Summer Mat Club at Washingtonville

What: Washingtonville Wrestling will be hosting Summer Mat Club Training sessions.

Wizards LogoWhere: Taft Elementary School Gymnasium

When: Monday and Tuesday – 8am to 9:30am for Youth (5-12yrs)
Monday thru Wednesday – 10am to 12pm for MS/HS and up
*Wednesday will be all live wrestling
June 30th to August 6th (18 total training sessions, 12 sessions for youth)

Cost: Onetime payment of $75 for all youth wrestlers
$100 per wrestler or $10 per training session for MS/HS wrestlers
($25 discount for each additional sibling if paid in full)

• Please make checks payable to: Washingtonville Wrestling Club
• Must bring shorts and a t-shirt. (wrestling shoes are optional but recommended)

For More Information Please Contact:
Coach Andre Lee: 914-474-9920
Coach CJ Marchese: 845-800-5622

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Takedown Tournament on July 26th at North Rockland HS

On July 26th North Rockland High School Wrestling will be holding a takedown tournament and clinic.  Please read the flyer for specific information regarding the tournament format and contact information.  You must have the waiver and emergency contact form filled out in order to participate.  Summer wrestling makes winter champions.  Visit for more information.

Tournament Flyer                                Waiver                                Emergency Contact


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Updated Flo Rankings

NYS Well Represented With 15 Wrestlers ….. Who From Section 9 Will Be The First To Make The List???

It’s great to see two New Yorkers at #1 (Yianni and Piccininni) and two others in the top 5 (Vito and Dietrich)!  I am excited, however, to see if any Section 9 wrestlers can crack this elite list this year?  Let’s make it happen boys!!!

106: Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton, Section 5), #1
106: Jacori Teemer (Long Beach, Section 8), #18
106: Matteo DeVincenzo (Port Jefferson, Section 11), #20
120: Vito Arujau (Syosset, Section 8), #5
126: Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville, Section 11), #1
132: Chris Mauriello (Hauppauge, Section 11), #14
138: Louie DePrez (Hilton, Section 5), #17
138: Tristan Rifanburg (Norwich, Section 4), #18
145: Tommy Dutton (Rocky Point, Section 11), #9
152: Jake Restrepo (Sachem East, Section 11), #16
152: Frank Garcia (Norwich, Section 4), #19
170: Brandon Dallavia (Blair Academy, Youngstown, NY), #8
170: Ryan Marszal (Unatego, Section 4), #16
182: Christian Dietrich (Greene, Section 4), #4
220: Youssif Hemida (Mamaroneck, Section 1), #16

For complete rankings go to

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Graduating Section 9 Wrestlers Who Plan To Wrestle Next Year

Several of our graduating seniors have decided that their wrestling career is not quite over!!!  Below is a list of Section 9 seniors who plan on wrestling at the next level.  I received most of this information is response to an email blast I sent to the coaches.  If I have missed anyone, or if you are a coach and did not receive an email from me, please contact me at


Dan Decarlo

Daniel Decarlo – Port Jervis – Southern Maine
James Bethel – Saugerties – SUNY Oneonta
Rob Kelly – Monroe Woodbury – SUNY Cortland
Sam Weinger – Washingtonville – RIT
Dylan Booth – Port Jervis – SUNY Sullivan
John Stramiello- Pine Bush – Wyoming Seminary(Post-Grad)
Frankie Hernandez – Minisink Valley – Johnson & Wales
Brett Johnson – Cornwall – Wilkes College
Tyler Vervalin – Monroe Woodbury – SUNY Brockport
Chris Cuccolo - St. Benedicts/PB – Western New England
Tyler Owen - Wallkill – Southern Maine
Johnny Grandson – Middletown – SUNY Sullivan
Juan Velazquez – Middletown – Alfred State
John Cirino – Middletown – SUNY Sullivan
William Finkel – Middletown – King’s College

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Tournament Openings Available in Section 2

Cohoes H.S. [Sect. 2]has openings in its dual meet tourney scheduled for Dec. 19-20, 2014. This is a two day pooled tourney with 12 teams participating.  All schools will wrestle 8 duals. Four mats will be used throughout the  tourney. We currently have teams from Sect. 2/Sect. 4/Sect. 1/ and Pa.  Awards  for top 3 teams, MOW each team, Team Sportsmanship award. Contact Rick Poplaski [] if interested.

