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New Rankings for the New Year ... See Who's on Top at the Start of 2016 in NYS

By BV, 01/05/16, 3:45PM EST


Happy New Year! Now that it's 2016, it's time for a new set of rankings. With Union-Endicott Duals, the Eastern States Classic and a host of other big time events approaching, there will be plenty of opportunities to see some of the state's best collide and for others to make a name for themselves.


Please note: this is a combined ranking for Divisions 1 and 2 and only includes wrestlers who can compete at the NYSPHSAA tournament.  We have put wrestlers in the lowest weight they have wrestled or weighed in at this year, unless we have confirmation from coaches on alternate weigh in plans for this week.

Wrestlers who have not yet competed this season are not listed below. Results not in trackwrestling by January 2 may not be included.

We are always happy to receive feedback as long as it is done respectfully. We have not been as extensive as in the past in some weights in the honorable mention section. If you feel we have missed someone, please let us know. Feel free to comment below or send an e-mail to


1. Preston Maucere (Deer Park)

2. Greg Diakomihalis (Hilton)

3. Tony Negron (North Babylon)

4. Anthony Sciotto (Rocky Point)

5. Jonathan Spadafora (Half Hollow Hills East)


One thing became clear very quickly when watching the 99 pounders and talking to coaches around the state: Suffolk County is loaded at the lightest class. So far, Preston Maucere of Deer Park has put together a resume that elevated him to our top spot. He's undefeated, including beating one of the top returners at this weight in the state (Tony Negron of North Babylon, who was one win from placing in Albany last year). He also has edged Zach Redding of Eastport-South Manor, who is off to a great start and was strongly considered and NHSCA Middle School national champ Jonathan Spadafora of Half Hollow Hills East. All of those wrestlers could be in the mix in Albany -- if they get there.

And we haven't even mentioned some more who are capable of going deep into the postseason - Half Hollow Hills West's Dylan Ryder (who could easily be in there after majoring Spadafora early in the season before losing a 4-3 decision to him over the holiday break) or Anthony Sciotto of Rocky Point, who gets the nod at #4. Sciotto has been very good this season and his performance while dominating his way through his 106-pound bracket at the Journeymen Classic in the fall, with three quick pins, including over state qualifier Marco Vespa, had an influence.  Greg Diakomihalis of Hilton, a runner up at the FloNationals in the spring and an All-American at the Super 32 Middle School event this year as well, sits in the #2 spot after winning the Matthew Marino and Monroe County championships, with his only loss a decision at 106 to returning state third placer Mitch Seaver of Lockport. (Maucere beat him in a one-point match at the NUWAY Summer Nationals).  

​It was difficult keeping a pair of returning state qualifiers at this weight off the list ... and they may be there next time. Brandon Nunez of John Bowne was a Cadet Greco All-American this year and won the Battle at the Beach on Long Island this season. He has won nearly all of his matches by technical fall or pin. His run at the state tournament came to an end last year at the hands of another returning qualifier, Matt Griffin of CBA/Jamesville Dewitt. Griffin recently won the Kenneth Haines Memorial. Meanwhile, fellow Section 3 wrestler Logan Patterson of Indian River beat two tough opponents, Eli Rodriguez of Norwich and John Worthing of Tioga to take the Windsor Christmas tournament title, while Clarence's Aiden Rabideau is off to a perfect record and a Teike-Bernabi crown.  Trent Svingala of Albany Academy recently beat Brock Delsignore of South Glens Falls at the Queensbury Tournament, while Christian Encarnacion of Wantagh, Jon Charles of Central Valley, Justin McDougald of Niagara Wheatfield and Matt Romano of Valley Central were among the others discussed, along with Oscar Lainez of Middletown (if he drops to this weight).


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1. Adam Busiello (Eastport-South Manor-11)

2. Mitch Seaver (Lockport-6)

3. AJ Burkhart (Waverly-4)

4. Michael Gonyea (Columbia-2)

5. Drew Schafer (Palymra-Macedon-5)

6. Orion Anderson (Schuylerville-2)


The original rankings have stayed the same as those wrestlers have continued their success from last year. Orion Anderson, a returning state finalist, joins at #6.

