1990-1999 All-Decade Team

Steve Garland was a 2X Section 9 champion and a 2X state finalist for Middletown HS. In college he was a 3X NCAA qualifier and came in 2nd in the nation as a senior for the University of Virginia. Garland has been the head coach at UVA since 2006.

Here we go!!! Let’s take a look at all of the Section 9 champions from the 1990’s as well as the 1990’s All-Decade Team! I would like to once again thank everyone who I have called or texted for assistance in putting together these star-studded teams. It seems to be getting tougher each decade and I imaging that the next two decades are going to be no different. Section 9 produced some incredible wrestlers in the 90’s and quite a few of them were left off this team. I hope that it creates some heated, yet friendly, discussion and most importantly takes us on a trip down memory lane. Just imagine an “All-Decade” team that excludes hammers like Marcus Hutchings, Jeremy Smit, Christian Favata, Dave Colabella, and Brian Benson! Keep in mind that Troy Bouzakis and Mike Bucci were on the 1980’s Team so they do not appear here. Also, if a wrestler has impressive credentials in the 90’s but graduated in 2000 it is possible that they will appear on the 2000-2009 Team. Enjoy!

1990’s All-Decade Team

91 – David Hartwick (Valley Central)
98 – Steve Garland (Middletown)
105 – Phillip Mansueto (Middletown)
112 – Rocco Mansueto (Middletown)
119 – Paul Paquin (Cornwall)
126 – Mike Castro (Washingtonville)
132 – Jeff Smith (Rondout Valley)
138 – Tim Cornish (Minisink Valley)
145 – Mike Mitchell (Cornwall)
155 – Dennis Clark (Monroe Woodbury)
167 – Rob Padilla (Newburgh)
177 – Joe Pistone (Middletown)
215 – Joe Sahl (Valley Ventral)
250 – Joe Yanis (Minisink Valley)

1990
91 David Hardwick (Valley Central, 10)
98 Jeff Tufano (Port Jervis, 9) – 5th NYS
105 Mark Aguilar (Washingtonville, 10)
112 Kyle Sibley (Valley Central, 11)
119 Chris Svensson (Goshen, 12)
126 Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 12) – NYS Champ & MOW
132 Keith Anderson (Pine Bush, 12)
138 Chris Fleeger (Port Jervis, 12)
145 Ron Clinton (Middletown, 12) – 5th NYS
155 Marcus Hutchins (Monticello, 12) – 4th NYS
167 Heath Macaluso (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS

177 Mike Rydell (Newburgh, 12)
215 Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 12) – NYS Champion
250 Matt Brandt (Red Hook, 12)

1991
91 David Hardwick (Valley Central, 11) – NYS Champion
98 Kurl Asdal (Monticello, 12)
105 Mark Aguilar (Washingtonville, 11)
112 Jeff Tufano (Port Jervis, 10)
119 Kyle Sibley (Valley Central, 12)
126 Mike Castro (Washingtonville, 12) – NYS Champion
132 Mike Gardianos (Minisink Valley, 12)
138 Rich Gomez (Washingtonville, 12)
145 J.P. Sautter (Minisink Valley, 12)
155 Marcus Hutchins (Monticello, 12) – 5th NYS
167 Gino Brown (Newburgh, 11) – 5th NYS
177 Greg Conn (Valley Central, 12) – 6th NYS

215 Bob Bucci (Red Hook, 11)
250 Joe Yanis (Minisink Valley, 12) – NYS Champion

1992
91 Brian Murtaugh (Minisink Valley, 12)
98 Mike Mitchell (Cornwall, 9)
105 David Hardwick (Valley Central, 12)
112 Mark Aguilar (Washingtonville, 12)
119 Brian Miller (New Paltz, 12)
126 Chris Cotten (Valley Central, 12)
132 Josh Potter (Minisink Valley, 11)
138 Quoc Le (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
145 Neil Brutus (Valley Central, 12)
155 Luke Barbalich (Port Jervis, 12)
167 Nick Byrne (Cornwall, 12)
177 Gino Brown (Newburgh, 12) – 6th NYS
215 Bob Bucci (Red Hook, 12)
250 Lou Volpe (Cornwall, 12) – 6th NYS

1993
91 Jun Watanabe (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
98 Mike Masci (Goshen, 11)
105 Tim Keys (Port Jervis, 12)
112 Billy Lynch (Valley Central, 11)
119 Mike Mitchell (Cornwall, 10)
126 Chris Cotten (Valley Central, 12)
132 Josh Potter (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
138 Tim Cornish (Liberty, 10)
145 Josh Hnath (Pine Bush, 12)
155 Paul Hartmann (Port Jervis, 10)
167 Nick Macri (Cornwall, 12) – 6th NYS
177 Frank Graziano (Minisink Valley, 12)
215 Mike Harding (Pine Bush, 12)
250 Tim Southard (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS

1994
91 Steve Garland (Middletown, 11) – 2nd NYS
98 Dan Garland (Middletown, 11) – 6th NYS
105 Mike Masci (Goshen, 12) – 6th NYS

112 Steve Alvarado (Cornwall, 12)
119 Billy Lynch (Valley Central, 12) – 6th NYS
126 A.J. Levine (Pine Bush, 11)
132 Mike Mitchell (Cornwall, 11)
138 Tim Cornish (Liberty, 11)
145 Mike Kikendall (Monticello, 12)
155 Doug Spelman (Middletwon, 11)
167 Ed Vass (Goshen, 11)
177 Phil Dudek (Kingston, 12)
215 Jason Pawliczak (Pine Bush, 12) – 6th NYS
250 Jeremy Smit (Valley Central, 11)

1995
91 Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 9) – 6th NYS
98 Steve Garland (Middletown, 12) – 2nd NYS

105 Vinny Pickell (Ellenville, 12)
112 Al Mann (Cornwall, 12)
119 Dylan Ronk (Goshen, 12) – 3rd NYS
126 A.J. Levine (Pine Bush,12)
132 Tim Hendershot (Minisink Valley, 12)
138 Tim Cornish (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
145 Mike Mitchell (Cornwall, 12) – 3rd NYS
155 Doug Spelman (Middletown, 12) – 6th NYS

167 Ed Vass (Goshen, 12)
177 Joe Pistone (Middletown, 12) – 4th NYS
215 Mike Rechtorovic (Valley Central, 12) – 5th NYS
250 Jeremy Smit (Valley Central, 12) – 3rd NYS

1996
91 Kevin Fleenor (Newburgh, 12) – 4th NYS
98 Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 10) – 2nd NYS

105 Bill Maloney (Port Jervis, 11)
112 Paul Paquin (Cornwall, 11) – NYS Champion
119 Jim Powderly (Newburgh, 12) – 6th NYS

126 Jason Nauta (Pine Bush, 12)
132 Jeff Smith (Rondout Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS
138 Christian Favata (Rondout Valley, 12) – 4th NYS

145 Joe Stepp (Goshen, 12)
155 Matt Dunne (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
167 Rob Padilla (Newburgh, 12) – 2nd NYS
177 Walt Henry (Pine Bush, 10)
215 Billy Donohue (Middletown, 11)
250 Ron Gannello (Middletown, 11)

1997
96 Rocco Mansueto (Middletown, 11) – NYS Champion
103 Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 11) – NYS Champion
112 Al Ronaldson (Valley Central, 12) – 4th NYS
119 Pat Griffin (Valley Central, 11) – 4th NYS
125 Paul Paquin (Cornwall, 12) – NYS Champion
130 Jeremy Nauta (Pine Bush, 12)
135 Joe Papasidero (Goshen, 12) – 6th NYS
140 Steve Boenigk (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 6th NYS
145 George Butwell (Newburgh, 12)
152 Dennis Clark (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
160 Dan Uebel (Cornwall, 10)
171 Walt Henry (Pine Bush, 11)
189 Ken Barringer (Valley Central, 12)
220 Nick Losey (Goshen, 12)
275 Ron Gannello (Middletown, 12)

