The 2015-2016 Nassau County Qualifiers are here. The Wantagh Wrestling Team will compete on Sunday February 7, 2016. Wrestling starts at 8:15 A.M. at Plainedge High School. From what I was told, the tournament will run straight through so we will be done early and be able to set up for any Superbowl parties. It is a sad fact that our team has to hold their weight for an extra day. All of the other five qualifying tournaments in Nassau County are being held on Saturday. Several months ago at the Section 8 coaches meeting everyone was informed that Wantagh could not host for several reasons. One being the fact that we would be forced to have the team set the gym up, clean up afterwards and once again ask our Parents to donate food and the time running the kitchen. Section 8 charges $6.00 dollars per admission ticket with nothing being given to the home school. This I can understand. However, why should our wrestlers be burdened with this responsibility when they are preparing for the final stretch of the season? Plainedge is having their own tournament on Saturday. Apparently Manhasset High School said they would host the event and backed out at the last moment due to not having teachers to work the event? Is this possible? Why volunteer to host one of the most important tournaments of the season months in advance just to back out with only a week to find an alternate site? There was also a shortage of tournament directors capable to run the tournament and set up the brackets. It is a recurring problem every year. It seems that every year the same teams step up to host while the same schools do not. Wantagh has always stepped up and done the right thing.
Time for some updates. On Friday January 22nd Wantagh defeated Hewlett High School in a conference match at home. This was our last match for the season before the dual meet playoffs. We also celebrated Senior Night as well as Alumni Night. We have had a great run with our seniors. You will truly be missed by this team and community. You have all worked very hard and have led by example. It was great to see all of our old wrestlers, coaches, friends and family come back to say hello. Thank you for attending.
With so many friends of the program returning to attend Alumni night, it was quite a tight fit in the high school auxiliary gym. It’s inexcusable that the gym was not built to regulation standards, as it is merely a few feet short. I suppose our officials did not measure the plans for the court. This goes hand in hand with the fact that three rows of bleacher seating is simply not enough to host events. The school said this structure was going to be a classroom. Well, where are the seats? If we are going to hold any future events in the back gym perhaps a head count should be taken and admission limited in order to prevent a fire hazard. The seating arrangement is a bad situation. Even those that were able to find seats in the limited bleachers could not see the matches. Then the school security staff would not allow anyone to stand behind the team bench, as if there were anywhere else to stand or sit. That packed everyone into the same small space like a can of sardines, limiting even more vantage points.
It does not matter who was at fault. We can’t demolish the structure and build another one but at least work with the situation. Get some folding chairs out. We funded a bond in Wantagh. The gym should have been built to the proper size. Some additional bleachers should have been added. How about a new wrestling room. The ground was opened. They could have built a new room at a very low cost in the basement. We asked at the time. Of course we were denied. The gym wall could have been removed in the main gym and Wantagh could have installed a curtain, making it a very large field house. All good ideas. Currently the Wantagh wrestling team shares the middle school auxiliary gym with gym classes, gymnastics and the cheer leading team. Aside from how unsanitary it is for all of these people to walk on the wrestling mats – mats the Wantagh Wrestling Alumni Program funded ourselves – I find this funny because when the budget failed “SOS” and the wrestling team stepped up big time to fund raise with multiple car washes and use our connections to obtain funding from several celebrities, politicians, and media outlets. We wanted everything funded and we achieved this. It was a group effort by numerous residents and school programs but we were a large part in that effort, our athletes always showed up in numbers.
Now we can not have our own room for practice. This is a team that has sent numerous students to Division 1 programs and Ivy League institutions over the past 10 years. We support a youth program and give back to the wrestling community. Our doors are open all year round to improve our wrestlers. The team pays for new mats, cleaning equipment, uniforms, hotels, a second team, t-shirts, etc. every year and yet we share a gym with other people and programs that will often times use our mats for their own activities. People step on the mats which leads to skin infections and diseases. We have asked many times for a private room. Our Alumni Program offered to aid in funding a new room. The school made a second lunch room that is hardly occupied and moved the weights into the wrestling room. I think it is time we spoke to our school board. The wrestling team is always there to raise money and pay for their own expenses. Why can’t the school take care of us? Why should our student-athletes be inconvenienced with practice at 5:00 P.M. starting in January instead of right after school like everyone else? We share the gym. Seaford, Island Trees, Long Beach to name a few have all made space for a new gym. We have a rifle range in the basement sealed off for fifty years that should be cleaned up. That would be a perfect space. Several schools recently did this. How about exploring this option? I wonder if the lead ammunition has compromised the air quality of the high school…Ok, back to the wrestling news.
