Friends of Section 9 Banquet of Champions

The Friends of Section 9 hosted their 17th Annual Banquet of Champions of Sunday at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown. Plaques were given out to the top 4 D1 and the top 2 D2 place winners from this year’s Section 9 Championship Tournaments.  Several special recognition awards were also handed out to honor those who have had exceptional seasons or have made special contributions to the sport of wrestling.  Let’s take a look at our special award winners…

Fan of the Year – Shawn Houck (Rondout Valley)
Parent of the Year – Cathi Greiner (Minisink Valley)
Modified Coach of the Year –  Tim Noteboom (Middletown)
FS9 Ref of the Year – Glen DeJong
Orange/Sullivan Officials Sportsmanship – Greg Fischer (NFA)
“Come-Back” of the Year – Luke Jones (Eldred)
FS9 Most Courageous – James Faison (Wallkill)
Scorekeeper of the Year – Ashland Hubbard (Wallkill)
Scorekeeper of the Year – Carlee Sherman (Pine Bush)
Scorekeeper of the Year – Amanda Bittles (NFA)
Special Recognition Award – Mia Macaluso (Minisink Valley)
Special Recognition Award – Grace Pauls (Minisink Valley)
FS9 Person of the Year – Fred Perna (Wallkill)
Most Improved Team of the Year – Port Jervis
Special Recognition Award – Curt Natalizio
Assistant Coach of the Year – John Foley (Port Jervis)
Assistant Coach of the Year – Corey Ferguson (Port Jervis)
FS9 Coach of the Year – Eric Hartmann (Port Jervis)
Special Recognition 500th Career Win – Don Blaine (Cornwall)
Frank Tschan Team of the Year – Minisink Valley
Mark Faller Coach of the Year – Kevin Gallagher (Minisink)
John Bell Lifetime Achievement – Lou Chartrand (Onteora)
Troy Bouzakis Wrestler of the Year – Dillon Ross (Onteora)
Pat D’Aliso Scholarship – Greg Fischer (NFA)
DeCapua Scholarship – Dillon Ross (Onteora)
DeCapua Scholarship – Greg Fischer (NFA)
DeCapua Scholarship – Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury)
DeCapua Scholarship – Ian Houck (Rondout Valley)
DeCapua Scholarship – Joey Yanis (Minisink Valley)

2018 NYSPHSAA – Finals and Section 9 Placewinners


99D1: Stevo Poulin (S2) dec 7-1 Chase Liardi (S8)
99D2: Dante Geislinger (S4) dec 9-4 Devin Coleman (S3)

106D1: Terry Adams (C) dec 3-2 Jayden Scott (S5)
106D2: Anthony Noto (S5) dec 3-1 Jordan Titus (S11)

113D1: Greg Diakomihalis (S5)  dec 3-2 utb Dylan Ryder (S11)
113D2: Marek Bush (S3) dec 4-2 Chandler Merwin (S4)

120D1:  Zack Redding (S11) dec 9-5 Anthony Sciotto (S11)
120D2: Trent Svingala (S2) dec 3-2 Brady Worthing (S4)

126D1: Adam Busiello (S11) wbf 2:59 Justin McDougald (S6)
126D2: Orion Anderson (S2) wbf 1:33 Vin Miceli (S11)

132D1: Willie McDougald (S6) dec 3-2 2OT Justin Vines (S8)
132D2: Luke Bokina (S11) dec 2-1 Nick Young (S5)

138D1: Chris Gomez (S11) dec 11-9 Anthony Sobotker (S11)
138D2: Mike Zariff (S11) dec 6-4 utb Riley Gerber (S3)

145D1: Frankie Gissendanner (S5) dec7-6 Kiernan Shanahan (S2)
145D2: Jack Bokina (S11) dec 5-0 Hunter Shaut (S3)

152D1: Jacori Teemer (S8) dec 8-2 Matt Grippi (S1)
152D2: Dempsey Carroll (S3) dec 6-2 Jack Chesman (S1)

