2010-2019 All-Decade Team

Warwick’s Ryan Ferro was a 4X Section 9 champion and a 2X NYS champion! After high school he attended Ohio State University before transferring to Long Island University where he is the starting 165 pounder!

Last but not least, The 2010-2019 All-Decade Team! I knew right from the moment that I decided to work on this project that this would be the most difficult decade…and I was correct! The talent in this decade was incredible forcing me to make some very difficult choices. Before we look at the hammers that made the team, let’s acknowledge a few of the guys who just barely missed out, namely Shane Connelly (5X S9 champ), Taylor Laraia (NYS 2nd & 3rd), Ryan Ellefsen (NYS 2nd & 3rd), James Bethel (NYS 3rd), Kyle Deisel (NYS 2nd), Mike Fekishazy (NYS 2nd & 6th), Dan DeCarlo (NYS 3rd & 5th), Chris Truglio (4th Senior Nationals), Noah Curreri (NYS 2nd & 5th), Maxx DeCapua (3rd & 6th), and Dylan Earl (NYS 5th & 5th)! Yeah that’s pretty scary….these are the guys NOT on the All-Decade Team! Enjoy!

2010 – 2019 All-Decade Team

99 – Johnny Stramiello (Pine Bush)
106 – Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury)
113 – Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury)
120 – Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley)
126 – Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley)
132 – Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury)
138 – Da’mani Burns (Newburgh)
145 – Ryan Ferro (Warwick)
152 – AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley)
160 – Mitch Wightman (Warwick)
170 – Dillon Ross (Onteora)
182 – Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury)
195 – Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury)
220 – Will Leonard (Cornwall)
285 – Joe Humphrey (Middletown)

2010 – Division 1
96 John Stramiello (Pine Bush, 8)
103 TJ Kreider (Cornwall, 10)
112 Shane Connolly (Warwick Valley, 10)
119 Gary Wolff (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
119AL Richard Dennison (Minisink Valley, 11)
125 Nic Smith (Valley Central, 12) – 6th NYS
130 Taylor Laraia (Newburgh, 12) – 2nd NYS

130AL Robert Bailey (Valley Central, 12)
135 Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 12) – 2nd NYS
140 Trent Costello (Kingston, 11)
145 Mitch Wightman (Warwick Valley, 11) – 5th NYS
152 Mike Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS

160 Dan Smith (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
160AL Tyler Lawlor (Cornwall, 11)
171 Ryan Nicholas (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
171AL Nick Matthews (Kingston, 12)
171AL Sean Prell (Warwick Valley, 11)
189 Marcus Spearman (Newburgh, 12)
189AL Mike McGrath (Kingston, 12) – 4th NYS
215 Andrew Smith (Port Jervis, 11)
215AL Henry Marley (Kingston, 12)
285 John Carey (Newburgh, 12)

2010 – Division 2
96 Eric Januszkiewicz (New Paltz, 9)
103 Jorge Chardon (Highland, 12)
112 Cory Necketopoulos (New Paltz, 10)
119 Pete Hottum (Onteora, 11)
125 Greg Brunner (Tuxedo, 11)
130 John Ferrante (New Paltz, 11)
135 Chet Cochrane (Onteora, 12)
140 Peter Ferrante (New Paltz, 11)
145 Andres Ulloa (Tuxedo, 12)
152 Donnie VanBuren (Onteora,11)
160 Kevin Dommreis (Millbrook, 12)
171 Ameil Maerling (Ellenville, 12)
189 Chris Pflaum (Highland, 12)
215 Peter Behnke (Highland, 12)
285 Vinny Barber (Highland, 12)

2011 – Division 1
96 John Stramiello (Pine Bush, 9)
103 Joe Ginley (Warwick Valley, 10)
112 Justin Corradino (Warwick Valley, 11)
112AL TJ Kreider (Cornwall, 11)
119 Shane Connolly (Warwick Valley, 11)
125 Kyle Wierzbicki (Warwick Valley, 11)
125AL Gary Wolff (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
125AL Luke Roth (Cornwall, 11)
130 Andrew Natalizio (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
135 Richard Dennison (Minisink Valley, 12)
135AL Trent Costello (Kingston, 12)
140 Brian Vutianitis (Warwick Valley, 12)
145 Glen Ferrier (Minisink Valley, 12)
152 Aaron Moore (Newburgh, 12)
152AL Julio Gonzalez (Middletown, 12) – 4th NYS
160 Mitch Wightman (Warwick Valley, 12) – NYS Champion
160AL Kyle Diesel (Minisink Valley, 12) – 2nd NYS
171 Sean Prell (Warwick Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS

