06/07/14 3:09pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia ran a personal best time in the 1,600 Saturday in Syracuse. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia ran a personal best time in the 1,600 Saturday in Syracuse. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The greatest challenge in running two distance events at a meet the caliber of the New York State Championships is always the second event.

About 17 hours after running the 3,200, Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia returned to the track Saturday morning at Cicero-North Syracuse High School for the 1,600, an event jam-packed with talented runners.  (more…)

06/06/14 10:15pm
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Riverhead senior Charles Villa clears 14 feet 6 inches in the pole vault Friday at the state championships in Syracuse. (Credit: Hal Henty)

Riverhead senior Charles Villa clears 14 feet 6 inches in the pole vault Friday at the state championships in Syracuse. (Credit: Hal Henty)

NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Charles Villa first began pole vaulting in the spring three years ago as a freshman for Riverhead. Even in a sport that, by its nature, is difficult to begin as a youth, it was still a later start than for many of the top pole vaulters.

“Ever since then I loved it,” Villa said of his introduction to the sport. “I had so much fun.”

On Friday, Villa pole vaulted for the final time representing the Blue Waves. And with it, for now, came the end of an era. For the past several years, the Blue Waves have been flush with talented pole vaulters, from last year’s graduates Jonah Spaeth and Dan Normoyle, to Villa this year.  (more…)

03/01/14 6:00pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Dom Pirraglia lost 9-5 against John Lauretti of Seaford in a 182-pound wrestleback match Saturday in Albany. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Dom Pirraglia’s season came to an end Saturday at Times Union Center in Albany. Wrestling against senior John Lauretti of Seaford, Pirraglia fell 9-5 in a wrestleback match, leaving him one win shy of reaching the podium.  (more…)

02/28/14 8:40pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Dom Pirraglia pinned Alan Clement of Canton in 1:50 in the first round Friday of the state wrestling championship.

Shoreham-Wading River senior Dom Pirraglia went 2-1 on the first day of the New York State Wrestling Championships Friday in Albany. Pirraglia lost in the quarterfinals, dropping him into the wrestlebacks where he won his lone match.  (more…)

02/27/14 8:00pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Dom Pirraglia (top) will wrestle in the 182-pound bracket of the state tournament beginning Friday.

Shoreham-Wading River senior Dom Pirraglia (top) will wrestle in the 182-pound bracket of the state tournament beginning Friday.

The New York State Wrestling Championships kick off Friday morning at Times Union Center in Albany. Shoreham-Wading River senior Dom Pirraglia will wrestle in the 182-pound bracket after earning an at-large bid to the tournament.  (more…)

03/05/13 8:00pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River junior Ryan Udvadia finished 10th in the 3,200 at the state meet Saturday.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Ryan Udvadia finished 10th in the 3,200 at the state meet Saturday.

Everything had built this season toward an all-state finish at the New York State Championships for Shoreham-Wading River junior Ryan Udvadia. He had qualified in two events, the 3,200 and 1,600, at the state qualifier Feb. 13. Then at the Long Island Elite Invitational Feb. 22, he ran a superb time of 4 minutes 17.26 seconds in the 1,600 as a final tune-up for the championship.

But in the week leading up to the big meet at Cornell University in Ithaca, Udvadia came down with a head cold, wiping away crucial practice time.

“The day of the race he felt all right,” said Shoreham coach Brian Wrinkle.

But the missed time slowed Udvadia enough to keep him off the podium. He still ran a respectable time of 9:31.34 in the 3,200 for 10th place in the federation Saturday. With an hour to recover, he ran 4:37.2 in the 1,600 to finish 30th overall.

“He wasn’t feeling good after the two-mile,” Wrinkle said. “He persevered and did his best.”

There was never any thought to scaling back to one event, Wrinkle said. Backing out of an event at the last minute would have denied the fourth-place finisher from the qualifier an opportunity to compete as a replacement. Udvadia was the first Wildcat to qualify for states in two events since Bobby Andrews in 2009.

The Wildcats got such a break with junior Jordan Wright, a fourth-place finisher in the 55-meter dash at the qualifier. Wright learned a little over a week before the state meet that he would get a chance to run. William Floyd senior Diamonte Corley finished second at the state qualifier in the 55. He also won the 300 and was a member of the winning 4 x 200 relay team. So he opted to skip the 55 at the state meet.

Wrinkle said they were hopeful Wright could get a spot at states so they never stopped training.

“I took the paper work from the meet that day because I really thought it would happen,” he said. “We stayed fresh and prepared and ran right through.”

Wright had an impressive showing, finishing third in his first heat in 6.65. In the semifinals he ran 6.68 to finish 14th. The top eight advanced to the finals. Sayville senior Chris Belcher was the state champ in 6.35, just shy of the state record of 6.31.

Udvadia will get one more chance to run the 1,600 this weekend at the New Balance Indoor Nationals at The Armory in New York. Udvadia will compete in the emerging elite division, which is second to the championship race.

“He wants to get some speed in and end the season on a high note,” Wrinkle said.

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02/23/13 8:00pm
02/23/2013 8:00 PM

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | T.J. Fabian of Shoreham-Wading River has his hand raised as a state champion Saturday night at Times Union Center in Albany.

Shoreham-Wading River senior T.J. Fabian dominated through four rounds of the Division I New York State Wrestling Championships, clinching the 126-pound state title with an emphatic pin of Keanu Thompson in the finals Saturday night at Times Union Center in Albany.

Fabian, closing in on a technical fall, pinned Thompson with nine seconds left in the match.

Fabian became the fourth state champion in school history, joining a prestigious list headlined by four-time champion Jesse Jantzen.

“It’s the best feeling in my life,” Fabian said.

After a disappointing third-place finish in the county tournament, Fabian responded with a near flawless tournament at the state championships. He gave up only one point in his four victories.

“Getting the first seed in states helped me so much,” he said. “I got a great spot in my bracket. I was just excited for every match.”

Fabian came out firing in each match, scoring quick takedowns and constantly beging the aggressor on the mat.

A four-time league champion, his hard work paid off with the ultimate prize. And he’ll leave Shoreham with the all-time record for career pins (132), according to coach Joe Condon.

In the semifinals Saturday morning Fabian pinned Fredrick Dunau of St. Anthony’s in 3 minutes 32 seconds.

Fabian won his first two matches Friday by a combined score of 17-0.

Fabian, a two-time state placewinner, finishes the season 51-1. His career record is 185-24.

To follow along from the finals, click on the live blog below.

Scroll to the bottom to see updated brackets heading into the finals. A live blog from the semifinals and consolations is below that.

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