Below are the seeds for this year’s Eastern States Wrestling Classic. The event, now in its 10th year, takes place this Friday and Saturday on the campus of SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake, NY. Brackets are not finalized until after Friday morning’s weigh-in.
99 106 113 1. Jose Rodrigues – Wantagh 1. Lucas Malmberg – Marathon 1. Mark Raghunandan – Long B. 2. Gerard Daly – Minisink 2. Krishna Sewkumar – Long B. 2. John Aslanian – Edgemont 3. Steven Sewkumar – Long B. 3. Mike Parise – Brewster 3. Dylan Realbuto – Somers 4. Andrew Flanagan – Holley 4. Blaise Benderoth – N. Rock. 4. Brandon Lapi – Amsterdam 5. Brian Lantry – Wayne 5. Kevin Jack – Danbury, CT 5. Dillon Stowell – Gouverneur 6. Danny Boychuck – Wy. Sem. 6. Kyler Agoney – Pery 6. Laken Cook – Ilion 7. Nick Barberia – New Roch. 7. Anthony Donofrio – Longwood 7. Kyler Harrington – Hudson Falls 8. Vinny Vespa – MW 8. Justin Cooksey – MacArthur 8. Alex DeLaCruz – Ossining
120 126 132 1. Evan Botwin – Wyoming Sem. 1. Dom Malone – Wyoming Sem. 1. Nick Kelley – Shenendehowa 2. Jeff O’Lena – E. Rochester 2. Nick Tighe – Phoenix 2. Danny Ventura – Fox Lane 3. Matt Leshinger – Sayville 3. Dylan Caruana – Kenmore W. 3. Nick Mauriello – Hauppauge 4. TJ Fabian – SWR 4. Alec Dierna – Web. Sch. 4. Eric Lewandowski – Lancaster 5. Mark West – Hauppauge 5. Sam Speno – Fox Lane 5. Tom Dutton – Rocky Point 6. Justin Corradino – Warwick 6. Maverick Passaro – Eastport SM 6. Jacob Goddeau – Peru 7. Brett Campbell – Westfield 7. Drew Longo – Ardsley 7. Joey Butler – Burnt Hills 8. Chris Aaroz – Wantagh 8. Noah Valastro – Hudson Falls 8. Jesse Holten – Wyoming Sem.
138 145 152 1. Quinton Murphy – Holley 1. Tyler Button – Phoenix 1. Brian Realbuto – Somers 2. James Dekrone – John Glenn 2. Jimmy Kloc – Iroquois 2. Dylan Palacio – Long Beach 3. Ty White – Wyoming Seminary 3. Corey Rasheed – Longwood 3. Cohl Fulk – Wyoming Seminary 4. Malik Rasheed – Longwood 4. Stephen Aiello – Westfield 4. Beau Donahue – Westfield 5. David Almamiva – Shen. 5. Richie Lupo – Union Endicott 5. Nick Hall – Longwood 6. Anthony Finocchioro – Canast. 6. Mike Caputo – North Rockland 6. Ryan Forrest – South Lakes 7. Brendan Goldup – LaSalle 7. Bret Sauschuck – Port Jervis 7. John Keck – Shoreham WR 8. Derek Arnold – Westfield 8. Dale White – John Jay EF 8. Brooks Boyle – Lyndonville
160 170 182 1. Connor Sutton – LaSalle 1. Eric Morris – Wyoming Seminary 1. Tony Lock – Pioneer 2. Frank Affronti – Wayne 2. Burke Paddock – Warsaw 2. Matt Lashway – Queensbury 3. Matt Pasqualani – Fox Lane 3. Zack Zupan – Canastota 3. Keegan Cerwinski – Greene 4. Aaron Dudley – Hudson Falls 4. Dylan Seybolt – Longwood 4. Jacob Berkowitz – Scarsdale 5. Mike Beckwith – Greene 5. Chris Loew – Wantagh 5. Conor Wasson – Wyoming Sem. 6. Tyler Grimaldi – HHHW 6. Rok Ndokaj – Mon. Farrell 6. Timmy Schaefer – Warsaw 7. Zak Mullen – Shoreham WR 7. Aaron Butler – New Rochelle 7. McZiggy Richards – Wingate 8. Jorge Jimenez – Grand SC 8. Troy Seymour – Peru 8. Fumnanya Agbimson – ESM
195 220 285 1. Tony Fusco – Shenendehowa 1. AJ Vizcarrondo – Wyoming Sem. 1. Michael Johnson – Wyoming Sem 2. Zack Diekel – Whitehall 2. Kyle Stanton – Greene 2. Kacee Sauer – Holley 3. Austyn Hayes – Phoenix 3. Pat Kopczynski – Brooklyn Tech. 3. Cole Lampman – Shenendehowa 4. Reggie Williams – Johnson C. 4. John Babson – LaSalle 4. Ethan Stanley – Saugerties 5. Mike Spinelli – Mahopac 5. Tyler Lilly – New Rochelle 5. Tyler Bayer – Union Endicott 6. Deon Edmond – Kingston 6. Alex Pontiff – Queensbury 6. Seth Stauble – Kingston 7. Tyler Allen – Union Endicott 7. Dom DeVita – Somers 7. Chris Rodriguez – Amsterdam 8. Matt Doggett – Wyoming Sem. 8. Dan Clune – Fox Lane 8. Terrence Cheeks – NFA
Section 2 wrestling powerhouse Shenendehowa absolutely dominated the competition en route to capturing the title at the U-E Duals this past weekend. Over the years, this tournament has developed the reputation of being the unofficial dual meet championship for New York State. Shenendehowa rolled over perennial state power Spencerport (Section 5) by a score of 47 to 22 to win the title. Section 9 was very well represented at U-E this year having Warwick, Monroe Woodbury, and Minisink Valley all entered in the tournament.