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West Point Wrestling Club At University Nationals


Army Assistant Coach Enock Francois

Five members of the West Point Wrestling Club competed over the weekend at the ASICS University Nationals – Freestyle in Akron, OH.  Leading the way for the WPWC was Enock Francois, a volunteer assistant for Army wrestling, who finished second at 86kg.  Francois was defeated in the finals by Chris Perry, the 2014 NCAA champion from Oklahoma State.

Also representing West Point Wrestling Club were Logan Everett (1-2 @ 65 kg), Chandler Smith (3-2 @ 80 kg), Travis Mallo (3-2 @ 86 kg), and  Steven Snyder (2-2 @ 97 kg).

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Ascend Brings Ivy League Wrestling to Long Island

Ascend’s Chief Wrestling Officer Craig Vitagliano, a 1995 Harvard graduate, announced today that clinicians J.P. O’Connor and Walter Peppelman will lead the Crimson contingent for a week-long, intensive wrestling program at Ascend’s newly opened headquarters in Hicksville.


“I’m looking to bring some of the best clinicians in the region down for some first-class training,” said Vitagliano.  “At the same time, we’re going to erase some of the mystique that surrounds the Harvard name.  Long Island has some extremely well rounded kids, and this is a great opportunity for them to learn how to leverage on-the-mat success as part of the college admissions process.”

AscendO’Connor, currently an assistant wrestling coach for Harvard, is one of the most celebrated wrestlers in New York history, winning four state crowns at Oxford Academy before an outstanding career with the Crimson capped by an undefeated season and national title in 2010.  Peppelman, currently an analyst at Deutsche Bank, was a two-time All American for the Crimson.

“This camp is important for the kids but also for the parents,” said Vitagliano. “Exposure like this makes Harvard and the Ivy League more tangible, realistic, and possible.”

In addition to O’Connor and Peppelman, the camp will also feature counselors Todd Preston and Eric Morris, as well as Long Island natives Tyler Grimaldi and Paul Ligouri.  Before arriving in Cambridge, Grimaldi was the first state champion from Half Hollow Hills West and Ligouri was a two-time state champion out of Wantagh.  Preston, a Hampton, New Jersey native, is the reigning Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association champion at 141 pounds, and Morris, a two-time prep national champion out of Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Seminary, was named the team’s most promising freshman this year.

The camp will take place at Ascend’s new headquarters.  Covering 6,200 square feet, the space is Long Island’s largest wrestling room and enables the club to host one of the country’s most diverse collections of wrestlers in what Vitagliano calls “the leadership laboratory.”

For more information, contact Ascend at 917-449-6098 or email

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Freestyle States – Bethel is champion; Barczak and Serrano finish 3rd… All 3 qualify for Fargo!!!

Section 9 sent quite a few wrestlers up to the NYS FS/GR State Tournament up in SUNY Broome this weekend.  Below are all of the individual results for the Section 9 wrestlers who competed in Saturday’s freestyle tournament.  Greco Roman action is slated for Sunday.  Special thanks to Coach Gartiser for going above and beyond …. not only did he coach about a half dozen kids but he managed to text results to me for any of the Section 9 wrestlers he spotted!                              Complete Brackets

Evan Barczak – Monroe Woodbury (Cadet 126)
      – lost 4-4 criteria to Seitz (Mon. Farrell)
      – won by med over McLean (Titan)
      – tech sup over Yip (ATWA)
      – tech sup over Venosa (Superior)
      – tech sup over Hunter Dusold (Ascend)
      – tech sup over Ashmawi 10-0
      – tech sup over Noah Handy (Mohawk Valley) – Evan wrestles back to 3rd!!

