Weekend Tournaments – December 4th and 5th

Lance Golubinski Duals @ Goshen
Section 8 Longwood won the tournament, finishing 5-0 and taking away the championship. Warwick also had a very impressive day and went 4-1 and finished in second place. Both Goshen and Saugerties finished 3-2 on the day. Port Jervis wrestler Matthew Oosterom (215) was named the 2021 Lance Golubinski Memorial Duals Most Outstanding Wrestler. He finished the day 5-0 with 5 first period pins! Matthew’s brother, James, was also a past winner of the award back in 2018.

Warwick 52 Goshen 24
Longwood 48 Goshen 18
Saugerties 66 Kingston 12
Goshen 54 Kingston 18
Goshen 39 Tappan Zee 28
Goshen 39 Nanuet 33
Longwood 46 Port Jervis 27
Warwick 42 Port Jervis 30
Saugerties 48 Port Jervis 30
Longwood 60 Saugerties 12
Port Jervis 48 Kingston 24
Saugerties 55 Tappan Zee 18
Warwick 42 Saugerties 27
Tappan Zee 42 Port Jervis 34

Bethlehem Round Robin @ Bethlehem HS (Section 2)
Wallkill Panthers win the Bethlehem Round Robin tournament with 264 points, Coxsackie-Athens finished 2nd with 255 points, Shaker finished 3rd with 208 points.

Individual top 3 finishers (with record):
Marco Futia (2-2) 3rd at 102
Cooper Grossi (6-1) 2nd at 110
Rocco Futia (8-0) CHAMPION at 118
Viktor Banda (8-2) 3rd at 126
Other Panthers that notched victories were:
Liam McCarthy at 110 lbs (3-3)
Matt Rizzo at 132 lbs (3-4)
George Thomas at 145 lbs (7-2)
Demisse Mazzetti at 145 lbs (3-4)
Willy Pushman at 152 lbs (5-3)
Brandon Lantos at 160 lbs (4-4)
Jai Barnett at 160 lbs (4-4)
Anthony Annacone at 172 lbs (6-3)
Christian Lemus at 172 lbs (5-4)
Chris Betcher at 215 lbs (6-3)
Alec Petrocelli-Henry at 285 lbs (2-4)

Washingtonville finished 4th with 193.5 Points

Top 3 Finishes
Andrew Marchese (8-0) Champion at 132
Dominic Gennaro (9-0) Champion at 145
Ibrahim Aljamal (6-2) 3rd at 152
Logan Serafin (7-1) 2nd at 160
Justin Callahan (9-0) Champion at 215
Jake McVey (7-1) 2nd at 215
Kristjan Culaj (5-1) 2nd at 285
Other Wizard’s with victories
Nathaniel Popko at 126 (4-4)
Musa Aljamal at 138 (4-3)
Timothy Hewitt at 145 (3-5)

Ballston Spa Duals @ Ballston Spa HS (Section 2)
Minisink Valley dominated the field at the Ballston Spa Duals outscoring their opponents 352-21. The Warriors had 10 wrestlers go undefeated: Joseph Uhrig (5-0 @ 102), Anthony Tresch (3-0 @ 126), Sofia Macaluso (2-0 @ 126), PJ Duke (5-0 @ 138), Luke Greiner (5-0 @ 145), Zack Ryder (5-0 @ 160), George Razc (5-0 @ 172), Mikey Altomer (5-0 @ 189), Andrew Filip (5-0 @ 215), Ethan Gallo (5-0 @ 285). Red Hook was also at the tournament. They are a young squad and they struggled going 0-5 in duals however Rian Kirker was a very bright spot finishing 5-0 at 126!

Minisink Valley 71 Hudson Falls 6
Minisink Valley 69 Warrensburg 3
Minisink Valley 78 Niskayuna 0
Minisink Valley 78 Watervliet 0
Minisink Valley 56 Ballston Spa 12

Ballston Spa 63 Red Hook 12
Glens Falls 54 Red Hook 24
Hudson Falls 63 Red Hook 3
Niskayuna 45 Red Hook 18
Watervliet 42 Red Hook 30

Battle at the Beach @ Long Beach HS (Section 8)
Monroe Woodbury crowned two champions and had seven wrestlers place in the top six at the 2021 Battle at the Beach. Jordan Brown took home the title at 138 and Mike Zrelak pinned all four of his opponents in the first period to take home the crown at 172. The other Crusaders who made the podium were Amado Urena (4th @ 102), Liam Hayes (4th @ 110), Maxim Javorky (5th @ 118), Brandon Carcaterra (4th @ 152), and Eryk Shammgod (3rd @ 189).

