Congratulations to Wallkill freshman James Faison, Minisink Valley junior Joey Yanis and Goshen senior Ryan Ellefsen for taking home titles at the NYWAY State Championships this past weekend. Faison pinned his opponent in the finals while both Yanis and Ellefsen needed to knock off NYS placewinners in order to capture the top spot!
Faison won hard fought matches in the quarters and semis by scores of 2-1 and 3-0 respectively before imposing his will in the finals and pinning Matt McKewin in 2:46! Faison was a Section 9 finalist this season at 120 pounds.
Yanis was crowned champion at 184 pounds after recording a resounding victory over Matt Cicco by a 13-3 margin. Cicco finished 3rd in D1 NYS this past season at 182 pounds. Yanis also defeated Cicco earlier this season at the Eastern States Classic.
Ellefsen squared off in the 220 pound finals against 2X NYS D2 finalist Joe Benedict and when the final whistle blew, the Clarion bound Goshen native was the 4-0 victor. Ellefsen finished 3rd in NYS this season and was a finalist at 220 last year.
Minisink Valley JV wrestler Grace Pauls also took home gold! The Warrior freshman notched a pair of first period pins in capturing the 128-141 pound girl’s division!
There were several other Section 9 wrestlers who competed at NYWAY states – all ages, boys and girls. Congratulations to everyone who competed – special congrats to those who won or placed at their weight.
A Great Banquet Highlighted by Tributes to Retiring Wallkill Coach Jeff Cuilty
The Friends of Section 9 held their annual awards banquet last night at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown. Plaques were given to the top 4 D1 placewinners and the top 2 D2 placewinners. There were also several special awards handed out (listed below). The highlights of the evening, however, were the tributes given to Jeff Cuilty by his colleagues. Coach Cuilty who is retiring from coaching after an illustrious 37 year career that has landed him in the NYS Wrestling Hall of Fame.
After coaching for 8 years at Ardsley High School in Section 1, Cuilty coached at NFA for 24 years and Wallkill for 5 years. In the 5 years at Wallkill he turned a once struggling program into one that is perennially state recognized. Although he is retiring from teaching and coaching, Coach Cuilty is will remain active in wrestling in two extremely important capacities. He will continue to serve at the Section 9 wrestling chairperson. His contributions in this role are incredible highlighted by his part in creating the wild card system for the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships.
Perhaps the crown jewel of Jeff Cuilty’s career is his role as the tournament director for the Eastern States Classic. The ESC is without question one of the toughest high school wrestling tournaments in the nation. This year’s event showcased some of the best high school wrestlers from over 150 schools spanning 5 states. The event gets larger, tougher, and thus more complex to run, every year. I am very happy to announce that Cuilty will be staying on as tournament director for the ESC – I’m not sure how we could run the tournament without him!
Below are all of the award recipients from last night’s banquet. Congratulations to all of the winners!
John Bell Lifetime Achievement Award – Jeff Cuilty
Troy Bouzakis Wrestler of the Year – Ryan Ferro, Warwick
FS9 Person of the Year – Phil Rosas, Port Jervis
FS9 President’s Team Award – Minisink Valley
FS9 Most Courageous Wrestler – Mike Fekishazy, Wallkill
Comeback Wrestler of the Year – Kendall Elfstrum, MW
Most Improved Team – Pine Bush
D’Aliso Most Improved Wrestler – Louis Libutti, MW
FS9 Coach of the Year – Rich Ormsby, Pine Bush
FS9 Fan of the Year – Marie Ng, Monticello
FS9 Parent of the Year – Matt Curreri, Eldred
Frank Tscham Team of the Year – Monroe Woodbury
Mark Faller Coach of the Year – John Gartiser, MW
Assistant Coach of the Year – Bob Christensen, MW
Modified Coach of the Year – Trevor Gale, Onteora
Coach’s Wife of the Year – Carolyn Cuilty
Ref of the Year – Wayne Carroll
Officials Sportsmanship Award – Brandon Bobe, Wash.
Scorekeeper of the Year – Sydney Sauschuck, Port Jervis
Scorekeeper of the Year – Amanda Sexton, Port Jervis
NYS silver medalist Mike Fekishazy has decided to continue his academic and wrestling career at SUNY Ulster next fall. The Wallkill senior is a 2X Section 9 champion and a 2X NYS place winner. This year Fekishazy made it to the state finals at 182 where he dropped a decision to Louie Deprez, the top ranked wrestler in the nation at the weight. Last year Fekishazy finished 6th in the state at 170 pounds.
SUNY Ulster is coached by Justin Signorelli, a Highland graduate who wrestled collegiately at SUNY Cortland. Congratulations to Mike, his family, and to Coach Signorelli – best of luck in college!
The 2017 NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships have been awesome! Section 9 did outstanding! We have 2 state champs, 4 finalists, and we placed 9 wrestlers in the top 6. Some of the highlights of the tournament, however, have taken place off of the mat. First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS to former Monroe Woodbury head coach Steve Fischbein for being selected for induction into the NYS Wrestling Hall of Fame. There is nobody more deserving that you Fish! I would also be remiss I did not take a moment to say “Thank You” to retiring Wallkill head coach Jeff Cuilty. Also a NYS HOF member, Coach Cuilty’s contribution to the wrestling community stretches far beyond Section 9. Congrats Coach Fischbein and Coach Cuilty!
