2011-2012 News Headlines
October 5, 2012
Tremendous turnout at the dedication ceremony of the Al Bevilacqua Wrestling Room. It was a great event for all those who attended. Thanks again to everyone for your continued support.
April 3, 2012
Congratulations to Mepham Coach Rich Anderson (MHS 1988) on being voted the Section 8 Head Coach of the Year and Plainedge Assistan Coach Peter Marques (MHS 2002) on being voted the Section 8 Assistant Coach of the Year. Both are former standouts and alumni of the Massapequa High School wrestling program.
March 30, 2012
Cheifs receiving Scholarships for 2011 - 2012
Nassau County Wrestling Coaches Association Scholarship:
Andrew Chicoine, Patrick Nash, Tom Donohue
The George K. "Doppy" Doherty Scholarship:
Jake Spero, Justin Paradiso
The Gary & Barbara Mims Family Scholarship:
Matt Gieselmann, Chris Sherlock
The Al Bevilacqua Scholarship:
Neal Vespe, Andrew Hoffman
New York State Scholar Team Athletes:
Andrew Chicoine-3rd qual, Tom Donahue-3rd qual, Mike Favloni, Alex Georgalas, Eric Hoffman, Brian Morgan, John Pullman, Nick Roth, Brian Sayrafe, Chris Sherlock-5th qual, Dominic Sofia, Mike Stashin-4th qual, Neal Vespe-Qual champ
February 12, 2012
Two Chiefs place at the Section 8 (Nassau County) Championship Tournament:
Justin Paradiso places 2nd @132 lbs and Chris Broccoli places 5th @138 lbs
February 4, 2012
Massapequa puts eight wrestlers into the finals of the Section 8 Qualifier at Massapequa and crowns five champions: Doria (106lbs), Paradiso (132lbs), Broccoli (138lbs), Vespe (145lbs) and Gungor (285lbs). The Chiefs had a total of fourteen wrestlers qualify for the Section 8 Championships.
January 4, 2012
TheMat.com article on Coach Bevilacqua and MHS Wrestling room
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By:Various Sources / Gary Abbott, Wednesday, 4 January 2012
TheMat.com - © 2012 TheMat.com
January 1, 2012
Dual meet and Tournament results will no longer be posted under both News Headlines and Current Results & Rankings. The information can be found by clicking on the Current Results & Rankings Tab where Dual meet scores and Tournament info will be posted. Dual Meet individual match results can be found by clicking on the link to the LIWA or NWCA websites.
December 28, 2011
Massapequa places second at 48th Annual Massapequa Holiday Tournament.
Click on the Results Tab or Massapequa Holiday Tournament Tab to see the results and brackets.
Massapequa School District announces that the High School Wrestling room will be named after former Coach Al Bevilacqua.
Click Here to read "Massapequa Observer article
By:Theresa Caivano Friday, 30 December 2011
Massapequa Observer - © 2011 Massapequa Observer
November 28, 2011
National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum announces Class of 2012:
The Bevilacqua’s – First Father & Son To Make the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
November 25, 2011
Varsity schedule has been posted on the Calendar, to view click on the Calendar Tab.
2010-2011 News Headlines
July 8, 2011
Due to the weather Friday Night Lights was moved indoors to MHS. The rain significantly lowered attendance, but we still managed to host 197 competitors. The event ran smoothly, but the Senior division did get off to a late start. This was due to the limited mat space inside the gym at MHS compared with the soccer field at Burns Park. 2011 Graduated HS Seniors competing in the Senior division found some great competition as many older All-County and All-State wrestlers participated in the event. Wrestling was concluded around 11:00 P.M. Thanks to all those who supported the event, participated and volunteered.
May 30, 2011
Friday Night Lights confirmed for Friday July 8th 2011
March 3, 2011
The Friends of Massapequa Wrestling are very please to announce the initial funding of the "Gary & Barbara Mims Scholarship Fund". The Scholarship will be awarded periodically to a graduating senior who embodies the spirit of the Chief's wrestling program. The combination of athletics, academics, community service, team spirit and dedication to the sport of wrestling will all be taken into consideration when the Scholarship is awarded. We kindly ask our alumni and the parents & friends of both our alumni and current wrestlers to please make a donation to the fund. Make checks payable to: "Friends of Massapequa Wrestling" and note "Mims Scholarship" in the memo field.
Donations may be mailed to:
Friends of Massapequa Wrestling
Mims Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 61
Massapequa, N.Y. 11758.
February 26, 2011
Conor Wetzel finishes 5th at the NYSPHSAA Championships in Albany, N.Y.
February 17, 2011
Conor Wetzel receives a wildcard spot to participate in the NYS Championships in Albany next weekend, February 25 & 26th.
February 13, 2011
Massapequa places 5th at the 2011 Nassau County Division 1 Wrestling Championships held at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.
Rudy Lazillotta 2nd place @130, Endri Jaupaj 5th place @Hwt, Joe Doria 5th place @103, Conor Wetzel 2nd place @189, Matt Alleva 3rd place @130 and Chris Sarro 2nd place @145.
Click Here to read The Mat Slap story & see photos
February 5, 2011
Massapequa wins the Qualifying Tournament at Freeport with 431 points.
Justin Paradiso wins the MOW and the Chiefs qualify 17 wrestlers for the Section 8 Championships (Counties).
January 29, 2011
Massapequa 31 Wantagh 21
Massapequa defeats Wantagh in the Dual Meet Championships!
Click Here for the Newsday article
By Evan Korn, Newsday.com - © 2011 Newsday
Massapequa Wrestling Tops Nassau County Competition as 2011 Dual Meet Champions
Click Here for the Massapequa Patch article & photos
By Alex Oppenheimer, MassapequaPatch.com - © 2011 Massapequa Patch
January 25, 2011
Section 8 Dual Meet Championships and Qualifying Tournament information
is now available, visit the home page and click the links.
