Mia Mac & Grace Pauls Ranked Among Top For Class of 2020

Mia (center) and Grace (right) pictured with Mia’s sister Sofia

Congratulations to Minisink Valley juniors Mia Macaluso and Grace Pauls for adding to the national accolades which are filling their resumes! The Open Mat has released their list of the top 50 girl wrestlers for the class of 2020 and both Mia and Grace have made the list!!!!  Macaluso has come in at #8 while Pauls is listed at #36!  This is a huge honor and Section 9 is lucky to have them as part of our wrestling community!  Great job girls and keep working hard!

SUNY Sullivan Putting Together a Great Recruiting Class

SUNY Sullivan Head Coach Anthony Ng is attempting to build something special at SUNY Sullivan!  Along with adding John Foley to his staff recently, take a look at the recruiting class that the coaching staff has put together!  Thus far the Generals have recruited 18 student athletes from 3 states and 5 different Sections in NY!  And everyone should make sure to follow them on Instagram @Sullivanwrestling and like their Facebook page at SUNY Sullivan Generals Wrestling. Keep up the great work guys!

2018 Recruiting Class
Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen, S9) – NYS Finalist
Trey Wardlaw (East Ramapo, S1) – NYS Finalist
John Black (Baltimore, MD)
Thomas Hubmaster (High Point, NJ)
Justyn Kelly (Monticello, S9)
Travis Kelly (Monticello, S9)
Brian Mascaro (Wallkill, S9)
Edwin Veras (Bronx, PSAL)
Tony Collazo (Mamaroneck, S1)
Dan Mandic (Goshen, S9)
Jonathon Perez (Monsignor Farrell, CHSAA)
Jahkeem Collins-Martinez (Spring Valley, S1)
Shamar Johnson (Monroe-Woodbury, S9)
Mike Ortiz (Middletown, S9)
Shane Reynolds (Goshen, S9)
Eric Rizo (Roosevelt, S8)
Anwaar Francis (Bronx, PSAL)

Some of the top returners for the Generals are:
Robert Satriano -Valley Central (national qualifier @ 133 in 2018)
Jhavon Innocent-East Ramapo (national qualifier @ 184 in 2018)
Josh Jean-Baptiste-East Ramapo (national qualifier @ 285 in 2018)
Jose Cintron-Port Jervis

Foley Joins Staff at SUNY Sullivan

Great news for our local wrestling community … the SUNY Sullivan wrestling program has added John Foley to the staff as a Volunteer Assistant Wrestling Coach! Check out the Generals Head Coach Anthony Ng’s Facebook post announcing the news!

“Huge pick up for the Generals wrestling program as John Foley officially joins our coaching staff. John will be coming on as a Volunteer Assistant Coach. He is a graduate from Port Jervis High School and was a 2x section 9 champion, finishing 6th in NYS. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Health and Physical Education while competing at Division 1 Edinboro University. It was here where he was an EWL place winner. He also graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education from Manhattanville College. John has 10 years of Assistant coaching experience at Port Jervis HS, where he was Assistant Coach of the year two times. This past season he was an integral part in leading Port Jervis to its first Section 9 tournament championship in over 30 years. Welcome to the fam John!!! #GeneralsWrestling “

Match by Match Results from Fargo

Section 9 sent five wrestlers to Fargo to compete in the 2018 US Marine Corps USA Wrestling Cadet and Junior Nationals.  Take a look at the match by match results for Sofia, Mia, Grace, Jacob, and Joey!


3 MV Girls All- Americans in Fargo!!!

Cadet Girls
Sofia Macaluso (Minisink Valley, 122) – ALL- AMERICAN
Rd 32: S. Macaluso dec 15-13 London Houston (WA)
Rd 16: S. Macaluso wbf 1:06 Angelina Baltazar (TX)
Quarters: Nanea Estrella (HI) wbf 2:00 S. Macaluso
Consi Rd 8 #2: S. Macaluso tf 13-3 Kenedi Walker (NV)
Consi Rd 4: Melanie Mendoza (CA) dec 16-7 S.Macaluso
7th/8th Place: S. Macaluso dec 11-4 Aki Choates (GA)

Mia Macaluso (Minisink Valley, 127) – NATIONAL CHAMP
Rd 16: M. Macaluso wbf 4:11 Claire DiCugno (WA)
Quarters: M. Macaluso wbf :19 Sara Schmoker (MT)
Semis: M. Macaluso wbf 1:27 Jessi Johnson (NJ)
Finals: Mia Macaluso dec 11-8 Naomi Henry (NY)

