Mauriello leads Hauppauge to title
Hauppauge wrestling is built for winning dual meet championships. It has an abundance of hammers that are supplemented by a roster full of competent, well-schooled grapplers. That deep reserve of Eagles talent methodically wore down Half Hollow Hills West, 41-25, Wednesday to clinch the League IV title.
It is their seventh consecutive dual meet championship in league competitions.
"Once the kids buy into the workouts, and once they buy into the amount of conditioning that they need, they start winning," Hauppauge coach Chris Messina said. "That's the difference. Our kids are winning the third period."
The meet opened at 132 with Nick Mauriello scoring a 19-second pin of Kevin Ateniese. After successfully battling a life-threatening case of MRSA last year, Mauriello is among the Island's best wrestlers.
"If you remember him in the hospital and you see where he is now, it's just a dream come true," Messina said. "It's something we prayed for. We didn't pray for him to wrestle. We prayed for him to be alive, to be healthy."
The Colts (5-1) won four straight matches from 152-182, beginning with Ryan Carter's 4-0 decision against Jonathan Shatoff. Carter went for the early pin, but Shatoff weathered the storm. He did not allow Carter to score a point after the first period.
Tyler Grimaldi, a county place winner last year, followed with a technical fall victory against Tyler Williamson at 160 pounds.
Hills West took a 19-14 lead after the 182-pound match, in which Jagger Rebozo pinned Suengsoo Im in 3:30.
The Colts forfeited 285, which gave Hauppauge a 26-22 advantage. At 99, Daniel Murphy added an 11-0 major decision against Joe DeRosa to extend the lead to eight.
"We knew our heavyweights didn't match up as well as our lightweights did with them," said Sam Schwartzapfel, who won an 11-2 major decision at 145. "Knowing that you have five good guys who can get us points every match is a big help."
Mark West, a state champion in 2010, clinched the meet at 120 with a 9-1 major decision that gave the Eagles a 12-point lead heading into the final match.
"Our team has been working so hard, coming back and running at night," said Chris Mauriello, Nick's brother, who beat Zach Aal, 3-1, at 113 pounds. "We're just doing everything we need to do in practice and getting stuff done."