Jillian Dolce’s 3rd Annual Walk For Lymphoma Set For September 29
For the past three years, Minisink Valley student Jillian Dolce has completed a “Walk For Lymphoma” with all proceeds going to Lymphoma research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Each year she dedicates her walk to local resident who is battling the disease. This year, Jillian has decided to do her walk in honor of Monroe Woodbury wrestler Vinny Vespa who is currently receiving chemotherapy for Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
For anyone who wants to join Jillian in her quest to “Find a Cure, One Step at a Time,” this year’s event is scheduled for September 29th at Shannen Park in Slate Hill, NY. Registration will be at 10:00 am and the walk will go from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Recommended donations are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Anyone interested in learning more about the event can go to Jillian’s website and/or check out her flyer.
On behalf of the entire Section 9 wrestling community……thank you Jillian!!!
Victory For Vinnny Takedown Tournament a Huge Success
In an incredible day filled with great wrestling and fun for the entire family, over 1000 wrestlers and fans attended Saturday’s Victory For Vinny Takedown Tournament held at Monroe Woodbury High School. When results become available, they will be posted on this site. For now, I have decided to put together a brief list of some of Saturday’s highlights (no particular order).
Lisa and Michael Vespa’s intermission speeches – If you didn’t have a tear in your eye, you don’t have a pulse! Exhibition match between Jamie Franco and Johnny Stramiello – Franco, a MW graduate, is curently a 133-pound wrestler for Division 1 Hofstra. Stramiello just finished his sophomore year at Pine Bush. He is already a 3X Section 9 champion. Jamie is one of only a few 5X Section 9 champs, will Johnny be our next? Franco vs. Stramiello video courtesy of Betsy Veysman from www.newyorkwrestlingnews.com. Michael Vespa hits the “flying squirrel” against AJ Voelker – Vinny’s older brother nails the now famous move during an exhibition match with one of Vinny’s current teammates. FLYING SQUIRREL VIDEOcourtesy of Betsy Veysman from www.newyorkwrestlingnews.com. The “masters” match between Al Wolff and Frank Granton – Both of these gentlemen are in their 50’s but that didn’t stop them from lacing up their shoes and giving the crowd a show. Granton is a cancer survivor. Hall of Famer in the dunking booth – Cornwall head coach and NYS Wrestling Hall of Famer Don Blaine takes his turn in the dunking booth. I still think we would have made more money if we put referee Wayne Carroll (also a Hall of Famer) in the booth!!!! The Showdown– Johnny Stramiello, 6th in NYS at 106, and Jay Rodriguez from Wantagh, a state finalist last year at 99, locked up in a gem! We may get to see this match again….at the end of February in Albany!!!! Vinny being Vinny– The highlight of the day for many in attendance was a simple and subtle act. Just being able to watch Vinny have a great time, goof around, spend some time with family and friends…these are the things that truly matter.
There are literally dozens of people who contributed their time and money to make this event a huge success. However, it would be remiss of me if I did not give special recognition to Bob Voelker and John Stramiello. Quite simply, without the work of Bob and John, this event would have never happened. Great job guys!
If You Haven’t Already Done So….Register Today! ** Important – Due to The Amount of Interest In This Tournament, (Over 300 and Counting) There Will Be No Walk-In Registration. All Wrestlers Who Would Like To Compete Must Register By Thursday 6/28 at 7:00PM**
What: Vinny Vespa Takedown Tournament When: Saturday June 30th Where: Monroe Woodbury High School Why: All Proceeds To The Vespa Family
As most of you are aware, Monroe Woodbury freshman wrestler Vinny Vespa has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The support his family has been receiving from the community has been incredible. The wrestling community, specifically, has been amazing! Vinny and his family have been and remain in the thoughts and prayers of a tight-knit wrestling “family” that knows no boundaries. Well-wishes and contributions have been delivered by wrestlers from NY to California, Minnesota to Texas and every state in between.
Our work is not done! As Vinny continues to receive chemotherapy, the expenses associated with his treatments continue to mount. Below is a summary of a some of the upcoming #TeamVinnyV fundraisers. Any support you can offer, financial or spiritual, is truly appreciated.
June 13 & 14 – Chicago Pizzeria Uno in Central Valley – 20% of your bill will be donated to the Vespa family if you dine at Pizzeria Uno on either night.
June 20 – Captian’s Table in Monroe – The Captain’s Table is hosting an adult only gathering at $40 per person….half will go directly to the Vespa family. Your $40 will get you beer, soda, and appetizers. Tee shirts and wristband will be for sale at the event.
June 30 – Victory for Vinny Takedown Tournament – MW High School – This is going to be huge!!! Youth, HS and Open divisions…honor weigh-ins. In conjunction with the tournament there will be a Family Fun Day… BBQ, face-painting, bouncy apparatus, etc. Let’s come out in force for this one!!!
Mark your calendar! The date is set! On Saturday June 30th The Vinny Vespa Benefit Takedown Tournament will take place at Monroe Woodbury High School. The day will be filled with great wrestling and fun activities for the entire family. Festivities begin at 8:00 AM! Click below for a tournament flyer as well as a separate site for online registration. Special thanks to John Stramiello and Bob Voelker for putting this event together…great job guys!
