Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from the best!!! This Sunday, September 15th, 2X NCAA Champion and 2018 World Champion David Taylor will be conducting a clinic at Empire Wrestling Academy in Somers, NY! Let’s pack the place Section 9!!!
You knew it was just a matter of time!!! Congratulations to Minisink Valley 8th grader Zack Ryder for being recognized by FloWrestling as the 3rd ranked Junior High wrestler in the nation!
After having an absolutely stellar youth wrestling career, Ryder’s varsity career began with a bang! Ryder was the starting 106 pounder for the Warriors and he left no doubt that his youth accolades were not a fluke. Ryder went 45-4 as a 7th grader and finished 2nd in NYS after losing 4-3 to Stevo Poulin in the 106 pound state finals. Poulin was the #1 ranked 106 pound wrestler in the nation last season. Actually, 3 of Zack’s 4 losses were to Poulin – his other loss was at the Eastern States Classic to 2017 state finalist Chase Liardi. Ryder would avenge the loss to Liardi in the NYS semifinals.
Congratulations Zack! Section 9 is proud to call you our own!!!
Congratulations to head coach Anthony Ng and the entire SUNY Sullivan wrestling program for recruiting the program’s first ever international wrestler, Anas Samir! Samir has enrolled for the Fall semester at SUNY Sullivan and projects at 157/165 for the Generals. Anas is a 2019 National Champion for Morocco. He currently lives in Roubaix, France and trains at LC Tourcoing with many for the best wrestlers in France! Best of luck Anas …Welcome to the Section 9 wrestling community!
Registration is now open for one of the nation’s premier preseason events – The Journeymen Fall Classic!
This is where the wrestling hammer originated! The event that everyone wants to see! The best of the best from across the country squaring off in a preseason modified round-robin format. Last year, our sixth year, was outstanding. We had 500 competitors from 40 different states, 45 of whom were nationally ranked. We anticipate an even more competitive environment in 2019!
Several of our local wrestlers took advantage of a great opportunity to sharpen their skills at the NUWAY Summer Nationals in Atlantic City, NJ. Let’s take a look at how they made out at this very tough event which includes an individual folkstyle tournament, and individual freestyle tournament, and a dual meet tournament! If I missed anyone, please email me at email@example.com.
Folkstyle Individual Tournament
High School Division 155 – Louis Paulino (Monroe Woodbury) – dnp 0-2 Rd 32: Mendheim (NJ)) wbf 3:53 Paulino Consi 16 #2: Matthews (CT) wbf Paulino :46 167 – Marcus Brown (Monroe Woodbury) – 5th place 5-2 Rd 32: Brown wbf 4:01 Onigbanjo (MD) Rd 16: Brown wbf :54 Galex (MA) Quarters: Campo (NY) wbf :49 Brown Consi 8 #2: Brown dec 7-0 Sotir (NY) Consi 4: Brown dec 8-4 Swinson (VA) Consi Semis: Roberts (OH) wbf 4:21 Brown 5th/6th: Brown fft over Paglia (NJ) 187 – Steve Felice (Monroe Woodbury) 8th place 2-3 Rd 16: Hall (VA) dec 5-1 Felice Consi 8 #1: Felice wbf 2:53 Hohman (VA) Consi 8 #2: Felice wbf :53 Tipton (NJ) Consi 4: Chicka dec 5-3 Felice 7th/8th: Petite (NJ) wbf 2:03 Felice
15U Division 100 – Jordan Brown (Monroe Woodbury) 5th place 2-2 Quarters: Brown dec 2-1 Tietjen (NJ) Semis: McCaw (MD) dec 3-0 Brown Consi Semis: Brady (IN) dec 5-0 Brown 5th/6th: Brown wbf 1:24 Bunton (IN) 110 – Jackson Merli (Newburgh Free Academy) dnp 0-2 Rd 32: Florance (NY) dec 4-2 Merli Consi 16 #2: Ratcliffe (NJ) wbf 2:38 Merli 120 – Jaden Hansen (Newburgh Free Academy) dnp 1-2 Rd 32: Hansen dec 5-4 Reinert (PA) Rd 16: Kunstek (PA) wbf :35 Hansen Consi 16 #2: Sgambellone (NJ) dec 7-5 Hansen HWT – Stephan Monchery (Middletown) Champion 4-0 Rd 1: Monchery wbf :38 Stewart (WA) Rd 2: Monchery wbf :32 Clark (WA) Rd 3: Monchery wbf 2:01 Groncki (NY) Rd 4: Monchery wbf :19 Bennett (MD)
Freestyle Individual Tournament
High School Division 167 – Marcus Brown (Monroe Woodbury) 2nd Place 2-1 Rd 1: Braun (NJ) tech 10-0 Brown Rd 2: Brown fft over Bonomo (PA) Rd 3: Brown fft over Figueroa (NJ)
High School Girls Division 138 – Grace Pauls (Minisink Valley) 2nd Place 2-1 Quarters: Pauls wbf :50 Schoultz (PA) Semis: Pauls wbf :58 Pegarella (PA) Finals: Benjamin (MD) tech 10-0 Pauls
15U Division Jordan Brown (Monroe Woodbury) 2nd Place 2-1 Rd 1: Brown tech 12-2 Montgomery (MD) Rd 2: Daily (PA) tech 10-0 Brown Rd 3: Brown tech 13-2 Jackson (IN)
Congratulations to rising Minisink Valley seniors Mia Macaluso and Grace Pauls for taking home All-American honors at the USA Wrestling National Championships in Fargo, ND! Mia Mac navigated her way through a brutal 63-girl bracket at 127 pounds and finished in 4th place! Pauls took 6th place in an absolute meat-grinder of a bracket at 132 which had 50 girls entered!
This caps off an incredible trip to Fargo for the Minisink Valley/Venom Girls Wrestling programs as Sofia Macaluso won the 122 lb title in the 16U Division just a few days earlier! Special congrats to Team NY Coach and Venom Girls founder Heath Macaluso and his assistant coach Matt Nicholas….great job coaches!!! Let’s take a look at the match-by-match results for Mia and Grace!
Congratulations to Minisink Valley rising sophomore Sofia Macaluso for winning the 122 pound national championship in Fargo for the 16U Division! Earlier this year, Macaluso, who trains freestyle with Venom Girls Wrestling in Otisville, became the first ever girl to place at the Section 9 Tournament when she finished 3rd at 120 pounds.
Sofia navigated her way through a tough 37 girl bracket on her way to the top step of the podium. As the #1 seed, she began by advancing to the R32 with a bye and then reeled off two techs, two pins and then an impressive 10-0 tech at 1:04 in the finals to take home the gold. Let’s take a look at her match-by-match results! Congratulations and great job Sofia!!!