SOUTH HUNTINGTON, New York, Mar. 5
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
For the second-straight year, Whitman High School’s Vincent Feola headed upstate for the annual New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Division 1 state wrestling tournament.
A Suffolk County champion at 220 pounds after he defeated Sachem North’s Anthony DiMatteo during the county tournament at Hofstra University, Feola said he was excited heading into his second-state championship bout, but he knew what to expect.
“It wasn’t anything new for me,” the senior said.
Unfortunately, just as last year, Feola fell in the championship finals – this time in a 5-2 to decision to Youssif Hemida of Mamaroneck High School. The senior said his matches were close this year, especially in the finals, and that it was tough to go home without a state title.
However, heading to Dakota State University in the fall on a wrestling scholarship, Feola said he’s going to use his high school experience as he moves forward to wrestling in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
“I learned that one match can mean the difference between becoming a state champion,” he said. “I’m looking forward to going to an NCAA tournament, though, and trying to do my best there.”
Feola also reflected on this year’s Wildcats wrestling team, one that he said was very close to each other.
“We weren’t like an average sports team; we were like a family,” he said. “Everybody was able to get along and do their jobs.”
Along with Feola, Whitman’s Terron Robinson, a sophomore who wrestles at 285 pounds, also made a run in the county tournament, but fell in the consolation finals. The Wildcats (2-4) as a whole finished their League II season in a tie for third place.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Mar. 5, 2015; A37)