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!!! 

FloNationals in Philly….Senior Nationals in VA Beach will be following all of our local wrestlers who are competing at two major post-season tournaments this weekend….The FloNationals and the NHSCA Senior Nationals!!!!!

FloNationals in Philadelphia, PA    (brackets)
CJ Palmer (126) – Delaware Valley
     – 1st Round:  CJ Palmer (PA) dec 11-4 over Sean Kellett (CT)
     – 2nd Round:  CJ Palmer (PA) tech fall 16-0 over Tyler Hall (NY)
     – Rd 16:  CJ Palmer (PA) dec 6-1 over Kevin DeVoy (NJ) 
     – Quarters:  Jeff Ott (MA) wbf 1:44 over CJ Palmer (PA)
     – consie quarters:  Sam Speno (NY) dec 3-1 over CJ Palmer (PA)

Austin Weigel (152) – Onteora
     – 1st Round:  Austin Wetterau (NJ) wbf 5:32 over Austin Weigel (NY)
     – 1st Consie:  Josef Johnson (NJ) dec 7-0 over Austin Weigel (NY)

Marc Wagner  (170) – Delaware Valley
     – 1st Round:  Marc Wagner (PA) bye
     – 2nd Round:  Parker VonEdigy (NC) dec 6-3 over Marc Wagner (PA)
     – 1st Consie:  Marc Wagner (PA) tech fall 16-0 over Jake Koch (NJ)
     – 2nd Consie:  Marc Wagner (PA) major 10-2 over  Ibragim Ibragimov (PA)
     – 3rd Consie:  Brian Dorsey (TX) dec 4-1 over Marc Wagner (PA)

Senior Nationals in Virginia Beach, VA  (brackets)
Ryan Bedross (160) – Warwick Valley
     – 1st Round:  Curtis Bright (NV) dec 7-2 over Ryan Bedross
     – 1st Consie:  Ryan Bedross wbf over Therrien (MA)
     – 2nd Consie:  Chris Nevinger (NY) maj 15-3 over Ryan Bedross

MW’s McShea Wins Middle School Division!!!

Monroe Woodbury 8th-grader Nick McShea dominated his competition in winning the 165 pound weight class of the Middle School Division at the NHSCA Nationals in Virginia Beach!  Congratulations and great job Nick!!! 

Rd 16:  Nick McShea (NY) dec 6-2 over Koree Morgan (SC)
Quarters:  Nick McShea (NY) wbf :35 over Tyler Kleinhans (OH)
Semis:  Nick McShea (NY) maj dec 11-2 over Ryan Mills (WV)
Finals:  Nick McShea (NY) maj dec 12-0 over Brandon White (WV)


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 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

Youth Tournament Announcement!!!!

Pop & Flo Mini-Men Nationals
April 28th & 29th
Union College, Schenectady, NY

                               Tournament Concept
In 2010 JourneymenWrestling and Flowrestling joined forces to create one of the top alliances in wrestling – Pop & Flo Wrestling. That alliance 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 Registration Information

2012 NCAA Championships

With six All-Americans including three national champions, the Penn State Nittany Lions clinched the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships team title before the finals had even started.  Under the leadership of 3rd year head coach Cael Sanderson, the Nittany Lions have won the last two team titles.

Cornell’s 157-pound wrestler Kyle Dake (Lansing, NY – Section 4) becomes the first wrestler in NCAA history to win national titles in 3 different weight classes!

                                                   Finals Results                                                                              
125 Pounds Matt McDonough (Iowa) dec 4-1 over Nico Megaludis (Penn State)                            
133 Pounds
Logan Stieber (Ohio State) dec 4-3 over Jordan Oliver (Ok. St.)                           
141 Pounds
Kellen Russell (Michigan) dec 6-4 OT over Montell Marion (Iowa)                            
149 Pounds
Frank Molinaro (Penn State) dec 4-1 over Dylan Ness (Minnesota)                            
157 Pounds
Kyle Dake (Cornell) dec 4-1 over Derek St. John (Iowa)                            
165 Pounds
David Taylor (Penn State) tech fall 22-7 Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh)                            
174 Pounds
Ed Ruth (Penn State) mdec 13-2 over Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford)                            
184 Pounds
Steve Bosak (Cornell) dec 4-2 over Quentin Wright (Penn State)                            
197 Pounds
Cam Simaz (Cornell) dec 7-5 over Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro)                            
285 Pounds
Tony Nelson (Minnesota) dec 4-1 Zach Rey (Lehigh) has provided updates on our local wrestlers at this weekend’s NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, MO.  For complete tournament coverage including up-to-date brackets go to

