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Riverhead senior Ed Matyka (right) wrestling in the New York State Championships in February. This past weekend he placed fifth at Senior Nationals to become an all-American. (Credit: Paul Wager, file)

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka (right) wrestling in the New York State Championships in February. This past weekend he placed fifth at Senior Nationals to become an all-American. (Credit: Paul Wager, file)

As far back as they can remember, Eddie Matyka and James Szymanski were on the ground wrestling each other. Their fathers grew up together and the boys spent years training together, leading into their senior seasons.

“We’re really close,” said Szymanski, who wrestles at Shoreham-Wading River. “Eddie’s like a brother to me.”  (more…)

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DANIEL DE MATO FILE PHOTO | Ed Matyka of Riverhead, right, pinned North Babylon's Dav Meile-Estrella at 2 minutes 16 seconds of the 113-pound final for his second North Fork Invitational title in three years last month.

DANIEL DE MATO FILE PHOTO | Ed Matyka of Riverhead, right, pinned North Babylon’s Dav Meile-Estrella at 2 minutes 16 seconds of the 113-pound final for his second North Fork Invitational title in three years last month.

LEAGUE IV CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Riverhead High School wrestling coach, Wade Davey, likes to break down the season into three parts. First, there are the early-season tournaments before Christmas. Then the league dual-meet season kicks into gear. The third phase of the season starts with the league tournaments, continues with the county tournament and then culminates with the state championships.  (more…)