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  • Massapequa Wrestling
  • The Tradaition Continues
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  • 2010 & 2011 Section 8 Dual Meet Champions

12th Annual Gary Mims Massapequa Youth Wrestling Tournament

This year's tournament is scheduled for Sunday, January 18th, 2015. 

 All registration should be done online before Tuesday, January 13th.

Register at:

Please make sure you advise parents of what Group (Beginner or Experienced), Division, Weight, and Rating they should apply when registering their child.

It is also acceptable for you to collect individual registration forms & fees and handle all the online registration yourself.

Please contact Mike Liardi for forms or
Click Here for the both the Flyer and Registration & Medical Waiver form 

  If you have any questions, please contact Mike Liardi at (516) 607-3129 or Dean Zenie at (631) 748-2951


2014 - 2015 Season

Click Here for The Mat Slap Long Island Rankings

Click Here for The NY Wrestling News NY State Rankings

LIWA Section 8 D1 Individual Ranking as of 12/17/14
106 G Gibbons #3, Petrakis #5
@113 S Gibbons #4, Kalinoglu #5
Bran-Umana #6
@170 Brachfeld #3
@220 O'Mahoney #1

Brentwood (Bwd) 35, Massapequa (Mass) 33
December 10, 2014
126 - Isac Brizuela (Bwd) md. John Kalinoglu (Mass) 11-2
132 - Andrew Ashmawi (Mass) pinned Kelvin Mejia (Bwd) 1:59
138 - Michael Cardona (Bwd) dec. Mike Stashin (Mass) 5-2
145 - Gerardo Sanchez (Bwd) dec. Jesse Bran-Umana (Mass) 1-0
152 - Jonathon Lazo (Bwd) md. Mike Imbriano (Mass) 9-0
160 - Steven Castellanos (Bwd) pinned Dan Hamilton (Mass) 2:31
170 - Steven Nunez (Bwd) dec. Pat Devito (Mass) 9-3
182 - Paul Brachfeld (Mass) pinned Brandon Ortiz (Bwd) 0:15
195 - Nick Roth (Mass) pinned Jason Arriagandada (Bwd) 1:53
220 - George O'mahony (Mass) pinned Rich Solis (Bwd) 0:49
285 - Thomas Amato (Mass) pinned Nathan Hogan (Bwd) 3:59
  99 - Steven Quintanilla (Bwd) by FFT
106 - Jesse Telles (Bwd) dec. Angelo Petrakis (Mass) 4-2
113 - Carlos Aucancela (Bwd) dec. Garrett Gibbons (Mass) 7-2
120 - Shane Gibbons (Mass) dec. Edwin Mejia (Bwd) 8-5

Match notes:
George O'mahony @220 is now 5 - 0 on the season, all wins by pin.
@182 Brachfeld, @195 Roth, @220 O'mahony & @285 Amato reel off four consecutive pins for 24 team points in the dual.
@120 Shane Gibbons has a defensive pin that the Ref did not see to call. Gibbons trailing with 6 seconds on the clock,
takes Mejia down to his back for the go ahead victory on points 8 - 5. The pin would have given Pequa a 1 point dual meet win.

@106 Telles ranked #4 Sec 11 preseason @99
@113 Aucancela ranked #2 Sec 11 preseason @113
@138 Cardona ranked #4 Sec 11 preseason @145
@170 Nunez ranked #4 Sec 11 preseason @195


Battle at the Beach at Long Beach
December 6, 2014

Team Scores

1. Massapequa 245
2. Long Beach 234
3. Hewlett 226
4. Wantagh 218.5
5. Oceanside 118.5
6. Lynbrook 114
7. East Meadow 104
8. Syosset 72.5
9. Wingate 68 - PSAL
10. Kellenberg Memorial 63.5
11. South Side 52.5
12. Eagle Academy 42.5 - PSAL
13. Hillcrest 33 - PSAL
14. Clarkstown South 27 - Sec 1
15. Clarke 11

