1st Annual Mepham Wrestling Alumni Scholarship Fund Dinner


Saturday December 13th 2003

"The Tradition Continues"

On Saturday December 13, 2003 a dinner was held at the Treehouse Sports Café in Merrick in support of a scholarship fund for a graduating Mepham student/wrestler. The attendees included wrestling alumni from 1946 through 2000. Over 35 former wrestlers gathered for a night of good food/drinks, friendships and endless stories about the "good ol' days" in the wrestling room.

Four generations of wrestlers combined to make the event very special and a great success. Wrestlers representing Sprig Gardner, Ken Hunte, John Walter and the current assistant wrestling coach, Mike Muscara were on hand sharing stories and fond memories of how wrestling at Mepham has shaped their current life.

A dinner buffet, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and direct scholarship donations helped raise over $1,700 for a Scholarship to be presented to a graduating student/wrestler in the spring of 2004.

The generous donations of many wrestling alumni helped make this event a success. Special recognition to the following "Gold Medal" donors ($100 or more); Norm Alpren (63), Mike Barone (83), Al Caperna (45), Lou Caponi (83), Mike Corleone (87), John DiMartino (50), Martin Gibbs (55), Jack Karp (59), Austin McCann (66), Dennis Mejias (84), George Munnich (54), Nick Nanos (65), Pascal Perri (46), John Porfidio (57), Robert Romanac (59), Dan Weber (61).

Next year's event is already being scheduled for mid-January and will coincide with a special "Alumni" Dual meet to be held on a Saturday and all Mepham Wrestling Alumni will be invited to participate in a pre-match Alumni introduction. All interested alumni can contact Mike Barone ('83). Donations are still being accepted for the scholarship fund, if you are interested in making a donation, contact Mike Barone at Day: (516) 897-1868 or Email: mbarone@bankcard.net.

Gardner and Hunte's Wrestlers
Don Werner '60, Rich DeMott (guest referee), Bob Bury '49,
George Munich '54, Nick Nanos '65, Mike Barone '83

Walter's  Wrestlers
Standing left to right:
Glen Rommel '87, Anthony Arena '80, Willie Ferris '93, Dave Hill '93, Anthony Acqualone '87, Nick Bevilacqua '93, Paul Feltman '83, John Walter, Coach '77-'96, Sean Arresto '95 Coach, Brian McCann '96 Ron Pisano '95, Rob Dowd '96, Rich Rogers '00, Dennis Starke '80

Front Row left to right:
Mike Barone '83, Dennis Hsaio '88, Dennis Mejias '84, Alan Amella '84, Don Moore '96, Mike Arena '84

Don Scoca '83, Rich Rogers '00, Paul Feltman '83,
Mike Muscara '71 (Coach), Willie McCann '99, Alan Amella '84