Second year Head Coach Joe Heskett had made “Build and Believe” the slogan for Army Wrestling. Well the staff has been doing a great job “building”, the wrestlers are now “believing”, and the NCAA wrestling community is starting to take notice.
Over the past three weeks, Army wrestling has won 4 consecutive dual meets and also finished 1st out of 15 teams at the New York State Collegiate Championships. Their recent dual meet victories were over Columbia 19-15, Drexel 26-12, Brown 24-15, and #25 Harvard 24-17.
The Black Knights return to action this weekend at the All-Academy Championships in Colorado Springs, CO. The event will take place on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy where Army will get a chance to wrestle against fellow service academies Air Force, The Citadel, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, Navy, Norwich and VMI.
Newburgh Free Academy 46 Saugerties 24In one of the biggest upsets of the year, NFA’s Terrence Cheeks upended Saugerties’ defending S9 Champion Ethan Stanley 6-5!!! How did it happen? Here is a match summary provided by the NFA coaches:
In a scramble off the initial takedown in the first 15 sec Cheeks put Stanley on his back. He kept him there for the rest of the period. Nearly everyone in the gym thought he had pinned him. Stanley chose down in 2nd, Cheeks immediately put him neutral 5-1. Stanley took Cheeks down about 1 min in 5-3. Stanley rode him out. Cheeks chooses neutral to start the 3rd. With about 45 sec left, Stanley took Cheeks down to tie it at 5-5. With about 15 sec left Cheeks escaped and held on for the 6-5 win.
NFA Coach Jeff Cuilty had this to say about Cheeks’ stunning performance.
“Stanley is a great wrestler, a hard worker and a great kid. I felt bad for him as it was his last home match as a senior. He battled for 1:45 to get off his back and that took a lot out of him.
This is HUGE for CHEEKS. The fact that he didn’t get the pin and was still able to get the win going the full 6 min is even more impressive. As great kids go, and guys you want to have on your team to be able to coach, he jumps to the top of the list. Everyone I know likes Cheeks. This will be a tremendous boost to his confidence. It probably doesn’t change a thing with respect to S9 seedings,…. but the night belongs to Cheeks. He beat possibly the best kid in the state and you cant help but be happy for him.”
Last Thursday, January 26, 2012, the Minisink Valley community lost a dear friend. Bob Perino, the long-time owner of Perino’s Market in Slate Hill, passed away surrounded by his loving family and friends.
If you’ve ever attended an event at Minisink Valley, chances are you’ve been to Perino’s which is located a few hundred yards down the street from the school on Rt. 6. Whether it was for a cup of coffee, a sandwich, or to grab a quick snack for before or after the match, Perino’s Market has become synonymous with Minisink Valley athletics. Perino’s Market is only a store though. Bob Perino, the man, however, was the epitome of what “community” is all about.
Always there to greet you with a smile and a friendly “hello”, Bob’s legacy extends far beyond the four walls of any store. His generosity to Minisink Valley extra curricular activities was unparalleled. Nearly every team (youth through varsity), club, or program at Minisink Valley has approached Bob over the past 30 years for a donation, contribution, or sponsorship….and without exception, Bob would help out. Why? Because Bob Perino believed in sports. He believed in the life lessons learned through competition: preparation, perseverance, team work, winning with humility, and accepting defeat with character.
In an almost “chilling” coincidence, Bob passed away exactly six years to the day of another Minisink Valley icon, long-time wrestling and football coach John Bell. Mr. Perino and Coach Bell were good friends. Bob always made sure that Coach Bell was “treated” to his cup of coffee on game/match day. Perino was Coach Bell’s oldest son Chris’s first little league coach. Bell was the JV baseball coach for Bob’s two sons Robby and Jeffrey.
The Minisink Valley community will never be the same. Rest in peace Mr. Perino.
With a relatively quiet week of wrestling, the Section 9 Wrestling rankings did not change much….definitely not the case this week!!! Below is a printer friendy version of the entire slate of action in Section 9 this week. One of the marquee matches occurs on Wednesday when Warwick travels to Monroe Woodbury to take on the Crusaders. Monroe would like to avenge its early season one-point loss to Warwick when the two teams met in the finals of the Section 9 Duals. The other highly anticipated match is Friday’s showdown between Minisink Valley and Warwick. Year after year, this dual meet proves to be one of the most intense and hotly-contested matches of the season. This year should prove to be no different. Monroe Woodbury, Warwick, and Minisink Valley are all ranked in the top 20 in New York State. This Week’s Section 9 Wrestling Schedule
After a relatively quiet week of wrestling, we are happy to announce that there are some outstanding tournaments coming up this weekend involving quite a few local teams. Most notably, NFA is hosting the Newburgh Duals on Saturday. This all-day, two-gymnasium tournament will showcase local teams NFA, Kingston, Port Jervis, and Warwick Valley. Also participating are Arlington, Chaminade, Hauppauge, Port Chester, Cold Spring Harbor, and Shoreham Wading River. Click below for a complete tourament schedule. 2012 Newburgh Duals
The very competitive Big Ten Tournament also takes place this weekend up in Albany. Section 9 will be well repesented by both Middletown and Pine Bush. Best of luck to all Section 9 teams this weekend. Section 9 Championships are just a few weeks away!!!
Last year, as a 7th grader, Warsaw’s Aaron Paddock compiled a 50-5 record and placed 6th at the NYS Championships. This year, Aaron has not stepped onto the mat. Back in August, he and some family members were cutting down trees on their property when a 14lb. branch fell 50 feet and struck Aaron in the head. Click on the link below for a wonderful story about how perseverence, a loving family, and the wrestling mentality have contributed to this young man’s amazing recovery.