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Super 32 Preview: Who from New York Will Compete for Championships at the Prestigious Event?

By BV, 10/27/15, 3:30PM EDT


The Super 32 Challenge, which will take place this weekend in North Carolina, is one of the nation's most prestigious high school events. The brackets are huge, with eight of the weights this year featuring over 120 wrestlers. (126 pounds has nearly 180 entrants). The classes aren't just big, though. They are full of elite wrestlers. If you're looking to watch some of the nation's best, be sure to follow the action. 

We took a look below at each weight, noting the New York wrestlers registered as well as some of the other standouts.  Yianni Diakomihalis of Hilton has won two high school titles in a row at the Super 32 (at 106 pounds in 2013 and at 120 in 2014). He'll go for the three-peat a few days from now.

Article is based on Super 32 entry list on the event website as of 10/27/15 

Busiello, Photo by BV

106 Pounds:

As mentioned, Super 32 is loaded and the first weight class is a great illustration. Close to 15 wrestlers currently in FloWrestling's top 20 are registered and that doesn't even include stars like Josh Saunders, the nation's top junior high wrestler, who showed that he can compete with anyone at the Journeymen Classic.

New York Note: One of the ranked wrestlers is Eastport-South Manor's Adam Busiello, a NYS champ and Fargo bronze medalist who is no stranger to this event, as a multiple time champion in the Super 32 Middle School tournament. He's certainly a contender to win it all at the High School level over the weekend.

Busiello isn't the only New York state champ in the field, as Waverly's AJ Burkhart is registered along with 2015 All-State grapplers Michael Gonyea (Columbia) and Drew Schafer (Palmyra-Macedon).

The list of New York entrants:

AJ Burkhart (Waverly)

Adam Busiello (Eastport-South Manor)

Matt Garland (South Jefferson)

Michael Gonyea (Columbia)

Drew Schafer (Palmyra Macedon)

Anthony Sciotto (Rocky Point)


113 Pounds:

Ohio's Drew Mattin is the highest ranked 113-pounder in the group, although a pair of New Jersey standouts who won their weights at the Journeymen Classic, Sebastian Rivera and Pat Glory, will be among the favorites. Again, there is no shortage of national firepower, as double digit ranked wrestlers are on the list. 

New York Note: One of those in the polls at 113 is Locust Valley's Jonathan Gomez, a 2015 state champ who earned fourth in Cadet Freestyle at Fargo. Gomez is one of many accomplished Empire State wrestlers in this class, including Tommy Cox, who was a finalist at this event in 2014. Additional state placers to watch include Anthony Cirillo, Jack Bokina, Austin O'Reilly and Trey LaFlamme.

The list of New York entrants:

Jack Bokina (Mattituck)

Matt Caccamise (Wayne)

Anthony Cirillo (Rocky Point)

Corey Connolly (Longwood)

Tommy Cox (Deer Park)

Jonathan Gomez (Locust Valley)

Trey LaFlamme (South Jefferson)

Austin O'Reilly (Mexico)

Powers, Photo by BV

120 Pounds:

One of the most exciting matches at Fargo this summer was the 15-13 thriller in the Cadet Freestyle finals at 120 pounds in which Nick Raimo topped Alex Thomsen. They will certainly both be in the mix here, but so will previous Super 32 placers like Ohio's Tyler Warner, New Jersey's Brandon Cray and Florida's Joe Silva as well as others like Indiana's Paul Konrath and Michigan's Devin Schroeder.

New York Note: New York boasts wrestlers who have made the podium at this prestigious event in the past, such as Alexander's Dane Heberlein and Hauppauge's Jake Silverstein, who both placed at 106 a year ago. We haven't forgotten about some other NYS champs in the fray, Matteo DeVincenzo and Theo Powers, as well as state placers Anthony Argentieri, Anthony Sparacio, CJ Walz and Tito Colom.

The list of New York entrants:

Anthony Argentieri (Kenmore West)

Tito Colom (St. Francis)

Matteo DeVincenzo (Port Jefferson)

Dane Heberlein (Alexander)

Tyler Martel

Nathan Murphy (Warsaw)

Theo Powers (Mexico)

Jake Silverstein (Hauppauge)

Anthony Sparacio (North Babylon)

CJ Walz (CVA)

Sean Wieck (John Glenn)


126 Pounds:

We saw the Vito Arujau vs. Nick Suriano showdown at the Journeymen Classic, which ended with a dramatic Arujau reversal in the waning seconds for a 2-1 victory. A rematch could take place in North Carolina this weekend in a bracket that certainly has its share of elite wrestlers. That of course includes Oklahoma's Daton Fix and Kaden Gfeller as well as Pennsylvania's Luke Karam and 2014 Super 32 medalists Kyle Norstrem (FL), Mitch Moore (OH) and Jaden Mattox (OH). 

