NHSCA Nationals in Virginia Beach

Let’s take a look at how our local wrestlers are doing down in Virginia Beach for the NHSCA Nationals! For this tournament, wrestlers are separated by weight and grade….plus they now have a girls only division! Good luck Section 9!!!

Senior Division
113 – Joe Habert (Minisink Valley)
Rd 32: Rowland (FL) dec 9-2 Habert
Consi 32 #2: Cartwright (AZ) dec 3-1 Habert
138 – Mat Malheiro (Highland)
Rd 64: Cook (NJ) dec 9-5 Malheiro
Consi 32 #1: Malheiro dec 4-1 Cutright (WV)
Consi 32 #2: Blando (NY) dec 4-0 Malheiro
145 – Nicholas Albornoz (Minisink Valley)
Rd 64: Albornoz dec 10-4 Corwin (NC)
Rd 32: Lundy (TN) dec 11-7 Albornoz
Consi 32 #2: Albornoz wbf 3:36 Silver (VA)
Consi 16 #1: Caltagirone (RI) wbf 1:42 Albornoz
152 – Robert Estevez (Monroe Woodbury)
Rd 64: Daugherty II (MD) wbf 2:53 Estevez
Consi 32 #1: Akers (VA) wbf :41 Estevez
152 – Frank Fea (Goshen)
Rd 64: Fea dec 6-0 Cabinta (NH)
Rd 32: Starks (SC) dec 6-5 Fea
Consi 32 #2: Martin (NC) dec 5-3 sv Fea
195 – Sam Santander (Monroe Woodbury)
Rd 64: Santander wbf 3:07 Guess (NC)
Rd 32: Andrew (FL) wbf :51 Santander
Consi 32 #1: Carson (WV) default Santander

Junior Division
120 – Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley)
Rd 128: Masters (GA) dec 12-6 Picariello
Consi 64 #1: Burrage (NC) default Picariello
126 – John Antonelli (Marlboro)
Rd 64: Antonelli dec 6-2 Robertson (CO)
Rd 32: Krolikowski (NE) wbf 2:29 Antonelli
Consi 32 #2: White (PA) dec 5-0 Antonelli
145 – Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury)
Rd 128: McGinty wbf 3:19 Minnick (OH)
Rd 64: McGinty maj 10-2 Otwell (VA)
Rd 32: McGinty maj 9-1 Rezac (PA)
Rd 16: Castillo (FL) dec 6-4 McGinty
Consi 16 #2: Mahoney (LA) dec 3-2 McGinty
152 – Tommy Askey (Pine Bush)
Rd 128: Askey maj 11-2 Jones (VA)
Rd 64: Lasure (OH) dec 5-0 Askey
Consi 64 #2: Askey dec 3-1 sv Smith (CO)
Consi 32 #1: Askey dec 7-1 Santos (GA)
Consi 32 #2: Askey dec 7-2 Hackworth (FL)
Consi 16 #1: Everdale (PA) dec 4-1 Askey
152 – Nathan Ross (Onteora)
Rd 128: Ross dec 7-0 Scanlon (NJ)
Rd 64: Ross dec 11-9 Bell (OH)
Rd 32: Box (NM) dec 8-2 Ross
Consi 32 #2: Ross dec 1-0 Bradley (MO)
Consi 16 #1: Case (NY) dec 4-2 Ross
160 – Chris McLaughlin (Minisink Valley)
Rd 128: Weissinger (OH) wbf 5:29 McLaughlin
Consi 64 #1: McLaughlin wbf :28 Strickland (NC)
Consi 64 #2: Schakelford (KY) dec 6-3 McLaughlin
160 – Bryce Horner (Port Jervis)
Rd 128: Willhelm (MD) wbf 1:26 Horner
Consi 64 #1: Langston (GA) dec 4-1 Horner
220 – James Oosterom (Port Jervis)
Rd 64: Oosteron wbf 2:45 Carlton (GA)
Rd 32: Coffey (TN) wbf 4:19 Oosterom
Consi 32 #2: Oosterom wbf :30 Funovitz (PA)
Consi 16 #1: Oosterom wbf 2:29 Gue (VA)
Consi 16 #2: Kaplan (FL) wbf 3:25 Oosterom

