Decade in Review: #1 Recco brothers capture Lyndonville’s first state wrestling titles; Holley senior claims his 4th state crown

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 January 2020 at 12:56 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville brothers Sammy, left, and Tony Recco became the Tigers first state wrestling champions in 2012.

It was a historic day for the Lyndonville High wrestling program as the Recco brothers, Sammy and Tony, became the Tigers first ever state wrestling champions on the same evening at the 2012 state championships in Albany.

Tony, a freshman, became Lyndonville’s first state mat champion when he captured the 99 lb. title with a narrow 1-0 decision win over Nick Casella of Locust Valley.

Then minutes later Sammy, a senior, completed the brothers sweep as he edged past Jeff O’Lena of East Rochester 2-0 to claim the 120 lb. championship.

That 2012 tourney was also a very special one for Holley High senior Quinton Murphy as he captured his fourth state championship with a 7-3 decision win over Anthony Finnocchino of Canastota to compete a perfect 59-0 season and finish his varsity career total of 302 wins.

Murphy previously had claimed state titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Holley’s Quinton Murphy claimed his fourth state title at the 2012 tournament.

Roy-Hart also had a pair of state wrestling champions during the decade as Drew Hull won in 2013 and Cameron Swick in 2016.

Roy-Hart also captured two Niagara-Orleans League wrestling team titles (2010 and 2011) during the decade otherwise dominated by Newfane which claimed the title seven times including the last six in a row (2012-14-15-16-17-18-19).

Holley also had a strong decade capturing no less that five Genesee Region League wrestling titles.