Week 3 Schedule Highlighted by NFA @ Monroe on Wednesday

After a very busy weekend, our Section 9 teams will have no time to rest as we have a very busy slate of duals this week highlighted by Wednesday’s tilt between Newburgh Free Academy and Monroe Woodbury at MWHS! Let’s take a look at the entire week’s schedule as well as some potentially great individual match-ups that might happen if the line-up Gods are on our side!

Tuesday 12/10
New Paltz 69 FDR Hyde Park 6

Wednesday 12/11
Monroe Woodbury 40 NFA 27
Washingtonville 41 Valley Central 40
Port Jervis 55 Pine Bush 24
Minisink Valley 71 Warwick 10
Red Hook 60 Saugerties 27
Middletown 54 Kingston 24
Chester 72 Ellenville 18
Onteora 57 Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West 18
Goshen 77 Monticello 6

Thursday 12/12
Chester 78 Croton Harmon 6
Burke 36 Croton Harmon 24
Highland 48 Fallsburg/Tri-Valley 22
Highland 51 Rondout Valley 9

Friday 12/13
Middletown 48 Cornwall 25

The MW/NFA dual lived up to the hype with the Crusaders coming out on top this year by a score of 40-27! MW jumped out to a 18-0 lead but NFA clawed their way back into the dual 18-15 after 8 matches. Next at 106 we saw a great match between two of Section 9’s best lightweights end with a 3-1 decision for Brown over Merli! NFA’s Jaden Hansen then gets the quick wbf to tie it after 10 matches 21-21! MW would then run off wins in 4 of the final matches to bring us to a MW 40-27 win! In other spotlight match-up we had D2 power Port Jervis beating Pine Bush 55-24 where we saw Askey beat Tigue 10-5 and Ortiz defeat Tufano! Washingtonville and VC had a barn burner with the Wizards eventually coming out on top 41-40! Phillips over Poppe by fall was a key match-up keeping this one close!

Weekend #2 – Tournaments and Results

After a very quiet opening weekend with only a few local teams in action, this weekend was jammed with action!!! Nearly every wrestling program in Section 9 competed at a tournament and several teams had stellar showings! Let’s take a look at the results from Weekend #2!

Tri-State Holiday Duals @ Port Jervis HS

The Port Jervis Wrestling team went 5-0 and claimed the team title. Warwick was the runner ups. The Raiders were led by Ryan Ross 5-0, Eric Tigue 5-0 and James Oosterom 5-0. Warwick’s Alex Greco, Valley Central’s Matt Romano, Goshen’s Eli Weinstein, Elijah Price, Chris Fini, Max Winkler, and Dominick Siracusa all went 5-0. Port Jervis Wrestling Head Coach Eric Hartmann picked up his 100th win.

Port Jervis 5-0
Warwick 4-1
Goshen 3-2
Valley Central 2-3
Monticello 1-4
Ellenville 0-5

Port Jervis 36 Warwick 31
Port Jervis 48 Valley Central 33
Port Jervis 46 Goshen 30
Port Jervis 84 Monticello 3
Port Jervis 90 Ellenville 0
Warwick 52 Valley Central 30
Warwick 47 Goshen 33
Warwick vs Monticello
Warwick 90 Ellenville 0
Goshen 43 Valley Central 39
Goshen 78 Monticello 6
Goshen 72 Ellenville 12
Valley Central 72 Monticello 15
Valley Central 72 Ellenville 12
Monticello 36 Ellenville 34

Patriot Tournament
Kingston won the 10 team Patriot Invitational at John Jay East Fishkill High School Saturday evening. Four Tigers made the finals with three winning individual championships! Jake Chenier 126lbs, Christian Agostin-Francisco 138lbs, and Zavier Bennet 195lbs won their respective weight classes. Stephon Holmes was 2nd at 285lbs. Placing 3rd for the Tigers were Joseph Ferro 132lbs and Elijah Timbrouck 160lbs. Coming In at 4th places for Kingston were John Mera 99, Nakib Barak 106, Noah Warneke 132, Makeil Scott 138, Gavin Richter 145, Myles Gordon 152, and Tanner Mejias 170. Freshman Nick York took 5th at 182 Lbs. Jacob Chenier captured his 100th career win with a 1st period pin in his finals match.

