NY Wrestling Makes a Statement!

Defeat NJ All-Star Team  27-23 at Charity Event!!!

Team New York pulled of a shocker on Sunday at the NY-NJ Charity Challenge by defeating a decidedly better credentialed team from NJ by the score of 27-23.  Make no mistake about it, although this was first and foremost a charity event, no punches were being pulled…..both teams wanted the “W” and they wrestled accordingly.  The match was decided at the 285 pound weight class in dramatic fashion when Cole Lampman from Shenendehowa defeated his NJ foe in overtime.

Team New Jersey, wrestling on behalf of the Adam Frey Foundation, put together a roster which included 9 state champs, 5 state runner-ups, and one 4X youth champion.  The New York squad, wrestling for Pinning Down Autism, had only 5 state champs, 3 runner-ups, 3 third-place finishers, and 4 forth-place finishers….and keep in mind that NY has a two-division system while NJ does not!!!

In a few other marquee match-ups… At 132 Nick Kelley (3rd in NY D1) defeated NJ state champ Scott Delvecchio…Dylan Palacio (NY) pinned undefeated NJ state champ Ramiaah Bethea …. NY D2 state champ Zack Zupan upended 2X defending NJ state champ Ryan Harrington (his first loss in 84 matches)!!! Congratulations should be extended to all of the wrestlers who competed.  It was an absolutely incredible event and it’s only going to get better!

99: Jay Rodriguez (NY) dec. Kyle Bierdumpfel (NJ), 11-7; NY 3 NJ 0
106: Nick Piccininni (NY) dec. Carl Buttitta (NJ), 7-4, NY 6 NJ 0
113: Brendan Calas (NJ) dec. Patrick Skinner (NY), 5-0 NY 6 NJ 3
120: Sean McCabe (NY) dec. Mike Magaldo (NJ), 4-2 NY 9 NJ 3
126: Maverick Passero (NY) dec. Gary Dinmore (NJ), 3-1 NY 12 NJ 3
132: Nick Kelley (NY) dec. Scott Delvecchio (NJ), 5-1 NY 15 NJ 3
138: BJ Clagon (NJ) dec. Anthony Finnochiaro (NY), 8-4 NY 15 NJ 6
Lenny Richardson (NJ) dec. Mike Caputo (NY), 9-4 NY 15 NJ 9
Dylan Palacio (NY) pin Ramiaah Bethea (NJ), 5:12 NY 21 NJ 9
Johnny Sebastian (NJ) dec. Rrok Ndokaj (NY), 6-3 NY 21 NJ 12
: Zack Zupan (NY) dec. Ryan Harrington (NJ), 6-5 NY 24 NJ 12
182: Dallas Winston (NJ) maj. dec. Jacob Berkowitz (NY), 10-2 NY 24 Nj 16
Eric McMullen (NJ) maj. dec. Reggie Williams (NY), 14-2 NY 24 NJ 20
Lex Knapp (NJ) dec. Patryk Kopczynski (NY), 1-0 NY 24 NJ 23
Cole Lampman (NY) dec. Jermaine Eleumenor (NJ), 2-1 (3 ot) NY 27 NJ 23

2nd Annual NY vs NJ Charity Challenge

The NY vs. NJ Charity Challenge will take place on Sunday, March 25th at Clarkstown South High School.  The event, now in its second year, raises money for a charity selected by each team.  This year Team New York will be representing Pinning Down Autism.  Team New Jersey will be wrestling on behalf of the Adam Frey Foundation.  Donation to the charities at the door will be $20 for adults, $5 for students.  Doors open at 11:30 for concessions and raffle purchases.  Exhibition matches will start at noon and the showdown between Team NY and Team NJ will start at 1:00.  Below are the line-ups.

