Barczak and Elfstrum at SE Regionals

Monroe Woodbury juniors Evan Barczak and Kendall Elfstrum made the trip to Atlanta, GA to test their Olympic style skills against some of the toughest wrestlers in the country at the USA Wrestling Southeast Regionals.  They are competing in the Junior division in both Greco Roman and Freestyle.  The Greco Roman tournament is on Saturday while Freestyle action will take place on Sunday.  Results below….best of luck men!!!

Greco Roman
Evan Barczak: 4-1 finished in 2nd place!!!
Barczak wbf Catoe (SC) 2:01
Barczak tech Shaw (NC) 13-2
Barczak dec Febus (FL) 9-7
Barczak dec Nelson (IL) 8-5
Krauss (IL) tech Barczak 12-1

Kendall Elfstrum: 1-2 dnp
Shepard (NC) dec Elfstrum 10-3
Elfstrum dec Vanik (IL) 4-4 criteria
Altman (OH) dec Elfstrum 13-8


Section 9 in College – Who’s Wrestling Where

Below is a running list of Section 9 wrestlers who will be wrestling in college next year.  An email was sent to the coaches so this list will be updated as new information is received.  Feel free to email any information to

*The registration deadline for the FS9 Wrestling Camp is 6/15*


Minisink Valley
Richard Dennison – SUNY Oneonta
Frankie Hernandez – Johnson & Wales, RI
Michael Raccioppi – East Stroudsburg, PA
Chris Truglio – SUNY Cortland
Gerard Daly – Sacred Heart, CT
AJ Aeberli – Coast Guard Academy

Monroe Woodbury
Vinny Vespa – Hofstra
Nick McShea – Maryland
Kevin Kelly – SUNY Binghamton
Rob Kelly – SUNY Cortland
Anthony Stramiello – York, PA

Port Jervis
Travis Edwards – Kings University, TN
Hunter Curreri – Coe College, IA
Nathaniel Cohen – University of Scranton, PA

James Bethel – SUNY Oneonta
Ethan Stanley – Navy
Brian Bucci – SUNY Ulster

Newburgh Free Academy
Da’mani Burns – SUNY Cortland
Mike DeCapua – SUNY Oswego

Pine Bush
Johnny Stramiello – Ithaca

Ryan Sebesta – Niagara Community College

Mike Feliciano – SUNY Ulster

Justin Michaelson – Ashland University, OH

Anthony Torres – Alfred State

Justin McLee – Springfield, MA

Venom Girls Heading to Body Bar

The Body Bar Women’s National Championship, the largest and most prestigious tournament in women’s wrestling, takes place this weekend in Irving, TX and Section 9 will be very well represented at the event!  The Venom Girls Wrestling Club run by Heath Macaluso in Otisville will be taking 7 girls to the Body Bar this year!  Girls wrestling is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA!  The tournament can be watched live on FloWrestling and results for our local girls will be posted here!  Best of luck Venom Girls!!!

Venom Girls

Venom Girls at Body Bar
1. Grace Pauls- Minisink Valley
2. Mia Macaluso- Minisink Valley
3. Sofia Macaluso- Minisink Valley
4. Alyssa Reed- Port Jervis
5. Brooke Tarshis- Pine Bush
6. Rhayna Simpson- Delaware Valley, Pa.
7. Jaida Macaluso- Minisink Valley

2016 Beat the Streets – United in the Square

This year’s Beat the Streets, dubbed “United in the Square,” will feature some of the best Junior and Senior level wrestlers from the United States, Iran, Korea, and Canada.   The event will take place in Times Square between 42nd and 43rd on Thursday May 19th.  Wrestling will begin at 3:45 and will be there live and the results will be posted below.  That said, if you can make it down to NYC – do it!  This is one of the greatest spectacles in wrestling and you need to experience the action live!
2016 BTS

Main Event match-ups in order of presentation (begins at 6:30)

Greco-Roman 75 kg – Andy Bisek (USA) vs. Kim Hyeon-Woo (Korea)
Women’s 53 kg – Helen Maroulis (USA) vs. Samantha Stewart (Canada)
Women’s 75 kg– Adeline Gray (USA) vs. Justina Di Stasio (Canada)
Junior men’s fs 55 kg – Daton Fix (USA) vs. Kheyrollah Ghahramani (Iran)
Junior men’s fs 60 kg – Mitchell McKee (USA) vs. Peiman Biabani (Iran)
Junior men’s fs 74 kg – Mark Hall (USA) vs. Ahmad Bazrighaleh (Iran)
Junior men’s fs 84 kg – Zahid Valencia (USA) vs. Mojtaba Goleij (Iran)
Men’s fs 86 kg – J’Den Cox (USA) vs. Meisam Mostafa Joukar (Iran)
Men’s fs 74 kg – Jordan Burroughs (USA) vs. Pehman Yarahmadi (Iran)
Note: Event will be broadcast by Flowrestling

