12/11/14 2:00pm
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Shoreham-Wading River junior Jack Taddeo bumps up to wrestle 145 this year, where enters seeded second in the preseason rankings. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Jack Taddeo bumps up to wrestle 145 this year, where enters seeded second in the preseason rankings. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Had James Szymanski competed in nearly any other county last year, his season would have ended in Albany, competing at the state championships at Times Union Center. He likely would have stood on the podium, an all-state wrestler.

But even for a superb wrestler like Szymanski, a Shoreham-Wading River High School senior who recently signed with the University of North Carolina, navigating through the Section XI Tournament can prove hazardous. Szymanski’s third-place finish in the county tournament last year left him at the mercy of an at-large bid to the state tournament. And even with a 47-3 record, that bid never came.  (more…)

11/25/2014 2:00 PM
Eleven Shoreham-Wading River student-athletes signed to continue playing their sports in college next year. (Credit: SWR schools)

Eleven Shoreham-Wading River student-athletes signed to continue playing their sports in college next year. The signees were: (seated, from left): Alex Hutchins, Madison Dwyer, Emily DeGennaro, James Szymanski and Caitlin Mirabell; (standing, from left) Lauren Daly, Manuela Cortes, Christian Clarkin, Ryan Bray, Steven Weindler and Jack Zukowski. (Credit: SWR schools)

From gymnastics to lacrosse, Shoreham-Wading River was well represented during the early signing period.

Eleven students signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college next year, highlighted by three students signing to major Division I programs.  (more…)

02/20/14 7:00pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Dom Pirraglia (top) recorded four pins en route to the 182-pound league title Saturday. (Bill Landon photo)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Dom Pirraglia (top) will compete at the state championship next weekend. (Bill Landon photo)

After finishing third in the Section XI Championships Sunday, Shoreham-Wading River senior Dominic Pirraglia received one of four at-large bids to the state championship in Albany.  (more…)

02/16/14 6:04pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Dominic Pirraglia placed third in the county tournament at 182 pounds. (Joe Werkmeister photo)

SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

The final seconds ticked away in the third period and Shoreham-Wading River senior Mike Neidhart assumed his season and wrestling career were over. He was trailing 1-0 in his consolation final at 170 pounds, desperately trying to make a move on his opponent. (more…)

02/15/14 12:00pm
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Shoreham junior James Szymanski won his first league title at 120 points. (Bill Landon photo)

Shoreham junior James Szymanski won both his matches Friday on the first day of the county tournament. (Bill Landon file photo)

Three Shoreham-Wading River wrestlers and one Riverhead wrestler advanced Friday into the semifinals of the Section XI Tournament.

All four will be vying for their first county title Sunday when the tournament resumes at Hofstra University. (more…)

02/08/14 10:07pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Dom Pirraglia (top) recorded four pins en route to the 182-pound league title Saturday. (Bill Landon photo)

LEAGUE VI CHAMPIONSHIP

In his first three years on the varsity for Shoreham-Wading River, James Szymanski was a two-time all-league wrestler. Last year, he placed fifth at the county tournament.

For all he’s accomplished in his career, a league title still eluded him after two runner-up finishes the past two years. (more…)

01/24/14 8:27pm
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BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior James Szymanski won 8-6 at 120 pounds against East Hampton’s Lucas Escobar.

WILDCATS 80, BONACKERS 0

The dual meet’s outcome was never in question; seven forfeits made sure of that.

Still, there was plenty at stake Friday night for Shoreham-Wading in the final dual meet of the League VI season. Mostly, at 120 pounds, where two top-ranked wrestlers in Suffolk County squared off, a likely preview of the league championship finals.

Shoreham junior James Szymanski entered with just two losses on the season, both at the Eastern States Classic. The second-ranked wrestler in the county, Szymanski was matched up against East Hampton’s Lucas Escobar, the sixth-ranked wrestler in the county.

In the marquee matchup, Szymanski came out the aggressor and prevailed 8-6. The win highlighted a rare shutout victory as the Wildcats won all 15 matches for a lopsided 80-0 win at Shoreham-Wading River High School.

Szymanski led 5-3 heading into the third period. He started on bottom in the the third and scored a quick reversal to extend his lead. But Escobar scored two with 1:20 left to make it a one-point match. Szymanski held on and scored once more on an escape for the final margin.

At 182 pounds, senior Dom Pirraglia pinned his opponent in 2 minutes 49 seconds to record his 100th career win. He became the 18th Shoreham wrestler to reach the century club, which also includes Szymanski.

Pirraglia will likely enter the league tournament as the favorite in his weight class.

Pirraglia’s pin was one of four for Shoreham against the Bonackers. David Keith (152), Brendan Frances (220) and Jack Taddeo (132) all recorded pins. John Carl Petretti won by technical fall at 113.

Troy Miller won a 6-3 decision at 160 and Tyler Anderson won 5-1 at 285. Anderson, a standout football and lacrosse player, is in his first year wrestling as a senior.

Shoreham closes out the league season 6-1. The Wildcats’ only loss came against John Glenn.

joew@timesreview.com

01/11/14 6:35pm
01/11/2014 6:35 PM

Shoreham-Wading River junior James Szymanski wrestled to fifth place Saturday at the Eastern States Classic, one of the biggest and toughest wrestling tournaments on the East Coast.

Szymanski, wrestling 120 pounds, went 6-2 in the tournament as the No. 9 seed. In the fifth/sixth consolation match, he won 3-2 against Luis Weierbach of Hoosick Falls.

To open the tournament, Szymanski defeated Keven Dunshee of Sherburne-Earlville. He lost in the second round to Dylan Booth of Port Jervis, 1-0.

The loss dropped Szymanski to the wrestlebacks, where he rattled off four straight wins to advance to the consolation semifinals. He lost 4-0 to Bryan Lantry of Wayne, the No. 4 seed.

The Wildcats have had plenty of success over the years at the Eastern States, which is held at Sullivan Community College in Loch Sheldrake upstate. Last year, T.J. Fabian won the 126-pound title at the tournament before going on to win a state championship.

In his third wrestleback match, Szymanski defeated teammate Chris Meloni, who was unseeded. Meloni won three matches to open the tournament and advanced into the quarterfinals. He defeated the No. 7 seed, Joe Dillon of Nanuet, in the second round, by a 14-4 major decision. Meloni wrestled the No. 2 seed, Weierbach, in the quarterfinals and fell 4-1. Meloni’s first wrestleback match pitted him against Szymanski.

At 182 pounds, Dom Pirraglia opened as the No. 11 seed and went 3-2 in the tournament.

At 132 pounds, Jack Taddeo was unseeded and won his first two matches. He lost his first wrestleback match.

joew@timesreview.com

ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's James Szymanski during his freshman season.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s James Szymanski during his freshman season.