Full Monroe Woodbury Results

Columbia Round Robin @ Columbia HS (Section 2)
Newburgh Free Academy had three champions and a total of 11 wrestlers place in the top three at the Columbia Round Robin Tournament.
Champions
110 – Cooper Merli 3-0
138 – Jackson Merli 4-0
172 – Chris Leggett 5-0
2nd Place Finishers
126 – Matthe Mercado 4-1
132 – Kevin Segali 4-1
160 – Matt Casazza 3-1
172 – Anthony Manzi 4-1
189 – Joseph Ponesse 3-1
215 – Aiden Harrison 2-1
3rd Place Finishers
126 – Ivan Duran 3-1
160 – Hunter Hetch 2-1

Update On Our Locals Wrestling in College

This was a very light schedule because of the Thanksgiving holiday however we do still have some results and updates to report!

Monroe Grad Joe McGinty (Hofstra) Goes 1-1 at Garden State Grapple
157: McGinty wbf 4:14 Moddell (Wisconsin)
157: DeSantis (Rutgers) dec 8-2 McGinty

Former Crusader Barczak (Drexel) vs Little Rock; Oklahoma State
165: Barczak dec 6-3 Brennen (Little Rock)
165: Wittlake (Ok. St.) maj 13-3 Barczak

Update on Eldred Grad Noah Curreri
The past few posts about our locals wrestling in college did not include Eldred grad and former NYS finalist Noah Curreri. Noah is the starting 184 pounder for Queens University of Charolette and he’s a DII All-American! Let’s take a look at all of Noah’s results for this season!

11/1/2021 Tri-Meet with Life University and University of North Carolina
Curreri dec 6-1 Gibson (Life University)
Chaid (North Carolina) dec 7-0 Curreri

11/3/2021 Dual Against Citadel
Curreri dec 4-3 Haubert (Citadel)

11/6/2021 Dual Against Montreat
Curreri tech 16-1 McDonald (Montreat)

11/10/2021 Dual Against Mount Olive
Curreri by pin over Manning (Mount Olive)

11/14/2021 Averett Cougar Open
Curreri dec 7-2 Zion Carpenter

11/17/2021 Dual Against Belmont Abbey College
Curreri maj 9-0 Billingsley (Belmont Abbey)

Section 9 Rankings – Preseason

Well it’s been quite a while … but we’re back! Here we go with our first individual rankings of the 2021-2022 season! For this installment we will only do the top 5 for every weight and we have combined D1 and D2. As the season progresses, we will post separate rankings for each division. Also note that these weights are the expected weights which the wrestler will begin the season. As we all know, wrestlers will change weights during the season. Please keep in mind that these rankings are just for fun. They have absolutely no impact on the seeding for any tournament. As you can imagine, doing these rankings was not very easy. Normally, the preseason rankings rely heavily on the results from the previous year. Since we basically had no season last year, that was not possible. If there are any glaring omissions, please feel free to contact me at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com. Enjoy!

102
1. Cooper Merli – Newburgh Free Academy
2. Luke Satriano – Valley Central
3. Joseph Uhrig – Minisink Valley
4. Charlie Wylie – Port Jervis
5. Brady Judd – Warwick

110
1. Trevor Tufano – Port Jervis – 2019 Section 9 D2 Champ
2. Wyatt Boice – Minisink Valley
3. Liam Hayes –Monroe Woodbury
4. Joseph Sullivan –Minisink Valley
5. Cooper Grossi – Wallkill

118
1. Rian Kirker – Red Hook – 2019 Section 9 D2 Champ
2. Rocco Futia – Wallkill
3. Marco Giumarra – Cornwall
4. Max Javorsky – Monroe Woodbury
5. Nicholas Weeden – Valley Central

126
1. Alex Greco – Warwick – 2019 8th in NYS D1
2. Zack McKernan – Minisink Valley
3. Sebastian Vidacovich – Valley Central
4. Sofia Macaluso – Minisink Valley
5. Jayden Norris – Middletown

132
1. Andrew Marchese – Washingtonville – 2019 5th in NYS D1
2. Richie Degon – Valley Central
3. Jacob Roger – Middletown
4. Lucas Ospina – Rondout Valley
5. Anthony Tresch – Minisink Valley

138
1. PJ Duke – Minisink Valley – 2019 NYS D1 Champ; #1 in Nation by Flo
2. Rich Arena – Pine Bush
3. Isaiah Hockx – Saugerties
4. Grant Barczak – Monroe Woodbury
5. Chris Gatto – Highland

145
1. Jordan Brown – Monroe Woodbury – 2019 6th in NYS D1
2. Jackson Merli – NFA – 2019 NYS At-Large Entry D1
3. Luke Greiner – Minisink Valley
4. Ryan Ross – Port Jervis – 2019 Section 9 D2 Champ
5. Dominic Gennaro – Washingtonville

