To watch the live stream of the Windsor Finals, see HERE.
For over a half-century, some of the best in the state have traveled to Section 4 at the end of December for the oldest organized tournament in New York.
The Windsor Christmas Tournament will once again boast talent from around the Empire State and beyond, including squads from at least five Sections and from Pennsylvania.
Last year’s field included four 2012 state champions as well as more than 13 state placewinners, according to Windsor head coach Jeffery Nolan.
A number of those wrestlers will be back, including two-time state champion Kyle Kelly of Chenango Forks, who will be looking to add to his storied career.
“Kyle Kelly has won three times,” Nolan said. “In all these years we’ve only had five wrestlers win four titles. It would be special if he joined that pretty elite group.”
Kelly is one of six returning champions from the 2011 event, along with Suffolk County’s Corey Jamison and Anthony Puca of Huntington, Greene teammates Mike Beckwith and Joel Roselle and Tristan Rifanburg of Norwich.
Fans can watch these wrestlers try to get on top of the podium again as for the first time in the tournament’s history, the finals will be available to watch via livestream.
“We take a lot of pride in this tournament,” Nolan said. “When I started here, it became one of my biggest priorities right away. We’ve tried to make small improvements, mostly technological. We are excited for the opportunity to livestream our finals, which is something we’ve wanted to do in the past but hadn’t pulled the trigger.”
The title bouts are scheduled to begin on Friday, December 28 at 5 p.m. However, given the developing weather situation in the area, that time may change. Stay tuned.
The link to the livestream is : HERE
Those finals should feature state title contenders at a number of classes.
“There is quality depth at a lot of weights,” Nolan said. “A few stand out right away. 126 should be interesting and 220 is shaping up to be a heck of a weight.”
At 126 pounds, entrants include former state champion William Koll of Lansing, defending champion (at 120) Corey Jamison of Huntington (the number two seed in Albany a year ago) and qualifier Jake Green of Chenango Forks. Green, who recently won a tough class at the PSAL Holiday tournament at Madison Square Garden, split matches with Jamison a year ago. Additionally, a pair of state qualifiers — the currently undefeated Richie Burke of Ithaca and Austin Ryan of Unatego — will add to the competitiveness at 126 as will Susquehanna Valley’s Ian Lupole.
Last year, Section 2’s Colonie took the team title by 20 points over Suffolk County’s Huntington. Less than 10 points behind were squads in third to sixth place – Greene, Norwich, Towanda and Union Endicott. This year, Nolan calls the field “wide open” and believes last year’s ninth place finisher, Unatego, will have an impact on the tournament with wrestlers such as Austin Ryan, Leland Slawson, Codie Nichols, Kevin Thayer and Ryan Marszal.
Action will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, weather permitting.
This year’s participating teams:
Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton, Canandaigua, Chenango Forks, Chenango Valley, Corning, Greene, Huntington, Ithaca, Lansing, Liberty, Maine Endwell, Norwich, Saratoga Springs, Southern Cayuga, Susquehanna Valley, Towanda PA, Union Endicott, Unadilla Valley, Unatego, Walton, Waverly, Windsor
Top 5 Seeds at Each Weight
- John Arceri (Huntington)
- Richard Schrade (Saratoga Springs)
- Colyn Shippos (Ithaca)
- Jake Lehr (Chenango Valley)
- Grant Gannon (Union Endicott)
- Jimmy Overhiser (Corning)
- Cole Rifanburg (Norwich)
- Kyle Mock (Huntington)
- Jared Lines (Towanda)
- Declan Levine (Ithaca)
- Kyle Kelly (Chenango Forks)
- Dominic Inzana (Saratoga Springs)
- Kobe Garrehy (Maine Endwell)
- Dylan Wood (Walton)
- Mikey Carr (Union Endicott)
- Hunter Rumpf (Saratoga Springs)
- Nate Hayes (Windsor)
- Logan Robinson (Walton)
- Ryan Castle (Greene)
- Kyle Hughes (Union Endicott)
- William Koll (Lansing)
- Corey Jamison (Huntington)
- Richie Burke (Ithaca)
- Jacob Green (Chenango Forks)
- Ian Lupole (Susquehanna Valley)
- Tristan Rifanburg (Norwich)
- Jesse Griswold (BGA)
- Brock Post (Maine Endwell)
- Terrick Vargason (Towanda)
- Carl Rouse (Chenango Forks)
- Connor Lapresi (Lansing)
- Justin Cirigliano (BGA)
- Zak Garrehy (Maine Endwell)
- Austyn Bostick (Waverly)
- Vinny Romeo (Canandaigua)
- Codie Nichols (Unatego)
- Trevor Parrish (Greene)
- Evan Vershay (Canandaigua)
- Brandon Mendez (Huntington)
- Joey Peters (Waverly)
- Dan Dickman (Greene)
- Kyle Halladay (Chenango Valley)
- Kevin Thayer (Unatego)
- Brandon Hamilton (Maine Endwell)
- Ian VanValen (Ithaca)
- Mike Beckwith (Greene)
- Leland Slawson (Unatego)
- Brandon Ellers (Waverly)
- Justin Hunsinger (Towanda)
- John Mallouk (Huntington)
- Ryan Marszal (Unatego)
- Christian Dietrich (Greene)
- Nathan Bomysoad (Union Endicott)
- Isaiah Zimmer (Chenango Forks)
- Robert Woodward (Chenango Valley)
- Andy Martinez (Liberty)
- Mike Beers (Walton)
- Seth Gordon (Windsor)
- Tristian Roche (Susquehanna Valley)
- Riley Hanrahan (Unatego)
- Mark Viviano (BGA)
- Matt Brozovic (Maine Endwell)
- Gustavo Loarca (Saratoga Springs)
- Danny Dillon (Canandaigua)
- Jeff Klossner (Waverly)
- Nick Lupi (Huntington)
- Ryan Wolcott (Waverly)
- Matt Abbott (Windsor)
- Tyler Ordiway (Canandaigua)
- Lucas Depofi (Union Endicott)
- Anthony Puca (Huntington)
- Steve Kerrigan (Susquehanna Valley)
- Jim Helin (Saratoga Springs)
- Austin Lamb (Canandaigua)
- Andrew Brinser (Union Endicott)