Championship Finals
 99 - Kyle Mosher (SS) pinned Mark Mansa (Syo) 1:06
106 - Jacori Teemer (LB) pinned Justin Vines (Wan) 0:13
113 - Matt Maquet (LB) dec. Jonathan Loew (Wan) 4-1
120 - Kyle Quinn (Wan) pinned Shane Gibbons (Mass) 0:40
126 - Matthew Swanson (Lyn) dec. Alexander Vargas (Syo) 6-5
132 - Vito Arujau (Syo) md. Lucas Pincus (Hew) 15-4
138 - Owen Bachelder (Hew) dec. Elijah Rodriguez (LB) 2-0
145 - Tyrese Byron (LB) dec. Mike Choi (EM) 9-7 SV
152 - Marc Paez (LB) dec. Anthony Salamone (Lyn) 5-2
160 - Charles Tsakh (Hew) pinned Joshua Levenson (EM) 1:11
170 - Wensel Pierre (Win) pinned Paul Brachfeld (Mass) 3:00
182 - Tyreek Bromley (LB) pinned Terry Micourt (Hew) 0:44
195 - Nathanael Rose (Ea) TF Anthony Pena (Oc) 25-10
220 - George O`Mahony (Mass) pinned Marcos Watkins (EM) 2:46
285 - Paul Lane (Hew) dec. Mike Curiel (Hew) 2-1

Most Outstanding Wrestler: Marc Swanson (126, Lynbrook)
Most Pins Least Time: George O'Mahony (220, Massapequa), 4 in 5:42

Consolation Finals
 99 - Michael Killard (Wan) pinned Joe Becker (Lyn) 4:55
106 - Angelo Petrakis (Mass) dec. Quinn O`Rourke (Oc) 2-1
113 - Garrett Gibbons (Mass) pinned John Deridder (Wan) 1:19
120 - John Kalinoglu (Mass) dec. Vinny Candela (Oc) 10-9
126 - Kash Calderon (Oc) dec. Josh Newman (Km) 7-0
132 - Andre Cunha (EM) dec. Andrew Ashmawi (Mass) 6-2
138 - Charlie Spada (LB) md. Christain Pulieo (Mass) 14-5
145 - Jesse Bran-Umana (Mass) def. Jarron Koretz (Oc) 5 Match Rule
152 - Nick Rogers (Wan) pinned Keith Thompson (Hlc) 4:30
160 - Zachery Kornberg (Lyn) / Colm Magner (Wan) Tied For 4th - 5 Match Rule
170 - Alex Gordon (Hew) TF Jake Spreckman (CS) 17-1
182 - Isaac Desir (Win) pinned Thomas Rutherig (LB) 0:30
195 - Judens Claude (Win) pinned Tredd Smith (Hew) 4:11
220 - Stephen Salerno (Hew) pinned Aaron Williams (Hlc) 3:47
285 - Patrick Smith (Wan) pinned Greg Bernal (Hew) 1:50

5th/6th Place Match

 99 - Joseph Russo (Wan) def. Pablo Martinez (LB) Inj Dflt
106 - James Langan (Wan) pinned Clifford Cornell (SS) 2:22
113 - Jason Javier (Km) def. Michael Fishman (Oc) Inj Dflt
120 - Dan Rivers (EM) dec. Josh Bourne (LB) 10-5
126 - Travis Paradiso (Mass) dec. Greg Wildstein (LB) 3-1
132 - Mike Stashin (Mass) dec. Shamar Griffith (Win) 6-2
138 - Joseph Moscato (Km) dec. Luke Evans (Oc) 7-4
145 - Anthony Arena (Lyn) def. Brandon Devivio (LB) Inj Dflt
152 - Andrew Zagorski (Wan) def. Palo Carre (SS) 5 Match Rule
160 - Vance Cuffee (Ea) pinned Jared Magnone (Hew) 1:40
170 - Nick Normile (Clk) dec. Pat Devito (Mass) 1-0
182 - Gavin Casey (Wan) pinned Anthony Cancellarich (Hew) 3:25
195 - Nick Roth (Mass) pinned Kevin Smithwick (Mass) 1:05
220 - Francisco Zuart (Oc) pinned John Ryan (Km) 2:55
285 - Matthew Renz (Lyn) dec. Mike Regan (Mass) 4-3