1998
96 Eric Biccum (Port Jervis, 8) – 5th NYS
103 Dave Edwards (Cornwall, 10)
112 Rocco Mansueto (Middletown, 12) – NYS Champion
119 Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 12) – 2nd NYS
125 Pat Griffin (Valley Central, 12) – 4th NYS
130 Joe Molloy (Rondout Valley, 12)
135 Nick Rausenberger (Newburgh, 10)
140 Pat Sansbury (Valley Central, 12)
145 Walter Kaufmann (Port Jervis, 12)
152 Dennis Clark (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 3rd NYS
160 Dave Colabella (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
171 Walt Henry (Pine Bush, 12)
189 Rob Flores (Port Jervis, 11) – 6th NYS
215 Joe Sahl (Valley Central, 11) – 6th NYS
275 Jake Wright (Minisink Valley, 11)

1999
96 Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 3rd NYS
103 Keith Pickel (Ellenville, 12) – 2nd NYS

112 Jim Pagan (Newburgh, 11)
119 Brian Benson (Valley Central, 12) – 2nd NYS
125 Joe Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
125 Brad Giambrone (Onteora, 12) – 5th NYS
130 Dave Edwards (Cornwall, 11) – 4th NYS

135 Shawn Wiley (Pine Bush, 11)
140 Terry Madden (Pine Bush, 11)
145 George Pullman (New Paltz, 12) – 3rd NYS
152 Nick Rausenberger (Newburgh, 11) – 4th NYS
160 Kevin Lawrence (Newburgh, 10) – 6th NYS
171 Dave Colabella (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 3rd NYS

189 Dom Abato (MVP) (Wallkill, 12)
215 Joe Sahl (Valley Central, 12) – 2nd NYS
275 Alva Conklin (Middletown, 11)

1980-1989 All-Decade Team

Pine Bush’s Troy Bouzakis was a 5X Section 9 Champion, a 3X NYS Champion, and a 2X State Tournament MOW!

So it is getting tougher and tougher to come up with these All-Decade teams! There are absolute hammers who are being left off … but that’s what makes this fun! One of the goals of these posts is to take us on a trip down memory lane to provide a healthy distraction from these very trying times. Just a few notes for clarification… Some wrestlers have credentials which would make them candidates for two All-Decade Teams however I am only including them on one team. The obvious examples are here are Troy Bouzakis and Mike Bucci who were also 1990 state champs but I have decided to include them on the 1980’s team. Putting together this team was the toughest one yet – deciding between Rich Parete or Dickie Bouzakis at 126 was impossible! How about leaving off Bryan Keys and Ken Wojehowski? I am sure that it will get even more challenging once we have to factor in D1 and D2 wrestlers! I made several calls, texts, and emails to help me with some of these decisions! Thank you very much for everyone who chipped in especially Donnie Blaine, Steve Fischbein, Kevin Gallagher, Tracy Sutera, and Tim Monahan.

1980’s All-Decade Team

91 – Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush)
98 – Phil Consiglio (North Rockland)
105 – Doug Keys (Port Jervis)
112 – Jeff Keys (Port Jervis)
119 – Jeff Lewis (Valley Central)
126 – Dickie Bouzakis (Pine Bush)
132 – Tim Ferrante (New Paltz)
138 – Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central)
145 – Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury)
155 – Earl Lynch (Monroe Woodbury)
167 – Matt Pisciotta (New Paltz)
177 – Mike Bucci (Red Hook)
215 – Tom Ladka (Monroe Woodbury)
250 – John Nickless (Valley Central)

1980
91 Glenn Burres (Monroe Woodbury, 10)
98 Bryan Keys (Port Jervis, 11) – 4th NYS
105 Mike Mott (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
112 Art Schad (Red Hook, 12) – 6th NYS
119 John Doyle (Tappan Zee, 12)
126 Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
132 John Stewart (Port Jervis,12) – 2nd NYS
138 Doug Jenks (Port Jervis, 12) – 4th NYS

145 Bill White (Suffern, 12)
155 Kevin Troche (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS
167 Dan Parietti (Suffern, 12)
177 Todd Giles (Ramapo, 12) – 3rd NYS
215 Dave McNally (Suffern, 12)
250 Blaze Winters (Tappan Zee, 12) – 5th NYS

1981
91 Rick Grande (Ramapo, 12)
98 Jose Munoz (North Rockland, 10)
105 Bryan Keys (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
112 Jeff Keys (Port Jervis, 11) – 4th NYS
119 Carl Marinaccio (Suffern, 12)
126 Andy Silverberg (Ramapo,12)
132 Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 5th NYS
138 Bob Judge (Nanuet, 12)
145 Mike Shaffer (Ramapo, 12) – 5th NYS
155 Earl Lynch (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 6th NYS

167 Dan Parietti (Suffern, 12)
177 Kirk Butryn (Minisink Valley, 12) – 5th NYS
215 Paul McAdon (Washingtonville, 12)
250 John Foley (Goshen, 12)

1982
91 John Canty (Suffern, 10)
98 Phil Consiglio (North Rockland, 9) – 6th NYS
105 Dave Mott (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
112 Glenn Burres (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
119 Jeff Keys (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS
126 Tim Ferrante (New Paltz, 11) – 6th NYS

132 Bill Szulewski (Middletown, 12)
138 Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 3rd NYS
145 Lee Ingersol (Goshen, 12)
155 Marty Pidel (New Paltz, 12) – 6th NYS
167 Chad Tompkins (Valley Central, 12) – 6th NYS
177 Tim Howell (Goshen, 12) – 4th NYS

215 Tom Ladka (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
250 Ben Blackwell (North Rockland, 12) – 6th NYS

1983
91 Obed Morales (North Rockland, 12) – 5th NYS
98 Steve Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 4th NYS
105 Phil Consiglio (North Rockland, 10) – 6th NYS

112 Jose Munoz (North Rockland, 12)
119 Anibal Nieves (Ellenville, 11)
126 Alberto Nieves (Ellenville, 11)
132 Tim Ferrante (New Paltz, 12) – 2nd NYS
138 Jim Kelly (Clarkstown North, 12)
145 Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – NYS Champion
155 Steve Pisciotta (New Paltz, 11)
167 Paul Bailey (Nanuet, 12) – 6th NYS
177 Nunzio DeGregorio (Pearl River, 12)
215 Tom Ladka (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 2nd NYS
250 Pete Galendez (Suffern, 12)

1984
91 Dave Bisko (New Paltz, 12)
98 Pat Nolan (Tappan Zee, 12)
105 Phil Consiglio (North Rockland, 11) – NYS Champion
112 Rich Parete (Rondout Valley, 10)
119 Mike Pisciotta (New Paltz, 12) – 6th NYS
126 Anibal Nieves (Ellenville, 12) – 5th NYS

132 Robbie Allison (North Rockland, 11)
138 Steve Greco (Suffern, 12) – 4th NYS
145 Mike Vasquez (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
155 Steve Pisciotta (New Paltz, 12)
167 Paul Bailey (Nanuet, 12) – 5th NYS
177 Matt Gallagher (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
215 Peter Valois (Clarkstown South, 11) – 4th NYS

