Superstar Spotlight

The 2018 NYSPHSAA Championship tournament is only one day away!!!  On Friday and Saturday, the Times Union Center will become a hive of wrestling activity with action taking place simultaneously on 8 mats for the majority of the tournament. Many fans are familiar with their local wrestlers but may not be aware of some of the incredible talent that exists throughout the rest of the state. Let’s take a look at some of the marquee names that will electrifying the arena this coming weekend in Albany!

Jacori Teemer (152 D1, Senior) – Section 8, Long Beach 
Teemer is looking to join Troy Nickerson as the only 5X NYS champion in the history of our state. The Arizona State commit is 28-0 on the season and 215-5 for his career. Teemer is currently ranked #2 in the nation at 152 by both FloWrestling and InterMat and Flo ranks him as the #3 best P4P wrestler in the entire nation!  Jacori is also an accomplished freestyle wrestler and took home a bronze medal for the US in the 2017 Cadet World Freestyle Tournament in Athens, Greece at 63 kilograms.

Frankie Gissendanner (145 D1, Senior) – Section 5, Penfield 
The Penfield senior has already notched 3 state titles and he’s looking to join a select few in becoming a 4X NYS champion.  Gissendanner is 37-0 on the season and 266-11 for his career.  Frankie has won titles at both the Eastern States Classic and the Powerade tournaments this season.  Gissendanner, who has not made his college decision yet, is ranked #3 in the nation by InterMat and #5 by FloWrestling!

Adam Busiello (126 D1, Junior) – Section 11, Eastport S. Manor
Like Gissendanner, Busiello is looking to become a 4X NYS champion.  He is still only a junior and his career record is an incredible 226-8! Busiello is a perfect 40-0 on the season including a title at the 2018 Eastern States Classic.  The Penn State commit is ranked #2 in the nation at 126 by FloWrestling, #3 by InterMat, and is a 3X Super 32 champion!

Greg Diakomihalis (113 D1, Sophomore) – Section 5, Hilton
Yianni who??? The younger brother of the Cornell superstar is carving out his own piece of history in New York State wrestling.  He is only a sophomore and has already won state titles as an 8th grader and a freshman.  Greg is 40-0 on the season and has laser focus on picking up state title #3 this weekend.  Diahomihalis is ranked #7 nationally by InterMat and FloWrestling has him as the #11 113 pounder in the country!

Orion Anderson (126 D2, Senior) – Section 2, Schuylerville
One of the more impressive wrestlers you will see this weekend in Orion Anderson from Section 2.  He is a 2X NYS champion, a 3X NYS finalist and a 3X finalist at the Eastern States Classic.  His three career losses in the ESC finals have been to Beau Bartlett, Jacob Camacho, and Adam Busiello – all three wrestlers are currently ranked in the top 5 in the nation! Anderson has a 138-7 career record and is 33-1 for 2017-2018. He is a heavy favorite to take home state title #3 this weekend!

Tyler Barnes (170 D1, Senior) – Section 2, Ballston Spa
Barnes is the defending state champion at 170 pounds and is currently ranked 11th in the nation by InterMat and 15th by FloWrestling. He will be taking his talents to NC State in the fall to wrestle for head coach Pat Popolizio, also a Section 2 alum. Tyler is 41-0 on the season, 163-16 for his career and won the ESC this past January. However if he wants to take home state title #2, Barnes will probably lock horns in the finals with another nationally ranked wrestler – Grant Cuomo from Section One.

Grant Cuomo (170 D1, Senior) – Section 1, Brewster
Cuomo was a state finalist last year at 160 pounds losing in the finals to Section 9’s 2X state champ Ryan Ferro from Warwick.  He had an incredible off season and has gathered the attention of the national wrestling websites.  FloWrestling has him ranked 9th in the country and InterMat has him at #12.  Cuomo, who will be attending Princeton in the spring, has only one wrestled loss this season and that was to Julian Ramirez of Blair Academy.

Dylan Ryder (113 D1, Senior) – Section 11, HHH West
The Hofstra recruit was the state champion at 106 pounds last season and is currently ranked #16 in the nation by Flo. He was picked off in the S11 finals by Sean Carter so needed a wildcard to punch his ticket to Albany but he’s anxious for a rematch with Carter and a chance to take on Diakomihalis for the 113 D1 crown!

Trent Svingala (120 D2, Junior) – Section 2, Maple Hill
Svingala was the 106 pound D2 state champ last season and he’s a heavy favorite to take home title #2 this weekend! Only a junior, Trent has already given a verbal commitment to wrestle for Rob Koll at Cornell starting in the Fall of 2019. He is 35-0 on the season, 200-16 for his career and is currently riding a 77-match winning streak.

Jake Silverstein (160 D1, Senior) – Section 11, Hauppauge 
Silverstein is a 2X NYS finalist and he was the 2018 Eastern States Classic champion.  He is 29-2 on the season and suffered both of his losses at the Walsh Ironman where he finished 8th. The Section 11 senior will be heading to Nebraska in the fall to wrestle for Mark Manning. Silverstein is ranked 18th in the nation at 160 by FloWrestling.

Hunter Shaut (145 D2, Junior) – Section 3, Central Valley 
The Section 3 junior was the 138 pound D2 state champion last season.  He is having another impressive season sporting a 51-2 record with both losses coming at the Eastern States Classic where he came in 7th place. Shaut has been wrestling varsity since the 7th grade and has a 189-46 career record!

Justin Vines (132 D1, Senior) – Section 8, Wantagh
Vines was the 126 pound NYS D1 champ last year and he’s having a great 2017-2018 campaign. He is 50-1 and his only loss came in the finals of the Eastern States Classic to Jack Davis from Wyoming Seminary. Vines finished 7th at the NHSCA Junior Nationals in Virginia Beach last year. He has recently committed to wrestles at LIU Post in the Fall!

Jonathan Loew (195 D1, Senior) – Section 8 Wantagh
Loew finished 3rd in NYS last season but then absolutely exploded in the off-season. He is now wrestling at 195 pounds with the athleticism of a middle weight. He dominated the competition at the Journeymen Fall Classic and kept the momentum going all season. His only loss was in the ESC finals to Austin Cooley from Wyoming Seminary, the 10th ranked wrestler in the nation according to Flo. Loew has committed to wrestle for Cornell in the Fall and he is currently ranked 18th in the nation by InterMat.

Anthony Noto (106 D2, Soph.) – Section 5, Honeoye Falls-Lima
Noto was the 99 pound D2 NYS champion as a freshman last season. In the finals he defeated S11’s Jordan Titus by pinfall in sudden victory. Titus defeated Noto at the Eastern States Classic this year and both wrestlers are entered at 106 pounds this weekend!  Will we see Noto vs Titus – Round 3 on Saturday night???

Top 5 Round 1 Matches To Watch In Albany

This weekend will be loaded with incredible matches – especially as we get into the later rounds! That said there are always some very intriguing opening round matches that are worth checking out.  Let’s take a look at some of the preliminary round matches that could prove to be very interesting!

99 D2: (1)Mason Bush (S3) vs Caleb Svingala (S2)
This match will only happen if Svingala wins his outbracket match but the 40-0 sophomore is the heavy favorite to advance and take on freshman Bush in this potential barn burner in the R16!  Bush finished 5th in NYS at this weight last season and is the #1 seed this year. Let’s see if the undefeated Svingala can keep his streak alive and pick off the top dog early!

106 D1: (7) Jayden Scott (S5) vs Kole Mulhauser (S3)
Both of these talented 8th graders are making their first trip to the state tournament and they could provide the crowd with some great opening round action. Scott, the 7th seed, has a 37-3 record with his three losses coming to: the 120 pound Section 5 champ Ryan Burgos, the 2017 99 pound state champ  Anthony Noto (1-0), and the 2017 99 pound state 4th Marek Bush (2-0). Mulhauser is 34-4 with 3 of his losses coming to 2018 Eastern States Champ Matt Griffin and the other coming to S3 D2 champ Micah Roes!  Which future star will pick up his first big-time varsity win???

120 D1: (7) Marco Vespa (S9) vs Brock Delsignore (S2)
On paper you would think that Vespa, a 4th place finisher at last year’s state tournament, would be a heavy favorite but we can’t look past the Section 2 freshman. Delsignore has only 3 losses this season and they were all at the Eastern States Classic where he placed 8th. Vespa did not place at this year’s ESC and is definitely looking for redemption!