Monroe Woodbury, currently ranked #7 in the state, made a strong case for cracking the top 5 for the next NYSSWA poll as the Crusaders finished in 3rd place. Monroe finished 3-1 for the tournament with their only loss coming to Shenendehowa. Vinny Vespa, Tom Murphy, and John Vandercliff all finished 4-0 for MW.
Warwick, still battling through some illness and injury, managed to go 3-2 for the weekend and finished 6th. The Wildcats posted victories over Chenango Forks (Section 4), Long Beach (Section 8), and Sayville (Section 11). Warwick’s losses came to John Glenn (Section 11) and Brockport (Section 5) who finished 4th and 5th respectively.
Minisink Valley received a very tough draw being pooled with eventual champion Shenendehowa and 5th place Brockport. The Warriors wrestled hard; however, they finished 1-4 for the tournament and failed to place. The biggest bright spot for Minisink came from their smallest wrestler. Minsink 99 pounder Gerard Daly finished the weekend 4-0 and posted convincing victories over a few state-ranked wrestlers. Against Shenendehowa, Daly pinned Kevin Parker in the third period. MW’s Vespa also pinned Parker later in the tournament. Daly’s most impressive match, however, was his dismantling of Steven Sewkumar from Long Beach. Sewkumar is considered by many to be one of the top two or three 99 pound wrestlers in the state.
Overall, it was a great couple of days for Section 9 wrestling…. not only at UE, but at all of the weekend tournaments. What better way to get ready for this coming weekend …The 10th Annual Eastern States Wrestling Classic!!!
Led by tournament MOW Ethan Stanley, Saugerties finished third of 14 teams at the Oneonta tournament on Saturday. After defeating a very tough Billy Holden from BGA in the second round, Stanley squared of with undefeated and state-ranked James Merritt from Owego in the finals. Stanley was thrown to his back and down 5-0 before staging a comeback and eventually pinning Merritt at the 2:26 mark of the second period. Biko Skalla(106),Chris Farrell(182), Keoni Nakapaahu(220) finished 2nd for Saugerties. Click here for all of Saugerties individual results.
Aaron Barkstrom (126) and Ricky Treu (145) won individual titles as Red Hook placed second out of 12 teams at the Ravena tournament. Red Hook at Ravena Austin Weigel of Onteora also won the title at 160 pounds.
Ian Morse (138) and Paul Sommer (152) earned first place honors as Rondout Valley finished seventh as a team at The 31st Stan Elinsky Tournament at Deposit. Also placing for Roundout Valley were John Hodes (2nd @ 120), Donavan Li (4th @220), Rudy Aguilar (4th @ 285), Eric Morse (5th @ 126), and Jonathan Nace (5th @ 113).
Cornwall defeated host Middletown by a score of 37-34 to cap off a perfect weekend going 6-0 as a team and winning the team title at the 2012 Middie Duals. Check out the below links for team results as well as all individual results. Middie Duals Team ResultsMiddie Duals Individual Results
Pine Bush’s Jordan Robles (132) and Chris Weston (152) both finished second in the extremely competitive Shoreline Classic Wrestling Tournament held in New Rochelle on Saturday. Also placing for Pine Bush were Johnny Stramiello (4th @ 106), AJ North (5th @ 99), and Patrick Sause (6th at 160).
The Union Endicott (UE) Duals has become the unofficial dual meet state championship tournament for New York. All three of Section 9’s top-10 state-ranked teams (Warwick, MW, and MV) will be attending. Let’s take a look at some of the potential highlights for the upcoming weekend.
