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 Antione (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."