NYS Wrestling Championships Tournament – D2 Preview

99 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Sean McGarvey (P R)
Section 2: Orion Anderson (Schu)
Section 3: Cody Fields (GenBr)
Section 4: AJ Burkhart (Waverly)
Section 5: Drew Schafer (Pal Mac)
Section 6: Zach Braddell (Tona)
Section 7: Carson Dobozy (Peru)
Section 8: Brandon Marohn (Clar)
Section 9: Wade Harris (Red Hook)
Section 11: Jack Bokina (Mattituck)
PSAL: Kevin Velez (Petrides)
At Large 1: Dillan Palaszewski (Gal)
At Large 2: Nick Young (Alexander)
At Large 3: Mikey Bruno (Put Valley)
At Large 4: James Bathon (Plville)
At Large 5: Sam Wolf (Warsaw)

PalMac freshman Drew Schafer is 40-6 this season but he does not have a single loss to any wrestler in the field.  He placed 5th at the Eastern States and nearly picked off eventual champion Beau Bartlett from Wyoming Seminary in the semis dropping a 7-5 decision.  He has recorded wins over some of the other wrestlers in the field including AJ Burkhart, Nick Young, and Sam Wolf this season.  Burkhart is will also be in the hunt. The Waverly freshman is 29-2 with one of his losses being a 9-5 decision to Schafer.  Schylerville freshman Orian Anderson has been great all year posting a 30-1 record with 24 pins.  His one loss however was an OT pin from General Brown’s Cody Fields who is 36-4 this year.  Peru’s Carson Dobozky and Galway’s Dillan Palaszewski are wrestlers to watch as well.

106 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Kyle Sams (Put Valley)
Section 2: Dylan Callahan (Schoh)
Section 3: CJ Walz (Central Valley)
Section 4: Caleb Wiggins (Chen V)
Section 5: Dylan Walker (Warsaw)
Section 6: AJ Putt (Maple Grove)
Section 7: Jacob Nolan (Saranac)
Section 8: Jonathan Gomez (LV)
Section 9: Dean Artrip (Tuxedo)
Section 10: Donald Baker (Ogden)
Section 11: Vin Miceli (Port Jeff)
PSAL: Dominic Grant (Eagle Acad)
At Large 1: Shane Hetrick (Maple Gr)
At Large 2: Austin O’Reilly (Mexico)
At Large 3: Trey LaFlamme (SJ)
At Large 4: Jeffrey Gress (Lville)

Like 106 D1, the small school bracket at this weight is loaded with talented wrestlers. Jonathan Gomez from Section 8’s Locust Valley is a returning state finalist and will definitely be one of the favorites at 106.  In limited action Gomez finished 16-1 with his only loss coming to D1 wrestler Tom Cox.  Central Valley’s CJ Walz is 37-2 and is definitely one of the favorites here as well as Saranac 8th grader Jacob Nolan who placed 6th in NYS last year as a 7th grader. Chenango Valley’s Caleb Wiggins went 43-2 and Warsaw’s Dylan Walker is a returning state qualifier and went 41-3 this year.  One of his losses was to Trey LaFlamme from Section 3 who will definitely contend here.  AJ Putt from Section 6 is 36-3 and has not lost to any wrestler in the field.

113 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Satoshi Abe (PV)
Section 2: Nolan Foster (Hoos Falls)
Section 3: Theo Powers (Mexico)
Section 4: Chris Cirigliano (BGAH)
Section 5: Dane Heberlein (Alex)
Section 6: Johnny Fiebelkorn (Akron)
Section 7: Brandon Goddeau (Peru)
Section 8: Bryan Coll (Locust Valley)
Section 9: Mike Feliciano (High)
Section 10: Zach Roberts (Ogden)
Section 11: Dom Mazzella (Bab)
PSAL: Deiby Perez (Eagle Academy)
At Large 1: Dean Raymond (Depo)
At Large 2: Joey Sliwoski (Wayne)
At Large 3: Zach Lawrence (Duan)
At Large 4: TJ Philpotts (Herk)

113 will be another outstanding weight class to follow!  There several wrestlers who have a legitimate shot here but the three that stand out just a bit are Alexander’s Dane Heberlein, Mexico’s Thoe Powers, and BGAH’s Chris Cirigliano.  Heberlein was last year’s state champ at 99, placed 3rd at the Super 32, 4th at the ESC, and is 49-2 this year.  One of his losses, however, is to one of the other wrestlers in the field – Theo Powers from Mexico.  Powers and Heberlein split two meetings this year with both matches being decided by 2 points.  Section 4’s Chris Cirigliano has been impressive this year going 29-1 including a win over D1 contender John Arceri.  Cirigliano’s one loss this season was a 2-1 decision to Powers.  Nolan Foster, Dean Raymond and Zach Lawrence will also be in the hunt for a medal at 113.

