It's official: The road to the Suffolk League VI dual meet wrestling title will go through Westhampton.
Rocky Point will travel across the Island and head to the south shore in Westhampton for Wednesday's showdown for the league crown.
Rocky Point made that possible with Friday night's convincing win over Glenn. The Eagles rode the strength of their middleweights to a stirring 45-15 win to remain undefeated before a large home crowd.
Rocky Point is 23-0 overall and 5-0 in league matches.
"I thought we came out a little flat but got on a roll after [Frank] Sciulla's pin," Rocky Point coach Darren Goldstein said. "Glenn is young this year but they always come prepared and ready to wrestle. We better wrestle to our potential if we want to beat Westhampton."
Westhampton is also 5-0 in League VI, having edged Glenn earlier this season, 35-33.
With Rocky Point trailing 9-6 after five bouts, Sciulla turned in a pin of Ben Boucicaut in 5:04 at 126 pounds. The pin came after five straight bouts that ended in close decisions. The pin ignited the Eagles.
Two super sophomores, James Matias and Thomas Dutton, had back-to-back wins as the Eagles reeled off eight consecutive wins to take a commanding 36-9 lead and clinch the win.
Matias outslicked Arman Akhund, 5-0, at 132 and Dutton matted Jordan Ortiz in 5:25 as the Eagles took a 21-9 lead.
"We have one senior in our lineup and the plan is to focus on our youth and continue to build the program and get valuable experience against top teams like Rocky Point," said Glenn coach T.J. Brocking, who led the Knights to Suffolk team titles in 2009 and 2010. "We'll learn from our mistakes and it'll make us better for the league tournament and moving forward."
For Rocky Point, winners of the Colonie and Msgr. Farrell tournaments where they scored more points than teams such as Sachem North, Hauppauge and Brentwood, Friday night's victory was a springboard into the weekend and next week's long anticipated dual meet at Westhampton.
The win over Glenn is especially satisfying to Goldstein when you consider that Glenn has been the highest-scoring Class A team in the county tournament for four straight years.
"We had some key wins and I was very pleased with senior Nick Accardi, who gutted out a 9-7 win at 145 pounds," Goldstein said. "It's that kind of senior leadership that will help us at Westhampton and in the league tournament."