Broom County Community College – 5/30/09 & 5/31/09
Northeast Regional - Freestyle & Greco Roman Championships, Kids & Cadet
Spring is in the air and so is Sayville Wrestling - the Golden Flashes take home 8 top 4 medals from the Northeast Regional Championship
The best of the best hailing from 10 different states from the Eastern Region of the United States were represented in the event.
· New York
· Rhode Island
· New Jersey
Highlights of the event –
8th Grader, Matt Leshinger avenged his loss in the finals of the New York State Freestyle championships when he won by Technical Fall over highly touted Derek Draper from the Rochester, NY area in the Freestyle semi finals. Matt wrestled his way to the Regional Final before losing to returning All American and quite possibly the #1 ranked wrestler in the United States, Nicholas Anthony, from P.A. Matt finished 5-1 in the Freestyle portion of the tournament.
Not to be out done by his younger brother, Steven Leshinger, a sophomore, finished 3rd in both the Freestyle & Greco Roman tournament. Steven lost to the eventual Regional Champion, Tyler Bruce from the Buffalo, NY area in both styles. Bruce also defeated Steven during the NYS FS & GR Championships in route to his double Gold performance in that event, just two weeks ago. Both Tyler & Steven will represent Team NY at the USA Wrestling Championships in Fargo, ND in the summer of 2009.
In route to his 4th place finish in the Greco Roman portion of the event, 8th Grader, Nick Pesko won by technical fall over Regional Freestyle 2nd Place finisher, Bobby Harmon of P.A. Harmon knocked Nick out of the freestyle event in a very tight bout. Nick also lost to returning All American, Sam Odell from C.T. in a highly controversial loss in the opening round of the tournament. Nick proved that he can compete among the best Schoolboy FS / GR wrestlers in America.
7th Grader, JP Siracusa continued his hot streak this spring when he up ended Jacob Norton from upstate N.Y. on his way to a 4th place finish in the Greco Roman event. Norton beat Siracusa in Freestyle and placed in the top 4 of the Freestyle competition.
Rising star, Justin Bonamico placed 4th in the Greco Roman tournament. Justin is improving each tournament and appears to be one of the top wrestlers on the team. Look for more good things to come from this Sophomore.
Sayville Wrestling Place Winners
Matt Leshinger - 2nd Place / 91#
Zach Meyer - 4th Place / 142#
Steve Leshinger - 3rd Place / 152#
JP Siracusa - 4th Place / 98#
Nick Pesko - 4th Place / 105#
Zach Meyer - 2nd Place / 142#
Justin Bonamico - 4th Place / 130#
Steve Leshinger – 3rd Place / 152#
Sayville WC Mat Notes: Matt Leshinger; Steven Leshinger & Zach Meyer are the first Sayville Wrestlers to ever finish among the top 3 in the Northeast Regional FS / GR event. Sophomore trio, Michael Payne; Justin Bonamico & Steve Leshinger were awarded the Sayville WC “Black T Shirt” when they surpassed the 50 off season match count for the spring. Several other Sayville grapplers are knocking on the door of 50, so stay tuned to see who joins the elite 50 match club. Shawn Mazzarone (Sayville, Class of 2008 & now Wrestling, D1 at the University of Maryland) holds the off season match count record with 71. Will anyone break it?