Section 9 Strong! NYSSWA Dual Meet Team Rankings Released

Monroe Woodbury and Minisink Valley Both Top-5; Wallkill Honorable Mention

The NYS Sportswriters Association has released their dual meet team rankings and Section 9 is very well represented!  Monroe Woodbury came in at #3, Minisink Valley is at #4, and Wallkill received an Honorable Mention!  Congrats to all 3 teams!

nysphsaa_logo1Top 10 Division 1 Teams
1. Hilton – S5
2. Long Beach – S8
3. Monroe Woodbury – S9
4. Minisink Valley – S9
5. Wantagh – S8
6. Shenendehowa – S2
7. Hauppauge – S11
8. Rocky Point – S11
9. Penfield – S5
10. Fairport – S5
HM. Wallkill – S9

s9sitelogoTop 10 Division 2 Teams
1. Warsaw – S5
2. Adirondack – S3
3. Mattituck – S11
4. Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton – S4
5. Pioneer – S6
6. Central Valley Academy – S3
7. Locust Valley – S8
8. Phoenix – S3
9. General Brown – S3
10. Keshequa – S5


Mia Macaluso Selected For United States Cadet World Team

Minisink Valley Freshman To Compete in Sweden!

Help Send Mia to Sweden GoFundMe Page 

mia-macCongratulations to Minisink Valley freshman Mia Macaluso for being selected by USA Wrestling to compete for the Cadet World Team in Sweden from February 19 to February 22.  This incredible opportunity will allow Macaluso to train with Team USA’s Olympic coach Terry Steiner for 3 days!  The trip to Sweden will also include 4 days of additional training with Russian and Japanese Olympic coaches!  This is a self funded trip so any contributions to offset the cost are greatly appreciated!

Help Send Mia to Sweden GoFundMe Page 

Impressive results at several different events helped Macaluso get onto the radar of the USA Wrestling Cadet Team. She is a NYS Girls Folkstyle state champion, a Mohawk Valley Freestyle Festival finalist, a NYC Gotham finalist, and a New England Girls Freestyle champion. Macaluso also finished 2nd at the prestigious Body Bar Nationals in Irvine, TX in May – this is likely the result that punched her ticket to Team USA!  Prior to her trip to Sweden she will go to the New York Athletic Club in NYC from February 9-12 where she will be trained by Coach Steiner as well as Assistant National Coaches Erin Tomeo and Emma Randall.

mia-macMia is a two year varsity wrestler for Minisink Valley.  She competed at 106 lbs. last season and will likely be at 113 lbs this year.  She trains freestyle with the Venom Girls Wrestling Club based out of Otisville, NY.  Venom Girls is run by Mia’s father, Heath Macaluso, who is a 1990 Minisink Valley graduate who wrestled for long time Minisink Coach John Bell.  Macaluso finished 6th in NYS as a senior before wrestling D1 in college for Wagner where he was coached by current MV wrestling coach Kevin Gallagher. When asked about coaching Mia Macaluso Coach Gallagher said, “Mia is a pleasure to coach on and off the mat. She is one of our hardest workers, and I am proud to have her on our team.”

Congratulations Mia for this tremendous honor!  Section 9 Girls Wrestling is officially on the map!!!

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High School Opening Weekend Schedule and Results…Plus Some College Notes

Friday 12/2 & Saturday 12/3
NFA @ Columbia Duals
NFA 40 South Glen Falls 24                     NFA 64 Shalmont 17
NFA 63 Northern Adirondack 24          Columbia 51 NFA 35
NFA 55 Whitehall/Fort Ann 30              NFA 42 Beekmantown 39
NFA 50 Tamarac 29

Saturday 12/3
Goshen, Port Jervis, Saugerties @ Lance Golubiski Duals

Team Standings
Saugerties 1st
Port Jervis 2nd
Oneonta 3rd
Goshen 4th
Ryan Ellefsen – MOW
Graeme Knisell – Most Promising Freshman

Saugerties 63 Oneonta 24                  Saugerties 52 Port Jervis 21
Saugerties 75 Monticello 9                Saugerties 55 East Ramapo 21
Saugerties 63 Goshen 16                    Goshen 51 E/L/SW 25
Goshen 31 Nanuet 30                          Oneonta 48 Goshen 33
Port Jervis 42 Goshen 31

Monroe Woodbury @ Battle at the Beach
The Crusaders crowned 4 champions and came in 2nd place in the team race to host Long Beach.  Champions for Monroe Woodbury included Dylan Earl (113), Marco Vespa (120), Evan Barczak (160), and Sam Santander (182).  Other top 4 placers for MW included Ryan Burgos (2nd @ 113), Joey McGinty (3rd @ 126), Emanuel Ward (4th @ 126), Cameron Wernicki (2nd @ 132), Carter Stewart (4th @ 145), Tom Fini (4th @ 152), Samson Perez (4th @ 220), and Preston Havison (3rd @ 285).

