Weekend Tournaments – Saturday 12/8

Section 9 had a very busy schedule this weekend!  Results are posted as soon as they are received. Special congratulations to Middletown’s Justin Morales for recording his 100th career win and also to Monroe Woodbury’s Marco Vespa who now has 100 career pins!!!

Saturday 12/8
Port Jervis, Warwick, Valley Central, Monticello and Goshen @ The Tri-State Holiday Tournament at Port Jervis

Team Standings
1st Place: Warwick 4-0
2nd Place: Valley Central 3-1
3rd Place: Port Jervis 2-2
4th Place: Goshen 1-3
5th Place: Monticello 0-4

Team Scores
Warwick 42 Port Jervis 30     Goshen 45 Monticello 9
Port Jervis 47 Goshen 29        Warwick 42 Valley Central 40
Port Jervis 60 Monticello 12   Valley Central 60 Goshen 24
Warwick 60 Goshen 15           Warwick 72 Monticello 10
Valley Central 66 Monticello 18
Valley Central 45 Port Jervis 40

Cornwall, Rondout Valley @ Cornwall Dragon Duals
Team standings:
1st – Columbia – 4-0
2nd – Pearl River – 3-1
3rd – Cornwall 2-2
4th – Horace Greeley 1-3
5th – Rondout Valley -04

The Most Outstanding Wrestler – Jake Edwards – 160 lbs – Columbia
Going 4-0 for Cornwall were: Kevin Rourke (99), Gabe Giumarra (113), Luke Wojehowski (195), and Will Leonard (220).

Cornwall 69 Rondout Valley 15  Pearl River 40 Cornwall 39
Horace Greeley 54 Rondout Valley 28
Columbia 70 Rondout Valley 14
Pearl River 66 Rondout Valley 22
Columbia 54 Cornwall 31    Cornwall 67 Horace Greeley 18

Minisink Valley, Monroe Woodbury, and Washingtonville @ The Wrangle on the Plains hosted by Shenendehowa

Section 9 Results:
99A: Richie Toledo (MW, 1st)
99B: Jordan Brown (MW, 1st)
106A: Zack Ryder (Minisink, 2nd)
106B: Dylan Winters (MW, 1st)
113A: Joe Habert (Minisink, 2nd); Grant Barczak (MW, 7th)
120A: Nick Picariello (Minisink, 5th); Jack Kohrs (MW, 8th); Santos Acasio (MW, 9th)
126A: Marco Vespa (MW, 1st); Jordan Suarez (Minisink, 2nd)
132A: Tommy Maddox (Washingtonville, 3rd)
132B: Brian Lombardi (Minisink, 3rd)
138A: Sean Savacool (Minisink, 3rd); Rob Estevez (MW, 4th)
145A: Joe McGinty (MW, 1st); Niick Albornoz (Minisink, 4th)
145B: Jaccob Gonzalez (Minisink, 1st); Mike Zrelak (MW, 4th)
160B: Chris McLaughlin (Minisink, 1st)
160C: Ethan Gallo (Minisink, 1st)
170B: Steve Felice (MW, 1st)
182A: Mike Paravati (MW, 4th)
182B: Scott Geyson (Minisink, 1st)
195A: Carson Henry (Minisink, 3rd)
220A: Tyler Castro (Minisink, 4th)
285A: Preston Havison (MW, 3rd); Adam Fenner (Minisink, 4th)

Full Results from Tournaflex

Middletown, Highland, Wallkill, Kingston, and New Paltz @ The Patriot Invitational
Middletown won the team title and were led by champions Justin Morales at 106, Destin Morano at 152, Joe Velazquez at 160 and Armel Duke at 220. Justin Morales become Middletown’s 15th wrestler to earn 100 career wins! Other top 3 placers for Middletown included Manny Saenz (3rd @ 99), Moises Diaz (2nd @ 120), Josh Sam (2nd @132), Elijah Babb (2nd @ 195), and Stephan Monchery (3rd @ 285). Wallkill came in 3rd place in the team race and had 5 wrestlers place in the top 3 including 113 pound champion Matt Davis! The other top 3 finishers for the Panthers were Kraig Thomas (2nd @ 152), Justin Lyle (2nd @ 170), Jacob Lyle (3rd @ 145), and Aiden Hathaway (3rd @ 160). Highland also did well at the Patriot with four top 3 finishers in Peter Bender (2nd @ 106), Jonathan Perez (2nd @ 220), Chris Gatto (3rd @ 113), and Mat Malherio (3rd @ 138)!

