Saugerties Grad Bermudez Notches 1st UFC Win

Congratulations to Saugerties HS graduate Dennis Bermudez for earning his first career UFC victory at UFC on Fox Diaz vs. Miller.  All three judges scored the fight 30-27 for Bermudez who used three slams and superior stand-up to control all three rounds.  Bermudez, who was a division 1 college wrestler for Bloomsburg, fights in the 145 pound featherweight division.  Click below to listen to Bermudez’s post-fight interview.

                                      Dennis Bermudez post-fight interview


New Facility In Middletown Will Provide Another Training Option For Wrestlers!!!

Renzo Gracie MMA Academy offers specialized instruction for men, women, and children including MMA fitness classes , as well as top-notch training for the serious fighter!!!

                                                     Grand Opening Event This Weekend!!!
                              Come Meet the Legends…Free Clinics…Q&A… Autographs

     –  Renzo Gracie – UFC Legend and member of the first family of MMA
     –  Jimmy Pedro – Olympic Medalist ans 2012 Olympic Judo Coach
     –  Ron Jones – 2X NCAA All American and former Rutgers Wrestling Head Coach

           *** Sign up now and take advantage of exclusive Grand Opening pricing options***
                                                          *** Limited Spots Available***

     Date/Time:  Friday May 4th from 12:00 pm until 10:00 pm
                              Saturday May 5th from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm

     Location:  Appliance City Plaza  680 Route 211 East, Middletown, NY 10941


Palacio Chooses Cornell

2012 NYS Champion Dylan Palacio has decided to continue his wrestling career at Cornell University.  The senior from Long Beach High School in Long Island (Section 8 ) has had one of the most dominating seasons in New York high school wrestling history.  Just a few of Palacio’s highlights from 2011-2012 include: 

      –  Eastern States Classic champ @ 152 defeating fellow Cornell recruit Brian Realbuto
      –  NYS D1 champ @ 160 
      –  pinned undefeated NJ state champ Raamiah Bethea @ NY/NJ Charity Challenge
      –  NHSCA Senior National Champion at Virginia Beach.
Palacio is now training hard in the Olympic styles because his next goal is to take home the gold from Fargo in July.  Congratulations on choosing Cornell and good luck in the future Dylan!!!

For a great article about Palacio’s college selection check out Besty Veysman’s article at

Host DV Victorious at Delaware Valley Duals

Delaware Valley, PA finished in 1st place with a perfect 5-0 record at this past Saturday’s Delaware Valley Warrior Duals.  Finishing second was SIR Wrestling (NJ) with a 4-1 record followed by Monroe Woodbury (3-2) and Easton, PA (2-3).  Click below for the team score results for all of the matches. 

                                          2012 Delaware Valley Warrior Duals

Youth Tournament Anouncement

                                                    Saturday, April 28, 2012
UNION COLLEGE – Messa Rink at Achilles Center – 807 Union St. • Schenectady, NY

In 2010 JourneymenWrestling and Flowrestling joined forces to create one of the top alliances in wrestling – Pop & Flo Wrestling.  That allaince spawned one of the most renowned tournaments in the country – The Pop & Flo National Duals in Lake Placid, NY. Now that Pop & Flo National Duals is up and running, we are shifting some of our energy, creativity and resources to the wrestling young guns! The goal is to use our relationships within the wrestling community to bring the best youth wrestlers together for this event. We plan to properly showcase and promote the legends of tomorrow by giving them the platform they deserve with some airtime on Flowrestling. You and your teammates are cordially invited to scrap with some of the toughest wrestlers in the country.

                           2012 Pop & Flo Mini-Men Nationals Flyer


Multiple Sclerosis Walk on Sunday

Local wrestling guru Tim Monahan is participating and would like your support.  A note from Tim…

“I will be taking part in a fundraising event this Sunday, April 29th in Monroe, NY. It’s the MS-WALK Orange County we are working to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. I’ll be doing the 3 mile event and would be extremely happy if you would donate to this tremendous cause. Check out this link and you can donate directly in my name.

