Wildwood, NJ - 4/3/10
The WC does battle at the War at the Shore in Wildwood, NJ
1700 wrestlers from over 15 different states across the United States competed in this National level tournament. Some of the weight classes had 60 or more participants in them.
Sayville WC crowned two place winners and had a bunch more go 4 and 5 rounds in this massive and ultra competitive event.
Slattery at 220# battled his way to the finals before losing a one point decision to Darren Dungee, an All State wrestler from NJ. Among several of his big wins was a decision over Clemente from Patchogue Medford. Clemente recently took 4th place in the Junior National tournament in Virginia, just last weekend. Slattery was one of only 3 Long Islanders’ to reach the finals of the War at the Shore this year (It’s a national level tournament). A near miss against a 4th place state finisher in Dungee from NJ and a win over a 4th place finisher at the Nationals in Clemente proves that "Slats" is among the best in the area. He garnered interest from College Coaches attending the tournament after his stellar performance. Keep up the hard work.
Frank Abidannza, a junior, had another great tournament this off season against some of the best wrestlers in the U.S. Frank placed 3rd out of some 60, very tough wrestlers. He wrestled 9 matches in two days to take the bronze medal. His only loss was to Colin Palmer (Sr.), the 2010 NYS D2 State Champion at 189. He narrowly missed a winning takedown with 10 seconds remaining to secure the win in the bout (it won’t happen again). Frank gets better and better each week, there is no doubt about that. He will surely be in the hunt for a county and state title next HS season. (More hard work will equal further success.)
Chris “Cuse” Siracusa, just a sophomore competed in the High School division against 10th thru 12th graders. Chris had nearly 60 wrestlers in his bracket as well and made the final 16 of the tournament. He continued his hot hand this off season winning his first 2 bouts before facing Mike Bradley from Mt. Anthony, VT. Bradley, a senior, was a VT state Champion and a 4th place finisher in all of New England. (Mt. Anthony is one of the best HS teams in the U.S., they have won an outstanding 22 state titles in a row – WOW!). Cuse was winning the match before being caught in an awkward position on bottom. Cuse is approximately 15-3 this off season. He is poised to be an all county performer this upcoming HS season. Right now, he is the most improved WC wrestler this spring.
Justin Bonamico, a junior, went 5 rounds before losing two tough matches to a NJ and PA competitor respectively. He battled in each loss and was actually winning the bout at some point in the match. He is just about to turn the corner to get the next level. Just inches away! He is another potential all county wrestler next season.
Luke Ciancimino; Nick Pesko; Geoff Teague; Justin Underwood; Jared Usher; the “Rock” Cutler; Eric Kogel; all won matches and went between 3 and 5 rounds. Depending on their draw, they could have been in a position to place in the tournament. (The tournament is drawn in a blind fashion, i.e. in random order).
Brendan Cunningham, Justin Underwood and JP Siracusa also competed in the event but ran in to some hammers. The three of them lost to high place winners in their early rounds. Sometimes the draw works in your favor, other times it does not. In any event, these three young wrestlers gained valuable experience.
No teams scored were kept, but if there were, Sayville WC would have been at or near the top with two high place winners and lots of wins in the two day event.
All had a great time.
Remember, stay on the WC journey and you will achieve your goals. Hard work and commitment is the WC way.
Long live the Silver Bullet!