120 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: James Kelly (Pearl River)
Section 2: Jordan Sartin (Galway)
Section 3: Derek Spann (Adirondack)
Section 4: Jimmy Overhiser(Lansing)
Section 5: Tony Recco (Lyndonville)
Section 6: Ryan Hetrick (Maple G)
Section 7: Roland Lapoint (N Adiron)
Section 8: Hunter Dusold (LV)
Section 9: Dillon Ross (Onteora)
Section 10: Cordell David (Ogde)
Section 11: Matt DeVincenzo (PJ)
PSAL: Kevin McColgan (Petrides)
At Large 1: Joe Rorick (Od-Mon)
At Large 2: Jon Lauricella (LeR)
At Large 3: Luke Yankloski (Way)
At Large 4: Logan Robinson (Wa)

When Port Jefferson’s Matteo DeVincenzo decided to go 120 for the post season, he made a tough weight class even tougher.  DeVincenzo won the ESC this year at 113 over the extremely tough Kyle Quinn from Wantagh.  He will be pushed by several wrestlers up at 120 but perhaps his stiffest test will come from Section 4’s Jimmy Overhiser.  Overhiser, who wrestled for Wyoming Seminary last year, has been awesome this year.  He is 29-1 and his only loss, ironically, was to Jack Mueller…who is from Texas but now wrestles for Wyoming Seminary!  The loss came in the semis of the ESC where Overhiser finished 3rd and recorded a pin over D1 stud Peter Pappas along the way!  Hunter Dusold was the state champion in D2 at 113 last year and is having another very good season.  Dusold will contend for a medal here.  Section 5’s Tony Recco is as solid as they come!  A former state finalist, Recco has only two losses this year – both at the ESC and one was a 3-0 decision to Overhiser.  Not done yet…Derrick Spann was a state finalist last year and a state champ in 2013.  He is an astonishing 54-0 this season and wants to get back to the top of the podium!  Luke Yankloski, Logan Robinson, and Ryan Hetrick are no slouches.  All three will be in the mix as well.

126 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Jake Kurzhals (PR)
Section 2: Brandon Merchant (Cob)
Section 3: Ryan O’Rourke (Adk)
Section 4: Austin Ryan (Una)
Section 5: Nick Gaiser (Alex)
Section 6: Kellen Devlin (Amh)
Section 7: Colin Hogan (Peru)
Section 8: Chris Donnelly (IT)
Section 9: Taylor Benson (RH)
Section 10: Dan Mullin (Gouv)
Section 11: Brett Frole (Bab)
PSAL: Amir Johnson (Pet)
At Large 1: Brad Bihler (MG)
At Large 2: Tanner Cook (CV)
At Large 3: Ian Lupole (SV)
At Large 4: Brandon Gould (WG)

There are definitely some very talented wrestlers at 126 but Kellen Devlin is the clear favorite to take home the gold.  The Amherst junior is 43-2 but one of his losses was by forfeit.  His only contested loss has been a 3-2 decision at the ESC to Trent Olsen from Wyoming Seminary.  Fellow Section 6 wrestler Brad Bihler and Section 5 champ Nick Gaiser will definitely contend here, however both have been beaten by Devlin this year.  One of the more intriguing potential matchups would be if Devlin faced Section 3 champ Ryan O’Rourke who is 54-0 this season!  Section 9’s Taylor Benson is a returning state qualifier and could contend for a medal.

132 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Jack Chesman (PR)
Section 2: Josh Bressette (Wh-FA)
Section 3: Tyler Field (Onondoga)
Section 4: Dylan Wood (Walton)
Section 5: Emerson Block (PalMac)
Section 6: Cody McGregor (Tona)
Section 7: Casey Provost (Beek)
Section 8: Nick Casella (LV)
Section 9: Andrew Suleiman (High)
Section 10: Brody Sheppard (Ogde)
Section 11: Tristin DeVincenzo (PJ)
PSAL: Joe DiForte (Petrides)
At Large 1: Garon LeClair (Cor)
At Large 2: Brad Dietz (Phoenix)
At Large 3: Cole Rifanburg (Norw)
At Large 4: Connor Steria (Lowville)

Another very solid weight with a bunch of wrestlers who will contend for a step on the podium.  Regarding the top step, Nick Casella, Cody McGregor, and Dylan Wood will be three of the favorites.  Casella is a multiple time NYS placewinner while McGregor and Wood are as tough as nails!  Section 11 champ Tristin DeVincenzo is talented and will get in the mix as well.  Do not sleep on Section 3 champ Tyler Field!  He is 37-2 and has not lost to a wrestler in the field.