Sophomore Division
113 – Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley)
Rd 128: Smith (WV) dec 9-8 Walsh
Consi 64 #1: Triscornia (KS) dec 2-0 Walsh
132 – Brian Lombardi (Minisink Valley)
Rd 64: Lombardi wbf 5:47 Penturf (OH)
Rd 32: McCrary (GA) tech 21-5 Lombardi
Consi 32 #2: Kleyman (NY) dec 4-3 Lombardi
138 – Patrick Ross (Onteora)
Rd 64: Mastrionni (CT) dec 7-0 Ross
Consi 64 #2: Ross dec 5-1 Snyder (NY)
Consi 32 #1: Preston (KY) dec 4-0 Ross
145 – Nick Ross (Onteora)
Rd 64: Ross tf 16-1 Ball (NC)
Rd 32: Ross wbf :49 Gaskin (VA)
Rd 16: Corrado dec 2-1 Ross (PA)
Consi 16 #2: Brunson (OR) dec 4-2 Ross
170 – Adian Maduro (Highland)
Rd 64: Rallo (MD) dec 8-2 Maduro
Consi 32 #2: Maduro dec 7-3 Thomas (DE)
Consi 16 #1: Streck (IN) wbf 3:27 Maduro
195 – Carson Henry (Minisink Valley)
Rd 64: Oliver (LA) wbf 3:38 Henry
Consi 32 #2: Henry dec 9-5 Tamburin (WV)
Consi 16 #1: Dobson (AZ) wbf 3:19 Henry
285 – Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley)
Rd 64: Fenner wbf 2:15 Watson (CA)
Rd 32: Fenner wbf 2:47 Gardner (VA)
Rd 16: Fenner wbf 1:17 Lawson (AL)
Quarters: Miller (PA) dec 5-2 Fenner
Consi 8 #2: Fenner dec 3-1 Horner (NJ)
Consi 4: Fenner maj 12-0 Kemp (MA)
Consi Semis: Fenner dec 4-3 Hudson (DE)
3rd/4th: Fenner dec 2-1 Miller (PA)..Adam takes 3rd place!!!

Freshman Division
113 – Nick Fea (Goshen/Wyoming Seminary)
Rd 128: Fea wbf :57 Gray (MA)
Rd 64: Fea tf 19-3 Chapman (KY)
Rd 32: Fea wbf 1:11 Hahs (IL)
Rd 16: Fea maj 10-0 Schwisher (PA)
Quarters: Fea dec 8-4 Nini (FL)
Semis: Fea maj 12-4 Holloway (VA)
Finals: Fea dec 3-2 Larkin (AZ)…Nicky is a National Champ!
138 – George Racz (Minisink Valley)
Rd 64: Henderson (VA) maj 19-10 Racz
Consi 32 #1: Racz wbf 1:44 Acque (NJ)
Consi 32 #2: Racz wbf 1:45 Spreder (VA)
Consi 16 #1: Heiselman (SC) wbf :41 Racz
138 – Eric Tigue (Port Jervis)
Rd 64: Ragland (VA) wbf 3:31 Tigue
Consi 32 #1: Tigue dec 7-0 Tollman (PA)
Consi 32 #2: Tigue dec 7-3 Goss (KY)
Consi 16 #1: Tigue maj 10-0 Burton (GA)
Consi 16 #2: Ross (NC) dec 5-2 Tigue
160 – Logan Smith (Highland)
Rd 32: Ewen (OH) wbf 3:31 Smith
Consi 16 #1: Bergin (CT) tf 15-0 Smith

Middle School Division
119 – Andrew Filip (Minisink Valley)
Rd 64: Filip dec 9-7 Fox (FL)
Rd 32: Filip wbf 3:15 Proffitt (VA)
Rd 16: Filip dec 1-0 Bambinelli (GA)
Quarters: Fullmer (PA) maj 10-2 Filip
Consi 8 #2: Murray (NC) maj 10-2 Filip
154 – AJ Fricchione (Minisink Valley)
Rd 16: Fricchione tf 16-0 Knight (AL)
Quarters: Fricchione tf 15-0 Phillips (GA)
Semis: Fricchione dec 6-2 Brothers (WV)
Finals: Fricchione dec 11-8 Cordio (MA)…AJ is a National Champ!!
165 – Ethan Gallo (Minisink Valley)
Rd 16: Gallo wbf 1:30 Baldridge (OH)
Quarters: Gallo wbf 2:26 Hauck (AL)
Semis: Onello (NJ) dec 8-1 Gallo
Consi Semis: Gallo wbf 1:26 Bobersky (PA)
3rd/4th: Rhodes (NJ) dec 4-2 Gallo …Ethan takes 4th!!!

