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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Baldwin trio earns All-County honors
Jeff Wilson/Herald
Baldwin's Sal Trigona, top, won a qualifying tournament championship and reached the Nassau semifinals in the 113-pound weight class.

Senior Sal Trigona led a group of eight Baldwin wrestlers that competed in the Nassau Division I championships by finishing fourth in the 113-pound weight class a week after winning a qualifying tournament title.

Trigona, who finished the season with a record of 32-5, reached the county semifinals Feb. 12 at Hofstra before losing a 4-0 decision to East Meadow’s Adam Smith. Trigona came back to split a pair of wrestlebacks and picked up three wins in the two-day event as well as All-County honors.

“He’s been able to compete with anyone over the past two seasons,” Bruins coach Jim Murphy said of Trigona, who pinned his first two opponents — Garden City’s J.P. Morgan and Massapequa’s Joe Doria — in the county tournament. “We concentrated on improving his conditioning, and it made a big difference for him against the tougher kids.”

Trigona, who split matches with Smith during the regular season, went into the county tournament knowing he had a shot to win, Murphy said. “The way I look at it, it was a good win for Smith,” Murphy said of the semifinal. “He’s a tough kid. Sal battled the entire time.”

The Bruins also had seniors Victor Robinson (fourth place at 132) and Quinn Knauer (fifth at 138) reach the All-County podium. Robinson, Knauer and senior Ryan Brown, who qualified at 138 and came within a win of All-County status, were workout partners for the past two seasons, Murphy said. “They pushed each other hard,” he noted.

Robinson was third in the qualifier won by senior teammate Enriquez DeJesus, who didn’t place in the county. Robinson’s opening match came down to the wire but he held off Jack Reina of Garden City, 5-4. He then won by technical fall over Mepham’s Tom Mauro in the second round. In the quarterfinals, Robinson came up just short in a grueling 3-2 overtime bout against Mike Lanasa of Plainedge, but rebounded to win three of four wrestlebacks.

“Victor’s a great athlete,” Murphy said. “Just when you think he’s in big trouble, he wiggles out of it. Every kid he faced in the county either placed before or was ranked. It was a tough weight.”

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