Week 8 Schedule/Results Plus What To Watch For

Tuesday 1/15
Chester 78 Burke 9
NFA 37 Monroe Woodbury 35
Warwick 39 Kingston 34
Tuesday Highlights….
NFA defeats MW in one of the most exciting duals of the year! The tilt started at 106 where NFA’s Jaden Hansen defeated Dylan Winters 2-1. The score went back and forth with several key wins by NFA namely Brandon Delarosa pinning Dylan Burgos and Maxx DeCapua topping Sam Santander 7-6. MW was up 35-33 with one match to go setting the stage for Jackson Merli to major Richie Toledo by a 10-2 score and win the dual for the Goldbacks! Up in Kingston, Warwick edged Kingston 39-34 in a dual that featured a few great match-ups including Bennet (K) dec 7-3 over Noteboom (W) and Chenier (K) maj dec 15-6 over D. Greco (W).

Wednesday 1/16
Minisink Valley 61 Cornwall 15
Saugerties 66 E/L/SW 15
Onteora 48 Ellenville 6
Port Jervis @ Highland
Middletown 54 Pine Bush 28
Monticello @ New Paltz
Red Hook 69 Rondout Valley 6
Washingtonville @ Valley Central
Wednesday Highlights….
In one of the most anticipated matches of the evening, Red Hook’s Matt Morris defeated Rondout Valley’s Nikko Walsh by a score of 7-4! Over in Middletown we saw Pine Bush’s Nick Florin notch a win by fall over Destin Morano at 152 followed by Middletown’s Joe Velazquez pinning Pine Bush’s Dylan Burgos at 160! At the MV vs Cornwall dual we saw Greiner (MV) defeat Rourke (Cornwall) at 99, Albornoz (MV) major Heffner (Cornwall) at 152, Wojehowski (Cornwall) top Geysen (MV) at 182, and Castro (MV) defeat C. Cassidy (Cornwall) at 195!

Castleton 50 SUNY Sullivan 6

Thursday 1/17
Chester @ Arlington
Warwick @ Minisink Valley
Port Jervis @ Red Hook
DePaul Catholic @ Monroe Woodbury

What To Watch For….
On Thursday in Wallkill, Thomas vs Fini (Goshen) and Davis vs Tierney (Goshen) may be worth watching! Over in Monroe on Thursday a match-up between Joe McGinty and Ricky Cabanillas (DePaul Catholic, NJ) may be worth the price of admission!

Section 9 Individual Rankings – 1/14/19

With the Section 9 Duals and the Eastern States Classic in the books it’s time that we roll out our first rankings of 2019! As a reminder, these rankings are just for fun. These rankings, or any rankings for that matter, have absolutely nothing to do with where a wrestler will be seeded at the Section 9 Tournament in February. Seeding the tournament is done by a formula and it is based completely upon results. Rankings are subjective … seeding is objective. That said, let’s enjoy the chatter created by these rankings and please feel free to comment below or to sectionixwrestling@gmail.com.

99 Pounds
1. Colby Amell – Saugerties
2. Andrew Marchese – Washingtonville
3. Jackson Merli – NFA
4. Richie Toledo – Monroe Woodbury
5. Nicolo Ricciuto – Valley Central
Amell is still top dog at 99. The Saugerties senior made it to the R16 at the ESC as did #2 Marchese from Washingtonville. Merli now has a common opponent win over MW’s Toledo (Adams from Monsignor Farrell) so he takes over at #3 followed by #4 Toledo and #5 Ricciuto from VC. Tufano from Port Jervis is having a great year and seems to be the top D2 wrestler at the weight. Two others to keep an eye on are Greco form Warwick and Rourke from Cornwall who have recently traded wins.

106 Pounds
1. Zack Ryder – Minisink Valley
2. Justin Morales – Middletown
3. Dylan Winters – Monroe Woodbury
4. Matt Davis – Wallkill
5. Jaden Hansen – NFA
The Minisink Valley 7th grader has been dominating local competition and just placed 5th at the Eastern States Classic where both of his losses where by decision to last year’s state finalists at 99 – Stevo Poulin and Chase Liardi! One of the local contenders who Ryder has yet to face is Middletown’s Justin Morales who sits at #2. Ryder does have a common over Morales – Echeverria from Long Beach. Winters had a tough go at S9 Duals losing by fall to both Ryder and Morales but he remains #3 followed by Matt Davis from Wallkill. Cracking the rankings for the first time this week is NFA’s Jaden Hansen who is our new #5 at 106. Hansen picked up a nice 4-1 decision over Tyler Reed from Cornwall who is also one to watch here. Peter Bender from Highland is having a great season as well and may be the top D2 106 pounder in S9!

113 Pounds
1. Nikko Walsh – Rondout Valley
2. Jacob Chenier – Kingston
3. Matt Morris – Red Hook
4. Joe Habert – Minisink Valley
5. Santos Ocasio – Monroe Woodbury
Rondout Valley’s Nikko Walso is having a great season and holds the #1 spot but Kingston’s Jacob Chenier is nipping at his heels! Chenier had a convincing win over #4 Habert from Minisink Valley who comes in just behind #3 Morris from Red Hook. We could possibly see Walsh, Morris and Habert at the Gene Brigham on Saturday! Monroe Woodbury’s Santos Ocasio holds he #5 slot at 113 but there are several others to keep an eye on here including Elliott Crocco from New Paltz who has two recent wins over a very solid Austin Maddox from Washingtonville. Drew Greco from Warwick came in 4th at the Shoreline and will definitely contend here! Let’s not forget MV’s Andrew Filip who won the Yonkers Tournament and Goshen’s Dylan Tierny who’s also having a nice season.

