NYSPHSAA Division 2 Wrestling Tournament Preview

Let’s take a look at the NYSPHSAA Division 2 Wrestling Championship tournament preview with a special spotlight on our Section 9 wrestlers! The winners from each weight class from the Section 9 Championships have earned the right to compete at the state championship tournament on Friday February 24th and Saturday February 25th at the MVP Arena in Albany. Click here for a link to the tournament home page which includes the tournament schedule and ticketing information!

Section 9 102 Pound Champion
Charlie Wylie (Port Jervis, freshman)
Season Record: 38-1
Wylie’s Record Against the Bracket: 1-0
Wylie’s Results Against the Bracket: Charlie defeated Clark 3-1 utb

PJ freshman Charlie Wylie is making her 2nd trip to the state tournament in Albany!

The 102 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Brendan O’Sullivan (Pearl River) 
Section 2 – D`Vante Ortiz (Tamarac)
Section 2 – Luke LeBlanc (Salem Cambridge)
Section 3 – Derek Walseman (Beaver River)
Section 3 – Jacob Hurd (Central Valley Academy)
Section 4 – Maverick Beckwith (Norwich)
Section 4 – Owen Clark (Lansing)
Section 4 – Logan Bellis (Tioga) 
Section 5 – Cael Stewart (Canisteo-Greenwood)
Section 5 – Wyatt Sartori (Dansville-Wayland)
Section 5 – Joe Scott (Letchworth)
Section 6 – Jakob Lucinski (Newfane)
Section 6 – Dylan Newman (Falconer)
Section 7 – Jackson LaBarge (Northern Adirondack)
Section 8 – John Mignanelli (Island Trees)
Section 8 – Kevin Cusker (Island Trees) 
Section 9 – Charlie Wylie (Port Jervis)
Section 10 – Paul Minckler (Gouverneur) 
Section 11 – Tommy Aiello (John Glenn)
Section 11 – Antonio Faldetta (Mount Sinai)
PSAL – Branden Munoz (Petrides) 
AIS – Krish Gandhi (Horace Mann School)

102 Pound Division 2 Preview
Always an exciting weight class to follow, this year’s 102-pound bracket will not disappoint! Aiello from Section 11 is undefeated and definitely one of the favorites however Section 9 champ Wylie is right there with him. Charlie only has one loss, and it was by medical forfeit to a wrestler she has defeated earlier in the season. Could NYS have our first ever female state champion in the boy’s division? Section 5 champ Stewart, Section 4 champ Beckwith and Section 3 champ Walseman will all definitely be in the hunt here too at D2 102! Bellis from S4 and Sartori from S5 are medal contenders here and Ortiz from S2 has not lost to a small school wrestler all season so we need to keep an eye on him!

110 Pound Section 9 Champion
Richard O’Lena (Port Jervis, junior)
Season Record: 21-13
O’Lena’s Record Against the Bracket: 0-2
O’Lena’s Results Against the Bracket: Richard was teched by Florance 17-1 and pinned by Mangano 1:48

Section 9 D2 110 Champ
Richard O’Lena

The 110 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – John Parisi (Nanuet)
Section 2 – Ashten Haley (Cobleskill Rich)
Section 2 – Angie Dill (Salem Cambridge)
Section 3 – Brock Frederick (S. Jefferson)
Section 3 – Cole Croniser (Adirondack)
Section 4 – Darren Florance (BGAH) 
Section 4 – Caleb Cole (Unatego-Unadilla Val)
Section 4 – Aidan Shufelt (Groton) 
Section 5 – Chris Noto (Honeoye Falls-Lima )
Section 5 – Gary McDowell Jr. (Bolivar Richburg)
Section 5 – Ryan Farley (Avon-Geneseo)
Section 6 – Kenji Walters (Southwestern)
Section 6 – Dominick Callara (Medina)
Section 7 – Caleb Starke (Peru) 
Section 8 – Zachary Samuel (Wheatley)
Section 8 – Joseph Manzano (Wheatley)
Section 9 – Rich O’Lena (Port Jervis) 
Section 10 – James Minckler (Gouverneur)
Section 11 – Gavin Mangano (Shoreham-Wading River)
Section 11 – Chase Davis (Port Jefferson)
PSAL – Rocky Molinare (Petrides) 
AIS – Jovanny Nazario (Horace Mann School)

