Super 32 Recap

MW Senior Elfstrum Takes 7th at 182; Goshen’s Fea Champ in the MS Division

Congratulations to Monroe Woodbury senior Kendall Elfstrum for placing 7th at 182 pounds at the 2016 Super 32 Challenge.  The Super 32 is without question the toughest preseason high school wrestling tournament in the nation.  This year’s tournament boasted over 80 nationally ranked wrestlers.  Elstrum’s weight class was one of the toughest weights this year with 4 top 20 ranked 182 pounders and one ranked 195 pounder! Elfstrum won his first match, dropped his second, then reeled off 5 straight wins in the consies before losing a 3-2 decision to the 18th ranked 195 pounder in the nation according to Flo, Khamari Whimper.  Elfstrum took 7th by defeating fellow NY state placer Clifton Wang 4-3.  Great job Kendall!!!

Goshen’s Nicky Fea was absolutely dominating in his march to the 80 pound title in the middle school division.  Fea notched 2 pins, a major and 2 shut out decisions including a 5-0 victory in the title match!  Congratulations Nicky!

Barczak and Ellefsen Champions at Journeymen Classic


It was a very solid showing for Section 9 at the 2016 Journeymen Classic as Monroe Woodbury senior Evan Barczak and Goshen senior Ryan Ellefsen were crowned champions at 152 and 225 respectively!   Barczak went 4-0 on the day notching wins over Conor Melbourne, Nick Santos, Ron Miller and New England placer Michael Ross in the finals!  Ellefsen went 3-1 however he won the title on criteria via his bonus point victory over FloNationals All-American Eric Keosseian.  MW senior Kendall Elfstrun also wrestled in the A pool at 182 and finished in 4th place in an absolutely loaded bracket!


Eldred senior Noah Curreri took 2nd in the 170B pool going 2-1 on the day.  MW sophomore Marco Vespa wrestled in the 113B pool and went 2-2 finishing in 7th place.  Minisink Valley junior Connor Greiner went 0-4 for the day wrestling in the 126B pool.

Congratulations to all who competed!



Journeymen Fall Classic

section9The 2016 Journeymen Fall Classic takes place this weekend on the campus of Union College in Schenectady, NY.  The two day event features the OverFlo tournament on Saturday followed by the main event, The Classic, on Sunday.  The Classic has quickly become one of the premier preseason wrestling events in the nation showcasing nationally ranked wrestlers from New York to California!  The OverFlo serves as a qualifying event for the Classic.

Section 9 will be very well represented this weekend as some of our best and brightest will be competing in this invite-only tournament.  Take a look at the locals who will be laying it on the line against some of the toughest wrestlers in the country.

Journeymen Fall Classic
Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 113)
Vespa dec Robert Hartling 5-1
AJ Burkhart dec Vespa 4-0
Dylan Shawver pin Vespa 4:37
Vespa dec Drew Schafer 13-6
Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley, 125)
Mel Ortiz dec Greiner 7-6
Randy Earl dec Greiner 6-2
Jake Rotunda dec Greiner 7-1
Satoshi Abe dec Greiner 7-5
Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 152)
Barczak dec Nick Santos 3-0
Barczak dec Ron Miller 4-0
Barczak dec Conor Melbourne 3-1
Barczak 9-5 over Michael Ross….152A Champion!!!!
Noah Curreri (Eldred, 170)
Curreri dec Matt Sells 4-2
Curreri dec Martin 10-9
Michael Battista dec Curreri 7-3…Noah 2nd at 170B!
Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury, 182)
Anthony Falbo dec Elfstrum 5-0
Louis Deprez dec Elfstrum 8-2
Elfstrum maj JT Brown 12-0
Dawson Peck dec Elfstrum 7-0..Kendall 4th in a loaded 182A pool!
Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen, 225)
Ellefsen dec Victor Lacombe 10-6
Ellefsen pin Eric Keosseian 2:36
Ellefsen dec Peter Acciardi 8-0
Max Darrah dec Ellefsen 2-0…Ellefsen still wins 225A on criteria!!!

Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury, 113)
Rd 16:Earl over Tyson Sauer 6-3
Quarters: Cade Davis wbf Earl 1:06
Consies: Tyson Sauer over Earl 3-0
Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, 113)
R16: Patrick Wunderlich dec Askey 2-1
Consie: Askey dec Joe Manginelli 3-1
Consie: Dominic Rossetti dec Askey 6-1

Congrats to the Newest Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – Coach Bob Zifchock

Coch Bob Zifchock with fellow HOF inductee John Drew from
Coach Bob Zifchock (right) with fellow HOF inductee John Drew from

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Bob Zifchock

Bob has had an illustrious career in all aspects of the sport wrestling from wrestler, to official, to coach and to athletic administrator. Bob was a standout wrestler at Lansing High School and followed up with a strong career at Tompkins-Cortland Community College and Ithaca College. At Ithaca, he was a two-time qualifier for the Division III NCAA wrestling championships and placed third in the 142-pound weight class at the New York State Collegiate Wrestling Championships.

Coach Zifchock started his coaching career at Candor Central and then later moved on to Valley Central High School in Section IX. The Zifchock-led teams had a 163-89-3 dual meet record. While at Valley Central, Bob’s teams won six consecutive Orange County League titles. Coach Zifchock’s teams also won five Section IX Tournament Team championships and enjoyed a 48 consecutive dual match win streak within Section IX. In 1988, his Valley Central High School team won the New York State Wrestling Tournament team championship. During his tenure at Valley Central, he coached 25 individual Section IX champions, 11 all-state wrestlers and two individual New York State champions – Lou Ruggirello, Sr. and David Hardwick. In addition, he received recognition and honors by being named the 1995 USA Wrestling Man-of-the Year Award, honored with the 2010 Section IX Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2013 he was inducted in the New York State Wrestling Coaches Association’s Hall-of-Fame.

His officiating career ran from 1974 to 1992 and included officiating in ten Empire State Games, two New York State Wrestling Cups held at West Point and serving as the Orange-Sullivan Rules Interpreter for four years. Bob’s administration career incorporates being Athletics Director at several schools, serving on several state committees (New York State Athletic Administrators, Council of Administrators and New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) and coauthoring state-level guidance documents. As well as the work that he performed on a daily basis to enhance physical education programs in his schools and sections. Bob’s credentials speak for themselves and exemplify excellence in all aspects of the sport of wrestling. The Upstate Chapter honors Bob with his induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.