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Massapequa Takes Top Spot At Wrestling Tourney

The Massapequa High School wrestling squad grappled its way to the top at the Ted Petersen Tournament in Island Trees Jan. 4, scoring a total of 252 points — finishing well ahead of second place finisher Plainedge High School, which scored 221.5 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.

Massapequa’s spectacular showing in the tournament was powered by Shane Gibbons and Garrett Gibbons, who finished in first- and second-place, respectively, as Shane defeated Garrett in the first-place match in the 99-class. Tom Yannaros had a strong showing for Plainedge, but fell to Kevin Depalma of Farmingdale in the fifth-place match.

In the 106-class results, John Kalinoglu of Massapequa finished in second-place, falling to Kyle Mock of Huntington. In the 113-class results, Travis Paradiso of Massapequa finished in fourth-place, as he was defeated by Timothy Cullen of Farmingdale. Hector Guerrero of Plainedge finished in sixth-place, after falling to John Ramos of Uniondale.

Plainedge’s Tyle Altan scored a second-place finish in the 120-class after he was defeated by Bethpage’s Andrew Jedd. In the same class, Massapequa’s Andrew Ashmawi and Michael Quadrino finished in fifth- and sixth-place, respectively, as Ashmawi defeated Quadrino in the fifth-place match.

In the 126-class, Plainedge nabbed the second- and fourth-place spots, as Jacob Lerner fell to Alex D’Aloisio in the first-place match and Joseph Loconte was bested by Samuel Einbinder in the third-place match. In the 145-class, Massapequa’s Brian Morgan finished in second-place after a defeat at the hands of Mepham’s Matt Assael. And Massapequa’s Daniel Lucey finished in fourth-place, falling to Island Trees’ John Nicolino in the third-place match.

Massapequa’s Robert Nash and Kevin Burke finished in fourth- and sixth-place, respectively, in the 152-class. Meanwhile, in the 160-class, Massapequa’s Chris Abatiello finished in fifth-place. And in the 170-class, Paul Brachfeld of Massapequa finished in fifth-place.

Robert Ng of Plainedge claimed victory in the 182-class, defeating Bethpage’s Charles Bachmeier. In the same class, Massapequa’s Josh Brachfeld and Nick Roth finished in fourth- and sixth-place, respectively. Plainedge was also victorious in the 195-class, as Robert Oliver scored first-place. Massapequa’s Mike Dibennedeto finished in sixth-place in the same class.

In the 220-class, Massapequa’s George O’Mahony finished in fourth-place and in the 285-class, Tim Gungor finished in second-place after falling to Island Trees’ Vincent Manna.