Scutellaro, Courtesy of LIU Post
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LIU Post Head Wrestling Coach Joe Patrovich announced the addition of 12 new recruits that will don the green and gold for the Pioneers in the 2017-18 season.
The recruiting class features a lot of homegrown talent. A total of 11 incoming grapplers hail from Long Island and all 12 student-athletes list their hometowns within the state of New York.
The group features multiple All-State wrestlers from 2017. Hunter Scutellaro of Massapequa finished third in New York as a senior and was a Nassau County champion. In the upperweights, Greg Hodulick of Islip was a Suffolk runner up and a state placer in Albany, while Damien Caffrey (John Glenn) was ranked in the national top 20 during the season. Caffrey won the coveted Eastern States title at 220 pounds and made the podium at the state tournament.
Also competing at the state championships during their careers were Chris Behan (Bayport-Blue Point), Nick Conetta (Chester), Matt DeFrancis (Eastport-South Manor) and Dutch Schultz (St. Anthony's).
As assistant coach Michael Zimbler said, "There will be stiff competition in many weights!"
Read on below for more on the recruiting class.
Name: Chris Behan
Hometown: Blue Point, N.Y.
High School: Bayport-Blue Point
Career Highlights: Boasted a career record of 76-17 ... Went 23-5 in his senior year ... 2016 Suffolk County Division II Champion ... 2017 Suffolk County Division II Runner-Up ... 2016 New York State Championships Qualifier.
Name: Brandon Bennett
Hometown: West Babylon, N.Y.
High School: West Babylon
Career Highlights: 2017 League IV Champion ... 2016 League IV Runner-Up ... Earned a pin of Huntington's Khari McNeil in the sudden-victory period to capture the League IV heavyweight title in 2017.
Name: Damien Caffrey
Hometown: East Northport, N.Y.
High School: Elwood-John Glenn
Career Highlights: Compiled a career record of 106-20 ... Went 40-3 in his senior year ... Dellecave Award Recipient ... 2017 Eastern States and League VI Champion ... 2017 Suffolk County Section XI Runner-Up ... Placed fourth at 2017 New York State Championships ... Ranked as high as No. 20 nationally on InterMat.
Name: Nick Conetta
Hometown: Greenwood Lake, N.Y.
High School: Chester Academy
Career Highlights: 2016 and 2017 Section IX Champion ... Two-Time New York State Championships Qualifier ... Named Team Captain and Most Valuable Wrestler.
Name: Matt DeFrancis
Hometown: Manorville, N.Y.
High School: Eastport-South Manor
Career Highlights: Won three straight League V Championships at the 220-lb. weight class ... Placed third at the 2017 Suffolk County Section XI Championships ... 2017 New York State Championships Qualifier ... Wrestled at Grapple at the Garden in 2014.
Name: Daniel Espineira
Hometown: Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
High School: Connetquot
Career Highlights: Placed fourth at the 2015 and 2017 League II Championships ... Finished third at the 2016 League II Championships ... Recorded a pin of Sachem North's John Mendes in 1:10 on Jan. 4, 2017.
Name: Greg Hodulick
Hometown: Islip, N.Y.
High School: Islip
Career Highlights: Posted a career record of 124-24 ... Went 44-6 in his senior year ... Dellecave Award Recipient ... Two-Time League VI Champion ... 2017 Suffolk County Section XI Runner-Up ... Placed third at the 2017 Eastern States Classic Tournament ... Finished sixth at 2017 New York State Championships.
Name: Mark Malico
Hometown: Greenlawn, N.Y.
High School: Harborfields
Career Highlights: Had a career record of 93-36 ... Went 23-6 in his senior year ... Dellecave Award Recipient ... 2017 League V Champion ... Placed third at 2017 Suffolk County Section XI Championships ... Also finished third at League V Championships in 2015 and 2016.
Name: Ryan Nichols
Hometown: New Hyde Park, N.Y.
High School: Holy Trinity
Career Highlights: 2017 CHSAA State Wrestling and NSCHSAA League Championship Runner-Up ... Two-Time CHSAA State Championships Qualifier ... Eclipsed 100-win plateau in his varsity career ... Won his class at 2015 Eric D'Agnese Memorial Tournament.
Name: Bryan Romero
Hometown: North Babylon, N.Y.
High School: North Babylon
Career Highlights: Boasted a 29-6 record in his senior year ... Two-Time All-League selection ... 2017 League IV Champion ... Placed third at the 2017 Suffolk County Section XI Championships.
Name: Dutch Schultz
Hometown: Stony Brook, N.Y.
High School: St. Anthony's
Career Highlights: Recorded a mark of 37-5 in his senior year ... 2017 CHSAA State Wrestling Champion ... Two-Time NSCHSAA League Champion ... Finished first at Ridgefield Challenge ... Named Team Captain and Most Valuable Wrestler.
Name: Hunter Scutellaro
Hometown: Massapequa, N.Y.
High School: Massapequa
Career Highlights: Had a career record of 79-24 ... Went 38-6 in his senior year ... 2017 All-State and Nassau County Section VIII Champion ... 2016 All-County ... Two-Time Nassau County Section VIII Championships Qualifier.