I have been getting several requests for information about Youth Wrestling Tournaments. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be too many local events schedued. What I’ve decided to do, however, is provide some information about tournaments that are within a few hours of Section 9. Hopefully, in time, we will see an increase in local youth tournaments. For the time being, you may want to consider entering your future Section 9 wrestlers in tournaments in Section 1 (Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties), NJ, PA, Long Island, Sections 3 and 4 (Central NY), and Section 2 (Albany area). I hope this is of some help to those of you who are interested, and please do not hesitate in sending me any additional information regarding youth wrestling.
Congratulations to Section 9 referees Wayne Carroll, Greg Tavano, and Gunnar DeJong. All three of these veteran officials have been selected to work the New York State Wrestling Championship Tournament in February. Jeff Traver, who works both Section 1 and Section 9 matches, has been selected to work the state tournament as well. Traver, however, will be representing Section 1. Congratulations and good luck to all four of these outstanding officials!
Glen Irving of the New York State Sports Writers Association has released his new team state rankings. Monroe Woodbury (13), Warwick (14), and Minisink Valley (18) are all ranked in the top 20 for the Division 1 (large) schools. Congratulations to all three programs…great job and keep it up!!! Click below for a link to the complete list.
Congratulations to Port Jervis graduate Joe Zitone and Highland graduate Vinny Barberfor finshing 1st and 2nd, respectively, at the Will Abele Invitational hosted by Ursinus. The two heaveyweight grapplers never actually wrestled as Barber had to medically forfeit out of tournament due to an injury sustained during his semifinal victory. Click here for complete brackets. Great job guys!
The Eastern States Classic has come and gone and our sectional tournaments are less than a month away. Now is the time when Section 9 wrestlers are making their final preparations for the big prize….a ticket to the New York State Wrestling Championships.
Before we look at the new rankings, let’s take a look at some of the potential match-ups for the week ahead. Who knows, we may see some of these matches again in February??? This Week’s Section 9 Wrestling Schedule
Wednesday: Middletown @ Monroe…Brown vs. Murphy, Jackson vs. Baum Cornwall @ Minisink…Sweeney vs. Raccioppi, Kreider vs. Rambrose Friday: Kingston @ Monroe Woodbury…Edmond vs. Kelley Cornwall @ Port Jervis….Sweeney vs. Booth
Wyoming Seminary made their Eastern States Classic debut in style! The prep school from northeastern PA crowned five champions and outscored runner-up Shenendehowa by 89 points. Quite simply, they were dominating. They brought 13 wrestlers to the tournament…12 of them placed in the top eight. No other team placed more than 5!
Seven Section 9 wrestlers stepped on the podium led by Ethan Stanley’s third place finish. The Saugerties heavyweight’s only loss was 1-0 decision (illegal clasp) in the semifinals to eventual champion Michael Johnson of Wyoming Seminary. Other local wrestlers who placed were Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley, 6th @ 99), Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 7th @ 106), TJ Kreider (Cornwall, 8th @ 113), Bret Sauschuck (Port Jervis, 7th @ 145), Jesse Corcoran (Eldred/Fallsburg, 8th @ 220), and Seth Stauble (Kingston, 7th @ 285).