160 D1: (3) Aaron Wolk (S1) vs Demitreus Henry (PSAL)
The 3rd seeded Wolk has 4 losses on his record this year however 2 of them were via forfeit. The only 2 losses on the mat this year for the Section 1 junior were to Eastern States Classic finalist Chris Barker.  Wolk took 3rd at this year’s ESC. A healthy Henry is as dangerous as they come.  He has battled the injury bug this year but has a 19-0 record and he was one win away from placing at the NYS tournament last year at 152!  This match could be electric!

182 D2: (3) Connor Fredericks (S3) vs Mike Sabella (S11)
Fredericks is the #3 seed and he placed 5th in this tournament at 170 pounds last year but he definitely cannot look past the Section 11 champ!  Sabella is 32-4 this season and all 4 of his losses have been by a single point to top notch wrestlers!  Fredericks has two losses this year – one is to a 2017 state finalist (Ross McFarland) and the other is to a 2018 Eastern States Classic finalist (Jacob Ferreira). This is definitely one to watch for in the the prelims!!!

NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships

Well it’s that time of the year!  This weekend is the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. With the high level of talented wrestlers in NYS, this year’s tournament will be as exciting as ever!  We can expect Section 9 to be extremely competitive in several weight classes and hopefully we’ll get to see a few of our local wrestlers standing on the top of the medal stand on Saturday evening. Round-by-round results for every Section 9 wrestler will be posted here as well as real time updates during the finals.  Good luck to all of our wrestlers!

D1 Tournament Preview              D2 Tournament Preview

Official Brackets

Tournament Schedule

Friday 2/23 – Session 1                                     Purchase Tickets
8:30 – Gates Open
9:30 – Parade of Champions/National Anthem
10:00 – Prelims (8 mats)
2:00 – Quarterfinals (8 mats)
4:00 – Wrestleback Rd. 1 (8 mats)
6:00 – Wrestleback Rd. 2 (8 mats)

Saturday 2/24 – Session 2
8:30 – Gates Open
9:30 – National Anthem
10:00 – Semifinals (center 4 mats)
10:00 – Blood Round (outer 4 mats)
12:30 – Consolation Semifinals (8 mats)
2:00 – Consolation Finals (8 mats)
3:30 – Approximate finish time of Session 2

Saturday 2/24 – Session 3
5:00 – Gates Re-Open
5:50 – Ceremonies Begins – MV Coach Gallagher HOF Induction
6:30 – Finals Begin

Meet Our Wrestlers – 2018 NYSPHSAA Division 2 Tournament Preview

99 Pounds

2X S9 Champ Walsh

Section 9 D2 Champ: Nikko Walsh
School: Rondout Valley
Class: Freshman
Season Record: 28-3
Record Against the Field: 2-2
(beat Schafer 2X; lost to Merwin, Bush)
The Field
Section 1: Jerome Scott (Pawling)
Section 2: Caleb Svingala (Maple Hill)
Section 3: Mason Bush (Central Valley)
Section 4: Dante Geislinger (Norwich)
Section 5: Jace Schafer (Palmyra Macedon)
Section 6: Andrew Lucinski (Newfane)
Section 7: Sawyer Bruce (Beekmantown)
Section 8: Jake Murphy (Seaford)
Section 9: Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley)
Section 10: Matt Haycook (Canton)
Section 11: Joe Sparacio (Bayport-Blue Point)
PSAL:  Matt Gatto (Petrides)
At Large 1: Devin Coleman (Camden)
At Large 2: Carter Schubert (Williamson/Marion/Sodus)
At Large 3: Cody Merwin (Walton/Delhi)
At Large 4: Hunter Kurtz (Canisteo-Greenwood)

What to Watch For….
Section 3 champ Mason Bush placed 5th in the state last year at this weight and was a ESC finalist this year making him one of the favorites here.  Bush is 49-2 this season but one of his losses was to S3 wildcard Devin Coleman at the S3 Class B tournament; a loss that he would avenge in the S3 finals.  Bush has 6 wins over wrestlers in the field! Caleb Svingala is a perfect 40-0 this season and will definitely be one of the wrestlers challenging Bush for the title. Dante Geislinger from S4 has a few very close losses to Bush this season and will definitely contend as will S9 champ Nikko Walsh. Merwin (S4) has a win over Walsh and will make noise here as will Schubert and Schafer, both from S5.

106 Pounds

RH’s Morris battles MV’s Picariello

Section 9 D2 Champ: Matt Morris
School: Red Hook
Class: Sophomore
Season Record: 25-11
Record Against the Field: 0-1
(loss to Baer)
The Field
Section 1: Len Balducci (Pleasantville)
Section 2: Joey Scheeren (Galway)
Section 3: Micah Roes (Lowville)
Section 4: Cooper Rice (Oxford)
Section 5: Anthony Noto (HFL)
Section 6: Mike Evans (Springville)
Section 7: Robert Foley (Saranac)
Section 8: Jordan Soriano (Clarke)
Section 9: Matt Morris (Red Hook)
Section 10: Carter Baer (Gouverneur)
Section 11: Jordan Titus (Center Moriches)
PSAL: Brandon Fallon (Petrides)
At Large 1: Doug Ciszak (Pioneer)
At Large 2: Isaac Crane (Caledonia Mumford)
At Large 3: Dylan Winchell (Warrensburg/Bolton)
At Large 4: Muskan Mongar (Warsaw)

What to Watch For
All signs point towards a showdown of last year’s D2 state title match between S5 champ Noto and S11 champ Titus.  Last year Noto won the state title with an OT pin but Titus exacted revenge in the semis of this year’s Eastern States Classic winning 5-1 in sudden victory.  There is plenty of talent here though and we can expect to see a few other guys contend for the top step on the podium. Baer (S10) and  Balducci (S1) both placed at this tournament last year and we definetely have to keep our eyes on Micah Roes who only has 1 loss this season and it was to 113 S3 D2 champ Marek Bush. Mike Evans from S6 could be a sleeper here as well!

113 Pounds

PJ’s Tigue takes out former state champ Charles

Section 9 D2 Champ: Eric Tigue
School: Port Jervis
Class: 8th grade
Season Record: 28-8
Record Against the Field: 0-1
(loss to Merwin)
The Field
Section 1: Alex Santana (Pawling)
Section 2: Zac Cummings (Sal-Cam)
Section 3: Marek Bush (Cen Valley)
Section 4: John Worthing (Tioga)
Section 5: Drew Schafer (Wayne)
Section 6: Mohamed Alshawi (Lackawanna)
Section 7: Alijah Seymour (Peru)
Section 8: Joe Contrastano (Carle Place/Wheatley)
Section 9: Eric Tigue (Port Jervis)
Section 10: Sam Searles (Malone)
Section 11: Connor Pearce (Shoreham-Wading River)
PSAL: Darryl Adler (RKA)
At Large 1: Matt Garland (South Jefferson/Sandy Creek)
At Large 2: Christopher Graham (Canisteo-Greenwood)
At Large 3: Chandler Merwin (Walton/Delhi)
At Large 4: Connor Lyons (Watervliet)

What to Watch For...
This is going to be an awesome weight to follow with 5 former state place winners all vying for the title!  Marek Bush (S3), John Worthing (S4), Drew Schafer (S5), Joe Costrastano (S8), and Matt Garland (S3) have all placed in Albany!  S7 champ Seymour only has 2 losses – both at ESC and one was a 4-2 loss to D1 S11 champ Sean Carter. Throw in Merwin (S4) and  Alshawi (S6) and this becomes a very deep weight. One of the more intriguing wrestlers here may be S9 champ Eric Tigue who notched a 5-3 win over 2016 state champ Jon Charles.