152
1. Eric Tigue – Minisink Valley – 2017 & 2018 Section 9 D2 Champ
2. Tyler Reed – Cornwall
3. Logan Zehr – Highland
4. Cole Cuppett – New Paltz
5. Luke Posta – Warwick

160
1. Zack Ryder – Minisink – 2019 NYS D1 Champ; #9 in Nation by Flo
2. Erik Nilson – Warwick
3. Walter Evans – Ellenville
4. Avery Burns – Onteora
5. Logan Serafin – Washingtonville

172
1. Mike Zrelak – Monroe Woodbury
2. Myles Gordon – Kingston
3. Logan Smith – Highland
4. George Racz – Minisink Valley
5. Nick Dicurcio – Chester

189
1. Mike Altomer – MV – 2019 5th NYS D1; #22 in Nation by MatScouts
2. Brayden Pennell – Pine Bush
3. Anthony Manzi – NFA
4. Joseph Ponesse – NFA
5. Bryson Tibbs – Middletown

215
1. Andrew Filip – Minisink Valley
2. Matthew Oosterom – Port Jervis
3. Jake McVey – Washingtonville
4. Teddy Szymanski – Chester
5. James Bucci – Saugerties

285
1. Ethan Gallo – Minisink Valley – 2019 6th in NYS D1
2. Stephan Monchery – Middletown
3. Justin Callahan – Washingtonville
4. Dominick Siracusa – Goshen
5. Daniel Jabbour – Monroe Woodbury

Ferro Wins Title at Shorty Hitchcock in a Busy Week for Section 9 Grads

Ferro Wins 174 Title at Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Open
Warwick graduate Ryan Ferro went 5-0 and took home the crown at the 2021 Shorty Hitchcock Memorial Open in Millersville, PA. Ferro, a 2X NYS champion while in high school, wrestles at 174 pounds for Long Island University. The former Warwick star, who was unseeded in the tournament, defeated the #2 and #3 seeds before topping another former NYS champion, Christian Hansen, in the finals. Red Hook grad Matt Morris and Washingtonville alum Tommy Maddox also competed in the Shorty Hitchcock. They both wrestled at 133 and actually locked horns on the Round of 16 where Morris notched a 10-3 victory. Let’s take a look at all of the results for our Section 9 graduates.

133 – Matt Morris (Millersville, Red Hook)
Morris wbf 2:24 Huxtable (LIU)
Morris dec Maddox (Buffalo/Washingtonville) 10-3
Prinkey (Clarion) wbf 1:55 Morris
Spellman (Princeton) dec 7-6 Morris

133 – Tommy Maddox (Buffalo, Washingtonville)
Morris (Millersville/Red Hook) dec Maddox 10-3
England (Clarion) dec 4-2 Maddox

174 – Ryan Ferro
Ferro dec 6-2 Pierce (George Mason)
Ferro dec 8-2 Weinberg (Penn State)
Ferro dec 6-4 Sosinsky (Navy)
Ferro dec 3-1 Augustine (Pitt)
Finals: Ferro dec 8-3 Hansen (Spartan Combat RTC) … Ryan is your Champion!!!

2021 Keystone Classic

157 – Tommy Askey (Appalachian State, Pine Bush)
Askey dec 10-8 sv Kropman (Drexel)
Rajaonarivelo (George Mason) dec 4-1 Askey
Askey dec 6-1 Martinak (Drexel)
Tarsi (Harvard) dec 3-1 Askey
7th/8th Place: Barrett (George Mason) tech 15-0 Askey

165 – Evan Barczak (Drexel, Monroe Woodbury)
Barczak maj 10-1 Bolletino (Sacred Heart)
Barczak maj 9-0 Dickson (George Mason)
Formato (Appalachian State) dec 6-3 Barczak
Barczak dec 4-1 Kistler (Penn)
3rd/4th Place: Revano (Penn) dec 4-2 Barczak

New York State Collegiate Championships

125 – Jaden Hansen (Alfred State, Newburgh Free Academy)
Horan (RIT) wbf 4:04 Hansen
Skala (Oswego State) wbf 5:49 Hansen

133 – Dylan Earl (Ithaca, Monroe Woodbury)
Earl dec 14-10 Tannuzzo (NYU)
Cardenas (Cortland) dec 12-6 Earl
Earl dec 7-5 Rankin (RIT)
Mosheneck (Alfred State) by DQ over Earl

141 – Gavin Richter (Alfred State, Kingston)
Jones (Ithaca) wbf 2:08 Richter
Kelly (Ithaca) wbf 3:28 Richter