New Paltz took 2nd place in the Patriot Tournament this weekend as well while only representing 11 out of the 15 weight classes. Championship wins were taken by Elliot Crocco at 120 lbs and Logan Michael at 182 lbs. The Huguenots also had three 2nd place finishers in Cole Cuppett at 106 lbs, Ethan Palanca at 145 lbs and Levi Wyns at 152 lbs. Capturing a 3rd place finish was Aidan Cuppett at 145 lbs and a 5th place finish by Finn Gibson.

Wallkill took 3rd in the team race and had the following placewinners: Rocco Futia 2nd @ 99, Ben Buchalter 5th @ 99, Oliver Spearman 5th @ 106, Matt Davis 2nd @ 120, Marco Martini 4th @ 126, Jerome Futia 2nd @ 132, James Hubbard 5th @ 152, Justin Lyle 2nd @ 182, Chris Betcher 4th @ 195, and Jackson Fakler 4th @ 285!

Horace Greeley Duals
Washingtonville went 4-0 and took 1st place at the 2019 Horace Greeley Duals. The undefeated wrestlers for the Wizards were Mason Ketcham, Andrew Marchese, Austin Maddox (including a win over a returning S1 finalist, Jack Baumkirschner, and Vincent Gennaro.

Washingtonville 48 Mamaroneck 28
Washingtonville 60 Horace Greeley 24
Washingtonville 38 Edgemont 37
Washingtonville 47 North Rockland 33

Ballston Spa Duals
Minisink Valley completely steamrolled the competition up at the Ballston Spa Duals going 5-0 and outscoring their opponents by a score of 360 to 39! The following Warriors finished the day a perfect 5-0: Nick Picariello, Zack Ryder, Jordan Suarez, Sean Savacool, Jaccob Gonzalez, Jace Hirsch, Ethan Gallo, Carson Henry and Adam Fenner. Red Hook had a solid showing going 2-1 in pool matches before dropping their two crossover duals and finishing 2-3 on the day.
Minisink 58 Ballston Spa 22
Minisink 74 Attica-Batavia 6
Minisink 69 Niskayuna 7
Minisink 77 Glens Falls 4
Minisink 82 Red Hook 0
Ballston Spa 63 Red Hook 20
Attica-Batavia 51 Red Hook 29
Red Hook 46 Niskayuna 24
Red Hook 51 Glen Falls 30

Battle at the Beach
Monroe Woodbury crowned 2 champions and took 4th place in the team race at the very competitive Battle at the Beach at Long Beach HS in Long Island. Jordan Brown was the champion at 106 and Joe McGinty took home the title at the loaded 160 pound weight class. McGinty picked up wins over two state medal caliber opponents, Will Carano and Jeremy Scutellaro, and was awarded MOW for his efforts! Other placewinners for the Crusaders were Dan Connelly 6th at 106, Santos Ocasio 3rd @ 120, Dan Downs 5th @ 145, Marcus Brown 4th @ 170, and Frank Hernandez 3rd @ 285.

Columbia Duals
NFA went 4-1 at the Columbia Duals on Saturday! Going 5-0 for the Goldbacks were Maxx DeCapua, Joe Russell, Luke Fischer, Jackson Merli, and Kevin Segali. Jaden Hansen went 4-1 with his only loss being a 5-2 heart breaker to one of the top 113 pounders in Section 11!

NFA 73 Ichabod Crane 15
NFA 69 Whitehall Fort Ann 16
Miller Place 37 NFA 25
NFA 68 Beekmantown 15
NFA 81 Schuylerville-Greenwich 6

Mark Stephens Classic

Middletow went 6-1 and finished 3rd in a round robin tie breaker between Penfield and #13 ranked Horseheads.

Team Scores:
Penfield 49 Middies 34
Middies 78 Cortland 0
Middies 66 Horseheads Blue 12
Middies 42 Horseheads White (#13 NYS) 36
Middies 45 Camden 26
Middies 55 Waverly 30
Middies 67 South Seneca 10

Top performers for the Middies
Justin Morales went 6-0 and earned the tourney MVP award!!!
Joe Velazquez went 6-1 and took home the pin chain (he leads the way with 7 pins). Stephan Monchery went 7-0 (now holds the record for wins by a Jr High Varsity Wrestler with 36)
Brian Giacchi went 6-0
Armel Duke went 6-0
Josh Sam went 6-1
Jayden Norris went 6-1
Kenny Santiago went 6-1
Jacob Roger went 4-0
Manny Saenz and Jakoy Harvey each won 5 matches!

