Wantagh (12-3) defeated Massapequa (15-4), 39-34, in a semifinal at the Nassau County Dual Meet Championships held at Clarke HS. The Warriors were paced by defending state champion Kyle Quinn (28-2, 115-13 career), a junior who flattened his opponent with a 18 second pin at 113 pounds. Other standouts were Jonathan Loew (30-5) who blanked Shane Gibbons, 4-0, at 99, Joe Hill (28-6) who had a 7-1 verdict at 120, Matt Langan with a 19-4 tech fall at 145 and tough Nick Vines (30-3) who used a tight bar-arm for a second period fall at 160. Massapequa had top performances from Jon Kalinglou, who recorded a 17-4 major decision at 106, Josh Brachfeld with a third period fall at 182, George O'Mahoney (28 wins) with a pin at 220 and all-county Tim Gungor (27-1) who tossed his opponent for a :24 second pin in the 285- pound class.
MacArthur (23-6) edged Plainedge (23-4) in an exciting semi that was decided in the last bout. The Generals were led by state finalist Steve Schneider (38-1, 158-24 career) who clamped his foe with a tight cross-face cradle at the 1:01 mark at 160 pounds, along with Justin Cooksey (145), Sal Randazzo, a 2-0 winner at 160 and Ryan O'Shea who held on for a 7-3 victory at 285 pounds.
Plainedge key wrestlers were Hector Guerrero who scored with a double leg and a near fall to nip Travis Cooksey, 8-4 OT, at 113, Jake Lerner (126) with a solid 16-1 tech fall, along with Robert Ng (33-1) who posted a major 14-5 major decision at 182 and Rob Oliver (30-2) who eked out an exciting 8-6 OT win at 195 pounds.
WANTAGH 43 MACARTHUR 28
99- Justin Vines (Want) pinned Nick Goodleman :54
106- Jonathan Loew (Want) tech fall Jake Thompson 17-2
113- Kyle Quinn (Want) pinned Travis Cooksey 1:56
120- Joe Hill (Want) tech fall Troy Ellers 16-1
126- George Albert (Want) pinned Anthony Gatt 1:17
132- Michael Brown (Mac) pinned Blaze Kavanaugh 3:08
138- Steve Pambianchi (Want) dec. Mike Coiro 4-0
145- Matt Langan (Want) dec. Justin Cooksey 5-3 OT
152- Sal DeLuca (Mac) dec. Alex Kaufman 8-5
160- Nick Vines (Want) dec. Sal Randazzo 3-1 OT
170- Steven Schneider (Mac) pinned Nick Rogers 1:45
182- John Dougherty (Mac) pinned Nick DeVito 4:31
195- Jeremy Hughes (Mac) dec. Nick English 7-2
220- Ryan O'Shea (Mac) maj.dec. Larry Baker 8-0
285- Pat Smith (Want) pinned Jonathan Ruby 3:39
Wantagh won their third consecutive Nassau County Dual Meet Championship and boasts a 55-3 dual meet record for the past three seasons.In other duals leading up to the Final Four, the Warriors defeated Calhoun (67-9), Seaford (54-24) and top-seeded Locust Valley (41-32). Congratulations to Hall-of-Fame coaches, Paul Gillespie and Reggie Jones Jr., along with their outstanding staff of assistant coaches.
WANTAGH 39 MASSAPEQUA 34
99 - Jonathan Loew (Wan) dec. Shane Gibbons (Mas) 4-0
106 - John Kalinoglu (Mas) md. Justin Vines (Wan) 17-4
113 - Kyle Quinn (Wan) pinned Travis Paradiso (Mas) 0:18
120 - Joe Hill (Wan) dec. Michael Quadrino (Mas) 7-1
126 - George Albert (Wan) md. Andrew Ashmawi (Mas) 16-5
132 - Blaze Kavanagh (Wan) pinned Jesse Bran-Umana (Mas) 3:44
138 - Steve Pambianchi (Wan) pinned Mike Spagnuolo (Mas) 3:02
145 - Matt Langan (Wan) TF Brian Morgan (Mas) 19-4
152 - Daniel Lucey (Mas) pinned Alex Kaufman (Wan) 1:46
160 - Nick Vines (Wan) pinned Robert Nash (Mas) 2:36
170 - Paul Brachfeld (Mas) dec. Nick Rogers (Wan) 2-0
182 - Josh Brachfeld (Mas) pinned Nicholas Devito (Wan) 5:58
195 - Mike Dibennedeto (Mas) dec. Nick English (Wan) 5-2
220 - George O`Mahony (Mas) pinned Larry Baker (Wan) 4:38
285- Tim Gungor (Mass) pinned Pat Smith (Wantagh) 0:24.