For the first time ever, the NYSPHSAA has a sanctioned dual meet championship to determine who are the best large school and small school teams in NYS. The one-day tournament will be held on Saturday 1/27 at the SRC Arena on the campus of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. To qualify for the tournament, a team have won their Sectional Dual Meet Championship or receives a wildcard. Three D1 wildcards and one D2 wildcard have been selected to round out the field. Each division has 12 teams – 4 pools of 3 teams. Pool winners will advance to the semis and finals to determine who is #1!
Division 1 Pools:
Pool 1: #1 Wantagh, #8 Elmira, Fox Lane
Pool 2: #2 Minisink Valley, #7 Lancaster, Horseheads
Pool 3: #3 Spencerport, #6 Jamesville, Rocky Point
Pool 4: #4 Fulton, #5 Hilton, Shenendehowa
Division 2 Pools:
Pool 1: #1 Locust Valley, #8 Warrensburg, Peru
Pool 2: #2 Mt. Sinai, #7 Falconer, Gouverneur
Pool 3: #3 Central Valley, #6 Tioga, Port Jervis
Pool 4: #4 Norwich, #5 Canisteo-Greenwood, Pearl River
Pool Schedules for Minisink Valley and Port Jervis
9:00 – MV vs Lancaster (mat 4); PJ – bye
10:30 – MV vs Horseheads (mat 4); PJ vs Central Valley (mat 7)
12:00 – MV – bye; PJ vs Tioga (mat 7)
Highland, Pine Bush, Saugerties, Valley Central, and Washingtonville at Beacon Bulldog Tournament
Valley Central crowned two champions and won the team title at the Beacon Bulldog Tournament. Ray Napolitano was the champ at 152 while Collin Cummings took home the title at 160. Pine Bush also crowned two champs in Tommy Askey at 132 and Chris Tremper at 182. The Bushmen finished 4th in the team race. Kingston finished in 8th place while Saugerties took 9th and crowned 2 champs – Graeme Knisell at 170 and Anthony Owen at 220. Washingtonville finished 10th and Highland crowned a champ, Mat Malherio at 138, and finished 11th in the team race. Marlboro and Monticello finished 13th and 14th respectively.
Minisink Valley, Middletown, Goshen, Red Hook, Rondout Valley, and Burke at Gene Brigham Tournament @ Minisink Valley Middle School
Minisink Valley ran away with the team title scoring 351 points and crowned 9 champions at the 2018 Gene Brigham Tournament. Winning title for the Warriors were Nick Picariello (106), Mia Macaluso* (120), Sean Savacool (126), Connor Greiner (132), Dom Vetrano (138), Timmy Ganuncio (170), Joey Yanis (182), Anton Juncaj (195), and Adam Fenner (220). Middletown came in 2nd in the team race with 123 points and crowned two champions – Justin Morales at 99 and Jose Velazquez at 152. Red Hook was 3rd in the team race with 100 points and had the 160 pound champion in Tristen Schiafo. Ian Houck from Rondout Valley was the champion at 145 avenging his loss at ESC against MV’s Vinny Vetrano in the finals. Connor Greiner was selected MOW and Joey Yanis won the pin title (4 pins in under a minute)!
* The biggest news of the day however was the result at 120 pounds where Minisink Valley’s Mia Macaluso became the first girl in the history of Section 9 wrestling to win an individual tournament! Congratulations Mia…Great Job Mia Mac!!!!
Other Section 9 placers were… Minisink Valley: Andrew Filip 4th @ 99, Joe Habert 3rd @ 106, Jordan Suarez 2nd @ 113, Brian Lombardi 3rd @ 113, Frankie Hauber 2nd @ 138, Vinny Vetrano 2nd @ 145, Nick Alboroz 3rd @ 145, Jace Hircsh 2nd @ 152, Chris McLauglin 3rd @ 152, Matt Rajnert 2nd @ 160, James Udasco 4th @ 160, Donnie LeBlanc 2nd @ 220, Andrew Fenner 2nd @ 285
Middletown: Moises Diaz 4th @ 113, Destin Morano 3rd @ 160, Tyshawn Moody 4th @ 170, Elijah Babb 3rd @ 195, Bruce French 3rd @ 220, True Allah Clark @ 220, Armel Duke 4th @ 285
Red Hook: Matt Morris 2nd @106, Ryan Hobson 2nd @195, Liam Dietrich 3rd @285
Goshen: John Alejo 3rd @ 120, Dan Mandic 4th @ 145, and Kyle Dahowski 4th @ 195
Monroe Woodbury, New Paltz @ Kohl Invitational
Monroe Woodbury placed 11 wrestlers in the top 6 at the Kohl Tournament including 7 finalists and 4 champions. Placing for the Crusaders were: Richie Toledo (3rd @ 99), Jack Kohrs (2nd @ 106), Dylan Earl (1st @ 113), Marco Vespa (1st @ 120), Shamar Johnson (4th @ 126), Max Wernicki (4th @ 132), Joe McGinty (2nd @ 138), Julian Campofiori (2nd @ 145), Mike Paravati (6th @ 170), David Strauss (1st @ 220), and Preston Havison (1st @ 285). Monroe finished 2nd in the team race behind Bristol Eastern from Connecticut. New Paltz also had 6 wrestlers place at the Kohl led by finalist Ethan Palanca who lost to Vespa in the 120 pound final. Also placing for New Paltz were Elliot Crocco (6th @ 106), Aiden Cuppett (5th @ 113), Brian Kenney (4th @ 170), Devon Dixon (3rd @ 220), and Evan Jansen (5th @ 285).
