Every time the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold wrestling team enters its training room for practice, the athletes see reminders of past success.
Coach Cory Dolson hopes that will rub off on the Tuckers this season as it aims for the Suffolk County League VIII championship and perhaps more glory down the line. READ
Unless a wrestler has experienced it, there really is no way for him to truly appreciate what the New York State wrestling championships are like. The tournament is essentially a multi-ring circus involving the state’s best high school wrestlers, mostly sectional champions, laying it all on the line under the glare of thousands in a large, loud arena.
Ethan Schmidt and Colby Suglia have both been there and done that. Now they want to do it again. READ
Colby Suglia and Ethan Schmidt have both been to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Wrestling Championships before — as spectators.
This time was different. This time the two Mattituck High School juniors were participants. And, yes, it’s a lot different when you’re on the mat, grappling with the best wrestlers in the state, nearly all of whom are sectional champions. READ
Finishing as a county runner-up in wrestling is a nice achievement and something to be proud of, especially in Suffolk County, widely regarded as the top wrestling section in New York State.
And yet, at the same time, it’s awfully bittersweet coming so close to that top step on the podium.
Ethan Schmidt and Colby Suglia know the feeling well. Last year the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold wrestlers were both county runner-up finishers.
Now they know what it feels like to be county champions. READ
Malachi Boisseau doesn’t waste time. When the whistle blows to start a wrestling match, he goes right to work, bringing energy and a sense of extreme urgency. He wants to end the match in the first period, and for good reason.
“His biggest strength is the first period,” Mattituck/Greenport/Southold coach Cory Dolson said. “His biggest weakness is the third period.” READ
Forfeits count in high school wrestling — unfortunately for Mattituck/Greenport/Southold.
Four successive forfeits at the close of Mattituck’s home and league opener Friday night turned a 28-24 Tuckers’ lead into a 48-28 Elwood/John Glenn win. READ
Two poster-sized photos that are to be hung in the Mattituck High School wrestling room are a reminder of who Mattituck/Greenport/Southold no longer has. That is Jack and Luke Bokina, who last season became the first twins from Long Island to win state championships.
That’s a big hit, but it’s not the only one. READ
The goal for any returning county runner-up wrestler would have to be the same: Take that next step up the podium. READ
The Bokinas had a blast.
Twin brothers Jack and Luke Bokina both captured county crowns Sunday night in the 79th annual Dr. L. Robert Fallot Section XI Wrestling Championships. READ
Shawn Petretti straddled two worlds while sitting in the bleachers Thursday night. The Mattituck High School principal had more than a casual interest in the high school wrestling match between Shoreham-Wading River and Mattituck/Greenport/Southold. That’s because his sons, John Carl and Tristan, both wrestle for Shoreham.
It was an intriguing case of a principal watching his own flesh and blood wrestle against the team he himself once coached in the Mattituck building where he works. Talk about conflicted interests. READ