160D1: Jake Silverstein (S11) dec 9-2 Chris Barker (S5)
160D2: Bryce Rowe (S6) dec Jake Nolan (S7)

170D1:  Grant Cuomo (S1) dec 13-10 Tyler Barnes (S2)
170D2: Ross McFarland (S3) maj 8-0 Dillon Ross (S9)

182D1: Jake Logan (S1) dec 5-3 Jacob Ferriera (S1)
182D2: Connor Fredericks (S4) dec 3-2 Chance Lapier (S7)

195D1: Jonathan Loew (S8) wbf  1:14 Jhordyn Innocent
195D2: Doug Simmons (S3) dec 3-0 Corey Keefe (S6)

220D1: Elijah Rodriguez (S11) wbf 5:19 Halil Gecaj (S1)
220D2: Joe Benedict (S3) dec 3-1 Reggie Poulin (S2)

285D1: Deonte Wilson (S11) dec 5-1 Joey Slackman (S11)
285D2: Anthony Robinson (S6) dec 6-5 Jason Gomez (PSAL)

Section 9 Placewinners

2nd Place: Dillon Ross (Onteora, 170)
3rd Place: Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 120)
5th Place: Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury, 113)
5th Place: Jason Butler (Port Jervis, 182)
5th Place: Liam Dietrich (Red Hook, 285)
6th Place: Greg Fischer (NFA, 106)
6th Place: Ian Houck (Rondout Valley, 145)
6th Place: Maxx DeCapua (NFA, 195)
6th Place: Will Leonard (Cornwall, 220)


Day 2 From Albany – Semifinals and Blood Round

This is always the most exciting round of the tournament…semifinals on the center mats, blood round matches on the outer mats!!! Here we go!!


113D1:  Greg Diakomihalis (S5) wbf 1:37 Dylan Earl (MW)
170D2: Dillon Ross (Onteora) maj 12-0 Lagess Sawyer (S11)

Blood Round

106D1: Greg Fischer (NFA) maj 12-1 Jake Eckerle (S11)
113D2: Jake Bosco (A) dec 11-9 sv Eric Tigue (Port Jervis)
120D1: Marco Vespa (MW) dec 2-1 Logan Patterson (S3)
132D1: Chris Esposito (S11) wbf 3:31 Greiner (Minisink Valley)
145D1: Burgbacher (S11) dec 6-3 V. Vetrano (Minsink Valley)
145D2: Houck (Rondout Valley) dec 2-1 Swartz (S4)
182D1: Franzese (S11) dec 2-1 Yanis (Minisink Valley)
182D2: Butler (Port Jervis) maj 11-3 Silipo (S8)
195D1: DeCapua (NFA) dec 12-8 Walters (S6)
220D1: Leonard (Cornwall) dec 4-2 Koch (S2)
285D2: Dietrich (Red Hook) wbf 2:49 Criss (S7)

Day 1 – NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships

Let’s take a look at at the match-ups and results for all of our Section 9 wrestlers! Good luck boys….make it happen!!!

