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Keith Cassar wins (Photo by Keith Cassar, Sr.)

Oyster Bay’s Keith Cassar is an All-State wrestler

History was made when Oyster Bay High School junior Keith Cassar became the most successful and decorated wrestler in the history of the Oyster Bay wrestling program. Wrestling in last month’s prestigious New York State Wrestling Championship in Albany, Cassar placed fourth to reach the podium and achieve All-State honors.

He wrestled six matches in this extremely competitive tournament, winning his matches to become All-State. Cassar is only the second wrestler in the history of Oyster Bay Wrestling to achieve All-State honors. The other All-State Wrestler from Oyster Bay High School is Dan Arnel of the Class of 2009.

Cassar won his second Nassau County Wrestling Championship by defeating his Cold Spring Harbor opponent by a score of 13-2. In his first match of the tournament, he won his 100th career wrestling match. This is a milestone for any wrestler and his career wins stand at 106. Cassar is now a four-time All-County wrestler.

Cassar is already looking forward to next year and the opportunity to improve on his impressive record.

He is surrounded by a talented and supportive wrestling team. Jack Wieboldt wrestled his way to the tournament finals, wrestling in a very competitive match. Wieboldt is now a three-time All-County wrestler.

Chris Colvin and Sam Khonaparast also reached the finals and earned All-County honors for the first time. Matt Byrne wrestled his way to a third-place finish, earning him an All-County honor for the second year in a row.

In the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, conference champions were Matt Byrne, Keith Cassar, Tom Seslowsky, Chris Colvin and Sam Khonaparast. All-Conference wrestlers were; D.J. Albro, Michael Leandrou, Jack Wieboldt, John Maloney, Jake Rankin, and Steven LoRusso. Each of these wrestlers qualified for the Nassau County Wrestling Championships. Leading the way to the success of the Baymen grapplers were coaches John Brush, coach Doug Axman and coach Francesco Viera.

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Tom Gould is the media communications specialist for the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District.


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