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NYS Duals: Division 1 Team Capsules

By Smitty, 01/29/20, 2:15PM EST

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Section 1 - Fox Lane Foxes

Record: 23-1 (NYWN #6)

Notable Wins: 
- HM Monroe Woodbury 41-36
- Suffern 50-26

Notable Losses:
- Springfield (MA) 42-33

Top Wrestlers:
- 160lbs - #8 Lucas Friedman
- 285lbs - #8 Nino Prisco
- 170lbs - #10 Quincy Downes
- 120lbs - #11 Jake Hoffman
- 152lbs - Thomas Prisco

Past NYS Duals History:
- 3rd straight appearance @ NYS Duals
- 0-4 lifetime team record

Overview:
Fox Lane is no stranger to the NYS Duals. They are making their 3rd straight trip to Syracuse and are looking for win #1. Their 1 loss record is quite impressive and they match up well with pool 4 opponents Niagara Wheatfield and MacArthur.

The Foxes have depth in their lineup included with experience from the previous two years. That could be a the recipe to get them over the hump and potentially win pool 4. 

Section 2 - Shenendehowa Plainsmen

Record: 9-0 (NYWN #4)

Notable Wins:
- Honorable Mention Burnt Hills 39-35/42-29

Notable Losses:

Top Wrestlers:
- 113lbs - #1 Stevo Poulin
- 182lbs - #2 Brock DelSignore
- 160lbs - #5 Colden Dorfman 
- 285lbs - #13 Sebastian Underwood
- 152lbs - Seamus Leavey

Past NYS Duals History:
- 3rd straight appearance @ NYS Duals
- 0-4 lifetime team record

Overview:
Like Fox Lane, Shenendehowa will be making the trip to Syracuse for the 3rd straight year. The Plainsmen are undefeated at 9-0. They are led by 2x State Champion Stevo Poulin and a plethora of quality wrestlers that compliment their lineup. The addition of Joey Scheeren has added even depth and strength to an already solid lineup. Scheeren is a 2x Section 2 Champion.

Getting into the win column has been difficult for Shen the past two seasons. They came up 4 points short last season to Section 4's Horseheads and went 0-2 in 2018 in a brutal pool with powerhouses Hilton and Fulton.

Section 3 - Fulton Red Raiders

Record: 29-1 (NYWN #5)

Notable Wins:
- #14 Massapequa 44-27
- Indian River 37-29

Notable Losses:
- #2 Spencerport 31-28

Top Wrestlers:
- 160lbs - #3 Camrin Galvin
- 106lbs - #8 Dominik Hofmann
- 152lbs - #14 Cuinn Burlingham
- 132lbs - Cole French
- 138lbs - Samuel May

Past NYS Duals History:
- 3rd straight appearance @ NYS Duals
- 4-2 lifetime team record
- Only team in D1 history to make the semi-finals every season  

Overview:
I feel if anybody has momentum going into the NYS Duals it is the Red Raiders. Back to back appearances in the semi-finals is no fluke. Fulton's veterans will be the key this weekend. Their jitters and nervousness should subside very quick as stated above they have been in these crucial situations the past two seasons.

Fulton is joined in the "All Raider" pool with Horseheads and Patchogue-Medford. This may be the pool to watch as each dual meet will be closer than most anticipate.

Section 4 - Horseheads Blue Raiders

Record: 17-2 (NYWN #19)

Notable Wins:
- HM Chenango Forks 49-33/61-24
- Penfield 46-30

Notable Losses:
- #18 Middletown 42-36

Top Wrestlers:
- 120lbs - #3 Zach Levey
- 152lbs - #4 Jacob Scibek
- 160lb s- #14 Jarrett O'Connell
- 113lbs - Tommy Dale
- 132lbs - Calum Houper

Past NYS Duals History:
- 3rd straight appearence @ NYS Duals
- 2-2 lifetime team record

Overview:
The Blue Raiders combined with the Red Raiders (Fulton) and Raiders (Patchogue-Medford) are looking to win pool 3 and earn a spot into the semi-finals. The section 4 champions have won a dual meet (Shenendehowa in '19, Lancaster in '18) each of the previous two trips to Syracuse. I feel pool 3 is the most brutal of the 4.

With numerous state qualifiers and secitonal place winners in their lineup, Horseheads cannot be taken lightly and if so they can put the team score out of reach very quickly. Three ranked wrestlers lead the Blue Raiders into action. Bonus point from those 3 will go along way in determining their success.