All-American Joe Kennedy finishes in 8th …. CONGRATS

197   Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) Delaware Valley, PA         
Rd. 1 – bye                 

          Rd. 2 – Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec 3-1 over Richard Perry (Bloomsburg)  
          Rd. 3 – Cayle Byers (Oklahoma State) dec 5-2 over Joe Kennedy(Lehigh) 
          Cons. Rd. 2 – Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec 3-4 over Keldrick Hall (Oklahoma) 
          Cons. Rd. 3 – Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec 6-1 over Cody Reed (Binghamton)
          Cons. Rd. 4 – Joe Kennedy (Lehigh) dec  10-3 over Brent Hayes (Missouri)
          Cons. 1/4’s – Sonny Yohn (Minnesota) dec 2-0 over Joe Kennedy (Lehigh)
          Medal Match – Micah Burak (Penn) dec 2-1 OT over Joe Kennedy (Lehigh)

NY Wrestlers who earned All-American status:
125 – Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) – Wantagh – finished 8th
133 – Steven Keith (Harvard) – SWR – finished 8th
141 – Mike Nevinger (Cornell) – Letchworth – finished 7th
149 – Donnie Vinson (Bing) – Whitney Point – finished 3rd
157 – Kyle Dake (Cornell) – Lansing – 2X Champ…will wrestle St. John (Iowa) in finals!!!
285 – Nick Gwiazdowski (Bing) – Duanesburg – finished 8th

133   Jamie Franco  Hofstra
          Rd. 1 – bye
          Rd. 2 – Chris Dardanes (Minn) wbf  2:43 over Jamie Franco (Hofstra)
          Cons. Rd. 1 – Matt Nelson (Virginia) dec 6-2 over Jamie Franco (Hofstra)  

133   Jordan Thome  Army
          Rd. 1 – bye
          Rd. 2 – Jordan Thome (Army) wbf 4:20 over Garrett Drucker (Ore. St.)
          Rd. 3 – Logan Steiber (Ohio State) wbf 1:17 over Jordan Thome (Army)
          Cons. Rd. 2 – Jordan Thome (Army) dec 2-1 OT over Bryan Ortenzio (Penn)
          Cons. Rd. 3 – AJ Schopp (Edinboro) dec 7-5 over Jordan Thome (Army)

165   Coleman Gracey  Army
          Rd. 1 – bye
          Rd. 2 – Coleman Gracey (Army) dec 3-2 over Mike Ottinger (Central Mich.)
          Rd. 3 – Bekzod Abdurakhmono (Clarion) m dec 11-3 over Coleman Gracey (Army)
          Cons. Rd. 2 – Nick Sulzer (Virginia) dec 10-8 over Coleman Gracey (Army) 

197   Derek Stanley  Army
         Rd. 1 – bye
         Rd. 2 – Mario Gonzalez (Illinois) dec 6-1 over Derek Stanley (Army)
         Cons. Rd. 1 – Derek Stanley dec 5-2 over Ryan Smith (Cal. Poly)
         Cons. Rd. 2 – Cody Reed (Binghamton) dec 4-2 OT over Derek Stanley (Army)

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

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


Franco, Stanley punch tickets to NCAAs!!!

Congratulations to Jamie Franco (Monroe Woodbury, 2009) and Derek Stanley (Saugerties, 2008) for earning automatic births to the 2012 NCCA Division 1 Wrestling Championships.  Franco, who wrestles at 133 for Hofstra, finished 2nd at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament on Saturday.  Stanley, who wrestles at 197 for Army, finished fifth in his conference tournament (EIWAs) to earn his pass to the NCAAs.  Stanley’ s teammate Coleman Gracey, only a freshman, has also qualified for the nationals by finishing 3rd at 165.  This year’s NCAA Championships are being held on March 15-17 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. 

Also of local interest, Delaware Valley (PA) graduate Joe Kennedy, who wrestles at 197 for Lehigh, will be competing at the NCAA D1 tournament for the 3rd consecutive year.

Congratulations to all three wrestlers….Section 9 will be rooting hard for you!!!!

College Action

There are several NCAA Conference Championships taking place this weekend.  These tournaments serve as qualifiers for the NCAA Championships held later this month in St. Louis, MO.  Check out the links below to follow the action!

CAA Tournament (Franco takes 2nd!!!)
EIWA Tournament (Army Wrestling, Stanley @ 197, Kennedy @ 197)
ACC Tournament (Steve Garland is Head Coach of Virginia)
EWL Tournament (Parlier @ 197)
Big Ten Tournament (Minnesota takes lead over Iowa, PSU!)

Coverage of all conference champioships at!!!