After defeating Hewlett HS,Wantagh opened up the first round of the playoffs at home vs Oceanside HS who defeated Lynbrook. We won 81-3 and moved into the next round vs MacArthur. We defeated the Generals by a score of 57-15 at Clarke HS. Next up was the Massapequa Chiefs. Wantagh lost in the semi-finals by a score of 36-30. No excuses. We were a little under the weather. Gavin Casey sustained an injury and is out for the season. Larry Baker and Pat Smith are also working their way through some medical issues. Hats off to our coaching staff, wrestlers, parents and supporters. We finished the season 22-4 in Dual Meet matches. The qualifiers are next up followed by the Counties and States. Good Luck. Stay healthy. Pass your classes. Reach out if you need help in school we are here to support each and ever one of our extended family. Maureen Conklin is finishing up orders for sweats shirts, etc. Please see her for additional information. If anyone would like to donate to the Wantagh Wresting Team it is a tax free donation. Please contact Ray Hanley at his cell number 516-526-8632.
RANKINGS DONE BY NEWYORKSPORTWRITERS.ORG ( GLENN IRVING ) 12/31/2015 ( HE REALLY HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING )
- MONROE-WOODBURY -9
- WANTAGH -8
- MINISINK VALLEY -9
- SHENENDEHOWA – 2
- NORTH BABYLON – 11
- HAUPPAUGE – 11
- ROCKY POINT -11
- MASSAPEQUA – 8
- COLUMBIA – 2
- LINDENHURST -11
- FULTON – 3
- LOCKPORT – 6
- HILTON – 5
- NIAGRA – WHEATFIELD – 6
- VESTAL – 4
- FAIRPORT – 5
- SUFFERN – 1
WHERE IS LONG BEACH ? THEY DESERVE A HIGH SPOT. IN THE PAST THIS RANKING HAS BEEN PERFORMED BY ONE PERSON AND HE HAS FAILED TO LIST THE TEAMS CORRECTLY. IT IS A JOKE. NOT RANKING LONG BEACH IS WRONG. ALSO ON THE LIST IS NEWSDAY. THERE IS A HEAVY BASIS TOWARD SUFFOLK COUNTY. THEIR RANKINGS ARE THE WORST EVER PLEASE E-MAIL THESE PEOPLE AND COMPLAIN.
DATE EVENT TIME LOCATION VARSITY / JV
11/21/15 Weight Certification TBA TBA Varsity / JV
11/28/15 Takedown Tournament TBA Levittown HS JV
12/04/15 Battle at the Beach 5:00 P.M. Long Beach HS JV
12/05/15 Battle at the Beach 10:00 A.M. S/A/A Varsity
12/09/15 Chaminade HS 5:00 P.M. Chaminade HS Varsity / JV
12/12/15 Tiger Tournament 9:00 A.M. Mamaroneck HS Varsity
12/12/15 Paul P Grammatico Tour. 9:30 A.M. Valley Stream So. Varsity
12/18/15 Ralph Jansson Tour. 4:30 P.M. Valley Stream No. JV
12/19/15 S/A/A 9:30 A.M. S/A/A Varsity
12/19/15 David Bloom Memorial 10:00 A.M. Wantagh HS Varsity
12/29/15 Clarke Duals 10:00 A.M. Clarke HS Varsity / JV
12/30/15 Clarke Duals 10:00 A.M. Clarke HS Varsity / JV
01/06/16 Southside HS ( League ) 5:00 P.M. Wantagh HS Varsity / JV
01/08/15 Jericho HS ( League ) 5:00 P.M. Jericho HS Varsity / JV
01/09/15 Patrick J. Butler Memorial 9:30 A.M. Seaford HS Varsity
01/09/16 Union Endicott Duals 9:30 A.M. Union Endicott HS Varsity
01/10/16 S/A/A 9:30 A.M. S/A/A Varsity
01/13/16 Great Neck North ( League )5:00 P.M. Great Neck North Varsity / JV
01/15/16 Eastern States Classic 10:00 A.M. Sullivan CC Varsity
01/16/16 Eastern States Classic 10:00 A.M. Sullivan Community Varsity
01/20/16 Levittown HS ( League ) 5:00 P.M. Wantagh HS Varsity / JV
01/22/16 Ed Slosky Memorial 9:30 A.M. Kellenberg HS Varsity
01/23/16 Hewlett HS ( League ) 5:00 P.M. Wantagh HS Varsity / JV
01/29/16 Section 8 Dual Playoffs 5:00 P.M. TBA Varsity
01/30/16 Section 8 Dual Finals 9:30 A.M. Clarke HS Varsity
02/06/16 Section 8 Qualifying Tour. 9:30 A.M. TBA Varsity
02/13/16 Section 8 Championships 9:30 A.M. Hofstra University Varsity
02/14/16 Section 8 Finals 9:30 A.M. Hofstra University Varsity
02/26/16 NYS Championships 9:30 A.M. Times Union Center Varsity