149 – Jack Kohrs (Oneonta State, Monroe Woodbury)
Jack had to medically forfeit out of tournament

157 – James Udasco (Cortland, Minisink Valley)
Giovagnoli (Ithaca) dec 6-3 Udasco
Nugent (Alfred State) dec 5-3 Udasco

165 – Steven Gazzillo (Cortland, Cornwall)
Gazzillo tech 16-0 Grey (Brockport)
Lamb (RIT) wbf :33 Gazzillo
Gazzillo dec 12-7 Schiafo (Ithaca/Red Hook)
Drury (NYU) maj 16-4 Gazzillo

165 – Tristen Schiafo (Ithaca, Red Hook)
Brazinski (Oneonta State) maj 12-1 Schiafo
Schiafo maj 9-1 Rivera (Alfred State)
Gazzillo (Cortland/Cornwall) dec 12-7 Schiafo

174 – Steven Felice (Oswego State, Monroe Woodbury)
Dougherty (RIT) wbf 1:48 Felice
Zenie (Brockport) tech 15-0 Felice

Former MV Warrior Jaccob Gonzalez Shines at Scotty Wood Duals
Former Minisink Valley wrestler Jaccob Gonzalez went 3-0 in his college wrestling debut wrestling at The Scotty Wood Duals. Gonzalez wrestles at 165 for Division II East Stroudsburg University. Jaccob was one of six former Minisink Valley wrestlers who were at the tournament. Former Warriors Brian Lombardi, Scott Geysen, and Adam Fenner wrestle for the ESU men’s team while Mia Macaluso wrestles for the ESU women’s program. Also at the tournament was former Warrior Jordan Suarez who, along with NFA grad Maxx DeCapua, wrestle for Johnson & Wales University.

Doug Parker Invitational

125 – Greg Fischer (Wesleyan, Newburgh Free Academy)
Fischer wbf 1:47 Spychala (Centenary)
Fischer maj 12-0 Farrell (Bridgewater State)
Amoa (Rhode Island College) dec 6-5 Fischer
3rd/4th Place: Gomes (Bridgewater State) dec 10-3 Fischer – Greg finishes 4th

184 – Marcus Brown (Wesleyan, Monroe Woodbury)
Brown dec 11-6 Collazo (Bridgewater State)
Hopman (Centenary) maj 17-9 Brown
Brown tech 16-1 Attalah (New England College)
Summers (Springfield) dec 3-2 Brown

285 – Timmy Ganuncio (Coast Guard Academy, Minisink Valley)
Ganuncio wbf 2:06 Boahen (New England College)
Ganuncio dec 8-1 Brown (Rhode Island College)
Ganuncio wbf 5:22 Peavey (University of Southern Maine)
Finals: Mulligan (Centinary) wbf 2:08 Ganuncio …Timmy finishes 2nd!!!

Penn College Wildcat Invitational
165 – Devin Doty (Wilkes, Minisink Valley)
Stigliano (Technical College of NJ) tech 20-5 Doty
Pettaccia (Technical College of NJ) wbf 1:23 Doty

174 – Ethan Palanca (Castleton, New Paltz)
Martin (Gettysburg) tech 16-0 Palanca
Palanca tech 15-0 Tan (Scranton)
Rowland (Elizabethtown) tech 16-0 Palanca

CUW Open in Concordia, WI
Newburgh Free Academy graduate Joseph Russell, who wrestles 285 for the Stevens Institute of Technology in NJ, went 1-2 at the CUW Open on Saturday.
285 – Joseph Russell (Stevens, Newburgh Free Academy)
Chukwu (Joliet) dec 10-5 Russell
Russell dec 3-1 Manjarrez (Elmhurst)
Mercer (Concordia) wbf 2:32 Russell

Results For Section 9 Wrestlers Competing In College

NFA’s Fischer Places 5th at Roger Williams Invitational
Congratulations to Newburgh Free Academy graduate Greg Fischer for placing 5th at this weekend’s Roger Williams Invitational. Fischer wrestles at 125 for Wesleyan. Several other Section 9 alumni competed in the tournament including two of Fischer’s high school teammates, Maxx DeCapua (Johnson & Wales, 285) and Joe Russell (Stevens, 285). DeCapua and Stevens actually had to wrestle each other in the consi round with Maxx pulling out the 2-1 victory. Let’s take a look at how all of our Section 9 wrestlers fared.