Newburgh Free Academy, Pine Bush @ East Ramapo Titan Duals
NFA 72 Tappan Zee 12             NFA 66 Nanuet 15
NFA 72 East Ramapo 15          NFA 51 Pine Bush 30
Pine Bush 48 E. Ramapo 36    Pine Bush 53 Nanuet 27
Pine Bush 66 Nyack 22            Pine Bush 48 Tappan Zee 39

Burke, Chester @ Mamaroneck Tiger Tournament
Chester had 4 wrestlers place at the Mamaroneck Tournament! Liam Bullock took 2nd at 120, Steven Bradford finished 5th at 170, Dylan Bullock took 4th at 195, and Devin McGovern finished 6th at 285.  Burke’s Andrew Shaw finished in 4th place at 170!


Week 2 Results & Highlights

Chester 66 Monticello 18
Lackawanna 40 SUNY Sullivan 12

Valley Central 43 Pine Bush 31
NFA 39 Warwick 33
Middletown 66 Port Jervis 15
Saugerties 53 Kingston 30
Highland 57 Onteora 24
Goshen 52 Rondout Valley 30
Red Hook 84 Ellenville 6
Red Hook 45 E/L/SW 35

Week 2 had some noteworthy results, especially on the D2 side!  Let’s start with Onteora’s Pat Ross beating Highland’s Mat Malherio at 138 in a battle of 2017 Section champs – both will be looking for the top spot on the podium in 2019!  Over in Red Hook, last year’s 106 pound D2 champ Matt Morris (Red Hook) defeated D2 99 pound runner-up Joey Curreri (E/L/SW) 5-3 at 120 pounds! The Middletown vs. Port Jervis dual had a few good matches including Eric Tigue from Port Jervis defeating Middie Josh Sam 10-5 at 132, and Armel Duke from Middletown picking up the win by fall over Port’s James Oosterom at 220. Also at 220, Kingston’s Hayden Barley pinned Saugerties’ Craig Laurey in 2:45!  Valley Central’s Travis Phillips notched a win by fall over Pine Bush’s Kevin Urena in 1:04 at 126 pounds! And last but not least, NFA’s Connor Leggett picked up a nice 8-3 win over Warwick’s Jeremy Mazzella in a dual highlighted by NFA dedicating their new wrestling mat to their former coach – Hall of Famer Jeff Cuilty!  In the dual, NFA 126 pounder Luke Fischer recorded his 100th career victory!  Congrats to Coach Cuilty and Luke!!!!

Weekend Tournament Results for 11/30 – 12/2

Pretty full slate for the opening weekend of the season!  Tournament results will be posted here as soon as they are received.  Great job Section 9!!!

Friday & Saturday – 11/30 & 12/1

Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West @ Clyde Cole
Joey Curreri placed 6th at 120 while Nicholas Curreri finished 6th at 152 at the 2018 Clyde Cole Tournament at Oxford High School.    RESULTS

Middletown @ Mark Stevens Classic in Horseheads
Middies went 5-2 at the Horseheads tournament. 7th grader Stephan Monchery won the MOW. He went 7-0 with 6 pins, including a pin over the returning Section X Champion and 2 returning all-Section wrestlers. Justin Morales (106), Elijah Babb (195) and Armel Duke (220) each added 6 wins.

Dual Results:
Fulton 64 Middletown 15
Governeur 50 Middletown 38
Middletown 49 Wayne 33
Middletown 76 Johnson City 12
Middletown 63 Waverly 16
Middletown 54 Horseheads 33
Middletown 60 Chenango Valley 24

Newburgh Free Academy @ Columbia Blue Devils Duals
NFA 54 Tamarac 28          NFA 48 Shaker 38
NFA 51 Shalmont 24         NFA 42 Miller Place 39
Columbia 43 NFA 38         NFA 63 Beekmantown 18

Saturday – 12/1

Goshen, Kingston, Port Jervis, Saugerties @ Lance Golubinski Duals
1st Kingston
2nd Saugerties
3rd Port Jervis
MOW: James Oosterom (Port Jervis, 220) – James pinned Jhordyn Innocent from East Ramapo who was last year’s NYS runner-up at 195!

Kingston 45 Goshen 25           Kingston 45 Saugerties 38
Kingston 37 Nanuet 30           Kingston 42 Port Jervis 36
Saugerties 62 E. Ramapo 19  Saugerties 57 Nanuet 27
Saugerties 60 Ketcham 18     Saugerties 53 Port Jervis 29
Goshen 39 Ketcham 28          Nanuet 54 Goshen 30
E. Ramapo 40 Goshen 33

Cornwall, Warwick, Washingtonville @ Greeley Duals
Cornwall finished 3rd out of 13 teams. Finishing the day unbeaten were
Alex Burns (138), Dan Heffner (152), and Will Leonard (220).

