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2018 - 2019 Wrestling Season Sports Writers Blog



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

December 9, 2016
Congratulations to both Shane and Garrett Gibbons! On Saturday, December 3rd their names were added to the list of Massapequa Wrestlers who have accomplished the very difficult task of accumulating one hundred or more career wins. Senior Shane Gibbons was first, followed by his younger brother brother Sophomore Garrett Gibbons in back to back matches in the same dual meet. Shane, currently a 3X Section 8 Placewinner, and Garrett, currently a 2X Section 8 Placewinner, are the first brothers to accomplish this milestone at Massapequa.
 
Over the years, Massapequa has had many amazingly talented brothers wrestle for the Chiefs, yet only one of those brothers was able to accumulate 100 or more career wins. Ed Fiorvanti was a 4X Section 8 Placewinner and placed Third in New York State in 1977, finishing his career with 101 wins. He was the first wrestler from Massapequa to notch 100 career wins. Ed's older brother Rudy was a Section 8 Runner-up in 1970, his other brothers Jack and Tom were both 2X Section 8 Placewinners. Tom finished 6th in New York State in 1978.  
 
It was hard to get many matches years ago due to the combination of smaller schedules, intense competition for a starting spot, and almost no one wrestled varsity till at least ninth grade. The competition at Massapequa was often so fierce that most guys could not break into the starting line up till they were a junior or senior. The perfect example was underclassman Lindsay Biagini, a 3X Section 8 Champion having a hard time cracking the starting line-up. Lindsay went on to be a 2X New York State Runner-up. To this day he holds the school record for the best career winning percentage with a record of 83 wins and 3 losses, and two of those three losses came in finals at the New York State Championships.  
 
Ed Fiorvanti's record stood till 2002 when 3X Section 8 Champion Walter Sosnowski finished his outstanding career with 109 wins. Walter was able to start as a Freshman and is the school's only 3X New York State Placewinner.  After returning from an injury, Shane Strumwasser a 4X Section 8 finalist, 3X Section 8 Champion, and 2X New York State Placewinner broke Walters record in 2007 and went on to accumulate 165 career wins excluding 10 wins at the NHSCA High School Nationals. The last wrestler from Massapequa to notch 100 career wins was Conor Wetzel in 2011. Wetzel, a 3X Section 8 Placewinner took 5th in New York State and holds the school record for most pins in a season with #28.
 
Like Sosnowski did before him, Strumwasser expects and looks forward to a Massapequa wrestler (Garrett Gibbons) breaking his record and setting a new mark for other Massapequa Wrestlers to shoot for. 
 
At this pace, Garrett Gibbons could break 200 by the time he graduates.  A number that would not only put him amongst some of the all time career winners in the history of New York State, but amongst some of the best wrestlers in the State's history.
 
On December 17, 2016 Senior Andrew Ashmawi joined the 100 club. Congratulations Andrew!
 
On January 13, 2017 Sophomore Angelo Petrakis also joined the 100 Club. Congratulations Ang!
 
MHS Varsity Wrestling 100 Career Wins
Ed Fiorvanti (1977) 101*
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
Shane Gibbons (2017) 100+** 
Garrett Gibbons (2019) 100+**
Andrew Ashmawi (2017) 100+**
Angelo Petrakis (2019) 100+**
 
(denotes year of graduation)
* Prior to 2009 Dual Meet forfeits were not included in individual win/loss records.
** Still competing.

 


Freak Show National Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas

2016 National Champion Chase Liardi of Massapequa


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HS team members are included in the MHS USAW Team Membership, Please check with Coach Serrano.

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.”

 

Coach Bevilacqua


 



 



 
                                                                                   

 


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

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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


  


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

 
Click Here to read TheMat.com article
By:Various Sources / Gary Abbott, Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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Click Here to read the Massapequa Observer article
By:Theresa Caivano, Friday, December 30, 2011
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Click Here to read the Massapequa Patch article
By:Edward Robinson, Thursday, January 5, 2012
Massapequa Patch - © 2012 Massapequa Patch


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 jjmott@optonline.net



Class of 1972



Class of 1972



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.


IN MEMORIAM
RUDY M. FIORVANTI
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
www.thematslap.com



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