NCAA Brackets Released

Brackets for the Division 1 NCAA Wrestling Championships have been released and Section 9 is rather well represented.  Below is a chart of the wrestlers with local ties who will be competing next week at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO.  I have also provided a link to the brackets for all 10 weight classes.


Wrestler                 College/Weight            Local Connection                   2012 Record     First Round Opponent
Jamie Franco         Hofstra / 133               2009 MW graduate                     21-11             #10 C. Dardanes (Minn)

Derek Stanley        Army / 197                   2008 Saugerties graduate          23-15            #7 Mario Gonzalez (Ill)
#12 Joe Kennedy  Lehigh / 197                 2008 DV (PA) graduate             21-5               Richard Perry (Bloom)
Jordan Thome       Army / 133                   Army wrestler                               26-11             Garrett Drucker (Or. St)
Coleman Gracey    Army / 165                   Army wrestler                               24-12            Mike Ottinger (C.Mich)

                               2012 NCAA Wrestling Championship Brackets


Live Updates From Albany!

NYS WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS will, of course, be attending the NYS Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.  From my seat on press row, I will be providing as many individual bout results as possible.  Due to my location in the arena (D1 side), it will be difficult to provide comprehensive results for both divisions, but I will due my absolute best.  As updated brackets are make available, I will post them as well.  Good luck to all of our Section 9 wrestlers…..go for it!!! NYS Tournament Preview…Parts 1&2

The “big dance” is right around the corner.  This weekend 480 student-athletes will storm the Times Union Center in Albany, NY with a common goal….to be crowned NYS Champion!  Wrestling will begin on Friday at 10:00 a.m. and will continue through Saturday evening’s finals.  For a complete schedule, go to
For once, treacherous weather will not be an issue!!!  The brackets are set and available below. has put together a tournament preview for both D1 and D2.  Enjoy! 

                                                    2012 NYS Tournament Preview (99-145)
                                            2012 NYS Tournament Preview Part 2  (152-285)

                                    Division 1 Brackets                                      Division 2 Brackets

Sectional Results From Around The State

As I am able to get results from other state qualifying tournaments around the state, I will “link” them below.



Section 1 D1   D2            Section 7
Section 2 D1  D2            Section 8 D1  D2
Section 3 D1  D2            Section 9 D1  D2
Section 4 D1  D2            Section 10 D1 D2
Section 5 D1  D2            Section 11 D1  D2
Section 6 D1  D2            PSAL D1  D2

Section 9 D1 quarterfinal match-ups

Here are your Section 9 Division 1 quarterfinal match-ups.  Wrestling will begin at 9:30 at Monroe Woodbury High School.  Semifinals should begin at approximately 11:45 and the finals are slated to start at 6:30!  Good luck to all of our wrestlers.

Gerard Daly(MV) vs. Mack Philips(VC)                                  Evan Barzack(MW) vs. Andrew North(PB)
Vinny Vespa(MW) vs. Isaiah Gutierrez-Vera(Mid)              Steven Slepoy(NFA) vs. Chris Cuccolo(PB)

John Stramiello(PB) vs. Damani Burns(NFA)                     Sean Sweeney(Corn) vs. Johnny Bastone(NFA)
Dylan Booth(PJ) vs. Justin Clavell(Wash)                            Gabe Campbell(VC) vs. Michael Raccioppi(MV)

TJ Kreider (Corn) vs. Hussain Hasan(VC)                           Alex Baum(MW) vs. Mason Rambrose(MV)
Ryan Ferro(War) vs. Jordan Jackson(Midd)                       Luis Andreakis(Wash) vs. PJ Smoot(MW)

Justin Corradino(War) vs. Angel Martinez(MW)              Ryan Bolger(VC) vs. Chris Truglio(MV)
Tyler Rodriguez(Midd) vs. Sean Foshini(NFA)                 Nick Sebesta(Wall) vs. Bryan Mongiello(Wash)

Tom Murphy (MW) vs. Justin Guarno(Wash)                   Brandon Lewis(MW) vs. Lance Golubinski(Gos)
Brett Johnson(Corn) vs. Wyatt Lendle(VC)                        Mike Yaeger(Saug) vs. Donald Brown(Midd)

Luke Roth (Corn) vs. Kenny Lumbrazo(MV)                    Ray Isales(Corn) vs. Jordan Robles(PB)
John Derhan(NFA) vs. Thomas Wightman(War)            Coby McGuire(NFA) vs. Mohamed Shidid(Wash)

Shane Connolly (War) vs. Tyler Owen(Wall)                    Luke Evans(Mont) vs. Tom Curley(MW)
Mark Milisci(Wash) vs. Quinn Zsido(Corn)                      Antonio Fracasse(NFA) vs. Dylan Muller(PJ)

Bret Sauschuck(PJ) vs. Tyler Blasko(Wall)                      Drake Barzack(MW) vs. Dante Giannetta(Corn)
Devyn Fennell(MV) vs. Shane Ginley(War)                     Ryan Sause(PB) vs. Kyle Wierzbicki(War)

Ryan Bedross(War) vs. Tim Yurgel(Corn)                       Bryan Cuilty(NFA) vs. Travis Edwards(PJ)
AJ Voelker(MW) vs. Francesco Pichardo(Wash)           Nick Wentland(MV) vs. JP Vandercliff(MW)

Dan DeCarlo(PJ) vs. Harley Rogers(War)                       Luke Zsido(Corn) vs. Chris Weston(PB)
Jake Hoffman(MV) vs. Andrew Bragado(Wash)            Anthony Milano(MW) vs. Pat Sause(PB)

