2015 ESC: Quarterfinals Set; 5 From Section Advance

Burns (NFA), Ferro (Warwick), Wightman (Warwick), Zsido (Cornwall) and Serrano (NFA) Will Wrestle In Quarters

Lainez (Middletown), Rosales (Middletown), Morgans (Eldred/Liberty/Fallsburg), Masterson (Cornwall),  Humphrey (Middletown),  Mascaro (Wallkill), and Demy (Wallkill) are still alive in wrestlebacks!

Quarterfinal Matchups:                                             BRACKETS
99 Bartlett (Sem) vs. Gonyea (Columbia)
99 Shafer (Pal-Mac) vs. Burkhart (Waverly)
99 Baker (Newark Valley) vs. Camacho (Danbury)
99 Vines (Wantagh) vs. Busiello (Eastport SM)

106 Teemer (Long Beach) vs. LaFlamme (South Jefferson)
106 Cox (Deer Park) vs. Silverstein (Hauppauge)
106 Sparacio (N. Babylon) vs. Murillo (Southington)
106 McKenna (New Hartford) vs. Sulla (N. Rockland)

113 Quinn (Wantagh) vs. Burns (Clarence)
113 Davis (Sem) vs. Albis (John Jay EF)
113 DeVincenzo (Port Jefferson) vs. Powers (Mexico)
113 Heberlein (Alaxander) vs. Hertel (Hilton)

120 Diakomihalis (Hilton) vs. H. Colom (St. Francis)
120 Linder (New Milford) vs. Pappas (Plainview)
120 Overhiser (Lansing) vs Scully (Newfield)
120 Mueller (Sem) vs Lapiene (Ogdensburg)

126 Piccininni (Ward Melville) vs. Nieves (Newfield)
126 Freitas (Danbury) vs Kropman (Penfield)
126 Olsen (Sem) vs Lancie (Schroeder)
126 Devlin (Amherst) vs. Gaiser (Alexander)

132 Ajujau (Syosset) vs. King (New Hartford)
132 Burns (NFA) vs. Szymanski (Shoreham WR)
132 Grippi (Fox Lane) vs. McGregor (Tonawanda)
132 Busiello (Sem) vs. Wood (Walton)

138 D’Angelo (Commack) vs. Melbourne (John Jay CR)
138 Briody (Chaminade) vs. Richard (Holand Patent)
138 Gissendanner (Penfield) vs. Matias (Rocky Point)
138 Wade (Islip) vs. Robin (Arlington)

145 Rifanburg (Norwich) vs. Ferro (Warwick)
145 Byron (Long Beach) vs. Whitney (Mexico)
145 Veralis (Sem) vs. Einbinder (Bethpage)
145 Taddeo (Shoreham WR) vs. Dutton (Rocky Point)

152 Garcia (Norwich) vs. Maio (Msgr Farrell)
152 Leonard (New Milford) vs. Dusold (Locust Valley)
152 Porter (Shenendehowa) vs. Wightman (Warwick)
152 Restrepo (Sachem East) vs Hendricks (Sem)

160 Weiler (Sem) vs. Donnelly (Ward Melville)
160 Herringshaw (Holand Patent) vs. Aviles (Hauppauge)
160 Benderoth (N. Rockland) vs. Lawrence (Duanesburg)
160 Viruet (Springfield Central) vs. Deprez (Hilton)

170 Bisano (Hauppauge) vs Schwab (Clarence)
170 Parker (Shenendehowa) vs. Zsido (Cornwall)
170 Bushey (Peru) vs. Paddock (Warsaw)
170 Bolden (Springfield Central) vs. Genera (William Floyd)

182 Dietrich (Sem) vs. Gauget (Framingham)
182 Melikian (Kennedy Catholic) vs. Bisono (Hauppauge)
182 Ashcraft (Burnt Hills) vs. Lane (Garden City)
182 Hamil (Deer Park) vs. Jones (St. Jones Collegiate)

