Connetquot's Jayden Medina works for his fall at 145 pounds.

Connetquot's Ryan Monahan takes down Ward Melville's Matt Mangan. Monahan picked up the fall at 172 pounds and helped lead the T-Birds to a league win over the Patriots.

Miguel Lozano from Connetquot works for the fall at 126 pounds.


102- Dario Gugliemo (WM) tech fall Joey Kokolakis (Conn) 19-4

110- Julian Medina (Conn) maj. dec. Zach Rothenberg 9-1

118- Michael Kerr (Conn) pinned Nadas Delorenzo-Freidank 3:59

126- Miguel Lozano (Conn) pinned Dean Sitler 1:49

132- Jace Yannuciello (WM) tech fall Luke Obert-Thorn (Conn) 15-0

138- Dom Ricca (Conn) dec. Ramsey Heilborn 4-0

145- Jayden Medina (Conn) pinned Andrew DiGennaro 2:36

152- Alphie Ripandelli (Conn) pinned Gavin Marchese 1:28

160- Jake LaPlaca (Conn) dec. Gavin Tolmie 7-5

172- Ryan Monahan (Conn) pinned Matt Mangan 2:18

189- Josh Rettig (WM) pinned Kyle McLaughlin 4:37

215- Jake Ventimiglia (WM) pinned Michael Feramola 1:51

285- AJ Lollo (WM) pinned  Max Carrion (Conn) 1:45


     The reigning League III champions T-Birds have two returning All-County matmen; Miguel Lozano and Ryan Monahan. The Patriots have Jace Yannuciello. Both Monahan and Yannuciello finished 5th at the 2022 county meet and are potential county champions. Connetquot is currently ranked ninth in Suffolk County and the WM Patriots landed on the Honorable Mention list.

     In 1956, Pete Venier (Wantagh) won the 130-pound Long Island title, also claiming a LI title that year was Friends of LI Wrestling president, Jerry Seckler (157) for Valley Stream Central. Pete later attended Colgate University where he was a standout wrestler from 1956 to 1960.

      The SWOA also presented a plaque and gift to Pete from Chad Smith, a veteran and top mat official for the past 31 years, who refereed the dual meet.

    CHS head coach Bill Santoro and longtime friend of Venier recently said: "Everybody loves Pete and tonight's tribute is a way of giving back to Pete after all he has done for our sport for the past 44 years."

The Connetquot Alumni pay tribute to long time photographer Pete Venier.

 Connetquot's Dom Ricca secured a 4-0 win at 138 pounds.

Joe Sullivan, Pete Venier and Anthony Melfi.

 Ward Melville's Dario Gugliemo works for a takedown and a tech fall at 102 pounds.


WARD MELVILLE (4-4)  40-28

Coach Bill Santoro gets 400th win

​"Also Pay Tribute to Pete Venier"

 Ward Melville's Jace Yannuciello picks up another takedown en route to a 15-0 tech fall over Connetquot's Luke Obert-Thorn at 132 pounds.

Julian Medina from Connetquot picked up a major decision at 110 pounds.