Titan Duals
Pine Bush went 5-0 and took home the team title at the Titan Duals on Saturday! Going undefeated for Pine Bush were James Duffy (99), Rey Ortiz (106), Javier Bravo (120), Brayden Pennell (138), Gabe Galarza (145), Tommy Askey (152), and Dylan Burgos 160.

Pine Bush 43 Tappan Zee 39
Pine Bush 84 Rye 6
Pine Bush 63 Nanuet 24
Pine Bush 75 Nyack 6
Pine Bush 78 East Ramapo 12

Bethlehem Round Robin
Onteora will head up to Bethlehem to take on teams from Sections 1, 2, and 4…could we see a showdown between Onteora’s Nick Ross and Arlington’s Dennis Robin???

Clyde Cole Invitational
Hunter Roberts was the lone placewinner for Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West at the this year’s Clyde Cole. Roberts went 2-2 and took 4th place at 220 lbs! Brackets Here

Queen of the Mat
Fallsburg/Tri Valley will be represented at the Queen of the Mat in Copiague, Long Island. This is an all-girls tournament!

Week #2 Schedule, Results and Highlights

MV vs MW at last season’s S9 Duals finals

Let’s take a look at the Week 2 schedule for Section 9! The marquee dual meet takes place in Slate Hill as perennial state powers Minisink Valley and Monroe Woodbury will lock horns in their annual “Brawl for the Belt!” MV returns a very strong team and may be the favorite on paper but you should never count out the Crusaders! That’s why we lace ’em up, shake hands and blow the whistle!

Wednesday December 4th
Minisink Valley 50 Monroe Woodbury 25
Middletown 52 Warwick 27
Pine Bush 48 Valley Central 36
Washingtonville 49 Cornwall 33
Monticello 39 FDR Hyde Park 36
New Paltz 51 Saugerties 36
Red Hook 65 Chester 24
Highland 66 Burke 12
Onteora @ Port Jervis
Ellenville @ Port Jervis
Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West 57 Rondout Valley 24
Fallsburg/Tri-Valley 36 Rondout Valley 29

Friday December 6th
Saugerties 66 Our Lady of Lourdes 24

Hunter 36 SUNY Sullivan 19

Week 2 Highlights…
The annual Brawl for the Belt was all Minisink Valley (50-25) but there were definitely some great bouts! The most exciting match of the night was at 120 where Santos Ocasio and Sofia Macaluso traded reversals in the last 10 seconds giving the Crusader a 5-4 victory. Paravati (MW) notched a nice win over Geysen while Henry (MV) was workmanlike in his win over Felice. Warwick’s Drew Greco recorded an impressive :55 pin over Middletown’s Moises Diaz while Middie heavyweight Bruce French defeated Logan Hickey 4-2. Over in Washingtonville we saw Austin Maddox notch a nice 9-7 win over Cornwall’s Gabe Giumarra but Gabe’s brother Marco picked up a 6-4 win over Washingtonville’s Mason Ketcham at 99. Up in Saugerties we had New Paltz 120 pounder Elliot Crocco defeating Robert Frost by a 13-8 margin. Out in Valley Central we saw Vidacovich pick up an impressive wbf over Pine Bush’s Reyes at 106 and we also had a close one at 120 where VC’s Ricciuto notched a 2-0 win over PB’s Bravo!

Lance Golubinski Memorial Duals

The Lance Golubinski Memorial Duals take place this Saturday at Goshen High School! Several local teams including host Goshen, Port Jervis, Saugerties, Kingston, and Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West will be competing. Also in the field will be East Ramapo (Section 1), Nanuet (Section 1), and Oneonta (Section 4)!