January 22, 2011
Massapequa 46 East Islip 22
Massapequa 45 Ward Melville 23
John Glenn 46 Massapequa 23
January 21, 2011
Massapequa 42 East Meadow 30
January 19, 2011
Massapequa 44 Syosset 28
January 15, 2011
Massapequa 44 Mt Sinai 21
Massapequa def Seaford
Massapequa def Calhoun
January 14, 2011
Massapequa 55 Uniondale 18
Massapequa 63 Sewanhaka East 12
January 5, 2011
Massapequa 48 Freeport 21
December 29, 2011
Chiefs Win the Massapeuqa Holiday Tournament at Home
Click Here to visit The Mat Slap and read the story
By Jim & Tony Nordland, The Mat Slap,
- © 2010 The Mat Slap
Click on the "Massapequa Holiday Tournament" Tab to see the results.
December 22, 2011
Massapequa Wrestling Downs Sewanhaka West 66 - 15
Click Here to read "Massapequa Wrestling Downs Sewanhaka West"
By Alex Oppenheimer, MassapequaPatch,
- © 2010 Massapequa Patch
December 12, 2011
Massapequa wins the Huntington Tournament with nine finalists and six champions. Click on the Current Results Tab to see the results>
December 4, 2011
Calendar for MHS Varsity and Varsity "B" has been posted.
2010-2011 MHS Mat Notes will be posted on the Welcome (Main) page.
2009-2010 News Headlines
May 28, 2010
Friday Night Lights Takedown Tournament July 9th, 2010
Click Here for the Tournament Flyer / Application & Waiver
February 27, 2010
James Ondris places 4th at the NYSPHSAA State Championships!
Complete results are posted under the "Current Results Tab".
Click Here to see all the Brackets
February 14, 2010
Senior James Ondris wins the Nassau County Championship Crown at 152lbs and qualifies to compete in the New York State Championships. Massapequa finishes in 5th place with seven All County (Section 8) Place Winners (Fr. Joe Doria 96, Sr. Joe Harris 112, Jr. Matt Aleva 125, Jr. Nick Chicione 140, Jr. Chris Sarro 145, Sr. James Ondris 152, Jr. Conor Wetzel 189.
Click Here to see the Results
February 13, 2010
Click Here to see The Mat Slap's Nassau County Championships Preview
February 8, 2010
Massapequa wins the section 8 Qualifying Tournament with 496.5 team points.
The chiefs had 12 finalists, 7 Champions and 21 wrestlers qualify.
James Ondris picked up his 100th career Win at home at the Qualifier.
Click Here to see the results
Click Here to read the Mat Slap story and see pictures
January 30, 2010
Massapequa wins the Nassau County Dual Meet Championship!
Massapequa(#26 NYSSWA) defeats MacArthur(#8 NYSSWA) by the score of 34 - 15 in the finals of the Class A Dual Meet Championship, six of the bouts were decided in over-time. Justin Paradiso defeated the #2 ranked wrestler @119 lbs in Nassau County and James Ondris defeated the #1 ranked wrestler @152 lbs in Nassau County, last week James defeated the #1 ranked wrestler in NYS @160 lbs. MacArthur had won the Dual Meet Championship every year from 2001 to 2009 except for 2007 when East Meadow won.
The last time Massapequa won was in 1999.
Click Here for the Newsday story
Conor Wetzel breaks the MHS record for "Most Pins in a Season". Conor now has #24, the previous record was #22.
Chiefs only move up to #20 in the NYSSWA Dual Meet Team Rankings.
Click Here to see the complete NYSSWA rankings
January 28, 2010
Click Here for the 2010 Long Island Schoolboy Championship Registration Flyer
Click Here to see Lighthouse Wrestlings most recent (1/27/10) rankings
January 25, 2010
Click Here for the Nassau Class A Dual Meet Championship Bracket
January 24, 2010
Youth Group Wrestling @ 2010 Section 8 Championships:
County Champions: Nick Franco, Jake Ciolino, Jordon Wellington, Shane Gibbons, John Kalinoglu, Owen Bacheldor, Steve Barsky & Josh Pincus
2nd place: Luke Ciolino, Lucas Pincus, Matt Swanson, Pat Devito
3rd place: Dan Cook, Dylan Cook
4th place: Andrew Pokalsky
5th place: Andrew Ashmawi, Garrett Gibbons
6th place: Kyle Korwan
January 23, 2010
East Islip Duals:
Massapequa 64 Grand Street Campus 14
John Glenn 57 Massapequa 7
Massapequa 44 East Islip 30
Massapequa 73 Copiague 9
Massapequa 51 Ward Melville 29
James Ondris defeats NYS #1 ranked 160 lb Mike Bosco(JGlenn-11)
Click Here to read the Mat Slap Story on the East Islip Duals
Click Here to see Lighthouse Wrestlings 1/22/10 rankings
January 22, 2010
Massapequa 59 North Shore 4
January 21, 2010
Chiefs ranked in Section 8 (Nassau):
Rudy Lanzilotta 5th @119, Matt Alleva 5th @125, Nick Chicoine 4th @140, Pat Morgan 5th @145, Chris Sarro 6th @145, James Ondris 2nd @152, Conor Wetzel 3rd @189 and Alex Hoffman 6th @215
Click Here to see the most recent (1/21/10) LIWA Section 8 Rankings
January 19, 2010
Click Here to read the Jan. 19, 2010 FOMW Newsletter
January 19, 2010
SECTION VIII WRESTLING - 2009 Sectional Qualifying Tournaments
Friday February 5th at Wantagh, Baldwin & Plainedge
Saturday February 6th at Mepham, Massapequa & Long Beach
Massapequa Qualifier - Massapequa, Garden City, Seaford, Lynbrook, Jericho, Westbury & Hicksville
January 17, 2010
Massapequa ranked #28 in NYS by the NYSSWA (Dual meet poll 2009-2010 #4)
Click Here to see the complete NYSSWA rankings
January 16, 2010
Massapequa 49 Calhoun 12
Massapequa 36 Seaford 23
January 15, 2010
Click here for The Mat Slap's latest Long Island Individual Ranking.
January 15, 2010
Massapequa 42 Uniondale 15
January 13, 2010
Massapequa 60 Freeport 6
January 10, 2010
Massapequa ranked #26 in NYS by the NYSSWA (Dual meet poll 2009-2010 #3) published Jan 3rd.
