Section 9 Championship MOWs

Let’s take a look at the list of all of the Section 9 Championship MOWs that we have in our database. There are a few that are missing so if you know who won MOW during those years please let me know either through the comment section below or via email at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com.

Section 9 Championship MOWs

Ian Houck
Rondout Valley
2018 D2 MOW

2020 D1 – Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, 152)
2020 D2 – Nick Ross (Onteora, 152)
2019 D1 – Nick Picariello (Minisink, 120)
2019 D2 – Nate Ross (Onteora 152)
2019 D2 – Jason Lonstein (Ellenville, 285)
2018 D1 – Marco Vespa (Monroe, 120)
2018 D2 – Ian Houck (Rondout, 145)
2017 D1 – Evan Barczak (Monroe, 152)
2017 D2 – Zach Chartrand (Onteora, 145)
2016 D1 – Ryan Ferro (Warwick, 152)
2016 D2 – Noah Curreri (Eldred, 152)
2015 D1 – Ryan Ferro (Warwick, 145)
2015 D2 – Dillon Ross (Onteora, 120)
2014 D1 – Gerard Daly (Minisink, 120)
2014 D2 – Matt Rauch (Red Hook, 126)
2013 D1 – Dylan Booth (Port Jervis, 113)
2013 D2 – Avery Leighton (Onteora, 120)
2012 D1 – Kyle Wierzbicki (Warwick, 145)
2012 D2 – John Hodes (Rondout Valley, 126)
2011 D1 – Mitch Wightman (Warwick, 160)
2011 D2 – Greg Brunner (Tuxedo, 130)
2010 D1 – Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 135)
2010 D2 – Peter Ferrante (New Paltz, 145)
2009 D1 – Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 130)
2009 D2 – Dean Hottum (Onteora, 152)
2008 D1 – Sean Floor (Port Jervis, 140)
2008 D2 – Ian Ellis (Red Hook, 125)
2007 D1 – Cory Lempka (Minisink Valley, 145)
2007 D2 – Max O’Meara (Red Hook, 160)
2006 D1 – Cory Lempka (Minisink Valley, 145)
2006 D2 –
2005 D1 –
2005 D2 –
2004 D1 – Phil Szumlaski (Newburgh Free Academy, 125)
2004 D2 –
2003 – Kevin Navarra (Cornwall, 171)
2002 – John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 135)
2001 – Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 112)
2000 – David Edwards (Cornwall, 130)
1999 – Dom Abato (Wallkill, 189)
1998 –
1997 – Paul Paquin (Cornwall, 125)
1996 –
1995 – Al Mann (Cornwall, 112)
1994 – Ed Vass (Goshen, 167)
1993 – Chris Cotten (Valley Central, 126)
1992 –
1991 – Mike Castro (Washingtonville, 126)
1990 – Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 126)
1989 – Lou Ruggirello Sr. (Valley Central, 138)
1988 –
1987 – Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bus, 105)
1986 – Rich Parete (Rondout Valley, 126)
1985 – Rich Parete (Rondout Valley, 119)
1984 – Matt Gallagher (Minisink Valley, 177)
1983 – Tom Ladka (Monroe Woodbury, 215)
1982 – Jeff Keys (Port Jervis, 119)
1981 – Earl Lynch (Monroe Woodbury, 155)
1980 –
1979 – Eric Savacool (Port Jervis, 132)
1978 – Ron Simonson (Port Jervis , 145)
1977 – Lou Banach (Port Jervis, 177)
1976 – Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet, 112)
1975 – Steve Silverberg (Ramapo, 126)
1974 – Frank Rodriguez (Ramapo, 119)
1973 – Tony Marciano (Ramapo, 119)
1972 – Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo, 112)
1971 – Ruben Solero (Middletown, 119)
1970 – Lou Conway (Pearl River, 137)
1969 –
1968 – Charles Kwiecinski (Clarkstown, 175)

A By the Numbers Look at the Section 9 Championships

Jeff Cuilty
Section 9 Wrestling Chairperson and Eastern States Classic Tournament Director

Let’s take a “By the Numbers” look at the history of the Section 9 Wrestling Championships! Most of the information I am posting has be provided to me by our current Section 9 Wrestling chairperson, Jeff Cuilty. Jeff is a NYSPHSAA and National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee. He served as NFA’s head coach from 1988-89 until 2011-12. Cuilty then took the reigns at Wallkill and served as their head coach from 2012-13 until 2016-17. He retired from coaching with 432 career wins ranking him 3rd in Section 9 history. Along with serving as the Section 9 chair, Cuilty is also the of tournament director for the Eastern States Wrestling Classic. Jeff, thank you for everything that you do for Section 9 Wrestling!

Port Jervis wrestling legends Ed and Lou Banach

Most Section 9 Champions By School
1. Port Jervis (93)
2. Monroe Woodbury (86)
3. Valley Central (79)
4. Minisink Valley (78)
5. Red Hook (57)
6. Newburgh Free Academy (48)
7. Onteora (46)
T8. Middletown (43)
T8. Suffern
T10. Cornwall (35)
T10. Pine Bush (35)
12. New Paltz (31)
13. Warwick (30)

4 of VC’s Greatest!
Lou Jr., Cody, & Lou Sr. Ruggirello and Ricky Scott

Most Section 9 Division 1 Tournament Team Titles
1. Valley Central (13)
T2. Minisink Valley (9)
T2. Monroe Woodbury (9)
4. Port Jervis (4)
5. Suffern (3)
T6. Warwick, New Paltz (2)
T8. Middletown, Goshen, Ramapo, Pearl River, Rondout Valley (1)

Red Hook has dominated the D2 Tournament with 9 Team Titles!!!


Most Section 9 Division 2
Tournament Team Titles

1. Red Hook (9)
T2. Port Jervis (3)
T2. Onteora (3)
4. Highland (1)

2020 Minisink Valley
NYSPHSAA Dual Meet Champs
Section 9 Champs



Most Team Points at Section 9
Division 1 Championships

1. 2020 Minisink Valley – 369 points
2. 2018 Minisink Valley – 312.5 points
3. 2005 Valley Central – 304.5 points
4. 2016 Minisink Valley – 302.5 points
5. 2019 Minisink Valley – 292 points
6. 2017 Monroe Woodbury – 276.5 points
7. 2013 Monroe Woodbury – 275 points
8. 2015 Monroe Woodbury – 271.5 points
9. 2014 Monroe Woodbury – 265.5 points
10. 2011 Warwick – 263.5 points

Over 700 Wins!!!
Brothers Nate Ross, Pat Ross, Austin Weigel, Nick Ross & Dillon Ross

Most Team Points at Section 9 Division 1 Championships
1. 2011 Onteora – 274.5 points
2. 2020 Port Jervis – 262.5 points
3. 2014 Highland – 250 points
4. 2006 Red Hook – 238.5 points
5. 2018 Port Jervis – 228 points

Most Wildcards (began in 2007)
1. Monroe Woodbury (14)
2. Minisink Valley (10)
3. Newburgh Free Academy (7)
4. Valley Central (5)
T5. Cornwall, Port Jervis, Warwick (4)

Section 9 All-Time Team

The 1987 NYSPHSAA Champions
Section 9’s Troy Bouzakis sporting his first of two MOW trophies!

Well we went decade-by-decade in putting together our S9 All-Decade Teams so the next logical step is to put together an All Time Section 9 Wrestling Team! This was a fun project but definitely not an easy one! Some absolute hammers had to be left off including 2X state champions and 5X Section 9 champions! It just shows the incredible talent that has stepped on the mats over the past 57 years! Just a few notes about the All Time Team to avoid confusion… I have decided to use the current weight classes for the All Time team. I did my best to place wrestlers in weight classes that were closest to their actual weights in high school. Also, a few wrestlers are listed on the All-Time Team at different weights than they appeared on the All_Decade team. The goal here was to create the absolute best team possible, so in some cases it was necessary to juggle weight classes. Lastly, I decided to include 2020 graduates for consideration on the All-Time Team. As always, comments and corrections are welcomed below in the comment section or you can email me at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com. Enjoy!

After a stellar career as a wrestler, Rocco has coached at West Point, Tennessee – Chattanooga, and Notre Dame HS

99 Pounds
Rocco Mansueto (Middletown, 1998)
Picking “Mansueto” as our starting 99 pounder was a no-brainer. Deciding which “Mansueto” was not so easy, but after careful consideration we are going with 2X state champion Rocco! Rocco was the 96 pound NYS champion in 1997 and then won his 2nd state title as a senior at 112. He went on to wrestle at D1 Cleveland State where was a 3X NCAA qualifier. He biggest competition for the All Time Team was his twin brother Phillip who was a 4X Section 9 champ, a 4X NYS place winner and the 1997 NYS champ at 103. It was a close call but we gave the nod to the 2X state champ!

After his wrestling career Klepper taught Chemistry and Physics before earning his medical degree and is a board certified gastroenterologist.

106 Pounds
Lee Klepper (Suffern, 1969)
Our selection 106 pounds goes to 2X NYS champion Lee Klepper from Suffern High School. Klepper was a Section 9 finalist as a sophomore losing in the finals to Ron Lewis of Liberty. That would be the last high school match that Klepper would lose. In 1968 he avenged his loss to Lewis in the Section 9 finals and went on to win the NYS title at 98 pounds. As a senior, Klepper moved up to 103 pounds and went a perfect 26-0 claiming his 2nd NYS championship! Klepper was also an outstanding student and went on to have an extremely successful wrestling career at Princeton University where he finished with a career record of 118-20 and was selected to the All-Ivy team three times!

In two trips to the state tournament, Goldsmith (bottom row, 4th from left) was 8-0 with 5 pins, 2 majors, and a decision!

113 Pounds
Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo, 1972)

One of the most dominating wrestlers in Section 9 history, Goldsmith finished his prep career with an incredible 69-1-1 record! His only loss came in the Section 9 finals of his sophomore year when he dropped a decision to Newburgh’s Jim Tiso. Goldsmith avenged his loss to Tiso in the 1971 Section 9 finals and went on to win the state title at 103 pounds. He then went on to win his second state crown as a senior at 112 pounds. After high school, Goldsmith wrestled in college at Division 1 Southern Illinois where he was a 4X Illinois Collegiate State Champion. As a senior, Goldsmith earned D1 All-American status by finishing 6th at the 1976 NCAA Championships. Upon graduation from college, he served as an assistant coach for Eastern Michigan for a season.

During his incredible collegiate wrestling career at Hofstra, Ruggirello notched wins over D1 studs Coleman Scott, Tony Ramos, Mike Grey, and Tyler McCormick.

120 Pounds
Lou Ruggirello, Jr (Valley Central, 2006)
In four trips to the New York State Wrestling Championships, Louie Ruggirello finished 3, 1, 1, 1! As a 3X NYS champion he was absolute “shoe-in” for a spot on the Section 9 All Time Team! As a freshman Ruggirello came in 3rd in the state with his only loss coming in a 2-1 semifinals loss to eventual 4X state champ and NCAA champ JP O’Connor. He went on to win NYS titles at 96 as a sophomore, 112 as a junior, and 119 as a senior. In those three years he was 11-0 at the state tournament with 6 pins, 4 majors, and only 1 regular decision! Ruggirello continued his wrestling career in college at D1 Hofstra where he was a 4X NCAA qualifier and earned All-American status as a senior!

3X NYS Champion Troy Bouzakis. Troy’s son Nic is currently the #1 ranked 126 pound wrestler in the nation wrestling for national power Wyoming Seminary.

126 Pounds
Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 1990)
Generally regarded as the greatest high school wrestler in Section 9 history, Troy Bouzakis was a 5X state place winner, 4X finalist, and a 3X NYS champion. Many consider him to be among the top 5 most talented wrestlers in NYS history….he was that good! Bouzakis became the first 8th grader in NYS history to win a state title when he won the 91 pound crown in 1986. He followed up with his second title as a freshman at 105 pounds by defeating defending state champion Lou Roselli. Bouzakis competed at 119 the next two seasons taking 3rd as a sophomore and 2nd as a junior. He capped off his incredible high school career by winning his 3rd state title by taking home the 126 pound crown in 1990. Troy was a 2X MOW of the NYS tournament. After high school, Bouzakis took his talents to D1 Clemson where he was undefeated until his career was cut short due to injury.

Cody Ruggirello running an arm bar – a very familiar image to anyone who watched his compete during his illustrious career!

132 Pounds
Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 2010)
When you talk about the great wrestling families in NYS history, the Ruggirello family is right there with the best. Louie’s younger brother Cody is our choice for the 132 pound weight class on the All Time Section 9 Wrestling Team. Cody was a 5X NYS place winner, a 3X finalist and a NYS champion. He placed 3rd as an 8th grader at 96, 1st as a freshman at 103, 2nd as a sophomore at 119, 3rd as a junior at 130, and 2nd as a senior at 135. Like his older brother Cody decided to continue his academic and athletic career ar D1 Hofstra University. While at Hofstra Cody was a 2X NCAA tournament qualifier and made it to the blood round at 149 his senior year.

One of the most dominating wrestling families in Section 9 history – Louie Jr, Cody, and Lou Sr. In this picture there are 13 S9 titles, 11 state placings, and 5 NYS titles!

