Send eight wrestlers into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships and there’s a decent chance some good things are going to happen.
Four of the eight Mattituck/Greenport/Southold wrestlers who made it to Times Union Center in Albany on Friday secured a place in Saturday’s Division II semifinals. Then two of those four, seniors James Hoeg and Tanner Zagarino, went on to claim the first individual state championships in team history.
Eight members of the Mattituck wrestling team will compete in Albany beginning Friday morning for a chance to become the first state champion in program history. READ
The dominance over Division II teams in Suffolk County speaks for itself. The Mattituck/Greenport/Southold wrestling team has won 30 straight dual meets entering this season. The Tuckers had seven county champions last year and enter this season with a wrestler ranked top-two in 12 of the weight classes, according to preseason rankings by Long Island Wrestling Association. READ
Being a smart high school wrestler, Tanner Zagarino prepared as best he could for the first official day of practice. The senior trained all summer, knowing that with each day that passed by, he was one day closer to Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s first practice. READ
It is where some dreams are made and others are crushed.
Standing with the confidence befitting someone of his impressive standing, Tanner Zagarino looked determined and ready to do something no other Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school wrestler has done before.
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold senior Adam Goode is one of four Tuckers who will wrestle in the state tournament in Albany on Friday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato, file)
Louis Troisi’s name has been mentioned time and time again in Mattituck/Greenport/Southold wrestling circles. That’s because Troisi made a name for himself as the only Mattituck wrestler to have ever reached the state podium and earned all-state status. He did that in 2007 when he took third place at 130 pounds in Division II.
The current Tuckers are undoubtedly well aware of Troisi’s place in the program’s history. Coach Cory Dolson has often spoken about his desire to see more Tuckers become all-state wrestlers. That could become a reality by the end of this week. (more…)
Mattituck/Greenport eighth-graders Luke Bokina, left, and Jack Bokina both earned All-American status. The twins competed in a national tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. (Credit: Garret Meade file)
All-American. The words seem to jump off the page and grab a reader’s attention the way a wrestler grabs hold of an opponent.
Those two words now apply to a pair of Mattituck/Greenport high school wrestlers.
Twin brothers Luke and Jack Bokina both earned All-American status by virtue of their performances in the recent National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Championships. Luke took second place in the middle school tournament at 85 pounds while Jack finished fifth at 90. All-American honors went to the top eight wrestlers in each weight class. (more…)
Mattituck/Greenport eighth-grader Jack Bokina (top) lost 8-7 in a 99-pound wrestleback match Saturday morning against Jacob Nolan. (Credit: Paul Wager)
One more win stood between Jack Bokina and the podium at the Division II New York State Wrestling Championships Saturday morning. An eighth-grader wrestling for Mattituck/Greenport, Bokina was aiming to become the first Tucker wrestler to finish all-state since 2007. (more…)
Bobby Becker is the only one of Mattituck/Greenport’s seven county champions who has wrestled in the state tournament before. (Garret Meade file photo)
The great majority of high school wrestlers are done for the season. It is those relatively elite few who are still toiling, pushing themselves through strenuous workouts in steamy wrestling rooms with the hope that their dream will be realized. (more…)