120 Pounds

New Paltz’s Palanca

Section 9 D2 Champ: Ethan Palanca
School: New Paltz
Class: Freshman
Season Record: 35-2
Record Against the Field: 0-0
The Field
Section 1: Joel Andrade (Irvington)
Section 2: Trent Svingala (Maple Hill)
Section 3: Dean Shambo (Mexico)
Section 4: Caleb Robinson (Walton/Dehli)
Section 5: Brad Cheek (Can-Green)
Section 6: Brendan Ramsey (Chaut Lake)
Section 7: Logan Dubuque (Peru)
Section 8: Keith Cassar (Oyster Bay)
Section 9: Ethan Palanca (New Paltz)
Section 10: Joe McIntosh (Gouverneur)
Section 11: Mike O’Brien (Mount Sinai)
PSAL: Michael Hernandez (Bronx Studio)
At Large 1: Aidan Cullen (Greenville)
At Large 2: Brady Worthing (Tioga)
At Large 3: Joe Powers (Port Byron)
At Large 4: Nick Bierfeldt (Olean)

What To Watch For:
The Section 2 champion Trent Svingala is a returning state champ and has a perfect 38-0 record this year making him a definite favorite to take home title number two! Svingala has scored bonus points in nearly every match this season however one wrestler had kept him to a regular decision twice, wildcard entry Aidan Cullen (S2). In his title run last year Svingala’s closest match was to Brad Cheek from S5 who is also in this year’s bracket and hopes to reverse the outcome of the 4-2 sudden victory loss he suffered in Albany last year. We also need to watch for last year’s 113 pound state finalist Caleb Robinson from Section 4 as well as Keith Cassar from S8 who finished 4th at 113 last year. S9 champ Palanca has made great strides this year and could end up making a run for the medal stand!

126 Pounds

2X S9 Champ Nick Ross

Section 9 D2 Champ: Nick Ross
School: Onteora
Class: Freshman
Season Record: 28-5
Record Against the Field: 0-0
The Field
Section 1: Victor Perlleshi (P-ville)
Section 2: Orion Anderson (S-ville)
Section 3: Kevin Spann (Adirondack)
Section 4: Mike Squires (Norwich)
Section 5: Masin Schuster (Dansville)
Section 6: Zach Braddell (Tonawanda)
Section 7: Bryce Smith (Saranac)
Section 8: Gaven Bell (Cold Spring Harbor)
Section 9: Nick Ross (Onteora)
Section 10: Zach Roberts (Ogdensburg)
Section 11: Vin Miceli (Port Jefferson)
PSAL: Ibrahim Aburmelieh (Petrides)
At Large 1: Matt Campo (Mount Sinai)
At Large 2: Ethan Ferro (Palmyra-Macedon)
At Large 3: Austin Lints (Schoharie)
At Large 4: Owen Kissel (Alden/Akron)

What to Watch For
Defending state champion Orion Anderson from Section 2 is perhaps the biggest favorite to win his weight in the entire D2 tournament!  His only loss this year was in the finals of the Eastern States Classic for Beau Bartlett from Wyoming Seminary – the 4th ranked 126 pounder in the nation according to FloWrestling! Others contending at 126 will be Matt Campo (S11) and Mikey Squires (S4) – both state place winners last year. S5 champ Schuster has only lost once this yearand will be in the mix as will Miceli from S11 and S5 wildcard Ferro!  And do not sleep on Bradell from S6 … he has an impressive 35-3 record and has posted some great wins this season!

132 Pounds

S9 Champ Sauschuck

Section D2 Champ: Carson Sauschuck
School: Port Jervis
Class: Senior
Season Record: 32-5
Record Against the Field: 0-0
The Field
Section 1: Kyle Sams (Put Val)
Section 2: Daniel Motta (Mech-Still)
Section 3: Cahal Donovan (Marcellus)
Section 4: Daniel Koll (Lansing)
Section 5: Nick Young (Alexander)
Section 6: Hector Colom (Fredonia)
Section 7: Alex Christman (Saranac)
Section 8: Raymond Costa (Cold Spring Harbor)
Section 9: Carson Sauschuck (Port Jervis)
Section 10: Cordell David (Ogdensburg)
Section 11: Luke Bokina (Mattituck)
PSAL: Hector Rodriguez (Eagle Academy)
At Large 1: Dylan Callahan (Schoharie)
At Large 2: Bryant Sexton (SVEC)
At Large 3: Matt Evans (Randolph)
At Large 4: Jacob Vergien (Iroquois)

What to Watch For
There are 5 returning state placewinners in this bracket! Luke Bokina from S11 and Hector Colom from S6 were both state finalists last year however they both have losses this year to S3 champion Cahal Donovan who placed 4th in NYS last year. Donovan came in 3rd at ESC this year and also has a win over S5 champ Young who was a state placer last season. S1 champ Sams placed 6th in NYS last year and we definitely need to watch S6 wildcard Evans who has a win this year over Colom! S8 champ Costa should definitely not be overlooked. He has only 3 losses on the season including a tough 3-2 decision to Bokina at the ESC.

138 Pounds

Highland’s Malherio

Section 9 D2 Champ: Matt Malherio
School: Highland
Class: Junior
Season Record: 31-5
Record Against the Field: 0-0
The Field
Section 1: Jack Wrobel (Pawling)
Section 2: Juan Estrada (RCS)
Section 3: Ian McKenna (New Hart)
Section 4: Ben Bivar (BGAH)
Section 5: Chase Runfola (Letch)
Section 6: Johnny Putney (East Aurora)
Section 7: Kaeden Peryea (Beekmantown)
Section 8: Jack Wiebolt (Oyster Bay)
Section 9: Matt Malherio (Highland)
Section 10: Thomas Trombley (Malone)
Section 11: Mike Zarif (Mount Sinai)
PSAL: Ben Ala (Petrides)
At Large 1: Mikey Bruno (Putnam Valley)
At Large 2: Austin Lamb (Tioga)
At Large 3: Mason Gray (Warsaw)
At Large 4: Riley Gerber (Camden)

What to Watch For
Section 4 champ Bivar is a returning state place winner and he’s having a great year.  His only loss on the season has been at 152 pounds to defending state champ Hunter Shaut. One of his closest matches all year was a 3-2 win over S11 champ Zarif.  Section 3 has two strong entries in McKenna and Gerber. McKenna has two losses on the season, both were at the Eastern States Classic and one was a 5-4 decision to ESC champ Chris Gomez. Gerber has lost 4 times to McKenna this year but each time it’s been by 2 points or fewer. Section 5 has two strong entries in Runfola and Gray and so does S1 in Wrobel in Bruno. S6 champ Putney is 42-2 with one loss coming to a kid from Sem and the other to D1 entry DeWolff.

145 Pounds

2X Section 9 Champ Ian Houck

Section 9 D2 Champ: Ian Houck
School: Rondout Valley
Class: Senior
Season Record: 31-5
Record Against the Field: 0-1 (Bokina)
The Field
Section 1: Emmet McCann (Pearl River)
Section 2: Logan Duers (Hl/LG)
Section 3: Hunter Shaut (Cent Val)
Section 4: Corey Swartz (Windsor)
Section 5: Evan Wood (Alfred Almond)
Section 6: Cory Day (Iroquois)
Section 7: Zach Swyers (Peru)
Section 8: Jack Ward (Locust Valley)
Section 9: Ian Houck (Rondout Valley)
Section 10: Joseph Cummings (Gouverneur)
Section 11: Jack Bokina (Mattituck)
PSAL: Mike Diforte (Petrides)
At Large 1: TJ Philpotts (Holland Patent)
At Large 2: Caleb Riordan (Pioneer)
At Large 3: Reese Lockwood (Groton)
At Large 4: Joe Evangelista (Port Jefferson)

What to Watch For….
145 will be awesome to follow – we have a state champion, state finalist, and a state 3rd in this bracket!  Section 3 champ Hunter Shaut was a state champion last year and is having a great year this year.  His only 2 losses were close decisions to D1 wrestlers at the Eastern States Classic. He defeated S3 wildcard Philpotts 2-1 in ot to win the title this year; Philpotts finished 3rd in NYS last year and will definitely contend for a title.  S11 champ Jack Bokina finished 2nd in the state at 126 last year but has handled the jump to 145 quite well! He is 42-2 thsi season with his two losses coming at ESC to D1 studs Shanahan and Mosher – ironically they are the same two wrestlers who have defeated Shaut this year. Cory Day from S6 is having a great year and we should also keep an eye on S9’s Ian Houck who is poised to make a run at the medal stand. This weight is deep too – we should expect to see Duers (S2) and Wood (S5) contend for spots on the medal stand!