Washingtonville @ Wrangle in the Plains
Washingtonville had 4 wrestlers compete at Shenendehowa’s Wrangle in the Plains tourney this weekend. Andrew Marchese 2nd Place at 99, Tom Maddox 3rd Place at 126, Thomas Moriarty 4th place at 182 and Ben Santarpia 5th Place at 182.
Section 9 Wrestling
Individual Rankings – Combined D1/D2
January 16, 2018
Here are our first rankings after the Eastern States Classic! At this point we have a pretty good idea about which weight everyone is going. There will inevitably be some changes towards the end of the year as wrestlers and coaches put themselves in the best position position to win a Section 9 title and a trip to the NYS tournament in Albany on 2/23 & 2/24! Here we go!!! As always, respectful comments and suggestions are always welcomed and appreciated at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
1. Justin Morales – Middletown, sophomore
2. Nikko Walsh – Rondout Valley, freshman
3. Christian Prokosch – Cornwall, senior
4. Andrew Marchese – Washingtonville, 8th grade
5. Evan Hewitt – Minisink Valley, freshman
6. Matt Davis – Wallkill, freshman
Morales drops to 99 and makes a statement by placing 8th at the ESC including a 6-2 win over previous #1 Walsh who also had a good tournament and was one win away from placing. Prokosch, Marchese, Hewitt, and Davis all remain in the same order as last ranking and round out 3-6. There is some others to keep an eye on here specifically Casey Lennon from VC, Richard Toledo from MW, Grant Barczak from MW, and Joey Curreri from Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West.
1. Greg Fischer – NFA, senior
2. Nick Picariello – Minisink Valley, sophomore
3. Jacob Chenier – Kingston, sophomore
4. Drew Greco – Warwick, freshman
5. Matt Morris – Red Hook, sophomore
6. Dylan Tierney – Goshen, junior
Fischer bounced back from an 11-0 loss to Suarez (@ 113) at the Section 9 Duals by having an awesome ESC placing 6th in an absolutely loaded field! The 2017 state qualifier recorded a pin over Len Balducci, a 5th place finisher at last year’s NYS tournament. Picariello also had a nice ESC making it to Day 2 and he was also a finalist at the Chris Hernandez Tournament so he stays #2. Chenier, Greco, and Morris stay in the same order and Goshen junior Dylan Tierney enters the rankings at #6!
1. Dylan Earl – Monroe Woodbury, senior
2. Jordan Suarez – Minisink Valley, sophomore
3. Ryan Burgos – Monroe Woodbury, junior
4. Hunter Brown – Warwick, senior
5. Eric Tigue – Port Jervis, 8th grade
6. Derek Ellison – Wallkill, junior
Earl maintains the #1 spot at 113 with a head-to-head over Suarez in the S9 Duals finals. No reason to change anyone else here. Suarez had an impressive 11-0 win over Fisher (#1 @ 106) . Tigue did wrestle at 106 for the ESC but it’s a +4 tournament but we’ll definitely keep an eye on his future weigh-ins!
1. Marco Vespa – Monroe Woodbury, junior
2. Brandon DeLaRosa – Newburgh Free Academy, junior
3. Ethan Palanca – New Paltz, freshman
4. Joey Amato – Port Jervis, sophomore
5. Patrick Ross – Onteora, freshman
6. Liam Bullock – Chester, junior
Vespa dnp at ESC but his losses were to the eventual 3rd and 5th place finishers – he’s still the guy to beat at 120 in S9. DeLaRosa has been out resting an injury but stays at #2 but we have a new #3 in Palanca. The New Paltz freshman drops down to 120 and his wins over Ross and Amato this season earn him his ranking here. Amato pinned Ross at the S9 Duals and jumps up to #4. Bullock took 3rd at the Sailor Tournament and is #6 at 120.
1. James Faison – Wallkill, sophomore
2. Tom Maddox – Washingtonville, junior
3. Matthew Romano – Valley Central, sophomore
4. Luke Fischer – Newburgh Free Academy, sophomore
5. Sean Savacool – Minisink Valley, sophomore
6. Nick Ross – Onteora, freshman
Faison has been resting an injury but stays at #1 for now. Maddox keeps impressing and notched another win over Romano in a recent dual. Fischer and Savacool remain in the same order but now at #4 and #5 and our new #6 is Onteora freshman Nick Ross who recorded an impressive 11-5 win over Sauschuck recently at 132!
