Washingtonville finished second out of 14 teams at Wednesday’s Michael O’Connell Wrestling Tournament in Pearl River. Section One’s Tappan Zee won the team title with 147 points to Washingtonville’s 112.5. The Wizards placed eight wrestlers in the top four including the champion at 170, senior Colin Casey. Also placing for Washingtonville were Bryan Mongiello (2nd @ 120), Luke Harrison (4th @ 132), Mark Milisci (3rd @ 138), Francesco Pichardo (4th @ 152), Andrew Bragado (4th @ 160), Sam Weinger (2nd @ 220), and Stephen Melgar (3rd @ 285).
Ellenville and Tuxedo also competed in the tournament. Tuxedo’s 106 pounder Dylan Lynn finished 2nd losing an OT decision in the finals. Congratulations to all!
Minisink Valley traveled into the wrestling rich state of New Jersey on Tuesday and placed 6th in the team race against some top-notch competition at the Cougar Classic held at Kittatinny High School. The Warriors were led by freshman Michael Raccioppi who won the 106 pound weight class and remains undefeated on the season. Also placing for the Warriors were Mason Rambrose (2nd @ 113), Devyn Fennell (4th @ 145), Anthony Sannella (3rd @ 182), Luke Durland (4th @ 195) and Shane Hanlon (3rd @ 220).
With six finalists, and no fewer that 10 place-winners, host Kittitinny ran away with the team title. Although a relatively small tournament in terms of numbers (usually around 10 teams), the Cougar Classic has had its share of superstar individual performers. Over the past several years, some of the champions of this tournament have included: * Damion Hahn – 2X D1 NCAA Champ for University of Minnesota * Matt Valenti – 2X D1 NCAA Champ for University of Pennsylvania * Will Livingston – 2X D3 All American (Livingston pinned Jordan Burroughs in HS!) * Derek Valenti – NCAA D1 All American at University of Virginia!
Fresh off their debut as the 20th ranked D2 wrestling program in New York, Onteora headed upstate on Friday and successfully defended their title at Oneonta Midnight Madness Duals. Christian Smith, Kyle Vanvalkenburg, Austin Weigel, and Dustin Mackenzie all went 4-0 for Onteora. Congratulations to Lou Chartrand and the Onteora wrestling program!
For the past 23 years, head wrestling coaches Jeff Cuilty of NFA and Don Blaine of Cornwall have watched their respective teams go to battle dozens of times. On Thursday, however, they faced each other for the first time as NYS Wrestling Hall of Fame members. In fact, is was one of the few times ever that Hall of Fame coaches have squared off in a dual meet in New York State. Coach Cuilty and Coach Blaine, along with long-time Section 9 referee Wayne Carroll, were inducted into the HOF during the NYS Championship Tournament held in Albany last February.
Thursday’s dual meet was won by NFA by a score of 40-27; NFA won 9 of the 15 bouts including two pins and two forfeits. In a bout between ranked wrestlers at 126 pounds, NFA senior John Derham defeated Cornwall sophomore Brett Johnson by an 8-3 margin. The anticipated showdown between Cornwall’s Sean Sweeney and NFA’s Johnny Bastone never happened as Sweeney did not dress for the dual meet. NFA 40 Cornwall 27
Although the outcome of the dual meet was never in question, there were a few marquee match-ups, as well as a great charity event, which made for an exciting evening of wrestling at Warwick on Thursday. Proceeds from the dual went to “Pinning Down Cancer.”
On the strength of 4 pins and 4 forfeits, Warwick, the #3 ranked team in NYS, dominated Port Jervis 54-25. The dual meet, however, did feature two marquee match-ups between ranked wrestlers; both matches lived up to their billing. At 145 pounds, Warwick’s Shane Connolly defeated Port’s Dylan Muller by a score of 2-0. Connolly, a 4X Section 9 champion, scored the only points of the match with a takedown at the end of the first period. At 160 pounds, Warwick’s Ryan Bedross narrowly defeated Travis Edwards 3-2. The other potential headline match could have taken place at 152 pounds where many in attendance anticipated a showdown between Warwick’s Kyle Weirzbicki and Port’s Bret Sauschuck. Weirzbicki was injured, however, and did not dress for the dual. Click below for complete boxscore.
The New York State Sportswriter’s Association has released their initial team rankings for the 2011-2012 wrestling season. It is with great pride that I report the release of these state rankings as there are three D1 Section 9 teams ranked in the top 11 and two D2 Section 9 teams ranked in the top 20!!! Warwick Valley #3, Monroe Woodbury #8, and Minisink Valley #11 all cracked the large school rankings, while Red Hook #19 and Onteora #20 made the list for small schools. Congratulations to all these programs…you are putting Section 9 back on the map!!! Below is the complete list of both the D1 and D2 rankings as compiled by Glen Irving of the Sportswriter’s Association.
Large School – D1Small School – D2 1. Wantagh – 8 (tie) 1. Phoenix – 3 1. Shenedehowa – 2 (tie) 2. Fredonia – 6 3. Warwick – 9 3. Peru – 7 4. Fox Lane – 1 4. Midlakes – 5 5. Spencerport – 5 5. Warsaw – 5 6. Fulton – 3 6. Greene – 4 7. Sachem East – 11 7. Palmyra Macedon – 5 8. Monroe Woodbury – 9 8. Holland Patent – 3 9. Longwood – 11 9. Royalton-Hartland – 6 10. Hauppague – 11 10. South Jefferson – 3 11. Minisink Valley – 9 11. Oyster Bay – 8 12. Queensbury – 2 12. BGA – 4 13. St. Anthony’s – CHSAA 13. Locust Valley – 8 14. Connetquot – 11 14. Hudson Falls – 2 15. Columbia – 2 15. Beekmantown – 7 16. MacArthur – 8 16. Holley – 5 17. Eastport-South Manor-11 17. Bayport-Blue Point-11 18. Brentwood-11 18. Windsor-4 19. Indian River-3 19. Red Hook-9 20. Penfield-5 20. Onteora-9 tie Webster Schroeder-5 tie Duanesburg-2 tie Union-Endicott-4 tie Corinth-2
Tune into kjbroadcasting.com tonight at 7:00 for another installment of The Section 9 Wrestling Talk Show. Tonight’s guest are Port Jervis Coach Eric Hartmann as well as PJ wrestlers Bret Sauschuck and Travis Edwards. Mike and Tim will review the week that was, preview the week that will be, and, of course, release their new rankings!
Highland crowns 5 champions to wins Lourdes Tournament! Austin Ingraham (113), Sal Mazella (145), Sam Cruz (152), AJ Buchanan (170), and Kevin Rivera (285) all took home titles as Highland edged host Lourdes 282 to 262 in the team race.
Mahopac defeats Valley Central for 1st place at Tri-State Holiday Tournament! Click below for a summary of the team results. (Individual results will appear in the “Results” section, as well as on each team’s personal page, as they become available.) Tri-State Holiday Tournament
Monroe Woodbury goes 4-0 at Montgomery County Duals. Vinny Vespa and AJ Voelker go 4-0!