As the postseason draws closer, the action continues to heat up. Over the past few days, fans were treated to previews of some of the key matchups we’ll see at state qualifiers in the coming weeks. We also saw teams like Wantagh, Johnson City and South Jefferson pick up additional trophies, as well as a plethora of other results. Here are some of the highlights (and more may be added):
- Wantagh, the Empire State’s top-ranked squad, followed up titles at the Union-Endicott Duals and the Eastern States Classic with the Nassau County Dual Championship at Clarke High School on Saturday. The Warriors ended a dominant four match run with a 45-16 result in the championship match against MacArthur.
- South Jefferson and Johnson City followed up dual meet crowns in Sections 3 and 4 with additional first place showings at the Frontier League and STAC tournaments, respectively. Nearby, Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton stood atop the MAC while Holland Patent did the same at the Center States and Phoenix won the Liberty/Patriot League.
- The Mayor’s Cup in Manhattan showcased the best the five boroughs has to offer. State contenders such as Sam Melikian, Cheick Ndiaye, Andrew Psomas and Richard Sisti were overpowering champions, while Monsignor Farrell captured the team race.
- West Seneca West edged Kenmore West at the Ken-Ton Invitational, where Renaldo-Rodriguez Spencer of Cheektowoga was once again dominant in taking the title. Also in Section 6, Lewiston Porter won the Peter Rao Memorial Tournament with 138-pounder Dan Reagan notching MOW honors at 138 pounds.
- At the Rockland County Championships, John Muldoon of Pearl River responded to his recent overtime loss to Anthony Calvano by taking the rematch. A number of other Section 1 stars were on display at that event as well as the Super 16 tournament in Yonkers, where Fox Lane took top billing.
- John Arceri of Huntington upended Eastern States Champion Chris Cuccolo to take the 99-pound crown at the Big Ten Invitational in Albany over the weekend. More details on that tournament which had representation from Sections 1, 2, 7, 9, 11 and from Massachusetts. The final results are here: Big 10 Results
- It’s worth noting that Westhampton Beach captured a league title over the weekend with a win over Shoreham Wading River in Section 11. A few days earlier, the Hurricanes put themselves in position for the championship when they topped the state’s third-ranked dual team, Rocky Point, 31-28. In addition to a pin by the state’s top ranked 106 pounder, Alex Tanzman, Westhampton Beach was propelled by a pair of upsets. Jake Martin upended Sean Ferguson at 220 while Pete Broccoli‘s victory over James Matias sealed the victory for the Hurricanes. Both Ferguson and Matias are ranked in Suffolk County.
- In addition, Brockport ended a big week with a 71-15 win over Lansing on the campus of Cornell University. According to head coach Mike Ferris, 113-pounder Barton Peters had a standout performance with a technical fall at 113 while Bobcats junior William Koll also was impressive at 126. The triumph in Ithaca came a few days after the Blue Devils recorded their first victory over rival Spencerport in 28 years to seal a league title.
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Another Title for Wantagh . . .
Wantagh has continued to win week in and week out. The state’s top-ranked squad captured the Union-Endicott Duals, the team title at the Eastern States Classic and, on Saturday, the Nassau County dual championship. The Warriors cruised through the event, beginning with a 51-18 pounding of Island Trees. They followed with a 57-12 win over Division, a 50-18 semifinal result against Mepham and a 45-16 triumph in the finals against MacArthur. Leading the way were wrestlers ranked among the top 8 in the state – Danny McDevitt (170), Chris Araoz (126), Vinny Turano (132), Kyle Quinn (106) and James Corbett (182), who combined for eight pins and eight technical falls.
Johnson City Picks Up More Hardware
Johnson City followed up last weekend’s Section 4 Duals title with another crown – this time at the STAC. The Wildcats piled up 232.5 points to outdistance runner up Vestal and third place squad Union-Endicott. Johnson City was propelled by four champions (Isaiah Colgan at 106, Joseph Hamdan at 145, Zach Colgan at 152 and Reggie Williams at 195) as well as silver medalists Tyler Brazinski (99), Nick Bidwell (138), Conner Halladay (160) and Dominic Taylor (170).
Vestal’s run was highlighted by 182-pound champion James Benjamin, a returning All-State wrestler who won his title by fall in less than 30 seconds.
Benjamin will be in the mix in Albany for another spot on the podium. Also prominently figuring into the title picture at the Times Union Center will be two-time state champion Kyle Kelly. The Chenango Forks star earned a pin in the 113-pound finals against returning state placer Jimmy Overhiser of Corning, who bumped up from his usual weight. Another clash of contenders happened at 126 pounds, where Kelly’s teammate Jake Green edged Ithaca’s Richie Burke, 3-2 in the tiebreakers. Former state champion Tristan Rifanburg of Norwich also earned gold with a technical fall at 132 pounds.
For more results, see STAC here.
Also in Section 4 . . . BGA Takes the MAC
Also in Section 4, Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton won the MAC tournament at Unadilla Valley. Leading the way for BGA were a trio of titlewinners, Jesse Griswold (132), Justin Cirigliano (138) and Mark Viviano (195). Second place Unatego was very strong in the middleweights, boasting winners in three consecutive classes – Codie Nichols (145), Kevin Thayer (152) and Leland Slawson (160).