Click Here to see the complete rankings
January 9, 2010
Massapequa wins the The Petersen Tournament at Island Trees.
Click on the "Current Results" Tab for Team Scores and Final results.
January 8, 2010
Massapequa 32 East Meadow 22
January 6, 2010
Massapequa 38 Farmingdale 25
December 29, 2009
52nd Massapequa Holiday Tournament results are posted on the "Current Results" page. Hauppauge wins with 259 points followed by Connetquot 224, Fox Lane - Sec 1 170, Massapequa 160.5, Long Beach 127, Monroe-Woodbury 100, Bethpage 68, Manhasset 27.5
December 27, 2009
New Bulletin Board added with the list of "Chiefs Current Wrestlers" added.
December 26, 2009
LIWA Rankings as of 12/22/09 include the following from Massapequa:
96 lbs- Joe Doria 4th, 119 lbs- Rudy Lanzilotta 4th, 140 lbs- Nick Chicoine 3rd, 145 lbs- Chris Sarro 3rd, 189 lbs- Conor Wetzel 2nd, 215 lbs- Alex Hoffman 6th. Honorable Mention 125 lbs- Matt Aleva, 152 lbs- Patrick Morgan. James Ondris who is currently ranked 6th for all of Long Island by The Mat Slap, is somehow missing from the section 8 Rankings.
Click Here to see the LIWA Section 8 Rankings
Click Here to see The Mat Slap Long Island Rankings
December 26, 2009
Photos for the 2009 - 2010 season are being added to the "Photo Albums" Tab and the "Bulletin Board" Tab under "2009 - 2010 MHS Mat Notes".
December 22, 2009
Massapequa 48 Syosset 20
December 18, 2009
Wantagh Duals: Massapequa 45 Plainedge 15 & Wantagh 34 Massapequa 22
December 13, 2009
Massapequa takes 3rd in the Huntington Tournament with 233.5 points. Huntington wins with 257 and Kings Parks takes 3rd with 247.5 points.
See Current Results page for details.
December 9, 2009
Alumni report posted on the Bulletin Board.
December 5, 2009
Massapequa wins the Herricks Tournament.
See Coach Serrano's Blog on Bulletin Board and results on the Current Results page.
December 4, 2009
Coach Serrano's Blog has started. Click on the Bulletin Board Tab and select "2009 - 2010 MHS" from the drop down menu to read the Blog.
November 11, 2009
Letter from FOMW President Dan Wetzel was sent to all those registered with the FOMW's website email. Go to the Alumni Bulletin Board to read the letter.
October 20, 2009
Visit Lighthouse Wrestling to see the Section 8 (Nassau County) Dual Meet and Tournament Team Rankings.
October 20, 2009
MHS Varsity event dates for the 2009 - 2010 season have been posted on the calendar and at the bottom of the Welcome/Home page.
August 12, 2009
Former Massapequa HS wrestler Pete Hausrath (1959) has been selected by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, OK as one of the recipients of the Lifetime Service Award for the NYS Upstate Chapter.
2008-2009 News Headlines
July 27, 2009
The 2nd Annual FOMW Massapequa / Berner Alumni Beach Party will be at Tobay Beach on Saturday, August 8th, 5pm - 9pm.
July 23, 2009
James Ondris goes 2-2 at the USAW Junior Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, ND.
July 22, 2009
Conor Wetzel goes 2-2 at the USAW Cadet Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, ND.
July 20, 2009
Massapequa's Conor Wetzel All Americans at Fargo, North Dakota!
James Ondris has a strong showing going 2-2.
USA Wrestling Cadet Greco Roman Nationals
Cadet-189 - Conor Wetzel 4th Place
Match #1 Conor Wetzel (New York) over Garrett Miller (Pennsylvania) TF 7-0,7-0
Match #2 Skyler Carroll (Montana) over Conor Wetzel (New York) Fall 1-7,1:23
Match #3 Conor Wetzel (New York) over Sam Pirtle (Illinois) Fall 1:35
Match #4 Conor Wetzel (New York) over Curtis Berger (Oregon) Dec 1-0,2-1
Match #5 Conor Wetzel (New York) received a bye.
Match #6 Zack Rutt (Minnesota) over Conor Wetzel (New York) Dec 0-3,2-0,3-2
Match #7 Conor Wetzel (New York) over Anthony Abro (Michigan) Dec 4-0,6-0
Match #9 Justin Walker (California) over Conor Wetzel (New York) Dec 4-2,1-0
USA Wrestling Junior Greco Roman Nationals
Junior-152 - James Ondris DNP
Match #1 James Ondris (N York) over Devon Tutor (Wyoming) Dec 2-1,0-1,2-0
Match #2 James Ondris (N York) over Sergio Guererro (California) Dec 1-1,3-0,1-0
Match #3 Joe Schindel (Ohio) over James Ondris (N York) Dec 1-0,1-0
Match #4 Iver Sandoval (Colorado) over James Ondris (N York) Dec 0-1,1-0,3-0
July 10, 2009
Thanks to everybody who participated in or attended the "Friday Night Lights" event(an outdoor, night time, takedown tournament, under the lights at John Burns Park). The show of support for wrestling on Long Island was fantastic! Over 350 participants and a few thousand spectators!
Visit thematslap.com and lighthousewrestling.com to read about the event
and see pictures and video.
June 15, 2009
James Ondris competes for Team New York at the East Coast Freestyle & Greco Roman Duals, June 14-15, 2009 in Baltimore MD. James posted a 4-2 record in Freestyle and 2-2 in Greco Roman.
May 16, 2009
Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo's clinic at MHS was a great success.
To see photos of the clinic click on the "Photo Albums" Tab.
