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By Smitty, 09/30/19, 12:00PM EDT


Brock Delsignore - Shenendehowa

One of the biggest boom of the tournament came from local standout Brock Delsignore of Shenendehowa. A 2-1 record in pool play against some high level competition is an amazing feat. The Junior from Shen would continue to impress by defeating Dante Stefanelli 7-3 and Graham Calhoun 4-2 SV in consecutive bouts to cap off an impressive tournament. 

Anthony Noto - Honeoye Falls-Lima

The 3x New York State Champion was battle tested in pool play going the distance in all 3 matches, 8-3, 7-2 and squeaking out a 9-8 win over Levi Haines. Noto would keep the ball rolling in the semi-finals as he majored Nick Fea (Wyoming Seminary/Goshen) 11-1. Anthony would finish with the silver medal as he dropped his final match 9-1 to Dean Peterson.

Gavin Damasco - Commack

The Commack Cougar has kept his stock rising all summer long. After a 7th place All-American finish @ NHSCA Juniors, Damasco finished 3rd this past weekend. With all 3 competitors finishing 1-1 in pool play, Gavin would advance on points. After dropping the semi-final bout against the highly touted Kaden Cassidy, Damasco would get back into the win column against 2x Prep All-American and former NYS standout Chris Perry of Brunswick.

AJ Kovacs - Iona Prep

AJ Kovacs is human after all. What a huge summer from the Iona Gael as he blasted his way through his competition. This past weekend, Kovacs would finish with the bronze medal. Most notable in a battle of NYS place finishers, the 2019 NYS Champion would upend NYS Runner-Up Cooper Kropman of Penfield 5-2 in the bronze medal match.

Cooper Kropman - Penfield

The section 5 star would have his hands full in pool play. Two solid matches 3-2 and 3-1 resulted in wins for the NYS runner-up. His 3-1 win would come against NYS place finisher Joe McGinty of Monroe Woodbury. Each grappler represented their sectional singlet in the match, Kropman in the purple "V" and McGinty in the light blue and white "IX". Kropman would finish in 4th place overall dropping his final match against NYS Champion AJ Kovacs of Iona Prep.

Jordan Titus - Center Moriches

After cruising through pool play outscoring his opponents 30-4, Titus found himself up against arguably one of the best wrestlers in the tournament in Nic Bouzakis of Team Greco. Jordan had it tied up in the first 2-2 before Bouzakis went on a tear scoring the next 7 point straight winning 9-2. Titus would complete his tournament with a solid fourth place finish.

Willie McDougald - Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls' Willie McDougald provided just enough to advance from pool play into the semi-finals. Willie posted a 2-1 record in a pool that was evenly matched across the board. All 6 bouts would go the distance in pool B. Like Damasco, McDougald followed up his NHSCA All-American campaign with a 4th place finish this past weekend. Competing with some of the nation's best has given Willie some top level experience as he heads into his senior season. 

Ethan Cooper - Cobleskill-Richmondville

NYS bronze medalist Ethan Cooper continues to show why he is one of the finest upperweights in Division 2 in NYS. Methodical wins in pool play 4-3 and 3-0 bolsted Cooper as he entered his final two bouts of the tournament. Back to back losses would land Ethan a 4th place finisher however another solid showing for the 2x Section 2 Champion this summer has garnished some buzz around NYS.

Other Notable Performances

125lbs - Port Chester's Ivan Garcia defeated Lowville's Micah Roes 1-0
130lbs - In a battle of Section 11 hammers, Hauppauge Luke Smith defeated Thomas DiResta of Kings Park 5-0
195lbs - NYS At-Large Anthony Cascen defeated NYS bronze medalist Matt Kelly 4-3
285lbs - Shen's Sebastian Underwood pinned Mohonasen's Cameron Groncki


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