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Those who had the pleasure of knowing you will forever miss you
Jonathan Kaloust R.I.P.
2016 Freestyle All American Michael Amoroso
Congratulation to MHS and Hofstra University Alumni Michael Amoroso on his 2016 Freestyle accomplishments
2016 U.S. Open Men's Freestyle All American (69kg U.S. veterans division)
2016 World Team Member (69kg U.S. veterans division)
100 CAREER WINS
Walter Sosnowski (2002) 109*
Shane Strumwasser (2008) 165* (175 with NHSCA Jr & Sr Nationals)
Mike Doria (2008) 110*
Eric Kaufman (2009) 100*
James Ondris (2010) 107
Chris Sarro (2011) 100
Conor Wetzel (2011) 103
Andrew Ashmawi (2017) 100+**
Angelo Petrakis (2019) 100+**
Freak Show National Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas
2016 National Champion Chase Liardi of Massapequa
JIM & TONY NORDLAND TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL WRESTLING HALL OF FAME
Former Amityville High School alumni Jim and Tony Nordland are to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in April 2017. The Nordland brothers wrestled in the early 1970s for National Hall of Fame Coach Norm Maisel and finished their high school careers with All-County honors. Following their high school graduation both were standouts at Nassau Community College under legendary Coach Chuck Henke. They contributed to helping Nassau CC to Regional Championship titles and a high ranking amongst the top teams in NJCAA competition.
Following their SUNY college graduations they began coaching careers in Nassau County, Jim at Berner High School and younger brother Tony at Massapequa High School. In the early years at Berner, Jim worked with mentor and National Hall of Fame Coach Dick Doherty and was elevated to head coach in 1983, while Tony had the privilege to assist National Hall of Fame Coach Gary Mims. Their elite teams often vied for county championship titles and had numerous county champions, along with All-County and All-State performers. Both produced state champions; Steve Whelan (1982) at Massapequa HS and Michael Bevilacqua (1985) at Berner HS. Later Jim coached at Chaminade High School under the tutelage of National Wrestling Hall of Fame Coach George Dlugolonski and some of their mat squads won many CHSAA Championships and in 1991 had three All-State matmen. Both Jim and Tony concluded their coaching stints in the Sachem School Districts; Jim at Seneca JHS and Tony at Sagamore JHS with lifelong friend, Tim Cummins.
Perhaps the brothers greatest achievement in wrestling was when they combined their efforts with members of the Fiorvanti family (the late Rudy and younger brother Jack) in producing a wrestling publication and nationally acclaimed website. Founded in 1979 and called "The Mat Slap", it features both Long Island and New York State individual wrestling rankings, along with in-depth articles and action packed photographs that showcase the top wrestlers in the Empire State. It is a favorite among wrestling fans, athletes and coaches, and often utilized by college coaches in their recruiting process. Over the past 37 years the Mat Slap has covered both Nassau & Suffolk Championships, the CHSAA Championships, NYS Intersectionals, National HS Championships, NWCA All-Star meet, the World Championships (2003) at Madison Square Garden and the NCAA Division I Championships. Jim and Tony are editorial consultants for the Friends of Long Island Wrestling publication and also worked exclusively with Amateur Wrestling News. In 2010, Tony was recognized as the National Wrestling Photographer of the Year and both are members of the National Wrestling Media Association.
Jim and Tony are humbled by this prestigious honor bestowed to them by the Hall of Fame Committee. They look forward to this special night with the rest of the Nordland and Doherty families and are appreciative of all the support by their wrestling supporters/sponsors over the years. Thank you.
1000 Island Duals 2016
Massapequa takes 4th Place in the 16 Team Silver Bracket at the 2016 1000 Island Summer Duals
SUMMER WRESTLING makes WINTER CHAMPIONS!
If I Could Do It All Over Again
If I could do it all over again, I would take advantage of every practice. I would push myself to the limit…and then further each day.
If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t worry so much about winning but instead about enforcing my will upon my opponent, and let the winning take care of itself.
If I could do it all over again, I would refuse to feel sorry for myself whenever I experienced failure or defeat. Instead, I would use it as motivation to move forward, work harder, and gain perspective. And I would always remind myself that failure is not something to be feared but something to learn from.
If I could do it all over again, I would pursue veterans of the sport, listen to them, learn from them, and take full advantage of their knowledge and experience.
If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t dread encounters with tough opponents, I would desire them. I would seek out the best and set a course to defeat and conquer.
If I could do it all over again, I would fight through pain and fatigue when my body yearns to shut down. For the greatest sorrow in losing a wrestling match might just be “giving up” rather than merely losing. (If I’m going down, I’m going down swinging).
If I could do it all over again, I would avoid thinking about wrestling as something to extract my own glory or self-worth, and view it instead as a gift to be engaged.
If I could do it all over again, I would always resort to humility as opposed to arrogance. There’s a difference between confidence and arrogance, and one’s ego should never take precedence
If I could do it all over again, I would soak in the atmosphere of big tournaments – state and national – and thank God for the experience. .
If I could do it all over again, I would try and have fun. Life is short, and a wrestling career even shorter. I wouldn’t want to miss a single opportunity to compete.
If I could do it all over again, I would put on my wrestling shoes and tie them a little slower; because the day will come when I am not afforded the opportunity to put on a pair of wrestling shoes again.
If I could do it all over again, I would dream a little bigger, set goals that appear unlikely or impossible, and then pursue them as if the “impossible” is a foreign concept
If I could do it all over again, I would smile a little brighter and walk a little taller, because I would be a part of the oldest and greatest sport on earth.
But the truth is…I can’t do it all over again. The time is gone and the regrets are plenty. But perhaps my regrets will lose their sting as I encourage current wrestlers to learn from my mistakes and take advantage of the time they have.
If I could do it all over again, I would…and in a heartbeat. Don’t let my regrets be yours. This sport is just too great to not enjoy all that is available within it. As the famous Dan Gable has said, “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy.”
Alumni Night January 15, 2015
January 15, 2015 Alumni Night vs Freeport
2014 LIWA Golf Outing
Tom Malone, Head Coach Ron Serrano, Bob Nash & Coach Mike Tobia
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
50th Annual Massapequa Holiday Tournament
December 27, 2013
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.
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 Phototrens.com
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
School district announces the HS wrestling room will be named after Al Bevilacqua
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Class of 1972 Class of 1972 National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum announces Class of 2012
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 1960 MHS Wrestling Team
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
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