Place   School           Team NY Wrestler               Wt.      Team NJ Wrestler      School             Place
2nd      Wantagh              Jose Rodriquez (9)               99     Kyle Bierdumpfel         Mahwah 3X Youth SC 
1st         Ward Melville    Nick Piccininni (9)              106    Carl Buttitta(10)            JFK – Iselin           2nd
3rd        Kellenberg          Patrick Skinner (12)           113     Brendon Calas (11)       Seton Hall Prep     1st 
1st         Connetquot         Sean McCabe (12)               120     Mike Magaldo (10)       Watchung Hills      1st
1st         Eastport SM        Maverick Passaro(12)       126     Gary Dinmore (10)       Hunterdon            2nd
3rd        Shenedehowa     Nick Kelley (11)                    132     Scott Delvecchio(11)   South Plainfield     1st
2nd       Canastota            Anthony Finocchiaro(12) 138    BJ Clagon (11)                 Toms River South  1st
4th        N. Rockland       Mike Caputo (12)                  145    Len Richardson(12)     St. Peter’s Prep       1st
1st         Long Beach        Dylan Palacio (12)                152    Raamiah Bethea(12)    Trenton Central      1st
4th       Msgr. Farrell      Rrok Ddokaj (12)                  160    Johnny Sebastian(10)  Bergen Catholic     1st
1st        Canastota            Zack Zupan (12)                    170    Ryan Harrington(12)     West Morris           1st
2nd      Scarsdale             Jacob Berkowitz (12)         182    Dallas Winston (12)        Jackson Mem.       1st
4th      Johnson City       Reggie Williams (10)          195    Eric McMullen (12)         North Bergen       2nd
4th     Brooklyn Tech     Patryk Kopcynski (12)        220   Lex Knapp (12)                 Lacey Twsp.         2nd
3rd     Shenedehowa      Cole Lampman (12)             285   Je. Eleumenor(12)          Morris Knolls       2nd

***Last year, the 160 pound wrestler that represented Team NY was Minisink Valley’s Kyle Diesel!  Would you like to be the next Section 9 wrestler selected for the team?  If so, what do YOU need to do to make it happen?***

Dapper Dan This Weekend

Brian Realbuto gets nod at 152 for Team USA;  Max Askren selected as Coach! 

For the amateur wrestling junkie, it doesn’t get much better than this weekend!  Two amazing events take place on Sunday…The NY vs. NJ Charity Challenge (article tomorrow) and The Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic!

Held at the Fitzgerald Fieldhouse on the University of Pittsburgh campus, the Dapper Dan is an annual event which pits a USA All-Star Team against a PA All-Star Team.  All proceeds go to selected Dapper Dan charities.  Preceding the main event, a match is wrestled between an all-star team from western PA (WPIAL) and a team from a particular state.  At this year’s event, the WPIAL will take on Team Maryland. 

Representing Team USA at 152 pounds will be Brian Realbuto of Somers HS (Section 1).  Brian, a 3X NYS Champion, will be taking his talents to Cornell University in the fall.  The Honorary Coach for Team USA is Max Askren.  Askren, a 3X NCAA D1 All-American and 2010 National Champion from the University of Missouri, is an assistant coach for Somers.  Good luck Brian and Max!  Click below for complete rosters.

                                   Team USA       vs.        Team Pennsylvania

                                   Team Maryland      vs.      Team WPIAL

PMD 7th Annual Golf Outing


We are pleased to once again host our annual golf outing at the prestigious Golf Club at Mansion Ridge on Monday, June 4, 2012. Because of your support the PMD Foundation is able to award $12,500 each year in scholarships to college bound wrestlers in the Hudson Valley. 

 With your help, The PMD Foundation has stepped up our efforts to support our community and help deal  try and prevent  tragedies.  Our support group continues to be a much needed resource for families in our area. 

 Thank you for your past and current support.

 Tom Kennedy
President, Patrick M. D’Aliso Foundation

7th Annual PMD Golf Outing – Brochure

2012 NCAA Championships

With six All-Americans including three national champions, the Penn State Nittany Lions clinched the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships team title before the finals had even started.  Under the leadership of 3rd year head coach Cael Sanderson, the Nittany Lions have won the last two team titles.

Cornell’s 157-pound wrestler Kyle Dake (Lansing, NY – Section 4) becomes the first wrestler in NCAA history to win national titles in 3 different weight classes!

