02/15/14 9:25pm
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Adam Goode, left, one of Mattituck/Greenport's seven county champions, jumps into the arms of teammate Sal Loverde after winning the 195-pound final on Saturday night at Center Moriches High School. (Daniel De Mato photo)

Bobby Becker, one of Mattituck/Greenport’s seven county champions, jumps into the arms of teammate Sal Loverde after winning the 195-pound title on Saturday night at Center Moriches High School. (Daniel De Mato photo)

SECTION XI DIVISION II TOURNAMENT

What could be called the greatest single day in the history of Mattituck/Greenport wrestling brought results that were staggering.

The Tuckers sent 11 wrestlers into the Section XI Division II Tournament finals at Center Moriches High School on Saturday night. Seven of them had their arms raised as champions. Bobby Becker was among them, and was presented with the tournament’s Champion of Champions trophy. Mattituck/Greenport blew out the competition, winning its second county team championship in a row after capturing its first county crown last year. (more…)

01/31/14 7:22pm
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TUCKERS 87, BEARS 0

The finish to the Mattituck/Greenport high school wrestling team’s Suffolk County League VII season was anticlimactic, to be sure, but that didn’t detract from the magnitude of the achievement. After all, an undefeated league season is an undefeated league season. That’s not too shabby. (more…)

01/29/14 8:47pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport's Christian Angelson, facing the camera, defeated Port Jefferson's Martin Genao.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport’s Christian Angelson, facing the camera, was defeated by Port Jefferson’s Ryan Woodward, 3-2, at 170 pounds.

TUCKERS 40, ROYALS 22

For all in intents and purposes, the Mattituck/Greenport high school wrestling team won the Suffolk County League VII championship on Wednesday night. (more…)

01/29/14 10:00am
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport senior Brian Pelan became the program's sixth 100-win wrestler earlier this month.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport senior Brian Pelan became the program’s sixth 100-win wrestler earlier this month.

That three-digit number hanging over Brian Pelan’s head may have been more of a burden than even he had suspected. When the Mattituck/Greenport wrestler finally recorded career win No. 100, he said, the thing he felt more than anything else was relief. Relief that he had done it. Relief that it was over. (more…)

01/24/14 8:59pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport's Tanner Zagarino, top, was a 14-2 winner over Center Moriches' Paul Leary at 160 pounds.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport’s Tanner Zagarino, top, was a 14-2 winner over Center Moriches’ Paul Leary at 160 pounds.

TUCKERS 66, RED DEVILS 9

The last time the Mattituck/Greenport high school wrestling team lost a dual meet, it was two seasons ago at Port Jefferson. That loss put a dent in the Tuckers’ hopes for a league title and they haven’t forgotten about it.

With a sense that they have some unfinished business to attend to, the Tuckers have an anticipated return date in Port Jefferson on Wednesday. The winner of that match will almost surely bring home the Suffolk County League VII championship.

At stake for the Tuckers is what would be a second straight undefeated league season and a fifth league crown. They have been rolling toward that goal ever since the season started. Friday was another move in that direction.

The Tuckers marked Senior Day at Mattituck High School with a thorough 66-9 thumping of Center Moriches. Ten Mattituck/Greenport seniors were recognized in a prematch ceremony, seven of them wrestled and the Tuckers (17-3, 6-0) made it look easy. The first seven bouts went Mattituck/Greenport’s way, spotting the Tuckers a 39-0 lead. For the day they totaled five pins, four wins by technical falls and another four wins by decisions.

Six of the Tuckers’ seniors made their day extra special by winning in the next-to-last home match of their careers. Brian Pelan, who earlier this month joined the Century Club with his 100th career win, picked up Win No. 106 with a pin of Bel McFarlane at 3 minutes 30 seconds of their match at 132 pounds. Christian Angelson, wrestling at 170, pinned Ian Pappa at 5:46. Joe Peroni didn’t need more than 42 seconds to win the 182-pound bout with a pin of Joe Adams. Bobby Becker was leading Jimmy Lewis, 16-0, in their 138-pound encounter when the contest was stopped at 3:32 because of a technical fall. Connor Andersen was a 7-1 winner over his opponent at 220, Kyle Kainge.

Another senior, Ryan Bergen, also enjoyed a win, although he didn’t actually have to wrestle for it. He won by forfeit at 152.

James Hoeg raced to a first-period pin at 145, stopping Center Moriches’ Ishan Wahedi in 28 seconds. Also coming through with pins for the Tuckers were T. J. Beebe at 113 pounds (against Kevin Farina at 3:40) and Adam Goode at 285 (against Dion Kennedy at 3:47).

Mattituck/Greenport’s entrant at 106 pounds, Thomas Hoeg, scored a technical fall against Joe Fey at 4:28.

