Friends of Section 9 Awards Banquet

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The 13th Annual “Friends of Section 9” Banquet was held on Sunday March 16, 2014 at the Meadowbrook in New Windsor. Approximately 225 Section 9 wrestlers, parents, and coaches were in attendance.

The top 4 place winners in Division 1, and the top 2 place winners in Division 2 each received plaques. In addition the attached 28 Special Awards were presented. (The history of each award is also listed on the first tab of the attached.)

                                                 2014 Friends of S9 Special Award Winners

Coach of the Year Steve Fischbein, MW

Section 9 Coach of the Year Steve Fischbein, MW

Some of the highlights of the evening included:
Wrestlers of the Year: Dan DeCarlo (Port Jervis) 
                                         James Bethel (Saugerties)
Comeback of the Year: Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley)
Most Courageous Wrestler: Tyler Blasko (Wallkill)

Monroe Woodbury finished the season ranked #1 in NYS and received the Team of the Year Award.  The Crusaders head coach, Steve Fischbein, received the Mark Faller Coach of the Year Award.  After receiving a well-deserved standing ovation, Coach Fischbein, who is retiring from his head coaching position, gave an outstanding speech acknowledging many of his fellow coaches from around the Section.  Congratulations and great job Coach Fischbein…you went out with style and class!


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College Wrestling Results…Butler (Port Jervis) and Mongiello (Washingtonville) All-Americans!

     Division 1 Brackets                                          
S9sitelogo125: Franco (Hofstra, MW) vs. #2 Garrett (Cornell)  
149: Ruggirello (Hofstra, VC) vs. Birmingham (Davidson)
165: Wightman (Boston, Warwick) vs. Santiago (Rider)

     Division 2 Championships
285: Butler (Lindenwood, PJ) vs. Giddons (UNC Pemb.)
Prelims: Butler wbf :54 over Giddons (UNC Pemb.)
Qrts: Butler wbf 5:42 over Houska (Ashland)
Semis: Haddad (Kutztown) 5-2 over Butler
Consy Semis: Butler 5-4 over Goergen (St. Cloud St.)
Consy Finals: Butler 5-0 over Walker (Maryville)..Steven finishes 3rd…AA ..congrats!

     Division 3 Brackets
174: Diesel (Wilkes, MV) vs. Williams (Wartburg)
Prelims: Williams (Wartburg) 5-1 over Diesel …Williams is #1 seed
WB1: Diesel 4-2 over Hermann (Elizabethtown)
WB2: Ball (Coe) 2-1 over Diesel…Ball is #2 seed

     NCWA Championships
133: Bryan Mongiello (Alfred State, Washingtonville) finished in 6th place earning him All-American status!  Congratulations Bryan!

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Army Wrestling – Build and Believe

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Senior Paul Hancock (157 pounds) and sophomores Bryce Barnes (197) and Brian Harvey (174) will represent the Army wrestling team at the NCAA Championships from March 20-22 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Good luck men!!!

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Attention High School Wrestlers and Coaches!!

Are you looking for an opportunity to compete and gain valuable mat time during the summer months without having to travel to distant places?  If the answer is yes than look no further….

Island Wide Wrestling, LLC is proud to announce the first annual “Summer Duals” series

This event is designed to get high school wrestlers from the same school to compete together.  Long Island is home to some of the greatest wrestlers and teams in the country and we would like to give them an opportunity to display their talents here on the Island.  The tournament is open to all, who will be crowned Island Wide Champions?

Where? Long Island Lutheran High School         FAQ     

When? This event will take place over the weekends of July 12-13th, July 19-20th, and July 26th.