1. Connor Greiner – Minisink Valley, senior
2. Tommy Askey – Pine Bush, sophomore
3. Carson Sauschuck – Port Jervis, senior
4. Max Wernicki – Monroe Woodbury, sophomore
5. Hunter Phillips – Valley Central, junior
6. Trevor Faveron – Onteora, senior
No reason for change at 132. Greiner has looked great and placed 8th at the ESC notching 2 wins over state placewinners. Askey has looked very tough since his return to action finishing 3rd at the Mid_Hudson, 3rd at the Shoreline and notched head-to-head win over #5 Phillips. Wernicki has also looked good and had a win over Phillips who remains at #5 with Faveron at #6.
1. Dom Vetrano – Minisink Valley, senior
2. Joe McGinty – Monroe Woodbury, sophomore
3. Frank Fea – Goshen, senior
4. Dylan Greer – Pine Bush, senior
5. Nate Ross – Onteora, sophomore
6. Mat Malherio – Highland, junior
No changes at 145 either! Vetrano was looked great since our last rankings…he pinned #2 McGinty at the S9 Duals and he placed 7th at the Eastern States Classic. McGinty placed 2nd at the Shoreline and looks very tough. Fea lost a close match at ESC before forfeiting in consies but he stays put as does Greer who has not wrestled since the Mid_Hudson. Ross and Malherio are both continuing to have solid seasons and round out the top 6.
1. Steve Gazzillo – Cornwall, junior
2. Vinny Vetrano – Minisink Valley, senior
3. Ian Houck – Rondout Valley, senior
4. Carter Stewart – Monroe Woodbury, senior
5. Nick Florin – Pine Bush, junior
6. Zach Chartrand – Onteora, senior
Cornwall’s Steven Gazzillo posted a head-to-head win over defending S9 champion Vinny Vetrano and is your new #1 at 145. Vetrano drops to #2 and had a win over #3 Houck at the ESC and over Monroe Woodbury’s Carter Stewart at S9 Duals who is your new #4 here. Florin and Chartrand are at #5 and #6 rounding off a very tough weight!
1. Tyler Serafini – Newburgh Free Academy, junior
2. Tristen Schiafo – Red Hook, senior
3. William Harrison – Port Jervis, junior
4. Joe Pushman – Wallkill, senior
5. Joe Velazquez – Middletown, sophomore
6. Nick Albornoz – Minisink Valley, sophomore
Serafini was one match away from placing at ESC and both losses were to placewinners. Schiafo drops down to 152 and is your new #2. Harrison continues to look very good as does Pushman who are #3 and #4 respectively. Middletown sophomore is at #5 and your new #6 at 152 is Nick Albornoz from Minisink Valley.
Burgos has been awesome since our last ranking! He was a Shoreline finalist losing to Section 1 stud Grippi and he also defeated Ganuncio (#2 @ 170) at ESC. Roddy is putting together a nice year and he is #2 and Gnisell from Saugerties comes all the way down from 182 and is our #3 here. Morano from Middletown moves up to #4. Satriano from VC and Hirsch from MV enter the rankings at #5 and #6 respectively.
1. Dillon Ross – Onteora, senior
2. Timmy Ganuncio – Minisink Valley, senior
3. Jason Butler – Port Jervis, senior
4. Matt Bucci – Saugerties, junior
5. Collin Cummings – Valley Central, senior
6. Brian Mascaro – Wallkill, senior
Ross continues his incredible season and takes 5th at the ESC. His only loss to a NYS D2 wrestler was a 3-2 decision to Ross McFarland – Ross is definitely in contention for a state title this season! Ganuncio continues to impress and sits firmly at #2 while PJ’s Butler stays at #3. Bucci, Cummings, and Marcaro round out the top 6 in what should prove to be a very exciting weight class to follow.
1. Joe Yanis – Minisink Valley, senior
2. Anthony Owen – Saugerties, junior
3. Ben Santarpia – Washingtonville, senior
4. Chris Tremper – Pine Bush, senior
5. Alex Miller – Newburgh Free Academy, senior
6. Luke Wojehowski – Cornwall, junior
Yanis is the clear #1 here after his 4th place finish at the ESC. The MV senior will definitely be in the conversation for a state title at this weight in February. Owen from Saugerties drops down to 182 and takes over the 2nd slot followed by Santarpia from Washingtonville who is putting together a great season. Tremper, Miller, and Wojehowski are all having very solid seasons and round out the to 6 at 182!
1. Maxx DeCapua – Newburgh Free Academy, sophomore
2. Sam Santander – Monroe Woodbury, junior
3. Julius Oquendo – Middletown, senior
4. Andrew Wierzbicki – Warwick, senior
5. Anton Juncaj – Minisink Valley, junior
6. Raven Aumick – Port Jervis, senior
DeCapua looked great at the Eastern States Classic and took home 6th place honors. Santander is due to return from injury soon and remains #2 while Oquendo, Wierzbicki, and Juncaj holds spots 3 through 5. Based on his very nice win over Hobson from Red Hook at the S9 Duals, Raven Aumick from Port Jervis enters the rankings at #6.