Girls Division
128 – Mia Macaluso (Minisink Valley)
Quarters: Macaluso wbf 1:10 Byroads (OK)
Semis: Macaluso wbf 1:24 Gonzales (CA)
Finals: Macaluso dec 7-2 Houston (WA)…Mia is a National Champ!!!
136 – Grace Pauls (Minisink Valley)
Quarters: Pauls wbf 2:24 Ogden (FL)
Semis: Pauls dec 5-1 Walters (NY)
Finals: Palmore (MD) dec 8-3 Pauls…Grace finishes 2nd!!!

2019 USA Wrestling USMC Girls Folkstyle Nationals

Congratulations to Minisink Valley freshman Sofia Macaluso for taking 1st place at the 2019 Oklahoma City USA Wrestling/USMC Girls Folkstyle Nationals in both the Junior Division and the 16U Division! Sofia was one of only two girls to win the title in both divisions. Macaluso went 11-0 for the tournament and recorded 5 wins via pin! Great job Sofia!!!

Fellow Minisink Valley Warriors Mia Macaluso and Grace Pauls also competing in the tournament and both left Oklahoma City with All-American hardware! Mia competed in the 132 pound Junior Division and made it all the way to the finals before dropping a 5-0 decision in the finals and taking home 2nd place honors. Pauls, wrestling at 138 in the Juniors, went 4-2 for the tournament and finished in 7th place. All four of her wins were by pin! Great job ladies…All-American ladies that is!!!

NCAA Results for NYS High School Grads and Army West Point

Army West Point Qualifiers
125 – Trey Chalifoux (Father Ryan HS, TN)
Prelim: Chalifoux dec 6-4 Girard (Bloomsburg)
Rd 32: Rivera (Northwestern) tech 21-6 Chalifoux
Consi 16 #1: Schroder (Purdue) maj 12-4 Chalifoux
141 – Corey Shie (LaSalle HS, OH)
Rd 32: Alber (U of Northern Iowa) dec 10-3 Shie
Consi 16 #1: Findlay (Utah Valley) maj 16-5 Shie
157 – Luke Weiland (Seckman HS, MO)
Rd 32: Weiland dec 4-0 Jaques (Misouri)
Rd 16: Panteleo (Michigan) dec 5-3 Weiland
Consi 16 #2: Hartman (Bucknell) dec 6-5 Weidland
165 – Cael McCormick (Yorktown HS, IN)
Rd 32: McCormick wbf 2:28 Romero (Utah Valley)
Rd 16: Lewis (VA Tech) dec 4-1 McCormick
Consi 16 #2: Gunther (Illinios) dec 5-4 TB2 McCormick
174 – Ben Harvey (Indianapolis Cathedral HS, IN)
Rd 32: Harvey dec 8-3 Lydy (Purdue)
Rd 16: Harvey dec 5-3 sv McFadden (VA Tech)
Quarters: Valencia (Arizona St) wbf 2:12 Harvey
Consi 8 #2: Skatzka (Minnesota) maj 11-2 Harvey
184 – Noah Stewart (Mifflin County HS, PA)
Rd 32: Dean (Cornell) maj 13-2 Stewart
Consi 16 #1: Stewart dec 6-4 Gravina (Rutgers)
Consi 16 #2: L. Deprez (Binghamton) dec 6-1 Stewart
197 – Rocco Caywood (Perrysburg HS, OH)
Rd 32: Lane (Cal Poly) dec 8-2 Caywood
Consi 16 #1: Phipps (Bucknell) dec 7-0 Caywood