195 Rose (Eagle Academy) vs. Buell (Sherburne-Earlville)
195 Goudy (Queensbury) vs. Black (Sem)
195 Escribano (Springfield Central) vs. Peter (Suffern)
195 Araneo (Ward Melville) vs. Clune (Fox Lane)

220 Hemida (Mamaroneck) vs. Cvijanovich (Horace Greeley)
220 Sampo (Canastota) vs. Hillard (Phoenix)
220 Nye (Sem) vs. Newman (Mnsr Farrell)
220 Feola (Walt Whitman) vs. Argast (Poly Prep)

285 Rogers (Sem) vs. Vandenbogaard (Hadley Luzerne-Lake George)
285 Ryan (Mahopac) vs. Serrano (NFA)
285 Terrance (Massena) vs. Dee (Sachem East)
285 Fuino (Hilton) vs. Rubio (John Glenn)

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2015 Eastern States Classic Coverage Page

**Start time has been pushed back to 11:00 due to weather conditions**
Schools that canceled due to the weather: Minisink Valley, Monroe Woodbury, Washingtonville, Valley Central, Port Jervis, and Highland.

Brackets        &        Live Streaming

Number of entries by weight class is currently as follows:
FriendS9 Logo99+4=103 (41) -Friday: Mat #9
106+4=110 (31) -Friday: Mat #7
113+4=117 (48) -Friday: Mat #3
120+4=124 (54) -Friday: Mat #1
126+4=130 (34) -Friday: Mat #8
132+4=136 (50) -Friday: Mat #2
138+4=142 (41) -Friday: Mat #4
145+4=149 (45) -Friday: Mat #5
152+4=156 (29) -Friday: Mat #9
160+4=164 (36) -Friday: Mat #6
170+4=174 (31) -Friday: Mat #7
182+4+186 (28) -Friday: Mat #6
195+4=199 (29) -Friday: Mat #8
220+4=224 (24) -Friday: Mat #5
285+4=289 (27) -Friday: Mat #4

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Week 5 Schedule and Results

Date     Date        Match/Result

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Mon        1/5           Warwick 45 Goshen 36

Wed        1/7          Cornwall 51 Port Jervis 20
Wed        1/7          Minisink Valley 47 Valley Central 18
Wed        1/7          Eldred/Liberty/Fallsburg @ Burke
Wed        1/7          Rondout Valley @ Ellenville
Wed        1/7          Rondout Vally vs New Paltz
Wed        1/7          Wallkill 54 Goshen 24
Wed        1/7          Monroe Woodbury 55 Middletown 15
Wed        1/7          NFA 51 Kingston 27
Wed        1/7          Warwick 46 Washingtonville 36
Wed        1/7          Saugerties 63 Monticello 17
Wed        1/7          Highland vs Onteora
Wed        1/7          Red Hook 76 Onteora 6
Wed        1/7          Red Hook 60 Highland 16
Wed        1/7          Chester 45 Tri-Valley 12

Thu         1/8          Monticello 48 Goshen 34

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2015 Eastern States Classic – Tournament Info and Preview

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FloWrestling Preview by Vinny              2015 ESC Seeds

The 2015 Eastern States Classic will take place on Friday and Saturday, January 9th and 10th, on the campus of SUNY Sullivan.  SectionIXWrestling.com will serve as “Command Central” for the tournament – one of the toughest HS wrestling tournaments in the nation! This year’s event will have approximately 600 wrestlers from 148 schools from 6 states including nearly 2 dozen nationally ranked studs!

Tournament Information For Fans
Click here for all of the fan information including the tournament schedule,  directions to SUNY Sullivan, advanced ticket information, and much more!

