Section 9 D1 quarterfinal match-ups

Here are your Section 9 Division 1 quarterfinal match-ups.  Wrestling will begin at 9:30 at Monroe Woodbury High School.  Semifinals should begin at approximately 11:45 and the finals are slated to start at 6:30!  Good luck to all of our wrestlers.

Gerard Daly(MV) vs. Mack Philips(VC)                                  Evan Barzack(MW) vs. Andrew North(PB)
Vinny Vespa(MW) vs. Isaiah Gutierrez-Vera(Mid)              Steven Slepoy(NFA) vs. Chris Cuccolo(PB)

John Stramiello(PB) vs. Damani Burns(NFA)                     Sean Sweeney(Corn) vs. Johnny Bastone(NFA)
Dylan Booth(PJ) vs. Justin Clavell(Wash)                            Gabe Campbell(VC) vs. Michael Raccioppi(MV)

TJ Kreider (Corn) vs. Hussain Hasan(VC)                           Alex Baum(MW) vs. Mason Rambrose(MV)
Ryan Ferro(War) vs. Jordan Jackson(Midd)                       Luis Andreakis(Wash) vs. PJ Smoot(MW)

Justin Corradino(War) vs. Angel Martinez(MW)              Ryan Bolger(VC) vs. Chris Truglio(MV)
Tyler Rodriguez(Midd) vs. Sean Foshini(NFA)                 Nick Sebesta(Wall) vs. Bryan Mongiello(Wash)

Tom Murphy (MW) vs. Justin Guarno(Wash)                   Brandon Lewis(MW) vs. Lance Golubinski(Gos)
Brett Johnson(Corn) vs. Wyatt Lendle(VC)                        Mike Yaeger(Saug) vs. Donald Brown(Midd)

Luke Roth (Corn) vs. Kenny Lumbrazo(MV)                    Ray Isales(Corn) vs. Jordan Robles(PB)
John Derhan(NFA) vs. Thomas Wightman(War)            Coby McGuire(NFA) vs. Mohamed Shidid(Wash)

Shane Connolly (War) vs. Tyler Owen(Wall)                    Luke Evans(Mont) vs. Tom Curley(MW)
Mark Milisci(Wash) vs. Quinn Zsido(Corn)                      Antonio Fracasse(NFA) vs. Dylan Muller(PJ)

Bret Sauschuck(PJ) vs. Tyler Blasko(Wall)                      Drake Barzack(MW) vs. Dante Giannetta(Corn)
Devyn Fennell(MV) vs. Shane Ginley(War)                     Ryan Sause(PB) vs. Kyle Wierzbicki(War)

Ryan Bedross(War) vs. Tim Yurgel(Corn)                       Bryan Cuilty(NFA) vs. Travis Edwards(PJ)
AJ Voelker(MW) vs. Francesco Pichardo(Wash)           Nick Wentland(MV) vs. JP Vandercliff(MW)

Dan DeCarlo(PJ) vs. Harley Rogers(War)                       Luke Zsido(Corn) vs. Chris Weston(PB)
Jake Hoffman(MV) vs. Andrew Bragado(Wash)            Anthony Milano(MW) vs. Pat Sause(PB)

Colin Casey(Wash) vs. Rob Cuomo(Saug)                      Andrew Mentz(Saug) vs. Frank Mayo(MV)
Kyle McGuire(NFA) vs. Ryan Gagnon(Corn)                 Andy Sliter(War) vs. Kirk Nelson(Midd)

Anthony Sannella(MV) vs. Chris Farrell(Saug)             John McWeeney(King) vs. Randy Wilson(PJ)
Andrew Giese(Corn) vs. TJ Mann (Corn)                       Tom Merenyi(Gosh) vs. Bilal Hasan(VC)

Deon Edmond(King) vs. James Bethel(Saug)                  Vinny Nastro(Gosh) vs. Travis Curreri(PJ)
Ty’Mare Armstrong(Midd) vs. Joe Santianno(Gosh)     Luke Durland(MV) vs. Pavel Gorelov(War)

Rob Kelly(MW) vs. Damion Rampe(PB)                          Keoni Nakapaahu(Saug) vs. Shane Hanlon(MV)
Jorge Vasco(MW) vs. Sam Weinger(Wash)                    Josh Bonneau(MV) vs. Connor Leavell(War)

Ethan Stanley(Saug) vs. Joe Boccia(War)                       Tim Wade(Midd) vs. Blaise Smith(Midd)
Terrence Cheeks(NFA) vs. Steven Melgar(Wash)         Andrew Connors(Wall) vs. Seth Stauble(King)


D1 Section 9 Tournament Seeds Released!

