Sports

The Port Youth Activities ("PYA") wrestling program has enjoyed unprecedented success this season. More than 50 wrestlers participate in the program, which caters to wrestlers of all levels of experience. The wrestlers range from first through seventh- grades and are taught Folkstyle wrestling, which is the style used by high school and college programs. The program is run by Art Dover and Alex Moschos with assistance from Schreiber High School Varsity Wrestling Coach Anthony Schettino, a Schreiber High School graduate. In fact, many of the coaches are graduates of the Schreiber wrestling program, including Henry Duarte, Anthony Coccarelli, Nick Castillo, John Nahas, and Rich Frankel.

The team has practices every Monday and Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This year the coaches have introduced clinics run by Mike Torriero, national champion, on a weekly basis and also extra training session practices on Friday nights. The team also participates in tournaments run by the Long Island Wrestling Association, a sanctioned affiliate of USA Wrestling. Tournaments, which are not mandatory, are usually held on Sundays.

The team has participated in six tournaments to date, with the state qualifier coming up later this month. This year's team has had multiple tournament champions, including Mike Nahas, Tommy Dover, Timmy Castillo and George Moschos, and also many runners up and third place finishers. The team's most recent tournament, which was held at Oceanside on Feb. 1, had 17 Port wrestlers enrolled and all 17 placed in the top three -- a truly incredible result.

The wrestlers and their results are as follows:

Matthew Mongelli 1st place
Vasilis Myrianthopoulos 1st place
George Moschos 1st place
Timothy Castillo 1st place
Teddy Tanenbaum 1st place
Brian Suga 1st place
Thomas Moschitta 1st place
Patrick Perulli 2nd place
Vincent Larosa 2nd place
Marc Slezak 2nd place
Eddie Lennon 2nd place
Michael Perulli 2nd place
Caleb Bosang 3rd place
Frank Perulli 3rd place
Louis Blakeman 3rd place
Bart Fuchs 3rd place
Lucas Friedman 3rd place

This is the most wrestlers the team has ever had attend a tournament and the results are just amazing. The coaches attribute the success to all the hard work the boys have put in and the time they spend on the mat. They want to congratulate all the boys on the team and wish the best to the boys wrestling in the state qualifier. Good Luck.


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