Any discussion about which state has the best high school wrestling must begin and end with the Keystone State. At about this time each year, themat.com publishes a list of every NCAA D1 qualifier; the list is sorted by the wrestler’s home state. This year, of the 330 wrestlers who have qualified for the tournament, an astonishing 61 of them are from PA! Basically one out of every five wrestlers in the tournament call Pennsylvania “home.” New York has every reason to feel proud. Our 26 entries in the field is 3rd best, trailing only PA and OH!
NCAA D1 Qualifiers By Home State 1. Pennsylvania – 61 (amazing) 2. Ohio – 30 3. New York – 26 4. Illinois – 20 (tie) New Jersey – 20 (tie) 6. California – 17 7. Michigan – 16 8. Iowa – 11 9. Missouri – 10 10. Colorado – 9 (tie) Washington – 9 (tie)
2012 NCAA D1 Qualifiers From New York State
Weight Wrestler College Hometown/High School Section 125 Max Soria Buffalo Kings Park / Kings Park HS 11 125 Steve Bonanno Hofstra Wantagh / Wantagh HS 8 133 Steven Keith Harvard Shoreham / Shoreham Wading River HS 11 133 Nick Arujau Cornell Syosett / Syosett HS 8 133 Jamie Franco Hofstra Monroe / Monroe Woodbury HS 9 141 Matt Mariacher American Elma / Iroquois HS 6 141 Steven Dutton Lehigh Miller Place / Rocky Point HS 11 141 Mike Nevinger Cornell Perry / Letchworth HS 5 149 Donnie Vinson Binghamton Marathon / Whitney Point HS 4 149 Corey Jantzen Harvard Shoreham / Shoreham Wading River HS 11 157 Kyle Dake Cornell Lansing / Lansing HS 4 157 Justin Lister Binghamton Rodman / South Jefferson HS 3 165 PJ Gillespie Hofstra Long Beach / Long Beach HS 8 165 Joe Booth Drexel Bayville / Long Island Lutheran Prep 165 James Brundage Rider Ossining / Ossining HS 1 165 Mark Lewandowski Buffalo Depew / Lancaster HS 6 174 Dave Foxen Brown Garden City / Garden City HS 8 174 Ryan LeBlanc Indiana Morrisville / Morrisville – Eaton HS 3 184 Nathan Schiedel Binghamton Caledonia / Caledonia-Mumford HS 5 197 Christian Boley Maryland Hilton / Brockport HS 5 197 Cody Reed Binghamton Walton / Walton HS 4 197 Derek Stanley Army Saugerties / Saugerties HS 9 285 Peter Capone Ohio State Johnson City / Johnson City HS 4 285 Nick Gwiazdowski Binghamton Delanson / Duanesburg HS 2 285 Ernest James Edinboro Coram / Longwood HS 11 285 Maciej Jochym Cornell Williston Park / Herricks HS 8
The 11th Annual “Friends of Section 9” Banquet was held on Tuesday March 13, 2012 at the Meadowbrook in New Windsor.
The top 4 place winners in Division 1, and the top 2 place winners in Division 2 each received plaques. Some of the award winners from last night are listed below. To view a list of all 23 Special Awards which were presented, click here. The history of each award is also listed on the first tab of the spreadsheet.
Award Recipient Troy Bouzakis Senior Wrestler of the Year Ethan Stanley – Saugerties Mark Faller Coach of the Year (Team Champions) Phil Szumlaski – Warwick Valley Friends of Section 9 Coach of the Year Dave Hodes – Rondout Valley Comeback of the Year Donald Brown – Middletown Frank Tschan Team of the Year Warwick Valley John Bell Lifetime Achievement Award Larry Skalla Friends of Section 9 Ref of the Year Gunnar DeJong
Palmer wins two more matches….wrestling for 3rd place tonight!!!
UPDATE: CJ Palmer beats Patrick Duggan by a 5-2 margin to finish 3rd in PA!!! Great job of wrestling back all the way to 3rd place after dropping a 2-0 decision in the opening round…Congratulations CJ!!!
CJ Palmer continues his to wrestle back hard! After dropping a 2-0 decision in the opening round 126 pound bout to Tyson Dippery, Palmer has reeled off four straight wins and is now positioned to wrestle for third place in tonight’s medal round. The Delaware Valley senior has won both of his consolation matches today in convincing fashion. He pinned Josh DiSanto of Pennsbury in 4:34 of his 3rd round consie match this morning. Next, Palmer majored Josh Maruca of Franklin Regional 12-0 to earn his spot in the 3rd place match. His opening round opponent, Dippery, has made it to the finals. Palmer finished third in PA as a sophmore at 112 pounds. The link below provides brackets that are updated after every match.