Below are the top 8 seeds in each weight class for this weekend’s Division 1 Section 9 Wrestling Tournament taking place at the Monroe Woodbury High School.  Wrestling will get underway on Friday at 4:45 with outbrackets, Round of 16, and wrestlebacks.  Saturday’s schedule has the quarter-finals beginning at 9:30, semis at 11:45 and finals should begin at 6:30.

99:    1. Daly(MV)  2. Cuccolo(PB)  3. Vespa(MW)  4. North(PB)  5. Barzack(MW)  6.Gutierrez(Mid)  7. Slepoy(NFA)  8. Greenlaw(War)
106:  1. Stramiello(PB) 2. Raccioppi(MV) 3. Booth(PJ) 4. Bastone(NFA) 5. Sweeney(Corn) 6. Lewis(Mid) 7. Campbell(VC) 8. Burns(NFA)
113:  1. Kreider(Corn) 2. Smoot(MW) 3. Ferro(War) 4. Rambrose(MV) 5. Baum(MW) 6. Jackson(Mid) 7. Andreakis(Wash) 8. Hasan(VC)
120:  1. Corradino(War) 2. Mongiello(Wash) 3. Rodriguez(Mid) 4. Truglio(MV) 5. Bolger(VC) 6. Storer(Corn) 7. Sebesta(Wall) 8. Vargas(Mont)
126:  1. Murphy(MW) 2. Brown(Mid) 3. Gomez(Mont) 4. Johnson(Corn) 5. Golubinski(Gosh) 6. Lewis(MW) 7. Lendle(VC) 8. Yaeger(Saug)
132:  1. Roth(Corn) 2. Derham(NFA) 3. Circelli(MW) 4. Robles(PB) 5. Isales(Corn) 6. Wightman(War) 7. McGuire(NFA) 8. Lumbrazo(MV)
138:  1. Connolly(War) 2. Muller(PJ) 3. Milisci(Wash) 4. Curley(MW) 5. Evans(Mont) 6. Zsido(Corn) 7. Fracasse(NFA) 8. Owen(Wall)
145:  1. Sauschuck(PJ) 2. Wierzbicki(War) 3. Fennell(MV) 4. Giannetta(Corn) 5. Barzack(MW) 6. Ginley(War) 7. Carlyon(NFA) 8. Blasko(Wall)
152:  1. Bedross(War) 2. Vandercliff(MW) 3. Voelker(MW) 4. Edwards(PJ) 5. Cuilty(NFA) 6. Pichardo(Wash) 7. Smith(VC) 8. Grandson(Midd)
160:  1. DeCarlo(PJ) 2. Sause(PB) 3. Hoffman(MV) 4. Weston(PB) 5. Zsido(Corn) 6. Bragado(Wash) 7. Milano(MW) 8. Rogers(War)
170:  1. Casey(Wash) 2. Nelson(Midd) 3. McGuire(NFA) 4. Mayo(MV) 5. Mentz(Saug) 6. Gagnon(Corn) 7. Sliter(War) 8. Porter(VC)
182:  1. Sannella(MV) 2. Hasan(VC) 3. Giese(Corn) 4. Wilson(PJ) 5. McWeeney(King) 6. Mann(Corn) 7. Merenyi(Gosh) 8. Farrell(Saug)
195:  1. Edmond(King) 2. Gorelov(War) 3. Kelly(MW) 4. Armstrong(Midd) 5. Curreri(PJ) 6. Mascaro(Wall) 7. Nastro(Gosh) 8. Rispoli(PB)
220:  1. Leavell(War) 2. Ortiz(Midd) 3. Vasco(MW) 4. Hanlon(MV) 5. Nakapaahu(Saug) 6. Weinger(Wash) 7. Bonneau(MV) 8. Giordano(War)
285:  1. Stanley(Saug) 2. Stauble(King) 3. Cheeks(NFA) 4. Ortiz(Midd) 5. Wade(Midd) 6. Melgar(Wash) 7. Connors(Wall) 8. Lawrence(Saug)


Future S9 Stars; JV Sections Results, 2012 Youth Sections Info!

