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1998 Section VIII Championships
at Nassau Community College
February 21-22, 1998

Team Scores
 1. Massapequa    247.5
 2. Freeport      165.5
 3. Bethpage      147.5
 4. Bellmore JFK   88
 5. Long Beach     85.5
 6. Seaford        84
 7. East Meadow    81.5
 8T Glen Cove      76.5
 8T Mepham         76.5
10. Division       67.5
11. Mineola        64
12. MacArthur      60.5

Championship Finals
  96 - Ryan Pingatore (Plainview JFK) dec. Travis Sickle (Bellmore JFK), 7-6
103 - Jerold Limongelli (Massapequa) dec. Joe Carranza (Herricks), 11-
112 - Ryan Kelly (Massapequa) pinned Joe Allen (Massapequa), 3:40
119 - Anthony Riccardi (Bethpage) dec. Shawn Swift (Wheatley), 18-10
125 - Dan Carlon (Division) dec. Tom Paladino (Bethpage), 11-4
130 - Ron Serrano (MacArthur) dec. Joel Bolivar (Glen Cove), 9-2
135 - Bill Bennett (Division) dec. Omar Campbell, 5-3
140 - Wes Blauberg (Massapequa) pinned Nick Petikas (Glen Cove), 1:35
145 - Phil Soman (MacArthur) dec. Eddie Gomez (Freeport), 12-10 OT
152 - Noel Thompson (Freeport) def. Sean Donohue (Bethpage), tech. fall 2:42
160 - Chris Vlasapoulos (Bethpage) dec. Dave Boyajian (Glen Cove), 7-4
171 - Gerard Daddino (Sewanhaka) dec. Mike Ginsberg (Wantagh), 8-6
189 - Tom Katsigiorgis (Massapequa) dec. Barak Meraz (Bellmore JFK), 11-5
215 - Terry Brown (Freeport) dec. Vinny D'Agostino (Massapequa), 10-4
275 - Dan Vicchiarelli (Bethpage) dec. Pat O'Brien (Seaford), 8-7

Most Outstanding Wrestler - Ryan Kelly (Massapequa)
Champion of Champions - Phil Soman (MacArthur)

Consolation Finals 3/4
96 - Mosca (East Meadow) dec. Scarlett (Freeport), 5-3
103 - Reilly (Valley Stream Central) maj. dec. Severin (Bethpage), 9-0
112 - McCann (Mepham) dec. Cruz (Long Beach), 7-3
119 - Denicker (East Meadow) dec. Worsdale (Bellmore JFK), 4-2
125 - Palmisano (Massapequa) dec. Bruno (Mineola), 6-2
130 - Burke (Locust Valley) dec. Villa (Mineola), 9-3
135 - Muscarella (Wantagh) dec. Calabrese (Long Beach), 7-4
140 - Campbell (Uniondale) dec. Berger (Mepham), 14-9
145 - Caliendro (Mepham) maj. dec. Hanley (Seaford), 13-4
152 - Braggs (Lynbrook) dec. Alves (Mineola), 9-2
160 - M. Daddino (Sewanhaka District) dec. Davis (Lawrence), 5-3
171 - Sollog (Lynbrook) dec. Hampton (Long Beach), 17-11
189 - Romano (Baldwin) dec. Antoniades (Herricks), 4-2
215 - Sadowski (Locust Valley) dec. Longo (Massapequa), 1-0
275 - Ramirez (Freeport) dec. Bange (East Meadow), 3-2

Consolation Finals 5/6
96 - Slutsky (Seaford) dec. Tronolone (Clark), 5-4
103 - Al-Abdullah (Sewanhaka District) dec. Knab (Oceanside), 4-3
112 - Trotta (Oceanside) dec. Holzer (Lawrence), 3-2
119 - Llewellyn (Long Beach) dec. Cavelli (Mineola), 7-5
125 - Masa (Long Beach) dec. Walsh (Locust Valley), 10-5
130 - Green (Mepham) dec. Lamagna (Massapequa), 5-3
135 - Capone (Valley Stream South) pinned Westoff (Plainedge), 2:32
140 - Dvorznak (Island Trees) by forfeit Coffin (Valley Stream South)
145 - Weber (Manhasset) dec. Busch (Hicksville), 10-6
152 - Taylor (Plainedge) pinned Herman (Lynbrook), 1:51
160 - Lago (Valley Stream South) pinned Nuzzi (Freeport), 2:02
171 - Vinberg (Wantagh) dec. Chomicki (Massapequa), 4-2
189 - Mammone (Valley Stream South) by forfeit Cartegna (Seaford)
215 - Ragona (Seaford) pinned Ambrosio (Bellmore JFK), 1:53
275 - McNally (Baldwin) maj. dec. Nozdrovicky (Baldwin), 13-4