Cornwall, Warwick, Washingtonville @ Greeley Duals
Cornwall 72 Collegiate School 3        Cornwall 42 Putnam Valley 40
Cornwall 60 Mamaroneck 25            John Jay CR 57 Cornwall 16
Washingtonville 54 Edgemont 26    Washingtonville 34 Carmel 48
Washingtonville 46 Pawling 36       Washingtonville 71 Mamaroneck 14

Wallkill at the Bethlehem Round Robin
Wallkill crowned 5 champs, 3 runner ups, and 3 thirds at the Bethlehem Tournament this Saturday/Sunday.

3rd place:
106-Jacob Lyle
113-Avery Ellison
182-Matt Alusio

2nd place:
99-Jake Chenier (Kingston) tech fall Derek Ellison (Wallkill) 150- 5:38
138-Caiden Mondore (LaSalle) dec Kyle Ripa (Wallkill) 8-2
145-Ian McLHenry (Greenville) WBF Joe Pushman (Wallkill) 5:18
152-Roman Braga (Bethlehem) WBF Kraig Thomas (Wallkill) 2:40

Champions (wins over sectional place winners
James Faison 7-0 (5 pins)
120-James Faison WBF Anthony Canova (Bethlehem) 2:36
120-James Faison WBF Aiden Cullen (Greenville) 2:03
120-James Faison WBF Matt Laporte (Hoosick) 4-2

Andrew Davis 8-0 (8 pins) – Records 100th Career Win
126-Andrew Davis WBF Garrett Cummings (Salem-Cambridge) 1:45 

Brad Bonner 9-0 (6 pins)
132-Brad Bonner dec Sam Richards (Hoosick) 8-3
132-Brad Bonner WBF Dwayne Compton (Cohoes) 4:59

Brian Mascaro (5-0) 2 pins
170-Brian Mascaro dec Larry Oliver (Highland) 3-0

Billy Kras (6-0) 3 pins
195-Billy Kras dec Tyler Mazargo (Kingston) 10-4

Kingston at the Bethlehem Round Robin
This past weekend the Kingston wrestling team traveled to Bethlehem High School for a two day, 9 match, round robin tournament. The final outcome resulted in six medal winners for the Tigers.
99lbs Jake Chenier champion
106lbs Ryan Robles 2nd
182lbs Donnel Weigel 2nd
195lbs Tyler Marzarago 2nd
220lbs Hayden Barley 3rd
285lbs Najib Barak 2nd

College Notes:
Vinny Vespa (Hofstra, Monroe Woodbury) @ Journeymen Tussle
Sean Fausz (NC State) tech fall Vespa 17-2
Scott Delvecchio (Rutgers) dec Vespa 9-4
Vespa wbf Paul Ambrose (Campbell) 5:33

New Standard Corporation Invitational
125 – Anthony Stramiello (York, Monroe Woodbury)
Rob Murray (Stevens) maj 17-5 Stramiello
Dylan Nuttall (York) wbf 2:59 Stramiello
165 – AJ Aeberli (Coast Guard, Minisink Valley)
Aeberli dec 4-1 Josh Farrar (Cortland)
Aeberli dec 3-2 Dale White (Johnson & Wales)
Aeberli dec 3-1 TB2 Anthony Arroyo (Baldwin Wallace)
Alec Golner (Roger Williams) dec 6-0 Aeberli
Nick Remke (Coast Guard) dec 6-5 Aeberli
Aeberli dec 7-6 Andrew Tolbert (Ferrum)…AJ takes 5th place!!!
285 – Rob Kelly (Cortland, Monroe Woodbury)
Carlos Leyva (Ferrum) maj 10-0 Kelly
Francis Kelly (USMMA) wbf 4:51 Kelly

LaRuffa placed 2nd at the Niagara Thunderwolves Open
Michael LaRuffa (Monticello, SUNY Brockport)

149 – Michael LaRuffa placed 2nd and scored 13.50 team points.
Quarters – LaRuffa (Brockport) dec Mike Phelps (Niagara) (10-4)
Semis – LaRuffa (Brockport) tech Matt Osborne (Brockport) (17-0)
Finals – Chris Moungle (Spartanburg)  maj LaRuffa (Brockport) (12-0)

RIT Invitational
James Bethel (Saugerties, Oneonta) won the title at 285 while Sam Weinger (Washingtonville, RIT) came in 3rd place at the same weight!