Head Coach: Paul Gillespie
Reggie Jones Jr.
Ray Hanley Sr.
Ray Hanley Jr.
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Do You Love Wrestling?
By Steve Fraser
October – 2014
Do you really enjoy wrestling? Do you look forward to the fight? Do you long for the moment when you can get into a battle with that other wrestler?
Recently, I visited the University of Michigan’s wrestling room and practice. Michigan is where I got my college education and where I wrestled back in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. What a fantastic wrestling room they have now, named the Bahna Wrestling Center. This five-year-old facility is state of the art, from top to bottom.
After watching the practice, head coach Joe McFarland asked me to say a few words to the team. I could not help thinking how jealous I was to see all of these young guys soaking wet from sweat that was produced from this tough work out.
I had a “flash back” of when I was wrestling at Michigan. I remembered how much I loved to wrestle; how much I loved to mix it up with people like Mark Churella, a three-time NCAA champion and my teammate. Churella and I wrestled almost every single day. Talk about a tough training partner, Churella was the toughest!
Churella was also someone who loved the sport. He absolutely loved the act of wrestling. He loved learning new skills. He loved conditioning his body in a way that would crush his opponents. He loved the mental game. Churella loved all of it! And of course he taught me to love it as well.
Having fun with the sport of wrestling is very important in being successful at it. We must constantly remind ourselves to “Love the Battle.” We must love the process, love the fight and love the struggle as well as the breakthroughs. Loving success is easy. Loving the whole process of achieving success is what helps one to advance to a new level of competitive skill.
So have some fun this month. Think humorously to create those positive emotions. When you think goofy off the wall thoughts, your nervousness and fear will disappear. When your emotions start getting the better of you, internal laughter will put you back on track. Life is too short to be stressed out.
At first, Churella used to beat the living tar out of me. But because I stayed in there with him, coming back for more every day, I began to improve. Slowly, I started to give him a better fight and then eventually I improved enough to get him back, even with some of his own stuff.
For example, I was not a leg wrestler in high school, but before I knew it I was throwing legs in and successfully turning him (on occasion) and my opponents. To this very day, I know I shock many people (especially because most look at me as a Greco guy only) when I throw the legs in and turn them. Churella, as most know, was awesome with leg wrestling. Learning these new skills for me was fun.
Practice using your mental focus in the present time. Operate in the here and now, especially during competition. This will enhance your “ideal competitive state” and your talent and skill will come alive. During the battle, if you are thinking about the past or future it will hamper your ability to really open up and go for it. Enjoy the present moment and your performance will flourish.
Think energy, which is everything. Generating a high level of positive energy will create that “dynamic fight.” It will help you to heighten those positive emotions that will make you strong with confidence. Think “fun” and more positive energy will start flowing immediately. Say to yourself, “I love it! Isn’t this great! Show me the pressure!”
