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DANIEL DE MATO 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.

DANIEL DE MATO 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.

NORTH FORK INVITATIONAL

Ed Matyka is at his best wrestling when he is on top. That is his preferred position. That is his strength. And that it where he finished on Saturday in the 113-pound weight class of the 17th annual North Fork Invitational — on top.

The Riverhead junior had a great day in the tournament at Mattituck High School, winning all four of his bouts on pins, including his defeat of Dav Meile-Estrella of North Babylon at 2 minutes 16 seconds of their final. Earlier in the tournament, the fourth-seeded Matyka, Riverhead’s only finalist, had pinned Ithan Udell of Half Hollow Hills East, John Barrios of Connetquot and the top-seeded Alex Hin of Miller Place.

Matyka (17-4) won a title in the same tournament two years ago, but sat out last year’s event because of injury.

Two other Riverheaders, Chris Flood (106 pounds) and Cody Weiss (120), took third place in their weight classes. Flood did so with a 2-0 decision over Justin O’Neill of North Babylon in the wrestlebacks. Weiss pinned Ryan Beninlase of Connetquot at 2:24 in their third-place bout.

Mattituck/Greenport had a good showing itself, finishing second among the 10 teams with 255 1/2 points (Connetquot was first for the fourth straight year with 377 and Riverhead was fifth with 131) and sending six wrestlers into the finals. All six of them — Brian Pelan (132), Bobby Becker (138), Tanner Zagarino (152), Christian Angelson (160), Sal Loverde (182) and Connor Andersen (220) — had to settle for runner-up medals, however.

In those finals: Pelan dropped a 2-0 decision to Ed Hart of Connetquot; James Matias of Rocky Point beat Becker, 13-2; Greg Cherry of Connetquot pinned Zagarino in 47 seconds; Allon Augi of Connetquot pinned Angelson in 46 seconds; Chris Beal of Connetquot defeated Loverde, 6-2; and Brian Henn of Connetquot pinned Anderson at 3:27.

Mattituck/Greenport received a third-place finish from Ryan Bergen at 152 pounds by virtue of his 8-3 win over Justin Ortega of Bay Shore in the consolation match. Four other Tuckers finished fourth: Lucas Webb (126), James Hoeg (145), Joe Peroni (170) and Adam Goode (195).

Tommy Dutton of Rocky Point was selected the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. Dutton dominated the 145-pound final, handing Geno Titone of Connetquot an 11-1 defeat.

The Champion of Champions honor went to Sean Miller of Connetquot. Miller pinned Anthony Cirillo of Rocky Point at 4:18 of the 106-pound final.

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01/19/13 9:34pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Riverhead sophomore Raheem Brown, left, upset the top three seeds at 160 pounds, including No. 1 Nick Mastro of Connetquot in the final.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Riverhead sophomore Raheem Brown, left, upset the top three seeds at 160 pounds, including No. 1 Nick Mastro of Connetquot in the final.

NORTH FORK INVITATIONAL

With blood streaming down the right side of his face, Tomasz Filipkowski looked like a cast member from a B-grade horror film, but it was the storybook ending that made this tale so captivating.

It was 10 seconds into the 170-pound final of the North Fork Invitational on Saturday night at Mattituck High School when the bout was stopped temporarily so Filipkowski could be attended to. The Mattituck/Greenport senior said he was struck on his right eyelid by either the head or a tooth of his opponent, No. 1 seed Maleik Henry of Half Hollow Hills East.

A trainer, Colleen McGowan, managed to slow the bleeding and wrapped a bandage around Filipkowski’s head so he could resume the match. Two minutes 28 seconds of blood time were consumed, but that was the only stoppage of the match because of bleeding. The second-seeded Filipkowski went on to bounce back from a 2-1 deficit and defeat Henry, 4-3, in perhaps the most enthralling match of the finals.

After the final buzzer sounded, a joyous Filipkowski clapped for himself and received applause from spectators. He was later recognized for his efforts under adversity by being selected the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler.

“It’s pretty sweet,” Filipkowski acknowledged later in the locker room. “It’s one of my top [wins]. It’s at home. It’s against a kid that I lost to before in the season.”