138 Pounds
Lou Ruggirello Sr. (Valley Central, 1989)
Since both of his sons are on the Section 9 Wrestling All-Time Team we might as well include the old man! Lou Ruggirello Sr. was one of the most dominating wrestlers in Section 9 in the 1980’s. Lou was a 4X Section 9 champion, a 2X NYS place winner, and the 1989 New York State champion at 138 pounds. He began his run in 1986 when he won the Section 9 title as a freshman at 132 pounds. His sophomore season he bumped up to 138 and took home his second S9 crown and then dropped back down to 132 for his junior year to win title #3. That year he lost in the quarterfinals of the state tournament but wrestled all the way back and took 3rd place in NYS. For his senior campaign Ruggirello went back up to 138 pounds and won his 4th Section 9 title as well as the elusive NYS title by defeating Bill Terry from Section 8 by the score of 7-1.

Pine Bush’s Tommy Askey after defeating defending NYS champion Aj Kovacs 8-5 in the 2020 NYSPHSAA finals! It was sweet revenge for Askey who lost to Kovacs by that exact score the year before in the state quarterfinals.

145 Pounds
Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, 2020)
Askey is the only current wrestler to make it onto the Section 9 Wrestling All Time Team! Askey freshman and sophomore years in high school were good, but probably not what you might expect from an All Time Team member. He placed 4th in the Section as a freshman and he was a S9 finalist as a sophomore – but then flipped the switch! Askey dedicated himself to the sport and won his first Section 9 title as a junior and placed 4th in NYS at 145 pounds. His senior year, however, is what punched his ticket onto this team. Askey moved up to 152 and finished his senior year a perfect 45-0 which included a NYS championship and an Eastern States Classic title! His most impressive win came in the state finals when he defeated defending state champion AJ Kovacs 8-5 in the finals. At the time, Kovacs, an NC State commit, was ranked #5 in the nation according to InterMat Wrestling. Askey has recently decided to continue his academic and athletic career at Division 1 Appalachian State!

3-sport athlete Ryan Ferro from Warwick was a 2X NYS champion and a 4X Section 9 champion. In his 4 trips to the state tournament, Ferro went 14-3 with 7 pins and a tech fall!

152 Pounds
Ryan Ferro (Warwick, 2017)
2017 Warwick grad Ryan Ferro may be the best all around athlete on this team! Ferro was a 4X Section 9 champion, a 3X NYS place winner,and a 2X NYS champion. What makes his achievements even more impressive is that Ferro was a three sport athlete who also excelled in football and baseball and did very little off-season wrestling. Ferro won his first S9 title as a freshman at 152 and went 2-2 at states, falling in the blood round. As a sophomore he knocked off defending S9 champion Michael Raccioppi from Minisink Valley in the S9 finals at 145 and went on to take 3rd in NYS. For the next two seasons Ferro was a force to be reckoned with, winning back-to-back state titles at 152 as a junior and 160 as a senior. Ferro began his college career at the Ohio State University before transferring to LIU where he just completed his redshirt sophomore season.

As a 3X NYS place winner, NYS champion, 4X D1 All-American, 3X NCAA champion, and Olympic gold medalist, Ed Banach is without question the most decorated wrestler in Section 9 history.

160 Pounds
Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 1978)
Was there any doubt that the name “Banach” was going to appear on this list at least once? Ed Banach was a 3X Section champion, a 3X NYS place winner, a 2X NYS finalist and the 1978 NYS champion. Banach placed 6th in his first trip to the state tournament as a sophomore wrestling at 167 pounds. The following year, Banach dropped down a weight class and took 2nd place at 155 pounds before capping off his high school career as a state champion back up at 167. Not too shabby right? Well he was just getting started. Ed went on to wrestle at Iowa where he would become a 4X NCAA All-American and a 3X NCAA champion wrestling for the legendary coach Dan Gable. As if that wasn’t enough, Ed Banach went on to win the gold medal in freestyle at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles!

The 2004 NYSPHSAA D1 champions photo. Ricky Scott is top row 4th from right and his cousin Louie Ruggirello is bottom row 1st on left.

170 Pounds
Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 2005)
Valley Central dominated the Section 9 wrestling scene for a good portion of the 2000’s and one of the major contributors to the program was Ricky Scott. Scott, a cousin of Louie and Cody Ruggirello, was a 4X Section 9 champion, a 3X NYS place winner, and a 2X NYS champion. Scott burst on to the scene winning his first S9 title as a freshman at 152 pounds. The following year Ricky won sections again, this time at 160 and he went on to place 6th in NYS. For the next two seasons, Ricky Scott was perhaps the best 171 pound wrestler in the nation. As a junior he won his third S9 title and his first NYS title. As a senior he completely dominated the competition earning his second state title and he was selected to represent Team USA at the prestigious Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic. Scott was also a two time champion at the Eastern States Classic. Following his high school career, Scott went on to wrestle at Division 1 Buffalo where his career was cut short due to an injury.

Lou Banach is considered by some to be the best American heavyweight wrestler of all time. Banach pinned fellow heavyweight legend Bruce Baumgartner in the 1981 NCAA finals!

182 Pounds
Lou Banach (Port Jervis, 1978)
Was there any doubt that a second “Banach” would appear on the All Time Section 9 Team? Lou Banach, fraternal twin of Ed, is our clear choice for the 182 pound weight class. Lou was a 2X Section 9 champion, a 2X NYS place winner, and a NYS champion. As a junior, Lou Banach won the Section 9 title at 177 pounds and then went on to win the state title up in Syracuse. As a senior he notched a second Section 9 title, however lost in the state quarters but wrestled all the way back to 3rd place. Like brother Ed, Lou would go on to wrestle for Dan Gable at the University of Iowa. In college, Lou Banach was a 3X All-American and a 2X NCAA champion. He would also go on to win an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. After retiring from wrestling, Banach earned his MBA from Penn State and has been very successful in the banking industry.

Red Hook’s Mike Bucci was a 4X NYSPHSAA place winner including a state title at 215 as a senior.He was a also a 4X NCAA DIII All-American for SUNY Cortland.

195 Pounds
Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 1990)
Mike Bucci was one of the most dominating wrestlers in Section 9 history. As a 3X champ at 177 and a 1X champ at 215, he seemed like the logical choice to be the 195 pound selection for our All Time Team. Bucci launched himself onto the Section 9 wrestling scene by winning the 177 pound S9 title as a freshman! He would go on to place 6th in the states as a freshman and then would follow up with an identical performance as a sophomore – 177 lb. S9 champ and 6th in NYS! As a junior, Bucci would notch his 3rd Section 9 title at 177 pounds and this time he would take 3rd at the state tournament before capping off his incredible high school career with 215 pound state title as a senior! After taking a 6 year hiatus from wrestling, Mike would go on to wrestle at Division III power SUNY Cortland where he would become the program’s first ever 4X All-American! Bucci wrestled heavyweight for the Red Dragons placing 4th as a freshman, 7th as a sophomore, 6th as a junior and 2nd as a senior.

Ed Bordas gets the nod for the 220 pound wrestler for the Section 9 All Time Team. Bordas dominated the competition during his senior year pinning his opponents in the semis and finals at the NYSPHSAA Championships!

220 Pounds
Ed Bordas (Valley Central, 2005)
Selecting a wrestler for 220 pounds was one of the tougher decisions for this project but when all was said and done it was Ed Bordas from Valley Central who received the nod. Bordas was a 3X Section 9 champion, a 2X NYSPHSAA place winner and the 2005 state champion at 215 pounds. Only a sophomore, Bordas won his first S9 title at 215 and placed 6th in NYS. He repeated as Section 9 champion as a junior however had a tough state tournament going 0-2 but rebounded as a senior when he won his 3rd Section 9 title and also won the NY state title at 215 pounds. Bordas went on to wrestle at the D1 level for Binghamton and Rider where he was a 3X NCAA tournament qualifier. He was also selected as team captain for Rider during his junior and senior seasons.

Joe Yanis (top row, far right) was the 1991 NYSPHSAA champion at HWT. His son, Joe Jr, was a 2X state qualifier for Minisink Valley and currently wrestles for Brockport!

285 Pounds
Joe Yanis (Minisink Valley, 1991)
Very few wrestlers in Section 9 history have combined the size and athleticism of Minisink Valley’s Joe Yanis. Yanis was a 3X Section 9 finalist at heavyweight suffering tough losses as both a sophomore and a junior before breaking through his senior year and punching his ticket to the state tournament in Syracuse. “Big Joe” would not let the opportunity pass him by and he ran the table in convincing fashion at the state tournament taking home the first state title in Minisink Valley school history. Yanis was a well rounded athlete and received state level accolades in both football and track and field for the Warriors. He continued his academic and athletic career at Division 1 Hofstra University where he excelled in both wrestling and football.

2nd Team

99 Pounds
Phil Mansueto (Middletown, 1998)
Phil was a 4X Section 9 champion, a 4X NYS place winner, and state champion! He placed 6th as a freshman at 91, 2nd as a sophomore 98, 1st as a junior at 103, and 2nd as a senior at 119.

106 Pounds
Phil Consiglio (North Rockland, 1985)
Consiglio won 3X Section 9 titles and then a 4th sectional title when Rockland County became part of Section 1 for his senior year. He was the NYS champ at 105 in 1984. Phil was a 4X NYS place winner taking 6th as freshman at 98, 6th as a sophomore at 105, 1st as a junior at 105,and 3rd as a senior at 112.

113 Pounds
Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 2001)
Mormile was a 3X Section 9 champion and a 3X NYS place winner including a state title as a senior. He placed 3rd as a sophomore at 96, 2nd as a junior at 105, and was the 112 NYS champion as a senior!

120 Pounds
Paul Paquin (Cornwall, 1997)
Paquin was a 2X NYS champion. He won titles as a junior at 112 pounds and as a senior at 125 pounds. He went to Oklahoma on a wrestling scholarship but an early injury prevented him from competing in college.

126 Pounds
Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 2010)
Franco was a 5X Section 9 champion and a 5X NYS place winner including a state title during his junior year. He placed 4th at 96 as an 8th grader, 2nd at 112 as a freshman, 4th at 119 as a sophomore, 1st at 125 as a junior and 2nd at 125 as a senior. He wrestled at D1 Hofstra where he was an NCAA qualifier.

132 Pounds
Pat Lloyd (Valley Central, 2003)
Lloys was a 3X Section 9 champion and a 2X NYS place winner. He finished 5th in NYS during his freshman year at 96 pounds and he was the 130 pound NYS champion as a senior. Lloyd went on to wrestle at Division 1 Buffalo in college.

138 Pounds
Al Favata (Newburgh, 1969)
Favata was a 2X NYS place winner and a NYS champ. He took 4th in the states as a sophomore and took home the title as a junior at 138 pounds. Favata went on to become a coach in S9 taking the reigns at Rondout Valley for 7 years!


145 Pounds
Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 1983)
Fischbein was a 4X Section 9 champion, a 3X NYS place winner and the NYS state champion at 145 pounds in 1983. He wrestled in college at UVA where he was an NCAA Championship qualifier.

152 Pounds
AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley, 2016)
Aeberli was a 2X Section 9 champion and a 2X NYS place winner including winning a state title as a senior. He placed 5th in NYS at 152 as a junior and then took home the title at 160 the following year. AJ went on to wrestle for the Coast Guard Academy where he became a Division 3 All American!

160 Pounds
Mitch Wightman (Warwick, 2011)
Wightman was a 3X Section 9 champion, a 2X NYS place winner, and the 160 pound NYS champion at 160 pounds in 2011. Wightman went on to wrestle D1 in college at Boston University and American University where he was a NCAA tournament qualifier.

170 Pounds
Jim Horvath (Ramapo, 1972)
Horvath was a 2X Section 9 champion and a 2X NYS place winner. He placed 3rd in NYS at 155 as a junior and then in his senior year he won the NYS title at 167 pounds. Horvath went on to wrestle in college at D1 Southern Illinois.

182 Pounds
Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill, 2017)
Fekishazy was a 2X Section 9 champion and a 2X NYS place winner. He won his first S9 title as a junior and placed 6th in the state and then as a senior notched S9 title #2 and was the state runner-up at 182. He was defeated in the state finals by Louie Deprez who was the top ranked 182 pound wrestler in the nation.

195 Pounds
Kendall Elstrum (Monroe Woodbury, 2017)
Elfstrum moved to Monroe from Illinios as a sophomore and went on to win 3X Section 9 titles. He was also a 2X NYS place winner taking 4th in the state as a junior at 182 and then winning the state title at 195 as a senior! Kendall now wrestles for Division 1 Princeton!

220 Pounds
Will Leonard (Cornwall, 2019)
Leonard took 6th in NYS as a junior before capping off his career with an incredible undefeated senior season which included titles at the Eastern States Classic and the NYSPHSAA Championships at 220 pounds. He is currently wrestling at the University of Buffalo.

285 Pounds
Scott Ketchum (Clarkstown South, 1975)
Ketchum was the New York state champion at heavyweight during his senior year at Clarkstown South. He was part of the 1975 squad which remains the only Section 9 team to win the team title at the state tournament.

Coaching Staff

Hall of Fame Coaches
Coach Don Blaine (right) – 529 wins
Coach Kevin Gallagher – 506 win
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Don Blaine
Coach Blaine was the head wrestling coach at Cornwall High School for 36 seasons. He is the all time wins leader for Section 9 coaches with an astonishing 529 coaching victories! The last match he ever coached was Will Leonard’s 2018 state championship victory! He has been inducted into the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Hall of Fame as well as the Upstate New York Chapter of National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Kevin Gallagher
Coach Gallagher sits at #2 behind Blaine on the coaching wins list with 506. He has been coaching for 30 years and is currently the head wrestling coach at Minisink Valley where he, along with his longtime assistant Scott Hendershot, has lead the Warriors to eight Section 9 Tournament titles and two NYS Dual Meet titles. Coach Gallagher has been inducted in to the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Paul Cummings –
Coach of 10 State Champions!

