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We are in the midst of the Holiday Memorial Tournament season.

It took me many years to understand these tournaments honor people we have lost in our lives.

Way too soon.

Two of the 12 wrestlers from my high school lineup @ William Floyd have since passed away.

That makes you understand there is a person behind the memorial part of the tournament.

Now, every time I attend a Memorial Tournament I would like to know more about the person the memorial tournament is honoring, but I hesitate to ask.

I think it would be great to honor the people who the memorial tournaments are honoring by telling a little about their story, their fight, their journey, what they meant to you ...

I believe the wrestlers should also be aware of their lives and understand who they were and why they are being honored.

If you are attending a memorial tournament this holiday season or know of the person being honored - feel free to write a little something here that you know or remember about them...

JohnA Passaro Books


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I found this on the Sachem SD site...

The Joey Davidson Memorial Duals

Every year the Sachem North wrestling program hosts the Joe Davidson Memorial Duals in honor of a Sachem alum and former teacher who passed away in 2005. Through this tournament his honor and legacy lives on.

Here is more info about Joe:
Joe Davidson committed himself to the Sachem wrestling program for three decades. He began as a high school student and was the first Suffolk County finalist for new head coach Jack Mahoney in 1973. The following year he followed that up by winning the 119 pound crown and placing fourth in the New York State Tournament his senior year. That following summer, he was a Junior National Runner-up in Greco Roman Wrestling.

During college he made three different stops. He began as a Junior College All-American at Suffolk Community College and then went on to compete at the University of Rhode Island and SUNY Brockport. During the summers, Joe would also compete in the annual Empire State Games and was a multiple gold medalist in both Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling.

Although he still competed in some local tournaments, Joe then turned his attention to the coaching profession, returning to his alma mater and guiding young wrestlers alongside his own coach Jack Mahoney. Together they continued to build a powerhouse in both Section XI and New York State. Under the Davidson-Mahoney tandem, Sachem produced 116 Suffolk County place winners, 30 champions, and 24 New York State place winners. As a team during that time, Sachem compiled an unheard of record of 231-43-2, winning 22 dual meet or League I tournament titles, one New York State Cup, four Section XI championships and three New York State Championship teams.

It's obvious that along with Coach Mahoney, Joe Davidson has been integral to the success of Sachem wrestling. Winning followed him from the mat to the coaching ranks as he was one of the most decorated wrestlers to come through Sachem. He was a gifted athlete and an unbelievable coach who inspired countless wrestlers to achieve above and beyond their capabilities.

The program and community took a hit in 2005 when he met his untimely death. The loss was felt by the many people who were part of the Sachem family whose lives he had encountered over the years.

The annual Joe Davidson Memorial Duals, held every year in December, helps keep his memory alive. This year Sachem North, Sachem East, Syosset, Farmingdale, West Babylon, Eastport-South Manor, William Floyd, Deer Park and Bayport-Blue Point participated in the duals at Sachem High School North.

JohnA Passaro Books


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Great tournament with a lot of great wrestlers competing.  I was not a Sachem kid growing up, but I still have great memories of working out in their room and being coached by Joe.  Joe would always jump in my corner in off season tournaments if I didn't have a coach.  Great person, gone too soon.

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This Saturday Westhampton will be hosting the 2nd Annual Cory Hubbard Duals.

Coach Bass has provided the following:

Cory was a senior at the University of Maryland when he was tragically killed by a hit and run drunk driver as he was crossing the street in College Park, Maryland in January of 2014.

Cory was an incredible 3 sport athlete - All-county in Football and Lax and a 3x all-league wrestler.

He was a young man who LOVED to compete!

He was an All County football player as a punt returner/wide receiver.

He only weighed 135lbs!

He had legs like twigs but the heart of a lion.

He, along with Pete DeTore was a 2 year captain of the wrestling team.

A team I am proud to have coached.

When he was bored, Corey would make up games just so he could compete.

He was the guy you wanted on the mat with the dual meet on the line.

You wanted him to have the football in his hands in the last minute of a drive, or hanging on to a one goal lead of the lacrosse game.

Although he was a fierce competitor, he was always a gentleman and respected those whom he competed against.

He was a 2 year captain for a reason - he was a fantastic leader who everyone looked up to. 

Cory wasn't just a terrific athlete - he was an outstanding student who was in the top 10% of his class and was named a news 12 scholar athlete as a senior. 

Cory comes from a long line of WHB wrestling standouts, brother Kyle , dad Ralph, and uncles Gary, and Bruce Hubbard, Donn, and John Larsen.

The Hubbard and Larsen families have roots that go back centuries here in WHB.  

The most impressive characteristic of Cory was the kind of a person he was.

He was the guy everyone wanted to hangout with - the funniest,goofiest guy in the room.

His positive, outgoing personality impacted so many people.

Whether it was wrestling, football, lacrosse, surfing or just getting dressed up for a Halloween party.

His attitude was to go for it all and have a blast.   

This attitude led his parents to establish "The Live Your Cor Foundation."

The mission of the foundation is to encourage people to Live your Cor - live your heart - get the most out of every day of your life and spread love and respect wherever you go. 

The goal of the foundation is to "pay it forward" by providing financial assistance to families who have suffered adversity or a personal hardship. Which they accomplish by selling merchandise.

The 2nd Annual Cory Hubbard Duals will begin at 8:30 am On Saturday immediately following a 10 minute tribute to Cory and his life.

JohnA Passaro Books


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I loved the part of Coach Bass's speech on Saturday when he said,

"Usually at this point in a tribute, the speaker would ask everyone to take a moment of silence.

Well I'm not going to do that.

Cory would have wanted you to live...

To compete...

So let's wrestle."

JohnA Passaro Books


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This is from coach Mecca at William Floyd.

This one touches home - Coach Mecca and I were teammates of Kevin.

Kujan Brothers’ Memorial Tournament

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the passing of two former William Floyd wrestlers, Kevin and Steve Kujan.

The brothers were tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on June 10,1984.

The Kujan family was known throughout the community for their athleticism and toughness.

Brothers John, Tommy and Mike also wrestled as well as played other sports.

Tommy was William Floyd’s first county place winner in 1977.

For as much as the Kujan family excelled in sport, they were a family that gave back. John Sr. (Mr. Kuj) started the Lynvets , a Pop Warner football program in the early 70’s and still to this day feeds the High School program . You could find the entire family on any given Sunday at the elementary school, where the older brothers were coaching and the younger ones playing. Dad was the commissioner and mom (Mrs. Kuj.) ran the concessions out of an old bread truck converted to a rolling diner.

​Shortly after Kevin and Steve’s passing then Varsity coach Dan Nolan felt that a tournament in the brothers name could help in the process of healing a community.

For 30 years this tournament has been ,not a reminder of their death but a celebration of how they lived.

In the early years, parents and wrestlers got together on the Friday night before to make sandwiches, from PB&J to bologna and cheese.

Now a days thanks to the Kristinich family there was an omelet station,, philly cheese steaks, all kinds of pasta and they will deep fry just about anything.(Pickles, twinkies, snicker bars)
The food is second only to the competition. For many years, wrestlers met, only to see themselves again in the county final.

​So on the Saturday of the 3-day weekend in January for the past 30 years people gather to eat, wrestle, share stories into the wee hours of the night to celebrate how 2 brothers lived life.

JohnA Passaro Books

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