Results from MAWA Nationals

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
Also competed but did not place:
Jacob Chenier (Kingston)  Adv 100lbs  0-2
Justin Morales (Midd)  Adv 115lbs   0-2
Elijah Babb ( Middletown) Adv 189lbs  0-2
Nathaniel Garcia (Goshen )  Elite 160lbs 0-2
Austin Brock (Goshen )  Open 125   0-2

Plenty of Locals Heading Down to MAWA Nationals

Tale a look at the local wrestlers who will be competing at the MAWA Nationals in Maryland this weekend.  Results will be posted here!

Youth Divisions
Joseph Uhrig -Minisink Valley
Jayden Brown – Middletown
Luke Satriano- Valley Central
Maddox McCormick – Port Jervis

School Divisions
Jacob Chenier – Kingston
Justin Morales – Middletown
Elijah Babb – Middletwon
Liam Bullock – Chester
Nathan Garcia – Middletown
Adam Fenner – Minisink Valley
Andrew Fenner – Minisink Valley

Open Divisions
Stephen Lynch — Otisville
Austin Brock – Goshen
Jason Lichenstein – Middletown
Joe Humphries – Middletown
Pedro Morales – Middletown
Paul Green – Middletown

Friends of Section 9 Wrestling Club


begins Monday May 1
Session 1: 25 sessions
Monday & Wed nights thru 7/31
(closed Mem Day 5/29 and Indep Day 7/3)
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Location: Local 17 Union Hall Gym
              451 Little Britain Rd, Newburgh
Ages: Current 7th graders thru HS grads
Wrestling on 2 mats staffed by High School Coaches 2 nights per week will include: Warm-ups, drilling, LIVE wrestling, instruction as needed.
All members must have a current NYWAY membership.
FREE for:
Current Seniors or grads who placed Top 4 in Section,
and all returning Section 9 finalists.
Session 1 Membership fee:
$150 (per family)
(Paying the full session fee amounts to $150/ 25 sessions = $6 per session)
$15 Single session fee
(25 single session fees at $15 = $375)
(You save $225 by paying the full Session 1 fee)
Bring attached Registration Form/Medical Waiver to the first session.

S9 Results From the Journeymen World Classic

Drexel bound Evan Barczak

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.

The Bald and Fat Classic Wrestling Tournament

As part of the non-profit Pearl River Wrestling Association, we are giving back to our community by Hosting the Bald and Fat Classic Wrestling tournament in Pearl River, NY. This tournament is dedicated to help support Liam through his recovery process.

Liam Frawley has, for the past 11 years been the Athletic Director for South Orangetown Central School District.

Now, he needs our help.

Last year, Liam suffered through a traumatic brain aneurysm shortly after climbing Mount Washington with his son. He is currently facing a very long and painful rehabilitation and needs all the support he can get.

This tournament is 19+ and is geared for guys who just want to get on the mat after a long time off. Its for those who love the sport of wrestling and everything it teaches. Families and wrestlers from all around will be attending this event to watch their loved ones wrestle and have fun for a good cause. Most of all it’s a fundraiser for Liam, and is  designed specifically to be a fun and rewarding day of friendly competition for the whole community to participate in.

On behalf of the Pearl River Wrestling Association, it is my pleasure to extend an invitation to you to The Bald & Fat Classic wrestling tournament. Your friends, family, and anyone involved in your community is invited to this event. This will be a great event filled with food, friends, family, and of course… wrestling!

If you are not able to attend or participate in the tournament I would greatly appreciate if you could share Liam’s story with your community. As the athletic director, your support is invaluable and can help us raise our profile, increase our attendance, and make this a successful event.

WHERE: At Pearl River High School in Pearl River, NY
WHEN: May 13, 2017 9:30AM

To learn more about Liam Frawley and our fundraiser the Bald and Fat Classic, please visit for details, sign up information and more.

Weekend Recap…Busy Week For Local Wrestlers

Pinning Down Autism
Congratulations to Goshen senior Ryan Ellefsen and Monroe Woodbury sophomore Marco Vespa for being selected to represent Team NY at this year’s Pinning Down Autism All-Start Duals!  This year’s event was a tri-meet between New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  Team NJ put together the most decorated team in the field and rolled through the competition defeating NY by a score of 41-9 and Team PA 44-13.  Team PA defeated NY by a score of 28-24.  Both local had a tough day going a combined 0-4 but it was an honor to be selected for the team and for suporting a great cause!