250 Mike DeCapua (New Paltz, 12)

1985
91 Brian Smith (Pine Bush, 12)
98 Jeff Lewis (Valley Central, 9)
105 Doug Keys (Port Jervis, 12) – NYS Champion
112 Joe Morgan (Red Hook, 10)
119 Rich Parete (Rondout Valley, 11)
126 Dick Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 12) – 2nd NYS
132 Terence Hollywood (Minisink Valley, 12)
138 John Parete (Rondout Valley, 12)
145 Mike Vasquez (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
155 Jim Licardi (Pine Bush, 12)
167 Matt Pisciotta (New Paltz, 12) – 4th NYS
177 Dan Sanchez (Rondout Valley, 11)
215 Ken Tuttle (Wallkill, 12)
250 Mike Davis (Monticello, 12)

1986
91 Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 8) – NYS Champion
98 Mark Smith (Rondout Valley, 12)
105 Jimmy Duque (Valley Central, 11)
112 Jeff Lewis (Valley Central, 10)
119 Mike Zigrossi (Goshen, 11) – 5th NYS
126 Rich Parete (Rondout Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS

132 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 9)
138 Chris Goddard (Pine Bush, 12)
145 Jim Balzan (Saugerties, 12)
155 Rich Kruse (Port Jervis, 12)
167 Frank Genaro (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
177 Dan Sanchez (Rondout Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
215 William Smith (Middletown, 12) – 4th NYS

250 John Nickless (Valley Central, 9)

1987
91 Bret Roby (Port Jervis, 12)
98 Matt Kramer (Goshen, 12)
105 Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 9) – NYS Champ & MOW
112 Jimmy Duque (Valley Central, 12)
119 Jeff Lewis (Valley Central, 11) – 2nd NYS
126 Joe Morgan (Red Hook, 12) – 6th NYS
132 Mike Zigrossi (Goshen, 12) – 4th NYS

138 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 10)
145 Doug Morse (Rondout Valley, 11)
155 Joe Petit (Rondout Valley, 11)
167 John Reitzel (Minisink Valley, 12)
177 Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 9) – 6th NYS
215 Jack Flynn (Rondout Valley, 11)
250 A.J. Knapp (Minisink Valley, 12)

1988
91 Ken Wojehowski (Cornwall, 11)
98 Jeff Duque (Valley Central, 9) – 6th NYS
105 Dave Sherman (New Paltz, 12)
112 Jay Brewer (Cornwall, 12)
119 Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 10) – 3rd NYS
126 Jeff Lewis (Valley Central, 12) – 3rd NYS
132 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 11) – 3rd NYS
138 Johan Duque (Valley Central, 12) – 2nd NYS
145 Doug Morse (Rondout Valley, 12) – 4th NYS

155 Joe Petit (Rondout Valley, 12)
167 John Fuller (Port Jervis, 12)
177 Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 10) – 6th NYS
215 Jack Flynn (Rondout Valley, 12)
250 John Nickless (Valley Central, 11)

1989
91 Rich Ruck (Rondout Valley, 12)
98 Ken Wojehowski (Cornwall,12) – 4th NYS
105 Jeff Duque (Valley Central,10) – 3rd NYS

112 Tom Maltes (Washingtonville,12)
119 Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 11) – 2nd NYS
126 Sam Sicoli (Pine Bush, 12) – 6th NYS

132 Dan Longo (Kingston, 12)
138 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 12) – NYS Champion
145 Chris Bell (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS

155 Mike Lesick (Goshen, 12)
167 Clinton Troncone (Goshen, 12)
177 Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 11) – 3rd NYS
215 Alex Biolsi (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 4th NYS

250 John Nickless (Valley Central, 12)

1970-1979: All-Decade Team

Ed (l) and Lou (r) Banach were NYS Champions and went on to become NCAA and Olympic champions. Steve (c) was also a NYS place winner and a D1 college wrestler.

OK here we go with our 1970’s All-Decade Team! Just a few notes… As we all know, weight classes change occasionally so I will use the weight classes that were most common during the decade. For the 1970’s, the weight classes were basically the same from 1971 through 1979 however the 91 pound weight class was added in 1976 so I have included that as well. Also, I will not use the same wrestler in two different All-Decade Teams. For example, Paul Ciccone from Suffern took 2nd in NYS in 1970 and could have definitely been considered for the 1970’s Team; however he also won three S9 titles from ’67-’69 and was selected for the 1960’s Team. Enjoy!

1970’s All-Decade Team

91 – Bruce Chase (Port Jervis)
98 – Paul Margolies (Tappan Zee)
105 – Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet)
112 – Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo)
119 – Ruben Solero (Middletown)
126 – Steve Silverberg (Ramapo)
132 – Paul Georgeades (Nanuet)
138 – Mike Harris (Newburgh)
145 – Kevin Troche (Port Jervis)
155 – Jim Horvath (Ramapo)
167 – Ed Banach (Port Jervis)
177 – Lou Banach (Port Jervis)
215 – Steve Bello (Tappan Zee)
250 – Scott Ketchum (Tappan Zee)

1970-1979 Year-By-Year Section 9 Champions

1970
98 Jim Tiso (Newburgh, 10)
107 Steve Saul (Port Jervis, 10)
115 Mike Zehier (Washingtonville, 12)
123 Pete Nekos (Rondout Valley, 12)
130 Bruce Barr (Newburgh, 12)
137 Lou Conway (Pearl River, 11) – 3rd NYS
145 Dodd Wester (Minisink Valley, 12)
155 Ted Lewis (Liberty, 12)
165 Paul Farsetta (Pearl River, 11) – 3rd NYS
175 Dickie Lusso (Pearl River, 12)
185 Dan Simmons (Port Jervis, 11)
215 Paul Ciccone (Suffern, 12) – 2nd NYS
250 Peter Wolters (Nanuet, 12)

1971
98 Don Brennan (Clarkstown, 12)
105 Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo, 11) – NYS Champion
112 Steve Saul (Port Jervis, 11)
119 Ruben Solero (Middletown, 11) – 2nd NYS
126 Bob Woods (Suffern, 12)
132 Todd Farrison (Suffern, 12)
138 Lou Conway (Pearl River, 12)
145 Dave Hauser (Ramapo, 11)
155 Jim Horvath (Ramapo, 11) – 3rd NYS
167 Paul Farsetta (Pearl River, 12)
177 Jim Hohman (Pearl River, 12) – 2nd NYS
215 Dan Simmons (Port Jervis, 12)
250 Larry O’Neill (Clarkstown, 12)

1972
98 Bob Scalfani (Valley Central, 12)
105 Frank Rodriguez (Nanuet, 10)
112 Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo, 12) – NYS Champion
119 Jim Tiso (Newburgh, 12) – 4th NYS

126 Ruben Solero (Middletown, 12)
132 Joe Raimondi (Valley Central, 12)
138 John Langling (Onteora, 12)
145 Dave Hauser (Ramapo, 12)
155 Willie Manning (Ramapo, 12) – 2nd NYS
167 Jim Horvath (Ramapo, 12) – NYS Champion
177 Vince Schmidt (Newburgh, 12)
215 Chuck Conway (Monticello, 12)
250 Paul Schwartz (Nyack, 12)

1973
98 Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet, 9)
105 Bill Allison (Pearl River, 12)
112 Steve Silverberg (Ramapo, 10)
119 Tony Marciano (Ramapo, 12)
126 Steve Braun (Tappan Zee, 12)
132 Dave DeSimone (Suffern, 12)
138 Viggo Worum (Ramapo, 12) – 4th NYS
145 Bob Woods (Suffern, 12)
155 Dennis Edwards (Suffern, 12)
167 Chuck Maze (North Rockland, 12)
177 James Johnson (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 3rd NYS
215 Steve Bello (Tappan Zee, 10)
250 Tom Donnelly (Suffern, 12)

