Bellport’s gym is familiar to Riverhead’s Primm brothers

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01/21/2011 8:27 PM |

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Christian Krumbiegel of Riverhead flipped Bellport's Mark Halverson. Krumbiegel won the 130-pound match on a pin at 3:36.

BROOKHAVEN — Evan Primm is quite familiar with the Bellport High School gymnasium. He has wrestled there many times before, but Friday night was different. This time he was wearing a blue Riverhead uniform instead of the red of the Clippers.

Evan and his younger brother, Dan, wrestled for Bellport before moving to Riverhead last year. While Evan was on the varsity team, Dan wrestled for the middle school team. If they felt funny about going up against their old school, it didn’t show in their performance.

Dan Primm won the first bout of the evening with a pin, and Evan Primm pinned his opponent in the final match of the night, sealing a 46-27 win for the Blue Waves in the Suffolk County League IV match. Dan Primm, a freshman, didn’t waste any time and put Antonio Gomez’s shoulders to the mat at 1 minute 32 seconds of their 125-pound contest. Evan Primm, a senior, needed three seconds less than that to stop Phil Gray in their contest at 119 pounds.

It was the first time both Primms wrestled at Bellport since they joined the Blue Waves. Did it feel strange?

“It just brings back old memories,” said Evan Primm, who brought his record to 11-8.

Bellport’s coach, Chuck Maragioglio, sounded happy to see the Primms, even though they both helped defeat his team.

“The two of them, they’re good kids,” Maragioglio said. “We miss them, but [Riverhead Coach Rocky] Davey and [assistant coach Tom] Riccio are doing a great job with them.”

Ryan Gevinski (96 pounds), Christian Krumbiegel (130), Charles Bartlett (152) and Chavar Gilmore (171) also scored pins for Riverhead (7-3, 3-2).

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Ethan Zaweski, right, brought Riverhead a 5-1 victory over Bellport's Mhadi Habson at 103 pounds.

Gilmore turned in the quickest pin of the night. His match against Rick Butt was over in 61 seconds. Krumbiegel stopped Mark Halverson at 3:36, Bartlett beat Kevin Wilson at 2:16, and Gevinski scored his win over Mike Robinson at 1:41.

Riverhead took a 12-0 lead and never trailed despite forfeiting at 189 and 215 pounds.

Mario Carrera of Riverhead, wrestling at 160, held on for a 2-1 decision over Alex Morales. Ethan Zaweski (103) and Kevin Thomas (112) brought Riverhead victories at the lower weights. After a scoreless first period, Zaweski went to work and defeated Mhadi Habson, 5-1. Kevin Thomas was a 12-1 winner over Jake Haverty.

The only pin of the night for Bellport (1-9, 0-4) came from Reggie Sinclair, who took down Shawn Yarborough at 1:31 of the 285-pound match. “I just went out and did what I had to do,” said Sinclair.

Those two super heavyweights split the two matches they wrestled last season. Yarborough beat Sinclair in 14 seconds in a dual meet, but Sinclair got revenge by registering a 6-0 victory over Yarborough in the league tournament.

“I have a feeling they might meet up again in two weeks,” said Maragioglio, referring to the league tournament that will be held Feb. 5 at Comsewogue High School.

Bellport’s other winners were Carson Colichio (3-2 over Ryan Brenton at 135), Ed Carson (6-3 over Pat Thomas at 140) and John Rose (7-4 over Gabe Rice at 145).

“We hung in there,” said Maragioglio, whose five seniors were recognized in a Senior Night ceremony before the match. “We had an opportunity, but we gave away too many pins and that hurt us.”

Sinclair said: “It’s been a tough season. We just need to work a little harder, and we’ll be good. … All Coach wants us to do is to go out there and wrestle with our hearts.”

Although Evan Primm is now a member of Riverhead’s team, Maragioglio still regards him as a part of Bellport’s wrestling family. After the match, Maragioglio gave Evan Primm a hug and told him he did a nice job.

“When he comes back to Bellport sometimes, he’ll stop at my house, knock on my door and say, ‘What’s up, Coach?’ ” Maragioglio said. “He’s a hard worker, never says a word, always wants to do the right thing. … He’s a great kid. I’m hoping he has success this year.”

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  • It should be noted the “full health insurance” was part of his original contract and not provided by the current BOE.

