West Point Wrestling Club Conducting Satellite Clinics

Starting on Wednesday November 21, the West Point Wrestling Club we be offering “Satellite Clinics!”  That’s right….they come to your facility!!!  Clinics are available Monday and Wednesday nights from November 21 until December 19 (9 sessions total) from 6:00 pm until 7:15 pm.  Book your session now!  For more information, contact:

Enock Francois
Head Club Wrestling Coach and Volunteer Assistant
Army Wrestling
(845) 938-1029 – office
(561) 319-6717 – mobile

                      WPWC Satellite Clinic Flyer                         WPWC Flyer 

Super 32 Challenge Weekend

Onteora’s Austin Weigel to Battle for Belt at 170; Pine Bush’s Andrew North Entered at 106

The Super 32 Challenge has become the toughest preseason wrestling tournament in the country.  Every year, approximately 1500 of the top wrestlers from across the country make the trip to Greensboro, NC to test their skills against the best of the best.  Onteora senior Austin Weigel (pictured) and Pine Bush junior Andrew North are the only two Section 9 wrestlers making the journey.  Weigel qualified for the event via his 2nd place finish at a qualifying tournament in Shippinsburg, PA were he dropped a hard fought 7-5 decision in the finals to PA state champion Garrett Peppelman. 

Like every other weight class at the Super 32, 170 pounds is loaded.  Some of the “big guns” registered include Cody Wiercioch (2X PA state champ), Zach Epperly (3X VA state champ), Brett Harner (3X state place winner in PA), Nick Vonegidy (2X NC state champ), and Peter Renda (PA runner-up who is nationally ranked).

North’s competition at 106 will be just as fierce.  Many of the favorites at this weight will come from the the Northeast.  PA stud Luke Pletcher leads the way but he will be joined by other Intermat ranked wrestlers including Nick Suriano (NJ), Luke Karam (PA), Kyle Bierdumpfel (NJ), and Gage Curry (PA).

Best of luck to Austin and Andrew! 

Betsy Veysman from newyorkwrestlingnews.com has put together an excellent article which highlights all of the New York wrestlers entered in the event.  Intermat’s Josh Lowe has provided an outstanding weight-by-weight breakdown of the Super 32.  Links to both articles are below.

     New York Wrestlers at the Super 32            Intermat’s Weight-By-Weight Breakdown


REMINDER: Minisink Student “Walks For A Cure” In Honor of Vinny Vespa

Jillian Dolce’s 3rd Annual Walk For Lymphoma Set For September 29

For the past three years, Minisink Valley student Jillian Dolce has completed a “Walk For Lymphoma” with all proceeds going to Lymphoma research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital.  Each year she dedicates her walk to local resident who is battling the disease.  This year, Jillian has decided to do her walk in honor of Monroe Woodbury wrestler Vinny Vespa who is currently receiving chemotherapy for Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

For anyone who wants to join Jillian in her quest to “Find a Cure, One Step at a Time,” this year’s event is scheduled for September 29th at Shannen Park in Slate Hill, NY.  Registration will be at 10:00 am and the walk will go from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Recommended donations are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Anyone interested in learning more about the event can go to Jillian’s website and/or check out her flyer.

On behalf of the entire Section 9 wrestling community……thank you Jillian!!!

        Jillian Dolce’s website                               Flyer for this year’s event
          onestepatatime.biz                                 Walk to honor Vinny Vespa

11th Annual Hudson Valley Challenge

The Friends of Section 9 is happy to announce that the 11th Annual Hudson Valley Challenge will take place on Sunday, October 7th at Port Jervis High School.  Online registration is available at http://easternstates.ticketleap.com/hudson-valley-challenge-wrestling-tournament–clinic/.  If you have additional questions, please contact the tournament director Gary Rissler at grissler@hvc.rr.com

                              11th Annual Hudson Valley Challenge Tournament Flyer

2012 Cadet and Junior National Championships

A Handful of Locals Make the Trip to Fargo, ND

Freestyle Competition Now Underway!!!

The Asics/Vaughn Cadet and Junior National Championships are taking place in Fargo, ND from July 14 through July 21.  For the wrestling junkie….it doesn’t get any better than Fargo!  24 mats….Freestyle, Greco-Roman, Women’s Freestyle…Cadet and Junior Divisions….did I mention 24 mats!!!!!!

