Feola Wins County Wrestling Title

It’s not easy lifting 220 pounds, and Whitman’s Vincent Feola (in White) is not used to having his feet off the mat.
It’s not easy lifting 220 pounds, and Whitman’s Vincent Feola (in White) is not used to having his feet off the mat.
But in the final period, Feola still had fuel in the tank and secured the county title.
But in the final period, Feola still had fuel in the tank and secured the county title.
Standing tall, Whitman’s Vincent Feola will now head upstate to wrestle in the 220-pound class New York State Championships.
Standing tall, Whitman’s Vincent Feola will now head upstate to wrestle in the 220-pound class New York State Championships.
Whitman senior Joe Calderone also earned a place in the State Championships and has something to prove after a difficult decision in the county finals.
Whitman senior Joe Calderone also earned a place in the State Championships and has something to prove after a difficult decision in the county finals.

Walt Whitman’s Vincent Feola had his work cut out for him. Islip’s Chris Hinrichs was one tough competitor. “Hinrichs has bad intentions when he comes out on the mat.” said MSG Varsity announcer Nick Garrone.  “He’s a hard nosed, tough kid.”   Flashback to last year’s county championships, Feola took 4th and it was Hinrichs who took 5th, so Feola knew what he had to do. In many cases, super strong and aggressive wrestlers in the heavier weight classes are physically exhausted by the 3rd period, so Feola wrestled tough but smart, and late in the 3rd period, exhibited fresh speed and took down his competition in a seesaw match that had decisive scoring changes. In the end, it was Vincent Feola winning 8-7 and crowned Suffolk County Wrestling Champion in the 220-pound weight class.

The county 220-pound match can be viewed in its entirety by using the following link: Vincent Feola vs Chris Hinrichs

In an earlier championship match, Whitman’s Joe Calderone, a 4x All-League Champion and 4x All-County wrestler who placed in last year's state competition went up against last year’s All-County Champion John Arceri from Huntington. Both wrestlers had very tough matches leading up to the finals with Calderone beating Kyle Scully, a junior at Newfield, to put him in the championship round.  

This 113-pound contest pitted two very experienced wrestlers whose resume produced action that may have gone unnoticed by some. “Joe Calderone is very methodical,” said MSG announcer Nick Garrone. “He’s doing things nobody can see, like taking an ankle and working his way up, so he does a lot of little intricacies you don’t notice, except if you’re the other wrestler who can feel it slipping away.” Calderone was penalized twice for stalling. Those 2 points went on to become the deciding factor as the match went into overtime. Arceri wins by decision, 4-2.

The county 113-pound match can be viewed in its entirety by using the following link: Joe Calderone vs John Arceri

Both Feola and Calderone head upstate on February 28th to wrestle in the New York State Championships to be held at the Times Union Center in Albany. Congratulations and good luck to these exceptional young men!