All-American wrestler, and Sag Harbor third grader, Adam Busiello out-grappled five opponents last Saturday to take the New York State 65-pound Intermediate Division title in Endicott, New York in an event sanctioned by USA Wrestling.
His first match lasted eleven seconds and his second match eight seconds, the young Busiello quickly pinning those two opponents before going on to last the day without suffering any takedowns or yielding a single point.
Adam’s brother, John Busiello, a Pierson sixth grader, was the state runner-up in the 85-pound Novice Division. That loss came suddenly at the end of the third period of the title match, his opponent taking the state title for the fourth consecutive year. The older Busiello had defeated that same opponent for the Suffolk title just two weeks ago.
In the winter months, both Busiello boys travel to Finest Fitness in Patchogue several times a week to train with the RaZor Wrestling Club. The club came home from the state meet with five champions, four at the 60, 65, 70 and 75-pound intermediate levels and one at the 65-pound novice level.
The boys’ father, John Busiello, a county champion in his high school days, said the highlight for him Saturday was “seeing both boys out there in the finals of the state meet. It’s so hard to get there, especially since Suffolk County has the toughest competition in the state right now.”
Next up for the Busiello boys is the Ohio Tournament of Champions in Columbus, Ohio on April 24; that tournament ends their wrestling season. Both do wrestle locally in their off-season, occasionally working out with the East Hampton youth wrestling program, led by Bonac varsity coach Joe Russo and his assistant (and father) Lou Russo.