The Section 9 D1 wrestling championships begin today, Friday, at Monroe Woodbury Senior High School. Outbrackets will begin at 4:45 and the R16 will start at 5:45. Quarterfinals will be wrestled tonight as well. A complete summary of Day 1 will be posted here after action has completed. For real time updates please like us and check us out on Facebook at sectionixwrestling.com. Here we go!!!!
Post season is upon us so it’s time to take a look at the Section 9 Division 1 and Division 2 tournaments. The D1 tourney takes place on Friday and Saturday at Monroe Woodbury High School while the D2 event will be held on Sunday at SUNY Ulster. As always, both tournaments will provide some incredible action, hotly contested team races, and yes an occasional upset. Seed will be posted here on Wednesday evening when they become official.
Division 1 – Middletown senior Oscar Lainez opened up eyes all from over the state with his 3rd place showing at this year’s Eastern States Classic. Although definitely the favorite here, Lainez will be challenged! MW’s Dylan Earl and VC’s Matthew Romano have had great season’s and are both legitimate title contenders.
Division 2 – Red Hook junior Wade Harris is the returning champ at this weight and has posted convincing victories this year over other contenders John Antonelli from Marlboro and Logan Linares from New Paltz. Look for Harris to repeat.
Division 1 – This is arguably the deepest weight class in the tournament! Marco Vespa was the Section 9 champ at 99 pounds last year and has had a great year including a win over Minisink Valley’s Tyler Lynch earlier in the year while both were at 113. Lynch has looked great since dropping to 106 including an impressive win over returning state place winner Justin Lopez from Section 1. Wallkill’s James Faison keeps getting better and may be peeking at the right time. He recently posted a 6-5 win over Section 11’s Kevin Meloni – a wrestler who pinned Vespa at ESC! Let’s not forget about Goshen’s Frank Fea or NFA’s Greg Fischer; both wrestlers placed at 99 last year and have had great seasons. This weight will be worth the price of admission!
Division 2 – Although 106 D2 doesn’t have the depth of D1 it definitely has a few hammers. Onteora’s Nate Ross will face fellow 8th grader Luke Jones from Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West in the finals in a much anticipated showdown!
Division 1 – Minisink Valley sophomore Connor Greiner has taken his game to the next level this year. He has posted a 38-3 record with all three losses coming at ESC where Greiner finished 6th! His losses have to been to a former state champ (Kelan McKenna), a 2015 state finalist (Bennie Baker…who he beat earlier in the tournament), and to nationally ranked Tommy Cox! One of Greiner’s closest decisions was a 4-2 win over Monroe Woodbury senior Anthony Stramiello. Stramiello is a 2014 S9 champ at 99 and a runner up at this weight last year.
Division 2 – With his 16-3 record, Chester junior Nick Conetta is the favorite at 113 in D2. Conetta was a runner up to Harris at 99 last year but has transitioned very nicely into his new weight class. Conetta will likely receive his stiffest competition from New Paltz junior Chris Heisel who is 12-8 this year.
Division 1 – This will be another very hotly contested weight on the D1 side with wrestlers like Jarred Greiner (MV), Robert Satriano (VC), Andrew Davis (Wallkill), Patrick Owens (Monticello) and Cameron Wernicki (MW) leading the way. Greiner has wins over Satriano and Wernicki but has yet to face Davis. Satriano beat Davis and Wernicki has only faced Greiner.
Division 2 – New Paltz junior Chris Massaro has to be considered the favorite here. He is sporting a 22-9 record with nearly all of his losses coming top quality kids from both divisions. Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West freshman Nicholas Curreri has had a good season and may see Massaro in the finals.
Division 1 – Monroe Woodbury senior Kevin Kelly came within one win of finishing in the top 6 in NYS last year at this weight – he is the heavy favorite to make it to Albany again! Expect Wallkill’s Brad Bonner, Warwick’s Paul Ginley, MV’s Vinny Vetrano, and Middletown’s Tyler Matos to all be in the hunt for a high placing here.
