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

Victory For Vinny Takedown Tournament Is This Saturday

If You Haven’t Already Done So….Register Today!
** Important – Due to The Amount of Interest In This Tournament, (Over 300 and Counting) There Will Be No Walk-In Registration.  All Wrestlers Who Would Like To Compete Must Register By Thursday 6/28 at 7:00PM**

What:  Vinny Vespa Takedown Tournament
When:  Saturday June 30th 
Where:  Monroe Woodbury High School
Why:  All Proceeds To The Vespa Family


This will be a fun day for the entire family!  There will be great wrestling for Youth, HS, and Open divisions.  There will also be face-painting, BBQ, bouncy apparatus, and more….do not miss out!!!

Beat the Streets Gala In Times Square Set For Thursday 6/7 Live Webcast Starting at 6:00 PM (Link Below)

Event Will Feature USA vs. Russia Freestyle Dual, 60KG Olympic Team Wrestle-Off, Exhibitions Matches and More!!!!

This Thursday, June 7th, at the Duffy Square section of Times Square in NYC, Beat the Streets will host their 2012 Gala – The Grapple in the Big Apple!  For the past few years, fans who attend this event walk away saying that it will be impossible for the BTS organizers to “top” what they just watched…..each year, they have been wrong!  This year’s event is no exception.

The 2012 Beat the Streets Gala will feature an exciting freestyle dual meet between the US and Russia, an Olympic team wrestle-off at 60kg, exhibition matches including one with 3X NCAA champion and NY native Kyle Dake, and an Awards and Reception Banquet at the famed Roseland Ballroom.

1:00 PM – U.S. Olympic Trials Wrestle-off at 60 kg – Humphrey vs. Scott preliminary  
3:00 PM – Beat the Streets youth wrestling exhibition matches  

6:00 PM – U.S. Olympic Trials Wrestle-off at 60 kg – Bunch vs. Humphrey/Scott winner  
6:10 PM – 55 kg women’s freestyle exhibition – Maroulis vs. Hudson  
6:40 PM – USA vs. Russia freestyle dual meet – 55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg matches  
7:10 PM – 74 kg men’s freestyle exhibition – Dake vs. Gentry  
7:25 PM – U.S. Olympic Trials Wrestle-off at 60 kg – Match 2 – Bunch vs. Humphrey/Scott winner  
7:40 PM – USA vs. Russia freestyle dual meet – 74 kg, 84 kg, 96 kg, 120 kg matches  
8:20 PM – U.S. Olympic Trials Wrestle-off at 60 kg – Match 3 – Bunch vs. Humphrey/Scott winner

USA vs. Russia match-ups and biographies (themat.com)
Beat the Streets website including ticket info

Live Webcast Beginning at 6:00 PM
Link to Intermat Wrestling – Coverage Provided NBC/Universal Sports

Click Here for Webcast

The Match Against Leukemia Youth Tournament

The NY Titans Wrestling Club in Albany, NY is hosting an individual youth tournament this Saturday, May 26 at the Albany Academy Fieldhouse.  All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Team Vinny V tee shirts will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Vespa family.  Click on the links below for more information about this great event.

     NY Titans Match Against Leukemia Website             Tournament Flyer

Youth Tournament Anouncement

                                                    Saturday, April 28, 2012
UNION COLLEGE – Messa Rink at Achilles Center – 807 Union St. • Schenectady, NY

In 2010 JourneymenWrestling and Flowrestling joined forces to create one of the top alliances in wrestling – Pop & Flo Wrestling.  That allaince spawned one of the most renowned tournaments in the country – The Pop & Flo National Duals in Lake Placid, NY. Now that Pop & Flo National Duals is up and running, we are shifting some of our energy, creativity and resources to the wrestling young guns! The goal is to use our relationships within the wrestling community to bring the best youth wrestlers together for this event. We plan to properly showcase and promote the legends of tomorrow by giving them the platform they deserve with some airtime on Flowrestling. You and your teammates are cordially invited to scrap with some of the toughest wrestlers in the country.

                           2012 Pop & Flo Mini-Men Nationals Flyer