CHSAA State Championships
at St. Anthony's
February 20-21, 1998
1. Chaminade (Long Island) 315
2. St. Anthony's (Long Island) 269
3. Fordham Prep (Bronx) 161.5
4. St. Francis (Buffalo) 128
5. Mount St. Michael (Bronx) 122.5
6. Farrell (S.I.) 104
7. Kellenberg (Long Island) 90.5
8. St. John the Baptist (Long Island) 69.5
9. St. Joseph Collegiate (Buffalo) 66.5
10. Xavier (Manhattan) 61
11. Holy Cross (Queens) 60
12. Xaverian (Brooklyn) 37
13. Canisius (Buffalo) 34
14. Salesian (New Rochelle) 32.5
15. St. Joseph Sea (S.I.) 25.5
16. Holy Trinity (Long Island) 24.5
17. St. Peter's (S.I.) 23.5
18. St. Mary's (Buffalo) 0
19. Turner/Carroll (Buffalo) 0
20. St. Edmund (Brooklyn) 0
21. Non-Scorers 11
Fastest Pin - John Higgins
The following are returning qualifiers from '98 and last years weight
At 119 John Paul Igoe knocks off last years 103lb champ
By Jason Molinet. STAFF WRITER
The gap was closed at yesterday's CHSAA state wrestling championships. Chaminade has dominated this meet in recent years, winning five of the last six titles. That did not change last night before 1,000 fans at St. Anthony's.
But by placing nine wrestlers in the finals - more than any other program - the host Friars sent an unmistakable message to Chaminade and the rest of the CHSAA: St. Anthony's, under third-year coach Billy Maisel, will be a force in the coming years.
"We thought we had enough talent to win," Maisel said. "What happened was just numbers. We were outnumbered. The last two years I've been here we've had only one state champ - Matt Roy. This year we had five. I'll take that as some accomplishment. There's always next year."
Chaminade held off the Friars' assault to win the team title for the third straight year, 315-269. But that is a far cry from last year's 90-point victory.
The Flyers did it in typical fashion - sending eight wrestlers into the finals. Six emerged as champions. But where Chaminade coach George Dlugolonski thinks his team pulled away from the field was in the wrestlebacks. Four more Flyers refused to give up and finished third.
"It's about believing in the kids," Dlugolonski said. "They have really responded in the right occasions. We didn't wrestle to what we were capable of [Friday]. But they have pride. They came back and wrestled some tough matches."
The champions in each weight class advance to the state public schools championships March 6-7 in Syracuse.
Senior Nick Macchio earned his third straight trip to Syracuse, becoming just the third Chaminade wrestler to capture three CHSAA state titles. And he did it with pure power. Ahead 7-0 in the 171-pound final, Macchio pinned Randy Benes of St. Francis (Buffalo) 1:22 into the second period.
"I love this team," Macchio said. "I think it's changed me. The guys on this team, we're like brothers. I'm going to miss this."
Senior Reuben Seguritan, a two-time state CHSAA champion and finalist for the fourth straight year, had his high-school career come to a heartbreaking finish. Seguritan took a quick 2-0 lead in the first period of the 112-pound division final against junior Rory Davidson of Mount St. Michael (Bronx). Davidson battled back one point at a time and sent the bout into overtime. That's when Davidson - the defending champion at 96 pounds and the eventual pick as the meet's most outstanding wrestler - shot behind Seguritan for two decisive points and the title, 4-2. It was the second straight year Seguritan had lost in sudden death.
"In overtime, it was kind of like a flashback. The same thing happened to me last year. I lost on a defensive move twice now," said Seguritan, who had to beat senior Lou DeStefano of Farrell (S.I.) in Friday's quarterfinals. DeStefano was no easy mark. He was a finalist at 96 a year ago.
The Friars saw hopes for a title diminish with back-to-back setbacks when Chaminade's Russ Loesch pinned Jose Osorio 1:05 into the first period at 130 and Holy Trinity's Lou Dionisio III beat Jordan Young, 12-2, at 135.
Just a sophomore, Dionisio was denied a chance at the finals a year ago when he landed on his neck in the semis, tearing ligaments in his neck that left him incapacitated for three months. He was forced to withdraw even though he held the lead and his day ended with a trip to the hospital. He finished sixth.
This was payback. "I was on a mission," said Dionisio, whose dad, Lou Jr., was a two-time Nassau champion at Baldwin (1975-76). "The way my coach and I were working the last couple of weeks, I knew I could win."
Payback also came in the form of Evan Howard. The St. Anthony's sophomore upset defending champion Tim Cestaro of Chaminade in the league final last week and went on to capture the state title at 145. Howard beat Nick Papandrew of Holy Cross (Queens) in the final, 14-5.
And like much of his team, Howard will be back.