120 Pounds
1. Marco Vespa – Monroe Woodbury
2. Nick Picariello – Minisink Valley
3. Liam Bullock – Chester
4. John Antonelli – Marlboro
5. Joey Curreri – Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West
Our top ranked wrestler at 120 pounds is 2X NYS placewinner Marco Vespa, who is a perfect 28-0 this season. The Monroe Woodbury senior picked up his 200th career win on Saturday at the Kohl Tournament! Congratulation Marco! Coming in at #2 is MV’s Nick Picariello who fell short of placing at the ESC but wrestled very well! His two losses were close decisions to very tough wrestlers. Picariello lost 5-2 to 3X NYS place winner Caleb Robinson from Walton and 4-1 to 2X NYS qualifier Thomas Hughes from Fulton. Liam Bullock is having a great year and comes in at #3 followed by fellow D2 contenders John Antonelli from Marlboro and Joey Curreri from Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West.

126 Pounds
1. Jordan Suarez – Minisink Valley
2. Eric Tigue – Port Jervis
3. Kevin Urena – Pine Bush
4. Brandon DeLaRosa – Newburgh Free Academy
5. Ryan Burgos – Monroe Woodbury
MV junior Jordan Suarez had an awesome Section 9 Duals tournament where he pinned both DeLaRosa and Burgos so he remains our #1 at 126! Second ranked Tigue looked solid at ESC before being eliminated by a tough 8-4 decision to state champ Marek Bush. Numbers 3, 4, and 5 are razor close! This week we went with Urena at #3 based on his competitive performances against two hammers at the ESC. Urena lost 10-3 to ESC finalist and National Prep Champ Zeke Escalara from Wyoming Seminary and also lost 4-0 to NYS qualifier Deam Shambo. DeLaRosa from NFA is at #4 followed by Burgos from Monroe Woodbury who returns to the rankings at #5 after returning to action from an early season injury! Travis Phillips from VC and Eli Weinstein from Goshen are both having good seasons and will definitely contend for medals at the Section 9 Tournament!

132 Pounds
1. Tommy Maddox – Washingtonville
2. Mat Malherio – Highland
3. Matt Romano – Valley Central
4. Pat Ross – Onteora
5. Josh Sam – Middletown
Big shake-up in the 132 pound rankings where we have a new #1 in Washingtonville’s Tommy Maddox! Maddox has returned from an early season injury in impressive fashion by notching wins over former #1’s Malherio and Maddox. He also picked up a great win at ESC over a very tough Sean Petersen from Islip who defeated NYS #3 Logan Sciotto earlier this season! Malherio looked solid at ESC going 2-2 so he is our #2 and Romano, who only lost 6-4 to eventual ESC champ Justin McDougald, comes in at #3. Pat Ross is #4 at 132 and our new #5 is Middletown’s Josh Sam picked up a nice win over NFA’s Luke Fischer who is one to watch here. Aiden Cuppett from New Paltz has jumped on everyone’s radar after pinning Heinlein from Saugerties in a dual and then only losing 3-2 to Malherio at Mat Wars!

138 Pounds
1. Sean Savacool – Minisink Valley
2. Nick Ross – Onteora
3. Ethan Palanca – New Paltz
4. Robert Estevez – Monroe Woodbury
5. Gavin Staerker – Port Jervis
Our #1 at 138 is Minisink Valley junior Savacool who had an incredible week which included a pin over Estevez in the Section 9 Duals finals and then a 7th place finish at the Eastern States Classic! Ontora’s Ross is on fire and we move him up to #2 followed by New Paltz sophomore Palanca who took 4th at the Mat Wars. MW’s Estevez remains at #4 but we have a new #5 in Port Jervis’ Gavin Staerker who recently beat prev ious #5 Ceasar Luna from Highland 4-0 in a dual! Warwick has tow wrestlers who are having nice seasons at 138 in Gibbons and Schmalfuhs and Cornwall’s Alex Burns will also be in the medal hunt!

145 Pounds
1. Joe McGinty – Monroe Woodbury
2. Tommy Askey – Pine Bush
3. Nicholas Albornoz – Minisink Valley
4. Nick Curreri – Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West
5. Jacob Gonzalez – Minisink Valley
We have a shake-up at 145 with Joe McGinty from Monroe Woodbury taking over the #1 spot. McGinty was a finalist at the Shoreline and had a common opponent win over Askey (Stefan Major from Kings Park). The anticipated head-to-head match between McGinty and Askey never occurred at the S9 Duals so maybe we will see the two lock horns at their upcoming dual meet. Nicholas Albornoz from MV remains our #3 and Nick Curreri from E/L/SW stays at #4. Jaccob Gonzalez from Minisink Valley is having a great year and takes over the #5 spot at 145.

152 Pounds
1. Nate Ross – Onteora
2. Nick Florin – Pine Bush
3. Vincent Gennaro – Washingtonville
4. Dan Heffner – Cornwall
5. Destin Morano – Middletown
The top two at 152 remain the same. #1 ranked Pat Ross keeps rolling along. He notched his 100th career win in the semis of the Dan Wickham Tournament this weekend; then in the finals he defeated a 2X Section 8 champ earning him MOW honors for the 2nd week in a row! Pine Bush’s Nick Florin had a strong showing at the ESC. Florin went 3-2 and was one match away from placing. He also picked up a 3-2 win in the Rd 32 over the eventual 3rd place finisher Stefan Major from Kings Park! Numbers 3-5 and some others at 152 are very even which should provide great excitement for the medal round at the S9 Tournament. For now we have Gennaro from Washingtonville at #3, Heffner from Cornwall at #4, and Morano from Middletown at #5. Let’s keep our eyes on Connor Leggett from NFA, Doug Doherty from Monticello, Max Wernicki from MW, Kraig Thomas from Wallkill, Chris Fini from Goshen and James Shaw from Burke!

