It's time for a rankings update ... and there are a bunch of new #1 wrestlers!
Please note: this is a combined ranking for Divisions 1 and 2 and only includes wrestlers who can take the mat at the NYSPHSAA tournament. Wrestlers who competed at Eastern States were placed at the weight they wrestled during that event, even if they may go elsewhere for the postseason.
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1. Brandon Nunez (Sr, John Bowne, P)
2. John Worthing (So, Tioga, 4)
3. Terry Adams (So, Monsignor Farrell, C)
4. Chris Perry (8th, Yorktown, 1)
5. Ivan Garcia (Fr, Port Chester, 1)
6. Josiah Encarnacion (Fr, Wantagh, 8)
7. Brock Delsignore (8th, South Glens Falls, 2)
8. Dennis Robin (Fr, Arlington, 1)
As is typically the case, we saw some young wrestlers state their case at the Eastern States Classic, with unseeded Chris Perry of Yorktown, Ivan Garcia of Port Chester and Josiah Encarnacion of Wantagh garnering top five finishes and spots in the rankings. (Perry wrestled at 106/113 prior to Eastern States, so it will be interesting to see where he goes the rest of the year).
While those young guns were impressive, Brandon Nunez led the way, earning the title with a decisive finals victory over Terry Adams.
Aiden Rabideau of Clarence has dominated at 99 pounds and could easily be on the list.
Who else are we watching? Returning qualifier Garrett Semenetz of Mahopac beat Garcia earlier this month and Ryan Burgos of Hilton has quality wins. In addition, the following wrestlers made the Round of 12 at SUNY Sullivan: CJ McMonegal of North Rockland, Jordan Titus of Center Moriches, Luke Smith of Hauppauge and Mason Bush of Central Valley.
Among the many wrestlers we're keeping an eye on are Ricky D'Elia of Port Jefferson, Anthony Noto of Honeoye Falls-Lima, Caleb Svingala of Maple Hill, Christian Gannone of Eastport-South Manor, Carter Baer of Gouverneur, Tyler Bartolomei of North Tonawanda and Myles Griffin of CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt, who looked tough in an opening round match against Adams at Eastern States.
1. Zach Redding (Fr, Eastport-South Manor, 11)
2. Dylan Ryder (Jr, Half Hollow Hills West, 11)
3. Jon Charles (Jr, Central Valley Academy, 3)
4. Trent Svingala (So, Maple Hill, 2)
5. Sean Carter (So, North Babylon, 11)
6. Preston Maucere (So, Deer Park, 11)
7. Matt Griffin (Jr, CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt, 3)
8. Cody Anders (Jr, Brockport, 5)
There was some reshuffling here, as Zach Redding captured the Eastern States title with an ultimate tiebreaker victory over 2016 state finalist Dylan Ryder. Jon Charles moved up a bit after wrestling very well on his way to third at that event, topping Preston Maucere in the bronze bout. Trent Svingala is unbeaten, scoring bonus points in all but one match this season.
Returning state third placer Matt Griffin made the podium at SUNY Sullivan, with his two losses against Charles and Maucere. Carter and Anders keep piling up the wins, with the latter topping two others we've discussed, Dylan Earl of Monroe Woodbury and Brody Oleksak of BGAH, at the Union-Endicott Duals.
Matt Garland of South Jefferson/Sandy Creek was in the mix, in addition to Mikey Squires of Norwich, an Eastern States placer, as well as a competitor who defeated Squires at the Windsor Christmas Tournament, Chase Daudelin of Corning.
The following additional grapplers got to the blood round at the Eastern States: Evan Matias of Rocky Point, Joe Contrastano of Carle Place/Wheatley, and Greg Fischer of Newburgh Free Academy.
We also considered East Meadow's Matt Mustakis, Palmyra Macedon's Ethan Ferro, Queensbury's Antoine Grace, Pleasantville's Len Balducci and Canisteo-Greenwood's Bradley Cheek, among others.
1. Greg Diakomihalis (Fr, Hilton, 5)
2. Trey LaFlamme (Sr, South Jefferson/Sandy Creek, 3)
3. Anthony Sciotto (Jr, Rocky Point, 11)
4. Michael Gonyea (Jr, Columbia, 2)
5. Kevin DePalma (Sr, Farmingdale, 8)
6. Justin McDougald (Fr, Niagara Wheatfield, 6)
7. Mitch Seaver (Sr, Lockport, 6)
8. Jonathan Spadafora (So, Half Hollow Hills East, 11)
There wasn't a change at the top, with Greg Diakomihalis keeping his unbeaten season going, topping Trey LaFlamme in the finals of the Eastern States. LaFlamme shifts up after a strong showing in SUNY Sullivan. Sciotto also lost to Diakomihalis (and forfeited in the third place match).