Grace Pauls (Minisink Valley, 132) – ALL-AMERICAN
Rd 32: G. Pauls wbf :37 Naleah Hedges (WI)
Rd 16: G. Pauls wbf :42 Allyson Arrington (CA)
Quarters: Hannah Strauss (IL) tech 10-0 G. Pauls
Consi Rd 8 #2: G. Pauls wbf 1:52 Tiera Jimerson (CA)
Consi Rd 4: G. Pauls wbf 3:40 Madison Matta (PA)
Consi Semis: G. Pauls tech 10-0 Nallely Rivadeneira (CA)
3rd/4th Place: G. Pauls wbf 2:23 Hannah Strauss (IL)
*Grace won the award for Most Falls in Least Amount of Time*

Cadet Boys Freestyle
Jacob Chenier (Kingston, 113)
Rd 128: Derrick Cardinal (MN) tech 10-0 J.Chenier
Consi Rd 64 #2: Ty Finn (CT) tech J. Chenier 12-2

Cadet Boys Greco Roman
Jacob Chenier (Kingston, 113)
Rd 64: J. Chenier vs Kanin Hable (MN)

Junior Boys Freestyle
Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley, 195)
Rd 64: Matt Cover (OH) tech 10-0 J. Yanis
Consi Rd 64 #2: J. Yanis wbf 2:27 James Scott (WA)
Consi Rd 32 #1: J. Yanis vs Ethan Seeley (PA)
Consi Rd 32 #2: J. Yanis tech 12-1 Aiden Hicks (OK)
Consi Rd 16 #1: Steve Elwell (MO) over J. Yanis

Junior Girls
Grace Pauls (Minisink Valley, 138)
Rd 64: G. Pauls wbf 1:40 MacKenzie Jessop (UT)
Rd 32: Cassandra Smith (OH) wbf :41 G.Pauls
Consi Rd 32 #2: G. Pauls wbf 1:23 Daisy Scholz (CO)
Consi Rd 16 #1: G. Pauls wbf :49 Jolette Miner-Ho (HI)
Consi Rd 16 #2: Mika Walters (NY) tech 10-0 G. Pauls

Updated Flo Rankings – 7 New Yorkers Nationally Ranked!

Let’s take a look at the seven New York wrestlers that are currently ranked in the top 20 in the nation at their weight according to FloWrestling. Will we see any Section 9 wrestlers crack the national rankings this year???


#2 @ 126 – Adam Busiello (Eastort South Manor, senior)
#3 @ 113 – Greg Diakomihalis (Hilton, junior)
#3 @ 182 – Jake Logan (New Rochelle, senior)
#12 @ 113 – Anthony Noto (Lima, junior)
#14 @ 285 – Joey Slackman (Commack, senior)
#16 @ 106 – Stevo Poulin (Shenendehowa, sophomore)
#18 @ 152 – Kiernen Shanahan (Shenendehowa, senior)

There are two wrestlers, however, with local ties that did make the rankings.  Nic Bouzakis, son of Pine Bush graduate and 3X NYS champ Troy Bouzakis , is ranked #6 at 120. Nic wrestles for Lake Highlan Prep in Florida. JoJo Aragona is ranked 3rd in the nation at 138. JoJo wrestles for Pope John in NJ however he is from Dingmans Ferry PA which is in the Delaware Valley School District which borders Port Jervis NY.

Team USA Rosters for 2018 World Championships

Take a look at the incredible rosters for Team USA for the 2018 World Championships! This year’s championships will take place in Budapest, Hungary and the tournament will run from October 20th through October 28.  New York is very well represented with Kyle Dake (Lansing, Section 4) and Nick Gwiazdowski (Duanesburg, Section 2) both earning spots on the freestyle team.  Also having NY ties are Nahshon Garrett and Jon Jay Chavez who competed in college at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  Let’s also give a huge “Thank You” to our good friend Matt Diano for putting this together for us!