NYS High School Grads Who Qualified
125 – Nick Piccininni (Ok St, Ward Melville – Section 11)
Rd 32: Piccinnini wbf 1:43 Meink (Campbell)
Rd 16: Piccinnini maj 13-2 Oliver (Indiana)
Quarters: Piccinnini dec 9-5 Glory (Princeton)
Semis: Lee (Iowa) dec 11-4 Piccinnini
Consi Semis: Arujau (Cornell) dec 5-1 Piccinnini (OK State)
5th/6th: Piccinnini (OK State) wbf 5:30 Glory (Princeton)
125 – Vito Arujau (Cornell, Syosset – Section 8)
Rd 32: Arujau maj 12-2 Heinselman (Ohio St.)
Rd 16: Arujau maj 12-2 Foley (Michigan State)
Quarters: Rivera (Northwestern) dec 6-2 Arujau
Consi 8 #2: Arujau maj 11-3 Fausz (NC State)
Consi 4 #1: Ajujau dec 8-5 Bresser (Oregon St)
Consi Semis: Arujau (Cornell) dec 5-1 Piccinnini (OK St)
3rd/4th: Rivera (Northwestern) dec 8-3 Arujau (Cornell)
133 – Derek Spann (Buffalo, Adirondack – Section 3)
Rd 32: Erneste (Missouri) maj 8-0 Spann
Consi 16 #1: Tucker (Cornell) dec 5-3 Spann
141 – Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell, Hilton – Section 5)
Rd 32: Diakomihalis dec 10-5 Lipari (Rurgers)
Rd 16: Diakomihalis dec 7-3 Red (Nebraska)
Quarters: Diakomihalis dec 5-1 Demas (Oklahoma)
Semis: Diakomihalis dec 6-5 Eierman (Missouri)
Finals: Diakomihalis (Cornell) dec 6-4 sv McKenna (Ohio St)
141 – Anthony Sparacio (Binghamton, N Babylon – Section 11)
Rd 32: Carr (Illinois) dec 8-2 Sparacio
Consi 16 #1: Moran (Wisconsin) dec 7-4 Sparacio
141 – Bryan Lantry (Buffalo, Wayne – Section 5)
Rd 32: Brock (Oklahoma State) maj 12-3 Lantry
Consi 16 #1: Willits (Oregon St) wbf 6:18 Lantry
149 – Parker Kropman (Drexel, Penfield – Section 5)
Rd 32: Finesilver (Duke) tech 17-1 Kropman
Consi 16 #1: Smith (Chattanooga) dec 6-3 Kropman
157 – Alex Smythe (Buffalo, Eden – Section 6)
Rd 32: Pantaleo (Michigan) maj 16-3 Smythe
Consi 16 #1: Jaques (Missouri) dec 7-3 Smythe
165 – Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider, East Islip – Section 11)
Rd 32: Dellavecchia dec 9-2 Skidgel (Navy)
Rd 16: Shields (Arizona St) maj 10-2 Dellavecchia
Consi 16 #2: Dellavecchia maj 14-6 Kiussus (West Virginia)
Consi 8 #1: Massa (Michigan) maj 11-3 Dellavecchia
165 – Troy Keller (Buffalo, North Tonowanda – Section 6)
Rd 32: Massa (Michigan) maj 15-3 Keller
Consi 16 #1: Keller dec 7-2 Martin (Indiana)
Consi 16 #2: Campbell (Ohio State) wbf 1:12 Keller
174 – Vincent Deprez (Binghamton, Hilton- Section 5)
Rd 32: McFadden (VA Tech) dec 4-0 Deprez
Consi 16 #1: Lydy (Purdue) dec 3-1 sv Deprez
184 – Louie Deprez (Binghamton, Hilton – Section 5)
Rd 32: Deprez maj 11-3 Reinhardt (Wisconsin)
Rd 16: Foster (Northern Iowa) dec 7-1 Deprez
Consi 16 #2: Deprez dec 6-1 Stewart (Army)
Consi 8 #1: Deprez dec 4-2 sv Caffey (Michigan St)
Consi 8 #2: Preisch (Lehigh) dec 3-0 Deprez
184 – Shakur Rasheed (Penn State, Longwood – Section 11)
Rd 32: Rasheed maj 11-2 Parker (Princeton)
Rd 16: Ness (North Carolina) dec 8-5 Rasheed
Consi 16 #2: Rasheed maj 9-1 McNally (Kent State)
Consi 8 #1: Geer (Oklahoma St) dec 4-2 Rasheed
184 – Kevin Parker (Princeton, Shenendehowa – Section 2)
Rd 32: Rasheed (Penn State) maj 11-2 Parker
Consi 16 #1: Samuelson (Wyoming) maj 14-2 Parker
197 – Tom Lane (Cal Poly, Garden City – Section 8)
Rd 32: Lane dec 8-2 Caywood (Army)
Rd 16: Lane dec 4-2 Warner (Iowa)
Quarters: Brucki (Princeton) dec 4-3 Lane
Consi 8 #2: Honis (Cornell) dec 8-5 Lane (Cal Poly)
197 – Ben Honis (Cornell, Jamesville DeWitt – Section 3)
Rd 32: Jakobsen (Lehigh) dec 8-5 Honis
Consi 16 #1: Honis dec 8-6 Bulsak (Clarion)
Consi 16 #2: Honis dec 9-7 sv Aiello (Virginia)
Consi 8 #1: Honis dec 10-5 Laird (Rider)
Consi 8 #2: Honis (Cornell) dec 8-5 Lane (Cal Poly)
Consi 4 #1: Miklus (Iowa State) dec 7-5 Honis (Cornell)
7th/8th: Warner (Iowa) dec 8-4 Honis (Cornell)
197 – Brett Perry (Buffalo, John Jay East Fishkill – Section 1)
Rd 32: Moore (Ohio State) maj 12-3 Perry
Consi 16 #1: Perry dec 3-2 Diabe (App St)
Consi 16 #2: Hokit (Fresno State) dec 6-3 Perry
285 – Yousiff Hemida (Maryland, Mamaroneck – Section 1)
Rd 32: Hemida dec 7-1 Sweaney (Cornell)
Rd 16: Hillger (Wisconsin) dec 2-0 Hemida
Consi 16 #2: Hemida wbf 4:43 Gremmel (Iowa State)
Consi 8 #1: Hemida wbf 5:52 Orndorff (Utah Valley)
Consi 8 #2: Hemida dec 7-4 Stoll (Iowa)
Consi 4 #1: Hemida dec 6-2 Stencel (Central Michigan)
Consi Semis: Steveson (Minnesota) dec 6-2 Hemida (Maryland)
5th/6th: Dhesi (Oregon St) dec 5-2 Hemida (Maryland)

