Deonte Wilson - Amityville
2017 - 2018
LONG ISLAND WRESTLING PREVIEW
Jacori Teemer - Long Beach
Jake Silverstein - Hauppauge
Anthony Sciotto - North Babylon
FOUR NYS CHAMPIONS RETURN FROM LONG ISLAND
Dylan Ryder - Hills West
Elijah Rodriquez - Long Beach
Jack Bokina - Mattituck
Adam Busiello -
Eastport South Manor
Long Island wrestling returns four state champions and a group of talented state place-winners as they embark on the 2017-18 campaign. LI will be led by four-time champion Jacori Teemer (178-5 career mark) of Long Beach, now a senior at 145 pounds. Teemer will take his mat skills west next season and compete for Arizona State. Nassau's other returning state winner is Justin Vines (132) of perennial team power Wantagh HS. Suffolk boasts two returning champions: junior Adam Busiello (184-8) of Eastport-South Manor at 126. The Penn State-bound Busiello has claimed three state crowns, is a four-time finalist and recently claimed a prestigious Super 32 mat title. Dylan Ryder (84-3) of Hills West, a senior is now in the 113-pound class and will wrestle locally at Hofstra in the fall.
Five state finalists return to seek redemption, including Nebraska-bound Jake Silverstein (145) of Hauppauge and gridiron star Deonte Wilson (285) of Amityville. Division Two runners-up are freshman Jordan Titus (106-113) of Center Moriches, the Bokina twins from Mattituck; Luke at 126 and Jack in the 132-pound class.
Other state placers are in the field for the upcoming season include state bronze medalists: Zach Redding (ESM) and Matt Campo (Mt. Sinai), both at 113, two-time state medalist Anthony Sciotto (126-133) of Rocky Point, who will wrestle for the Naval Academy next season, three-time placer junior Kyle Mosher (145) of South Side, the North Babylon tandem of Anthony Sobotker (152) and David Miele-Estrella (160), along with Cornell prospect Jonathan Loew (188 career wins) of Wantagh and John Glenn's Joe Franzese, both in the 195-pound class.
Returning state place-winners include sophomore Josiah Encarnacion (106) of Wantagh, Joe Constrastano (113) of Carle Place-Wheatley and Pat-Med's Chris Gomez in either the 138-145 class. Other top prospects on Long Island are lightweight standouts Joe Becker (113) of Lynbrook, Christian Gannone (ESM) at 113-120, both are juniors, Jared Altan (120) of Plainedge, Joseph Simons (138) of Farmingdale and tough Elijah Rodriguez (195/220) of Long Beach, that elite group all won county titles last season.
Also to watch are county finalists Mark Matyka (106) of Riverhead, Wantagh's Christian Encarnacion (120) and teammate Gavin Casey (220/285), along with Mark Rivera of Long Beach at 220 pounds. Other All-County performers include Luke Smith (99-106) of Hauppuage, Justin Amendola (106) of Rocky Point, Matt Mustakis (120) of East Meadow, Jon Spadafora (Hills East) at 132, Dan Mauriello (138/145) of Hauppauge, Ward Melville's Rafael Lievano (138) and a pair of 145-pounders; Shawn Regan (EM) and Chris Esposito (Northport). Vying for county crowns will be Massapequa teammates, Garrett Gibbons (160) and Angelo Petrakis (170/182), Liam McIntyre (170/182) of Westhampton Beach, Dom Mastrangelo (Hills West) at 195, Joe Confessore (220) of Sachem North and Brentwood's Nathaniel Lennon at 285 pounds.
The top teams on Long Island are reigning Nassau champion Wantagh, Suffolk winner Rocky Point, Long Beach, Hauppauge, Eastport-South Manor, Massapequa, Smithtown West, Commack, Mt. Sinai, Mattituck, Lindenhurst, Islip, North Babylon, Hills East, Plainedge, John Glenn, MacArthur, Brentwood, Connetquot and Farmingdale. The LI contingent has garnered 35 sectional team titles- Suffolk has won 25 and Nassau has 10 – this years NYSPHSAA Championships should be no exception. Long Island wrestling has a rich history with the first title claimed by Section VII in 1963 and Section XI which has reeled off an unprecedented nine consecutive state titles. One of those elite squads is figured to claim yet another state crown in Albany at the 56th edition of the New York State Championships.
Justin Vines - Wantagh