Through the generous support of the Locust Valley Friends of Wrestling and Falcon Pride, Locust Valley High School’s athletic department received a new state-of-the-art wrestling mat. Fundraising efforts by these community groups, including dinners, donations, and proceeds from concession stands, helped pay for the $12,000 mat.

“We are so grateful to Friends of Wrestling and Falcon Pride for their generosity,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund. “This community is always supportive of our programs and this gift was a much needed one.”

A dedication ceremony was held before a recent wrestling match and those involved were thanked for their continued dedication and support of the school district. Al DeStefanis presented the mat to the Board of Education and Administration on behalf of Friends of Locust Valley Wrestling. “We are proud of the wrestling program in Locust Valley and we are happy to support the coaches and the students,” Mr. DeStefanis said.

Other members of the fundraising committee include Pat and Ed Minicozzi, Nancy and Al Staab, Sue and Aaron Cloninger, Tom Pillari, Ed Pidgeon, Jane and Rick Alfano, Allison and Pat Guerriero, Denise and Terry Walsh, Michael Berkowitz and Michael Briody.

Committee members Michael Berkowitz and Michael Briody lead the youth wrestling program, which feeds into our high school program. They work together with Locust Valley High School Varsity wrestling coaches Joe Enea and Phil Soman, as well as the Junior Varsity coaches Jim Rogan and Bill Calandra.

The Reslite wrestling mat contains Microban, which is a built-in antimicrobial protection that provides an added level of protection against most common bacteria.  Mark Dantuono, Locust Valley’s Director of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics said the mat will be used for competitions only and is expected to last from 15 to 20 years.
“This will help our other mat last longer as well, saving us additional money since we will only be using the older mat for practicing,” he explained. “The Locust Valley community is incredibly supportive of our athletic program and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

The Locust Valley Central School District is grateful for the time and effort that goes into the many fundraisers that Friends of Locust Valley Wrestling holds in support of the high school wrestling program, including its third annual fund raising dinner on January 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bayville Firehouse. Please contact Friends of Locust Valley Wrestling at 516-578-9764 if you would like more information.