As if Long Beach’s wrestlers needed any extra motivation for last Saturday’s Nassau Qualifying Tournament in their own backyard, the Marines were on a mission after suffering a heartbreaking 34-33 defeat to Massapequa in the quarterfinals of the dual meet team playoffs.
“Our guys were really upset about the Massapequa loss,” Long Beach coach Ray Adams said. “It left a mark on them. They were eager to get back on the mats and get the ball rolling again.”
The Marines enjoyed a huge qualifier, winning the seven-team event behind four individual champions and four runners-up. All told, they’ll have 20 participants at this weekend’s Nassau Division I championships at Hofstra University.
Eighth-grader Jacori Teemer led the way in the qualifier by capturing the 99-pound weight class in dominant fashion. He pinned all four of his opponents in a combined time of 3:09, raising his record on the season to 34-2 while earning Most Falls/Least Time honors. “He’s the total package,” Adams said. “If he wrestles the way he’s capable, he’s going to be tough to beat in the county tournament.”
The Marines also had a pair of freshmen finish on top. Matt Maquet capped his run to the 106-pound title with a pin of Valley Stream South’s Brian Morales in the final, and Tyreek Bromley won a 5-0 decision against Port Washington’s Brett Friedberg to claim the 170-pound crown. Maquet, who competed in last year’s county championships, takes a 22-3 record to Hofstra, and Bromley’s record is 24-14.