But the Tuckers, wrestling methodically and in control, also won by decisions, too. Wins were posted by Luke Bokina (7-1 over Donald Wood at 99), Lucas Webb (10-2 over Jake Vollkammer at 125) and Tanner Zagarino (14-2 over Paul Leary at 160).

Sal Loverde, wrestling at 195, looked like he was on his way to helping complete a sweep of senior wins for the Tuckers. He was leading by 5-0 when Will Hamilton, in a sudden turnaround, put Loverde on his back for a pin at 3:34. Those 6 points were Center Moriches’ first points of the day.

James Marella was responsible for the only other points Center Moriches (5-7, 3-4) registered. He outpointed Tyler Webb, 7-3, at 120.

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01/18/14 9:18pm
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DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Connor Andersen, right, was one of six Mattituck/Greenport wrestlers to reach the finals of the North Fork Invitational on Saturday.

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Connor Andersen, right, was one of six Mattituck/Greenport wrestlers to reach the finals of the North Fork Invitational on Saturday.

NORTH FORK INVITATIONAL

Ed Matyka is at his best wrestling when he is on top. That is his preferred position. That is his strength. And that it where he finished on Saturday in the 113-pound weight class of the 17th annual North Fork Invitational — on top.

The Riverhead junior had a great day in the tournament at Mattituck High School, winning all four of his bouts on pins, including his defeat of Dav Meile-Estrella of North Babylon at 2 minutes 16 seconds of their final. Earlier in the tournament, the fourth-seeded Matyka, Riverhead’s only finalist, had pinned Ithan Udell of Half Hollow Hills East, John Barrios of Connetquot and the top-seeded Alex Hin of Miller Place.

Matyka (17-4) won a title in the same tournament two years ago, but sat out last year’s event because of injury.

Two other Riverheaders, Chris Flood (106 pounds) and Cody Weiss (120), took third place in their weight classes. Flood did so with a 2-0 decision over Justin O’Neill of North Babylon in the wrestlebacks. Weiss pinned Ryan Beninlase of Connetquot at 2:24 in their third-place bout.

Mattituck/Greenport had a good showing itself, finishing second among the 10 teams with 255 1/2 points (Connetquot was first for the fourth straight year with 377 and Riverhead was fifth with 131) and sending six wrestlers into the finals. All six of them — Brian Pelan (132), Bobby Becker (138), Tanner Zagarino (152), Christian Angelson (160), Sal Loverde (182) and Connor Andersen (220) — had to settle for runner-up medals, however.

In those finals: Pelan dropped a 2-0 decision to Ed Hart of Connetquot; James Matias of Rocky Point beat Becker, 13-2; Greg Cherry of Connetquot pinned Zagarino in 47 seconds; Allon Augi of Connetquot pinned Angelson in 46 seconds; Chris Beal of Connetquot defeated Loverde, 6-2; and Brian Henn of Connetquot pinned Anderson at 3:27.

Mattituck/Greenport received a third-place finish from Ryan Bergen at 152 pounds by virtue of his 8-3 win over Justin Ortega of Bay Shore in the consolation match. Four other Tuckers finished fourth: Lucas Webb (126), James Hoeg (145), Joe Peroni (170) and Adam Goode (195).

Tommy Dutton of Rocky Point was selected the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. Dutton dominated the 145-pound final, handing Geno Titone of Connetquot an 11-1 defeat.

The Champion of Champions honor went to Sean Miller of Connetquot. Miller pinned Anthony Cirillo of Rocky Point at 4:18 of the 106-pound final.

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01/18/14 12:00pm
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport's Ryan Bergen turned Upper Darby's Karl Kamanousa upside down before pinning him 75 seconds into their bout at 152 pounds.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport’s Ryan Bergen turned Upper Darby’s Karl Kamanousa upside down earlier this season before pinning him 75 seconds into their bout at 152 pounds.

Mattituck High School is the site today for the 17th annual North Fork Invitational.

The Tuckers, who are off to a terrific start this season with one of the deepest teams they’ve ever had, finished third in the tournament last year. Equaling that performance won’t be easy given the stiff competition. Connetquot returns to the tournament looking for its fourth straight title. And Rocky Point is wrestling as well. The Eagles were runner-ups last year and are one of the top teams in the county.

Other teams competing include Riverhead, Miller Place, North Babylon, West Babylon, Half Hollow Hills East, East Hampton and Bay Shore.

Wrestling kicked off this morning and will continue all day. The finals should start between 5 and 6 p.m. Check back tonight for a full recap from today’s tournament.

Previous Coverage: Victory in Bayport says a lot about Tuckers

Previous Coverage: Runner-up finish doesn’t meet Tuckers’ expectations

01/10/14 8:31pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Tanner Zagarino of Mattituck/Greenport, top, pinned Bayport-Blue Point's Dan Primm at 2 minutes 44 seconds of their match at 152 pounds.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Tanner Zagarino of Mattituck/Greenport, top, pinned Bayport-Blue Point’s Dan Primm at 2 minutes 44 seconds of their match at 152 pounds.