125 – Greg Fischer (Wesleyan, NFA)5th Place
Fischer dec 4-3 DuBois (Roger Williams)
Fischer dec 7-2 Dinerman (Roger Williams)
Bogle (Castleton) dec 3-2 Fischer
Keegen (Roger Williams) dec 6-1 Fischer
Fischer dec 8-6 Grace (Southern Maine)

133 – Jordan Suarez (Johnson & Wales, Minisink Valley)
Savur (Wesleyan) pin 5:27 Suarez
Suarez pin :14 Khatri (Stevens)
Hoerle (Stevens) maj 10-2 Suarez

174 – Ethan Palanca (Castleton, New Paltz)
Murphy (Johnson & Wales) maj 12-1 Palanca
Goodrow (Roger Williams) maj 12-3 Palanca

184 – Marcus Brown (Wesleyan, Monroe Woodbury)
Vasquez (Norwich) pin 5:49 Brown
Brown dec 7-6 Newbury (Stevens)
Brown pin :22 Filarecki (Roger Williams)
Conrad (Stevens) dec 4-0 Brown

285 – Maxx DeCapua (Johnson & Wales, NFA)
Sprinkel (Norwich) dec 6-2 DeCapua
DeCapua dec 3-1 Guasco (Norwich)
DeCapua dec 2-1 Russell (Stevens)
DeCapua dec 7-3 Bailey (Johnson & Wales)
Abdulrahman (Castleton) dec 5-1 DeCapua

285 – Joe Russell (Stevens, NFA)
Houston (Plymouth State) maj 8-0 Russell
Russell dec 6-3 Mead (Castleton)
DeCapua dec 2-1 Russell

Askey’s Results @ Appalachian State Open
Tommy Askey (Appalachian State, Pine Bush)
Jacori Teemer (Arizona State) maj 14-5 Askey
Askey dec 3-1 Brisker (Air Force)
Askey dec 11-5 McIntosh (Indiana University)
5th/6th: Munguia (Kent State) pin 2:46 Askey…Tommy takes 6th

Journeyman Collegiate Classic
133 – Tommy Maddox (Buffalo, Washingtonville)
RR Rd 1: Dunnigan pin Maddox
RR Rd 2: Maddox bye
RR Rd 3: Carone (Army) pin 7:57 Maddox
5th/6th: Maddox tech 17-1 Volpe (Sacred Heart)

Hansen 2-1 at Electric City Duals
Alfred State freshman Jaden Hansen, a 2021 graduate of NFA, went 2-1 at the Electric City Duals in Scranton, PA. Hansen posted 10-2 and 4-2 wins versus Keystone State and Scranton respectively. His loss was a an 8-1 decision to Tyler Scala from Oneonta.

Racich Rumble
2021 Minisink Valley graduate Devin Doty wrestles for Wilkes. Doty, who wrestles at 165 pounds, went 0-2 at the Racich Rumble on Saturday.
Kidd (Delaware Valley University) maj 12-0 Doty
Supsic (Ursinis) tech 18-3 Doty

Rhode Island Open
Cornwall graduate Steve Gazzillo went 3-0 and won pool A at 165 to take home the title at the Rhode Island Open. Gazzillo wrestles for SUNY Cortland. Minisink Valley graduate James Udasco, a senior at SUNY Cortland who hasn’t wrestled since his senior year in high school, decided to join the wrestling program this season. Udasco went 0-4 this weekend at the Rhode Island Open but he’s battling!

Barczak Takes Title At ESU Open In Very Busy Weekend For Section 9 Wrestlers In College!

Former Crusader Barczak Has Great Weekend!
Drexel University 165 pounder Evan Barczak, a graduate of Monroe Woodbury, went a perfect 5-0 on the opening weekend for NCAA wrestling! On Friday Barczak picked up a 3-0 win over Purdue’s Emil Soehnlen in a dual meet. On Sunday, Evan went 4-0 and won the 165 crown at the East Stroudsburg University Open!

Evan Barczak (165lbs), 1st place 4-0
Barczak (Drexel) DEC Cody Walsh (Una-Drexel), 11-6
Barczak (Drexel) DEC Blake Bahna (Una-Long Island U), 9-6
Barczak (Drexel) DEC Dalton Harkins (Army), 4-1
Barczak (Drexel) DEC Tate Nichter (Una-Drexel), 8-1

Former Red Hook Wrestlers Morris and Dietrich at ESU Open
Matt Morris (Millersville, 133)
Lopez (USMAPS) tech 28-13 Morris
Morris Med Ft Fernandez (Spartan Combat RTC)
Morris maj 13-3 Ferraina (Kutztown)
Lucerne (Navy) tech 19-3 Mossis

Liam Dietrich (Drexel, 285)
Catka (Navy) wbf 4:16 Dietrich
Estevez (Rutgers) dec 6-3 Dietrich

Washingtonville’s Maddox, MW’s McGinty both go 2-2 at Clarion Open
Congrats to Washingtonville graduate Tommy Maddox who now wrestles at 133 for Division 1 Buffalo for putting in a very solid 2-2 showing at the Clarion Open. Monroe Woodbury grad Joe McGinty who is now wrestling at 157 for D1 Hofstra also went 2-2 including a 6-2 win over former 2X NYS champion Hunter Shaut.

