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Busiello is WOTY, Massepequa's Serrano is Coach of The Year

By Smitty, 04/10/19, 3:30PM EDT


NYWN High School Dream Team unveiled


(1st, 2nd, 3rd Team and Honorable Mention)

Wrestler Of The Year - Adam Busiello

Eastport South Manor's Adam Busiello just finished arguably the best career ever by a New York State High School Wrestler, becoming the 3rd ever 5x NY State Champion.

The Arizona State commit joins future ASU teammate Jacori Teemer and current Northern Colorado Head Coach Troy Nickerson as the only 5x champions. Busiello also made the NYS finals as a 7th grader losing to the aforementioned Teemer.

Adam's 2019 senior season was just a pure joy for the fans to witness such history being made. After a close 3-2 decision over Niagara Falls' Willie McDougald in Mid-January, many started to question whether or not the Section 6 standout could dethrone the defending 4x NYS champion if they met again at the state tournament. Busiello would put all skepticism to rest as he pinned McDougald near the end of the second period. A standing ovation ensued as Adam would leave his mark in NYS history.

Busiello finishes with an astounding 299-7 career record and is ranked #4 in the country at 138lbs according to InterMat.

Coach of The Year - Ronnie Serrano (Massepequa)

To some, Massapequa came out of nowhere this year. Not many outside of Nassau County knew the firepower that the Chiefs had.  Massapequa would start out ranked #7 in the initial NYWN team rankings. Coach Serrano's squad would take off from there and never look back. The Chiefs kept winning, knocking off powerhouses such as Fulton and Rocky Point along the way.

Onto the NYS Duals, Coach Serrano's Chiefs would earn the top seed in the tournament. To the dismay of many, Massapequa would be paired with Section 11's Sachem East and Section 9's Minisink Valley. After defeating both, Massapequa would defeat Fulton 42-28 in the semi-finals followed by a 41-29 championship win over Section 5 juggernaut Hilton to cap off an undefeated 2018-2019 season.