TUCKERS 55, PHANTOMS 9

The final score was, well, staggering would be the word to describe it. Then again, why use words when numerals will suffice? How does 55-9 sound?

That’s right, 55-9!

As impressive as the score of the Mattituck/Greenport high school wrestling team’s victory was, what may be just as impressive was the opponent it came against: Bayport-Blue Point. Bayport-Blue Point is a respected wrestling power, undoubtedly not accustomed to being on the short end of such scores, but the one-sided result of Friday’s Suffolk County League VII match in Bayport said a lot more about Mattituck/Greenport, the defending league and Suffolk Division II champion, than it did about the hosts.

It was only the third time in nine years that the Tuckers have defeated the Phantoms, and it was easily the most decisive of those three, said Mattituck/Greenport coach Cory Dolson.

No less than 12 of the 15 bouts went the Tuckers’ way, including one forfeit, and they didn’t lose a single contest by a major decision. The Tuckers (10-2, 3-0) never trailed.

Four of those wins came on pins by Luke Bokina (99 pounds), Brian Pelan (132), Tanner Zagarino (152) and Sal Loverde (182). Jack Bokina (106) and T. J. Beebe (113) both triumphed on technical falls.

The quickest pin of the day belonged to Loverde, who wasted little time, 44 seconds, to be exact, in putting Christian Engel to the mat.

Pelan started off the contest with a pin of Jake Palma at 3:25, raising his record to 19-0. Zagarino pinned Dan Primm at 2:44, and Luke Bokina was leading by 15-1 when he stopped Chris Bacalla at 5:28.

The tech falls came in back-to-back bouts by Jack Bokina (at 4:08 against Derek Strine) and Beebe (at 4:15 against Sean Leahy).

James Hoeg won the first of six straight bouts that went Mattituck/Greenport’s way for a 27-6 lead. He used a takedown and a pair of back points to overcome a 1-0 deficit and win his match at 145 pounds against Dylan McGovern, 7-3.

The results kept going the Tuckers’ way.

Mattituck/Greenport’s entry at 160 pounds, Ryan Bergen, registered an 8-4 win over Mike Albanese. Adam Goode, wrestling at 195 for the Tuckers, was a 5-0 winner over Cam Mauro. The bout at 120 went to Tim Pelan, a 4-2 victor over Austin Kruger. As if the Tuckers needed it, Stephen Ostrowski won by forfeit at 285.

Lucas Webb put the finishing touches on the match, defeating his opponent at 126 pounds, Liam Moloney, 5-1.

The day was such that even the Tuckers’ losses were respectable. Despite throwing Joe Palma to the mat several times, Bobby Becker fell short, 2-1, at 138. Christian Angelson met a tough opponent at 170 in Mike Sweeney, who prevailed, 6-3. Connor Andersen suffered a 4-2 loss at 220 to Matt Doty, who scored the winning points with about four seconds left in that contest.

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01/04/14 7:04pm
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ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport's Ryan Bergen turned Upper Darby's Karl Kamanousa upside down before pinning him 75 seconds into their bout at 152 pounds.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport’s Ryan Bergen turned Upper Darby’s Karl Kamanousa upside down before pinning him 75 seconds into their bout at 152 pounds.

WESTHAMPTON BEACH DUALS

Winning the Westhampton Beach Duals championship, something the Mattituck/Greenport high school wrestling team has never done, wasn’t so much a hope for the Tuckers as it was an expectation. Expectation, however, turned to disappointment Saturday, a day that otherwise brought so many positives for the Tuckers.

The Tuckers, who never reached the Westhampton Beach Duals final before last year, had to settle for second place in the tournament for the second straight year. Christopher Johnson’s 6-2 defeat of James Hoeg at 138 pounds in the final bout of the match brought Upper Darby, a team from Pennsylvania, a 41-34 victory and the tournament title.

The Tuckers’ attitude and approach to the tournament says a lot about how far they have come over the past few years. The defending Suffolk County Division II champions have a 7-2 dual-meet record and finished first in two of the four tournaments they have competed in (they took third in the other).

“As we get better, our expectations become higher,” said Tuckers coach Cory Dolson.

The Tuckers advanced to the final of Saturday’s eight-team tournament by finishing atop Pool B. They earned wins over Deer Park, 42-28; Miller Place, 57-17; and Newfield, 61-14.

Upper Darby proved to be the Tuckers’ toughest test.

