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Monroe Woodbury #1 NYSSWA Poll
Massapequa #8 NYSSWA Poll
Brentwood HM NYSSWA Poll
Phoenix #14 NYSSWA Poll (Division 2)
State Qualifiers/Placers in the Pool (with projected weight):
106: Marco Vespa, Monroe Woodbury (Qualifier, 2015)
113: Anthony Stramiello, Monroe Woodbury (Qualifier, 2014)
126: Kevin Kelly, Monroe Woodbury (Qualifier, 2015)
138: Brad Dietz, Phoenix (5th at 132, 2015)
145: Evan Barczak, Monroe Woodbury (6th at 132, 2015)
182: Kendall Elfstrum, Monroe Woodbury (Qualifier, 2015)
195/220: Nick McShea, Monroe Woodbury (2nd at 195, 2015)
Monroe Woodbury is the only New York team currently in Intermat’s national team rankings. The Crusaders are off to a dominant start, having won all their dual meets, mostly in lopsided fashion. The team took the Section 9 dual championship over last year’s NYS #1 Minisink Valley. Massapequa has racked up dual wins this year, including over fellow Section 8 squads Locust Valley and MacArthur. Brentwood has also seen success, including a victory over another team in attendance, Patchogue-Medford, while Phoenix is the event's lone Division 2 representative. The Firebirds beat defending Section 3 (and Division 2 state) champions Mexico earlier this year and put together a strong showing in Florida over the break. Monroe Woodbury took second (to Minisink Valley) at the U-E Duals in 2015 and will look to not only return to the finals, but win it all. We expect that they will take Pool A.
One More Thing: We’re looking forward to some of the potential matches at 106 pounds. Marco Vespa is a returning qualifier, while Cahal Donovan of Phoenix got our attention with his early season performances and Jesse Telles of Brentwood is another solid wrestler at this weight. In addition, Paul Brachfeld of Massapequa earned the championships at the Massapequa Holiday tournament at 195 pounds. Due to the weather, Monroe Woodbury didn't travel to that event as planned. We could've seen state runner up Nick McShea take on Brachfeld then. Perhaps we will see that clash this weekend.
Wantagh #2 NYSSWA Poll
Shenendehowa #4 NYSSWA Poll
Farmingdale HM NYSSWA Poll
State Qualifiers/Placers in the Pool (with projected weight):
106: Justin Vines, Wantagh (Qualifier, 2015)
106: Cody Anders, Brockport (Qualifier, 2015)
138: Jonathan Loew, Wantagh (Qualifier, 2014)
182: Kevin Parker, Shenendehowa (Champ at 170, 2015)
182: Cameron Caldarelli, Brockport (4th at 195, 2015)
As usual, Wantagh has a solid top to bottom lineup that can go with anyone. The lightweights are loaded and rack up points, while the recent return of Jonathan Loew adds another weapon. However, the Warriors have a strong group of teams to contend with, including last year’s Nassau County dual runner up (Farmingdale), a Brockport squad that won the Mountain Duals and has balance as well as one of the top upper weight groups in the state and the always-tough Shenendehowa squad that features one of New York’s best seniors, Kevin Parker. There should be some good matches in Pool B, however, Wantagh is the favorite to advance.
One More Thing: #1 vs #2? In our state rankings earlier this week, Kevin Parker and Cameron Caldarelli were in the top two spots at 182 pounds. Could we see them face off at U-E? Both Alexander Pavlock of Farmingdale and Nick Coppola of Wantagh have put together strong seasons at 182 as well (both have just one loss in trackwrestling).