Roth Family Benefit

Roth Family Benefit
Saturday November 15th 2014
4pm - 8pm
Massapequa Fire department
5478 Merrick Road
Massapequa, NY 11758

2012 Massapequa High School Graduate Matthew Roth is suffering from a serious illness that has baffled the best medical minds at the top hospitals in Manhattan and Boston. Matt has lost 97lbs since December 2013 and the weight loss continues. His only hope now appears too be the Mayo Clinic's center for undiagnosed diseases, but his family's insurance company refuses to pay. The family's finances have been devastated by medical expenses and are in need of help. Matt's brother Nick is a valued member of the MHS wrestling program, his parents are longtime residents of Massapequa, and his dad is a 30+yr member of the Massapequa Fire Department. Please help us to help the Roth Family.

Tickets for the event are $40 adults & $20 children.

You can order tickets in advance by mailing The Roth Family Benefit c/o 10 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758
Please make all checks payable to The Heather Pendergast Foundation
If you have any questions, please contact Stacy 516-318-2992.

Anyone, including local merchants, who would like to make a donation for the Chinese Auction Fundraiser, can contact either Stacy or the Massapequa Fire Department.



Click here for Flyer and Details

Dates:               Monday September 15th to Thursday November 6th

Days:                            Mondays and Thursdays when school is in session

Costs:                           $150 (includes 16 sessions and mandatory USA card)

                                       Make checks to The Friends of Massapequa Wrestling

Grades:                        7th-12th

Time:                             6:00pm-7:30pm

Where:                          Massapequa High School Wrestling Room

Address:                      4925 Merrick Road, Massapequa NY 11795


Clinicians:                    Massapequa Wrestling Staff

Ron Serrano                Massapequa Varsity Wrestling Coach

Kevin Shippos            Massapequa Asst Wrestling, Varsity Football Coach, Penn State Wrestler, H.S. National Champ

Phil Soman                  1998 Nassau County Champ, All State, Wrestled @ Syracuse University

Mike Labella                 Massapequa Wrestling, Football, & Lacrosse Coach, NY H.S. State Champion, Edinboro wrestler

John Hamilton             National Wrestling Hall of Fame Member, Former East Meadow Athletic Director, Coached 10 Nassau County Champions & 87 place finishers 

Howie Greenblatt        National Wrestling Hall of Fame Member, Coached 41 Nassau County Champions & 22 NY State  


Massapequa Wins Red Bracket at 1000 Island Duals

Aug 1 - 3, 2014



Island Wide Summer Duals

July 19, 2014

Massapequa 43 Brentwood 27

North Rockland 39 Massapequa 30

Massapequa 60 Wantagh 12

Massapequa 50 Locust Valley 24

Massapequa 50 Island Trees 19


2014 LIWA Golf Outing

Tom Malone, Head Coach Ron Serrano, Bob Nash & Coach Mike Tobia


Off-season Wrestling

NYS USA Wrestling Freestyle & Greco Tournament
May 10th, 2014

Paul Brachfeld 2nd in NYS freestyle, 3rd Greco Cadet
Travis Paradiso 3rd in NYS freestyle, 6th Greco Cadet
Andrew Ashmawi 5th in NYS freestyle, 4th Greco Cadet 
Matt Harrison 6th in NYS freestyle, 4th Greco Cadet
Chase O'mahoney 3rd in NYS Greco Junior
Joe O'rouke 5th in NYS Greco Cadet
Jesse Umana 6th in NYS Greco Cadet
Hunter Scuttelaro 6th in NYS Greco Cadet
Mike Spagnuolo 6th in NYS Greco Junior
Dan Hamilton 6th in NYS Greco Cadet

Eagle Academy NYS USAW Qualifier
May 3rd, 2014

Mike Imbriano 1st Place
Mike Quadrino 2nd Place
Chase O'Mahoney 2nd Place
Paul Brachfeld 2nd Place
Jesse Umana 2nd Place
Joe O'rouke 3rd Place
Mike Spagnuolo 3rd Place
Matt Harrison 4th Place