160 Pounds
1. Steve Gazzillo – Cornwall
2. Ethan Gallo – Minisink Valley
3. Alden Hathaway – Wallkill
4. Joe Velazquez – Middletown
5. Dylan Burgos – Pine Bush
No changes in the top-5 at 160. On the heals of his 8th place finish at the Eastern States Classic, Cornwall’s Steven Gazzillo remains our #1 wrestler at this weight! Out #2 ranked wrestler, Ethan Gallo, also had a nice showing at ESC. The Minisink Valley 8th grader went 2-2 and advanced to Day 2 in a very tough weight! Alden Hathaway from Wallkill is set to return and he’s our #3 followed by Joe Velazquez from Middletown at #4 and Dylan Burgos is still #5. Let’s not overlook Nick Hadallar from Monroe Woodbury, Nick Patterson from NFA, and Brendan Douthit from Burke.

170 Pounds
1. Tyler Serafini – Newburgh Free Academy
2. Matt Bucci – Saugerties
3. Pasquale Satriano – Valley Central
4. William Noteboom – Warwick
5. Chris McLaughlin – Minisink Valley
The 170 pound weight class also has no changes from our last ranking. Top ranked Serafini had a great showing at ESC. He entered the tournament as the #11 seed and wound up finishing 8th! Placing higher than your seed is always a good thing! Bucci was not at ESC but holds at #2 followed by Satriano then Noteboom. Chris McLaughlin remains at #5 at 170. The MV junior gutted out a few nice wins at S9 Duals over wrestlers we should keep an eye on, namely Steve Felice from Monroe Woodbury and Steven Kollbeck from Kingston.

182 Pounds
1. Anthony Owen – Saugerties
2. Zavier Bennet – Kingston
3. Elijah Babb – Middletown
4. Joe Russell – Newburgh Free Academy
5. Luke Wojehowski – Cornwall
Several changes at 182 for this week’s rankings! Anthony Owen’s from Saugerties drops down to 182 and has a solid showing at ESC including a common opponent win over Bennet making him our new #1! Kingston’s Bennet is having a great season but drops one spot to #2. Numbers 3-5 are a toss-up … Babb beat Russell, Russell beat Wojehowski, but Wojehowski beat Babb! Babb picked up a nice win at ESC over a very tough Geysen from MV so we’ll go Babb #3, Russell #4, and Wojehowski #5 for now. We cannot overlook Knisell from Saugerties, Mike Cassidy from Cornwall, or the aforementioned Geysen from Minisink!

195 Pounds
1. Sam Santander – Monroe Woodbury
2. Maxx DeCapua – Newburgh Free Academy
3. Carson Henry – Minisink Valley
4. Hayden Barley – Kingston
5. Josh Keller – Cornwall
Santander looked impressive at S9 Duals against Henry and rolled through the Kohl so he stays at #1 with ESC 8th place finisher Maxx DeCapua coming in behind him at #2. Hopefully we’ll see these two lock horns at their dual meet this week! Minisnk’s Carson Henry picked up a win at ESC and he’s our new #3 followed by Hayden Barley from Kingston. Cornwall’s Josh Keller enters the rankings at #5 this week but will have a chance to ascendhigherif he and Henry square off on Wednesday evening in the MV vs Cornwall dual! Cornwall’s Collin Cassidy will also be in the mix at 195 in February!

220 Pounds
1. Will Leonard – Cornwall
2. Armel Duke – Middletown
3. James Oosterom – Port Jervis
4. Mark Crisfield – Valley Central
5. David Strauss – Monroe Woodbury
No changes in the top 5 at 220 this week but plenty to talk about. Congratulations to Cornwall senior Will Leonard for taking home the 220 pound title at the Eastern States Classic. Leonard is Section 9’s first ESC champ since 2013 when Pine Bush’s Chris Cuccolo won the 99 pound weight class. Great job Will! Armel Duke from Middletown also had a great ESC and placed 7th at 220! Oosterom, Crisfield, and Strauss hold onto the 3-5 spots respectively. Minisink’s Tyler Castro keeps getting better and will definitely be in medal contention at the S9 tourney in February.

285 Pounds
1. Adam Fenner – Minisink Valley
2. Preston Havison – Monroe Woodbury
3. Bryce Moore – Valley Central
4. Caleb Williams – Newburgh Free Academy
5. Stephan Monchery – Middletown
One huge change at 285 – we have a new #1! Minisink Valley sophomore Adam Fenner defeated MW’s Preston Havison 6-0 in the last match of the Section 9 Duals finals and takes over the top spot at heavyweight! Havison pinned Fenner in their meeting back in December. I have a feeling these two will lock horns at least one or two more times this year! VC’s Moore defeats #4 Williams and is at #3 this week while the Middletown 7th grader Stephan Monchery holds on to our 5 spot at heavyweight!

