Chenango Forks' Nickerson takes one last shot

Written by
Mike Mangan

Troy Nickerson’s wrestling resume is one most would dream of having.

There are the record five New York State high school titles, along with several national high school championships. Collegiately, Nickerson was a four-time All-American, most notably capturing the 2009 NCAA championship while competing at Cornell University.

And yet, there is some unfinished business.

So seven years after last donning the red, white, and blue as a Chenango Forks High senior, the 25-year-old Nickerson hopes to don the colors again this summer in London as a member of the U.S. Olympic wrestling team.

“I don’t regret anything that happened in my college career,” Nickerson said. “I won an (NCAA) title and was a four-time All-American. Many people would be happy with that, but I expected more out of myself. I felt I should have been a three-time champion.

“So winning that gold medal, it would make up for a lot of it. I’m definitely capable of it; that’s why I’m putting the effort into it every day.”

Expectations were high for Nickerson when, as the top-ranked high school senior in the country, he announced he was going to wrestle for the Big Red.

Nickerson compiled an impressive 36-2 record his freshman season, reaching the NCAA finals in the 125-pound weight class where he lost to defending champion Joe Dubuque of Indiana, 8-3.

But injuries would plague Nickerson over the rest of his Cornell career. A back injury limited him to 20 matches his sophomore season, and he had to sit out the 2007-08 season due to a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which required surgery.

Shoulder problems persisted over his final two seasons. Though he managed to go 25-0 en route to the NCAA 125-pound title in 2009, by the time he concluded his collegiate career with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2010, Nickerson had had enough.

He needed a break.

Rekindled spark

“It was frustrating physically and mentally,” Nickerson said. “I wasn’t planning on competing after college after all the injuries I went through. So I took a year off, even from (medical) school, just trying to figure out what I wanted to do.”

A few months after the school year ended, Nickerson began helping out with the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club in Ithaca.

It didn’t take long for his competitive juices to begin flowing again.

“He was focused on coaching, but once he got out there on the mat, he flipped the switch and got back in that competitive mindset,” said Mike Grey, a FLWC coach and former Cornell teammate of Nickerson’s.

So Nickerson started focusing on returning to competition, with an eye toward the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The perfect litmus test to see if such a return would be worthwhile was the U.S. Open championships, held last April in Cleveland, Ohio.

With the tournament featuring many of the top amateur wrestlers, a good showing would provide the validation that Nickerson needed to give it one last go at the sport.

Despite not having competed in a year, Nickerson managed a runner-up finish in the 55-kilogram/121-pound freestyle division, losing to Sam Hazewinkel — a four-time All-American at Oklahoma — 6-0, 4-3, in the finals.

That was good enough for Nickerson, who shortly after the event moved to Colorado Springs, Col., where he would spend the next seven months training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center before returning to Ithaca in December.

“That was my first tournament back, and my first freestyle tournament since high school, so that was a really good steppingstone,” Nickerson said. “So if I was going to do this, I was going to make a 100-percent effort.”

During the course of his extensive training, Nickerson has discovered his abundant skills have not left him.

Nor have the struggles of dealing with his shoulder and struggles to maintain his weight.

“The biggest issues are staying healthy, and keeping my weight under control,” Nickerson said. “Those are my two biggest opponents.

“I’ve been through four shoulder surgeries. I have the shoulder of a 70-year-old; it’s locked down pretty tight. There’s still a lot of pain, but I have good days and bad days.

“My senior year in high school, I cut to 125 pounds for the state tournament and senior nationals. It’s been eight years keeping that weight down. Every year it gets harder and harder.”

‘My last go’

U.S. national freestyle wrestling coach Zeke Jones worked with Nickerson during his stint in Colorado Springs.

The pair have known each other for several years, dating back to when Jones was the head wrestling coach at West Virginia.

Jones has seen a considerable change in Nickerson compared to when he competed at the collegiate and scholastic levels.

“He has a much more mature and experienced view on wrestling and what it takes to win,” Jones said. “I also think the monster spotlight that surrounded Troy coming through high school and college has dimmed because he was hurt and people lost track of him.

“That’s taken some of the external pressure off him, but I think it can be an advantage for him if he uses it right.”

Nickerson keeps persevering. Grey, who has been working with Nickerson extensively over the past couple of months, says his competitive attitude is one of Nickerson’s strengths.

“His desire is great; he wants his technique to be perfect,” Grey said. “Mentally, physically, you can see the hard work paying off. He’s got all the tools to be as good as he wants to be; he just needs to put it on the mat.”

Nickerson will get that chance again at the U.S. Olympic Trials in April at Iowa City. The winners in each of the weight classes, freestyle and Greco-Roman, will earn berths on the U.S. Olympic team for the Summer Games.

It will be his last chance at realizing his Olympic dream, one that first formed when he, his father and some friends attended the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. After this year, Nickerson is hanging up the singlet for good.

“Wrestling has always been my life; this is my job, this is who I am,” Nickerson said. “I always had to put everything into it.

“But I’m not 18 anymore, I’m not the same person I was when I was 18. I’m very focused on making this Olympic team, but this is my last go at wrestling. After that I’ll probably go back to school. So I just want to give this the best shot I can.”

No. 24 Hofstra Roars by Columbia, 28-9

New York, NY – Junior Steve Bonanno posted a major decision at 125 and the Pride captured eight of the 10 matches as 24th-ranked Hofstra defeated Columbia, 28-9 at University Gymnasium Sunday afternoon. The Pride, who ended the dual match portion of the regular season Sunday, improved to 12-3 on the year. Columbia slipped to 6-5 on the year. 

The Pride won the first six matches of the contest to jump out to a 22-0 lead after the 165-pound contest. 14th-ranked juniorSteve Bonanno started off the match with a 10-1 major decision over Robert Dyar at 125 pounds. Bonanno won his fourth straight match to improve to 25-6 on the year. Sophomore Jamie Franco boosted the lead to 7-0 with a 3-1 sudden victory decision over Kyle Gilchrist on a takedown in the waning seconds over the 133-pound extra period. Franco improved to-19-10 on the season. At 141, sophomore Luke Vaith won his fourth straight match taking an injury default win after leading Matt Bystol, 11-1 in the contest. Vaith, who is now 19-8 on the season, gave the Pride a 13-0 lead in the match. 