Division 2 – The small school division also has a heavy favorite at 126 in Ian Houck from Rondout Valley. Houck sports a 27-7 record and has been dominating in most of his wins this year.
Division 1 – This could prove to be one of the more exciting weights on the D1 side with no real clear-cut favorite. MW’s Anthony Eckerson has had a great season at 19-4 including a nice win over Shane Gibbons from Section 8. Gus Formato from Wallkill is very game and we shouldn’t overlook Dominick Vetrano from MV, Warwick’s Nick Ferriera, or Eckerson’s teammate Andrew Sountis either!
Division 2 – 132 in the small schooldivision will likely end up in a showdown between Mark Castellanos from Highland and AJ Fazio from New Paltz. These two wrestled last week with Castellanos taking the decision by a 7-5 margin.
Division 1 – Warwick senior Charlie Johnson has really made his one year in Section 9 count! The transfer finished 5th in PA last year and has every intention of finishing higher in NY this season! To get there he’ll have to get past some tough customers from Section 9 though! Andrew Neidnig from MV, Ben Ulrich and Michael LaRuffa from Monticello, and Tom Fini from MW have no intention of conceding the S9 title to anyone!
Division 2 – Onteora sophomore Dillon Ross is having a great season and is the odds on favorite here. Ross is 27-9 on the season and made it to day 2 of the ESC. He was also the S9 D2 champ at 120 last season. Ross’s biggest challenge may come from his teammate and fellow sophomore Zach Chartrand who is 19-9 on the year.
Division 1 – Monroe Woodbury junior Evan Barczak is without question the favorite at 145. He is a 2X Section 9 champion and he placed 6th in NYS at 132 last year. This year he is 37-4 and all 4 losses are to wrestlers who will likely place very high in Albany. However, Barczak will not go untested at the S9 tournament! Washingtonville junior Brandon Bobe is 28-4 and all 4 losses are to absolute studs – and they were all close matches! We should also keep an eye on VC’s Dan Romano, Warwick’s Lucas Wightman, and MV’s Tim Ganuncio.
Division 2 – Red Hook junior Taylor Benson is no stranger to Albany. He was the S9 champ at 126 last year and has his sights set on the podium this year. He is 27-5 on the season and notched a great win at the Mid-Hudson over Section 8 stud Owen Bachelder.
Division 1 – We can expect one of the most anticipated rematches of the season here! Warwick junior Ryan Ferro finished 3rd in NYS at 145 last season and was considered by many to be a lock to repeat as S9 champ this year. That all changed on December 15 when Brian Bucci from Saugerties pinned Ferro in the second period of their match at the S9 Duals! Bucci has finished the regular season at 31-1 and has recorded 30 pins and 1 technical fall! There are other tough kids at 152 but this is the rematch that everyone wants to see!
Division 2 – Few wrestlers worked as hard in the off season as Noah Curreri. The Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West junior is a defending S9 champ and plans on visiting the medal stand in Albany this year. Curreri is 34-3 this season and will likely receive his toughest challenge from Red Hook’s Tristen Schiafo.
Division 1 – AJ Aeberli has separated himself as the most dominating wrestler at 160 in S9. He has a legitimate chance of winning a state title this year after placing 5th at this weight last year. 160 has several other tough customers in Ryan Sebesta (Wallkill), Nijee Noble (Kingston), Mark Ohanian (VC), and Nathaniel Cohen (PJ).
Division 2 – Chester senior Liam Heslin is the #1 seed and definite favorite here. He was the champ at this weight last year while wrestling for Tuxedo. Heslin is 17-5 on the year and could receive his toughest competition from New Paltz senior Tom Mihalics and Red Hook senior Kyle Torre.