1974
98 Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet, 10)
105 Mark Scott (Cornwall, 12)
112 Joe Calantjis (Suffern, 12)
119 Frank Rodriguez (Ramapo, 12) – 3rd NYS
126 Paul Georgeades (Nanuet, 11)
132 Bob Besette (Pearl River, 12)
138 Mike Harris (Newburgh, 11) – 3rd NYS
145 Rick DePaolo (Minisink Valley, 11)
155 Jim Habel (Tappan Zee, 12)
167 Brian Gannon (North Rockland, 12)
177 Bill Cooper (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
215 Steve Bello (Tappan Zee, 11) – 6th NYS
250 Jim Murray (Pearl River, 12) – 3rd NYS

1975 – The only Section 9 team to finish 1st at the NYS Tournament!
98 Kevin Keenan (Pearl River, 12)
105 Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet, 11) – 2nd NYS
112 Rick Gruskin (Ramapo, 12) – 4th NYS

119 Tom Lynn (Pearl River, 12)
126 Steve Silverberg (Ramapo, 12) – NYS Champion
132 Paul Georgeades (Nanuet, 12) – NYS Champion
138 Mike Harris (Newburgh, 12) – 3rd NYS
145 Wayne Carroll (Goshen, 12) – 5th NYS
155 Rick DiPaolo (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
167 Cliff Moore (Monticello, 12) – 6th NYS
177 Butch Fasano (North Rockland, 12) – 6th NYS
215 Steve Bello (Tappan Zee, 12) – 3rd NYS
250 Scott Ketchum (Clarkstown South, 12) – NYS Champion

1976
91 Dean Ferrogari (Nanuet, 12)
98 Paul Margolies (Tappan Zee, 11) – 4th NYS
105 Gene Andrews (Cornwall,11)
112 Paul Pietropoalo (Nanuet, 12) – 4th NYS
119 Paul Jacobellis (Tappan Zee, 12)
126 Bill Oliveto (Suffern, 12)
132 Jerry Klein (North Rockland, 12) – 3rd NYS
138 Todd Sumter (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
145 Steve Nevins (Tappan Zee, 12)
155 Bob Nolan (Liberty, 12)
167 Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 10) – 5th NYS
177 Ernie Jackson (Port Jervis, 12) – 6th NYS

215 Tom Losey (Goshen, 11)
250 Ed Hannon (Nanuet, 12)

1977 – Port Jervis Wins the Team Title at the State Tournament
91 Barry Chase (Port Jervis, 12) – 6th NYS
98 Paul Margolies (Tappan Zee, 12) – 5th NYS
105 Eugene Andrews (Cornwall, 12) – 6th NYS

112 Eric Savacool (Port Jervis, 10)
119 Bob Hirt (Tappan Zee, 12)
126 Jay Jacobellis (Tappan Zee, 12)
132 Matt Roth (Nanuet, 12) – 2nd NYS
138 Gary Avdoyan (Tappan Zee, 12) – 5th NYS

145 Todd Sumter (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
155 Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 11) – 2nd NYS
167 Steve Banach (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS
177 Lou Banach (Port Jervis, 11) – NYS Champion
215 Tom Losey (Goshen, 12) – 6th NYS

250 Pete McNally (Suffern, 12)

1978 – Port Jervis Wins the Team Title at the State Tournament
91 Bruce Chase (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS

98 Andy Silverberg (Ramapo, 12)
105 Bill White (Suffern, 10)
112 John Lynch (Clarkstown North, 12)
119 Hank Renella (Clarkstown North, 12)
126 Dan DeSimone (Suffern, 12)
132 Dennis Walsh (Suffern, 12) – 6th NYS
138 Kevin Troche (Port Jervis, 10) – 2nd NYS

145 Ron Simonson (Port Jervis, 12)
155 Dave Avdoyan (Tappan Zee, 11)
167 Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 12) – NYS Champion
177 Lou Banach (Port Jervis, 12) – 3rd NYS

215 Bob Masters (Port Jervis, 11)
250 Charles Valois (Clarkstown South, 12) – 6th NYS

1979
91 Bryan Keys (Port Jervis, 10)
98 John Halligan (Tappan Zee, 12) – 6th NYS
105 Mike Parietti (Suffern, 12) – 5th NYS
112 Rich Finnen (Suffern, 12) – 5th NYS

119 Tom Pirnie (Tappan Zee, 12)
126 Bill White (Suffern, 11) – 5th NYS
132 Eric Savacool (Port Jervis, 12) – 6th NYS

138 Phillipe Monrougie (Clarkstown South, 12)
145 Kevin Troche (Port Jervis, 11) – 5th NYS
155 Dave Avdoyan (Tappan Zee, 12) – 5th NYS
167 Bill Brundage (Pearl River, 12) – 5th NYS
177 Todd Giles (Ramapo, 11) – 6th NYS

215 Bob Masters (Port Jervis, 12)
250 Carmen Bloise (Nanuet, 12)

1963-1969: S9 All-Decade Team

Suffern senior Eric Watts defeated Wantagh’s Bill Germann 2-1 to win the 112 lb state title in 1965

It’s safe to say that we are all going through some pretty crazy time right now. With hope of providing a healthy distraction, every day or so I will be posting a decade-by-decade history of our Section 9 Championships which will include every Section 9 Champion as well as an All-Decade Team. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our Section 9 Chairman Jeff Cuilty who has provided me with a large percentage of the information that will be used in these posts. Any omissions or corrections can be emailed to me at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com.

Let’s take a look at sectionixwrestling.com’s All-Decade Team from the years 1963 through 1969. For those of you who are relative newcomers to the sport here are a few things to keep in mind and perhaps avoid some confusion. Rockland County was part of Section 9 through 1984 – starting in 1985 they joined Section 1. Also, our current two division system which separates small schools and large schools did not begin until 2008.

The 1960’s All-Decade Team

95: Ron Lewis (Liberty)
103: Lee Klepper (Suffern)
112: Eric Watts (Suffern)
120: John Scanlon (Pearl River)
127: Art Trovei (Port Jervis)
133: Mike Steckler (Clarkstown)
138: Al Favata (Newburgh)
145: Kevin McClintock (Suffern)
154: Mark Faller (Port Jervis)
165: William Sweet (Pearl River)
175: Alex Montgomery (Nyack)
HWT: Joe Radivoy (Middletown)
UNL: Paul Ciccone (Suffern)

1963
95 Eric Watts (Suffern, 10)
103 Ralph Sherry (Clarkstown, 12)
112 John Wallach (Suffern, 12)
120 Peter Brennan (Suffern, 12)
127 Howie McMillan (Suffern, 10)
133 Richard Johnson (Suffern, 12)
138 Tom Human (Haverstraw, 12) – 2nd NYS
145 Al Askew (Nyack, 12) – 3rd NYS
154 John Harvey (Nyack, 11)
165 William Hampton (Clarkstown, 12)
180 Bruce Rich (Middletown, 12)
215 Joe Radivoy (Middletown, 12) – 3rd NYS

1964
95 Ray Aherns (Pearl River, 10)
103 Eric Watts (Suffern, 11)
112 Ramon Rodriguez (Haverstraw, 12)
120 Craig Ketchum (Haverstraw, 11)
127 Howie McMillan (Suffern, 11) – 3rd NYS
133 Jerry Leo (Nanuet, 12)
138 Tom Bayer (Port Jervis, 12)
145 Tom Lewis (Liberty, 12) – 3rd NYS
154 John Harvey (Nyack, 12)
165 Dick Sullivan (Haverstraw, 12)
175 Tom Reed (Liberty, 12)
215 Roger Preisch (Spring Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
UNL Tom Meyers (Liberty, 12)