New York Note: We've already mentioned Arujau, who has captured 126-pound titles at the NHSCA Nationals and at Fargo in 2015. He was the MOW both times. Will we see him win yet another top notch event?

He'll be joined by NYS champions John Arceri and Hunter Dusold at this weight, as well as two-time finalist Peter Pappas and placers Hector Colom and Nick Gaiser.

The list of New York entrants:

John Arceri (Huntington)

Vito Arujau (Syosset)

Hector Colom (St. Francis)

Hunter Dusold (Locust Valley)

Nick Gaiser (Alexander)

Mason Gray (Warsaw)

Brian Kelly (St. Anthony's)

Peter Pappas (Plainview)

Matt Seitz (Monsignor Farrell)

Ben Tepperman (Hauppauge)

Michael Venosa (Victor)

Diakomihalis, Photo by BV

132 Pounds:

Hilton's Yianni Diakomihalis has already notched a pair of Super 32 High School championships, including a victory over Daton Fix last year at 120 pounds. He'll be looking for the three-peat in a deep and talented field that includes current national #1 Chad Red of Indiana as well as additional top 10 wrestlers Mitchell McKee (MN), Hunter Marko (WI) and Sammy Sasso (PA), among others.

New York Note: Diakomihalis has won three NYS titles, while Amherst's Kellen Devlin, a North Carolina State recruit, has earned two. Zachery Lawrence of Duanesburg is also a multi-time All-State wrestler.

The list of New York entrants:

Evan Corso (Longwood)

Kellen Devlin (Amherst)

Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton)

Jackie Gold (Rocky Point)

Zachery Lawrence (Duanesburg)

Justin Murray (General Brown)

Hunter Shaut


138 Pounds:

Who are some of the leading contenders? Ohio's Brent Moore and Michigan's Kanen Storr are both top 10 at this weight according to FloWrestling, while New Jersey sophomore Shane Griffith and Indiana's Brayton Lee are also among those to watch.

New York Note: There aren't a lot of New Yorkers registered for this field, but both Tanner Cook and Jake Kurzhals have made the podium at the Times Union Center, with Kurzhals taking second place in 2015.

The list of New York entrants:

Tanner Cook (CVA)

Jake Kurzhals (Pearl River)

Barczak, Photo by BV

145 Pounds: 

Eric Hong, Israel Saavedra and Kevin Budock finished in the top 8 last year at the Super 32. They will all be in the mix, along with a handful of others who currently sit high in the national polls such as Indiana's Joe Lee, Austin O'Connor of Illinois, Ohio's David Carr, Florida's Anthony Artalona and Missouri's Ethan Karsten. That doesn't even scratch the surface of all the contenders.

New York Note: Who from New York can make a splash? Monroe Woodbury's Evan Barczak is fresh off a championship at the Freak Show in Las Vegas. He placed at the NYS tournament a year ago, as did Shoreham-Wading River's Jack Taddeo, while Michael Berkowitz of Long Island Lutheran, Lenny Merkin of Poly Prep and John Busiello all have been podium finishers at the National Preps.

The list of New York entrants:

Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury)

Michael Berkowitz (Long Island Lutheran)

Scott Bluto

John Busiello (Eastport-South Manor)

Grant Cuomo (Brewster)

Sammy DePrez (Hilton)

Troy Keller (North Tonawanda)

Lenny Merkin (Poly Prep)

Jack Taddeo (Shoreham-Wading River)


152 Pounds:

Who's ready for the latest installment of Hayden Hidlay vs. Mason Manville? The two have squared off a number of times, with Hidlay taking all the recent clashes until Manville broke through at Who's #1 a few weeks back. Who could stop a rematch? Thomas Bullard of Georgia won the title at Super 32 a year ago and won't give his crown away easily, while others like Minnesota's Griffin Parriott, Ohio's Kyle Lawson, New Jersey's Stephan Glasgow, Michigan's Foster Karmon and New York's Chris Mauriello are among those we're watching.

New York Note: Mauriello, a 2014 NYS gold medalist and a multi-time NHSCA National champ will be formidable, while Virginia Beach runner up Conor Melbourne and National Preps placer Jon Errico will look to make a statement.

The list of New York entrants:

Tristan Almeter (Iroquois)

Zach Ancewicz (John Glenn)

Jon Errico (GPS Wrestling)

Zachary Hunt (WHS)

Chris Mauriello (Hauppauge)

Conor Melbourne (John Jay)

Vito Smolyak (Poly Prep)

Bradley Stephens (Lancaster)

John Vouzonis (Herricks)

Aeberli, Photo by BV

160 Pounds:

Ohio's Alex Marinelli cruised past Indiana's Drew Hughes a few weeks ago and they could face off again. But there are a number of others who have what it takes to get to the finals, including Pennsylvania's Mikey Labriola, California's Justin Thomas and past Super 32 placers Daniel Bullard (GA) and Kaleb Young (PA). 

