04/01/15 5:00pm
04/01/2015 5:00 PM
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…)

02/28/15 9:34am
02/28/2015 9:34 AM
Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River (right) wrestles in the 145-pound first round Friday against Joseph Clemente of LaSalle. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River (right) wrestles in the 145-pound first round Friday against Joseph Clemente of LaSalle. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Update, (3 p.m.): James Szymanski and Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River both closed out their careers with the Wildcats as all-state wrestlers. Szymanski finished fourth at 132 pounds and Taddeo was fifth at 145.

Szymanski lost in the consolation finals 8-0 against Da`mani Burns of Newburgh.

Taddeo closed out the tournament with a win. He defeated Danny Murphy of Roy C Ketcham in the fifth/sixth consolation final, 7-4.

Both wrestlers will continue training for the upcoming nationals.

Update (2:15 p.m.): Riverhead senior Ed Matyka’s season came to an end with a 3-2 loss in the consolation finals against Gerard Daly of Minisink Valley. Matyka finished the tournament in fourth place at 120 pounds.

Matyka trailed 3-0 in the second period before scoring on an escape. Late in the third period, he escaped again to close within 3-2. He nearly scored a takedown a few seconds later, but they went out of bounds before he could secure the move.

Matyka closes out his career with 99 victories. He went 4-2 in the state tournament.

Update (1:30 p.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior James Szymanski grinded out a hard-earned overtime victory in the consolation semifinals at 132 pounds. Szymanski and Evan Barczak of Monroe-Woodbury were tied at one up until the final ultimate tie-breaker period.

Szymanski was on top and needed to ride out the period in order to win. He did just that and was awarded a 2-1 win in a rematch of the first round.

Neither wrestle could gain any advantage on each other. They each scored on an escape before overtime for the only points. But those escapes were hard to come by in overtime. Neither wrestler would let the other free, leading to the final sudden-death period.

Szymanski will wrestle for third place now.

His teammate, Jack Taddeo, lost his 145-pound consolation final, 3-0 against Jake Einbinder of Bethpage, the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Taddeo will wrestle for fifth place now.

Update (1 p.m.): Ed Matyka of Riverhead rallied back from a three-point hole to defeat Vincent Vespa of Monroe-Woodbury in the 120-pound consolation semifinals, 6-4. Matyka will wrestle in the consolation finals for third place now and also for his 100th career win.

Matyka scored a reversal with about 1:15 left in the third period to tie the match at 4 and then scored two more late in the period to win.

Matyka dominated the third period to earn his 99th career win and fourth straight at the state tournament after falling in the first round.

Update (11:35 a.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior Jack Taddeo joined his teammate on the podium. Taddeo won a 5-3 decision in his first wrestleback Saturday against Mike Laloggia of Webster Schroeder to secure himself an all-state finish.

Taddeo, wrestling at 145, controlled the match throughout. He scored a quick takedown for a 2-0 lead in the first period. Laloggia evened the score with an escape in the first and another point in the second. Taddeo started on bottom for the third period and escaped immediately for a 3-2 lead. He added two more points to go ahead 5-2 and then held on as Laloggia got one more escape point in the final seconds.

Taddeo will wrestle twice more today.

Update (11:00 a.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior James Szymanski earned his first all-state honors with a victory Saturday morning. Szymanski, wrestling 132 pounds, defeated Matt Seitz of Monsignor Farrell 5-2 in a wrestleback match. (more…)

02/19/15 5:00pm
02/19/2015 5:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River senior James Szymanski (yellow singlet) will wrestle for the first time in the state tournament after receiving an at-large bid this week. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shoreham-Wading River senior James Szymanski (yellow singlet) will wrestle for the first time in the state tournament after receiving an at-large bid this week. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

James Szymanski spent the nearly two weeks in between the Section XI Championships and the state tournament last year training with all the wrestlers competing for Suffolk County. (more…)

02/07/15 10:12pm
02/07/2015 10:12 PM
Shoreham-Wading River wrestlers and coaches posed for photos after the Wildcats saw all five of their league finalists claim championships. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Shoreham-Wading River wrestlers and coaches pose for photos after the Wildcats saw all five of their league finalists claim championships. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

LEAGUE VI TOURNAMENT

When the name of the most outstanding wrestler of the 2015 Suffolk County League VI Tournament was announced, Jack Taddeo was not to be seen. As it turned out, the Shoreham-Wading River High School junior was in a hallway outside the East Hampton High School gym at the time, posing for photos with teammates.

Taddeo’s selection, by a vote of the coaches, was the proverbial icing on the cake for the Wildcats. Shoreham sent five wrestlers into the league finals — no easy trick in itself — and all five emerged as champions.

That’s 5 for 5. Not bad at all. (more…)

01/02/15 2:09pm
01/02/2015 2:09 PM

Shoreham-Wading River coach Joe Condon viewed the two-day John Davidson Duals earlier this week as a measuring stick for his team. The Wildcats wrestled eight teams, all large schools, and faced some stiff competition before the upcoming sprint to the league tournament.

“It’s a good test,” Condon said. “It’s sort of a midseason test to see where we are, to see what we need to improve on and see what some of our strengths are.”  (more…)

12/11/14 2:00pm
12/11/2014 2:00 PM
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
02/20/2014 7:00 PM
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…)