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Seahawks Dealt Two Losses 

Robert Incorvaia pins his Bellmore JFK opponent on Dec. 17. He has been wrestling in half of his late friend Cody Taddonio’s head gear.

The Cold Spring Harbor varsity wrestling had a tough loss in their non-league meet on Dec. 17 against Bellmore JFK after the devastating loss of a teammate early last week.

Cody Taddonio’s death has put an emotional strain on the team, still grieving over the loss of their friend, teammate and captain. It has also put a physical obstacle before them, creating a gaping hole in their lineup.

“Going into the season we expected a strong team. With the sudden loss of Cody [Taddonio], who was one of our captains – when you lose someone like that in a lineup, it causes some issues,” head coach Mike Ferrugiari said.

A senior captain and four-year varsity wrestler, Taddonio, 17, died in his sleep on Dec. 8. He was a three-time All-County wrestler in Nassau.

“It’s tough to replace a guy like that, especially when it’s a senior captain,” Ferrugiari said. “We have to move people up to fill holes and that was pretty much the situation last night and going forward as well. But that’s what happens with a small school.”

The Seahawks lost 54-22 on Tuesday, bringing them to a 3-3 overall record. They won five out of 15 matches.

Ferrugiari mentioned a few key wrestlers on the team, all of whom had won their matches against Bellmore JFK, who have stepped up greatly for the Seahawks.

Christian Phillips is an eighth-grader at Cold Spring Harbor Junior High School who was pulled up to the varsity squad this year. Phillips won his match with a major decision victory of 11-2 against Bellmore JFK.

“He’s been doing outstanding,” Ferrugiari said. “I think he knows his skills are equal to or just as good as those [older] kids at his weight. The kid goes out with no fear and he’s doing things that are very unexpected of an eighth-grader.”

Robert Incorvaia has yet to lose a match this season. He won on Tuesday night by pinning his opponent in five minutes and 38 seconds. Incorvaia has been wearing half of Toddanio’s head gear when he wrestles as a tribute to his late best friend.

Alex Kaley won his close match against Bellmore JFK by decision with a 16-13 score.

“This team is more trying to get out of a hole right now after we lost a teammate and they just got done burying a friend. It’s hard to keep these guys motivated after something like that,” Ferrugiari said. “It’s just very sad, the whole situation.”

After the holidays, the Seahawks are scheduled to take on Clarke High School on Jan. 8. The meet will begin at 7 p.m. at Clarke.

“Hopefully we get it going again once we get past this whole tragedy. I think the team will come together and do well,” Ferrugiari said.

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