It’s less than 60 days until some huge national preseason tournaments begin, including the Super 32 Challenge in North Carolina. After Sunday’s qualifying event in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, we know some of the New York wrestlers that will be heading down to the Tar Heel state in late October to battle for the Super 32 championship belt.
Jakob Restrepo of Sachem East is one of them. Representing Vougar’s Honors Wrestling (VHW), the Section 11 grappler went 5-0 to take first place at 145 pounds. Along the way, he outscored his opponents 20-4, including a 3-0 victory in the title bout over Frank Carrozza of Pennsylvania.
Also winning his weight was Walt Whitman’s Vincent Feola at 220 pounds. Feola made quick work of the competition, registering pins in 1:08 and :43 to capture the crown. (Carter Cooper of Falconer was third).
Feola’s high school teammate Joe Calderone also saw success, nabbing third at 113 pounds with a 5-1 mark. Three of those wins were by bonus points (two majors and a fall). To capture bronze, Calderone topped fellow New Yorker Jesse Dellavecchia of East Islip. Dellavecchia also had five victories on Sunday on his way to fourth.
A number of other Empire State grapplers took fourth in the high school division as well. They included several wrestlers representing Ascend, such as Mike D’Angelo (Commack, 132), Sam Ward (Locust Valley, 138) and Christian Briody (126) as well 631 Elite’s James Szymanski (Shoreham-Wading River, 120). D’Angelo and Briody won five matches apiece while Ward traveled a different path. The Section 8 standout began with a sudden victory loss in his first bout to Travis Roper of Pennsylvania. He then responded by winning seven in a row in the consolations, including a 9-3 triumph in a rematch with Roper, before notching fourth.
The top four placers in the high school action qualified for early entry into the Super 32 Challenge. Just missing top four status were the following grapplers: Matteo DeVincenzo (106), Danny Murray (113), Ben Lamantia (120), Joe Russ (126), Derek Holcomb (170), and Jeffrey Lombardi (170).
At the middle school level, a pair of New Yorkers grabbed top three spots, as 631 Elite’s Zachary Redding was the runner up at 70 pounds and VHW’s Ryan Meisner was third at 80.
The Super 32 Challenge takes place October 26-27 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
For the brackets from the event, see here.