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The 3 "M's" - MATTEO, MAZZEO & McCLEARY

Posted Monday, January 14, 2008 by Ken Richards

There were many memorable performances to choose this past week at Locust Valley. It was very difficult to decide, but this week's Outstanding Wrestler Awards go to Nicholas Matteo, Craig Mazzeo and Stephen McCleary.

Nick Matteo is a 2nd year, 2nd grader on the Wildcat team. Last year, Nick posted a 7-6 record, but had struggled a bit so far this year. No more!!! Nicholas tore it up at Locust Valley and dominated his opponents to capture his 1st Championship. Nick has been getting more and more experience and it has paid off. Great job, Nick!!!

Craig Mazzeo (5th grade) is also a 2nd year Wildcat grappler. He attends practice regularly and also attended this summer's Strong Island wrestling camp. All that effort paid off, as Craig zapped his opponents and was crowned Champion of his weight class.

Young Stephen McCleary is has only been wrestling for two months now. But people are starting to take note. The 3rd grader was "relentless" (to quote Coach Burkey, "constant motion") on the mat, and amazed with his takedown and riding techniques. He won a Championship in only his second career tournament.

Keep up the great work, Nick, Craig and Stephen!!!

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