Section 9 Rankings – 12/20/2018

These will be the final individual rankings posted until after the 2 pound growth allowance…aka the wrestler’s Christmas gift!!!  For these rankings, only wrestlers who have competed this season will be listed. As always, please feel free to send comments directly to me at Enjoy!

99 Pounds
1. Richie Toldeo – Monroe Woodbury
2. Nicolo Ricciuto – Valley Central
3. Jackson Merli – NFA
4. Alex Greco – Warwick
5. Trevor Tufano – Port Jervis
Toledo holds onto the top spot but he was pushed to the limit by new #2 Ricciuto from VC. Merli is still looking very solid as are Greco and Tufano. We still need to keep an eye on MW’s “other” 99 pounder Jordan Brown who only lost to teammate Toledo by 1 point earlier this season!

106 Pounds
1. Colby Amell – Saugerties
2. Zack Ryder – Minisink Valley
3. Andrew Marchese – Washingtonville
4. Justin Morales – Middletown
5. Dylan Winters – Monroe Woodbury
Amell is still in the top spot at 106 however MV 7th grader Ryder is getting a lot of attention by the way he is rolling through opponents. Marchese remains at #3 with his win over #4 Morales who is looking very good recently! MW’s Winters looked very impressive at Wrangle on the Plains and may surprise people here! Warwicks’s Erik Nilson is definitely worth keeping an eye on!

113 Pounds
1. Nikko Walsh – Rondout Valley
2. Matt Morris – Red Hook
3. Joe Habert – Minisink Valley
4. Matt Davis – Wallkill
5. Austin Maddox – Washingtonville
The D2 kids take the top 2 spots at 113 – both Walsh and Morris are having great years! – Habert from MV is looking great and Davis has bounced back from a few early season losses and is back to form!  He won MOW at the Patriot last weekend! Ausin Maddox is having a great year and takes the #5 spot this week but we need to keep an eye on David Gonzalez from Warwick.

120 Pounds
1. Nick Picariello – Minisink Valley
2. Jacob Chenier – Kingston
3. Liam Bullock – Chester
4. John Antonelli – Marlboro
5. Drew Greco – Warwick
Picariello has been on fire this year as has Chenier so they hold on to the top 2 spots this week! Bullock from Chester is having another excellent season and is our #3. Antonelli from Marlboro notched nice wins over Joey Curreri and Walsh (#1 @ 113) and takes over #4 followed #5 Greco from Warwick. 

126 Pounds
1. Marco Vespa – Monroe Woodbury
2. Jordan Suarez – Minisink Valley
3. Brandon DeLaRosa – NFA
4. Kevin Urena – Pine Bush
5. Luke Fischer – NFA
Two time state placer Vespa remains undefeated and stays #1. He recently recorded a convincing 14-7 decision over Balducci from S1 who came in 3rd in NYS D2 last season! 2X Section 9 finalist Suarez remains number 2 and his only loss has been by decision to Vespa. NFA’s DeLaRosa and Fischer have both wrestled 126 and hold the #3 and #5 spots respectively. Pine Bush’s Urena has a win over Fischer and is our #4 at 126! Faison (Wallkill) and Burgos (MW) are injured and will definitely contend here if and when they can return!

132 Pounds
1. Matt Romano – Valley Central
2. Pat Ross – Onteora
3. Eric Tigue – Port Jervis
4. Tommy Maddox – Washingtonville
5. Joshua Sam – Middletown
Romano defeated Ross 7-5 in sudden victory and is the #1 at 132.  Tigue who was a win away from placing at states last year is #3 followed by Maddox and Sam and #4 and #5 respectively. MV’s Brian Lombardi is having a nice season and is knocking on the door of cracking the top 5.

138 Pounds
1. Sean Savacool – Minisink Valley
2. Ethan Palanca – New Paltz
3. Nick Ross – Onteora
4. Robert Estevez – Monroe Woodbury
5. Mat Malherio – Highland
The 138 pound weight class is pretty stacked!  Savacool has been awesome and just won MOW at the Wilson Duals! Palanca is a defending D2 S9 champ and comes in #2 followed by another former D2 champ in Nick Ross!  Estevez from MW just picked up a nice winn at Carlucci Duals over a state qualifier and is at #4 and Malherio, the 3rd former D2 S9 champ in this weight, comes in at #5! And we’re not done… James Heinlein from Saugerties is still undefeated this season and we should also watch Alex Burns from Cornwall and Marcos Madden from Pine Bush!