Pride junior Justin Accordino recorded a big third period on the way to a 5-2 victory over Steve Santos at 149 pounds. Accordino posted a takedown and a two-point near-fall in the third for his 11th victory in the last 13 matches. He is now 21-10. Junior Tyler Banks gave the Pride a 19-0 lead at 157 pounds with a 4-2 decision over Jake O’Hara. Banks won his second straight match to improve to 12-11 on the year. 19th-ranked senior P.J. Gillespie posted one of the most exciting wins of the day at 165 with a 5-4 decision over Eren Civan in the second sudden victory period. Gillespie has now won nine-in-a-row to improve to 26-5. 

Columbia got on the board at 174 pounds as Stephen West pinned Jermaine John (7-15) in 2:08 of the match to close the deficit to 22-6. But 12th-ranked junior Ben Clymer boosted the lead for Hofstra at 184 with a 4-1 decision over Shane Hughes. Clymer posted his 12th win in 13 matches to improve to 26-6. In another exciting contest, Nick Mills posted a takedown in the second sudden victory period to defeat Hofstra’s Tim Murphy, 4-2, at 197 pounds. Murphy slipped to 10-20 on the season. In the match finale, Pride junior Paul Snyder defeated Kevin Lester, 5-2, at 285 in a rematch of the 2011 New York State Collegiate Championship final that Lester won, 4-0. Snyder improved to 17-11 on the season as Hofstra posted the 28-9 victory. 

The Pride will now prepare for the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Championships to be held at Binghamton University on Saturday, March 3 

#24 Hofstra 28, Columbia 9 
125- Steve Bonanno (H) maj. dec. Robert Dyar (C), 10-1
133- Jamie Franco (H) dec. Kyle Gilchrist (C), 3-1
141- Luke Vaith (H) wins by inj. def. Matt Bystol (C),
149- Justin Accordino (H) dec. Steve Santos (C), 5-2
157- Tyler Banks (H) dec. Jake O’Hara (C), 4-2
165- P.J. Gillespie (H) dec. Eren Civan (C), 5-4 in OT2
174- Stephen West (C) WBF Jermaine John (H), 2:08
184- Ben Clymer (H) dec. Shane Hughes (C), 4-1
197- Nick Mills (C) dec. Tim Murphy (H), 4-2 in SV2
285- Paul Snyder (H) dec. Kevin Lester (C), 5-2

Bulls Cap Regular Season With Win Over SIU-Edwardsville

EDWARDSVILLE, IL – Highlighted by a record-setting win from Kevin Smith, the Buffalo wrestling team ended its regular season Sunday afternoon with a commanding 28-10 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Bulls won seven matches and earned bonus points in three of them. Smith’s decision at 141 pounds was the 52nd of his career, moving him into sole possession of first place on the program’s career dual meet wins list.

After a SIU forfeit at 125 and a UB loss at 133, Smith took the mat with his last dual match of his career, needing the win to break his tie at the top of the list with Kyle Cerminara. He jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the first period against Logan Taylor, and starting on bottom in the second period he reversed Taylor and turned his for three two-point near falls to extend the lead. Taking a 15-1 lead into the final period, Smith secured riding time to claim a technical fall.

Wally Maziarz won his second match in as many days, breaking a 2-2 tie in the third period en route to a 6-2 win over Kyle Lowman. Mark Lewandowski followed with his 11th technical fall win of the season after working his opponent over for 17 points in just over two minutes. The junior got a takedown just ten seconds into the match and went to work, turning Steven Ross six times for a 17-0 shutout. Jake Waste‘s 4-1 decision immediately after gave the team a 22-7 lead in the dual.

Following a close loss by Justin Lozano in the 184-pound bout, Justin Heiserman came through with a clutch win in overtime over Cole Brandt. After the two wrestlers exchanged escapes in the second and third periods, the true freshman got a takedown for the sudden-victory win. Jedd Mason capped the dual with an 8-3 win over Cole Rogers.

With the two weekend wins by Smith, Lewandowski and Waste, the trio finish the season with 16 wins in dual action to put them into an eight-way tie for seventh most for a single season in program history. Lewandowski’s five two-point near falls over the weekend give him 21 for the season, a program record, and his 12 total three-point near falls are tied for sixth most for a single season in program history. Smith will end his career at Buffalo with his named dotted all over the program record book. His 126 career takedowns are good for fifth, his 56 escapes are tied for 12th, his 15 reversals are 18th most and his 15 three-point near falls are tied for tenth.

The Bulls end the regular season with a 7-14 overall record and will take two weeks to rest up and prepare for the Mid-American Conference tournament, hosted by Ohio University. The event will begin on Mar. 3.

125 – Max Soria (Buffalo) won by forfeit
133 – Brendan Murphy (SIUE) def. Justin Farmer (Buffalo) 8-2
141 – Kevin Smith (Buffalo) won by tech fall over Logan Taylor (SIUE) 7:00 16-1
149 – Dillon Pousson (SIUE) def. Dan Gormley (Buffalo) 15-1
157 – Wally Maziarz (Buffalo) def. Kyle Lowman (SIUE) 6-2
165 – Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo) won by tech fall over Steven Ross (SIUE) 2:05 17-0
174 – Jake Waste (Buffalo) def. Gabe Hocum (SIUE) 4-1
184 – Deshoun White (SIUE) def. Justin Lozano (Buffalo) 7-6
197 – Justin Heisermen (Buffalo) def. Cole Brandt (SIUE) 3-1 OT
285 – Jedd Mason (Buffalo) def. Cole Rogers (SIUE) 8-3

Shenendehowa Looks to Repeat as New York State Champs

By Betsy Veysman

Every year, Shenendehowa head coach Rob Weeks challenges his team at the start of the season to be the best team he’s ever had.

That’s a pretty tall order for a program that has been among New York’s best for years.  The Plainsmen have finished atop the team points race at the State Championships multiple times, captured the Dual Meet title in 2011 and have won their Section every year since 2005.

But according to the coach, this year’s squad is doing its part.

At the Glens Falls Civic Center last weekend, six Shenendehowa wrestlers won Section titles and punched their tickets to the State Championships February 24-25 in Albany.  They will be joined by two additional teammates who were granted wildcard spots. That topped the five automatic qualifiers (and seven overall entrants) from a year ago.

“We have a great group of kids who have had success throughout the season,” Weeks said.  “Our expectations are high and they keep performing up to them.  What we need to do now is get some of our individuals to become state champions.”

