Southold, NY - 1/23
Sayville strikes again! The Golden Flashes bring a small contingent but bring home lots of hardware from the North Fork invitational.
Sayville brought just a handful of wrestlers to the 13 team North Fork Tournament as a makeup event for those who missed other competitions during the year. Their primary intention was to get some needed mat time. However, the small group struck it rich as they came home with lots of medals. The Golden Flashes entered just three of their starters and all three made the finals.
State ranked, Matt Leshinger
came home with another Gold Medal at 96#. Matt pinned League IV favorite, Thomas from Riverhead in the final round. Lil Les is clearly one of the top 96# in New York State and is ranked 7th in NYS by www.theMatSlap.com
& 4th in NYS by www.LighthouseWrestling.com
. Matt is a 9th grader.
In just his second tournament of the year, Nick Pesko
reached the finals at 103# before losing to Thomas Dutton from Rocky Point. Dutton is currently ranked 8th overall on Long Island by www.theMatSlap.com
. Nicky got out to an early lead but was caught in an awkward situation later in the bout and the referee called a quick pin. (Nicky will hopefully have another chance against him during the County Tournament). Pesko continues to get stronger after an early season injury stalled the start of his season. Nick is a 9th grader.
The finals are a regular occurrence for Christian Nelson
at 215#. Christian has entered three tournament and each time he has made the final round. Bubba won the Sayville tournament, took 2nd at the Valley Stream North Tournament and 2nd again at the recent North Fork invitational. In the semi finals this weekend, Nelson bumped off highly touted Kemar Shuriah from Curtis HS (PSAL) in an exciting OT match. Shuriah won the PSAL sectional tournament in 2009 (the equivalent of the Suffolk County championship) and competed in the New York State tournament last season. (Bubba picked up some big league seeding points with the win). The match appeared to take too much out of Nelson as he lost in the finals to returning All League wrestler, Miles Farrell from Rocky Point. 215# is a wide open weight class, where one of about 10 wrestlers can walk away with the Suffolk county crown. Nelson is among those 10. He is a Senior.