Nationals Weekend Recap

Two of the biggest postseason events of the high school wrestling season took place this weekend at the NHSCA HS Nationals in VA Beach and the FloNationals in Indiana, PA.  Section 9, our surrounding region, and our entire state did a great job!

NHSCA High School Nationals
Approximately 20 local wrestlers competed this weekend … below are just some of the highlights!

Matt Wagner (DV, Soph., 195) – All-American 6th place!!!
Jalen Palmer (DV, Jr., 132) – All-American 7th place!!!
Frank Carrozza (DV, Soph., 138) – All-American 8th place!!!
Mike Raccioppi (MV, Soph., 126) – 2-2; 1-point losses to the 3rd & 4th place finishers
Chris Truglio (MV, Soph., 132) – 4-2; very “shaky” call keeps him from the medal round
Johnny Stramiello (PB, Jr., 113) – 3-2; losses to the 3rd & 8th place finishers
Travis Edwards (PJ, Sr., 160) – 3-2; tough loss to AA Niven

NY State Individual Champions
   Middle School                  Freshman                             Junior                                             Senior
127 – Mack Berkowitz     132 – Chris Mauriello       138 – Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer      126 – TJ Fabian         165 – Travis Race             152 – Jordan Torbitt         152 – Corey Rasheed                             

Just in case you haven’t received the memo yet…New York wrestling has arrived!!!  The NHSCA tournament also keeps a “team state” score.  New York State finished:
     1st in the Middle School Division,
     1st in the Freshman Division
     3rd in the Sophomore Division                 NHSCA High School Nationals Brackets
     1st in the Junior Division
     3rd in the Senior Division.

The only local wrestlers to compete at the ultra competitive FloNationals were Onteora senior Austin Weigel and High Point, NJ sophomore Jason Gaccione.  Unlike the High School Nationals, the FloNationals are not age banded.  Austin, who wrestled at 160 during the season, competed at 170 at Flo.  He wrestled tough but was unfortunately eliminated after two bouts.  Gaccione also wrestled hard finishing 3-2 and was two victories away from the medal round.  Congratulations to both young men.

As a state, New York wrestled quite well.  The tournament was completely dominated by PA, however NY was able to place 6 on the medal stand with Nick Piccininni, Travis Passaro, Nick Kelley, Joe Mastro, Tyler Grimaldi, and Christian Dietrich earning All-American honors.  Great job guys!!!              FloNationals Results

2 thoughts on “Nationals Weekend Recap”

  1. Why u didnt mention Shakur(corey) Rasheed who won 152lb junior division from longwood hs?

    1. Actually I didn’t have any of the individual winners from the NHSCA posted…my oversight…they are posted now…great job by Corey…he had a dominating season…we missed seeing him at the Minisink Tournament this year!

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