Coverage of this year’s ESC will be better than ever!
FloWrestling will be there streaming every bout on all nine mats for both days!  https://livecoverage.flowrestling.org/event/250-eastern-states
Escape Sports will also be updating brackets after each bout for both days!
www.escapesports.com – click on results -> 2014-15, HS -> Eastern States
Social Media
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Weight class-by-weight class Preview
I have put together a weight-by-weight preview of the tournament.  The quality of competition just keeps getting better and better every year! The seeds will not be released until Wednesday evening.  They will be posted on this site as soon as they are available. Enjoy!                              2015 Eastern States Classic Preview


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Minisink Valley 35 Monroe Woodbury 26 In Finals At UE Duals

Minisink Valley Wins All Section 9 Final At Prestigious Event 

Minisink Valley - 2015 UE Duals Champions photo by Cathi Greiner

Minisink Valley – 2015 UE Duals Champions
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Finals – Minisink 35 MW 26
Semifinals – Minisink 49 Rocky Point 20
Semifinals – MW 38 John Glenn 27

Minisink Pool Matches
Minisink Valley 35 Wantagh 24
Minisink Valley 55 Mattituck 15

Monroe Woodbury Pool Matches
MW 53 Fulton 18
MW 72 MacArthur 0

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UE Duals – Day 2

Section 9 vs. Section 11 For Both Semifinals

Minisink Valley vs. Rocky Point                        Monroe Woodbury vs. John Glenn
Starting 195:                                                          Starting 195:
MV by fall; 6-0 MV                                               MW win by dec; 3-0 MW
RP pin @ 220; 6-6                                                JG pin; 6-3 John Glenn
Pin MV ; 12-6 MV up                                           JG pin; 12-3 JG up
Dec RP @ 99; MV still up 12-9                          Pin MW; JG 12 MW 9
MV dec @ 106; MV up 15-9                               JG dec @ 106; JG up 15-9
RP major @ 113; 15-13 MV                                MW dec @ 113; 15-12 JG
maj @ 120 for RP; 17-15 RP                               Pin MW; MW 18 JG 15
Maj Daly; MV now up 19-17                              dec MW; MW up 21-15
dec MV; MV 22 – RP 17                                      tech @ 132: MW 26 JG 15
Dec Truglio; MV 25 RP 17                                 Pin for MW: 32-15 MW up
Pin MV; MV 31 RP 17                                         Dec MW; MW 35 JG 15
Dutton 4-3 over Raccioppi; MV 31 RP 20      Pin JG; MW 35 JG 21
Pin MV; MV 37 RP 20                                        Dec JG; MW 35 JG 24
Pin MV @ 170; MV 43 RP 20                            Dec JG; MW 35 JG 27
Moore receives fft; 49-20 MV wins!!!             Dec MW; 38-27 MW; MW wins!


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Round By Round Results Live From The UE Duals As Well As Other Weekend Tournaments

UE Duals … Minisink, MW Wins Pools; Advances To Semis!

Round 1:
Rocky Point 48 Burnt Hills 30            Massapequa 39 Brockport 33
Wantagh 32 Mattituck 28                     Fulton 43 MacArthur 28

Round 2:
Monroe Woodbury 53 Fulton 18        Shenendehowa 43 Union Endicott 32
Minisink 55 Mattituck 15

Round 3:
Minisink 35 Wantagh 24                     John Glenn 67 Union Endicott 9
Rocky Point 47 Brockport 32             Massapequa 41 Burnt Hills 30

Round 4:
Rocky Point 37 Massapequa 33        John Glenn 49 Shenendehowa 24
Brockport 41 Burnt Hills 27              Monroe Woodbury 72 MacArthur 0

Stan Elinsky Tournament
Middletown finished 2nd out of 16 teams at the 34th Stan Elinsky Tournament in Deposit. Deposit won the tournament with 206 points to Middletown’s 198.5.

Joe Hunphrey (220) won the tournament and was named MOW for his 6-4 victory over Garyn Huntley of Oxford.

Runners Up
99: Oscar Lainez lost to Beau Bartlett of Wyoming Seminary
113: Pedro Rosales lost 6-5 to Dean Raymond of Deposit
152: Adonis Moreno lost to Freedom Boda of Candor
182: Paul Green lost 7-3 to Joe Scott of Calvert Prep, MD.