Monsignor Farrell 57 Washingtonville 30
Warwick 58 Washingtonville 27
John Jay Cross River 37 Washingtonville 33
Washingtonville 38 Carmel 36
Cornwall 39 North Rockland 33
Cornwall 54 Iona Rep 28
Cornwall 63 John Jay Cross River 24
Mamaroneck 38 Cornwall 37
Eastport South Manor 53 Warwick 30

Minisink Valley, Red Hook @ Ballston Spa Duals
The Warriors went 5-0 and took home 1st place honors at the Ballston Spa Duals. Minisink had several wrestlers go undefeated including Zack Ryder (106), Joe Habert (113), Nick Picariello (120), Jordan Suarez (126), Sean Savacool (138), Jaccob Gonzalez (145), Nick Albornoz (152), Carson Henry (195), and Adam Fenner (285)! MV freshman Sofia Macaluso went 1-0 and picked up her first varsity win of the season in a rare girl vs girl bout against Zoey Lints from Schoharie. Congratulations Warriors!

Minisink Valley 83 Hudson Falls 6     Red Hook 68 Glen Falls 18
Minisink Valley 78 Schoharie 4          Watervliet 44 Red Hook 42
Minisink Valley 64 Niskayuna 7         Ballston Spa 52 Red Hook 27
Minisink Valley 59 Watervliet 21       Red Hook 60 Schoharie 22
Minisink Valley 70 Ballston Spa 10    Red Hook 70 Hudson Falls 15

Monroe Woodbury @ Battle at the Beach
The Crusaders crowned 3 champions and took 2nd in the team race behind Massapequa. Host Long Beach came in 3rd place followed by Wantagh and Hewitt. Taking home individual titles for MW were Marco Vespa (126), James McGinty (145), and Preston Havison (285). Taking 2nd place for Monroe were Richie Toledo (99), Santos Ocasio (120), Ryan Burgos (126), and Sam Santander (220).  Also placing in the top-6 for the Crusaders were Jordan Brown (4th @ 99), Dylan Winters (5th @ 106), Frankie Hernandez (5th @ 285), and Grant Barczak (6th @ 113).  Marco Vespa won the award for the most pins in the least amount of time (4 pins in 2:50).

Saturday & Sunday – 12/1 & 12/2

Onteora, Wallkill @ Bethlehem Round Robin
Wallkill’s place-finishers (along with their tournament record) from the Bethlehem Round Robin on Saturday and Sunday:
Matt Davis- 2nd Place at 113 (4-1)
Derek Ellison- 2nd Place at 120 (6-1)
Kraig Thomas- Champion at 152 (6-0)
Justin Lyle- 3rd Place at 170 (6-2)
Tyler Jaffee- 3rd Place at 182 (3-1)
Jackson Fakler- 3rd Place at 285 (3-2)

S9 in College Update

Nationally Ranked Raccioppi and Curreri Keep Rolling!!!
Congratulations to Minisink Valley graduate Michael Raccioppi and Eldred graduate Noah Curreri for being recognized with a national ranking!  Raccioppi, who wrestles at 174 pounds for East Stroudsburg, is ranked #10 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association while Curreri, who wrestles at 184 for Queens University in Charlotte, is ranked #8! Raccioppi picked up a :44 pin over Anthony Williamson from Gannon on Saturday. Curreri bumped up to 197 and teched Gilbert Owens from the Apprentice School.

Burns Champion at New Standard Invite
NFA grad Da’mani Burns, a junior at Johnson and Wales, won the 149 pound weight class at the New Standard Corporation Invitational in York, PA on Saturday!  Burns pinned his way into the finals with falls at :20, 2:05, 3:50, and 2:50 before beating Stanley Bleich from Baldwin Wallace 7-5 sv in the finals. A few others locals competed in York including Anthony Stramiello (Ithaca College/MW) who went 2-2 at 125, Dylan Earl (Ithaca College/MW) who 2-2 at 133, and Joey Yanis (Brokport/MV) who went 1-2 at 197! Great job guys!

Bethel Dominates Competition at RIT Invitational
James Bethel is continuing his dominating senior season at Oneonta! The Saugerties graduate left no question about who was the best 285 pound wrestler at the RIT Invitational on Saturday.  Bethel started out with pins in :09, :51, and :16 before winning 14-2 in the semis and then dominating Connor Calkins in the finals with a 17-0 tech fall victory!  The 5 wins gives Bethel 136 career wins making him the school record holder for career victories! Keep it rolling James! Other locals who competed at RIT were:
Greg Fischer (Wesleyan/NFA) 2-2 @ 125
Gavin Pasqualini (SUNY Ulster) 2-2 @ 125
Ian Houck (RIT/Rondout Valley) 3-2 @ 157
Matt Shields (SUNY Ulster) 1-2 @ 165
Sam Weinger (RIT/Washingtonville) 2-3, placed 6th @ 197
Diego Orellana (SUNY Ulster) 1-2 @ 285

Aeberli Champion at Ted Reese
Minisink Valley graduate AJ Aeberli, who wrestles for Coast Guard Academy, won the 174 pound title at the Ted Reese Invitational on Saturday! Aeberli won via pins in 4:04 and 4:23 before a 15-0 technical fall win in 3:06 to earn a spot in the semis. In the semifinals, Aeberli beat Ryan DeVivo from Johnson & Wales 11-2 to earn a spot in final where he topped Raul Gierbolini from Southern Maine 8-2 to win the championship. Great job AJ!