Paul Cummings
Coach Cummings coached at Middletown High School from 1993-94 until 1997-98. He then took over as head coach at Valley Central from 2000-01 until 2005-06. In that relatively brief coaching career, Cummings an astonishing 10 New York State champions as well as another 19 New York State place winners! During those years he also coached 4 teams to Section 9 Tournament titles – 3X with VC and 1X with Middletown. Coach Cummings has been inducted into the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

2010-2019 All-Decade Team

Warwick’s Ryan Ferro was a 4X Section 9 champion and a 2X NYS champion! After high school he attended Ohio State University before transferring to Long Island University where he is the starting 165 pounder!

Last but not least, The 2010-2019 All-Decade Team! I knew right from the moment that I decided to work on this project that this would be the most difficult decade…and I was correct! The talent in this decade was incredible forcing me to make some very difficult choices. Before we look at the hammers that made the team, let’s acknowledge a few of the guys who just barely missed out, namely Shane Connelly (5X S9 champ), Taylor Laraia (NYS 2nd & 3rd), Ryan Ellefsen (NYS 2nd & 3rd), James Bethel (NYS 3rd), Kyle Deisel (NYS 2nd), Mike Fekishazy (NYS 2nd & 6th), Dan DeCarlo (NYS 3rd & 5th), Chris Truglio (4th Senior Nationals), Noah Curreri (NYS 2nd & 5th), Maxx DeCapua (3rd & 6th), and Dylan Earl (NYS 5th & 5th)! Yeah that’s pretty scary….these are the guys NOT on the All-Decade Team! Enjoy!

2010 – 2019 All-Decade Team

99 – Johnny Stramiello (Pine Bush)
106 – Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury)
113 – Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury)
120 – Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley)
126 – Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley)
132 – Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury)
138 – Da’mani Burns (Newburgh)
145 – Ryan Ferro (Warwick)
152 – AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley)
160 – Mitch Wightman (Warwick)
170 – Dillon Ross (Onteora)
182 – Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury)
195 – Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury)
220 – Will Leonard (Cornwall)
285 – Joe Humphrey (Middletown)

2010 – Division 1
96 John Stramiello (Pine Bush, 8)
103 TJ Kreider (Cornwall, 10)
112 Shane Connolly (Warwick Valley, 10)
119 Gary Wolff (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
119AL Richard Dennison (Minisink Valley, 11)
125 Nic Smith (Valley Central, 12) – 6th NYS
130 Taylor Laraia (Newburgh, 12) – 2nd NYS

130AL Robert Bailey (Valley Central, 12)
135 Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 12) – 2nd NYS
140 Trent Costello (Kingston, 11)
145 Mitch Wightman (Warwick Valley, 11) – 5th NYS
152 Mike Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS

160 Dan Smith (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
160AL Tyler Lawlor (Cornwall, 11)
171 Ryan Nicholas (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
171AL Nick Matthews (Kingston, 12)
171AL Sean Prell (Warwick Valley, 11)
189 Marcus Spearman (Newburgh, 12)
189AL Mike McGrath (Kingston, 12) – 4th NYS
215 Andrew Smith (Port Jervis, 11)
215AL Henry Marley (Kingston, 12)
285 John Carey (Newburgh, 12)

2010 – Division 2
96 Eric Januszkiewicz (New Paltz, 9)
103 Jorge Chardon (Highland, 12)
112 Cory Necketopoulos (New Paltz, 10)
119 Pete Hottum (Onteora, 11)
125 Greg Brunner (Tuxedo, 11)
130 John Ferrante (New Paltz, 11)
135 Chet Cochrane (Onteora, 12)
140 Peter Ferrante (New Paltz, 11)
145 Andres Ulloa (Tuxedo, 12)
152 Donnie VanBuren (Onteora,11)
160 Kevin Dommreis (Millbrook, 12)
171 Ameil Maerling (Ellenville, 12)
189 Chris Pflaum (Highland, 12)
215 Peter Behnke (Highland, 12)
285 Vinny Barber (Highland, 12)

2011 – Division 1
96 John Stramiello (Pine Bush, 9)
103 Joe Ginley (Warwick Valley, 10)
112 Justin Corradino (Warwick Valley, 11)
112AL TJ Kreider (Cornwall, 11)
119 Shane Connolly (Warwick Valley, 11)
125 Kyle Wierzbicki (Warwick Valley, 11)
125AL Gary Wolff (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
125AL Luke Roth (Cornwall, 11)
130 Andrew Natalizio (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
135 Richard Dennison (Minisink Valley, 12)
135AL Trent Costello (Kingston, 12)
140 Brian Vutianitis (Warwick Valley, 12)
145 Glen Ferrier (Minisink Valley, 12)
152 Aaron Moore (Newburgh, 12)
152AL Julio Gonzalez (Middletown, 12) – 4th NYS
160 Mitch Wightman (Warwick Valley, 12) – NYS Champion
160AL Kyle Diesel (Minisink Valley, 12) – 2nd NYS
171 Sean Prell (Warwick Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS

189 Joe Gaynor (Pine Bush, 12)
215 Pavel Gorelov (Warwick Valley, 11)
215AL Andrew Smith (Port Jervis, 12)
285 Ethan Stanley (Saugerties, 11)
285AL Seth Stauble (Kingston, 11)

2011 – Division 2
96 Declan McNulty (Red Hook, 10)
103 Avery Leighton (Onteora, 10)
112 Eric Januszkiewicz (New Paltz, 10)
119 Zach Apolitto (Onteora, 12)
125 Pete Hottum (Onteora, 12)
130 Greg Brunner (Tuxedo, 12)
135 CJ Goldizen (Onteora, 12) – 5th NYS
140 Jordan Gluskin (Onteora, 12)
145 Colin Waterhouse (Red Hook, 12)
152 Donnie VanBuren (Onteora, 12)
160 Peter Ferrante (New Paltz, 12)
171 Andrew Martinez (Liberty, 10)
189 Kaason Clark (New Paltz, 11)
215 Joseph Friedel (Onteora, 12)
285 Kyle Roberts (New Paltz, 12)

2012 – Division 1
99 Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley, 9)
99AL Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
106 John Stramiello (Pine Bush, 10) – 6th NYS
106AL Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 9)
113 TJ Kreider (Cornwall, 12) – 6th NYS
120 Justin Corradino (Warwick Valley, 12) – 5th NYS

126 Tom Murphy (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
132 Luke Roth (Cornwall, 12)
138 Shane Connolly (Warwick Valley, 12)
145 Kyle Wierzbicki (Warwick Valley, 12)
145AL Brett Sauschuck (Port Jervis, 12)
152 Ryan Bedross (Warwick Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
160 Dan DeCarlo (Port Jervis, 10)
170 Colin Casey (Washingtonville, 12)
182 Bilal Hasan (Valley Central, 12)
182AL Anthony Sannella (Minisink Valley, 12)
195 Deon Edmond (Kingston, 11)
195AL Pavel Gorelov (Warwick Valley, 12)
220 Connor Leavell (Warwick Valley, 12)
285 Ethan Stanley (Saugerties, 12) – 4th NYS
285AL Seth Stauble (Kingston, 12)

2012 Divison 2
99 Dean Stanton (Tuxedo, 9)
106 Austin Ingraham (Highland, 10)
113 Declan McNulty (Red Hook, 11)
120 Eric Januszkiewicz (New Paltz, 11)
126 John Hodes (Rondout Valley, 12)
132 Collin Dimler (Rondout Valley, 12)
138 Ian Morse (Rondout Valley, 12)
145 Ricky Treu (Red Hook, 12)
152 Paul Sommer (Rondout Valley, 12) – 5th NYS
160 Austin Weigel (Onteora, 11)
170 Mike Rauch (Red Hook, 11)
182 Andrew Martinez (Liberty, 11) – 6th NYS
195 Dustin Mackenzie (Onteora, 10)
220 Dominique Vales (Eldred-Fallsburg, 12)
285 Anthony Tufano (New Paltz, 11)

2013 – Division 1
99 Chris Cuccolo (Pine Bush, 11)
99AL Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 5th NYS
106 Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 8)
113 Dylan Booth (Port Jervis, 11) – 5th NYS
113AL John Stramiello (Pine Bush, 11) – 6th NYS

120 PJ Smoot (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
126 Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 10)
132 Chris Truglio (Minisink Valley, 10)
132AL Bryan Mongiello (Washingtonville, 12)
138 Thomas Wightman (Warwick Valley, 10)
145 Mark Milisci (Washingtonville, 12)
152 Dan DeCarlo (Port Jervis, 11) – 5th NYS
160 Travis Edwards (Port Jervis, 12)
160AL JP Vandercliff (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
170 AJ Voelker (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 4th NYS
170AL Kyle McGuire (Newburgh, 11)
182 Connor Leavell (Warwick Valley, 12)
195 Deon Edmond (Kingston, 12)
220 Josh Bonneau (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
285 Terrence Cheeks (Newburgh, 12)

2013 Division – 2
99 Taylor Benson (Red Hook, 8)
106 Mike Felicano (Highland, 10)
113 Austin Ingraham (Highland, 11) – 6th NYS
120 Avery Leighton (Onteora, 12)
126 Matt Rauch (Red Hook, 11)
132 Sean Cramsie (New Paltz, 11)
138 Luis Garcia (Red Hook, 12)
145 Sal Mazzella (Highland, 12)
152 Kevin Palko (Tri-Valley, 12)
160 Austin Weigel (Onteora, 12)
170 Aidan Mathews (Marlboro, 10)
182 Andrew Martinez (Liberty, 12)
195 Dustin Mackenzie (Onteora, 11)
220 Jesse Corcoran (Eldred-Fallsburg, 12)
285 Troy Grant (New Paltz, 11)

2014 – Division 1
99 Anthony Stramiello (Pine Bush, 10)
106 Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 3rd NYS
113 Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley, 11)
113AL John Stramiello (Pine Bush, 12)
120 Dylan Booth (Port Jervis, 12)
120AL Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
126 Da’mani Burns (Newburgh, 11) – 5th NYS
126AL PJ Smoot (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
132 Chris Truglio (Minisink Valley, 11)
138 Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 11)
145 Thomas Wightman (Warwick Valley, 11)
152 Ryan Ferro (Warwick Valley, 9)
160 Dan DeCarlo (Port Jervis, 12) – 3rd NYS
170 Quinn Zsido (Cornwall, 11) – 6th NYS

182 Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury, 10)
195 Erik Jessell (Cornwall, 11) – 6th NYS
195AL Rob Cuomo (Saugerties, 12)
220 James Bethel (Saugerties, 12) – 3rd NYS
220AL Rob Kelly (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 4th NYS
285 Sam Weinger (Washingtonville, 12) – 5th NYS

2014 – Division 2
99 Dean Artrip (Tuxedo, 9)
106 Mike Felicano (Highland, 11)
113 Taylor Benson (Red Hook, 9)
120 Austin Ingraham (Highland, 12)
126 Matt Rauch (Red Hook, 12)
132 Andrew Suleiman (Highland, 11)
138 Joshua Santiago (Rondout Valley, 12)
145 Karl Linneman (New Paltz, 11)
152 Sam Cruz (Highland, 12)
160 Eric Morse (Rondout Valley, 12)
170 Theodore Mapes (Highland, 11)
182 Kevin Morgans (Eldred-Liberty-Falls, 10)
195 Dustin Mackenzie (Onteora, 12)
220 Troy Grant (New Paltz, 12)
285 Andrew Friedel (Onteora, 12)

2015 – Division 1
99 Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 8)
106 Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley, 9)
113 Pedro Morales (Middletown, 12)
120 Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS
120AL Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS

126 Kevin Kelly (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
132 Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 6th NYS
132AL Da’mani Burns (Newburgh, 12) – 3rd NYS

138 Chris Truglio (Minisink Valley, 12)
145 Ryan Ferro (Warwick Valley, 10) – 3rd NYS
145AL Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 12) – 2nd NYS
152 Thomas Wightman (Warwick Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
160 AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley, 11) – 5th NYS

170 Quinn Zsido (Cornwall, 12)
170AL Alec Guevara (Wallkill, 12)
182 Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury, 10)
182AL Bruce McLee (Washingtonville, 12)
195 Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 2nd NYS
195AL Bryan Beyers (Washingtonville, 12)
220 Brandon Mascaro (Wallkill, 12)
285 Isaac Serrano (Newburgh, 12)

2015 – Division 2
99 Wade Harris (Red Hook, 10)
106 Dean Artrip (Tuxedo, 10)
113 Mike Felicano (Highland, 12)
120 Dillon Ross (Onteora, 9)
126 Taylor Benson (Red Hook, 10)
132 Andrew Suleiman (Highland, 12)
138 Isaac Mathews (Marlboro, 10)
145 Noah Curreri (Eldred-Liberty-Falls, 10)
152 Ben Cuppett (New Paltz, 10)
160 Liam Heslin (Tuxedo,11)
170 Theodore Mapes (Highland, 12)
182 Kevin Morgans (Eldred-Liberty-Falls, 11)
195 Zach Williams (Tuxedo, 12)
220 Stefan Chichkov (Red Hook, 12)
285 John Beal (Highland, 12)