1st Place – Port Jervis 5-0
2nd Place – Kingston 4-1
3rd Place – Goshen 3-2
Lance Golubinski MOW – Jacob Chenier (Kingston)

Pool A – Goshen, Kingston, Saugerties, East Ramapo
Goshen 45 Saugerties 36
Kingston 69 East Ramapo 9
Goshen 63 East Ramapo 15
Kingston 53 Saugerties 33
Kingston 39 Goshen 36
Saugerties vs East Ramapo

Pool B – Port Jervis, E/L/SW, Nanuet, Oneonta
Port Jervis 78 E/L/SW 6
Oneonta 43 Nanuet 42
Port Jervis 71 Oneonta 18
Nanuet 72 E/L/SW 18
Port Jervis 53 Nanuet 27
Oneonta vs E/L/SW

Cross-Over Matches
Kingston 59 Oneonta 18
Port Jervis 54 Kingston 31
Goshen 66 Oneonta 12
Port Jervis 45 Goshen 27

Section 9 Individual Rankings – Preseason

Well it’s that time of the year! The regular season officially kicks off this week so it’s time to release our first edition of the Section 9 Individual Rankings! Please keep in mind that rankings are just for fun – they create buzz and discussion. Preseason rankings are especially difficult because there are no current results to use as a gauge. There is also the issue of weight. The wrestlers are being ranked based on an educated guess of where the wrestler will begin the season. The vast majority of these wrestlers will be at least one weight class lower once the 2 pound growth allowance is applied. Any comments are welcomed at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com. Enjoy!

99 Pounds – Will not be ranked until after the +2 growth allowance.

106 Pounds
1. Alex Greco (Warwick, freshman)
2. Trevor Tufano (Port Jervis, sophomore)
3. Rey Ortiz (Pine Bush, freshman)
4. Jordan Brown (Monroe Woodbury, freshman)
5. Sebastian Vidacovich (Valley Central, freshman)
Tufano was the D2 champ last season but Greco gets the nod at #1 here because of his head-to-head over him. Ortiz had a very solid season last year but we should definitely keep an eye on MW frosh Jordan Brown who put in a very busy off season including a win over #5 Vidacovich to win the Hudson Valley Challenge. Let’s also not forget NFA’s Kevin Segali, Washingtonville’s Mason Ketcham, Wallkill’s Rocco Futia and Middletown’s Manny Saenz.

113 Pounds
1. Justin Morales (Middletown, senior)
2. Jackson Merli (NFA, sophomore)
3. Nicolo Ricciuto (Valley Central, junior)
4. Luke Greiner (Minisink Valley, 8th)
5. Peter Bender (Highland, junior)
The top spot at 113 goes to 2X state qualifier Morales who is hoping for his third trip to Albany and his first trip to the medal stand! The Middletown senior definitely has what it takes! Next at 113 is Merli who finished 3rd at 99 last year and he is followed by a very scrappy Ricciuto. MV’s Luke Greiner is improving rapidly and comes in at #4 just ahead of last year’s D2 champ at 106 Bender from Highland. Others to look out for here are Cornwall’s Kevin Rourke and Port Jervis 8th grader Ryan Ross.

120 Pounds
1. Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville, sophomore)
2. Santos Ocasio (Monroe Woodbury, senior)
3. Jaden Hansen (NFA, junior)
4. Joey Curreri (Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West, junior)
5. Sofia Macaluso (Minisink Valley, sophomore)
Washingtonville sophomore Andrew Marchese takes the top spot at 120 for our preseason rankings. Marchese was the Section 9 champ at 99 last season and put in a huge off season which included a strong showing at the prestigious Journeymen Classic. The 2nd spot goes to MW senior Ocasio who was 3rd at 113 last season followed by a very talented Jaden Hansen from NFA. Hansen took 3rd at 106 last season and he’s still new to the sport and has a lot of upside. Eldred’s Joey Curreri grabs the 4th spot just ahead of MV sophomore Sofia Macaluso who took 3rd at this weight last season and became the 1st girl in S9 history to place at the sectionals. A couple other to keep on the radar here are Wallkill’s Matt Davis, Warwick’s Erik Nilson, Rondout Valley’s Rocco Deaviro, and Middletown’s Kenny Santiago.