152 Pounds

Port’s William Harrison

Section 9 D2 Champ: William Harrison
School: Port Jervis
Class: Junior
Season Record: 36-3
Record Against the Field: 0-0
The Field
Section 1: Jack Chesman (Pearl Riv)
Section 2: Zack Lawrence (Duanesburg)
Section 3: Zach Williams (Hannibal)
Section 4: Shane Hoover (BGAH)
Section 5: Zander Sharp (Can-Green)
Section 6: Zach Brown (Newfane)
Section 7: Johnny Devins (Saranac)
Section 8: Sebastian Sandler (Cold Spring Harbor)
Section 9: William Harrison (Port Jervis)
Section 10: Brody Sheppard (Ogdensburg)
Section 11: John Carl Petretti (Shoreham-Wading River)
PSAL: Daniel Bogie (Eagle Academy)
At Large 1: Dylan Ingrao (Falconer)
At Large 2: Mason Compton (Attica/Batavia)
At Large 3: Dempsey Carroll (Copenhagen)
At Large 4: Richard Forbes (Catskill)

What to Watch For
This class is loaded with four returning state placewinners and several others who not only have a shot at placing, but could actually take home the title!  S1 champ Jack Chesman finished 3rd in NYS last season and is 31-3 this year. Two of his losses, however, are to wrestlers in this bracket – Petretti from S11 and Carroll from S3 (by forfeit). Chesman’s opponent in last year’s medal round match was Dylan Ingrao from S6 who needed a wildcard this year because he lost in the S6 finals to Zach Brown! Section 2 champion Zach Lawrence finished 5th in NYS last year and is 47-2 this year! His two losses were down at 145 at the ESC where he lost to Gissendanner and Bokina. PSAL champ Bogie finished 6th in NYS last year and will definitely contend here. Both S3 entries, Williams and Carroll, could place high here as could both S5 entries, Compton and Sharp.

160 Pounds

Red Hook’s Schiafo (left)

Section 9 D2 Champ: Tristen Schiafo
School: Red Hook
Class: Senior
Season Record: 31-6
Record Against the Field: 0-1
(loss to Wilmot)
The Field
Section 1: Carmine Pedoto (Pawling)
Section 2: Ethan Cooper (Cobl-Rich)
Section 3: Isaiah Roes (Lowville)
Section 4: Max Johnson (Tioga)
Section 5: Sam Wolf (Warsaw)
Section 6: Dan Torres (Falconer)
Section 7: Jacob Nolan (Saranac)
Section 8: John DeRidder (Carle Place/Wheatley)
Section 9: Tristen Schiafo (Red Hook)
Section 10: Tyler Tambini (Malone)
Section 11: John O`Neill (Center Moriches HS)
PSAL: Justin Ebron (Eagle Academy)
At Large 1: Dillan Palaszewski (Galway)
At Large 2: Bryce Rowe (Chautauqua Lake)
At Large 3: Charlie Grygas (Duanesburg)
At Large 4: Mike Wilmot (BGAH)

What to Watch For...
Where to start, where to start??? Jacob Nolan is a multi-time NYS placewinner and he finished 4th last year. He also took 4th at the ESC this year. Dan Torres placed 5th at the state tournament last year and his having a great year. He is 54-1 on the season and his one loss was avenged in the S6 finals to wildcard entry Rowe. Cooper (S2) and Roes (S3) both are having great seasons and could place high here as can S11 champ O’Neil. DeRidder from S8, Palaszewski (S2), Johnson (S4), and S9 champ Schaifo will all be in the hunt as well!  Great weight at 160 D2!

170 Pounds

2X S9 Champ Dillon Ross

Section 9 D2 Champ: Dillon Ross
School: Onteora
Class: Senior
Season Record: 44-2
Record Against the Field: 2-1
(beat O’Brein, Rifanburg;
lost to McFarland)
The Field
Section 1: Nicholas Meglino (Edgemont)
Section 2: Rich Conte (HL/LG)
Section 3: Ross McFarland (Phoenix)
Section 4: Grady Alpert (SVEC)
Section 5: Blake Wolfanger (Perry)
Section 6: Robbie Penhollow (Falconer)
Section 7: Jace Filion (Northern Adirondack)
Section 8: Bailey O’Brien (Locust Valley)
Section 9: Dillon Ross (Onteora)
Section 10: Gavin Thornton (Canton)
Section 11: Lajess Sawyer (Center Moriches)
PSAL: Brandon Bido (Eagle Academy)
At Large 1: Ty Rifanburg (Norwich)
At Large 2: Jacob Sarow (Akron/Alden)
At Large 3: Trent Ingraham (Central Valley Academy)
At Large 4: Matthew Martusciello (Livonia/Wayland/Cohochton)

What to Watch For
Section 3 champ Ross McFarland was a state finalist last season and is definitely one of the favorites to take the title this year! He has not lost to a D2 wrestler all season however one of his toughest wins was a 3-2 victory over S9 champ Dillon Ross who is also one of the favorites here. Section 6 champ Penhollow has an impressive 54-1 record and will be in the hunt here as will S2 champ Conte as will S5 champ Wolfanger. Don’t sleep on Rifanburg from S4 or O’Brein from S8…both are very tough.

182 Pounds

S9 Champ Jason Butler

Section 9 D2 Champ: Jason Butler
School: Port Jervis
Class: Senior
Season Record: 35-5
Record Against the Field: 0-0

The Field
Section 1: Lucca Brooker (OLL)
Section 2: Nolan McNeil (War/Bolton)
Section 3: Connor Fredericks (Chittenango)
Section 4: Brennan Slater (Norwich)
Section 5: Ryan Damboise (Livonia/WayCo)
Section 6: Giuseppe Hoose (Southwestern)
Section 7: Chance LaPier (AuSable Valley)
Section 8: Mike Silipo (Seaford)
Section 9: Jason Butler (Port Jervis)
Section 10: Kyle Jenkins (Gouverneur)
Section 11: Mike Sabella (Mount Sinai)
PSAL: Sean Gillespie (Petrides)
At Large 1: Julian Nixon (Newfane)
At Large 2: Pat Walsh (Olean)
At Large 3: Kaiden Davis (Letchworth)
At Large 4: Zack Thurston (Hornell)

What to Watch For….
There is plenty of talent in D2 at 182 but S7 champ LaPier, S4 Champ Slater, and S3 champ Fredericks are probably the top 3 dogs! Lapier placed 3rd in NYS last year and finished 5th in the ESC this year after dropping a close 5-3 decision to eventual champ Jake Logan in the semis! Fredericks placed 5th at the state tournament last year and Slater took 8th at the ESC this year. Mike Sabella from S11 is very tough and we also should keep an Hoose from S6. Butler from S9, Damboise from S5, and McNeil from S2 will also contend for a spot on the podium here.

195 Pounds

Hobson (l) takes on MV’s Juncaj

Section 9 D2 Champ: Ryan Hobson
School: Red Hook
Class: Senior
Season Record: 23-10
Record Against the Field: 0-1
(loss to Spoon)
The Field
Section 1: Eoghan Murphy (Hastings)
Section 2: Sterling Spoon (Water-Heatly)
Section 3: Doug Simmons (Canastota)
Section 4: Richie Knapp (Susque Valley)
Section 5: Wyatt Holley (Keshequa)
Section 6: Corey Keefe (Falconer)
Section 7: Mason Maulding (Peru)
Section 8: Joseph Libretti (Cold Spring Harbor)
Section 9: Ryan Hobson (Red Hook)
Section 10: Tanner Donaldson (Gouverneur)
Section 11: Jake Croston (Mount Sinai)
PSAL: Ervis Spahiu (Petrides)
At Large 1: Zak Trim (Maple Grove)
At Large 2: Trey Floyd (Tioga)
At Large 3: Nate Degroff (Warsaw)
At Large 4: Harold Sherman (Cato Meridian)

What to Watch For
Section 3 champ Simmons was a state finalist last season and finished 5th at this year’s ESC making him the favorite at 195 D2 but he will not run through this weight class untested! Section 6 champion Corey Keefe placed 6th at last year’s state tournament and lost a 1-0 nail-biter to Simmons earlier this year. Keefe defeated Zach Trim in his Section 6 final but Trim defeated Keefe earlier in the season so he’s certainly in the conversation as is Section 4 champ Richie Knapp who is putting together a solid season! S5 champ Holley is 33-3 and could go deep here as could the S5 wildcard Degroff who has a win over Holley this year. A few other to watch include Spoon from S2, Croston from S11, and Floyd from S4.