Kings Park NYS USAW Qualifier
April 26, 2014

Paul Brachfeld 1st Palce
Mike Quadrino 1st Palce
Angelo Petrakis 1st Place
Andrew Ashmawi 2nd Place
Dan Hamilton 2nd Place
John Kalinoglu 2nd Place
Jesse Umana 3rd Place
Travis Paradiso 3rd Place
Joe O'rourke 4th Place
Mike Imbriano 4th Place

Clarke NYS USAW Qualifier
April 19, 2014
Travis Paradiso 1st Place
Mike Quadrino 2nd Place
Matt Harrison 3rd Place
Dan Malone 3rd Place
Chris Abatiello 3rd Place
Hunter Suctellaro 4th Place
Jesse Umana 5th Place
Mike Spagnuolo 5th Place
Mike Imbriano 5th Place

Center Moriches Tournament
Saturday April 12, 2014
Paul Brachfeld 1st Place
George O'Mahony 2nd Place
Jesse Umana 3rd Place
Andrew Ashmawi  2nd Place
Mike Imbriano 4th Place

Ohio Tournament of Champions
April 26,
Chase Liardi finishes in 6th Place
Chase lost 5-4 in the semis to the tournament runner-up
then had too injury default to 6th


War at the New Jersey Shore
April 18 - 19, 2014
Chase Liardi 2nd Place
Shane Gibbons 3rd Place
Garrett Gibons 5th Place


Brute Empire Nationals
April 11 - 13, 2014
Chase Liardi 1st Place
Anthony Conetta 2nd Place
Angelo Petrakis 5th Place
Garrett Gibbons 1st Place
Massapequa wrestlers joined the Long Beach Gladiators Middle school & HS Dual meet teams
coach by Miguel Rodriguez, the Middle school team captured 3rd Place
Shane Gibbons went 4-1 at the HS Duals including a huge win
over NYS D2 Runner-up Jonathan Gomez (5 - 2)



Click here to purchase a USA Wrestling card.
HS team members are included in the MHS USAW Team Membership, Please check with Coach Serrano.

National High School Coaches Association National Tournament

Congratulations to Massapequa's All-American Angelo Petrakis for placing 8th
at the NHSCA's National Wrestling event


Nassau County (section 8) Awards Dinner

Massapequa award winners Josh & Paul Brachfeld, Shane Gibbons, Tim Gungor,
George O'Mahony & Garrett Gibbons at the Nassau County Dinner with
Coach Shippos & Coach Serrano

All-County Place Winners George O'Mahony, Paul Brachfeld,
Tim Gungor and brothers Shane & Garrett Gibbons
with Coaches Serrano and Shippos

Coach Serrano, League 1A Coach of the Year
(that didn't take long!)

Youth New York State Championship Events

March 16, 2014
Chase Liardi won his second NY USA Wrestling Youth Championship two weekends ago at Bayshore High School.  He then traveled up to Syracuse this past weekend to pin his way through the NYWAY State Championships to secure State Titles from both organizations.

Anthony Conetta won his first NY USA Wrestling Championship in dominating fashion at Bayshore two weeks ago. He then also traveled up to Syracuse, bumped up a weight class, and placed second with a hard fought OT finals match.  Alex Giuliani placed 5th and Johnathan Brachfeld 4th at the NY USA Wrestling Championships.

Anthony Conetta NY USAW Champion & Alex Giuliani 5th Place


2014 Nassau County Section 8 Championships

February 19, 2014
Tim Gungor receives a wildcard for the NYSPHSAA State Championship

February 16, 2014
Massapequa finishes 4th in the overall team score
Top ten:
1. Wantagh 156.5, 2. Plainedge 144.0, 3. MacArthur 133.0,
4. Massapequa 130.5, 5. Levittown Division 129.5, 6. Farmingdale 109.5,
7. Syosset 99.0, 8. Mepham 96.5, 9. Seaford 92.0, 10. Garden City 91.5

Massapequa All-County Place-winners:
Fr. Shane Gibbons 3rd place @99lbs
7th Gr. Garrett Gibbons 4th place @99lbs
Soph. Paul Brachfeld 6th place @170lbs
Jr. George O'Mahony 6th place @220lbs
Sr. Tim Gungor 3rd place @285lbs

Angelo Petrakis and John Kalinoglu both lost in the round to place.