New York Note: Minisink Valley's AJ Aeberli, a returning state placer, is aiming for a jump start to his senior campaign.

The list of New York entrants:

AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley)

Mack Berkowitz (Long Island Lutheran)

David Flynn (Monsignor Farrell)

Shawn Mosca 

Adam Santoro (Fordham Prep)


170 Pounds:

Wyoming Seminary's Chris Weiler comes in as the favorite in this group, but there are quite a few wrestlers who could make an impact, among them California's Anthony Mantanona, Pennsylvania's Jared Siegrist and Noah Stewart and Ohio's Andrew McNally and James Handwerk. Brett Donner of New Jersey is a returning finalist at this event.

New York Note: Capable of making a lot of noise is Hilton's Louie DePrez, a state champ as a sophomore, who has placed twice at FloNationals and is looking to add another All-American performance.  

The list of New York entrants:

Louie DePrez (Hilton)

Travis Race (Fulton)

Trevor Snow (General Brown)

Araneo, Photo by BV

182 Pounds:

Not one, but two wrestlers who won their bouts at Who's #1 are entered here - Wyoming Seminary's Nick Reenan and Edinboro recruit Dakota Geer. They will have their hands full, however, with Cornell commit Ben Darmstadt (OH), Nathan Traxler (IL), Owen Webster (MN), Jacob Warner (IL) and Greg Bulsak (PA). That's seven guys in the top 10 in the country.

New York Note: Nick Bernardo (Long Island Lutheran) is the lone New York entrant.


195 Pounds:

New York native Christian Dietrich (Wyoming Seminary) will be tough to beat despite strong opposition like Indiana's Blake Rypel, Ohio's Jack Harris, West Virginia's Noah Adams and NYS champion Christian Araneo and runner up Nick McShea.

New York Note: Between Dietrich, Araneo and McShea, the Empire State is likely to pick up quite a bit of hardware at this weight.

The list of New York entrants:

Christian Araneo (Ward Melville)

Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury)

Christian Dietrich (Wyoming Seminary/Greene)

220 Pounds:

Pennsylvania's Jordan Wood is the defending champ and is a solid bet to repeat. But Matt Stencel of Ohio, Luke Ready of Michigan, Cole Nye of Pennsylvania and Eric Johnson of Illinois are some of those in the mix.

New York Note: William Hilliard, a NYS bronze medalist last year, looks for a big tournament before his first season for Wyoming Seminary. 

The list of New York entrants:

Khaled Dassan (Yonkers)

William Hilliard (Wyoming Seminary/Phoenix)

Jarett Morris (North Babylon)


285 Pounds:

We've mentioned a number of Wyoming Seminary wrestlers in the upperweights, and it's time for another one - Mike Rogers. The North Carolina State-bound heavyweight is among those to watch here, along with Michigan's Ali Wahab, Florida's Gabe Beyer and Pennsylvania's Andrew Gunning. Sam Bouis placed at Super 32 last year.

New York Note: Mike Larm made the blood round at FloNationals. Now he'll look for an All-America showing to get the season off and running.

The list of New York entrants:

Mike Larm (Brewster)

Nicholas Romanello (Monsignor Farrell)


And ... here's a look back at last year's Super 32 placers from the Empire State:


2014 Super 32 New York Placers (High School):


2nd: Thomas Cox (Deer Park)

3rd: Dane Heberlein (Alexander)

8th Place: Jake Silverstein (Hauppauge)


8th Place: Jay Albis (JJEF)


Champion: Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton)


4th: Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville)

7th: Ben Lamantia (St. Anthony's)


2nd: Mike D’Angelo (Commack)


4th Place: Trevor Allard (Mexico)


2nd: Kevin Mulligan (Bergen Catholic/registered as NY)

6th Place: Tom Lane (Garden City)

7th Place: Christian Araneo (Ward Melville)


2nd: Youssif Hemida (Mamaroneck)

7th Place: Vin Feola (Walt Whitman)


2014 Super 32 NY Placers (Middle School):

70: Stevo Poulin, Journeymen, 3rd/4th

70: Jordan Titus, VHW, 7th

105: Adam Busiello, 631 Elite, Champion


2014 Super 32 NY Placers (Elementary):

50: Leo Deluca, Journeymen, 5th

55: Zachary Rooks, Superior, 8th

70: Myles Griffin, Properly Trained, 3rd

80: Gregory Hotaling, Journeymen, 8th

85: Tylynn Lukens, LI Elite, 4th