138 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Eric Boyle (Nanuet)
Section 2: Luke Fronhofer (Salem)
Section 3: Hunter Richard (HP)
Section 4: Darren Ostrander (Gro)
Section 5: Colin Royce (Warsaw)
Section 6: Nick Hudson (Ch Lake)
Section 7: Ethan Bacon (B-town)
Section 8: Sam Ward (Lo Va)
Section 9: Isaac Mathews (Mar)
Section 10: Joey Bush (Gouv)
Section 11: Chris Osufsen (Southam)
PSAL: Jason Fallon (Petrides)
At Large 1: Nate Walker (Canastota)
At Large 2: Kobe Garrehy (ME)
At Large 3: Jesse Manuel (Tioga)
At Large 4: Steven Culbert (Galway)

The returning NYS placewinners are entered at 138 and all three have a legitimate chance to win the title this year.  Holland Patent’s Hunter Richard finished 3rd in NYS last year at 126 and is 43-2 this year.  He finished 3rd at this year’s ESC with his only loss coming to nationally ranked Mike D’Angelo.  His other loss came at the Section 3 League Championships where he suffered a setback to wildcard entrant Nate Walker from Canastota.  Sam Ward from Locust Valley finished 3rd in NYS at 138 last year and will definitely contend for a title again this year. He is 16-1 in limited action this year due to an injury that shelved him for a month.  Ward suffered his only loss in his first match of the season to undefeated D1 contender Ricky Stamm.  Warsaw’s Colin Royce finished 6th at 138 last season and is planning on climbing higher up the podium this season.  Section 4 has three entries here and all three should contend.  Section 4 champ Darren Ostrander is 33-1, Kobe Garrehy from Maine Endwell is 44-2, and Jesse Manuel from Tioga is 28-4.

145 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Chris Santana (Pawling)
Section 2: Lane Oehler (W-burg)
Section 3: Austin Whitney (Mexico)
Section 4: Tristan Rifanburg (Nor)
Section 5: Corey Farrell (Warsaw)
Section 6: Jed Micek (Maple Grove)
Section 7: Austin Trombley (No Adir)
Section 8: Kevin Jackson (Lo Val)
Section 9: Noah Curreri (ELF)
Section 10: Aaron Bush (Gouv)
Section 11: Colby Lenahan (S-ton)
PSAL: Chris Taverez (Rucker)
At Large 1: Garrett Mitchell (Camd)
At Large 2: Nate Grubham (Wh Pt)
At Large 3: Greg Lee (Lansing)
At Large 4: Zach Bierfeldt (Olean)

Norwich senior Tristan Rifanburg is a 2X NYS state champion and a 3X finalist.  He is 42- 1 this season and is the clear favorite to win his third state title this year.  His only loss of the season came in the finals of the ESC to nationally ranked Tommy Dutton.  One of Rifanburg’s victories at ESC was a 9-0 major over Mexico’s Austin Whitney who is 51-2 on the season and is expected to place high in Albany. Warsaw’s Corey Farrell is having a great year and should be in the mix for a high place as well.

152 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Cliffton Wang (Edgemont)
Section 2: Colby Davendonis (Hk Fa)
Section 3: Jason Colon (VVS)
Section 4: Frank Garcia (Norwich)
Section 5: Israel Byler (Addison)
Section 6: Andrew Shomers (Lew Pt)
Section 7: Colin LaBombard (No Adk)
Section 8: Mike Dusold (Loc Val)
Section 9: Ben Cuppett (New Paltz)
Section 10: Austin Milone (Gouv)
Section 11: Ralph Oswald (Ham Ba)
PSAL: Zafar Iskandarov (Br Inter)
At Large 1: Dakota Gardner (Fred)
At Large 2: Caleb Beach (So Jeff)
At Large 3: Josh Griffith (Warsaw)
At Large 4: Madison Hoover (BGA)