110 Pound Division 2 Tournament Preview
With three absolute studs in this bracket, 110 D2 will be one of the best weight classes in the tournament to follow! Section 2 Darren Florance was the 2022 state champion at 102. He is undefeated on the season and currently ranked 15th in the nation by FloWrestling. Section 11 champ Gavin Mangano is 46-0 this season and he won the Eastern States Classic in January! Section 5 champion Chris Noto placed 3rd in NYS last year and took 5th at this year’s Eastern States Classic! Adding some outstanding depth to this bracket are Cole from S4, Frederick from S3, and McDowell from S5. This weight class is loaded!

118 Pound Section 9 Champion
Ewen Celestine (Red Hook, sophomore)
Season Record: 31-9
Celestine’s Record Against the Bracket: 0-1
Celestine’s Results Against the Bracket: Ewen was pinned by Colon

Red Hook’s Ewen Celestine

The 118 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Ethan Badillo (Nanuet)
Section 2 – Avi Berg (Glens Falls)
Section 2 – Justin Mullis (Hudson Falls)
Section 3 – Chase Nevills (Copenhagen) 
Section 3 – Gene Edwards (Central Valley Academy)
Section 4 – Joey Florance (BGAH)
Section 4 – Jayden Duncanson (Tioga)
Section 4 – Connor Mika (Chenango Valley) 
Section 5 – Cade Sands (Addison)
Section 5 – Jacob McVige (Honeoye Falls-Lima )
Section 5 – Austin Hall (Canisteo-Greenwood)
Section 6 – Carmine Calimeri (Southwestern)
Section 6 – Victor Cusatis (Wilson)
Section 7 – Ryan Devins (Saranac)
Section 8 – Jack Parise of Carle Place)
Section 8 – Jefry Trejo-Pachecho (Island Trees) 
Section 9 –  Ewen Celestine (Red Hook)
Section 10 – Tanner King (Malone)  
Section 11 – Chris Colon (Shoreham-Wading River)
Section 11 – Chris Boccard (John Glenn)
PSAL – Tyson Gillard (Eagle Academy) 
AIS – James Carlock (Collegiate School)

118 Pound Division 2 Tournament Preview
With six returning state place winners, the 118 D2 weight class will certainly provide some excitement for the fans in Albany. Section 3 champ Chase Nevills has had the best season of the six and could be considered the favorite, however Section 4 champ Joey Florance, who wasn’t a state placer last year, pushed Nevills this year only losing 3-1. Section 4 runner-up Duncanson has a win over Florance this season but did lose to him three times. Ryan Devins is as tough as anyone when he gets hot – he made it all the way to the finals of the Eastern States Classic this year! McVige, Edwards, and Calimeri are all 2022 state place winners and are definitely contenders here and we shouldn’t overlook Avi Berg from Section 2.

126 Pound Section 9 Champion
Rian Kirker (Red Hook, senior)
Season Record: 35-9
Kirker’s Record Against the Bracket: 1-0
Kirker’s Results Against the Bracket: Rian defeated McClernon by pin :56

Red Hook’s Rian Kirker

The 126 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Esuar Ordonez (Putnam Valley) 
Section 2 – Trevor Bishop (Tamarac)
Section 2 – Liam English (Cobleskill-Rich)
Section 3 – Kolton Kelley (Camden)
Section 3 – Colin Scherer (Marcellus)
Section 4 – Gianni Silvestri (Tioga) 
Section 4 – Trevor Cortright (Chenango Valley)
Section 4 – Deakon Bailey (Tioga) 
Section 5 – Waylan Winseman (Honeoye Falls-Lima)
Section 5 – Andrew Spaulding (Honeoye Falls-Lima)
Section 5 – Trey Buchholz (Bolivar Richburg)
Section 6 – Jordan Joslyn (Chautauqua Lake)
Section 6 – Blake Hageman (Lake Shore)
Section 7 – Ashton Seymour (Saranac)
Section 8 – Raymond McNulty Cold Spring Harbor)
Section 8 – Patrick McClernon (Seaford)
Section 9 –  Rian Kirker (Red Hook) 
Section 10 – Cyler Baer (Gouverneur) 
Section 11 – Anthony Mirando (John Glenn)
Section 11 – Derek Menechino (Mount Sinai)
PSAL – Kimoni Giles (Eagle Academy) 
AIS – Joseph Rafferty (Rye Country Day School)

