Blaine Notches 400th Victory!!!

Congratulations to Cornwall Head Wrestling Coach Don Blaine for recording his 400th career victory.  The milestone achievement occurred when his team defeated New Paltz 75-10 this past Sunday at the Highland Duals.  Blaine is the first Section 9 wrestling coach to reach 400 wins and now ranks in the top 15 in New York State history. 

Blaine began his coaching career in 1983 and earned his first victory in December of that year against Wallkill.  Twenty-nine years later he has amassed an incredible record of 402-120-1 including 11 league championships.  Blaine has coached 23 Section 9 champions, 7 state placewinners, and one 2X state champion (Paul Paquin).  In 2011, Coach Blaine was inducted in the the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame.

What his peers say:
“Congrats to Coach Blaine on his 400th.  He is a great guy and has consistently turned out quality teams.  The Goldback/Dragon Dual is always one of the highlights of our season.  We will continue to do our part to keep him from getting to 500 any time soon!”                             NFA Head Wrestling Coach and fellow Hall of Famer Jeff Cuilty

“Don Blaine is the coach that I try to emulate my coaching style after.  He is a true example of how hard work and dedication pays off into success.” 
                                          Monroe Woodbury Head Wrestling Coach Steve Fischbein

“Congratulations Don.  The 400 wins speak for itself, but the real story is Don Blaine the man.  He has been a great role model for so many kids and other coaches for a long time. The kids that wrestle for Don are hard working, fight till the end, and compete with great sportsmanship …all a direct result of their coach.  Congrats to a good friend.”  
                                           Minisink Valley Head Wrestling Coach Kevin Gallagher 


Rankings #8….Quiet Week Ahead

Section 9’s tournament-packed weekend had an impact on this week’s rankings.  We had a “shake-up” at 120, 182, 195, and 220.  The week ahead will have only a limited schedule due to NYS Regents exams.  Click below for a complete schedule.
             This Week’s Section 9 Wrestling Schedule

                                                     Section 9 Rankings # 7

           99                            106                               113                                120                                126
1. Daly – MV            1. Stramiello – PB           1. Kreider – Corn          1. Corradino – War        1. Murphy – MW
2. Cuccolo – PB       2. Raccioppi – MV          2. Rambrose – MV       2. Januszkiewcz – NP   2. Brown – Midd
3. Vespa – MW        3.  Smoot – MW              3. Baum – MW              3. Hodes – RV                3. Derham – NFA
4. Rivera – NFA      4. Ingraham – High        4. Andreakis – Wash    4. Mongiello – Wash    4. Gomez – Mont

          132                           138                               145                                152                                160
1. Roth – Corn          1. Connolly – War      1. Wierzbicki – War        1. Bedross – War          1. Sause – PB
2. Dimler – RV         2. Muller – PJ             2. Sauschuck – PJ          2. Weston – PB             2. DeCarlo – PJ
3. Robles – PB          3. Morse – RV             3. Voelker – MW            3. Sommer – RV           3. Milano – MW
4. Circelli – MW       4. Milisci – Wash       4. Fennell – MV              4. Edwards – PJ           4. Weigel – Ont

        170                             182                               195                                  220                             285
1. Casey – Wash        1. Sannella – MV       1. Edmond – King           1. Gorelov – War          1. Stanley – Saug
2. Nelson – Midd      2. Hasan – VC           2. Kelly – MW                  2. Corcoran – Eld/Fall        2. Stauble – King
3. Mayo – MV            3. Sakac – War          3. Leavell – War              3. Winters – Wall         3. Cheeks – NFA
4. McGuire – NFA    4. McWeeney – King          4. Nastro – Gosh             4. Ortiz – Midd             4. Smith – Midd

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                                                                             Week 8 Rankings

Weekend Summary

Before I begin to summarize a busy weekend in Section 9 wrestling, I would like to first congratulate NFA’s Johnny Bastone and Roundout Valley’s Ian Morse who both recorded their 100th career victory this weekend.  Bastone earned his milestone with a victory via technical fall versus Ellenville at the Highland Duals while Morse got his 100th win in the quarter-finals of the Gene Brigham Invitational at Minsink Valley.  I would also like to offer congratulations to Washingtonville’s Colin Casey who became his school’s all-time wins leader by recording his 136th career victory en route to earning the 170 pound title at the Beacon Tournament.  Great job guys!

Gene Brigham Invitational @ Minisink Valley:  Host Minsink Valley crowned three champions and edged out Section 11 power Longwood 183-181.5 to take the team title at 2012 Gene Brigham Memorial Wrestling Tournament.  Earning individual titles for Section 9 were Michael Raccioppi (MV, 106), Mason Rambrose (MV, 113), John Hodes (RV, 120), Donald Brown (Middletown, 126), Anthony Sannella (MV, 182), Vinny Nastro (Goshen, 195), and Alex Ortiz (Middletown, 220).  Click below for finals results, awards, and top-5 team standings.  
                                     2012 Gene Brigham Invitational Results

Beacon Wrestling Tournament:  Valley Central and Washingtonville finished first and second, respectively, and each team crowned an individual champion at this weekend’s Beacon Wrestling Tournament.  Valley Central’s Bilal Hasan captured the 182 pound title while Washingtonville’s Colin Casey was the 170 pound champion.  Casey’s victory, the 136th of his career, has earned him the distinction of now being Washingtonville’s all-time wins leader.  Click below for a brief tournament summary.
                                         2012 Beacon Wrestling Tournament

Conklin Memorial Tournament in Carmel:   The Pine Bush Wrestling Team placed second at the Conklin Memorial Tournament on Sunday in Nanuet.  Seven wrestlers placed first: Chris Cuccolo 99, John Stramiello 106, Damon Bennett 113, Max Marie 138, Ryan Sause 145, Pat Sause 160, and Damion Rampe 220.  Three wrestlers placed second: Andrew North 99, Andrew Dutchatellier 120, and Jordan Robles 132.  Damion Rampe also won the award for the most pins in the least amount of time.