Division 1 & 2 Brackets

Live Brackets on Trackwrestling

Wrestleback Round 2

99D2: Murphy (S8) dec 3-1 Walsh (Rondout Valley)
106D1: Fischer (NFA) tech 16-1 Almareh (PSAL)
113D2: Tigue (Port Jervis) maj 10-1 Searles (S10)
120D1: Vespa (MW) dec 3-1 Traub (PSAL)
120D2: Powers (S3) dec 5-2 Palanca (New Paltz)
126D1: Sims (5) dec 7-3 Romano (VC)
132D1: Greiner (Minisink Valley) maj 9-1 Althenn (S8)
138D2: Bonner (S1) dec 6-1 D. Vetrano (Minisink Valley)
145D1: V. Vetrano (Minsink Valley) dec 4-2 Wills (S1)
145D2: Houck (Rondout Valley) maj 14-4 Riorden (S6)
152D1: Marcy (C) dec 7-5 sv Serafini (NFA)
152D1: Stencel (S6) maj 10-2 Pushman (Wallkill)
160D1: Wolk (S1) dec 9-3 Burgos (Pine Bush)
170D1: Eames (S4) dec 3-2 utb Ganuncio (Minisink Valley)
182D1: Yanis (Minisink Valley) dec 11-4 Demong (S3)
182D2: Butler (Port Jervis) dec 3-1 Sabella (S11)
195D1: DeCapua (NFA) dec 6-3 Woodmansee (S4)
195D2: Degroff (S5) dec 9-4 Hobson (Red Hook)
220D1: Leonard (Cornwall)  dec 6-4 Smart (S8)
285D2: Dietrich (Red Hook) wbf 1:54 Wood (S4)

Wrestleback Round 1

99D1: Flick (C) wbf 4:59 Morales (Middletown)
106D2: Roes (S3) dec 9-2 Morris (Red Hook)
126D2: Campo (S11) dec 8-1 N. Ross (Onteora)
132D2: Costa (S8) dec 9-2 Sauschuck (Port Jervis)
138D2: Ala (PSAL) dec 7-5 Malherio (Highland)
152D1: Pushman (Wallkill) dec 7-3 Perrine (S10)
152D2: Brown (S6) dec 6-4 Harrison (Port Jervis)
160D2: Schiafo (Red Hook) dec 3-2 Tambini (S10)
160D2: Cooper (S2) dec 9-4 Schiafo (Red Hook)
170D1: Ganuncio (Minisink Valley) maj 8-0 Blanton (S11)
195D1: Melvin (S2) dec 10-3 Santander (MW)
195D1: DeCapua (NFA) wbf 2:58 Nerich (PSAL)
195D2: Hobson (Red Hook) wbf 4:06 Murphy (S1)
220D2: Dunham (S4) wbf 1:58 Dixon (New Paltz)
285D1: Greer (C) dec 3-2 utb Fenner (Minisink Valley)
285D2: Dietrich (Red Hook) wbf :48 Barber (S5)



99D2: Schubert (S5) dec 6-0 Walsh (Rondout Valley)
106D1: Adams (C) maj dec 11-3 Fischer (NFA)
113D1: Earl (MW) maj dec 10-2 McGonegal (S1)
113D2: Garland (S3) dec 6-0 Tigue (Port Jervis)
120D1: Woodworth (S4) dec 1-0 Vespa (MW)
120D2: Svingala (S2) maj 11-2 Palanca (New Paltz)
126D1: McDougald (S6) dec 4-2 Romano (VC)
132D1: Mauras (S8) maj dec 15-5 Greiner (Minisink)
138D1: Sobotker (S11) dec 5-4D. Vetrano (Minisink Valley)
145D1: Shanahan (S2) dec 12-5 V. Vetrano (Minsink Valley)
145D2: Bokina (S11) dec 2:32 Houck (Rondout Valley) vs
152D1: Teemer (S8) wbf :34 Serafini (NFA)
160D1: Moore (S8) dec 6-5 Burgos (Pine Bush)
170D2: Ross (Onteora) maj 9-0 Ingraham (S3)
182D1: Logan (S1) maj 15-6 Yanis (Minisink Valley)
182D2: Hoose (S6) dec 4-0 Butler (Port Jervis)
220D1: Horl (C) dec 4-3 Leonard (Cornwall)

Round of 16

99D1: Conetta (S8) dec 9-7 Morales (Middletown)
99D2: Walsh (Rondout Valley) wbf :50 Sparacio (S11)

106D1: Fischer (NFA) dec 3-2 Harry (S6)
106D2: Baer (S10) maj 14-1 Morris (Red Hook)

113D1: Earl (MW) dec 6-1 Bova (S1)
113D1: Tigue (Port Jervis) maj 9-1 Alshawi (S6)

