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WILDCAT ROAD TRIP TO LONGWOOD

Posted Saturday, March 24, 2007 by Ken Richards

8 WILDCAT KIDS TAKE ON SUFFOLK

On Saturday, March 24th, eight Wildcat wrestlers took a little road trip into the heart of Suffolk wrestling country, participating in the highly competitive Longwood Tournament. This event is regarded as THE toughest LATE season event, as Suffolk's youth programs are still much more advanced than their Nassau counterparts.

No problem for the Wildcats. Last year, our 1st year team posted a 2-6 (.250) mark at the tournament. This year, eight wrestlers made the trip and six won matches, and placed in the tournament. Our record on the day was 10-10 (.500), and shows our improvement this year! Our year-to-date record in open tournaments is now 164-189 (.465), as compared to the .412 overall team winning percentage in our 1st season. Great job, kids!!!

Mike Marini went 3-0 on the day, and won his 3rd Championship of the season, while boosting his record to a team leading 16-4 (.800). Unfortunately, Mike had to wrestle our very own Nick Loiacono for the title. Nick went 2-1 on the day, and jumped his record to 16-9 (.640). Both Nick and Mike (tied for most wins) wrestled tough in the finals. Although it's hard when two teammates have to wrestle one another, the boys handled it with class. Great work you two!

Christian Marini (13-12) also made it to the finals and dropped a 7-5 heartbreaker in overtime, to take 2nd place. Chris, who was the victim of some questionable calls costing him some 4 points, still led 5-0 after two periods, and elected to take neutral. Coach Richards agreed with this, while Coach Burkey looked to take bottom. As it turns out, Coach Richards learned a valuable lesson, as Coach Burkey appears to have been right. Chris learned a lesson himself. The lesson is...When you're leading 5-0 in the 3rd period, don't go for a headlock! Chris missed the headlock, which cost him 5 points and forced overtime. Chris wrestled like a WARRIOR in OT, and had several close takedowns, but each landed out of bounds. In his final attempt, he almost had his man taken down, but slipped, which cost him the match. We were really proud of Christian's extra effort!!! We get him next time, buddy.

The Mosca brothers, Shawn & Max, also showed us their exciting, non-stop brand of wrestling. After dropping his first match, Max bounced back to win his last two and claim 2nd place. Shawn won his first match and then lost a close one in the finals.

Michael Loiacono won a match to take 3rd place. Dan Marini (1st grade) continued to show improvement as he gains more and more valuable mat time. Vinnie Ali continued to pull tough opponents on his schedule. Vin looked tough against an opponent who placed 4th in the Suffolk County Championships. He took the man down for an early lead, but just missed holding on for the victory. With a little more experience, it would have been a different story.
Great job by all the Nassau Wildcat wrestlers!

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