2019 Eastern States Classic – Finals and S9 Medal Matches

Finals
99: Marc McGowan (Citrus, FL) dec 4-1 Gregor McNeil (Hilton)
106: Stevo Poulin (Shen) maj 11-0 Dante Geislinger (Norwich)
113: Greg Diakomihalis (Hilton) dec 5-2 Anthony Noto (Honeoye)
120: Sam Latona (Thompson, AL) vs Sean Carter (N. Babylon)
126: Ryan Jack (Danbury) dec 5-4 Zeke Escalara (Wyoming Sem)
132: Justin McDougald (NW) dec 5-2 Victor Perleshi (Pleasantville)
138: Adam Busiello (ESM) dec 3-2 Willie McDougald (Niagara Falls)
145: Tyler Sung (New Canaan, CT) dec 3-2 Jon Spadafora (HHHW)
152: Zach Lawrence (D-Burg) dec 4-3 Danny Mauriello (Hauppauge)
160: Kyle Mosher (South East) wbf :29 Charlie Gygras (Duanesburg)
170: Ross McFarland (Phoenix) dec 2-1 Aaron Wolk (Horace Greeley)
182: Jake Logan (New Rochelle) wbf 1:56 Fombo Azah (Carthage)
195: Sammy Deprez (Hilton) dec 3-2 Kyle Costello (Sem)
220: Will Leonard (Cornwall) maj 13-4 Dylan Gianikos (Pat-Med)
285: Joe Slackman (Commack) wbf 3:30 Trentyn Rupert (Newark)

Section 9 Medal Matches 3rd – 8th:
106: Zack Ryder wbf 2:25 Avery Leonard (Cooperstown) 5th place!
138: Sean Savacool wbf :42 Jake Cardoza (Southington) 7th place!!
160: JD More (Levittown) dec 10-3 Steve Gazzillo 8th place!
170: Mike Giallorenzi (Sem) dec 8-2 Tyler Serafini 8th place!
195: Todd DeGroat (Vestal) wbf 2:11 Maxx DeCapua 8th place!
220: Armel Duke wbf 4:39 Matt Knote (ESM) 7th place!!!
220: Jake Rankin (Oyster Bay) dec 2-1 Mark Crisfield 6th place!

Team Race:
1. Hilton – 143
2. Wyoming Seminary – 135.5
3. Massapequa 91
4. Danbury 85
5. Eastport South Manor 84
6. Norwich 66.5
7. Springfield Central 65
8. Hauppauge 63.5
9. Minisink Valley – 60
10. Wantagh – 56

Sportsmanship Award: Cornwall

Aggregate Pin: Victor Perlleshi – 4 pins in 3:44

Lightweight MOW: Greg Diakomihalis – Hilton
Middleweight MOW: Kyle Mosher – South East Cyclones
Heaveyweight MOW: Jake Logan – New Rochelle
Champion of Champion: Kyle Mosher – South East Cyclone

2019 Eastern States Classic Quarterfinal Matchups and S9 Wrestlers in Wrestlebacks

99 Pounds
McGowen (Citrus Park, FL) wbf 1:36 Centrone (Mahopac)
Weinhaus (Sachem East) wbf 1:33 Lopez (Long Beach)
Schafer (Pal-Mac) dec 7-2 Gallagher (Baypoint)
McNeil (Hilton) dec 11-7 Connetta (Massapequa)

106 Pounds
Poulin (Shenendehowa) dec 10-3 Ryder (Minisink Valley)
Camillaci (Hilton) wbf :39 Schreiber (MacArther)
Geislinger (Norwich) tf 15-0 Leonard (Cooperstown)
Liardi (Massapequa) wbf 1:11 Rapuano (Xavier, CT)

113 Pounds
Diakomihalis (Hilton) maj 13-4 Encarnacion (Wantagh)
Smith (Hauppauge) dec 7-4 Adams (Monsignor Farrell)
Titus (Center Moriches) maj 8-0 Mason Bush (CVA)
Noto (Honeyoye Falls/Lima) dec 10-8 Roes (Loweville)

120 Pounds
Latona (Thompson, AL) dec 8-6 utb Ryan (Farrell)
Garland (South Jeff) dec 1-0 Schubert (William)
Oroudjov (Syosset) dec 7-5 Joyce (Ponganaset, RI)
Carter (North Babylon) dec 3-1 Garcia (Port Chester)

126 Pounds
Ryan Jack (Danbury) dec 7-4 Merwin (Walton)
Burgos (Hilton) dec 10-0 Kellison (Jamesville)
Escalara (Wyoming Sem, PA) wbf 1:58 Cheek (Canesteo)
Redding (Eastport South Manor) 15-4 Robin (Arlington)

132 Pounds
Denatale (Locust Valley) dec 3-2 Fields (Danbury, CT)
Perllishi (Pleasantville) wbf :25 Moore (Wantagh)
Samson (Victor) fft Maddox (Washingtonville)
J. McDougald (Niagara Wheat) dec 3-2 Heck (Wyoming Sem)

138 Pounds
Busiello (Eastport South Manor) wbf 1:53 Sanko (Pittsford)
Miller (Springfield) dec 2-1 Cardoza (Southington)
Romero (Brooklyn Tech) dec 8-6 Martel (Noble, ME)
Willie McDougald (Niagara Falls) tech 17-1 Albis (JJEF)

145 Pounds
Shaut (Central Valley) dec 3-1 Putney (E. Aurora)
Tyler Sung (New Canaan, CT) dec 6-2 Donavan (Marcellus)
AJ Kovacs (Iona Prep) dec 8-0 Burgbacher (Pat-Med)
Spadafora (HHHE) maj 13-2 Warren McDougald (Niagara Wheat)

152 Pounds
Lawrence (Duanesburg) maj 10-1 Bell (Cold Spring Harbor)
Squires (Norwich) dec 5-0 Smith (Saranac)
Spahn (Islip) wbf 5:25 Stencel (Lancaster)
Mauriello (Poly Prep) dec 3-1 Berkovich (Poly Prep)