220 Pounds

S9 Champ Devin Dixon (r)

Section 9 D2 Champ: Devin Dixon
School: New Paltz
Class: Junior
Season Record: 27-8
Record Against the Field: 0-0
The Field
Section 1: James Bellucci (Pawling)
Section 2: Reggie Poulin (Cohoes)
Section 3: Joe Benedict (SJ/SC)
Section 4: Tyler Rice (Norwich)
Section 5: Tylor Barnhart (Livonia/WayCo)
Section 6:  Michael Rigerman (Pioneer)
Section 7: Jaden Maldonado (Beekmantown)
Section 8: Karl Bouyer (Clarke)
Section 9: Devin Dixon (New Paltz)
Section 10: Robert Gordon (Canton)
Section 11: Khrystian Magee (Center Moriches HS)
PSAL: Francis Tawiah (Petrides)
At Large 1: Dylan Dunham (Whitney Point)
At Large 2: Jack Binder (Warrensburg)
At Large 3: Keagan Carmenatty (South Seneca)
At Large 4: Ben Szymanowski (Chautauqua Lake)

What to Watch For
Section 3 champion Joe Benedict is a 2X NYS finalist and he plans on ascending up the podium to that top spot this year!  Benedict is undefeated and had pinned nearly every opponent in the first period including in the finals of this year’s Eastern States Classic.  He has scored bonus points in all but 2 matches this year. Benedict’s stiffest competition will likely come from S6 champion Rigerman who’s only loss on the mat this season was a 5-1 loss to D1 stud Andreesen. A few others to watch in this bracket include Section 5 champ Barnhart and Section 4 champ Rice.

285 Pounds

Red Hook’s Liam Dietrich

Section 9 D2 Champ: Liam Dietrich
School: Red Hook
Class: Sophomore
Season Record: 29-5
Record Against the Field: 1-1
(beat Sawyer; lost to Wood)
The Field
Section 1: George Lebberes (Ard/DF)
Section 2: Craig Sawyer (Hoosick Falls)
Section 3: Nathan Briggs (Onod/Tully)
Section 4: Leroy Williams (Oneonta)
Section 5: Josh Barber (Attica-Batavia)
Section 6: Anthony Robinson (Starpoint)
Section 7: Dalton Criss (Peru)
Section 8: Sam Khondaparast (Oyster Bay)
Section 9: Liam Dietrich (Red Hook)
Section 10: Zach MacCaulay (Gouverneur)
Section 11: John Hartnett (Bayport-Blue Point HS)
PSAL: Jayson Gomez (Eagle Academy)
At Large 1: Bailey Wood (Walton/Delhi)
At Large 2: Kiar Parker (Cheektowaga)
At Large 3: Nick Becker (Randolph)
At Large 4: Stephen Taylor (Tioga)

What to Watch For…
This is a very open weight class but PSAL champ Gomez and S6 champ Robinson seem to be the favorites. Robinson placed 4th at ESC and posted a 4-3 win over Wood in the tournament.  Gomez only has 1 loss and that was to D1 stud Rabinovich. Both Section 4 entries, Williams and Wood, could place high here as could S3 champ Briggs. Section 9 champ Liam Dietrich is only a sophomore but has been showing great improvement. He could definitely surprise some people here.

Mia Mac Takes Home State Title; Pauls Takes 2nd – Minisink Valley Wins Team Race

2018 Girlf Folkstyle State Champ – Mia Macaluso from Minisink Valley

Congratulation to all of the girls who competed in the 2018 Girl’s Folkstyle State Invitational but special CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Section 9’s very own Mia Macaluso for taking home the title at the 128 pound weight class.  Mia, a sophomore at Minisink Valley, pinned all of her opponents on her way to the podium!  Mia’s teammate Grace Pauls, also a sophomore at Minisink, recorded 3 pins and finished in 2nd place at 117 pounds. Minisink Valley won the team race finishing with 54 points!

Take a look at your 2018 Girls Folkstyle State Champions
105: Ally Fitzgerald (Lynbrook)
117: Riley Dalrymple (Copenhagen)
128: Mia Macaluso (Minisink Valley)
139: Mika Walters (Southwestern)
148: Sariah Stewart (Columbia)
159: Katie Moore (Riverhead)
172: Hailey Cancelleri (Curtis)
198: Nia Crosdale (Truman)
255: Taiwo Fayemi (Bronx Studio)

Section 9 Sending 5 Girls to NYS Girl’s Folkstyle Invitational

left to right: Grace Pauls (MV), Madison Frank (PB), Eliyah Constant (PB), Kiara Vasquez (PB), Mia Macaluso (MV)

Best of luck to the five girls from Section 9 who will be competing in the 2018 Girl’s Folkstyle Invitational.  These girls are taking part in a landmark event that will hopefully lay the groundwork to have Girl’s Wrestling sanctioned as an official sport by the NYSPHSAA. The tournament takes place on Saturday February 17 at Truman High School in the Bronx. Wrestling will begin at 10:30.

The five girls competing in the event are Grace Pauls (Minisink Valley), Madison Frank (Pine Bush), Eliyah Constant (Pine Bush), Kiara Vasquez (Pine Bush), and Mia Macaluso (Minisink Valley).  Good luck girls!!!

Meet Our Wrestlers – 2018 NYSPHSAA Division 1 Tournament Preview

99 Pounds

Justin Morales

Section 9 D1 Champion: Justin Morales
School: Middletown
Class: Sophomore
Season Record: 31-3
Justin’s Record Against the Field: 0-3
(losses to Smith, Liardi, and Camillaci)
The Field
Section 1: Matthew Schreiber (Hor. Gr.)
Section 2: Stevo Poulin (Shen)
Section 3: Nate Wade (West Genesee)
Section 4: Dante Rigal (Johnson City)
Section 5: Rocco Camillaci (Hilton)
Section 6: Colin Coughenour (N. Wheatfield)
Section 8: Chase Liardi (Massapequa)
Section 9: Justin Morales (Middletown)
Section 10: Mason Phillips (Massena)
Section 11: Thomas Diresta (Kings Park)
CHSAA: Sean Flick (St. Anthony’s)
PSAL: Shawn Muratov (James Madison)
At Large 1: Luke Smith (Hauppauge)
At Large 2: Anthony Connetta (Massapequa)
At Large 3: Nick Palso (Ballston Spa)
At Large 4: Jared Weinhaus (Sachem East)

What To Watch For….
Shenendehowa freshman Stevo Poulin dominated the competition at the Eastern States Classic and has to be considered the favorite here but Section 8 champ Liardi finished 3rd at the ESC and will definitely contend! All 3 Section 11 entries, Diresta, Weinhaus, and Smith, will contend. Smith and Diresta have split two matches against each other this year. Smith was 5th at ESC and had wins over Schreiber (S1) and Camillaci (S5). Schreiber has 2 wins over Wade who has a 30-3 record. We may want to keep an eye on Flick from St. Anthony’s who, although he has 10 losses, has not lost a match at 99 all season – all of his losses are at 106 and mostly to PA and NJ kids! Morales is strong and explosive and could open some eyes in Albany.

106 Pounds

NFA’s Greg Fischer

Section 9 D1 Champ: Greg Fischer
School: NFA
Class: Senior
Season Record: 43-6
Greg’s Record Against the Field: 1-3
(beat Robin; lost to Garcia 2X, Encarnacion)
The Field
Section 1: Ivan Garcia (Port Ch)
Section 2: Ryan Sleezer (Queensbury)
Section 3: Matt Griffin (Jamesville)
Section 4: Blake Brooks (Elmira)
Section 5: Jayden Scott (Rush-Henrietta)
Section 6: Ty Bartolomei (North Tonawanda)
Section 8: Josiah Encarnacion (Wantagh)
Section 9: Greg Fischer (Newburgh Free Academy)
Section 11: Jake Eckerle (Commack)
CHSAA: Terry Adams (Monsignor Farrell)
PSAL: Abdul Almareh (New Utrecht)
At Large 1: Dennis Robin (Arlington)
At Large 2: Jake Harry (Lancaster)
At Large 3: Kole Mulhauser (Central Square)
At Large 4: Anthony Surace (Webster Schroeder)
At Large 5: Brian Hedding (Rush Henrietta)

What To Watch For
With five returning state place winners this will be a great weight and there are several wrestlers with a chance to win, but Matt Griffin from S3 is probably our favorite here. He finished 4th in NYS last year, was the ESC champ this year and posted wins over state placer Garcia, Harry, and last year’s 99 pound state finalist Adams. He also pinned D2 state finalist Jordan Titus in the ESC finals! Jayden Scott from S5 is an 8th grader with a 29-3 record. He has not lost all year at 106 – his losses have been to Marek Bush at 113 (2-0), state champion Noto at 113 (1-0), and to Ryan Burgos at 120!  Encarnacion finished 6th in NYS last year is extremely tough and will contend here as will Eckerle from S11 and Sleezer from S2. Both Robin (4th NYS last year) and Fischer have been very competitive against several in this field and may both contend for a medal.