Daly 2-0 For Sacred Heart on Saturday
Minisink Valley graduate Gerard Daly went 2-0 wrestling at 149 for Sacred Heart on Saturday. Daly began the day with 16-1 first period technical fall over Jerrod Hunziker from VMI then notched a 7-4 victory over Davidson’s Aiden Conroy in his second match. Former MV student Mason Rambarose wrestled both matches at 157 for Sacred Heart but went 0-2.

Barczak 2-2 at Cliff Keen
Drexel sophomore Evan Barczak, a graduate of Monroe Woodbury, went 2-2 at 157 at the extremely tough Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Barzcak lost his first match 3-2 to Griffin Parriott from Purdue. Parriott went on to finish 3rd at the weight. Evan won his first wrestle back 4-1 over Justin Thomas (Oklahoma) then defeated Pat Schoenfelder (Northern Iowa) 7-2 before being eliminated by Matthew Malcom (University of Nebraska – Kearney) 7-5.

SUNY Sullivan @ Cyclone Open at Centenary
The Generals went to Centenary University for the Cyclone Open today.  Picking up a win for the Generals were Antonio Collazo (165) and Tom Hubmaster (285). Picking up multiple wins for the Generals were Jonathon Perez (197) [2-2] and Jhavon Innocent (184) [3-2].  Innocent placed 4th at 184.

Week 1 Results…. Plus Some Highlights!

Well it’s finally here!!!  It’s time to roll out the mats and start the regular season!  Below is the schedule for Week 1!  This information has been pulled directly from TrackWrestling.  If there are any changes which need to be made, please contact me at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com.  Results are posted as they are received. Let’s get it on!!!

Tuesday 11/27
Minisink Valley 74 Wallkill 6

Wednesday 11/28
Middletown 51 Washingtonville 18
Valley Central 47 Kingston 37
Warwick 51 Pine Bush 28
NFA 60 New Paltz 15
Rondout Valley 48 Monticello 12
Highland 76 Chester 12
Highland 78 Ellenville 12
Goshen 38 E/L/SW 36
Goshen 66 Burke 18

Thursday 11/29
Red Hook 54 Onteora 27

Match Notes & Highlights

Tuesday – MV’s Joe Habert notched an impressive win over Wallkill’s Matthew Davis at 113…MV’s Jordan Suarez won by injury time over Wallkill’s James Faison at 126.

Wednesday – Washingtonville’s Andrew Marchese picks off last year’s 99lb champ Justin Morales from Middletown with a 7-3 win at 106! Wizard’s Tommy Maddox beats Middletowns Josh Sam 8-4 at 132. Washingtonville’s Vincent Gennaro beats Middie’s Destin Morano 6-5 at 152! Over in New Paltz, Maxx DeCapua from NFA pinned Devin Dixon at 220 in a battle of returning S9 champs and Brandon DeLaRosa picked up a 10-4 win over New Paltz’s Aiden Cuppett at 132. In the Kingston vs VC dual, Travis Phillips from VC teched Noah Warneke is a battle of S9 placers.

Weekend Results for S9 College Wrestlers

Raccioppi Defeats Fellow Minisink Grad Aeberli; Wins Doug Parker 
East Stroudsburg junior Michael Raccioppi won his second tournament in as many weeks by taking home the 174 pound title at the Doug Parker Tournament in Springfield, MA.  In the semifinal round, Raccioppi had to take on another Minisink Valley graduate when he squared off with former NYS champion AJ Aeberli. Raccioppi won by a 8-2 decision and then won the title via forfeit over ESU teammate Richard Viruet.  Aeberli, a sophomore at the Coast Guard Academy, went on to finish 3rd by defeating a former NJ state champion Alec Donovan in his medal match!  Great job Warriors!!!

