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MOnday, Feb. 15, 2016: Lincoln tops Jefferson for Brooklyn tourney title

   Leading off today: With the exception of hyper-competitive Brooklyn, Sunday's PSAL borough championship games in boys basketball played out according to form as three No. 1 seeds defeated third-seeded opponents.

   Wings Academy defeated JFK 70-65 in the Bronx final on the strength of 22 points from Boubacar Kamissoko and a 14-point, seven-assist day from Malik Mooving.

   In Manhattan, Class A Frederick Douglass Academy edged Class AA Thurgood Marshall 72-65.

   Cardozo won its championship with a 78-64 victory over Queens H.S. of Teaching 78-64. Aaron Walker led the way with 34 points and 10 rebounds. Rashond Salnave added 20 points and eight rebounds.

   In Brooklyn, second-seeded Abraham Lincoln topped No. 1 seed Thomas Jefferson 87-77 as Cahiem Brown came through with 30 points to offset 28 from Jefferson's Rasheem Dunn.

   When the seedings come out for the PSAL championships, Cardozo is likely to be seeded first ahead of Lincoln in Class AA. Frederick Douglass Academy is the obvious choice in 'A' and KIPP Prep likely will get the nod in Class B."

   Ugh: A late rally went for naught Sunday in Boston as Rush-Henrietta girls track star Sammy Watson let up every so slightly at the tape and settled for second place in the New Balance Grand Prix's invitational mile.

   Watson had rallied past Stephanie Jenks on the last lap but couldn't pull clear of the Iowa senior, who beat Watson at the tape and one in one one-hundredth of a second in 4:47.78, leaving Watson to settle for the state junior record for high school competition.

   In the boys mile, Aidan Tooker of Saratoga placed third in 4:09.54.

   Wrestling roundup: Columbia got the Section 2 Division I state qualifier finals off to a flying start Sunday as sophomore Michael Gonyea (106 pounds) and juniors Trent Nadeau (113) and John Devine (120) all won by pins in a combined 8:25. Dylan Dubuque captured the 195 title later to give Columbia four state qualifiers.

   In other action, Shenendehowa senior and defending State champion Kevin Parker registered a pin in 1:32 in Division I's 182-pound final to claim his third Section 2 Division I title and advance to the Times Union Center in Albany on Feb. 26-27.

   "States is the final showdown and this is how you get into that, this is your ticket into it," Parker told The Record.

    • Clarkstown South's Jake Spreckman entered the 2015 tournament as the No. 1 seed at 170 pounds but was upset early and didn't even make it into the top six. This year, he entered as the No. 1 seed at 220 pounds and became one of five seniors to become Section 1 Division I first-time champions.

   After a 13-11 overtime decision against Fox Lane's Jon Clune in the semifinals, Spreckman rewarded the home crowd with a 9-4 decision over John Jay's Halil Gecaj.

   "I wasn't leaving my high school career without a section title," Spreckman told The Journal News. "I've been thinking about that this whole year. I needed to win this."

    • Red Hook junior 145-pounder Taylor Benson tied a Section 9 Division II record with his fourth title, joining Red Hook's Max O'Meara (2005-08) and Tuxedo's Greg Brunner (2008-11).

    • Deer Park senior Tommy Cox, twice a loser in state qualifier finals, used two takedowns and three near-fall points in the third period to beat Anthony Cirillo of Rocky Point 8-2 and win the Section 11 113-pound crown at Hofstra.

   Cox, a North Carolina State recruit, and Cirillo were one of the featured finals. The two had totaled 319 career wins. Cox improved to 40-1 for the season and 159-24 in his career. Cirillo is 34-2 and 161-13.

   In other action, Eastport-South Manor's Adam Busiello pinned four consecutive opponents at 106 pounds on his way to his third Suffolk championship. Busiello improved to 46-0 for the season and 142-7 in his career.

   The two-time state champ scored a pin in 3:06 in the final vs. Shoreham-Wading River's Kevin Meloni, a three-time sectional champion.

    •Long Beach sophomore Jacori Teemer, a two-time state champ, beat Massapequa's Garret Gibbons 14-4 to claim the 126-pound title at the Section 8 qualifier. He improved his career record to 151-4 and joined six teammates atop the podium.

   Undefeated junior Vito Arujau, a two-time state champ, beat two-time state runner-up Peter Pappas of Plainview 14-4 in the 132-pound final to run his winning streak to 132 matches.

   New York Wrestling News has compiled the Division I and Division II fields thus far minus the wildcards that will be announced this week.

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