MASSAPEQUA WINS NASSAU TOURNAMENT
Reigning state dual meet champion Massapequa (31-0) captured the Nassau County Championships with a dominant performance by their squad. The Chiefs crowned four champions among their 11 place-winners and easily upended defending champion, Wantagh, 335 points to 186.5. Winning titles were: returning state finalist, sophomore Chase Liardi (43-1) who cruised to the 106-pound crown, along with standout freshman, Anthony Conetta (44-1) at 99, Garrett Gibbons (42-10) and gridiron star Angelo Petrakis (44-2) at 182. Gibbons upset defending county champion Farmingdale's Joe Simons (19-4), 8-7, at 152, and earned both the Ted Petersen OSW Award and the Gary Ventimiglia Champion of Champions Award. MHS head coach Ron Serrano also had three runners-ups; Mike Blando (47-3) at 132, junior Jeremy Sccutellaro (39-8) at 145 and Thomas Greenblatt (41-8) at 182. The last time the Chiefs won the county title was in 1999, under the tutelage of Hall-of-Fame coach, Gary Mims.
Returning Nassau champions who successfully defended their titles were: Joshian Encarnacion (46-2) Xavier Pommells (40-1), four-time state medalist and top-ranked Kyle Mosher (41-1) of South Side at 160 and state placer, rugged Matt Rogers (46-2) along with Roosevelt's Deaquan Stuart at 285. Freeport junior Lee Mauras (37-2) a 2018 state placer, won the 145-pound title and also claimed the Tom Hennigan Most Pins Award with 4 falls in 3:48. Another returning state medalist JD Moore (35-4) finished as a runner-up at 170, and will compete at the NYS Championships as a wild-card berth. Other champions included highly-regarded freshman George Oroudjov (39-2) of Syosset at 120, junior Jake Schneider (126) of MacArthur, Mepham teammates: Kyle Althenn (138) and Matt Hegi (195), along with state-ranked Obrien Dorceus of Uniondale at 285 pounds.
Josiah Encarnacion of Wantagh battles Naim Lynch of Hewlett. Encarnacion won this 113 pound quarterfinal.
Jake Marine gets his hand raised as the Calhoun coaches look on.
2019 NASSAU COUNTY DIVISION I TOURNAMENT FINALS
99- Anthony Conetta (Massapequa) d. Killian Foy (MacArthur) 5-2
106- Chase Liardi (Massapequa) d. Jeremiah Echeverria (Long Beach) 12-1
113- Josiah Encarnacion (Wantagh) d. Guerillmo Reyes (Hicksville) 12-3
120- George Oroudjov (Syosset) d. Ben Rogers (Wantagh) 12-0
126- Jake Schneider (MacArthur) d. Matt Kong (Baldwin) 8-0
132- Xavier Pommells (Uniondale) p. Mike Blando (Massapequa) 5:57
138- Kyle Althenn (Mepham) d. Max Maquet (Long Beach) 7-0
145- Lee Mauras (Freeport) d. Jeremy Scutellaro (Massapequa) 13-4
152- Garrett GIbbons (Massapequa) d. Joe Simons (Farmingdale) 8-7
160- Kyle Mosher (South Side) d. Stephen Grabher (North Shore) 8-0
170- Matt Rogers (Wantagh) d. J.D. Moore (Levittown-Division) 10-5
182- Angelo Petrakis (Massapequa) d. Thomas Greenblatt (Massapequa) 7-0
195- Matt Hegi (Mepham) d. Nick Franco (Farmingdale) 10-7
220- Deaquan Stuart (Roosevelt) d. Jeremiah Funchess (Westbury) 6-4
285- Obrien Dorceus (Uniondale) d. Myles Norris (Freeport) 5-1
1. Massapequa (335 points)
2. Wantagh (186.5)
3. Uniondale (163)
4. Long Beach (157.5)
5. Mepham (117)
6. Manhasset (113.5)
7. MacArthur (104)
8. Freeport (94)
9. Farmingdale (92.5)
10. North Shore (88)
MacArthur's Jake Schneider at 126 pounds.
Massapequa's Anthony Conetta at 99 pounds.
Plainview JFK's Max Yahre at 138 pounds.
Calhoun's Jake Marine picked up a big quarterfinal pin at 145 pounds.
Uniondale's Xavier Pommels battles for a takedown en route to a 132 pound quarterfinal win over Sam Anglim of Plainedge. Pommels avenged an earlier season loss by beating Mike Blando in the finals to win the 132 pound crown.
MASSAPEQUA LEADS NASSAU COUNTY TOURNAMENT
Syosset's George Odorudjov at 120 pounds.
Mike Blando (Massapequa) at 132 pounds.
Nationally ranked Kyle Mosher of Southside East works for a take down. Mosher picked up the fall in the quarterfinal round in the 160 pound weight class.
Massapequa's Chase Liardi works to turn Paul Lichter of MacArthur. Liardi won by fall in 106 pound action at the Nassau County Championships. Liardi went on to win in the finals and pace the Massapequa Chiefs to the team title over Wantagh and Uniondale. .
Massapequa's Angelo Petrakis works to turn Michael Almonte of Hewlett. Petrakis won by fall in 182 pound action at the Nassau County Championships. Massapequa leads in team scoring.
Port Washington's Dan Gibson battles Mineola's Jack Duff. Gibson won this 132 pound quarterfinal matchup.
Farmingdale's Joe Simons at 152 pounds.
Uniondale's O'Brien Dorceus at 285 pounds.
Outstanding Wrestler: Garrett Gibbons (152- Massapequa)
Champion of Champions: Garrett Gibbons (42-10 season mark)
Most Pins: Lee Mauras (145 - Freeport)
Mat Notes: Congratulations to Massapequa head coach Ron Serrano and his able staff for capturing the county title, the last time they won the championship was in 1999, under the tutelage of Hall-of-Fame coach, Gary Mims. The Chiefs crowned four winners, including state-ranked Angelo Petrakis (44-2) at 182, amongst their 11 place-winners. George Oroudjov is the first freshman to win a Nassau title in a weight class over 120 pounds. Two Nassau champions are top-ranked in the state - Anthony Conetta (44-1) and six-time county placer Kyle Mosher (41-1)
Roosevelt's Deaquan Stuart at 220 pounds.