                                                   Finals Results                                                                              
125 Pounds Matt McDonough (Iowa) dec 4-1 over Nico Megaludis (Penn State)                            
133 Pounds
Logan Stieber (Ohio State) dec 4-3 over Jordan Oliver (Ok. St.)                           
141 Pounds
Kellen Russell (Michigan) dec 6-4 OT over Montell Marion (Iowa)                            
149 Pounds
Frank Molinaro (Penn State) dec 4-1 over Dylan Ness (Minnesota)                            
157 Pounds
Kyle Dake (Cornell) dec 4-1 over Derek St. John (Iowa)                            
165 Pounds
David Taylor (Penn State) tech fall 22-7 Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh)                            
174 Pounds
Ed Ruth (Penn State) mdec 13-2 over Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford)                            
184 Pounds
Steve Bosak (Cornell) dec 4-2 over Quentin Wright (Penn State)                            
197 Pounds
Cam Simaz (Cornell) dec 7-5 over Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro)                            
285 Pounds
Tony Nelson (Minnesota) dec 4-1 Zach Rey (Lehigh)

SectionIXWrestling.com has provided updates on our local wrestlers at this weekend’s NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, MO.  For complete tournament coverage including up-to-date brackets go to www.intermatwrestle.com.

All-American Joe Kennedy finishes in 8th …. CONGRATS

197   Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) Delaware Valley, PA         
Rd. 1 – bye                 

          Rd. 2 – Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec 3-1 over Richard Perry (Bloomsburg)  
          Rd. 3 – Cayle Byers (Oklahoma State) dec 5-2 over Joe Kennedy(Lehigh) 
          Cons. Rd. 2 – Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec 3-4 over Keldrick Hall (Oklahoma) 
          Cons. Rd. 3 – Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec 6-1 over Cody Reed (Binghamton)
          Cons. Rd. 4 – Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec  10-3 over Brent Hayes (Missouri)
          Cons. 1/4’s – Sonny Yohn (Minnesota) dec 2-0 over Joe Kennedy (Lehigh)
          Medal Match – Micah Burak (Penn) dec 2-1 OT over Joe Kennedy (Lehigh)

NY Wrestlers who earned All-American status:
125 – Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) – Wantagh – finished 8th
133 – Steven Keith (Harvard) – SWR – finished 8th
141 – Mike Nevinger (Cornell) – Letchworth – finished 7th
149 – Donnie Vinson (Bing) – Whitney Point – finished 3rd
157 – Kyle Dake (Cornell) – Lansing – 2X Champ…will wrestle St. John (Iowa) in finals!!!
285 – Nick Gwiazdowski (Bing) – Duanesburg – finished 8th

133   Jamie Franco  Hofstra
          Rd. 1 – bye
          Rd. 2 – Chris Dardanes (Minn) wbf  2:43 over Jamie Franco (Hofstra)
          Cons. Rd. 1 – Matt Nelson (Virginia) dec 6-2 over Jamie Franco (Hofstra)  

133   Jordan Thome  Army
          Rd. 1 – bye
          Rd. 2 – Jordan Thome (Army) wbf 4:20 over Garrett Drucker (Ore. St.)
          Rd. 3 – Logan Steiber (Ohio State) wbf 1:17 over Jordan Thome (Army)
          Cons. Rd. 2 – Jordan Thome (Army) dec 2-1 OT over Bryan Ortenzio (Penn)
          Cons. Rd. 3 – AJ Schopp (Edinboro) dec 7-5 over Jordan Thome (Army)

165   Coleman Gracey  Army
          Rd. 1 – bye
          Rd. 2 – Coleman Gracey (Army) dec 3-2 over Mike Ottinger (Central Mich.)
          Rd. 3 – Bekzod Abdurakhmono (Clarion) m dec 11-3 over Coleman Gracey (Army)
          Cons. Rd. 2 – Nick Sulzer (Virginia) dec 10-8 over Coleman Gracey (Army) 

197   Derek Stanley  Army
         Rd. 1 – bye
         Rd. 2 – Mario Gonzalez (Illinois) dec 6-1 over Derek Stanley (Army)
         Cons. Rd. 1 – Derek Stanley dec 5-2 over Ryan Smith (Cal. Poly)
         Cons. Rd. 2 – Cody Reed (Binghamton) dec 4-2 OT over Derek Stanley (Army)

NCAA D1 Qualifiers by Home State


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

11th Annual Friends of Section 9 Banquet

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

Updates from PA State Tournament

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.

                                                         2012 PA State Tournament