May 10, 2009
2009 New York State Freestyle and Greco Roman Championships @Broome Community College in Binghamton, May 8-10, 2009
2009 NYS-USAW Cadet Greco Roman Championships:
Chris Sarro 3rd place @135 lbs
Conor Wetzel 1st place @189 lbs
2009 NYS-USAW Cadet Freestyle Championships:
Conor Wetzel 1st place @189 lbs
2009 NYS-USAW Junior Greco Roman Championships:
James Ondris 3rd place @160 lbs
2009 NYS-USAW Junior Freestyle Championships:
James Ondris 2nd place @160 lbs
Patrick Morgan 6th place @145 lbs
May 9, 2009
2008-09 Season Photo Album set-up. Photos by Joe D'Aquila courtesy of Phototrens.com.
April 30, 2009
Click on the "Blogs" Tab then click on the Alumni Division to take a look back at 1999 NYS Champion Tom Katsigiorgis.
April 30, 2009
Ex-Berner HS wrestler Al Feldman featured in Sullivan County Democrat newspaper article about Fallsburg youth wrestling program. To see the article go to the highlighted link below.
April 25, 2009
The MHS Hall of Fame, MHS Section 8 Championship history and MHS NYS Tournament history have all been updated. If any errors or omissions are noted please contact us so we can correct them.
April 16, 2009
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo will be holding a Freestyle Clinic at Massapequa High School on Saturday, May 16th. The clinic is open to all High School and Schoolboy aged wrestlers. The clinic is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by a freestyle dual meet between MHS and LBHS.
April 14, 2009
Massapequa Coach Joe Catalanotto named Section 8 (Nassau County)Rookie Coach of the Year.
April 2, 2009
The FOMW congratulate all youth wrestlers on an oustanding season.
NYS Champions: Garrett Gibbons, Frank Franco
NYS 3rd Place: Andrew Ashmawi
NYS 4th Place: Steve Barsky
NYS 5th Place: Owen Bachelder
NYS 6th Place: Ryan Mullahey
Nassau County (Section 8) Championships:
Jordon Wellington 1st, Nick Franco 2nd, Garrett Gibbons 2nd, Andrew Ashmawi 1st, Kyle Korwan 2nd, Pete Pappas 6th, Dylan Cook 3rd, Kevin Malone 5th, Brendan Nichtern 2nd, Steve Barsky 1st, Shane Gibbons 3rd, Mike Stashin 6th, John Kalinoglu 3rd, Frank Callan 2nd, Mike Pilkington 6th, Tyler Ruth 2nd, Frank Franco 2nd, Ryan Mullahey 4th, Brandon Wellington 2nd.
March 28, 2009
Results of the Long Island Schoolboy Folkstyle Wrestling Championships have been posted. Click on the "Handouts & Articles" Tab to find them.
March 15, 2009
Al Bevilacqua Named Volunteer Chairman of BTS USA Wrestling
February 29, 2009
Suffolk (Section 11) finishes in 1st place and Nassau (Section 8) in 4th place at the NYSPHSAA Championships. Section 8 had 2 Champions and a total of 9 place winners.
2009 NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships
Sectional Team Scoring Totals - Division 1:
Section XI 237.5
Section II 191.0
Section I 186.5
Section VIII 156.0
Section V 150.0
Section IX 146.5
Section VI 103.0
Section IV 96.0
Section III 53.0
Section X 7.0
To see the complete results go to:
February 21, 2009
Nassau County Section 8 Place winners from Massapequa:
103 Rudy Lanzilotta 3rd place
135 Anthony Evangelista 3rd place
152 Josh Maddock 4th place
152 Eric Kaufman 6th place
189 Conor Wetzel 5th place
Click on the results tab to see the complete results
February 21, 2009
The Chief's Josh Maddock drops a heart breaker in OT keeping him from advancing to the Section 8 championship finals. The other four semifinalist were also unable to advance to the finals. Semifinal results can be found on the Mat Slap at the link below:
February 20, 2009
Five Massapequa wrestlers advance to the Nassau County Section 8 Semi-finals: 103 lbs Rudy Lanzilotta, 135 lbs Anthony Evangelista, 152 lbs Eric Kaufman & Josh Maddock, and 189 lbs Conor Wetzel.
Team scores after quarterfinal round (top 15): MacArthur 82.5, Long Beach 68, Wantagh 59.5, Uniondale 51, Massapequa 43, Syosset 42, Plainedge 38, Seaford 34, East Meadow 32.5, Farmingdale 31, Calhoun 30.5, Garden City 29.5, Clarke 26.5, Island Trees 23, Bethpage 22.5
February 13, 2009
Massapequa Qualifies 18 wrestlers for the Nassau County Section 8 Championships next weekend. The Chiefs had 12 finalists and 5 champions.
Island Trees 217
Valley Stream Central 30
103lbs. Rudy Lanzilotta -10th grade
135lbs. Anthony Evangelista-12th grade
152lbs. Josh Maddock-12th grade
160lbs. James Ondris-11th grade
189lbs. Connor Wetzel- 10th grade
96lbs. P. Nash- 10th grade
112lbs. Joe Harris- 10th grade
130lbs. Chris Sarro-10th grade
140lbs. Luciano Loseto-12 grade
152lbs. Eric Kaufman-12th grade
171lbs. Rob Seckler-12th grade
215lbs. Alex Hoffman-11th grade
103lbs. Donohue- 10th grade
145lbs. Patrick Morgan- 11th grade
171lbs. Brendan Monaghan-12th grade
119lbs. Matt Alleva-10th grade
112lbs. Paradiso- 10th grade
130lbs. Nick Chicione-10th grade
Click on the Qualifying Tournament Tab to see all the place winners.
February 10, 2009
Nassau County Section 8 Qualifier date changed to:
Friday, February 13, 2009
Starting Time 3:00 pm
Clarke (host site)
Valley Stream Central
February 9, 2009
19 of the 20 Massapequa Youth wrestlers that participated in the USA Wrestling Nassau County (Section 8) Championships were place winners on Sunday, February 8th. Massapequa had #11 finalist and #3 champions as well as #3 3rd place, #1 5th place & #4 6th place finishers. The USAW NYS championships will be held in Binghamton, NY March 13-15. Congratulation to all the youth wrestlers and Head Coach Tommy Kanlinoglu.
Good luck to them at the state championships!