Leading the way has been a pair of undefeated grapplers ranked number one at their weights in the state, junior 132-pounder Nick Kelley and senior Tony Fusco (195).  Both placed fourth in Albany in 2011 (Kelley at 130 and Fusco at 189).

Kelley has cruised through the season without a loss, recently picking up his 200th career victory during the Sectional event.

“Nick is a pretty grounded kid who doesn’t talk about himself at all,” Weeks said.  “You have to tell him about milestones like that before he acknowledges them.  200 wins is a big milestone and he has already achieved a lot in the sport.  But in reality he’s focused on one objective, and that’s being a state champ.”

The junior may be the favorite to do so, having defeated some of the top contenders in the Empire State while capturing the Eastern States crown in January.

“Nick has wrestled exceptionally well when he’s needed to,” Weeks said.  “He’s had a few good wins against high caliber wrestlers, and he has placed at states a few times, so he won’t be overwhelmed at the big event.  He’s always been a really hard worker and we’re hoping he’ll come home with the hardware he’s been working for.”

While Kelley has a lot of wrestling in front of him, senior teammate Fusco is looking to end his wrestling career on top of the podium for the first time.  The undefeated 195-pounder signed with Albany to play football next year.

“Tony is a talented kid,” Weeks said. “He’s an elite athlete but also is very likable and engaging. He has a different kind of pressure because if he wants to finish on top in wrestling, it has to be in Albany [this] week.  That’s a big motivator for him.  He wants to do whatever it takes to win a state title.”

Also looking for titles will be the squad’s other four Section champions, eighth grader Kevin Parker (99), Corey Ali (106), Zach Joseph (120) and David Almaviva (138).  It was the first Section crown for each of the four, but it won’t be the first trip to Albany for one them.  Almaviva had a taste of the Albany experience last season when he took sixth at 135 pounds.

“He is peaking at the right time,” Weeks said. “He had some hiccups at Eastern States [where he sustained two of his three season losses] but wrestled great caliber kids there in close matches.  I think he’s a much improved wrestler since then, if not physically, then mentally.  I think he has a legitimate shot of not only placing high but winning the state title.”

The same holds true for senior Cole Lampman, who took fifth at heavyweight last season at the state tournament but was upset this year in the Section final against Cory Quintana in overtime.  It was just his second setback of the season and the first against an Empire State wrestler. He has been ranked at or near the top of the 285 class all year and received a wildcard invitation to the state tournament. (113-pounder Jesse Porter was granted an at-large bid as well).

“We knew Quintana is very athletic and hard working,” Weeks said.  “We knew going in it was going to be a match decided by a couple of points.  Quintana was exceptional.  I could see them meeting again at states.”

Regardless of the outcome in Albany, the heavyweight has a bright future both athletically and academically.  He will attend Princeton next fall.

“Cole is a very, very intelligent kid,” he said. “He really fits the mold of a ‘Princeton guy’, Ivy League all the way through.  He’s a great athlete and also a great kid.”

Weeks, who won his 200th career match in December and was named the New York State Coach of the Year last season, attributes the success of the Shenendehowa program to a number of factors.  He praises the work of assistant coaches Frank Popolizio and John Meys, junior varsity coach Chris Capezzuti and modified coaches Ryan Fenton and James Ward.  He thanks the booster club, the parents and school district for giving necessary support.  And he believes the combination of sports and scholastics exemplified by participants like Lampman play a tremendous role.

“This is a good academic school,” he said. “Kids here are academically driven and success breeds success in the sport of wrestling.  I’ve been around situations where there were good athletes who weren’t such good kids.  A lot of babysitting was needed.  And I’ve seen places with good kids who weren’t such good athletes.  Here we’re blessed to have good athletes who are also good kids.”

Colleges have taken notice.  There is an extensive list of recent Shenenedehowa alumni competing at the next level including, but not limited to: Hunter Meys (Boston University), Austin Meys and Jim Carucci (Lehigh), Seth Hazleton (Princeton), TJ Popolizio (Brown), John Belanger (Army), Max Miller (Cortland), and Mike Almaviva (Oneonta State).

“Colleges respect history and we’ve proven that kids that come out of here are qualified to wrestle at the next level whether it’s Division I or Division III,” he said. “We’ve been fortunate to send kids to prestigious schools.  The unwritten goal of a head coach is to see kids be successful in high school and move on to the college level, whether they wrestle or not.  Wrestling teaches them and reinforces so many things that help them be successful in their lives.”

At this point, the team is narrowing its lens on short-term success.  While Shenendehowa may be the favorite to win the Division I team points race in Albany, the coach believes that success for the remainder of the campaign will come from focus on the individuals.

“We’ve won the team state title a couple of times and it’s a nice reward for the kids and the program,” he said.  “But that’s almost a secondary goal now.  The objective now is to focus on the individual.  If each of our guys achieves what they are capable of, the team title will come.”

In a few days, the 2011-12 Plainsmen may stake a claim to being the best team Weeks has ever coached, but even if they don’t, Weeks has only good things to say about them.

“I know I’m blessed to have a group like this,” Weeks said. “I don’t know if I can replace this group and this team.  It is a constant pleasure to show up and coach them. They make it easy. Hopefully we’ll have success [at States].  Then, I’ll challenge next year’s team to be the best one we’ve ever had again.”

Columbia Muscles Past Harvard and Brown

NEW YORK — Steve SantosEren CivanShane Hughes and Kevin Lester notched pins and Matt Bystol triumphed in a second sudden victory as the Columbia wrestling team followed up its 34-4 win over Brown with a 30-12 victory over Harvard on Saturday at University Gymnasium.

Columbia (8-4, 3-2 Ivy League, 4-3 EIWA) got off to a good start when junior Robert Dyar (15-16) opened the conference match with a 10-5 win over Max Mejia. Dyar took command early when he had two takedowns and a two-point near fall to build a 6-1 lead in the first period. He had two key reversals the rest of the way to stay in control.

Senior captain Kyle Gilchrist (24-11) wrestled tough against No. 12 Steven Keith at 133, but Keith pulled away with a 5-0 win to even team scores at 3-3.

Bystol’s thriller at 141 turned the match in Columbia’s favor. The Lions sophomore and the Crimson’s Shay Warren each had an escape in regulation to force extra periods. In the second SV period, Bystol (20-14) used a takedown to earn the win.

