Nassau CC wins NJCAA (DIII) National Championship
The Nassau Lions won their second consecutive NJCAA Division 3 National Championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa this past weekend. The National Tournament includes all junior colleges that have wrestling in the United States. There are two divisions (scholarship and non-scholarship) in the NJCAA both Divisions compete in the same tournament. Nassau CC had four wrestlers earn All American honors; Sam Schwartzafel placed 3rd at 165lbs, Duely Espinal placed 5th at 184lbs, Jenard Rosemond placed 6th at 285lbs and Josh Antoine who placed 8th at 125lbs. The other members of the team scored valuable points which separated Nassau from all the other non-scholarship programs. Those members were Chris Meloni 133lbs, Sean Miller 141lbs, John Sherlock 149lbs, Mike Dusold 157lbs, Ralph Cazzetta 174lbs and Dan Joseph at 197lbs.
The lions also have four members nominated for the NWCA All Academic Honors Josh Antoine, Sean Miller, Duely Espinal, John Sherlock, Colin Hopkins. This was the eighth National Title for the Nassau Lions. Coach Paul Schmidt was named Coach of the Year.
Nassau Wrestlers win Mid Atlantic District 2 Championship
The Lions continued their dominance at the District championships this past weekend, qualifying all ten wrestlers for the NJCAA National Championships. The team had six individual champions, led by sophomore Josh Antoine (125). Josh won his second consecutive District Championship and was named the tournaments outstanding wrestler for his performance. Josh currently is ranked third in the NJCAA, will be in entering the National Tournament with a (15-7) record. At 133 pounds freshman Chris Meloni won his first Mid Atlantic title with two technical falls. Meloni beat his two opponents (18-1) and (16-0). Freshman Sean Miller (141) also had a great tournament defeating his two opponents (16-1) and by fall. Miller pinned his Middlesex CC opponent Devin Jefferson in 2:47 in the finals. Mike Dusold (157) another freshman won his title by beating Jon Lado (Rowan/Gloucester) 9-4 in the finals. Mike has been wrestling really well winning 7 out of the last 8 matches as he heads into the National Championships. Sam Schwartzapfel (165) improved his overall record to (18-7) by beating Joe Guzzo (Middlesex CC) 8-5 in the finals. Sam will be entering the National Tournament with 18 wins and a top contender in his weight class. Sophomore Deuly Espinal (184) also dominated his weight class by winning in the finals (10-4). Deuly is also ranked in the NJCAA and will be looking for All American honors. Heavyweight Jenard Rosemond got beat in the finals and finished second at the Mid Atlantic Championships, he is currently ranked in the NJCAA. Jenard was one match away last year from placing in the All American round, which should give him the experience to do well at the tournament. After early losses Nassau had three other wrestlers qualify; John Sherlock (149), Ralph Cazzetta (174) and Dan Joseph (197) all wrestled back to finish third and qualify for the NJCAA National Championships. The Lions are the defending 2015 NJCAA Division III National Champions and will be looking to bring that title back to Long Island once aga
Nassau CC Loses to Ithaca College and SUNY-Cortland
The Lions went into the final week of the season a little short handed. With two wrestlers injured Sean Miller (141) and Ralph Cazzetta (174) the Nassau Lions had to forfeit two matches which was very tough to overcome giving up 12 points. The first match on Friday night was against Ithaca College the 11th ranked NCAA (Div. III) turned out to be a very competitive match with both teams winning four matches each. The Lions had four wins by Josh Antoine (125), Chris Meloni (133), Mike Dusold (157) and Duely Espinal (184). On Saturday against SUNY Cortland, the number 4th ranked team in the NCAA (Div. III), the Lions would once again have to forfeit two weight classes because of injuries. The Lions started off once again winning the first two matches with Josh Antoine (125) and Chris Meloni (133) beating their opponent. The Lions would also get wins by Mike Dusold (157) and Duely Espinal (184) later on in the match. The rest of the team John Sherlock (149), Sam Schwartzafel (165), Dan Joseph (197) and Jenard Rosemond (285) came up on the short end at both matches but wrestled well.
The next two weeks the Lions will be getting prepared for the District Championships/ National Qualifier at Rowan (Gloucester County) which will be held at the Sewell, NJ campus on February 13, 2016 at 10:00am.