Just a sampling of the others under strong consideration were Shoreham Wading River's Kevin Meloni, Yonkers' Justin Lopez, Phoenix's Cahal Donovan, Victor's Alex Samson and Hauppauge's Dan Mauriello. Samson handed Penfield's Max Kropman his only loss thus far (and Kropman beat returning qualifiers Zach Braddell of Tonawanda and Sam Wolf of Warsaw). Monroe Woodbury's Marco Vespa and Wantagh's Justin Vines are two of the many others discussed (although they've been at 113 so far). 


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1. Tommy Cox (Deer Park-11)

2. Kelan McKenna (New Hartford-3)

3. Anthony Cirillo (Rocky Point-11)

4. Chris Cirigliano (BGAH-4)

5. Anthony Sulla (North Rockland-1)

6. Trey LaFlamme (South Jefferson-3)


The top four haven't changed, however, returning NYS medalists Anthony Sulla and Trey LaFlamme join the list. LaFlamme beat the previously ranked Austin O'Reilly of Mexico. 

Matthew Caccamise of Wayne made a statement with victories over NYS medalist AJ Putt and qualifier Shane Hetrick (both of Maple Grove) at the same tournament and is definitely on the radar, along with All-Staters Jack Bokina of Mattituck and Carson Dobozy of Peru. Trent Nadeau of Columbia and Connor Greiner of Minisink Valley are 2015 state qualifiers we are told will be at this weight and both could make an impact. Other qualifiers like Dylan Callahan of Schoharie, Vin Miceli of Port Jefferson and Connor Wilkins of Livonia have one loss apiece. Michael DaBramo of Scarsdale has made an impression this season with some solid wins.


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1. Jon Gomez (Locust Valley-8)

2. Jake Silverstein (Hauppauge-11)

3. Anthony Sparacio (North Babylon-11)

4. Theo Powers (Mexico-3)

5. Tito Colom (St. Francis-C)

6. Dane Heberlein (Alexander-5)


The top two are the same as in the initial rankings - Jon Gomez and Jake Silverstein. Theo Powers has been mostly dominant in winning titles at the Matthew Marino, North Country and Kenneth Haines tournaments, defeating state placers Austin Hertel and CJ Walz along the way (both strong considerations for the rankings). However, Powers did drop a match up at 126 and moved down, with Anthony Sparacio going to #3. Tito Colom's head to head victory over two-time state finalist Dane Heberlein in overtime boosted him into the #5 slot.

On the verge were state placers like Anthony Argentieri of Kenmore West, Dillan Palaszewski of Galway, Nolan Foster of Hoosick Falls, Ryan Hetrick of Maple Grove and Dean Raymond of Deposit.

The quality depth at this weight is outstanding as wrestlers like John Devine of Columbia, Randy Earl of John Jay East Fishkill, Jon Lauricella of Leroy, Austin Kassel of Rush-Henrietta, Chris Gomez of Pat-Med and state placer Kyle Mosher of South Side are all in the mix. Mosher split with Long Beach's Josh Bourne and Wantagh's Michael Killard has also looked tough at this weight in Nassau. This is just a subset of those who were talked about.


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1. John Arceri (Huntington-11)

2. Matteo DeVincenzo (Port Jefferson-11)

3. Jacori Teemer (Long Beach-8)

4. Derek Spann (Adirondack-3)

5. Alex Vargas (Syosset-8)

6. Mike Venosa (Victor-5)


Peter Pappas was at the #1 spot and we are told that he may be in this weight class. However, he competed at the Massapequa Holiday tournament at 132 and we have him at that weight at the moment. Three-time state finalist Derek Spann, Alex Vargas (who topped Pappas for the Nassau crown a year ago) and NHSCA All-American Mike Venosa, who won the Matthew Marino tournament, Monroe County Championships and the Kenneth Haines Memorial, have entered. Matt Seitz, who also may compete here, is at 132 for now as well.

Among the many others discussed were Locust Valley's Hunter Dusold, Monroe Woodbury's Kevin Kelly, Vestal's Derek Osman, Hauppauge's Ben Tepperman, Mexico's Hunter Howland, Northern Adirondack's Roland LaPoint (who beat Theo Powers), North Babylon's Justen O'Neil, Putnam Valley's Satoshi Abe, and Morrisville-Eaton's Zach Burke (who topped Wayne's Joe Sliwoski and Shenendehowa's Kiernan Shahahan on the way to the Teike-Bernabi title).  Jacob Nolan of Saranac is a returning state finalist who has competed at this weight.