Saugerties graduate James Bethel

Bethel Champion at NYS Intercollegiate Championships
Congratulations to Oneonta senior James Bethel for winning the 285 title at the NYS Intercollegiate Championships on Sunday in Ithaca, NY.  Bethel, a Saugerties grad, is the first state champion in SUNY Oneonta’s history!  Bethel won his first 3 matches with pins in 47, 19, and 15 seconds before winning 3-0 in the semis and picking off Jake O’Brein 5-0 in the finals.  SUNY Sullivan was also at the tournament and their 184 pounder Jhavon Innocent became the General’s first ever NYS Collegiate place winner! Army wrestling and their prep program, USMAPS, were also in Ithaca and fared quite well! USMAPS won the team title narrowly edging Ithaca College and they crowned a champion at 133 pounds in Andrew Wert. Jeremiah Imonode who wrestles for Army was the champ at 197 where RIT senior and Washingtonville grad Samuel Weinger placed 8th. SUNY Ulster and the aforementioned SUNY Sullivan had many  local wrestlers at the tournament as well as several other Section 9 alum including Johnny Stramiello (Ithaca), Anthony Stramiello (Ithaca), and Ian Houck (RIT).

Barczak a Finalist vs Nolf at Keystone Classic
Monroe Woodbury graduate Evan Barczak, a senior 157 pounder for Division 1 Drexel, made it all the way to the finals at the Keystone Classic before falling to defending national champion Jason Nolf from Penn State!  Barczak picked off the #3 finisher at last year’s EIWA’s in the semis when he downed Hunter Ladnier 6-5.  Minisisnk Valley’s Gerard Daly went 2-2 at 141 wrestling for Sacred Heart and former MV teammate and current Sacred Heart 149 pounder Mason Rambarose went 0-2 on the day.

Noah Curreri Takes 2nd a Wolfpack Open
Eldred graduate Noah Curreri, who wrestles for DII Queens College of Charlotte took 2nd place facing DI competition at the Wolfpack Open on Sunday!  Great job Noah!!

Black Knight Invite
Host Army crowned 3 individual champions and took 2nd place in the team race at the Black Knight Invite on Sunday. Trey Chalifoux was the champ at 125 while Ben Harvey took home gold at 174.  197 pounder Alex Hopkins also finished atop the podium for West Point!  The Black Knights also had 2 other finalists and 12 other top-6 place winners! Great job guys!

Section 9 Individual Rankings – Preseason

Well with the first matches a little more than a week away, it’s time to break out the rankings!  Preseason rankings are obviously the most difficult rankings to assemble. Weight class certifications are not even done yet and not a single match has been wrestled so yes, there is a lot of guess work here.  We realize that many of the wrestler listed below will move weight classes throughout the year. Please keep in mind that rankings are just for fun.  They have absolutely no impact on where a wrestler would be seeded at a tournament. Ranking are just an opinion…there purpose is to create conversation and a little “buzz” about the sport we love.  My apologies in advance if there are any glaring omissions.  Comments and feedback are welcomed at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com.

99 Pounds – not yet

106 Pounds
1. Colby Amell (Saugerties, 12)
2. Zack Ryder (Minisink Valley, 7)
3. Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville, 9)
4. Joey Curreri (Eldred, 10)
5. Matt Davis (Wallkill, 10)
After taking a year off due to injury, Saugerties senior Colby Amell is back and he gets the nod at 106. Amell was the 99 pound Section 9 champion two seasons ago. Minisink Valley 7th grader Zack Ryder has been a youth wrestling phenom for years and enters the rankings at #2 at 106. Marchese, Curreri, and Davis all placed in Sections last year and will be in the hunt. A few others to watch are Richie Toledo from Monroe Woodbury, Alex Greco from Warwick, and Casey Lennon from Valley Central.

113 Pounds
1. Justin Morales (Middletown, 11)
2. Nikko Walsh (Rondout Valley, 10)
3. Jacob Chenier (Kingston, 11)
4. Matt Morris (Red Hook, 11)
5. Andrew Filip (Minisink Valley, 8)
Morales was the D1 99 pound Section 9 champ last season and starts the season on top of the rankings at 113 pounds. 2X D2 Section 9 champ Nikko Walsh is right behind Morales in the 2 spot followed by Chenier who looked sharp at the Hudson Valley Challenge. Morris from Red Hook is at #4 followed by MV 8th grader Filip who placed 3rd in S9 at 99 last season.

120 Pounds
1. Marco Vespa (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
2. Eric Tigue (Port Jervis, 9)
3. Nick Picariello (Minisink Valley, 11)
4. Ryan Burgos (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
5. Drew Greco (Warwick, 10)
Vespa placed 4th in NYS in 2017 and 3rd in NYS at this weight last season. Marco has his sights set on the top step of the podium in Albany this season.  Tigue was one win away from placing last year at D2 states and Picariello was a Sectional finalist last year losing a razor close decision to Greg Fischer, a state placer! Burgos is very talented and will have a good year as will Greco from Warwick. Let’s also keep an eye on Moises Diaz from Middletown.