Tommy Maddox (Buffalo, 133)
Cockrell (Maryland) dec 5-4 Maddox
Maddox tech 17-1 Deville (Buffalo)
Maddox pin 2:59 England (Clarion)
Siebert (West Virginia) maj 14-4 Maddox

Joe McGinty (Hofstra, 157)
McGinty pin 3:19 Bonomo (Bloomburg)
McGinty dec 6-2 Shaut (Buffalo)
Ho (Clarion) pin 3:15 McGinty
Elfvin (Clarion) dec 8-5 McGinty

Pine Bush’s Askey Takes 5th at Southeast Open
Appalachian State 157 pounder and Pine Bush graduate Tommy Askey, a former NYS champion, took home 5th place in the Freshman/Sophomore division at the Southeast Open. Another former Section 9 and NYS champion, Kendall Elfstrum from Monroe Woodbury, also competed at the Southeast Open. Elfstrum wrestles in the open division of the tournament competing at 184 for D1 Princeton. In his opening bout, Elfstrum lost by pinfall to nationally ranked, 2X All-American Hunter Bolen of Virginia Tech and had to medically forfeit out of the tournament.

Tommy Askey (Appalachian State, 157)
Askey dec 6-1 Reid (Roanoke College)
Bassett (George Mason) pin :42 Askey
Askey maj 16-6 Chisolm (Campbell)
Askey maj 10-2 Hopkins (Campbell)
Askey NC over Finn (VA Tech)

NFA Graduate Hansen Off To Solid Start at Alfred State
Newburgh Free Academy graduate Jaden Hansen is off to a very good beginning to his collegiate wrestling career at Alfred State under the tutelage of another former Section 9 wrestler, head coach Justin Signorelli. On Wednesday Hansen picked up a win by pin fall at 6:40 in his college debut against Elmira against Mason Cardinale at 125 pounds. On Saturday, Jaden made the best of a tough draw and went 1-2 at the Adrian Invite in Michigan. Hansen began the tournament with a 9-7 win in his opening match against Skyler Pike from Aurora. In his next bout Jaden lost by pin to the eventual champ Christian Merrill of Wabash and then lost his first consolation bout 5-3 to eventual 3rd place finisher Colton Weimer of Adrian. Kingston Graduate Gavin Richter also wrestled in the Adrian Invite for Alfred State going 1-2 with a pin in his first match!


Ned McGinley Invitational
Cornwall graduate Steve Gazzillo led a strong contingent of 5 former Section 9 wrestlers competing at the Ned McGinley Invitational in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Gazzillo went 4-2 with three pins and was one win away from making the podium! Also competing in the tournament were Ian Houck (Rondout Valley), Josh Sam (Middletown), James Udasco (Minisink Valley), and Devin Doty (Minisink Valley).

Steven Gazzillo (Cortland, 165)
Geiger (Wilkes) pin 5:37 Gazzillo
Gazzillo pin :38 Loughney (NYU)
Gazzillo med ft Anderson (RIT)
Gazzillo pin 4:02 DeVries (York)
Gazzillo pin 2:17 Grebe (Roger Williams)
Sparks (York) dec 8-5 Gazzillo

Ian Houck (RIT, 165)
Walker (Penn) dec 7-2 Houck
Houck pin :38 DuBoff (Wilkes)
Podlusky (NYU) pin 4:28 Houck

Josh Sam (RIT, 149)
Sam dec 6-5 Coppolo (Waynesburg)
Paolucci (York) maj 10-1 Sam
Bair (York) pin 6:58 Sam

James Udasco (Cortland, 157)
Winters (RIT) pin 2:14 Udasco
Martin (Averett) pin 5:15 Udasco

Devin Doty (Wilkes, 165)
Pantelandolfo (NYU) pin :20 Doty
Haskin (Greensboro) dec 5-0 Doty

Ithaca Invitational
Section 9 had several former wrestlers compete in this year’s Ithaca Invitational. Let’s take a look at match-by-match results for all of them. If I missed anyone please message me!

