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On a warm Saturday afternoon in April, members of the Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse team lined up near midfield wearing pink jerseys before the start of the annual Lax Out Cancer fundraiser game against Miller Place. Joe Kavanagh, one of the event’s organizers, took the microphone and introduced the four honorees. READ

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12/22/15 5:00pm
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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

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12/03/15 8:00pm
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Shoreham-Wading River senior Jack Delduca is one of three Wildcats who won league championships last season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

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

04/01/15 5:00pm
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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…)

03/22/15 8:00am
03/22/2015 8:00 AM
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 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…)

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In 2000, Jesse Jantzen won a fourth state title for Shoreham-Wading River. He was the only Long Island wrestler with four crowns until this past weekend. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

In 2000, Jesse Jantzen won a fourth state title for Shoreham-Wading River. He was the only Long Island wrestler with four crowns until this past weekend. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The words used to describe Jesse Jantzen often evoke a mythical connotation. The “great” Jesse Jantzen. The “legendary” Jesse Jantzen.

And for good reason. At Shoreham-Wading River High School, Jantzen won four state titles for the Wildcats, never losing a match during his four years in high school. Jantzen set the standard for wrestling in Suffolk County following his graduation in 2000.  (more…)