2016 – Division 1
99 Oscar Lainez (Middletown, 12)
106 Tyler Lynch (Minisink Valley, 11)
106AL Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
113 Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley, 10)
113AL Anthony Stramiello (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
120 Jarred Greiner (Minisink Valley, 12)
126 Kevin Kelly (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
132 Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley, 10)
138 Charlie Johnson (Warwick Valley, 12) – 5th NYS
145 Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 6th NYS
152 RYAN FERRO (Warwick Valley, 11) – NYS Champion
160 AJ AEBERLI (Minisink Valley, 12) – NYS Champion
170 Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill, 11) – 6th NYS

182 Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 4th NYS
195 Garrett Betcher (Wallkill, 12)
220 Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS
220AL Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen, 11) – 2nd NYS
285 Joe Humphrey (Middletown, 12) – 3rd NYS

2016 – Division 2
99 Wade Harris (Red Hook, 11)
106 Luke Jones (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 8)
113 Nick Conetta (Chester, 11)
120 Chris Massaro (New Paltz, 11)
126 Ian Houck (Rondout Valley, 10)
132 Mark Castellanos (Highland, 12)
138 Dillon Ross (Onteora, 10)
145 Taylor Benson (Red Hook, 11)
152 Noah Curreri (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 11) – 5th NYS
160 Liam Heslin (Chester, 12) – 6th NYS

170 Ben Cuppett (New Paltz, 11)
182 Theo Chazkel (New Paltz, 12) – 6th NYS
195 Kevin Morgans (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12)
220 Will DePaolo (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12)
285 Travis Coon (Red Hook, 12)

2017 – Division 1
99 Colby Amell (Saugerties, 10)
106 Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 5th NYS
106AL Greg Fischer (Newburgh, 11)
113 Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 4th NYS
113AL Matthew Romano (Valley Central, 9)
120 Tyler Lynch (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
126 Cameron Wernicki (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
126AL Andrew Davis (Wallkill, 12)
132 Vinny Vetrano (Minisink Valley, 11)
132AL Brad Bonner (Wallkill, 12)
132AL Robert Satriano (Valley Central, 12)
138 Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley, 11)
145 Brandon Bobe (Washingtonville, 12)
152 Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 3rd NYS
160 Ryan Ferro (Warwick Valley, 12) – NYS Champion

170 Adonis Morano (Middletown, 11)
182 Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill, 12) – 2nd NYS
182AL Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley, 11)
195 Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – NYS Champion
220 Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen, 12) – 3rd NYS

285 Horace Duke (Middletown, 12)

2017 – Division 2
99 Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley, 8)
106 Pat Ross (Onteora, 8)
113 Nick Ross (Onteora, 8)
120 Nick Conetta (Chester, 12)
126 Nate Ross (Onteora, 9)
132 Ian Houck (Rondout Valley,11)
138 Mat Malherio (Highland, 10)
145 Zach Chartrand (Onteora, 11)
152 Dillon Ross (Onteora, 11)
160 Noah Curreri (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12) – 2nd NYS
170 Jeffrey Kiluba (Red Hook, 12)
182 Ben Cuppett (New Paltz, 12)
195 Brody Harris (Chester, 12)
220 John Goodell (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 11)
285 William Sutherland (Rondout Valley, 12)

2018 – Division 1
99 Justin Morales (Middletown, 10)
106 Greg Fischer (Newburgh, 12) – 6th NYS
113 Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS
120 Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 3rd NYS

126 Matthew Romano (Valley Central, 10)
132 Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley, 12)
138 Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley, 12)
145 Vinny Vetrano (Minisink Valley, 12)
152 Tyler Serafini (Newburgh, 11)
152AL Joseph Pushman (Wallkill, 12)
160 Shaun Burgos (Pine Bush, 12)
170 Tim Ganuncio (Minisink Valley, 12)
182 Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley, 12)
195 Sam Santander (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
195AL Maxx DeCapua (Newburgh, 10) – 6th NYS
220 Will Leonard (Cornwall, 11) – 6th NYS

285 Andrew Fenner (Minisink Valley, 12)

2018 – Division 2
99 Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley, 9)
106 Matt Morris (Red Hook, 10)
113 Eric Tigue (Port Jervis, 8)
120 Ethan Palanca (New Paltz, 9)
126 Nick Ross (Onteora, 9)
132 Carson Sauschuck (Port Jervis, 12)
138 Mat Malherio (Highland,11)
145 Ian Houck (Rondout Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
152 William Harrison (Port Jervis, 11)
160 Tristen Schiafo (Red Hook, 12)
170 Dillon Ross (Onteora, 12) – 2nd NYS
182 Jason Butler (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS

195 Ryan Hobson (Red Hook, 12)
220 Devin Dixon (New Paltz, 11)
285 Liam Dietrich (Red Hook, 10) – 5th NYS

2019 – Division 1
99 Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville, 9)
99AL Colby Amell (Saugerties, 12)
106 Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, 7) – 2nd NYS
106AL Justin Morales (Middletown, 11)
113 Jacob Chenier (Kingston, 11)
120 Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley, 11)
120AL Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 6th NYS
126 Jordan Suarez (Minisink Valley, 11)
132 Tom Maddox (Washingtonville, 12)
138 Sean Savacool (Minisink Valley, 11)
145 Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, 11) – 4th NYS
145AL Nick Albornoz (Minisink Valley, 12)
152 Joey McGinty (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 4th NYS
160 Steve Gazzillo (Cornwall, 12)
170 Matt Bucci (Saugerties, 12)
182 Tyler Serafini (Newburgh, 12)
195 Sam Santander (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
220 Will Leonard (Cornwall, 12) – NYS Champion
220AL Maxx Decapua (Newburgh, 11) – 3rd NYS
285 Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley, 10) – 5th NYS

285AL Preston Havison (Monroe Woodbury, 12)

2019 – Division 2
99 Trevor Tufano (Port Jervis, 9)
106 Peter Bender (Highland, 10)
113 Matt Morris (Red Hook, 11) – 6th NYS
120 Liam Bullock (Chester, 12)
126 Eric Tigue (Port Jervis, 9)
132 Matt Malherio (12 Highland, 12) – 5th NYS
138 Nick Ross (Onteora, 10) – 3rd NYS
145 Nick Curreri (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12)
152 Nate Ross (Onteora, 11) – 6th NYS
160 Bryce Horner (Port Jervis, 11)
170 Cesar Santiago (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12)
182 Drew Bendy (Eldred-Liberty-SW,12)
195 James Deaverio (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12)
220 James Oosterom (Port Jervis, 11) – 5th NYS
285 Jason Lonstein (Ellenville, 12)

2000-2009 All-Decade Team

Lou Ruggirello was a 4X NYS placewinner and a 3X NYS champion! He went on to wrestle at D1 Hofstra where he was a 4X NCAA Tournament qualifier and was an All-American as a senior!!!

Our nation entered Y2K without missing a beat and so did Section 9 wrestling! There were several major changes to the landscape of high school wrestling in this decade. First and foremost was the split into two divisions beginning in 2004. The larger schools now wrestle in Division 1 while the smaller schools wrestle in Division 2. The other major change took place in 2007 when New York adopted a “Wildcard” or “At-Large” system to allow 4 additional wrestlers per weight class to enter the state tournament in order to have a full Round of 16 for the opening round. Wrestlers who earned At-Large births into the state tournament have the letters “AL” after their weight class on the lists below.

As I assumed, putting together an All-Decade Team continues to get more difficult with each passing decade. The 2000’s All-Decade Team is absolutely loaded and there are some hammers who were left off! Imagine an All-Decade Team that excludes wrestlers like Scott Prutzman, Phil Szumlaski, John Gartiser, Sean Bauer, Terry Madden, and Joe Zitone!!! Enjoy and please feel free to share your thoughts either below in the comment section or even better, on Facebook.

The 2000’s All-Decade Team

96 – Louie Ruggirello Jr. (Valley Central)
103 – Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central)
112 – Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury)
119 – Darrell Ford (Minisink Valley)
125 – Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury)
130 – Pat Lloyd (Valley Central)
135 – Jason Jones (Port Jervis)
140 – Sean Floor (Port Jervis)
145 – Cory Lemka (Minisink Valley)
152- Nick Rausenberger (Newburgh)
160 – Max O’Meara (Red Hook)
171 – Ricky Scott (Valley Central)
189 – Steven Butler (Port Jervis)
215 – Ed Bordas (Valley Central)
285 – Corey James (Kingston)

2000
96 Pat Lloyd (Valley Central, 9) – 5th NYS
103 Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 2nd NYS
112 John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 5th NYS
119 Rob Sckalor (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 4th NYS
125 Joe Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 3rd NYS

130 Dave Edwards (Cornwall, 12)
135 Casey Todd (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
140 Jason Jones (Port Jervis, 11) – 6th NYS
145 Ryan Pullman (New Paltz, 12) – 6th NYS
152 Nick Rausenberger (Newburgh, 12) – 3rd NYS
160 Terry Madden (Pine Bush, 12) – 3rd NYS
171 Kevin Lawrence (Newburgh, 11) – 6th NYS
189 Mike Gerstl (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS

215 Jason Lichtenstein (Middletown, 12)
275 Alva Conklin (Middletown, 12) – 2nd NYS

2001
96 Ken Stalter (Ellenville, 10)
103 Chris Cartwright (Newburgh, 9) – 6th NYS
112 Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 12) NYS Champ & MOW
119 Lance Dolson (Valley Central, 12) – 4th NYS
125 John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 2nd NYS

130 Eric Biccum (Port Jervis, 11)
135 Jason Jones (Port Jervis, 12) – NYS Champion
140 Casey Todd (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
145 Josh Jones (Port Jervis) – 4th NYS
152 Keith Nelson (Red Hook, 12)
160 Kevin Lawrence (Newburgh, 12) – 5th NYS
171 Mike Karaban (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
189 Steve Scrobe (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
215 Scott Proscia (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
275 Tom O’Toole (Monroe Woodbury, 12)

2002
96 Scott Prutzman (Valley Central, 10) – 2nd NYS
103 Andy Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 9) – 5th NYS

112 Tim Schofield (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
119 Darren Mima (Kingston, 11)
125 Zac Mills (Wallkill, 10)
130 Pat Lloyd (Valley Central, 11)
135 John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
140 David Mills (Wallkill, 11)
145 Eric Biccum (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS
152 Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 9)
160 Mike Vichiariello (Port Jervis, 11)
171 Jerrell O’Neal (Newburgh, 11)
189 Dennis Norton (Cornwall, 12)
215 Jon Andriac (Port Jervis, 12) – 4th NYS
275 Matt Gurdineer (Minisink Valley, 12)

2003
96 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 9) – 3rd NYS
103 Steve Valastro (Valley Central, 10)
112 Scott Prutzman (Valley Central, 11)
119 Darrell Ford (Minisink Valley, 11) – 4th NYS
125 Darren Mima (Kingston, 12)
130 Pat Lloyd (Valley Central, 12) – NYS Champion
135 Trevor Nauta (Pine Bush, 12) – 6th NYS

140 Pat D’Aliso (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
145 Matt Bauer (Valley Central, 12)
152 Mike Vichiariello (Port Jervis, 12) – 4th NYS
160 Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 10) – 5th NYS

171 Kevin Navarra (Cornwall, 12)
189 Pablo Diaz (Middletown, 12)
215 Ed Bordas (Valley Central, 10) – 6th NYS
275 Steve Cuff (Newburgh, 11)

2004 – Division 1 – First Year of D1/D2
96 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 10) – NYS Champion
103 Mike D’Amato (Wallkill, 8)
112 Sean Bauer (Valley Central, 11)
119 Darrell Ford (Minisink Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS
125 Phil Szumlaski (Newburgh, 12) – 3rd NYS
130 Chris Cartwright (Newburgh, 12) – 5th NYS
135 Kyle Fried (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS

140 Tom Sands (Newburgh, 12)
145 Bryan Welsh (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
152 John Foley (Port Jervis, 11)
160 Willis Freeman (Kingston, 12) – 3rd NYS
171 Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 11) – NYS Champion

189 Alex Kaufmann (Port Jervis, 10)
215 Ed Bordas (Valley Central, 11)
275 Steve Cuff (Newburgh, 12)

2004 – Division 2
96 Robert Slavin (Millbrook, 10)
103 Emilio Torres (New Paltz, 10)
112 Nick Nekos (Onteora, 10)
119 Mike Amodio (New Paltz, 12)
125 Jason Rury (Onteora,10)
130 Ryan Wittig (New Paltz, 10)
135 Trevor Gale (Onteora, 11)
140 Chris Cannizaro (Millbrook, 12)
145 Chuck Chandler (Eldred, 11)
152 Joe Judge (New Paltz, 12)
160 Scott Honan (New Paltz, 12)
171 Justin Martino (New Paltz, 11)
189 Corey Proscia (Eldred, 11)
215 Tim Hallock (Eldred, 11)
275 John Slegona (Ellenville, 12)

2005 – Division 1
96 Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 8) – 4th NYS
103 Jeremiah Biddle (Minisink Valley, 11) – 6th NYS
112 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 11) – NYS Champion
119 Steve Valastro (Valley Central, 12) – 4th NYS
125 Sean Bauer (Valley Central, 12) – 2nd NYS