For more information, visit our website at

Also, follow us on Twitter: @IWWrestling and Facebook: Island Wide Wrestling, LLC

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Local Wrestlers @ NCAA Qualifying Tournaments

EIWA Championships @ Penn
125: Jamie Franco (Hofstra, Monroe Woodbury)
         Prelims: Franco 4-0 over Bing (Franklin & Marshall)
         Quarters: Franco 4-1 over White (Binghamton)
         Semis: Terao (American) wbf 2:00 over Franco
         Consy semis: Cruz (Lehigh) 3-2 over Franco
         Medal Round 5/6: Franco med over Petrov (Bucknell)
         Franco finishes 5th and automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships!!!
133: Logan Everett (Army)
         Prelims: Dellafave (Rutgers) 5-3 over Everett
         Wrestlebacks: Everett 11-0 over Finocchiaro (Brown)
         Wrestlebacks: Ott (Harvard) 7-2 over Everett
141: Tyler Rauenzahn (Army)
         Outbracket: Rauenzahn 8-2 over Lapresi (Bucknell)
         Prelims: Rauenzahn 7-3 over Bystol (Columbia)
         Quarters: Nevinger (Cornell) 8-1 over Rauenzahn
         Wrestlebacks: Rauenzahn 9-3 over Laster (Princeton)
         Consy quarters: Dippery (Rutgers) 19-4 tech fall over Rauenzahn
         Medal Round 7/8: Bystol (Columbia) 1-0 over Rauenzahn…Tyler finishes 8th
149: Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra, Valley Central)
         Prelims: Ruggirello wbf 2:15 Lenzi (Penn)…rematch of 2010 NYS finals where Lenzi won 2-1
         Quarters: Ruggirello wbf 1:41 over Lopez (Bucknell)
         Semis: Minotti (Lehigh) 12-5 over Ruggirello
         Consy semis: Ruggirello 7-4 over Krop (Princeton)
         Medal Round 3/4: Theobold (Rutgers) med. over Ruggirello
         Cody finishes 4th and automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships!!!
149: Mark Marchetti (Army) 
         Outbracket: Ponte (Columbia) 2-0 over Marchetti
         Wrestleback: Marchetti 7-5 over Galiardo (Brown)
         Wrestleback: Marchetti wbf 3:57 over Townshend (Franklin & Marshall)
         Wrestleback: Lopez (Bucknell) 8-4 over Marchetti
157: Paul Hancock (Army)
        Prelims: Hancock 2-0 over Boyle (American)
        Quarters: Sommer (Drexel) 8-7 over  Hancock
        Wrestleback: Hancock 6-2 over Johnson (Navy)
        Consy quarters: Perotti (Rutgers) wbf 1:25 over Hancock
        Medal Round 7/8: Hancock 13-5 over Moylan (Princeton) 
165: Mitchell Wightman (Boston University, Warwick)
        Prelims: Wightman 11-3 over Vrasidas (Sacred Heart)
        Quarters: Palacio (Cornell) 7-6 over Wightman
        Wrestleback: Wightman 6-1 over Haas (Lehigh)
        Consy quarters: Wightman 2-1 over Grella (Binghamton)
        Consy semis: Kent (Penn) 5-0 over Wightman
        Medal Round 5/6: Wightman 3-2 over Gobbo (Harvard)
        Mitch finishes 5th and automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships!!!
165: Chandler Smith (Army)
        Prelims: Smith 7-3 over Haas (Lehigh)
        Quarters: Kent (Penn) 5-3 over  Smith 
        Wrestleback: Visicaro (Rutgers) 4-3 over Smith
174: Brian Harvey (Army)
        Prelims: Harvey 18-0 tech fall over Gironda (Franklin & Marshall)
        Quarters: Harvey 3-0 over Pickett (Cornell)
        Semis: Wukie (Penn) 6-3 over Harvey
        Consy semis: Riddick (Lehigh) 11-4 over Harvey
        Medal Round 5/6: Harvey med. over Hughes (Columbia)…Brian finishes 5th
184: Ryan Tompkins (Army)
        Prelims: Croy (Harvard) 5-2 over Tompkins
        Wrestlebacks: Tompkins wbf :36 over Schuster (Sacred Heart)
        Wrestlebacks: Tompkins 6-2 over Grimes (American)
        Consy quarters: Hernandez (Columbia) 5-2 over Tompkins
        Medal Round 7/8: Tompkins 5-3 over Wallace Binghamton…Ryan takes 7th
197: Bryce Barnes (Army)
        Prelims: Barnes 8-0 maj. dec. over Bolich (Lehigh)
        Quarters: Barnes 8-6 over Palik (Drexel)…Palik was #1 seed!
        Semis: Reed (Binghamton) 5-2 over Barnes
        Consy semis: Mitchell (American) 8-1 over Barnes
        Medal Round 5/6: Ayala (Princeton) med over Barnes
        Bryce finishes 5th and automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships!!!
285: William Smith (Rutgers, High Point NJ)
        Prelims: Smith (Rutgers) wbf :54 over Cavey (Brown)
        Quarters: Smith (Rutgers) 10-2 over Graziano (Penn)
         Semis: Smith (Rutgers) 2-1 over Herrin (American)
285: Trevor Smith (Army)
        Outbracket: Ng (Harvard) 3-2 over Smith (Army)
        Wrestleback: Cook (Navy) 2-1 over Smith (Army)