At 149, Santos (19-6) had control over Patrick Hogan well into the third period with an 8-0 lead but a sudden surge led to a pin. The time elapsed was 5:34.

The Crimson climbed to within 12-6 when No. 7 Walter Peppelman defeated junior Jake O’Hara (25-11), 5-0.

Senior 165-pouder Eren Civan (8-9) re-established a two-bout lead over Harvard, breaking a 2-2 tie by pinning Ian Roy in the third period. The elapsed time was 6:44. Columbia’s lead was pushed to 18-6.

Harvard’s Josh Popple edged Stephen West (28-11) at 174 by a score of 5-2 to bring the Crimson to within 18-9.

Hughes (20-9) played clincher once again for Columbia, pinning Bryan Panzano 2:22 to give the Lions a 24-9 advantage.

After James Fox earned a 4-2 win over Nick Mills (11-13) at 197, Columbia senior captain and heavyweight Kevin Lester (27-9) pinned David Ng in 24 seconds.

The Lions will close their dual season on Sunday when they host No. 24 Hofstra and celebrate Senior Day.

125: Robert Dyar (C) def. Max Mejia (H), 10-5 – Columbia leads, 3-0
133: No. 12 Steven Keith (H) def. Kyle Gilchrist (C), 5-0 – Match tied, 3-3
141: Matt Bystol (C) def. Shay Warren (H), 3-1 2SV – Columbia leads 6-3
149: Steve Santos (C) pins Patrick Hogan (H) in 5:34 – Columbia leads 12-3
157: No. 7 Walter Peppelman (H) def. Jake O’Hara (C), 5-0 – Columbia leads 12-6
165: Eren Civan (C) pins Ian Roy (H) in 6:44 – Columbia leads 18-6
174: Josh Popple (H) def. Stephen West (C), 5-2 – Columbia leads 18-9
184: Shane Hughes (C) pins Bryan Panzano (H) in 2:22 – Columbia leads 24-9
197: James Fox (H)def. Nick Mills (C), 4-2 – Columbia Leads 24-12.
285: Kevin Lester (C) pins David Ng (H) in 0:24 – Columbia wins 30-12



NEW YORK — Shane Hughes won by fall and Nick Mills picked up a major decision victory as the Columbia wrestling team dominated Brown on Saturday, taking nine of 10 bouts in a 34-4 Lions win at University Gymnasium.

After Harvard (5-10, 2-3 Ivy League) climbed out to a 4-0 win after a major decision in the first bout of the day, Columbia (7-4, 2-2 Ivy League) shut down the Bears the rest of the match. Senior captain Kyle Gilchrist (24-10) got the Lions on the scoreboard at 133 pounds, using two takedowns and 4:52 of riding time to defeat TJ Popolizio, 5-1.

Columbia pulled ahead, 6-4, when sophomore 141-pounder Matt Bystol (19-14) earned a gritty win over over Grant Overcashier thanks to a three-point near fall I the third period that gave him the 7-4 victory.

At 149, junior Steve Santos (18-6) used an escape, takedown and 2:41 of riding time to shut out Ricky Bailey, 4-0.

Junior Jake O’Hara (25-10) jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first period of the 157 bout and stayed in control the rest of the way to edge Zack Kulczycki, 5-3.

Senior Eren Civan (7-9) also posted a shutout at 165, using two takedowns, an escape and 2:37 of riding time to take a 6-0 win over Jeff Lemmer.

At 174, junior Stephen West (28-10) just needed two takedowns to beat David Foxen, 4-0, and , and give the Lions a commanding 18-4 advantage.

First-year Hughes (19-9) had the big win on the day at 184, taking just 2:07 to pin Brandon Vorrius for his ninth win by fall of the season. Hughes’ victory clinched to Columbia team win as he extended the score to 24-4 with just two possible bouts remaining.

Mills (11-12) continued the Lions’ momentum, dominating Marcos Aranda at 197 for a 10-1 major decision. The Columbia junior had 7-1 advantage after the first period thanks to two takedowns and a three-point near fall. A reversal in the second and 3:49 of riding time handed Mills the major decision.

Senior captain Kevin Lester improved to 26-9 when he won by forfeit at 285.

125: Billy Watterson (B)def. by MD Robert Dyar (C), 11-2 – Brown leads 4-0
133: Kyle Gilchrist (C) def. TJ Popolizio (B), 5-1 – Brown leads 4-3
141: Matt Bystol (C) def. Grant Overcashier (B), 7-4 – Columbia leads 6-4
149: Steve Santos (C) def. Ricky Bailey (B), 4-0 – Columbia leads 9-4
157: Jake O’Hara (C) def. Zack Kulczycki (B), 5-3 – Columbia leads 12-4
165: Eren Civan (C) def. Jeff Lemmer (B), 6-0 – Columbia leads 15-4
174: Stephen West (C) def. David Foxen (B), 4-0 – Columbia leads 18-4
184: Shane Hughes (C) pins Brandon Vorrius (B) in 2:07 – Columbia leads 24-4
197: Nick Mills (C) def. by MD Marcos Aranda (B), 10-1 – Columbia leads 28-4
285: Kevin Lester (C) wins by forfeit – Columbia wins 34-4

Buffalo Earns First Conference Win, Beats Northern Illinois

DEKALB, IL – The Buffalo wrestling team picked up its first Mid-American Conference win of the season in the final day of the conference slate on Saturday afternoon, defeating Northern Illinois 23-14. The win was the team’s first in over a month and moves its overall record to 6-14, 1-4 in the MAC, while Northern moves to 8-9 overall and 0-5 in conference duals.

Max Soria snapped out of his own dual-meet slump in a big way, beating Derek Elmore 12-2 in the 125-pound bout. It was Soria’s first win in conference action and his first overall dual win since Jan. 14 against The Citadel. The freshman used four takedowns to get the team on a winning foot right off the bat.

Justin Farmer and Kevin Smith followed with decisions at 133 and 141 pounds, respectively. Farmer had lost seven of his previous nine matches but was in control the whole way against Rob Jillard, winning 7-1. Smith followed with a tight 3-1 win over Kevin Fanta. It was win number 51 in dual meets for the senior, tying him with Kyler Cerminara for most by any UB wrestler in program history. With a win tomorrow against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, he will sit alone atop the list. He also passed former teammate Jimmy Hammel for second place in the overall wins list, now holding 120 in his time with the team.

