Mia Mac and Grace Pauls Earn Fargo AA in Junior Division!!!

Heath Macaluso, Grace Pauls, Sofia Mac, Mia Mac, Matt Nicholas

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!

Mia Macaluso – 4th Place @ 127 (6-2)
Rd 64: Macaluso tech 10-0 Gray (KS)
Rd 32: Macaluso tech 11-1 Carrasquillo (VA)
Rd 16: Macaluso pin 1:39 Holman (AK)
Quarters: Harper (TX) dec 6-6 criteria Macaluso
Consi 8 #2: Macaluso dec 12-7 Archuleta (TX)
Consi 4: Macaluso pin 2:16 Schlabach (OH)
Consi Semis: Macaluso tech 10-0 Tuttle (MN)
3rd/4th: Beauchamp (HI) pin :15 Macaluso

Grace Pauls – 6th Place @ 132 (5-3)
Rd 64: bye
Rd 32: Pauls wbf 1:00 Schafer (ND)
Rd 16: Bibeau (PA) wbf 1:55 Pauls
Consi 16 #2: Pauls pin 2:40 Souza (WA)
Consi 8 #1: Pauls pin 2:06 Amaro (OR)
Consi 8 #2: Pauls pin 1:48 Carlson (HI)
Consi 4: Pauls pin 2:40 Justice (MO)
Consi Semis: Schwab (IL) pin 2:37 Pauls
5th/6th: Bibeau (PA) pin 1:13 Pauls

Sofia Mac Wins 16U National Title in Fargo at 122 Pounds!!!

Sofia Macaluso
USA Wrestling National Champion at 122 Pounds

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!!!

Rd 64 – Macaluso bye
Rd 32 – Macaluso tech 10-0 Adeduntun (MN)
Rd 16 – Macaluso tech 12-2 Paulino (HI)
Quarters – Macaluso wbf 1:02 Mateo (CT)
Semis – Macaluso wbf 1:44 Condit (CO)
Finals – Macaluso tech 10-0 Escamilla (CA)

Mia Mac Earns Gold Medal and MOW at Pan-Am Cadets

Mia Mac…Pan-Am Gold Medalist and MOW!

Congratulations to Minisink Valley’s Mia Macaluso for taking home the gold medal and being recognized at the tournament’s MOW at this weekend’s Cadet Freestyle Pan-American Championships in Morelia, Mexico. Mia Mac absolutely dominated the competition at 61 kilograms notching four pins and one tech fall on her way to the top step of the podium. Mia, who recently took home the bronze at the Junior Freestyle Pan-Ams in Guatemala, is now ranked 3rd in the nation at 132 pounds.

Great job Mia Mac….Keep it rolling!!!! Let’s take a look at her match-by-match results!

Pool Matches
Mia Macaluso (USA) wbf 2:56 Makitha Bristol (Canada)
Mia Macaluso (USA) tf 12-2 Jezabel Ortega Munoz (Mexico)
Mia Macaluso (USA) wbf 1:10 Yajahira Ibarra Cedeno (Panama)

Semis
Mia Macaluso (USA) wbf :36 Bianca Marisol Cruz Zapata (Peru)

Finals
Mia Macaluso (USA) wbf 1:54 Makitha Bristol (Canada)

Section 9 Well Represented in NYWN Rankings

NewYorkWrestlingNews.com recently posted a list of the top-10 wrestlers in each weight class excluding the graduating seniors. The rankings were done based on the wrestler’s performance during this past season. Each wrestler was ranked at the weight class that he finished the 2018-2019 season. It goes without saying that vast majority of these wrestler will be competing at heavier weight classes during the upcoming season. Let’s see who from Section 9 made the list….