Long Beach HM NYSSWA Poll
Minisink Valley #3 NYSSWA Poll
Patchogue-Medford HM NYSSWA Poll
Returning State Qualifiers/Placers (with projected weight):
106: Rick Chastine, Union-Endicott (Qualifier, 2015)
113: Connor Greiner, Minisink Valley (Qualifier, 2015)
126: Jacori Teemer, Long Beach (2x State Champ)
160: AJ Aeberli, Minisink Valley (5th at 160, 2015)
182: Tyreek Bromley, Long Beach (Qualifier, 2015)
Long Beach, the returning Section 8 dual champs, is coming off a dominant victory over the team that the NYSSWA had at #5 in the state, North Babylon. The Marines, who bring back almost every starter from last year’s team, including two-time state champ Jacori Teemer and qualifier Tyreek Bromley, are competitive throughout the lineup. They will encounter some good opponents, including defending U-E gold medalists, Minisink Valley, led by state placer AJ Aeberli and qualifier Connor Greiner, in a dual we expect to decide this pool. Pat-Med most recently defeated fellow Section 11 squad Ward Melville, 54-21, and looks to carry that momentum forward into the event. The host team, Union-Endicott, has a handful of dual victories thus far and is led by returning state qualifier Rick Chastine. With star power and balance, we predict Long Beach will emerge.
One More Thing: This pool certainly has some hammers who have wrestled at 120 this year. Chris Gomez of Pat-Med is unbeaten with 15 pins. Meanwhile, Minisink Valley’s Jarred Greiner hasn’t lost to an in-state opponent (with one setback to a New Jersey wrestler) and defeated state finalist Jacob Nolan this year. (He’s primarily been at 126 with a recent move to 120, while his undefeated brother, Connor Greiner, went from 120 to 113). Long Beach has seen both Josh Bourne and Matt Maquet compete at 120 and pick up quality wins. We believe all of these are wrestlers who could make an impact down the stretch.
Rocky Point #7 NYSSWA Poll
Hilton #13 NYSSWA Poll
Fulton #11 NYSSWA Poll
Returning Qualifiers/Placers (and projected weight):
113: Anthony Cirillo, Rocky Point (4th at 113, 2015)
120: Austin Hertel, Hilton (6th at 113, 2015)
138: Yianni Diakomihalis, Hilton (3x Champ)
170: Louie DePrez, Hilton (Champ 2015, 3rd 2014)
170: Travis Race, Fulton (Qualifier, 2014 & 2015)
170: Jeremy Hughes, MacArthur (Qualifier, 2015)
182: Mike Spallina, Hilton (Qualifier, 2015)
Rocky Point was fourth at this event the last two years, with Hilton taking third in 2014. In a tournament setting, the Cadets are likely favored against any team in New York with state champs Yianni Diakomihalis and Louie DePrez as well as placer Austin Hertel and qualifier Mike Spallina leading the charge. However, in duals, there are some spots in which the Cadets are vulnerable. So will Rocky Point, which has plenty of firepower, including state placer Anthony Cirillo, win that showdown? Fulton and MacArthur make this a tough and well rounded bracket. Fulton captured the Andersen and Kenneth Haines Memorial tournaments and has just one dual loss (by three to Penfield), while MacArthur picked up six wins at the Joe Davidson Duals over the break.
One More Thing: Greg Diakomihalis of Hilton and Anthony Sciotto of Rocky Point are both ranked in the top 4 in the state at 99 pounds. That’s a battle we’d like to watch. Speaking of battles, there will be some at 170 for sure. #1 Louie DePrez could meet another ranked wrestler, Fulton’s Travis Race, as well as honorable mention recipient Jeremy Hughes of MacArthur and Rocky Point’s Dylan Zabbara, who is unbeaten according to trackwrestling.
Monroe Woodbury in 2014. Minisink Valley in 2015. Will the trophy remain in Section 9? The NYSSWA state dual rankings would predict another victory for the Crusaders … and it’s almost time to determine things on the mat.
Long Beach coach Ray Adams likely spoke for a number of coaches when he talked about just wanting to get started.
“We’re really excited,” Adams said. “We just want to see where we line up against the rest of the teams. We’re off to a good start and we just want to keep the ball rolling and have fun this weekend; lay it on the line and see where the chips fall.”