Monroe Woodbury edged Minisink Valley by one point (158-157) this past Saturday at the JV Sectionals held in Warwick.  Click below for full results and to catch glimpse of some of the names you’ll be reading about for the next couple of years in Section 9 Wrestling!!!

                                                         2012 JV Sectionals

Hey….speaking of future S9 champions, I hope everyone is registered for the Section 9 Youth Championships scheduled for this coming Sunday 2/12 at Monroe Woodbury High School.  The tournament is also open to modified wrestlers as long as their birth year is 1998 or 1999.  Click below for tournament and registration information.

                                 2012 Section 9 Youth Wrestling Championship



Anibal Nieves: Ellenville graduate, NCAA All-American, 2X Olympian

This week’s edition of the Section 9 Wrestling Talk show will be be very special.  Yes we will, of course, spend a great deal of time discussing the up-coming Section 9 Wrestling Championships.  The show will also have a special guest who is about to start something very significant for the sport of wrestling…specifically women’s wrestling. 

Ellenville graduate Anibal Nieves has received approval to launch the first ever women’s college wrestling program in New England.  Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA will have a women college freestyle wrestling team. They will be a part of the Woman College Wrestling Association (WCWA). STCC will be the first college in the Northeast & New England to have a women’s college team. They will join 18 other colleges nationwide plus Canada to be part of the WCWA.  Anyone interested contact Anibal Nieves at  or (413) 221-5633. 

To get all of the information, tune into tonight’s broadcast at at 7:00PM to hear the show live.  If you miss it, the show will be archived by tomorrow for on-demand enjoyment.  

DV Spring League Registration and Information

Delaware Valley High School (PA) will be running their spring wrestling league again this year.  Matches are held every Wednesday at the high school from April 4th until May 9th.  Click below for the registration form which includes contact information for DV head coach Lou DeLauro.

                                        2012 Delaware Valley Spring League


Derek Stanley Wins 197; Army 4th at All-Academy

Congratulations to Saugerties graduate Derek Stanley for winning the 197 pound title at the All-Academy Championships held in Colorado Springs on Sunday.  Derek finished 3-0 including a victory by pin over Tyler Russell from Merchant Marine Academy.  Teammate Cole Gracey also won an individual title at 165.  As a team, Army came in forth of eight teams finishing behind Navy, Air Force, and the Citadel.  Click below for complete article including full results from the Army Wrestling website.

       Army Fourth at All Academy Championships


Sannella defeats Gorelov; MV 34 Warwick 33 on criteria

In one of the most exciting dual meets of the year, Minisink Valley defeated Warwick 34-33 (criteria 8 matches won) on the last day of regular season wrestling in Section 9!  Warwick had a 33-30 lead going into the final match of the evening where defending Section 9 champion Pavel Gorelov of Warwick was set to take on Minisink’s Anthony Sannella at 195 pounds.  Sannella weighed in at 182 but was forced to bump-up to take on Gorelov in what proved to be an extremely exciting match.  In the end, Sannella was able to hold off Gorelov to earn a 6-5 victory and secure the victory for Minisink.  In the other marquee match-up of the evening, Warwick 7th grader Ryan Ferro was able to convert a 3rd period reversal into a pinfall to defeat Minisink’s Mason Rambrose at 113 pounds.  Congratulations to both teams for having phenomenal regular seasons….both MV and Warwick, along with Monroe Woodbury, have been ranked in the top 20 in NYS all season long!  Next stop….the Section 9 Championships!  Check back for schedule and seeds as they become available.

Minisink Valley 34 Warwick 33

In the other match scheduled for Friday, Cornwall was able to defeat Monticello by a score of 66-12.  It the most anticipated match of the evening, Monticello’s Paul Gomez was able to hold off Cornwall’s Brett Johnson for a 11-8 victory at 126.

                                                          Cornwall 66 Monticello 12 

Knights on a roll heading into All-Academy Championships

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.


Thursday’s Results….Shocker at 285 as Cheeks upsets Stanley

Newburgh Free Academy 46 Saugerties 24 In 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.” 

Minisink Valley Loses Community Icon Bob Perino


Bob Perino with his grandson Steven Lloyd

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.