Click Here to see the complete results and brackets on LIWA

Garrett Gibbons, Shane Gibbons and Tim Gungor win their respective consolation Semi-final 
wrestlebacks to advance to the consolation championship match for third place
Paul Brachfeld and George O'Mahony will be wrestling for 5th place

February 15, 2014
Massapequa in first place after day one of the Nassau County Championships!

Chiefs place four wrestlers into the Semi-finals including the Gibbons brothers Shane & Garrett at 99 lbs.
Joining them are George O'Mahony at 220 lbs and Tim Gungor at 285 lbs.

Click here for the Matslap semi-final pairings and Team scores


50th Annual Massapequa Holiday Tournament

The Massapequa Holiday Tournament will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Friday December 27th.  It is the second oldest Holiday tournament in New York State, started by Legendary Hall of Fame Coach Al Bevilacqua. The oldest, the Windsor Holiday Tournament began one year earlier. This event has consistently been one of the top in season tournaments in the state with numerous Sectional and NYS Place winners competing against each other. This year’s field includes: Bethpage (8), Connetquot (11), Division (8), Great Neck South (8), Long Beach (8), Hauppauge (11), Monroe-Woodbury (9) and Massapequa (8). The most recent Long Island Team Rankings published by our friends at MatSlap list Hauppauge as #3 and Connetquot as #4. Based on the MatSlap individual rankings, 13 of Long Island’s Top Ranked wrestlers could be competing in their respective weight classes at the event. Based on the most recent individual Sectional rankings available, there could be a total of 38 ranked wrestlers (#20 Section 8, #8 Section 9 & #10 Section 11) participating.


Benefit for Jonathan Kaloust

August 2013
Thanks to all those who joined us at John Burns Park on Sunday August 25th
for a Special Benefit
to honor Jonathan Kaloust, fallen Navy SEAL,
All County wrestler from Massapequa, and former Binghamton University wrestler


Massapequa Wins the Red Bracket at 1000 Island Duals

August 6, 2013
Shane Gibbons helps lead Chiefs, goes Undefeated (6-0) at 1000 Island Duals
After dropping a very close match in the first round of the Gold Bracket on day one, the Chiefs battled back to the Red Bracket. On day two, they reeled off three consecutive wins to capture the title as Red Bracket Champions. Team members included: 100lbs- Shane Gibbons, Garret Gibbons, Angelo Petrakis & Brandon Doyle / 107lbs- John Kalinoglu & Travis Paradiso / 115lbs- Andrew Ashmawi / 123lbs- Tim Cullen / 130lbs- Justin Grimes / 137lbs- Dan Malone / 145lbs- Dan Lucy / 154lbs- Kevin Burke / 162lbs- Robert Nash & Mike Imbriano / 173lbs- James Grillo & Nick Roth / 182lbs Paul Brachfeld / 197lbs- Steven Lee / 220lbs- Brian Tenny / 285lbs- Jake Trout
Special thanks to Coaches- Serrano & Hamilton


Doherty Brothers to be Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Grand Opening Ceremony of the Al Bevilacqua Wrestling Room

October 7, 2012 

The Al Bevilacqua Wrestling Room

 Thanks to everyone who attended the dedication ceremony and grand opening of the new wrestling room. The turnout was amazing and comprised a diverse group of local residents, students of all ages, school officials, school board members, politicians, alumni from near and far, and a who's who from the wrestling community including numerous Hall of Fame members. It was a great event for all those who attended, October 5th, 2012. 
Photos taken by Joe DAquila of

Click here to see more photos

Click here to see more photos


Click Here to see the Al Bevilacqua Wrestling Room Walls of Fame

Click Here to go to the Beat The Streets website Article

Click Here to go to the Massapequa Obserever website Article

Wrestling Room Donors (in no particular order, please email us if your name is missing):

Special Thanks to: William Young, Jerry Seinfeld, Jeffery Pheffer, James O'Rourke

Christopher Chimeri, Mundo Family, Helen Guido, James Ondris, Daniel Maccarone

John Piropato MHS AD, Richard O’Malley, Vincent Valvo, Tom Kalinoglu, Keith Kocis