189 Joe Gaynor (Pine Bush, 12)
215 Pavel Gorelov (Warwick Valley, 11)
215AL Andrew Smith (Port Jervis, 12)
285 Ethan Stanley (Saugerties, 11)
285AL Seth Stauble (Kingston, 11)

2011 – Division 2
96 Declan McNulty (Red Hook, 10)
103 Avery Leighton (Onteora, 10)
112 Eric Januszkiewicz (New Paltz, 10)
119 Zach Apolitto (Onteora, 12)
125 Pete Hottum (Onteora, 12)
130 Greg Brunner (Tuxedo, 12)
135 CJ Goldizen (Onteora, 12) – 5th NYS
140 Jordan Gluskin (Onteora, 12)
145 Colin Waterhouse (Red Hook, 12)
152 Donnie VanBuren (Onteora, 12)
160 Peter Ferrante (New Paltz, 12)
171 Andrew Martinez (Liberty, 10)
189 Kaason Clark (New Paltz, 11)
215 Joseph Friedel (Onteora, 12)
285 Kyle Roberts (New Paltz, 12)

2012 – Division 1
99 Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley, 9)
99AL Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
106 John Stramiello (Pine Bush, 10) – 6th NYS
106AL Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 9)
113 TJ Kreider (Cornwall, 12) – 6th NYS
120 Justin Corradino (Warwick Valley, 12) – 5th NYS

126 Tom Murphy (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
132 Luke Roth (Cornwall, 12)
138 Shane Connolly (Warwick Valley, 12)
145 Kyle Wierzbicki (Warwick Valley, 12)
145AL Brett Sauschuck (Port Jervis, 12)
152 Ryan Bedross (Warwick Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
160 Dan DeCarlo (Port Jervis, 10)
170 Colin Casey (Washingtonville, 12)
182 Bilal Hasan (Valley Central, 12)
182AL Anthony Sannella (Minisink Valley, 12)
195 Deon Edmond (Kingston, 11)
195AL Pavel Gorelov (Warwick Valley, 12)
220 Connor Leavell (Warwick Valley, 12)
285 Ethan Stanley (Saugerties, 12) – 4th NYS
285AL Seth Stauble (Kingston, 12)

2012 Divison 2
99 Dean Stanton (Tuxedo, 9)
106 Austin Ingraham (Highland, 10)
113 Declan McNulty (Red Hook, 11)
120 Eric Januszkiewicz (New Paltz, 11)
126 John Hodes (Rondout Valley, 12)
132 Collin Dimler (Rondout Valley, 12)
138 Ian Morse (Rondout Valley, 12)
145 Ricky Treu (Red Hook, 12)
152 Paul Sommer (Rondout Valley, 12) – 5th NYS
160 Austin Weigel (Onteora, 11)
170 Mike Rauch (Red Hook, 11)
182 Andrew Martinez (Liberty, 11) – 6th NYS
195 Dustin Mackenzie (Onteora, 10)
220 Dominique Vales (Eldred-Fallsburg, 12)
285 Anthony Tufano (New Paltz, 11)

2013 – Division 1
99 Chris Cuccolo (Pine Bush, 11)
99AL Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 5th NYS
106 Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 8)
113 Dylan Booth (Port Jervis, 11) – 5th NYS
113AL John Stramiello (Pine Bush, 11) – 6th NYS

120 PJ Smoot (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
126 Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 10)
132 Chris Truglio (Minisink Valley, 10)
132AL Bryan Mongiello (Washingtonville, 12)
138 Thomas Wightman (Warwick Valley, 10)
145 Mark Milisci (Washingtonville, 12)
152 Dan DeCarlo (Port Jervis, 11) – 5th NYS
160 Travis Edwards (Port Jervis, 12)
160AL JP Vandercliff (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
170 AJ Voelker (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 4th NYS
170AL Kyle McGuire (Newburgh, 11)
182 Connor Leavell (Warwick Valley, 12)
195 Deon Edmond (Kingston, 12)
220 Josh Bonneau (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
285 Terrence Cheeks (Newburgh, 12)