126 Pound Division 2 Preview
Another tough weight in the Division 2 tournament but defending state champion Gianni Silvestri from Section 4 is definitely the favorite. He is sporting a 38-1 record this season with his only loss coming at the hands of a nationally ranked wrestler from Florida. The two wrestlers with the best chance of picking off Silvestri are fellow S4 wrestler Trevor Cortright and Section 6 champ Jordan Joslyn. Cortright has a few losses to Silvestri this year, but the most recent match was decided in sudden victory by a 4-2 margin. Joslyn has an outstanding 42-2 record and will definitely be in the title hunt however one of his losses was to Liam English from Section 2. English, who placed 7th in the state last season, is in this bracket however he wasn’t the Section 2 champion – Trevor Bishop earned that honor by beating English 5-4 utb in the S2 finals. This weight has a lot of depth too with Winseman, Bailey, Spaulding, and Mirando all having great seasons!

132 Pound Section 9 Champion
Thomas Shields (Onteora, junior)
Season Record: 35-10
Shields’s Record Against the Bracket: 0-1
Shields’s Results Against the Bracket: Thomas was pinned by Nicolella 4:43

Onteora’s Thomas Shields

The 132 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Luke LaMagna (Pleasantville)
Section 2 – Dylan Devine (Schalmont)
Section 2 – Scott Nicolella (Duanesburg)
Section 3 – Patrick Grimsey (Lowville)
Section 3 – Culley Bellino (Canastota)
Section 4 – Tyler Roe (Tioga) 
Section 4 – Landen Estus (Deposit-Hancock) 
Section 4 – Tim Boyce (Windsor) 
Section 5 – Jazz Spaulding (Honeoye Falls-Lima)
Section 5 – Gavin Bob (Canisteo-Greenwood)
Section 5 – Holden Kelly (Perry)
Section 6 – Aidan Gillings (Newfane)
Section 6 – Ayden Buttery (Newfane)
Section 7 – Alex Clancy (Saranac)
Section 8 – Evan Shriberg (Locust Valley)
Section 8 – Jack Godoy (Seaford)
Section 9 – Thomas Shields (Onteora)
Section 10 – Zoe Griffith (Gouverneur) 
Section 11 – Brayden Fahrbach (Mount Sinai)
Section 11 – Karahn King (John H Glenn)
PSAL – Tiki Graham (Eagle Academy) 
AIS – Leo Tansey (Collegiate School)

132 Pound Division 2 Preview
This is a great weight class with plenty of talent but the favorite to come out on top is Section 11 champion Brayden Fahrbach. He is undefeated this season and won the Eastern States Classic at this weight in January. Fahrbach’s biggest competition in Albany will likely come from Newfane teammates Aiden Gillings and Ayden Buttery. Gillings, who finished 4th in the state last season, defeated Buttery 5-4 in the Section 6 finals. Section 5 champion Jazz Spaulding, also a 2022 state place winner, is having a great year and will be in the mix here as will Section 3 champ and state placer Patrick Grimsey. Spaulding defeated Grimsey 2-1 in the 7th/8th medal match in Albany last year. S2 champ Devine placed 8th in NYS last season and he’s in the mix at 138 D2. Shriberg from S8 and Clancy from S7 will definitely contend for medals here and also keep an eye on Tyler Roe from S4 who has put together a very solid season!

138 Pound Section 9 Champion
Demetrius Massey (Red Hook, senior)
Season Record: 28-8
Massey’s Record Against the Bracket: 0-2
Massey’s Results Against the Bracket: Demetrius was pinned by Hardwick 3:00 and majored by Joseph 14-4

