Matt Hegi Punches Ticket to Albany

James Fazio, Staff Writers

Two-time Division I Nassau County Wrestling Champion, Matt Hegi, competed in Albany on February 28 through March 1 to try and capture his first New York State title. 

Matt was seeded 2nd which put him in a great spot to be in the finals. This was Matt’s second time competing in Albany where he previously placed 8th in the state. Here is what Matt had to say: “I’m excited to give it my all in my last wrestling tournament ever.” It has been six years since a student at Mepham has brought home first in the New York state wrestling championships. Hegi has had an unbelievable season with a record of 35-4 as well as winning 7 tournaments. He helped lead the Mepham Pirates to a dual meet record of 8-2 while being a great role model to the younger wrestlers in the program.

According to Mr. Arresto, “Coaching Matt Hegi has been an absolute pleasure over the last four years. We never have to worry about Matt. He goes to work and does his job – and that’s one of the best compliments I can give someone. He is undoubtedly the toughest kid I have coached in my twenty years of coaching – not just physically, but mentally.”

After spending the weekend in Albany, Matt took 3rd place in New York State. Matt faced Farmingdale’s Nick Franco for the 8th time in two years. Matt beat Franco 3 times this season including the county tournament.

Unfortunately, Matt fell short to Franco in the state tournament 5-3. He ended up winning two matches after that to take 3rd. After Matt’s last high school wrestling tournament here’s what he had to say: “I tried my best and didn’t come out on top. However, wrestling has taught me that you’re not always going to win but all you can ask for is your best effort.”

Matt has now left his mark on Mepham wrestling, finishing his career with 119 wins (fourth most in Mepham history), three time all county honors, two time county champion and one time all state. Matt will forever be remembered as a great teammate and role model!