120D1: Vespa (MW) dec 3-2 Delsignore (S2)
120D2: Palanca (New Paltz) dec 4-3 McIntosh (S10)

126D1: Romano (Valley Central) dec 11-5 Sharpe (S1)
126D2: Braddell (S6) tech 17-1 N. Ross (Onteora)

132D1: Greiner (Minisink Valley) tech 17-2 French (S3)
132D2: Sams (S1) tech 18-3 Sauschuck (Port Jervis)

138D1: D. Vetrano (Minisink Valley) wbf 2:56 Dewolf (S6)
138D2: Zariff (S11) dec 5-2 Malherio (Highland)

145D1: V. Vetrano (Minisink Valley) dec 11-9 sv Spahn (S11)
145D2: Houck (Rondout Valley) dec 7-5 Evangelista (S11)

152D1: Serafini (NFA) wbf 5:58 Hoffmier (S4)
152D1: Thomas (S1) dec 6-2 Pushman (Wallkill)
152D2: Sheppard (S10) dec 9-3 Harrison (Port Jervis)

160D1: Burgos (Pine Bush) dec 12-6 Johnson (S4)
160D2: Palaszewski (S2) dec 8-5 Schiafo (Red Hook)

170D1: Cuomo (S1) maj 12-2 Ganuncio (Minisink Valley)
170D2: D. Ross (Onteora) wbf :42 Boyd (I)

182D1: Yanis (Minisink Valley) dec 7-6 Gray (PSAL)
182D2: Butler (Port Jervis) dec 2-0 Damboise (S5)

195D1: Safran (8) wbf 3:51 Santander (MW)
195D1: Innocent (S1) dec 7-2 DeCapua (NFA)
195D2: Knapp (S4) wbf 1:18 Hobson (Red Hook)

220D1: Leonard (Cornwall) dec 4-0 Lily (S1)
220D2: Rice (S4) wbf :32 Dixon (New Paltz)

285D1: Rupert (S4) dec 1-0 Fenner (Minisink Valley)
285D2: Parker (D6) dec 8-4 Dietrich (Red Hook)


Superstar Spotlight

The 2018 NYSPHSAA Championship tournament is only one day away!!!  On Friday and Saturday, the Times Union Center will become a hive of wrestling activity with action taking place simultaneously on 8 mats for the majority of the tournament. Many fans are familiar with their local wrestlers but may not be aware of some of the incredible talent that exists throughout the rest of the state. Let’s take a look at some of the marquee names that will electrifying the arena this coming weekend in Albany!

Jacori Teemer (152 D1, Senior) – Section 8, Long Beach 
Teemer is looking to join Troy Nickerson as the only 5X NYS champion in the history of our state. The Arizona State commit is 28-0 on the season and 215-5 for his career. Teemer is currently ranked #2 in the nation at 152 by both FloWrestling and InterMat and Flo ranks him as the #3 best P4P wrestler in the entire nation!  Jacori is also an accomplished freestyle wrestler and took home a bronze medal for the US in the 2017 Cadet World Freestyle Tournament in Athens, Greece at 63 kilograms.

Frankie Gissendanner (145 D1, Senior) – Section 5, Penfield 
The Penfield senior has already notched 3 state titles and he’s looking to join a select few in becoming a 4X NYS champion.  Gissendanner is 37-0 on the season and 266-11 for his career.  Frankie has won titles at both the Eastern States Classic and the Powerade tournaments this season.  Gissendanner, who has not made his college decision yet, is ranked #3 in the nation by InterMat and #5 by FloWrestling!

Adam Busiello (126 D1, Junior) – Section 11, Eastport S. Manor
Like Gissendanner, Busiello is looking to become a 4X NYS champion.  He is still only a junior and his career record is an incredible 226-8! Busiello is a perfect 40-0 on the season including a title at the 2018 Eastern States Classic.  The Penn State commit is ranked #2 in the nation at 126 by FloWrestling, #3 by InterMat, and is a 3X Super 32 champion!

