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
SectionIXWrestling.com 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!!!
Last year, as a 7th grader, Warsaw’s Aaron Paddock compiled a 50-5 record and placed 6th at the NYS Championships. This year, Aaron has not stepped onto the mat. Back in August, he and some family members were cutting down trees on their property when a 14lb. branch fell 50 feet and struck Aaron in the head. Click on the link below for a wonderful story about how perseverence, a loving family, and the wrestling mentality have contributed to this young man’s amazing recovery.
Section 9’s tournament-packed weekend had an impact on this week’s rankings. We had a “shake-up” at 120, 182, 195, and 220. The week ahead will have only a limited schedule due to NYS Regents exams. Click below for a complete schedule. This Week’s Section 9 Wrestling Schedule
Happy Holidays to you and your families! Can it be true? Is the Eastern States Classic less than two weeks away? Are Warwick, Monroe Woodbury, and Minisink Valley all going to the UE Duals this weekend? Time to get serious boys and girls! Rankings #5 are up…let’s get it on!!!!
Remember that rankings are announced live, every Monday night, on the Section 9 Wrestling Talk Show at http://www.kjbroadcasting.com/ at 7:00 PM. The show is archived for on-demand listening within 24 hours of original airing.
Section 9 powers Warwick and Monroe Woodbury both crowned individual champions at Thursday’s Massapequa Holiday Tournament in Long Island. With a very well-balanced performance (only 1 champion, but 10 top-4 finishers), Section 11’s Connetquot won the team title outscoring runner-up Massapequa and Section 1 power Fox Lane. Monroe Woodbury finished in 5th while Warwick, who only brought a partial team, finished 8th. Click here for complete brackets.
In one of the more impressive individual performances of the day, Warwick senior Justin Corradino won the title at 120 pounds, perhaps the toughest weight class in the tournament. Corradino earned the title by defeating 2010 NYS Champion Mark West of Hauppauge in the finals. West made it to the finals by defeating Sean McCabe of Connetquot. McCabe finished 3rd in NYS last year. Other Warwick place finishers were Shane Connolly (4th @ 138), Conor Leavell (2nd @ 195), and Chris Giordano (4th @220).
Not to be outdone by their Section 9 rival, Monroe Woodbury crowned two individual champions and had a third finalist. Crusader AJ Voelker made a successful drop to the 145 pound weight class earning his title by defeating Division-Levittown’s Jon Maldonado 7-4. Sophomore sensation Rob Kelly continued his impressive season by capturing the 195 pound title with a 5-2 victory over Warwick’s Connor Leavell. Monroe Woodbury freshman Vinny Vespa made it to the finals at 99 pounds before losing by pinfall at the 5:39 mark to Steven Sewkumar of Long Beach. Sewkumar is the top-ranked 99 pound wrestler in Long Island’s Section 8. Other Crusaders who placed in the top 4 were PJ Smoot (4th @ 106), Brandon Lewis (4th @ 126), John Vandercliff (3rd @ 152), Evan Psathas (3rd @ 170), and Jorge Vasco (3rd @ 220).