2019 Pinning Down Autism Recap

The 2019 Pinning Down Autism All State Duals took place on Sunday and was once a again a huge success! Fans were treated to an incredible day of wrestling while raising money and awareness to a great cause! Special thanks to Jason Bross and Daniel Kelly for putting together this very special event!

2019 Champions Team New Jersey

This year’s PDA tournament showcased dual meets between Team NY, Team NJ, and Team Mid-Atlantic. When the dust settled, the team from the Garden State prevailed by going 2-0 on the day! The day began with Team NY defeating Team Mid-Atlantic 59-6. Section 9’s Maxx DeCapua (NFA) wrestled at 220 pounds for Team NY and notched an impressive 4-2 victory in the dual. The second dual of the afternoon featured an dominating 69-3 victory by Team NJ over Team Mid-Atlantic setting up the much anticipated final between NY and NJ! The beginning of the dual was all Team NY as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead but NJ picked up a huge win at 113 where they picked up an unexpected 6 points when NY’s Greg Diakomihalis, the #1 ranked 113 pound wrestler in the nation, was forced to injury default to Alex Almeyda. Team NY built up a 31-12 lead after an impressive 16-4 win by Kyle Mosher over Robert Kanniard in a battle of nationally ranked wrestlers, but Team NJ was too strong at the upper weights and reeled five straight bonus point wins from 170-285 and won the dual meet by a 39-31 margin!

Pinning Down Autism Founder Jason Bross with JWoww from The Jersey Shore

This year’s event also featured an exhibition freestyle match between NJ native Mario Mason and NY native Chris Perez. Mason, who wrestled at Blair Academy in high school before competing at Rutgers in college, defeated Perez 10-0. Perez went to MacArthur HS in Section 8 Long Island and wrestled at Princeton for 3 years before transferring to Indiana for his senior year. There was also a guest appearance on Sunday by Jenni Farley aka JWoww of Jersey Shore fame. JWoww supported the event and donated iPads and sensory bags on behalf of KultureCity, a non-profit organization that raises money for those on the autism spectrum.

Leonard Selected to Represent Team New York in Prelim to the Prestigious Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic; Gartiser to Serve as Assistant Coach

Congratulation to Cornwall senior Will Leonard and Monroe Woodbury coach John Gartiser for being selected to take part in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic! Leonard will be wrestling at 220 pounds for Team New York where Gartiser will serve as one of the assistant coaches. The event takes place tonight, Friday 3/15, and can be watched live on FloWrestling beginning at 6:00 PM.

An invitation to the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic, formerly the Dapper Dan Classic, is one of the most prestigious honors that can be bestowed upon a high school wrestler. The main event of the Classic, now in its 44th year, pits an all-star team of seniors from the US against an all-star team of seniors from Pennsylvania. In a preliminary dual, an all-star team of seniors from Western PA (WPIAL) squares off against an all-star team of seniors from another state – this year Western PA will be taking on Team New York! Let’s take a look at the teams that will be competing in this year’s Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic!