Section 5 - Spencerport Rangers

Record: 14-0 (NYWN #2)

Notable Wins:
- #5 Fulton 31-28
- #17 Hilton 59-23
- #20 Rush Henrietta 54-16
- HM Niagara Wheatfield 54-14 

Notable Losses:

Top Wrestlers:
- 145lbs - #5 Mason Wersinger 
- 113lbs - #8 Seth Russo
- 195lbs - #12 Silas Egenlauf
- 182lbs - Jake Aina
- 285lbs- Mike Nanna

Past NYS Duals History:
- 3rd straight appearence @ NYS Duals
- 2-2 lifetime team record

Overview:
Rich in history is an understatement. Spencerport wrestling has been a staple in Section 5 for decades it seems. The tradition continues and the Rangers are rolling in 2020. Coach Glover's squad is currently undefeated and holds wins over 2 teams competing this weekend.

In order for the Rangers to advance, they must take down perennial powerhouse Shenendehowa and a Chenango Forks team that could surprise some people.

Section 6 - Niagara Wheatfield Falcons

Record: 14-6 (NYWN Honorable Mention)

Notable Wins:
- HM Lancaster 34-33
- D2 #12 Iroquois 43-29
- Clarence 32-31

Notable Losses:
- #2 Spencerport 51-14
- D2 #16 Fredonia 39-33

Top Wrestlers:
- 138lbs - #2 Justin McDougald
- 145lbs - #14 Ali Assaf
- 113lbs - Te'Shaun Matthews
- 120lbs - Collin Coughenour
- 132lbs - Mark Kuhn

Past NYS Duals History:
- 2nd straight appearance @ NYS Duals
- 2-1 lifetime team record
- 2019 NYS Duals Semi-Finalist

Overview:
What a wild ride it has been for the Falcons this season. A near flawless run at the Section 6 Duals has landed them a spot in Syracuse in back to back seasons. Niagara Wheatfield did win their pool last season with convincing wins over Fox Lane and Chenango Forks. 

This group feeds of momentum and plays into their gameplan. When they get the balling rolling they can rack up points in bunches. 4x NYS Place Finisher Justin McDougald leads this team into battle one last time. The core group around him can win pool 4 but it won't be easy take down the 1 loss Fox Lane team and undefeated MacArthur Generals.

Section 8 - MacArthur Generals

Record: 15-0 (NYWN #3)

Notable Wins:
- #8 Commack 42-23
- #10 Islip 37-27
- #12 Miller Place 32-24
- #14 Massapequa 46-24
- HM Manhasset 28-27

Notable Losses:

Top Wrestlers:
 - 113lbs - #2 Killian Foy
- 170lbs - #6 Dylan Young
- 132lbs - #8 Jake Schneider
- 145lbs - #12 Tom Szilaygi
- 106lbs - Matthew Huggard

Past NYS Duals History:
- First appearance

Overview:
Resume alone doesn't win you a championships however it does make you stand out above the crowd. A 15-0 record with 4 wins over ranked teams including last year's NYS Champions Massapequa in the County Finals. The Generals are easily making their name known throughout NYS because they keep winning and most dual meet aren't even close.

History may be on the side of MacArthur as both NYS Dual Meet Champions on the D1 side have came from Section 8, Massapequa in 2019, Wantagh in 2018.

Section 9 - Minisink Valley Warriors

Record: 20-3 (NYWN #1)

Notable Wins:
- #18 Middletown 60-15/61-10
- HM Manhasset 69-10
- HM Red Hook 82-0
- HM Monroe Woodbury 50-25

Notable Losses:
- 3 out of state losses @ the Clash in Minnesota

Top Wrestlers:
- 285lbs - #5 Adam Fenner
- 126lbs - #7 Zack Ryder
- 132lbs - #7 Jordan Suarez
- 120lbs - #8 Nick Picariello
- 182lbs - #8 Ethan Gallo
- 138lbs - #14 Sean Savacool

Past NYS Duals History:
- 3rd straight appearance @ NYS Duals
- 4-2 lifetime team record
- 2018 NYS Duals Runner-Up

Overview:
I think it is safe to say that the majority of fans claim that Minisink Valley are the favorites this weekend. The Warriors are loaded top to bottom and has the most well rounded lineup of all of the schools competing this weekend.

The Warriors, led by coaching great Kevin Gallagher who just won his 500th dual meet a week ago, made the finals back in 2018. The upperclassmen on this year's team know what it takes to get back into the finale. Don't forget that 8th grade phenom Zack Ryder was not on that team (he was in 6th grade). 

