Founders

William Farrell - (Retired 2008)

Bill became one of the most successful freestyle wrestlers ever to come from Long Island, in spite of the fact that he did not actually start the sport until he was 26, having concentrated on football in his earlier years.  He was introduced to wrestling while attending matches at Hofstra University, and later while working out at the Omaha YMCA.  He was able to dominate his local workout partners until one day a new athlete came in and gave Bill a wrestling lesson he never forgot.  It was such a beating that Bill avoided this wrestler for the next several weeks.  His desire to become good at the sport led him to return to workout with this gentleman, who was in fact Glenn Brand, a former Olympic Gold Medalist in 1948.  With Glenn’s help, and with the assistance and financial support of the very successful New York Athletic Club, he went on to become an All American, winning numerous local, regional and national titles.  Bill eventually became the coach of the team, and continued competing until he finally ended his storied amateur career at the age of 38.  During his time as a wrestler and coach, the NYAC wrestling team won 11 National AAU and USA Wrestling National team titles, as well as producing countless National Champions and All Americans.  It was the premier club team of it’s time.

As the head coach of the USA Freestyle Wrestling team, whilst competed in Munich, Germany, in 1972, Bill guided his squad to 6 medals, the most in history up to that time.  His Gold medalists were Dan Gable, Wayne Wells and Ben Peterson.  John Peterson and Rick Sanders earned Silver medals, and the “gentle giant”, 450 lb. Chris Taylor took home the Bronze.  Some historians have said it was the greatest international wrestling performance in US history.  Bill was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma as a Distinguished Member in 1985 for his outstanding contributions and achievements in the sport.

Bill lives on Centre Island on the north shore of Long Island with his wife Lorraine, and children Leigh and Kyle.  His enjoys organic gardening, kayaking, swimming and weight lifting in his spare time.

1972 OLYMPIC TEAM

1972 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Team: Front, L to R: Don Behm, Sergio Gonzales, Jimmy Carr, Rick Sanders, Gene Davis, Dan Gable, Wayne Wells, Russ Houck - Manager. Back, L to R: William Farrell - Coach, unknown, John Peterson, Ben Peterson, Henk Schenk, Chris Taylor, Jim Peckham, Bill Weick

 

1972 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Medal Winners

"Olympic Gold Medalist Dan Gable exults in the thrill of victory!" L to R: John Peterson, 180.5 lbs - SILVER; Wayne Wells, 163 lbs - GOLD; Ben Peterson, 198 lbs - GOLD; Chris Taylon, UNL - Gold; Dan Gable, 149.5 lbs - GOLD; Rick Sanders, 125.5 lbs - Silver

 

Nicholas Gallo

President / CFO Nick Gallo winning the 126 pound weight class and Outstanding Wrestler Award at the 1977 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, Oklahoma City, OK.

Nick’s high school wrestling career did not reveal his hidden potential in the sport.  As a 4th place finisher at 112 lbs. in New York State in 1973, only local school Hofstra University offered a partial scholarship.  He had a very successful freshman season, and followed that up by becoming an NCAA Division I All American in 1975, finishing in 4th place.  He finished his college career by becoming Hofstra’s first, and only up to this point, NCAA wrestling champion in 1977.  Nick won the 126 lb. weight class, and was named the tournaments Outstanding Wrestler for his performance in what many observers declared the  best weight class at the championships. He was a silver medalist in the 1980 World Cup, Pan American Trials Champion in 1979, and a member of the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Teams. Nick wrestled for the NYAC and Coach Bill Farrell during his post college career.  He later became the National Director of the Dan Gable / ASICS Tiger Wrestling Camps, and is still a much sought after clinician, known for his unique and uncanny wrestling style.

Nick became the head coach at Hofstra in 1980 and led the team to 5 conference titles during his coaching career.  Two of his athletes, Ed Pidgeon and Peter Capone, won NCAA Division I All American status during his tenure.  Hofstra recently honored Nick with the prestigious Estabrook Award, and he was among the first group of HU athletes to be inducted into the Hofstra Hall of Fame.  He was inducted into the Long Island chapter of the Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001, and named to the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame.

Nick lives with his wife Patti and children Dina and Lucas in Mt. Sinai, on Long Island’s north shore.  He enjoys golfing, running, weight lifting, basketball and restoring classic automobiles in his spare time.

Neil Duncan

Neil’s wrestling career began in 1964 at Hicksville HS.  He was a runner up in the Nassau County Championships in 1966, losing to eventual State Champion Donald Fay of Island Trees.

Neil Duncan, front row, third from right

In 1967 he won the Nassau County Championships at 123 lbs. and competed at the NYS Championships.   He went on to wrestle for legendary coach and former Penn State National Champion Larry Fornicola at Keystone Junior College in LaPlume, PA.  He won the NJCAA National Championship at 134 lbs. in 1970, and attended Hofstra University from 1970 - 1972 on an athletic scholarship.  He was named the team captain in 1972, and was a two time participant in the NCAA Wrestling Championships.  His wrestling career continued when he represented the NYAC and was coached by Bill Farrell and Chick Murano.

Neil Duncan, 1967

He was a third place finisher at 149 lbs. at the National AAU Championships in 1974, and also placed 4th at the US Wrestling Federation Nationals in 1975.  These achievements earned him All American status in his post college career.  He was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame in 1981.  Neil was an assistant coach at North Shore HS in 1973, and was a graduate assistant at Slippery Rock University in 1974 and 1975.  The 1975 team placed 11th in the NCAA Division I wrestling championships.  He finished his coaching career as an assistant at Hofstra University in 1977, the year Nick Gallo won the NCAA Championships.

Neil lives in Patchogue on Long Island’s south shore with his daughters Chelsea and Aubrey.  He enjoys weight training, yoga, the beach, and spending time with his partner Karen.