Following a loss at 149 to draw the Huskies within five, 10-5, Wally Maziarz won a crucial pin over Tyler Loethen to provide the turning point and extend the Buffalo lead. That again sparked a Buffalo run that would put the match out of reach for the host Huskies. Mark Lewandowski returned from an injury to win a 13-4 major decision at 165 pounds for his 30th win of the year. Jake Waste came just short of taking a major decision of his own, beating Caleb Busson 8-2 at 174 pounds for his 15th dual meet win of the season, joining Lewandowski on the list of most dual wins in a single season in program history (tied with four others in 12th place).

The team will travel just a few hours down the road to close out its regular season tomorrow, taking on SIU-Edwardsville. The Cougars are 5-14 overall and are coming off a 34-8 loss to Northern Illinois last Sunday. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The dual will kick off at 2 pm EST.

125: Max Soria (UB) maj. dec. Derek Elmore (NIU), 12-2
133: Justin Farmer (UB) dec. Rob Jillard (NIU), 7-1
141: Kevin Smith (UB) dec. Kevin Fanta (NIU), 3-1
149: Shawn Fayette (NIU) tech. fall Dan Gormley (UB), 18-3 (7:00)
157: Wally Maziarz (UB) pins Tyler Loethen (NIU), 3:49
165: Mark Lewandowski (UB) maj. dec. Matt Mougin (NIU), 13-4
174: Jake Waste (UB) dec. Caleb Busson (NIU), 8-2
184: Brad Dieckhaus (NIU) dec. Justin Lozano (UB), 8-1
197: Mike Lukowski (NIU) dec. Justin Heiserman (UB), 3-2
285: Jared Torrence (NIU) dec. Jedd Mason (UB), 9-4

No. 19 Binghamton Overwhelms No. 23 ODU in Finale

VESTAL, N.Y.—No. 19 Binghamton wrestling celebrated its Senior Night in grand style with a commanding 29-9 win over CAA rival and No. 23 Old Dominion Friday at West Gym.

The Bearcats (15-4) won seven of the 10 bouts and with the victory in their final dual, BU broke the program’s Division I-era record for highest win percentage in a season (.789), set by last year’s team (16-6, .727). Two pins and two major decisions allowed Binghamton to rack up the points against a strong Monarchs squad that entered the match with five ranked individuals.

“This is an important win for team momentum heading into the conference tournament,” head coach Pat Popolizio said. “Old Dominion has had our number over the years so it’s great to turn the tide over a conference rival. Our mindset and focus now has to shift to getting our guys peaking at the right time as we go into the CAA Championship in two weeks.”

Before the match, BU honored its three outgoing seniors – Matt Kaylor, Justin Lister and Mike McKeever. Then the Bearcats got rolling with a key win in the opening match. Junior 125-pound Derek Steeley hit a reversal with 1:20 remaining in his match against No. 29 Jerome Robinson. Already holding riding time, Steeley gave up a reversal but earned the escape with 28 seconds left and then fought off a late takedown attempt from Robinson to secure a 7-5 win.

After ODU countered with back-to-back wins at 133 (9-4) and 141 (11-4), BU rode the strength of its middle weights to the tune of five straight wins – including two pins and a major – to seal the lopsided win.

Junior No. 4 Donnie Vinson began the run with a 15-5 major decision at 149 pounds. Vinson led 12-2 after the first period and compiled five takedowns to lift his record to 30-4, 18-1 in duals. Vinson has lost just twice in 41 duals over the last two seasons (39-2).

Lister, ranked No. 9 at 157 pounds in the latest NCAA Coaches’ Panel, recorded his historic 100th win in style with a first-period pin of Jacob Kingett. Lister put Kingett to his back just 20 seconds into the match and ended it shortly thereafter with his 13th pin of the season and 36th career fall. Lister, a 2010 All-American, is now 100-36 in his career, including a 23-5 mark this season.

Kaylor, No. 25, continued the run with a solid 8-2 win over No. 21 Tristan Warner at 165 pounds. Kaylor, ranked No. 4 in the CAA, was aggressive from the opening whistle against No. 2 Warner, and built a 5-0 first-period lead thanks to a takedown and back points. He added a third-period takedown and riding time to notch his 110th career win. Kaylor is 22-8 overall.

After a decision by freshman 174-pound Caleb Wallace, junior 184-pound Nate Schiedel, No. 20, notched a takedown just over one minute into his match with Billy Curling and ended it with his seventh pin of the season in 1:28. Schiedel improved to 26-7 overall, 14-3 in duals.

Freshman heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski, No. 18, trailed Grant Chapman 2-1 after one before a second-period takedown and subsequent back points gave him control. The true freshman then rattled off five takedowns in the third period to produce the 19-6 major decision.

Binghamton now sets its focus on the postseason and its host role for the upcoming CAA Championship on March 3. The event will serve as the NCAA qualifier with numerous Bearcats eying a trip to St. Louis for the NCAA Championship on March 15-17.
No. 19 Binghamton 29, No. 23 Old Dominion 9
125 Derek Steeley (BU) dec. #29 Jerome Robinson (ODU), 7-5
133 Scott Festejo (ODU) dec. Patrick Hunter (BU), 9-4
141 #26 Justin LaValle (ODU) dec. Joe Bonaldi (BU), 11-4
149 #4 Donnie Vinson (BU) maj. dec. Brennan Brumley (ODU), 15-5
157 #9 Justin Lister (BU) pinned Jacob Kingett (ODU), 1:07
165 #25 Matt Kaylor (BU) dec. #21 Tristan Warner (ODU), 8-2
174 Caleb Wallace (BU) dec. Brett Miller (ODU), 6-3
184 #20 Nate Schiedel (BU) pinned Billy Curling (ODU), 1:28
197 Joe Budi (ODU) dec. #31 Cody Reed (BU), 3-2
Hwt #18 Nick Gwiazdowski (BU) maj. dec. Grant Chapman (ODU), 19-6

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Rankings are the Feb. 7 NCAA Coaches’ Rankings

Navy Downs Army in Star Match

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Navy won eight of the 10 bouts en route to a 27-9 victory over Army in an EIWA dual match Friday evening inside Alumni Hall.