2013 Division – 2
99 Taylor Benson (Red Hook, 8)
106 Mike Felicano (Highland, 10)
113 Austin Ingraham (Highland, 11) – 6th NYS
120 Avery Leighton (Onteora, 12)
126 Matt Rauch (Red Hook, 11)
132 Sean Cramsie (New Paltz, 11)
138 Luis Garcia (Red Hook, 12)
145 Sal Mazzella (Highland, 12)
152 Kevin Palko (Tri-Valley, 12)
160 Austin Weigel (Onteora, 12)
170 Aidan Mathews (Marlboro, 10)
182 Andrew Martinez (Liberty, 12)
195 Dustin Mackenzie (Onteora, 11)
220 Jesse Corcoran (Eldred-Fallsburg, 12)
285 Troy Grant (New Paltz, 11)

2014 – Division 1
99 Anthony Stramiello (Pine Bush, 10)
106 Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 3rd NYS
113 Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley, 11)
113AL John Stramiello (Pine Bush, 12)
120 Dylan Booth (Port Jervis, 12)
120AL Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
126 Da’mani Burns (Newburgh, 11) – 5th NYS
126AL PJ Smoot (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
132 Chris Truglio (Minisink Valley, 11)
138 Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 11)
145 Thomas Wightman (Warwick Valley, 11)
152 Ryan Ferro (Warwick Valley, 9)
160 Dan DeCarlo (Port Jervis, 12) – 3rd NYS
170 Quinn Zsido (Cornwall, 11) – 6th NYS

182 Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury, 10)
195 Erik Jessell (Cornwall, 11) – 6th NYS
195AL Rob Cuomo (Saugerties, 12)
220 James Bethel (Saugerties, 12) – 3rd NYS
220AL Rob Kelly (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 4th NYS
285 Sam Weinger (Washingtonville, 12) – 5th NYS

2014 – Division 2
99 Dean Artrip (Tuxedo, 9)
106 Mike Felicano (Highland, 11)
113 Taylor Benson (Red Hook, 9)
120 Austin Ingraham (Highland, 12)
126 Matt Rauch (Red Hook, 12)
132 Andrew Suleiman (Highland, 11)
138 Joshua Santiago (Rondout Valley, 12)
145 Karl Linneman (New Paltz, 11)
152 Sam Cruz (Highland, 12)
160 Eric Morse (Rondout Valley, 12)
170 Theodore Mapes (Highland, 11)
182 Kevin Morgans (Eldred-Liberty-Falls, 10)
195 Dustin Mackenzie (Onteora, 12)
220 Troy Grant (New Paltz, 12)
285 Andrew Friedel (Onteora, 12)

2015 – Division 1
99 Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 8)
106 Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley, 9)
113 Pedro Morales (Middletown, 12)
120 Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS
120AL Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS

126 Kevin Kelly (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
132 Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 6th NYS
132AL Da’mani Burns (Newburgh, 12) – 3rd NYS

138 Chris Truglio (Minisink Valley, 12)
145 Ryan Ferro (Warwick Valley, 10) – 3rd NYS
145AL Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, 12) – 2nd NYS
152 Thomas Wightman (Warwick Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
160 AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley, 11) – 5th NYS

170 Quinn Zsido (Cornwall, 12)
170AL Alec Guevara (Wallkill, 12)
182 Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury, 10)
182AL Bruce McLee (Washingtonville, 12)
195 Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 2nd NYS
195AL Bryan Beyers (Washingtonville, 12)
220 Brandon Mascaro (Wallkill, 12)
285 Isaac Serrano (Newburgh, 12)

2015 – Division 2
99 Wade Harris (Red Hook, 10)
106 Dean Artrip (Tuxedo, 10)
113 Mike Felicano (Highland, 12)
120 Dillon Ross (Onteora, 9)
126 Taylor Benson (Red Hook, 10)
132 Andrew Suleiman (Highland, 12)
138 Isaac Mathews (Marlboro, 10)
145 Noah Curreri (Eldred-Liberty-Falls, 10)
152 Ben Cuppett (New Paltz, 10)
160 Liam Heslin (Tuxedo,11)
170 Theodore Mapes (Highland, 12)
182 Kevin Morgans (Eldred-Liberty-Falls, 11)
195 Zach Williams (Tuxedo, 12)
220 Stefan Chichkov (Red Hook, 12)
285 John Beal (Highland, 12)

2016 – Division 1
99 Oscar Lainez (Middletown, 12)
106 Tyler Lynch (Minisink Valley, 11)
106AL Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
113 Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley, 10)
113AL Anthony Stramiello (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
120 Jarred Greiner (Minisink Valley, 12)
126 Kevin Kelly (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
132 Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley, 10)
138 Charlie Johnson (Warwick Valley, 12) – 5th NYS
145 Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 6th NYS
152 RYAN FERRO (Warwick Valley, 11) – NYS Champion
160 AJ AEBERLI (Minisink Valley, 12) – NYS Champion
170 Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill, 11) – 6th NYS