113 Pounds

Dylan Earl – 2017 5th NYS

Section 9 D1 Champ: Dylan Earl
School: Monroe Woodbury
Class: Senior
Season Record: 34-4
Dylan’s Record Against the Field: 3-0
(beat McGonegal, Szilagyi, & Aaroz)
The Field
Section 1: Tim Bova (Arlington)
Section 2: John DeConno (B. Hills)
Section 3: Thomas Hughes, Fulton
Section 4: Drew Witham (Corning)
Section 5: Greg Diakomihalis (Hilton)
Section 6: Parker Rozler (Lancaster)
Section 8: Xavier Pommells (Uniondale)
Section 9: Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury)
Section 11: Sean Carter (North Babylon)
CHSAA: Tommy Szilagyi (St. Anthony’s)
PSAL: Kai Yudelson (Brooklyn Tech)
At Large 1: Dylan Ryder (HHHW)
At Large 2: CJ McGonegal (North Rockland)
At Large 3: Aiden Aaroz (Wantagh)
At Large 4: Jordan Sartin (Saratoga)
At Large 5: Tyler Joseph (Harrison)

What to Watch For...
This weight is loaded with talent and depth! 2X NYS champion Greg Diakomihalis is ranked #10 in the nation by FloWrestling and is definitely the favorite to bring home state title #3! That said, the Hilton sophomore will be tested by several very capable wrestlers. Dylan Ryder from S11 is a state champ and a 2X state finalist however he needed a wildcard to get in because he was picked off in the S11 finals by Sean Carter from North Babylon. Parker Rozler from S6 is tough as nails as is Hughes from S3 Fulton. Section 9 champ Earl placed 5th in the state last year and could be in the hunt for a medal as should both S8 entries – Aiden Aaroz and Xavier Pommells. Section 1 wildcard McGonegal and CHSAA Szilagyi can contend here as well!  This is a very deep weight class!

120 Pounds

Vespa – 2017 4th NYS

Section 9 D1 Champ: Marco Vespa
School: Monroe Woodbury
Class: Junior
Season Record: 34-4
Marco’s Record Against the Field: 1-1
(win over Gibson; loss to Redding)
The Field
Section 1: Gavin Pasqualini (Arlington)
Section 2: Brock Delsignore (S. G. Falls)
Section 3: Logan Patterson (Ind. River)
Section 4: Devin Woodworth (H-heads)
Section 5: Ryan Burgos (Hilton)
Section 6: Aiden Rabideau (Clarence)
Section 8: Nick Tanuzzo (Manhasset)
Section 9: Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury)
Section 11: Anthony Sciotto (Rocky Point)
CHSAA: Jimmy Ryan (Monsignor Farrell)
PSAL: David Traub (Tottenville)
At Large 1: Zach Redding (ESM)
At Large 2: Miles Griffen (Jamesville/CBA)
At Large 3: Dan Gibson (Port Washington)
At Large 4: Austin Sergeant (Fairport)
At Large 5: Cody Anders (Brockport)

What to Watch For
120 is definitely a weight that is up for grabs but if we had to call one wrestler the favorite it would have to be Anthony Sciotto from S11.  The Rocky Point senior finished 3rd in NYS last year one spot ahead of S9 rep Marco Vespa who will definitely be in the hunt.  Second seeded Woodworth from S4 is undefeated this year and has a head to head over Paterson! Aiden Rabideau from S6 and Ryan Burgos from S5 have looked great this year and will contend as will Logan Paterson from S3 and Brock Delsignore from S2. Wildcard entries will definitely make some noise here too as Zach Redding from S11 and Myles Griffin from S3 both finished 3rd in NYS last season. Traub (PSAL) and Ryan (C) are both scrappy and could definitely pick off a higher seed if they are not ready!

126 Pounds

VC’s Romano

Section 9 D1 Champ: Matt Romano
School: Valley Central
Class: Sophomore
Season Record: 28-6
Record Against the Field: 0-1 (Mina)
The Field
Section 1: Najashi Sharpe (Mount Vernon)
Section 2: Michael Gonyea (Columbia)
Section 3: Tyler Kellison (CBA/Jamesville)
Section 4: Chase Daudelin (Corning)
Section 5: Eli Sims (Rush-Henrietta)
Section 6: Justin McDougald (Niag Wheat)
Section 8: Jared Altan (Plainedge)
Section 9: Matt Romano (Valley Central)
Section 11: Adam Busiello (Eastport-South Manor)
CHSAA: Connor Llewellyn (Chaminade)
PSAL: Matthew Mina (Brooklyn Tech)
At Large 1: Tyler Albis (JJEF)
At Large 2: Nick Sanko (Pittsford)
At Large 3: Anthony Corigliano (Clarence)
At Large 4: Nick Karamoshos (Massapequa)
At Large 5: Matt Patrizio (Commack)

What to Watch For
Adam Busiello may be the biggest favorite at any weight class in this year’s tournament.  The 3X NYS champ is currently ranked #1 in the nation (@ 120) and is the odds on favorite to add to his trophy case here in 2018. Providing the biggest challenge for Busiello will likely be Section 2 champ Gonyea as well as McDougald from Section 6 both of whom placed in this tournament last season. Kellison from S3 placed 7th at ESC and let’s also keep an eye on Sims from S5 and Alton from S8 as potential placers.

132 Pounds

3X S9 Champ Greiner

Section 9 Champ: Connor Greiner
School: Minisink Valley
Class: Senior
Season Record: 39-4
Record Against the Field
: 1-2
(beat Kramer; lost to Vines, McDougald)
The Field
Section 1: Matt Kramer (JJCR)
Section 2: Billal Zamani (Schenectady)
Section 3: Cole French (Fulton)
Section 4: Jacob Scibek (Horseheads)
Section 5: Alex Samson (Victor)
Section 6: Willie McDougald (Niagara Falls)
Section 8: Justin Vines (Wantagh)
Section 9: Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley)
Section 11: Rafael Lievano (Ward Melville)
CHSAA: Christian Hansen (St. Anthony’s)
PSAL: Zacc Romero (Brooklyn Tech)
At Large 1: Tyler Mitchell (Spencerport)
At Large 2: Chris Esposito (Northport)
At Large 3: Lee Mauras (Freeport)
At Large 4: Kyle Althern (Mepham)
At Large 5: Ryan Stern (Clarkstown North)

What to Watch For:
As a returning NYS champion, Justin Vines has to be considered the favorite here but he will definitely have to earn title number two! This weight is very strong and had several wrestlers who could win the crown on any given day! Vines was a finalist at ESC losing to Jack Davis from Wyoming Seminary but was pushed to the limit in earlier rounds by McDougald and Esposito earning 1-point victories in both bouts. Section 9 champ Greiner gave Vines all he could handle at the NYSPHSAA Duals dropping a 5-3 decision. Lievano from S11 is extremely tough and both S5 entries, Samson and Mitchell could make a run deep here!