TheMat.com’s Cadet & Junior Nationals Special Section

From the information I have so far, four Section 9 wrestlers have made the journey to Fargo.  As I learn of any others, I will add them to the below table which will provide their complete results. 

Chris Cuccolo (Pine Bush) Cadet Freestyle 94 lbs
– won by decision over Rian Burris (SC) 7-2, 5-0
     – lost by decision to Jordan Aquino (CA) 2-4, 0-3
     – lost by decision to Skyler  Hieronimus (MN) 1-2, 0-6 

Chris Cuccolo (Pine Bush) Cadet Greco-Roman 94 lbs
     – winner by fall over Tanner Tidswell (TN) 2-0, 1:15
     – lost by decision to Paul Fitterer (MN) 0-3, 0-3…Fitterer went undefeated in pool
     – won by decision over Bridger Carpenter (ID) 1-0, 4-0
     – winner by fall over Jacob Gardiner (CA) 3-0, 1:12
     – won by decision over Jon Gabriel 1-1, 6-4 ….Cuccolo will wrestle in the medal round!!!
     – won by decision over Tanner Cox (UT) 1-0, 4-0
Great performance by Pine Bush junior Chris Cuccolo.  He finished 5th in the country and his only loss came to the wrestler who finished 3rd…he defeated the kid who finished 2nd!!

Jacob Wood (Kingston) Cadet Freestyle 170 lbs
– lost by decision to Jared Langley (KS) 0-3, 0-6
     – lost by fall to Chance Cooper (MO) 0-7, 1:34

Jacob Wood (Kingston) Cadet Greco-Roman 170 lbs
     – winner by fall over Daniel Burnley (IL) :22
     – lost by decision to Isaac Florel (MN) 1-3, 0-6
     – lost by fall to Casey Beaver (IA) 3-0, :24

Austin Weigel (Onteora) Junior Freestyle 170 lbs     
     – lost by fall to Brett Harner (PA) 7-0, 1:57
     – won by decision over Johnny Perez (KS) 3-0, 1-0
     – lost by decision to Adam Drain (IA) 0-2, 0-3

Terrence Cheeks (NFA) Junior Greco-Roman 285 lbs 
     – lost by fall to Jacob Semple (MO) 7-0, :51
     – lost by fall to Sam Stoll (MN) :28

Terrence Cheeks (NFA) Junior Freestyle 285 lbs
     – lost by decision to Jacob Semple (MO) 1-1, 0-6
     – lost by decision to Austin Sinyard (NV) 3-1, 0-3, 1-3


Warwick senior Shane Connolly has recently learned that he has received appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Connolly is one of only four wrestlers to win five Section 9 titles; he plans on joining the Army Black Knights wrestling squad as a walk-on.  On behalf of the entire Section 9 wrestling community …. congratulations and good luck Shane!!! 

4 Locals Grab All-American Honors

Congratulations to Nick Wentland, Frankie Carrozza, Jalen Palmer, and Matthew Wagner for earning All-American honors at the 2012 NHSCA High School Nationals Wrestling Championships held in Virginia Beach. 

Minisink's Nicky Wentland All American @ 160

With his 8th place finish at 160, Minisink Valley freshman Nick Wentland was the only Section 9 wrestler to achieve AA status.  Below are his match-by-match results….great job Nicky!!!

Round 16:  Wentland dec 9-4 over Ethan Newall (VA)      
Quarters:  Jake Young (PA) dec 6-1 over Wentland     
1st Consie:  Wentland dec 6-3 over Jacob Woolson (NY)
Consie Quarters:  Taquan Long (SC) dec 7-5 over Wentland
7th Place:  Logan Womeldorf (PA) dec 10-6 over Wentland

Carrozza, Palmer, and Wagner all attend Delaware Valley High School in Matamoras, PA.  Carrozza finished 8th in the freshman division at 126 pounds.  Jalen Palmer, the sophomore brother of 2X PA state place winner CJ Palmer, placed 3rd at 132 pounds.  The top performance of all local wrestlers was turned in by DV freshman Matthew Wagner who finished 2nd at 182 pounds.  Congrats to Frankie, Jalen, and Matthew….great job guys! 


High School Nationals

The NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships take place this week in Virginia Beach and SectionIXWrestling.com will provide updates on all of our local wrestlers!  Links to updated brackets will also be provided as they become available!  Good luck boys!!!