                                       Tim Monahan’s MS Walk

MS is a terrible disease and if we can find a cure millions of people will benefit. I hope you find it in your ability to help out.”

Thank you,

2012 Olympic Trials – Day 2 Results

                      Men’s Freestyle
55kg:  1st Place   – Sam Hazewinkel (Sunkist Kids)
            2nd Place – Nick Simmons (Sunkist Kids)
            3rd Place  –  Obe Blanc (Gator Wrestling)

66kg:  1st Place   – Jared Frayer (Gator Wrestling) Rd 1: 5-1, 0-4, 6-0  Rd 2: 2-1, 0-1, 2-2
            2nd Place – Brent Metcalf (NYAC)
            3rd Place  –  Josh Churella (NYAC)

84kg:  1st Place   – Jake Herbert (NYAC)
            2nd Place – Travis Paulson (Sunkist Kids)
            3rd Place  – Keith Gavin (Lehigh Valley Athletic Club)

120kg: 1st Place   – Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) Rd 1: 3-0, 4-0   Rd 2: 1-0, 2-0
             2nd Place – Les Sigman (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club)
             3rd Place  – Steve Mocco (Lehigh Valley Athletic Club)

                      Men’s Greco-Roman
60kg:  1st Place   – Ellis Coleman (NYAC)     Rd 1: 1-0, 2-0    Rd 2: 0-2, 5-0, 1-0
            2nd Place – Joe Betterman (Sunkist Kids)
            3rd Place  – Jeremiah Davis (US Army)

74kg:  1st Place   – Ben Provisor (Sunkist Kids)
            2nd Place – Aaron Sieracki (US Army)
            3rd Place  – John Anderson (US Army)

96kg:  1st Place   – RC Johnson (Sunkist Kids)   Rd 1: 1-0, 0-1, 1-0  Rd 2: 0-1, 1-0, 1-0
            2nd Place – Pete Gounaridis (Sunkist Kids)
            3rd Place  – Rob Smith (NYAC)

                    Women’s Freestyle
48kg:  1st Place   – Clarissa Chun (Sunkist Kids)
            2nd Place – Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids)
            3rd Place  – Victoria Anthony (NYAC)

63kg:  1st Place   – Elena Pirozhkova (Gator WC) Rd 1: 1-0, 4-0  Rd 2: 1-0, 3-1 
            2nd Place – Adeline Gray (NYAC)
            3rd Place  – Jennifer Page (Gator Wrestling Club) 

2012 US Olympic Team Trials – Day 2

Finals Match-Ups….Thanks again to Coach Gallagher and Tracy Sutera for providing matside updates!!!

                                        Men’s Freestyle
55kg:  Nick Simmons (Sunkist Kids) vs Sam Hazewinel (Sunkist Kids)
** Simmons defeated defending Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo in semis!!**

66kg:  Jared Frayer (Gator Wrestling Club) vs Brent Metcalf (NYAC)

84kg:  Jake Herbert (NYAC) vs Travis Paulson (Sunkist Kids/Cyclone Wrestling Club)
** Max Askren, who is being coached by Army coach Joe Heskett, lost in the quarter finals to Herbert 3-0, 6-0**

120kg:  Tervel Dlagnev (Sunkist Kids) vs Les Sigman (Nittany Lion Wrestling Club)

                                            Men’s Greco-Roman
60kg:  Joe Betterman (Sunkist Kids) vs Ellis Coleman (NYAC)
** If you’ve never seen Coleman’s “Flying Squirrel Takedown,” click here!!!

74kg:  Aaron Sieracki (US Army) vs Ben Provisor (Sunkist Kids)

96kg:  RC Johnson (Sunkist Kids) vs Pete Gounaridis (Sunkist Kids)

                                          Women’s Freestyle
48kg:  Clarissa Chun (Sunkist Kids) vs Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids)

63kg:  Elena Pirozhkova (Gator WC) vs Adeline Gray (NYAC)

2012 US Olympic Team Trials – Day 1 Results

Below are the results for the top 3 place finishers for each division that was wrestled on Saturday.   Take notice of how many of the top Greco Roman wrestlers compete for the US Army.  In his competitive wrestling days, Section 9 coach Phil Brown (Kingston High School) competed for the Army World Class Athletic Program.  Some of his teammates included 2X Olympian and Bronze Medalist Rodney Smith, Olympian Derrick Wouldrup and UFC icon Randy “The Natural” Couture!   