220 Pounds 1. Will Leonard – Cornwall, junior
2. David Strauss- Monroe Woodbury, junior
3. Mark Crisfield – Valley Central. junior
4. Adam Fenner – Minisink Valley, freshman
5. Daniel Banegas – NFA, senior
6. Hayden Barley – Kingston, junior
Will Leonard cemented his #1 ranking at 220 with a very impressive run that led the Cornwall junior to 4th place honors. Strauss from MW stays at #2 with his head-to-head wins at the S9 Duals over Crisfield from VC and Adam Fenner from MV who are at #3 and #4 respectively. NFA senior Banegas enters the rankings at #5 while Barley from Kingston drops to #6 due to inactivity.
1. Andrew Fenner – Minisink Valley, senior
2. Liam Dietrich – Red Hook, sophomore
3. Preston Havison – Monroe Woodbury, junior
4. Bryce Moore – Valley Central, junior
5. Caleb Williams – Newburgh Free Academy, junior
6. James Oosterom – Port Jervis, sophomore
Fenner looked very good at ESC and finished 5th on the medal stand. Dietrich stays at #2 but Havison and Moore flip flop after the MW junior’s win over his VC foe at the S9 Duals. Williams from NFA and Oosterom from PJ remain in the #5 and #6 slopts at 295. This weight could prove to be very exciting at the S9 Tournaments for both D1 and D2!
Most Pins: Beau Bartlett (Wyoming Seminary) 5 pins
Team Sportsmanship Award: Horace Greeley
99: Stevo Poulin (Shen) wbf 5:08 Mason Bush (CVA)
106: Matt Griffin (Jamesville) wbf 3:43 Jordan Titus (C. Mor)
113: Nick Botello (Sem) dec 6-2 sv Dylan Ryder (HHHW)
120: Adam Busiello (ESM) dec 8-3 Anthony Sciotto (RP)
126: Beau Bartlett (Sem) wbf 4:53 Orion Anderson (S-Ville)
132: Jack Davis (Sem) dec 10-7 Justin Vines (Wantagh)
138: Chris Gomez (Pat-Med) dec 5-2 J. Spadafora (HHHE)
145: Frankie Gissendanner (Pen) 12-3 Kyle Mosher (South)
152: Jacori Teemer (LB) dec 9-5 Matt Gripp (Fox Lane)
160: Jake Silverstein (Haup) dec 3-0 Chris Barker (Fairport)
170: Tyler Barnes (Ballston Spa) dec 8-2 Paul Calo (Southington)
182: Jake Logan (New Roch) dec 5-4 Jacob Ferriera (H. Greeley)
195: Austin Cooley (Sem) dec 7-5 sv Jonathan Loew (Wantagh)
220: Joe Benedict (Sandy Creek) wbf 1:18 Halil Gecaj (JJCR)
285: Joey Slackman (Commack) dec 6-4 Tony Cutrie (Sem)
Section 9 Medal Winners
99: Justin Morales (Middletown) 8th
106: Greg Fischer (NFA) 6th
132: Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley) 8th
138: Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley) 7th
160: Shaun Burgos (Pine Bush) 7th
170: Dillon Ross (Onteora) 5th
182: Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley) 4th
195: Maxx DeCapua (NFA) 6th
220: Will Leonard (Cornwall) 4th
285: Andrew Fenner (Minisink Valley) 5th
Section 9 has 11 wrestlers in the quarters and several others still wrestling back in the consies. In the team race, Minisink Valley sits in 2nd place behind national power Wyoming Seminary. Wrestling will begin at 11:30 today due to the two hour delay. Live brackets are available on FloArena plus every results from the quarterfinal, semis, and finals will be posted here!
Mason Bush (CVA) maj 13-3 Nikko Walsh (Rondout)
D. Geislinger (Norwich) dec 5-3 C. Schubert (Williamsville)
Matt Schrieber (Hor. Gr.) dec 16-8 Rocco Camillaci (Hilton)
Stevo Poulin (Shen) dec 3-0 Luke Smith (Hauppauge)
Anthony Noto (H-Falls-Lima) dec 4-0 Greg Fischer (NFA)
Jordan Titus (Center Mor) dec 13-7 Len Balducci (Pleasantville)
Ivan Garcia (Port Chester) dec 3-2 Josiah Encarnacion (Want)
Matt Griffin (Jamesville) dec 6-2 Terry Adams (Mon Farrell)
Dylan Ryder (HHHW) dec 5-0 Chris Gannone (ESM)
Marek Bush (CVA) dec 7-0 Chandler Merwin (Walton)
Drew Munch (Sem) dec 18-5 Myles Griffin (Jamesville)
Nick Botello (Sem) wbf 3:17 Jon Charles (CVA)
Adam Busiello (ESM) maj 15-2 Keith Cassar (Oyster Bay)
Ryan Jack (Danbury) dec 9-2 Marco Vespa (MW)
Sal Jones (LI Lutheran) maj 11-1 Austin Seargant (Fairport)
Anthony Sciotto (Rocky Point) wbf :33 Ryan Burgos (Hilton)
Beau Bartlett (Sem) wbf Matt Campo (Mt. Sinai)
Mike Gonyea (Col) dec 5-3 sv Justin McDougald (N. Wheat.)