February 9, 2009
Chiefs Go 16-3 & Runner-up in Sec. 8 Duals
The Massapequa Chiefs advanced to the finals with lopsided wins over Mepham and Calhoun and a great comeback victory over Long Beach in the semi-finals over the week-end.
The team made it to the finals with state ranked and defending Section 8 Team and Dual Champions Mac Arthur High School. The Chiefs ended their dual meet season with a 16-3 record losing only to MacArthur HS in Section 8 competition. Their other two losses were to East Islip (Sec.11) and Ward Melville (Sec.11) at the East Islip Duals last week-end.
The highlight in the semi-finals comeback win over Long Beach where the coaching staff had to juggle the line-up the last two weeks due to the loss of All-County Wrestler and Lacrosse Player Nick Isnardi. After practice while walking home he fell on the ice and broke his foot. The fall resulted in a fracture that needed surgery. The shame of the accident is Nicky is also in jeopardy of missing his final lacrosse season where he is one of the top players on the Island.
In covering the hole in the lineup the coaches chose to move Connor Wetzel, a promising sophomore with great potential, up to heavyweight. The coaches were unaware that the night before Conor's grandfather passed away after a lengthy illness. Wrestling is a big part of the Wetzel family as his Dad is a former Sectional place winner for Berner HS and president of the Friends of Massapequa Wrestling.
Connor won and it was left up to 103lbs. Rudy Lanzatella, also a very promising sophomore. He closed the deal with a decision over his Long Beach wrestler. The Chiefs made it to the finals their first since 2006.
By Al Bevilacqua
February 7, 2009
Nassau County Class A 2009 Dual Meet Championships
Massapequa 28 Long Beach 25 (Massapequa down 19-0 comes from behind)
MacArthur 35 Massapequa 15
February 5, 2009
Nassau County Class A 2009 Dual Meet Championships
Massapequa 51 Memham 9
Massapequa 43 Calhoun 16
Semi finals and Finals at Clarke HS Saturday 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
February 3, 20009
Nassau County Class A 2009 Dual Meet Championships
Round one and two at Massapequa on Thursday, February 5th at 5:00 PM
Massapequa vs Memham
Calhoun vs Baldwin
To see the full bracket, visit the LIWA website at the address below:
January 31, 2009
Massapequa 31, Long Beach 24
January 27, 2009
Massapequa will participate in the Nassau County Section 8 County Qualifier at Clarke High School on February 14th starting at 9:30am. The other participating teams are: Farmingdale, Island Trees, Clarke, Freeport, Plainview & Valley Stream Central. To see all the locations for all the qualifiers and the participating teams, visit the LIWA website at the internet address below:
January 24, 2009
East Islip Duals:
East Islip 31 Massapequa 26
Massapequa 29 Shoreham-Wading River 26
Massapequa 34 John Glenn “B” 16
Ward Melville 37 Massapequa 22
January 23, 2009
Latest LIWA Section 8 Individual Rankings as of 1/18/09 can be found at:
103 - #5 Rudy Lanzilotta
130 - #6 Anthony Evangelista
145 - #4 Josh Maddock
145 - #6 Patrick Morgan
189 - #6 Sean Slattery
Missing from the list are the FOMW's picks: Eric Kaufman & James Ondris.
January 23, 2009
Massapequa 26, Uniondale 24
January 18, 2009
Massapequa Wrestling Ranked #9 on Long Island by The Mat Slap.
January 17, 2009
Massapequa puts in a very solid showing at the Seaford Duals. Back to back pins by Esposito (140) & Losepo (145) followed by Slatery (189) & Hoffman (215) gave the Chiefs enough bonus points to secure the victory against Sachem East. See Current Results for the Match details.
Massapequa 28, Seaford 22
Massapequa 30, Calhoun 14
Massapequa 31 Sachem East 27
The Chiefs are currently ranked #9 on Long Island by The Mat Slap.
January 16, 2009
Massapequa 33, Farmingdale 17
January 14, 2009
Massapequa 43, East Meadow 12
Massapequa's Branden Renda pinned LI's #6 ranked wrestler at 119 lbs and Patrick Morgan defeated LI's #7 ranked wrestler at 140 lbs in OT.
To read the Newsday article, copy and paste the link below into internet explorer:
January 12, 2009
The latest LONG ISLAND WRESTLING INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS published by The Mat Slap include Massapequa senior Anthony Evangelista, ranked #8 @135 lbs.
January 11, 2009
6th Annual Massapequa Youth Wrestling Tournament
Champions - RaZor Wrestling Club (Team MOW - Matthew Milo)
2nd Place - Locust Valley Wrestling (Team MOW - Sam Ward)
3rd Place - Massapequa Wrestling Club (Team MOW - Kyle Korwan)
Thanks to all teams, clubs, coaches and wrestlers for participating in the event.
Thank you parents, coaches, HS team members and youth program parent volunteers, for all your help!
Special thanks to all the Concession Stand Volunteers (Judy Donahue, Rose Lanzillotta, Steve Young, Steve Grimes, Tom Curry, Laura Sarro, Andy O'Connell, Rob Zuoop, Tony Evangelista & Sandy Alleva), Suzanne Doherty for working the front door the entire day, and the Registration Volunteers (Tito Marques, Tom Maddock, Jackie Strumwasser, Jamie Strumwasser & Rudy Lanzillotta). Thanks Laura Maddock and all the tournament committe members (Rich Ruth, Tony Bocchiaro, Steve Young, Steve Grimes, Tom Malone, Tommy Kalinoglu) for all the help and support.
Steve and Vito.
January 10, 2009
Massapequa puts four wrestlers into the finals at the Ted Petersen Tournament with James Ondris emerging as the lone champion at 152 lbs. Out of the nine teams participating, Massapequa finishes in 2nd place in the team scoring.
January 9, 2009
Massapequa 67, Baldwin 3
January 9, 2009
Long Island's Schoolboy Folkstyle Wrestling Championships, sponsored by the FOMW, will be held at the Berner Middle School in Massapequa. The event will take place on Saturday, March 28th 2009. To find out more details, go to the Home Page or click on the Welcome Page Tab.
Wrestler’s born in 1995 or 1996 with No Varsity Experience.
