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Feb 22, 2013 6:52 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Tanzman Places Second Upstate, Busiello And Passaro Place Third

Feb 24, 2013 12:39 PM

After a long weekend of wrestling, a few East End wrestlers will have some hardware to show off when they return home.

Westhampton Beach senior Alex Tanzman placed second in the 106-pound weight class after losing, 7-1, to Wantagh’s Kyle Quinn in the championship match last night at the Times Union Center in Albany. Quinn, a two-time All-American, was able to stay on top of Tanzman for a good portion of the match.

Westhampton Beach head coach Paul Bass said he knew Quinn was toughest on top and Tanzman was better on his feet.

Quinn was able to execute his game plan, though. He scored two points early in the first period, three in the second, then two more in the third and final period. Tanzman got a point in the waning seconds of the match for going neutral.

Tanzman finishes his career with an 118-9 record and two state placements, having placed third last season at 99 pounds. Bass did not hesitate to say that Tanzman was the best wrestler ever at Westhampton Beach.

Eastport South Manor wrestling continues to grow. After garnering their first state champion in program history last season with Maverick Passaro, they now have two more state place winners in freshman John Busiello and junior Travis Passaro. Both wrestlers took third place in their respective weight class—Busiello at 99 pounds and Passaro at 126.

As for the Division II wrestlers, Southampton’s Peter Strassfield and Rafal Rokosz both lost their first two matches of the tournament. It was obviously not the way they wanted to end their seasons, but considering it was the first time at the state level for both wrestlers, it wasn’t a bad showing. Strassfield, a sophomore, and Rokosz, a junior, should both be ranked number one in the county next season.

Hampton Bays junior Cody Nolan was told at 3 p.m. on Thursday, less than 24 hours before the state tournament started in Albany, that he’d be wrestling since Babylon’s Brian Loskamp, who had won the county championship, could not get medically cleared to wrestle. Nolan had a very strong showing considering the circumstances.

After losing to the top seed in the 182-pound weight class, Zack Zupan, Nolan won his next two wrestleback matches and was one win away from the placement rounds. He lost a very controversial match though, 2-1, in double overtime. A misinterpretation of a rule by the official of that match led to Nolan being confused and frustrated and also gave his opponent a slight edge.

If Nolan stays at 182 pounds as a senior, he will be the top seed. If he goes up to 220 pounds, he and Rokosz will battle it out for the top spot.

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By Danm (4), East Moriches on Feb 25, 13 6:41 AM
Way to go Alex!
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