For more results, see here.
South Jefferson Keeps the Momentum Going
South Jefferson and General Brown have seen a lot of each other lately. The Spartans won a regular season dual against the Lions and then defeated them again for the Section 3 dual meet title a few days later. On Saturday, South Jefferson added another trophy with the Frontier League championship, won by over 30 points over General Brown.
Jared Carroll (99), Caleb Beach (106), Jon Crast (132), Daniel Smith (170) and Ryan Charlebois (195) took gold for South Jefferson while Nick Toutant of Indian River was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler after defeating Ryan Snow for the 126 pound crown.
For more results, see here.
Also in Section 3 . . . Holland Patent and Phoenix Victorious
At the Center States tournament, the top three teams finished within seven points of one another, with Holland Patent taking first, followed by Dolgeville and Canastota. The top squad featured a pair of champions – Hunter Richard at 113 and Josh Langley at 220.
The state’s top ranked 182-pounder, Zach Zupan of Canastota, breezed to the championship with a pin, while his teammates Jesse Puchales (170) and Wyatt Albanese (195) also won titles.
In matches featuring wrestlers who could figure into the picture at the Times Union Center, Ilion’s Laken Cook picked up a 3-1 decision over Rome Free Academy’s Antonio DeLuco at 126 pounds. In addition, highly regarded 99-pounder Ryan O’Rourke of Adirondack won a 2-0 battle against New Hartford’s Kelan McKenna while his teammates Derek Spann (106) and Tyler Spann (160) were named the event’s Most Outstanding Wrestlers. In a bout between previous state qualifiers, Tyler Spann edged Oneida’s Matt Fisher.
In the Liberty/Patriot tournament, Phoenix was first by a margin of more than 25 points. Nick Tighe dominated his way to the 138 pound crown while teammates Rowdy Prior (152) and Justin Rhodes (160) joined him on top of the podium.
West Seneca West, Rodriguez-Spencer Shine at the Ken Ton Tournament
The Ken-Ton Invitational included some of the best in Section 6, including Cheektowoga’s Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer. The returning state runner up cruised through the competition at 132 pounds, including a technical fall, a first period pin and a 15-6 major over All-State grappler Cody McGregor of Tonawanda. West Seneca West was the 7.5 point winner of the event over second place Kenmore West.
For more on the event, see here.
A number of other standouts from the same area took part in the Peter Rao Memorial. Lewiston Porter grabbed top billing, with Lockport next. Lew Port’s Dan Reagan earned MOW honors after two pins and a major on his way to the 138 pound title. Other notable winners included Lockport’s Anthony Orefice, an All-Stater who stood atop the podium at 120 pounds.
Rockland County Championships and Super 16 Feature Section 1 Standouts
In Section 1, a pair of tough tournaments took place over the weekend – the Rockland County Championships and the Super 16. Among the finals bouts that stood out at the RCCs was the 120 pound contest between Pearl River’s John Muldoon and Nanuet’s Anthony Calvano. Muldoon avenged a recent overtime loss to Calvano with a convincing victory. Just to reach the title bout, the Pearl River wrestler had to beat the very tough Blaise Benderoth of North Rockland. Another intriguing contest took place at 138 pounds where Benderoth’s teammate Matt Caputo topped Colby Kash, 9-2.
Among the champions at the Super 16 tournament were multi-time state placer Drew Longo of Ardsley (138) and Yorktown’s Thomas Murray (182), who has had a very strong season.
For an in depth look at these events, see here.
Who is the Best in the City? Mayor’s Cup Results
Who is the best in the City? That question was answered this weekend as the best from the five boroughs gathered at the Armory in Manhattan for the Mayor’s Cup.
Monsignor Farrell was the overall winner with 225 points, with Brooklyn Tech second (212 points) and Poly Prep third (168).
Farrell’s victory was fueled by dominant performances from a number of champions. At 160 pounds, Andrew Psomas earned a pin or a technical fall in all five of his bouts on the path to the title. Similarly, teammates Richard Sisti (220) and Matt Roberts (182) won by bonus points in all but one of their matches on the way to first place. The final gold medalist for Farrell was 138-pounder Karl Weisner, who topped teammate Blaise Rufo, 7-4, in the championship tilt.
Brooklyn Tech was paced by upperweights Shaquille Williams and Kevin Tynes. Williams defeated Quasar Hampton 1-0 but otherwise stuck all of his opponents at heavyweight while Tynes recorded a trio of falls in addition to his 3-1 title victory at 195.
Poly Prep’s Noah Malamut put on an impressive show, pinning his way to the top of the 106-pound podium. Also demonstrating complete control were a number of wrestlers who competed in Albany last season. These included returning state runner up Cheick Ndiaye of Brooklyn International at 113, Sam Melikian of Fordham Prep at 132 and Nigel Williams of Eagle Academy at 145. A highly anticipated showdown between Tottenville’s Santo Curatolo and Grand Street’s Keanu Thompson didn’t come to fruition in the 126 pound final as Curatolo got the win by default.
For the full results, see here.
In the female competition, Curtis had champions in three consecutive weights – Leslie Schoberl at 120, Rosemary Flores at 126 and Shannon Henry at 132.
For the results of the girls competition, see here.
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