Gerard Daly Goes 1-1 for Sacred Heart
Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley, Sacred Heart) went 1-1 today at 133 for Sacred Heart.  He defeated Davidson’s Dustin Runzo 5-3 and was defeated by Appalachian State’s Colby Smith 15-7.

Week 1 Schedule & Results

s9sitelogoTuesday 11/29
Washingtonville 64 Monticello 20

Wednesday 11/30
Monroe Woodbury 57 Warwick 27
Cornwall 45 Kingston 28
Pine Bush 66 Goshen 18
Chester 45 Onteora 36
Chester 48 Rondout Valley 35
Onteora @ Rondout Valley
Red Hook 57 E/L/SW 15
Saugerties 45 NFA 20
Wallkill 37 Valley Central 30

Thursday 12/1
Monroe Woodbury 70 Kingston 13

Friday 12/2
Pine Bush 64 Monticello 15

Preseason Individual Rankings

s9sitelogoWell it’s that time of the the year wrestling fans!  We are less than a week away from the beginning of the 2016-2017 Section 9 wrestling season so I say it’s time we roll out some preseason individual rankings!

Please keep in mind, these ranking are just for fun.  They are posted for the sole purpose of generating some “buzz” about the upcoming season.  As you can imagine, preseason rankings are the toughest to complete accurately.  There is little to no recent body of work to use as a barometer, plus kids often move up a few weights from one season to the next – not everyone handles the jump in weight as well as others.

I welcome any and all comments about these rankings – as long as they are done in a respectful manner.  Please feel free to email me at Enjoy!


NYS Intercollegiate Championships

s9sitelogoSection 9 will be represented by 25 former wrestlers from 16 local high schools at Sunday’s NYS Intercollegiate Championships at Cornell University…very impressive!

Match-by-match results will be posted below!  Good luck men!

“A” Division
133 – Vinny Vespa (Hofstra, Monroe Woodury)
Vespa maj. 8-0 Ocasio (RIT)
Vespa maj 16-6 Sisco (Oneonta)
Vespa dec 7-3 Kelly (Columbia)
Eckles (Niagara CC) wbf 6:57 Vespa…Vinny takes 2nd!!!
165 – Ryan Sebesta (Niagara CC, Wallkill)
Wallace (Oneonta) maj 14-6 Sebesta
Lombardi (Oswego) dec 9-3 Sebesta
174 – Daniel DeCarlo (Oneonta, Port Jervis)
Garcia (Cornell) maj 10-2 DeCarlo
Lupicello (Brockport) dec 6-4 DeCarlo
174 – Austin Weigel (Buffalo, Onteora)
Weigel dec 8-6 Arkow (LIU)
Heller (Hofstra) dec 7-3 Weigel
McBryde (Buffalo) dec 6-4 Weigel
285 – James Bethel (Oneonta, Saugerties)
Bethel wbf 2:27 Paterson (NYU)
Bethel dec 5-0 Walter (Merchant Marine)
Bethel dec 5-3 O’Brein (Ithaca)
Ryan (Columbia) dec Bethel 8-5…James takes 2nd!!!
285 – Sam Weinger (RIT, Washingtonville)
Raigoza (Merchant Marine) dec 8-6 Weinger
Weinger inj def Haddad (Hofstra)
Farr (Army) dec 4-2 Weinger