145 Pounds
1. Tommy Askey – Pine Bush
2. James McGinty – Monroe Woodbury
3. Nick Albornoz – Minisink Valley
4. Nick Curreri – Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West
5. Robert Giumarra – Cornwall
145 is another very tough weight class!  The top 3, Askey, McGinty, and Albornoz, were all D1 S9 finalists last year. Curreri came in 3rd at the toughest weight in D2 last season. Giumarra is having a great season and we should also keep an eye on Warwick’s Evan Gibbons!

152 Pounds
1. Nick Florin – Pine Bush
2. Jaccob Gonzalez – Minisink Valley
3. Dan Heffner – Cornwall
4. Vincent Gennaro – Washingtonville
5. Destin Morano – Middletown
Definitely one of the most open weight classes in the Section!  Florin has recently returned to action and looks great making him the top pick at this weight. On the heals of his impressive win over #3 Heffner at the Wislon Duals, MV sophomore Jaccob Gonzalez takes over the #2 spot! Gennaro and Morano round out the top 5 at 152! Fini from Goshen, Thomas from Wallkill, and Posta from Warwick are all having solid seasons!

160 Pounds
1. Steve Gazzillo – Cornwall
2. Nate Ross – Onteora
3. Ethan Gallo – Minisink Valley
4. Alden Hathaway – Wallkill
5. Joe Velazquez – Middletown
This was one of the most difficult weights to rank!  Fresh off of his state championship football season, Cornwall’s Steven Gazzillo has looked very impressive so he’s our #1.  Here’s where it gets tricky….  Ross and Hathaway have wrestled twice and have traded pins. Gallo has pinned Hathaway but has not wrestled Ross.  Ross has been to Albany so we make him #2. Gallo goes over Hathaway because of his head-to-head over him. The #5 ranked wrestler, Velazquez, could beat anyone on any given day plus Doherty (Monticello) and Mazzella (Warwick) are very good! This is an excellent weight! 

170 Pounds
1. Tyler Serafini – NFA
2. Matt Bucci – Saugerties
3. Pasquale Satriano – Valley Central
4. William Noteboom – Warwick
5. Chris McLaughlin – Minisink Valley
Searfini has been absolutely dominating the competition this year and remains #1 at 170 but Matt Bucci has been extremely impressive in his own right!  Satriano has a wbf over #4 Noteboom and his only loss has been to Bucci so he slots in nicely at #3. McLaughlin continues to impress and is at #5 however we need to look out for Garcia from Middletown and Felice from Monroe Woodbury!

182 Pounds
1. Zavier Bennet – Kingston
2. Graeme Knisell – Saugerties
3. Michael Cassidy – Cornwall
4. Joe Russell – NFA
5. Scott Geysen – Minisink Valley
Bennet just keeps winning and remains the top ranked 182 pounder in Section 9. Knisell is having a good year and is #2 just on top of Cornwall’s Cassidy who just edged out #5 Geysen. Russell also has a win over Geysen so he goes #4. Paravati from MW can easily be ranked in this weight as well! This will be a fun one to watch in February!

195 Pounds
1. Sam Santander – Monroe Woodbury
2. Elijah Babb – Middletown
3. Anthony Owen – Saugerties
4. Carson Henry – Minisink Valley
5. Luke Wojehowski – Cornwall
This is another great weight!  Santander was recently pinned by Crisfield at 220 but he’s the defending champ at this weight and has not lost to anyone below him keeping him the #1 pick! Babb is having a great year and he’s #2 just ahead of Owen from Saugerties. MV sophomore Carson Henry enters the rankings on the heals of his wbf over #5 Wojehoski from Cornwall! Kingston’s Hayden Barley cannot be overlooked and will definitely contend here!

220 Pounds
1. Will Leonard – Cornwall
2. Maxx DeCapua – NFA
3. Armel Duke – Middletown
4. James Oosterom – Port Jervis
5. Mark Crisfield – Valley Central
This is arguably the toughest weight class in S9 D1!  Leonard and DeCapua both placed in NYS last year and are having awesome years. Leonard just won the aggregate pin award at the Wilson Duals – 4 pins in 2:35! Duke from Middletown has looked great, as has Oosterom from D2 PJ who pinned a D1 state finalist earlier this year! Crisfield just pinned #1 195 Santander in :30 plus we can’t forget about recently activated Strauss from MW who can beat anyone on any given day! This is a great weight class!

285 Pounds
1. Preston Havison – Monroe Woodbury
2. Adam Fenner – Minisink Valley
3. Caleb Williams – NFA
4. Bryce Moore – Valley Central
5. Stephan Monchery – Middletown
Havison keeps rolling along! He’s a returning finalist at this weight and his only losses have been to wrestlers out of the area. In classic Fenner fashion, the MV sophomore beat Williams in utb and takes over the #2 spot! Moore from VC is at #4 but there is a lot of buzz surrounding Middletown 7th grader Monchery who is currently sporting a 15-1 record!

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