Wrestlers Top; DeVincenzo Takes State Title

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This season, the high school wrestling team is consistently proving that it has what it takes to capture first-place titles.

On Jan. 9, the team took first place by outscoring 14 opponents at the David Sorenson Memorial Invitational held at Long Island Lutheran in Brookville. At the same tournament, three teammates, Matteo DeVincenzo, Joe Evangelista and Vin Miceli, took first-place wins in their individual weight classes.

“This win was a total team effort,” said coach Mike Maletta. “We couldn’t be prouder.”

A week later, Matteo took his second first- place crown at the Eastern States Classic, held at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York.  

To earn his latest title, Matteo defeated three other state champions from a field of 60 wrestlers.  Simultaneously, he was voted Champion of Champions by his peers.

Matteo’s winning season continued when the graduating senior, who will be attending Princeton University in the fall, set a school record of 141 career wins at the Armstrong Cup, held in Port Jefferson on Jan. 30.  

The team will next compete at the Section XI, Division II Championships on Feb. 13 at Center Moriches High School. That meet will be followed by the NYSPHSAA Championships in Albany on Feb. 26 and 27.