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Dr. L Robert "Doc" Fallot Memorial Suffolk County Wrestling Championship
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
February 20-21, 1998

Team Score
Huntington 148.0   Connetquot 26.0
Longwood 146.0   Mercy 24.0
Brentwood 116.5   West Islip 24.0
Hauppauge 112.5   Smithtown 23.0
Sachem 101.5   Ward Melville 22.5
William Floyd 81.0   Comsewogue 22.0
Bellport 78.5   West Babylon 21.0
Sayville 75.0   East Hampton 19.5
Patchogue-Medford 72.5   Centereach 18.0
Hampton Bays 72.5   Harborfields 14.0
Islip 67.5   Half Hollow Hills West 13.0
Riverhead 64.5   Walt Whitman 13.0
Shoreham-Wading River 63.0   Bayport-Blue Point 9.5
Newfield 58.0   Port Jefferson 7.0
John Glenn 58.0   Bay Shore 6.0
North Babylon 52.5   Stony Brook 5.5
Mt. Sinai 46.0   Central Islip 4.0
Copiague 39.0   Deer Park 3.0
Rocky Point 37.0   Miller Place 3.0
Lindenhurst 34.0   Amityville 2.0
Westhampton Beach 32.0   Babylon 0.0
Northpoirt 32.0   East Islip 0.0
Kings Park 30.5   Half Hollow Hills East 0.0
Commack 29.0   Southampton 0.0
Mattituck/Greenport 26.5   Wyandanch 0.0

Brackets: Division 1 Brackets (pdf)

Championship Finals
  96 - Steve Sebastopoli (Lindenhurst, So.) dec. Lucas Magnani (Islip), 7-4
103 - Hector Toro (Brentwood, Jr.) pinned Pat Owens (Longwood), 0:40
112 - Mike Ingenito (North Babylon, Jr.) dec. John Case (Hampton Bays), 6-3
119 - Anthony Dellauniversita (North Babylon, Sr.) dec. Todd Davey (Riverhead), 5-3
125 - Mike Messina (Hauppauge, Jr.) sup dec. Mike Torriero (Rocky Point), 21-8
130 - Jay Bedell (Hampton Bays, Sr.) dec. Keith Poloskey (Longwood), 11-9
135 - Jesse Jantzen (Shoreham-Wading River, So.) pinned Greg DePasquale (Huntington, Sr.), 1:15
140 - Artie Weidler (Patchogue-Medford, Sr.) dec. Moses Gonzalez (Brentwood), 8-4
145 - Rich Petracca (Sachem, Sr.) dec. Anthony Morbillo (Mt. Sinai), 6-3
152 - Matt Ammann (Newfield, Sr.) maj dec. Nick Cadmus (Hauppauge), 11-2
160 - George Sable (Longwood, Sr.) dec. Joe Patrovich (Connetquot, Jr.), 3-2
171 - Pete Sokolowski (West Islip, Sr.) dec. Joel Barone (William Floyd), 4-3
189 - Dave Rechul (Huntington, Sr.) maj dec. T.J. Brocking (Sayville), 16-7
220 - Dave Irizarry (Brentwood, Sr.) dec. Joe Cicero (William Floyd), 3-2
275 - Mike Clancy (Kings Park, Sr.) pinned Ed Knote (Sayville), 1:41

Lonnie Kittle Most Outstanding Wrestler: Mike Messina (Hauppauge, 125)
Champion of Champions: Mike Ingenito (North Babylon, 112)
Most Pins Least Time: Jesse Jantzen (Shoreham-Wading River, 135), 4 in 4:16

Consolation Finals 3rd/4th
  96 - Mike Patrovich (Islip) maj dec. Stephon Sair (Huntington, 8th), 11-1
103 - Kyle Bernholz (Mt. Sinai) dec. Josh Slaughter (Patchogue-Medford), 4-2
112 - Jason Finnerty (Longwood) dec. Evan Kuby (Huntington, Sr.), 2-1
119 - Joey Ketcham (Longwood) dec. Eric Burger (Northport, Sr.), 5-4
125 - Ryan Maurer (William Floyd) pinned Chris Felicetta (Bellport), 4:56
130 - John Paganas (Huntington, Sr.) dec. Dan Ornstein (Shoreham-Wading River), 5-2
135 - Mike Cox (Sayville) dec. Mike Fillippone (John Glenn, Sr.), 8-3
140 - Dave Robey (Newfield) dec. Tim Goodale (Riverhead), 10-8 OT
145 - Mark Smith (Hauppauge) dec. Colin Jerrick (Copiague), 3-2
152 - Derek Brady (Sachem) dec. Rich LaPenna (Islip), 11-9
160 - Ricky Roche (Riverhead) dec. Joe Broderick (Patchogue-Medford), 2-1
171 - Rob Cuffie (Brentwood) dec. John Parente (Hauppauge), 10-3
189 - Efrain Villafane (Bellport) maj dec. Chris Karas (Sachem), 12-4
220 - Corey Anderson (Mattituck) dec. Glenn Burns (Comsewogue), 3-2
275 - Jesse Brush (Sachem) dec. Vincent Sullivan (Mercy), 9-4