Must present a valid USA Wrestling card at check-in.
Tournament will be limited to the first 250 wrestlers to register. Walk-in’s, only if the 250 limit has not yet been reached.
Weight Classes: 80, 86, 92, 98, 104, 110, 116, 122, 128, 134, 140, 148, 160, 172, 205
January 7, 2009
Massapequa 27, Syosset 21
January 5, 2009
Latest LIWA Section 8 Individual Rankings as of 1/4/09 can be found at:
103 - #4 Rudy Lanzilotta
135 - #4 Anthony Evangelista
140 - #5 Eric Kaufman
145 - #6 Josh Maddock
171 - #6 Nick Isnardi
December 27, 2008
Hauppauge wins the Massapequa Holiday Tournament. Wantagh's Paul Ligouri (2X NYS Champ & 3X place winner) wins tournament MOW and MPLT (4 in 3:54). Hauppauge's Ken Collado (2008 NYS Champ) wins the Inaugural Rudy Fiorvanti "Champion of Champions" award. Massapequa had four finalists, Anthony Evangelista @135lbs, Patrick Morgan @145lbs, Joshua Maddock @152lbs and James Ondris @160lbs, Ondris taking the crown with a 6-4 decision. Full results can be found by clicking on the Current Results Tab.
December 21, 2008
Mat Slap's "LONG ISLAND WRESTLING- INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS" as of 12/08
103 - #7 Rudy Lanzilotta(Mass)
135 - #6 Anthony Evangelista(Mass)
140 - #6 Eric Kaufman(Mass)
Mat Slap's "LI TOP TEN" as of 12/08
1. John Glenn
3. Rocky Point
10. East Islip tie Huntington
To see the complete MatSlap individual rankings go to:
December 20, 2008
Massapequa finishes 2nd at the Nassau County Cup Tournament held at MacArthur HS. Click on the Current Results Tab for the team scores and finals.
December 19, 2008
Click on the Photo Albums Tab to view Pictures of the Alumni Beach BBQ taken by Cliff Gottlieb.
December 17, 2008
Massapequa 47, Island Trees 15
December 16, 2008
LIWA Section 8 (Nassau) Team Rankings
7. Garden City
8. Bellmore JFK
9. Long Beach
6. Garden City
8. Bellmore JFK
9. Long Beach
10. Island Trees
103 - #4 Rudy Lanzilotta, Massapequa 10
135 - #3 Anthony Evangelista, Massapequa 12
140 - #3 Eric Kaufman, Massapequa 12
145 - #6 Josh Maddock, Massapequa 12
171 - #6 Nick Isnardi, Massapequa 12
Main ranking information page:
http://longislandwrestling.org/liwa/hs/rank09.htmSection 8 Division 1 individual rankings as of 12-15-08:
December 15, 2008
The Massapequa Chiefs made a very big statement over the weekend by winning the Team Championship at the Huntington Tournament. The very competitive 34th Annual Huntington HS Tournament was once again loaded with talent. Every wrestler who ever wrestled for the CHIEFS participated in the Tournament during their career. Massapequa won the team championships in their inaugural year and until this day are the only team that ever won the tournament being invited back. Coach Giani built an unbelievable program and his record during his coaching tenure led to him being selected as a Distinguish Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Chiefs showed tremendous depth at every weight class with several of the weights having two place winners. When winter comes every Chief wrestler throughout the 55 years of wrestling, were always asked a simple question " what did you do last summer to become a champion? ". These kids answered the question...they have built themselves physically and most importantly mentally, to compete at the highest level in Long Island and New York State wrestling. Support these kids and make plans to be at the Annual Berner-Massapequa Alumni Reunion on Saturday, Dec. 27th.
Hauppauge- Top Ranked Team in Sec.11- 8th in NYS
Monroe-Woodbury- Sec. 9 Champions- 6th NYS
Wantagh HS- 2nd Ranked Sec. 8-11th NYS
by Al Bevilacqua
December 15, 2008
December 13, 2008
Massapequa wins the Huntington Tournament.
See Current results for details.
December 9, 2008
The Massapequa HS Wrestling Program has kicked off its 53rd season with a great turnout on all levels. The Varsity and JV team have over 70 wrestlers and the Youth team has 134 kids wrestling. The Middle School program will begin the first week in January and usually draws well over 80 wrestlers.
The Inaugural Summer Reunion Beach Party at Tobay Beach was a huge success as Coaches Nordland, Mims and Bevilacqua were on hand to greet over 50 former "Chiefs' & Bisons' and their families. Well over 250 people attended the barbecue on the decks of Tobay Beach and special thanks to Jim Nordland in helping with the coordination of the facility and the barbeque.
The Annual Alumni Berner-Masapequa Wrestling Reunion is scheduled for Saturday December 27th. The 44th Annual Christmas Tournament and Reunion Party is all set. The Holiday Tournament is the oldest on Long Island and the second oldest in New York State behind the Windsor HS Tournament that began 1 year before ours.
For the "out of Towner's" who may have relatives in the area, it would be great time to bring your family back to Massapequa. The tournament always has the highest caliber of competition and this years is the same. Three of the top teams in New York State will be battling for the coveted championships. Hauppauge HS, last year team champions are loaded once again. Wantagh HS who last year had 3 state champions in their line-up, return two of them this season. Monroe Woodbury (Sec.9) already has established itself as one of the top teams winning the Section 9 team Duals and the Johnson City Dual Tournament.
An example of the competition, three wrestlers from the tournament went on to win the NYS State Championships later on. Two of them did not win the Massapequa Christmas Tournament.
The Chiefs worked their butts off during the Spring and Summer competing throughout the off-season. The entire varsity team, through your contributions and donations attended a two week summer intensive camp and participated in several upstate well respected tournaments. The entire coaching staff attended the event with the 35 varsity wrestlers.
The 2008-09 team has a well balanced team with depth at every weight class. Section 8, finished in 2nd place at the states last year and is making a big resurgence into the top tier of NYS. Many young and passionate coaches have taken over the reigns and the responsibility of making Section 8 win their 11 NYS Team Championship.
