Courtesy of Miguel Rodriguez
Team Kong United took home the NHSCA National Duals title for the second straight time earlier this summer in Virginia Beach.
This past weekend, the squad added another championship at the 1000 Islands Duals in Clayton.
“What a tournament - it was a great weekend,” said Kong coach Anthony Ciolino. “Two of our guys got sick, so we had to forfeit some weights, but our guys brought it every match and came up with a lot of big wins.”
That was certainly true in the finals against defending champions Superior Wrestling Academy. Kong trailed 23-20 heading into the final three weights, but Jonathan Loew (Wantagh), Elijah Rodriguez (Long Beach) and Peter Acciardi (New Jersey) all bumped up and won, including the last two by major, to secure a 31-23 victory and first place.
Prior to the finals, Kong posted dominant victories over Titan Red (64-12), Central Maine (53-9), Phillipsburg (33-12) and Doughboy (38-12).
“The guys all wrestled like a bunch of champions,” Ciolino said. “We faced tough teams. In the semis, Doughboy had a bunch of hammers, but every single one of our guys won [in the contested matches]. Superior was a very tough team and they’ve won here before. But our guys came through. Anthony Sciotto (Rocky Point) cradled and pinned two-time state champ Orion Anderson in a huge win at 130 pounds. I’m proud of all of the guys. They did an unbelievable job the whole weekend."
Team Kong United
105 Jordan Titus (Center Moriches, State Finalist)
112 Matt Griffin (Jamesville-Dewitt, Multi-time State Placer)
119 Jon Charles (Central Valley, State Champ, Runner Up)
125 Zachary Redding (Eastport-South Manor, State Placer)
130 Anthony Sciotto (Rocky Point, Multi-time State Placer)
135 Justin Vines (Wantagh, State Champion)
135 Lee Mauras (Freeport)
140 Tyler Sung (New England Championships Finalist)
155 Hunter Shaut (Central Valley, State Champion)
167 Chris Barker (Fairport, State Placer)
177 Jonathan Loew (Wantagh, State Placer)
190 Elijah Rodriguez (Long Beach, Eastern States Champion)
215 Peter Accardi (NJ State Placer)
Coaches: Anthony Ciolino, Miguel Rodriguez, John Paniccioli
105 Troy Spratley
112 Anthony Noto (HFL, State Champion)
119 Greg Diakomihalis (Hilton, 2x State Champion)
119 Drew Schafer (Palmyra-Macedon, Multi-time State Placer)
125 Nate Controneo (Pittsford)
130 Orion Anderson (Schuylerville, 2x State Champion, Runner Up)
135 Alex Samson (Victor, State Placer)
140 Nick Young (Victor, State Placer)
147 Ben Bivar (BGAH, State Placer)
155 Devin Rivet (New England Championships Placer)
167 Camrin Galvin (Fulton)
177 Matt Gaiser (Alexander, State Champion)
190 Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley, State Qualifier)
215 Will Leonard (Cornwall)
285 Keagan Carmenatty (South Seneca)