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1. Vito Arujau (Syosset-8)

2. Kellen Devlin (Amherst-6)

3. Peter Pappas (Plainview-8)

4. Hector Colom (St. Francis-C)

5. Nick Gaiser (Alexander-5)

6. Ryan O'Rourke (Adirondack-3) 


In addition to Pappas, a pair of returning placers have moved into the rankings at 132 - Nick Gaiser (third at 126 a year ago) and multi-time medalist Ryan O'Rourke, who is 24-0 with 14 pins thus far. Matt Seitz of Monsignor Farrell will be a contender, whether he's at this weight or 126. Also look out for state placers Phil Spadafora (Half Hollow Hills East), Zach Lawrence (Duanesburg), Brandon Gould (Watkins Glen) and Brad Bihler (Maple Grove). 

We have been very impressed by Evan Corso of Longwood, Christian Gramuglia of Burnt Hills, Fred Eckles of Lake Shore, Kevin Knox of Carmel, Audey Ashkar of Liverpool and Mark Ecklund of Chautauqua Lake, among others. Max Tempel of Averill Park, Brett Frole of Babylon, TJ Philpotts of Holland Patent and Derek St. James of Gates Chili were among the others talked about. 


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1. Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton-5)

2. Parker Kropman (Penfield-5)

3. Matt Grippi (Fox Lane-1)

4. Charlie Johnson (Warwick-9)

5. Jake Kurzhals (Pearl River-1)

6. Emerson Block (Palmyra Macedon-5)


It's not news that Yianni Diakomihalis is at #1. Fellow Section 5 wrestler and two-time state fourth placer Parker Kropman has wrestled at 138 and 145 to this point, which is why he is listed here for the time being. #3 Matt Grippi defeated #4 Charlie Johnson by decision earlier this year. Jake Kurzhals and Emerson Block were both standouts at the state tournament last year, nabbing second and fourth, respectively. Fifth placer Brad Dietz of Phoenix is someone we believe will make an impact in the postseason again. 

Lucas Pincus of Hewlett has gotten our attention this year, as have experienced postseason wrestlers Tanner Cook of Central Valley, Isaiah Colgan of Johnson City, Dylan Wood of Walton and Colin Hogan of Peru. Colgan beat returning NYS qualifier Connor Day of Iroquois for the Teike-Bernabi crown, while Tanner Lapiene of Ogdensburg has split with qualifier Conner Steria of Lowville. Matt Saville of South Glens Falls recently defeated returning qualifier Josh Bressette of Whitehall/Fort Ann.


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1. Frankie Gissendanner (Penfield-5)

2. Hunter Richard (Holland Patent-3)

3. Jack Taddeo (Shoreham-Wading River-11)

4. Brady Robin (Arlington-1)

5. Evan Barczak (Monroe Woodbury-9)

6. Joey Bush (Gouverneur-10)


The top three remain the same from the last list, with Brady Robin moving into the fourth spot after an impressive start to the season, including wins over Conor Melbourne and Taylor Benson. Evan Barczak lost to Melbourne, but the state placer and Freak Show champion will be in the mix in the postseason. We expect the same to be true for Joey Bush, a fourth placer a year ago, who dropped a match at 160 (and to Hunter Richard) but who came on strong in February last season.

On the verge is Whitney Point's Nate Grubham, who won a few times at the state tournament and has continued that momentum into this season. Chris Ponce of Division, Troy Keller of North Tonawanda, Dylan Ingrao of Falconer, Holden Pelton of South Jefferson, Frank Jilling of Lindenhurst and Taylor Benson of Red Hook have caught our eye. Multi-time state qualifier Owen Bachelder and East Meadow's Mike Choi have split matches, while Romello Bradley of East Ramapo and Tyler Brazinski of Johnson City were others in the discussion.


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1. Chris Mauriello (Hauppauge-11)

2. Dakota Gardner (Fredonia-6)

3. Grant Cuomo (Brewster-1)

4. Kobe Garrehy (Maine-Endwell-4)

5. Ryan Ferro (Warwick-9)

6. John Busiello (Eastport-South Manor-11)


Chris Mauriello, Dakota Gardner, Grant Cuomo and Ryan Ferro were all in the rankings at this weight last time. Returning NYS third placer Ferro did suffer a fall at the hands of Brian Bucci of Saugerties, who has been racking up pins all year and is on our watch list. Kobe Garrehy won the Clyde Cole and Kenneth Haines and has been compiling bonus points left and right. Speaking of bonus points, that's been the story for John Busiello, who has wrestled most of his matches at this weight.  

