In what promises to be a very competitive match, this year’s Division 2 Section 9 Duals final will be a showdown between #1 seed Red Hook and #2 seed, and defending champion, Onteora. The teams will meet at NFA on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:00 PM.
Although still a relatively young team with only three seniors on the roster, top-seeded Red Hook returns 21 wrestlers from last year’s team including 11 starters. The Raiders should be very solid in the middle of their lineup with Aaron Barkstrom, Matt Rauch, and Ricky Treu leading the way.All three wrestlers finished 2nd at last year’s D2 Sectional Championships.Declan Dwyer-McNulty (1st @ 96 in 2011) and Billy Harris (3rd @ 103 in 2011) should also have very good seasons for Red Hook.
Defending champions Onteora have their work cut out for them if they want to retain their crown as D2 champs. The Indians graduated 9 starters with over 540 career victories from last year’s team!Head Coach Lou Chartrand describes this year squad as “very raw” however he is hopeful they will be very competitive by season’s end. Onteora will be led by defending 103 lb. Section 9 champion Avery Leighton as well as Bernie Smith, Austin Weigel, Dustin Mackenzie, and Ryan Hickey.
Just to add a little extra drama to this showdown, first-year Red Hook Head Coach Nick Fredericks is a former Onteora wrestler.He wrestled for….you guessed it, Lou Chartrand.Who will prevail…the teacher or the student???
Warwick crowned 4 individual champions enroute to scoring 220 team points to take home first place honors at the MacArthur Tournament held on Saturday in Long Island. Matthew Greenlaw (99), Justin Corradino (126), Shane Connolly (145), and Chris Giordano (220) all won their weight classes. A summary of Warwick’s performance can be found in the Results section. Great job Wildcats!
Behind the strength of two Section 9 grads, SUNY Oneonta finished 5th in the overall team standings at Saturday’s RIT Invitational. Freshman Donnie VanBuren (Onteora, 2011) finished 5th at 157, while Vinny Barber (Highland, 2010) took 6th at 285. Barber just returned to practice on Wednesday after missing 4 weeks with a knee injury. Great job both guys! Click here to read full article including brackets on the SUNY Oneonta Wrestling team website.
Thanks to the efforts of Tim Monahan and Jayd Crain, we will be posting the team score results from the Tiger Duals as they come in….check out the Results section for scores. Individual results will be posted later. Great job and a big “Thank You” to Tim and Jayd!
Special congratulations to Pine Bush grappler Jordan Robles who earned his 100th career victory with a 6-0 decision in his team’s 48-36 triumph over Middletown.
The 2011 – 2012 wrestling campaign officially begins this weekend as many of our Section 9 teams will participate in some very competitive early season tournaments. Defending Section 9 champions Warwick and NFA will both travel to Long Island to take on some stiff competition at the MacArthur Tournament and Herricks Tournament, respectively. Monroe Woodbury will head down to Section 1 to compete at the Tony Carlucci Tournament held at SUNY Purchase while Monticello’s bus will head in the opposite direction and journey up to Section 2 for the Voorheeseville Tournament.
The largest contingent of local teams, however, will be found at the Kingston Tiger Duals where Middletown, Pine Bush, Wallkill, Washingtonville, Saugerties, Onteora, Red Hook, Valley Central, and, of course, Kingston will kick-off their seasons. Good luck to all of our Section 9 teams! Results will be posted as soon as we get them! To view a schedule for all of the action of the coming week, click on the link below!
Hey check out the new singlets that AC Sports is selling at this year’s Eastern States Classic. Top quality Adidas singlets for only $25! T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, hoodies and other apparel will, of course, still be available! All proceeds go to the Beat the Streets USA wrestling program. Pre-order information coming soon!
The Friends of Section 9 is selling Eastern States Classic coaching polos. The shirts are pebbled pique, polyester knit, and tagless for extra comfort. They are only available by pre-order so order yours today for only $45!!! Click on the link below for the order form.
Thanks to the generosity of Forever Fierce, over 200 wrestlers, coaches, and parents were able to attend a free wrestling clinic on Friday at Middletown High School. Those in attendance were treated to outstanding instruction given by a special guest technician… 2X NCAA Champion and 2008 Olympian Ben Askren. Askren, a University of Missouri graduate, has successfully transitioned into MMA and is currently the Bellator Welterweight Champion. This event was a great way for wrestlers, coaches, parents, and fans to get AMPED up for the upcoming season! Thank you again to Forever Fierce for funding this very special event!
Believe it or not, the season is almost here…Section 9 Duals start a week from Tuesday (December 6th)!!!! Scroll down for Section 9 Duals schedule.