Wrestler Garcia Earns All-County

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Competing at the recent Suffolk County wrestling championships at Hofstra University’s Mack Sports Complex, the high school’s Shane Garcia finished fifth overall, earning All-County honors.

Garcia, a senior wrestling at 195 pounds, advanced to the quarterfinal round with a pin over Riverhead’s Jaeden Blom of High School. In the quarterfinals, he faced fifth seed Donny Wetherbee of Sachem North High School, and was trailing 4-1 with 26 seconds remaining in the final period before pinning Wetherbee at 5:41. In the semifinal round, Garcia lost to the eventual champion, Ward Melville’s Christian Araneo, but fought back to a fifth-place finish.

“Congratulations to Shane on a great finish to his season,” said Mike Longobardi, who coached Garcia along with Joe Esposito.