Eastern States Pick Your Champions Contest – Who Won?

Congratulations to our Pick Your Champion Contest winner from Eastern States . . . who chose to be identified as “John Stamos”.  He correctly picked 11 out of the 15 titlewinners.  There were a number of people right behind him – 8 entrants accurately predicted 10 of the 15 champions.

A quick look at the contest results:

There were a number of weights where the champion was dominant in the voting, as well as on the mat.

Johnson City’s Reggie Williams was the top vote getter at any weight, picking up close to 75% of the tallies in the 195-pound class.

Coming in not too far behind were a pair of Long Island wrestlers who cruised through the weekend – Corey Rasheed of Longwood (152) and Nick Piccininni of Ward Melville (113). Both were just shy of 70% of the vote.

In addition, around 60% of the respondents chose returning state champion Zack Zupan of Canastota (182), Nick Kelley of Shenendehowa (138) and Columbia’s El Shaddai Van Hoesen (285).

On the flip side, some of the champions were more of a surprise to the participants in the contest.

A Section 9 wrestler collected over 40% of the votes at 99 pounds – but that was Monroe Woodbury’s Vinny Vespa. Champion Chris Cuccolo of Pine Bush received around 7% of the tallies.

The votes at 106, 120 and 126 were quite fragmented with more than 10 wrestlers getting support in each of those weights.  None of the winners of those classes, Nick Barbaria of New Rochelle, Kevin Jack of Danbury or TJ Fabian of Shoreham-Wading River were the top vote getters in their bracket, however they all gathered between 12 and 20% of the vote (as did Tristan Rifanburg at 132 and Dan Breit at 220).

Thanks to everyone that participated.  We appreciate your input and opinions!





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