2009 Port Jervis graduate JD Zitone lost his quarterfinal bout but won his first wrestle-back match so he is guaranteed a spot on the All-American podium. Zitone wrestles at 285 for Centenary College in New Jersey. Congrats JD!!! Link below to coverage provided by themat.com.
UPDATE: Congratulations JD Zitone for finishing 7th at this weekends NCAA DIII Championships!!!! He won his 7th place match by a score of 3-2 over fellow NY native Joe Giaramita (John Glenn, 2011). Great job JD!!!
Delaware Valley 126 pound wrestler CJ Palmer has won both of his consolation matches and is still alive in the PIAA Wrestling Championships. After losing his opening round match, Palmer has posted victories over Tyler Clapp 0f Strath Haven (maj. dec. 11-0) and Dustin Rook of Big Spring (dec. 6-2). With one more victory, Palmer will be guaranteed a top-6 placing. His next match will take place on Saturday morning where he will take on Josh DiSanto (34-2) of Pennsbury.
Delaware Valley’s two other participants in the tournament, Marc Wagner and Martin Strenk, have both been eliminated. Wagner, a 170 pound senior, dropped two straight matched after an opening round victory. His tournament began with a 9-4 victory over Chris Kurkian of Marple Newton in the opening round. Wagner was then defeated by Zach Towers of Meadville by a 9-0 score in the quarters before being eliminated by Geno Morelli of DuBois in the consies via a 2-1 UTB decision. Strenk also won his opening match defeating Danny Hockensmith of Big Spring 3-1. The 182 pound junior was then pinned in the quarterfinal round in 3:16 by Kiski Area’s Matt McCutcheon (37-1) before losing his wrestle-back match by a 5-1 margin to Tyler Greene of Easton.
The NCAA website is providing outstanding coverage of the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships this weekend. Click on the link below for access to both video coverage of the tournament as well as updated brackets.
2009 Port Jervis graduate JD Zitone is the #3 seed at 285 pounds. Zitone, who wrestles for Centenary College in New Jersey, is undefeated on the season sporting an impressive record of 26-0. Good luck JD!
(Note: NCAA site not working well….now linked to Themat.com’s coverage page.)
The PIAA wrestling tournament began on Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA and SectionIXWrestling.com will be will help you follow all of the action. Delaware Valley HS sent three wrestlers to Hershey and two have won their opening round matches. 170 pound senior Marc Wagner won his opening round match with a 9-4 victory over Chris Kurkian of Marple Newtown. At 182, Martin Strenk defeated Danny Hockensmith of Big Spring by a 3-1 margin. 126 pound senior CJ Palmer had the toughest opening round draw having to face Tyson Dippery (45-2) of Central Dauphin. Palmer gave Dippery all he could handle, however dropped a 2-0 decision and must now wrestle through the consolation bracket in order to place. Palmer won his first wrestle-back by an 11-0 score over Tyler Clapp of Strath Haven. Below are links to the brackets for both AAA and AA divisions; DV competes in the AAA division.
Brackets for the Division 1 NCAA Wrestling Championships have been released and Section 9 is rather well represented. Below is a chart of the wrestlers with local ties who will be competing next week at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. I have also provided a link to the brackets for all 10 weight classes.
WrestlerCollege/Weight Local Connection2012 RecordFirst Round Opponent Jamie Franco Hofstra / 133 2009 MW graduate 21-11 #10 C. Dardanes (Minn) Derek Stanley Army / 197 2008 Saugerties graduate 23-15 #7 Mario Gonzalez (Ill) #12 Joe Kennedy Lehigh / 197 2008 DV (PA) graduate 21-5 Richard Perry (Bloom) Jordan Thome Army / 133 Army wrestler 26-11 Garrett Drucker (Or. St) Coleman Gracey Army / 165 Army wrestler 24-12 Mike Ottinger (C.Mich)
The Friends of Section 9 will be hosting the 11th Annual Banquet of Champions on Sunday, March 11th at The Meadowbrook in New Windsor. Doors open at 5:00 and dinner will be served at 6:00. Anyone interested in attending must RSVP by Friday, March 9th. Please click below for the banquet flyer which has all reservation information.
Congratulations to Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 2009) and Derek Stanley (Saugerties, 2008) for earning automatic births to the 2012 NCCA Division 1 Wrestling Championships. Franco, who wrestles at 133 for Hofstra, finished 2nd at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament on Saturday. Stanley, who wrestles at 197 for Army, finished fifth in his conference tournament (EIWAs) to earn his pass to the NCAAs. Stanley’ s teammate Coleman Gracey, only a freshman, has also qualified for the nationals by finishing 3rd at 165. This year’s NCAA Championships are being held on March 15-17 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO.
Also of local interest, Delaware Valley (PA) graduate Joe Kennedy, who wrestles at 197 for Lehigh, will be competing at the NCAA D1 tournament for the 3rd consecutive year.
Congratulations to all three wrestlers….Section 9 will be rooting hard for you!!!!