Team Vision at Columbus Day Duals

Section 9 based Team Vision

Coach Brian Vutianitis and Vision WC are down in York, PA at the Columbus Day Duals this weekend.  Vision is a Section 9 based wrestling club which includes some of the best local wrestlers including 2018 Section 9 champs Justin Morales (Middletown) and Tyler Serafini (Newburgh Free Academy).

A handful of other local wrestlers are also competing for other clubs including Nick Fea (RedWolf Red), Nikko Walsh (Empire Black), and Frank Fea (RedWolf Red).

Live results are available on TrackWrestling and full local results will be posted here by Sunday evening!  Best of luck to all competitors!!!


Askey Wins Journeymen OverFlo…Advances to Classic!!!

Pine Bush junior Askey

Congratulations to Pine Bush junior Tommy Askey for grinding his way through the 145 bracket at the Journeymen OverFlo Tournament!  By winning his weight class, Askey has earned the right to compete in Sunday’s main event, The Journeymen Classic!  Congratulations Tommy….Great job and best of luck!!!


145 Champion: Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, junior)
Rd 16: Askey wbf 1:45 Alvez (CT)
Quarters: Askey maj. dec 10-2 Smith (NC)
Semis: Askey maj. dec. 13-2 Dickerson (MI)
Finals: Askey dec 6-3 Thompson (IL)

Other Section 9 Participants:
106: Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville, freshman) 3-2 DNP
Rd. 16: Harrington (CT) wbf 3:29 Marchese
Consie: Marchese tech. fall 17-2 Seymour (PA)
Consie: Marchese dec. 5-0 Bodie (PA)
Consie: Carter (NJ) wbf 1:24 Marchese

130: Tommy Maddox (Washingtonville, senior) 2-2 DNP
Rd 16: Maddox wbf 1:35 Nichols (CT)
Quarters: Maddox dec 12-7 DiGiovanni (NJ)
Semis: Demasco (NY) dec 9-2 Maddox
Consie: Coleman (PA) wbf :23 Maddox

130: Jordan Suarez (Minisink Valley, junior) 1-2 DNP
Rd 16: Cullen (NY) wbf 1:34 Suarez
Consie: Suarez dec 5-3 Passanmante (RI)
Consie: Digiovanni (NJ) wbf 1:52 Suarez

135: Pat Ross (Onteora, sophomore) 2-2 DNP
Rd 16 – bye
Quarters: Leon (NJ) maj. dec 8-0 Ross
Consie: Ross dec 11-5 Matiella (CA)
Consie: Smith (NJ) tech fall 4:21 Ross

140: Nick Ross (Onteora, sophomore) 1-2 DNP
Rd 16: Laurie (CT) dec 7-2 Ross
Consie: Ross wbf :53 Welch (CT)
Consie: Marko (NJ) maj. dec 10-2 Ross

160: Kraig Thomas (Wallkill, senior) 2-2 DNP
Rd 16: Thomas – bye
Quarters: Thomas dec 3-2 Anderson (UT)
Semis: Cordio (MA) dec 4-0 Thomas
Consie: Morgan (NJ) wbf :40 Thomas

Journeymen Classic…Less Than 2 Weeks Away

Let’s take a look a the Section 9 wrestlers who are currently entered in the 2018 Journeymen Fall Classic and OverFlo Tournaments.  The OverFlo will take place on Saturday October 6th while the main event, The Classic, will go down on Sunday the 7th!!!  The tournament takes place at the Union College Memorial Field House in Schenectady, NY. There are a few local kids on the wait list so this list could change over the next week or so.  Good luck boys!!!

Journeymen Classic
120 – Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, senior)
152 – Nathan Ross (Onteora, junior)

Journeymen OverFlo
106 – Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville, freshman)
130 – Tommy Maddox (Washingtonville, senior)
135 – Patrick Ross (Onteora, sophomore)
140 – Nicholas Ross (Onteora, sophomore)
140 – Joseph McGinty (Monroe Woodbury, junior)
145 – Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, junior)
160 – Kraig Thomas (Wallkill, senior)

2018 National Wrestling HOF Ceremony

The 2018 National Wrestling Hall of Fame Upstate NY Chapter induction ceremony was a huge success! Over 350 people packed the ballroom at the Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center in East Syracuse to watch the 2018 inductees recognized for their contributions to the greatest sport on Earth, wrestling! Congratulations once again to all of those inducted especially Section 9’s own Mark Faller.  Dr. Faller is a Port Jervis HS graduate and, after finishing his undergraduate work at Harvard with degrees in physics and psychology, returned to his alma mater to become one of the most successful coaches in Section 9 history.  Congratulations Coach…very well deserved!  Also special kudos to former Valley Central coach and fellow Hall of Famer Bob Zifchock for doing a great job serving as the master of ceremony!  Coach Zifchock was also kind enough to share the below picture which includes all of the 2018 inductees!