126 Pounds
1. Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley, senior)
2. Jacob Chenier (Kingston, senior)
3. Drew Greco (Warwick, junior)
4. Elliot Crocco (New Paltz, senior)
5. Austin Maddox (Washingtonville, junior)
Picariello defeated 3X NYS placewinner Marco Vespa to win the S9 title at 120 last season and he’s our preseason #1 here but he has Kingston senior Jacob Chenier nipping at his heels! Chenier was the 113 S9 champ last season and placed 7/8 in Albany! Greco, Crocco, and Maddox round out a very tough top 5 at 126 but we can not overlook Robert Drost from Saugerties, Gabe Giumarra from Cornwall, Lucas Ospina from Roundout Valley, Grant Barczak from Monroe Woodbury, and Ivan Colon from Middletown!

132 Pounds
1. Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, 8th)
2. Matt Morris (Red Hook, senior)
3. John Antonelli (Marlboro, senior)
4. Luke Fischer (NFA, senior)
5. Moises Diaz (Middletown, senior)
Four seniors and an 8th grader…but this isn’t your typical 8th grader! Ryder finished 2nd in NYS at 106 last season losing a razor close 4-3 decision to Stevo Poulin, the #2 ranked wrestler in the nation at 106 last year! Morris had a great season too taking 6th place in NYS at 113 D2. Antonelli is the model of consistency placing 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, and 2nd his last your seasons at the sections….will this be the year he breaks through?Fischer from NFA and Diaz from Middletown are tough and will definitely contend here as will VC’s Travis Phillips, Goshen’s Eli Weinstein, MV’s Mia Macaluso, and Washingtonvilles Jacob Poppe.

138 Pounds
1. Jordan Suarez (Minisink Valley, senior)
2. Josh Sam (Middletown, senior)
3. Matt Romano (Valley Central, senior)
4. Brain Lombardi (Minisink Valley, junior)
5. Joey Amato (Port Jervis, senior)
Suarez was the Section 9 D1 champ at 126 last year and hoping to make a return trip to Albany this season and cap his career with a state medal! Coming in at #2 is Josh Sam, a finalist at 132 last season, and then Matt Romano who is a 2X NYS qualifier. Do not look past #4 Lombardi who has put in a busy off season who comes in just ahead of Amato who was a D2 finalist at 132 last season. Joe Ferro from Kingston is another wrestler to keep an eye on here!

145 Pounds
1. Sean Savacool (Minisink Valley, senior)
2. Eric Tigue (Port Jervis, sophomore)
3. Ethan Palanca (New Paltz, junior)
4. Gabe Galarza (Pine Bush, senior)
5. Gavin Richter (Kingston, junior)
The top 3 here are all former Section 9 champions! Savacool was the D1 138 champ and an ESC placer last year so he grabs the top spot followed by PJ sophomore Tigue who is looking to make his 3rd trip to Albany! New Paltz junior Palanca was a runner up at 138 last year to Savacool but he was the 120 pound D2 champion two years ago! Long Island transplant Galarza should make an immediate impact in S9 and comes in at #4 followed by the very tough Gavin Richter from Kingston. Let’s also not overlook Dan Downs from Monroe Woodbury who will definitely be competitive this year!

152 Pounds
1. Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, senior)
2. Nick Ross (Onteora, junior)
3. Jaccob Gonzalez (Minisink Valley, junior)
4. Aiden Cuppett (New Paltz, senior)
5. Chris Fini (Goshen, senior)
Two absolute hammers sit atop 152! Pretty much can flip a coin but we’ll go with Askey at #1 for now. The Pine Bush senior was the S9 D1 champ at 145 last season and finished 4th in NYS. Next comes Nick Ross who is a 3X D2 champ and he finished 3rd at 138 in Albany last year. At #3 we have the very dangerous Jaccob Gonzalez from Minisink Valley followed by seniors Aiden Cuppett and Chris Fini who round out the top 5. Warwick’s Justin Orlando, MV’s Andrew Filip, and New Paltz’s Levi Wyn should not be looked over in this very deep weight class!

160 Pounds
1. Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury, senior)
2. Nate Ross (Onteora, senior)
3. Evan Gibbons (Warwick, senior)
4. Pablo Garcia (Middletown, senior)
5. Bryce Horner (Port Jervis, senior)
Not too shabby when the top two ranked guys in a weight are D1 college commits! McGinty came in 4th at 152 D1 last year and will be going to Hofstra next fall while Ross, who took took 6th at 152 D2 last year, will be taking his talents to Buffalo! Warwick senior Gibbons is looking to improve on his 4th place S9 finish last year and he is followed by Garcia and Horner to round off the top 5. There could be some depth in both divisions here as we should watch for Jace Hirsch from MV, Dylan Burgos from PB, Logan Smith from Highland and Henry Peters from E/L/SW.