Tony Iovino, James Kary, Gary Bennet, Gary Jaeger, Mike Labella, Eagle Heating

Patrick DeVito, Kathleen & Richard Langsaw, Jerry Seinfeld, Gary Spero , Andrew Boyar

James Mott, Harold Taylor, Leonard Paradiso, Bevilacqua Family, James O’Rourke & Family

Nash Family, William Young, Bettina & William Foody, Ronnie Wackstein, Barbara Ludwig

Reade Quets, Raymond Spina, Mark Fitzgerlad, Wayne McQuade, Thomas Corsitto

Michael Pully, Donohue Family, Tobay Lifeguards, Ram Family, Justin McCormick

Baldwin Family Fund, David Kimmel Foundation, Pamela J. Noonan-Coppola

Peter Marques, Gibbons Family, Cutler – Roth Family Trust, Debra Schuss Clemens

Jeffery Pheffer, Strumwasser Family, Wetzel Family , Richard (Pete) Hausrath

Frank Lamagna, James Rooney, Gary Mims & Family, Tom Malone & Family

Christopher Gawrych, The Hamilton Family, Jack Fiorvanti & Carol Kenngot,

Robert Nelson, one of the "Basement Boys" on the 1955-56, 56-57 & 57-58 MHS Wrestling teams

Chris Broccolli, Neil Weiss, Massapequa Wrestling Booster Club

The Friends of Massapequa Wrestling


We also thank the 2012 Mims Scholarship Fund Donors:

Sam & Tim Cullen

Lucey Family

Joseph Labella


To make a tax deductible contribution, please mail a check payable to the:
“Friends of Massapequa Wrestling Inc", P.O. Box 61, Massapequa, N.Y. 11758

please note wrestling room or scholarship fund



Richie Kelly

1958 LI Championships Richie Kelly vs. Chuck Geddes (Bay Shore)2-0


1958 - 1959 Team

MHS Wrestling Team 1962

MHS Wrestling Alumni from the graduating class of 1962 will soon celebrate their 50th class reunion. Congratulations!

For more information, please contact Jim Mott at

Class of 1972

Class of 1972

Baldwin and Eldowney share WIN’s Mike Chapman Impact Award

School district announces the HS wrestling room will be named after Al Bevilacqua

Click Here to read article
By:Various Sources / Gary Abbott, Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - © 2012

Click Here to read the Massapequa Observer article
By:Theresa Caivano, Friday, December 30, 2011
Massapequa Observer - © 2011 Massapequa Observer

Click Here to read the Massapequa Patch article
By:Edward Robinson, Thursday, January 5, 2012
Massapequa Patch - © 2012 Massapequa Patch

National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum announces Class of 2012

November 28, 2011
The Bevilacqua’s –First Father & Son To Make the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Al Bevilacqua will receive the Order of Merit for his contributions to the advancement of wrestling. Bevilacqua has been coaching and promoting wrestling for 47 years as an organizer, administrator, teacher, and coach at the national and state levels. He is also one of the founders of Beat the Streets New York City wrestling program.

Chris Bevilacqua, a two-time All-American for Penn State, is the founder and CEO of Bevilacqua Media Company, whose mission is to be a principal investor and strategic advisor for media and entertainment assets. Prior to forming BMC, Bevilacqua was the CEO of Creative Artist Agency (CAA) Sports Media Ventures, Co-Founder of CSTV which was sold to CBS Sports in 2005 and Global Director of Negotiations for Nike Inc., from 1994-1999.

Chris is also the son of Al, which makes these honorees the first father and son to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in the same year.

1960 Squad has 50th Reunion

50th Reunion for the class of 1960 Richard (Pete) Hausrath, Joe Ingarozza, Ron Salzman, Richard O'Mara (59), and Mike Angstreich.

1960 MHS Wrestling Team

Mike Angstreich, Jeff Enck, Joe Ingarozza (Co-Capt), Joe Cimenna, Richard (Pete) Housrath, George Young, Joe Giannini, Randy Broger, Ron Salzman (Co-Capt). Missing Richard Warnke and George Rivera.



