5 Locals to Compete at Grapple at the Garden

Barczak, McShea, Diesel, Milisci, and Lombardi Set to Compete

GrappleGardenSection 9 will be very well represented at the 2015 Grapple at the Garden.  Now in it’s 4th year, the event has become a major showcase for the sport of wrestling.  Wrestling will start on Sunday morning at Madison Square Garden.  Tickets are still available…this is a “can’t miss” event for any wrestling fan!

Two of the college teams competing at the Grapple this year are Wilkes University and  SUNY Oswego.  Minisink graduate Kyle Diesel, currently ranked in the top 5 in the nation at 184, wrestles for Wilkes who take on LIU-Post at 9:45. Washingtonville graduate Mark Milisci competes at 157 for Oswego while Campbell Hall resident Jeff Lombardi (attended Don Bosco in NJ) wrestles at 174.  Oswego will take the mat at 9:45 for a dual against Franklin & Marshall and then will take on Muhlenberg at 11:45.

This year’s event will also feature a NY vs. NJ All Star Dual during the 11:45 session.  Section 9 was fortunate enough to have 2 wrestlers selected to compete in this prestigious showcase of top talent.  Taking the mat at 147 pounds for team NY will be Monroe Woodbury junior Evan Barczak, a 6th place finisher at the NY state tournament last year.  Evan will take on NJ state qualifier and NHSCA All- American Nick Santos from St. Peter’s Prep.  Another Monroe Woodbury wrestler, Nick McShea, has been selected as the 197 pound representative for Team NY.  McShea, a state finalist last year, will have his hands full as he will take on Kevin Mulligan from Bergen Catholic.  Mulligan was a state champion at 182 in NJ last year and is currently ranked 7th in the nation by FloWrestling!

Good luck to all of the competitors!!!

Weekend Results for S9 College Wrestlers


Mike Raccioppi (ESU/Minisink) wins his college debut with a 7-3 win at 149 over Jon Anderson from Trinity.
Kyle Diesel (Wilkes/Minisink) notches a 6-0 victory at 184 over Hladney from Elizabethtown.


Doug Parker Invitational
149: Mike Raccioppi (ESU/MV) – Went 6-2 and placed 5th! Congrats Michael!


NYS Collegiate Championships
125A:  Dylan Booth (Sullivan/PJ) – 0-2 DNP
141A: Richard Dennison (Oneonta/MV) – 1-2 DNP
157B: Shane Connolly (Army/Warwick) – 3-1… 2nd place!!!
157B: Bryan Mongiello (Brockport/Washingtonville) – 0-2 DNP
157B: Johnny Grandson (Sullivan/Middletown) – 0-2 DNP
165A: Dan DeCarlo (Oneonta/PJ) – 0-2 DNP
165A: Mark Milisci (Oswego/Washingtonville) – 0-2 DNP
165A: Brian Vutianitis (Cortland/Warwick) 0-2 DNP
174A: Austin Weigel (Buffalo/Onteora) – 5-2 …. 4th place!!!
184B: Justin Robledo (Sullivan/Middletown) – 0-2 DNP
197B: Isaac Serrano (Cortland/NFA) – 1-2 DNP
285A: Sam Weinger (RIT/Washingtonville) – 3-2 …5th place!!!
285A: Robert Cuomo (Sullivan/Saugerties) – 1-2 DNP
285B: Jonathan Cirino (Sullivan/Middletown) – 0-2 DNP

Keystone Classic
125: Gerard Daly (Sacred Heart/MV) – wnt 0-2 DNP

King University Open
165: Travis Edwards (King/Port Jervis) – After dropping his opening bout to the eventual champion, Edwards reeled of 4 straight wins, including 3 pins, to finish 3rd!! Great job Travis!!!

Wolfpack Open
165:  Mitch Wightman (American/Warwick) – went 4-2 DNP

McShea Chooses Maryland

McSheaUMarylandlogoCongratulations to Monroe Woodbury senior Nick McShea for committing to continue his academic and wrestling career at the University of Maryland.  A state finalist at 195 last year, McShea will wrestle for Head Coach Kerry McCoy who is a Longwood (Section 8) graduate and a former NYS champion.  Congrats to Nick and his entire family….now go get that NYS title buddy!!!

Sunday Results For S9 College Wrestlers

Northeast Duals
133 – Minisink Valley graduate Gerard Daly went 1-0 for Sacred Heart posting a 16-5 win over his opponent from NC State.
174 – Onteora graduate Austin Weigel went 0-1 dropping an 8-3 decision for Buffalo in their dual against Lock Haven.