152 will be a great weight to follow!  Norwich senior Frank Garcia is a defending state champ and is definitely the favorite here – but he will not be untested. Section 6 has two entries that will definitely contend!  Andrew Shomers from Lewiston Porter finished 2nd in NYS at 145 last year.  He is the Section 6 champion and he is 49-1 this season.  The wrestler he defeated in the Section 6 finals was Dakota Gardner from Fredonia.  Gardner, who finished 4th in NYS last year, was undefeated prior to the match against Shomers.  Mike Dusold from Section 8 Locust Valley is tough as nails as well! He is 38-3 this season with all three losses coming at the Eastern States Classic where he finished 5th.  Also keep an eye on Isreal Byler and Josh Griffith both from Section 5, as well as Madison Hoover from Section 4.  Section 9’s Ben Cuppett is only a sophomore and is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

160 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Teddy Fleming (North Sal)
Section 2: Jason Hoffman (HLLG)
Section 3: Alex Herringshaw (HP)
Section 4: Joe Judge (Sp Van Et)
Section 5: Corey Cristales (Will)
Section 6: Brian Westerdahl (MG)
Section 7: Will Marcil (Saranac)
Section 8: Shawn Mosca (CP-Wheat)
Section 9: Liam Heslin (Tuxedo)
Section 10: Bailey Phelps (Oburg)
Section 11: James Hoeg (Matt)
PSAL: Vance Cuffee (Eagle Acad)
At Large 1: Connor Lawrence (Dbg)
At Large 2:Simon Breckenridge(VS)
At Large 3: Danny Khomitch (BB)
At Large 4: Nick Hosmer (Can-Gr)

Several returning NYS placewinners are entered at 160 promising to make it an entertaining weight class to follow.  Section 3’s Alex Herringshaw was the state champ at 145 last season and is undefeated against all Division 2 wrestlers this year.  Connor Lawrence from Duanesburg was a state finalist last year and will definitely be in the hunt.  Lawrence needed a wildcard birth to the tournament this year because he was defeated in the Section 2 finals by Jason Hoffman.  The sophomore from Hadley Luzerne/Lake George finished 4th in NYS last year and is undefeated this season.  Maple Grove’s Brian Westerdahl and Section 3’s Simon Breckenridge are both very solid and will definitely contend here.

170 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Willie Messinger (PV)
Section 2: Tyler Green (S-ville)
Section 3: Trevor Allard (Mexico)
Section 4: Nick Jump (Sidney)
Section 5: Aaron Paddock (Warsaw)
Section 6: Howie Nolan (Maple Gr)
Section 7: Jordan Bushey (Peru)
Section 8: James Rodriguez (Min)
Section 9: Ted Mapes (Highland)
Section 10: Arden Ball (Gouv)
Section 11: Tanner Zagarino (Matt)
PSAL: Robert Welgoss (Petrides)
At Large 1: Josh Burge (Wat Glen)
At Large 2: James Lukaszonas (Gen)
At Large 3: Joe Hennessey (Adk)
At Large 4: Brett Lewis (Morr-Ea)

There a definitely some good wrestlers in this weight but all signs are pointing towards a finals showdown between Mexico’s Trevor Allard and Peru’s Jordan Bushey.  Allard was last year’s champ at 160 and he is 45-1 this season with his only loss coming to Nate Schwab (2-1 UTB) back in early December.  Bushey has been equally impressive. He is 39-1 and absolutely dominated the competition en route to the ESC crown this year.  Some of the other wrestlers to keep an eye on include Willie Messinger from Putnam Valley, Aaron Paddock from Warsaw, and Howie Nolan from Maple Grove.

182 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Peter Jones (Irvington)
Section 2: Geno Brancati (Hud Fa)
Section 3: Triston Engle (Dolgeville)
Section 4: Ryan Marszal (Unatego)
Section 5: Jacob Kramell (Perry)
Section 6: Alex Kelly (Cat LV/PV)
Section 7: Leon Riley (Nor Adk)
Section 8: Alex Kaley (Cold Sp Har)
Section 9: Kevin Morgans (ELF)
Section 10: Marty Countryman (Go)
Section 11: Johnny Nolan (Ham Ba)
PSAL: Meroj Aslov (RKA)
At Large 1: Jacob Woolson (Mexico)
At Large 2: Ian Chedzoy (WatGlen)
At Large 3: Jake Kubala (Newfane)
At Large 4: Garrett Wright (HooFls)

Very similar to 170 in that there are several very solid wrestlers however there are two that really stand out.  Ryan Marszal from Unatego has only two losses this year and both are to out-of-state wrestlers.  He finished 2nd in NYS last season and he is looking to take it all this year.  Triston Engle from Section 3 Dolgeville is also having a great year.  After finishing 3rd in NYS last year, he is currently and is the only person to defeat Jordan Bushey this season.  Marszal and Engle will not go untested!  Wildcard entry Ian Chedzoy from Watkins Glen took Marszal to the limit eventually losing 3-1 in the Section 4 finals while Engle has been tested twice by Mexico’s Jacob Woolson 6-4 SV and 3-2.  Section 2 champ Geno Brancati is always athreat and we should definitely keep an eye on Section 9’s Kevin Morgans!

