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Farmingdale Tackles Wrestling Tourney

The Farmingdale High School wrestling squad grappled its way into the top 5 at the Ted Petersen Tournament in Island Trees on Jan. 4, scoring a total of 140 points —  beating out students from the neighboring Bethpage School District by just three points. 

 

Widely regarded as one of the toughest wrestling tournaments on Long Island, the annual Ted Petersen Wrestling Tournament pits some of the roughest and toughest wrestlers from Nassau and Suffolk counties against each other for a chance at taking home the gold. Although placing within the top 5 of the tournament is considered an outstanding accomplishment, finishing in first is considered one of the highest honors in the Long Island wrestling world. 

 

Despite a bout of cold and snowy weather, wrestlers from across two counties put on their singlets and grappling shorts to compete against top wrestling talents from Amityville, Bethpage, Farmingdale (ranked No. 5 in Nassau County), Freeport, Huntington,

Hempstead, Lincoln Rhode Island, Massapequa (ranked No. 3 in Nassau), Mepham, Plainedge (ranked No. 2 in Nassau), and Uniondale.

 

Farmingdale’s showed a spectacular performance in the tournament, powered primarily by the efforts of Brandon Hecker and Bryan Tenny, two seniors who finished third and second in their respective weight classes.

 

Hecker would take third place in the 152 lbs. weight class with a 4-1 decision over competitor Robert Nash of Massapequa. Making it to the final round, in the 220 lbs. weight class, Farmingdale senior Bryan Tenny would take silver after 4-0 loss to Anthony Puca of Huntington.

 

Several other Farmingdale High School Varsity Wrestlers performed very well in this year’s tourney. 

 

In the 99 lbs. weight class, the Dalers’ Tyler Sullivan and Kevin Depalma finished in fourth and fifth place. Sullivan, a Farmingdale freshman, lost his shot at third over Ethan Dwyer from Huntington with a 4-1 loss. Meanwhile, Depalma, also a freshman, landed in the top 5 with a 3-2 victory over Tom Yannaros of Plainedge. 

 

Farmingdale senior Sam Cullen also finished four in his division, after losing his shot to third place Kearney Gutierrez of Freeport. 

 

Senior Taylor Thompson would place fifth in the 138 lbs. class beating out Juan Hernandez of Freeport. And Farmingdale’s Javier Hernandez would finish fifth in the tournaments 285 lbs. weight class. 

News

If you stopped by the Farmingdale Public Library this past week, perhaps you noticed all of the paintings and art pieces currently on display. For the entire month of July, the library will feature the many styles of artist/poet Ruth Lawrence.

 

“I’ve been exhibiting for quite a few years,” said Lawrence, “I am always happy to show my work.”

 

Lawrence, 87, of East Meadow, said she first began painting at just 12 years old. She recalls, at the time her sister had been dating someone who worked at an art supply store, and had gotten her some oil-based paints as a present. 

Two inventors, one local and one international, have come together to launch an online fundraising campaign for a product they hope to bring to the market by the end of the year. 

 

Farmingdale resident Rafael Avila is one half of the duo behind the Chocolazer, which is a hot glue gun used to melt chocolate for culinary purposes. 

 

The Chocolazer is branded as a no-mess product that is meant to inspire people to be creative with chocolate. The gadget features a removable heating barrel, wherein special chocolate sticks are melted down into a manageable liquid form. 


Sports

Throughout the summer, the Farmingdale Observer will feature the box scores from the Farmingdale Baseball League Inc.’s 9/11 Baseball Tournament. 

July 6

Farmingdale Greendogs 7 - Seaford Vikings 6 (8U)

 

Syosset Cubs 18 - Plainview Hawks 1 (12U)

Runners and walkers from Farmingdale and all over Long Island and beyond are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5 Kilometer courses on Long Island at the Saturday, August 9th Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint.

 

The Run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The leading Nassau County law firm of Lynn, Gartner, Dunne & Covello has signed on to be the new lead sponsor of the event, with partner John Dunne and his wife planning on running the 5K distance. The Lynbrook Runner’s Stop will be back as the presenting sponsor.  


Calendar

Wounded Warrior Dinner - July 16

Youth Council Concert - July 17

Roller Rebels Tryouts - July 19


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