Division 1
99: #8 Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville)
106: #2 Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley)
120: #6 Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley)
132: #6 Matt Romano (Valley Central)
138: #10 Sean Savacool (Minisink Valley)
145: #2 Tommy Askey (Pine Bush)
152: #2 Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury)
160: #8 Ethan Gallo (Minisink Valley)
220: #2 Maxx DeCapua (NFA)
220: #10 Armel Duke (Middletown)
285: #3 Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley)

Division 2
113: #5 Matt Morris (Red Hook)
126: #5 Eric Tigue (Port Jervis)
138: #1 Nick Ross (Onteora)
152: #3 Nate Ross (Onteora)
160: #10 Bryce Horner (Port Jervis)
220: #3 James Oosterom (Port Jervis)
285: #7 Devin McGovern (Chester)
285: #9 Jacob Southard (Port Jervis)

Leonard, Albornoz Receive Scholar Athlete Awards

Will Leonard and Nicolas Albornoz

Congratulations to Cornwall’s Will Leonard and Minisink Valley’s Nicolas Albornoz for being selected as OCIAA Scholar Athletes for their respective schools. Every year, the OCIAA selects one male and one female senior from each school and recognizes them as scholar athletes. These student athletes were honored at a breakfast sponsored by Varsity 845 on Tuesday morning.

Leonard capped of an incredible senior year at Cornwall by going undefeated and winning the 220 pound state title in Albany back in February. His undefeated streak technically started in the fall because Leonard was also part of the undefeated state championship football team for Cornwall! Will carries a 96.13 GPA which ranked 41st in his senior class. Leonard will attend the University of Buffalo this fall where he will major in Mechanical Engineering and wrestle for their Division 1 program. Will was also selected as the 2019 Varsity 845 Scholar-Athlete of the Year!

Albornoz was a captain and starting 145 pound wrestler for Minisink Valley, the 3rd ranked large school in NYS. He was a Section 9 finalist the past two seasons and received an at-large birth to wrestle in this year’s NYSPHSAA Championships in Albany. His season record was 37-8. In the classroom, Albornoz boasts a 98.6 GPA which ranks him 20th in the senior class at Minisink. He will be attending RIT in the fall and will major in Engineering!

Congratulations to both young men!

Highland Grad Justin Signorelli Named Head Wrestling Coach at Alfred State

2009 Highland Grad Justin Signorelli

Congratulations to Section 9 alum Justin Signorelli for being named the Head Wrestling Coach at DIII Alfred State! Signorelli is 2009 graduate of Highland where he was a 3X Section 9 champion. He was also a captain of the football team and played lacrosse during his prep years. Signorelli was a four year wrestler for SUNY Cortland and was part of the 2013 Dragon team that finished 4th at the NWCA National Duals.

After graduating with a BA in Communications from Cortland, Signorelli served as Highland’s assistant wrestling coach for 3 years before taking the reigns at SUNY Ulster where he spent 2 years resurrecting a program that had been dormant since 1979. This past season he served as a graduate assistant for the Western New England University wrestling team where he helped coach the 184 pound DIII National Champion John Boyle! Congratulations Justin…Section 9 is proud to call you one of our own!!!

Alfred State Press Release

Mia Mac at the Pan Am Championships

Mia Mac at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

Follow along as we keep you up-to-date on Minisink Valley junior Mia Macaluso’s performance at the 2019 Junior Pan American Championships which are being held in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Mia Mac is competing at 59kg. Although only 16 years old and still technically a Cadet, Macaluso tested up and won a spot on the US Women’s Junior National team – she is the only Cadet eligible wrestler on the team. Let’s take a look at her draw! Round-by-round results will be updated throughout the tournament which begins on Thursday at 1:00 EST! Good luck Mia Mac!

Round 1: Macaluso wbf :56 Gonzalez (Guatemala)
Round 2: Parker (Canada) tf 12-2 Macaluso
Round 3: Cuero (Columbia) wbf 2:54 Macaluso
Round 4: bye
Round 5: Macaluso wbf Flores (Panama)

Congratulations to Mia Macaluso for taking home the Bronze and to Team USA for winning the team title! Great job ladies!!!

Vision Wrestling Plus a Few Other Locals Heading to Lake Placid for Pop & Flo National Duals

Let’s take a look at the all Section 9 team that Vision Wrestling is sending to Lake Placid this weekend for the 2019 Pop & Flo National Duals! Plus we can’t forget about Nick and Pat Ross from Onteora who are wrestling for Journeymen Black as well as Goshen native Frank Fea who is on Dark Knights! Round-by-round results will be posted here as well as on the S9Wrestling Facebook Page! Good luck boys!!!