130 Shad Rissler (Washingtonville, 12)
135 Dimitri Laurent (Goshen, 11)
140 Sean Taft (Minisink Valley, 11) – 4th NYS
145 Bobby Gingras (Valley Central, 11) – 3rd NYS
152 John Foley (Port Jervis, 12) – 6th NYS

160 Ben Muller (Port Jervis, 12)
171 RICKY SCOTT (Valley Central, 12) – NYS Champion
189 Alex Kaufmann (Port Jervis, 11) – 4th NYS
215 ED BORDAS (Valley Central, 12) – NYS Champion

275 Tom Beyer (Monroe Woodbury, 12)

2005 – Division 2
96 Robert Slavin (Millbrook, 11) – 6th NYS
103 Kevin Dommreis (Millbrook, 7)
112 Patrick Spaulding (New Paltz, 10)
119 Josh Coon (Red Hook, 12)
125 Adam Slavin (Millbrook, 12)
130 Jason Rury (Onteora, 11)
135 Trevor Gale (Onteora,12) – 4th NYS
140 Mike Coffey (Onteora, 12)
145 Chuck Chandler (Eldred, 12)
152 Max O’Meara (Red Hook, 9)
160 John Kravic (Red Hook, 10)
171 Justin Martino (New Paltz, 12)
189 Corey Proscia (Eldred, 12)
215 Brandon Stoothoff (Onteora, 12)
275 Cody Chase (Onteora, 12) – 5th NYS

2006 Division 1
96 Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 8) – 3rd NYS
103 Michael Santalla (Warwick Valley , 9) – 5th NYS
112 Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 9) – 2nd NYS
119 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 12) – NYS Champion

125 Mike D’Amato (Valley Central, 10) – 6th NYS
130 Doug Christensen (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 4th NYS

135 Andrew Lowry (Cornwall, 12)
140 Sean Taft (Minisink Valley, 12)
145 Cory Lempka (Minisink Valley, 11) – 5th NYS
152 Dana Presto (Port Jervis, 11)
160 Lucas Brooks (Rondout Valley, 11)
171 Joey Scott (Valley Central, 12) – 3rd NYS
189 Mike VanHouten (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 6th NYS

215 Jimmy Dollaway (Valley Central, 11)
275 Marcus Gurdineer (Minisink Valley, 12) – 5th NYS

2006 Division 2
96 Justin Signorelli (Highland, 9)
103 Tom Carney (Red Hook, 9)
112 Patrick Spaulding (New Paltz, 11) – 6th NYS
119 Robert Slavin (Millbrook, 12) – 6th NYS

125 Chris Grover (Red Hook, 11)
130 Cody Runyon (Red Hook, 11)
135 Jordan Tiberio (Red Hook,10)
140 Steven Geiger (Eldred, 11)
145 Ryan Wittig (New Paltz, 12)
152 Max O’Meara (Red Hook, 10)
160 John Kravic (Red Hook, 11)
171 Bill Pease (Red Hook, 12)
189 Richie Ross (Red Hook, 12)
215 Paul Rauch (Red Hook, 10)
275 Brad Serini (Highland, 11)

2007 Division 1 – First Year of Wildcards
96 Mike Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
96AL Taylor Laraia (Newburgh, 9)
103 Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 9) – NYS Champion
112 Drew Bloss (Cornwall, 11)
119 Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 4th NYS
119AL Jeremiah Biddle (Minisink Valley, 12)
119AL Patrick Spaulding (New Paltz, 12)
125 Kyle Piaquadio (Newburgh, 11) – 6th NYS
125AL Michael Santalla (Warwick Valley, 10)
130 Blaze Chatham (Newburgh, 12) – 5th NYS
135 Mike D’Amato (Valley Central, 11) – 4th NYS

140 Sean Floor (Port Jervis, 11)
145 Cory Lempka (Minisink Valley, 12)
152 Spencer Casey (Washingtonville, 12)
160 Ross Hansen (Minisink Valley, 11)
160AL Derek Stanley (Saugerties, 12)
171 Justin Diesel (Minisink Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS
189 Steven Butler (Port Jervis, 10)
215 Jimmy Dollaway (Valley Central, 12) – 5th NYS
275 Corey James (Kingston, 11) – 4th NYS

2007 Division 2
96 Bill Brunner (Tuxedo, 10)
103 Justin Signorelli (Highland, 10)
112 Michael Wernick (Ellenville, 9)
119 Ian Ellis (Red Hook, 11)
125 Paul Goicochea (Highland, 11)
130 Jacob Coutant (Ellenville, 10)
135 Cody Runyon (Red Hook, 12)
140 Jordan Tiberio (Red Hook, 11)
145 Joe Exner (Ellenville, 12)
152 Joe Picard (Red Hook, 11)
160 Max O’Meara (Red Hook, 11)
171 John Kravic (Red Hook, 12)
189 James Kravic (Red Hook, 10)
215 Paul Rauch (Red Hook, 11)
275 Brad Serini (Highland, 12) – 3rd NYS

2008 – Division 1
96 Shane Connolly (Warwick Valley, 8)
103 Mike Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 10)
112 Taylor Laraia (Newburgh, 10)
119 Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 10) – 2nd NYS
125 Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – NYS Champion

125AL Drew Bloss (Cornwall, 12)
130 Kyle Piaquadio (Newburgh, 12)
135 Matt Doolittle (Middletown, 12)
140 Sean Floor (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
140AL Mike D’Amato (Valley Central, 12) – 6th NYS

145 Joey Gambino (Saugerties, 12)
152 Cinque Mandela (Newburgh, 12)
160 Keith Corley (Valley Central, 12)
171 Ross Hansen (Minisink Valley, 12)
189 Steven Butler (Port Jervis, 11) – 4th NYS
215 CJ Floor (Port Jervis, 11)
215AL Jared Rosado (Middletown, 12)
285 Corey James (Kingston, 12) – 2nd NYS
285AL Joe Zitone (Port Jervis, 11) – 4th NYS

2008 – Division 2
96 Pete Hottum (Onteora, 9)
103 Greg Brunner (Tuxedo, 9)
112 Corey O’Farrell (Red Hook, 10)
119 Chet Cochrane (Onteora, 10)
125 Ian Ellis (Red Hook, 12)
130 Paul Goicochea (Highland, 12)
135 Matt Whitebay (Highland, 12)
140 Donald Exner (Ellenville, 11)
145 Jordan Tiberio (Red Hook, 12)
152 Joe Picard (Red Hook, 12)
160 Kyle Gale (Onteora, 12)
171 Max O’Meara (Red Hook, 12) – 3rd NYS
189 Eric Thayer (Ellenville, 11)
215 Paul Rauch (Red Hook,12)
285 Glen Coon (Red Hook, 12)

2009 – Division 1
96 Shane Connolly (Warwick Valley, 9)
103 Gary Wolff (Monroe Woodbury, 10)
112 Richard Dennison (Minisink Valley, 10)
119 Taylor Laraia (Newburgh, 11) – 3rd NYS
119AL Kaare Stokdal (Kingston, 12) – 6th NYS
125 Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 2nd NYS
130 Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 12) – 3rd NYS

130AL Mike Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
130AL Kyle Diesel (Minisink Valley, 10)
135 Ali Hasan (Valley Central, 11)
140 Mike Santalla (Warwick Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
145 Mitch Wightman (Warwick Valley, 10)
152 Louis Berger (Pine Bush, 12)
160 Sean Prell (Warwick Valley, 10)
171 Matt Parlier (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
189 James Brain (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS

189AL CJ Floor (Port Jervis, 12)
189AL Marcus Spearman (Newburgh, 11)
215 Steven Butler (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
215AL Shaun Bacchiocchi (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS
285 Joe Zitone (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
285AL Brendan Byrne (Minisink Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS

2009 – Division 2
96 Jorge Chardon (Highland, 11)
103 Andy Ehlers (Tuxedo, 9)
112 Greg Brunner (Tuxedo, 10)
119 Corey O’Farrell (Red Hook,11)
125 Chet Cochrane (Onteora, 11)
130 CJ Goldizen (Onteora, 10)
135 Justin Signorelli (Highland, 12)
140 David Wright (Red Hook, 11)
145 Donnie VanBuren (Onteora, 10)
152 Dean Hottum (Onteora, 12)
160 Kevin Dommreis (Millbrook, 11)
171 Ivan Carlson (Red Hook,11)
189 Eric Thayer (Ellenville, 12)
215 Peter Behnke (Highland, 11)
285 Frank Casamento (Ellenville, 12)

1990-1999 All-Decade Team

Steve Garland was a 2X Section 9 champion and a 2X state finalist for Middletown HS. In college he was a 3X NCAA qualifier and came in 2nd in the nation as a senior for the University of Virginia. Garland has been the head coach at UVA since 2006.

Here we go!!! Let’s take a look at all of the Section 9 champions from the 1990’s as well as the 1990’s All-Decade Team! I would like to once again thank everyone who I have called or texted for assistance in putting together these star-studded teams. It seems to be getting tougher each decade and I imaging that the next two decades are going to be no different. Section 9 produced some incredible wrestlers in the 90’s and quite a few of them were left off this team. I hope that it creates some heated, yet friendly, discussion and most importantly takes us on a trip down memory lane. Just imagine an “All-Decade” team that excludes hammers like Marcus Hutchings, Jeremy Smit, Christian Favata, Dave Colabella, and Brian Benson! Keep in mind that Troy Bouzakis and Mike Bucci were on the 1980’s Team so they do not appear here. Also, if a wrestler has impressive credentials in the 90’s but graduated in 2000 it is possible that they will appear on the 2000-2009 Team. Enjoy!

1990’s All-Decade Team

91 – David Hartwick (Valley Central)
98 – Steve Garland (Middletown)
105 – Phillip Mansueto (Middletown)
112 – Rocco Mansueto (Middletown)
119 – Paul Paquin (Cornwall)
126 – Mike Castro (Washingtonville)
132 – Jeff Smith (Rondout Valley)
138 – Tim Cornish (Minisink Valley)
145 – Mike Mitchell (Cornwall)
155 – Dennis Clark (Monroe Woodbury)
167 – Rob Padilla (Newburgh)
177 – Joe Pistone (Middletown)
215 – Joe Sahl (Valley Ventral)
250 – Joe Yanis (Minisink Valley)

1990
91 David Hardwick (Valley Central, 10)
98 Jeff Tufano (Port Jervis, 9) – 5th NYS
105 Mark Aguilar (Washingtonville, 10)
112 Kyle Sibley (Valley Central, 11)
119 Chris Svensson (Goshen, 12)
126 Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 12) – NYS Champ & MOW
132 Keith Anderson (Pine Bush, 12)
138 Chris Fleeger (Port Jervis, 12)
145 Ron Clinton (Middletown, 12) – 5th NYS
155 Marcus Hutchins (Monticello, 12) – 4th NYS
167 Heath Macaluso (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS

177 Mike Rydell (Newburgh, 12)
215 Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 12) – NYS Champion
250 Matt Brandt (Red Hook, 12)

1991
91 David Hardwick (Valley Central, 11) – NYS Champion
98 Kurl Asdal (Monticello, 12)
105 Mark Aguilar (Washingtonville, 11)
112 Jeff Tufano (Port Jervis, 10)
119 Kyle Sibley (Valley Central, 12)
126 Mike Castro (Washingtonville, 12) – NYS Champion
132 Mike Gardianos (Minisink Valley, 12)
138 Rich Gomez (Washingtonville, 12)
145 J.P. Sautter (Minisink Valley, 12)
155 Marcus Hutchins (Monticello, 12) – 5th NYS
167 Gino Brown (Newburgh, 11) – 5th NYS
177 Greg Conn (Valley Central, 12) – 6th NYS

215 Bob Bucci (Red Hook, 11)
250 Joe Yanis (Minisink Valley, 12) – NYS Champion

1992
91 Brian Murtaugh (Minisink Valley, 12)
98 Mike Mitchell (Cornwall, 9)
105 David Hardwick (Valley Central, 12)
112 Mark Aguilar (Washingtonville, 12)
119 Brian Miller (New Paltz, 12)
126 Chris Cotten (Valley Central, 12)
132 Josh Potter (Minisink Valley, 11)
138 Quoc Le (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
145 Neil Brutus (Valley Central, 12)
155 Luke Barbalich (Port Jervis, 12)
167 Nick Byrne (Cornwall, 12)
177 Gino Brown (Newburgh, 12) – 6th NYS
215 Bob Bucci (Red Hook, 12)
250 Lou Volpe (Cornwall, 12) – 6th NYS

1993
91 Jun Watanabe (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
98 Mike Masci (Goshen, 11)
105 Tim Keys (Port Jervis, 12)
112 Billy Lynch (Valley Central, 11)
119 Mike Mitchell (Cornwall, 10)
126 Chris Cotten (Valley Central, 12)
132 Josh Potter (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
138 Tim Cornish (Liberty, 10)
145 Josh Hnath (Pine Bush, 12)
155 Paul Hartmann (Port Jervis, 10)
167 Nick Macri (Cornwall, 12) – 6th NYS
177 Frank Graziano (Minisink Valley, 12)
215 Mike Harding (Pine Bush, 12)
250 Tim Southard (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS

1994
91 Steve Garland (Middletown, 11) – 2nd NYS
98 Dan Garland (Middletown, 11) – 6th NYS
105 Mike Masci (Goshen, 12) – 6th NYS

