Section 9 powers Warwick and Monroe Woodbury both crowned individual champions at Thursday’s Massapequa Holiday Tournament in Long Island. With a very well-balanced performance (only 1 champion, but 10 top-4 finishers), Section 11’s Connetquot won the team title outscoring runner-up Massapequa and Section 1 power Fox Lane. Monroe Woodbury finished in 5th while Warwick, who only brought a partial team, finished 8th. Click here for complete brackets.
In one of the more impressive individual performances of the day, Warwick senior Justin Corradino won the title at 120 pounds, perhaps the toughest weight class in the tournament. Corradino earned the title by defeating 2010 NYS Champion Mark West of Hauppauge in the finals. West made it to the finals by defeating Sean McCabe of Connetquot. McCabe finished 3rd in NYS last year. Other Warwick place finishers were Shane Connolly (4th @ 138), Conor Leavell (2nd @ 195), and Chris Giordano (4th @220).
Not to be outdone by their Section 9 rival, Monroe Woodbury crowned two individual champions and had a third finalist. Crusader AJ Voelker made a successful drop to the 145 pound weight class earning his title by defeating Division-Levittown’s Jon Maldonado 7-4. Sophomore sensation Rob Kelly continued his impressive season by capturing the 195 pound title with a 5-2 victory over Warwick’s Connor Leavell. Monroe Woodbury freshman Vinny Vespa made it to the finals at 99 pounds before losing by pinfall at the 5:39 mark to Steven Sewkumar of Long Beach. Sewkumar is the top-ranked 99 pound wrestler in Long Island’s Section 8. Other Crusaders who placed in the top 4 were PJ Smoot (4th @ 106), Brandon Lewis (4th @ 126), John Vandercliff (3rd @ 152), Evan Psathas (3rd @ 170), and Jorge Vasco (3rd @ 220).