1965
95 Robert Johnston (Suffern)
103 Burt Royce (Suffern, 12) – 4th NYS
112 Eric Watts (Suffern, 12) – NYS Champion
120 Craig Ketchum (Havestraw, 12)
127 Mike Drapala (Port Jervis, 12)
133 Howie McMillan (Suffern, 12)
138 John Eng (Suffern, 11)
145 Paul Salierno (Pearl River, 10)
154 Steve Klein (Liberty)
165 John Todoverto (Monroe Woodbury)
180 Mark Baretz (Spring Valley)
235 Ken Johnson (Newburgh)
UNL Ed Girodoakus (Havestraw)

1966
95 George Davis (Nyack, 12)
103 John Scanlon (Pearl River, 9) – 4th NYS
112 Ray Aherns (Pearl River, 12)
120 Burt Royce (Suffern, 12)
127 Tony Ptak (Middletown, 11) – 3rd NYS
133 Doug Stewart (Pearl River, 12)
138 John Watts (Suffern, 11)
145 John Eng (Suffern, 12)
154 Mark Faller (Port Jervis, 12) – 4th NYS
165 Roman Fediuk (Middletown,12)
175 George Petermen (Clarkstown)
215 Rick Schumacher (Suffern)
UNL Drew Kumechi (Haverstraw)

1967
95 Ron Lewis (Liberty, 12)
103 Marshall Stanton (Pearl River, 12)
112 John Scanlon (Pearl River, 10)
120 Mike Steckler (Clarkstown, 11)
127 Sal Favata (Newburgh, 12) – 4th NYS
133 Tony Ptak (Middletown, 12)
138 Al Favata (Newburgh, 10) – 4th NYS
145 Bill Ogden (Middletown, 12)
154 Paul Salierno (Pearl River, 12)
165 William Sweet (Pearl River, 12) – 4th NYS
175 Alex Montgomery (Nyack, 12)
215 Howard Broadhead (Middletown, 12)
UNL Paul Ciccone (Suffern, 9)

1968
95 Lee Klepper (Suffern, 11) – NYS Champion
103 Skip Cuomo (Suffern, 12)
112 Steve Keys (Port Jervis, 12) – 4th NYS
120 John Scanlon (Pearl River, 11) – 4th NYS
127 Paul Paquin Sr. (Cornwall, 12)
133 Mike Steckler (Clarkstown, 12) – 2nd NYS
138 Al Favata (Newburgh, 11) – NYS Champion
145 Ted Lewis (Liberty, 10)
154 John Hassler (Nanuet, 12)
165 William Sweet (Pearl River, 12) – NYS Champion
175 Charlie Kwiecinski (Clarkstown, 12)
215 John Kavanaugh (Clarkstown, 12)
UNL Paul Ciccone (Suffern, 10)

1969
95 Rich Keener (Middletown, 12)
103 Lee Klepper (Suffern, 12) – NYS Champion
112 Art Kahn (Suffern, 12)
120 John Scanlon (Pearl River, 12) – 2nd NYS
127 Art Trovei (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
133 Bill Anderson (Suffern, 12) – 4th NYS
138 Al Favata (Newburgh, 12)
145 Kevin McClintock (Suffern, 12) – 3th NYS
154 T.A. Kolvenbach (Port Jervis, 12)
165 Mike Gould (Port Jervis, 12)
175 John Hohmann (Pearl River, 12)
215 Gary Lake (Middletown, 12)
UNL Paul Ciccone (Suffern, 11)

History of Section 9 Wrestling at NYSPHSAA Championships – By the Numbers

1990 NYS Champions with MOW Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 126) and Mike Bucci (Red Hook , 215)

Now that the 2020 high school season is officially in the books, let’s take a “By the Numbers” look at the history of Section 9 – specifically how we have performed at the NYSPHSAA Championships. Just a few notes before we get started. Rockland County was part of Section 9 until 1984. Starting in the 1985, Rockland County became part of Section 1. From 1963 until 1973, the state tournament only recognized the top 4 finishers as place winners. In 2004, the NYSPHSAA split into its current two-division format. Division 1 is the large schools, Division 2 is the the small schools. Lastly, in 2007 the NYSPHSAA instituted the wildcard or at-large system which makes it possible for a section to have multiple entries in each weight class. Special thanks to my friends Tim Monahan and Tracy Sutera for helping me with this post. If I have omitted anyone, please email me at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com.

Individual New York State Champions

3X NYS Champions
Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush) 1986 @91lb, 1987 @105lb, 1990 @126lb
Lou Ruggirello Jr. (VC) 2004 @ 96lb, 2005 @ 112lb, 2006 @ 119lb

2X NYS Champions
Lee Klepper (Suffern) 1968 @ 95lbs, 1969 @ 103lbs
Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo) 1971 @ 105lbs, 1972 @ 112lbs
Paul Paquin (Cornwall) 1996 @ 112lbs, 1997 @ 125lbs
Rocco Mansuato (Middletown) 1997 @ 96lbs, 1998 @ 112lbs
Ricky Scott (Valley Central) 2004 @ 171lbs, 2005 @ 171lbs
Ryan Ferro (Warwick) 2016 @ 152lbs, 2017 @ 160lbs

1X NYS Champions
1965 – Eric Watts (Suffern) 112lbs
1968 – Al Favata (NFA) 138lbs
1968 – William Sweet (Pearl River) 165lbs
1972 – Jim Horvath (Ramapo) 167lbs
1975 – Steve Silverberg (Ramapo) 126lbs
1975 – Paul Georgeades (Nanuet) 132lbs
1975 – Scott Ketcham (Clarkstown South) 250lbs
1977 – Lou Banach (Port Jervis) 177lbs
1978 – Ed Banach (Port Jervis) 167lbs
1983 – Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury) 145lbs
1984 – Phil Consiglio (North Rockland) 105lbs
1985 – Doug Keys (Port Jervis) 105lbs
1989 – Lou Ruggirello Sr. (Valley Central) 138lbs
1990 – Mike Bucci (Red Hook/Rhinebeck) 215lbs
1991 – David Hardwick (Valley Central) 91lbs
1991 – Mike Castro (Washingtonville) 126lbs
1991 – Joe Yanis (Minisink Valley) 250lbs
1997 – Phil Mansueto (Middletown) 103lbs
2001 – Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury) 112lbs
2001 – Jason Jones (Port Jervis) 135lbs
2003 – Pat Lloyd (Valley Central) 130lbs
2005 – Ed Bordas (Valley Central) 215lbs
2007 – Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central) 103lbs
2008 – Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury) 125lbs
2011 – Mitchell Wightman (Warwick) 160lbs
2016 – AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley) 160lbs
2017 – Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury) 195lbs
2019 – Will Leonard (Cornwall) 220lbs
2020 – Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley) 126lbs
2020 – Tommy Askey (Pine Bush) 152lbs

Section 9 NYS Tournament MOW’s
1987 – Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 105)
1990 – Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 126)
2001 – Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 112)

Multiple Time New York State Placewinners

5X NYS Placewinners
Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush) – 1,1,3,2,1
Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central) – 3,1,2,3,2
Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury) – 4,2,4,1,2

4X NYS Placewinners
Lou Ruggirello Jr. (Valley Central) – 3,1,1,1
Phillip Manueto (Middletown) – 6,2,1,2
Mike Bucci (Red Hook) – 6,6,3,1

3X NYS Placewinners
John Scanlon (Pearl River) – 4,4,2
Ed Banach (Port Jervis) – 5,2,1
Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury) – 5,3,1
Kevin Troche (Port Jervis) – 2,5,5
Phil Consiglio (North Rockland) – 6, 6,1
Kevin Lawrence (NFA) – 6,6,5
Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury) – 3,2,1
Ricky Scott (Valley Central) 5,1,1
Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury) – 5,3,5
Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury) – 6,6,3
Ryan Ferro (Warwick) – 3,1,1
Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury) – 4,3,6