The following are returning qualifiers from '97 and last years weight
Jerold Limongelli (96) - finished 4th in '97 in Syracuse
Anthony Riccardi (112) - 4 time sectional champ taking 6th in '95 and 5th in '97 at Syracuse
Nick Bennett (135) - Took 4th in '97 at the War Memorial
Noel Thompson (152) - Took 3rd in '97 and looks strong to better that in Syracuse this year
Terry Brown (189) -

At 112 Ryan Kelly defeats last years 103lb sectional champ in the semis and last years 103lb runner up in the finals

Massapequa Locks Up Title

By Gregg Sarra. STAFF WRITER

So how deep is the Massapequa wrestling team?

Well, consider this. Junior Ryan Kelly, the Chiefs' No. 2 man in the 112-pound weight class, is now No. 1. Kelly came into the Nassau County wrestling tournament unseeded and left with a championship late Sunday night before 1,813 fans at Nassau CC.

Kelly (23-7), who started wrestling only three years ago, was simply awesome. He left a path of destruction through his weight class, pinning the top two seeds and beating the third seed. He pinned teammate and top-seeded Joe Allen in 3:20 for the title.

"[Allen] made a move and I countered to catch him on his back," Kelly said. "I was surprised I was able to finish the move."

Allen and Kelly wrestled this county title match before - every day in practice as workout partners.

"It was hard to have to wrestle each other," Kelly said. "We're teammates and partners. I thought we might meet in the county final."

Kelly lost to Allen, 4-3, in the conference qualifier the only other time they met in competition this season. To get to Allen, Kelly pinned county champion Mike McCann of Mepham in 43 seconds in a semifinal. It was the second year in a row that Allen placed second.

"We've had a lot of depth in the past few years and I've addressed that issue with the kids," Massapequa coach Gary Mims said. "You shake his hand and he's your opponent. When it's over, you shake his hand and it's over. Our whole coaching staff had tears in their eyes after Allen lost.

"Take nothing away from Kelly; he was great. But because Allen is one of the nicest kids anyone could ever coach and he's a senior, it was devastating. I couldn't even talk to him after the match I felt so bad."

Massapequa crowned four champions. Defending champion Jerold Limongelli won his second title at 103, Wes Blauberg took the 140-pound class and Tom Katsigiorgis the 189-pound championship.

Bethpage's Anthony Riccardi (119) put the finishing touches on another brilliant run to the sectional title. He won the crown with an 18-10 victory over Wheatley's Shawn Swift. It was the fifth time Riccardi has placed at the sectional tournament, a county record.

"I just want him to keep wrestling the way he has all season," Bethpage coach Ron Abatelli said. "If he opens up and shows what he can do upstate, he'll do fine."

Division crowned two champions for the first time in school history. Junior Bill Bennett won at 135 pounds and junior Dan Carlon at 125. Bennett also won a county title in 1996.

"Billy [Bennett] was very focused this week and ready to go," Division coach Ray Downey said. "And Dan [Carlon] beat his opponent by a point a week earlier and improved on that. These two kids did everything it takes to move on."

MacArthur's Phil Soman shocked the capacity crowd when he used a takedown and two near fall points to take a 10-9 lead on heavily favored Eddie Gomez with 21 seconds left in the 145-pound match. Gomez escaped to force overtime, but Soman gained a takedown 42 seconds into overtime for a 12-10 victory.

"We have very tough kids at MacArthur," coach Howie Greenblatt said. "We don't get intimidated."

Soman was chosen champion of champions for his performance by his peers after the tournament.