              Freshman Nationals                   Brackets
Gerard Daly (106) – Minisink Valley
     – 1st Round:  Daly dec 8-7 over Michael Bartolo (PA)
     – 2nd Round:  Daly dec 10-3 over Austin Comeford (NC)
     – 3rd Round:  Michael Russo (NJ) mdec 13-3 over Daly
     – 1st Consie:  Matthew Landgraff (FL) dec 7-4 over Daly

Michael Raccioppi (113) – Minisink Valley
     – 1st Round:  Raccioppi wbf 1:00 over Alan Caro (FL)
     – 2nd Round: Raccioppi dec 7-3 over Caleb Bordner (PA)..Bordner finished 8th in PA!!!
     – Rd 16:  Raccioppi dec 6-4 ot over Tyler Makosy (MD)
     – Quarters:  Jared Prince (FL) wbf 3:00 over Raccioppi
     – 1st Consie:  Orefice (NY) dec 6-4 over Raccioppi

Mason Rambarose (120) – Minisink Valley
     – 1st Round:  Rambarose dec 2-1 over Bobby Gallipoli (NJ)
     – 2nd Round:  Anthony Juckes (NM) dec 8-4 over Rambarose
     – 1st Consie:  Rambarose wbf 2:00 over Andrew Hawthorne (SC)
     – 2nd Consie:  Rambarose wbf 1:28 over Daniel Boyer (PA)
     – 3rd Consie:  Rambarose dec 2-1 over Mateo Lybarger (OH)
     – 4th Consie:  Grant Aycox (GA) wbf 4:21 over Rambarose

Chris Truglio (126) – Minisink Valley
     – 1st Round:  Truglio dec 12-11 over Charlie Johnson (PA)
     – Rd 16:  Neil Richards (VA) wbf 1:20 over Truglio
     – 1st Consie:  Ethan Stever (PA) dec 4-3 over Truglio

Frank Carrozza (126) – Delaware Valley
     – 1st Round:  Carrozza wbf 4:54 over John Lepak (NY)
     – Rd 16:  Mike Monica (NJ) mdec 10-0 over Carrozza
     – 1st Consie:  Carrozza dec 2-1 over Dominic Lucero (NM)
     – 2nd Consie:  Carrozza wbf 1:28 Bracken Lovell (UT)
     – 3rd Consie:  Carrozza dec 3-0 Dustin Yoakum (WV)…. Carrozza an AA!!!
     – Consie Quarters:  Alex Murray (NJ) dec 5-1 over Carrozza
     – 7th Place Match:  Jacob Trujillo (CO) dec 10-7 over Carrozza….Carrozza takes 8th!!!

Nick Wentland (160) – Minisink Valley
     – Round 16:  Wentland dec 9-4 over Ethan Newall (VA)
     – Quarters:  Jake Young (PA) dec 6-1 over Wentland
     – 1st Consie:  Wentland dec 6-3 over Jacob Woolson (NY)…Wentland guaranteed AA
     – Consie Semi:  Taquan Long (SC) dec 7-5 over Wentland…Wentland wrestling for 7th
     – 7th Place Match:  Logan Womeldorf (PA) dec 10-6 over Wentland… Nicky takes 8th!!!

Matthew Wagner (182) – Delaware Valley
     – Round 16:  Wagner dec 12-6 over Jeff Velez (NJ)
     – Quarters:  Wagner mdec 13-2 over Richard Bilodeau (NH)
     – Semis: Wagner dec 3-2 over Thomas Alcaro (PA)….Wagner in finals!!!!
     – Finals:  Tevis Bartlett (WY) wbf 5:26 over Wagner…. Matt finishes 2nd in nation!!!

                 Sophomore Nationals                 Brackets
Dylan Booth (106) – Port Jervis
     – 1st Round:  Booth dec 5-3 over Michael Beck (MD)
     – 2nd Round:  Booth wbf 3:01 over Sam Shank (PA)
     – Rd 16:  Brent Fleetwood (DE) tech fall 15-0 over Booth
     – 1st Consie:  Bryan Lantry (NY) dec 7-1 over Booth

Johnny Stramiello (113) – Pine Bush
     – 1st Round:  Tyler Carney (DE) tech fall 18-1 over Stramiello
     – 1st Consie:  Stramiello dec 4-2 over Taylor (MD)
     – 2nd Consie:  Stramiello dec 10-3 over Day (IL)
     – 3rd Consie:  Stramiell0 dec 7-5 over Boatman (TN)
     – 4th Consie:  Hone (UT) dec 8-2 over Stramiello

