Well it’s 4th of July weekend so what else is there to do other than put together a list of the top returning seniors in Section 9! This season’s senior class may not have the accolades that we are accustomed to seeing, however there may be more depth than we’ve seen in the past!
Lightweights Dylan Earl from Monroe Woodbury was the Section 9 Champion at 106 pounds and he finished 5th at the NYS tournament in Albany. He is the lone returning NYS place winner from Section 9. His opponent in the Section 9 finals last year was Greg Fischer from NFA. Greg was a wildcard entry in the NYS tournament last year where he went 0-2 however both of his losses were in sudden victory. Minisink Valley’s Connor Greiner is no stranger to the NYS tournament! Connor missed most of last season due to an injury but was able to make it to the Section 9 finals. He was the S9 champion, however, in 2016 and 2015. Expect Greiner to come back with a vengeance this season!
Rondout Valley’s Ian Houck was the Division 2 Section 9 champ at 132 last season. He has put in a lot of extra work this off season and we could expect to see him place in Albany this coming season! One of Houck’s losses last year was to the D1 S9 132 champion Vinny Vetrano from Minisink Valley who will be returning for his senior campaign. Vinny’s twin bother, Dominic Vetrano, is a 2X S9 champion and is hoping to finish his career on the medal stand in Albany. Onteora’s Zach Chartrand was the D2 champ at 145 last year and should be primed for another great year, and we should expect Pine Bush’s Shaun Burgos to improve upon his runner-up finish at D1 145 last season. Chartrand’s teammate Dillon Ross was the D2 152 pound champion last season and he went 1-2 at states. His losses however were 4-1 and 4-2 to the kids who finished 2nd and 4th in the state. Expect Ross to get on the podium this year! One of Ross’s toughest competitors last season was Red Hook’s Tristen Schiafo who should also have a monster season! Minisink Valley’s Tim Ganuncio was the S9 finalist at 160 pounds last year. He lost 8 matches to NYS wrestlers last season – all 8 of those wrestlers were NYS place winners!
Middletown’s Adonis Morano was the Section 9 champion at 170 last season and could definitely make some noise in Albany this season! One of the wrestlers to defeat Morano last year was Minisink Valley’s Joey Yanis who finished 2nd at 182 last season. Yanis received an at-large birth into the state tournament where he went 2-2 and was one win away from placing! John Goodell from Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West was the D2 S9 champ at 220 and should have a great senior season as should Minisink Valley 285 pounder Andrew Fenner who has finished 3rd and 2nd, respectively, the last two seasons at heavyweight!
Congratulations to all of the local wrestlers who qualified and competed at the 2017 MAWA Nationals this past weekend! Special thanks to Dave Fenner for keeping us up-to-date throughout the weekend and compiling these results for our website!
Joseph Uhrig ( MV ) 4th Place went 3-2 Bantam 73lbs
Luke Satriano ( VC ) 2nd Place went 3-1 Midget 58 lbs
Jayden Brown ( Midd ) 4th Place went 3-2 Junior 108 lbs
Adam Fenner ( MV ) 3rd place went 5-1 Int. 220lbs
Andrew Fenner ( MV ) 2nd Place went 3-1 Elite 285lbs
Stephen Lynch 5th place went 3-2 Open 125lbs
Pedro Morales (Midd) 7th place went 3-2 Open 135lbs
Paul Green (Midd) 7th place went 1-2 Open 177lbs
J. Lichtenstein (Midd) 3rd place went 3-1 Open 295lbs
Several Section 9 wrestlers competed in the Journeymen World Classic on Saturday. This freestyle event showcased some of the best talent from not only the USA but from several other countries as well!
Evan Barczak – 3rd Place in the 152A Pool
The Drexel bound Monroe Woodbury senior went 3-1 and took 3rd place in the top pool at 152 pounds. He recorded convincing victories over NYS place winners Matt Grippi and Zach Lawrence before dropping a close match to Phil Conigliaro of MA. In his medal match, Barczak teched Canadian wrestler Gunnar Sales 14-4 to take home bronze!
This weight was won by 4X NYS champion Yianni Diakomihalis who made his return to action from elbow surgery in convincing fashion. The 2X Cadet World Champion notched a :20 wbf, a :35 tech, a :39 tech and then a 10-0 1st period tech over Conigliaro in the finals! Welcome back Yianni!
Marco Vespa – 8th Place in the 120A Pool
This pool was loaded but Marco wrestled hard and finished 8th out of 12 wrestlers. To put it in perspective, the 9th, 10th, and 11th place finishers in 120A finished 5th, 3rd, and 3rd respectively in the NYS tournament this year (Gonyea, Redding, Sciotto). Vespa went 1-3 on the day with his win coming by pin over Michigan state champ Corey Gamet.
Noah Curreri – 3rd Place in the 170B Pool
The Eldred senior went 3-2 on the day and took 3rd place in the B pool at 170 pounds. Curreri, who will be wrestling at Queens University for newly hired head coach Ken Chertow in the fall, recorded impressive wins over Ryan Devivo (13-8) and Bryson Alsteen (10-4).
Dylan Earl – 2rd Place in the 120B Pool
The NYS placer from Monroe Woodbury took 2nd out of 5 wrestlers in a very tough 120B pool. His only loss was to Joseph Manginelli from NJ. Earl notched wins over Ethan Ferro, Stone Lewis, and Pedro Quiros and won by fft finishing 4-1 for the day!
Joe McGinty – 7th Place at 132A
This weight had only one pool and it was pretty loaded! The Monroe Woodbury freshman wrestled hard but lost both of his matches for the day. This was definitely a great learning experience for McGinty though.