Jack Taddeo’s legacy in the Shoreham-Wading River High School wrestling team’s history is secure. The senior still has more wrestling ahead of him for the Wildcats, but when the book on his high school career is written, these words will be highlighted: four-time league champion. READ
If there’s one thing Joe Condon is hoping for this holiday season, it’s a healthy team.
The Shoreham-Wading River wrestling team has seen its lineup depleted by illnesses in recent weeks, a bug that’s been circulating throughout the school, said Condon, the Wildcats’ head coach. Still, the matches must go on. READ
Shoreham-Wading River senior Jack Del Duca is one of three Wildcats who won league championships last season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
As one of the smallest Division I high school wrestling teams in Suffolk County, Shoreham-Wading River is used to grappling against bigger teams. READ
Don Jantzen hugs his son Corey after the finals of the 2007 state championship in Albany. Don retired as Shoreham-Wading River’s head coach after that season, which ended with Corey winning a second state title. (Credit: Peter Blasl, file)
Don Jantzen, a longtime coach who helped build the Shoreham-Wading River wrestling program into prominence and whose sons combined for six state titles as Wildcats, died suddenly March 4. He was 60.
A family man who married his high school sweetheart, Jantzen was remembered as a hard worker who helped mentor generations of students. (more…)
James Suarez with his parents Joe and Kalli on Senior Day at Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: Garret Meade)
James Suarez, a Shoreham-Wading River High School student who has wrestled since he was a seventh grader, was looking forward to his senior season. This past summer he trained in earnest for his big opportunity. Suarez had a good chance of winning a place in Shoreham’s lineup, perhaps at 152 or 160 pounds. He wanted to be ready.
Then life intervened.
Suarez, 17, had to step back from his wrestling family so he could come to the rescue of his actual family. (more…)
Jack Del Duca was a winner for Shoreham-Wading River at 113 pounds, defeating Westhampton Beach’s Casey Hughes, 7-2. (Credit: Garret Meade)
HURRICANES 39, WILDCATS 35
Sometimes it’s not how many wrestling matches you win, but how you win them that counts.
Such was the case Friday. Shoreham-Wading River won most of the individual bouts, but Westhampton Beach took the bulk of the bonus points — and the contest. (more…)
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…)
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…)