Division 1 – Wallkill junior Mike Fekishazy is 35 -1 this year with his lone loss coming at 182 to likely NYS placewinner Alex Melikian. He finished 2nd at last year’s S9 tournament at 182 and is primed to bring home his 1st sectional title this weekend. Fekishazy has some tough kids in his bracket though. Let’s keep our eyes on Washingtonville’s Chris Martin and Middletown’s Adonis Moreno as those looking to pick-off Fekishazy.
Division 2 – New Paltz junior Ben Cuppett was the S9 D2 champ at 152 last year and is definitely the favorite to repeat in 2016. He has a 24-7 record this year. Cuppett will likely receive his stiffest competition from Red Hook’s Jeffrey Kiluba who finished 2nd at 145 last year.
Division 1 – Monroe Woodbury junior Kendall Elfstrum is the defending champion at 182 and is the heavy favorite here. Elfstrum has had another great season sporting a 35-5 record with all 5 losses coming to well-credentialed wrestlers. Elfstrum’s toughest test may come from MV sophomore Joey Yanis who has been getting better every week and has notched a few impressive victories along the way.
Division 2 – New Paltz senior Theo Chazkel is the top seed here. He has a 20-8 record this season and finished 3rd in D2 at 160 last year. We should also keep our eye on Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West junior River Lounsbury who has put together a very nice season.
Division 1 – The decision by Nick McShea to go 220 combined with the injury of ESC placer Justin McLee from Washingtonville has made the 195 pound weight class the most wide-open contest in the S9 D1 tournament. Wallkill’s Garrett Betcher is definitely one of the favorites however there are several others in contention. MV’s Andrew Covais, MW’s Samson Perez, Washingtonville’s Alex Leonty, and Middletown’s Horace Duke all in the running.
Division 2 – Kevin Morgans has been to the state tournament twice before and last year he was one win away from placing. The senior from Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West is 30-5 this year and is a heavy favorite to make a third trip to our state capital.
Division 1 – This is another weight that has all the makings for a much anticipated rematch! MW senior Nick McShea was a state finalist last year at 195 and many of us expected that he would roll through the regular season this year and compete for a state title. That all changed on December 15th when McShea was pinned by Goshen junior Ryan Ellefsen. Both wrestlers have had great seasons and will likely meet up in the finals for one of the marquee match-ups of the evening!
Division 2 – Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West senior Will Depaolo is the top seed at D2 220 and he is the heavy favorite to win. Depaolo came in 3rd at this weight last year and he is 21-11 this year including a win by fall over the #2 seed Angel Lemus from Onteora.
Division 1 – Middletown senior Joe Humphrey is the top seed here and for good reason. He has a 36-4 record and he avenged two of those losses later in the year; he has dominated the competition locally. One wrestler he has yet to face is Minisink Valley sophomore Andrew Fenner who has not lost a match since the Eastern States Classic. Saugerties Peter Lesar, who pinned Fenner earlier this season, is also one to watch for as is Washingtonville’s Max Kissak, Monticello’s Frank Smith, Middletown’s Norris Gipson, and MW freshman Preston Havison.
Division 2 – Red Hook senior Travis Coon is having another great year! He has a 29-6 record and only one of his losses has come to a D2 wrestler. His toughest competition from Section 9 will likely come from Ellenville senior John Avery who Coon pinned back in December.
Minisink Valley wrapped up their regular season with a 62-18 victory over Goshen on Monday. Minisink Valley 62 Goshen 18 Before the match started, Minisink Valley wrestling coach Kevin Gallagher was recognized by the school district for reaching 400 wins as a head coach. Gallagher, who notched #400 last Wednesday against Washingtonville, joins an elite group of NYS coaches to accomplish this milestone, and Section 9 is fortunate enough to have two other coaches in the 400 club. Wallkill coach Jeff Cuilty and Cornwall coach Don Blaine both have over 400 wins – both in the NYS Wrestling Hall of Fame. Check out some of Coach Gallagher’s coaching career highlights.
