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Top Seniors: Who are the Class of 2018 Wrestlers to Watch in NY?

By BV, 07/27/17, 3:00PM EDT

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Who are the boys rising seniors to watch out for in New York? We decided to take a look at some of those who have made an impact so far in their careers. 

1. Jacori Teemer, Long Beach

Teemer will represent Team USA at the Cadet World championships in Greece at 63 kg after an outstanding performance at the Trials, including a two match sweep in the finals series against Pennsylvania's Sammy Sasso.  It was one of many standout showings for the Nassau County wrestler, who also captured titles at FloNationals and NHSCA Nationals this spring in addition to a Fargo Cadet Freestyle crown last summer.  And, of course, he's already a four-time state champion who will look to become the second wrestler to win five NYS golds (along with Troy Nickerson). He is ranked as one of the top 10 wrestlers in the Class of 2018 nationally by both Intermat and FloWrestling. For more on Teemer from this spring, see here.

College Commitment: Arizona State

2. Frankie Gissendanner, Penfield

Gissendanner won his first New York State title as a freshman at 138 pounds, defeating Mike D'Angelo, who was nationally ranked and was an NCAA qualifier for Princeton this past year.  Since then, the Section 5 star has added his second and third NYS championships and also took the top spot at Fargo in Cadet Freestyle at 152 pounds in July of 2016.  He is listed as one of the best 25 seniors in the country by Intermat and FloWrestling.  For more on Gissendanner from earlier this summer, see here.

College considerations include Ohio State, NC State, Cornell, Binghamton, Maryland, Rutgers

3. Tyler Barnes, Ballston Spa

Barnes has demonstrated his dominance in Freestyle, Greco and Folkstyle, racking up impressive performances in all three.  At Fargo in the summer of 2016, he was a Cadet finalist in both of the international styles and he followed with a sixth place showing at 85 kg at the UWW Cadet Nationals this spring. During the high school campaign, Barnes went undefeated and earned his first state title (at 170 pounds) after making the podium as a sophomore in Albany as well. In addition, he tacked on an NHSCA Nationals crown at 170 as well as a fifth place finish at the same weight at FloNationals in recent months.  He is considered a top 90 recruit nationally by both Intermat and FloWrestling. For more on Barnes from early in his junior season, see here.

College Commitment: North Carolina State

4. Orion Anderson, Schuylerville

Anderson has been a New York State finalist each of the past three years, taking second at 99 pounds as a freshman and following up with dominant championship seasons at 106 and 120 as a sophomore and junior.  The two-time Eastern States Classic runner up also earned All-American honors this spring, with a second place showing at the NHSCA Nationals at 120 pounds followed by a fifth place medal at FloNationals. For more on Anderson from early July, see here.

College commitment: Binghamton 

5. Jake Silverstein, Hauppauge

Silverstein made the finals twice in Albany, losing in the ultimate tiebreaker by a point to Jacori Teemer, and falling to Vito Arujau this year at 138. He's earned a number of accolades at the national level, including fourth at the NHSCA Nationals this spring at 145 pounds, along with two All-American performances at the prestigious Super 32 Challenge, both in 2014 and 2016. Silverstein also was a finalist at the NHSCA Nationals during his career. He was a significant contributor to the title runs for Team Kong at the NHSCA National Duals, including a win over multi-time Florida champ Franco Valdes in 2017.  Both Intermat and FloWrestling placed him as the #65 recruit in the land.  For more on Silverstein, see here.

College Commitment: Nebraska

6. Matt Grippi, Fox Lane

Like Silverstein, Grippi is a two-time Division 1 state runner up.  As a sophomore, the Section 1 wrestler's only setbacks of the season came to Yianni Diakomihalis.  This year, Grippi, also a two-time Eastern States finalist, was defeated by nationally-ranked Peter Pappas in the title bout in Albany.  A FloNationals placer in 2016, Grippi will be in the hunt for a title as a senior. Intermat included him as one of the country's top 100 recruits.  For more on Grippi, see here.

College Commitment: North Carolina State

7. Dylan Ryder, Half Hollow Hills West

Ryder has a long list of credentials in the lightweights. He won the 106 pound state title in 2017 after earning runner up honors (and an Eastern States crown) as a sophomore at 99.  This spring, he kept the momentum going with an NHSCA National championship at 106 pounds and a fifth place showing at FloNationals at that weight.  He also made the medal stand at Fargo in 2016, notching eighth at 106 pounds in Cadet Freestyle. 

