03/03/15 4:30pm
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In 2000, Jesse Jantzen won a fourth state title for Shoreham-Wading River. He was the only Long Island wrestler with four crowns until this past weekend. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

In 2000, Jesse Jantzen won a fourth state title for Shoreham-Wading River. He was the only Long Island wrestler with four crowns until this past weekend. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The words used to describe Jesse Jantzen often evoke a mythical connotation. The “great” Jesse Jantzen. The “legendary” Jesse Jantzen.

And for good reason. At Shoreham-Wading River High School, Jantzen won four state titles for the Wildcats, never losing a match during his four years in high school. Jantzen set the standard for wrestling in Suffolk County following his graduation in 2000.  (more…)

02/28/15 9:34am
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Jack Bokina of Mattituck wrestles in the quarterfinals of the state tournament Friday. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Jack Bokina of Mattituck wrestles in the quarterfinals of the state tournament Friday. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Update, 2:15 p.m.: Jack Bokina closed out his freshman season with a fourth-place finish at 99-pounds. Bokina dropped a 7-2 decision to the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Drew Shafer of Pal-Mac, in the consolation finals.

Bokina trailed 5-0 in the second period before scoring his first point on an escape in the third period. It was as close as he got in the match as Shafer controlled it throughout.

Bokina is only the second wrestler in program history to reach the podium at the state meet.

Update, 12:30 p.m.: After a hard-earned win, Jack Bokina of Mattituck advanced to the third/fourth-place consolation final. Bokina came back from a one-point hole in the third period to defeat Carson Dobozy of Peru in the consolation semifinals.

Bokina picked up his third win of the tournament.

Bokina scored with about 40 seconds left in the match to take a 4-3 lead. He was riding on top, then got hit with a stall warning with 14 seconds left. On the restart, he held Dobozy long enough to finish out the match and take the 4-3 win.

Bokina trailed 1-0 in the second period after Dobozy got an escape point. Bokina scored a takedown with 1:05 left in the second to take the lead. Then Dobozy answered with a reversal with :37 left.

Update, 11:30 a.m.: Click below to see a video of Jack Bokina’s semifinal match at the state championships.

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: Mattituck freshman Jack Bokina dropped a 10-5 decision in the semifinals of the Division II state tournament Saturday morning. Bokina fell to Orion Anderson of Schuylerville, dropping him into the wrestlebacks.

Bokina couldn’t get any offense going in the match. Anderson scored a pair of takedowns in the first period. Bokina escaped twice to stay within 4-2 after one.

It was a 4-3 match heading into the third period, but Anderson came back with two more takedowns to take control of the match.

Bokina will now wrestle Carson Dobozy of Peru in the next wrestleback. A win would send him into the third/fourth consolation final. A loss would send him into the fifth/sixth consolation.

Original post: Day II of the New York State Wrestling Championships kicks off Saturday morning at Times Union Center in Albany.

Mattituck freshman Jack Bokina is wrestling in the 99-pound semifinals for a chance to become the first wrestler in program history to reach the state finals.

Bokina is one of only two Section XI wrestlers from Division II to advance to the semifinals. The other is Matteo DeVincenzo of Port Jefferson at 120. DeVincenzo is a defending state champion.

Bokina will wrestle against Orion Anderson of Schuylerville.

In Division I, Section XI is in the lead going into the semifinals with 126 1/2 points. Section VIII is in second with 94. Section III is the Division II leader with 114 points.

For team scores, Hauppauge is in second place in Division I with 32 points.

Here are the brackets after one day of competition:

New York State Wrestling Championships

02/21/13 8:00pm
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DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport's Chris Baglivi, top, picked up a second county title, beating Center Moriches' William Hamilton.

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport’s Chris Baglivi, top, picked up a second county title, beating Center Moriches’ William Hamilton.

It’s already been a historic season for the Mattituck/Greenport wrestling team.

Beginning Friday morning in Albany, the Tuckers will take aim at the exclamation point on the season by sending wrestlers to the podium of the Division II New York State Wrestling Championships. The two-day tournament begins Friday at Times Union Center in Albany and the Division-II champion Tuckers will have three wrestlers competing for the top spot in the state.

Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. The Suffolk Times will be providing live coverage from the event.

Senior Tomasz Filipkowski, the most veteran of the group, narrowly missed earning a spot on the podium as an all-state wrestler last season. The top six wrestlers in each eight are all-state.

This year, Filipkowski (33-2) will open the tournament at 170 pounds against Daniel Smith, a junior from South Jefferson (Section III). If he wins, Filipkowski will face a tall order in the quarterfinals. He’ll be lined up against the top seed, freshman Christian Dietrich of Greene (Section IV). As a seventh-grader, Dietrich was sixth in the state at 152 pounds. Last year his season was wiped out by an injury, according to the Press & Sun Bulletin.

Last year Filipkowski lost his first-round match before coming back to win his next two. He lost in overtime decision in his final match, leaving him one win away from reaching the podium.

Senior Chris Baglivi (31-1) will wrestle for the second straight year at states. He’ll open the tournament against Matt Booth of Cattaraugus-Little Valley/Pine Valley (Section VI) at 195 pounds. Baglivi went 1-2 at states last year.

Junior Bobby Becker (24-12) will wrestle his first time in the state tournament. He’ll open up against senior Drew Longo of Ardsley (Section I) at 138 pounds.

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