The lead changed hands six times through the first eight bouts before Upper Darby picked up three straight wins by Jacob Mejias (106 pounds), Anthony Petril (113) and Austin Petril (120) for a 38-24 lead. Mejias scored a 7-0 win over T. J. Beebe, Anthony Petril won by technical fall against Tim Pelan at 5 minutes 13 seconds, and Austin Petril was a 13-7 winner over Lucas Webb.

Undeterred, the Tuckers pulled themselves closer with wins by Brian Pelan at 126 pounds and Bobby Becker at 132. Brian Pelan took a 10-1 decision over Colin Cronin. Becker pinned Max Livingston at 1:57. Those were big results, setting up the decisive contest between Johnson and Hoeg.

Three seniors — Brian Pelan, Becker and Sal Loverde — all went 4-0 on the day for the Tuckers, as did Jack Bokina, an eighth-grader. All four of Loverde’s wins came on first-period pins, including his stop of Upper Darby’s Madhat Fares only 24 seconds into their match at 182 pounds.

Bokina, wrestling at 99 pounds, pinned Upper Darby’s Thomas Reif at 1:45.

Also posting pins for the Tuckers against Upper Darby were Ryan Bergen (152) and Adam Goode (220). Bergen pinned Karl Kamanousa to the mat in 75 seconds. Goode put an end to his match against Michael Simbo at 3:27.

Upper Darby received wins by Thomas Brisbane (5-3 over Christian Angelson at 160), Charles Livingston (pin of Tanner Zagarino at 1:52 of their 170-pound bout), Joshua Yeboah-Gya (pin of Connor Andersen 44 seconds into their 195-pound match) and Peter Augustin (pin of Stephen Ostrowski at 1:50 of their match at 285).

As disappointed as the Tuckers may have been over not walking away with the champions’ trophy, they couldn’t complain about the fine start to their season.

“We’re having a good run,” said Dolson, who called it the deepest team he has had in his eight seasons as the Tuckers’ coach.

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12/29/13 9:57pm
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Cory Dolson could not have asked for a better start from his high school wrestling team this season. His Mattituck/Greenport squad already has won two tournaments and four dual meets.

Not a bad beginning.

The Tuckers (4-0) defeated a tough Longwood team in a Dec 18 dual meet, 39-30, and topped that off with a victory at the Phoenix High School tournament in Syracuse Dec. 21 and 22.

Their most recent win was at the Sal DiFazio Holiday Wrestling Tournament at Half Hollow Hills East this past weekend. They finished almost 100 points better than their closest competitor as they accrued 280 points to Kings Park’s 287 1/2.

“We usually don’t go into that tournament thinking we could win it,” Dolson said. “We didn’t just win it. We crushed everybody.”

While the Tuckers took home four individual championships, their win was buoyed by their depth. Six wrestlers reached the finals and another 12 placed at the tournament.

“I don’t think we ever came in the top three in the Hills East tournament,” Dolson said. “The kids wrestling real well. I have no complaints. The kids are wrestling at a high level.”

Adam Goode, an unseeded junior, led the way by defeating Brandon Ottomano of Half Hollow Hills West, 7-3, in the 220-pound final. Goode was so good that he was voted Champion of Champions by his fellow titlists.

“It’s very cool,” Dolson said.

The win had to be doubly gratifying for Goode, who missed last season after breaking an angle in a scrimmage. He was so focused on returning that he attended about six weeks of wrestling camps over the summer.

“It’s nice to see him succeed, especially after all the turmoil last year,” Dolson said. “I know he was itching to get back.”

The other three champions included:

• Senior Brian Pelan, who raised his record to 12-0, defeating Kyle Maddock of Westhampton Beach, 5-3, at 132 pounds.

“He’s solid right now,” Dolson said. “He’s working very hard to get to the states.”

• Senior Christian Angelson pinned Dan Murphy of Sayville in 1 minute 44 seconds at 160.

• And senior Stephen Ostrowski, who backstopped the Tuckers’ soccer team to the Suffolk County Class B title, decisioned Nick Procopio of Sayville, 4-1, at 285.

Eighth-grader Jack Bokina took second at 99, pinned by the hosts’ Philip Spadafora in 5:32, and senior Ryan Bergen was pinned by Dan Arkow of Bellmore Kennedy at 152 in 5:55.

Dolson certainly has liked what he has seen, but he expects improvement. He plans to use reserves at a dual meet at Smithtown Christian Friday, saving his starters for the Westhampton Beach dual tournament on Saturday. Last year the Tuckers finished second in that tournament.

“We’re going to try to win it,” Dolson said. “We’re going to have some tough competition, so we’ve got to get ready.”

But so far, so good.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more right now,” Dolson said. “It’s early. I want to save our best for the very end.”

He meant the county championships on Feb. 15.

“We’re doing great,” Dolson said. “We’ll get even better, though.”

Not exactly words that the Tuckers’ opponents want to hear.