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NJ & PA High School State Championships

High Point, NJ                                              Delaware Valley, PA
Dominic Gallo (120)                                          Jalen Palmer (132) 
   Prelim: Gallo 3-2 over Barbera (Eastern)                      Prelim: Palmer 3-0 over Krizky (Boyertown)
    R16: Russo (St. Peter’s Prep) 3-2 over Gallo                 R16: Grossman (Manheim) 4-2 over Palmer
Michael Derin (132)                                                        Consy 2nd Rd: Palmer 11-4 over Wise (Pottstown) 

    Prelim: Derin – bye                                                             Consy 3rd Rd: Smith (Franklin) 10-5 over Palmer
    R16: Rivera (Paulsboro) 8-7 over Derin
                    Palmer 7-2 over Stokes (Bensalem)…Jalen 7th in PA
Jason Gaccione (145)                                       
   Prelim: Gaccione 5-1 over Union (Neptune)                                         PA BRACKETS
    R16: Gaccione 3-1 over Roumes (Roxbury)
    Quarters: Reed (Delbarton) 4-2 over Gaccione

Kyle Stoll (195)
   Prelim: Stoll – bye
    R16: Collucci (St. Peter’s Prep) 8-6 over Stoll


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Is Wrestling Season Over? Not Even Close!!!

The regular season, sectional tournaments, and NYS Championships have come and gone…but that does not mean that wrestling season is over!  Below are just a few of the events that will be keeping an eye on over the next few weeks.

3/6, 3/7, & 3/8 Pennsylvania High School State Championships in Hershey, PA
       Jalen Palmer (132) - Delaware Valley          BRACKETS
3/7, 3/8, & 3/9 New Jersey High School State Championships in Atlantic City, NJ
       Dominic Gallo (120), Michael Derin (132) & Jason Gaccione (145) - High Point          BRACKETS
3/8 & 3/9 – Army, Hofstra, & Boston U. @ EIWA Championships in Philadelphia, PA
     Follow the Hudson Valley’s only Division 1 program as the Black Knights try to qualify for the NCAAs
      S9 grads Jamie Franco and Cody Ruggirello (Hofstra) attempt to punch their ticket to the big show
      Warwick grad Mitchell Wightman (BU) tries to qualify in what is perhaps BU’s last year of wrestling
3/8 NYWAY Hudson Valley Regional Qualifier @ Pine Bush HS  
                         Tournament Flyer
3/15 & 3/16 – NYWAY State Tournament including D1 vs. D2 Challenge in Syracuse, NY
                         NYWAY STATE TOURNAMENT FLYER
3/16 – Dapper Dan Classic – Team USA vs. Team Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh, PA
                         Dapper Dan Wrestling Website
3/28, 3/29, & 3/30 – NHSCA High School Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA
                         NHSCA Website
3/29 – MAWA District Tournament @ Middletown High School
                         Link to Tournament Flyer
4/4, 4/5, & 4/6 – FloNationals in White, PA -  No longer conflicts with HS Nationals!!!
                         FloNationals Website 