3rd place finishers:                        4th place finishers:
Justin Robledo at 170                   Colin Dulaney at 106
Raul Martinez at 195                    Jesus DelValle at 160
Horace Duke at 182

RCK  Mat Wars
Washingtonville finished 7-2, taking 3rd Place out of 10 teams. Chris Martin (6-0 at 170lbs), Bruce McLee (8-0 at 182/195lbs) and Bryan Beyers (8-0 at 195/220lbs) all went undefeated on the weekend. Bruce McLee was named Most Outstanding Wrestler for Heavyweights!
Washingtonville 48 Ketcham 31              John Jay EF 45 Washingtonville 33
Washingtonville 42 New Paltz 30           Washingtonville 57 Goshen 27
Washingtonville 57 Highland 18             Kingston 40 Goshen 39
Colonie 44 Goshen 24                               Arlington 45 Goshen 27
John Jay EF 51 Goshen 34                       East Ramapo 47 Kingston 30
Colonie 60 Kingston 15                             Kingston 48 Highland 39
Kingston 53 New Paltz 27                        Washingtonville 42 Arlington 38
Washingtonville 52 Kingston 33             Goshen 52 Highland 25
New Paltz 36 Goshen 33                           RCK 45 Goshen 29
East Ramapo 41 Goshen 39                     Colonie 48 Washingtonville 33
Washingtonville 36 East Ramapo 29

Shoreline Tournament
Section 9 had 3 finalists at the Shoreline.
Anthony Stramiello (PB) finishes 2nd at 106
Ryan Ferro (War) champion at 145
Thomas Wightman (War) champion at 152

Monticello Tournament
Monticello 66 Arlington 12        Monticello 54 Eld/Lib/Falls 10
Monticello 59 Ellenville 15        Huntington 60 Monticello 23
Monticello 59 TriValley 12

Jamie Mormile Tournament
Red Hook won the team title and had several wrestlers place in the top 4.  Taylor Benson, Darren Coon, Stefan Chichkov, and Travis Coon all finished in 2nd place.  Wade Harris, Noah Winchester, Alex Thirsty, and Tristen Schiafo finished 3rd while Jeffrey Kiluba and AJ Coolbaugh finished in 4th!  Onteora was also in the tournament and had one champion, Dillon Ross!  Great job guys!    Red Hook Results

Oneonta Tournament
Saugerties finished 7th out of 17 teams and had several place in the top 6.  Placing for Saugerties were Costello (4th @ 99), Pulver (2nd @ 133), Everly (3rd @ 120), Skalla (5th @ 138), Bucci (3rd @ 145), Dennis (6th @ 182), and Donah (5th @ 220).  Well done boys!!!

Deposit Tournament
Rondout Valley’s Ian Houck took 3rd place at the Deposit Tournament at 115 pounds.  Also placing for RV were Hayden Baker (4th @ 145), Steven Snyder (5th @ 220), and Jared Litwinenko (6th @ 145).


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If You Are A Wrestling Fan….Tis The Season!!!

UE Duals This Weekend…Eastern States Classic Next Week!

FriendS9 LogoIf you are a wrestling fan, strap yourself in, because you are in for an exciting couple of weeks of action!  The next two weeks will provide wrestling fans from the entire state and beyond with top level competition that will have implications that will impact the remainder of the season.

Who’s The #1 Team In NYS
New York, unlike many other states, does not have a state sanctioned team tournament.  The best team in the state is instead selected by the NYS Sportswriters Association.  Each year there is one particular tournament, the UE Duals, that has a major impact on deciding who’s number one…and for good reason!  Year in and year out the UE Duals attracts many of the toughest teams from throughout the state.  These teams lay it all on the line in a tough, two-day dual meet event that never disappoints.

