Two Shoreham-Wading River wrestlers, senior John Carl Petretti and freshman Connor Pearce, didn’t get what they went to Albany for.
The two Wildcats, both competing in their first state tournament, suffered Division II quarterfinal losses Friday in the 56th annual NYSPHSAA Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany. READ
Connor Pearce was a fitting representative of a young Shoreham-Wading River High School wrestling team that consists mostly of freshmen and sophomores, with only three seniors. Yes, Pearce is young, but he has come such a long way. READ
Shawn Petretti straddled two worlds while sitting in the bleachers Thursday night. The Mattituck High School principal had more than a casual interest in the high school wrestling match between Shoreham-Wading River and Mattituck/Greenport/Southold. That’s because his sons, John Carl and Tristan, both wrestle for Shoreham.
It was an intriguing case of a principal watching his own flesh and blood wrestle against the team he himself once coached in the Mattituck building where he works. Talk about conflicted interests. READ
The benefit to being the No. 1 seed in a wrestling tournament is that, theoretically at least, it offers the path of least resistance.
John Carl Petretti made the most of that advantage Saturday when he won his second straight league championship in convincing fashion.
Jack Taddeo’s legacy in the Shoreham-Wading River High School wrestling team’s history is secure. The senior still has more wrestling ahead of him for the Wildcats, but when the book on his high school career is written, these words will be highlighted: four-time league champion. READ