112 Steve Alvarado (Cornwall, 12)
119 Billy Lynch (Valley Central, 12) – 6th NYS
126 A.J. Levine (Pine Bush, 11)
132 Mike Mitchell (Cornwall, 11)
138 Tim Cornish (Liberty, 11)
145 Mike Kikendall (Monticello, 12)
155 Doug Spelman (Middletwon, 11)
167 Ed Vass (Goshen, 11)
177 Phil Dudek (Kingston, 12)
215 Jason Pawliczak (Pine Bush, 12) – 6th NYS
250 Jeremy Smit (Valley Central, 11)

1995
91 Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 9) – 6th NYS
98 Steve Garland (Middletown, 12) – 2nd NYS

105 Vinny Pickell (Ellenville, 12)
112 Al Mann (Cornwall, 12)
119 Dylan Ronk (Goshen, 12) – 3rd NYS
126 A.J. Levine (Pine Bush,12)
132 Tim Hendershot (Minisink Valley, 12)
138 Tim Cornish (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
145 Mike Mitchell (Cornwall, 12) – 3rd NYS
155 Doug Spelman (Middletown, 12) – 6th NYS

167 Ed Vass (Goshen, 12)
177 Joe Pistone (Middletown, 12) – 4th NYS
215 Mike Rechtorovic (Valley Central, 12) – 5th NYS
250 Jeremy Smit (Valley Central, 12) – 3rd NYS

1996
91 Kevin Fleenor (Newburgh, 12) – 4th NYS
98 Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 10) – 2nd NYS

105 Bill Maloney (Port Jervis, 11)
112 Paul Paquin (Cornwall, 11) – NYS Champion
119 Jim Powderly (Newburgh, 12) – 6th NYS

126 Jason Nauta (Pine Bush, 12)
132 Jeff Smith (Rondout Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS
138 Christian Favata (Rondout Valley, 12) – 4th NYS

145 Joe Stepp (Goshen, 12)
155 Matt Dunne (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
167 Rob Padilla (Newburgh, 12) – 2nd NYS
177 Walt Henry (Pine Bush, 10)
215 Billy Donohue (Middletown, 11)
250 Ron Gannello (Middletown, 11)

1997
96 Rocco Mansueto (Middletown, 11) – NYS Champion
103 Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 11) – NYS Champion
112 Al Ronaldson (Valley Central, 12) – 4th NYS
119 Pat Griffin (Valley Central, 11) – 4th NYS
125 Paul Paquin (Cornwall, 12) – NYS Champion
130 Jeremy Nauta (Pine Bush, 12)
135 Joe Papasidero (Goshen, 12) – 6th NYS
140 Steve Boenigk (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 6th NYS
145 George Butwell (Newburgh, 12)
152 Dennis Clark (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
160 Dan Uebel (Cornwall, 10)
171 Walt Henry (Pine Bush, 11)
189 Ken Barringer (Valley Central, 12)
220 Nick Losey (Goshen, 12)
275 Ron Gannello (Middletown, 12)

1998
96 Eric Biccum (Port Jervis, 8) – 5th NYS
103 Dave Edwards (Cornwall, 10)
112 Rocco Mansueto (Middletown, 12) – NYS Champion
119 Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 12) – 2nd NYS
125 Pat Griffin (Valley Central, 12) – 4th NYS
130 Joe Molloy (Rondout Valley, 12)
135 Nick Rausenberger (Newburgh, 10)
140 Pat Sansbury (Valley Central, 12)
145 Walter Kaufmann (Port Jervis, 12)
152 Dennis Clark (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 3rd NYS
160 Dave Colabella (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
171 Walt Henry (Pine Bush, 12)
189 Rob Flores (Port Jervis, 11) – 6th NYS
215 Joe Sahl (Valley Central, 11) – 6th NYS
275 Jake Wright (Minisink Valley, 11)

1999
96 Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 3rd NYS
103 Keith Pickel (Ellenville, 12) – 2nd NYS

112 Jim Pagan (Newburgh, 11)
119 Brian Benson (Valley Central, 12) – 2nd NYS
125 Joe Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
125 Brad Giambrone (Onteora, 12) – 5th NYS
130 Dave Edwards (Cornwall, 11) – 4th NYS

135 Shawn Wiley (Pine Bush, 11)
140 Terry Madden (Pine Bush, 11)
145 George Pullman (New Paltz, 12) – 3rd NYS
152 Nick Rausenberger (Newburgh, 11) – 4th NYS
160 Kevin Lawrence (Newburgh, 10) – 6th NYS
171 Dave Colabella (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 3rd NYS

189 Dom Abato (MVP) (Wallkill, 12)
215 Joe Sahl (Valley Central, 12) – 2nd NYS
275 Alva Conklin (Middletown, 11)

1980-1989 All-Decade Team

Pine Bush’s Troy Bouzakis was a 5X Section 9 Champion, a 3X NYS Champion, and a 2X State Tournament MOW!

So it is getting tougher and tougher to come up with these All-Decade teams! There are absolute hammers who are being left off … but that’s what makes this fun! One of the goals of these posts is to take us on a trip down memory lane to provide a healthy distraction from these very trying times. Just a few notes for clarification… Some wrestlers have credentials which would make them candidates for two All-Decade Teams however I am only including them on one team. The obvious examples are here are Troy Bouzakis and Mike Bucci who were also 1990 state champs but I have decided to include them on the 1980’s team. Putting together this team was the toughest one yet – deciding between Rich Parete or Dickie Bouzakis at 126 was impossible! How about leaving off Bryan Keys and Ken Wojehowski? I am sure that it will get even more challenging once we have to factor in D1 and D2 wrestlers! I made several calls, texts, and emails to help me with some of these decisions! Thank you very much for everyone who chipped in especially Donnie Blaine, Steve Fischbein, Kevin Gallagher, Tracy Sutera, and Tim Monahan.

1980’s All-Decade Team

91 – Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush)
98 – Phil Consiglio (North Rockland)
105 – Doug Keys (Port Jervis)
112 – Jeff Keys (Port Jervis)
119 – Jeff Lewis (Valley Central)
126 – Dickie Bouzakis (Pine Bush)
132 – Tim Ferrante (New Paltz)
138 – Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central)
145 – Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury)
155 – Earl Lynch (Monroe Woodbury)
167 – Matt Pisciotta (New Paltz)
177 – Mike Bucci (Red Hook)
215 – Tom Ladka (Monroe Woodbury)
250 – John Nickless (Valley Central)

1980
91 Glenn Burres (Monroe Woodbury, 10)
98 Bryan Keys (Port Jervis, 11) – 4th NYS
105 Mike Mott (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
112 Art Schad (Red Hook, 12) – 6th NYS
119 John Doyle (Tappan Zee, 12)
126 Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
132 John Stewart (Port Jervis,12) – 2nd NYS
138 Doug Jenks (Port Jervis, 12) – 4th NYS

145 Bill White (Suffern, 12)
155 Kevin Troche (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS
167 Dan Parietti (Suffern, 12)
177 Todd Giles (Ramapo, 12) – 3rd NYS
215 Dave McNally (Suffern, 12)
250 Blaze Winters (Tappan Zee, 12) – 5th NYS

1981
91 Rick Grande (Ramapo, 12)
98 Jose Munoz (North Rockland, 10)
105 Bryan Keys (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
112 Jeff Keys (Port Jervis, 11) – 4th NYS
119 Carl Marinaccio (Suffern, 12)
126 Andy Silverberg (Ramapo,12)
132 Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 5th NYS
138 Bob Judge (Nanuet, 12)
145 Mike Shaffer (Ramapo, 12) – 5th NYS
155 Earl Lynch (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 6th NYS

167 Dan Parietti (Suffern, 12)
177 Kirk Butryn (Minisink Valley, 12) – 5th NYS
215 Paul McAdon (Washingtonville, 12)
250 John Foley (Goshen, 12)

1982
91 John Canty (Suffern, 10)
98 Phil Consiglio (North Rockland, 9) – 6th NYS
105 Dave Mott (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
112 Glenn Burres (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
119 Jeff Keys (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS
126 Tim Ferrante (New Paltz, 11) – 6th NYS

132 Bill Szulewski (Middletown, 12)
138 Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 3rd NYS
145 Lee Ingersol (Goshen, 12)
155 Marty Pidel (New Paltz, 12) – 6th NYS
167 Chad Tompkins (Valley Central, 12) – 6th NYS
177 Tim Howell (Goshen, 12) – 4th NYS

215 Tom Ladka (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
250 Ben Blackwell (North Rockland, 12) – 6th NYS

1983
91 Obed Morales (North Rockland, 12) – 5th NYS
98 Steve Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 4th NYS
105 Phil Consiglio (North Rockland, 10) – 6th NYS

112 Jose Munoz (North Rockland, 12)
119 Anibal Nieves (Ellenville, 11)
126 Alberto Nieves (Ellenville, 11)
132 Tim Ferrante (New Paltz, 12) – 2nd NYS
138 Jim Kelly (Clarkstown North, 12)
145 Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – NYS Champion
155 Steve Pisciotta (New Paltz, 11)
167 Paul Bailey (Nanuet, 12) – 6th NYS
177 Nunzio DeGregorio (Pearl River, 12)
215 Tom Ladka (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 2nd NYS
250 Pete Galendez (Suffern, 12)

1984
91 Dave Bisko (New Paltz, 12)
98 Pat Nolan (Tappan Zee, 12)
105 Phil Consiglio (North Rockland, 11) – NYS Champion
112 Rich Parete (Rondout Valley, 10)
119 Mike Pisciotta (New Paltz, 12) – 6th NYS
126 Anibal Nieves (Ellenville, 12) – 5th NYS

132 Robbie Allison (North Rockland, 11)
138 Steve Greco (Suffern, 12) – 4th NYS
145 Mike Vasquez (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
155 Steve Pisciotta (New Paltz, 12)
167 Paul Bailey (Nanuet, 12) – 5th NYS
177 Matt Gallagher (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
215 Peter Valois (Clarkstown South, 11) – 4th NYS

250 Mike DeCapua (New Paltz, 12)

1985
91 Brian Smith (Pine Bush, 12)
98 Jeff Lewis (Valley Central, 9)
105 Doug Keys (Port Jervis, 12) – NYS Champion
112 Joe Morgan (Red Hook, 10)
119 Rich Parete (Rondout Valley, 11)
126 Dick Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 12) – 2nd NYS
132 Terence Hollywood (Minisink Valley, 12)
138 John Parete (Rondout Valley, 12)
145 Mike Vasquez (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
155 Jim Licardi (Pine Bush, 12)
167 Matt Pisciotta (New Paltz, 12) – 4th NYS
177 Dan Sanchez (Rondout Valley, 11)
215 Ken Tuttle (Wallkill, 12)
250 Mike Davis (Monticello, 12)

1986
91 Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 8) – NYS Champion
98 Mark Smith (Rondout Valley, 12)
105 Jimmy Duque (Valley Central, 11)
112 Jeff Lewis (Valley Central, 10)
119 Mike Zigrossi (Goshen, 11) – 5th NYS
126 Rich Parete (Rondout Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS

132 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 9)
138 Chris Goddard (Pine Bush, 12)
145 Jim Balzan (Saugerties, 12)
155 Rich Kruse (Port Jervis, 12)
167 Frank Genaro (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
177 Dan Sanchez (Rondout Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
215 William Smith (Middletown, 12) – 4th NYS

250 John Nickless (Valley Central, 9)

1987
91 Bret Roby (Port Jervis, 12)
98 Matt Kramer (Goshen, 12)
105 Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 9) – NYS Champ & MOW
112 Jimmy Duque (Valley Central, 12)
119 Jeff Lewis (Valley Central, 11) – 2nd NYS
126 Joe Morgan (Red Hook, 12) – 6th NYS
132 Mike Zigrossi (Goshen, 12) – 4th NYS

138 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 10)
145 Doug Morse (Rondout Valley, 11)
155 Joe Petit (Rondout Valley, 11)
167 John Reitzel (Minisink Valley, 12)
177 Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 9) – 6th NYS
215 Jack Flynn (Rondout Valley, 11)
250 A.J. Knapp (Minisink Valley, 12)

1988
91 Ken Wojehowski (Cornwall, 11)
98 Jeff Duque (Valley Central, 9) – 6th NYS
105 Dave Sherman (New Paltz, 12)
112 Jay Brewer (Cornwall, 12)
119 Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 10) – 3rd NYS
126 Jeff Lewis (Valley Central, 12) – 3rd NYS
132 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 11) – 3rd NYS
138 Johan Duque (Valley Central, 12) – 2nd NYS
145 Doug Morse (Rondout Valley, 12) – 4th NYS

155 Joe Petit (Rondout Valley, 12)
167 John Fuller (Port Jervis, 12)
177 Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 10) – 6th NYS
215 Jack Flynn (Rondout Valley, 12)
250 John Nickless (Valley Central, 11)

1989
91 Rich Ruck (Rondout Valley, 12)
98 Ken Wojehowski (Cornwall,12) – 4th NYS
105 Jeff Duque (Valley Central,10) – 3rd NYS

112 Tom Maltes (Washingtonville,12)
119 Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 11) – 2nd NYS
126 Sam Sicoli (Pine Bush, 12) – 6th NYS

132 Dan Longo (Kingston, 12)
138 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 12) – NYS Champion
145 Chris Bell (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS

155 Mike Lesick (Goshen, 12)
167 Clinton Troncone (Goshen, 12)
177 Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 11) – 3rd NYS
215 Alex Biolsi (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 4th NYS

250 John Nickless (Valley Central, 12)

1970-1979: All-Decade Team

Ed (l) and Lou (r) Banach were NYS Champions and went on to become NCAA and Olympic champions. Steve (c) was also a NYS place winner and a D1 college wrestler.