126 Pounds
1. Pat Ross (Onteora, 10)
2. Jordan Suarez (Minisink Valley, 11)
3. Tommy Maddox (Washingtonville, 12)
4. Brandon DeLaRosa (NFA, 12)
5. Kevin Urena (Pine Bush, 12)
Ross has been to Albany before and looked very sharp at the Hudson Valley Challenge so he get the nod at #1 for 126.  The next 3 could have gone in any order. Suarez is a 2X S9 finalist losing in the finals last year to Dylan Earl who finished 5th in the state. Maddox placed 3rd at this weight last season and has had a good off season and DeLaRosa is very dangerous!  Urena is back in Pine Bush after being in PA for the past year and should contend here! Marlboro’s John Antonelli gets better every year and will also be in the hunt!!

132 Pounds
1. James Faison (Wallkill, 11)
2. Matt Romano (Valley Central, 11)
3. Sean Savacool (Minisink Valley, 11)
4. Nick Ross (Onteora, 10)
5. Luke Fischer (NFA, 11)

This weight was a tough one to rank.  Romano is the defending S9 champ and he picked up a win in Albany last year but Faison had a head-to-head win over Romano last year and was the #1 seed going into Sections in February where he had to injury default to 6th place. Savacool lost an exciting match to Romano in the S9 finals and comes in at #3 followed by former S9 D2 champ Nick Ross at #4. Fischer is very solid and will have a good season and let’s keep an eye on New Paltz’s Aiden Cuppett,  Middletown’s Josh Sam and Saugerties’ Gage Belnap who is a transfer from Arizona.

138 Pounds
1. Ethan Palanca (New Paltz, 10)
2. Nick Albornoz (Minisink Valley, 12)
3. James Heinlein (Saugerties, 12)
4. Rob Estevez (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
5. Noah Warneke (Kingston, 11)
With New Paltz moving to D1, the already congested middle weights just became even tougher with defending S9 D2 champ Ethan Palanca jumping into the mix. Albornoz from MV was a S9 finalist last season and Heinlein from Saugerties placed 3rd at 132 last season. Estevez is very talented and Warneke was a S9 placer last year as well.

145 Pounds
1. Tommy Askey (Pine Bush, 11)
2. Joe McGinty (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
3. Mat Malherio (Highland, 12)
4. Nick Curreri (Eldred, 12)
5. Robert Giumarra (Cornwall, 12)
Askey vs. McGinty would be one of the most anticipated matches of the season – let’s hope we get to see it! Malherio has been to Albany twice and is looking to place this year but he may need to get through Curreri. Both D1 and D2 S9 finals could be great matches! Giumarra is tough and will definitely contend here and we should also keep an eye on Costello from Saugerties who is back after a year off.

152 Pounds
1. Nate Ross (Onteora, 11)
2. Nick Florin (Pine Bush, 12)
3. Destin Morano (Middletown, 12)
4. Dan Heffner (Cornwall, 12)
5. Ethan Gallo (Minisink Valley, 8)
Ross has made the trip to Albany and is looking for a spot on the medal stand this year…he gets the nod at #1 for 152. Florin is very tough and is definitely going to contend here as will Morano from Middletown and Heffner from Cornwall. We should also keep an eye on Minisink Valley 8th grader Ethan Gallo who is looking very solid.

160 Pounds
1. William Harrison (Port Jervis, 12)
2. Steve Gazzillo (Cornwall, 12)
3. Luke Jones (Eldred, 11)
4. Joe Velazquez (Middletown, 11)
5. Max Wernicki (Monroe Woodbury, 11)
Harrison has been to the state tournament and is focused on placing in Albany this year! Gazzillo is jumping up a few weights but he’s tough and should adjust well. Jones, Velazquez, and Wernicki all have the ability to win their weight class this year! Wallkill senior Kraig Thomas will be worth keeping an eye on this year as well! Expect to see a lot of movement this year throughout the middleweights which will make the S9 tournaments in February very interesting!

170 Pounds
1. Matt Bucci (Saugerties, 12)
2. Pasquale Satriano (Valley Central, 12)
3. Connor Leggett (NFA, 12)
4. Lucas Pennell (Pine Bush, 12)
5. Chris McLaughlin (Minisink Valley, 11)
Bucci is tough, talented and well-coached! He could have a break-out year so he’s getting the preseason nod at #1 for 170 pounds. Satriano is back from an injury and looked great at the Hudson Valley Challenge. Leggett and Pennell will definitely contend here and JV champ McLaughlin should have a nice season for Minisink.

182 Pounds
1. Tyler Serafini (NFA, 12)
2. Graeme Knissel (Saugerties, 11)
3. Will Noteboom (Warwick, 12)
4. Colin Cassidy (Cornwall, 12)
5. Mike Paravati (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
Serafini was the Section 9 D1 champ at 152 and he’s definitely the favorite to return to Albany at whatever weight he goes!  Knissel is very dangerous and will contend here as will Noteboom, Cassidy, and Monroe’s Paravati. If Serafini goes down to 170, 182 can be a very open weight class!

