For the past 23 years, head wrestling coaches Jeff Cuilty of NFA and Don Blaine of Cornwall have watched their respective teams go to battle dozens of times. On Thursday, however, they faced each other for the first time as NYS Wrestling Hall of Fame members. In fact, is was one of the few times ever that Hall of Fame coaches have squared off in a dual meet in New York State. Coach Cuilty and Coach Blaine, along with long-time Section 9 referee Wayne Carroll, were inducted into the HOF during the NYS Championship Tournament held in Albany last February.
Thursday’s dual meet was won by NFA by a score of 40-27; NFA won 9 of the 15 bouts including two pins and two forfeits. In a bout between ranked wrestlers at 126 pounds, NFA senior John Derham defeated Cornwall sophomore Brett Johnson by an 8-3 margin. The anticipated showdown between Cornwall’s Sean Sweeney and NFA’s Johnny Bastone never happened as Sweeney did not dress for the dual meet. NFA 40 Cornwall 27
Although the outcome of the dual meet was never in question, there were a few marquee match-ups, as well as a great charity event, which made for an exciting evening of wrestling at Warwick on Thursday. Proceeds from the dual went to “Pinning Down Cancer.”
On the strength of 4 pins and 4 forfeits, Warwick, the #3 ranked team in NYS, dominated Port Jervis 54-25. The dual meet, however, did feature two marquee match-ups between ranked wrestlers; both matches lived up to their billing. At 145 pounds, Warwick’s Shane Connolly defeated Port’s Dylan Muller by a score of 2-0. Connolly, a 4X Section 9 champion, scored the only points of the match with a takedown at the end of the first period. At 160 pounds, Warwick’s Ryan Bedross narrowly defeated Travis Edwards 3-2. The other potential headline match could have taken place at 152 pounds where many in attendance anticipated a showdown between Warwick’s Kyle Weirzbicki and Port’s Bret Sauschuck. Weirzbicki was injured, however, and did not dress for the dual. Click below for complete boxscore.
The New York State Sportswriter’s Association has released their initial team rankings for the 2011-2012 wrestling season. It is with great pride that I report the release of these state rankings as there are three D1 Section 9 teams ranked in the top 11 and two D2 Section 9 teams ranked in the top 20!!! Warwick Valley #3, Monroe Woodbury #8, and Minisink Valley #11 all cracked the large school rankings, while Red Hook #19 and Onteora #20 made the list for small schools. Congratulations to all these programs…you are putting Section 9 back on the map!!! Below is the complete list of both the D1 and D2 rankings as compiled by Glen Irving of the Sportswriter’s Association.
Large School – D1Small School – D2 1. Wantagh – 8 (tie) 1. Phoenix – 3 1. Shenedehowa – 2 (tie) 2. Fredonia – 6 3. Warwick – 9 3. Peru – 7 4. Fox Lane – 1 4. Midlakes – 5 5. Spencerport – 5 5. Warsaw – 5 6. Fulton – 3 6. Greene – 4 7. Sachem East – 11 7. Palmyra Macedon – 5 8. Monroe Woodbury – 9 8. Holland Patent – 3 9. Longwood – 11 9. Royalton-Hartland – 6 10. Hauppague – 11 10. South Jefferson – 3 11. Minisink Valley – 9 11. Oyster Bay – 8 12. Queensbury – 2 12. BGA – 4 13. St. Anthony’s – CHSAA 13. Locust Valley – 8 14. Connetquot – 11 14. Hudson Falls – 2 15. Columbia – 2 15. Beekmantown – 7 16. MacArthur – 8 16. Holley – 5 17. Eastport-South Manor-11 17. Bayport-Blue Point-11 18. Brentwood-11 18. Windsor-4 19. Indian River-3 19. Red Hook-9 20. Penfield-5 20. Onteora-9 tie Webster Schroeder-5 tie Duanesburg-2 tie Union-Endicott-4 tie Corinth-2
Tune into kjbroadcasting.com tonight at 7:00 for another installment of The Section 9 Wrestling Talk Show. Tonight’s guest are Port Jervis Coach Eric Hartmann as well as PJ wrestlers Bret Sauschuck and Travis Edwards. Mike and Tim will review the week that was, preview the week that will be, and, of course, release their new rankings!
Highland crowns 5 champions to wins Lourdes Tournament! Austin Ingraham (113), Sal Mazella (145), Sam Cruz (152), AJ Buchanan (170), and Kevin Rivera (285) all took home titles as Highland edged host Lourdes 282 to 262 in the team race.
Mahopac defeats Valley Central for 1st place at Tri-State Holiday Tournament! Click below for a summary of the team results. (Individual results will appear in the “Results” section, as well as on each team’s personal page, as they become available.) Tri-State Holiday Tournament
Monroe Woodbury goes 4-0 at Montgomery County Duals. Vinny Vespa and AJ Voelker go 4-0!
Section 9 Wrestling has a busy weekend on tap for their fans! Below is a list of some of the upcoming duals and tournaments, as well as some of the potential marquee individual match-ups that we could see over the next few days!
Friday 12/16 Saugerties @ Kingston….Stanley vs. Stauble II Middletown @ Washingtonville…Nelson vs. Casey II Monticello @ Pine Bush … Stramiello vs. Vargas???
Saturday 12/17 Cornwall, Rondout Valley, Tri-Valley at Cornwall Dragon Duals Saugerties, Onteora @ Ravena Duals NFA @ Clarkstown North Tournament Eldred/Fallsburg @ Freeport Tournament (Long Island) Minisink & Washingtonville @ Jim Wilson Duals (Minisink Valley HS) Port Jervis, Middletown, Valley Central, Wallkill, Monticello, and Goshen @ Port Jervis Holiday Tournament Monroe Woodbury @ Amsterdam Duals Liberty @ Cuneen-Doan Tournament (Walton HS) Highland, Millbrook @ Lourdes Tournament (Our Lady of Lourdes HS) Red Hook @ Lee Van Slyke Memorial Tournament (Burnt Hills HS)