170 Pounds
1. Patrick Ross (Onteora, junior)
2. Joe Velazquez (Middletown, senior)
3. Chris McLaughlin (Minisink, senior)
4. Marcus Brown (Monroe Woodbury, junior)
5. Vincent Gennaro (Washingtonville, senior)
The third Ross brother in our rankings is Patrick and he will begin the season as our #1 at 170. Pat is taking a huge jump in weight – he was at 132 last season – but he seems to be making the adjustment well! Velazquez took 3rd at 160 in S9 D1 last season and is extremely talented. Third ranked McLaughlin from MV is always dangerous followed Brown and Gennaro who round out our top 5. A few others to keep our eyes on are Alden Hathaway from Wallkill, Aiden Maduro from Highland and Brendan Douthit from Burke!

182 Pounds
1. Ethan Gallo (Minisink Valley, freshman)
2. Graeme Knisell (Saugerties, senior)
3. Justin Lyle (Wallkill, junior)
4. Max Wernicki (Monroe Woodbury, senior)
5. Nick Patterson (NFA, senior)
Our preseason #1 at 182 is Ethan Gallo from Minisink Valley. Gallo, only a freshman, was the runner-up to Gazzillo at 160 last year and is looking to make his first of several trips to the Times Union Center. Coming it at #2 is Knisell from newly reclassified D2 Saugerties. Knisell was having a very solid season last year but did not wrestle in the Section 9 tournament. Lyle took 4th at 170 last year and had some nice wins as did Wernicki from MW and Patterson from NFA who round out the top 5. This weight could have some depth too as we have guys like Logan Michaels from New Paltz, Mike Paravati from MW, and Jeremy Mazzella from Warwick hoovering around 182!

195 Pounds
1. Joe Russell (NFA, junior)
2. Scott Geysen (Minisink Valley, junior)
3. Darwin Banegas (NFA, senior)
4. Zavier Bennet (Kingston, senior)
5. Steven Felice (Monroe Woodbury, senior)
Russell is very talented wrestler who came in 4th at 182 last season and begins this season ranked #1 at 195. Our #2 here is MV junior Scott Geysen who took 5th at at 182. Our #3 here is perhaps the most credentialed – Banegas had a solid season but an outstanding S9 tournament finishing 3rd at 195! Bennet from Kingston comes in at #4 and Felice from MW holds the #5 spot for now. We should also keep an eye on James O’Neil’s Connor Boyer, Chester’s Cole Greco and Saugerties’ Craig Laurey.

220 Pounds
1. Maxx DeCapua (NFA, senior)
2. James Oosterom (Port Jervis, senior)
3. Armel Duke (Middletown, senior)
4. Carson Henry (Minisink Valley, junior)
5. Jonathan Perez (Highland, senior)
This is another weight that is loaded with talent! Maxx DeCapua is a 2X placewinner and is our #1 here. DeCapua took 3rd in NYS at 220 D1 last season and 6th at 195 in 2018. Interesting fact – Maxx has yet to win a S9 title…both of his trips to Albany were via wildcard! PJ’s Oosterom took 5th at 220 D2 last year and is looking to ascend higher up the podium this year. Middletown’s Armel Duke is very talented and can definitely push anyone here as can our #4 Carson Henry from MV. Jonathan Perez had a great regular season but is looking for better results in the D2 Section tournament this year. He’s our #5 at 220 to begin the season. A few others to watch here might be Stephon Holmes from Kingston and Dylan Bullock from Chester.

285 Pounds
1. Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley, junior)
2. Stephan Monchery (Middletown, 8th)
3. Devin McGovern (Chester, senior)
4. Logan Hickey (Warwick, senior)
5. Frank Hernandez (Monroe Woodbury, senior)
Adam Fenner from Minisink Valley finished 5th in NYS D1 last season at this weight and is our clear #1 here. Right behind him is middle schooler Monchery who opened many eyes last year as a 7th grader competing at 285. Chester’s McGovern was the runner up in D2 last year and he is followed by Hickey and Hernandez who finished 1st and 2nd respectively in last year’s JV Championships. Southard from Port Jervis and Gittens from Highland will also be very competitive in D2 285 and should not be overlooked as is the case with Evan Jansen from New Paltz and Jackson Fakler from Wallkill!