M. Ortiz (New Milford) vs Kyle Fields (Danbury)
Orion Anderson (S-Ville) wbf V. Perlleshi (Pleasantville)
Jack Davis (Sem) dec 8-2 Nick Young (Alexander)
Cahal Donovan (Marcellus) maj 13-3 Luke Bokina (Matt)
W. McDougald (N. Falls) maj 10-2 Raf Lievano (Ward Mel)
Justin Vines (Wantagh) dec 7-2 D. Berkowich (Poly Prep)
Donald Wood (C. Mor) dec 10-6 Garrett Bauer (Jamesville)
Jon Spadafora (HHHE) dec 12-8 Colin Realbuto (Iona Prep)
A. Sobotker (N. Bab.) dec 10-7 Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley)
Chris Gomez (Patch Med) dec 5-4 Ian McKenna (New Hart)
Frankie Gissendanner (Pen) maj 15-4 Zach Lawrence (D-Burg)
TJ Philpotts (Holland Patent) over A Kovacs (Danbury) wbf 5:47
Kyle Mosher (South East) dec 3-1Hunter Shaut (CVA)
Jack Bokina (Mattituck) dec 11-10 Kiernan Shanahan (Shen)
Jacori Teemer (Long Beach) wbf 5:02 Dan Bogie (Eagle Acad)
Ryan Luth (Foram) dec 4-3 John Petretti (SWR)
Cooper Kropman (Penfield) dec 4-1 Benny Baker (Sem)
Matt Gripp (Fox Lane) dec 8-2 Ryan Stencel (Lancaster)
Jake Silverstein (Haup) maj 13-3 Nick Herringshaw (Hol. Pat.)
S. Abdulrazak (Woodridge) maj 12-2 E. Sweeney (Nisky)
Chris Barker (Fairport) dec 5-3 A. Wolk (H. Greeley)
Jacob Nolan (Saranac) maj 11-2 S. Burgos (Pine Bush)
Tyler Barnes (B. Spa) wbf 1:25 J. Langan (Wantagh)
D. Miele-Estrella (N. Babylon) dec 3-2 J. Stefanowicz (Sem)
Paul Calo (Southington) wbf 5:49 Ty Rifanburg (Norwich)
Ross McFarland (Phoenix) dec 3-2 Dillon Ross (Onteora)
Jake Logan (New Rochelle) maj 23-9 V.Marzano (Poly Prep)
Chance Lapier (A. Valley) dec 5-3 Brennen Slater (Norwich)
Jake Ferriera (H. Greeley) wbf 4:00 Sam Deprez (Hilton)
Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley) wbf 3:56 Odean (GS Campus)
E. Rodriguez (Long Beach) wbf 6:00 Johnny Santos (Fox Lane)
Jon Loew (Wantagh) dec 5-1 J. Andreesen (Lancaster)
D. Simmons (Canastota) maj 14-2 R. Melvin (Nisky)
A. Cooley (Sem) maj 23-9 Maxx DeCapua (NFA)
Joe Benedict (Sandy Creek) wbf 1:11 Mark Crisfield (VC)
Boaz Smart (Kennedy) dec 4-2 A Lilly (New Rochelle)
H. Gecaj (New Rochelle) dec 6-1 Will Leonard (Cornwall)
Michael Doggett (Sem) dec 13-2 M. Babbcort (Wingate)
Joey Slackman (Commack) med fft Deonte Wilson (Amityville)
T. Rupert (New. Valley) wbf 3:09 Andrew Fenner (Minisink Valley)
A. Robinson (Starpoint) dec 4-3 B. Wood (Walton)
T. Cutrie (Sem) wbf :49 T. Nagosky (Smithtown West)
Section 9 Wrestlers Alive in Wrestlebacks
99: Justin Morales (Middletown)
Morales vs Lopez (Long Beach)
106: Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley)
Robin (Arlington) vs Picariello
113: Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury)
Earl vs Demasco (Commack)
132: Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley)
Greiner vs Sams (Putnam Valley)
138: Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury)
Gray (Warsaw) vs McGinty
145: Vinny Vetrano (Minisink Valley)
Vetrano vs Kievman (Sem)
145: Steve Gazzillo (Cornwall)
Warren McDougald (NW) vs Gazzillo
152: Tyler Serafini (NFA)
Serafini vs Bogdan (Albany Academy)
160: Timmy Ganuncio (Minisink Valley)
Ganuncio vs Harington (Phoenix)
195: Ryan Hobson (Red Hook)
Grigalishvili (JM) vs Hobson
220: David Strauss (Monroe Woodbury)
Rogers (Clarstown South) vs Strauss
220: Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley)
Fenner vs Knote (ESM)
Minisink Valley and Port Jervis Champs at Section 9 Duals!!!