182 Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 4th NYS
195 Garrett Betcher (Wallkill, 12)
220 Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS
220AL Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen, 11) – 2nd NYS
285 Joe Humphrey (Middletown, 12) – 3rd NYS

2016 – Division 2
99 Wade Harris (Red Hook, 11)
106 Luke Jones (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 8)
113 Nick Conetta (Chester, 11)
120 Chris Massaro (New Paltz, 11)
126 Ian Houck (Rondout Valley, 10)
132 Mark Castellanos (Highland, 12)
138 Dillon Ross (Onteora, 10)
145 Taylor Benson (Red Hook, 11)
152 Noah Curreri (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 11) – 5th NYS
160 Liam Heslin (Chester, 12) – 6th NYS

170 Ben Cuppett (New Paltz, 11)
182 Theo Chazkel (New Paltz, 12) – 6th NYS
195 Kevin Morgans (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12)
220 Will DePaolo (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12)
285 Travis Coon (Red Hook, 12)

2017 – Division 1
99 Colby Amell (Saugerties, 10)
106 Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 5th NYS
106AL Greg Fischer (Newburgh, 11)
113 Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 4th NYS
113AL Matthew Romano (Valley Central, 9)
120 Tyler Lynch (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
126 Cameron Wernicki (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
126AL Andrew Davis (Wallkill, 12)
132 Vinny Vetrano (Minisink Valley, 11)
132AL Brad Bonner (Wallkill, 12)
132AL Robert Satriano (Valley Central, 12)
138 Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley, 11)
145 Brandon Bobe (Washingtonville, 12)
152 Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 3rd NYS
160 Ryan Ferro (Warwick Valley, 12) – NYS Champion

170 Adonis Morano (Middletown, 11)
182 Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill, 12) – 2nd NYS
182AL Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley, 11)
195 Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – NYS Champion
220 Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen, 12) – 3rd NYS

285 Horace Duke (Middletown, 12)

2017 – Division 2
99 Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley, 8)
106 Pat Ross (Onteora, 8)
113 Nick Ross (Onteora, 8)
120 Nick Conetta (Chester, 12)
126 Nate Ross (Onteora, 9)
132 Ian Houck (Rondout Valley,11)
138 Mat Malherio (Highland, 10)
145 Zach Chartrand (Onteora, 11)
152 Dillon Ross (Onteora, 11)
160 Noah Curreri (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12) – 2nd NYS
170 Jeffrey Kiluba (Red Hook, 12)
182 Ben Cuppett (New Paltz, 12)
195 Brody Harris (Chester, 12)
220 John Goodell (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 11)
285 William Sutherland (Rondout Valley, 12)

2018 – Division 1
99 Justin Morales (Middletown, 10)
106 Greg Fischer (Newburgh, 12) – 6th NYS
113 Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS
120 Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 3rd NYS

126 Matthew Romano (Valley Central, 10)
132 Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley, 12)
138 Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley, 12)
145 Vinny Vetrano (Minisink Valley, 12)
152 Tyler Serafini (Newburgh, 11)
152AL Joseph Pushman (Wallkill, 12)
160 Shaun Burgos (Pine Bush, 12)
170 Tim Ganuncio (Minisink Valley, 12)
182 Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley, 12)
195 Sam Santander (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
195AL Maxx DeCapua (Newburgh, 10) – 6th NYS
220 Will Leonard (Cornwall, 11) – 6th NYS

285 Andrew Fenner (Minisink Valley, 12)

2018 – Division 2
99 Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley, 9)
106 Matt Morris (Red Hook, 10)
113 Eric Tigue (Port Jervis, 8)
120 Ethan Palanca (New Paltz, 9)
126 Nick Ross (Onteora, 9)
132 Carson Sauschuck (Port Jervis, 12)
138 Mat Malherio (Highland,11)
145 Ian Houck (Rondout Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
152 William Harrison (Port Jervis, 11)
160 Tristen Schiafo (Red Hook, 12)
170 Dillon Ross (Onteora, 12) – 2nd NYS
182 Jason Butler (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS

195 Ryan Hobson (Red Hook, 12)
220 Devin Dixon (New Paltz, 11)
285 Liam Dietrich (Red Hook, 10) – 5th NYS

2019 – Division 1
99 Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville, 9)
99AL Colby Amell (Saugerties, 12)
106 Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, 7) – 2nd NYS
106AL Justin Morales (Middletown, 11)
113 Jacob Chenier (Kingston, 11)
120 Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley, 11)
120AL Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 6th NYS
126 Jordan Suarez (Minisink Valley, 11)
132 Tom Maddox (Washingtonville, 12)
138 Sean Savacool (Minisink Valley, 11)
145 Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, 11) – 4th NYS
145AL Nick Albornoz (Minisink Valley, 12)
152 Joey McGinty (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 4th NYS
160 Steve Gazzillo (Cornwall, 12)
170 Matt Bucci (Saugerties, 12)
182 Tyler Serafini (Newburgh, 12)
195 Sam Santander (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
220 Will Leonard (Cornwall, 12) – NYS Champion
220AL Maxx Decapua (Newburgh, 11) – 3rd NYS
285 Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley, 10) – 5th NYS

285AL Preston Havison (Monroe Woodbury, 12)

2019 – Division 2
99 Trevor Tufano (Port Jervis, 9)
106 Peter Bender (Highland, 10)
113 Matt Morris (Red Hook, 11) – 6th NYS
120 Liam Bullock (Chester, 12)
126 Eric Tigue (Port Jervis, 9)
132 Matt Malherio (12 Highland, 12) – 5th NYS
138 Nick Ross (Onteora, 10) – 3rd NYS
145 Nick Curreri (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12)
152 Nate Ross (Onteora, 11) – 6th NYS
160 Bryce Horner (Port Jervis, 11)
170 Cesar Santiago (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12)
182 Drew Bendy (Eldred-Liberty-SW,12)
195 James Deaverio (Eldred-Liberty-SW, 12)
220 James Oosterom (Port Jervis, 11) – 5th NYS
285 Jason Lonstein (Ellenville, 12)

2000-2009 All-Decade Team

Lou Ruggirello was a 4X NYS placewinner and a 3X NYS champion! He went on to wrestle at D1 Hofstra where he was a 4X NCAA Tournament qualifier and was an All-American as a senior!!!

Our nation entered Y2K without missing a beat and so did Section 9 wrestling! There were several major changes to the landscape of high school wrestling in this decade. First and foremost was the split into two divisions beginning in 2004. The larger schools now wrestle in Division 1 while the smaller schools wrestle in Division 2. The other major change took place in 2007 when New York adopted a “Wildcard” or “At-Large” system to allow 4 additional wrestlers per weight class to enter the state tournament in order to have a full Round of 16 for the opening round. Wrestlers who earned At-Large births into the state tournament have the letters “AL” after their weight class on the lists below.

As I assumed, putting together an All-Decade Team continues to get more difficult with each passing decade. The 2000’s All-Decade Team is absolutely loaded and there are some hammers who were left off! Imagine an All-Decade Team that excludes wrestlers like Scott Prutzman, Phil Szumlaski, John Gartiser, Sean Bauer, Terry Madden, and Joe Zitone!!! Enjoy and please feel free to share your thoughts either below in the comment section or even better, on Facebook.

The 2000’s All-Decade Team

96 – Louie Ruggirello Jr. (Valley Central)
103 – Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central)
112 – Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury)
119 – Darrell Ford (Minisink Valley)
125 – Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury)
130 – Pat Lloyd (Valley Central)
135 – Jason Jones (Port Jervis)
140 – Sean Floor (Port Jervis)
145 – Cory Lemka (Minisink Valley)
152- Nick Rausenberger (Newburgh)
160 – Max O’Meara (Red Hook)
171 – Ricky Scott (Valley Central)
189 – Steven Butler (Port Jervis)
215 – Ed Bordas (Valley Central)
285 – Corey James (Kingston)

2000
96 Pat Lloyd (Valley Central, 9) – 5th NYS
103 Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 2nd NYS
112 John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 5th NYS
119 Rob Sckalor (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 4th NYS
125 Joe Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 3rd NYS

130 Dave Edwards (Cornwall, 12)
135 Casey Todd (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
140 Jason Jones (Port Jervis, 11) – 6th NYS
145 Ryan Pullman (New Paltz, 12) – 6th NYS
152 Nick Rausenberger (Newburgh, 12) – 3rd NYS
160 Terry Madden (Pine Bush, 12) – 3rd NYS
171 Kevin Lawrence (Newburgh, 11) – 6th NYS
189 Mike Gerstl (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS

215 Jason Lichtenstein (Middletown, 12)
275 Alva Conklin (Middletown, 12) – 2nd NYS

2001
96 Ken Stalter (Ellenville, 10)
103 Chris Cartwright (Newburgh, 9) – 6th NYS
112 Mike Mormile (Monroe Woodbury, 12) NYS Champ & MOW
119 Lance Dolson (Valley Central, 12) – 4th NYS
125 John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – 2nd NYS

130 Eric Biccum (Port Jervis, 11)
135 Jason Jones (Port Jervis, 12) – NYS Champion
140 Casey Todd (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
145 Josh Jones (Port Jervis) – 4th NYS
152 Keith Nelson (Red Hook, 12)
160 Kevin Lawrence (Newburgh, 12) – 5th NYS
171 Mike Karaban (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
189 Steve Scrobe (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
215 Scott Proscia (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
275 Tom O’Toole (Monroe Woodbury, 12)

2002
96 Scott Prutzman (Valley Central, 10) – 2nd NYS
103 Andy Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 9) – 5th NYS

112 Tim Schofield (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
119 Darren Mima (Kingston, 11)
125 Zac Mills (Wallkill, 10)
130 Pat Lloyd (Valley Central, 11)
135 John Gartiser (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
140 David Mills (Wallkill, 11)
145 Eric Biccum (Port Jervis, 12) – 5th NYS
152 Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 9)
160 Mike Vichiariello (Port Jervis, 11)
171 Jerrell O’Neal (Newburgh, 11)
189 Dennis Norton (Cornwall, 12)
215 Jon Andriac (Port Jervis, 12) – 4th NYS
275 Matt Gurdineer (Minisink Valley, 12)

2003
96 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 9) – 3rd NYS
103 Steve Valastro (Valley Central, 10)
112 Scott Prutzman (Valley Central, 11)
119 Darrell Ford (Minisink Valley, 11) – 4th NYS
125 Darren Mima (Kingston, 12)
130 Pat Lloyd (Valley Central, 12) – NYS Champion
135 Trevor Nauta (Pine Bush, 12) – 6th NYS

140 Pat D’Aliso (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
145 Matt Bauer (Valley Central, 12)
152 Mike Vichiariello (Port Jervis, 12) – 4th NYS
160 Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 10) – 5th NYS

171 Kevin Navarra (Cornwall, 12)
189 Pablo Diaz (Middletown, 12)
215 Ed Bordas (Valley Central, 10) – 6th NYS
275 Steve Cuff (Newburgh, 11)

2004 – Division 1 – First Year of D1/D2
96 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 10) – NYS Champion
103 Mike D’Amato (Wallkill, 8)
112 Sean Bauer (Valley Central, 11)
119 Darrell Ford (Minisink Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS
125 Phil Szumlaski (Newburgh, 12) – 3rd NYS
130 Chris Cartwright (Newburgh, 12) – 5th NYS
135 Kyle Fried (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS

140 Tom Sands (Newburgh, 12)
145 Bryan Welsh (Minisink Valley, 12) – 6th NYS
152 John Foley (Port Jervis, 11)
160 Willis Freeman (Kingston, 12) – 3rd NYS
171 Ricky Scott (Valley Central, 11) – NYS Champion

189 Alex Kaufmann (Port Jervis, 10)
215 Ed Bordas (Valley Central, 11)
275 Steve Cuff (Newburgh, 12)

2004 – Division 2
96 Robert Slavin (Millbrook, 10)
103 Emilio Torres (New Paltz, 10)
112 Nick Nekos (Onteora, 10)
119 Mike Amodio (New Paltz, 12)
125 Jason Rury (Onteora,10)
130 Ryan Wittig (New Paltz, 10)
135 Trevor Gale (Onteora, 11)
140 Chris Cannizaro (Millbrook, 12)
145 Chuck Chandler (Eldred, 11)
152 Joe Judge (New Paltz, 12)
160 Scott Honan (New Paltz, 12)
171 Justin Martino (New Paltz, 11)
189 Corey Proscia (Eldred, 11)
215 Tim Hallock (Eldred, 11)
275 John Slegona (Ellenville, 12)

2005 – Division 1
96 Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 8) – 4th NYS
103 Jeremiah Biddle (Minisink Valley, 11) – 6th NYS
112 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 11) – NYS Champion
119 Steve Valastro (Valley Central, 12) – 4th NYS
125 Sean Bauer (Valley Central, 12) – 2nd NYS

