Travis Smith

Blue Devil Wrestlers Ready to Rumble

Huntington head coach Travis Smith in the Blue Devils' corner.

February 3, 2017

Several Huntington wrestlers are expected to be in the mix for individual weight class titles at Saturday’s Suffolk League IV tournament at Half Hollow Hills West in Dix Hills.

A seeding meeting held Thursday stretched long into the night as coaches sorted out the top grapplers in each of the 15 weight classes and created brackets. The action kicks off Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The semifinals are set for 2 p.m. with consolation matches for third place scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The finals will be wrestled on one mat beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $6.

Huntington is led by county ranked senior Ryan Mock, who brings a 30-4 mark into the tournament. Sean Flick (27-7), Aedan McDonald (11-12), Robert Simon (16-14), Ryan Stieve (13-9), Aidan McCooey (16-14), Charlie Gadson (21-9) and Khari McNeil (27-5) are all expected to vie for honors. The Blue Devils are also hoping some of their underclassmen manage to pull off a few upsets.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class will qualify for next weekend’s Section XI championships at Suffolk-West in Brentwood. “Our goal is always the same; to win as many titles as we can and to qualify as many wrestlers as possible for the county tournament,” Huntington head coach Travis T. Smith said.

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Many Blue Devil wrestlers captured honors in a tournament last Saturday at Herricks High School in Nassau. It marked the final tune-up for Huntington before this weekend’s league tournament.

Sean Flick (first place; 99 lbs.), William Burton (sixth place; 99 lbs.), Aedan McDonald (third place; 106 lbs.), Ryan Mock (first place; 113 lbs.), Charles O’Rourke (sixth place; 113 lbs.), Isiah Rodriquez (fourth place; 120 lbs.), Ryan Baker (fifth place; 126 lbs.), William Mejia (second place; 145 lbs.), Jason Turner (sixth place; 145 lbs.), Anthony Martin (sixth place; 152 lbs.), Aidan McCooey (fourth place; 160 lbs.), Robert Simon (second place; 182 lbs.), Charles Gadson (second place; 220 lbs.), Tazedon Smith (fourth place; 220 lbs.), Rudy Ramirez (fifth place; 220 lbs.) and Khari McNeil (first place; 285 lbs.) all placed among the top wrestlers in their respective weight class.

Khari McNeil
Huntington wrestler Khari McNeil is 27-5 entering the league tournament.
Sean Flick
Huntington wrestler Sean Flick will grapple for a league title on Saturday.
Ryan Mock
Ryan Mock is 30-4 and ranked third in Suffolk entering this weekend.