160 Pounds
Kyle Mosher (South East) maj 10-2 Rees (Wyoming Sem)
Connelly (Rocky Point) maj 15-1 Gazzillo (Cornwall)
Null (Dolgeville) dec 5-1 Day (Iroquois)
Grygas (Duaneburg) dec 3-0 Chesman (Pearl River)

170 Pounds
McFarland (Phoenix) maj 8-0 Wolf (Warwaw)
Jacob Nolan (Saranac) maj 9-0 Harvey (Springfield)
Wolk (Horace Greeley) 7-5 Illicete (Copaigue)
Rogers (Wantagh) dec 12-5 Thibeau (Niagara Wheat)

182 Pounds
Logan (New Rochelle) tech 20-4 Gordan (Hewlett)
Dhzioev (Franklin) dec 8-3 Durant (Guilderland)
Azah (Carthage) dec 4-2 Tyrell (Hauppauge)
Petrakis (Massapequa) dec 7-3 Greenblatt (Massapequa)

195 Pounds
Deprez (Hilton) wbf :10 Babbcort (Wingate)
Innocent (East Ramapo) wbf 5:47 DeCapua (NFA)
Costello (Wyoming Sem) wbf 4:43 McLaughlin (Springfield)
Riggs (Ponagaset, RI) dec 8-2 DeGroff (Warsaw)

220 Pounds
Gianikos (Pat-Med) wbf 1:12 Luke Cirka (Ponaganset, RI)
Rankin (Oyster Bay) dec 3-1 Duke (Middletown)
Mabukaglu (Midwood) dec 5-1 Stuart (Roosevelt)
Will Leonard (Cornwall) dec 2-0 Knote (Eastport South Manor)

285 Pounds
Joey Slackman (Commack) wbf 2:26 Stangle (Ballston Spa)
Burns (Hilton) dec 5-3 Null (Carthage)
Tyler Rice (Norwich) wbf 1:47 Lebberes (Ardsley)
Rupert (Newark Valley) dec 4-3 Khodaparast (Oyster Bay)

Other Section 9 Wrestlers Who Advanced to Day 2…..
99: Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville)
Fortugno (Byram) dec 6-2 Marchese
99: Nicolo Ricciuto (Valley Central)
Foy MacArthur dec 9-2 Ricciuto
106: Justin Morales (Middletown)
Hoo (Ben Card) dec 4-3 Morales
113: Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley)
Maoirini (Hauppauge) fft Walsh
113: Jacob Chenier (Kingston)
Chenier maj 11-1 Fitzsimmons (Ward Melville)
Adams (Mon Far) maj 16-3 Chenier
132: Mat Malherio (Highland)
Zoha (Arlington) dec 8-4 Malherio
138: Sean Savacool (Minisink Valley)
Savacool dec 3-0 Maquet (Long Beach)
Savacool maj 9-0 Martel (Noble)…Sean will place!!!
145: Tommy Askey (Pine Bush)
Mauras (Freeport) fft Askey
152: Nick Florin (Pine Bush)
Florin dec 7-6 Taurony (New Hartford)
Stencel (Lancaster) wbf 2:28 Florin
152: Ethan Gallo (Minisink Valley)
Case (Adirondack) wbf :56 Gallo
170: Tyler Serafini (NFA)
Serafini dec 5-4 Gannone (ESM)
Serafini dec 6-2 Harvey (Springfield)
182: Anthony Owen (Saugerties)
Owen dec 13-11 Babb
Greenblatt (Massapequa) dec 7-4 Owen
182: Elijah Babb (Middletown)
Owen dec 13-11 Babb
220: Devin Dixon (New Paltz)
Boyer (Amsterdam) wbf 3:16 Dixon
220: Mark Crisfield (Valley Central)
Crisfield wbf 1:24 Saraldi (Freeport)
Crisfield wbf 1:26 Cirka (Ponaganset)…Mark will place
285: Caleb Williams (NFA)
Criss (Peru) dec 1-0 Williams
285: Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley)
Fenner wbf 2:20 Brandon (Walt Whitman)
Khodaparest (Oyster Bay) wbf 7:30 Fenner

Minisink Valley & Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West Punch Tickets to Syracuse

Section 9 wrestling fans were treated to an incredible day of wrestling at Minisink Valley High School for Day 2 of the Section 9 Dual Meet Championships! When all was said and done, Minisink Valley prevailed as your Division 1 champions by defeating rival Monroe Woodbury by a score of 48-24. On the Division 2 side, Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West and Highland were all tied up 36-36 after the 15 matches so the officials had to go to criteria. By virtue of winning 8 matches to 7 matches, E/L/SW was crowned D2 champions!

Final Results
Minisink Valley 48 MW 24 E/L/SW 37 Highland 36

Prior to the finals, fans were treated to side-by-side action as the Division 1 semifinals took place on adjacent mats. One one mat we saw Minisink Valley top NFA by a score of 57-15 and on the other mat we saw Monroe Woodbury defeat Middletown 47-24.

Semifinal Results
Minisink Valley 57 NFA 15 Monroe Woodbury 47 Middletown 24

Day 2 Highlights….
Minisink Valley sophomore Adam Fenner capped of an incredible evening for the Warriors by defeating last year’s S9 runner-up at 285 Preston Havison of MW. Havison pinned Fenner in their previous match back in December. Fenner also defeated NFA’s Caleb Williams in their semifinal bout. One of the most impressive performances of the day came from MV’s Jordan Suarez who pinned Brandon Delarosa from NFA in the semis and then also pinned Ryan Burgos from Monroe Woodbury in the finals! Also having 2-pin days for the Warriors were Zack Ryder, Nick Picariello, and Sean Savacool. Other two-win performances for MV came from Joe Habert, Nick Albornoz, Ethan Gallo, and Scott Geysen. Up two weights from his normal 120 pound weight class, MW senior Marco Vespa notched a workmanlike 9-4 win over Middletown’s Josh Sam in the semifinal round. The Crusaders had two-win performances from Vespa, Joe McGinty, and Sam Santander.