NY Stars Palacio and Realbuto Show Their Support For Vinny Vespa
Team X-Cel from Long Island defeated defending champions Apex of New Jersey by a score of 25-24 in the finals of the Pop & Flo National Duals held in Lake Placid, NY. Pop & Flo is an alliance between Journeymen Wrestling and FloWrestling. The National Duals, only in its second year, has quickly become one of the premier off-season tournaments in the country. Below are the results from the finals between Team X-Cel and Apex….also check out the below links to FloWrestling and listen to NYS champions Brian Realbuto and Dylan Palacio offer their support to Monroe Woodbury wrestler Vinny Vespa. Vespa, a 14-year old freshman, has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma.
Team X-Cel 25 Apex 24 106: Rodriguez (X-Cel) over Suriano (Apex) 4-1 113: Piccininni (X-Cel) over Travato (Apex) 6-2 120: Gonzalez (Apex) over Skinner (X-Cel) 6-1 NY Stars Talk About Vespa on 125: Olivia (Apex) over T. Passaro (X-Cel) 3-0 FloWrestling 130: McCabe (X-Cel) over Caputo (Apex) 10-3 135: M. Passaro (X-Cel) over Lewis (Apex) 4-3 Palacio InterviewRealbuto Interview 140: Estevez (Apex) over Dutton (X-Cel) 3-1 145: Clagon (Apex) over Hernandez (X-Cel) wbf 152: Dekrone (X-Cel) over Richardson (Apex) 1-0 160: Hall(X-Cel) over Keena(Apex) 3-0 170: Palacio (X-Cel) over Pafumi (Apex) 3-2 182: Laughlin (Apex) over Seybolt (X-Cel) 3-2 195: Rios (Apex) over Gironda (X-Cel) 1-0 220: McMullen (Apex) over Drew (X-Cel) 8-5 285: Salkey (X-Cel) over Spencer (Apex) 6-5
Locals Defeat SIR But Lose To D2 Ducks and Dark Nights
A team of Section 9 All-Stars competed admirably against some top-notch club competition Wednesday night at Delaware Valley HS in Westfall Township, PA. The event was designed to be a tune-up for the club teams’ up coming tournaments in Lake Placid (Pop & Flow) and Virginia Beach (NHSCA National Duals). The tournament, however, took on the “feel” of a charity event as many of those in attendance were there to show their support for Monroe Woodbury freshman wrestler Vinny Vespa who has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. There was a $2 admission charge for all fans to enter the tournament. The money collected at the gate was originally supposed to help pay for the D2 Ducks trip to the National Duals. Upon learning of Vespa’s diagnosis, DV coach Lou DeLauro decided to donate the gate money to the Vespa family. Thanks Lou….a truly generous gesture by a truly classy coach!
On the mats, the S9 All-Stars, or Team Vinny, finished 1-2. They defeated SIR Wrestling from NJ 25-24 by criteria (Quinn Zsido’s pin), but lost to the D2 Ducks 46-13 and Dark Nights 38-21. The D2 Ducks and Dark Nights are both PA club teams. The only Section 9 wrestler to finish a perfect 3-0 was Minisink Valley’s Gerard Daly. Click below for all of the results involving Team Vinny!
Local Stars Will Take On Grapplers From PA and NJ This Wednesday at Delaware Valley High School in Matamoras, PA
Section 9 All-Star Dual Meet Schedule Matched in Middle School Gym Time Mat #1 Mat #2 5:00 SIR (NJ) vs. S9 All Stars D2 Ducks(PA) vs. Dark Nights WC(PA) 6:15 S9 All Stars vs. Dark Nights WC(PA) D2 Ducks (PA) vs. SIR (NJ) 7:30 SIR (NJ) vs. Dark Nights WC (PA) S9 All Stars vs. D2 Ducks (PA)
Matches in Green Gym 5:00 Dark Nights WC (PA) – Team #2 vs. S9 All Stars – Team #2 6:15 – 8:00 Exhibition Matches
*** $2 Fan Admission – All Proceeds Go To the Vespa Family ***
Section 9 Wrestlers Competing: 109: Gerard Daly (MV), Chris Cuccolo (PB) 116: Dylan Booth (PJ), Damani Burns (NFA) 123: John Stramiello (PB), Michael Raccioppi (MV) 129: Joe Ginley (War), Alex Baum (MW) 135: Bryan Mongiello (Wash), Tyler Rodriguez (Midd) 141: Thomas Wightman (War), Brett Johnson (Corn) 148: Quinn Zsido (Corn), Cory Cummings (VC) 155: Dante Gianetta (Corn), Tyler Carlyon (NFA) 163: Travis Edwards (PJ), AJ Voelker (MW) 173: Dan DeCarlo (PJ), JP Vandercliff (MW) 185: Vinny Nastro (Gosh), James Bethel (Saug) 198: Randy Wilson (PJ) 223: Jesse Corcoran (Eld), Josh Bonneau (MV) 288: Terrence Cheeks (NFA), Tim Wade (Midd)