Papadatos Announces 2015-16 Hofstra Schedule
Hempstead, NY — Hempstead, NY – A seven-match home schedule, three in-season tournaments, the third annual Grapple in the Garden and the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Madison Square Garden highlight the 2015-16 Hofstra University Wrestling schedule that was announced by Pride Head Wrestling Coach Dennis Papadatos Wednesday.
Hofstra, which will serve as the institutional hosts for the 2016 NCAA Championships at Madison Square Garden from March 17-19, will also compete in three dual tournaments including their own Hofstra Duals on January 24.
“We are really excited how the schedule mapped out this year,” Papadatos says. “I believe it has a good mix of great competition and ample amounts of breaks in order to best prepare the team for the entire season. We hope that the schedule helps us peak for March at Madison Square Garden, where we will be the hosts of the NCAA Championships.”
The Pride, who will be under Papadatos for a second season, will be looking to solidify their line-up at their annual wrestle-offs on Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m. before kicking off the regular season on November 8 at the Binghamton Open.
Hofstra starts its dual match schedule on November 15 at the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals in Troy, New York where they will face Michigan, which finished 11th in the 2015 NCAA Championship, Northern Iowa and Lock Haven. A week later (Nov. 22), Hofstra returns to upstate New York for the New York State Collegiate Championships at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
The third annual Grapple at the Garden at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, wraps up competition in November on Sunday, November 29. The Pride will square off against two programs they defeated last season in Maryland and EIWA-foe Princeton.
December, with final exams and holidays, gives Hofstra only two tournament dates in the month. The Pride will travel west for the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational on December 4-5 and then close out the 2015 portion of their schedule at the Lock Haven Invitational on December 29.
As usual, January will be the busiest month for the Pride as they will compete in nine dual matches during the period. The new calendar year opens up with the first two home matches of the season on January 3 against Virginia Military Institute and Bloomsburg. VMI is coached by former two-time All-American and Hofstra alumnus, Chris Skretkowicz, ’05.
Hofstra then heads to the Pittsburgh Duals on January 9 where they will face North Carolina State, which finished 16th in the NCAA Championships last March, and Davidson. The Pride then travel to EIWA opponent Army West Point for a dual match on January 16 before returning to Long Island to start a four-match homestand. Hofstra will entertain Binghamton on January 17 before hosting the Hofstra Duals against EIWA opponents Columbia and Sacred Heart, as well as Clarion on January 24.
The Edinboro Open is the Pride’s first competition in the new month on February 6 before heading to longtime rival Rider on February 11. Hofstra wraps up its home schedule on February 14 with an EIWA match against Drexel. That match is the start of three consecutive conference matches including at Harvard on February 19 and at Brown on the 20th.
The EIWA Championships will be held at Princeton University on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6 before the big show, the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships come to Madison Square Garden on March 17-19.
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LIU Post Wrestling
Grappling with Renaissance: The Resurrection of LIU Post Wrestling - 2015-2016
When Director of Athletics Bryan Collins conceived the idea to reinstate the wrestling program at LIU Post after a nearly 25-year hiatus, the selection of the head coach seemed to be the simplest decision that he had to make. Joe Patrovich leaped at the opportunity to be the leader in building the Pioneers redux program. Patrovich, who was inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012, boasted an impressive resume. He had coached 21 county champions, 13 state finalists, 10 All-America selections, eight state champions and been named coach of the year in Nassau County and Suffolk County prior to accepting the job at LIU Post in 2013.
In only the Pioneers first season back, they had two wrestlers qualify for the NCAA Division II Championships, where returning sophomore Joe Calderone (133) took home All-America honors; LIU Post’s first All-American in three decades. Unfortunately, unexpected medical issues kept Patrovich off the mats for most of the season, but the wrestlers kept pushing toward their goals under the instruction of assistant coaches Ryan Patrovich and Michael Zimbler, whom the coach has all the appreciation in the world for. Without them stepping in, the program could have easily gone under while still in its infancy. Though the young team’s overall record in its first season back was 4-15, the team's wins and losses hardly reflects the immense progress being made within this upstart program.