Gene Mills Eastern Nationals
I went through the brackets to identify 1st and 2nd place finishers from Section 9. My apologies if I missed anyone…please feel free to add in comments or email me at

90: Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley) – 2nd Place
UNL: Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley) – 1st Place

185: Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley) – 1st Place
UNL: Andrew Fenner (Minisink Valley) – 2nd Place

160: Tristen Schiafo (Red Hook) – 2nd Place
195: Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley) – 1st Place
285: Andrew Fenner (Minisink Valley) – 2nd Place

MAWA Districts @ Middletown HS
Middletown High School hosted a MAWA North District tournament on Saturday. Click HERE for full results!

Noah Curreri Takes 6th at FloNationals!!!

2017 Flo All-American Noah Curreri

Congratulations to Eldred wrestler Noah Curreri for taking 6th place at 160 pounds at FloNationals!  Curreri went 5-3 in an extremely competitive bracket which was won by Trent Hidlay from PA, the #3 ranked 160 pounder in the nation!  All three of Curreri’s losses were to wrestlers who also placed (#2, #4, and #5).  Curreri is also a 2X NYS placewinner and finished 2nd in Albany this year. Awesome job Noah!

Monroe Woodbury junior Dylan Earl also competed this weekend and went 1-2!  Great job Dylan!

Below are the results for both Noah and Dylan.

Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury)
Rd 32: Earl dec 9-6 Seibert (unattached)
Rd 16: Rohrbaugh (Team Nauman) wbf 3:15 Earl
Consi Rd 16 #2: Witmer (Bison Legend) tech 16-0 Earl

Noah Curreri (Eldred)
Rd 64: Curreri dec 8-1 Bradley (Athens)
Rd 32: Curreri dec 4-3 Giantonio (VA Elite)
Rd 16: Curreri maj 11-1 Dempsey (Flat River Wrestling)
Quarters: Hastings (unattached) maj 9-0 Curreri
Consi Rd 8 #2: Curreri  dec 12-5 Kata (Seagulls)
Consi Rd 4: Curreri dec 5-4 Giantonio (VA Elite)
Consi semis: Tiongson (Ground Control) dec 8-3 Curreri
5th Place Match: Cuomo (Iowa Style) dec 3-0 Curreri

Earl and Curreri at FloNationals

Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury)
Rd 32: Earl dec 9-6 Seibert (unattached)
Rd 16: Rohrbaugh (Team Nauman) wbf 3:15 Earl
Consi Rd 16 #2: Witmer (Bison Legend) tech 16-0 Earl

Noah Curreri (Eldred)
Rd 64: Curreri dec 8-1 Bradley (Athens)
Rd 32: Curreri dec 4-3 Giantonio (VA Elite)
Rd 16: Curreri maj 11-1 Dempsey (Flat River Wrestling)
Quarters: Hastings (unattached) maj 9-0 Curreri
Consi Rd 8 #2: Curreri  dec 12-5 Kata (Seagulls)
Consi Rd 4: Curreri dec 5-4 Giantonio (VA Elite)
Consi semis: Tiongson (Ground Control) dec 8-3 Curreri
5th Place Match: Cuomo (Iowa Style) dec 3-0 Curreri

Barczak, Elfstrum, and Ellefsen Place at Senior Nationals!

Photo by Lisa Elfstrum

Congratulations to Evan Barczak, Kendall Elfstrum, and Ryan Ellefsen for achieving All-American status at the 2017 NHSCA High School Nationals in Virginia Beach!  All three seniors will be wrestling at the Division 1 level in the fall!  Barczak will be attending Drexel, Elfstrum is going to Princeton, and Ellefsen will be taking his skills to Clarion.

Barczak, who attends Monroe Woodbury, finished 5th at 160 pounds this weekend.  He went 6-2 at a 160 pound weight class that had 88 wrestlers in the bracket!   Elfstrum was S9’s highest place winner with his 3rd place finish at 182 pounds!  Also a Crusader. Kendall went 6-1 with his only loss was a 1-point loss in the semis to Michael Battista who finished 2nd. Elfstrum won the NYS chamionship at 195 pounds last month!  Goshen senior Ryan Ellefsen went 7-2 at 220 pounds and took 5th place.  He lost in the Round of 32 and battled all the way back to the podium!  Great job all three young men!

Fea and Fenner Take Medal Stand in Middle School Division
Also a big congratulations to Nicky Fea (Goshen) and Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley) for placing in the NHSCA Middle School Division!  Fea came in 2nd at 85 pounds dropping a very exciting 6-4 sudden victory decision in the finals to fellow New Yorker Stevo Poulin. Fenner dropped his opening round match but wrestled back tough and finished the day 4-2 and took 5th place at 230 pounds!  Great job boys!