Defending Suffolk champion, North Babylon's Sean Carter works for a takedown on Rocky Point's Evan Matias. Carter won this 120 pound semi, with a 8-4 verdict.
HAUPPAGE WINS SUFFOLK TOURNAMENT
Hauppauge won their third Suffolk County team title in the past five years in a back-and-forth contest with runner-up Eastport-South Manor, 167.5 points to 165. The Eagles crowned three champions, all juniors, led by two-time titlist Danny Mauriello (39-2), state bronze medalist Luke Smith (34-3) and Michael Tyrell (34-4) who upset top-seeded Joe Lopresti (37-2), 8-2, in the 182-pound final. Smith rolled through the 113-pound bracket and Mauriello needed a scramble takedown to edge nemesis Stefan Major (Kings Park), 5-3 in overtime and was voted the Champion of Champions Award. ESM was paced by four-time state champion and six-time Suffolk winner Adam Busiello (45-0), who registered four first period pins and dominated the 138-pound field, teammate and reigning state winner, junior, Zach Redding (46-4) coasted to his second county crown at 126. North Babylon's's Sean Carter (37-2) won his second title and looks to improve on his 4th place state finish at the 2018 state meet. State finalist and Penn-bound Joey Slackman (42-0) of Commack flattened all four foes and claimed the Most Pins Award with four falls in 3:22. Other Suffolk stalwarts included winners: freshman Jared Weinhaus (45-4), Kwesi Amoa (32-2), state placer Logan Sciotto (48-4), Jonathan Spadafora (38-1), top-ranked in the state at 145, sophomore Jackson Hulse (160) and MOW Paul Illicete (37-3) of Copiague at 170. Other winners were state placer and unbeaten Liam McIntryre (35-0) at 195 and Pat-Med's Dylan Gianikos (36-3) at 220. Returning state medalists that will be in the NYS Championships mix are Thomas DiResta (32-6) at 113 and Corey Connolly (44-5) in the 170-pound class. Two county finalists that suffered their first loss in championship bouts were Elijah Rivera (38-1) and Ryan Meisner (40-1), both will earn wild card berths at the 2019 state meet.
Jeff Tancsik of Centereach works for a takedown at 160 pounds and won 5-4 to advance to the final.
Dan Mauriello of Hauppauge works for a throw in 152 pound action. Mauriello won this semifinal. Mauriello went on to win in the finals and was voted Champion of Champions as Hauppauge won the team title over ESM and Rocky Point.
Pat Med's Dylan Gianikos need this late takedown to win, 6-4, at 220 pounds.
Hauppauge's Luke Smith won this 113 pound semifinal with a 6-0 shutout.
Eastport South Manor's Adam Busiello picked up a first period fall at 138 pounds in the semifinal round. Busiello went on to win in the finals.
HHH's Jon Spadafora works for a reversal en route to a 10-0 win at 145 pounds.
Dan Mauriello of Hauppauge works for a throw in 152 pound action. Mauriello won this semifinal, 4-0, and advanced to the finals.
Rick Herrmann Outstanding Wrestler: Paul Illicete (170 - Copiague)
Jack Mahoney Champion of Champions: Dan Mauriello (152 - Hauppauge)
Most Pins: Joey Slackman (285 - Commack) - 4 in 3:22
ESM's Christian Gannone in control en route to a 9-2 decision over Brentwood's Wenchard Pierre Louis in the other 120 pound semi.
Sayville's Joe Lopresti used this spin behind for a late takedown to win 3-2 at 182 pounds.
Christian Lievano of Ward Melville battles Vincent Ziccardi of Kings Park en route to a 5-3 win at 99 pounds.
Islip's Sean Peterson in control at 132 pounds and posted an 8-6 decision and earned his 100th career victory.
Commack's Jake Eckerle won this 113 pound semifinal.
Westhampton Beach's Liam McIntyre works a reversal en route to a 17-1 tech fall at 195 pounds.
Jackson Hulse of Westhampton Beach works for a fall at 160 pounds.
Rocky Point's Corey Connolly (44-4) is in on his single leg against ESM's Joe Gannone. Connolly won this 170 pound semifinal, with a solid 15-4 major decision.
Joey Slackman of Commack secured a first period fall at the 1:00 minute mark at 285 pounds and will move into tonight's final.
ESM's Zach Redding works for a reversal en route to a fall at 126 pounds.
HAUPPAUGE WINS THE SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Rocky Point's Logan Sciotto need to hang on to Anthony Dibartolo to win this 132 pound semi, by a close 2-1 margin.
Paul Illicete of Copiague lifts James Araneo of Ward Melville to win this 170 pound semi, 9-2, and improved to 36-3 on the season.
L ROBERT " DOC" FALLOT MEMORIAL SECTION XI - DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
99- Jared Weinhaus (Sachem East) p. Christian Lievano (Ward Melville) 1:32
106- Kwesi Amoa (Central Islip) d. Elijah Rivera (Bay Shore) 6-5 OT
113- Luke Smith (Hauppauge) d. Jake Eckerle (Commack) 8-2
120- Sean Carter (North Babylon) d. Christian Gannone (ESM) 10-5
126- Zach Redding (ESM) d. Gavin Demasco (Commack) 11-1
132- Logan Sciotto (Rocky Point) p. Sean Peterson (Islip) 2:41
138- Adam Busiello (ESM) p. Ryan Meisner (Lindenhurst) 1:22
145- Jonathan Spadafora (Hills East) d. Hunter Hughes (Newfield) 10-1
152- Danny Mauriello (Hauppauge) d. Stefan Major (Kings Park) 5-3 OT
160- Hunter Hulse (Westhampton Beach) d. Jeff Tanscik (Centereach) 4-3
170- Paul Illicete (Copiague) d. Corey Connolly (Rocky Point) 3-0
182- Michael Tyrell (Hauppauge) d. Joe Lopresti (Sayville) 8-2
195- Liam McIntryre (Westhampton Beach) d. Peter Magillocco (Northport) 6-3
220- Dylan Gianikos (Pat-Medford) d. Jeff Perez (Lindenhurst) 5-2
285- Joey Slackman (Commack) p. London Castillo (Brentwood) :36
1. Hauppauge (166.5 points)
2. Eastport-South Manor (165)
3. Rocky Point (138)
4. Commack (104)
5. Connetquot (103.5)
6. Kings Park (98)
7. Lindenhurst (92)
8. Bay Shore (84)
9. Sachem East (79)
10. Newfield (79)
Defending state champions Zach Redding and four-time titlist Adam Busiello of ESM registered falls in their semi-final bouts. Redding had a third period fall over Marvin Lobo (Copiague) and Busiello used a tight bar-arm to flattened Joe Kasten (Connetquot) in the first period. Busiello had three first period falls in his three bouts and will take his mat skills to Arizona State next season. State finalist and Penn-bound Joey Slackman of Commack has three falls thus far in the tournament -15 seconds, 1:00 and a 1:31 pin, he secured the fall with a tight half over Longwood's Elijah Stowe in the 285-pound semifinal match. Redding (46-2), Busiello (45-0, 276-8 career) and Slackman (42-0) all won in the finals. Sayville's top-seeded Joe Lopresti (37-1) scored with a third period snap-spin takedown to edge Central Islip's Malachi Lord-Kelly (33-2), 3-2, at 182. Liam McIntrye (40-0) of Westhampton Beach used a barrage of takedowns and bar-arm tilts en route to a convincing 17-1 tech fall over Jaylyn Barber (Bay Shore) at 195. Only three Suffolk wrestlers remained unbeaten: Busiello, McIntrye and Slackman.