Also returning to the team for the 2015-16 campaign, two wrestlers who were named All-Region a year ago, fifth-place finisher James Louison (285) and sixth-place finisher Ronnie King (184). Other returners include Corey Ashe (165), Juan Carlos Diaz (174), Rich Grillo (184), Jake Horton (197/285), Matt Langan (149), Jesse Meaney (149), Jackson Mordente (157), Ed Ramirez Jr. (157/165), James Sinclair (165), Vinny Turano (141/149) and Tyler Walsh (125/133).
Incoming freshman to the team this year are Dan Arkow (165/174), Monair McDonald (285), Joe Paterno (125/133), Pedro Rosales (125), Logan McGinn (174/184), Freddy Vidal (197) and T.J. Fabian (141). The Pioneers preach competitiveness, as multiple weight classes remain open while they identify their starters among a talented young group of men. Patrovich is optimistic that he has found the “right kind of guys” to grapple for the program this season, and is very eager to see what they can do. Patrovich hints that some people may want to keep their eye on incoming transfer T.J. Fabian (141) throughout his LIU Post career, whom Patrovich feels has a very high ceiling. The buzz around campus is that they have really great group of people on the team, essential for the solid foundation Patrovich plans to construct upon.
The biggest challenges for the Pioneers last season was the lack of depth at the weight classes. When injuries occurred, there weren't enough guys on the squad to step up into that role. Patrovich stated that another major challenge of being a new program is the fact that they do not belong to a conference. They have to schedule meets with whomever they can get and whoever agrees to, most of the time with matches only being accepted if LIU Post travels to them, leaving Post hosting only three home duals this upcoming season. Patrovich also noted that the strength of their opponents is higher than they normally would be if they had a conference, but he is ready to take the challenge head-on.
Opponents this year include two Division I programs in Binghamton University and Army as well as University of North Carolina - Pembroke and Notre Dame College of Ohio; whom are highly touted as the best Division II programs in the nation. Additionally, the Pioneers are slated to make their second-straight appearance at the Grapple at the Garden and visit the state of Minnesota for a dual and tournament at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
The Pioneers are set on building a resilient culture and reputation on Long Island, recruiting wrestlers from within Nassau and Suffolk and popularizing the brand through Patrovich’s countless athletic connections at high schools all over the island. Patrovich wants to bring awareness to his upstart program and is doing so in multiple ways. One of these ways is by hosting their second-annual wrestle-offs in honor of the program’s first coach, Jim Davey (1956-78), at LIU Post on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
Now, beginning the revamped wrestling program’s second season, it is time to put this team on notice as a potential rising power among the Division II landscape.
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Nassau Community College Wrestling
NCC starts off the 2015-16 season with a visit to the Journeymen/Asics Northeast Duals at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy NY on November 15th where they will face the University of Oklahoma, Binghamton University and Springfield College. Continuing their swing through New York State on November 22nd they will wrestle in the New York State Collegiate Championships at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
December finds the Lions in New Jersey, Long Island and Pennsylvania. On December 6th they enter the Bob Quade Invitational at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. On December 12th they will wrestle closer to home in the Kings Park Duals at the USMMA in Kings Point, NY. To close out December the Lions will travel to the Wilkes Open on December 28th at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA.
January is a very busy month. To start the new year NCC will host a double dual on January 2nd with Itasca Community College from Grand Rapids, MN and Northland Community & Technical College from Theif River Falls, MN. The annual Long Island Open will be hosted by the Lions on January 3rd. January 9th-10th will find the NCC matmen at the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, IN. On January 18th NCC will enter the “Shorty” Hitchcock Memorial Classic at Millersville University. A trip north at the end of January has them wrestling Ithaca College on January 25th and SUNY Cortland on January 31st.
February turns to post season championships with the Mid-Atlantic Championships at Rowan College at Gloucester County (formerly Gloucester County College) in Sewell, NJ on February 16th and the NJCAA National Championships at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, IA on February 26th-27th.
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