Red Hook’s Demetrius Massey

The 138 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Bobby Hardwick (Nanuet) 
Section 2 – Luke Yorke (Cobleskill Rich)
Section 2 – Daniel Stealey (Duanesburg-Sch)
Section 3 – Jack Lamson (Jordan-Elbridge-PB-US)
Section 3 – Cooper Reed (Central Valley Acad)
Section 4 – Caden Bellis (Tioga) 
Section 4 – Lucas Demott (Sidney) 
Section 4 – Wyatt Meade (Unatego-Unadilla Valley) 
Section 5 – Nick Noto (Honeoye Falls-Lima)
Section 5 – Benny Merrill (Alexander)
Section 5 – Cody Quick (Palmyra Macedon)
Section 6 – Xander Kirsch (Pioneer)
Section 6 – Martin Ohlsson (Chautauqua Lake)
Section 7 – Sawyer Bell (Beekmantown)
Section 8 – Joeseph Filocamo  (Island Trees)
Section 8 -Justin Dvorak (Locust Valley)
Section 9 – Demetrius Massey (Red Hook) 
Section 10 – Turner Sochia (Gouverneur)
Section 11 – Vincent Daidone (Bayport-Blue Point)
Section 11 – Thomas Palumbo (Shoreham-Wading River)
PSAL – Cameron Mayfield (Eagle Academy) 
AIS – Cole Joseph (Hackley School)

138 Pound Division 2 Preview
Good weight class with some depth but all signs point to a showdown between Section 4 champ Caden Bellis and Section 5 champ Nicholas Noto. Bellis was the 2022 state silver medalist at 132 and Noto placed 3rd at the same weight. Bellis defeated Noto 5-1 early this season. Cooper Reed from S3 placed in 2022 but he was the S3 runner-up to Jack Lamson who is making his first trip to Albany. Cameron Mayfield from PSAL is dangerous and could definitely medal high here and the same could be said for Section 6 champion Xander Kirsch. Private School entry Cole Joseph is very solid and might surprise some people here.

145 Pound Section 9 Champion
Justin Coiteux (New Paltz, junior)
Season Record: 29-6
Coiteux’s Record Against the Bracket: 0-2
Coiteux’s Results Against the Bracket: Justin was defeated by Cullen 6-4 and was defeated by Veirun 5-1.

2X S9 Champ
Justin Coiteux

The 145 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Aidan Veirun (Pearl River) 
Section 2 – Owen Hicks (FFJ)
Section 2 – Kieran Cullen (Greenville)
Section 3 – Tavian Camper (Copenhagen)
Section 3 – Ryley Monica (So Jeff-Sandy Cr)
Section 4 – Drew Macumber (Tioga)
Section 4 – Owen Emmick (Lansing)
Section 4 – Noah Sovocool (Walton-DV)
Section 5 – Caleb Sweet (South Seneca)
Section 5 – Colton Havens (Can-Greenwood)
Section 5 – Noah Leitten (Perry)
Section 6 – Austin Chase (Falconer)
Section 6 – Trent Burchanowski (Chautauqua Lake)
Section 7 – Jack Brown (Beekmantown)
Section 8 – Charles Dickman (Locust Valley)
Section 8 – Jesse Firestone (Locust Valley)
Section 9 – Justin Coiteux (New Paltz)
Section 10 – Hunter Mashaw (Gouverneur)
Section 11 – Kyle Barber (Bayport-Blue Point)
Section 11 – Kevin Vides (John H Glenn)
PSAL – Vakramogo Dosso (Eagle Academy) 
AIS – Liam Stiles (Collegiate School)

145 Pound Divion 2 Preview
This is one of the more wide-open weight classes in the tournament however the favorite is definitely Section 5 champion Caleb Sweet. A 2022 state finalist, Sweet is 39-1 this season with his only loss coming to a wrestler from out-of-state. His closest decision victory this year was at the Section 5 finals to Colten Havens who is definitely a contender here, as is Section 2 champ Owen Hicks who placed 6th at the Eastern States Classic. Section 11 champion Barber is one to watch here and Section 4 champ Macumber could go deep in the tournament. Section 9 champ Coiteux is tough as are S1 champ Veirun and S2 runner-up Cullen.

