MASSAPEQUA (30-0) BEATS HILTON (31-1) TO WIN 2nd ANNUAL NEW YORK STATE DIVISION I 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, 118-10 career) 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 last time MHS captured the county championship was in 1999. 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 (43-0, 185-2 career) at 113 and state bronze medalist Sammy DePrez (40-0, 202 wins) in the 195-pound class. Both Diakomihalis and DePrez are top-ranked in the state. The Cadets also have state placer Rocco Camilaci at 106 and Eastern States Classic runner-up Gregor McNeil (40-2) at 99 pounds. Other stalwarts are Ryan Burgos (126) and Collin Burns in the 285-pound class.
Hilton and head coach Craig Gross will host the Section V Class AA Championships and then look to capture the Section Five team championship. 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 for the coveted team award at the 57th edition of the NYSPHSAA Intersectional Championships in Albany on February 22nd-23rd.
Massapequa 41 Hilton 29
99 - Anthony Conetta (Massapequa) d. Gregor McNeil (Hilton) 10-5
106 - Chase Liardi (Massapequa) p. Landon Lazarek (Hilton) 0:21
113 - Rocco Camillaci (Hilton) p. Sal Minichiello (Massapequa) 1:13
120 - Greg Diakomihalis (Hilton) tech.fall Kyle Donohue (Massapequa) 26-10
126 - Nate Lee (Hilton) d. Jack Kirschbaum (Massapequa) 7-5
132 - Ryan Burgos (Hilton) p. Will Piatti (Massapequa) 2:18
138 - Mike Blando (Massapequa) d. Ryan Hinman (Hilton) 8-1
145 - Jeremy Scutellaro (Massapequa) d. Nate Eccleston (Hilton) 2-0
152 - Garrett Gibbons (Massapequa) p. Jacob Soricone (Hilton) 2:16
160 - Mike Fronzak (Hilton) d. Dan Kasin (Massapequa) 6-4 OT
170 - John Casamassina (Massapequa) tech.fall Aydin Agaie (Hilton) 15-0
182 - Thomas Greenblatt (Massapequa) p. Alex Fronczak (Hilton) 0:53
195 - Sam DePrez (Hilton) p. Frank Kempton (Massapequa) 1:07
220 - Angelo Petrakis (Massapequa) p. Jacob Cretelle (Hilton) 1:09
285 - Marco Musso (Massapequa) d. Collin Burns (Hilton) 6-4