The Wantagh High School wrestling program continued its recent dominance Saturday with a second straight Nassau County dual meet championship.
Wantagh’s commanding county title earned at Clarke High School in Westbury was the 40th straight dual meet victory for the Warriors, according to recap posted by wantaghwrestling.com. Wantagh (18-0) achieved the team championship with a semifinal victory against Mepham, 50-18, followed up in the finals with a 46-16 win against neighborhood rival MacArthur.
Wantagh is coached by legendary Long Island wresting coach Paul Gillespie, who told Newsday after winning the county title that this year’s Warrior team ranks amongst the best he has been around.
"They are one of the best groups of young men that I've ever coached. They're great students and great wrestlers. 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."
Achieving victories for Wantagh in the championship match against MacArthur were Kyle Quinn (106 pounds); Joe Hill (113 pounds); Chris Araoz (126 pounds); Matt Langan (132 pounds); Vin Turano (138 pounds); Nick Vines (145 pounds); Chris Plutchuk (170 pounds); Danny McDevitt (182 pounds); James Corbett (195 pounds); Joe Ulino (220 pounds); and T.J. Ragusa (285 pounds).
Wantagh will look to build on an already successful 2012/13 season when it competes in the Nassau County individual wrestling championships on Feb. 9-10 at Hofstra University’s Mack Sports Complex. The state finals are slated for late February.