Schwartzapfel Finishes Third at the Shorty Hitchcock Open
Nassau Community College wrestled this weekend at the Shorty Hitchcock Open, with many teams from the Division I ranks, it would prove to be a tough task for this young Lions team. But sophomore Sam Schwartzapfel (165) would continue to impress by finishing third in his weight class. Schwartzapfel normally wrestles at 157lbs but had to move up a weight class because of an illness in the beginning of the week. He would win three out of four matches before beating University of Maryland's Tyler Manion (6-5) in the consolation finals. The other members of the Nassau team wrestled very well but came up short in the medal rounds. The Lions will travel to West Point this upcoming Friday (1/22nd) to wrestle Army Prep.
NCC has Four Champions at the Long Island Open
This past weekend the Nassau Wrestling team was home for the first time this year. Wrestling in their home arena, the lions had seven wrestlers in the finals and four individual Long Island Open titles. Josh Antoine (125) won his second tournament of the year, by pinning Mike DeMeo in the finals. Freshman Chris Meloni (133) won his second college wrestling championship by beating Tyler Craig from the Merchant Marine Academy (7-4). Ralph Cazzetta (174) had an impressive day by beating Ganuev Batraz (7-0) in the finals. Ralph has continued to improve this season and has solidified the lineup at 174lbs. Duely Espinal (184) also won his second college wrestling title this weekend by tech fall (16-1). The other finalist where Andrew Jedd (149), Sam Schwartzapfel (157) and Jenard Rosemond (285), all three wrestled very well before losing in the finals. The next wrestling event will be January 17th at the Shorty Hitchcock Open.
Nassau Wrestlers Rebound with Six Champions at the Bob Quade Invitational
After a tough two weeks wrestling Division I competition and some of the top Division III teams on the East Coast, Nassau CC had eight wrestlers reach the finals at the Bob Quade Invitational at Centenary College this past weekend. The six winners were: Josh Antoine (125), Chris Meloni (133), Sean Miller (141), Mike Dusold (157), Deuley Espinal (184) and Jenard Rosemond (285).
Wrestling at the Northeast Duals, Nassau CC lost to the University of Oklahoma 51-0, SUNY Binghamton 46-0 before beating Springfield College 33-12. The next week at the NYS Championships the Lions had one wrestler place, Erik Adon (174).
The Nassau wrestlers will open the second semester at the Wilkes Open on December 28th before coming home for the Long Island Open on January 3rd.
Tom McLoughlin and Zack Small win Awards at the Annual HPER Luncheon
Tom McLoughlin was awarded the Joe Dondero Physical Education Award for his outstanding performance in the classroom. This award is given annually to an outstanding Physical Education Major in honor of the long time Health and Physical Education Chairman Joseph Dondero.
Zack Small was the recipient of the Willie Gadson Award for his performance on the wrestling mat and in the classroom. Willie Gadson was the best wrestler in Nassau history while winning Two National Championships, before becoming an All-American at the University of Iowa.
Two Nassau CC Wrestlers on Flow Wrestling All State Team
Joe Russ a current Nassau Community College wrestler and Anthony Abidin a former Nassau Community College wrestler were named to the Flow Wrestling All State team. After an eye opening freshman year where Joe won the NYS Collegiate Championship, NJCAA National Championship and was named NYS Freshman of the Year he was nominated as the top (133) pounder. He finished with a (27-4) record and was the only Junior College Wrestler on the NYS team. Anthony Abidin wrestling for the University of Nebraska, was also was named to the team. Anthony was a former NJCAA National Champion before transferring to Nebraska.
Coach Paul Schmidt Inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
After winning his seventh NJCAA (Div. III) National Championship and Coach of the Year award this year, Coach Schmidt was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on April 24, 2015. Coach Schmidt wrestled at Nassau CC and the University of Florida, before becoming the Assistant Wrestling Coach in 1986. This upcoming year will be Coach Schmidt's 20th year as Head Wrestling Coach at Nassau CC.
Two Former Nassau CC Wrestlers compete in NCAA National Championships
Nassau Community College had two former wrestlers Anthony Abidin (Nebraska) and Joseph DeAngelo (North Carolina State) compete at the NCAA (Div. I) Wrestling National Championships. Abidin a former NJCAA National Champion at 133 pounds had a record of (31-4) this season, Joseph DeAngelo a former NJCAA All American finished his career at North Carolina State with a combined record of (24-22) and two appearances at the NCAA National Tournament. Abidin will return for his senior year at the University of Nebraska next season. Both Abidin and DeAngelo were members of the NJCAA (Div. III) National Championship Team in 2012.