OK here we go with our 1970’s All-Decade Team! Just a few notes… As we all know, weight classes change occasionally so I will use the weight classes that were most common during the decade. For the 1970’s, the weight classes were basically the same from 1971 through 1979 however the 91 pound weight class was added in 1976 so I have included that as well. Also, I will not use the same wrestler in two different All-Decade Teams. For example, Paul Ciccone from Suffern took 2nd in NYS in 1970 and could have definitely been considered for the 1970’s Team; however he also won three S9 titles from ’67-’69 and was selected for the 1960’s Team. Enjoy!

1970’s All-Decade Team

91 – Bruce Chase (Port Jervis)
98 – Paul Margolies (Tappan Zee)
105 – Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet)
112 – Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo)
119 – Ruben Solero (Middletown)
126 – Steve Silverberg (Ramapo)
132 – Paul Georgeades (Nanuet)
138 – Mike Harris (Newburgh)
145 – Kevin Troche (Port Jervis)
155 – Jim Horvath (Ramapo)
167 – Ed Banach (Port Jervis)
177 – Lou Banach (Port Jervis)
215 – Steve Bello (Tappan Zee)
250 – Scott Ketchum (Tappan Zee)

1970-1979 Year-By-Year Section 9 Champions

1970
98 Jim Tiso (Newburgh, 10)
107 Steve Saul (Port Jervis, 10)
115 Mike Zehier (Washingtonville, 12)
123 Pete Nekos (Rondout Valley, 12)
130 Bruce Barr (Newburgh, 12)
137 Lou Conway (Pearl River, 11) – 3rd NYS
145 Dodd Wester (Minisink Valley, 12)
155 Ted Lewis (Liberty, 12)
165 Paul Farsetta (Pearl River, 11) – 3rd NYS
175 Dickie Lusso (Pearl River, 12)
185 Dan Simmons (Port Jervis, 11)
215 Paul Ciccone (Suffern, 12) – 2nd NYS
250 Peter Wolters (Nanuet, 12)

1971
98 Don Brennan (Clarkstown, 12)
105 Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo, 11) – NYS Champion
112 Steve Saul (Port Jervis, 11)
119 Ruben Solero (Middletown, 11) – 2nd NYS
126 Bob Woods (Suffern, 12)
132 Todd Farrison (Suffern, 12)
138 Lou Conway (Pearl River, 12)
145 Dave Hauser (Ramapo, 11)
155 Jim Horvath (Ramapo, 11) – 3rd NYS
167 Paul Farsetta (Pearl River, 12)
177 Jim Hohman (Pearl River, 12) – 2nd NYS
215 Dan Simmons (Port Jervis, 12)
250 Larry O’Neill (Clarkstown, 12)

1972
98 Bob Scalfani (Valley Central, 12)
105 Frank Rodriguez (Nanuet, 10)
112 Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo, 12) – NYS Champion
119 Jim Tiso (Newburgh, 12) – 4th NYS

126 Ruben Solero (Middletown, 12)
132 Joe Raimondi (Valley Central, 12)
138 John Langling (Onteora, 12)
145 Dave Hauser (Ramapo, 12)
155 Willie Manning (Ramapo, 12) – 2nd NYS
167 Jim Horvath (Ramapo, 12) – NYS Champion
177 Vince Schmidt (Newburgh, 12)
215 Chuck Conway (Monticello, 12)
250 Paul Schwartz (Nyack, 12)

1973
98 Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet, 9)
105 Bill Allison (Pearl River, 12)
112 Steve Silverberg (Ramapo, 10)
119 Tony Marciano (Ramapo, 12)
126 Steve Braun (Tappan Zee, 12)
132 Dave DeSimone (Suffern, 12)
138 Viggo Worum (Ramapo, 12) – 4th NYS
145 Bob Woods (Suffern, 12)
155 Dennis Edwards (Suffern, 12)
167 Chuck Maze (North Rockland, 12)
177 James Johnson (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 3rd NYS
215 Steve Bello (Tappan Zee, 10)
250 Tom Donnelly (Suffern, 12)

1974
98 Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet, 10)
105 Mark Scott (Cornwall, 12)
112 Joe Calantjis (Suffern, 12)
119 Frank Rodriguez (Ramapo, 12) – 3rd NYS
126 Paul Georgeades (Nanuet, 11)
132 Bob Besette (Pearl River, 12)
138 Mike Harris (Newburgh, 11) – 3rd NYS
145 Rick DePaolo (Minisink Valley, 11)
155 Jim Habel (Tappan Zee, 12)
167 Brian Gannon (North Rockland, 12)
177 Bill Cooper (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
215 Steve Bello (Tappan Zee, 11) – 6th NYS
250 Jim Murray (Pearl River, 12) – 3rd NYS

1975 – The only Section 9 team to finish 1st at the NYS Tournament!
98 Kevin Keenan (Pearl River, 12)
105 Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet, 11) – 2nd NYS
112 Rick Gruskin (Ramapo, 12) – 4th NYS

119 Tom Lynn (Pearl River, 12)
126 Steve Silverberg (Ramapo, 12) – NYS Champion
132 Paul Georgeades (Nanuet, 12) – NYS Champion
138 Mike Harris (Newburgh, 12) – 3rd NYS
145 Wayne Carroll (Goshen, 12) – 5th NYS
155 Rick DiPaolo (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
167 Cliff Moore (Monticello, 12) – 6th NYS
177 Butch Fasano (North Rockland, 12) – 6th NYS
215 Steve Bello (Tappan Zee, 12) – 3rd NYS
250 Scott Ketchum (Clarkstown South, 12) – NYS Champion

1976
91 Dean Ferrogari (Nanuet, 12)
98 Paul Margolies (Tappan Zee, 11) – 4th NYS
105 Gene Andrews (Cornwall,11)
112 Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet, 12) – 4th NYS
119 Paul Jacobellis (Tappan Zee, 12)
126 Bill Oliveto (Suffern, 12)
132 Jerry Klein (North Rockland, 12) – 3rd NYS
138 Todd Sumter (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
145 Steve Nevins (Tappan Zee, 12)
155 Bob Nolan (Liberty, 12)
167 Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 10) – 5th NYS
177 Ernie Jackson (Port Jervis, 12) – 6th NYS

215 Tom Losey (Goshen, 11)
250 Ed Hannon (Nanuet, 12)

1977 – Port Jervis Wins the Team Title at the State Tournament
91 Barry Chase (Port Jervis, 12) – 6th NYS
98 Paul Margolies (Tappan Zee, 12) – 5th NYS
105 Eugene Andrews (Cornwall, 12) – 6th NYS

112 Eric Savacool (Port Jervis, 10)
119 Bob Hirt (Tappan Zee, 12)
126 Jay Jacobellis (Tappan Zee, 12)
132 Matt Roth (Nanuet, 12) – 2nd NYS
138 Gary Avdoyan (Tappan Zee, 12) – 5th NYS

145 Todd Sumter (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
155 Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 11) – 2nd NYS
167 Steve Banach (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS
177 Lou Banach (Port Jervis, 11) – NYS Champion
215 Tom Losey (Goshen, 12) – 6th NYS

250 Pete McNally (Suffern, 12)

1978 – Port Jervis Wins the Team Title at the State Tournament
91 Bruce Chase (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS

98 Andy Silverberg (Ramapo, 12)
105 Bill White (Suffern, 10)
112 John Lynch (Clarkstown North, 12)
119 Hank Renella (Clarkstown North, 12)
126 Dan DeSimone (Suffern, 12)
132 Dennis Walsh (Suffern, 12) – 6th NYS
138 Kevin Troche (Port Jervis, 10) – 2nd NYS

145 Ron Simonson (Port Jervis, 12)
155 Dave Avdoyan (Tappan Zee, 11)
167 Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 12) – NYS Champion
177 Lou Banach (Port Jervis, 12) – 3rd NYS

215 Bob Masters (Port Jervis, 11)
250 Charles Valois (Clarkstown South, 12) – 6th NYS

1979
91 Bryan Keys (Port Jervis, 10)
98 John Halligan (Tappan Zee, 12) – 6th NYS
105 Mike Parietti (Suffern, 12) – 5th NYS
112 Rich Finnen (Suffern, 12) – 5th NYS

119 Tom Pirnie (Tappan Zee, 12)
126 Bill White (Suffern, 11) – 5th NYS
132 Eric Savacool (Port Jervis, 12) – 6th NYS

138 Phillipe Monrougie (Clarkstown South, 12)
145 Kevin Troche (Port Jervis, 11) – 5th NYS
155 Dave Avdoyan (Tappan Zee, 12) – 5th NYS
167 Bill Brundage (Pearl River, 12) – 5th NYS
177 Todd Giles (Ramapo, 11) – 6th NYS

215 Bob Masters (Port Jervis, 12)
250 Carmen Bloise (Nanuet, 12)

1963-1969: S9 All-Decade Team

Suffern senior Eric Watts defeated Wantagh’s Bill Germann 2-1 to win the 112 lb state title in 1965

It’s safe to say that we are all going through some pretty crazy time right now. With hope of providing a healthy distraction, every day or so I will be posting a decade-by-decade history of our Section 9 Championships which will include every Section 9 Champion as well as an All-Decade Team. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our Section 9 Chairman Jeff Cuilty who has provided me with a large percentage of the information that will be used in these posts. Any omissions or corrections can be emailed to me at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com.

Let’s take a look at sectionixwrestling.com’s All-Decade Team from the years 1963 through 1969. For those of you who are relative newcomers to the sport here are a few things to keep in mind and perhaps avoid some confusion. Rockland County was part of Section 9 through 1984 – starting in 1985 they joined Section 1. Also, our current two division system which separates small schools and large schools did not begin until 2008.

The 1960’s All-Decade Team

95: Ron Lewis (Liberty)
103: Lee Klepper (Suffern)
112: Eric Watts (Suffern)
120: John Scanlon (Pearl River)
127: Art Trovei (Port Jervis)
133: Mike Steckler (Clarkstown)
138: Al Favata (Newburgh)
145: Kevin McClintock (Suffern)
154: Mark Faller (Port Jervis)
165: William Sweet (Pearl River)
175: Alex Montgomery (Nyack)
HWT: Joe Radivoy (Middletown)
UNL: Paul Ciccone (Suffern)

1963
95 Eric Watts (Suffern, 10)
103 Ralph Sherry (Clarkstown, 12)
112 John Wallach (Suffern, 12)
120 Peter Brennan (Suffern, 12)
127 Howie McMillan (Suffern, 10)
133 Richard Johnson (Suffern, 12)
138 Tom Human (Haverstraw, 12) – 2nd NYS
145 Al Askew (Nyack, 12) – 3rd NYS
154 John Harvey (Nyack, 11)
165 William Hampton (Clarkstown, 12)
180 Bruce Rich (Middletown, 12)
215 Joe Radivoy (Middletown, 12) – 3rd NYS

1964
95 Ray Aherns (Pearl River, 10)
103 Eric Watts (Suffern, 11)
112 Ramon Rodriguez (Haverstraw, 12)
120 Craig Ketchum (Haverstraw, 11)
127 Howie McMillan (Suffern, 11) – 3rd NYS
133 Jerry Leo (Nanuet, 12)
138 Tom Bayer (Port Jervis, 12)
145 Tom Lewis (Liberty, 12) – 3rd NYS
154 John Harvey (Nyack, 12)
165 Dick Sullivan (Haverstraw, 12)
175 Tom Reed (Liberty, 12)
215 Roger Preisch (Spring Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
UNL Tom Meyers (Liberty, 12)

1965
95 Robert Johnston (Suffern)
103 Burt Royce (Suffern, 12) – 4th NYS
112 Eric Watts (Suffern, 12) – NYS Champion
120 Craig Ketchum (Havestraw, 12)
127 Mike Drapala (Port Jervis, 12)
133 Howie McMillan (Suffern, 12)
138 John Eng (Suffern, 11)
145 Paul Salierno (Pearl River, 10)
154 Steve Klein (Liberty)
165 John Todoverto (Monroe Woodbury)
180 Mark Baretz (Spring Valley)
235 Ken Johnson (Newburgh)
UNL Ed Girodoakus (Havestraw)

1966
95 George Davis (Nyack, 12)
103 John Scanlon (Pearl River, 9) – 4th NYS
112 Ray Aherns (Pearl River, 12)
120 Burt Royce (Suffern, 12)
127 Tony Ptak (Middletown, 11) – 3rd NYS
133 Doug Stewart (Pearl River, 12)
138 John Watts (Suffern, 11)
145 John Eng (Suffern, 12)
154 Mark Faller (Port Jervis, 12) – 4th NYS
165 Roman Fediuk (Middletown,12)
175 George Petermen (Clarkstown)
215 Rick Schumacher (Suffern)
UNL Drew Kumechi (Haverstraw)

1967
95 Ron Lewis (Liberty, 12)
103 Marshall Stanton (Pearl River, 12)
112 John Scanlon (Pearl River, 10)
120 Mike Steckler (Clarkstown, 11)
127 Sal Favata (Newburgh, 12) – 4th NYS
133 Tony Ptak (Middletown, 12)
138 Al Favata (Newburgh, 10) – 4th NYS
145 Bill Ogden (Middletown, 12)
154 Paul Salierno (Pearl River, 12)
165 William Sweet (Pearl River, 12) – 4th NYS
175 Alex Montgomery (Nyack, 12)
215 Howard Broadhead (Middletown, 12)
UNL Paul Ciccone (Suffern, 9)

