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NYS Championship Results from Binghamton

Posted Tuesday, March 17, 2009 by Ken Richards

The Nassau Wildcats were well represented this past weekend at the NYS Youth Championships. Six Wildcat grapplers made the journey upstate to face off against the best State of New York had to offer. All six wrestled valiantly and showed they belonged, while two of our Wildcats earned “All-State” honors by placing in the “Top-6” in their respective weight classes.

In Saturday’s competition (Grades 3-6), Mike Loiacono, and the Mosca brothers, Max and Shawn, took to the mats for the Wildcats. All three showed no fear while wrestling in front of a packed house. Our three youngsters were in every match they wrestled. Nassau Finalist, Shawn Mosca, made it deep into the wrestlebacks, losing a heartbreaker in overtime. Another win would have put Shawn in the “medal” round. In the process, Shawn tied the Wildcat record for most wins in a season (18), along with Sean Richards (2008). Coach Andy Mosca could not have been more proud of his Wildcat troops. It was a great experience for our little guys and THEY WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR!

Sunday saw the older Wildcats (7th and 8th graders) hit the mats. Our Wildcat contingent included 8th graders Nick Loaicono and Paul Reo, and 7th grader, Sean Richards.

Nick Loiacono, who was a Nassau Finalist this year at 152lbs, dropped down to the 144lb. class for the states, and utilized his streamlined physique to claim “All-State” honors for the second time in three years. Nick came from way behind in his quarter-final match to squeak out a one-point victory, before losing in the semi-finals to a beast from the Razor Wrestling Club of Suffolk. Nick ended up taking home 6th Place in New York State.

Sean Richards, who placed 5th in Nassau this year at 120lbs, had a sudden growth spurt and was forced to enter the State tournament in the 128lb. class. Sean wrestled well in his weight class containing 25+ grapplers, also coming up a win short of medaling. He vows to return next year!

The story of the day had to be Paul Reo. Paul, an 8th grader from New Hyde Park, is a 1st year Wildcat. Paul has made huge strides this season, compiling a 15-6 overall record. His hard work paid off as he won the Nassau County Championship at 152lbs. Paul was a beast versus savage competitors in his weight class at the State tournament. He won his first two matches by pin, making his way to the semi-finals, where he held the lead deep into the 3rd period. Unfortunately, Paul’s more experienced opponent from Commack Claw Wrestling was able to scratch out a victory. Paul was undeterred, wrestling back with two more wins to claim 4th Place in New York State.

We are very proud of everyone who made the trip!!! Lots of fun and a great experience.

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