Another Huntington Blow-out Leads to Showdown for League Title
The Huntington wrestling team will put its nine year 81
dual meet winning streak on the line Friday night when the Blue Devils
take the mat at Islip at 7 p.m. for a contest that will decide the
League V championship. Tickets are being sold on an advance basis only
at the athletic offices of the two schools. Absolutely no tickets will
be available at the gate
In a tune-up meet last Friday, Huntington easily handled
Hauppauge, winning 11 of 13 matches en route to a stunning 48-9
victory. Justin Giani (103 lbs.), Tom Feldman (112), Jon Dolan (119),
Chris Holland (152), Charlie Paar (160) and Dwayne Sair (171) all won
decisions. Shawn Riley (125) and Jack Sullivan (189) earned pins and
Shaheim Bradshaw and Pierre Delva were handed forfeits.
Friday’s match up pits Suffolk’s two top ranked teams.
Last year’s battle ended in a 27-26 Huntington victory. This year the
squads appear evenly matched again, with a possible slight edge given to
the Blue Devils (9-0) who sport an experienced group including three
wrestlers ranked first in Section XI and three others ranked either
second or third. Islip (10-2) has eight wrestlers ranked in the top six
of their respective weight classes. There is little margin for error on
“It’s going to be a close match,” head coach Lou Giani
said. “They’re good and we have to wrestle a good match and get good
match ups to win.” Giani has been masterful in league matches during
his career, entering the week with a 212-7 lifetime mark in such matches
and 405-28-1 overall in 36 years.
Tom Magnani, Chris Wade, Mike Rudden, Ryan Patrovich and
Tom Leggio lead Islip. Joe Patrovich coaches the Buccaneers. Athletic
officials expect the meet to be a sell-out, as a large crowd will jam
into the small gym.
“Our guys are working hard,” assistant coach Travis Smith
said. “We are up for it. The kids like to wrestle in front of a lot of
people. It’s always one of our goals to win the league championship.
There’s pressure but it’s exciting.”
Another epic battle between the two teams appears
inevitable. The squads have six wrestlers that are ranked first in the
county in their weight class, helping to make this the premier meet in
Suffolk this season.
Directions to Islip High School:
Long Island Expressway to Exit 56. Go South on Route 111 (Islip Avenue)
to the end. Turn right on Main Street and go past 5 traffic lights to