Prelim – Team New York vs Team WPIAL

Team New York
113 – Terry Adams (Monsignor Farrell, CHSAA) 3rd NYS D1
120 – James Ryan (Monsignor Farrell, CHSAA) 1st NYS D1
126 – Tyler Kellison (CBA, Section 3) 2nd NYS D1
132 – Alex Samson (Victor, Section 5) 1st NYS D1
138 – John Worthing (Tioga, Section 4) 1st NYS D2
145 – Hunter Shaut (Central Valley, Section 3) 1st NYS D2
152 – Zach Lawrence (Duanesburg, Section 2) 1st NYS D2
160 – Charlie Grygas (Duanesburg, Section 2) 3rd NYS D2
170 – Aaron Wolk (Horace Greeley, Section 1) 1st NYS D1
182 – Patrick Welsh (Olean, Section 6) 5th NYS D1
195 – Robbie Penhollow (Falconer, Section 6) 1st NYS D2
220 – Will Leonard (Cornwall, Section 9) 1st NYS D1
285 – Joey Slackman (Commack, Section 11) 1st NYS D1
Coaches: Rich Romeo, John Leone, John Gartiser

Team WPIAL
113 – Marino Angeliccio (Greater Latrobe) dnp PA
120 – Kyle Burkholder (Hempfield) 5th PA
126 – Kenny Hayman (Canon McMillan) 4th PA
132 – Colton Camacho (Franklin Regional) 2nd PA
138 – Nick Coy (Penn Trafford) 7th PA
145 – John Rocco Kazalas (Quaker Valley) 5th PA
152 – Cam Connor (Kiski Area) 2nd PA
160 – Colby Morris (Waynesburg) dnp PA
170 – Christian Clutter (McGuffey) 2nd PA
182 – Scott Joll (Belle Vernon) 3rd PA
195 – John Vargo (Bentworth) 5th PA
220 – Ogden Atwood (Armstrong) 8th PA
285 – Jake Slinger (Upper St. Claire) 2nd PA

The Main Event – Team USA vs Team Pennsylvania

Team USA
113 – Kurt McHenry (St. Pauls, MD) 3X National Prep Champ
120 – Eric Barnett (Hortonville, WI) 3X WI Champ
126 – Mike Colaiocco (Blair, NJ) 2X National Prep Champ
132 – Luke Baughman (Wadsworth, OH) 2019 5th in OH
138 – Jo Jo Aragona (Pope John, NJ) 1X NJ Champ
145 – Kevon Davenport (Detroit Catholic, MI) 4X MI Champ
152 – Cameron Amine (Detroit Catholic, MI) 3X MI Champ
160 – Zach Lawrence (Duanesburg, NY) 1X NY Champ
170 – Julian Ramirez (Blair, NJ) 3X National Prep Champ
182 – Abe Assad (Glenbard North, IL) 2X IL Champ
195 – Devin Winston (Park Hill, MO) 2X MO Champ
220 – Owen Trephan (Blair, NJ) 1X National Prep, 2X SC Champ
285 – John Birchmeier (Broad Run, VA) 4X VA Champ

Team Pennsylvania
113 – Beau Bayless (Reynolds) 1X PA Champ
120 – Sean Pierson (Nazareth) 1X PA Champ
126 – Darren Miller (Kiski Area) 1X PA Champ
132 – Julian Chlebove (Northhampton) 3X PA Champ
138 – Jacob Ealy (Hopewell) 1X PA Champ
145 – Ryan Anderson (Bethlehem Catholic) 2X PA Champ
152 – Ryan Vulakh (Pope John Paul) 1X PA Champ
160 – Dan Mancini (Owen J. Roberts) 1X PA Champ
170 – Edmond Ruth (Susquehanna Township) 2X PA Champ
182 – Carter Starocci (Cathedral Prep) 2X PA Champ
195 – Donovon Ball (Cedar Cliff) 2019 2nd in PA
220 – Jacob McMaster (Greenville) 1X PA Champ
285 – Kawaun DeBoe (Cathedral Prep) 1X PA Champ

18 New York HS Grads and 6 Army Black Knights Qualify for NCAA Division 1 Championships – Brackets

Congratulations to the 6 Army West Point wrestlers plus the 18 New York State high school graduates who have qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships! The tournament takes place next on 3/21 – 3/23 in Pittsburgh, PA. Let’s take a look at each of the wrestlers with NY ties who have qualified as well as the complete brackets! Congratulations men!

2019 NCAA D1 Brackets

Army West Point Qualifiers
125 – Trey Chalifoux (Father Ryan HS, TN)
Prelim: Chalifoux vs Girard (Bloomsburg)
141 – Corey Shie (LaSalle HS, OH)
Rd 32: Shie vs Alber (U of Northern Iowa)
157 – Luke Weiland (Seckman HS, MO)
Rd 32: Weiland vs Jaques (Misouri)
165 – Cael McCormick (Yorktown HS, IN)
Rd 32: McCormick vs Romero (Utah Valley)
174 – Ben Harvey (Indianapolis Cathedral HS, IN)
Rd 32: Harvey vs Lydy (Purdue)
184 – Noah Stewart (Mifflin County HS, PA)
Rd 32: Stewart vs Dean (Cornell)
197 – Rocco Caywood (Perrysburg HS, OH)
Rd 32: Caywood vs Lane (Cal Poly)

