Recap: Three wrestlers earn all-state honors

Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River (right) wrestles in the 145-pound first round Friday against Joseph Clemente of LaSalle. (Credit: Paul Wager)
Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River (right) wrestles in the 145-pound first round Friday against Joseph Clemente of LaSalle. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Update, (3 p.m.): James Szymanski and Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River both closed out their careers with the Wildcats as all-state wrestlers. Szymanski finished fourth at 132 pounds and Taddeo was fifth at 145.

Szymanski lost in the consolation finals 8-0 against Da`mani Burns of Newburgh.

Taddeo closed out the tournament with a win. He defeated Danny Murphy of Roy C Ketcham in the fifth/sixth consolation final, 7-4.

Both wrestlers will continue training for the upcoming nationals.

Update (2:15 p.m.): Riverhead senior Ed Matyka’s season came to an end with a 3-2 loss in the consolation finals against Gerard Daly of Minisink Valley. Matyka finished the tournament in fourth place at 120 pounds.

Matyka trailed 3-0 in the second period before scoring on an escape. Late in the third period, he escaped again to close within 3-2. He nearly scored a takedown a few seconds later, but they went out of bounds before he could secure the move.

Matyka closes out his career with 99 victories. He went 4-2 in the state tournament.

Update (1:30 p.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior James Szymanski grinded out a hard-earned overtime victory in the consolation semifinals at 132 pounds. Szymanski and Evan Barczak of Monroe-Woodbury were tied at one up until the final ultimate tie-breaker period.

Szymanski was on top and needed to ride out the period in order to win. He did just that and was awarded a 2-1 win in a rematch of the first round.

Neither wrestle could gain any advantage on each other. They each scored on an escape before overtime for the only points. But those escapes were hard to come by in overtime. Neither wrestler would let the other free, leading to the final sudden-death period.

Szymanski will wrestle for third place now.

His teammate, Jack Taddeo, lost his 145-pound consolation final, 3-0 against Jake Einbinder of Bethpage, the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Taddeo will wrestle for fifth place now.

Update (1 p.m.): Ed Matyka of Riverhead rallied back from a three-point hole to defeat Vincent Vespa of Monroe-Woodbury in the 120-pound consolation semifinals, 6-4. Matyka will wrestle in the consolation finals for third place now and also for his 100th career win.

Matyka scored a reversal with about 1:15 left in the third period to tie the match at 4 and then scored two more late in the period to win.

Matyka dominated the third period to earn his 99th career win and fourth straight at the state tournament after falling in the first round.

Update (11:35 a.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior Jack Taddeo joined his teammate on the podium. Taddeo won a 5-3 decision in his first wrestleback Saturday against Mike Laloggia of Webster Schroeder to secure himself an all-state finish.

Taddeo, wrestling at 145, controlled the match throughout. He scored a quick takedown for a 2-0 lead in the first period. Laloggia evened the score with an escape in the first and another point in the second. Taddeo started on bottom for the third period and escaped immediately for a 3-2 lead. He added two more points to go ahead 5-2 and then held on as Laloggia got one more escape point in the final seconds.

Taddeo will wrestle twice more today.

Update (11:00 a.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior James Szymanski earned his first all-state honors with a victory Saturday morning. Szymanski, wrestling 132 pounds, defeated Matt Seitz of Monsignor Farrell 5-2 in a wrestleback match.

Szymanski will wrestle twice more today. Another win puts him into the third/fourth consolation final. A loss drops him into the fifth/sixth consolation.

Szymanski led by two going into the third period. He went ahead 5-1 before giving up an escape with about :42 left. Seitz couldn’t get any shots in and Szymanski held on for the 5-2 win.

Update (10:50 a.m.): Riverhead senior Ed Matyka earned a spot on the podium at the New York State Wrestling Championships. Matyka, wrestling 120 pounds, won a 5-0 decision over John Devine of Columbia in the first round of wrestlebacks Saturday morning at Times Union Center in Albany.

The win guarantees Matyka an all-state finish and he’ll wrestle at least two more matches today.

Matyka controlled the match from start to finish against Devine. After a scoreless first period, Matyka took the lead with two near fall points midway through the second. He added a takedown in the third period.

Matyka becomes the first Riverhead wrestler to earn all-state honors since 2005.

Update (10:20 a.m.): Shoreham-Wading River freshman Kevin Meloni’s season came to an end with an 8-2 loss in the wrestlebacks Saturday morning. Meloni, wrestling 99 pounds, lost against Mitch Seaver of Lockport.

Meloni trailed by two in the third period, but Seaver took control with a pair of takedowns.

Meloni finishes his season with a 44-8 record.

Original post: Four local wrestlers are competing in Day II of the New York State Wrestling Championships at Times Union Center in Albany Saturday.

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka is wrestling at 120 and Shoreham-Wading River’s trio of Kevin Meloni (99), James Szymanski (132) and Jack Taddeo (145) are all vying for a spot on the podium.

Each wrestler needs to win one match in the wrestlebacks to guarantee a spot on the podium. They would need three wins today to take third place.

In Division I, Section XI is in the lead going into the semifinals with 126 1/2 points. Section VIII is in second with 94. Section III is the Division II leader with 114 points.

For team scores, Hauppauge is in second place in Division I with 32 points. Shoreham is tied for 15th place in team points with 15 points.

Check back for updates throughout the day.

Here are the brackets after one day of competition:

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