We haven't forgotten about Conor Melbourne of JJCR, an NHSCA Nationals runner up who will be formidable down the stretch. Madison Hoover of BGAH and Caleb Beach of South Jefferson are state qualifiers who have wrestled well, along with Matt McHugh of Columbia, Kyle Jasenski of Albany Academy, Noah Curreri of Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West, Zach Bierfeldt of Olean and Tristan Almeter of Iroquois. Justin Klein of Rush-Henrietta beat Almeter recently, while Tyrese Byron of Long Beach, Newark Valley's David Crow and Zach Ancewicz of John Glenn are among the others to watch. 


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1. Alex Herringshaw (Holland Patent-3)

2. AJ Aeberli (Minisink Valley-9)

3. JP Puca (Huntington-11)

4. Jason Hoffman (Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George-2)

5. Tristan Ierlan (Victor-5)

6. Ricky Stamm (Division-8)


There has been some movement at this weight, with AJ Aeberli's victory over ranked 170-pounder Will Marcil as well as other quality wins in New Jersey pushing him up the chart, along with Windsor tournament MOW JP Puca. Both placed in Albany last year. 2015 NYS finalist Jason Hoffman lost a match up a weight at 170 to Tyler Barnes, who made the Round of 8 a year ago at the Times Union Center. All-Stater Tristan Ierlan has wrestled all his matches in this class and was moved here as a result. Ricky Stamm fell to the previously mentioned Marcil but has beaten Ryan Ferro and dominated his way to the top of the Massapequa Holiday tournament. Adam Santoro of Fordham Prep has cruised through the season and could easily be ranked (with his offseason win over Stamm). We believe he'll make his mark at the end of the year.

Among the others discussed were Alex Leone of Carmel, Eoghan Sweeney of Niskayuna, Kyle Pittman of Spencerport and Liam Heslin of Chester.


1. Louie DePrez (Hilton-5)

2. Nunzio Crowley (Eastchester-1)

3. Will Marcil (Saranac-7)

4. Travis Race (Fulton-3)

5. Trevor Snow (General Brown-3)

6. Sonny McPherson (Indian River-3)


Louie DePrez remains at the top, along with Nunzio Crowley, who looks to return to the podium at this weight. 2015 NYS medalist Will Marcil moves up the list after beating returning state placer Sonny McPherson (10-6) as well as Ricky Stamm. Three Section 3 wrestlers follow - and future meetings could shake things up. Trevor Snow edged McPherson in the ultimate tiebreaker, pushing the Fargo All-American onto the list.

Long Beach's Joe Giorlando was in control of his finals match with returning qualifier Marcus Bisono of Hauppauge at the Massapequa Holiday tournament before a default. Colin Derboghossian of Schenectady has made an impression at 170 (after competing at 182 last year), defeating Tyler Barnes of Ballston Spa, who won multiple times in Albany a year ago.

Some others discussed include state qualifiers Jeremy Hughes of MacArthur (who has a loss to Nicholas Provenzano of Islip) and Tyler Green of Schuylerville as well as Carle Place/Wheatley's Shawn Mosca, Ramel McIntosh of MLK and East Ramapo's Jhavon Innocent. Jacob Kramell of Perry was a state qualifier at 182 last year and recently suffered his first loss to Hammond Raes of Midlakes.


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1. Kevin Parker (Shenendehowa-2)

2. Cameron Caldarelli (Brockport-5)

3. Alex Melikian (Lakeland-Panas-1)

4. Tom Mackay (Elmira-4)

5. Jake Kubala (Newfane-6)

6. Ian Chedzoy (Watkins Glen-4) 


New entrants into this weight include Elmira's undefeated Tom Mackay, who edged Hilton's tough Mike Spallina earlier in the year. In addition, 2015 state placer Jake Kubala enters the fray, along with Ian Chedzoy of Watkins Glen, a multi-time NYS qualifier who won the Windsor Christmas Tournament over another state rep who was in the rankings (at 195), Kevin Morgans of Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West.