NYS High School Grads Who Qualified
125 – Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma St, Ward Melville – Section 11)
Rd 32: Piccinnini vs Meink (Campbell)
125 – Vito Arujau (Cornell, Syosset – Section 8)
Rd 32: Arujau vs Heinselman (Ohio St.)
133 – Derek Spann (Buffalo, Adirondack – Section 3)
Rd 32: Spann vs Erneste (Missouri)
141 – Yianni Diakomihalis (Cornell, Hilton – Section 5)
Rd 32: Diakomihalis vs Lipari (Rurgers)/Sanavol (N. Colorado)
141 – Anthony Sparacio (Binghamton, N Babylon – Section 11)
Rd 32: Sparacio vs Carr (Illinois)
141 – Bryan Lantry (Buffalo, Wayne – Section 5)
Rd 32: Lantry vs Brock (Oklahoma State)
149 – Parker Kropman (Drexel, Penfield – Section 5)
Rd 32: Kropman vs Finesilver (Duke)
157 – Alex Smythe (Buffalo, Eden – Section 6)
Rd 32: Smythe vs Pantaleo (Michigan)
165 – Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider, East Islip – Section 11)
Rd 32: Dellavecchia vs Skidgel (Navy)
165 – Troy Keller (Buffalo, North Tonowanda – Section 6)
Rd 32: Keller vs Massa (Michigan)
174 – Vincent Deprez (Binghamton, Hilton- Section 5)
Rd 32: Deprez vs McFadden (VA Tech)
184 – Louie Deprez (Binghamton, Hilton – Section 5)
Rd 32: Deprez vs Reinhardt (Wisconsin)
184 – Shakur Rasheed (Penn State, Longwood – Section 11)
Rd 32: Rasheed vs Parker (Princeton)
184 – Kevin Parker (Princeton, Shenendehowa – Section 2)
Rd 32: Parker vs Rasheed (Penn State)
197 – Tom Lane (Cal Poly, Garden City – Section 8)
Rd 32: Lane vs Caywood (Army)
197 – Ben Honis (Cornell, Jamesville DeWitt – Section 3)
Rd 32: Honis vs Jakobsen (Lehigh)
197 – Brett Perry (Buffalo, John Jay East Fishkill – Section 1)
Rd 32: Perry vs Moore (Ohio State)
285 – Yousiff Hemida (Maryland, Mamaroneck – Section 1)
Rd 32: Hemida vs Gunning (Buffalo)

NYS Qualifiers by Section
5 – Section 5 (Diakomihalis, Lantry, Kropman, Deprez, Deprez)
4 – Section 11 (Piccininni, Sparacio, Dellavecchia, Rasheed)
2 – Section 8 (Arujau, Lane)
2 – Section 6 (Smythe, Keller)
2 – Section 3 (Spann, Honis)
2 – Section 1 (Perry, Hemida)
1 – Section 2 (Parker)

NCAA Qualifiers by State
54 – Pennsylvania
24 – Ohio
23 -New Jersey
22 – Illinois
19 – Michigan
18 – New York
18 – California
14 – Missouri
12 – Colorado
12 – Georgia
12 – Iowa
11 – Minnesota
11 – Oklahoma
10 – Indiana
There are 27 other states and Canada who have qualifiers.

Blaine, Leonard Big Winners at Largest Friends of Section 9 Banquet To Date

The Section 9 wrestling community gathered as one on Sunday at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown to celebrate the 2018-2019 season…and what a night it was!!! First and foremost, thank you for everyone who attended the banquet! This year was our biggest banquet to date with 329 registered guests. Last year there were 269 attendees. Let’s keep the momentum going and shoot for 400 next year!!! The purpose of the banquet is to recognize the top 4 wrestlers in Division 1 and the top 2 wrestlers in Division 2 in all 15 weight classes, and also to give special recognition to the wrestlers, coaches, teams, and others who have achieved excellence above and beyond the norm!


Don Blaine – John Bell Lifetime Achievement
Will Leonard – Wrestler of the Year

The highlight of the evening, without question, was the well deserved standing ovation received by retiring Cornwall coach Don Blaine for receiving the John Bell Lifetime Achievement Award. Blaine has been coaching high school wrestling at his alma mater Cornwall for 36 years. He has over 500 career wins which ranks him 1st in Section 9 history and 4th in all of New York State. Blaine has also been inducted into the NYS and National Wrestling Halls of Fame. When the standing ovation eventually stopped, Coach Blaine spoke to the audience for a few minutes – and in typical Don Blaine fashion, he spent the entire time talking about his wrestlers, his support staff, and his lovely wife Sue who he later presented with the Coach’s Wife of the Year Award. Blaine also spoke about the positive influence that John Bell, a former coach at Minisink Valley, had on his career. Congratulations Donnie, you are represent everything that is right with high school athletics!