2X NYS Placewinners
Al Favata (NFA – 4,1); William Sweet (Pearl River – 4,1); Lee Klepper (Suffern – 1,1); Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo – 1,1); Jim Horvath (Ramapo – 3,1); Mike Harris (NFA – 5,3); Steve Bello (Tappan Zee – 6,3); Paul Pietropaolo (Nanuet – 4,2); Paul Margulies (Tappan Zee – 4,5); Todd Giles (Ramapo – 6,3); Lou Banach (Port Jervis – 1,3); Tim Ferranti (New Paltz – 6,2); Brian Keys (Port Jervis – 4,2); Jeff Keys (Port Jervis – 4,5); Peter Valois (Clarkstown South – 4,2); Paul Bailey (Nanuet – 6,5); Jeff Duque (Valley Central – 2,3); Jeff Lewis (Valley Central – 2,3); Lou Ruggirello Sr. (Valley Central – 3,1); Mike Zigrossi (Goshen – 5,4); Marcus Hutchings (Monticello – 4,5); Paul Paquin (Cornwall – 1,1); Gino Brown (NFA – 5,6); Steve Garland (Middletown – 2,2); Rocco Mansueto (Middletown – 1,1); Nick Rasenberger (NFA – 4,3); Chris Cartwright (NFA – 6,5); John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury – 5,2); Jason Jones (Port Jervis – 6,1); Pat Lloyd (Valley Central – 5,1); Ed Bordas (Valley Central – 6,1); Eric Biccum (Port Jervis – 5,5); Darrel Ford (Minisink Valley – 4,3); Taylor Laraia (NFA – 3,2); Ricky Scott (Valley Central – 5,1); JD Zitone (Port Jervis – 4,2); Steven Butler (Port Jervis – 4,2); Mike Santella (Warwick – 5,4); Corey James (Kingston – 4,2); Mitchell Wightman (Warwick – 5,1); Johnny Stramiello (Pine Bush – 6,6); Daniel DeCarlo (Port Jervis – 5,3); AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley – 5,1); Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury – 4,1); Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury – 5,2); Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen – 2,3); Da’mani Burns (NFA – 5,3); Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill – 6,2); Noah Curreri (Eldred – 5,2); Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury – 5,5); Will Leonard (Cornwall – 6,1); Maxx DeCapua (NFA – 6,3); Tommy Askey (Pine Bush – 4,1); Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley – 2,1); Joey McGinty (Monroe Woodbury – 4,2); Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley – 5,3), Matt Morris (Red Hook – 6,6), Nicholas Ross (Onteora – 3,2); James Oosterom (Port Jervis – 5,3)

NYS Finalists from Section 9 – Champions in ITALIC BOLD
1963: Tom Human (Haverstraw, 138)
1965: Eric Walls (Suffern, 112)
1968: Lee Klepper (Sufferm, 95), Mike Steckler (Clarkstown, 133), Al Favata (NFA, 138), William Sweet (Pearl River, 165)
1969: Lee Klepper (Suffern, 103), John Scanlon (Pearl River, 120), Art Trovei (Port Jervis, 127)
1971: Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo, 105), Rubin Salero (Middletown, 119), Jim Hohman (Pearl River, 177)
1972: Joe Goldsmith (Ramapo, 112), Willie Manning (Ramapo, 155), Jim Horvath (Ramapo, 167)
1975: Paul Pietropaolo (Nanuet, 105), Steve Silverburg (Ramapo, 126), Paul Georgeades (Nanuet, 132), Scott Ketcham (Clarkstown South, 250)
1977: Matt Roth (Nanuet, 132), Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 155), Lou Banach (Port Jervis, 177)
1978: Kevin Troche (Port Jervis, 138), Ed Banach (Port Jervis, 167)
1980: John Stewart (Port Jervis, 132)
1981: Brian Keys (Port Jervis, 105)
1983: Tim Ferrante (New Paltz, 138), Gary Fischbein (Monroe Woodbury, 145), Tom Ladka (Monroe Woodbury, 215)
1984: Phil Consiglio (North Rockland, 105)
1985: Doug Keys (Port Jervis, 105), Dick Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 126)
1986: Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 91)
1987: Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 105), Jeff Lewis (Valley Central, 119)
1988: Johan Duque (Valley Central, 138)
1989: Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 119), Lou Ruggirello Sr. (Valley Central, 138)
1990: Troy Bouzakis (Pine Bush, 126), Mike Bucci (Red Hook, 215)
1991: David Hardwick (Valley Central, 91), Mike Castro (Washingtonville, 126), Joe Yanis (Minisink Valley, 250)
1994: Steve Garland (Middletown, 91)
1995: Steve Garland (Middletown, 98)
1996: Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 98), Paul Paquin (Cornwall, 112), Rob Padilla (NFA, 167)
1997: Rocco Mansueto (Middletown, 96), Phillip Mansueto (Middletown, 103), Paul Pauquin (Cornwall, 125)
1998: Rocco Mansueto (Middletown, 112), Phillip Manueto (Middletown, 119)
1999: Keith Pickell (Ellenville, 103), Brian Benson (Valley Central, 119), Joe Sahl (Valley Central, 215)
2000: Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 103), Alva Conklin (Middletown, 275)
2001: Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 112), John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 125), Jason Jones (Port Jervis, 135), Scott Proscia (Port Jervis, 215)
2002: Scott Prutzman (Valley Central, 96)
2003: Pat Lloyd (Valley Central, 130)
2004 D1: Lou Ruggirello Jr. (Valley Central, 96), Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 171)
2005 D1: Lou Ruggirello Jr. (Valley Central, 112), Sean Bauer (Valley Central, 125), Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 171), Ed Bordas (Valley Central, 215)
2006 D1: Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 112), Lou Ruggirello Jr. (Valley Central, 119)
2007 D1: Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 103)
2008 D1: Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 119), Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 125), Sean Floor (Port Jervis, 140), Corey James (Kingston, 285)
2009 D1: Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 125), Matt Parlier (Port Jervis, 171), Steven Butler (Port Jervis, 215), JD Zitone (Port Jervis, 285)
2010 D1: Taylor Laraia (NFA, 130), Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 135)
2011 D1: Mitchell Wightman (Warwick, 160), Kyle Diesel (Minisink Valley, 160)
2015 D1: Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 145), Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury, 195)
2016 D1: Ryan Ferro (Warwick, 152), AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley, 160), Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen, 220)
2017 D1: Ryan Ferro (Warwick, 160), Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill, 182), Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury, 195)
2017 D2: Noah Curreri (Eldred, 160)
2018 D2: Dillon Ross (Onteora, 170)
2019 D1: Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, 106), Will Leonard (Cornwall, 215)
2020 D1: Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, 126), Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, 152), Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury, 160)
2020 D2: Nicholas Ross (Onteora, 152)

Most NYS Champions – By School
10 – Valley Central
4 – Monroe Woodbury, Port Jervis, Pine Bush, Ramapo
3 – Minisink Valley, Cornwall, Middletown, Warwick, Suffern
1- Clarkstown South, Nanuet, NFA, North Rockland, Pearl River, Red Hook, Washingtonville

Most NYS Placewinners by School – Top 10
49 – Monroe Woodbury
46 – Valley Central
45 – Port Jervis
34 – Minisink Valley
27 – Newburgh Free Academy
21 – Middletown
13 – Cornwall
14 – Warwick
14 – Pine Bush
12 – Ramapo

Top 5 Best Finishes as a Section
1975 – Champions!!!
2005 – 2nd Place (Division 1)
1999 – 4th Place
1968 – 4th Place
2016 – 4th Place (Division 1)

Friends of Section 9 Banquet of Champions

Well as we all know by now, the 2020 Friends of Section 9 Banquet of Champions was cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This doesn’t mean, however, that we are not going to pay special recognition to all of the wrestlers, coaches, scorekeepers, parents, and fans that did so much to make 2019-2020 an incredible year for Section 9 wrestling! Congratulations to all of the winners!!!