Phil Portuese Northeast Freestyle Tournament

**Barczak Champion at 145lbs**

A handful of locals took the short trip to East Stroudsburg, PA to compete in this weekend’s Phil Portuese Freestyle Tournament.  The event serves as a Fargo qualifier for the Cadet and Junior Divisions as well as a qualifier for the University Nationals which takes place in June in Akron, OH.

Junior Division
Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury) 145 lbs
R32: Barczak tech fall Brandon Doffemire (VA) 11-0
R16: Barczak dec Conligiaro (MA) 11-6
Quarters: Barczak tech fall Bentz (PA) 10-0
Semis: Barczak tech fall Pipa (PA) 11-1
Finals: Evan Barczak dec Brock Wilson (PA) 8-3

Noah Curreri (Eldred) 2-2 @ 160 lbs
R32:  Curreri pin Max Martin (Lancaster, PA) 3:16
R16: Curreri tech fall Scwartz (PA) 19-9
Quarters: Bolen (VA) pin Curreri 1:08
Consies: DeMalle (MD) tech fall Curreri 10-0

Timmy Ganuncio (Minisink Valley) 1-2 @ 170
Rd. 1: Leonard (CT) tech fall Ganuncio 11-1
Consies: Ganuncio pin Riggin (NY) :59
Consies: Banish (VA) pin Ganuncio 5:01

Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury)  2-2 @ 182 lbs
Rd. 1: Brett Donner (Wall, NJ) tech fall Elfstrum 10-0
Consies: Elfstrum pin Shepard (NC) 1:17
Consies: Elfstrum pin Bennicoff (PA) 2:35
Consies: Parker (Shen, NY) tech fall Elfstrum 10-0

Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury) 1-2 @ 220 lbs
R32: McShea pin Forschner (MD) :56
R16: bye
Quarters: Zane Black (PA) tech fall McShea 19-9
Consies: Kober (PA) pin McShea :29

Cadet Division
Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley) 0-2 at 182 lbs
Rd. 1: Kyle Lightner (DV Regional, NJ) dec Yanis 11-6
Consie 1: Michael Wazsen (Holy Spirit, NJ) tech fall Yanis 10-0

University Division
Michael Raccioppi (E. Stroudsburg, Minisink Valley) 0-2 at 80kg
Rd. 1:  Drew Longo (Lehigh) tech fall Raccioppi 14-3
Consie 1: Jordan Juliano (Middlesex) dec Raccioppi 13-8
*Raccioppi’s 1st ever freestyle tournament… Congrats for stepping out of your comfort zone…Great Job!*


Ellefsen and Humphrey to Represent Team NY at Pinning Down Autism All-Star Weekend

Pinning Down Autism
Congratulations to Goshen junior Ryan Ellefsen and Middletown senior Joe Humphrey for being selected to represent Team NY for the 2016 Pinning Down Autism All-Star Weekend!  Ellefsen, who finished 2nd at 220 in NYS this year, will wrestle at 225 while Humphrey, the 3rd place finisher at HWT in Albany, will compete at 285 for Team NY.  Now in it’s 6th year, the Pinning Down Autism dual has become one of the premier post-season all-star showcases in the nation.  The event takes place this Saturday, April 23 is being held on the campus of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.  Wrestling begins at 9:00 AM.  All proceeds from the event go to Pinning Down Autism as well as other affiliated local charities in the Lehigh Valley area.

It is a huge honor to be selected to compete in this event!  Ellefsen and Humphrey join a select group of Section 9 wrestlers who have received the nod including Kyle Diesel (2011, Minisink Valley), Josh Bonneau (2013, Minisink Valley), Dan DeCarlo (2014, Port Jervis), and Michael Racciopi (2015, Minisink Valley).

Ellefsen, Humphrey, and the rest of Team NY will take on all-star teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio.  Team NY will be extremely competitive at this year’s event – their roster is loaded!  The PA roster is just insane though! Take a look at the studs from all four teams who are scheduled to compete.  A few of the weights are not listed as they are still waiting for confirmation.