Congratulation to Minisink Valley and Port Jervis for capturing the D1 and D2 titles, respectively, at this year’s Section 9 Duals Championships. Minisink won their title by defeating rival Monroe Woodbury in the finals by a score of 56-16. In their first year competing in the small school division, Port Jervis won the D2 title by beating Red Hook 45-25 in the finals. In winning the titles, both teams punched their ticket to the inaugural NYSPHSAA Dual Meet Championships taking place on 1/27 in Syracuse. Congratulations to the Warriors and Red Raiders!!!
Wednesday 1/10 @ Minisink Valley – Semis and Finals
This weight class is always the most difficult to predict because many of the entries have very little varsity experience. That said, there is certainly plenty of talented wrestlers entered at 99 pounds for this year’s Eastern States Classic. There is one wrestler who is a returning state place winner, Mason Bush from Central Valley Academy. He finished 5th in NYS last year and is definitely one of the favorites here. Stevo Poulin from Shenendehowa has been impressive this year with his only loss coming at 106 to Levine from Wyoming Seminary. Hilton’s Rocco Camillaci is undefeated thus far as well as Jared Weinhaus from Scahem East and Luke Smith from Hauppauge. Carter Schubert from Williamson-Marion-Sodus, Dante Geislinger from Norwich, Jace Schafer from Pal-Mac, and Chase Liardi from Massapequa from Massapequa are all very tough and will contend here. Section 9 definitely has a few kids to watch at 99 namely Justin Morales from Middletown, Nikko Walsh from Rondout Valley, and Christian Prokosch from Cornwall.
Section 9 Entries
Justin Morales (Middletown), Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley), Christian Prokosch (Cornwall), Evan Hewitt (Minisink Valley), Grant Barczak (Monroe Woodbury), Richard Toledo (Monroe Woodbury)
This is an absolutely loaded weight class but we’ll start with nationally ranked Anthony Noto from Honeoye Falls/Lima. The sophomore is ranked 15th in the nation by FloWrestling and was the D2 NYS champion at 99 pounds last year. His opponent in last year’s state final, Jordan Titus from Center Moriches, will also be in contention here. Terry Adams from Monsignor Farrell was an ESC finalist at 99 last year. He was also a state finalist last year in D1 and his semifinal opponent, Ivan Garcia from Port Chester, will definitely be in the hunt. Matt Griffin from Jamesville Dewitt – CBA placed at 99 in last years’s ESC and he is a 2X NYS placewinner. Some others to watch at 106 include Dennis Robin from Arlington, Len Balducci from Pleasantville, Josiah Encarnacion from Wantagh, Tim Levine from Wyoming Seminary, and Carter Baer from Gouverneur. We should also keep our eyes on Section 9 wrestlers Greg Fischer from NFA and Nick Picariello from Minisink Valley.
Section 9 Entries
Greg Fischer (NFA), Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley), Eric Tigue (Port Jervis), Jacob Chenier (Kingston), Matt Morris (Red Hook), and Drew Greco (Warwick)
2X NYS Champion Greg Diakomihalis is the defending ESC champion at this weight and he is currently ranked #6 in the country by FloWrestling. Ranked right behind him by Flo at #7 is Dylan Ryder from Half Hallow Hills West. Ryder came is 2nd at ESC last year at 106 and was a state champion at the same weight. National power Wyoming Seminary has two entries here and they are both capable of finishing high on the medal stand. Nick Botello has been nationally ranked at times this season and just finished 5th at the PowerAde while Drew Munch was a Prep Nationals champ at 106 last year and came in 4th at the NHSCA Freshman Nationals. Let’s not forget about Central Valley Academy senior Jon Charles who finished 3rd at the ESC last hear and won the states in 2016 and finished 2nd in 2017. Others to watch here include Drew Schafer from Wayne, Aiden Rabideau from Clarence, Myles Griffin from Jamesville Dewitt, Matt Garland from South Jefferson/Sandy Creek, and Marek Bush from Central Valley Academy. Section 9 is well represented at this weight with Dylan Earl from Monroe Woodbury who last season finished 5th in NYS and sectional finalist Jordan Suarez from Minisink Valley!
Section 9 Entries
Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury), Jordan Suarez (Minisink Valley), Ryan Burgos (Monroe Woodbury), and Hunter Brown (Warwick).
Adam Busiello from Section 11 is the odds on favorite here. The Eastport South Manor junior is a 3X NYS champion and is the 3rd ranked 126 pound wrestler in the nation according to Flo! Busiello will not go untested though and one of the wrestlers looking to pick him off is Monroe Woodbury junior Marco Vespa. Vespa finished 4th in NYS last year. Busiello may also receive a test from his teammate Zach Redding who was the ESC champ at 106 last season and finished 3rd in NYS. There will definitely be some out-of-state wrestlers in contention here as well, specifically Ryan Jack from Danbury and Chris Trelli from Bristol. Anthony Sciotto from Rocky Point (3rd in NYS) is as dangerous as they come and don’t look past Caleb Robinson (2X state place winner) from Walton. Wyoming Seminary will have a competitive wrestler in nearly every weight they enter and 120 is no exception with Zeke Escalera who just finished 3rd at the Powerade. We should also keep an eye on Brock Delsignore from South Glens Falls, Ryan Burgos from Hilton, Sal Jones from Long Island Lutheran, and Keith Cassar from Oyster Bay.