Scott Freischlag, Patrick Greene, Gene Tracy, Mark Faller, Mike Connors, Frank Popolizio, Michael Wilcox, Betsy Veysman, Michael Hogan

Former Port Jervis Coach Mark Faller To Be Inducted Into Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Popolizio, Conners, Hogan, Freischlag, and Tracy Also Get the Nod; Veysman from New York Wrestling News to be Honored As Well!

Ed Banach, Steve Banach, Coach Mark Faller, and Lou Banach

Well another Section 9 alum is being inducted into the Upstate NY Chapter of the Nation Wrestling Hall of Fame!  Congratulations to former Port Jervis wrestling coach Mark Faller for being part of the 2018 induction class! The induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 23 in East Syracuse.

Faller graduated from Port Jervis in 3 years and attended Harvard where he would excel both on and off the mat. He was an alternate for the 1976 Olympics in Greco Roman. Faller would return to Port Jervis where he led the Red Raiders, including Ed, Lou, and Steve Banach, to an incredible 70-2-1 record from 1975-1980.  Faller left Port Jervis to take over as head wrestling coach for Division 1 Franklin & Marshall where he would finish with a 122-104-1 coaching record without the benefit of athletic scholarships! From there, Faller moved to Georgia to earn his Ph.D. and then moved to Anchorage, Alaska where he was a psychology professor at Alaska Pacific University. Coach Faller is now retired and resides in Knoxville, TN. Congratulations Mark…Section 9 is proud to call you one of our own!

Also being inducted into the 2018 HOF Class are:
Frank Popolizio – Journeymen Wrestling and Shenendehowa HS
Michael Connors – Fulton HS and Oswego State
Scott Freischlag – Wayne Central School District
Michael Hogan – Peru Central School District
Gene Tracy – Section III Wrestling Official

A few others will be receiving special recognition for their contribution to the sport of wrestling and I would be remiss if I did not give special mention to Betsy Veysman.  Betsy will receive the Stanbro Media Award for her work in promoting the sport of wrestling.  Betsy founded which has quickly become the most followed and trusted media resource for amateur wrestling in New York State…period! During her tenure at the site she worked tirelessly to post articles, results, and rankings were simply unparalleled! Congratulations my friend…very well deserved!

Congratulations to all of the 2018 inductees!!!


Vespa Commits to Penn State

Jake Varner, Cody Sanderson, Marco Vespa, Casey Cunningham, Cael Sanderson

Congratulations to Monroe Woodbury senior Marco Vespa who has made the decision to continue his academic and athletic future at Penn State University.  Vespa is already a 5X Section 9 placewinner, 4X Section 9 finalist, 3X Section 9 champion and a 2X NYS placewinner.  Marco finished 4th in the state as a sophomore at 113 and 3rd in the state at 120 last season.

Vespa will be joining the most powerful wrestling program in the nation. Penn State has won 7 on the last 8 NCAA D1 wrestling championships and they have crowned 19 individual national champions during that same span. Great job Marco…Section 9 strong, Section 9 proud!!!!

Sanction New York Girls Wrestling Update

Earlier this summer, Section 9 coordinators met with New York State Public High School Athletic Association representatives, including Executive Director Robert Zayas, to discuss the process of making girls wrestling a varsity sport sometime in the future. The first step, according to Section 9 Wrestling chairman Jeff Cuilty, would be the creation of an all-girls sectional tournament which could become a reality as early as the 2019-2020 season.  In order to have girls wrestling sanctioned by NYSPHSAA as its own sport, there will need to be at least 4 sections with 4 varsity teams.  In order for the girls to have their own state tournament, there will need to be 6 sections involved in the initiative.  Let’s continue to lead the way Section 9!!!

Check out the Poughkeepsie Journal article by Stephen Hayes about this topic!

Steps To Make Girls Wrestling A Varsity Sport
by Stephen Hayes
Poughkeepsie Journal