College Commitment: Hofstra

8. Grant Cuomo, Brewster

Cuomo won his first Eastern States title this season at 160 pounds and followed with a trip to the NYS finals, taking second.  It was the second All-State showing for the Section 1 wrestler, who nabbed fifth at 152 as a sophomore at the Times Union Center.  This spring he has continued to impress, grabbing fifth at FloNationals at 160 and taking eighth at the UWW Cadet Nationals at 76 kg, including a victory over Pennsylvania state champion Edmond Ruth. 

College Commitment: Princeton

9. Matt Gaiser, Alexander

Gaiser was dominant in his junior campaign, winning over 50 times with just one loss. 41 of his victories were by fall.  He racked up 29 team points at the state tournament as he recorded three first period pins and a 10-0 major on his way to his first NYS championship.  He was also a fifth place finisher in Albany as a sophomore and earned bronze in 2017 at the Eastern States.  Gaiser also added All-American honors to his resume in the spring when he picked up third at the NHSCA Nationals.  Gaiser went 9-1 at that event, with five pins and two technical falls and will be tough to beat as a senior.

10. Deonte Wilson, Amityville

Wilson will be a heavyweight to watch going into his senior campaign.  A two-time state qualifier, he was the runner up at the NYS tournament in 2017. He's also made his mark on the national stage, with two All-American finishes at the NHSCA Nationals - second this year and third in 2016.

11. Justin Vines, Wantagh

An All-State wrestler in 2016 (fourth at 113), Vines climbed a few notches on the podium as he earned a state championship at 126 pounds as a junior.  An Eastern States runner up, he also was seventh at NHSCA Nationals.

12. Jonathan Loew, Wantagh

Loew went from a 99 pound state qualifier who was within one win of placing as an eighth grader to a 160 pound NYS third placer as a junior. The Section 8 standout notched third at the Eastern States and grabbed fourth at the NHSCA Nationals this spring at 160 pounds. Coaches around the state have said he will be much higher on this list at the end of the year. When Wantagh took on Long Beach in a battle between two of the top dual teams in New York last season, Loew bumped up from 160 to 182 to face returning state placer Tyreek Bromley and came away with a 1-0 victory.

College Commitment: Cornell

Also Receiving Top 12 Support:

Hector Colom, Fredonia

Joe Benedict, South Jefferson/Sandy Creek

Jon Charles, Central Valley

Anthony Sobotker, North Babylon

Jack Bokina, Mattituck

Additional Senior All-State Wrestlers and 2017 National Preps Participants: (alphabetically)

Cody Anders, Brockport; Joe Andreesen, Lancaster; Chris Barker, Fairport; Ben Bivar, BGAH; Daniel Bogie, Eagle Academy; Luke Bokina, Mattituck; Liam Broggy, LI Lutheran; Mikey Bruno, Putnam Valley; Beau Burke, Morrisville-Eaton; Keith Cassar, Oyster Bay; Dylan Earl, Monroe Woodbury; Joe Franzese, John Glenn; Connor Fredericks, Chittenango; Chris Gomez, Patchogue-Medford; Michael Gonyea, Columbia; Matt Griffin, Jamesville-Dewitt; Liam Harvey, Poly Prep; Dylan Ingrao, Falconer; Sal Jones, Long Island Lutheran; Corey Keefe, Falconer; Chance LaPier, AuSable Valley; Max Mandell, Rye Country Day; Victor Marzano, Poly Prep; David Miele-Estrella, North Babylon; Dillan Palaszewski, Galway; TJ Philpotts, Holland Patent; Simon Rhodes, Dalton; Ty Rifanburg, Norwich; Kyle Sams, Putnam Valley; Drew Schafer, Palmyra Macedon; Anthony Sciotto, Rocky Point; Doug Simmons, Canastota; Kevin Spann, Adirondack; Dan Torres, Falconer; Nick Young, Alexander

 

Additional Placers at NHSCA High School Nationals/FloNationals/UWW Nationals/Fargo:

Joey Brillo, Skaneateles; Jake Cook, Ballston Spa; Jake Croston, Mount Sinai; Andrew Fenner, Minisink Valley; Halil Gecaj, John Jay Cross River; Jayson Gomez, Eagle Academy; Maguire Horl, St. Anthony’s

Thank you to all the contributors to this article, with special thanks to Matt Diano and Michael Carey.