130 Shad Rissler (Washingtonville, 12)
135 Dimitri Laurent (Goshen, 11)
140 Sean Taft (Minisink Valley, 11) – 4th NYS
145 Bobby Gingras (Valley Central, 11) – 3rd NYS
152 John Foley (Port Jervis, 12) – 6th NYS

160 Ben Muller (Port Jervis, 12)
171 RICKY SCOTT (Valley Central, 12) – NYS Champion
189 Alex Kaufmann (Port Jervis, 11) – 4th NYS
215 ED BORDAS (Valley Central, 12) – NYS Champion

275 Tom Beyer (Monroe Woodbury, 12)

2005 – Division 2
96 Robert Slavin (Millbrook, 11) – 6th NYS
103 Kevin Dommreis (Millbrook, 7)
112 Patrick Spaulding (New Paltz, 10)
119 Josh Coon (Red Hook, 12)
125 Adam Slavin (Millbrook, 12)
130 Jason Rury (Onteora, 11)
135 Trevor Gale (Onteora,12) – 4th NYS
140 Mike Coffey (Onteora, 12)
145 Chuck Chandler (Eldred, 12)
152 Max O’Meara (Red Hook, 9)
160 John Kravic (Red Hook, 10)
171 Justin Martino (New Paltz, 12)
189 Corey Proscia (Eldred, 12)
215 Brandon Stoothoff (Onteora, 12)
275 Cody Chase (Onteora, 12) – 5th NYS

2006 Division 1
96 Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 8) – 3rd NYS
103 Michael Santalla (Warwick Valley , 9) – 5th NYS
112 Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 9) – 2nd NYS
119 Lou Ruggirello (Valley Central, 12) – NYS Champion

125 Mike D’Amato (Valley Central, 10) – 6th NYS
130 Doug Christensen (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 4th NYS

135 Andrew Lowry (Cornwall, 12)
140 Sean Taft (Minisink Valley, 12)
145 Cory Lempka (Minisink Valley, 11) – 5th NYS
152 Dana Presto (Port Jervis, 11)
160 Lucas Brooks (Rondout Valley, 11)
171 Joey Scott (Valley Central, 12) – 3rd NYS
189 Mike VanHouten (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 6th NYS

215 Jimmy Dollaway (Valley Central, 11)
275 Marcus Gurdineer (Minisink Valley, 12) – 5th NYS

2006 Division 2
96 Justin Signorelli (Highland, 9)
103 Tom Carney (Red Hook, 9)
112 Patrick Spaulding (New Paltz, 11) – 6th NYS
119 Robert Slavin (Millbrook, 12) – 6th NYS

125 Chris Grover (Red Hook, 11)
130 Cody Runyon (Red Hook, 11)
135 Jordan Tiberio (Red Hook,10)
140 Steven Geiger (Eldred, 11)
145 Ryan Wittig (New Paltz, 12)
152 Max O’Meara (Red Hook, 10)
160 John Kravic (Red Hook, 11)
171 Bill Pease (Red Hook, 12)
189 Richie Ross (Red Hook, 12)
215 Paul Rauch (Red Hook, 10)
275 Brad Serini (Highland, 11)

2007 Division 1 – First Year of Wildcards
96 Mike Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 9)
96AL Taylor Laraia (Newburgh, 9)
103 Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 9) – NYS Champion
112 Drew Bloss (Cornwall, 11)
119 Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 10) – 4th NYS
119AL Jeremiah Biddle (Minisink Valley, 12)
119AL Patrick Spaulding (New Paltz, 12)
125 Kyle Piaquadio (Newburgh, 11) – 6th NYS
125AL Michael Santalla (Warwick Valley, 10)
130 Blaze Chatham (Newburgh, 12) – 5th NYS
135 Mike D’Amato (Valley Central, 11) – 4th NYS

140 Sean Floor (Port Jervis, 11)
145 Cory Lempka (Minisink Valley, 12)
152 Spencer Casey (Washingtonville, 12)
160 Ross Hansen (Minisink Valley, 11)
160AL Derek Stanley (Saugerties, 12)
171 Justin Diesel (Minisink Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS
189 Steven Butler (Port Jervis, 10)
215 Jimmy Dollaway (Valley Central, 12) – 5th NYS
275 Corey James (Kingston, 11) – 4th NYS