Team New York
99: Greg Diakomihalis (State Champ)
106: Trey Wardlaw (State runner-up)/Trent Svingala (State 4th)
113: Orion Anderson (State champ)
120: Theo Powers (State champ)
126: #2 at 132 Vitali Arujau (3X State champ, Fargo champ)
138: Matt Grippi (State runner-up)
145: Jon Errico (NHSCA runner-up)
152: #6 at 145 Frankie Gissendanner (2X State champ)
160: Ricky Stamm (State runner-up)
170: #13 Lou Deprez (2X State champ)
182: Alex Melikian (State runner-up)
195: Mike Dinardo (State runner-up)
220: Ryan Ellefson (State runner-up)
285: Joe Humphrey (State 3rd)

Team Pennsylvania
99: Kaden Cassidy (Youth State champ)
106: #16 Jaret Lane (State runner-up)
113: #8 Julian Chlebove (State champ)
120: #8 Austin Desanto (State runner-up)
126: #12 Brian Courtney (State champ)
132: #5 at 138 Mickey Phillipi (State champ)
138: #6 Sammy Sasso (State 3rd)
145: #17 at 152 Jimmy Saylor (State runner-up)
152: #2 Hayden Hidlay (State champ)
160: #4 Jake Wentzel (State champ)
170: #17 at 160 Trent Hidlay (State runner-up)
182: #20 Garret Hoffman (State runner-up)
195: #16 Gavin Hoffman (State champ)
220: Seth Janney (National Preps champ)
285: Michael Rogers (National Preps champ)

Team New Jersey
99: Dylan Weaver (Youth State champ)
106: Mitch Polito
113: Lucas Revano (State 6th)
120: Anthony Croce (State qualifier)
126: Dan Ortega (State 4th)
132: Zack Firestone (State champ)
145: JoJo Wilson
152: Darwin Pena (State 4th)
160: Tyler Mullen (State 5th)
182: Peter Acciardi
195: Joe Soreco (State 5th)
285: #20 Eric Chakonis (State champ)

Team Ohio
99: Kyle Peterson
106: John Kuhmer (State qualifier)
113: Nick Bugard
120: Lukus Stricker (State 3rd)
126: Logan Kissel (State 6th)
132: Anthony Rice
138: Will McGee
145: Austin Cefferati
152: Sam Roczella
160: Gary Wokojance (State qualifier)
170: Anthony Kaplovic
182: Kade Marker (State qualifier)
195: Jake Burns (State 4th)
220: Parker Meaney
285: Luciano Cunningham

Journeymen Freestyle Classic & MAWA Regionals

Quite a few Section 9 wrestlers took to the mat this weekend!  Below are the results I have received.  If I have missed any results, please feel free to email them to me at

Barczak JM Freestyle
Evan Barczak

Journeymen Freestyle Classic
This was without question the toughest individual high school freestyle event that this region has ever witnessed!  Along with attracting some of the best high school freestylers from the US, Coach Frank Popolizio was able to get teams to fly in from Russia, South Korea, Lithuania, and Italy!  Section 9 was fortunate enough to have 4 wrestlers entered in the invite only event.  Congratulations to MW junior Evan Barczak for capturing the title in the 145B pool.  Barczak notched two 10-0 tech falls, pinned a National Prep placewinner, and recorded a 9-4 win over a PA state placer!  Great job Evan!

Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury) 4-0 – Champion @ 145B
Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury) 1-3 – 7th @ 182A
Noah Curreri (Eldred) 1-3 – 6th @ 160A
Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury) 1-2 – 3rd @ 106B

MAWA Regional – Shamokin, PA
Congratulations to Frank Fea (Goshen), Kevin Morgans (Liberty), and Andrew Fenner (Minisink Valley) for winning their respective weight classes and qualifying for the MAWA Nationals in Maryland!  Warwick’s Lucas Wightman finished 4th at his weight and is also an automatic qualifier for Nationals.  Great job guys!

Kevin Morgans (Liberty) 3-0 Champ @ 220 Elite
Lucas Wightman (Warwick) 3-2 4th @ 160 Elite
Frank Fea (Goshen) 4-0 – Champ @ 115 Advanced
William Harrison (Port Jervis) 3-1 – 3rd @ 152 Advanced

Andrew Fenner (Minisink Valley) 3-0 – Champ @ 285 Advanced