Section 9 Entries
Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury), Brandon DeLaRosa (NFA), Pat Ross (Onteora), Brian MacDougall (Warwick), and Jordan Pinskey (Warwick)
This weight class is loaded with talent but after his incredible performance at Powerade, 2X ESC Champion Beau Bartlett from Wyoming Seminary has to be considered the favorite. In the Powerade finals Bartlett handed Gavin Teasdale from PA his first ever HS loss! There are several wrestlers who will push Bartlett namely 2X NYS champ Orion Anderson from Schyulerville and 2X CT state champ Melquisidec Ortiz. We should also keep our eye on New Canaan, CT freshman Justin Mastroianni who went 4-2 and was one win away from placing at the Beast of the East. Some other studs at 126 include Justin McDougald from Niagara Wheatfield, Matt Campo from Mount Sinai, Sam Martel from Noble, and Michael Gonyea from Columbia.
Section 9 Entries
James Faison (Wallkill), Matt Romano (Valley Central), Sean Savacool (Minisink Valley), Jimmy Heinlein (Saugerties), Carson Sauschuck (Port Jervis), and Luke Fischer (NFA).
Wyoming Seminary’s Jack Davis was a Powerade finalist and is currently ranked 10th in the nation by Flo at 138 making him one of the favorites at this weight. Returning D1 state champ Justin Vines from Wantagh definitely has to be considered of of the favorites here as well. Raf Lievano from Ward Melville and Joe Simons from Farmingdale are both very solid wrestlers and will be in the hunt. Alex Samson from Victor, Cahal Donovan from Marcellus, Nick Young from Alexander, and Luke Bokina from Mattituck all placed at the ESC at 120 last year and are all state placers. Connecticut has two hammers entered here in Kyle Field from Danbury and Tyler Schultz from New Milford. Minisink Valley senior Connor Greiner is undefeated thus far this season and will be looking for a spot on the medal stand here!
Section 9 Entries
Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley), Tommy Askey (Pine Bush), and Gavin Staerker (Port Jervis)
3X MA state champion Josh Lee from Burlington is probably the favorite at 138. NYS placewinners Chris Gomez from Patchogue Medford and Anthony Sobotker from North Babylon are nipping at his heels. Dom Vetrano from Minisink Valley is a 2X Section 9 champ and is definitely worth keeping an eye on along with Tony Negron from North Babylon and Jonathan Spadafora from Half Hollow Hills East. Others to watch here include Dan Mauriello from Hauppauge, Joe McGinty from Monroe Woodbury, Colin Realbuto from Iona Prep, Mike Zarif from Mount Sinai, Ian McKenna from New Hartford, and Justin Moronta from North Rockland.
Section 9 Entries
Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley), Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury), Nate Ross (Onteora), Frank Fea (Goshen), Dylan Green (Pine Bush), Nick Florin (Pine Bush), Derrick Magsamen (Pine Bush), and Asher Pelton (Port Jervis)
Another very loaded weight class but the favorite has to be the defending ESC champ at this weight, Penfield senior Frankie Gissendanner. The 3X NYS champion just won the Powerade Tournament and is currently ranked #13 in the nation by FloWrestling! He will, however, get pushed by several capable wrestlers. Hunter Shaut is was the D2 state champ last year and will definitely challenge here as well as Kyle Mosher from South Side who is a 3X state place winner. Shenendehowa senior Kiernan Shanahan was a state finalist last year and is always dangerous! Sem’s Connor Kievman will contend here as will Duanesburg’s Zach Lawrence and Holland Patents’ TJ Phillpots. Section champs Vinny Vetrano from Minisink Valley and Ian Houck from Rondout Valley will definitely be in the hunt for a medal here and we should also keep an eye on John O’Neill (Center Moriches), Matt Kline (Corning), AJ Kovacs (Danbury), Cory Day (Iroquois), Jack Ward (Locust Valley), Warren McDougald (Niagara Wheatfield), Jack Wrobel (Pawling), and Mike Portella (Plainedge).
Section 9 Entries
Vinny Vetrano (Minisink Valley), Dan Heffner (Cornwall), Steve Gazzillo (Cornwall), Dan Mandic (Goshen), Zach Chartrand (Onteora), Nate Cantwell (Saugerties)
There is plenty of talent at 152 but the odds on favorite has to be 4X NYS champion Jacori Teemer from Long Beach. Teemer is currently ranked 3rd in the nation at 152 by FloWrestling and is the most decorated wrestler in the field in both freestyle and folkstyle. Fox Lane’s Matt Grippi is a 2X state finalist and he will definitely hand with Teemer as will Ryan Luth from Foran, CT. Wyoming Seminary’s Benny Baker is also at 152 and will contend for a title here. Some others to keep an eye on include John Carl Petretti from Shoreham Wading River, Cooper Kropman from Penfield, Jack Chesman from Pearl River, Joe Gannone from Eastport South Manor, and Charlie Grygas from Duanesburg. Section 9 has a few guys looking at placing too including Tyler Serafini (NFA), William Harrison (Port Jervis),and Tristen Schiafo (Red Hook).