Special Awards
FS9 Referee of the Year – John Scesa
Officials Sportsmanship Award – John Antonelli (Marlboro)
FS9 Presidents Award – Anthony Ng (Wallkill/SUNY Sullivan)
FS9 Special Recognition Award – Kristen Rummel (Newburgh)
Parent of the Year – Tara Landrigan (Middletown)
Coaches Wife of the Year – Lauren Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury)
Modified/Youth Coach of the Year – Doug Morse (Rondout Valley)
Scorekeeper of the Year – Madison Garcia (Washingtonville)
Scorekeeper of the Year – Riley Sauschuck (Port Jervis)
Scorekeeper of the Year – Alexis Greer (Pine Bush)
Scorekeeper of the Year – Maddie Noble (Newburgh)
Fan of the Year – Kjerstin DeCapua (Newburgh)
Assistant Coach of the Year – Will Parks (Newburgh)
Most Improved Team of the Year – Red Hook
Mark Faller Coach of the Year – Scott Hendershot (Minisink)
Frank Tschan Team of the Year – Minisink Valley
Dave Simmons Courageous Wrestler – Sean Savacool (Minisink)
Comeback Wrestler of the Year – JC Cabrera (Minisink)
FS9 Coach of the Year – Ryan Pullman (New Paltz)
FS9 Person of the Year – Sandy Strauss (Valley Central)
John Bell S9 Lifetime Achievement – Matt Urciuoli (Kingston)
Troy Bouzakis Sr. Wrestler of the Year – Tommy Askey (Pine Bush)

Scholarship Winners
Pat D’Aliso Scholarship – Josh Sam (Middletown)
DeCapua Scholarship – Jacob Chenier (Kingston)
DeCapua Scholarship – John Antonelli (Marlboro)
DeCapua Scholarship – Josh Sam (Middletown)
DeCapua Scholarship – Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley)
DeCapua Scholarship – Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury)
DeCapua Scholarship – Tommy Askey (Pine Bush)
DeCapua Scholarship – Joe Amato (Port Jervis)
DeCapua Scholarship – James Oosterom (Port Jervis)
DeCapua Scholarship – Matt Morris (Red Hook)
DeCapua Scholarship – Evan Gibbons (Warwick)
DeCapua Scholarship – Jeremy Mazzella (Warwick)

Awards Already Given Out At Sections
D1 MOW Section 9 Tournament – Tommy Askey (Pine Bush)
D2 MOW Section 9 Tournament – Nick Ross (Onteora)
MJD Most Exciting Match D1 Finals – Palanca (NP) vs Galarza (PB)
MJD Most Exciting Match D2 Finals – Amato (PJ) vs Antonelli (Marlboro)

Placewinners – Top 4 D1 & Top 2 D2

99 D1 Champ – Jordan Brown (Monroe Woodbury) *6th in NYS*
99 D1 Runner-Up – Alex Greco (Warwick) *8th in NYS*
99 D1 3rd Place – Mason Ketcham (Washingtonville)
99 D1 4th Place – Rocco Futia (Wallkill)
99 D2 Champ – Trevor Tufano (Port Jervis)
99 D2 Runner-Up – Isaiah Hockx (Saugerties)

106 D1 Champ – Justin Morales (Middletown) *6th in NYS*
106 D1 Runner-Up – Jackson Merli (NFA)
106 D1 3rd Place – Zak McKernan (Minisink Valley)
106 D1 4th Place – Sebastian Vidacovich (Valley Central)
106 D2 Champ – Rian Kirker (Red Hook)
106 D2 Runner-Up – Brandon McKay (Red Hook)

113 D1 Champ – Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville) *5th NYS*
113 D1 Runner-Up – Jaden Hansen (NFA)
113 D1 3rd Place – Gabe Giumarra (Cornwall)
113 D1 4th Place – Nico Riciutto (Valley Central)
113 D2 Champ – Ryan Ross (Port Jervis)
113 D2 Runner-Up – Peter Bender (Highland)

120 D1 Champ – Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley)
120 D1 Runner-Up – Santos Ocasio (Monroe Woodbury)
120 D1 3rd Place – Jacob Chenier (Kingston)
120 D1 4th Place – Jayden Norris (Middletown)
120 D2 Champ – Joey Curreri (Eldred)
120 D2 Runner-Up – Maddox McCormick (Port Jervis)

126 D1 Champ – Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley) *NYS Champion*
126 D1 Runner-Up – Moises Diaz (Middletown)
126 D1 3rd Place – Drew Greco (Warwick)
126 D1 4th Place – Mia Macaluso (Minisink Valley)
126 D2 Champ – Matt Morris (Red Hook) *8th NYS*
126 D2 Runner-Up – Caleb Harrison (Port Jervis)

132 D1 Champ – Jordan Suarez (Minisink Valley)
132 D1 Runner-Up – Matt Romano (Valley Central)
132 D1 3rd Place – Josh Sam (Middletown)
132 D1 4th Place – Travis Phillips (Valley Central)
132 D2 Champ – Joey Amato (Port Jervis)
132 D2 Runner-Up – John Antonelli (Marlboro)

138 D1 Champ – Sean Savacool (Minisink Valley)
138 D1 Runner-Up – Brian Lombardi (Minisink Valley)
138 D1 3rd Place – Dan Downs (Monroe Woodbury)
138 D1 4th Place – Liam Eberlein (Warwick)
138 D2 Champ – Alex Lopez (Red Hook)
138 D2 Runner-Up – Walter Evans (Ellenville)

145 D1 Champ – Ethan Palanca (New Paltz)
145 D1 Runner-Up – Gabe Galarza (Pine Bush)
145 D1 3rd Place – Jaccob Gonzalez (Minisink Valley)
145 D1 4th Place – Aiden Cuppett (New Paltz)
145 D2 Champ – Tyler Benincasa (Red Hook)
145 D2 Runner-Up – Logan Zehr (Highland)

152 D1 Champ – Tommy Askey (Pine Bush) *NYS Champ*
152 D1 Runner-Up – Andrew Filip (Minisink Valley)
152 D1 3rd Place – Mike Zrelak (Monroe Woodbury)
152 D1 4th Place – Myles Gordon (Kingston)
152 D2 Champ – Nick Ross (Onteora) *2nd NYS*
152 D2 Runner-Up – Logan Smith (Highland)

160 D1 Champ – Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury) *2nd NYS*
160 D1 Runner-Up – Jace Hirsch (Minisink Valley)
160 D1 3rd Place – Evan Gibbons (Warwick)
160 D1 4th Place – Luis Paulino (Monroe Woodbury)
160 D2 Champ – Patrick Ross (Onteora)
160 D2 Runner-Up – Bryce Horner (Port Jervis)

170 D1 Champ – Joe Velazquez (Middletown) *6th NYS*
170 D1 Runner-Up – Marcus Brown (Monroe Woodbury)
170 D1 3rd Place – Max Wernicki (Monroe Woodbury)
170 D1 4th Place – Nate Paterson (NFA)
170 D2 Champ – Nate Ross (Onteora)
170 D2 Runner-Up – Kwalin Gonzalez (Chester)

