Whitman Has Three Champions

Terrell Legros breaks free for an escape point.
Terrell Legros breaks free for an escape point.
Kevin Figueroa pinned his opponent to take first place.
Kevin Figueroa pinned his opponent to take first place.
Things were looking up for Vin Feola as he ended his day as a League Champion.
Things were looking up for Vin Feola as he ended his day as a League Champion.
Joe Calderon calmly and quickly pinned his first 2 opponents.
Joe Calderon calmly and quickly pinned his first 2 opponents.
Bobby Gallipoli will get another shot in the County Championships.
Bobby Gallipoli will get another shot in the County Championships.
Hekmat Naeemi, could not escape his opponents grip, but will also get another chance in the County Championships.
Hekmat Naeemi, could not escape his opponents grip, but will also get another chance in the County Championships.
The best League III wrestlers gave it their all in Whitman's North gymnasium this past Saturday and when the day was done, three Whitman wrestlers were crowned champions.

In the Varsity 220-pound class Vin Feola took the win in a 1-0 decision over Mike Bilello of West Islip.

In the 170-pound class Whitman's Kevin Figueroa pinned Centereach's Osman Ordonez in 1:27 to take the championship.

And in the 160-pound class Terrell Legros came away with a 3-0 decision over Smithtown East's Sam O'Malley.


Whitman Wrestling is having a successful New Year.

The Wildcat’s ended their regular season with only one loss in League III competition. Whitman has posted wins against:  Centereach 56-21; West Islip 43-28; Newfield 43-30; Mepham 45-35; and Deer Park 50-24 before loosing to Smithtown West 33-32.

“We have the talent,” said coach Vin Altebrando.”The guys need to wrestle to their potential and they could end up doing very well in their tournaments.” Whitman played host for the League III Championships recently and the day was full of surprises.

In the 113-pound weight class, Joe Calderone pinned his first two opponents in :34 and 1:04 seconds then lost a tough decision in the finals to take second place in the league. Whitman’s Hekmat Naeemi, wrestling at 120-pounds also pinned his first two opponents before loosing the final match. Wrestling at 126-pounds, Bobby Gallipoli made the final round and ended in second place.

Whitman’s first League III
Champion came in at the 160-pound class with Terrell Legros pinning his first two opponents and winning the final with a 3-0 decision. Whitman’s Alberto Jurado placed third in the 145-pound class, Tehron Legros placed fourth in the 152-pound class and Chris Olberding took 3rd place in the 160 class. Whitman also took first place in the 170-pound class with Kevin Figueroa pinning all of his competitors.

At 220-pounds, Whitman’s Vin Feola had his hands full but won a tough final match to take first place. At 285-pounds Fati Harris pined his first two opponents before finding himself up against last years County Champion. Fati ended his day second place in League III Championships.

All of Whitman’s wrestlers who placed in the top 4 in their League Championships now move on to the County Championships.