Filipkowski, who was a champion in last year’s tournament as well, defeated Henry twice last season, but then lost to him in the Half Hollow Hills East Tournament final earlier this season. That was motivation enough. When Filipkowski sustained the cut, which was expected to require several stitches, it appeared as if it would endanger his plans.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Ryan Gevinski of Riverhead, right, reached the 120-pound final before losing, 5-1, to Steven Bolzomi of Connetquot.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Ryan Gevinski of Riverhead, right, reached the 120-pound final before losing, 5-1, to Steven Bolzomi of Connetquot.

Asked how much the cut hindered him, Filipkowski replied: “I didn’t think about it at all. I don’t think it affected me too much, to be completely honest. I just went out there and stuck with doing what I had to do during the match.”

Mattituck/Greenport coach Cory Dolson said Filipkowski endured “a little adversity, but nothing major.” The coach said that what Filipkowski did was “nothing eye-opening. That’s what he does. He grinds guys down, he scores takedowns, he doesn’t let guys ride him. That’s a typical match for him.”

Two other Mattituck/Greenport wrestlers reached the top of the podium in their weight classes, junior Brian Pelan and senior Chris Baglivi.

Pelan, a junior seeded No. 1, scored a 6-3 decision against No. 3 Ed Henriques of Harborfields in the 126-pound final.

“I expected myself to win it,” Pelan said. “I wanted to win it, so I put my mind to it and got what I wanted.”

The Tuckers also received a fine performance from Baglivi at 195 pounds. Baglivi, the tournament favorite, was leading his opponent, No. 2 Nick Marcinek of Connetquot, by 5-0 before pinning him at 2 minutes 46 seconds. It was Baglivi’s second tournament title of the season.

“I’ve been going for it for three years, trying to win this tournament,” Baglivi said. “I’m really pumped. It’s always a tough tournament.”

Riverhead sent two wrestlers into the finals, sophomore Raheem Brown (160 pounds) and junior Ryan Gevinski (120).

The sixth-seeded Brown upset the tournament’s top three seeds in his path to winning a champions’ medal and his first career tournament crown. He defeated the No. 1 seed, Nick Mastro of Connetquot, in the final, 6-4.

“You’re tired, you’re fighting,” Brown said. “You just want to win. You want to be the one with your hand raised at the end.”

Brown said he was motivated by his coaches, who got on him following his loss in a dual meet against Hauppauge the night before.

“I’m trying to move up better and better because there are other people out there 10 times better than me,” he said, “and I want to be just like them.”

A week earlier, Brown received the Riverhead team’s weekly most outstanding wrestler award.

“He’s a kid that’s still on his way up,” Riverhead coach Wade “Rocky” Davey said. “He doesn’t realize how good he can be.”

Gevinski, the third seed, dropped a 5-1 decision to No. 1 Steven Bolzomi of Connetquot in their final.

Connetquot and Rocky Point, recognized as being among the top teams in the state, lived up to their billing. Connetquot won the team title for the third year in a row, posting 376 points in the 12-team tournament. Rocky Point was the runner-up with 279, and Mattituck/Greenport third with 210.

“Our guys wrestled great today,” Dolson said. “Third place is a tremendous performance for our team.”

Following his tremendous performance, Filipkowski removed his headgear, revealing a stream of blood trickling down his face while photographers snapped away.

Said Pelan, “That’s going to look sweet in the paper, that’s for sure.”

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02/14/11 8:04pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport sophomore Tomasz Filipkowski, left, was chosen as the tournament's champion of champions following his triumph over Dylan Flynn of Hampton Bays.

STONY BROOK — Losing in a sectional final is a bitter pill to swallow for a high school wrestler. To come so far and get so close to winning a sectional title — as well as a place in the state tournament that comes with it — and then only to be disappointed in the end isn’t easy.

Tomasz Filipkowski and Brandon Lake know the feeling only too well. The two Mattituck/Greenport wrestlers were losing finalists in last year’s Section XI Championships. “That was terrible,” recalled Filipkowski.

Having experienced that pain, the two Tuckers were determined to produce a more favorable outcome when they returned to that sectional stage on Monday.

Mattituck/Greenport sent three Tuckers — Filipkowski and Lake included — to the Division II finals of the Section XI Championships on Monday at Stony Brook University and got a pretty good return. All three of them won county titles, and one of them, Filipkowski, was selected as the champion of champions in a vote by the finalists.

