Posted Thursday, November 13, 2008 by Ken Richards

The Nassau Wildcats Youth Wrestling Club, based out of Wheatley High School in Old Westbury, is currently gearing up for its 4th season with three important dates scheduled:
·         Thursday, November 6th - Registration night at Wheatley High School (7:45-9PM) outside the main gym.
·         Friday, November 14th – Fun Fest Dinner Dance at Knights of Columbus in New Hyde Park, sponsored by the Wheatley Wrestling Booster Club.
·         Tuesday, November 18th – Practices slated to begin.        
The club is comprised of youngsters in grades 1-8 from East Williston, Old Westbury, Roslyn Heights, Albertson, Mineola, Williston Park and other surrounding towns. 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, wherein the Wildcats get a chance to test their skills against wrestlers from all over Long Island. 
The Wildcats, in only three 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 8 of 9 All-County wrestlers to the program. Leading the charge are Nassau Finalists Nicholas Matteo, Dillon Hanel, and Sean Richards. Richards posted an 18-2 mark last season to lead the Wildcats. Other returning place winners include: Max Mosca, Nick Loiacono, Michael Loiacono, Charlie Forero, and Shawn Mosca. The Wildcats lose 3rd place finisher, Matt DeBenedittis, who will be wrestling for the Wheatley High School varsity team this season.
Directing the club is Wheatley High School coach, Ken Richards (Hofstra University). Richards is assisted by former Mineola standouts Joe Cerulli and Joe Selby, along with Andrew Mosca, Mark Burkey and Mike Manfredi, and Pete Ganley.
For registration info on Wildcat Wrestling, contact Ken Richards at 516.355.0767 or email ken@NassauWildcats.com. For information on the Fun Fest Dinner Dance, please email Booster Chair, Ann Mageau, at annie328@optonline.net. General information on the program can also be found on the Wildcat website (www.NassauWildcats.com).