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Wildcats Sports

The Nassau Wildcat Youth Wrestling Club was organized in December 2005.  In that 1st season, we had 20 kids wrestling. This year (2008/2009), in only our 4th season, we have grown to over 60 wrestlers coming from the Wheatley, Herricks, Manhasset, Mineola, Plainview, Baldwin and New Hyde Park school districts. Thank you for your support as we continue to grow!

Practicing two nights weekly from November 18th through late February, the Wildcats split the grapplers into two groups based on experience (Beginners 6-7:15PM, Advanced 7:30-9PM). Optional tournaments start up on Sundays throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties beginning in December and running through February, wherein the Wildcats get a chance to test their skills against wrestlers from all over Long Island.  

The Wildcats, in only four previous years of competition, have already become one of Nassau County’s premier clubs in terms of winning percentage on the mat. The team’s goals for its participants are to learn wrestling, spark an interest in physical fitness and above all, to have fun. This philosophy has made the Wildcat Wrestling Club one of the most successful in the county.   
The coaching staff is extremely excited about the upcoming season, as the Wildcats return four of six All-County wrestlers to the program. Leading the charge are the Mosca brothers. Shawn and Max (both 5th graders) placed 2nd and 4th, respectively, in last year’s Nassau County Championships. Also returning for his final year on the Wildcats is 8th grader, Sean Richards. Richards is a 2-time All-County wrestler and also took home 4th place in the 2009 Long Island Junior High Championships.  Rounding out the top returnees are 2nd grader, Joseph Contrastano, and 4th grader, Chris Santoli. Contranstano will try to improve on his 3rd place Nassau County finish. Santoli was a rookie sensation last season, going 11-2, and winning three regular season tournament championships.
Directing the club is former Wheatley High School coach, Ken Richards (Hofstra University). Richards is assisted by Matt Gaynor (2x All-County at Clarke HS), Joe Selby (All-County at Mineola HS), Joe Cerulli and Zak Korman (Wheatley HS coaches), along with Andrew Mosca, Mike Manfredi, Peter Ganley, Anthony Contrastano, Kevin Parente and Lance Costa.  
For registration info on Wildcat Wrestling, contact Ken Richards at 516.769.0346 or email ken@NassauWildcats.com. For information on becoming a Wildcat sponsor or booster, please email Booster Co-chairs, Caroline DeBenedittis at cdb2post@yahoo.com or Lorraine Casale at lennonlvr9@aol.com.

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