                       Men’s Freestyle
60kg:  1st Place –  Coleman Scott (Gator Wrestling Club)
              2nd Place – Logan Stieber (NYAC)
              3rd Place – Tyler Graff (NYAC)
Finals Series:  Rd. 1  Scott dec. Stieber 3-0, 1-0    Rd. 2  Scott dec. Stieber 2-0, 0-1, 2-0

74kg:  1st Place –  Jordan Burroughs (Sunkist Kids)
             2nd Place – Andrew Howe (NYAC)
             3rd Place – Trent Paulson (Sunkist Kids/Cyclone Wrestling Club)
Finals Series:  Rd. 1  Burroughs dec. Howe 4-2, 1-2, 1-0   Rd. 2 Burroughs inj. Howe

96kg:  1st Place  – Jake Varner (Nittany Lions Wrestling Club)
             2nd Place – Tommy Rowlands (Sunkist Kids)
             3rd Place – Chris Pendleton (Gator Wrestling Club/Wyoming RTC)
Finals Series: Rd. 1  Varner dec. Rowlands 0-1, 2-0, 1-0   Rd. 2 Varner dec. Rowlands 2-0, 1-0

                                 Men’s Greco Roman
55kg:  1st Place  –  Spenser Mango (US Army)
             2nd Place – Max Nowry (NYAC)
             3rd Place –  Paul Tellgren (MN Storm)
Finals Series:  Rd. 1  Mango pin Nowry 1:53     Rd. 2 Mango dec. Nowry 1-0, 3-0

66kg:  1st Place   – Justin Lester (US Army)
             2nd Place – CP Schlatter (MN Storm)
             3rd Place  – Kendrick Sanders (NYAC)
Finals Series:  Rd. 1  Lester dec. Schlatter 1-0, 2-0  Rd. 2 Lester dec. Schlatter 2-0, 1-2, 1-0

84kg:  1st Place   – Chas Betts (MN Storm)
             2nd Place – Jordan Holm (MN Storm)
             3rd Place  – Peter Hicks (US Army)
Finals Series:  Rd. 1 Betts dec Holm 1-0, 0-3, 2-0   Rd. 2 Betts dec. Holm 2-0, 2-0

120kg:  1st Place   – Dremiel Byers (US Army)
               2nd Place – Steve Andrus (Michigan Wrestling Club)
               3rd Place  – Timothy Taylor (US Army)
Finals Series:  Rd. 1 Byers dec. Andrus 1-0, 1-0   Rd. 2 Byers dec. Andrus 2-0, 2-0

                               Women’s Freestyle
55kg:  1st Place   – Kelsey Campbell (Sunkist Kids)
             2nd Place – Helen Maroulis (NYAC)
             3rd Place – Katherine Fulp-Allen (NYAC)
Finals Series:  Rd. 1  Campbell dec. Maroulis 0-2, 1-0, 2-1   Rd. 2 Campbell dec. Maroulis 2-0,  0-1, 1-0

72kg:  1st Place   – Stephany Lee (Sunkist Kids)
             2nd Place – Ali Bernard (Gator Wrestling Club)
             3rd Place – Iris Smith (US Army)
Finals Series:  Rd. 1 Lee dec. Bernard 3-1, 5-2   Rd. 2 Lee dec. Bernard 3-1, 6-0


Results – NYS Freestyle Qualifier @ Middletown HS

Here are the results to the freestyle qualifier held on Saturday 4/21 at Middletown HS.  The Greco-Roman results will be posted as soon as they are available.  Congratulations to all that competed….wrestling the Olympic styles will pay dividends!!!

NYS Qualifier – Freestyle
NYS Qualifier – Greco-Roman