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Mineola Wrestlers Finish Season Strong

The Mineola Varsity Wrestling team had a strong finish to a good season. This is a young team that has only four seniors, with two coming into the year with one year experience between them. The real problem they had to overcome was that they were going to have to forfeit at least four weight classes every match, putting the team down by 24 points at the start of each dual meet.

 

This year’s team had no small boys joining the team so the 99, 106, 113 and the 121-pound weight classes went unfilled which give the opposing team six points for each weight. The boys finished the 9-9 with a team predominately made up of juniors.

 

The four seniors did a fine job led by team captain Jacob Escobar (19 wins) at 132 pounds, second-year wrestler Lorenzo Gulinao (15 wins) at 120 pounds and Milandip Toor at 145 pounds, who made it to the Nassau County finals. First-year wrestler Christian Martin had 12 wins at 285 pounds.

 

For the junior varsity squad, eighth-grader Sebastian Domenech at 132 pounds did an excellent job and is a player to watch over the next four years. Freshman Kevin Small (18 wins) at 126 pounds, also filled in on the varsity at the end of the year.

  

Matt Connolly at 138 pounds did very well along with Dan Reardon at 170 pounds. Sophomores Antonio Gulinao, 138 pounds and Mike Bowen (12 wins) 22 pounds contributed.

 

Junior Brian Greenberg at 189 pounds sat out the second half of the year due to injury, John Clancy (12 wins) at 145 pounds was a varsity starter and also had injury late in the year that kept him out the county tournament.

 

James Gerstner (18 wins) at 160 pounds, really sacrificed for the team this year, wrestling his matches at the 170 pound level. Kyle Dunleavy (20 wins) at 152 pounds also had an excellent year finishing fourth in the county. He lost very close heartbreaking matches to teammate James Rodriguez and eventual county champ Erik Rodriguez from Wheatley, just missing a chance at a county title.

 

Five juniors made it to the county finals with two finishing as county champions and competing at the state tournament in Albany. James Rodriguez (24 wins) at 152 pounds, after winning a 5-4 decision over Dunleavey in the semis, lost a 6-3 match to Eric Rodriguez in the finals.

 

At 182 pounds, Anthony Sarno, (28 wins) pinned 25 opponents, but also lost in the finals 8-7 in the last 15 seconds to his opponent from Locust Valley. Luigi Athan (15 wins) at 220 pounds, like Gerstner, also moved up a weight class in the county tournament giving him a better opportunity to reach the state tourney. He also lost close 3-1 decision to his opponent from Locust Valley.

 

 At 132 pounds, Peter McCormack (31 wins) had an exceptional year. This was his third time in the county finals having lost close matches in his freshman and sophomore year. He completely dominated his match taking a big lead and then pinning his opponent from Oyster Bay in the second period. McCormack then went up to the state tournament, where he went 1-2.

 

At 195 pounds, Edien Hincapie (29 wins) had a dominating year. This was his second appearance in the finals having lost by a decision to his sophomore opponent.

 

This year, Hincapie came out in the county finals very confident and tossed his opponent to his back getting a first period pin to win his first county title.

News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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