Anglickas dominates at tournament

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Senior Southampton wrestler Julius Anglickas keeps adding to his already impressive resume.

The native Lithuanian proved to be the top wrestler at the Copiague Tournament at Copiague High School on Saturday.

For his efforts, Anglickas was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. He had the most pins with four and was named Champion of Champions, an award given to the competitor who is judged the best overall wrestler in the finals by those running the tournament.

Anglickas, the top ranked wrestler in Division II at 215 pounds, pinned all four of his opponents in dominating fashion averaging just 1:30 of mat time.

“After his first match he was looking really great,” Southampton head coach Ryan McCready said. “I told him to go out there and make a statement and don’t give the opponents anything at all. He was a step above the competition.”

The statement was complete when Anglickas pinned Rocco DeForcia of Commack in 2:36 in the finals. In his previous three matches, he pinned Alex Keyles of Commack in 2:24 to get to the finals, Fred Zaccheo of Kellenberg in 18 seconds and Jared Williams of Amityville in 42 seconds to begin the day.

McCready said that Anglickas’s skill level is at the point where he’s trying to balance the competition his team sees in tournaments so that his all-state wrestler can battle some tough opponents while the rest of his young and inexperienced team can do well in their matches as well.

“I want our team to be successful, but I want competitive competition for Julius so he can get ready for counties and states,” he said. “We have so many new wrestlers, we want to give everyone a chance to be successful.”

Eighth-grader Nick Alessandrini (103), who placed second at the Bellport Tournament a few weeks ago, placed second once again in Copiague, dropping the finals match to a tough James Spencer of Commack by a 17-6 decision. Senior Khomari Moses (171) placed fourth, losing his consolation match 7-2 to Aghasi Dumanayan of Hicksville, while senior Erin Simmons (145) failed to place at the tournament but McCready said he wrestled well.

“He made a couple of mistakes that cost him a place in the tournament, but I think he’s looking really good for next month when we get to the county tournament,” he said. Southampton won its first league match of the season 54-18 on January 7 at home against Mercy. Joe Dosch (130) pinned Monarch Tim Spillane in 5:25, while Simmons pinned Monarch Steve Keegan in 1:30. Ahtuk Dennis pinned Monarch Matt Dilandro in 31 seconds.

The Mariners visited Port Jefferson for another league match on Friday and lost 60-18. Simmons won another match, defeating Royal Marc Garcia by a 5-0 decision. Moses won his match against John Proios, 1-0, with the lone point being scored in the final round by an escape.

“He definitely wrestled all the way to the end, he didn’t gas out,” McCready said. “I think he can wrestle better than that though. I was happy that he won and that he stuck in there ’til the last second. I thought the score should have been a lot more in Khomari’s favor.”

Southampton hosted Center Moriches in a league meet on Tuesday and will be at Hampton Bays for another league meet on Friday at 4 p.m. The Mariners will be at Comsewogue High School for a dual meet tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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