Churella always seemed to thrive on the pressure, the more the better.
When you get in that close match, remind yourself how you love it. You love the pressure, you love the excitement and you love putting it all on the line. For you, life would be too boring if you did it any other way. No holding back, no excuses, you are going for it. Do the best you possibly can. Wrestle to win it at all costs and then, win or lose, be proud because you gave it every ounce of everything you had.
OK THE SEASON IS OFFICALLY HERE. PRACTICE IS HERE. PLEASE NOTE THE SCHEDULE HAS BEEN CHANGED. 11/30/2013 IS A SATURDAY NOT A WEDNESDAY. MY BAD.
DONATIONS: WE HAVE RECEIVED SOME RECENTLY AND WE WANTED TO SAY THANK-YOU. IF ANYONE WANTS TO MAKE A TAX FREE DONATION TO THE WANTAGH WRESTLING CLUB WE ARE ALWAYS READY. DURING THE COURSE OF THE YEAR: WE FUND TWO TEAMS, RUN PRACTICES AND LIFTING ALL YEAR LONG, HAVE PURCHASED SIX WRESTLING MATS, PURCHASE CLEANING MATERIALS, UNIFORMS, HOTEL, TRAVEL, DISCOUNTED EQUIPMENT, TEE SHIRTS, ETC. WE ARE ALL ABOUT THE KIDS. THANKS AGAIN IN ADVANCE.
RAY HANLEY, CELL 516-526-8632, MAILING ADDRESS PO BOX 7095 WANTAGH, NEW YORK, 11793.
SCHOOL WORK AND A TUTOR: ( GIVE YOUR CHILD THE BOOST HE OR SHE NEEDS. A FORMER TEACHER, SAT, ACT, STATE TESTING, WHATEVER YOU NEED )
HORIZON ENTERPRISES, WWW.COACH-2-ACHIEVE.COM
DR. MONA MARSHALL
2897 NOEL COURT, WANTAGH, NEW YORK, 11893
ALUMUNI NIGHT IS BEING RE-DONE. WE WILL LET EVERYONE KNOW WHAT DATE, TIME, ETC WHEN WE SECURE THE NEW INFORMATION.
I AM DOING ALL THE POSTING ON THE WEB SITE. PLEASE MAKE SURE I HAVE THE NAMES SPELLED CORRECT. IF I LEAVE SOMETHING OUT CALL ME. I WILL ALSO POST SCORES AND KEEP THE RECORDS FOR THE TEAM. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS. I WILL POST SCHEDULE, PRACTICES AND ANY OTHER CHANGES. PUT YOUR NAME ON THE E-MAIL LIST.
Wantagh Wrestling is now on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.
ANABOL AGENTS ( STERIODS )
THG ( TETRAHYDROGESTRINONE )
19-NORANDROSTENEDIONE AND RELATED COMPOUNDS
SYNEPHRINE ( CITRUS AURANTIUM, ZHI SHI, BITTER ORANGE )
AND RELATED COMPOUNDS
THC ( TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL )
DIURETICS AND URINE MANIPULATORS
FINASTERIDE ( PROPECIA ) AND OTHER COMPOUNDS
PEPTIDE HORMONES AND ANALOGUES
ERYTHROPOIETIN ( EPO )
HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE ( HGH ) AND RELATED COMPOUNDS
CLOMIPHENE ( CLOMID )
TAMOXIFEN AND RELATED COMPOUNDS
( PERMITTED BY INHALATION )
ADDERALL, ANADROL, ANDROGEL, CYLERT, DEXEDRINE, EPOGEN, LASIX, OXANDRIN, RITALIN, TESTODERM
*MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION MAY BE GRANTED FOR REQUIRED USE WITH PROPER PRESCRIPTION.