Kohl Tournament in Suffern:  Monroe Woodbury crowned two individual champions and won the team title at this weekend’s Kohl Tournament held at Suffern High School.  Vinny Vespa (99) and JP Vandercliff (152) won titles for the Crusaders.  PJ Smoot (113), Dan Circelli (138), AJ Voelker (145), and Jorge Vasco (220) took second while Evan Barczak (99), Brandon Lewis (126), and Drake Barczak (145) earned third place honors for MW.

Highland Duals:  Newburgh Free Academy finished 4-0 in their pool and 106 pounder Johnny Bastone recorded his 100th career victory.  Congrats Johnny!

Edgemont Tournament:  Monticello’s Paul Gomez (126) and Mike D’Abbraccio (285) won titles while Adam Kaiser took 5th at 160.  Tuxedo also competed and received a 2nd place finish from Dylan Lynn at 106.  Dean Stanton placed 4th at 99 and Zach Williams placed 6th at 170 for the Tornadoes.

Weekend Tournament Updates

Kohl Tournament at Suffern (MW, PJ) is now scheduled for Sunday 9:30 AM start.

Gene Brigham Memorial Tournament at Minisink Valley (MV, RV, Middletown, Onteora, Goshen, and Wallkill) is now scheduled for Sunday 9:00 AM start.

Edmont Tournament (Monticello, Tuxedo) is now scheduled for Sunday.

Lansingburgh Tournament (NFA) is still on for Sat./Sun.

Regional Youth Tournaments

I have been getting several requests for information about Youth Wrestling Tournaments.  Unfortunately, there does not seem to be too many local events schedued.  What I’ve decided to do, however, is provide some information about tournaments that are within a few hours of Section 9.  Hopefully, in time, we will see an increase in local youth tournaments.  For the time being, you may want to consider entering your future Section 9 wrestlers in tournaments in Section 1 (Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties), NJ, PA, Long Island, Sections 3 and 4 (Central NY), and Section 2 (Albany area).  I hope this is of some help to those of you who are interested, and please do not hesitate in sending me any additional information regarding youth wrestling.

Section 9:  Josh Allen Youth Tournament @ MV   January 28, 2012
                      Section 9 Youth Championships @ MW February 12, 2012

Section 1:  (Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, and Westchester Counties)
                    Pleasantville Youth Tourney @ Pleasantville HS  Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012       
                   Beacon Youth Tourney @ Beacon HS   January 28, 2012 
                   2012 NYS Championships @ Bay Shore HS   March 3-4, 2012
                   Ossining Youth Tourney @ Ossining HS   March 10, 2012
                   Carmel Youth Tourney @ Carmel HS    March 17, 2012
                   Brewster Youth Tourney @ Brewster HS   March 24, 2012 
                   Askren Scramble Tournament @ Somers Fitness   March 31, 2012
          ** Click here to register for any of the Section 1 Youth Tournaments**

Long Island:     Bethpage Youth Tournament    January 25, 2012
                               Richie Anderson Youth and Middle School Tournament      March 3, 2012
                               Brentwood Kids Tournament    March 3, 2012

Section 2 (Albany):  Pop and Flo Mini-Men Nationals   April 28 & 29, 2012
                                          Pop and Flo National Duals (team tournament) May 19 & 20, 2012

Sections 3 & 4Central New York Youth Wrestling Schedule

          Pennsylvania Youth Wrestling website                New Jersey Youth Wrestling website

Section 9 Refs Selected to Work State Tournament!

Congratulations to Section 9 referees Wayne Carroll, Greg Tavano, and Gunnar DeJong.  All three of these veteran officials have been selected to work the New York State Wrestling Championship Tournament in February.  Jeff Traver, who works both Section 1 and Section 9 matches, has been selected to work the state tournament as well.  Traver, however, will be representing Section 1.  Congratulations and good luck to all four of these outstanding officials!

New Team State Rankings; MW, Warwick, and MV in Top 20!

Glen Irving of the New York State Sports Writers Association has released his new team state rankings.  Monroe Woodbury (13), Warwick (14), and Minisink Valley (18) are all ranked in the top 20 for the Division 1 (large) schools.  Congratulations to all three programs…great job and keep it up!!!  Click below for a link to the complete list.


Wednesday’s Results

Minisink Valley 42 Cornwall 23          Monroe Woodbury 40 Middletown 37
Warwick 60 Valley Central 12             Washingtonville 63 Goshen 24
Eldred-Fallsburg 41 TriValley 32       Ellenville 48 TriValley 26  
Ellenville 39 Eld/Falls 36                    Red Hook 48 Liberty 12   
Red Hook 42 Tuxedo 18                      Rondout Valley 41 Highland 39  
Onteora 63 Chester 12                         Onteora 69 Burke Catholic 12
Saugerties 66 Wallkill 15                     Rondout Valley 39 New Paltz 27