Look out for a number of wrestlers who wrestled in Albany last year and have been at this weight so far, like Tyreek Bromley of Long Beach (a talented returning state qualifier who lost to teammate Elijah Rodriguez in the finals at Massapequa), Joe Hennessey of Adirondack, Cliffton Wang of Edgemont, James Hoeg of Mattituck, Stephen Lauro of Suffern and Kendall Elfstrum of Monroe Woodbury. Elfstrum dropped a match to John Jay Cross River's Evan Frank, who has had a good year, splitting bouts with the previously mentioned Wang. Jake Peru of Falconer and Brett Finch of Camden have looked tough.


1. Christian Araneo (Ward Melville-11)

2. Jack Buell (Sherburne-Earlville-3)

3. Mike Dinardo (Mahopac-1)

4. Aaron Paddock (Warsaw-5)

5. Dylan Dubuque (Columbia-2)

6. Jesse Trout (Rush-Henrietta-5)


The top three are unchanged, while Aaron Paddock moves here after wrestling (and dominating) at 195 to this point. Dylan Dubuque of Columbia, a returning qualifier, has won by fall or forfeit in nearly all his matches, while Jesse Trout beat previously ranked Jake Sweet of Brockport by a point to take the Monroe County title and has been unbeaten thus far.

Some others who have impressed include Jake Spreckman of Clarkstown South, Joe Benedict of Sandy Creek, Paul Brachfeld of Massapequa, Tanner Zagarino of Mattituck and Tanner Nielsen of Arlington. One of Spreckman's wins was over returning qualifier Connor Breit of Nanuet, who won multiple times at the state tournament last year. Spreckman also beat qualifier Judens Claude of Wingate and Brachfeld.


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1. Ricardo Dawkins (General Brown-3)

2. Nick McShea (Monroe Woodbury-9)

3. Aaron Mann (Warsaw-5)

4. Joe Messare (Burnt Hills-2)

5. Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen-9)

6. Terron Robinson (Walt Whitman-11)


Ricardo Dawkins, the champion at the Kenneth Haines, takes over the top spot. Nick McShea has been out of action with an injury after suffering just his second loss since his sophomore season, but the returning state finalist will be tough to beat (and may go down to 195). Aaron Mann, Joe Messare and Terron Robinson have been compiling wins, while Ryan Ellefsen enters after pinning McShea and returning state qualifier Connor Breit of Nanuet.

Quite a few others jumped onto our radar, including Billy Bolia of Fairport, Deonte Wilson of Amityville, Garreck Golish of Ballston Spa, Zach Spears of Olean, Andrew Anthony of John Jay East Fishkill, Arjuna Bello of Division and Caleb Null of Carthage, among others. 


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1. Edwin Rubio (John Glenn-11)

2. Cameron Rohr (Irondequoit-5)

3. Laith Alsous (Lewiston Porter-6)

4. Zach Gifford (Deposit-Hancock-4)

5. Kordell Huntley (Oxford Academy-4)

6. Mike Curiel (Hewlett-8)


Edwin Rubio and Cameron Rohr, the returning second and third placers in the state in Division 1, continue to mow down the competition and look like they could be on a collision course at the end of the year. Laith Alsous took a loss to an out of state opponent, but also beat returning fourth placer Nick Jones (as did Shawn Williams of Olean). Zach Gifford and Kordell Huntley have split matches, with Gifford taking the last one in the finals of the Windsor Christmas tournament.  Mike Curiel of Hewlett won the Ted Petersen tournament and is unbeaten thus far.

Nick Jones of Dunkirk made a great run to fourth in the state and he'll be in the thick of things again.  Joe Humphrey of Middletown is someone we think will make a run at the state tournament as well.

Jon Solorzano of Lindenhurst is a returning qualifier who has lost once this year - to another NYS rep, Spencer Matthaei of Locust Valley. Meanwhile, Mike Mattison of Brockport has beaten a number of solid foes this year, including state qualifiers Jake Warren of Burnt Hills and Clay Watts of Beekmantown, along with the previously mentioned Williams of Olean, Don Neuffer of Hilton (whom he split with), Antonio Hanna of Rush-Henrietta and Andrew Tanner of Adirondack. 

David Carnie of Liverpool won twice at the state tournament last year. Others mentioned include Keith Houghtaling of Ravena, Tylor Rivera of Lockport, Jared Crucitti of Fulton, Javier Hernandez of Farmingdale, Owen Albanese of Canastota and Jacob Beckwith of General Brown. A number of these wrestlers have faced off already this year.

Thanks to all the contributors to this process. Special thanks to Michael Carey, whose work makes the rankings possible, and Matt Diano.

Our first set of rankings of the season can be found here.