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Posted Monday, February 12, 2007 by Ken Richards


THE Nassau Wildcats entered a small, yet strong group of wrestlers into Sunday's Bethpage PAL tournament. Only 7 of our Wildcat kids participated in the tournament, ostensively due its last minute addition and mandatory Friday night weigh-in.

However, our grapplers made a statement, as four of seven Wildcat entries placed in the Top-2 of their respective weight classes. On the day, the Wildcats posted a 10-11 (.476) record.

Charlie Forero (3-0) earned his 1st Championship in exciting fashion, and has improved each week with hard work in practice, and more and more match experience every weekend.

Mike Loiacono, Nicholas Matteo and Sean Richards all posted 2-1 marks on the day to take home 2nd place. The keys to their success this week have been better listening in practice and the experience of wrestling every weekend in tournament situations.

Nick Loiacono wrestled his best of the year, coming up just short in a match that would have put him in the finals. Nick wrestled an exciting, back and forth match that went to Double Overtime. There was no scoring in the 1st minute of OT. In the 2nd OT, Nick's opponent chose the bottom and scored a controversial, last second escape to take a 1-point lead. Nick started the second half of the 2nd OT on bottom, needing an escape to force Triple OT, or a reversal to win it. Nick kept moving and hit his "Wrist Roll," nearly turning his opponent to his back. However, the move was not completed enough (another controversial call!) to earn the reversal, and Nick came up on the short end. It was a great effort by Nick and a good learning experience for him.

Anthony Cerrone and Dillon Hanel also entered and each wrestled extremely hard through some major pain and injuries. Anthony, who has had the toughest schedule of any Wildcat wrestler this season, had to wrestle both Reina brothers of Garden City. The previous week, the Reina's faced each other in the Nassau County Championship finals, placing 1st & 2nd. Anthony did a nice job against them, and with a little more experience will be up there with them soon. Dillon also battled well against tough competition and improvement is there!

Great work by all the Wildcats who participated.

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