Jordan Suarez (Minisink Valley – Johnson & Wales, 133)
Suarez pin Schaefer 1:15 (Norwich)
Gonyea (Castleton) pin 3:21 Suarez
Suarez pin 1:01 Hudson (Western New England)
Suarez pin 3:51 Quintanilla (Johnson & Wales)
Suarez pin 1:17 Cheng (Western New England)
Gonyea pin 2:15 Suarez

Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury – Ithaca, 133)
Earl pin 2:52 Laubach (Oswego State)
Arborio (Western New England) pin 1:33 Earl
Earl dec 7-3 Morocho (American International)
Earl dec 6-3 Panda (Balwin Wallace)
Hoerle (Stevens) maj 20-6 Earl

Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley – Castleton, 149)
Parrott (Springfield) dec 7-2 Walsh
Walsh pin 4:02 Marinilli (Johnson & Wales)
Walsh pin 6:19 Pacheo (Oswego State)
Merritt (Norwich) maj 13-1 Walsh

Tristan Schiafo (Red Hook – Ithaca, 165)
Snyder (Stevens) dec 6-5 Schiafo
Schiafo dec 7-6 Kupniewski (Baldwin Wallace)
DeFex (Johnson & Wales) dec 10-3 Schiafo

Ethan Palanca (New Paltz – Castleton, 174)
Mooney (Western New England) maj 11-1 Palanca
Palanca fft Murphy (Johnson & Wales)
Vanase (American International) pin 4:41 Palanca

Steve Felice (Monroe Woodbury – Oswego State, 174)
Medina (Stevens) pin 1:35 Felice
Pugliese (Johnson & Wales) dec 8-4 Felice

Jeremy Mazzella (Warwick – Ithaca, 184)
Mazzella pin 2:01 Spellman (Norwich)
Gifka (Western New England) dec 8-5 Mazzella
Mazzella dec 6-1 Torres (Springfield)
Mazzella dec 6-2 Bremner (American International)
Conrad (Stevens) dec 4-3 Mazzella

Maxx DeCapua (NFA – Johnson & Wales, 285)
Abdulrahaman (Castleton) maj 9-1 DeCapua
DeCapua pin 3:38 Guasco (Norwich)
Dickinson (Western New England) pin 5:56 DeCapua

Joe Russell (NFA – Stevens, 285)
Lewis (Baldwin Wallace) maj 10-0 Russell
Russell dec 7-5 Cullen (American International)
Walker (Baldwin Wallace) dec 4-3 Russell

Updated National Rankings – Minisink Valley Has 4 Wrestlers on the Board

FloWrestling and MatScouts have updated their post-Super 32 national rankings and the Minisink Valley Warriors are very well represented. Freshman PJ Duke took home the title in Greensboro and knocked off the then #1 ranked kid in the land thus earning him the #1 national ranking at 126 according to both polls! Zack Ryder had an awesome tournament as well wrestling at 152. Ryder finished 5th at S32 with his only two losses coming via 3-1 decision to the kids who finished 2nd and 4th. Ryder is now ranked #9 in the nation at 152 by both Flo and MatScouts. Fellow Warrior Mike Altomer plays football so opted not compete at the Super 32, however he is still ranked #22 at 182 according to MatScouts (FloWrestling only ranks top-20). Last but certainly not least we cannot forget about Sofia Macaluso. Sofia also didn’t wrestle at Super 32 but is still ranked #3 in the nation at 127 pounds according to USA Wrestling. Congratulations to all 4 Warriors!

Nationally Ranked NYS Wrestlers
120 – Tyler Ferrara (Chenango Forks, S4) – MatScouts #21
126 – PJ Duke (Minisink Valley, S9) – Flo #1; MatScouts #1
132 – Cameron Catrabone (Williamsville, S6) – Flo #3; MatScouts #6
138 – Rocco Camillaci (Hilton, S5) – Flo #12; MatScouts #15
152 – Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, S9) – Flo #9; MatScouts #9
152 – Jayden Scott (Rush Henrietta, S5) – Flo #18
182 – Kole Mulhauser (Central Square, S3) – Flo #9, MatScouts #9
182 – Mike Altomer (Minisink Valley, S9) – MatScouts #22
220 – Alex Semenenko (Poly Prep, National Preps) – Flo #19
285 – Charlie Tibbits (Sauquait Valley Central, S3) – Flo #20

Super 32 – Ryder, Duke, and Fea Lead a Strong Contingent of Locals

The Super 32 Challenge is the toughest high school wrestling tournament in the nation – plain and simple. Fargo is incredible however it has two divisions plus not all elite high school wrestlers compete in freestyle and Greco Roman. The Super 32 boasts more nationally ranked wrestlers than any high school event. It is a two-day meat grinder. This year we will see a handful of our best local wrestlers make the trip to Greensboro, NC to lay it on the line, and there are a few that have a legitimate shot at finishing on the top step of the podium on Sunday.