Last year, Monroe Woodbury won the title at UE and they continued to run the table, finish the season undefeated, and were chosen as the #1 team in NYS for large schools.  They, along with the team selected for #1 for small schools, were paraded out in front of the fans at the Times Union Center prior to the state finals.  In order to repeat, the Crusaders are going to have to overcome some very stiff competition…and one of those teams comes from right here in Section 9!      UE Duals Info

** Correction – Day 1 Schedule at UE…Rounds will be at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, and 6:00**

Minisink Valley has been nothing short of spectacular this year!  They have absolutely dominated every team they have faced this year, in dual meets or individual tournaments! They are currently ranked #1 in the state by the NYSSA.  One of their closest contests came in the finals of the Section 9 Duals where they beat the aforementioned Crusaders, currently sitting at #9 in the polls, by a score of 43-21.  Actually, Minisink has already convincingly defeated 4 of the teams that are entered in the UE Duals:  MV 52 Fulton 18, MV 56 Burnt Hills 21, MV 43 MW 21, and MV 47 Massapequa 21.  The Warriors cannot rest on there laurels though!  Some teams greatly improve after wrestlers are given the 2 pound allowance.  Also, there will be a few very powerful teams from Section 11 that will be at UE.  Rocky Point (#4 D1) and John Glenn (#6 D1) are definitely two of the best teams in the state.  Perennial state power Shenendehowa (#5 D1) as well at Mattiuck (#1 D2) are some of the other teams to watch out for!

Other Tournaments Involving Section 9 Teams
The UE Duals is awesome…but it’s not the only game in town!  Below are some of the other events going on this weekend.  In some cases, this will be the first time that certain wrestlers have competed at their anticipated post season weight.

Pine Bush and Warwick @ The Shoreline Tournament
Goshen, Highland, Kingston, New Paltz, Washingtonville @ RCK Mat Wars
Middletown @ Deposit Tournament
Monticello, Eldred/Liberty/Fallsburg, TriValley at Monticello Tournament
Saugerties @ Ross Cordell Tournament @ Oneonta
Onteora, Red Hook @ Jamie Mormile Memorial Invitational at Ravena

Eastern States Classic Just Around The Corner
9 mats….150 teams including national powerhouse Wyoming Seminary….600 wrestlers with multiple nationally ranked kids at several weight classes…just a teaser for now…. weight by weight preview posted next week!

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2015 Eastern States Classic Preview

600 Wrestlers From 148 Schools To Take SUNY Sullivan By Storm

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The Eastern States Classic is now one of the toughest high school wrestling tournaments in the nation.  The event takes place on Friday and Saturday, January 9th and 10th,  in the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse on the campus of SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake, NY.  The 2015 ESC will feature approximately 600 wrestlers representing 150 schools.  Although the vast majority of the schools in the field are from NYS, there are schools from CT, MA, RI, VA as well as one pretty solid team from PA….yes, this year’s ESC will feature the return of national powerhouse Wyoming Seminary!  Let’s take quick look at each weight class for the 2015 Eastern States Classic.

99 Pounds
Highlighting the lightest weight class is two of the top Jr. High wrestlers in the nation, Beau Bartlett from Wyoming Seminary and Adam Busiello from Eastport South Manor.  Bartlett, only a 7th grader, came in 2nd at 100 lbs at this year’s Super 32 MS division while Busiello, an 8th grader, was crowned champion at 105 lbs in the same event.  Others to watch at 99 include Benny Baker from Newark Valley, AJ Burkhart from Waverly, Drew Schafer from Pal-Mac, Jacob Camacho from Danbury, Jack Bokina from Mattituck, Jarred Greiner from Minisink Valley, Kyle Mosher from Southside, and Justin Vines from Wantagh.

