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Staten Island Advance SI Duals Preview

Posted Thursday, December 10, 2009 by Louis Destefano

Staten Island Wrestling Duals receive a small makeover

, December 10, 2009 1:50 a.m.

Monsignor Farrell coach Lou DeStefano will send his team after its sixth consecutive Staten Island Dual Meet Championship title this weekend. - (Staten Island Advance file photo)

When the Staten Island Dual Meet Championship debuted five years ago, the goal was to bring all of the Island’s programs together in a tournament that could essentially crown a local champion.

But that’s going to change this season, and so is the name, with the two-day event starting Friday at Petrides.

Gone is format of the Island’s CHSAA and PSAL teams going head-to-head for Island supremacy — and the name.

It will now be known as the Staten Island Dual Meet Invitational, as teams from around the metro area are going to be included in the mix.

Headlining the new invitees will be perennial power St. Benedict’s Prep of Newark, which usually wrestles Farrell in non-league dual meets with barnburner results.

Also in the field are FDR, Bryant, 2009 PSAL city runner-up James Madison and Xavier.

"We wanted to up the competition," said Farrell coach Lou DeStefano, whose team has won all five SI Duals. "And also this way the Island PSAL teams don’t have to face each other as much."

While all three Island CHSAA teams will compete — Farrell, St. Joseph by-the-Sea and St. Peter’s — only four Island PSALs are included: Susan Wagner, Curtis, Tottenville and two-time defending PSAL city champ Petrides, which will host the event.

Left out will be the lower bracket Island PSAL teams Port Richmond, New Dorp and McKee/Staten Island Tech along with developmental CSI/McCown.

DeStefano said there will be five pool matches with at least three Staten Island teams in each pool. The top two in each pool will make the semifinals and wrestle for the title.

Third and fourth place teams in the pool will wrestle for fifth through eighth place and the fifth and sixth places in each pool go for ninth through 12th.

"Everybody gets seven matches," said DeStefano.

"I definitely like the changes," said Sea coach Jeff Vetrano. "It’s a chance now to wrestle teams you wouldn’t normally wrestle."

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