Hope to see you at the reunion and on behalf of the Friends of Massapequa Wrestling Inc. we wish you a terrific holiday season.
by Al Bevilacqua
December 9, 2008
November 16, 2008
The 6th Annual Massapequa Youth Tournament Flyer and Registration application can be found by clicking on the Handouts & Articles Tab.
September 24, 2008
The 6th Annual Massapequa Youth Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, January 11, 2009.
News Headlines (2/01/08 - 8/31/08)
August 23, 2008
Former MHS wrestler Brendan Mims will be participating in the Paddlers for Humanity Montauk to Block Island 18-mile open ocean paddle. The event will be held on either September 13th or September 14th, dependent on weather conditions. Paddlers for Humanity raises funds and awareness through events like this for worthy, non-profit organizations that focus on community, education, or health. You can help support Brendan's efforts by making a donation to Paddlers for Humanity.
You can find their website at:
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August 22, 2008
Friends of Massapequa Wrestling "Tobay Wrestling" T-shirts (in red or blue) and "FOMW" hats are now available for sale. Both items can be purchased for $15 each. If you live out-of-town (a small charge for postage will be required) or would like to purchase items now, please email us at: email@example.com
August 22, 2008
The FOMW would like to once again recognize and congratulate all 2007-2008 youth wrestlers. We would also like to congratulate those individual place winners at the NYS Championships and or Nassau County Championships.
2007-08 All State Wrestlers:
Jordon Wellington, Steve Barskey, Dylan Cook, Freddie Dunau, Andrew Ashmawi, Frank Franco, John Kalinoglu, Mike Callahan,
2007-08 All County Wrestlers:
Kevin Malone, John Kalinoglu, John Walsh, Dylan Cook, Matt Swanson, Shane Gibbons, Rich Schmactenberg, Michael Callahan,
Bryan Tenny, Ryan Mullahey, Andrew Ashmawi, Fred Dunau, Steve Barskey, Michael Stashin, Kyle Korwan, Jordon Wellington, Frank Franco, Jessie Schaefer, Frankie Callan, Jake Taylor, Dante Patrick
August 9, 2008
More than 250 people attended the first Annual FOMW Beach Party at Tobay Beach on Saturday, August 9th. Thanks to all those who volunteered to make it a great event and a special thanks to all the Tobay Lifeguards.
August 2, 2008
2008 1000 Island Duals @Clayton Arena in Clayton, NY
August 1 & 2, 2008
Team VA/MD 50, Massapequa 7
Massapequa 52, Port Jervis 11
Attica 32, Massapequa 26
Gouverneur 36, Massapequa 21
July 26, 2008
2008 NYS Empire State Games @Binghamton, NY
Greco Roman competition
Rudy Lanzillotta 5th @44kg(98lbs)
Conor Wetzel 4th @80kg(178lbs)
July 8, 2008
Information regarding the Alumni Beach Party Reunion will also be available on The Mat Slap Website, please visit them at: http://www.thematslap.com/
July 3, 2008
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June 22, 2008
Come join us at Tobay beach for the Friends of Massapequa Wrestling Inaugural Beach Party.
4:00 PM Saturday, August 9th / Rain date Sunday, August 10th
To find out all the details, click on the "Handouts & Articles" Tab then click on the "Alumni Beach Party Reunion" Event Flyer.
June 4, 2008
Massapequa is set to compete at the 1000 Island Duals in the Clayton Arena in upstate New York this summer. The event is scheduled to start Friday, August 1st and conclude Sunday, August 3rd. Last year’s team finished in 3rd Place in the Red Bracket.
Last year’s bracket can be found at:
More information about this event can be found at:
May 31, 2008
The Friends of Massapequa Wrestling plan to sponsor a beach outing this summer at Tobay beach. All Massapequa and Berner alumni, family and friends, as well as all the current high school through youth wrestlers are invited. The tentative date for this event is Saturday August 9th. Additional information about this event will be posted as it becomes available.
May 18, 2008
Chris Sarro, Conor Wetzel and Rudy Lanzillotta competed in the Long Island qualifier for the the Empire State Games held at Sachem on May 18th. All three placed top two in Greco Roman and qualified for the Games this summer.
May 11, 2008
Massapequa Cadet wrestlers Matthew Alleva, Chris Sarro, Nicholas Chicoine, James Ondris and Conor Wetzel competed in the New York State Cadet Freestyle Championships @Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY on May 10th & 11th. Matt wrestled very tough as did Chris and Nick who both went 2-2. James and Conor both placed 5th. Congratulations Cadets!
Shane Strumwasser was a double state champion at the New York State Junior Freestyle and Greco Roman Championships held @Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY on May 9-11th. Shane also competed in the USAW Western Junior Regional Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 23rd - 26th. Shane was the Freestyle Champion and placed 3rd in Greco.
May 2, 2008
High School Wrestling Rules Changes Announced for 2008-09
The time sequence for the offensive wrestler in assuming the offensive starting position was standardized. First, the wrestler must set the knee(s) and feet. Second, the wrestler must place the palm of one hand on the navel. Third, the wrestler must place the palm of the other hand on or over the near elbow. Fourth, the referee shall pause momentarily before starting wrestling. This rule change is meant to provide consistency for coaches, wrestlers and referees. To read all the rule changes go to:
Wrestling is the sixth-most popular program for high school boys in terms of participants, with 257,246 boys wrestling in 9,445 schools throughout the country. It is also gaining popularity among high school girls, with 5,048 girls participating in 1,227 schools, according to the NFHS 2006-07 High School Athletics Participation Survey.
May 1, 2008
Need results for the Nassau Freestyle tournament.