“I just wanted to go out there and wrestle my best because I knew if I wrestled my best, then I should beat him,” said Filipkowski, referring to his opponent in the 160-pound final, Dylan Flynn of Hampton Bays. It was Flynn who defeated Filipkowski in last year’s final. But a motivated Filipkowski (28-2) recorded a 4-3 triumph over him on Monday, defeating the senior for the second time this season.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport senior Jeff Strider, facing the camera, was a 3-0 winner over Port Jefferson's Dom Evangelista in the 145-pound final.

Also reaching the top of the podium were Filipkowski’s teammates Jeff Strider (30-6) and Lake (30-6), the respective champions at 145 and 189 pounds. It is the first county title for all three Tuckers.

Strider was a 3-0 winner over Dom Evangelista of Port Jefferson in their title bout, and Lake was a 3-1 winner over another Port Jefferson wrestler, John Proios, in their final.

“I don’t know what to say,” Lake said. “It was just a great experience.”

“Really, I did not expect it at all,” he continued. “It’s just how it turned out. Just hard work and effort, and here I am.”

Strider said: “This is what I’ve been working for. … This is what I was waiting for. I just pictured myself there up on top of the podium.”

Lake and Strider were both the top seeds in their weight class, and Filipkowski was a No. 2 seed. Mattituck/Greenport Coach Cory Dolson sounded overjoyed with how they did.

“I think it’s a big deal for all of them,” he said. “I’m super excited. I don’t think it could have happened to three better kids.”

Dolson could also take delight in how his team performed in the two-day tournament, which started on Sunday. Mattituck/Greenport sent eight wrestlers into the semifinals and 11 Tuckers earned all-county status. The team finished third in the Division II team standings with 178 points, behind Bayport-Blue Point (334.5) and Center Moriches (186).

“Unbelievable,” Dolson said. “It’s a testament to how hard the guys work, it really is.”

Filipkowski had an impressive tournament, winning all four of the matches he wrestled. To reach the final, he pinned Tyler Jacinth of Babylon in 40 seconds, registered a technical fall against Joe Booker of Port Jefferson with a 16-1 score, and posted a 13-9 decision over Brian Leskamp of Babylon in the semifinals.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Filipkowski.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport senior Brandon Lake had his arm raised as the 189-pound champion.

Filipkowski earned the right to compete in the state meet that will be held Feb. 25 and 26 at the Times Union Center in Albany. He will have some familiar company in Strider and Lake.

Strider, who had never placed among the top six in the sectional tournament before, went into the final with the confidence of knowing he had beaten Evangelista, 9-3, earlier in the season. “I was feeling good about it,” he said.

Lake had some momentum of his own. He had pinned his first two opponents in the tournament, Frank Noviello of Smithtown Christian and Brett Ruggiero of Port Jefferson, before scoring an 8-2 decision over Ryan Lewis of Center Moriches in the semifinals.

“Anyone can win on any [given] day,” Lake said. “It all depends on who’s trying the hardest.”

He added: “This is a really hard tournament. Bayport’s a quality team, Center Moriches, they’re all great teams, and when you come out here, it’s a battle. It really is.”

A number of other Tuckers also fared well. Ryan Bergen (112 pounds), Andres Aldaz (130) and Andre Vega (140) fought their way through the wrestlebacks for third-place finishes. Wilson Quizphi (103), Brian Pelan (119), Rich Koch (135), David Martinez (152) and Jorge Perez (215) were fourth.

Riverhead did not have any semifinalists or top-six finishers in the Division I competition. In fact, the only two Blue Waves who returned to Stony Brook on Monday for the wrestlebacks were Gabe Rice (27-7) at 140 pounds and Mario Carrera (24-6) at 160.

“The tournament’s awesome and the caliber is awesome,” Riverhead Coach Wade “Rocky” Davey said. “We just weren’t up to the task.”

For three Tuckers who rose to the occasion, though, the wrestling season is not over.

“And that’s awesome,” Dolson said. “The more wrestling, the better.”

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01/22/11 7:57pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Gabe Rice of Riverhead, on top, got the better of Rocky Point's Vin Loscalzo in the 140-pound final.


As Riverhead High School’s wrestling coach, Wade “Rocky” Davey, saw it, the 14th annual North Fork Invitational was a mixed bag for his team. “There was some real good and there was some real disappointments, too, along the way,” he said.