138 Pounds

3X S9 Champ Dom Vetrano

Section 9 D1 Champ: Dom Vetrano
School: Minisink Valley
Class: Senior
Season Record: 38-3
Dom’s Record Against the Field: 1-1
(beat Jada; lost Sobotker)
The Field
Section 1: Zachery Bonner (Ossining)
Section 2: Thomas Minahan (Nisk)
Section 3: Garrett Bauer (CBA/Jamesville)
Section 4: Ben Howe (Elmira)
Section 5: Mason Wersinger (Spencerport)
Section 6: Vinny Catanzaro (Williamsville N.)
Section 8: Joseph Simons (Farmingdale)
Section 9: Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley)
Section 10: Wesler Rode (Massena)
Section 11: Anthony Sobotker (North Babylon)
CHSAA: Colin Realbuto (Iona Prep)
PSAL: Craig Sampson (Tottenville)
At Large 1: Chris Gomez (Pat-Med)
At Large 2: Danny Jada (Burnt Hills)
At Large 3: Ty Raines (Church-Chili)
At Large 4: Jacob DeWolf (Niagara Wheatfield)

What to Watch For
This is another weight class that is absolutely wide open!  Section 11’s Chris Gomez was the ESC champion this year and we could consider him the favorite….however, Gomez needed a wildcard to get to Albany after being defeated in the S11 finals by Sobotker. Mason Wersinger from S5 is 39-0 this season and has some very impressive wins over other state qualifiers and we cannot sleep on S9 champ Vetrano who is making his 3rd trip to Albany! S6 champ Catanzaro is 37-1 and his only loss was to a kid from Sem and his next closest match was a 4-3 win over wildcard DeWolf. CHSAA champ Realbuto only has 2 looses this season…both at ESC and both were close losses to placers.  He could definitely make a run here.

145 Pounds

2X S9 Champ Vinny Vetrano

Section 9 D1 Champion: Vinny Vetrano
School: Minisink Valley
Class: Senior
Season Record: 33-7
Record Against the Field: 0-0
The Field
Section 1: Crew Fullerton (Mam)
Section 2: Kiernan Shanahan (Shen)
Section 3: Devin Earl (West Genesee)
Section 4: Matt Kline (Corning)
Section 5: Frankie Gissendanner (Penfield)
Section 6: Warren McDougald (Niagara Wheatfield)
Section 8: Kyle Mosher (South Side)
Section 9: Vinny Vetrano (Minisink Valley)
Section 10: Logan Sharlow (Massena)
Section 11: Dan Mauriello (Hauppauge)
CHSAA: Justin Crawford (St. Anthony’s)
PSAL: Jahongir Davronov (Midwood)
At Large 1: Troy Ferris (Brockport)
At Large 2: Ryan Burbacher (Pat Med)
At Large 3: Kawan Wills (Arlington)
At Large 4: Jack Spahn (Islip)

What to Watch For
Could we see a rematch of last year’s state final with Gissendanner vs Shanahan or will we see a rematch of this year’s ESC final where Gissendanner took on Mosher.  Both matches ended with Gissandanner’s arm being raised making him the definite favorite to take home is 4th state title.  He is currently ranked 5th in the nation at 145 by FloWrestling. Mosher is a beast and can’t be taken lightly.  He has 2 losses this year – Gissendanner (#5 Flo) and Teemer (#2 Flo). Shanahan was a state finalist last year and he’s very dangerous as well. CHSAA entry Crawford could bust up this bracket too! He has only three losses on the season and they are all to very tough out of state opponents. A few others to watch here include Dan Mauriello (S11), Warren McDougald (S6), and Vinny Vetrano (S9).

152 Pounds

Serafini (l) vs Pushman (r)

Section 9 D1 Champ: Tyler Serafini
School: NFA
Class: Junior
Season Record: 44-3
Record Against the Field: 2-1
(beat Pushman 2X, lost to Connelly)

Section 9 D1 Wildcard: Joe Pushman
School: Wallkill
Class: senior
Season Record: 38-8
Record Against the Field: 0-3
(losses to Connelly and Serafini 2X)

The Field
Section 1: Matt Grippi (Fox Lane)
Section 2: Andrew Fountain (Averill Park)
Section 3: Stephen Hildenbrant (Rome Free Academy)
Section 4: Hunter Hoffmier (Newark Valley)
Section 5: Cooper Kropman (Penfield)
Section 6: Ryan Stencel (Lancaster)
Section 8: Jacori Teemer (Long Beach)
Section 9: Tyler Serafini (Newburgh Free Academy)
Section 10: Gavin Perrine (Massena)
Section 11: Corey Connolly (Rocky Point)
CHSAA: Michael Marcy (Holy Trinity)
PSAL: Abimael Luperon (Grand Street)
At Large 1: Connor Thomas (Yorktown)
At Large 2: Anthony Dushaj (Half Hollow Hills West)
At Large 3: Joe Pushman (Wallkill)
At Large 4: Adam Daghestani (Grand Island)

What to Watch For
It’s really tough to make a case for anyone at 152 other than Section 8 champ Jacori Teemer.  He is a 4X NYS champion and is currently ranked #2 in the nation by FloWrestling. Teemer will be attening Arizona State in the Fall. Teemer’s opponent in the ESC finals was Matt Grippi from S1 who he defeated 9-5. Grippi is 49-1 this season!  Cooper Kropman from S5 pushed Grippi to his limit in the ESC semis losing 2-1 and will definitely be in the mix here as will Corey Connelly from S8 and Connor Thomas from S1. Dushaj, Stencel and Serafini could all contend for a spot on the podium here. This will be a great weight to follow!

160 Pounds

Pine Bush’s Shaun Burgos

Section 9 D1 Champ: Shaun Burgos
School: Pine Bush
Class: Senior
Season Record: 32-3
Record Against the Field: 1-1
(beat Illicete, lost to Wolk)

The Field
Section 1: Aaron Wolk (Horace Greeley)
Section 2: Eoghan Sweeney (Niskayuna)
Section 3: Nicholas Noel (Fulton)
Section 4: Jesse Johnson (Horseheads)
Section 5: Christopher Barker (Fairport)
Section 6: Josh Thibeault (Niagara Wheatfield)
Section 8: JD Moore (Division)
Section 9: Shaun Burgos (Pine Bush)
Section 10: Bailey O’Leary (Massena)
Section 11: Jake Silverstein (Hauppauge)
CHSAA: Vin Ndokaj (Monsignor Farrell)
PSAL: Demitreus Henry (Grand Street)
At Large 1: Shawn Regan (East Meadow)
At Large 2: Paul Illicete (Copiague)
At Large 3: Ryan Cox (Clarkstown North)
At Large 4: Matt Majoy (Syosset)

What to Watch For
We could possibly see a repeat of the ESC finals here as Silverstein and Barker seem to be the favorites at 160 but we can’t count out Wolk from S1 who finished 3rd and only lost 5-3 to Barker. PSAL entry Henry is undefeated at 19-0 this season and we definitely can’t look past Eoghan Sweeney from S2 who placed 6th at the ESC. Section 9’s Shaun Burgos placed 7th at the ESC and is extremely dangerous and a great finisher.

170 Pounds

MV’s Ganuncio

Section 9 D1 Champ: Timmy Ganuncio
School: Minisink Valley
Class: Senior
Season Record: 37-5
Record Against the Field: 0-2
(losses to Rogers and Barnes)
The Field
Section 1: Grant Cuomo (Brewster)
Section 2: Tyler Barnes (Ballston Spa)
Section 3: Camrin Galvin (Fulton)
Section 4: Chris Eames (Horseheads)
Section 5: Jack Kumpf (Victor)
Section 6: Dan Emblidge (Grand Island)
Section 8: Matthew Rogers (Wantagh)
Section 9: Tim Ganuncio (Minisink Valley)
Section 11: David Miele-Estrella (North Babylon)
CHSAA: Dominik Thomas (St. Francis)
PSAL: Gevorg Arakelov (Maspeth)
At Large 1: Steven Bilali (Eastchester)
At Large 2: Derek Wojciechowski (Frontier)
At Large 3: Nick Blanton (John Glenn)
At Large 4: Jake Wright (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt)
At Large 5: Dominic Palma (Sewanhaka East)

What to Watch For
This is going to be perhaps the most anticipated weight class to follow!  Tyler Barnes from S2 is the defending state champ at this weight, he’s nationally ranked at #15 by Flo and he was dominating at ESC this year so he’s the easy favorite right? Well Grant Cuomo from S1 was not at ESC this year, he’s a returning state finalist and he’s currently ranked #7 in the nation by Flo! Barnes has committed to NC State and Cuomo is heading to Princeton. There is plenty if depth at this weight as well! Some others to keep your eye on include ESC 4th place finisher David Miele-Estrella from S11, Eames from S4, and Rogers from S8.  Section 9 champ Ganuncio is very tough and could definitely contend for a medal here.