195 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Connor Breit (Nanuet)
Section 2: Forrest Kubricky (HLLG)
Section 3: Jack Buell (Sher-Earl)
Section 4: Riley Hanrahan (Unat)
Section 5: Phil Wilshire (Attica)
Section 6: Mason Hoose (Sthwrn)
Section 7: Gage Cook (B-town)
Section 8: Bryce Dusold (Loc Val)
Section 9: Zach Williams (Tuxedo)
Section 10: Troy Gates (Gouverneur)
Section 11: Adam Goode (Mattituck)
PSAL: Nathanael Rose (Eagle Ac)
At Large 1: Jake Penhollow (Fal)
At Large 2: Ricardo Dawkins (GenBr)
At Large 3: Kasey Foster (Dolgeville)
At Large 4: Dylan Royce (Warsaw)

Perhaps one of the biggest favorites to win his weight class this year, Nathanael Rose from Eagle Academy has been awesome this season.  He is the defending state champ at 195, he is undefeated this season at 30-0, and he dismantled D1 favorite Araneo in the finals of the Eastern States Classic.  The only close match that Rose has had all year has been against Section 3 champ Jack Buell.  Rose beat Buell 5-3 in the semis of the ESC back in January.  Buell is having a very nice season however he has dropped a match to Section 4 champ Riley Hanrahan from Unatego, and was also taken to the limit by Section 3 wildcard Ricardo Dawkins in the S3 finals.  Locust Valley Bryce Dusold is tough and we should not forget to mention Attica’s Phil Wishire as well!

220 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Constantine George (PV)
Section 2: Patrick Barber (HLLG)
Section 3: Garrett Duvall (Sher-Earl)
Section 4: Garyn Huntley (Oxford)
Section 5: Todd Brockuizen (Pal Mac)
Section 6: Tyler Hall (East Aurora)
Section 7: Paul Herrea (Saranac)
Section 8: Spencer Matthaei (Lo Val)
Section 9: Stefan Chichkov (RH)
Section 10: Aaron McEathron (Go)
Section 11: Ryan Matthews (Bab)
PSAL: Miguel Perez (Eagle Acad)
At Large 1: William Hilliard (Pho)
At Large 2: Elijah Sampo (Cana)
At Large 3: Aaron Mann (Warsaw)
At Large 4: Zach Gifford (Deposit)

It is possible that the top 3 wrestlers in this weight all come from Section 3!  Garrett Duvall from Sherburne-Earlville won the Section 3 title this season by defeating Phoenix’s William Hilliard 4-2 SV in the finals.  One week earlier, however, Hilliad was beaten 3-1 by Canastota’s Elijah Campo in the Sectio 3 Class C tournament!  All three will contend in Albany!  Also in the hunt will be Section 4 champ Garyn Huntley as well as East Aurora’s Tyler Hall.

285 Pounds
The Field

Section 1: Adam Krieger (Irv)
Section 2: Jordan Keys (Salem)
Section 3: Dan Appley (Herkimer)
Section 4: Austin Dean (Sidney)
Section 5: Alex Gonzalez (Geneva)
Section 6: Laith Alsous (Lew Port)
Section 7: Clay Watts (B-town)
Section 8: Paul Parada (Island Tr)
Section 9: John Beal (Highland)
Section 10: Kelly Moore (Gouverneur)
Section 11: Peter Strassfield (South)
PSAL: Jayson Gomez (Eagle Acad)
At Large 1: Jeff Andrews (Randolph)
At Large 2: Nick Jones (Dunkirk)
At Large 3: Kierstan Armstrong (Adk)
At Large 4: Tyler VandenBogaard (HL)

Section 4 champ Austin Dean from Sidney is a returning state place winner and is undefeated this season making him one of the clear favorites to win at 285 this year.  Section 11 champ Peter Strassfield from Southampton is having a great year as well and can certainly get into the mix.  Section 2 has two entries in Jordan Keys from Salem and Tyler VandenBogaard from Haley Luzerne/Lake George who will contend.

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