The match began at 133 pounds and Navy (6-6, 2-2 EIWA) secured an early 3-0 lead after Aaron Kalil took a 5-4 decision from Army junior Jordan Thome. The Midshipmen won by decision at 141 pounds, 149 pounds and 157 pounds to open up a commanding 12-0 cushion.

Army (8-6, 5-2 EIWA) got on the scoreboard in the 165-pound bout as Black Knight freshman Cole Gracey pinned Mason Bailey in six minutes, 42 seconds. The Army plebe overcame an early 2-0 deficit and held a 3-2 edge when he took Bailey to the mat late in the third period. Gracey’s win by fall sliced Navy’s lead in half (12-6) at the midway point of the match.

Navy ended any hopes of an Army comeback by posting convincing wins at 174 pounds and 184 pounds to increase its lead to 20-6 with three bouts remaining.

Army senior Derek Stanley pulled the Black Knights to within 20-9 by recording a 4-1 victory over Paul Rands in the 197-pound bout, but Navy won the final two matches to cap the scoring.

Army returns to action in two weeks (March 3-4) when the Black Knights travel to Princeton, N.J., to compete at the 108th annual EIWA Championships.

Match Notes: Army falls to 5-46-5 all-time versus Navy … Navy has won the last 12 meetings between the two rival service academies … Cole Gracey’s win was his 20th of the season (20-12) … Gracey, who has won 13 of his last 14 bouts, ranks second on the team with seven pins and 11 bonus-point victories … Derek Stanley has won five straight bouts and 12 of his last 15 overall.

Navy 27, Army 9
125: Tyler Sackett (N) maj. dec. Scott Filbert, 15-7
133: Aaron Kalil (N) dec. Jordan Thome, 5-4
141: Dustin Haislip (N) dec. Tyler Rauenzahn, 6-1
149: Joe Locksmith (N) dec. Ryan Bilyeu, 5-3
157: Bobby Barnhisel (N) dec. Jimmy Rafferty, 8-1
165: Cole Gracey (A) pinned Mason Bailey, 6:42
174: Oscar Huntley (N) dec. Collin Wittmeyer dec., 6-0
184: #13 Luke Rebertus tech fall Michael Gorman, 17-2
197: Derek Stanley (A) dec. Paul Rands, 4-1
285: Dan Miller (N) dec. Daniel Mills, 6-1
* – The match started at 133 pounds

Is This the Year Army Beats Navy in the Star Match?

By Betsy Veysman

When he was hired as the head coach at Army, Joe Heskett said he would work to “mentor and motivate the cadet-athletes, improve their technical and tactical skills on the mat and beat Navy.”

The last part, beating Navy, has proven to be an elusive task over the years.  The Black Knights last topped their rival in 1997 and have won just five of the 55 meetings (with five ties).

The feeling in West Point, however, is that this could be the year.

“There is obviously an emphasis on the Army-Navy rivalry,” Heskett said.  “The problem is, we haven’t won much.  Something has to change; something will change.  These young men are very focused and motivated to make that change happen now.”

“From day one here, you hear about beating Navy,” added freshman 165 pounder Cole Gracey. “Thinking about how we’ve done in the past makes you want to train harder so that when it comes time for Navy, you’re ready to perform.  I think we’re ready.“

That readiness comes from a season that began with an upset over traditional power Iowa State.  After some high quality competition at major tournaments such as the Las Vegas Invitational and the Southern Scuffle, the squad has picked up steam since the beginning of 2012 with five straight dual victories and the New York State team championship.

“I think starting with the win over Iowa State was important for us,” Gracey said. “We proved to ourselves that when we’re at our best, we can compete with the best and win.  It set the standard for the rest of the season.  Once you beat a storied team with tradition like Iowa State, you can’t accept anything less against everyone else.”

The Black Knights have posted a 5-1 record in the EIWA (8-5 overall), despite being hit hard with injuries which have necessitated contributions from over 20 different starters.  In fact, only three Army wrestlers took the mat at the same weight on opening day against the Cyclones and in the last dual meet against Bucknell on February 7 (junior Jordan Thome (133), senior Jimmy Rafferty (157) and Collin Wittmeyer (174)).  It was Wittmeyer’s first action in over two months.

“I’ve been around the sport for a long time and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a team come together as well as this one has,” Heskett said.  “We’ve had lots of injuries; probably 70% of our lineup changed around because of injuries.  When you have to go three or four deep on your roster but you still win duals, that speaks volumes about the team’s commitment.  You know the guys are willing to step in and fight.”

Heskett attributes much of the team’s cohesiveness and progress to a senior group that was recently honored against the Bison.

“The senior class really stands out to me,” the coach said. “For 18 months, I’ve gotten to know these guys and I know how much they’ve done for the program.   They all have great leadership qualities.”

“You can’t say enough good things about the seniors,” Gracey added.  “They are examples of everything our team should be.  They are great leaders who step up when needed, work harder than anybody and help run the team.  They set a perfect example that I hope to copy when I’m a senior.”

Fittingly, all four graduating grapplers that stepped onto the mat on Senior Night — Michael Gorman (184), Daniel Mills (heavyweight), Rafferty and Derek Stanley (197) — had their hand raised.

Rafferty, who has broken through with 23 triumphs this year, earned a come-from-behind 12-10 win in sudden victory over John Regan at 157 pounds.  Even in a place known for developing leaders, Heskett thinks he stands out.

“Jimmy Rafferty is without question the finest leader of his age group that I’ve ever witnessed,” Heskett said.  “He brings so much to this team. Everyone on this team bought in to what we’re trying to accomplish – the other seniors, the underclassmen – and in large part, that is due to Jimmy’s core leadership qualities. He also is doing phenomenal on the mat.”

Another grappler doing well on the mat is Gracey.  The freshman began the campaign 7-10, but then reeled off 12 straight wins, including titles at the New York States and the All-Academies before a recent loss to Corey Lear of Bucknell stopped his streak.

“Early on, the first time in Division I, it was really tough,” Gracey said.  “It was a lot to take in, not only in wrestling but also academically.  I didn’t do so well in the beginning and it was kind of unnerving. But after Christmas break, I went to work with the coaches.  I kept improving, got in better shape, improved my technique and once you get going, it’s hard to stop.”

The Oklahoma native pointed to his early January match with returning national qualifier Eren Civan of Columbia as a turning point.  He was losing in the third period when he notched a takedown and back points to win the match 10-8.

