What Are You Doing To Improve?

S9sitelogoAs the summer begins to wind down it is time to start thinking about what you have done, and what you are going to do, to improve for this coming high school season. Many of you have attended team camps.  Team camps are great …. you get the opportunity to improve your technique and also build camaraderie with your teammates.  Others have spent time practicing at a wrestling club/school.  This is also a great way to learn new skills as well as reinforce the good habits you have already learned.

I guess the question that many of you need to ask yourself is, “Have I competed enough during the off-season?”  Let’s take it a step farther.  You should actually be asking yourself, “How many losses do I have this off-season?”  If you have very few (or no) losses this off-season, it is probably because either A) you haven’t competed enough or B) the events you have entered are below your skill level.  Wrestling in “easy” tournaments can be counter-productive because it often causes wrestlers to reinforce habits that are not going to lead to success at the varsity level.

Below I have provided information for three of the toughest high school pre-season tournaments in the country: The Journeymen Classic, The Iron Horse Invitational, and The Super 32 Challenge.  I realize that these are three elite-level tournaments and there are only a handful of Section 9 wrestlers who will even qualify to compete in any of them.  However, I am also including information for a few other events: The Hudson Valley Challenge and a few Super 32 qualifiers.  Competing in tournaments such as these will pay dividends to nearly every wrestler in Section 9.

August 31 – Chambersburg PA – Super 32 Qualifier
September 13 – Sanford School Hockessin DE – Super 32 Qualifier
September 21 – Iron Horse Invitational, South Plainfield, NJ - Facebook page coming
October 5 – Journeymen Classic – Niskayuna, NY
October 12 – Hudson Valley Challenge, Port Jervis, NY - flyer posted soon
November 1 & 2 – Super 32 Challenge – Greensboro, NC

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NC State Wrestling Camp @ Iowa Style WC in Somers, NY August 11-14


Click Above For Camp Brochure

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Kevin Ward Named Army Head Coach

WardClick here for article from Army website

Section 9 Welcomes Coach Ward
to the Hudson Valley


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NUWAY Folkstyle Tournament in Long Branch, NJ on Friday 8/1

Satellite Weigh-In on Wednesday from 6-9 at Renzo Grace STWC NY/NJ at 47 North Plank Rd. Newburgh, NY.  $40 cash at scale.

Tournament Flyer

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Fargo 2014

Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury), Marcello Gennaro (Monroe Woodbury), and Isaac Serrano (NFA) are the only three Section 9 wrestlers who are making the trip to Fargo, ND to compete in this year’s ASICS/Vaughn Cadet and Junior Nationals.  SectionIXWrestling.com will provide match by match results for our local boys, and will also list all New Yorkers who earn All-American honors.

Junior Freestyle NYS All-Americans
Kelan McKenna – 6th at 106
Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer – 8th at 152
Burke Paddock – 3rd at 170
Jordan Bushey – 8th at 170
Nathanael Rose – 8th at 195
Youssif Hemida – 5th at 220

Isaac Serrano (Newburgh Free Academy) – Junior Freestyle 285 lbs.
Serrano 6-2 over Overbeck (OK)
Brown (MO) 4-0 over Serrano
Fifita (WA) 11-1 tech fall over Serrano

Marcello Gennaro (Monroe Woodbury) – Junior Freestyle 195 lbs.
Putnam (NJ) 10-0 tech fall over Gennaro
Stevenson (UT) by fall 1:59 over Gennaro

Cadet Freestyle NYS All-Americans
Jonathan Gomez – 8th at 100 lbs.
Yianni Diakomihalis – 2nd at 120 lbs.
Vito Arujau – 3rd at 120 lbs.
Brandon Dallavia – 1st at 160 lbs.

Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury) – Cadet Freestyle 126 lbs.
Barczak 13-0 tech fall over Belcher (VA)
Jaffe (IL) 12-2 tech fall over Barczak
Barczak 10-0 tech fall over Reyes (CA)
Barczak 13-2 tech fall over Wagner (MN)
Barczak by fall 1:22 over Hansen (UT)
Acosta (WI) 14-4 tech fall over Barczak

Junior Greco-Roman NYS All-Americans
William Koll – Champion at 132 lbs. with 11-0 tech over Kui from NJ in finals….congrats!
Lenny Merkin – 7th at 138
Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer – Champion at 145 – teched his way through the tournament!
Jesse Porter – 5th at 152
Burke Paddock – Champion at 160 … dominating performance by the future Hawkeye!
Ben Honis – 5th at 195

Junior Women’s Freestyle NYS All-Americans
Darcy Brownell – 8th at 97 lbs.
Jennifer Juarez – 3rd at 112 lbs.
Kelsey Grey – 6th at 112 lbs.
Sara Andreson – 7th at 121 lbs.
Alexis Porter – 1st at 148 lbs.
Alexis Bleau – 2nd at 159 lbs.
Monica Mason – 3rd at 198 lbs.

Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury) Cadet Greco-Roman 126 lbs.
Barczak bye
Hovis (AZ) 12-2 tech fall over Barczak
Barczak 13-3 tech fall over Kenderline (PA)
Model (WI) 16-5 tech fall over Barczak
** NYS had no All-Americans in Cadet Greco-Roman….not good**

Cadet Women’s Freestyle NYS All-Americans
Alexis Bleau – 1st at 154 lbs. …National Champ…congrats Alexis!!!

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WPWC logoThe West Point® Wrestling Club

Invites ALL Wrestlers – Grades K-12
to JOIN US for a
Wrestling Clinic  

All Sections I-XI are Welcome!! Cost is only $20 per person

(Group rates will apply, Contact coach Francois for details enockfrancois39@yahoo.com) 

Friday July 18th, 2014     4 pm – 6 pm

EnockFrancois                                    Arvin Gym, West Point, NY


Enock Francois- Army Volunteer Assistant Coach & Head Club Coach, 3x NAIA All-American including a runner-up finish senior year; 2013 Senior National Freestyle All-American, still competing at the senior level in hopes for an Olympic berth in 2016

For more information please visit our Facebook page
or website at www.westpointwrestlingclub.org 

*DISCLAIMER:  This organization is a non-Federal entity organized by individual members of the West Point community.  We are not endorsed by the United States Military Academy, United States Army, or Department of Defense.

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Iron Summer

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The NYIMWC was the primary off season training of 10 section champions and over 20
all-section athletes last year alone. Our wrestling family is willing to help you
train on your path to the next level. Come and see for yourself.

Donation Fee : $50

Dates: July 10 to August 21
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00
Grades 7-12
Location: Lagrange Middle School, 110 Stringham Road, Lagrangeville NY

To Register: Call or Email
Coach Baker

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MMA Gym in Red Hook Has Wrestling Classes 3X Per Week


What: Wrestling Class and Open Mats
When: Mon + Wed @ 6pm and Sat @ noon (Classes run year round)
Where: 23A East Market Street Red Hook, New York 
Contact: Jon Nandor (845-758-1662)
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3-Style Wrestling Camp

PhilBrown An elite wrestling camp featuring Olympians and All-Americans is coming to Kingston High’s Kate Walton Field House and wrestlers from several area school programs will be attending. The 3-Style Wrestling Camp, directed by Kingston coach Phil Brown, will be held the week of July 14-18. It is a day-long commuter camp that runs from 8:30 am.-3:30 p.m. Fee is $250 per person. Registration is still being accepted.

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To register, visit www.3styleny.eventbrite.com or contact Brown at (845) 661-2068 or pbrown@kingstoncityschools.org.

Full article from Daily Freeman

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Cornwall’s Quinn Zsido named Academic All-American – 2014

Quinn Zsido – 170 lb Section 9 champ and 6th place in NY State is one of only 44 juniors to be named as an Academic All-American. State place winner and high scholastic average are the two main criteria. In addition to his success in the classroom and on the mat, Quinn was also an all-state football player as a linebacker.
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