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    Wrestler to watch: Kyle Quinn, Wantagh

    by MSG Varsity on
    Fri, Aug 23, 2013 11:17 PM

    Updated Mon, Sep 9, 2013 7:39 PM
    Wrestler to watch: Kyle Quinn, Wantagh

    Kyle Quinn has been a big part of Wantagh wrestling's dominance.

    The incoming junior plowed through Nassau County and New York State's best competition to be considered the best in the Empire State.

    Quinn used a solid wall of defense to make it nearly impossible to score on him through the county sectional and the state tournament. He won two bouts by fall and had two decisions, including a 7-1 win over Westhampton's Alex Tanzman, to earn the state title in the 106-pound division.

    The star senior amassed a 36-2 record through 2012-13 and helped lead Wantagh to another dual meet Nassau County championship.

    His coach, hall of famer Paul Gillespie had nothing but rave words for Quinn and his teammates following the dual meet win.

    "I think this is right up there with some of the great teams I've had in the past," Gillespie said. "They are one of the best groups of young men that I've ever coached.

    "They're great students and great wrestlers," Gillespie continued. "I'm hoping that we can continue and win the county tournament and go up and do some damage in the state tournament as well."

    Quinn captured the 106-pound title with a dominant performance in the state tournament. He started off pinning Matt Leinhart in 4:38, then pinned Jimmy Overhiser in almost the same time at 4:26.

    The star Wantagh grappler finished it off with a 7-1 decision over Nick Barbaria, then defeated Westhampton's Alex Tanzman by the same result for the championship.

    Quinn will have the chance to make it two in a row in his final year at Wantagh.

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