Fargo Champ
Zack Ryder

Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, 152)
The Minisink Valley sophomore is the #5 pre-seed and has what it takes to win it all here. Ryder, who is currently ranked 7th in the nation at 152 by FloWrestling, came in 2nd in NYS at 106 as a 7th grader and won the NYS title at 126 as an 8th grader. There was no official NYS championship last season however Zack did take home the crown at the Journeyman NYS Championship at 152 and then followed up that performance with a U16 Fargo Title at 152 in the freestyle division. Ryder’s weight is absolutely loaded but he is as good as anyone in the bracket!


Ryder’s Results:
Rd 128: Ryder wbf 2:42 Clinton (TX)
Rd 64: Ryder dec 3-2 Abdon (FL)
Rd 32: Ryder wbf 1:28 Swan (CA)
Rd 16: Ryder dec 10-4 West (OK)
Quarters: Ryder dec 3-2 Gibson (PA)
Semis: Sealey (NC) dec 3-1 Ryder
Consi Semis: Ley (FL) dec 3-1 Ryder
5th/6th: Ryder dec 3-2 Kilic (GA)…Zack takes 5th place!!!

Journeyman Champ
PJ Duke

PJ Duke (Minisink Valley, 126)
Currently ranked #10 in the nation, Duke has shown that he is as tough as any wrestler in the nation. As a 7th grader wrestler for Carmel, Duke absolutely dominated his way to a NYS title at 99 pounds. His 8th grade year was basically a wash due to the Covid-19 pandemic plus a knee injury. Since returning to action PJ has left no doubt about whether or not he is still among the best at his weight. Last month the Minisink Valley freshman took home the 130 pound title at the ultra tough Journeyman Fall Classic and notched a win over nationally ranked Tyler Vasquez in the finals.

Duke’s Results
Rd 256: Duke wbf 1:52 Weader (VA)
Rd 128: Duke wbf 2:45 Frinzi (PA)
Rd 64: Duke wbf :46 Brown (MD)
Rd 32: Duke dec 5-2 Macatangay (IL)
Rd 16: Duke maj 11-3 Robideau (MN)
Quarters: Duke dec 12-5 Zepeda (CA)
Semis: Duke dec 3-1 Lemley (IN)
Finals: Duke maj 11-3 Land (AL)…PJ is your 2021 Super 32 Champion!!!

Nicky Fea (Bergen Catholic/Goshen, 160)
Goshen resident Nicky Fea will compete for Bergen Catholic in NJ this year after spending the past few seasons wrestling at Wyoming Seminary in PA. Fea has been a contender on the national scene for several years now and has a very good chance of placing high at 160 this weekend at S32. Fea is currently ranked #14 in the nation at 152 by Flo but has decided to go 160 for this tournament.

Fea’s Results
Rd 64: Ebert (CT) wbf 3:28 Fea
Consi 64 #2: Fea wbf 1:02 Preston (VA)
Consi 32 #1: Cramblett (OH) dec 6-3 Fea

Jordan Brown (Monroe Woodbury, 132)
The Monroe Woodbury junior is one of the most talented wrestlers in Section 9. After an impressive 8th grade season, Brown took it to the next level as a freshman where he notched a Section 9 title and finished 6th in NYS at 99 pounds. Brown is a lot bigger and stronger now so he should adjust well to the jump in weight classes.

Brown’s Results
Rd 128: Wilson (OH) dec 4-2 sv Brown
Consi 128 #2: Schoeff (IN) dec 3-2 Brown

Mason Ketcham (Don Bosco, Washingtonville, 120)
Ketcham wrestled for Washingtonville as a 7th grader where he finished 3rd in Section 9 at 99 pounds. Last year was basically a wash and this season he will begin his high school wrestling career wrestling for Don Bosco in New Jersey. Ketcham has stayed very active in the off season and might surprise a few people this weekend at S32.

Ketcham’s Results
Rd 128: Ketcham dec 3-2 Stephen (OH)
Rd 64: Ketcham dec 3-1 sv Boyd (OR)
Rd 32: Jesuroga (IA) maj 22-8 Ketcham
Consi 32 #2: Rallo (MO) dec 3-2 Ketcham

Middle School Division
Cooper Merli (Newburgh, 85)
Merli wrestles all over the country and has placed at several national level tournaments. He will be ready for the Super 32 Challenge! Cooper is the #9 pre-seed out of over 40 wrestlers and definitely has the potential to wrestle higher than his seed.

Merli’s Results:
Rd 32: Merli dec 6-1 Fennick (PA)
Rd 16: Merli dec 2-1 Rohr (OH)
Quarters: Hicks (CA) wbf 2:38 Merli
Consi 8 #2: Burnett (OH) dec 3-2 Merli