Day 2 Section 9 Duals – Semis and Finals

After an exciting Day 1 of the Section 9 Duals we are all set up for the semifinals and finals on Wednesday at Minisink Valley HS. The Division 1 semifinals will begin on two mats at 5:00. On one mat it will be Minisink Valley taking on NFA and on the adjacent mat Monroe Woodbury and Middletown will square off! Then at 6:30, also on 2 mats, we will get to see the D1 and D2 finals simultaneously! The winners of the D1 semis will wrestle on one mat while Highland and Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West will battle it out for the D2 championship! Take a look below at tomorrow’s schedule but please remember….

For the second year in a row, there will be a Food Drive at Minisink Valley for Day 2 of the Section 9 Duals. Last year’s drive was a huge success and we hope to do even better this year. All donations will be given to The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. PLEASE consider bringing a canned/non-perishable food donation with you to Minisink Valley on Wednesday. Your generous donations are truly appreciated by those in need in the Hudson Valley. Thank You.

Section 9 Duals – Day 2 – Minisink Valley

Division 1 Semifinals – 5:00
Minisink Valley vs Newburgh Free Academy
Monroe Woodbury vs Middletown

Finals – 6:30
Division 1: TBD
Division 2: Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West vs Highland

Section 9 Duals – Day 1 Results and Highlights

Day 1 – Tuesday 1/8

NFA Location – Division 1
Rd 16
(1) Minisink Valley – bye
(9) Kingston 49 (8) Saugerties 33
(5) Valley Central 46 (12) Washingtonville 33
(4) NFA 75 (13) Wallkill 6
NFA Location R16 Highlights….
NFA’s Tyler Serafini recorded his 105th career PIN to become the all time pin leader for Newburgh Free Academy! Congrats Tyler! Marchese from Washingtonville 8-2 over Ricciuto from VC. Maddox over VC’s Romoano 8-5!

Quarterfinals – 7:30
Minisink Valley 69 Kingston 3
NFA 49 Valley Central 21
Newburgh Location Quarterfinal Highlights….
Kingston’s Chenier with the major over MV’s Habert 12-2. MV’s Carson Henry with a sudden victory win over Hayden Barley.

Pine Bush Location – Division 1
Rd 16
(3) Middletown 85 (14) Goshen 0
(6) Cornwall 39 (11) Warwick 24
(10) Pine Bush 63 (7) New Paltz 18
(2) Monroe Woodbury – bye

Quarterfinals – 7:30
Middletown 37 Cornwall 29
Monroe Woodbury 71 Pine Bush 15

Port Jervis Location – Division 2
Quarterfinals
(1) Port Jervis – bye
(4) Highland – bye
(3) E/L/SW 72 (6) Ellenville 12
(2) Red Hook 60 (7) Chester 24

Semifinals – 7:30
Highland 45 Port Jervis 27
E/L/SW 64 Red Hook 18

Day 2 semifinals (Division 1) and finals (Divisions 1 & 2) will take place at Minisink Valley High School on Wednesday 1/9. Semifinals will begin at 5:00 and finals should begin at approximately 6:30.

For the second year in a row, there will be a Food Drive at Minisink Valley for Day 2 of the Section 9 Duals. Last year’s drive was a huge success and we hope to do even better this year. All donations will be given to The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. PLEASE consider bringing a canned/non-perishable food donation with you to Minisink Valley on Wednesday. Your generous donations are truly appreciated by those in need in the Hudson Valley. Thank You.

Weekend Tournaments and Highlights

Monroe Woodbury, Pine Bush, Warwick @ Shoreline Tournament
Monroe Woodbury crowned 2 champions and placed 10 in the top-6 on their way to winning the team title at the 2019 Shoreline Tournament! Marco Vespa was the MOW of the tournament. Vespa won the 120 pound title and defeated 2X state place winner Ivan Garcia by a 6-4 margin in the finals. Preston Havison was the Crusader’s other titlist winning the 285 pound weight class. Rob Estevez (138), Joe McGinty (145), and Sam Santander (195) took second place honors while Santos Ocasio (113), Mike Paravati (182), and David Strauss (220) finished 3rd. Also placing for the Crusaders were Dylan Winters who took 4th at 106 and Nick Haddallar who was 5th at 160. Pine Bush had one champion and placed 4 wrestlers in the top 6. Nick Florin won the 152 pound weight class while Kevin Urena took 4th at 126. Tommy Askey took 5th place in an absolutely brutal 145 pound weight class and Lucas Pennell finished 6th at 160 pounds! Warwick also had one place winner – Drew Greco took 4th place at 120!

Minisink Valley @ Chris Hernandez Tournament
The Warriors took a handful of wrestlers down to Yonkers and finished the day with 3 champions and 2 other top-4 place winners. Luke Greiner was the 99 champion and was selected as freshman MOW of the tournament (even though he’s a 7th grader). Andrew Filip returned to action and won the title at 113 while the Warrior’s third champion was 145 pounder Jaccob Gonzalez who was also voted sophomore MOW. Brian Lombardi took 2nd place at 132 and Mia Macaluso finished 4th at the same weight.