182 Pounds

S9 Champ Yanis

Section 9 D1 Champ: Joey Yanis
School: Minisink Valley
Class: Senior
Season Record: 39-2
Record Against the Field: 1-2
(beat Gray, lost to Deprez, Ferreira)
The Field
Section 1: Jake Logan (New Roch)
Section 2: Jake Cook (Ballston Spa)
Section 3: Stephen Demong (Oswego)
Section 4: Charlie Mahon (Elmira)
Section 5: Sammy DePrez (Hilton)
Section 6: Connor Kenney (Grand Island)
Section 8: James Langan (Wantagh)
Section 9: Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley)
Section 11: Liam McIntyre (Westhampton Beach)
CHSAA: Kevin Barry (Stepinac)
PSAL: Odean Gray (Grand Street)
At Large 1: Joe Franzese (John Glenn)
At Large 2: Jacob Ferreira (Horace Greeley)
At Large 3: Steven Daskavitz (Lockport)
At Large 4: Zach Finn (Harrison)
At Large 5: Dom Nassivera (Queensbury)

What to Watch For….
182 is a pretty wide open weight.  Jake Logan from S1 is a returning state placer and he’s undefeated including and ESC title making him the favorite but he will not run away with a title here.  His opponent in the ESC finals was Ferreira, also from S1, where Logan won a tight 5-4 decision. Sammy Deprez from S5 is as tough as they come as is S9 champ Joey Yanis whose only two losses this year were at ESC to Deprez and Ferreira. Franzese from S11 is a returning state place winner but he needed a wildcard this year after being picked off by Liam McIntyre in the S11 tournament.  James Langan from S8 is very tough and definitely will contend for a medal as will Mahon from S4.

195 Pounds

S9 Champ Santander

Section 9 D1 Champ: Sam Santander
School: Monroe Woodbury
Class: Junior
Season Record: 11-1
Record Against the Field: 1-0
(beat DeCapua)

NFA’s Maxx DeCapua

Section 9 Wildcard: Maxx DeCapua
School: NFA
Class: Sophomore
Season Record: 42-6
Record Against the Field: 4-1
(beat Melvin 2X, Woodmansee, Nerich;
lost to Santander)
The Field
Section 1: Johnny Santos (Fox Lane)
Section 2: Reggie Melvin (Niskayuna)
Section 3: Matej Zavacky (Fulton)
Section 4: Alex Woodmansee (Newark Valley)
Section 5: Zac Condello (Fairport)
Section 6: Cam Walter (Williamsville North)
Section 8: Jonathan Loew (Wantagh)
Section 9: Sam Santander (Monroe Woodbury)
Section 11: Nathan Bauland (Sayville)
CHSAA: Matthew Savarese (St. Anthony’s)
PSAL: Dylan Nerich (W.C. Bryant)
At Large 1: Nico Mattia (Queensbury)
At Large 2: Jhordyn Innocent (East Ramapo)
At Large 3:  Marco Musso (Massapequa)
At Large 4: Maxx DeCapua (Newburgh Free Academy)
At Large 5: Daniel Shafran (Bellmore JFK)

What to Watch For
There is no shortage of talent here however Section 8 champ Jonathan Loew has been dominating the competition all year and is definitely the favorite to bring home a state title. Loew is 48-1 with his only loss coming in sudden victory of the ESC to the 9th ranked wrestler in the nation, Austin Cooley from Wyoming Seminary. Some of the wrestlers we can expect to see challenge for spots on the medal stand include Johnny Santos from S1, Cam Walter from S6, and Nathan Bauland from S11.  Maxx DeCaua from S9 placed at ESC but needed a wildcard to get to Albany after losing to Santander in the S9 semis!

220 Pounds

S9 Champ Leonard

Section 9 D1 Champ: Will Leonard
School: Cornwall
Class: Junior
Season Record: 36-3
Record Against the Field: 1-2
(beat Smart; lost to Rabinovich, Gecaj)
The Field
Section 1: Halil Gecaj (JJCR)
Section 2: Nik Koch (Averill Park)
Section 3: Mykle Thomas (Syracuse)
Section 4: Lucas Scott (Chenango Forks)
Section 5: Nick Serce (Irondequoit)
Section 6: Joe Andreessen (Lancaster)
Section 8: Elijah Rodriguez (Long Beach)
Section 9: Will Leonard (Cornwall)
Section 10: Michael Gardner (Massena)
Section 11: Yashiya Minor (Half Hollow Hills East)
CHSAA: Maguire Horl (St. Anthony’s)
PSAL: Leo Rabinovich (Tottenville)
At Large 1: Boaz Smart (Bellmore JFK)
At Large 2: Aidan Lilly (New Rochelle)
At Large 3: Kyle Tillich (Rush-Henrietta)
At Large 4: Joe Confessore (Sachem North)

What to Watch For
220 will be a great weight to watch with no clear cut favorite to take home the state title. Halil Gecaj from S1 suffered his only loss of the season to D2 stud Benedict and is definitely one of the favorites here as is Section 8 champ Elijah Rodriguez who is having a great year and placed 3rd at ESC at 195.  Rabinovich from the PSAL has been very impressive this season going 39-1 with his only loss coming to 285 pound top dog Deonte Wilson. S9 champ Leonard placed 4th at ESC and should be in the hunt here as should Andreesen from S6 and Horl from CHSAA.

285 Pounds

S9 Champ Fenner

Section 9 D1 Champ: Andrew Fenner
School: Minisink Valley
Class: Senior
Season Record: 39-7
Record Against the Field: 2-1
(beat Stangle, Nagosky; lost to Rupert)
The Field
Section 1: John Rogers (Clark. South)
Section 2: Jake Stangle (Ballston Spa)
Section 3: Spencer Pisaneschi (Rome)
Section 4: Trentyn Rupert (New Valley)
Section 5: Ryan Cottom (Spencerport)
Section 6: Calik Kennedy (Amherst)
Section 8: Deaquan Stuart (Roosevelt)
Section 9: Andrew Fenner (Minisink Valley)
Section 11: Deonte Wilson (Amityville)
CHSAA: Nicholas Greer (St. Anthony’s)
PSAL: Javan Pastoriza (Curtis)
At Large 1: Joey Slackman (Commack)
At Large 2: Tim Nagosky (Smithtown West)
At Large 3: Jaquan Johnson (Grand Island)
At Large 4: Calvin Anthony (John Jay East Fishkill)
At Large 5:  Michael Consiglio (Ketcham

What to Watch For
The heavyweights always provide us with great drama up in Albany and this year should be no exception. S11 champion Deonte Wilson was a state finalist at 285 last year and has not lost a single wrestled match this year (2 ffts at ESC). He has scored bonus points in every match except one!  Wilson’s sole regular decision was in the S11 finals to wildcard entry Joey Slackman who was an ESC finalist. Finishing right behind Slackman in 3rd place at ESC was S4 champ Rupert who will definitely be in the hunt here as will fellow ESC placer Andrew Fenner from S9.  There is a lot of talent at 285 and plenty of potential madalists including Stuart from S8, Greer from CHSAA, Cottom from S5, and Nagosky from S11.

2018 NYSPHSAA State Qualifier Results

Section 1:   D1    D2       Section 7:            D2
Section 2:   D1    D2       Section 8:   D1    D2
Section 3:   D1    D2       Section 9:   D1    D2
Section 4:   D1    D2       Section 10: D1    D2
Section 5:   D1    D2       Section 11: D1    D2
Section 6:   D1    D2       PSAL:          D1    D2
CHSAA:       D1

Section 9 D2 Championships

Port Jervis crowned 4 champions and racked up 228 points on their way to the team title at the 2018 D2 Section 9 Tournament.  Taking home top honors for the Red Raiders were Eric Tigue (113), Carson Sauschuck (132), William Harrison (152), and Jason Butler (182).  Red Hook finished 2nd in the team race with 176 points and also crowned 4 champs in Matt Morris (106), Tristen Schiafo (160), Ryan Hobson (195), and Liam Dietrich (285).  Onteora finished 3rd in the team race with 139.5 points and crowned 2 champs in Nick Ross (126) and Dillon Ross (170).  Other Champions included Nikko Walsh from Rondout Valley at 99, Ethan Palanca from New Paltz at 120, Mat Malherio from Highland at 138, Ian Houck from Rondout Valley at 145, and Devin Dixon from New Paltz at 220.  Congratulation to Ian Houck for being voted at the MOW for the tournament!

2018 Section 9 D2 Brackets and Team Scores