Consolation Finals 5th/6th
  96 - Nick Lazaridis (West Babylon) dec. Greg Gorman (Commack), 5-4
103 - Sammy Augello (John Glenn, So.) dec. Scott Shulman (Commack), 6-0
112 - John Cicio (William Floyd) maj dec. Jeremy Cuevas (East Hampton), 11-2
119 - Paul Chapman (Shoreham-Wading River) dec. Mike LeTang (Sachem), 4-2
125 - Brad Abbott (Patchogue-Medford) dec. Adam Nigro (Huntington, Sr.), 3-1 OT
130 - Greg DeSario (Ward Melville) dec. Keith Gholson (Lindenhurst), 7-4
135 - Eric Velasquez (Brentwood) dec. Charles Kozora (Mattituck), 14-9
140 - Justin Latessa (Hauppauge) dec. Ed Miller (Port Jefferson), 9-5
145 - Steve Calamita (Hampton Bays) dec. Ed Turbush (Smithtown, Sr.), 1-0
152 - Rich Newman (Bellport) pinned Dan Sable (Longwood), 3:37
160 - Ryan Newman (Bellport) pinned Dan Sweatman (Northport, Jr.), 2:13
171 - Kevin Turbush (Westhampton Beach) pinned Mike Tucci (Mt. Sinai), 4:45
189 - Brian Szokoli (John Glenn, Sr.) def. Steve McAleese (Longwood), By Dflt
220 - Ed Williams (John Glenn, Jr.) dec. Scott Klingen (Huntington, Sr.), 7-4
275 - Alex Kahn (Half Hollow Hills West) dec. Ray Avitable (Centereach), 6-3

  96 - Lucas Magnani (Islip) decision Greg Gorman (Commack), 8-1
         Steve Sebastopoli (Lindenhurst) major decision Stephon Sair (Huntington), 8-0
103 - Hector Toro (Brentwood) major decision Scott Shulman (Commack), 10-2
         Pat Owens (Longwood) decision Josh Slaughter (Patchogue-Medford), 2-0
112 - John Case (Hampton Bays) decision Jason Finnerty (Longwood), 11-5
         Mike Ingenito (North Babylon) decision Evan Kuby (Huntington), 4-1
119 - Anthony Dellauniversita (North Babylon) decision Mike LeTang (Sachem), 2-1
         Todd Davey (Riverhead) decision Joey Ketchan (Longwood), 5-3
125 - Mike Messina (Hauppauge) major decision Ryan Maurer (William Floyd), 11-3
         Mike Torriero (Rocky Point) decision Chris Felicetta (Bellport), 9-5
130 - Keith Poloskey (Longwood) pinned John Paganas (Huntington), 3:21
         Jay Bedell (Hampton Bays) major decision Dan Ornstein (Shoreham-Wading River), 12-4
135 - Jesse Jantzen (Shoreham-Wading River) pinned Mike Cox (Sayville), 1:18
         Greg DePasquale (Huntington) pinned Mike Fillippone (John Glenn), 3:08
140 - Artie Weidler (Patchogue-Medford) pinned Tim Goodale (Riverhead), 1:27
         Moses Gonzalez (Brentwood) major decision Dave Robey (Newfield), 14-5
145 - Rich Petracca (Sachem) decision Mark Smith (Hauppauge), 4-3 OT
         Anthony morbillo (Mt. Sinai) decision Steve Calamita (Hampton Bays), 7-6
152 - Matt Ammann (Newfield) decision Derek Brady (Sachem), 9-7
         Nick Cadmus (Hauppauge) decision Rich LaPenna (Islip), 4-2 OT
160 - George Sable (Longwood) decision Joey Broderick (Patchogue-Medford), 14-7
         Joe Patrovich (Connetquot) pinned Ricky Roche (Riverhead), 4:25
171 - Joel Barone (William Floyd) decision Mike Tucci (Mt. Sinai), 5-3
         Pete Sokolowski (West Islip) decision Kevin Turbush (Westhampton Beach), 3-1
189 - Dave Rechul (Huntington) pinned Efrain Villafane (Bellport), 1:44
         TJ Brocking (Sayville) def. Steve McAleese (Longwood), by Inj Dflt
215 - Joe Cicero (William Floyd) major decision Corey Anderson (Mattituck), 8-0
         Dave Irizarry (Brentwood) pinned Ed Williams (John Glenn), 0:38
275 - Ed Knote (Sayville) pinned Alex Kahn (Half Hollow Hills West), 2:48
         Mike Clancy (Kings Park) pinned Vincent Sullivan (Mercy), 1:16