195 Pounds
1. Sam Santander (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
2. Anthony Owen (Saugerties, 12)
3. Elijah Babb (Middletown, 12)
4. Josh Keller (Cornwall, 12)
5. Luke Wojehowski (Cornwall, 12)
Santander is the returning champ and this weight so he will grab the #1 spot in the preseason rankings but he will definitely be tested!  Owen from Saugerties is extremely tough and Babb from Middletown has put in some solid off season work.  Cornwall has a great problem with Keller, Wojehowski and Cassidy all at the 182/195 range! Kingston’s Hayden Barley is returning to the mat this year and will also be at 195!

220 Pounds
1. Will Leonard (Cornwall, 12)
2. Maxx DeCapua (NFA, 11)
3. Mark Crisfield (Valley Central, 12)
4. David Strauss (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
5. Devin Dixon (New Paltz, 12)
The 220 pound weight class features two wrestlers, Leonard and DeCapua, who placed in the NYS last year!  If both wrestlers stay at 220 this could be the marquee match of the S9 tournament! Crisfield was a finalist last year at 220 and Strauss was having a great season which was cut short by injury. Dixon was the D2 champ and is hoping to make a return trip to Albany! Craig Laurey from Saugerties is very solid and should not be over-looked here!

285 Pounds
1. Preston Havison (Monroe Woodbury, 12)
2. Caleb Williams (NFA, 12)
3. Adam Fenner (Minisink Valley, 10)
4. James Oosterom (Port Jervis, 11)
5. Bryce Moore (Valley Central, 12)
Havison was a Section 9 finalist at this weight last season and gets the nod for the top spot here in our preseason rankings. Williams and Moore are both proven heavyweights but they may have their hands full with the smaller but very athletic Adam Fenner whose brother Andrew was the champ here last year. Oosterom may be the top guy in D2 with the departure of Liam Dietrich who transferred out of Red Hook. Dietrich placed 5th in NYS last season.

Black Knight Invite Is This Sunday at West Point

Any wrestling fans who want to check out some top-notch Division 1 wrestling right here in the Hudson Valley should make their way to Christl Arena on the campus of West Point this Sunday for the Black Knight Invite!  Army, led by nationally ranked studs Lucas Weiland, Ben Harvey, and Rocco Caywood, will take on DI foes Binghamton, Buffalo, Hofstra, Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Columbia, and Cal-Poly.

Sullivan Tops Ulster; Raccioppi, Burns Win Tournaments; Other Collegiate Results

Congratulations to Coach Anthony Ng and SUNY Sullivan for earning a hard-fought victory over SUNY Ulster in a battle of our two local JUCO programs!  Hopefully both of these programs will continue to grow and turn this dual into a marquee wrestling event year after year!  Great job both programs!!!

Sullivan 35 Ulster 15
125- Trey Wardlaw (S) win by Forfeit
133- Gavin Pasqualini (U) dec Shamar Johnson (S) (16-10)
141- Rob Satriano (S) tech fall John Miller (U) (17-0)
149- Jose Cintron (S) pin Jacob Studt (U) at 5:24
157- Dan Mandic (S) dec Marquees Randolph (U) (6-2)
165- Adonis Morano (U) pin Justyn Kelly (S) at 5:27
174- Matt Shields (U) pin Antonio Collazo (S) at 1:44
184- Jhavon Innocent (S) win by Forfeit
197- Jon Perez (S) dec Frank Ochoa-Cincotta (U) (5-4) 2 OT
285- Tom Hubmaster (S) pin Quinton Hromirs (U) at 0:42

Raccioppi Tops D1 Competition to Win ESU Open Crown
Congratulations to Minisink Valley graduate Michael Raccioppi for winning the 174 pound title at the East Stroudsburg Open on Saturday. Raccioppi, who wrestles for Division 2 East Stroudsburg, took the top step of the medal stand in a weight class where every other place winner was a Division 1 wrestler! He majored Collin Shannon from American 17-7 and Luke Drugac of Old Dominion 20-8 before pinning Bucknell’s Frank Guida in :53 in the quarters. Raccioppi then defeated Rider’s George Walton 9-4 in the semis before receiving a medical forfeit over Dean Sherry from Rider in the finals.  Great job Michael!!!

Burns Champ at RWU Invitational
NFA graduate Da’mani Burns pinned his way into the finals then notched a 7-3 victory over Messiah’s Steven Maloney to win the title at 149 pounds at the Roger Williams Invitational.  Burns is a freshman for Johnson & Wales who are currently ranked #3 in the nation in Division 3!  Way to go Da’mani!!!

