Minisink Valley Crowns 3 Champs and Sets Team Points Record; Section 9 Wins Tournament for 1st Time Since 1975

Section 9 Division 1 Champs
2022 NYSPHSAA Tournament Champions

Section 9 Wins Division 1 Tournament
For the first time since 1975 Section 9 has won the Sectional team race at the NYSPHSAA wrestling tournament! Our section had 5 finalists, crowned 3 champions, and had 10 Division 1 wrestlers place in the top 8 in their weight class. Section 9 finished with 206.5 points far outdistancing runner up Section 11 (Suffolk County) and third place finisher Section 8 (Nassau County) who finished with 177 and 161.5 points respectively. On the Division 2 side of the tournament, Port Jervis had two wrestlers step on the podium helping the Red Raiders score 25.5 team points! Congratulations to the following state medalists:

102 D1: Luke Satriano (Valley Central) – 4th place
110 D2: Trevor Tufano (Port Jervis) – 8th place
132 D1: Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville) – 2nd place
138 D1: PJ Duke (Minisink Valley) – NYS Champion
138 D1: Jordan Brown (Monroe Woodbury) – 5th Place
152 D1: Eric Tigue (Minisink Valley) – 3rd place
160 D1: Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley) – NYS Champion
172 D1: Mikey Altomer (Minisink Valley) – 2nd Place
189 D1: Andrew Filip (Minisink Valley) – 4th Place
215 D1: Ethan Gallo (Minisink Valley) – NYS Champion
215 D2: Matt Oosterom (Port Jervis) – 7th Place
285 D1: Stephan Monchery (Middletown) – 5th Place

Minisink Valley
2022 NYSPHSAA Tournament Team Champions

(photo art by Darren Ryder)

Warriors Dominate the Competition
Nobody in the wrestling community is surprised that Minisink Valley had a good showing at this weekend’s state tournament – but I don’t think many people predicted just how incredible the performance would be! The Warriors crowned three state champions and had a total of six wrestlers place in the top 4 in what wound up being a record-setting performance! Minisink won the team race by scoring a total of 155.5 points – the most points ever scored by a team in the history of the NYS tournament! The previos recors was 134 points et by Hilton in 2019. Congratulations to PJ Duke, Zack Ryder, and Ethan Gallo for taking the top step on the podium on Saturday night! Duke, still only a freshman, took home the title at 138 pounds. It is his 2nd NYS crown as he won the tournament at 99 pounds in 2020 as a 7th grader. Duke notched 3 technical fall victories before winning the state crown when his opponent was disqualified for excessive unsportsmanlike conduct violations. Ironically, in his finals match Duke defeated the same wrestler who his teammate Zack Ryder defeated in 2020 when he also won his first state title. Ryder won this year’s tournament at 160 pounds in dominating fashion. The Minisink Valley sophomore pinned his first three opponents before beating Section 5’s Nick Sanko by a score of 6-3 to earn his 2nd state title! At 215 pounds Warrior junior Ethan Gallo, who placed 6th at 182 in 2020, would win his first state title in workmanlike fashion. Gallo majored his first opponent then notched wins by scores of 5-2 and 1-0 before sealing the deal via a 6-0 decision in the finals! Minisink Valley senior Mikey Altomer made it all the way to the finals at 172 pounds before dropping a 4-1 decision to undefeated Section 2 wrestler Dylan Schell from Queensbury. At 152 pounds, Eric Tigue lost in the quarterfinals but wrestled all the way back and eventually took 3rd place by defeating the wrestler who defeated him earlier in the tournament, Tim Bova from Arlington. Andrew Filip came into the tournament as the 4th seed at 189 and he wrestled to his seed! The Minisink Valley junior lost in the semis to eventual champion and MOW Kole Mulhauser but bounced back and pinned his opponent in the consolation semis setting up his 4th place finish. The Warriors also had four other wrestlers qualify for the state tournament. Seventh grader Wyatt Boice went 0-2 at 110 and freshman Anthony Tresch went 1-2 at 126. The Warriors had two other wrestlers win matches in Albany as junior Zack McKernan picked up two wins at 132 and sophomore Luke Greiner notched a victory at 145. Of the 10 Minisink Valley wrestlers who qualified for the state tournament, 8 of them are underclassmen. Congratulations on an incredible season to Coach Gallagher, Coach Hendershot, Coach Potter, Coach Raccioppi, Coach Byrne, and the entire Minisink Valley wrestling community!

5 thoughts on “Minisink Valley Crowns 3 Champs and Sets Team Points Record; Section 9 Wins Tournament for 1st Time Since 1975”

  1. Hi Mike, I was the Nyack wrestling coach back in 1975 when the Rockland County schools were part of section 9 and Section 9 was best in NYS that year. Took over the Red Hook program following year and marveled at the dominance of Mark Fallers Port Jervis teams during the late 70s and early 80s. Minisink`s program is just on another level, outstanding, a showcase for our section and state. Congratulations to Coach Gallagher and staff and of course the terrific wrestlers.
    Mike, as always, thank you for your terrific coverage of this incredible sport. I have been down in the Carolinas the last 15 yrs. , but your coverage keeps me updated.

    1. Thank you very much for the kind words Coach! Definitely a great year for MV and all of Section 9!

    2. Coach Siedel;
      Lou Chartrand here, was glad to see your post. Just wanted to say hello. Red Hook is in good hands with Coach Fredricks. Hope all is well with you. I stopped coaching 3 years ago. Thoroughly enjoyed working with you back in the day. 🙂

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