Colin Casey(Wash) vs. Rob Cuomo(Saug)                      Andrew Mentz(Saug) vs. Frank Mayo(MV)
Kyle McGuire(NFA) vs. Ryan Gagnon(Corn)                 Andy Sliter(War) vs. Kirk Nelson(Midd)

Anthony Sannella(MV) vs. Chris Farrell(Saug)             John McWeeney(King) vs. Randy Wilson(PJ)
Andrew Giese(Corn) vs. TJ Mann (Corn)                       Tom Merenyi(Gosh) vs. Bilal Hasan(VC)

Deon Edmond(King) vs. James Bethel(Saug)                  Vinny Nastro(Gosh) vs. Travis Curreri(PJ)
Ty’Mare Armstrong(Midd) vs. Joe Santianno(Gosh)     Luke Durland(MV) vs. Pavel Gorelov(War)

Rob Kelly(MW) vs. Damion Rampe(PB)                          Keoni Nakapaahu(Saug) vs. Shane Hanlon(MV)
Jorge Vasco(MW) vs. Sam Weinger(Wash)                    Josh Bonneau(MV) vs. Connor Leavell(War)

Ethan Stanley(Saug) vs. Joe Boccia(War)                       Tim Wade(Midd) vs. Blaise Smith(Midd)
Terrence Cheeks(NFA) vs. Steven Melgar(Wash)         Andrew Connors(Wall) vs. Seth Stauble(King)


Future S9 Stars; JV Sections Results, 2012 Youth Sections Info!

Monroe Woodbury edged Minisink Valley by one point (158-157) this past Saturday at the JV Sectionals held in Warwick.  Click below for full results and to catch glimpse of some of the names you’ll be reading about for the next couple of years in Section 9 Wrestling!!!

                                                         2012 JV Sectionals

Hey….speaking of future S9 champions, I hope everyone is registered for the Section 9 Youth Championships scheduled for this coming Sunday 2/12 at Monroe Woodbury High School.  The tournament is also open to modified wrestlers as long as their birth year is 1998 or 1999.  Click below for tournament and registration information.

                                 2012 Section 9 Youth Wrestling Championship


Sannella defeats Gorelov; MV 34 Warwick 33 on criteria

In one of the most exciting dual meets of the year, Minisink Valley defeated Warwick 34-33 (criteria 8 matches won) on the last day of regular season wrestling in Section 9!  Warwick had a 33-30 lead going into the final match of the evening where defending Section 9 champion Pavel Gorelov of Warwick was set to take on Minisink’s Anthony Sannella at 195 pounds.  Sannella weighed in at 182 but was forced to bump-up to take on Gorelov in what proved to be an extremely exciting match.  In the end, Sannella was able to hold off Gorelov to earn a 6-5 victory and secure the victory for Minisink.  In the other marquee match-up of the evening, Warwick 7th grader Ryan Ferro was able to convert a 3rd period reversal into a pinfall to defeat Minisink’s Mason Rambrose at 113 pounds.  Congratulations to both teams for having phenomenal regular seasons….both MV and Warwick, along with Monroe Woodbury, have been ranked in the top 20 in NYS all season long!  Next stop….the Section 9 Championships!  Check back for schedule and seeds as they become available.

Minisink Valley 34 Warwick 33

In the other match scheduled for Friday, Cornwall was able to defeat Monticello by a score of 66-12.  It the most anticipated match of the evening, Monticello’s Paul Gomez was able to hold off Cornwall’s Brett Johnson for a 11-8 victory at 126.

                                                          Cornwall 66 Monticello 12 

Thursday’s Results….Shocker at 285 as Cheeks upsets Stanley

Newburgh Free Academy 46 Saugerties 24 In one of the biggest upsets of the year, NFA’s Terrence Cheeks upended Saugerties’ defending S9 Champion Ethan Stanley 6-5!!!  How did it happen?  Here is a match summary provided by the NFA coaches:

In a scramble off the initial takedown in the first 15 sec Cheeks put Stanley on his back.
He kept him there for the rest of the period.  Nearly everyone in the gym thought he had pinned him.
Stanley chose down in 2nd, Cheeks immediately put him neutral 5-1.
Stanley took Cheeks down about 1 min in 5-3.  Stanley rode him out.
Cheeks chooses neutral to start the 3rd.  With about 45 sec left, Stanley took Cheeks down to tie it at 5-5.
With about 15 sec left Cheeks escaped and held on for the 6-5 win.

NFA Coach Jeff Cuilty had this to say about Cheeks’ stunning performance.

“Stanley is a great wrestler, a hard worker and a great kid. I felt bad for him as it was his last home match as a senior.  He battled for 1:45 to get off his back and that took a lot out of him.

This is HUGE for CHEEKS.  The fact that he didn’t get the pin and was still able to get the win going the full 6 min is even more impressive.  As great kids go, and guys you want to have on your team to be able to coach, he jumps to the top of the list.  Everyone I know likes Cheeks.  This will be a tremendous boost to his confidence.  It probably doesn’t change a thing with respect to S9 seedings,…. but the night belongs to Cheeks.  He beat possibly the best kid in the state and you cant help but be happy for him.” 

Wednesday’s Results; MW 43 Warwick 27 in Battle of NYS Ranked Teams

MW 43 Warwick 27  Murphy majors Corradino 14-6, Ferro over Smoot 7-2
Middletown 48 Kingston 32  Middletown’s Jackson strong in return; Stauble over Smith
Port Jervis 57 Goshen 30  Wilson over Merenyi 2-0
Ellenville 45 Highland 24     Ellenville 54 Millbrook 6
NFA 48 Pine Bush 30   Stramiello over Foschini 9-4 @ 113
Cornwall 52 Saugerties 21  Mentz over Gagnon; Mann over Farrell
Onteora 54 Liberty 15     Onteora 51 Eldred 21