New Paltz senior
Cole Cuppett

152 Pound Section 9 Champion
Cole Cuppett (New Paltz, senior)
Season Record: 32-3
Cuppett’s Record Against the Bracket: 0-0
Cuppett’s Results Against the Bracket: NA

The 152 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Michael Malfitano (Pearl River)
Section 2 – Dante Corriveau (Warrensburg LG)
Section 2 – Kyber Henry (Cobleskill Rich)
Section 3 – Sixx Cook (Central Valley Academy)
Section 3 – Sean Seymore (Camden)
Section 4 – Anthony McMillen (Lansing) 
Section 4 – Connor Stotler (Waverly) 
Section 4 – Yanni Drapaniotis (Norwich) 
Section 5 – Beau Zeh (Canisteo-Greenwood)
Section 5 – Sebastian Temich (Lyndonville)
Section 5 – Gage Burgess (Palmyra Macedon)
Section 6 – John Watson (Chautauqua Lake)
Section 6 – Alex Schiffhauer (Iroquois)
Section 7 – Kaiden Breyette (Saranac)
Section 8 – Michael Coppeto (Island Trees)
Section 8 – Max Addiego (Seaford) 
Section 9 – Cole Cuppett (New Paltz) 
Section 10 – Vandavian Way (Gouverneur)
Section 11 – Joe Steimel (Shoreham-Wading River) 
Section 11 – Liam Rogers (Port Jefferson)
PSAL – Devone Bogie (Eagle Academy) 
AIS – Sean Tansey (Collegiate School)

152 Pound Division 2 Tournament Preview
2022 state placewinner Sean Tansey from the Independents could be the top dog here! Tansey is battle tested – 2-2 at Beast of the East, Mid-Hudson Finalist, Eastern States Classic place winner – and is ready for the state tournament. Tansey had a win over Section 10 champion Vandavian Way at the ESC but Way is a 2022 NYS 4th place finisher and is definitely a contender here. Section 3 champ Sixx Cook placed 3rd in the state last year and is having a great year with one of his two losses coming to Way. PSAL champ Bogie is having a great year and only lost by a 2-1 margin to Way so he’s in the mix here as will be Cuppett from 9 and Zeh from Section 5.

S9 160 Pound Champ
Christian Hockx

160 Pound Section 9 Champion
Christian Hockx (Saugerties, senior)
Season Record: 31-5
Hockx’s Record Against the Bracket: 0-0
Hockx’s Results Against the Bracket: NA

The 160 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Kevin O’Sullivan (Pearl River)
Section 2 – Luke Schirmacher (Mechanicville)
Section 2 – Joseph Martinez (Coxsackie-Athens)
Section 3 – Trent True (Holland Patent)
Section 3 – Raymond Hennessey (Adirondack)
Section 4 – Ousmane Duncanson (Tioga)
Section 4 – Mason McCombs (Windsor)
Section 4 – Braeden Hills (Waverly)
Section 5 – Luke Dendis (South Seneca)
Section 5 – Tayvn MacDonell (Bolivar Richburg)
Section 5 – Chris Shearing (Letchworth)
Section 6 – Jacob Stephenson (Wilson)
Section 6 – Brodie Little (Falconer)
Section 7 – Dominic LaPier (Ausable Valley)
Section 8 – Nick Moretta (Carle Place)
Section 8 – Aidan Lukas (Seaford
Section 9 – Christian Hockx (Saugerties)
Section 10 – Drew Gates (Gouverneur)  
Section 11 – Callum Jones (Center Moriches)
Section 11 – Anthony Bell (John Glenn)
PSAL – Nicholas D’Erasmo (RKA) 
AIS – Will Choi (Horace Mann School)

160 Pound Division 2 Tournament Preview
The clear favorite at this weight class is Section 4 champion Ousmane Duncanson. The Tioga junior was the 2022 NYS champion at 152 pounds, and he is a perfect 33-0 on the season. The two wrestlers most likely to test Duncanson are both from Section 5 – Luke Denis, a 2022 state place winner, and Tayvn MacDonell. Both wrestlers are having great seasons and have traded wins with each other in head-to-head matches. Although relatively untested, Section 2 champion Schirmacher is sporting a perfect 35-0 record, so we need to keep an eye on him as well as Shearing from S5 and McCombs from S4. McCombs was a state placer last season at 160. Hockx from Section 9 is dangerous and could contend for a medal here!

