On Saturday, Feb. 21, MacArthur Wrestling Team crowned three Nassau County Champions, a dream of every wrestler. At 103, senior Alex Grant won by defeating his great teammate Chris Perez. Alex attributes his success to hard work, great coaches and a terrific drill partner. His biggest challenge in counties was staying focused. He said to himself, "what if I lose" then he remembered words from James Strouse, MacArthur New York State Champion, who would say "just win" and that is what he did. Alex is a senior and won't be returning next year but says he will miss the bond he has with his teammates, but he will not miss the long practices. Sean Kempf crowned champion at 112 defeating highly touted Anthony Fachinni of Seaford by pinning him. He attributes his success to Coach Howie Greenblatt whose guidance molded Sean to stay focused this season as he went undefeated. His biggest challenge at the County Championship was keeping his eye on the prize. He said he didn't want to disappoint anyone. This determination earned him the Most Pins in Least Time award with 4 pins in 10:30. As Sean is a senior and will not be returning next year, he said he will miss wrestling with his friend but he will not miss the hard practices. Brian Herold defeated the No. 2 ranked Mac Mallderelli of Calhoun for a second time in a week earning him the County title at 145. He said this was his goal since he began wrestling in seventh grade and he could not have achieved it without the help of his coaches, Howie Greenblatt, Tom Bobal and Mike McCann. Over the last four years they gave him the tools he needed to go all the way and with the support of his brother Matt pushing him, and all his hard work paid off as he stood on the top of the podium. He will also be graduating this year but will miss the excitement of the first tournaments of the new season very much, but is glad he won't have to run halls any longer. These three boys will now represent Section 8 at the New York State Championship on Feb. 20-21. Other place winners in the tournament were at 2nd at 96 Tom Manning, 2nd at 103 was Chris Perez, 2nd at 130 was Ariel Gurrero, 4th at 145 was Tyler Dunne and 6th at 171 was Joe Giammetta. The Generals finished there season on a very strong note. The team is now looking to next year where they will once again defend their Nassau County Championship Dual Meet Championship Title. These goals could not have been achieved without the support of the Board of Education and the Athletic Department. Logo
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