106 Pounds
Perhaps the toughest weight in the tournament, 106 will feature four nationally ranked competitors.  Thomas Cox will certainly be one of the favorites.  A Super 32 runner-up at this weight, Cox is currently ranked 6th in the nation by Flo.  Long Beach’s Jacori Teemer was last year’s NYS D1 champ at 99 and will definitely contend here. Jacori is currently ranked #9 by Flo. Kelan McKenna won the ESC title at 99 last year and is currently ranked 10th in the nation at 106 by Flo. Jake Silverstein is the 4th nationally ranked wrestler entered at 106.  The Hauppaugue freshman is currently sitting at #19 in the nation at 106 according to Flowrestling.  Some of the other top contenders in this weigh will be Jonathan Gomez from Locust Valley, Anthony Sparacio from North Babylon, Anthony Cirillo from Rocky Point, Zach Murillo from Southington CT, Connor Greiner from Minisink Valley, Jonathan Loew from Wantagh, Trey LaFlamme from South Jefferson, Dylan Arena from Clarence, Anthony Sulla from North Rockland, and Anthony Stramiello from Pine Bush.  Yeah, 106 is loaded!!!

113 Pounds
With 4 nationally ranked studs, 106 may be the toughest weight….but 113 is arguably the deepest weight that this years ESC.  Wantagh’s Kyle Quinn, Alexander’s Dane Heberlein, Port Jefferson’s Matteo Devincenzo, John Jay – EF’s Jay Albis, Sem’s Jack Davis, Mexico’s Theo Powers, and St. Francis’ Tito Colom are some of the more decorated wrestlers at 113.  Also worth keeping an eye on would be Christian Gramuglia from Burnt Hills, Ryan Burns from Clarence, Dean Raymond from Deposit/Hancock, Zachary Lawrence from Duanesburg, Austin Hertel from Hilton, Anthony Argentieri from Kenmore West, Adam West from Pal-Mac, Joe Sliwoski from Wayne, Abe Bloom from Moses Brown RI, and Middletown’s Pedro Rosales.  Did I mention that 113 was a bit deep???

120 Pounds
Nationally ranked studs you want – nationally ranked studs you shall have!  120 has a bunch of excellent wrestlers but all eyes will be on Yianni Diakomihalis and Jack Mueller.  Yianni, a sophomore from Hilton, is a 2X NYS champ and is currently ranked #3 in the nation by Flo while Sem’s Mueller is currently Flo ranked at #8.  The two have met twice in the past few months with Yianni winning both times…can Mueller turn the tables on him?  Although clearly the favorites, both wrestlers can expect to be challenged by a very tough field at 120.  Some of the others who will make this weight very interesting will be Peter Pappas from Plainview, Hector Colom from St. Francis, Jimmy Overhiser from lansing, Hunter Dusold from Locust Valley, Kyle Linder from New Milford, Vinny Vespa from Monroe Woodbury, Gerard Daly from Minisink Valley,  and Tony Recco from Lyndonville.

126 Pounds
Let’s add a few more nationally ranked kids to the field!!!  126 should be fun to watch!  Leading the way will be Ward Melville’s Nick Piccininni who is currently ranked #3 at this weight by Flowrestling.  The Oklahoma State bound Piccininni, a 3X NYS champion, will receive stiff competition from Kellen Devlin from Amherst.  Devlin, who lost a 1-0 decision to Piccininni at the Journeymen Classic, is currently ranked #18 in the nation by Flo at 132.  Wyoming Seminary will enter Trent Olsen at 126.  Olsen is as tough as they get and will definitely be in contention here.  Penfield’s Parker Kropman, Danbury’s Paulo Freitas, Fulton’s Mitchell Woodworth, John Glenn’s Zack Ancewicz, and Southington’s (CT) Zach Bylykbashi are all accomplished wrestlers and will be in contention for top 8 at 126.

132 Pounds
Similar to 113, 132 may not be stacked with nationally ranked kids – although there is one, but has a whole slew of kids that will be in contention for the medal stand.  Long Islander Vito Arujau, last year’s NYS champ at 113, will definitely be one of the favorites.  Arujau is currently ranked #7 in the nation at 126 according to Flo. Johnny Busiello from Sem, Nick Casella from Locust Valley, Da’mani Burns from NFA, and James Szymanski from Shoreham Wading River are four more top contenders here.  Others who will make some noise at 132 include Cody McGregor from Tonawanda, Dylan Wood from Walton, Dempsey King from New Hartford, Nick Toutant from Indian River,  Isaiah Colgan from Johnson City, Matt Grippi from North Rockland, and Evan Barczak from Monroe Woodbury.