Chester’s Marcus Colon

172 Pound Section 9 Champion
Marcus Colon (Chester, senior)
Season Record: 26-2
Record Against the Bracket: 0-0
Results Against the Bracket: NA

The 172 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Michael McCarvill (Pearl River)
Section 2 – Jesse Mullis (Hudson Falls)
Section 2 – Jonathan Cranker (Fonda-FJ) 
Section 3 – Jordan Koenig (Holland Patent)
Section 3 – Sean Kelly (Lowville)
Section 4 – Mason Edwards (Norwich)
Section 4 – Isaac Allen (Groton)
Section 4 – Trevor Harrington (Sidney) 
Section 5 – Payton Grabowski (Lyndonville)
Section 5 – Alan Anthony (North Rose Wolcott)
Section 5 – Avery Bustamante (Wayne )
Section 6 – Tavio Hoose (Southwestern)
Section 6 – Brady Heckathorn (Pioneer)
Section 7 – Landen Smith (Saranac)
Section 8 –  Greyson Meak (Cold Spring Harbor)
Section 8 – Armando Espinal (Lawrence)
Section 9 –  Marcus Colon (Chester)
Section 10 – Cayden Carter (Malone) 
Section 11 – Anthony Pipia (Port Jefferson)
Section 11 – Preston Biedenkapp (Port Jefferson) 
PSAL -Noah Campbell (Inwood Academy)
AIS – Sam Korff (Horace Mann School)

172 Pound Division 2 Tournament Preview
With only one returning state medalists in this bracket, 172 D2 is one of the most wide-open weight classes in Albany this year. Section 3 Jordan Koenig placed 3rd in the state last season and is sporting a 41-1 record with his only loss coming at 189 to a 2022 state finalist so he is the favorite here. Section 6 champion Tavio Hoose also has only a single loss on the season and that loss was to a wrestler from PA. Section 8 champion Meek from Cold Spring Harbor will definitely contend here and Section 4 has three entries that all have the potential to go make a run at the podium – Edwards, Allen, and Harrington! Section 7 champion Landon Smith has put together a nice season with some quality wins and a top-8 showing at the ESC. Section 9 champ Colon is a good finisher and could surprise some folks here!

189 Pound Section 9 Champion
Maddox McCormick (Port Jervis, sophomore)
Season Record: 13-1
McCormick’s Record Against the Bracket: 0-0
McCormick’s Results Against the Bracket: NA

PJ sophomore
Maddox McCormick

The 189 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Kyle Peske (Henry Hudson) 
Section 2 – Troy Austin (Whitehall)
Section 2 – Brent Perry (Granville Ft. Ann) 
Section 3 – Andrew Bailey (Chittenango)
Section 3 – Jared Bilinski (Dolgeville)
Section 4 – Mateo Goodhue (Oneonta) 
Section 4 – Matthias Welles (Waverly) 
Section 4 – Hunter Page (Oxford-Greene)  
Section 5 – Malachi Smith (Byron Bergen)
Section 5 – Shane Davidson (Wellsville)
Section 5 – Dakota Stewart (South Seneca )
Section 6 – Matt Trim (Maple Grove)
Section 6 – Mason Maring (Chautauqua Lake)
Section 7 – Trent Snide-Haselton (Northern Adirondack)
Section 8 – Kristos Vlahopoulos (North Shore)
Section 8 –  Matt Martorana (Seaford Sr High) )
Section 9 –  Maddox McCormick (Port Jervis)
Section 10 – Cooper Funk (Malone) 
Section 11 – Willy Rodriguez (Port Jefferson)
Section 11 – Carmine Gerbino (John Glenn)
PSAL – Tabetar Agborenow (RKA) 
AIS – Ivan Dolphan (Horace Mann School)

189 Pound Division 2 Preview
If 172 is wide open with only one returning state place winner, 189 pounds, with not a single medalist in the field, is definitely up for grabs! Section 2 champion and Eastern States Classic finalist Troy Austin is clearly one of the favorites here. He has a 39-1 record with his lone loss coming to Elijah Diakomihalis at the ESC finals. Section 3 champion Andrew Bailey is undefeated this year and so is Section 5 champ Malachi Smith so they are clearly contenders as is Section 3 runner-up Jared Bilinski who narrowly lost to Bailey in the S3 finals 2-1 utb! Davidson from S5 and Perry from S2 are worth watching here and keep an eye on S9 McCormick from Section 9 who has been very impressive in limited action.

The 215 Pound Section 9 Champion
Matt Oosterom (Port Jervis, junior)
Season Record: 39-4
Oosterom’s Record Against the Bracket: 0-3
Oosterom’s Results Against the Bracket: Matt was defeated by Bidwell 9-1, pinned by Jones 1:21, and defeated by Day 12-2.

