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…)
Riverhead’s Cody Weiss was the 126-pound champion Saturday at Port Jefferson High School (Credit: Michael Lewis)
Given the events of the past two weeks, Cody Weiss just might have a soft spot in his heart for the Port Jefferson area.
During a 15-day span, the Riverhead High School senior reached two major milestones. On Jan. 10, Weiss became only the ninth wrestler in Blue Waves history to reach the 100-win benchmark with a victory over a Comsewogue opponent in Port Jefferson Station. (more…)
Riverhead’s Justin Hansel wrestles against Cameron Byrne of Hills East in a dual meet Jan. 9. (Credit: Bill Landon)
Riverhead High School will no longer host the League III wrestling tournament scheduled for Feb. 7, according to Section XI.
The tournament was switched this week to Smithtown East High School, a spokeswoman for Section XI, the governing body for high school sports in Suffolk County, said. (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…)
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Tanner Zagarino, top, wrestling against Riverhead’s Raheem Brown, won the 170-pound title and was selected the North Fork Invitational’s Champion of Champions. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
NORTH FORK INVITATIONAL
Every second of a wrestling match counts. With the right move (or the wrong move), a match can turn in an instant, the proverbial blink of an eye.
Such was the case in the 170-pound final of the 18th annual North Fork Invitational on Saturday night. Mattituck/Greenport/Southold sophomore Tanner Zagarino was trailing by 3 points in the dying moments of the match and looked spent, but he still had something left in him. With about 10 seconds to go, Zagarino, the No. 1 seed, took down Riverhead senior Raheem Brown for 2 points and kept him down, picking up 3 back points for a dramatic 10-8 triumph at Mattituck High School. It was his third tournament title this season. (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…)
Riverhead’s Raheem Brown won a 3-1 decision at 170 pounds against Hills East’s Griffin Arcuri. (Credit: Bill Landon)
THUNDERBIRDS 36, BLUE WAVES 29
The strength of the Riverhead wrestling team undoubtedly lies in the lower weights. But as Friday’s dual meet against Half Hollow Hills East wound down, and the Thunderbirds beginning to pull away, the Blue Waves needed their big guys in a big way.
And they got a jolt of an unlikely source. (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…)