What better way would there be to send off a coach like Don Blaine than to have one of his wrestlers win a state title??? Well thanks to Cornwall senior Will Leonard, that’s exactly the way it happened! To nobody’s surprise, Leonard cleaned house at the banquet. Leonard received the Orange/Sullivan Officials Sportsmanship Award, the Troy Bouzakis Wrestler of the Year Award, a Michael DeCapua Scholarship, and the Patrick D’Aliso Scholarship. Leonard finished the season a perfect 45-0 and capped of his career by winning the state title at 220 pounds. He is the first athlete in NYS history to be an undefeated state champion in football and wrestling in the same season. Great job Will and congratulations on an incredible career.

Fan of the Year Chuck Kennedy

The greatest reaction to winning an award goes to Chuck Kennedy from Kingston who, not surprisingly, won Fan of the Year. You are the best Chuckie! Lisa Vespa from Monroe Woodbury won the Friends of Section 9 Person of the Year. Thank you Lisa for everything that you have done over the past 13 years. Pine Bush’s Nick Florin won Parent of the Year while Wallkill’s Dave Thomas received the Friends of Section 9 Presidents Award – both very well deserved! SUNY Ulster and Rondout Valley both received the Friends of Section 9 Presidents Team Award. John Scesa won the Friends of Section 9 Ref of the Year – we are very lucky to have you John!

Frank Tschan Team of the Team – Minisink Valley
Mark Faller Coach of the Year – Kevin Gallagher

Minisink Valley capped off another incredible season by being named the Frank Tschan Team of the Year. The Warriors won the Section 9 Duals for the 2nd straight time and finished the season ranked #3 in the state by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Minisink Valley accomplished something pretty amazing and the emcee on Sunday (that would be me) forgot to mention it during the banquet. Over the past two seasons, Minisink Valley has sent 12 wrestlers to the state tournament – 12 DIFFERENT WRESTLERS! No other team in NYS history has ever accomplished this incredible feat. The Warriors head coach Kevin Gallagher received the Mark Faller Coach of the Year Award and one of his wrestlers, Sofia Macaluso, received a Special Recognition Award. Sofia finished in 3rd place at 120 at this year’s Section 9 Tournament becoming the first girl to ever place in our sectional tournament! Great job Sofia and congratulations to Coach Gallagher, Coach Hendershot, Coach Byrne, Coach Potter, and the entire Minisink Valley wrestling program!

FS9 Coach of the Year Chris Leggett pictured with Matt Dunne

NFA head coach Chris Leggett was selected at the Friends of Section 9 Coach of the Year for his great work with the Goldbacks. NFA notched a dual meet win over state ranked Monroe Woodbury for the 1st time in 16 years! The Most Improved Team Award went to Chester who scored 62 more points at this year’s Section 9 Tournament than they did in 2018. Kingston’s Cappy Weiner and Quintin Johnson received Assistant Coaches of the Year Awards while Michael Daniels from Cornwall won the award for Modified/Youth Coach of the Year.

Tommy Maddox – Dave Simmons Most Courageous Award (pictured with Coach Andre Lee)

The Most Courageous Award has now been renamed the Dave Simmons Most Courageous Award and this year’s recipient was Washingtonville senior Tommy Maddox who battled through early season injuries and wound up winning the Section 9 title at 132 pounds! The Come-Back of the Year Award was won by Kingston senior Hayden Barley who missed most of last year due to injury but battled back this year and finished 2nd in the section at 195 pounds! Were would we be with our scorekeepers? This year there were 6 awards given for Scorekeeper of the Year. Congratulations to Liz Smith (Kingston), Amanda Arbiter (Kingston), Lauren Weiss (Highland), Lilly Bogdanowicz (Highland), Cassidy McMann (Highland), and Olivia Vizethann (Cornwall). And last but not least we had the following 7 senior wrestlers win Michael DeCapua Scholarships: Steve Gazzillo (Cornwall), Mat Malherio (Highland), Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury), Tyler Serafini (NFA), Tommy Maddox (Washingtonville), and the aforementioned Will Leonard (Cornwall).

Special thanks to Fred and Jenni Perna for all of the incredible photographs (shown here) taken during the banquet and during the entire season!