Wantagh Wrestling Hits the Mat

Luke Janosko, Sports Editor

Wantagh Wrestling kicked off the season with their annual turkey trot at Cedar Creek Park on Thanksgiving morning. This is a great event that brings the team together with coaches and alumni. 

In preparation for the season, the team all bleached their hair. We called it a team BLONDER. This was a tradition from years ago that the current seniors decided to bring back.

Our first tournament of the season is the Battle at the Beach in Long Beach. The Warriors did a great job with 12 Varsity wrestlers placing in the top 5; the team placed second overall. This was the first official varsity tournament since the 2020 State Championships. Wantagh is ranked second in the state to start the season.


Wantagh Varsity Placers were:

102lbs. Darren Santucci 6th place

110lbs. Ben Burkhardt 2nd place

118lbs. Anthony Clem CHAMPION

126lbs. Joe Clem CHAMPION

132lbs. Ryan Arbeit 3rd place

138lbs. Tommy Bonasera 3rd place

152lbs. Dean Roumbos 5th place

160lbs. Ben Rogers CHAMPION

172lbs. Luke Janosko 2nd place

189lbs. Ethan Merone 4th place

285lbs. Nick Aldino 5th place