138 Pounds
Commack’s Mike D’Angelo (#11 by Flo) and Penfield’s Frankie Gissendanner are the two favorites at 138 but make no mistake about it, they will not walk through to the finals.  Ithaca’s Richie Burke and Sem’s Patrick Munn can wrestle with anyone, while others like Hunter Richard from Holland Patent, Chris Truglio from Minisink Valley, and Garrett Baugher from St. Joe’s Collegiate will definitely make their presence known.  Also keep an eye out for Zack Bendick from UE, Tristan Almeter from Iroquios, Owen Bachelder from Hewlett, and Brady Robin from Arlington.

145 Pounds
We have two wrestlers entered at 145 with national rankings….and a few others who are trying to prove that they should be!  Tom Dutton from Rocky Point is currently ranked #12 in the nation by FloWrestling while Norwich’s Tristan Rifanburg is ranked at #15 by Intermat.  Nipping at their heels will be the likes of Jake Einbinder from Bethpage, Mike Raccioppi from Minisink Valley, Will Verallis from Sem, Austin Whitney from Mexico, Lenny Merkin from Poly Prep and Ryan Ferro from Warwick.  We should also keep an eye on Danny Murphy from Roy C. Ketcham, Corey Farrell from Warsaw, and Mike Laloggia from Schroeder.

152 Pounds
The 152 pound weight class is surprisingly top-heavy.  We have one nationally ranked wrestler here, and two others who should be!  Jakob Restrepo from Sachem East currently sits at #18 in the nation according to Intermat.  Also entered here are Jesse Porter from Shenendehowa, who beat Restrepo this fall, and Frank Garcia, a defending state champ who beat Porter last year at the ESC.   A few other guys to definitely keep an eye on are Jake Hendricks from Sem (only a freshman!), Thomas Wightman from Warwick, Brett Leonard from New Milford CT, and Matt Porello from John Glenn.  Hunter Curreri from Port Jervis is having a very good season as well.

160 Pounds
This weight class is stacked…no other way to put it!  Wyoming Seminary’s Chris Weiler is the favorite on paper, coming in as the 7th ranked wrestler in the nation at this weight according to Flo – but he will certainly be tested!  Springfield Central’s Jon Viruet is the defending ESC champ at 160 and is currently ranked #17 by Flo.  Blaise Benderoth from North Rockland took Weiler to overtime this fall at the Journeymen Classic.  Chris Mauriello from Hauppauge is a returning NYS Champion and is as talented as anyone in the field.  Alex Herringshaw from Holland Patent is also a returning state champ and Brandon Aviles from John Glenn is a NHSCA All American. The list of quality wrestlers keeps going…Duanesburg’s Connor Lawrence, Hadley Luzerne/Lake George’s Jason Hoffmann, Minisink Valley’s AJ Aeberlie, Hilton’s Louie Deprez, and Newark Valley’s Vinny Darpino will all contend.  This one will be fun to follow!

170 Pounds
170 is another weight class at this year’s ESC that is absolutely loaded with quality wrestlers.  Danbury’s Johnny Garcia is currently ranked #12 in the nation according to Intermat making him one of the favorites here; however, the competition will very stiff! Peru’s Jordan Bushey, Shenendehowa’s Kevin Parker, Cornwall’s Quinn Zsido, Indian River’s Sonny McPherson, Springfield’s Jastice Bolden, Clarence’s Nate Schwab, and Sem’s Greg Kleinsmith will definitely be in the hunt.  Also watch out for Nevin O’Brein from First Colonial VA, Travis Race from Fulton, Jacob Woolson from Mexico, Mike Spallina from Hilton, Alec Guevara from Wallkill, and Warsaw’s Aaron Paddock!

