Thomas Wagner (SEC) improved to 32-2 at 132 pounds.
Defending Nassau County champion Joe Manfredi from Herricks is in control at 110 pounds.
Carlos Arango (Massapequa)
Anthony Clem (36-4) of Wantagh at 110 pounds.
Ray Adams (27-3) of Calhoun at 118 pounds.
Massapequa's Anthony Conetta works for a takedown to advance at 145 pounds.
Top seeded Joe Clem (38-0) of Wantagh works for the fall in the preliminaries. Clem went onto to win the gold medal at 118 pounds and helped the Warriors win the county team title.
WANTAGH WINS TEAM TITLE OVER MASSAEQUA AT THE NASSAU COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dunia Sibomana, an 8th-grader from Long Beach, works for a near fall in the early rounds of the Nassau County Tournament. Sibomana, the top seed at 102 pounds advanced to the quarterfinals.
SECTION VIII CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULTS
102- Dunia Sibomana (Long Beach) maj.dec. Carlos Arango (Mass) 14-2
110- Joseph Manfredi (Herricks) pinned Angel Banegas (Uniondale) 5:16
118- Joseph Clem (Wantagh) dec. Ray Adams (Calhoun) 3-1
126- Ryan Arbeit (Wantagh) dec. Ariel Waldman (Hewlett) 6-4 OT
132- Kyle Moore (Levittown Division) dec.Thomas Wagner (South Side R) 8-5
138- Killian Foy (MacArthur) maj.dec. Matthew Castillo (Port Wash) 12-3
145- Anthony Conetta (Massapequa) pinned Paul Lichter (MacArthur) 1:51
152- Ben Rogers (Wantagh) won over Alex Giuliana (Mass) Forfeit
160- Josh Gendlin (Hewlett) dec. Joseph Mattei (Herricks) 3-1
172- Noah Corwin (Wantagh) dec. Travis Shaver (Plainedge) 8-1
189- Kwasi Bonsu (Baldwin) pinned Eric Carlson (Manhasset) 2:27
215- Zeno Zachary (Syosset) maj.dec. Kevin Arriaza (Roosevelt) 12-0
285- Romeo Turcios (Westbury) pinned Jacob Maiorano (Hewlett) 5:47
Gary Ventimiglia MOW Award: Kwasi Bonsu (Baldwin) - 189 pounds
Ted Petersen Champion of Champions: Kwasi Bonsau (Baldwin) - 189 pounds
Tom Hennigan Most Pins Award: Joe Manfredi (Herricks-110) , 4 in 12:33
Wantagh (32-1) won the Nassau Dual Meet title and finished as finalists at the NYS Dual Meet Championships to Minisink Valley (28-0). The Warriors added the Nassau Championships to their impressive resume for the season, as they tallied 240 points to easily outdistance Massapequa (213.5). Wantagh won the team title back in 2018. Wantagh crowned four champions; Joseph Clem (38-0) at 118, Ryan Arbeit (126), two-time state placer and reigning champ Ben Rogers (32-0) at 152, along with Noah Corwin at 172. The Warriors also added state meet qualifiers with Anthony Clem (36-5), twin brother of Joseph, at 110 and Ryan Arbeit who edged highly touted Ariel Waldman (Hewlett), 6-4 OT at 126 to earn his state berth.
Massapequa's lone champion was Anthony Conetta, a returning state medalist who improved to 38-2 on the season, he is one of the top 145-pounders in the state. The Chiefs will also send four other matmen to the state championships.
Other Section Eight standouts are: state finalist, unbeaten sophomore Joseph Manfredi (46-0) of Herricks at 110, two-time state placer Killian Foy (2nd & 4th) of MacArthur at 138 and Kyle Moore (Lev. Division) who upset top-seeded Thomas Wagner (South Side/ER) in the 132-pound final. Baldwin junior Kwasi Bonsu posted a second period pin in the 189-pound gold medal match and earned both the MOW and Champion of Champions Award.
Long Beach garnered the first county title of the evening as the Marines' tough Dunia Sibomana (31-2) defeated Carlos Arango (Massapequa) at 102.
Sibomana's road to the championship is nothing short of incredible. Eight years ago, he, his brother and cousin were attacked by a band of wild chimpanzees while playing in the Congo. Thankfully, he survived the attack but sustained serious injuries to his face. He came to the US in 2015 and had surgery at Stony Brook Hospital. During that time, LB's assistant coach, amicable Miguel Rodriguez adopted him, and has taken him under his wing. LB's head coach venerable Ray Adams (26 years) reflected on his young wrestler: "He is an awesome young man: kind, hard working and humble." Sibomana's road will continue to the state championships, from Africa to Albany.
In the Divison II Tournament, Cold Spring Harbor edged runner-up Seaford, 272 points to 268. CSH's Jackson Polo (145) claimed his third county title and was voted the tournament's OSW Award. The Soriano brothers from Clarke also won county crowns; Jordan (138) and Justin at 189 pounds.
DIVISION I TEAM SCORES:
1. Wantagh (240 points)
2. Massapequa (213.5)
3. Hewlett (159)
4. MacArthur (153)
5. Long Beach (152)
6. Plainedge (142.5)
7. Manhasset (140.5)
8. Syosset (123)
9. Herricks (117.5)
10. Levittown Division (83)
NASSAU COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
MacArthur's Killian Foy works for a fall at 138 pounds.
Ryan Arbeit of Wantagh
won the 126-pound title