“B” Division
125 – Johnny Stramiello  (Finger Lakes WC, Pine Bush)
Haas (Brockport) dec 7-4 Stramiello
Stramiello wbf 2:00 Berge (Jamestown CC)
Lauricella (Brockport) wbf 1:58 Stramiello
125 – Mohammed Kahn (Ulster, New Paltz)
Hetrick (Army Prep) wbf :19 Kahn
Meloni (Nassau) maj 18-5 Kahn
133 – Kevin Kelly (Binghamton, Monroe Woodbury)
Kelly wbf 1:19 Ray (Sullivan)
Damon (Hofstra) dec 5-2 Kelly
Kelly dec 8-5 Demuner (RIT)
Kelly maj 10-0 Raymond (Oneonta)
Walsh (LIU) dec 12-8 Kelly
Kelly fft Damon (Hofstra)…Kevin takes 5th place!!!
141 – Josh Santiago (Ulster, Rondout Valley)
Kutsepau (Oswego) wbf 1:59 Santiago
Rioux (RPI) wbf 6:35 Santiago
141 – Brian Vaughn (Sullivan, Pine Bush)
Miers (Columbia) wbf 1:48 Vaughn
Wilson (RPI) tech 16-0 Vaughn
149 – Richard Dennison (Unrostered, Minisink Valley)
Prince (RIT) dec 3-1 Dennison
Dennison dec 7-5 LaRuffa (Brockport)
Schoenherr (Cornell) maj 15-2 Dennison
149 – Michael LaRuffa (Brockport, Monticello)
Ward (Columbia) wbf 2:12 LaRuffa
Dennison dec 7-5 LaRuffa (Brockport)
149 – Dominick Massaro (Ulster, New Paltz)
Phelps (Niagara CC) wbf 4:53 Massaro
Gross (Oneonta) wbf 2:44 Massaro
157 – Patrick Carroll (Ulster, Kingston)
Jean (Niagara) wbf 2:34 Carroll
Nolan (Jamestown) wbf 2:20 Carroll
157 – Kyle Torre (Oswego, Red Hook)
Palmer (Brockport) dec 5-0 Torre
Fano (Ithaco) wbf 2:08 Torre
157 – Karl Linneman (Cortland, New Paltz)
McMillan (Army) tec 17-1 Linneman
Linneman maj 19-7 Ritterback (Brockport)
Jean (Niagara CC) dec 8-4 Linneman
165 – Mike DeCapua (Oswego, Newburgh Free Academy)
Farrar (Cortland) dec 7-5 DeCapua
DeCapua wbf :28 Cipolla (LIU)
Carr (Finger Lakes WC) tech 20-1 DeCapua
174 – Mark Milisci (Oswego, Washingtonville)
Karmen (Finger Lakes WC) dec 7-1 Milisci
Dolorit (NYU) dec 6-5 Milisci
174 – Miles Whitmore-Parr (Ulster,  New Paltz)
Calderelli (Buffalo) wbf :46 Whitmore-Parr
Oliver (NYU) wbf :43 Whitmore-Parr
174 – Lakell Martin (Ulster, Kingston)
Karmen (Finger Lakes WC) wbf :52 Martin
Southwick (Oswego) wbf :35 Martin
184 – Travis Kelly (Sullivan, Monticello)
Kelly tech 16-0 Cortes (Ulster)
Dean (Finger Lakes WC) wbf 2:07 Kelly
Kelly mff Munoz (Ulster)
Paterson (NYU) wbf 2:26 Kelly
184 – Javier Cortes (Ulster, Ellenville)
Kelly tech 16-0 Cortes (Ulster)
Pease (LIU) wbf 2:09 Cortes
184 – Alex Munoz (Ulster, Saugerties)
Pease (LIU) wbf 2:42 Munoz
Kelly mff Munoz (Ulster)
197 – Kevin Morgans (Cortland, Liberty)
Messare (RIT) dec 4-0 Morgans
Morgans dec 5-0 McKeown (St. Vincent)
Shoop (Army) wbf 6:38 Morgans

Three Section 9 Wrestlers Nationally Ranked

Barczak, Elfstrum, and Ellefsen All Crack the Top 20!

Barczak #18 @ 152
Barczak #18 @ 152
Elfstrum #20 @ 182
Elfstrum #20 @ 182

For the first time in recent memory, Section 9 has three wrestlers who are ranked in the top 20 in the nation at their respective weight class.  FloWrestling ranks Monroe Woodbury senior Evan Barczak at the #18 152 pounder in the nation while his teammate, Kendall Elfstum, is ranked #20 at 182 by The Open Mat.  Last but not least is Goshen senior and recent Clarion commit Ryan Ellefsen who is #20 at 220 according to Intermat! Congratulations to all three young men!

Ellefsen #20 @ 220
Ellefsen #20 @ 220