Section 11 - Patchogue-Medford Raiders

Record: 24-1 (NYWN #7)

Notable Wins:
- #8 Commack 42-35
- #9 Brentwood 36-30
- #12 Miller Place 40-33
- D2 #6 Mt. Sinai 33-30

Notable Losses:
- #8 Commack 45-36

Top Wrestlers:
- 106lbs - #9 Anthony Spataro
- 113lbs - #11 Sean Beatty
- 160lbs - #11 Daniel Horton
- 113lbs - Chris Ivans
- 145lbs Nate Bruno

Past NYS Duals History:
- First appearance

Overview:
Good 'ol Section 11 does it again. Last year it was Sachem East, this year it is Patchogue-Medford. I will be the first to admit that Pat-Med flew under my radar all season. With the likes of Hauppauge, Islip, Commack, Miller Place and many others constantly winning, the Raiders kind of fell to the way side. With the loss to Commack earlier in the year that is what held them from making a jump into the rankings.

I compare Patchogue-Medford's run like Niagara Wheatfield's in a way. The stars aligned, their wrestlers performed at such a high pace and it showed in the end with avenging their early season loss to Commack. No doubt in my mind...now...that Pat-Med is to not be taken lightly. Combined with Fulton and Horseheads, ill say it again...keep your eyes on pool 3. Great wrestling, great teams, quality duals and spectacular finishes.

Wildcard - Section 11 - Commack Cougars

Record: 17-3 (NYWN #8)

Notable Wins:
- #7 Patchogue-Medford 45-36
- #11 Hauppauge 33-32
- #14 Massapequa 44-31
- D2 #6 Mt. Sinai 51-24
- D2 #8 Shoreham Wading River 49-22

Notable Losses:
- #3 MacArthur 42-23
- #7 Patchogue-Medford 42-35
- D2 #11 Cold Spring Harbor 42-38

Top Wrestlers:
- 138lbs - #5 Gavin Damasco
- 120lbs - #9 Jake Eckerle
- 152lbs - #10 Marino Mancuso
- 145lbs - Michael Waxman
- 220lbs - Danny Goldman

Past NYS Duals History:
- First appearence

Overview:
With the loss of NYS Joey Slackman perhaps Commack was expected to fall a bit in 2020. That is definitely not the case. Coach Guercio and staff has completed flipped the script and has put the Cougars in prime position to becoming a force in Suffolk County. 

The Cougars have their share of wins over quality squads but have lost 3 duals to solid teams as well. I feel that Commack will be the biggest "what-if" this weekend. Being in a pool with Minisink Valley and Lancaster will definitely show what Commack is truly made of.

Wildcard - Section 6 - Lancaster Legends

Record: 15-1 (NYWN HM)

Notable Wins:
- D2 #12 Iroquois 38-32

Notable Losses:
- HM Niagara Wheatfield 34-33

Top Wrestlers:
- 195lbs - #2 Codie Scotland
- 182lbs - #3 Ryan Stencel
- 195lbs - #11 Dan Empfield
- 113lbs - Myles Gronowski
- 113lbs - Michael Schaefer

Past NYS Duals History:
- 2nd appearance @ NYS Duals
- 0-2 lifetime record

Overview:
The Legends received a wildcard into the Duals this season after their loss to Niagara Wheatfield in the Section 6 Finals. As stated above, Lancaster joins fellow wildcard Commack in pool 1 with powerhouse Minisink Valley. On the back end of their lineup Lancaster has arguably the best trio in the state in Ryan Stencel, Codie Scotland and Dan Empfield. All three wrestlers are state ranked. 

In Lancaster previous trip to the NYS Duals they did fall victim to Minisink Valley in round 1. They get their chance at revenge in round 3 this year.

Wildcard - Section 4 - Chenango Forks Blue Devils

Record: 5-3 (NYWN HM)

Notable Wins:
- Norwich 45-34

Notable Losses:
- #19 Horseheads 61-24/49-33
- Windsor 40-34

Top Wrestlers:
- 285lbs - #1 Lucas Scott
- 106lbs - #7 Tyler Ferrara
- 138lbs - #8 Logan Gumble
- 126lbs - Cooper Rice
- 152lbs - Zander Arnold

Past NYS Duals History:
- 2nd straight appearance
- 1-1 lifetime record

Overview:
The Blue Devils return to Syracuse for a 2nd straight year. This year however they received a wildcard bid. Last season Forks took out Section 1 Champions Fox Lane before falling to pool winner Niagara Wheatfield in round 3. Can Chenango Forks take down the Plainsmen or Rangers and crush their undefeated seasons? This is definitely a David vs Goliath type pool.

Forks does carry a trio of Section 4 Champions that pack a massive punch and can easily produce 18 points for the Blue Devils. They will have to rely on underclassmen to garnish some huge wins in order to upset either Shenendehowa or Spencerport.