The seventh annual Glen Cove Holiday Wrestling Tournament was held on December 29. Thirteen teams from Nassau County, the Catholic and private schools and Section I Westchester County competed. As always it was a highly competitive tournament and a very successful day. The wrestling team would like to thank Linda Perlman and the Glen Cove High School Booster Club for sponsoring the tournament as well as for working the food sales. The team also wishes to thank the faculty and staff who helped out, especially Mr. Barry for the TV setup.
The JV wrestlers had plenty of action with Steven Paez, Steven Denobregga, Ryan Pina, Eric Seigel, Nick Martino, Marcus Rivera, and Randy
Reyes picking up wins. On the varsity level, Glen Cove had nine wrestlers out of the 15 weight classes win medals. Luigi Dattolo and Andrew Burton wrestled back from early losses to place sixth. Leo Davis ran off three straight wins to place fifth. Glen Cove sent six wrestlers to the semi finals. Sophomore Robbie Nedbor-Gross defeated the number two seeded wrestler to get to the semi-finals against his opponent from New Rochelle. Robbie came up short and placed fourth. Juniors Emmanuel Pagan and Gabe Tomaselli also wrestled their way to the semi-finals to lose to a higher seeded wrestler. They both wrestled back tough to take third place honors.
Three wrestlers for Glen Cove made the finals. Juniors Billy Nicholas, Willie Lebron and Brian Monahan each represented Glen Cove. Billy won a very tough early round bout in overtime to get to the semi-finals. There he was able to control his opponent to get a decisive victor y. In the finals, Billy lost to the returning Nassau County champ Chris Reilly from Garden City. This was the second straight tournament that Billy made the finals. Brian Monahan had a solid tournament wrestling his way to the finals. In the finals he met Lutheran's Chris Booth. The match was very tight for the first two periods. In the third period Booth was able to get some back points to pull away from Monahan.Willie Lebron was able to get two first period pins to get to the finals. There he was able to out wrestle Garden City's Mike Sebring for first place honors.
The next week Glen Cove went next door for the Locust Valley
Tournament.The JV wrestlers were very well represented. Mike Marino won the sub-96 pound weight class by going 3-0 on the day. Steven Denobregga, Nick Martino, and Joey Casale all won bouts for the Big Red.
In the varsity tournament, only the top four wrestlers place. Glen Cove had seven wrestlers take home medals. Wilmer Alfaro won a match for the Big Red. Robbie Nedbor-Gross and Anthony Zavaro each placed fourth in very tough weight classes. Leo Davis and Pete Charon also won several bouts to place third. For the third straight tournament, Glen Cove sent three wrestlers to the finals. Wille Lebron was winning 3-1 against Mepham's Adam Starr when Willie attempted a risky move late in the second period. Willie gave up points and was not able to catch up. Gabe Tomaselli lost in the finals 5-4 to Philip Eye from Baldwin. Brian Monahan met Clint Bodo from Herricks in the finals. Bodo tried for a headlock early in the match. Brian was able to reverse him to take a 4-0 lead. The hard fought battle continued with Brian winning 8-5.
This past weekend, the Cove Cup was wrestled between Glen Cove, Lawrence, Holy Trinity and Port Washington. This is a round robin tournament where each wrestler in a weight class wrestles all three opponents. Glen Cove took first place with five wrestlers being crowned champion. Steven Denobregga won the 103-pound weight class, Willie Lebron won at 140 lbs, Brian Monahan won at 145 lbs., Gabe Tomaselli won at 171 lbs. and Emmanuel Pagan won at 189 lbs., also getting OW honors. Nick Montello, Leo Davis, Steven Paez, Billy Nicholas, Mike Allevato, Robbie Nedbor-Gross and Pete Charon placed second. Andrew Burton and Joey Casale won bouts for the Big Red. Mike Marino also scored for Glen Cove.
With the season more than half over the Big Red wrestlers are starting to get ready for the qualifiers and counties. Great job, guys.
Team Finishes at 8-2
The Robert M. Finley Middle School girls volleyball team had a very successful season, finishing with a record of eight wins and two losses. The team (comprised of thirteen 8th graders and three 7th graders) developed good, sound skills and this, combined with their aggressive, determined play, made them very competitive. Each player contributed her special talents, resulting in a solid performance. Coach Jacquie Gow said, "I have nothing but admiration for the level of play the team achieved and for the great ambassadors the girls were representing Finley Middle School. They are all a credit to Glen Cove."