Also former Nassau Community College wrestlers' son (Kyven Gadson) won the NCAA (Div. I) National Championship at 197 pounds. Kyven is the son of the late Willie Gadson a two-time NJCAA National Champion in the early 1970's. Gadson was the best wrestler in Nassau history, finishing up with a (40-0) two year record before transferring to Iowa State University.
Nassau CC Wrestlers win the 2015 NJCAA (Div. III) National Championship
The Nassau Community College Wrestling Team captured their seventh NJCAA (Div. III) National Championship in Des Moines, IA this past weekend. Freshman Joseph Russ (133) became the twelfth Nassau Community College wrestler to win an individual national championship. Russ avenged an early season loss by beating the #1 ranked wrestler Mizam Tamaradze from Springfield Tech CC (8-5) in the finals of the national tournament.
The Lions had two wrestlers also earn All-American honors Mark West (141) and Giovanni Santiago (184). Although the following wrestlers did not earn All-American honors they won valuable points which helped Nassau Community College win the overall team title; Josh Antoine (125), Tom McLoughlin (149), Sam Schwartzapfel (157), Deuly Espinal (165), Zack Small (174) and Jenard Rosemond (285). Also five wrestlers were named to the Coaches All-Academic team (Josh Antoine, Deuly Espinal, Dominic Holder, Tom McLoughlin and Danny Weiss).
Coach Paul Schmidt was named NJCAA (Div. III) National Coach of the Year!!
Nassau CC wins Mid Atlantic II Championship,
nine wrestlers are heading to the NJCAA National Championships
This past weekend the Nassau Community College wrestling team won the Mid Atlantic Championship hosted by Rowan College at Gloucester County campus. The tournament team championship went down to the last match at 285lbs. Jenard Rosemond overcame a (6-0) deficit before winning his match (10-6) in overtime which crowned the Nassau CC wrestling team the Mid Atlantic II champions. The Lions had five Mid Atlantic champions, Josh Antoine (125), Joe Russ (133), Mark West (141), Giovanni Santiago (184) and Jenard Rosemond (285). Nassau also had two other finalist Sam Schwartzafel (157), Zakaria Small (174) both finished second. Two other wrestlers qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament by finishing third Thomas McLoughlin (149) and Deuly Espinal (165).
The Lions will be heading to Des Moines, Iowa for the NJCAA National Championships (Feb 27th & 28th).
Joe Russ wins NYS Collegiate Wrestling Championship
Nassau CC freshman Joe Russ (133) wins NYS Collegiate wrestling title. Russ wins the NYS Collegiate wrestling championship match in dramatic fashion by pinning Kyle Krasavage (Hofstra). Russ went (4-0) for the day with wins over Bricker Dixon (Cornell), David White (Binghamton) and Eric Valdez (SUNY-Brockport) on his route to the finals.
Nassau CC finished 8th overall, had four other wrestlers who won All State honors: Charles Weiss (125), Mark West (141), Sam Schwartzapfel (165) and Jenard Rosemond (285). Former Nassau Community College assistant coach Chris Edmond was inducted into the NYS College Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Former NCC Wrestler Chris Wade wins first UFC Fight
Former Nassau Community College wrestler Chris Wade beats Cain Carrizosa in the first round in his UFC debut. Chris was a former NJCAA national runner-up in 2007. Chris's family has had a long connection with the Nassau wrestling program, starting with his father Tom, who was just recently inducted into the Nassau Community College Athletic Hall of Fame. Chris's two brothers Kyle and Lance were also NJCAA Wrestling All Americans.
Chris joins a prominent list of former Nassau wrestlers who have made an impact in the UFC. Currently the UFC have five Nassau wrestlers fighting Al Iaquinta, Ryan LaFlare, Alp Ozkilic, Chris Wade and the UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman.
Mac Maldarelli joins coaching staff at Nassau Community College
Mac Maldarelli former Nassau Community College graduate and NJCAA runner-up at 149 lbs has joined the coaching staff at Nassau Community College. Maldarelli finished his wrestling career at Lock Haven University where he was a NCAA National Division I qualifier. Before Nassau CC Maldarelli was a standout wrestler at Calhoun High School.
Coach Paul Schmidt is very excited that Maldarelli is back in the wrestling room at Nassau Community College, " Mac understanding the needs of our student athletes will be a big asset in their transition to college wrestling" says Coach Schmidt.