40 NYS qualifier
16 NYS Place finishers
2 NYS runner ups
1 NYS Champion
1 High School National Champion
5 NHSCA All Americans
13 Division Titles
4 Section 9 Tournament Championship
1 Section 9 Dual Championship
Ranked in NYS for 16 years
2015 NYS Dual Champions
Minisink Valley took advantage of a great opportunity to compete on a big stage on Sunday! The Warriors were invited to take part in the high school exhibition prior to yesterday’s NCAA D1 match between Oklahoma State and Cornell by squaring off with Section 10’s Gouverneur. After forfeiting 99 pounds, MV went on to win 13 of the remaining 14 weight classes winning the dual with a convincing 66-10 drubbing.
The Future Bright Looks For Section 9 Wrestling
MW 79 Port Jervis 6
MV 57 Washingtonville 15
*Congratulations to Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher for recording his 400th career coaching victory!!*
Monroe Woodbury 78 Pine Bush 7
Warwick 37 Cornwall 33
Middletown 57 NFA 18
Valley Central 58 Kingston 21
Saugerties 42 Goshen 32
Port Jervis 42 Monticello 34
New Paltz 42 Chester 30
Red Hook 66 Rondout Valley 16
Eldred Liberty Sullivan West 43 Rondout Valley 28
Onteora 54 Ellenville 22
North Rockland @ Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West
Monroe Woodbury 37 Don Bosco, NJ 30
*Great win by the Crusaders over the perennial Garden State power!!!*
What To Watch For….
Now that we’re in our last full week of scheduled dual meets, I have decided to add this WTWF section to the weekly schedule…better late than never. Tuesday’s dual at Washingtonville could give us McCormick vs. Davis @ 120 and Fekishazy vs. Martin @ 170. Wednesday has a bunch of potential marquee matches. At MV vs Washingtonville we may see Bobe vs Ganuncio plus I am hearing that a certain coach dressed in green is going for a milestone victory. Over in Warwick the 99 pound bout between Prokosch and Brown could have seeding implications as well as the 160 pound match-up between Ohanian vs Noble in Kingston. A bumped up Lainez from Middletown vs Fischer from NFA could happen and Earl (MW) vs Urena (PB) may be exciting! Thursday’s dual between MW and perennial NJ power Don Bosco should be great! There will be several swing matches but I like Stramiello vs Cawood, Barczak vs Shay, and Elfstrum vs Acciardi as the highlights. Friday’s highlight match will likely be Lynch vs Fea #2 at Minisink Valley.
Congratulations to the Black Knights for winning the All-Academy Championships for the first time since 2008. Army won four individual titles and had eight place in the top-4. Logan Everett (141), Andrew Mendel (165), 19th-ranked Brian Harvey (174) and Bryce Barnes (197) all came away with individual championships, while Russell Parsons Jr. (157) and Samson Imonode (184) placed second. Additionally, Army sent two more wrestlers to the third-place matches. Cornwall native David Farr (285) finished third, and Austin Harry (133) placed fourth. Great job men!
Minisink Valley 60 E. Providence, RI 15
Wallkill 48 Chaminade 21
Wallkill 69 Chester 9
Wallkill 54 Beekmantown 24 Wallkill 54 Colonie 27
NFA 75 Chester 12 NFA 52 Colonie 31
NFA 40 Beekmantown 39 NFA 47 Chaminade 30
Shoreham WR 52 NFA 30 Shoreham WR 39 Wallkill 31
Shoreham WR 62 Saugerties 22 Beekmantown 43 Saugerties 42
Saugerties 60 Chester 21 Saugerties 46 Chaminade 33
Saugerties 43 Colonie 42 Warwick 63 Chester 18
Shoreham WR 45 Warwick 33
Ridgefield Challenge in Ridgefield, CT
Monroe Woodbury won the Ridgefield Challenge with 205 team points. The Crusaders crowned 5 champions in Dylan Earl (99), Marco Vespa (106), Kevin Kelly (126), Evan Barczak (145), and Nick McShea (220). Anthony Sountis (132) and Kendall Elfstrum took 2nd place honors and Anthony Stramiello (113) finished 3rd. Cameron Wernicki (120), Roberts Mikelsons (160), John Minnies (170), and Samson Perez (195) took 4th for Monroe.
