NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS
106- Stevo Poulin - Shenendehowa-2 (2nd)
113- Greg Diakomihalis - Hilton-5 (2nd)
113- Jordan Titus - Center Moriches-11 (19th)
138- Adam Busiello - Eastport - South Manor-11 (4th)
160- Kyle Mosher - Southside-8 (7th)
182- Jake Logan - New Rochelle-1 (8th)
195- Sam DePrez - Hilton-5 (8th)
285- Joey Slackman - Commack-11 (17th)
Massapequa (30-0) tops Hilton (31-1), 41-29, to capture the 2nd annual New York State Dual Meet Championship
Section Eight power Massapequa defeated four quality opponents en route to the Empire State's dual meet title. The Chiefs have a balanced line-up and are paced by state finalist Chase Liardi (38-1) at 106 pounds. According to The Mat Slap's individual state rankings - other ranked grapplers are Anthony Conetta (38-1) 2nd at 99, and tough Angelo Petrakis (42-2), 3rd rated in the 182-pound class. That aforementioned trio are all potential state finalists.
Head coach Ron Serrano also points to versatile Mike Blando (42-2) at 132, multiple county placer senior Garrett Gibbons (33-10) at 152 and John Casamassina (33-5) at 170. Other highly-regarded upper weights include: Thomas Greenblatt (37-8) at 182 and county finalist Marco Musso at 195 pounds.
The Chiefs should roll through the Nassau Qualifier and with their depth are a solid favorite at the Section Eight Championships in February. The Chiefs should have a myriad of state meet qualifiers and should battle with upstate power Hilton for the individual team championship.
Hilton is led by three-time state king Greg Diakomihalis (47-0) at 113 and state bronze medalist Sammy DePrez (44-0) in the 195-pound class. Both Diakomihalis and DePrez are top-ranked in the state. The Cadets also have state placer Rocco Camillaci (44-2) at 106 and Eastern States Classic runner-up Gregor McNeil (38-2) at 99 pounds. Other stalwarts are Ryan Burgos (40-3) at 126 and Collin Burns in the 285-pound class.
Hilton has won the state individual team title in 2014-15-16-17, last year Wantagh HS-8, claimed that prestigious accolade. Again look for both Massapequa and Hilton to be in the mix to capture the team award. In the sectional team scoring the favorite is reigning titlist Section XI (Suffolk County), look for Section VIII (Nassau County) and Section V (Rochester) to have formidable squads at the 57th edition of the NYSPHSAA Intersectional Championships in Albany on February 22nd-23rd.