Louis Hernandez and TJ Fabian commit to wrestle for Nassau CC
National Champion Louis Hernandez has chosen Nassau Community College to continue his education and wrestling career. The former Mepham High School standout has decided to stay close to home and attend Nassau Community College. After a phenomenal high school wrestling career, winning two State titles and a National Championship, Hernandez will be looking to win a NJCAA National title for the perennial junior college powerhouse. He will be joined by TJ Fabian another former high school National Champion and New York State Champion that has decided to transfer to Nassau CC from Sacred Heart University. The former Shoreham Wading River will be wrestling at 133lbs for the Lions.
Also committed to Nassau Community College for the 2014-15 season is Gio Santiago. The former Sachem North wrestler who transferred from Centenary College. Santiago finished third in the NYS championships in 2013 and will be wrestling at 184lbs. The 2014 NYS Catholic State Champion Joseph Russ will also continue his wrestling career at Nassau CC, he will be looking to break into the lineup at 125 lbs.
Six former Nassau CC Wrestlers at Division I programs
During the 2013-14 wrestling season six former Nassau Community College wrestlers will be competing at the NCAA Division I level. These wrestlers add to a long list of former Nassau CC wrestlers going to the next level.
At 125lbs former NJCAA National finalist John Pelligrino will be representing West Virginia University this upcoming season. Pelligrino will have three years of eligibility and is expected to be a starter for Coach Greg Trumbul and the WVU Mountaineers.
Former NJCAA National Champion Anthony Abidin will be wrestling for the University of Nebraska, Abidin will also have three years of eligibility and is projected to be a starter for the nationally ranked Cornhuskers.
Former 149lbs NJCAA All American Mac Maldarelli will be entering his senior year for Lock Haven University. In 2012-13 Maldarelli had a very productive season going (16-11) in his first year at Lock Haven.
Two former wrestlers will be on the North Carolina State wrestling team this season. Joe DeAngelo who wrestled for the Wolf Pack last season and qualified for the NCAA National tournament after a fine season last year. Ryan Fox another NJCAA All American will be looking to start for Coach Popolizio after redshirting last season. Fox will have three years of eligibility.
Dan Sutherland will be wrestling at Clarion University this season, Sutherland red shirted last year after having a fine year in 2012. Dan will be looking to contribute this year and continue his wrestling career.
NJCAA Wrestling Champ Nassau CC is built for success
By MARCUS HENRY email@example.com
Article that appeared in Newsday on 3/3/2013
Consistency has been the name of the game for the Nassau Community College wrestling program. And the squad added another piece of championship hardware to its trophy case after capturing the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship last weekend at the Jacobson Center in Des Moines, Iowa. It was the second straight national championship and fifth overall for Nassau CC.
"We've been fortunate," Lions coach Paul Schmidt said. "We get a good crop of wrestlers every year."
Leading the way for the Lions was sophomore James DeKrone, a Glenn graduate who was crowned national champion after beating Zach Loveless, 7-6, in the 141-pound final.
He was joined by five other wrestlers who earned All-American status.
Division graduates John Pellegrino (125) and Yaseen Mudassar (285), and Hauppauge graduate Chanse Menendez (174) all took second place. Islip graduate Kyle Wade (149) was sixth and East Islip grad Ian MacIneirghe finished seventh at 197 pounds. The success of the program has made it easier for Schmidt to assemble the talent needed to compete at a high level. "I don't have to spend as much time recruiting," Schmidt said. "We have a good enough track record of sending kids to the next level with scholarships that they want to come here."
Schmidt noted the ongoing success of a few former Nassau CC wrestlers, including Ryan Fox and Joe DeAngelo, who both earned scholarships to North Carolina State, and Mac Maldarelli, who attends Lock Haven University on a wrestling scholarship. Anthony Abidin, who won the 133-pound NJCAA national championship last year and chose to redshirt this season, is headed to Nebraska on scholarship in the fall. In addition to the droves of talented wrestlers Schmidt has coached since being promoted to head coach in 1996, he attributed some of the program's success to his assistant coaches, most of whom were championship-caliber wrestlers themselves. Current assistant Sam Thomas was a NJCAA All-American, Vougar Oroudjon was a two-time world champion and Olympic Bronze medalist, and Chris Edmond, a former member of the staff, was a Division I national champion at Tennessee.
"I have outstanding assistant coaches," Schmidt said. "When you have world championship coaches as your assistants it makes things easier."
Schmidt also credits Nassau CC's reputation as one of the country's top community colleges as a reason for the program's success. "Nassau CC is very good academically," Schmidt said. "It has a true academic foundation and is very attractive to Division I coaches."