Blue Devils Pass First Test with Flying Colors
Giani never knows exactly what to expect heading into the first competition of
the season, so the coach had to be pleased with the performance of his Blue
Devil wrestling team, which bested the nine-team field at the 38th
annual Huntington wrestling tournament last Saturday.
Devils captured weight class championships in the all-day affair which saw
Huntington easily win the team title with 275 points, far ahead of runner-up
(96 lbs.), Nigel McNeil (103), Jose Vasquez (112), Francisco Pereira (119),
Anthony Lupi (160) and Dashaun Thomas (285) all took first place, much to the
delight of the hometown crowd.
a talented sophomore who went 13-5 last winter, was impressive, winning all four
of his matches, including two pins and a pair of superior decisions and a 14-1
verdict in the finals. “Damon had a very strong tournament,” assistant coach
Travis T. Smith said.
promising freshman who was 17-7 on the varsity last year, pinned his way through
last weekend’s competition, with falls in 4:03, 1:33 and 5:24. “If Nigel keeps
working hard he is going to have a fantastic season,” Smith said.
who finished second in Suffolk and third in the state en route to setting a new
school record with 39 wins as a junior, was taken down three times in the
finals, but used some slick mat wrestling to grab a hard fought 10-6 decision
and prevent a huge upset.
who entered his senior season in eleventh place on the all-time Huntington wins
list, moved into a tie for eighth with 107 after picking up three first period
pins and an 11-0 decision in the finals. “Francisco was super out there,” Giani
said. “He’s really starting to push himself.”
gained its fifth champion when Lupi defeated teammate Jayson Santiago, 4-0 in
the finals. For Lupi, who had a large vocal group of supporter cheering his
every move, it was his first varsity tournament title. Thomas, who was
invincible at super-heavyweight, completed the impressive Blue Devil showing
with 11-2 and 6-2 decisions in the quarter and semi-final rounds, respectively
and a 1:59 pin in the championship bout.
(125) lost a heartbreaking 7-6 decision in the finals, despite leading most of
the match and had to settle for second place. Maurice Loadholt (4th-119),
Marco Lagone (3rd-130) Guillermo Dominiguez (5th-135),
Louis Puca (4th-145), Chris Sandoval (3rd-171), Morris
Romero (4th-189) and Anthony Priolo (3rd-215) also placed
in the tournament.
Devils travel to Port Jervis for a tournament this Saturday. “We are looking to
improve every week,” Giani said. “Everyone on the team has something to work
Final team standings: 1.
Huntington (275) 2. Massapequa (182.5) 3. Port Jervis (174.5) 4. Central Islip
(113.5) 5. East Islip (113) 6. Northport (106) 7. Grand Street Campus (104) 8.
Kings Park (102) 9. North Babylon (86).