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2022 NYS Ranked #1's Minisink Valley & Tioga Team Capsule: Free Preview

By MD/JS, 01/24/22, 3:30PM EST

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A sneak peek into NYWN's top teams heading into the NYS Duals

Minisink Valley Warriors

Record: 22-0 (NYWN #1)

Notable Wins: 
*#6 (DII) Warrensburg-Bolton, 66-3
*#24 Monroe Woodbury, 57-6
*HM (DII) Hudson Falls, 71-6
*HM (DII) Canastota, 54-18
*HM (DII) Greene-Oxford, 57-10

Notable Losses:
*NONE

Top/Ranked Wrestlers:
*PJ Duke (#1 @138)
*Zack Ryder (#1 @160)
*Mike Altomer (#1 @172)
*Ethan Gallo (#1 @215)
* Andrew Filip (#2 @189)
* Eric Tigue (#6 @152)
* George Racz (#11 @160)
*Sofia Macaluso (HM @118; Girls National #3)
*Anthony Tresch (HM @126)
*Luke Greiner (HM @145)

Others to Watch
*Wyatt Boice (Ranked 2nd @110 in S9)

Past NYS Duals History:
*Making their fourth straight appearance
*Have compiled an 8-2 record in previous showings
*2x NYS DI Dual finalists (runners-up in 2018; Champs in 2020)

 

Overview:
To know everything you ought to be know about the defending NYS DI Dual champs from Minisink Valley, consider this; they might be without the services of a 2020 State Champion/Current National top-5 [PJ Duke] and his potential absence probably will go unnoticed...This is precisely how deep and/or beastly the Warrior contingent is from top to bottom!!!

Even if Duke is a scratch, Coach Gallagher is going to parade three additional #1 ranked [Ryder, Altomer, Gallo] guys out there, not to mention a #2 [Filip], and five more polled/HM personnel!!!

Entering the 2021-2022 season expected to sweep every possible piece of Empire State hardware, the Green & White machine" has not disappointed, as they have thoroughly conquered/vanquished any opponent that tried to tangle with the tribe!  

Finalists in two of their three previous trips to Syracuse,  Minisink Valley has never lost to a non-champion in the history of the event...In 2018 they were runners-up to Wantagh; the following year, they had the misfortune of being drawn into a pool with 2019 titlists, Massapequa...Hence, if you are going to beat them, it quite literally is going to require a "championship effort"!!

Realistically, if we referenced DII #1 Tioga as the heaviest betting favorite, then MV is #1A!

 

PROJECTED LINE-UP
WEIGHT CLASS WRESTLER
102 Joseph Uhrig (7th)
110 Wyatt Boice (7th)
118 Sofia Macaluso (Sr.)
126 Anthony Tresch (Fr.)
132 Zackary McKernan (Jr.)
138 PJ Duke (Fr.)/Liam Holmes (So.)
145 Luke Greiner (So.)
152 Eric Tigue (Sr.)
160 Zack Ryder (So.)
172 George Racz (Sr.)
189 Michael Altomer (Sr.)
215 Andrew Filip (Jr.)
285 Ethan Gallo (Jr.)

Tioga Tigers

Record: 12-0 (NYWN #1)

Notable Wins: 
*#3 (DI) Burnt Hills, 36-27
*#8 Central Valley Academy, 52-17
*#20 Walton, 65-12
*2x over HM Greene-Oxford, 73-0/60-9

Notable Losses:
*NONE

Top/Ranked Wrestlers:
*Gianni Silvestri (#1 @118)
* Caden Bellis (#3 @132)
*Donovan Smith (#3 @145)
*Mason Welch (#4 @126)
*Ousmane Duncanson (#5 @152)
*Jayden Duncanson (#8 @110)
*Tyler Roe (#8 @126)
Deakon Bailey (#9 @110)
*Emmett Wood (#9 @152)
*Levi Bellis (HM @118)

Others to Watch
*Drew Macumber (Ranked #2 in S4 @138)

Past NYS Duals History:
*4th Straight Appearance at NYSPHSAA DII Dual Championships
*Have compiled an overall record of 4-4 in previous trips
*Semifinalists in both 2018 and 2019

 

Overview:
There is no "soft" way to describe the juggernaut that are the Tigers of the Tioga this season...Unblemished on the year, they have not just been beating opponents this season, but like a Tiger in the wild, have been searching for and devouring anyone that crosses their path!

How good is Tioga?  Well, let's just say that if they were a large school participant, they'd probably still be among the odds-on favorites to win the crown.  After all, they already proved they can hang with the best of them when they defeated DI #3 Burnt Hills in a head-to-head last month...

So insanely deep from 110-160, that in multiple instances, the "back-up" at a given weight class is currently sporting a NYWN top-15 ranking!

Led by 2020 NYS State Champion, Gianni Silvestri, as well as four additional former and/or returning state medalists, the Kris Harrington mentored cohort enters as the undeniable team to beat...

And most terrifying of all for the rest of the Evil Empire is that the majority of this stacked roster returns in 2023 and beyond!!!

Much like the University of Iowa during the Gable years, we might be in the presence of a dynasty!!

 

PROJECTED LINE-UP
WEIGHT CLASS WRESTLER
102 Logan Bellis (8th)
110 Jayden Duncanson (8th)/Deakon Bailey (So.)
118 Gianni Silvestri (So.)
126 Mason Welch (Sr.)
132 Tyler Roe (So.)
138 Caden Bellis (So.)/Drew Macumber (So.)
145 Donavan Smith (Jr.)
152 Ousmane Duncanson (Jr.)
160 Emmett Wood (Sr.)
172 Trent Browne (So.)
189 Thomas Hurd (Jr.)
215 Josh Snell (Sr.)
285 Austin Babcock (Fr.)

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