Under the Radar – Section 9 Division 2

There is a very strong contingent of Section 9 D2 wrestlers returning for the 2019-2020 season! This group include FIVE state place winners as well as four others who have made the trip to Albany! Let’s take a look at these wrestlers as well as a handful of Section 9 D2 studs who may be flying under the radar – for now!

Returning S9 D2 NYS Placewinners
Nick Ross (Onteora, Jr) – 3rd @ 138
James Oosterom (Port Jervis, Sr) – 5th @ 220
Matt Morris (Red Hook, Sr) – 6th @ 113
Nate Ross (Onteora, Sr) – 6th @ 152
Eric Tigue (Port Jervis, So) – 7th/8th @ 126

Returning S9 D2 NYS Qualifiers
Trevor Tufano (Port Jervis, So) @ 99
Peter Bender (Highland, Jr) @ 106
Bryce Horner (Port Jervis, Sr) @ 160
Patrick Ross (Onteora, Jr) @ 106 (2017)

Under the Radar – Who To Watch For in S9 D2….
Patrick Ross (Onteora, junior)
Why is Ross mentioned here as well as above on the list of returning S9 D2 NYS qualifiers??? Well – it’s because the Ross you will see this year is a lot different than the 106 pound 8th grade wrestler who was a Section 9 champion back in 2017! Patrick, who came in 3rd in S9 last year at 132, is now a filled out 170 pound contender. He had a busy off season which included an appearance at the Journeymen Classic. Do not be shocked if you see Patrick, along with his brothers Nate and Nick, on the medal stand in Albany this season!

John Antonelli (Marlboro/Highland, senior)
This will likely be the year that Antonelli punches his ticket to Albany! He has been one of the most consistent and hard-working wrestlers in the section for the past several years. Antonelli finished 2nd @ 120 in 2019, 2nd @ 126 in 2018, 3rd @ 106 in 2017, and 2nd @ 99 in 2016! John has put in another busy off season which included a very strong performance in winning the Hudson Valley Challenge!

Joey Amato (Port Jervis, senior)
Amato has been a Section 9 finalist the past two season losing close matches to Matt Malherio and Nick Ross – both wrestlers are NYS placewinners! This could be the year that Amato breaks through, wins the S9 title, and perhaps steps on the podium in Albany! Amato, Tigue, Oosterom, Tufano, and Horner will provide the Red Raiders with a great core this season!

Graeme Knisell (Saugerties, senior)
Knisell was having a very solid season last year but did not compete in the Section 9 Tournament. Saugerties competed in D1 last season but will be D2 for 2019-2020. One of his wins last season was a win by fall over eventual S9 D2 182 pound champion Drew Bendy. We can expect to see Graeme at 182 again this season and he will definitely be a factor in this year’s D2 tournament.

Joey Curreri (Eldred, junior)
The Curreri family is no stranger to Albany and we should’t be surprised if we see Joey make his first trip to the Times Union Center this February. Curreri finished 2nd at 99 in 2018 and took 3rd place at 120 last season behind Bullock and Antonelli.

A few other S9 D2 wrestlers to keep your eye on….
Rocco Deaveiro (Rondout, So) – lost 7-4 to Bender in finals
Alex Lopez (Red Hook, Sr) – runner-up to Tigue last year
Logan Smith (Highland, So) – took 2nd as a 152 pound freshman
Heny Peters (E/L/SW, Sr) – lost 7-6 in S9 finals to Horner
Aiden Maduro (Highland, Jr) – 2nd @ 170; only a junior
Brendan Douthit (Burke, Sr) – 3rd @ 170; will be in the mix
Devin McGovern (Chester, Sr) – 4-15 in 2018 … 23-8 in 2019!

Section 9 Division 1 Wrestlers To Keep Our Eyes On!!!

Section 9 has a very strong group of returning D1 wrestlers who have experience competing on the big stage in Albany. Let’s take a quick look at look at those who have made it to the state tournament and then we’ll take a more in depth look at a few wrestlers that could be flying under the radar going into this season!