The following are returning qualifiers from '97 and last years weight

Jesse Jantzen (105) - 4 time sectional champ as a 10th grader finishing 3rd in '95 & '96, and 1st in '97 at Syracuse hopes to repeat his championship performance
David Rechul (189) - repeats as sectional champ

At 112 Mike Ingenito defeats last years 112lb sectional champ

Jay Bedell finishes ahead of '97 section champ Keith Poloskey in a real scramble of a match at 130

George Sable at 160 defeats last years 160 lb champ, Ryan Newman, in the quarters and last years 152 lb champ in the finals

Huntington Captures Suffolk Title

By Gregg Sarra. STAFF WRITER

Lou Giani is a genius.

The Huntington coach is the master of all disciplines when it comes to wrestling. The mental focus and physical toughness of his wrestlers is ingrained through Giani's extensive training and beliefs.

Call him the Samurai of New York wrestling.

His philosophy to wrestle no one inside of Suffolk County, with the exception of his league schedule, works for the Blue Devils. It makes them an unknown entity entering the county tournament. Suffolk coaches call it the Huntington Mystique.

Huntington, the League III champion, marched to the school's sixth county championship late Saturday night before 3,233 fans in the Sports Complex at SUNY-Stony Brook. The Blue Devils sealed their first team title since 1985 when Dawid Rechul decisioned T.J. Brocking of Sayville, 16-7, to capture his second straight 189-pound crown.

Rechul's win lifted Huntington past League I powerhouse Longwood by two points for the title, 148-146. It was the closest team race since 1953 when Bay Shore edged Amityville, 36-35.

"I can't believe it, but I am proud," said Giani, a 1960 Olympian who was inducted to the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame last year. "We lost four kids to major injuries this year and had to fill those spots. We wrestled really well in the League [III] tournament and continued to do a great job here."

Rechul (33-0) recorded three quick pins and the major decision over Brocking for his second title and became Giani's 43rd Section XI champion, the most of any coach in Suffolk.

"It's not about me, but about the entire program," said Rechul, a native of Krakow, Poland, who moved to Huntington in 1989. "Our coach is the best. He gets so much respect and everyone listens. That's why Huntington is the best."

Giani's philosophy of finding competition away from Suffolk and keeping his team a mystery outside of its league is one of the keys to the Blue Devils' success. Huntington wrestled eight dual meets this season, winning all of them. But it was in the tournaments where the Blue Devils prepared and honed their skills. Those tournaments were wrestled at Port Jervis, N.J., and at upstate Windsor, Suffern and Valley Central.

"I never understood why coach would schedule all our tournaments away," Rechul said. "Now I know. If you wrestle someone you can meet in a county tournament early in the season, he'll feel your strengths and learn your weaknesses."

Not even the excitement of television could skew Giani's focus. On the back of the information sheet for the Cablevision telecast, a line is open for coaches to give their wrestlers strengths.

On each of the Huntington wrestlers' sheets, it read: "None of your business."

And the Huntington Mystique continues.

Jantzen 4-Time Winner. Shoreham-Wading River's Jesse Jantzen (31-0) became the fourth wrestler in Suffolk history to claim four county titles. Jantzen pinned four straight opponents in the first period. He matted Huntington's Gregg DePasquale in 1:15 for the 135-pound title.