Isaac Matthews – Highland/Marlboro (Cadet 138)
      – lost by tech sup to Seth Gilbert (Pin2Win)
      – won by tech sup over Ian Frament (Curby 3-Style) 

Garrett Simera – Saugerties (Cadet 182)
      – lost tech sup to Daniely (Titan)
      – lost by pin to Dean (Mohawk Valley)

Vinny Vespa – Monroe Woodbury (Junior 120)
      – won by criteria 12-12 over Sayfiev (Beat the Streets)
      – lost 10-4 to Jay Albis (Iowa Style)
      – lost by pin to Sean Miller (Ascend)

Brian Bucci – Saugerties (Junior 145)
      – lost by tech sup to Jay Oakes (Curby 3-Style)
      – won over Spagnuolo
      – pins Da’mani Burns
      – Bendick tech sup 13-3 over Bucci

Da’mani Burns – NFA (Junior 145)
      – won by tech sup 12-2 over Nathal Palmer (Granville)
      – lost to Rocco Russo (Buffalo)
      – lost by pin to Bucci

Mike DaCapua – NFA  (Junior 160)
      – lost by tech sup to Alex Smythe (Buffalo)
      – lost by pin to Demasi (Islip)

Brandon Davis – Kingston (Junior 160)
      – lost by fall to Demasi (Islip)
      – lost by pin to Carella (Mohawk Valley)

Jeff Lombardi – Washingtonville/Don Bosco (Junior 182)
      – won by tech sup over Seibert (Sayville)
      – lost 12-5 to Triston Engle (Journeymen)
      – lost by tech sup to O’Malley (Smithtown)

Marcello Gennaro – Monroe Woodbury (Junior 182)
      – won by pin over Weber (Manhasset)
      – lost by tech sup to Radoncic (Beat the Streets)
      – lost by tech sup to Wooley

Nick McShea – Monroe Woodbury (Junior 195)
       – won by tech sup over Dan Dillo (Titan) 10-0
       – pinned by William Hilliard (Buffalo)
       – lost by tech sup to Aiden Matthews

Aiden Matthews – Marlboro/Wyoming Seminary (Junior 195)
      – lost to Jack Buell (Mohawk Valley)
      – win by tech sup over Nick McShea 10-0

James Bethel – Saugerties (Junior 285)
      – won by tech sup over Adam Groesbeck (Bethlehem)
      – won by tech sup over Tyler Hall (Buffalo)
      – won by tech fall over Kordel Huntley (Veritas)
      – won by tech sup over Terrence (Ascend) 12-2 … Bethel is NYS Freestyle Champ!

Isaac Serrano – NFA (Junior 285)
      – lost by tech sup to Nolan Terrence (Ascend)
      – won 7-1 over Gramuglia (Journeymen)
      – won 15-5 over Hall (Buffalo)
      – won tech sup 10-0 over Jordan Keys (Journeymen)
      – won 3-2 dec over Kordel Huntley (Veritas) …. Isaac finishes 3rd!!!

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Information for Coach Don Blaine’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


Don Blaine – Cornwall Central High School
Michael DeBarbieri – Portville High School
Gary Dillingham – Cortland High School
James Lamb – Williamsville High School
Anthony Policare – Vestal High School
Ken Spenard – posthumous – Chenango Forks High School
Tom Green – Medal of Honor – Port Byron High School

DATE: Sunday, September 21, 2014

SITE:   Double Tree Hotel 6301 State Route 298 East Syracuse, New York 13057
Phone: 315-432-0200

TIME: 1:00 pm – Cocktail Hour
2:00 pm – Dinner

COST: $60.00 per person – Ticket information will be mailed in July.

 CONTACT: If interested, please send your mailing address to:
                       Mike Kroemer – CCHS
 Athletic Director  
                       Email: or Phone: 845-534-8009 ext.7504 

DEADLINE: You must submit your request to Mike Kroemer by June 20th

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Drillmasters2014Parents: 9:30 drop off – 3:00 pick up

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