If anyone has them please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 20, 2008
2008 Section 11 Junior Freestyle Championships @Kings Park HS
Joe Harris 2nd @105
Kyle Paradiso 2nd @135
Anthony Evangilista 3rd @135
James Ondris Champion @152
Josh Maddock 3rd @160
April 20, 2008
2008 Section 11 Cadet Freestyle Championships @Kings Park HS
Rudy Lanzillotta Champion @98
Christopher Sarro 2nd @125
April 19, 2008
2008 Section 11 Schoolboy Freestyle Championships @Kings Park HS
Jake Spero 3rd @112
Andrew Chicoine 4th @112
Andrew Hoffman 3rd @120
Robert Gerraputa 3rd @128
April 15, 2008
2008 Jr High Battle Royale Results:
80 lbs: J Cooksey, S Pauo, B Grimes, A Ward
86 lbs: T Cozier, J Dunn, V Pannullo, J Persuad
92 lbs: J Steiger, R Tagliagambe, S Schneider, L Masterson
98 lbs: C Thomson, M Raghunandan, C Marlow, L Panebianco
104 lbs: P Schiandicola, M Szilagyi, O Allen, V Turano
110 lbs: T McCann, A Chicoine, R Carter, T Smith
116 lbs: W Wilson, A Popko, T Vigliarolo, M Long
122 lbs: D Morgan, Wenthen, E Derecktor, H Rosen
128 lbs: N Travis, D Magennis, R Gerraputa, J Krueger
134 lbs: S Benitez, E Walsh, B Cassar, A Aver
140 lbs: J Barnett, M Dittmeier, J Byrnes, J Cataldo
145 lbs: D Fowler, M Cottone, A Dreksler, J Doupe
160 lbs: C Zitz, B Dowling, A Vasquez
172 lbs: N Lupi, J Tustin, J Bosco
205 lbs: R Okeefe, V Cerullo
April 12 & 13, 2008
Nassau Cadet & Junior Freestyle Championships @Baldwin High School.
Many Massapequa HS wrestlers are participating. Results will be posted when they are available.
April 11, 2008
The Massapequa High School Wrestling dinner was a huge success and all those who attended had a great time. Booster club President Steve Young did an awesome job hosting the dinner and presenting awards to recognize club volunteers and all the graduating seniors. Then, with the help of special guest Walter Sosnowski, Mr. Young presented career achievement awards to Mike Doria and Shane Strumwasser. That was followed by the Coaches awards presentation. Coach Catalanotto, Shippos and Serrano took time to speak about every wrestler on the team during the awards presentation. Then the captains and seniors presented a long list of both serious and humorous awards to their teammates. The evening was capped off with the viewing of a great slide show put together by a group of seniors followed by a music video highlighting the season. Good luck to our seniors: Mike Curry, Mike Doria, Stefan Goldberger, Tom Grimes, Jon Murray, Chris Petrik, Pat Schmidt, Shane Strumwasser and Pat Weinschreider. Thanks to all the parents that helped make the evening a great success. Special thanks to Steve Young, Laura Maddock, Tom & Barbara Curry, Anthony & Nancy Evangelista and Steve & Mary Ellen Grimes.
April 4, 2008
The Massapequa High School Wrestling team wins the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Scholar Athlete Team State Championship Award.
Shane Strumwasser was one of nine Long Island wrestlers named to Newsday's All Long Island Team for Wrestling.
Link to the Newsday article:
March 31, 2008
Shane Strumwasser goes 5-2 at the National High School Coaches Association High School Senior Nationals in Virginia Beach. Shane lost in the the All American placing round to Dustin Walraven of South Dakota, a 3X State champion, 5-2. Walraven went on to take 4th place. See results tab for details.
March 30, 2008
Thanks to all the volunteers that helped make Sunday's 1st Jr High Battle Royale Wrestling tournament a success.
March 22, 2008
Rudy Lanzillotta places 4th at the NJ War at the Shore.
March 16, 2008
Please note the Due Date for the Jr. High Tournament applications has been changed from March 19th to March 22nd.
March 15, 2008
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March 11, 2008
Massapequa to Host the "Long Island Jr High Battle Royale Wrestling Tournament" @Massapequa HS, Sunday, March 30th.
Volunteers needed, please contact email@example.com
Tournament Flyer/application can be found by clicking on the Tab "Handouts & Articles".
March 9, 2008
New York State Championships @Rochester Blue Cross Arena
Mike Doria 4th place NYS D1 @130 lbs
Shane Strumwasser 3rd place NYS D1 @135 lbs
New York State Sportsmanship Award - Shane Strumwasser, Section 8
to view brackets go to:
March 6, 2008
The FOMW needs volunteers for the upcoming Jr. High Battle Royale Wrestling tournament to be held Sunday, March 30th.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Long Island's Jr. High Battle Royale Wrestling Tournament Flyer/application can be found by clicking on the Tab "Handouts & Articles".
February 24, 2008
Section VIII (Nassau County) Championships @ Hofstra University's Mack Arena
Massapequa 6th Place
Mike Doria Champion @130 lbs
Shane Strumwasser Champion @135 lbs & Champion of Champions
Eric Kaufman 4th @119 lbs
Team scores (top 15): MacArthur 224, Wantagh 168, Plainedge 140.5, Seaford 131.5, Baldwin 111, Massapequa 96, Garden City 95.5, Calhoun 89.5, East Meadow 81, Syosset 80.5, Clarke 68.5, Farmingdale 65, Uniondale 65, Bethpage 54.5, Division 50.
Click on the "Current Results" tab to see the complete results.
February 16, 2008
Nassau Qualifying Tournament @Massapequa
18 Massapequa Wrestlers Qualify for Section VIII (Nassau County) Championships. Massapequa had 9 finalists and 7 champions.
MOW: Shane Strumwasser
96 - Lanzillotta
119 - Kaufman
125 - Evangelista
130 - M. Doria
135 - Strumwasser
140 - Maddock
171 - Isnardi
103 - J. Doria
135 - Ondris
96 - Tralongo
112 - Renda
103 - Harris
119 - Weinschreider
125 - Morgan
130 - Chicoine
145 - Grimes
160 - Wetzel
171 - Murray
Click on the Qualifying Tournament Tab to see the complete results.
February 9, 2008
Nassau County Class A Dual Meet Championships Semifinals @Clarke High School:
Uniondale 28, Massapequa 26
February 1, 2008
Dual Meet Championship Quarterfinals @Calhoun High School:
Massapequa 30, Syosset 29
Dual Meet Championship Preliminaries @Calhoun High School:
Massapequa 32, Freeport 28
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