Hauppauge's Michael Messina and Rocky Point's Mike Torriero ignited the crowd with an electrifying bout at 125. Messina prevailed, 21-8, in the action-packed bout to earn most outstanding wrestler. "A father and son's dream come true," Hauppauge coach Chris Messina said.

Newfield's Matt Ammann completed a terrific run with a dominant 11-2 win over Hauppauge's Nick Cadmus at 152 pounds. Ammann pinned Ed Goldrick of Deer Park in 3:34, upended fourth-seeded Rich Newman of Bellport, 13-7, and downed top-seeded Derek Brady of Sachem, 9-7, to reach the final. Cadmus was a sixth seed.

North Babylon crowned its first county champion in 10 years. The Bulldogs had titlists at 112 [Mike Ingenito] and 119 [Anthony Dellauniversita], giving them two champs for the first time in school history.

Family Night At Tourney

By Gregg Sarra. STAFF WRITER

It is a family affair at the Dr. Robert Fallot Suffolk County wrestling championships at SUNY-Stony Brook. The final round wrestled late Saturday night can be remembered as father-son night. Five sets of fathers and their sons were involved in last night's title bouts.

"It's all in the family this year," Deer Park coach Jack Truncale said. "It seemed like any wrestler whose father was a coach was successful here."

Islip's Lucas Magnani, son of Hills East coach Tom Magnani, reached the 96-pound final. Todd Davey of Riverhead, whose father, Rocky, coaches the Blue Waves, made it to the 119-pound final. Hauppauge's Michael Messina, coached by his father, Chris, was in the 125-pound final. Shoreham-Wading River's Jesse Jantzen (135) advanced to his fourth straight title bout. His father, Don, is the Wildcats' assistant coach. And defending champion Joe Patrovich Jr. of Connetquot qualified for the 160-pound final. His dad, Joe. Sr., is the head coach at Islip.

This was all about fathers and their sons. Even in the wrestleback round, Patrovich's younger son Mike, a freshman, finished in third place at 96 pounds for Islip. And Babylon athletic director Bill DeSario saw his son, Gregg, take fifth place at 130 pounds for Ward Melville.

"I can understand the frustration and the intensity in the stands during the match," Joe Patrovich Sr. said. "It's tough as a parent to sit there and watch and not get involved emotionally. That's your kid, your blood. At least as a coach you can vent and move around with him from the coaches box."

Rocky Davey was seen grimacing and moving about the sideline frantically as Todd Davey battled in his tight, 5-3, semifinal win over Longwood's Joey Ketcham. Davey looked like a mime, angling his body and contorting and twisting with every one of Todd's moves.

"When you're so close it can be difficult," Rocky Davey said. "And it really might be easier if he wrestled for someone else. Nah, I need to be in the corner. I'm emotionally attached like no one could believe."

For Sayville junior T.J. Brocking, a finalist at 189, his father, Sean, is one of the top referees in the county.

"I worked the Catholic League so I could watch T.J. this year," Sean Brocking said. "Next year I'm coming back [to referee]."

Longwood assistant coach Jim Matias gave an interesting view of the family ties that weave through the county. His oldest son, Tim, won a county title for Newfield in 1986 and his son Keith won the state championship for Centereach in 1992. Now he looks at his youngest, 9-year-old Jesse, and the anticipation grips him.

Although the thought of seeing his youngest son wrestling makes him edgy, "I can't wait until Jesse gets here," he said. "I can't wait."

Maybe someday we'll see 10-year-old Ryan Patrovich and Jesse Matias in a county final. It could happen.

Said Rocky Davey, "I always find myself comparing my son to the rest of the kids and expecting more out of him. And maybe when I tell the whole team something in the wrestling room they don't listen. But I just hope, I hope, that my own son is listening."

He listened.

Outrageous Comeback. If the most outstanding wrestler award could go to a wrestler who didn't reach the finals, it would have certainly gone to Newfield's Dave Robey. The senior came out of the outbracket round and reached the semifinals, where he lost to Brentwood's Moses Gonzalez. Robey then fought his way back through the wrestleback round for a third-place finish.

"I knew I had it inside me to come back and never give up," said Robey, who posted a 5-1 record. "I didn't have a seed in the tournament and I knew it was going to be a tough road. And that makes it an even greater accomplishment."

Robey defeated Riverhead's Tim Goodale, 10-8, in overtime for third place. He'd lost to Goodale in the League III tournament.

"It was a great way to end my career," Robey said.