Sayville Wrestling Attends Disney Duals

  • Sayville Wrestling Team

    Experiences the Disney Duals


    While the tournament spot was reserved as far back as last April, twenty-two Sayville High School Wrestling Team members, along with two coaches and fourteen relatives flew to Florida in mid December for the 2007 Disney Duals. “It was our first time, and we didn’t know what to expect as far as the competitions were concerned,” Coach Gary Pesko said. “But, something clicked for our wrestlers while we were there. They really came together as a true competitive team. It was all very exciting!”


    And rewarding! After three days of matches, the Sayville Team finished with a 5 - 2 record and earned 5th place!


    Much happened between April and December that enabled the team to show their muscle in Florida. Funds had to be raised for their trip to Disney. With the supervision of Volunteer Assistant Coach Michael Vetrano, the incredible support of the Wrestling Booster Club, and an ingenious idea by Sheila Smith to create a Sayvillopoly (Monopoly for Sayville) game as a fundraiser, the wrestling team’s way was paved for Orlando.


    Yet, the actual wrestling season had just begun on November 14th. Many team members hadn’t had the time to develop into confident wrestlers, wrought by a mature season and ready for the challenge. Still, with enough practices, some open competitions, and a tournament under their belts, the team headed off to Disney.


    “As the matches began, we could see our guys building on their knowledge and techniques,” Coach Pesko continued. “The kids wrestled phenomenally. Each day was a stiffer competition. To win we needed every point. Our last two matches were very close, but our wrestlers came through with exactly what we needed to win—including pins. Not only was it very exciting to watch, it was such a great experience for our kids.” (See results below.)


    For one of the team members, it was his first trip to Disney. When the matches were done, the wrestlers enjoyed the theme park with the other visiting athletes and also attended the Shamu Show at SeaWorld.


    Returning from the invigorating Disney Duals, the Sayville Wrestling Team continued to have the edge in local competitions. The team wrestled in the Long Island Challenge on Friday, December28 at McArthur High School and Saturday December 29 at Islip High School. They finished in 3rd place with  3-1 record.


    Congratulations to the Sayville Wrestling Team for delivering such magic at Disney and beyond.

      For a photo montage of the event, go to


    Results KSA Holiday Wrestling Tournament at Disney.

    Thursday Dec.20, 2007

    Sayville  45 VS  Selingsgrove PA  29

    Sayville  71  VS  Apopka  FL  7

    Sayville  44  VS  Edgewater  FL  21


    Friday Dec. 21, 2007

    South Summit Utah 36  VS  Sayville  29

    Buena Reginal  NJ  40  VS  Sayville  27


    Saturday Dec. 22, 2007

    Sayville  35  VS  Windam CT  32

    Sayville  38  VS  Columbia NY  33


    Finished with a 5 - 2 record and 5th place.


    The results of the local competition

    are as follows.

    Dec.28, 2007

    Sayville 36   VS  Plainedge  22

    Brentwood  49  VS  Sayville  13

    Sayville  56  VS  McArthur B  15

    Dec.29, 2007

    Sayville  35  VS  Farmingdale  27



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