2007 Division 2
96 Bill Brunner (Tuxedo, 10)
103 Justin Signorelli (Highland, 10)
112 Michael Wernick (Ellenville, 9)
119 Ian Ellis (Red Hook, 11)
125 Paul Goicochea (Highland, 11)
130 Jacob Coutant (Ellenville, 10)
135 Cody Runyon (Red Hook, 12)
140 Jordan Tiberio (Red Hook, 11)
145 Joe Exner (Ellenville, 12)
152 Joe Picard (Red Hook, 11)
160 Max O’Meara (Red Hook, 11)
171 John Kravic (Red Hook, 12)
189 James Kravic (Red Hook, 10)
215 Paul Rauch (Red Hook, 11)
275 Brad Serini (Highland, 12) – 3rd NYS

2008 – Division 1
96 Shane Connolly (Warwick Valley, 8)
103 Mike Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 10)
112 Taylor Laraia (Newburgh, 10)
119 Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 10) – 2nd NYS
125 Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 11) – NYS Champion

125AL Drew Bloss (Cornwall, 12)
130 Kyle Piaquadio (Newburgh, 12)
135 Matt Doolittle (Middletown, 12)
140 Sean Floor (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
140AL Mike D’Amato (Valley Central, 12) – 6th NYS

145 Joey Gambino (Saugerties, 12)
152 Cinque Mandela (Newburgh, 12)
160 Keith Corley (Valley Central, 12)
171 Ross Hansen (Minisink Valley, 12)
189 Steven Butler (Port Jervis, 11) – 4th NYS
215 CJ Floor (Port Jervis, 11)
215AL Jared Rosado (Middletown, 12)
285 Corey James (Kingston, 12) – 2nd NYS
285AL Joe Zitone (Port Jervis, 11) – 4th NYS

2008 – Division 2
96 Pete Hottum (Onteora, 9)
103 Greg Brunner (Tuxedo, 9)
112 Corey O’Farrell (Red Hook, 10)
119 Chet Cochrane (Onteora, 10)
125 Ian Ellis (Red Hook, 12)
130 Paul Goicochea (Highland, 12)
135 Matt Whitebay (Highland, 12)
140 Donald Exner (Ellenville, 11)
145 Jordan Tiberio (Red Hook, 12)
152 Joe Picard (Red Hook, 12)
160 Kyle Gale (Onteora, 12)
171 Max O’Meara (Red Hook, 12) – 3rd NYS
189 Eric Thayer (Ellenville, 11)
215 Paul Rauch (Red Hook,12)
285 Glen Coon (Red Hook, 12)

2009 – Division 1
96 Shane Connolly (Warwick Valley, 9)
103 Gary Wolff (Monroe Woodbury, 10)
112 Richard Dennison (Minisink Valley, 10)
119 Taylor Laraia (Newburgh, 11) – 3rd NYS
119AL Kaare Stokdal (Kingston, 12) – 6th NYS
125 Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 2nd NYS
130 Cody Ruggirello (Valley Central, 12) – 3rd NYS

130AL Mike Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
130AL Kyle Diesel (Minisink Valley, 10)
135 Ali Hasan (Valley Central, 11)
140 Mike Santalla (Warwick Valley, 12) – 4th NYS
145 Mitch Wightman (Warwick Valley, 10)
152 Louis Berger (Pine Bush, 12)
160 Sean Prell (Warwick Valley, 10)
171 Matt Parlier (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
189 James Brain (Minisink Valley, 12) – 4th NYS

189AL CJ Floor (Port Jervis, 12)
189AL Marcus Spearman (Newburgh, 11)
215 Steven Butler (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
215AL Shaun Bacchiocchi (Monroe Woodbury, 12) – 5th NYS
285 Joe Zitone (Port Jervis, 12) – 2nd NYS
285AL Brendan Byrne (Minisink Valley, 12) – 3rd NYS

2009 – Division 2
96 Jorge Chardon (Highland, 11)
103 Andy Ehlers (Tuxedo, 9)
112 Greg Brunner (Tuxedo, 10)
119 Corey O’Farrell (Red Hook,11)
125 Chet Cochrane (Onteora, 11)
130 CJ Goldizen (Onteora, 10)
135 Justin Signorelli (Highland, 12)
140 David Wright (Red Hook, 11)
145 Donnie VanBuren (Onteora, 10)
152 Dean Hottum (Onteora, 12)
160 Kevin Dommreis (Millbrook, 11)
171 Ivan Carlson (Red Hook,11)
189 Eric Thayer (Ellenville, 12)
215 Peter Behnke (Highland, 11)
285 Frank Casamento (Ellenville, 12)

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)