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Brentwood HS (12-6) defeated Ward Melville HS (5-9), 46-13, in a dual meet amongst League I rivals. The Indians won 11 of the 15 bouts contested and were paced by Ean Segarra , who used a series of cradles en route to a 14-4 major decision at 106, Kerrick Morris (145), Henry Martinez (152), Anthony Gomez (160) and Brandon Ortiz who posted a pin with a cross-face cradle in his 170-pound bout. The Patiots knotted the match at 13-13 after four consecutive wins; Kenny Cracchiola (120), Sean Fitzsimmons (126), Rafael Lievano who posted a solid 11-3 major decision at 132 and Nabeel Ahmed at 138 pounds.
The meet was dedicated to the memory of the late Vincent R. Ungaro, a former Suffolk County league and county champion and All-State wrestler for Brentwood under legendary coach Joe Campo. In fact, during Vin's high school years (1972-74), Ungaro helped lead Brentwood to three consecutive Suffolk County team titles.
Vincent Rocco Ungaro was a 9/11 first responder and a firefighter who headed a station in Brooklyn and had a distinguished career that spanned three decades. His life was about integrity and bravery, he simply led by example. A close friend, Donald Hyde stated: "The NYC Fire Department is made up of exceptional people, Vinnie was head and shoulders above as a firefighter and more so as a kind and gentle human being." Vinny was a true family man and lost his own father at the age of 17, but always maintained a positive outlook throughout his life. In fact, in his eyes there were really no bad times - just good ones. Vincent Ungaro passed away this past October after a long battle with World Trade Center-related leukemia. He was 60.
During a very touching eulogy delivered by his son, Vin Jr., he said: "We are beyond humbled by the support and signs of respect for my Dad, he added: "Dad touched so many lives and demonstrated an utmost class that was awe-inspiring." Many people say that the true testament to a person is his family, which included his loving wife, Dianne, son Vincent (Kristine) Ungaro, beautiful daughter Jessica (Michael) Panico and cherished grandfather of Maureen and Vincent Ungaro. Based on that, Vinnie was a fantastic and an amazing person, he will be sorely missed. May God always bless over his loving family.
BRENTWOOD 46 WARD MELVILLE 13
99- Wenchard Pierre Louis (B) dec. Matthew Cracchiola 12-6
106- Ean Segarra (B) major dec. Tom Fitzsimmons 14-4
113- Denis Velasquez (B) won by forfeit
120- Kenny Cracchiola (WM) dec. Zyrik Rincon 7-2
126- Sean Fitzsimmons (WM) dec. William Escobar 3-1
132- Rafael Lievano (WM) major dec. Edison Jaramillo 11-3
138- Nabeel Ahmed (WM) dec. James Araneo 8-3
145- Kerrick Morris (B) dec. James Araneo 8-3
152- Henry Martinez (B) dec. Sam Gonzalez 10-4
160- Anthony Gomez (B) dec. Ryan McNamara 9-2
170- Brandon Ortiz (B) pinned Tyler Lynde 3:24
182- Renald Borgella (B) dec. Kevin Vera 4-3
195- Hernan Funes (B) won by forfeit
220- Christian Eusebio (B) dec. Aaron Rettig 4-3
285- Nathan Hogan (B) won by forfeit
Head coach Ralph Napolitano (16 years at the helm) and 26 total years at Brentwood (5-0, league) and the Indians captured the League I title. He, along with his able assistant Jerry Goodfellow dedicated the dual meet to the memory of Brentwood Hall of Famer, the late Vinny Ungaro. Goodfellow was a former teammate of Ungaro and recalled: "My first introduction to Vinny was a wrestle off, that coach Joe "The "Guv" Campo felt was needed, and after battling him for nearly six minutes, I finally escaped with 20 seconds left in the bout and eked out a 1-0 win. We became practice partners and close friends throughout our Brentwood years." He added: "He was everything and then some." The support of the Brentwood wrestlers and the community was overwhelming for the Ungaro Family, as many former Brentwood wrestlers were in attendance including Paul Bisono, Cardell Davis and 1979 state champion, Joe Petrucci. It was an emotional night for the entire Ungaro Family, a very touching tribute to the great man that Vinny Ungaro was, and a night that the family will always remember.
Wenchard Pierre Louis (Brentwood - 99 lbs.)
BRENTWOOD UPENDS WARD MELVILLE AT VINNY UNGARO MEMORIAL
(Ward Melville- 170 lbs.)
(Ward Melville - 138 lbs.)
Brandon Ortiz of Brentwood works his cradle on Tyler Lynde of Ward Melville. Ortiz picked up the fall in this 170 pound bout.
Kerrick Morris of Brentwood works his switch on James Araneo of Ward Melville. Morris put the Indians ahead for good with this 8-3 decision at 145 pounds.
Anthony Gomez(Brentwood - 160 lbs.)
Ward Melville's Kenny Cracchiola takes down Brentwood's Zyrik Rincon to win 7-2 at 120 pounds.
Brentwood's Ean Segarro stacks Ward Melville's Tom Fitzsimmons en route to a 14-4 decision at 106 pounds. Brentwood won the dual 46-13 as the wrestling community remembered the late Vinny Ungaro.
Rafael Lievano of Ward Melville attacks Edison Jaramiello of Brentwood in 132 pound action. Lievano won an 11-3 decision.
Renald Borgella(Brentwood - 182 lbs.)
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(Ward Melville - 126 lbs.)
(Brentwood - 220 lbs.)