Section 9 Entries
Tyler Serafini (NFA), William Harrison (Pot Jervis), Tristen Schiafo (Red Hook), Carter Stewart (Monroe Woodbury), Nick Albornoz (Minisink Valley), Destin Morano (Middletown), Joe Velazquez (Middletown), and Matt Schuyler (Cornwall)
This could come down to the battle of the “Jakes”…Silverstein and Hendricks! Jake Hendricks from Wyoming Seminary is currently ranked 10th in the nation at 160 while Jake Silverstein from Hauppauge is ranked #17 at 152. This will not be a two-horse race however! Chris Barker from Fairport is as tough as they come and you can’t look past Minisink Valley senior Timmy Ganuncio or Jake Nolan from Saranac. Pine Bush senior Shaun Burgos won the Mid Hidson Tournament and has looked very solid this year and definitely keep an eye on Matt Rogers from Wantagh!
There are a few guys in contention here but we have to consider Ballston Spa senior Tyler Barnes the favorite at 170. He won the ESC and NYS titles at this weight last season and is currently ranked 17th in the nation! Wyoming Seminary’s Jake Stefanowicz just placed 7th at the Powerade and will do well here as will 2X state finalist Ross McFarland from Phoenix. A few others who will definitely contend for a medal here are James Langan from Wantagh, Dillon Ross from Onteora, Jason Butler from Port Jervis, David Miele-Estrella, and Camrin Galvin from Fulton.
Section 9 Entries
Dillon Ross (Onteora), Jason Butler (Port Jervis), Brian Mascaro (Wallkill), and Matt Bucci (Saugerties)
This is definitely one of the most wide open weight classes in the tournament with several wrestlers entered with a legitimate chance at winning! Jake Logan from New Rochelle finished 4th in NYS last year and has been nationally ranked and he will definitely be one of the favorites as will Minisink Valley senior Joey Yanis who is currently undefeated! Hilton junior Sammy Deprez keeps getting better and will likely place high, and we should definitely keep our eyes on Angelo Petrakis from Massapequa. A few others to watch for include Charlie Mahon from Elmira, Mike Sabella from Mount Sinai, Chance Lapier from Ausable Valley, and Jake Cook from Ballston Spa.
Section 9 Entries
Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley), Darnell Kornegay (Middletown), Alex Miller (NFA), and Anthony Owen (Saugerties)
195 is another weight where several wrestlers will be in contention for the title but let’s start with Wantagh senior Jonathan Loew. He finished 3rd in NYS last season but he has had a very impressive off season and is nationally ranked at #14 according to Intermat. Loew isn’t the only nationally ranked wrestler entered here as Austin Cooley from Wyoming Seminary is ranked 17th by Intermat and 12th by FloWrestling. Long Beach senior Elijah Rodriguez was the 195 pound ESC champ last year and will definitely be in contention to repeat! Qasim Khan from Foran, MA is a 2X state finalist and will be tough here as will Lancaster’s Joe Andreessen who placed 5th in NYS last year and Fox Lane’s Johnny Santos. Another hammer to watch here is Doug Simmons from Canastota; he placed 7th at last year’s ESC and placed 2nd in NYS D2 last year and let’s not sleep on the always dangerous Maxx DeCapua from NFA!
Section 9 Entries:
Maxx DeCapua (NFA), Andrew Wierzbicki (Warwick), Ryan Hobson (Red Hook), Anton Juncaj (Minisink Valley), and Julius Oquendo (Middletown)
220 is another very open weight class with no clear cut favorite. Joe Benedict from South Jefferson/Sandy Creek is a 2X state finalist and he placed 4th at last year’s Eastern States Classic at 195. Halil Gecaj took 3rd at this weight at last year’s ESC and placed 7th in NYS and will definitely do well in this bracket as will Sem’s Michael Doggett who took 7th at this year’s Powerade. A few others to look out for include William Leonard from Cornwall, Aiden Lilly from New Rochelle, Josh McMillan from Horace Greeley, and Boaz Smart from Bellmore-JFK.
Section 9 Entries
Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley), William Leonard (Cornwall), David Strauss (Monroe Woodbury), and Mark Crisfied (Valley Central)
There is only one wrestler entered in the bracket that placed in his state tournament last season – Deonte Wilson from Amityville. Wilson finished 2nd in NYS, 3rd at this weight in last year’s Classic, and is ranked 11th in the nation by Intermat. Trentyn Rupert from Newark Valley placed 6th at 220 at last year’s ESC and will do well as will Wyoming Seminary’s Antonio Cutrie. A few others to watch here are Andrew Fenner from Minisink Valley, Joey Slackman from Commack, Jake Stangle from Ballston Spa, and Tim Nagosky from Smithtown West.
Section 9 Entries
Andrew Fenner (Minisink Valley), Liam Dietrich (Red Hook), Preston Havison (Monroe Woodbury), Bryce Moore (Valley Central)