“What stands out is how teachable he is,” Heskett said.  “He’s one of the most open young men I’ve been around.  He listens and adapts and continues to grow.  He hung in there at the beginning of the year against good wrestlers, but didn’t beat them.  But now he’s winning consistently and putting himself in a position to go to the national tournament if he continues.”

Also hoping to compete at the national tournament is Thome, an EIWA placer a year ago who made an appearance at NCAAs in 2011.

“Jordan is a competitor, a gamer,” Heskett said.  “As we’re getting close to the end of the season, he’s had an extra gear clicking in.  He wants to go back to NCAAs and get on the podium.  He seems to be taking things to another level. He has another shot at [Navy’s] Aaron Kalil [who has defeated Thome twice this season] this weekend and we expect big things.”

That could be said about the entire team as the Navy dual approaches.  The Black Knights know how their matchups with the Midshipmen have gone historically, but Heskett thinks they are going in with the right mindset.

“They believe,” the coach said.  “The guys took the adversity that came our way, the injuries, the tough competition early on, and it made them stronger.  The guys on the team feel like they belong and it shows. Now we’re in a unique situation where we can finish out the year on a special note, this weekend and the rest of the year.”

“If we go out and wrestle our best against Navy, we think we’ll beat them,” Gracey added.  “If we fall short, I’ll be disappointed because I expect to win and continue strong into March.”

Albany-Bound? A List of Division I State Qualifiers


99 Pounds (By Section)

1: Nick Barbaria (New Rochelle)

2: Kevin Parker (Shenendehowa)

3: Dempsey King (New Hartford)

4: Kyle Kelley (Chenango Forks)

5: Jon Haas (Spencerport)

6: Tyler Hartinger (Lancaster)

8: Jose Rodriguez (Wantagh)

9: Gerald Daly (Minisink Valley)

10: Ryan Brown (Canton)

11: Alex Tanzman (West Beach)

C: John Twomey (St. Anthony’s)

P: Josh Antoine (Grand Street)

A1: Vinny Vespa (Monroe Woodbury)

A2: Bryan Lantry (Wayne)

A3: Joe Calderone (Walt Whitman)

A4: Steven Lee (West Babylon)


106 Pounds (By Section)

1: Mike Parise (Brewster)

2: Corey Ali (Shenendehowa)

3. Kevin Paul (Baldwinsville)

4: Jimmy Overhiser (Corning)

5: Barton Peters (Brockport)

6. Anthony Orefice (Lockport)

8: Justin Cooksey (MacArthur)

9: John Stramiello (Pine Bush)

10: Nate Marshall (Messina)

11: Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville)

C: Freddy Dunau (St. Anthony’s)

P: Zin Htoo (Brooklyn Tech)

A1: Krishna Sewkumar (Long Beach)

A2: Bryan Ruggeri (Fairport)

A3: Dominic Inzana (Saratoga)

A4: Michael Raccioppi (Minisink Valley)


113 Pounds (By Section)

1: Alex Delacruz (Ossining)

2: Brandon Lapi (Amsterdam)

3: Thomas Hill (Fulton)

4: Jacob Green (Chenango Forks)

5: Vincent DePrez (Hilton)

6: Kellen Devlin (Amherst)

8: Mark Raghunandan (Long Beach)

9: T.J. Kreider (Cornwall)

10: Skyler Cameron (Massena)

11: Corey Jamison (Huntington)

C: Patrick Skinner (Kellenburg)

P: Santo Curatolo (Tottenville)

A1: Dylan Realbuto (Somers)

A2: Robert Person (Bellmore JFK)

A3: Jesse Porter (Shenendehowa)

A4: Ron Duguay (Kenmore West)


120 Pounds (By Section)

1: Jake DiMarsico (North Rockland)

2: Zach Joseph (Shenendehowa)

3. Derrick Gray (Indian River)

4: Richard Burke (Ithaca)

5: Brady Baron (Pittsford)

6: Rocco Russo (Frontier)

8: John Lanzillotti (Roslyn)

9: Justin Corradino (Warwick)

10: Cody Bond (Canton)

11: Matt Leshinger (Sayville)

C: Blaise Rufo (Monsignor Farrell)

P: Keanu Thompson (Grand Street)

A1: Sean McCabe (Connetquot)

A2: Steve Michel (Lancaster)

A3: TJ Fabian (Shoreham-Wading River)

A4: Casey Jones (Queensbury)


126 Pounds (By Section)

1: Sam Speno (Fox Lane)

2: Matt Greene (Columbia)

3: Antonio DeLuco (Roman Free Academy)

4: Brock Post (Maine-Endwell)

5: Alec Dierna (Webster Schroeder)

6: Dylan Caruana (Kenmore)

8: Mike Lofrese (Garden City)

9: Tom Murphy (Monroe-Woodbury)

10: Isaiah Perry (Massena)

11: Maverick Passaro (Eastport South Manor)

C: Sam Melikian (Fordham Prep)

P: Michael Gannone (Tottenville)

A1: Matt Caputo (North Rockland)

A2: Josh St. John (Queensbury)

A3: Giovanni Sanchez (Central Islip)

A4: Drew Oligney (Lansingburgh)


132 Pounds (By Section)

1: Danny Ventura (Fox Lane)

2: Nick Kelley (Shenendehowa)

3: Connor Grome (West Genessee)

4: Curtis Grant (Elmira)

5: Jimmy Porteus (Brockport)

6. Eric Lewandowski (Lancaster)

8: Maurice Irby (Freeport)

9: Luke Roth (Cornwall)

10: Curtis Barney (Canton)

11: Nick Mauriello (Hauppauge)

C: Jamel Hudson (St. Anthony’s)

P: Ahmed Elsayed (Wingate)

A1: Joey Butler (Burnt Hills)

A2: Brendan Morgan (Columbia)

A3: Nick Cegelski (Penfield)

A4: Dylan Cohen (Williamsville East)


138 Pounds (By Section)

1: Tom Grippi (Fox Lane)

2: David Almaviva (Shenendehowa)

3: Aaron Benedict (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt)

4: Trevor Hoffmeir (Newark Valley)

5. Angelo DeAngelis (Spencerport)

6: Mike Feeney (Lockport)

8: Dan McDevitt (Wantagh)

9: Shane Connolly (Warwick)

10: Jamel Steapleton (Malone)

11: Malik Rasheed (Longwood)

C: Timmy McCann (Monsignor Farrell)

