Who’s Going Where…S9 Grads Who Will Wrestle In College

Warwick Leads Way Sending Four!!!

With graduation just around the corner, I figured now would be as good of a time as ever to compile a list of our Section 9 wrestlers who plan on showcasing their skills at the next level.  I am positive that this list is not comprehensive so if you have any information about a S9 wrestler who I have omitted, please contact me at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com so I can update the list.  I have created a “college” menu option on the site and will provide information about these and all of our S9 alum who are competing at the collegiate level.

Wrestler                         High School                     College
Ryan Bedross                   Warwick                               Bloomsburg
Colin Casey                       Washingtonville                 East Stroudsburg
Shane Connolly                Warwick                              Army
Justin Corradino              Warwick                              Missouri Valley
Chris Farrell                      Saugerties                           Oswego
Paul Gomez                       Monticello                           Edinboro
John Hodes                       Rondout Valley                  Oneonta
Jordan Jackson                Middletown                         Niagara Community College
TJ Kreider                         Cornwall                              Oneonta
Dylan Muller                     Port Jervis                           Brockport
Patrick Sause                    Pine Bush                            Jamestown Community College
Ethan Stanley                   Saugerties                            Navy Prep
Kyle Wierzbicki                Warwick                               Oneonta


It has been a slow and steady process, but New York has finally established itself as a wrestling power!  In each or the past several years, the Empire State has made tremendous strides in providing the statistical data to back this statement.  The following stat is the icing on the cake.  With nearly all 2012 high school graduates having made their college choices for next year, Intermatwrestle.com has compiled a list of this year’s D1 signees broken down by home state.  As of June 10th, thirty-four (34) New York high school seniors have committed (signed or verballed) to wrestle for a Division 1 program… only Pennsylvania (with 53) has more!  New York State wrestling has arrived!!!

Rank     State      # of D1 Commitments
  1              PA                          53
  2             NY                          34
  3             OH                         29
  4             NJ                          27
  5(tie)     CA                          24 
  5(tie)     IL                           24
  7             IA                           22

All-Star List….Where Some of Our NY Studs Will Wrestle in College

Name                           Section   High School                College
Brian Realbuto                1              Somers                            Cornell
Quinton Murphy             5             Holley                              Indiana
Dylan Palacio                  8             Long Beach                      Cornell
Jimmy Kloc                     6             Iroquois                            Buffalo
Tony Lock                        6             Pioneer                             Buffalo
Jamel Hudson          CHSAA       St. Anthony’s                    Hofstra
Chris Nevinger               5             Letchworth                       Buffalo
Sean McCabe                 11            Connetquot                       Rutgers
Zach Diekel                     2            Whitehall                          Lehigh
Kyle Stanton                   4            Greene                               Drexel
Tyler Button                   3             Phoenix                           Edinboro
Maverick Passaro         11            Eastport South Manor    Rutgers
Sam Speno                      1             Fox Lane                          NC State
Ben Haas                         6            Salamanca                         Lehigh
Josh Lackey                    5            Fairport                           NC State

Matt Diano aka L.I. Matt has put together a comprehensive list of all 2012 NYS wrestling commitments.  Thanks Matt! 

               2012 NYS Commitments

Zitone Undefeated Going Into NCAAs


2009 Port Jervis Graduate JD Zitone

JD Zitone (pictured on left in blue and white), captured his second consecutive Metropolitan Conference Championship this weekend for Centenary College.  JD will be competing in the NCAA National Championships in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on March 9th and 10th.   Zitone enters the tournament ranked 4th  in the nation (Division III).  He is currently undefeated at 25-0 on the season.  Check out http://www.centenarycollege.edu/cms/en/athletics/wrestling/ for more information on JD and the Cyclones.

Section 9 Grads Zitone and Barber finish 1st and 2nd at Will Abele Invitational


Vinny Barber 2010 Highland

Congratulations to Port Jervis graduate Joe Zitone and Highland graduate Vinny Barberfor finshing 1st and 2nd, respectively, at the Will Abele Invitational hosted by Ursinus.  The two heaveyweight grapplers never actually wrestled as Barber had to medically forfeit out of tournament due to an injury sustained during his semifinal victory.  Click here for complete brackets.  Great job guys! 