Returning State Place Winners
Maxx DeCapua (NFA, senior) 6th @195 (2018), 3rd @220 (2019)
Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, 8th grader) – 2nd @ 106 (2019)
Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, senior) – 4th @ 145
Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury, senior) – 4th @ 152
Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley, junior) – 5th @ 285
Jacob Chenier (Kingston, senior) – 7th/8th @ 113

Returning State Qualifiers
Justin Morales (Middletown, senior) @99 (2018), @106 (2019)
Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville, sophomore) @ 99 (2019)
Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley, senior) @ 120 (2019)
Jordan Suarez (Minisink Valley, senior) @ 126 (2019)
Sean Savacool (Minisink Valley, senior) @ 138 (2019)
Ethan Palanca (New Paltz, junior) @ 120 (2018)
Matt Romano (Valley Central, senior) @ 126 (2018)

Now let’s take a look a few Section 9 wrestlers who are looking to punch their ticket to Albany for the first time this season!!!

James Faison – Wallkill, senior
Faison has been plagued by injuries the past two seasons however he is without question the Section 9 wrestler who could make waves at the local and state level. Faison was injured approximately 30 seconds into his first match of the season last year against eventual S9 champ Jordan Suarez from Minisink Valley. In 2017-2018, Faison was having a sensational season before suffering an injury in the Section 9 Tournament. During that season Faison had only lost one wrestled match with all of his other losses coming via injury default. His season included a 19-8 major decision over 2019 state place winner Chris Cook and a 1:52 pin over 2019 state qualifier Alexis Diaz. If Faison stays healthy he will definitely turn heads this season!

Ethan Gallo – Minisink Valley, freshman
Gallo made it all the way to the Section 9 finals last season as an 8th grader wrestling at 160 pounds where he lost an 8-3 decision to Eastern States Classic place winner Steve Gazzillo. Expect to see this Minisink Valley freshman make a splash at 170 and 182 this season. A three sport athlete, Gallo is extremely athletic and has as much upside as any wrestler in Section 9. At last year’s Eastern States Classic Gallo notched wins over eventual state qualifiers Cyrus Smith (PSAL) and Zach Swyers (Section 7).

Armel Duke – Middletown, senior
Duke had a disappointing Section 9 Tournament last season but he definitely had a few noteworthy wins that make him a wrestler to watch for this season in Section 9! His biggest win of the season came early when he pinned eventual NYS place winner James Oosterom from Port Jervis at the 1:45 mark of the first period on December 5th. He also had a great January which included an 8th place finish at 220 pounds at the Eastern States Classic. Duke is a great athlete and he has worked hard in the off season setting him up for a great senior campaign!

Jackson Merli – NFA, sophomore
Merli had a great freshman season which concluded with a 3rd place finish at 99 pounds.The two wrestlers who finished ahead of him, Andrew Marchese of Washingtonville and Colby Amell of Saugerties, are both former state qualifiers (2019 and 2017 respectively). Merli put in a very busy off season and will definitely be in the hunt for a Section 9 title in February!

Jaccob Gonzalez – Minisink Valley, junior
This MV Warrior junior was having an outstanding sophomore season until it was cut short by injury after the Eastern States Classic. Gonzalez is an explosive wrestler who is will definitely be a factor at 145/152 this season. He won his first 21 matches last season and finished the season at 22-3.

Other S9 D1 Wrestlers to Watch….
Alex Greco (Warwick) – early season favorite to win 99 this year
Jordan Brown (Monroe) talented; will definitely push Greco
Jaden Hansen (NFA) – relatively new to the spot; lot of upside
Josh Sam (Middletown) – S9 finalist at 132 last season
Brian Lombardi (Minisink) – very busy and successful off season
Max Wernicki (Monroe Woodbury) – 3rd at 152 last season
Joe Velazquez (Middletown) – split with Gallo last season
Doug Doherty (Monticello) – could surprise people this season
Joe Russell (NFA) – will definitely contend for a title this year
Scott Geysen (Minisink) – kept improving last season
Carson Henry (Minisink) – strong, tough, and works hard
Stephan Monchery (Middletown) – 8th grade returner at 285