1968
95 Lee Klepper (Suffern, 11) – NYS Champion
103 Skip Cuomo (Suffern, 12)
112 Steve Keys (Port Jervis, 12) – 4th NYS
120 John Scanlon (Pearl River, 11) – 4th NYS
127 Paul Paquin Sr. (Cornwall, 12)
133 Mike Steckler (Clarkstown, 12) – 2nd NYS
138 Al Favata (Newburgh, 11) – NYS Champion
145 Ted Lewis (Liberty, 10)
154 John Hassler (Nanuet, 12)
165 William Sweet (Pearl River, 12) – NYS Champion
175 Charlie Kwiecinski (Clarkstown, 12)
215 John Kavanaugh (Clarkstown, 12)
UNL Paul Ciccone (Suffern, 10)

1969
95 Rich Keener (Middletown, 12)
103 Lee Klepper (Suffern, 12) – NYS Champion
112 Art Kahn (Suffern, 12)
120 John Scanlon (Pearl River, 12) – 2nd NYS
127 Art Trovei (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
133 Bill Anderson (Suffern, 12) – 4th NYS
138 Al Favata (Newburgh, 12)
145 Kevin McClintock (Suffern, 12) – 3th NYS
154 T.A. Kolvenbach (Port Jervis, 12)
165 Mike Gould (Port Jervis, 12)
175 John Hohmann (Pearl River, 12)
215 Gary Lake (Middletown, 12)
UNL Paul Ciccone (Suffern, 11)

History of Section 9 Wrestling at NYSPHSAA Championships – By the Numbers

1990 NYS Champions with MOW Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 126) and Mike Bucci (Red Hook , 215)

Now that the 2020 high school season is officially in the books, let’s take a “By the Numbers” look at the history of Section 9 – specifically how we have performed at the NYSPHSAA Championships. Just a few notes before we get started. Rockland County was part of Section 9 until 1984. Starting in the 1985, Rockland County became part of Section 1. From 1963 until 1973, the state tournament only recognized the top 4 finishers as place winners. In 2004, the NYSPHSAA split into its current two-division format. Division 1 is the large schools, Division 2 is the the small schools. Lastly, in 2007 the NYSPHSAA instituted the wildcard or at-large system which makes it possible for a section to have multiple entries in each weight class. Special thanks to my friends Tim Monahan and Tracy Sutera for helping me with this post. If I have omitted anyone, please email me at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com.

Individual New York State Champions

3X NYS Champions
Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush) 1986 @91lb, 1987 @105lb, 1990 @126lb
Lou Ruggirello Jr. (VC) 2004 @ 96lb, 2005 @ 112lb, 2006 @ 119lb

2X NYS Champions
Lee Klepper (Suffern) 1968 @ 95lbs, 1969 @ 103lbs
Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo) 1971 @ 105lbs, 1972 @ 112lbs
Paul Paquin (Cornwall) 1996 @ 112lbs, 1997 @ 125lbs
Rocco Mansuato (Middletown) 1997 @ 96lbs, 1998 @ 112lbs
Ricky Scott (Valley Central) 2004 @ 171lbs, 2005 @ 171lbs
Ryan Ferro (Warwick) 2016 @ 152lbs, 2017 @ 160lbs

1X NYS Champions
1965 – Eric Watts (Suffern) 112lbs
1968 – Al Favata (NFA) 138lbs
1968 – William Sweet (Pearl River) 165lbs
1972 – Jim Horvath (Ramapo) 167lbs
1975 – Steve Silverberg (Ramapo) 126lbs
1975 – Paul Georgeades (Nanuet) 132lbs
1975 – Scott Ketcham (Clarkstown South) 250lbs
1977 – Lou Banach (Port Jervis) 177lbs
1978 – Ed Banach (Port Jervis) 167lbs
1983 – Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury) 145lbs
1984 – Phil Consiglio (North Rockland) 105lbs
1985 – Doug Keys (Port Jervis) 105lbs
1989 – Lou Ruggirello Sr. (Valley Central) 138lbs
1990 – Mike Bucci (Red Hook/Rhinebeck) 215lbs
1991 – David Hardwick (Valley Central) 91lbs
1991 – Mike Castro (Washingtonville) 126lbs
1991 – Joe Yanis (Minisink Valley) 250lbs
1997 – Phil Mansueto (Middletown) 103lbs
2001 – Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury) 112lbs
2001 – Jason Jones (Port Jervis) 135lbs
2003 – Pat Lloyd (Valley Central) 130lbs
2005 – Ed Bordas (Valley Central) 215lbs
2007 – Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central) 103lbs
2008 – Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury) 125lbs
2011 – Mitchell Wightman (Warwick) 160lbs
2016 – AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley) 160lbs
2017 – Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury) 195lbs
2019 – Will Leonard (Cornwall) 220lbs
2020 – Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley) 126lbs
2020 – Tommy Askey (Pine Bush) 152lbs

Section 9 NYS Tournament MOW’s
1987 – Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 105)
1990 – Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 126)
2001 – Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 112)

Multiple Time New York State Placewinners

5X NYS Placewinners
Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush) – 1,1,3,2,1
Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central) – 3,1,2,3,2
Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury) – 4,2,4,1,2

4X NYS Placewinners
Lou Ruggirello Jr. (Valley Central) – 3,1,1,1
Phillip Manueto (Middletown) – 6,2,1,2
Mike Bucci (Red Hook) – 6,6,3,1

3X NYS Placewinners
John Scanlon (Pearl River) – 4,4,2
Ed Banach (Port Jervis) – 5,2,1
Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury) – 5,3,1
Kevin Troche (Port Jervis) – 2,5,5
Phil Consiglio (North Rockland) – 6, 6,1
Kevin Lawrence (NFA) – 6,6,5
Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury) – 3,2,1
Ricky Scott (Valley Central) 5,1,1
Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury) – 5,3,5
Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury) – 6,6,3
Ryan Ferro (Warwick) – 3,1,1
Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury) – 4,3,6

2X NYS Placewinners
Al Favata (NFA – 4,1); William Sweet (Pearl River – 4,1); Lee Klepper (Suffern – 1,1); Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo – 1,1); Jim Horvath (Ramapo – 3,1); Mike Harris (NFA – 5,3); Steve Bello (Tappan Zee – 6,3); Paul Pietropaolo (Nanuet – 4,2); Paul Margulies (Tappan Zee – 4,5); Todd Giles (Ramapo – 6,3); Lou Banach (Port Jervis – 1,3); Tim Ferranti (New Paltz – 6,2); Brian Keys (Port Jervis – 4,2); Jeff Keys (Port Jervis – 4,5); Peter Valois (Clarkstown South – 4,2); Paul Bailey (Nanuet – 6,5); Jeff Duque (Valley Central – 2,3); Jeff Lewis (Valley Central – 2,3); Lou Ruggirello Sr. (Valley Central – 3,1); Mike Zigrossi (Goshen – 5,4); Marcus Hutchings (Monticello – 4,5); Paul Paquin (Cornwall – 1,1); Gino Brown (NFA – 5,6); Steve Garland (Middletown – 2,2); Rocco Mansueto (Middletown – 1,1); Nick Rasenberger (NFA – 4,3); Chris Cartwright (NFA – 6,5); John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury – 5,2); Jason Jones (Port Jervis – 6,1); Pat Lloyd (Valley Central – 5,1); Ed Bordas (Valley Central – 6,1); Eric Biccum (Port Jervis – 5,5); Darrel Ford (Minisink Valley – 4,3); Taylor Laraia (NFA – 3,2); Ricky Scott (Valley Central – 5,1); JD Zitone (Port Jervis – 4,2); Steven Butler (Port Jervis – 4,2); Mike Santella (Warwick – 5,4); Corey James (Kingston – 4,2); Mitchell Wightman (Warwick – 5,1); Johnny Stramiello (Pine Bush – 6,6); Daniel DeCarlo (Port Jervis – 5,3); AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley – 5,1); Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury – 4,1); Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury – 5,2); Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen – 2,3); Da’mani Burns (NFA – 5,3); Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill – 6,2); Noah Curreri (Eldred – 5,2); Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury – 5,5); Will Leonard (Cornwall – 6,1); Maxx DeCapua (NFA – 6,3); Tommy Askey (Pine Bush – 4,1); Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley – 2,1); Joey McGinty (Monroe Woodbury – 4,2); Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley – 5,3), Matt Morris (Red Hook – 6,6), Nicholas Ross (Onteora – 3,2); James Oosterom (Port Jervis – 5,3)

NYS Finalists from Section 9 – Champions in ITALIC BOLD
1963: Tom Human (Haverstraw, 138)
1965: Eric Walls (Suffern, 112)
1968: Lee Klepper (Sufferm, 95), Mike Steckler (Clarkstown, 133), Al Favata (NFA, 138), William Sweet (Pearl River, 165)
1969: Lee Klepper (Suffern, 103), John Scanlon (Pearl River, 120), Art Trovei (Port Jervis, 127)
1971: Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo, 105), Rubin Salero (Middletown, 119), Jim Hohman (Pearl River, 177)
1972: Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo, 112), Willie Manning (Ramapo, 155), Jim Horvath (Ramapo, 167)
1975: Paul Pietropaolo (Nanuet, 105), Steve Silverburg (Ramapo, 126), Paul Georgeades (Nanuet, 132), Scott Ketcham (Clarkstown South, 250)
1977: Matt Roth (Nanuet, 132), Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 155), Lou Banach (Port Jervis, 177)
1978: Kevin Troche (Port Jervis, 138), Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 167)
1980: John Stewart (Port Jervis, 132)
1981: Brian Keys (Port Jervis, 105)
1983: Tim Ferrante (New Paltz, 138), Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 145), Tom Ladka (Monroe Woodbury, 215)
1984: Phil Consiglio (North Rockland, 105)
1985: Doug Keys (Port Jervis, 105), Dick Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 126)
1986: Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 91)
1987: Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 105), Jeff Lewis (Valley Central, 119)
1988: Johan Duque (Valley Central, 138)
1989: Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 119), Lou Ruggirello Sr. (Valley Central, 138)
1990: Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 126), Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 215)
1991: David Hardwick (Valley Central, 91), Mike Castro (Washingtonville, 126), Joe Yanis (Minisink Valley, 250)
1994: Steve Garland (Middletown, 91)
1995: Steve Garland (Middletown, 98)
1996: Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 98), Paul Paquin (Cornwall, 112), Rob Padilla (NFA, 167)
1997: Rocco Mansueto (Middletown, 96), Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 103), Paul Pauquin (Cornwall, 125)
1998: Rocco Mansueto (Middletown, 112), Phillip Manueto (Middletown, 119)
1999: Keith Pickell (Ellenville, 103), Brian Benson (Valley Central, 119), Joe Sahl (Valley Central, 215)
2000: Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 103), Alva Conklin (Middletown, 275)
2001: Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 112), John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 125), Jason Jones (Port Jervis, 135), Scott Proscia (Port Jervis, 215)
2002: Scott Prutzman (Valley Central, 96)
2003: Pat Lloyd (Valley Central, 130)
2004 D1: Lou Ruggirello Jr. (Valley Central, 96), Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 171)
2005 D1: Lou Ruggirello Jr. (Valley Central, 112), Sean Bauer (Valley Central, 125), Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 171), Ed Bordas (Valley Central, 215)
2006 D1: Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 112), Lou Ruggirello Jr. (Valley Central, 119)
2007 D1: Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 103)
2008 D1: Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 119), Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 125), Sean Floor (Port Jervis, 140), Corey James (Kingston, 285)
2009 D1: Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 125), Matt Parlier (Port Jervis, 171), Steven Butler (Port Jervis, 215), JD Zitone (Port Jervis, 285)
2010 D1: Taylor Laraia (NFA, 130), Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 135)
2011 D1: Mitchell Wightman (Warwick, 160), Kyle Diesel (Minisink Valley, 160)
2015 D1: Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 145), Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury, 195)
2016 D1: Ryan Ferro (Warwick, 152), AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley, 160), Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen, 220)
2017 D1: Ryan Ferro (Warwick, 160), Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill, 182), Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury, 195)
2017 D2: Noah Curreri (Eldred, 160)
2018 D2: Dillon Ross (Onteora, 170)
2019 D1: Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, 106), Will Leonard (Cornwall, 215)
2020 D1: Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, 126), Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, 152), Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury, 160)
2020 D2: Nicholas Ross (Onteora, 152)

Most NYS Champions – By School
10 – Valley Central
4 – Monroe Woodbury, Port Jervis, Pine Bush, Ramapo
3 – Minisink Valley, Cornwall, Middletown, Warwick, Suffern
1- Clarkstown South, Nanuet, NFA, North Rockland, Pearl River, Red Hook, Washingtonville

Most NYS Placewinners by School – Top 10
49 – Monroe Woodbury
46 – Valley Central
45 – Port Jervis
34 – Minisink Valley
27 – Newburgh Free Academy
21 – Middletown
13 – Cornwall
14 – Warwick
14 – Pine Bush
12 – Ramapo

Top 5 Best Finishes as a Section
1975 – Champions!!!
2005 – 2nd Place (Division 1)
1999 – 4th Place
1968 – 4th Place
2016 – 4th Place (Division 1)