Jalen Palmer (132) – Delaware Valley
     – 1st Round:  Palmer tech fall 17-2 over Dylan Spurlock (AL)
     – Rd 16:  Palmer dec 7-3 over Walker Dempsey (NJ) 
     – Quarters:  Josh Reyes (OR) wbf 4:40 over Palmer
     – 1st Consie:  Palmer wbf 2:26 over Brooks Robinson (UT)….Palmer an AA!!!!
     – 2nd Consie:  Palmer tech fall 16-0 over Payton Shuford (NC)
     – Consie Semis:  Palmer dec 5-1 over Hayden Ryals (AL)….Palmer going for 3rd!!!!
     – 3rd Place Match:  Palmer dec 3-1 over Dempsey (NJ)….3rd Place for Jalen!!!!!!        

                 Junior Nationals                Brackets
AJ Voelker (152) – Monroe Woodbury
     – 1st Round:  Scott McQuaide (MA) dec 2-1 over Voelker
     – 1st Consie: Gomez (NC) dec 2-1 over Voelker

Travis Edwards (160) – Port Jervis
     – 1st Round:  Edwards dec 7-4 over Brad Sullivan (VA)
     – 2nd Round:  Dyvon Gibson (PA) wbf :41 over Edwards
     – 1st Consie:  Edwards dec 3-0 over Markowitz (PA)
     – 2nd Consie:  Karis (WA) tech fall 18-2 over Edwards

Dan Favaro (160) – Delaware Valley
     – 1st Round:  Favaro dec 6-2 over Niquo Hawkins (VA)
     – 2nd Round:  Michael Carrocia (NJ) dec 10-0 over Favaro
     – 1st Consie:  Matlock (TN) wbf 2:00 over Favaro

Lucas Markowitz (160) – Delaware Valley
     – 1st Round:  Rilen Skieens (AK) wbf 4:59 over Markowitz
     – 1st Consie:  Markowitz dec 2-1 over Cassar (NY)
     – 2nd Consie:  Edwards (NY) dec 3-0 over Markowitz 

Martin Strenk (182) – Delaware Valley
     – 1st Round:  Nicholas Baranello (NJ) dec 7-5 over Strenk
     – 1st Consie:  Strenk dec 6-2 over Silano (NJ)
     – 2nd Consie:  Strenk dec 5-2 over Santiago (NY)
     – 3rd Consie:  Strenk wbf 3:48 over Kruklinski (NJ)
     – 4th Consie:  Strenk dec 2-1 over Pesola (MN)
     – Consie Quarters:  Williams (NJ) over Strenk 5-0

Josh Bonneau (195) – Minisink Valley
     – 1st Round:  Ronny Colbilich (NJ) dec 3-1 over Bonneau
     – 1st Consie:  Ramos (NJ) wbf :55 over Bonneau

Jack Fagan (220) – Delaware Valley
     – 1st Round:  Fagan dec 2-1 over Ryan Hughes (NY)
     – Rd 16:  Jden Cox (MO) wbf 1:00 over Fagan
     – 1st Consie:  Fagan dec 1-0 over Linden (OH)
     – 2nd Consie:  Fagan wbf 2:08 over Zorea (AK)
     – 3rd Consie:  Meagher wbf 2:53 over Fagan

                Senior Nationals                    Brackets
Ryan Bedross (160) – Warwick Valley
     – 1st Round:  Curtis Bright (NV) dec 7-2 over Bedross

11th Annual Friends of Section 9 Banquet

The 11th Annual “Friends of Section 9” Banquet was held on Tuesday March 13, 2012 at the Meadowbrook in New Windsor.

 The top 4 place winners in Division 1, and the top 2 place winners in Division 2 each received plaques.  Some of the award winners from last night are listed below.   To view a list of all 23 Special Awards which were presented, click here. The history of each award is also listed on the first tab of the spreadsheet. 

                   Award                                                             Recipient
Troy Bouzakis Senior Wrestler of the Year                              Ethan Stanley – Saugerties
Mark Faller Coach of the Year  (Team Champions)               Phil Szumlaski – Warwick Valley
Friends of Section 9 Coach of the Year                                     Dave Hodes – Rondout Valley
Comeback of the Year                                                                   Donald Brown – Middletown
Frank Tschan Team of the Year                                                  Warwick Valley
John Bell Lifetime Achievement Award                                    Larry Skalla
Friends of Section 9 Ref of the Year                                           Gunnar DeJong