Saugerties @ Russ Cordell Rotary Tournament
Colby Amell defeated the top 2 wrestlers in Section 4 on his way to the 99 pound crown at the Russ Cordell Rotary Tournament in Oneonta. Amell defeated Elmira’s Donovan Smith 6-0 in the semis then went on to pin Tyler Ferrara of Chenango Forks in the finals to take the title. Jimmy Heinlein and Anthony Owen took 2nd place for Saugerties who finished 6th in the team race.

Burke @ Somers Tournament
Burke placed three wrestlers in the top 6 at the Somers Tournament. James Shaw and Brendan Douthit took 5th place at 152 and 160 pounds respectively. Francesco Isola finished in 6th place at 285!

Kingston, Goshen, Highland, New Paltz, and Washingtonville @ Mat Wars
Hayden Barley was crowned champion at 195 helping Kingston win the team title at the 12-team Ketcham Mat Wars. The Tigers had 2 other finalists in Jacob Chenier (113) and Zavier Bennet (182). Marlboro’s John Antonelli won the title at 120 defeating Galway’s Brandon Grupe 6-5 in the finals. Washingtonville had 2 champs as Andrew Marchese won at 99 and Tommy Maddox took home the 132 pound title! Maddox recorded a 6-0 win over Highland’s Mat Malherio who took 3rd at the weight. Vincent Gennaro fished 2nd at 152 for Washingtonville. Highland’s Peter Bender was the runner-up at 106 while Goshen’s Kerry Connors (160) and New Paltz’s Devin Dixon (220) also fell in the finals. New Paltz’s Ethan Palanca took 4th place in a very tough 138 pound weight class.


Rondout Valley @ Stan Elinsky Tournament
Nikko Walsh cruised through the competition en route to winning the title at 113 at the Stan Elinsky Tournament! Lucas Ospina also won his weight class by defeating teammate Landen Frey in the finals at 106 pounds. Rondout Valley finished 4th as a team. Ellenville was also at the tournament and had a finalist in Jason Lonstin who took 2nd at 285.

Stan Elinsky Final Results

Chester, Onteora @ Jamie Mormile Tournament
Liam Bullock took 1st place honors at 120 pounds to lead Chester to an 8th place team finish at the Jamie Mormile Tournament. Bullock wasn’t Chester’s only finalist – Devin McGovern came in 2nd place at 285! Also placing for Chester were Jared Pincus (6th @ 99) and Mark Brukenstein (5th @ 132). Ontoera was also at the tournament and had 2 finalists. Nick Ross won the title at 138 pounds and his brother Nate took home gold at 152 pounds!


Monticello @ Warrensburg Duals


2019 Eastern States Classic

Weight by Weight Breakdowns

Lightweights Middleweights Heavyweights

2019 ESC – Lightweights Preview

Hilton’s Gregor McNeil

99 Pounds
The 99 pound weight class is always fun to watch at the ESC because often times this is the first opportunity for some of our first year varsity wrestlers to test themselves against seasoned competition.  There will be several wrestlers in the hunt at 99 but let’s start with Gregor McNeil. The Ontario native who now attends Hilton is undefeated and has absolutely dominated nearly every opponent this season. At Super 32, McNeil notched wins over NJ stud John Manno and NYS D2 champ Dante Geislinger wrestling up at 106! His one close decision this year was a 4-2 sudden victory win over Pal-Mac’s Jace Schafer who was 5th in NYS last year and is also in the field at the ESC. We should also definitely keep an eye on Marc Anthony McGowan from Citrus Park Christian in Florida!  He has been absolutely dominating the competition on the youth circuit and won the MS S32 this past year! Massapequa’s Anthony Connetta was a state qualifier last year and should contend as will Saugerties’ Colby Amell who just won the Mid-Hudson Tournament.  Mahopac’s Angelo Centrone is undefeated and has a win of Shaker’s Jashon Holmes  – both will contend for medals here and we can expect big things of Kevin Lopez from Long Beach and Jared Weinhaus from Sachem East. Some of the other wrestlers to keep an eye on at 99 include Max Gallagher from Bayport-Blue Point, Braidon Woodward from Canisteo-Greenwood, Jackson Polo from Cold Spring Harbor, Donovan Smith from Elmira, Killian Foy from MacArthur, Andrew Marchese from Washingtonville, and Anthony Scicutella from Locust Valley.

Stevo Poulin – Shenendehowa
#1 USA FloWrestling
#1 USA Intermat

106 Pounds
This weight class is loaded with several very talented wrestlers but the heavy favorite here is Stevo Poulin from Shenendehowa.  Poulin was the 2018 ESC champion, the 2018 NYS champion, 2018 S32 champion and is currently ranked #1 in the nation by both FloWrestling and Intermat! We could however see a match between last year’s D1 and D2 99 pound state champs if Stevo were to lock horns with Norwich’s Dante Geislinger, who also took 4th at last year’s ESC! Poulin’s opponent in the state finals was Chase Liardi from Massapequa who will also contend here as will NYS 4th Matt Schrieber from Horace Greeley and NYS 5th place finisher Rocco Camillaci from Hilton. Minisink Valley 7th grader Zack Ryder has opened some eyes this season and his only loss on the season has been to Stevo in early December – do not be surprised if he goes deep in this tournament. Michael Rapuano from Xavier, CT just won the Mid-Hudson Tournament in very convincing fashion and will be in the hunt. Middletown’s Justin Morales was a Section 9 champ last season and placed 8th at 99 at last year’s ESC. A few others to watch here are Joe Sparacio from Bayport-Blue Point, Matthew Cracchiola from Ward Melville, Jeremiah Echevarria from Long Beach, Blake Brooks from Elmira, and both Cam and Zack Soda from Burlington, MA.

