Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00
The Schreiber High School Wrestling Program is having an outstanding season! Their current dual meet record heading into playoffs is a strong 15-3.
After starting the season with a 48-39 win over Westbury at home, the Vikings have gone on a convincing roll beating opponents by scores of 72-12 Carle Place, 40-17 South Side, 57-21 Oceanside, 50-30 Hampton Bays, 70-9 Hempstead, 57-27 Wheatley, 71-9 Garden City, 43-28 Uniondale, 58-21 Carle Place, 60-21 Hicksville, 72-12 Bellmore, 51-31 North Shore and 54-30 Mineola. Port’s tough losses this season came at the hands of Powerhouse Baldwin, Farmingdale and Chaminade.The team, which is coached by longtime head wrestling coach and former Port wrestler Anthony Schettino, is no stranger to success. According to Schettino, “All dual meets were winnable and we look forward to facing these opponents again.” After winning four dual meets in a row beating teams from both Nassau and Suffolk counties, the Vikings were also named Champions of Champions at the Wheatley Tournament and placed a solid second place in the eight team Busby Classic, North Shore Duals, and PSAL Tournament which included teams from New York City, Long Island and upstate New York.
Due to the year round efforts of Schettino and his assistant coaches Dave Foxen, Chris Cardella and volunteer coach Tony Coccarelli, the Port Wrestling program continues to grow in numbers and success. Coach Schettino contributes much of this success not only to the work put in by him and his staff, but also due to the success of the PYA youth wrestling program which feeds both the middle and high school programs. “Coach Moschos and Dover have done an outstanding job with our youth program and many of those outstanding youth wrestlers are reaching and succeeding at the middle and high school level,” he said.
Coach Schettino and the Port wrestling coaches not only provide their expertise during season but, they also coach off-season tournaments, run open mats, run folkstyle, freestyle and Greco Roman (Olympic-style) clinics and camps. These opportunities provide an outstanding environment for all to learn and to improve and that is also a key to this program’s success.
With the motivation, time and love put into the sport of wrestling in Port Washington from the youth and up, it’s no wonder why the high school is finding great success and a dramatic rise in numbers. If you ever want to catch an exciting sports event, find a seat in a packed Schreiber gymnasium to cheer on your Viking wrestlers!