Barczak and Daly Notch Wins at Journeymen Duals
Section 9 was well represented at Saturday’s Journeymen Northeast Collegiate Duals in Troy, NY!  Monroe Woodbury grad Evan Barczak, who wrestles at 157 for Drexel, went 2-1 on the day.  He defeated Rian Burris of Citadel 8-2 and topped Austin Nash of Purdue 8-2.  Barczak’s only loss was a 12-2 decision to Nebraska’s Tyler Berger who is a returning All-American and is currently ranked #5 in the nation!  Minisink Valley graduate Gerard Daly is the starting 141 pound wrestler for Sacred Heart.  Daly went 2-0 for the day recording a :59 pin over Citadel’s Ethan Phillips and an injury default over Aaron Coleman from Bloomsburg (Daly was winning by 13 points at the time of the injury). Also of note, former Minisink Valley wrestler Mason Rambarose wrestles at 149 pounds for Sacred Heart. After taking a year off, Rambarose has decided to return to the mat.  Mason wrestled one match on Saturday dropping a hard-fought 5-4 decision to his opponent from Bloomsburg.

Yanis Takes 2nd at Mount Union Invitational
Great job by Minisink Valley graduate Joey Yanis in taking 2nd place at the Mount Union Invitational on Saturday.  Yanis wrestles at 197 pounds for Division III SUNY Brockport.  Yanis pinned his way into the finals before injury defaulting out of the first place match. The match was 2-2 in OT at the time of the injury.  Great job Joey!!!

Curreri Off to a Great Start!!
Eldred graduate Noah Curreri is off to a great start to his sophomore campaign at Queens University of Charlotte! The 184 pound sophomore is off to a 7-0 start including two wins this past weekend and a title at the Patriot Open last weekend!  Great job Noah!!!

Bethel Remains Undefeated After 4-0 Weekend!
Saugerties graduate James Bethel remains undefeated for the season after going 4-0 this past weekend at the Electric City Duals in Scranton, PA.  Bethel recorded two pins and received two wins via forfeit to remain unblemished for the 2018-2019 season!

Brown Records 1st College Win in Style!!!
Congrats to Warwick grad Hunter Brown for notching his first collegiate win this past weekend with a :07 second pin over Mont Alto’s Dominick Hyatt! Brown wrestles 125 for DIII Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. Impressive win Hunter!!!


Sullivan vs Ulster, JMen Northeast Duals & Classic Highlight Upcoming Weekend

The college wrestling season is in full swing and this weekend will provide fans with several great options to get their fix!  Below are just a few of the weekend events which have some local wrestlers competing but please feel free to email me at sectionixwrestling@gmail.com if you would like to see something added!  Wrestle on!!!!

SUNY Sullivan vs. SUNY Ulster
Our two local JUCO programs will square of at 7:00 PM on Friday at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse on the campus of SUNY Sullivan in Loch Scheldrake.  Let’s come out in droves to support these two young programs which are both led by former Section 9 wrestlers!  SUNY Sullivan’s head coach is Monticello graduate Anthong Ng while SUNY Ulster is led by former Warwick wrestler Brian Vutianitis.  Good luck to both teams!!!

Journeymen Northeast Duals
This tournament keeps getting better every year.  The Northeast Duals will take place on Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY.  It’s always a great event and there will be several teams with local ties competing this year!  Drexel University will be there and Monroe Woodbury graduate Evan Barczak could face two nationally ranked opponents at 157 in Tyler Berger (Nebraska, #5 by Flo) and Griffin Parriot (Purdue, #20 by Flo).  Minisink Valley graduate Gerard Daly and Sacred Heart will take on The Citadel, Bloomsburg, and Appalachian State.  Division III power Ithaca College will also be at the NE Duals so we could possibly see Anthony Stramiello (Pine Bush/Monroe Woodbury), Johnny Stramiello (Pine Bush), Dylan Earl (Monroe Woodbury), and Tristin Schiafo (Red Hook) on the mat at some point!  RIT will also be there and they have Sam Weinger (Washingtonville) and Ian Houck (Rondoud Valley) on the roster.  Plus we can’t forget about the University of Virginia and their Head Coach Steve Garland (Middletown) who will also have three dual meets on Saturday!  Good luck men!

East Stroudsburg Open
The East Stroudsburg Open is always a great tournament and is less than an hours drive from Port Jervis.  Minisink Valley graduate Michael Raccioppi wrestles at 174 for East Stroudsburg and really opened some eyes last year!

Journeymen Collegiate Classic
Day two at Hudson Valley CC will showcase an individual tournament where we will see the Army Black Knights take the mat.  Army kicked of the season in stellar fashion last weekend placing 12 wrestlers at the Princeton Open.  There Black Knights currently have three nationally ranked wrestlers!