2022 State Placewinner
Matt Oosterom

The 215 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Nick Espinal (Pearl River)
Section 2 – Evan Day (Salem Cambridge)
Section 2 – Gavin Williams (Glens Falls) 
Section 3 – Sam Sorenson (Homer)
Section 3 – Dominick Roes (Beaver River)
Section 4 – Garrett Bidwell (Windsor) 
Section 4 – Jayden Zakala (Oneonta)
Section 4 – Donovan Mitchell (Groton) 
Section 5 – Caden Allen (Bolivar Richburg)
Section 5 – Hunter Worden (Waterloo)
Section 5 – Jared Haers (Palmyra Macedon)
Section 6 – Trevor Barry (Iroquois)
Section 6 – Ison Shirley (Chautauqua Lake)
Section 7 – Trey McGee (Northern Adirondack)
Section 8 – Karl Leudesdorff (Seaford)
Section 8 – Issac Bratter (North Shore)
Section 9 – Matt Oosterom (Port Jervis)
Section 10 – Edin Cecunjanin (Malone) 
Section 11 – Elijah Porpora (John Glenn) 
Section 11 – John Bracken (Mount Sinai) 
PSAL – Juan Vasquez (Petrides)
AIS – Liam Abraham (Hackley School)

215 Pound Division 2 Tournament Preview
Several quality wrestlers here but the huge favorite at 215 D2 is Sam Sorenson from Section 3. Sorenson was the 2021 Journeyman NYS champion, the 2022 NYS champion, the 2023 Eastern States Classic champion and is currently ranked #11 in the nation by FloWrestling. Section 2 champion Evan Day placed 3rd in 2022 up at 285 so he’ll be in contention for a high medal as is Section 4 champion Garrett Bidwell who is very tough! Matt Oosterom from Section 9 placed 7th in the state in 2022 so he’s one to watch! A few others to keep an eye on here are Barry from Section 6, Allen from Section 5, and Porpora from Section 11.

The 285 Pound Section 9 Champion
Luke Daniels (Red Hook, senior)
Season Record: 36-7
Luke’s Record Against the Bracket: 0-1
Luke’s Results Against the Bracket: Luke was pinned by Hitchcock :50

Red Hook’s Luke Daniels

The 285 Pound Division 2 Bracket
Section 1 – Mason Dietz (Henry Hudson) 
Section 2 – Tristen Hitchcock (Warrensburg LG)
Section 2 – Tyler Lloyd (Duanesburg-Schoharie)
Section 3 – Colin White (Adirondack)
Section 3 – Landon Andrade (Sherburne Earlville) 
Section 4 – Kam Hills (Waverly) 
Section 4 – Logan Jamison (Marathon)  
Section 4 – Troy Beeman (Waverly) 
Section 5 – Trent Sibble (Bolivar Richburg)
Section 5 – Noah Wazinski (North Rose Wolcott)
Section 5 – Luke Herendeen (Palmyra Macedon)
Section 6 – Ryan Carpenter (Randolph)
Section 6 – Hamza Merrick (Wilson)
Section 7 – Conner Bushey (Beekmantown)
Section 8 – Charles Kelly (Locust Valley)
Section 8 –  Andrew Fabiilli (North Shore)
Section 9 –  Luke Daniels (Red Hook)
Section 10 – Archie Green (Ogdensburg) 
Section 11 – Junior Beltran (Port Jefferson)
Section 11 – Melkin Chavez (John Glenn)
PSAL – Christian Solano (Eagle Academy) 
AIS – Will Rao (Hackley School)

285 Pound Division 2 Tournament Preview
Normally a returning state champion would go into this tournament as an odd-on favorite – but not this year. Section 2 champion Tristen Hitchcock was the 2022 state champ at 285 and at 43-0 he’s certainly one of the favorites; however, Section 5 champion Trent Sibble may have something to say about this! Sibble was a state finalist at 215 last season and is 47-1 this year. His only loss of the season came down at 215 at the Eastern States Classic to D1 state champion Ethan Gallo. Earlier this season bumped up to 285 and notched an impressive win over Stephan Monchery from Middletown. Monchery won the ESC at 285 this season! This bracket will have some great depth too – Wazinski from S5, Bushey from S7, and Solano from PSAL are all returning state medalists. 285 D2 will be a great weight class to follow!

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