Third-ranked Warwick will compete in Day 1 pool matches against Long Beach (Section 8), John Glenn (Section 11), and Chenango Forks (Section 4) on Saturday. Marquee match-ups for Warwick may include Justin Corradino taking on Oral Allen from Long Beach at 120lbs and Shane Connolly squaring off against James Dekrone of John Glenn at 138.
At a glance, it would appear that Monroe Woodbury received a very favorable draw being pooled with host Union Endicott (Section 4) and Half Hollow Hills West (Section 11). Section 6’s Clarence was originally in the pool, but has decided to pull out of the tournament. That being said…there are typically no easy matches at UE. Union Endicott is ranked 20th in NYS and has some outstanding wrestlers. AJ Voelker taking on UE’s Richie Lupo at 145 could be war! HHHW is also not without it’s heavy hitters as Tyler Grimaldi is one of the best 160 lb. wrestlers in the state.
Of the three S9 teams, Minisink Valley appears to have drawn the “short straw.” The Warriors have been pooled with Shenedehowa (Section 2), Brockport (Section 5), Johnson City (Section 4). Shenendehowa, the top-ranked team in New York State, has already beaten Warwick 60-15 earlier this year. Warwick, however, was not at full-strength at the time and Minisink is young, tough, and rapidly improving…matches aren’t wrestled on paper. This pool may contain some true, highlight-reel matches. Watch as undefeated Warrior Gerard Daly takes on Shenedehowa’s Kevin Parker at 99 pounds and Minisink’s 106 pounder Michael Raccioppi puts his 22-0 record on the line against defending Section 5 champion Barton Peters III of Brockport.
The four teams that win their respective pools during Day 1 advance to a championship bracket on Sunday. It the top 4 seeds were to advance, the semifinals would pit Monroe Woodbury against Shenedehowa and Warwick would take on perennial state powerhouse Spencerport (Section 5). Good luck to all three Section 9 teams…go for the gold!!!
The New York State Sportswriters’ Association has released their NYS Team Rankings #2 and Section 9, once again, is very well represented. Warwick holds onto their position as the 3rd ranked team in the state. Monroe Woodbury and Minisink Valley, meanwhile, have improved their standing. Monroe, previously ranked #8, improved by one position and is now the 7th ranked team in NYS. Minisink Valley also improved by one slot and the Warriors are now ranked #10. Thank’s right….Section 9 now has 3 of the top 10 ranked Division 1 (large school) wrestling teams in New York State! Great job guys! Click for complete list.
In Division 2 (small school), Red Hook and Onteora have both been dropped from the top 20. The season, however, is only about half over, so they have plenty of time to get back on the list!
Fans of Section 9 wrestling have an outstanding week of high school wrestling about to unfold in front of them. Below I have highlighted a few of the upcoming matches and tournaments. For your convenience I have also “linked” a complete, printer-friendly schedule for the entire week ahead.
Tuesday 1/3 – Goshen @ Cornwall Wednesday 1/4 PJ @ MV … Alumni Night 6:30 start…Booth vs Raccioppi Muller/Sauschuck vs Fennell, Edwards/DeCarlo vs Mayo??? VC @ NFA …Cambell vs. Bastone??? MW @ PB …Vespa vs Cuccolo, Smoot vs Stramiello, Murphy vs Robles Vandercliff vs Weston, Milano vs Sause??? Friday 1/6 and Saturday 1/7… Middie Duals …Middies, PJ, Corn, King and Tri-Valley Saturday 1/7 and Sunday 1/8…UE Duals…Warwick, MW, and MV Russ Cordell Invitational…Saugerties’ Ethan Stanley to face Owego’s James Merritt (17-0)!!!! Shoreline Tournament at New Rochelle….Pine Bush
Led by Bret Sauschuck’s second place performance, Port Jervis finished 8th out of 22 teams at the 44th Annual Tony Iasiello Christmas City Tournament held at Bethlehem Catholic High School. With their 10 finalists and 7 champions, host Bethlehem Catholic High (Becahi) ran away with the team title with 308 points. Palmerton finished second with 125.5 points, followed by Wallenpaupack (114.5), Southern Lehigh (114) and Wyoming Valley West (110). Bethlehem Catholic is a national wrestling powerhouse; they are currently ranked 12th in the country by Intermat. Sauschuck lost in the finals 9-4 in a hard fought match with Ryan Todora of Becahi.
Along with Sauschuck’s stellar tournament, Port Jervis also had 3 other wrestlers place in the top 4 in their weight class. Dylan Booth suffered his first defeat of the season but wrestled back to a third place finish at 106 pounds. At 145 pounds, Dylan Muller finished 3rd and at 170 pounds, Dan Decarlo earned 4th place honors.