February 13, 1952 - April 13, 2007

Rudy Fiorvanti, a 1970 Massapequa HS alumnus passed away peacefully at his home in East Northport, LI, NY, surrounded by his loving family, his wife Patricia, sons Michael and Patrick, along with his daughters, Annie and Christie. Rudy was stricken with a deadly disease, leukemia, this past year and battled throughout the past months and showed extreme courage before he succumbed, he was 55.

Rudy was a rare three sport athlete, he lettered in football, wrestling and lacrosse in high school. In his senior year, he was the only wrestler to defeat the state champion and finished as a Nassau County Championship finalist. Although Rudy wasn't a state wrestling champion, he was a true champion nonetheless.

He attended Nassau CC, where he was undefeated in wrestling and entered the National Junior Championships, as the second ranked wrestler in the nation. He later attended Hofstra University where he competed in all three sports and was a qualifier at the 1975 NCAA Wrestling Championships.

In his opening bout, he defeated Bob Steele (Wyoming), 6-3. After graduation, he worked as a South Shore lifeguard at Tobay Beach, where he was involved in beach competition teams, including the line pull rescue. He led Tobay to numerous championships against the best squads on Long Island and the Eastern seaboard. Also, at Tobay he captured awards at the Tyler Lynde Memorial Boat Race, with his rowing partner and lifelong friend, Gary Jaeger. He was a lifeguard for the past 37 years.

Rudy also founded Action Fitness, a sports and fitness superstore where he was the president in the family owned business since 1981. Rudy's brother, Ed, is now currently the presiding officer in the company, at the Hauppauge based superstore. Rudy was also the Operations Manager and coordinator for The Mat Slap, a popular wrestling website and annual publication. Rudy is survived by his brothers, Ed, Jack and Thomas, along with his sister, Mary.

The most important part of Rudy's life was his family, which always came first, followed by his close friends. Rudy provided everything for his family and would do anything for his many friends. He was respected, revered and loved by everyone. His legacy is a caring, compassionate and a benevolent person, with a heart of gold. He brought so much to the table, and if you were a friend of Rudy's, it was for a lifetime.

In a book witten by Tom Rath, Vital Friends, The People You Can't Afford To Live Without, the author describes eight vital roles; builder, champion, collaborator, companion, connector, energizer, mind opener and navigator, Rudy possessed all of those characteristics.

We lost a giant of a man, a person that comes along once in a lifetime. Another close friend said, "God will never ask you to carry a stone that is too heavy", but the passing of Rudy Fiorvanti is a huge loss and will be difficult for everyone that knew him. He will be missed tremendously and always be remembered. He will be "Forever in our Hearts". We know that God only takes the best and he took one of the great ones. We will miss you and always love you! May God Bless him and his loving family.

A scholarship fund in Rudy's name has been established. If you would like to donate, please send your contribution to the Tobay Lifeguards, 23 Bonnie Kay Court, Sayville, NY 11782.

written by Jim Nordland

Wrestling Links

Wrestling Links

Please send donations to:

Friends of Massapequa Wrestling
P.O. Box 61
Massapequa, N.Y. 11758

Please Indicate donations to the Gary & Barbara Mims Scholarship Fund as such in the memo field.

Thank you for your support.

Upcoming Events

Saturday,  Dec 20
Minisink Valley Dual Tournament 9:00am
Saturday,  Dec 27
Massapequa Christmas Tournament 9:00am
Saturday,  Jan 3
Ted Petersen Island Trees Tournament 9:00am
Union Endicott Duals 10:00am
Sunday,  Jan 4
Union Endicott Duals 10:00am
Wednesday,  Jan 7
Hempstead 5:30pm
Seaford 5:30pm
Wednesday,  Jan 14
at Uniondale 6:00pm
Thursday,  Jan 15
Freeport (Alumni Night) 6:00pm
Saturday,  Jan 17
Solosky Tournament 9:00pm
Wednesday,  Jan 21
Syosset (Senior Night) 6:00pm
Friday,  Jan 23
at Farmingdale 5:30pm

For a complete calendar listing, click here!

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