Team Vision Wrestling
106 – Alex Greco (Warwick) – S9 5th
113 – Drew Marchese (Washingtonville) – S9 Champion
120/125 – Justin Morales (Middletown) – 2X NYS Qualifier
120/125 – Joey Curreri (Eldred) – S9 2nd & 3rd
130 – Drew Greco (Warwick) – S9 4th & 5th
135 – Joey Amato (Port Jervis)- S9 Finalist
140 – Eric Tigue (Port Jervis) – 2X S9 Champion
145 – Josh Sam (Middletown) – S9 Finalist
152 – Nick Curreri (Eldred) – S9 Champion
160 – Nate Ross (Onteora) – 3X S9 Champ; 5th NYS
160/170 – Evan Gibbons (Warwick) – S9 4th
170 – Nick Florin (Pine Bush) – S9 Finalist
182 – Steve Felice (Monroe Woodbury) – S9 3rd
195 – Elijah Babb (Middletown) – S9 3rd
220/285 – Armel Duke (Middletown) – 7th Eastern States Classic
220/285 – James Oosterom (Port Jervis) – 5th NYS

Dual Meet Results
Championship Rd 32 – Cobra Wrestling 49 Vision 16
Team Vision drew a tough first round opponent in Cobra Wrestling Academy from Western NY. Notching wins for Vision were Drew Marchese, Pat Ross and James Oosterom. Marchese picked up a solid 9-0 major decision while Ross and Oosterom recorded pins!

*Because they lost their opening round dual, Team Vision drops to the “B” Pool.

B Pool Rd 16 – Vision 71 Razor Red 0
Our local boys absolutely dominated Razor Red in their first B pool bracket dual. Razor forfeited 5 weight classes and Vision picked up pins from Drew Marchese, Joey Curreri, Eric Tigue, Nate Ross, and James Oosterom. Also notching wins for Vision were Alex Greco, Joey Amato, Josh Sam, Nick Florin and Steve Felice.

B Pool Rd 8 – Vision 52 Elite Wrestling White 18
Team Vision picks up another win in the B pool with an impressive 52-18 win over Elite Wrestling White from NJ. Notching wins for our local contingent were Marchese, J. Curreri, Tigue, Sam, N. Curreri, Ross, Florin, Felice, Babb, Duke, and Oosterom!

B Pool Semis – Vision 52 Superior Black 15
Vision won 11 of the 15 matches and advances to the B Pool final after taking out Superior Black 52-15. Team Vision picked up 5 forfeits and received wins from Marchese, J. Curreri, Tigue, N. Curreri, Ross, and Felice.

B Pool Finals – Vision vs White Buffalo WC
Vision Wrestling Barn wrapped up a great weekend by defeating White Buffalo WC 40-31 and winning the B Pool title! Vision finished 4-1 on the weekend! Notching wins for Vision against White Buffalo were Marchese, Amato, Tigue, Ross, Babb, Duke, and Oosterom.

The following wrestlers went undefeated for Vision Wrestling Barn:
113 – Drew Marchese (Washingtonville) 5-0
160 – Nate Ross (Onteora) 5-0
285 – James Oosterom (Port Jervis) 5-0

Other Section 9 Individual Results
Nick Ross (Onteora/Journeymen Black) – 145
Ross wbf 1:31 Zack Slayton (BWC)
Noah Castillo (FL) maj Ross – Castillo is ranked #12 in the nation
Ross dec 4-0 Dennis Robin (Empire Black)- Robin was 4th NYS
Ross maj 13-0 Gabe Jones (Elite Wrestling)
Ross maj 14-0 Nick Stanpoulos (Apex)

Patrick Ross (Onteora/Journeymen Black) – 152
Ross wbf :33 Holden Harrington (BWC)
Ross dec 3-0 James Lunt (Empire Black)
Ross dec 3-2 James Romaine (Elite Wrestling)

Frank Fea (Goshen/Dark Knights WC)
Fea wbf :49 John McElroy (Razor Red)
Fea maj 10-2 Aiden Poe (Cobra Wrestling)
Fea maj 17-4 Collins Colvetti (Apex)
Hunter Shaut (Superior) wbf Fea – Shaut is a 2X NYS Champ
Brian Soldano (Iron Horse) dec 5-2 Fea