Commack’s Slackman Brings Home The Win

Commack senior Joey Slackman, second from right, celebrates with his coaches after winning the 285-pound state championship on Feb. 23.

Commack senior Joey Slackman, second from right, celebrates with his coaches after winning the 285-pound state championship on Feb. 23.

By Connor Beach

cbeach@longislandergroup.com

 

Commack’s Joey Slackman won last Saturday the New York State wrestling title in the 285-pound weight class.

Slackman, a senior, entered the state tournament as the top ranked wrestler in his weight class having won the Suffolk County championship earlier in February. He was returning to states with something to prove. He fell just short of the state title in 2018, losing in the championship match.

Slackman pinned his first three opponents on his way to the finals where he faced off against Freeport’s Myles Norris. The match against Norris proved to be Slackman’s most difficult of the tournament, but the experienced wrestler earned a 4-2 decision victory and his first state title.

“Winning in my senior year is the best feeling in the world right now,” Slackman said after the match.

Slackman finished the 2018-2019 season with an impressive 46-0 record, and is planning to continue his wrestling career in college at the University of Pennsylvania.