Mark Matyka has a lot to be proud about, but his high school wrestling season ended in tears on mat No. 2 at Times Union Center in Albany Saturday.
Matyka appeared on the path to a Cinderella story. The Riverhead junior was a wild-card entry to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships. Then, after losing his first-round Division I match at 99 pounds Friday by a major decision, 12-4, to sixth-seeded Monsignor Farrell sophomore Terry Adams, Matyka battled back in the consolation rounds. Later that day he recorded 6-2 decisions over Malone sophomore Sam Searles and Clarence freshman Aiden Rabideau.
Mark Matyka, who gained entry into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships by being granted a wild card, lost his first-round Division I wrestling match at 99 pounds, but his chances for a third-place finish are still alive.
The Riverhead High School junior started the tournament by dropping a major decision, 12-4, to Monsignor Farrell sophomore Terry Adams, the No. 6 seed, at Times Union Center in Albany Friday.
Mark Matyka has had quite a high school wrestling season. The Riverhead junior achieved a lot, just not what he really wanted.
Matyka came close, though, reaching the 99-pound Division I final in the Section XI Dr. L. Robert “Doc” Fallot Memorial Championships Sunday night.
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.
One can say this about Katie Moore, she has courage and toughness.
“Oh, there’s no doubt about that,” Riverhead High School wrestling coach Tom Riccio readily agreed.
With wins hard to come by, the Riverhead High School wrestling team may have sensed an opportunity for a rare “W” when Newfield walked into its gym on Monday. The two teams shared the bottom of the Suffolk County League III standings and had drawn even on points when they met at a dual-meet tournament in Amityville earlier this season.
Two Shoreham-Wading River wrestlers closed out their high school careers standing on the podium at the New York State Championships in Albany this past March. Jack Taddeo finished fourth at 145 pounds and Meloni was fifth at 106. READ
Shoreham-Wading River wrestling, past and present, was front and center on the big blue mat in the high school gymnasium Friday night. READ