East Stroudsburg University Open
125 – Dylan Booth (Sullivan/Port Jervis) 2-2 DNP
133 – Vincent Vespa (West Point Prep/MW) 2-2 DNP
157 – Johnny Grandson (Sullivan/Middletown) 0-2 DNP
157 – Shane Connolly (Army/Warwick) 2-2 DNP
184 – Justin Robledo (Sullivan/Middletown) 0-2 DNP
197 – Bryan Byers (Sullivan/Washingtonville) 1-2 DNP
285 – Rob Cuomo (Sullivan/Saugerties) 0-2 DNP
285 – Jonathan Cirino (Sullivan/Middletown) 0-2 DNP

Saturday Results for S9 College Wrestlers

125:  Johnny Stramiello (Ithaca/Pine Bush) 0-1 at John Reese Duals
141: Richard Dennison (Oneonta/MV) 1-2 at John Reese Duals
157: Frankie Hernandez (J&W/Minsink) 3-2 dnp at Roger Williams Invite
157: Hunter Curreri (Coe/Port Jervis) 0-2 at Luther College Open
165: Mitch Wightman (American/Warwick) 0-1 at dual vs Campbell
165: Dan DeCarlo (Oneonta/PJ) 2-1 at John Reese Duals
165: Brian Vutianitis (Cortland/Warwick) 3-2 5th place at Roger Williams
165: Mark Milisci (Oswego/Washingtonville) 0-1 at dual vs RIT
184: Kyle Diesel (Wilkes/Minisink) 3-0 at John Reese Duals
197: Isaac Serrano (Cortland/NFA) 2-2 dnp at Roger Williams Invite
285: Sam Weinger (RIT/Washingtonville) 1-0 at dual vs Oswego

Daly Opens Some Eyes at Bearcat Open

Several Other S9 Alum Notch Wins At Very Tough D1 Event

Gerard Daly (Sacred Heart/Minisink)

Congratulations to Minisink Valley graduate Gerard Daly for his 2nd place finish at 125 pounds at Sunday’s Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open at Binghamton University.  Every year the event attracts some of the top collegiate wrestling talent in the northeast and this year was no exception as Sunday’s field boasted several national champions and All Americans!

Daly, who is a true freshman at D1 Sacred Heart, came out of the gate on fire with a 17-0 tech fall over Chris Martorello from Franklin and Marshall followed by a 14-2 major decision over Mike Macklin from Bucknell.  In the quarters, Daly posted a 7-5 win over Josh Patrick from Rutgers and then punched his ticket to the finals with a resounding 11-5 win over Penn State’s Kenny Yanovich.   In the finals Daly fell just short dropping a very close 5-3 decision to Lehigh All-American Darian Cruz who is currently ranked 11th in the nation!  Congratulations Gerard!

section9Let’s not forget about the other Section 9 performances at the Bearcat!  MW graduate Vinny Vespa, now a true freshamn at West Point Prep, went 4-2 at 133. Warwick graduate and current senior at Army Shane Connolly has decided to return to the mat this season and was very impressive on Sunday going 3-2 at 157.  He notched a victory over former NYS Champion Jake Restrepo (Maryland) and both of Connolly’s losses were to wrestlers who placed in the top 6 in the tournament.  Onteora graduate Austin Weigel, who wrestles at 174 for Buffalo, went 4-2 at the Bearcat including a clutch 3-1 sv win over national qualifier Brian Harvey from Army.  Port Jervis graduate Dylan Booth also had a very good day going 2-2 wrestling at 125 for SUNY Sullivan.  Other Section 9 graduates who competed included Johnny Grandson (SUNY Sullivan/Middletown), Bryan Mongiello (Brockport State/Washingtonville), Justin Robledo (SUNY Sullivan/Middletown), Rob Cuomo (SUNY Sullivan/Saugerties), and Jonathan Cirino (SUNY Sullivan/Middletown).


Ten Section 9 Grads Entered in Bearcat Open

Take a look at the list of Section 9 grads who are competing in today’s Jonathan Kaloust Bearcat Open at Binghamton University!  Updates will be posted throughout the tournament on Facebook and Twitter …. Full recap will be posted by tomorrow!  Good luck men!!!

125 – Gerard Daly (Sacred Heart/Minisink Valley)
125 – Dylan Booth (Sullivan/Port Jervis)
133 – Vinny Vespa (Army Prep/Monroe Woodbury)
157 – Shane Connolly (Army/Warwick)
157 – Bryan Mongiello (Brockport/Washingtonville)
157 – Johnny Grandson (Sullivan/Middletown)
174 – Austin Weigel (Buffalo/Onteora)
184 – Justin Robledo (Sullivan/Middletown)
285 – Rob Cuomo (Sullivan/Saugerties)
285 – Jonathan Cirino (Sullivan/Middletown)

Diesel Champion; Burns and Vutianitis Place at Monarch

Minisink Grad Kyle Diesel

Wilkes University senior Kyle Diesel, a Minisink Valley graduate, took home the 184 pound title at the Monarch Invitational on Saturday.  Diesel did not surrender a single point on the day posting victories of 17-0, 15-0, 10-0, and 6-0.  Other locals placing included Brian Vutianitis (Warwick/Cortland) who placed 5th at 165, and Da’mani Burns (NFA/Cortland) who finished 6th at 141.  Minisink Valley graduate Chris Truglio reached the 141 pound quarters for Cortland before suffering an injury and medically defaulting out of the tournament.  Dan Decarlo, a Port Jervis graduate who now wrestles for Oneonta, also competed at 165 and went 0-2.  Great job men!!!