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Final Matchups and Results

99 D1:  Jacori Teemer (S8) pins Adam Busiello (S11) 4:36
99 D2: Dane Heberlein (S5) 7-0 over Jonathan Gomez (S8)
106 D1: Yianni Diakomihalis (S5) 11-2 over Peter Papas (S8)
106 D2: Matteo Devincenzo (S11) 9-4 over Luke Yanklowski (S5)
113 D1: Vito Arujau (S8) 4-1 over Kyle Quinn (S8)
113 D2: Hunter Dusold (S8) 3-1 over Derek Spann (S3) 
120 D1: Nick Piccininni (S11) 3-0 over Jesse Dellavechia (S11)
120 D2: Bryan Lantry (S5) 5-4 over Luis Weierbach (S2)
126 D1: Travis Passaro (S11) 3-2 over Alex Delacruz (S1)
126 D2: Kellen Devlin (S6) 4-3 over Ryan Snow (S3)
132 D1: Chris Mauriello (S11) 6-2 over Said Kakharmonov (PSAL)
132 D2: William Koll (S4) 6-3 over Sean Peacock (S5)
138 D1: Brandon Lapi (S2) 6-3 3ot Justin Cooksey (S8)
138 D2: Tristan Rifanburg (S4) 7-1 over Laken Cook (S3)
145 D1: Vincent Deprez (S5) 3-1 over Jake Restrepo (S11)
145 D2: Alex Herringshaw (S3) pins Andrew Shomers (S6)
152 D1: Louis Hernandez (S8) 8-4 over Anthony Deprez (S5)
152 D2: Frank Garcia (S4) 4-0 over Tyler Silverthorn (S3)
160 D1: Shakur Rasheed (S11) 13-0 Angelo Kress (S2)
160 D2: Trevor Allard (S3) 3-1 sv over  Connor Lawrence (S2) 
170 D1: Steven Schneider (S8) 3-1 over Eric Adon (S11)
170 D2: Burke Paddock (S5) 9-1  Ryan Marzal (S4) Paddock’s 300th win!!!
182 D1: Mark Tracy (S11) 8-2 over Brett Perry (S1)  
182 D2: Christian Dietrich (S4) 3-0 over Daniel Smith (S3)
195 D1: Reggie Willaims (S4) 7-1 over Andrew Grella (S1)
195 D2: Nathanel Rose (PSAL) 9-4 over Lane Frost (S3)
220 D1: Richard Sisti (C) 10-4 over Vin Feola (S11)
220 D2: Ryan Wolcott (S4) 3-1 over Jake Benedict (S3)
285 D1: James O’Hagan (S8) pin 2:33 Michael Manni (S1)
285 D2: Connor Calkins (S5) 10-5 over Nick Scott (S2)

D1 MOW: Shakur Rasheed
D2 MOW: Burke Paddock

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Medal Matches

106: Vespa beats Kropman (S5)…takes 3rd in NYS!!!
126: Burns receives fft…Da’mani 5th in NYS!
160: Decarlo beats Holconb…Danny finishes 3rd in NYS
170: Zsido loses to Russo…Quinn takes 6th in NYS
195: Jessell loses to Egenlauf… Erik takes 6th in NYS
220: Bethel beat Kelly 4-2…James 3rd, Rob 4th in NYS!!!
285: Weinger beats Manna(S8)…Sam finishes 5th in NYS!

Congratulations to all of our S9 Medal Winners!!!

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Consie Semifinals

106: Vespa 9-0 over Stallone (S11) …Vinny wrestling for 3rd
126: Burns loses to Burke (S4) …Da’mani will go for 5th
160: DeCarlo beats Diaz (S8) 9-6…Danny is going for 3rd
170: Zsido loses to Weber (S6) … Quinn going for 5th
195: Mackenzie beats Ogrodowski (S5)…finishes in 7th (PSAL wrestler in finals)
195: Jessell loses to Oliver (S8)… Erik going for 5th
220: Kelly pins Hartnett (S1)…Rob is going for 3rd
220: Bethel pins Schaefer (S5)…James and Rob wrestling for 3rd!!!
285: Weinger loses to Gibbons (S3) …Sam is going for 5th

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