  • Why did Dr. Rachlin leave GHS, BHS and Oysterponds? How were his Job performance reviews?
    Why did BHS freeze all their records? Why o Why did Oysterponds previous BOEs sign a 5 year contract? How about hiring someone beginning in Admin., at less expense, and for a shorter term?
    How about listerning to someone who does not live in the V.I.?

  • nope, 90% was in original contract and should have b een negiotated DOWN, not up

  • Is Wainscott the Oysterponds south, deju vu!

  • i believe they should have bargained him down to 50 grand-which is already more than enough for doing nothing.

  • The only one that has won anything here is Dr. Rachlin! Now he can keep working at Wainscott with our money in his pockets! He doesn’t need any benefits when we are already paying for them.
    He can “have his cake and eat it, too”. The BOE should have agreed to give him a lot less money.
    I am so tired of all the things that have been going on in our school for the last few years. Hopefully the school can get our act together and move forward. We need new people that are in our corner! New Superintendent, Principle and BOE members!

  • The $48,000 he is getting from Wainscott should have been deducted from the $100,000, why give him $76,000? Actually why pay him at all if he did not hold up his end of the contract? Too bad we still did not have Don Borham or Charlie Woznick! Please get someone local who knows what they are doing and can pull this school together again no further apart!

  • The previous board was responsible for hiring Mattus and Rachlan and for extending his contract without waiting to see how he was doing. But this board is responsible for the buyout contract. Enough blame to go around for everyone. There must be a better way to run a school! People who know something about education should be on these boards.

  • The people on the school board should be better about checking on who they are hiring. The board was told that Mattus was bad news but they wouldn’t listen. Rachlan was let go at GReenport and he was bought out at Bridgehampton under secretive settlement. When do things like this raise some Red Flags? Hope they do a better job this time for the sake of the kids. If they can’t, then maybe it is time to merge with GReenport and Southold.

  • OP Board Members–For the good of the community and the betterment of the children, please understand that it is time for you to put your egos aside. There was a time when OP was the strongest school on the NF. Sadly, that era ended when Ms. Krakel retired. Since then it has been off kilter. Why? There has been no leadership. Mattis, Stew, and yes, you have allowed OP to falter.

  • OP Board Members–For the good of the community and the betterment of the children, please understand that it is time for you to put your egos aside. There was a time when OP was the strongest school on the NF. Sadly, that era ended when Ms. Krakel retired. Since then it has been off kilter. Why? There has been no leadership. Mattis, Stew, and yes, you have allowed OP to falter.

  • I wish Dr. Rachlin the best of luck in his new position. I am sure that Wainscott will benefit from his knowledge, professionalism and civility.

  • I stand by my statement. It is apparent that the concept of a contract is a mystery to many in this town. I’m sure the BOE settled on the advice of an attorney. Perhaps the BOE should hire the next superintndent on a per diem basis. I can’t wait for the next chapter in this comedy.

  • Another scientific sign of Neanderthals mating with human!

  • Mind you that in the midst of all this crap with the past two superintendents and rogue, out of control board members, it is the kids, teachers, secretaries, janitors and parent volunteers who keep the school humming every day. Kudos to them. That said, everyone needs to work together now, because we actually have a competent group of parents, teachers, boe members and( hopefully), newly hired leadership. Let teachers now begin paying attention to the needs of the more gifted students, and accept the challenge to stop doing things “the way we always did it” Embrace new training and new models of education. Parents could organize themselves, reach out to BOE members on a person-to-person level, and advocate more for the kids. The new leaders hired could actually, well, lead, without letting the school degenerate into a personal feuding ground. The BOE needs to recognize that just because they are privvy to things no one else is, they do not know everything. Far from it. Their role should be to bring all parties together and actually listen to the people on the ground, not to come up with their own plan inside the vacuum of their elected office and and try to force it down everyone’s throat. The taxpayers need to remember that in spite of all this drama, every day our community’s most vulnerable members are getting a pretty darn good education in that building. Let us all just hold ourselves to the standards of behavior and level of maturity that we teach our kids each day.

  • As far as I’m concerned, his contract should have become moot when all the shenanigans started with him. The board should have fired him, but didn’t want to deal with the hassle of an ongoing legal issue into the future. Well, we already pay legal counsel a fortune, so why not let the lawyers earn it in court. They took the easy route by settling and making a very weak negotiation while they were at it. Heck, it’s not their money they are playing with anyhow…