Greg Diakomihalis (113 D1, Sophomore) – Section 5, Hilton
Yianni who??? The younger brother of the Cornell superstar is carving out his own piece of history in New York State wrestling.  He is only a sophomore and has already won state titles as an 8th grader and a freshman.  Greg is 40-0 on the season and has laser focus on picking up state title #3 this weekend.  Diahomihalis is ranked #7 nationally by InterMat and FloWrestling has him as the #11 113 pounder in the country!

Orion Anderson (126 D2, Senior) – Section 2, Schuylerville
One of the more impressive wrestlers you will see this weekend in Orion Anderson from Section 2.  He is a 2X NYS champion, a 3X NYS finalist and a 3X finalist at the Eastern States Classic.  His three career losses in the ESC finals have been to Beau Bartlett, Jacob Camacho, and Adam Busiello – all three wrestlers are currently ranked in the top 5 in the nation! Anderson has a 138-7 career record and is 33-1 for 2017-2018. He is a heavy favorite to take home state title #3 this weekend!

Tyler Barnes (170 D1, Senior) – Section 2, Ballston Spa
Barnes is the defending state champion at 170 pounds and is currently ranked 11th in the nation by InterMat and 15th by FloWrestling. He will be taking his talents to NC State in the fall to wrestle for head coach Pat Popolizio, also a Section 2 alum. Tyler is 41-0 on the season, 163-16 for his career and won the ESC this past January. However if he wants to take home state title #2, Barnes will probably lock horns in the finals with another nationally ranked wrestler – Grant Cuomo from Section One.

Grant Cuomo (170 D1, Senior) – Section 1, Brewster
Cuomo was a state finalist last year at 160 pounds losing in the finals to Section 9’s 2X state champ Ryan Ferro from Warwick.  He had an incredible off season and has gathered the attention of the national wrestling websites.  FloWrestling has him ranked 9th in the country and InterMat has him at #12.  Cuomo, who will be attending Princeton in the spring, has only one wrestled loss this season and that was to Julian Ramirez of Blair Academy.

Dylan Ryder (113 D1, Senior) – Section 11, HHH West
The Hofstra recruit was the state champion at 106 pounds last season and is currently ranked #16 in the nation by Flo. He was picked off in the S11 finals by Sean Carter so needed a wildcard to punch his ticket to Albany but he’s anxious for a rematch with Carter and a chance to take on Diakomihalis for the 113 D1 crown!

Trent Svingala (120 D2, Junior) – Section 2, Maple Hill
Svingala was the 106 pound D2 state champ last season and he’s a heavy favorite to take home title #2 this weekend! Only a junior, Trent has already given a verbal commitment to wrestle for Rob Koll at Cornell starting in the Fall of 2019. He is 35-0 on the season, 200-16 for his career and is currently riding a 77-match winning streak.

Jake Silverstein (160 D1, Senior) – Section 11, Hauppauge 
Silverstein is a 2X NYS finalist and he was the 2018 Eastern States Classic champion.  He is 29-2 on the season and suffered both of his losses at the Walsh Ironman where he finished 8th. The Section 11 senior will be heading to Nebraska in the fall to wrestle for Mark Manning. Silverstein is ranked 18th in the nation at 160 by FloWrestling.

Hunter Shaut (145 D2, Junior) – Section 3, Central Valley 
The Section 3 junior was the 138 pound D2 state champion last season.  He is having another impressive season sporting a 51-2 record with both losses coming at the Eastern States Classic where he came in 7th place. Shaut has been wrestling varsity since the 7th grade and has a 189-46 career record!

Justin Vines (132 D1, Senior) – Section 8, Wantagh
Vines was the 126 pound NYS D1 champ last year and he’s having a great 2017-2018 campaign. He is 50-1 and his only loss came in the finals of the Eastern States Classic to Jack Davis from Wyoming Seminary. Vines finished 7th at the NHSCA Junior Nationals in Virginia Beach last year. He has recently committed to wrestles at LIU Post in the Fall!