BRONKAID ( EPHEDRINE )
PRIMATENE TABLETS ( EPHEDRINE )
BANNED SUBSTANCES FOUND IN NUTRITIONAL / DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
EPHEDRINE ( MA HUANG )
CHECK WITH YOUR ATHLETIC STAFF BEFORE USING ANY SUBSTANCES.. WWW.NCAA.ORG/HEALTH-SAFETY OR CALL TOLL FREE 877-202-0769
OTHER FEATURE ARTICLES: ALCOHOL AND THE EFFECTS ON THE ATHLETES BODY, CASINO NIGHT AT THE WANTAGH INN, 09/16/2011 AT 7:00 P.M. RESERVE YOUR SPOT.
Alcohol use cancels out gains from your workout: Everyone knows that working out while under the influence of alcohol is dangerous because of the likelihood of injury. However, few athletes realize that consuming alcohol after a workout, practice, or competition can cancel out any physiological gains you may have received from such activities. Not only does long-term alcohol use diminish protein synthesis resulting in a decrease in muscle build-up, but even short-term alcohol use can impede muscle growth.
FACT: Alcohol causes dehydration and slows down the body’s ability to heal. Alcohol is a toxin that travels through your bloodstream to every organ and tissue in your body slowing your body’s ability to heal itself.
FACT: Alcohol use prevents muscle recovery. In order to build bigger and stronger muscles, your body needs sleep to repair it self after a workout. Because of alcohols effect on sleep, however, your body is robbed of a precious chemical called human growth hormone or HGH. HGH is part of the normal muscle-building and repair process. Alcohol can decrease the secretion of HGH by as much as 70%. Also drinking can trigger the production of a substance in your liver that is directly toxic to testosterone. Testosterone is essential for the development and recovery of your muscles.
FACT: Alcohol use depletes your source of energy. Once alcohol is absorbed through your stomach and small intestine and finally into your cells, it can disrupt the water balance in muscle cells, thus altering their ability to produce adenosine triphosphate ( ATP ) which is your muscles source of energy. ATP provides the fuel necessary for your muscles to contract. Alcohol also reduces energy sources by inhibiting a process known as gluconeogenesis in which glucose is formed from substances other than glucose. When alcohol is oxidized by alcohol dehydrogenate ( an enzyme ) it produces an elevation of NADH, which reduces the amount of co enzyme that is essential in the production of ATP. The loss of ATP results in a lack of energy and endurance.
WANT TO BE A CHAMPION ? DON’T DRINK…
NEXT UP: NCAA BANNED SUBSTANCES.
Written by Gina Fifth, MA., LMHC., NCC
Director: Alcohol and Drug Education and Luis G. Manzo PHD., Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Services,
University Counseling Center
OK HERE IS MY FORUMLA SINCE I HAVE BEEN WRESTLING. MAYBE NOT MY WORDS BUT AGAIN THE MESSAGE IS THE SAME. IT COMES FROM THE HEART.
KEYS TO WINNING…
1. Be a Fanatic Trainer: Some guys are strong. Some are quick. They good ones always train all year round and hard. Never stop.
2. The only moves that matter are the ones you actually do and do well at high speeds.
3. Defense wins: If you score you may win.. If he never scores you won’t lose. Defense wins…
4. One Move: You should always have one move that you do well enough at high speeds that you can do once on anyone.
5. Conditioning is career long: Never let yourself get out of shape. Do some type of workout three times per week, all year long.
6. Every workout is important: Wrestle the best you can every time. Wrestle like a Champion Today.
7. Seek out the best competition: Work out with the best training partner you can find. Go to the toughest tournaments you can find. STEEL SHARPENS STEEL.
8. Training Schedule: Running ( 3 miles or more, 3 times per week with some sprints ) weight lifting, hard and correct drilling of technique, situation wrestling, good diet and proper rest.
9. Goal: You must have a goal and a detailed plan to attain your goal. Then work your plan. Never compromise on your goals and it will happen.
10. Be loyal to your parents, teammates, Coach and most of all yourself.
WORDS OF WISDOM..
“Through wrestling, through the hard work and the
sweat, through the victories and the defeats, we
learn a great deal about ourselves. Wrestling shows
you your limits, your weaknesses, your strengths
and, ultimately, you grow because of what
it shows you.” – J Robinson
“2011 Off-Season Match Count has Begun!!!”