One could place Ethan Zaweski and Gabe Rice in the “real good” category. The two Riverheaders both won titles in the tournament at Mattituck High School on Saturday. The second-seeded Zaweski did so in the 103-pound weight class, and No. 1 seeded Rice finished atop the field at 140 pounds.

While it was the fifth career tournament title for Rice, a senior, it was the first for Zaweski, and the sophomore was excited about it.

“I can’t believe I did it,” he said. “I really can’t believe it.”

But he did. Zaweski took the top honor in his weight class by pinning the No. 1 seed, Anthony Scaffedi of Connetquot at 1 minute 27 seconds of their final. It was Zaweski’s third pin in as many matches on the day. Earlier, he had stopped Joe Longo of Half Hollow Hills East in 23 seconds before downing Christian Gilbert of Connetquot at 5:24 in the semifinals.

“I think I wrestled good,” Zaweski said. “I did not give up at all.”

Zaweski wasn’t the only one happy about his triumph. Davey was pleased about it as well, saying: “Ethan has been coming on. He’s getting better every time he goes out on the mat, and I think he’s starting to realize how good he can actually be. I couldn’t be more happy for a kid who works as hard as anybody in the room and that deserves to win.”

Rice (16-4) showed himself to be a deserving champion as well. In the final, he decisioned Vin Loscalzo of Rocky Point, 7-4. Rice had pinned his first two opponents, Charlie Canepa of Rocky Point in 34 seconds and Andre Vega of Mattituck/Greenport in 51 seconds.

“I felt I wrestled good,” Rice said. “I tried my hardest, that’s all that counts.”

Two other Blue Waves reached the finals, but had to settle for silver medals. Top-seeded Christian Krumbiegel was beaten, 8-2, by No. 7 Joey Gates of Connetquot in the 130-pound final. Then, Pat Thomas lost a 5-4 decision to Dan Clancey of North Babylon in the 135 final.

In addition, Riverhead sent Mark Andrejack (96), Charles Bartlett (152) and Shawn Yarborough (285) into the semifinals.


GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Brandon Lake of Mattituck/Greenport tried to escape from a hold by Chris Golonoski of Half Hollow Hills West in their final at 189 pounds.


Host Mattituck/Greenport managed only one finalist, tournament favorite Brandon Lake, and he had to settle for a runner-up spot at 189 pounds. Lake lost to No. 2 seed Chris Golonoski of Half Hollow Hills West, 4-3, in the final.

“I felt a lot of pressure,” Lake said. “I was the only one out there and everyone was counting on me, and I felt I let them down a little bit.”

The Tuckers, however, put seven wrestlers in the semifinals and finished fourth among 11 teams in the team scoring with 149 points.

Connetquot cruised to the team title with 357 points, well ahead of second-place Rocky Point (232). Riverhead was fifth with 146.

But the semifinals weren’t kind to the Tuckers. Mynor Javier (112 pounds), Brian Pelan (119), Vega, Jeff Strider (140), Chris Baglivi (171) and Jorge Perez (189) all suffered semifinal losses.

Regardless, the Tuckers still made a better showing than they did in last year’s tournament.

“We wrestled extremely better than we did last year,” Mattituck/Greenport Coach Cory Dolson said. “Obviously, you get seven in the semis, you want more in the finals, but I thought for the most part we had a pretty decent day. That was definitely our worst round, the semifinal round.”

To reach the final, Lake pinned Vin Quagliatta of Hills West in 29 seconds in the quarterfinals and then put the shoulders of Connetquot’s Miguel Clemente to the mat at 3:45 of their semifinal.

Lake, who was second in Suffolk County Division II last season at 171 pounds, has a 23-5 record, with most of those wins coming by pins. “It’s just more experience is what it comes down to,” he said. “I’ve been wrestling for five years. I’ve been with Coach Dolson for four. This year it really started to click for me.”

Matt Ross of Rocky Point, who scored a 6-4 decision over Tyler Grimaldi of Hills West in the 145-pound final, was selected as the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. The champion of champions award went to North Babylon’s Clancey.

The caliber of wrestling was high, said Dolson. “It’s always tough,” he said. “We bring in a lot of tough schools. You got Connetquot, Rocky Point, North Babylon, Riverhead, Miller Place, Calhoun, a tough Nassau team. It’s a good tournament. For us to finish fourth, I’ll be honest, I didn’t think we’d finish that high, so I was happy.”

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