John Wake Duals
Big Ten Tournament in Albany
Cuppett (New Paltz) champion at 170; Urena (Pine Bush) 2nd!!
99 Trent Svingala (Albany) WBF Kevin Urena (Pine Bush) :42
106 Owen Wormuth (DepHan) dec Daniel Montalvo (Amst) 7-2
113 Kelan McKenna (New Hart) WBF Shiva Bhoge (Moh) 1:10
120 Dean Raymond (DepHan) WBF Vinny McCann (Albany) 1:53
126 Brandon Merchant (Coble) WBF David Wolanski (Guild) :24
132 Max Tempel (Av Park) Tech Fall Levi Wormuth (DepHan) 16-0
138- Tanner Cook (Central Valley) WBF Colby Hall (DepHan) 1:31
145- Kyle Jasenski (Albany Academy) WBF Devin Cooper 1:32
152 Dillon Warner (Scho) Maj Dec Ethan Cooper (Coble) 13-3
160 Zach Zebrowski (Albany) Dec Joe Jones (Gateway Reg) 12-6
170 Ben Cuppett (New Paltz) Dec Ethan Wormuth (DepHan) 1-0
182 Kyle Kuty ( New Hartford) dec AJ Groesbeck (CBA) 7-5
195 Marcus Torres (Amst) dec James Martin (Burnt Hills) 8-3
220 Joe Galusha (Mohonasen) Maj Dec Tyson Jones 10-1
285 Zach Gifford (DepHan) WBF Chris Garrison (Amst) 3:00
MOW 99-145 Kelan McKenna (NH-113)
MOW 152-285 Zach Gifford (Deposit-Hancock 285)
Peter Caruso Tournament @ Mahopac
2016 Peter Caruso at Mahopac Tourney – FINAL RESULTS
Results from Middletown
Middies battled tough at the Peter J Caruso Tournament in Mahopac to finish in 2nd place behind a solid Arlington team (251-234).
Middies went 4 for 4 in the finals.
99 – Oscar Lainez won 14-0 over Arlington’s Dennis Robin.
170 – Adonis Morano won 7-6 over Chris Martin of Washingtonville.
220 – Raul Martinez won 9-6 to win his first varsity tournament.
285 – Joe Humphrey pinned his way through the tournament.
Additional placers for the Middies:
106 – Ivan Green, 3rd
106 – Dalton Howell, 6th
113 – Boubacar Bah, 5th
126 – Tyler Matos, 6th
138 – Zakair Artis, 4th
145 – Nate Garcia, 4th
170 – Tajh Ali, 5th
195 – Julius Oquendo, 6th
285 – Norris Gipson, 3rd
Results from Washingtonville
Washingtonville took 3rd place overall at the Mahopac tournament this weekend. The following wrestlers placed:
120lbs – Devin McCormick – 4th Place
126lbs – Giovanni Perez – 3rd Place
132lbs – Michael Reilly – 4th Place
138lbs – Gino Giacoio – 3rd Place
145lbs – Brandon Bobe – 2nd Place
145lbs – Conor Jennings – 6th Place
152lbs – Lester Larkai – 5th Place
160lbs – Ben Santarpia – 4th Place
170lbs – Chris Martin – 2nd Place
182lbs – Henricus Van Heemstede Obelt – 3rd Place
195lbs – Alex Leonty – 3rd Place
220lbs – Noah Cruz – 3rd Place
Monroe Woodbury #2, Minisink Valley #8, Wallkill HM, NFA HM, Warwick HM
New Paltz #22, Red Hook HM, Chester HM, Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West HM, Onteora HM
Congrats to Brian Harvey and Russell Parsons Jr. for remaining in the national rankings less than 2 months from the NCAA’s! Check out the article here on Army Wrestling’s website!