Men’s Freestyle

Kyle Dake – 2X NYS D2 Champion (Lansing); 4X NCAA Champion (Cornell)

57kg: Thomas Gilman: 2017 Senior World Silver medalist; 2x Junior World Team Member (8th in 2013; Bronze in 2014); 2011 Cadet World Team Member (10th)

61kg: Nahshon Garrett: **World Championship debut**

65kg: Logan Stieber: 2x Senior World Team member/2016 Senior World Champion (12th in 2017); 2011 Junior World Silver Medalist

70kg: James Green: 3x Senior World Team member/2x medalist (3rd in 2015, 2nd in 2017; finished 7th 2016); 2012 World University Games 12th place performer; 2014 World University Championship Silver medalist

74kg: Jordan Burroughs: 2x Olympian/2012 Gold medalist (9th in 2016); 5x Senior World Medalist/4x Champion (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017; earned bronze in 2014); 2008 Junior World Team member (8th)

79kg: Kyle Dake: 2008 Junior World Team member in Greco-Roman (14th)

Nick Gwiazdowski – 2X NYS D2 Champion (Duanesburg); 2X NCAA Champion (NC State)

86kg: David Taylor: 2013 World University Games Bronze medalist; 2007 Junior World Team member (8th)

92kg: J’Den Cox: 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist; 2017 Senior World Bronze medalist

97kg: Kyle Snyder: 2016 Olympic Gold medalist; 2x Senior World Champion (2015, 2017); 2x Junior World Medalist (Gold in 2013, Bronze in 2014)

125kg: Nick Gwiazdowski: 2017 Senior World Bronze Medalist

Women’s Freestyle

50kg: Whitney Conder: 3x Senior World Team Member (13th in 2011, 9th in 2014, 16th in 2015); 2014 World Military Championship Silver medalist; 2007 World Junior Champion

53kg: Sarah Hildebrandt: 2016 Senior World Team member (10th); 8th at the 2013 World University Championships; 2x Junior World Team member (11th in 2012; 10th in 2013)

55kg: Jacarra Winchester: 2014 World University Bronze medalist

57kg: TBD—Due to injury, the Helen Maroulis/Alex Hedrick series was postponed to a later date

59kg; Alli Ragan: 5x Senior World Team Member/Back-to-back World Silvers in 2016 and 2017 (also has finishes of 9th in 2013, 5th in 2014, and 17th in 2015); 2013 World University Games Silver medalist; 2x Junior World Bronze medalist in 2011 and 2012.

62kg: Mallory Velte: 2017 Senior World Team member (14th); 2015 Junior World Team member (5th)

65kg: Forrest Molinari: 2017 World U23 Team Member (16th); 2015 Junior World Team member (7th)

68kg: Tamyra Mensah-Stock: 2016 Olympic Trials winner (did not qualify weight class); 2017 Senior World Team member (9th); 2014 World University Championship Silver medalist

72kg: Erin Clodgo: 2015 Senior World Team member (16th); 2x Junior World Team member (8th in 2007; 12th in 2010)

76kg: Adeline Gray: 2016 Olympian (7th); 5x Senior World medalist (Gold in 2012, 2014, 2015; Bronze in 2011 and 2013)); Also finished 5th in the Senior Worlds in 2009; 2012 World University Champion; 3x Junior World Team member (Gold in 2008, 9th in 2009, 2nd in 2011)

Men’s Greco Roman

55kg: Sam Hazewinkel: 2012 Olympian in FS (17th); 2008 World University Gold in GR

60kg: Dalton Roberts: 2x Junior World GR Team member (8th in 2015; 14th in 2016); 9th at 2017 U23 World Championships.

63kg: Jesse Thielke: 2016 Olympian (9th); 2013 Senior World Team member (8th); 4x Junior World Team Member, winning bronze in 2012 after finishes of 15th, 20th, and 19th in 2009-2011

67kg: Ellis Coleman: 2012 Olympian (14th); 2x Senior World Team member (25th in 2013; 12th in 2017); 2x Junior World Bronze medalist in 2010 and 2011.

72kg: Jon Jay Chavez: 2013 Double Cadet World Team Member (bronze in GR; 10th in FS); 2x Junior World Team Member (15th in 2014; 18th in 2015)

77kg: Kamal Bey: 2017 Junior World Champion/2x Junior World Team member (8th in 2016); 21st at the 2017 U23 World Championships

82kg: Geordon Speiller: 2x World Junior Team Member (7th in 2012; 21st in 2013); 14th at the 2013 World University Championships

87kg: Pat Martinez: 2x Senior World Team member (13th in 2015; 26th in 2016)

97kg: Tracy Hancock: 2017 Senior World Team member (13th); 2017 U23 World Team Member (10th); 2x Junior World Team Member (Bronze in 2016; 7th in 2017)

130kg: Adam Coon: 2011 Double Cadet World Team Member (Gold in FS; 11th in GR); 2014 Double World Junior Bronze Medalist