182 D1 Champ – Ethan Gallo (Minisink Valley) *6th NYS*
182 D1 Runner-Up – Darwin Banegas (NFA)
182 D1 3rd Place – Logan Michael (New Paltz)
182 D1 4th Place – Jeremy Mazzella (Warwick)
182 D2 Champ – Hayden Campolong (Red Hook)
182 D2 Runner-Up – Aiden Maduro (Highland)

195 D1 Champ – Brian Giacch (Middletown)
192 D1 Runner-Up – Joe Russell (NFA)
195 D1 3rd Place – Zavier Bennett (Kingston)
195 D1 4th Place – David Burgoa (NFA)
195 D2 Champ – Hunter Roberts (Eldred)
195 D2 Runner-Up – Connor Boyer (James I. O’Neil)

220 D1 Champ – JC Cabrera (Minisink Valley)
220 D1 Runner-Up – Armel Duke (Middletown)
220 D1 3rd Place – Maxx DeCapua (NFA)
220 D1 4th Place – Carson Henry (Minisink Valley)
220 D2 Champ – James Oosterom (Port Jervis) *3rd NYS*
220 D2 Runner-Up – Jacob Southard (Port Jervis)

285 D1 Champ – Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley) *3rd NYS*
285 D1 Runner-Up – Stephan Monchery (Middletown)
285 D1 3rd Place – Frankie Hernandez (Monroe Woodbury)
285 D1 4th Place – Fredy Garcia (Washingtonville)
285 D2 Champ – Devin McGovern (Chester)
285 D2 Runner-Up – Shammar Gittens (Highland)

Girls Champions
126 – Grace Pauls (Minisink Valley)
132 – Synaida Wheeler (Fallsburg)
138 – Carolyn Santiago (NFA)
145 – Alexa Ligouri (FDR)
152 – Eliyah Constant (Pine Bush)
170 – Jo Jo Tanzi (New Paltz)

2019-2020 Season Highlight & Interesting Facts

  • Minisink Valley wins state duals and is #1 in NYS
  • 13 state medalists in S9 – most ever
  • Ryder (MV, 126) is the “heaviest” 8th grader to ever win state title
  • MW has had multiple state medalists for 8 consecutive seasons
  • Antonelli (Marlboro) 1st ever “shadow” wrestler to notch 100 wins
  • MV had all 18 wrestlers place in S9 tournament
  • 1st ever S9 Girls Tournament
  • Mia Mac (MV) and Alyssa Reed (PJ) place in the boys tournament

Bullock (Sullivan), Heffner (Ulster) Compete at NJCAA Championships

Section 9 had two wrestlers compete in this past weekend’s National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Wrestling Championships in Council Bluffs, IA. Liam Bullock from SUNY Sullivan, a Chester HS graduate, and Daniel Heffner from SUNY Ulster, a Cornwall HS graduate, both qualified for the national tournament. Bullock went 0-2 at 125 dropping his first round match to 7-4 to Nick Gigiacomo from Rowan and then losing in the consies to Joel Avila of Southwest Oregon by a 17-12 margin. Heffner qualified at 157 pounds. He was pinned in the opening round by eventual finalist Joel Romero of Clackamas and then dropped a 14-6 decision to Adam Blonski of Joliet in the first consolation round. Congratulations to Liam and Daniel for qualifying for the tournament – that alone is a huge honor!

NCAA DII and DIII Qualifiers from Section 9

MV graduate Raccioppi was 3rd in NCAA DII last year!

Congratulations to the following Section 9 grads for qualifying for their respective NCAA Wrestling Championships!

Please email me at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com if I have accidentally omitted anyone.

NCAA Division II Championships
March 13-14 – Sioux Falls, SD

174 – Michael Raccioppi (East Stoudsburg, Minisink Valley)
184 – Noah Curreri (Queens University, Eldred)

NCAA Division III Championships
March 13-14 – Cedar Rapids, IA

149 – Da’mani Burns (Johnson & Wales, NFA)
174 – AJ Aeberli (Coast Guard Academy, Minisink Valley)
285 – Sam Weinger (RIT, Washingtonville)

Army finishes 3rd at EIWA Tournament; 6 Black Knights Qualify for NCAA Championships

Congratulations to the Army West Point wrestling team for finishing 3rd at the EIWA championships and qualifying six wrestlers for the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis. The Black Knights finished with 112 team points which was the second highest total in program history only surpassed by the 1987 squad’s 132.25 points. Army finished 3rd in this year’s team race behind champions Lehigh (154 points) and Cornell (120 points). Navy (104.5 points) and Princeton (100 points) rounded out the top 5 in the team race.

The Black Knights also qualified six wrestlers for the NCAA Championships which takes place on 3/19 – 3/22 in Minneapolis, MN. Congratulations to the following Army wrestlers:

125 – Trey Chalifoux (Nashville, TN)
157 – Markus Hartman (Barrington, IL)
165 – Cael McCormick (Yorktown, IN)
174 – Ben Harvey (New Palestine, IN)
184 – Noah Stewart (Lewistown, PA)
197 – JT Brown (Elyria, OH)

Askey & Ryder Win State Titles

NYS 152 D1 Champ Tommy Askey

Congratulations to Pine Bush senior Tommy Askey and Minisink Valley 8th grader Zack Ryder for being crowned 2020 NYSPHSAA Wrestling Champions! Askey was the champion at D1 152 while Ryder won gold at D1 126. Section 9 had 2 other finalists with Onteora junior taking second at D2 152 and Monroe Woodbury senior Joe McGinty grabbing silver at D1 160. Section 9 had a total of 13 place winner. Congratulations go out to Monroe Woodbury’s Jordan Brown (6th @ 99 D1), Warwick’s Alex Greco (8th @ 99 D1), Middletown’s Justin Morales (6th @ 106 D1), Washingtonville’s Andrew Marchese (5th @ 113 D1), Red Hook’s Matt Morris (8th @ 126 D2), Middletown’s Joe Velazquez (6th @ 170 D1), Minisink Valley’s Ethan Gallo (6th @ 182 D1), Port Jervis’ James Oosterom (3rd @ 220 D2), and Minisink Valley’s Adam Fenner (3rd @ 285 D1).

Tommy Askey wrapped up a dream season with an 8-5 win in the state finals over AJ Kovacs from Iona Prep. Kovacs was the 2019 state champ at 145 and is currently ranked #5 in the nation at 152 according to InterMat. The Pine Bush senior also defeated 3rd place finisher Dennis Robin and 6th place finisher Wenchard Pierre Louis on his way to the title. Askey finished the year a perfect 41-0 and also won the Eastern States Classic back in January. He finished 4th in NYS last year at 145. Congratulations to one of the hardest working wrestlers in Section 9!

NYS 126 D1 Champ Zack Ryder

Zack Ryder is only in 8th grade and he is already a 2X state finalist! Last year Ryder put NYS on notice when he pushed nationally ranked Stevo Poulin to the limit dropping a 4-3 decision in the 106 state finals. This year Ryder was not to be denied, The MV middle schooler capped of an incredible 47-3 season by pinning previously undefeated George Oroudjov in the finals. Ryder also defeated 3rd place finished Rocco Camillaci and 6th place finished Ivan Garcia on his way to the title at 126, arguably the toughest weight class in the tournament this year! Congrats Zack – the future is bright!

Tournament Notes:
Greg Diakomihalis was voted D1 MOW. Greg finished his high school career as a 5X state champion with an incredible 221-1 career record. His only loss was to Dylan Ryder in ESC finals. Anthony Noto, now a 4X state champion, was voted D2 MOW. Stevo Poulin was absolutely dominating in winning his 3rd state title.