomasello, now in the 133-pound class. Oklahoma State returns NCAA champion Dean Heil, a junior at 141, along with three All-Americans. The Cowboys probably have the most balance and could be the favorite for the national dual meet title. Iowa has two returning NCAA finalists; Thomas Gilman (125) and Cory Clark (133), both are top-ranked in their respective weight classes.
Other defending NCAA kings are junior Isaiah Martinez (67-1) at 165 of Illinois, J'Den Cox (197), an Olympic bronze medalist from Missouri and Cornell's Gabe Dean (117-6 career) at 184 pounds. That trio will seek their third NCAA crowns in St. Louis at the 2017 Division I Championships.
New York State has ten nationally ranked wrestlers according to Amateur Wrestling News, including the Big Red's Dylan Palacio (157) and Brian Realbuto (165), Palacio who hails from Long Beach HS, finished fourth at the 2016 NCAA meet and Realbuto was a 2015 NCAA runner-up, both are potential finalists. Other top Empire State grapplers include Nick Piccininni (1Oth at 125) of Oklahoma State, Jamel Hudson (14th) of Hofstra, Will Koll (20th) of Cornell, both at 141 pounds,
Cornell's NCAA defending champ, Gabe Dean works for his first period fall at 184 pounds. (above)
CORNELL STOPS RUTGERS 28-10 AND BLANKS HOFSTRA 39-0
Diakomihalis wins 200th consecutive match, now stands at 233-3 career. Other Hilton NYS champions,Greg Diakomihalis and Lou DePrez all post first period pins. Hilton 48 Lockport 26
Long Beach HS won the 13th annual Battle of the Beach with 331 points, ahead of Monroe-Woodbury (303) and Wantagh (291). Justin Vines (126) of Wantagh won the Most Pins Award and Kyle Mosher (145) of South Side was the OSW winner. The Marines were led by champions Matt Maquet (138), Elijah Rodriguez (195) and Mark Rivera at 220.
Penn State's defending NCAA champion Zain Retherford.
Long Island wrestlers enter the 2016-17 season with quality wrestlers throughout both counties. The elite group returns four defending state champions and two former winners amongst 15 returning All-State matmen. Three of the nation's best reside on Long Island, senior Vito Arujau (179-1 career) of Syosset will compete at 138 pounds this season and seeks his fourth state crown. Four-time state placer Arujau (2-1-1-1) is a blue-chip recruit and will take his mat skills to Cornell next fall. Long Beach junior Jacori Teemer (149-4) has been perfect at the state meet with three consecutive titles. Teemer (132) , a National Junior Fargo champion will lead a strong Long Beach squad, as the Marines are defending UE Dual champions and are the team to beat in the state. Sophomore standout Adam Busiello (138-7) from Eastport-South Manor has captured two state crowns and is on pace to become Suffolk's first five-time champion, he is the top-rated 120-pounder in the country. LI's other reigning state king is exciting Terron Robinson (87-23) from Walt Whitman in the 220-pound class. Former state titlists include the Locust Valley tandem of Jon Gomez (126) and Hunter Dusold at 132 pounds.
State finalists that seek redemption are two-time silver medalist Peter Pappas (145/152) of Plainview, Dylan Ryder (106) of Hills West and Shawn Mosca (170) from Carle Place/Wheatley.
Returning state place-winners include Long Beach teammates, Matt Maquet (138) and gridiron star Tyreek Bromley at 182, along with the Rocky Point duo of Anthony Sciotto (113) and bronze medalist Anthony Cirillo at 126. Others are Justin Vines (120) of Wantagh, two-time placer Kyle Mosher (126) of South Side, along with perennial Suffolk power Hauppauge's Ben Tepperman at 126. Also returning and seeking higher state finishes are Phil Spadafora (138) of Hills East, Jeffrey Browne (182) of Connetquot and the Mattituck trio of Jack Bokina (120), James Hoeg (170) and Tanner Zagarino at 195 pounds.
OHIO STATE WINS
CORNELL is 5th
125- Joey Dance (VT)
141- Joe McKenna (Stanford)
149- Micah Jordan (Ohio State)
157- Jake Short
165- Logan Massa (Michigan)
174- Zahid Valencia (Arizona State)
184- Gabe Dean (Cornell)
197- Brett Pfarr (M)
Brian Realbuto (Cornell) dropped a 3-2 decision in the finals at 174 and Steven Schneider (Binghamton) was 4th at 184 pounds.
Oklahoma State upends Oklahoma in the Bedlam Series
Dean Heil (141) and #10 Nick Piccinnini at 125 pounds led the Cowboys
Penn State 30
Syosset's Vito Arujau has an impressive 179-1 career record.
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