Jonathan Loew (195 D1, Senior) – Section 8 Wantagh
Loew finished 3rd in NYS last season but then absolutely exploded in the off-season. He is now wrestling at 195 pounds with the athleticism of a middle weight. He dominated the competition at the Journeymen Fall Classic and kept the momentum going all season. His only loss was in the ESC finals to Austin Cooley from Wyoming Seminary, the 10th ranked wrestler in the nation according to Flo. Loew has committed to wrestle for Cornell in the Fall and he is currently ranked 18th in the nation by InterMat.

Anthony Noto (106 D2, Soph.) – Section 5, Honeoye Falls-Lima
Noto was the 99 pound D2 NYS champion as a freshman last season. In the finals he defeated S11’s Jordan Titus by pinfall in sudden victory. Titus defeated Noto at the Eastern States Classic this year and both wrestlers are entered at 106 pounds this weekend!  Will we see Noto vs Titus – Round 3 on Saturday night???

Top 5 Round 1 Matches To Watch In Albany

This weekend will be loaded with incredible matches – especially as we get into the later rounds! That said there are always some very intriguing opening round matches that are worth checking out.  Let’s take a look at some of the preliminary round matches that could prove to be very interesting!

99 D2: (1)Mason Bush (S3) vs Caleb Svingala (S2)
This match will only happen if Svingala wins his outbracket match but the 40-0 sophomore is the heavy favorite to advance and take on freshman Bush in this potential barn burner in the R16!  Bush finished 5th in NYS at this weight last season and is the #1 seed this year. Let’s see if the undefeated Svingala can keep his streak alive and pick off the top dog early!

106 D1: (7) Jayden Scott (S5) vs Kole Mulhauser (S3)
Both of these talented 8th graders are making their first trip to the state tournament and they could provide the crowd with some great opening round action. Scott, the 7th seed, has a 37-3 record with his three losses coming to: the 120 pound Section 5 champ Ryan Burgos, the 2017 99 pound state champ  Anthony Noto (1-0), and the 2017 99 pound state 4th Marek Bush (2-0). Mulhauser is 34-4 with 3 of his losses coming to 2018 Eastern States Champ Matt Griffin and the other coming to S3 D2 champ Micah Roes!  Which future star will pick up his first big-time varsity win???

120 D1: (7) Marco Vespa (S9) vs Brock Delsignore (S2)
On paper you would think that Vespa, a 4th place finisher at last year’s state tournament, would be a heavy favorite but we can’t look past the Section 2 freshman. Delsignore has only 3 losses this season and they were all at the Eastern States Classic where he placed 8th. Vespa did not place at this year’s ESC and is definitely looking for redemption!

160 D1: (3) Aaron Wolk (S1) vs Demitreus Henry (PSAL)
The 3rd seeded Wolk has 4 losses on his record this year however 2 of them were via forfeit. The only 2 losses on the mat this year for the Section 1 junior were to Eastern States Classic finalist Chris Barker.  Wolk took 3rd at this year’s ESC. A healthy Henry is as dangerous as they come.  He has battled the injury bug this year but has a 19-0 record and he was one win away from placing at the NYS tournament last year at 152!  This match could be electric!

182 D2: (3) Connor Fredericks (S3) vs Mike Sabella (S11)
Fredericks is the #3 seed and he placed 5th in this tournament at 170 pounds last year but he definitely cannot look past the Section 11 champ!  Sabella is 32-4 this season and all 4 of his losses have been by a single point to top notch wrestlers!  Fredericks has two losses this year – one is to a 2017 state finalist (Ross McFarland) and the other is to a 2018 Eastern States Classic finalist (Jacob Ferreira). This is definitely one to watch for in the the prelims!!!