2022 SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jake Trovato (Lindenhurst)
Jared Weinhaus (34-0) of Sachem East takes Sayville's Yirdaw Rivera to the mat. Weinhaus, the former county champion held on to win 5-3 in this 138 pound battle.
Rocky Point's Nick Lamorte, the defending county champion advanced to the finals at 132 pounds.
Jabali Zoia (Longwood)
Sayville's Mack Murtha works for a fall and led the charge for the Golden Flashes over Miller Place. Murtha (36-0) went on to win the 172-pound Suffolk County championship and earned the Most Pins Award. Murtha was also voted Champion of Champions.
Brayden Fahrbach of Mt. Sinai, the defending county champion advanced to the finals at 126 pounds.
Brentwood's Jason Kwaak works for a takedown en route to a semi-final victory at 110 pounds.
Gavin Cirolli of Miller Place scored an 18-3 technical fall to make the 152 pound final.
Connetquot's Christian Paredes works for a takedown. Paredes won this 145 pound semi in overtime over Hauppauge's Frankie Volpe.
SAYVILLE WINS ITS FIRST EVER SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP OVER MILLER PLACE
SECTION XI DR. L. ROBERT FALLOT CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULTS
102- Mason Mangialino (Comsewogue) dec. Connor Sheridan (Hauppauge) 3-2
110- Mikey Manta (Hauppauge) dec. Jason Kwaak (Brentwood) 5-4
118- Matt Marlow (Northport) dec. Christian Lievano (Ward Melville) 8-3
126- Brayden Fahrbach (Mt. Sinai) dec. Vincent Ziccardi (Kings Park) 6-4 OT
132- Nick LaMorte (Rocky Point) dec. Stephen Lukas (Eastport-South Manor) 5-1
138- Jared Weinhaus (Sachem East) dec. Zach Miller (Islip) 4-2 OT
145- Justin Klein (Miller Place) dec. Christian Paredes (Connetquot) 5-3
152- Matt Hole-Lopez (Islip) dec. Gavin Cirolli (Miller Place) 10-5
160- Tom Andria (Islip) dec. Braden Ainslie (Sayville) 12-9
172- Mack Murtha (Sayville) pinned Eric Weatherbee (Sachem North) :51
189- Jabali Zoia (Longwood) pinned Jake Travato (Lindenhurst) 2:51
215- Robert Smith (Huntington) dec. Jaiden Green (Bellport) 5-3
285- Sebastian Regis (East Islip) pinned John Feramola (Connetquot) 5:17
Sayville HS won their first ever Suffolk County team title over a myriad of tough squads; League VI powers, Miller Place and Islip, along with Suffolk dual champion Brentwood (18-1) and League III champion Connetquot. The Golden Flashes were paced by Suffolk champion and Most Pins Award winner Mack Murtha (36-0, 24 pins) who used his patented lateral drop for a first period fall in the 172-pound final and runner-up Braden Ainslie (37-6) who was embroiled in a back-and-forth bout, he was edged by nemesis, Tom Andria (Islip) with a 12-9 decision. State meet qualifiers for Sayville are West Point-bound Yirdaw Rivera (39-6, 28 pins) at 138 and senior Jamison Colongione (40-5) at 152. Sayville boasts a stellar coaching staff; head coach Gary Pesko (32 years), Frank Esposito, former Sayville state champion Matt Leshinger and ESM star Maverick Passaro. The Sayville squad received the prestigious Bill Knapp Team Award.
Finishing in second place was Miller Place who garnered one championship with senior Justin Klein (46-1) at 145 pounds and had finalist Gavin Cirolli (34-0) at 152, along with state meet bound matmen; Michael Giugliano (126) and Robert Cunningham at 160. MP has a trio of outstanding coaches, Dom LoRe (20 seasons), Matt Kaszubski (16 years) and Nick Castellano.
At 102, top-seeded and unbeaten Mason Mangliano (35-0) won a county crown for Comsewogue dating back 23 seasons. In the 110-pound gold medal match reigning champ Mikey Manta (38-1) of Hauppauge edged Brentwood's tough Jason Kwaak (34-1). League I finalist Christian Lievano (35-2) of WM upset top-seeded John Tietjen (Sachem East) in the 118-pound semifinals and then dropped an 8-3 verdict to MOW winner Matt Marlow (33-1, 77-8) of Northport in the finals. Tietjen (34-1) earned his 100th career victory in the consolation round and then defeated Robert Stone (Hills West) for the bronze medal. At 126, defending county champion Brayden Fahrbach (Mt. Sinai) prevailed over state placer Vincent Ziccardi (35-2) of Kings Park. Rocky Point standout junior Nick LaMorte (30-1) won the 132-pound title. Returning state placer from 2019, Jared Weinhaus remained unbeaten, but needed overtime to edge Islip's Zach Miller,4-2, at 138. Connetquot pushed two into the finals; Christian Paredes (34-4) at 145 and John Feramola (285), both suffered defeats, but will compete in the state meet. The Thunderbirds have legendary coach Bill Santoro (44 years) and able assistant Anthony Melfi (33 seasons).
Special thanks to tournament coordinator Guy Leggio (former Bay Shore wrestler and EI coach) and the outstanding support staff for running a smooth Section Eleven championship at Bay Shore HS. The last time the county meet was held at Bay Shore was in 1951 and the tournament champion was Amityville HS with 44 points over runner-up Bay Shore (26). Finishing as a finalist was Guy's father-Jumper at 115 pounds. The National Hall of Fame coach - Jumper Leggio would go on to win county crowns in '52 and '53, along with other noteworthy champions; Guy Guccione, Lou Giani, Gordon Carberry and Ralph Doherty.
The top three finishers will compete at the NYSPHSSA Championships on February 25th-26th at the MVP Arena in Albany. The bracket will now have 21 wrestlers. In the inaugural state meet (1963) in Ithaca, there were only eight entries in 12 weight classes and the tournament was completed in one day.
In the Division II Suffolk Championships held at Mattituck HS, John Glenn HS (277 points) outpointed rival SWR (186.5) and finishing in third place was BBP (182). Two-time All-State performer BBP's Max Gallagher (36-0, 128 career wins) registered a fall in the 126-pound final and Mattituck's state medalist Joe Sparacio was voted the MOW Award, he pinned defending county champion Tristan Petretti (SWR) at the 3:53 mark at 132. The Champion of Champions was Joe Lacorte of John Glenn who won the gold medal at 160.
DIVISION I TEAM SCORES:
1. Sayville (147.5 points)
2. Miller Place (136)
3. Brentwood (133)
4. Connetquot (112.5)
5. Islip (107)
6. East Islip (98)
7. Hauppauge (91)
8. Patchogue-Medford (81)
9. Comsewogue (81)
10. Huntington (67)
Tom Andria of Islip scores a reversal and advanced to the finals with a fall at 160 pounds.
Hauppauge's Mikey Manta works his switch to a reversal. Manta the defending county champion advanced to the finals at 110 pounds.