99 D1: Brandon Nunez (P) dec 5-3 Terry Adams (C)
99 D2: Anthony Noto (S5) wbf 6:44 Jordan Titus (S11)
106 D1: Dylan Ryder (11) tf 15-0 Cody Anders (S5)
106 D2: T. Svingala (S2) dec 9-2 Jon Charles (S3)
113 D1: G. Diakomihalis (S5) dec 9-5 J. McDougald (S6)
113 D2: Trey LaFlamme (S3) dec 5-2 Caleb Robinson (S4)
120 D1: Adam Busiello (S11) wbf 2:53 Anthony Cirillo (S11)
120 D2: Orion Anderson (S2) maj 12-4 Luke Bokina (S11)
126 D1: Justin Vines (S8) dec 3-0 Austin Hertel (S5)
126 D2: Jon Gomez (S8) dec 5-1 Jack Bokina (S11)
132 D1: Jacori Teemer (S8) dec 1-0 Mike Venosa (S5)
132 D2: Dane Heberlein (S5) dec 7-3 Hector Colom (S6)
138 D1: Vito Arujau (S8) dec 8-3 Jake Silverstein (S11)
138 D2: Hunter Shaut (S3) dec 4-3 Tanner Lapiene (S10)
145 D1: F. Gissendanner (S5) dec 7-2 K. Shanahan (S2)
145 D2: Tanner Cook (S3) dec 10-8 Adam Wagner (S5)
152 D1: Peter Pappas (S8) dec 7-3 Matt Grippi (S1)
152 D2: Hunter Richard (S3) dec 4-1 Ross McFarland (S3)
160 D1: Ryan Ferro (S9) dec 7-3 Grant Cuomo (S1)
160 D2: Noah Grover (S5) dec 5-3 Noah Curreri (S9)
170 D1: Tyler Barnes (S2) dec 5-2 Z. Ancewicz (S11)
170 D2: Matt Gaiser (S5) wbf 1:52 Jason Hoffman (S2)
182 D1: Louie Deprez (S5) maj 13-4 Mike Fekishazy (S9)
182 D2: Clifton Wang (S1) dec 3-2 2OT Doug Simmons (S3)
195 D1: Kendall Elfstrum (S9) dec 9-7 sv Simon Chee (P)
195 D2: James Hoeg (S11) maj 10-2 Joe Benedict (S3)
220 D1: Z. Knightonward (8) inj. def T. Robinson (S11)
220 D2: Tanner Zagarino (S11) dec 10-5 Hammond Raes (S5)
285 D1: Billy Bolia (S5) dec 2-1 Deonte Wilson (S11)
285 D2: L. Alsous (S6) dec 3-2 Jacob Morrison (S4) vs
3rd/4th Medal Matches for S9
113 D1: Sciotto (S11) dec 4-2 Vespa (MW)…Marco take 4th
152 D1: Barczak (MW) dec 5-4 Miele (S11)..Evan takes 3rd
220 D1: Ellefsen (Go) maj 16-7 Caffrey (S11)..Ryan takes 3rd
5th/6th Medal Matches for S9
106 D1: Earl (MW) dec 3-1 Perry (S1)…Dylan takes 5th
120 D1: Geneau (S6) wbf :22 Lynch…Tyler takes 6th
This is the most exciting round of the tournament. On the inside mats we have the semifinals – the winner advances to the finals and has a chance at capturing a state title. On the outer mats we have the blood round – if you win, you place….if you lose you’re out! Good luck boys!!!
113 D1: Justin McDougald (S6) wbf 5:40 Marco Vespa (MW)
152 D1: Matt Grippi (S1) dec 5-4 Evan Barczak (MW)
160 D1: Ryan Ferro (Warwick) wbf 3:13 Nick Munsch (S11)
160 D2: Noah Curreri (E/L/SW) dec 6-3 Cameron Page (S6)
182 D1: Mike Fekishazy (Wall) dec 10-5 Matt Cicco (S6)
195 D1: Kendall Elfstrum (MW) dec 7-3 Sam Schuyler (S11)
106 D1: Earl (MW) dec 3-1 Hughes (S3)
120 D1: Lynch (MV) dec 9-5 Simmons (S8)
132 D2: Eliopolous (S1) dec 4-1 Houck (RV)
182 D1: Frank (S1) dec 3-2 Yanis (MV)
220 D1: Ellefsen (Goshen) wbf 3:45 Gecaj (S1)
285 D1: Broder (S4) dec 3-1 Duke (Middletown)
Below are the S9 results for the Section 9 wrestlers who have made it to the second round of wrestlebacks. This round pits the a winner from the first round of wrestlebacks against a quarterfinal loser.
106 D1: Earl (MW) wbf 2:25 Ebanks (C)
113 D1: Gonyea (S2) dec 7-1 Romano (VC)
120 D1: Lynch (MV) dec 3-1 Ebanks (C)
120 D2: Poff (S6) dec 6-1 Conetta (Chester)
126 D1: Tepperman (S11) maj 12-3 Wernicki (MW)
126 D1: McDougald (S6) dec 4-1 Davis (Wall)
126 D2: Flaitz (S3) dec 5-0 Nate Ross (Onteora)
132 D1: King (S3) dec 6-4 sv V. Vetrano (MV)
132 D2: Houck (RV) fft Runfolo (S5)
138 D1: Stencel (S6) dec 9-6 D. Vetrano (MV)
152 D2: Nolan (S7) dec 4-2 Ross (RV)
182 D1: Yanis (MV) wbf 2:07 Wiland (S4)
220 D1: Ellefsen (Goshen) wbf 1:20 Mastrangelo (S6)
220 D2: Cutrie (S3) wbf Goodell (E/L/SW)
285 D1: Duke (Middletown) wbf :22 Cricutti (S3)