Greg Diakomihalis with bother Yianni in his corner at Who’s Number One

113 Pounds
Some weight classes are “top heavy” with nationally ranked studs while other weights may lack the hammers, but they are loaded with depth. The 113 pound weight class has both! Don’t be surprised if we see state place winners not advance to Day 2! The favorite here is definitely Greg Diakomihalis. The Hilton junior is a 3X NYS champion and he is currently ranked #5 in the nation by FloWrestling (@120).  Diakomihalis will be tested though!  Anthony Noto from Honeoya Falls-Lima, a 2X NYS champion, and Terry Adams from Monsignor Farrell, a 2018 state champion, are both entered here. Jordan Titus from Center Moriches is a 2X state finalist and defeated Noto at the preseason Journeymen Classic will also be in the hunt as will Mason Bush, a 2X state placer from Central Valley Academy. We’re not done yet…Luke Smith from Hauppauge who finished 3rd in NYS and Josiah Encarnacion from Wantagh who took 5th in Albany are also entered at 113! You want more? We have Micah Roes from Lowville who placed 4th at states and just recorded a 4-0 win over Mason Bush as well as Jake Eckerle from Commack finished 7/8 in NYS. Let’s keep an eye on Nikko Walsh from Rondout Valley who just won the Mid-Hudson Tournament and Amos Rivera from Fox Lane looked great in winning Wrangle on the Plains last month. A couple other guys worth keeping on our radar are Alex Almonte from Farmingdale, Marvin Canales Vanegas from Smithtown West, Jacob Chenier from Kingston, and Cody Merwin from Walton.

Thompson Alabama’s Sam Latona shown with club coach and Washingtonville grad Shad Rissler

120 Pounds
There are at least one dozen wrestlers entered at 120 pounds who have placed in their state tournament.  Yes, that means at least 4 former state placers will not step on the podium here and in all likelihood, a few of them won’t even make it to Day 2! Sam Latona from Thompson, AL is a former state champion, a Fargo All-American, and one of the favorites at 120.  He had an awesome run at the 2018 Super32 where he finished 2nd and notched wins over nationally ranked studs Nic Bouzakis and Eddie Vetresca! NYS will have several wrestlers in the hunt here namely Marek Bush from Central Valley Academy who was a NYS champion last year and Sean Carter from North Babylon who placed 4th in NYS last year at this weight. Caleb Robinson from Walton is a 3X NYS place winner, Matt Garland from South Jefferson – Sandy Creek is a 2X NYS place winner, Ivan Garcia from Port Chester is a 2X NYS place winner, Christian Gannone from Eastport South Manor is a 2X place winner, and Len Balducci from Pleasantville is a 2X NYS place winner! Not done yet – Michael Joyce is Rhode Island state champ, CJ McMonegal from North Rockland is a NYS place winner as are Thomas Hughes from Fulton, Joe Contrastano from Wheatley, and Carter Schubert from Williamson-Marion-Sodus. To add some additional depth to this already stacked weight class we have Evan Matias from Rocky Point who recently beat Garcia at the Mid-Hudson, Caleb Burgess from Pal-Mac who has only two loss this year (to Greg Diakohihalis and Carter Schubert), and a few other state qualifiers in John DeConno from Burnt Hills, Cole Mulhauser from Central Square, and Kai Yudelson from Brooklyn Tech. George Oroudjov,a freshman from Syosset, looks to be well on his way to continuing the legacy of his brothers – Nick and Vito Arujau! There will also be a 7th grade stud from Citrus Park Christian, FL at 120, Bas Diaz. Section 9 will have a few of their best battling for a spot on the podium in Nick Picariello from Minisink Valley, John Antonelli from Marlboro, and Jacob Chenier form Kingston.

Danbury’s Ryan Jack
#5 in the Nation at 126 by FloWrestling

126 Pounds
Every year, the 126 pound weight class seems to be one of the toughest weights at the Eastern States Classic – this year will be no exception! One of the definite favorites here will be Ryan Jack. The Danbury, CT junior is a 2X CT state champ, placed 3rd at the 2018 ESC and is currently ranked #5 in the nation by FloWrestling! In order to win, Jack will need to get through a few absolute hammers from NYS namely 2018 NYS champion Zach Redding from Eastport South Manor and Ryan Burgos from Hilton who placed in NYS last year and has a recent win over state champ Marek Bush! Did I mention that Zeke Escalera from Wyoming Seminary is at 126 and he won the Nation Prep Championships last year! Josh Cote from Noble, ME was a state champion a freshman last year and will definitely contend here as will Chandler Merwin from Walton who was a state finalist last year, Tyler Kellison from Jamesville Dewitt-CBA who placed 3rd in NYS last year and 7th at the ESC. We have a few more state place winners at 126 namely Logan Patterson from Indian River, Bradley Cheek from Canisteo Greenwood, and Logan Dubuque from Peru. Patterson just notched an impressive 7-0 win over state champ Marek Bush!  Aiden Cullen from Greenville, Dean Shambo from Mexico, and Aiden Rabideau from Clarence are all former state qualifiers and will be competitive here and we shouldn’t overlook Gavin Damasco from Commack, Chris Cook from John Jay Cross River, Joe Henion from North Rockland, and Dove Bonjean-Alpart from Poly Prep. Section 9 will be well represented at 126 by Jordan Suarez from Minisink Valley, Eric Tigue from Port Jervis, and Brandon DeLaRosa from Newburgh Free Academy.