Cortland Wins Messiah Petrofes Invitational; James, Signorelli Place

SUNY Cortland captain Justin Signorelli (Highland, 2009)

SUNY Cortland’s Wrestling squad, ranked 8th nationally in DIII, scored 165.5 points to win the Messiah Petrofes Invitational on 12/3.  Contributing to the Red Dragon’s success were two former Section 9 wrestlers.  Corey James (Kingston, 2009) placed 6th at 285 lbs while team captain Justin Signorelli (Highland, 2009) placed 7th at 165 lbs.  Click here for article fron SUNY Cortland’s website including full brackets.  Great job guys!

Franco, Hofstra Take Down Army

Hoftra's Jamie Franco (MW, 2009)

Hofstra won eight of ten matches en route to a 27-6 victory over the Army Black Knights on Thursday at a match held in Christl Arena, West Point.  2009 Monroe Woodbury graduate Jamie Franco, a red-shirt sophomore for Hofstra, recorded a 2-1 victory over Army’s Jordan Thome at 133lbs.  Thome was a national qualifier last year and has been ranked in the top 20 in the nation at 133 in some polls.  Click here for complete story including box score.

Van Buren 5th, Barber 6th at RIT Invitational

Behind the strength of two Section 9 grads, SUNY Oneonta finished 5th in the overall team standings at Saturday’s RIT Invitational.  Freshman Donnie VanBuren (Onteora, 2011) finished 5th at 157, while Vinny Barber (Highland, 2010) took 6th at 285.  Barber just returned to practice on Wednesday after missing 4 weeks with a knee injury.  Great job both guys!  Click here to read full article including brackets on the SUNY Oneonta Wrestling team website.

McGrath 4th, Signorelli 5th @ Oneonta Tourney

Thanks in large part to  SUNY Cortland’s Mike McGrath and Justin Signorelli, Section 9 was very well represented at 2011 Oneonta State Red Dragon Invitational on Saturday.  McGrath, a junior and 2010 Kingston graduate, went 4-2 and took home 4th place honors at 184 lbs.  2009 Highland graduate Justin Signorelli, a team captain for SUNY Cortland, went 5-2 and placed 5th at 165 lbs.  Great job both guys!!!

Southern Maine Head Coach Joe Pistone (Middletown, 1995)

Also of local interest, Southern Maine finished 6th out of 11 in the team standings.  Why is this of “of local interest”????  Southern Maine is coached by 1995 Middletown graduate Joe Pistone!

Click below for complete brackets

2011 Oneonta State Red Dragon Invitational

Franco Notches Win In Hofstra Victory Over Wisconsin

The Hofstra Pride won seven of the ten bouts enroute to recording a 25-12 victory over Wisconsin.  The Hoftra (1-0) win was the first for new Head Wrestling Coach Rob Anspach.  Wisconson dropped to 5-1 on the season.

One of the Pride’s victories came from 2009 Monroe Woodbury graduate Jamie Franco.  Franco, a 133 lb. red-shirt sophomore, recored a 4-3 vicyory on an escape in the first tiebreaker.  For the complete story and all individual results click on the link below.

Hofstra 25 Wisconsin 12


Army’s Thome Takes Home Title At Body Bar

Army junior Jordan Thome won four matches on Saturday enroute to earning the 133 lb. title at The Body Bar Invitational.  Thome defeated Chris Dardanes from the University of Minnesota by a 9-8 score to capture the crown.  He won his other three bouts by the scores of 12-0, 7-0, and 5-4.  James Raftery (157), Coleman Gracey (165), and Michael Gorman (184) all earned 6th place honors for the Black Knights who finished 7th out of 12 teams.  Host Cornell took the team title with Kent State and the University of Virginia rounding out the top 3.  Virginia is coached by 1995 Middletown graduate Steve Garland.

UVA Head Coach and 1995 Middletown graduate Steve Garland

Other locals at the Body Bar included Lock Haven’s Matt Parlier (Port Jervis, 2009) who went 1-2 at 197 lbs. and Dingmans Ferry, PA native Joe Stanzione who placed 5th at 133 wrestling for Cornell. 

Final Brackets for The 2011 Body Bar Invitational