Rocky Point's Anthony Sciotto secures his wrist and leg to pin Northport's Jacob Borland in the 113 pound Suffolk County final. Rocky Point scored 142.5 points to beat Hauppauge (126.5).
Vito Arujau and Yianni Diakomihalis
NCAA PREVIEW UPDATE
Vinny Vespa of Hofstra works to escape from Jimmy Pawleski of Brown. Vespa scored a 6-2 decision at 133 pounds.
Now in its 14th year of a two-division format, a total of 480 wrestlers, including 14 defending champions and two former state winners, will participate in the 55th annual NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center on February 24th and 25th.
Defending Division I champions include three-time champions junior Jacori Teemer (24-1, 174-5) of Long Beach-8 at 132 and Vito Arujau (33-0, 212-1) of Syosset-8 at 138, along with sophomore Adam Busiello (31-1, 181-8) of ESM-11 at 120 and junior Frankie Gissendanner (41-1, 229-11) of Penfield-5 at 152 pounds. Four-time state winner Yianni Diakomihalis was sidelined by a season- ending injury and will finish his stellar high school career with an unbelievable 243-3 mark and a state record of 201 consecutive victories. Arujau now has a 170-match win streak and Diakomihalis finished with a state record 201 consecutive wins. They will be college teammates for the Big Red of Cornell next season. Other reigning champions include the Hilton-5 tandem of two-time titlist Louie DePrez (46-0, 256-29) at 182 and Yianni's younger brother Greg Diakomihalis (42-0) at 113, along with Ryan Ferro (34-0) of Warwick Valley-9 and thrower Terron Robinson (35-1, 122-24) of Walt Whitman-11 at 220 pounds.
VITO ARUJAU and LOUIE DEPREZ selected for TEAM USA vs PA ALL-STARS in the DAPPER DAN CLASSIC on March 25th in
Hofstra dropped the last dual meet of the season to Brown 23-12 and falls to 6-11 overall. The Pride won the first two matches with Jacob Martin, 6-4 at 125 pounds and Vinny Vespa 6-2 at 133 pounds. A forfeit by Hofstra at 141 pounds tied the score but with a come back 4-2 overtime win by Ryan Burkert at 149 pounds had Hofstra ahead 9-6. The Bears won four the last five matches to put it at of reach, the only other Pride win was Nezar Haddad at 197 pounds.
Hofstra travels to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania for the EIWA Championships on March 3rd and 4th.
NEW YORK STATE INTERSECTIONAL TOURNAMENT
FEB. 24th and 25th
TIMES UNION CENTER,
NEW YORK STATE HIGH SCHOOL
OHIO STATE 18
Palacio, Realbuto & Dean pace the Big Red to victory
PENN STATE 27
OKLA STATE 13
Nick Piccinnini (125) wins by default
NC STATE 23
Brown's CJ Fragola foot sweeps Hofstra's Bobby Fehr. Fehr moved up two weight classes to 184 pounds but dropped a 10-4 decision.
RETURNING STATE CHAMPIONS
ADAM BUSIELLO JONATHAN GOMEZ
JIM & TONY NORDLAND TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME
Wantagh's Jonathan Loew turns in on Long Beach's Greg Wildstein in 160 pound semifinal action at the Nassau County Championships. Lowe won the County title with a 10-0 final decision as Wantagh outpointed Long Beach (343.5 to 328) in an epic battle to win the Nassau County team title.
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3. Rocky Point
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9. John Glenn/SmithWest
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