P: Camilo Rodriquez (Curtis)

A1: Gus Clark (Schenectady)

A2: Adam Wallace (Fulton)

A3: Alexis Blanco (Brentwood)

A4: James Dekrone (John Glenn)


145 Pounds (By Section)

1: Mike Caputo (North Rockland)

2: Evan Wallace (Columbia)

3: JT Romagnoli (CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt)

4: Richie Lupo (Union-Endicott)

5: John Northrup (Rush-Henrietta)

6: James Kloc (Iroquois)

8: Louis Hernandez (Mepham)

9: Kyle Wierzbicki (Warwick)

10: Ryan Spinner (Malone)

11. Corey Rasheed (Longwood)

C: Matt Matouzzi (Kellenburg)

P: Emin Aliyev (Abraham Lincoln)

A1: Dale White (John Jay East Fishkill)

A2: Bret Sauschuck (Port Jervis)

A3: Anthony Pistone (Sachem East)

A4: Mike Roman (Spencerport)


152 Pounds (By Section)

1: Brian Realbuto (Somers)

2: Angelo Kress (Columbia)

3: Tony Torrese (Fulton)

4: Greg Kleinsmith (Johnson City)

5: Steve Maier (Spencerport)

6: Luke Falzone (Williamsville South)

8: Danny Tracy (Mepham)

9: Ryan Bedross (Warwick)

10. Ed Foote (Canton)

11. Nick Hall (Longwood)

C: Matt Szilagyi (St. Anthony’s)

P: Cristian Masaya (Brooklyn Tech)

A1: John Keck (Shoreham-Wading River)

A2: Thomas Carta (South Glens Falls)

A3: Zach Skiba (Kenmore West)

A4: Josh Maier (Brockport)


160 Pounds (By Section)

1: Matt Pasqualini (Fox Lane)

2: Connor Sutton (LaSalle)

3: Nick Woodworth (Fulton)

4: Zach Colgan (Johnson City)

5: Frank Affronti (Wayne)

6: Joseph Catalano (Lake Shore)

8: Dylan Palacio (Long Beach)

9: Dan DeCarlo (Port Jervis)

10: Cody Dominque (Canton)

11: Tyler Grimaldi (HHHW)

C: John Vrasidas (St. Anthony’s)

P: Jorje Jimenez (Grand Street)

A1: Joe Cataldo (MacArthur)

A2: Mike Garrison (Amsterdam)

A3: Zak Mullen (Shoreham-Wading River)

A4: Jake Weber (Clarence)


170 Pounds (By Section)

1: Steven Sabella (Yorktown)

2: Stephen Lumley (South Glens Falls)

3: Shayne Brady (Carthage)

4: Dillon Franco (Corning)

5: Jared Mesiti (Brockport)

6: Anthony Liberatore (Williamsville South)

8: Dan Spurgeon (Plainedge)

9: Colin Casey (Washingtonville)

10: Cody Smith (Malone)

11: Dylen Seybolt (Longwood)

C: Rrok Ndokaj (MF)

P: Anatoliy Anchakov (Grand Street)

A1: Mike Hewitt (Queensbury)

A2: Jacob Gullo (Jamestown)

A3: Joe DiFrancesco (Niagara Falls)

A4: Jessi Kimmerli (Spencerport)


182 Pounds (By Section)

1: Jacob Berkowitz (Scarsdale)

2: Matt Lashway (Queensbury)

3: Garrick Cook (Indian River)

4: James Benjamin (Vestal)

5: Josh Reed (Webster Schroeder)

6: Will Bickelmann (Williamsville East)

8: Andrew Jones (Plainedge)

9: Bilal Hasan (Valley Central)

10: Jacob Moose (Canton)

11: Gio Santiago (Sachem North)

C: Matt Roberts (Monsignor Farrell)

P: McZiggy Richards (Wingate)

A1: Josef Carter (Brockport)

A2: Nick Bellanza (John Glenn)

A3: Anthony Sannella (Minisink Valley)

A4: John Luxmore (Bellmore JFK)


195 Pounds (By Section)

1: Mike Spinelli (Mahopac)

2: Tony Fusco (Shenendehowa)

3: Patrick Nasoni (Baldwinsville)

4: Reggie Williams (Johnson City)

5: Jesse Kozub (Brockport)

6: Jake Kelly (Niagara Wheatfield)

8. Rob Zorn (Sewanhaka East)

9: Deon Edmond (Kingston)

10: Jerry Malone (Massena)

11: Zack Conner (Islip)

C: Rich Sisti (Monsignor Farrell)

P: Andreas Kokkoros (Brooklyn Tech)

A1: Pavel Gorelov (Warwick Valley)

A2: Ryan Kelly (Miller Place)

A3: Colton Kells (Fairport)

A4: Daquan Rodriguez (Orchard Park)


220 Pounds (By Section)

1: Dom DeVita (Somers)

2: Jon Babson (LaSalle)

3: Derrek Dalton (Indian River)

4: Anthony Osman (Vestal)

5: Josh Lackey (Fairport)

6: Max Antone (Niagara Wheatfield)

8: Andrew Cole (Uniondale)

9: Connor Leavell (Warwick)

10: Adam Weidner (Canton)

11: David Rubino (Commack)

C: Andrew Auriemma (St. Anthony’s)

P: Patryk Kopczynski (Brooklyn Tech)

A1: Nick Lupi (Huntington)

A2: Tyler Lilly (New Rochelle)

A3: Alex Pontiff (Queensbury)

A4: Nicolas Burgos (Kenmore West)


285 Pounds (By Section)

1: David Varian (Yorktown)

2: Cory Quintana (Mohonasen)

3: Pat Carroll-Marsh (Liverpool)

4:Tyler Bayer (Union-Endicott)

5: Jake Debuyser (Greece Olympia)

6: Brandon Lathrop (Kenmore West)

8: Dante Salkey (Uniondale)

9: Ethan Stanley (Saugerties)

10: Nolan Terrance (Massena)

11: Michael Hughes (Smithtown West)

C: Kyle DiPirro (St. Mary’s)

P: Leon Gonzalez (Franklin Roosevelt)

A1: Cole Lampman (Shenendehowa)

A2: Seth Stauble (Kingston)

A3: Evan Kappatos (Syosset)

A4: El Shaddai Gilmore-VanHoesen (Columbia)

***(Only wildcards A1-A4 listed)