No. 3 Top Sports Story: Fabian wins state title

ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO  |  A League VI champion at 126 pounds, Shoreham-Wading River junior T.J. Fabian lost Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the county tournament for his first loss of the season.
ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior T.J. Fabian.

The grueling New York State Wrestling Championship is a tournament even the top wrestlers struggle to survive at times.

Rarely does a wrestler make it look easy. But that’s just what Shoreham-Wading River’s T.J. Fabian did en route to winning the 126-pound title and becoming just the fourth wrestler in Shoreham history to win a state title.

Fabian pinned his opponent in the finals with nine seconds left as he closed in on a technical fall.

Fabian finished the season with an astounding 51-1 record. His only loss came in the county tournament. But he bounced back to place third and an earn an at-large bid to the state tournament.

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