182 Pounds
This weight has several quality wrestlers but there is one clear favorite – Christian Dietrich of Wyoming Seminary. Dietrich, a NY native who attended Greene HS in Section 4 last year, is currently ranked #11 in the nation at 182 by Flo.  Those looking to unseat this powerful junior include Jake Ashcraft from Burnt Hills, Tom Lane from Garden City, David Hamil from Deer Park, and Nick Koury from Springfield Central.  Also worth keeping an eye on in 182 are Ryan Schlager from Clarence, Richie Jones from St. Joe’s Collegiate, Gino Brancati from Hudson Falls, Hobie Strassner from Hilton, as well as a trio of tough S9 wrestlers – Kevin Morgans from Liberty, Bruce McLee from Washingtonville, and Minisink Valley’s Deonte Moore.

195 Pounds
Wyoming Seminary’s Zane Black, Eagle Academy’s Nathanael Rose, Ward Melville’s Christian Araneo, and Monroe Woodbury’s Nick McShea are probably the top 4 contenders at 195.  Massachusetts is sending two very tough kids as well in Jake O’Brein from Framingham and Jered Escribano from Springfield Central.  Others to watch include Chris Bosco from John Glenn, Adam Goode from Mattituck, and Bryan Beyers from Washingtonville.

220 Pounds
If you are waiting for the quality of wrestling to “thin out” as we hit the upper weights, it’s just not gonna happen!  Yousiff Hemida from Mamaroneck (#7 Flo) and Vin Feola from Walt Whitman are the two favorites here.  Hemida recently topped Feola in OT at the Shoreline Tournament.  A few of the other guys who will be right there with the top two are Will Hilliard from Phoenix, Garret Duvall from Sherburne Earlville, Brad Basham from Burlington, Harrison Nye from Sem, Miguel Perez from Eagle Academy, Brock Cvijanovich from Horace Greeley, Brandon Mascaro from Wallkill, Ryan Pinkham from Springfield Central, Joe Humphreys from Middletown, and Mike Newman from Monsignor Farrell.

285 Pounds
Perhaps the biggest favorite to win his weight class at this year’s tournament is Michael Rogers from Wyoming Seminary.  Rogers has been dominant this year and is currently ranked #13 in the nation by FloWrestling.  There are 8 steps on the podium however, and there are quite a few top-notch heavyweights in this year’s field at 285!   Edwin Rubio from John Glenn and Terrance Nolan from Massena are two of the best in NYS.  Some of the others to keep an eye on are Nikola Cejic from Johnson City, Sean Dee from Sachem East, Owen Albanese from Canastota, Jacob Beckwith from General Brown, Joe Fuina from Hilton, Isaac Serrano from NFA, and Peter Stassfield from Southampton.  John Demy from Wallkill and Joe Bock from Port Jervis may upset a wrestler or two as well.


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More Holiday Tournaments

Eldred/Liberty/Fallsburg @ Windsor Christmas Tournament
Liberty’s Kevin Morgans dropped a hard-fought 5-3 decision to Unatego’s Ryan Marzsal in the finals to take 2nd place at 182.  Marzsal is currently ranked #1 in NYS at 182!  Great job Kevin!!!  Also placing for ELF was Noah Curreri who finished 6th at 145 pounds.  Nice job both guys!

Port Jervis @ Tony Iasiello Christmas City Tournament in Bethlehem, PA
Alex Quick placed 6th at 145 for the Red Raiders!  Great job Alex!

Delaware Valley @ Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic          
DV’s Matt Wagner defeated Wyoming Seminary’s Zane Black in the 195 final by a score of 2-1 to take home the title!  Chris Duncan also placed for DV; he finished 8th at 170.

Washingtonville, Tuxedo @ Michael O’Connell Memorial Tournament
Washingtonville Results – They finished 3rd as a team
Brandon Bobe – 1st place – 145lbs                    Keyon Milner – 1st place – 195lbs
Devin McCormick – 2nd place – 106lbs          Gino Giacoio – 3rd place – 132lbs
Chris Martin – 3rd place – 170lbs

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