Wantagh HS moved to 24-0 in Dual Meet competition defeating Hewlett HS by a score of 73-3 in the first round of the Section 8 Dual Meet Championships. The black and gold advance to the second round on Saturday, January 20, 2018 starting at 11:00 A.M. at Clarke HS. Hewlett is a young team with a great coaching staff. Coach Jones who happens to be a nephew of Coach Reggie Jones is a highly motivated caring person and the Bulldogs will be back. Not one wrestler is graduating this year.
Here is the bracket and details for this weeks Nassau County Dual Meet Championships
The Nassau Qualifiers sites and teams have been announced......top 4 finishers in the qualifier earn all-conference distinction and automatically qualify for the Nassau County Championships the following week at Hofstra
After two years of losing closely contested matches the end result is never put the match into the hands of the referees. There is no one to blame if you are not trying to score and win the match. College coaches want to see offense. They want bonus points to win tournament's. There is a time and place to play defense as well. No one should be looking at the clock. Wrestle until the whistle blows or the match is over. Know the score of the match. If you are winning with one minute left you should be hand fighting and in a good stance. Take a Russian 2 on 1. Circle. Use heavy hands. At this point, even if you took a stall warning or a point it is better than giving up a takedown. Why would you shoot with one minute left and the other guy has taken zero shots ? In the match I am talking about the other guy scored twice on bad shots and bad angles. Last comment: in a tie match with time ticking down it is better to get one point during an escape than try and score two. Bottom line here is know where you are in the match with points and have a game plan. Be smart. Hustle, muscle and technique will take you so far. Being a smart wrestler will take you to the end zone.
In a weekend competition the Warriors were well represented at the Shogun Wrestling Tournament in Albany, New York. Jesse Vanorden,1st place, Joseph Clem placed 2nd, Anthony Clem took 3rd while Katrina Jackowitz took home a bronze medal. This was Katrina's first Freestyle medal in her first ever girls tournament. The reason why Wantagh is becoming a power is because of the heart, soul and determination of these young wrestlers to achieve. Every weekend these kids are going away to find the competition. During the week it is a practice or a private lesson. Not only is the wrestling important they are good students. Great job. You are our future. Anyone that wrestles please forward me the information.
WANTAGH “B” HAS 3 PLACE FINISHERS AT KELLENBERG TOURNAMENT
Those wrestlers not competing at Eastern States wrestled at the Kellenberg Tournament.
Placers for Wantagh included:
113lbs. Luke Janosko 4th place
138lbs. Joe Russo 4th place
195lbs. Matt Soethout 4th place
The Black and Gold withstood a close finish with Minisink Valley HS edging them out at the 2018 Eastern State Classic. 13 wrestlers from Wantagh wrestled with all there heart and left it on the mat. I could not be prouder of the team for their efforts and sportsmanship. The number one team was prep school power Wyoming Seminary. However, the number one public school was our Wantagh team. Thank you parents, coaches and friends for helping us and being part of our extended family. Josiah Encarnacion placed 5th, James Langan placed 8th, while Justin Vines took second place losing 10-7 in the finals as well as Jonathan Loew who was defeated in overtime in the final match by a score of 7-5.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (note: excluded non-scoring teams):
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