For the second consecutive year, Kyle Dake was atop the podium at the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas. The three-time NCAA champion eased his way through the tournament, pinning his first two opponents and then outscoring his foes 32-4 in his remaining three matches.
Dake wasn’t the only finalist for the Big Red, which took third as a team behind Ohio State and Missouri with six total placers. Also making the finals was freshman Nahshon Garrett, who continued his strong start in a Big Red singlet with a runner up finish to #4 Alan Waters of the Tigers. The two will meet again in a few weeks in New York City at the “Grapple at the Garden” event.
All-American Mike Nevinger made the medal stand for the second year in a row in Vegas, as he took fourth at 141. Chris Villalonga and Stryker Lane were both unseeded coming into the event, but both earned sixth place spots (at 149 and 285, respectively), while Jace Bennett took seventh at 197.
Joining the Cornell grapplers on the podium were a pair of Army wrestlers. Nationally-ranked Daniel Young took eighth at 149 while Paul Hancock was seventh at 165. The Black Knights stood 24th in the team standings.
Former Suffolk county standout Steven Keith of Harvard was fifth at 141 while Johnson City’s Pete Capone notched fourth at heavyweight for Ohio State. For full brackets, see here
Cornell, Buffalo Each With Three Placers at the Nittany Lion Open
The Cliff Keen Invitational wasn’t the only significant college tournament this weekend. On the East Coast, Penn State hosted the Nittany Lion Open, an event with some brackets of more than 60 entrants. A number of wrestlers representing Empire State teams impressed, with Mark Lewandowski of Buffalo taking second at 165 pounds behind last year’s NCAA champion, David Taylor. Lewandowski’s teammates Max Soria (seventh at 125) and Wally Maziarz (eighth at 157) also placed.
For Cornell, Billy George and Joe Stanzione were both fourth, at 197 and 141, respectively while Ryan Dunphy took seventh at 149.
For the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club, Brian Realbuto continued his stellar year on the mat, making the semifinals before being disqualified. Mark Grey took sixth at 133, winning four straight after a second round loss in sudden victory to eventual runner up Jimmy Gulibon. In the fifth place contest, Nassau’s Anthony Abidin, headed to Nebraska next year, defeated Grey, 9-3.
Former Duanesburg star Nick Gwiazdowski continued his successful redshirt campaign, taking first at heavyweight with a convincing major decision over Penn State’s Jimmy Lawson in the title bout.
For full results from the Nittany Lion Open, see here.
High School Weekend Watch – Andersen Tournament
In the high school ranks, there were a number of quality events throughout the state. One was up North in Section 3, as the Bill Andersen Tournament was host to squads from Sections 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10. When the brackets were released, fans were intrigued by the possibility of returning state champion Zack Zupan of Canastota meeting Christian Dietrich, an All-State wrestler from Greene who missed all of last season with injury. The match came to fruition in the 182-pound finals, but there wasn’t much drama. Zupan notched a number of takedowns in a 13-5 victory.
Two-time state champion Kyle Kelly of Chenango Forks looked strong at his new weight, capturing the title at 113 pounds with two pins, followed by major decision in the finals. Other New York state tournament veterans such as multi-time placer Brandon Lapi of Amsterdam and four-time qualifier Isaiah Perry of Massena earned gold at 132 and 138, respectively.
Section 4 power Greene showed that it will be very tough in the middle to upperweights with finalists in four straight weights, starting at 152. All-State wrestler Dan Dickman began the run with the title at 152, edging Tommy Quinlan of Fayetteville-Manlius in a 6-5 decision. Mike Beckwith (160) didn’t have any close matches as he earned two pins and didn’t give up any points in his other contests while Joel Roselle (170) also had a pair of falls (and a technical fall) in addition to a 1-0 title bout victory over Daniel Smith of South Jefferson.
Smith and South Jefferson finished atop the team standings, led by a host of top three placers, including champions Jared Carroll (99) and Caleb Beach (106). In addition, Jon Crast was second at 132 while Antonio Diaz was the runner up at 220. In bronze position were Ryan Charlebois (195) and Trevor Cowles (160).
For full results see here.
Returns for Vespa and Paddock
Seeing the names Vinny Vespa and Aaron Paddock in the box scores from events this weekend was a welcome site. Aaron Paddock recorded a fall at 170 in Warsaw’s meet with Campbell-Savona.
Meanwhile Vespa wrestled at 99 pounds for Monroe Woodbury, taking MOW honors at the Carlucci Duals at SUNY Purchase. Monroe Woodbury won the title at the event with a finals victory over Section 1 power Fox Lane. For a detailed account of that event, see here.
Battle at the Beach
In the weekend preview, we spoke about the Battle at the Beach taking place despite severe damage to host Long Beach High School. (The event was moved to Lynbrook High).
Wantagh won the event convincingly, with an improved Hewlett squad taking second and Syosset grabbing third. NHSCA Nationals All-American Kyle Quinn of the Warriors earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors after defeating Long Beach’s Steven Sewkumar in an exciting 113-pound final. Also capturing titles for the Warriors were Jonathan Loew at 99 pounds, Chris Araoz at 132, Vinny Turano at 138, Nick Vines at 145, returning All-Stater Dan McDevitt at 170 and James Corbett at 182. Turano and McDevitt beat teammates in the finals – Matthew Langan and Richard Grillo, respectively.
Several other wrestlers stood out. Vito Arujau made a successful debut for Syosset at 106, dominating his way to the title. According to NYWN contributor Irwin Loew, 160-pound winner Tim Davidson of Kellenberg had a stellar day on his way to the top of the podium. Other champions were: Mike Petrone of South Side (120), Simon Greebel (Hewlett, 126), Konstantin Parfiyev (James Madison, 152), Dan Choi (Syosset, 195), Matt Mott (Lynbrook, 220) and Lester Enriquez (Hewlett, 285). For more results from this event, see below.
1. Wantagh 357.5
2. Hewlett 210.5
3. Syosset 200
4. Clarke 150.5
5. Long Beach 133.5
99 – Jonathan Loew (Wan) TF Alex Vargas (Syo) TF 18-2 3:46
106 – Vito Arujau (Syo) pinned Jack Nicholas (Syo) F 1:06
113 – Kyle Quinn (Wan) dec. Steven Sewkumar (LB) 6-4
120 – Michael Petrone (SS) md. Tyler Constantine (Clk) 12-1
126 – Simon Greebel (Hew) dec. Joe Hoffman (Clk) 4-1
132 – Chris Araoz (Wan) TF Charlie Curcio (Lyn) 16-0
138 – Vinny Turano (Wan) dec. Matt Langan (Wan) 7-3
145 – Nick Vines (Wan) dec. Rob Rosenberg (Hew) 3-2
152 – Konstantin Parfiryeva (Mad) def. Michael Tropiano (EM) by dflt
160 – Tim Davison (KM) pinned Joe Truono (Clk) F 0:48
170 – Dan McDevitt (Wan) TF Rich Grillo (Wan) 16-0
182 – James Corbett (Wan) TF Cedrick Stephens (Win) 15-0
195 – Dan Choi (Syo) pinned Zamarr Allen (LB) F 3:19
220 – Matt Mott (Lyn) pinned Enndy Nunez (Clk) F 0:35
285 – Lester Enriquez (Hew) dec. Mark Ifraimov (Mad) 7-0
Most Outstanding Wrestler: Kyle Quinn (Wantagh, 113)
Most Falls, Least Time: Matt Mott (Lynbrook, 220) – 4 in 7:19
For details on more of the high school action this weekend, see here.
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