That forfeit was to Kevin DePalma, who had an outstanding tournament, including a wrestleback victory over Niagara Wheatfield's Justin McDougald. McDougald, the fifth place finisher at SUNY Sullivan, bested two-time All-Stater Mitch Seaver of Lockport earlier in January and is ranked a spot above Seaver as a result.
The last position was highly debated. There was heavy consideration for Marco Vespa of Monroe Woodbury and Jonathan Spadafora of Half Hollow Hills East. Spadafora defeated Vespa in the wrestlebacks at Eastern States and made the podium. Multi-time qualifier Vespa has quality wins this year, including over formerly-ranked Tyler Lynch of Minisink Valley and Kevin DePalma (at Union-Endicott Duals). Look out for them in the postseason.
Additional Eastern States Round of 12 finishers David Traub of Tottenville and Matt Romano of Valley Central were in the conversation, with Romano defeating returning NYS medalist Caleb Robinson of Walton-Delhi. Keep an eye on Penfield's Max Kropman and Neiko Scarano of Little Falls.
1. Adam Busiello (So, Eastport-South Manor, 11)
2. Orion Anderson (Jr, Schuylerville, 2)
3. Matt Caccamise (Sr, Wayne, 5)
4. Alex Samson (So, Victor, 5)
5. Luke Bokina (Jr, Mattituck, 11)
6. Cahal Donovan (So, Phoenix, 3)
7. Trent Nadeau (Sr, Columbia, 2)
8. Anthony Cirillo (Sr, Rocky Point, 11)
Orion Anderson finished second at Eastern States, with Adam Busiello notching third. Both lost to the same wrestler (Jakob Camacho of Connecticut) by a point and Busiello's overall resume keeps him in the top spot at this point.
Another returning state champ, Matt Caccamise, took fourth at Eastern States with losses to Anderson and Busiello and stays in the #3 slot. How to order the next three wrestlers, all placers at SUNY Sullivan, was interesting. Cahal Donovan beat Alex Samson twice in early December. At Eastern States, Samson topped Luke Bokina for fifth, while earlier in the competition, Bokina defeated Donovan (seventh). In the end, we weighed the recent event a bit more to determine the rankings.
Trent Nadeau continued to roll, while two-time placer Anthony Cirillo moved down to this weight. (Bokina defeated the Rocky Point wrestler at the Union-Endicott Duals).
Nick Young of Alexander continues to wrestle well (including eighth at Eastern States), while Donald Wood of Center Moriches was one win from placing at SUNY Sullivan. 2016 state placer Zach Braddell avenged his only loss of the season to Williamsville South's Matt Genau.
Among the many others considered were Rich Gomez of Kings Park, Kenny Cracchiola of Ward Melville, David Poff of Gowanda, Caleb Wiggins of Chenango Valley and Frank Darwak of Mechanicville-Stillwater.
1. Jon Gomez (Sr, Locust Valley, 8)
2. John Devine (Sr, Columbia, 2)
3. Ben Tepperman (Sr, Hauppauge, 11)
4. Justin Vines (Jr, Wantagh, 8)
5. Hunter Dusold (Sr, Locust Valley, 8)
6. Jack Bokina (Jr, Mattituck, 11)
7. Michael Killard (Sr, Wantagh, 8)
8. Randy Earl (Sr, John Jay East Fishkill, 1)
Two pairs of teammates ... no question, it's not the typical list. Will the Locust Valley and Wantagh wrestlers go the same weight at the end of the year?
It's also a bit unusual for us to elevate a wrestler from #3 to #1 without losses above him, but we felt that Jon Gomez's performance at SUNY Sullivan made that the right move. He was the top-ranked wrestler earlier in the year and has a loaded resume, both in state and nationally. His one-point loss to Paul North of Connetquot dropped him, but he didn't just win at Eastern States; he was in command the whole way.
John Devine made it a tough decision by continuing to dominate. And at Eastern States, the only loss for Justin Vines and Jack Bokina was to Gomez, while both had solid wins. Michael Killard nabbed fourth, with four straight consolation wins. It wasn't an easy path, as he had to beat Wyoming Seminary's Connor Kievman, multi-time state qualifier Satoshi Abe of Putnam Valley, former state placer CJ Walz of Central Valley and 2016 All-Stater Randy Earl of John Jay East Fishkill. Earl, who had a win over Bokina earlier in the season, beat the impressive Lucas King of New Hartford for fifth.
We haven't forgotten about Austin Hertel of Hilton, who has just one loss to a New York wrestler this year (Justin Vines), while defeating Michael Killard. (He was eliminated at Eastern States by Kyle Fields of Connecticut). Willie McDougald of Niagara Falls has put together an unbeaten campaign so far.
Two wrestlers not yet mentioned who made the Round of 12 at Eastern States were Sam Wolf of Warsaw and Andrew Davis of Wallkill.
Luca Errico defeated Vines earlier in the season. Others discussed include Dylan Walker of Attica/Batavia, Dillon Callaghan of Greece, Dylan Callahan of Schoharie, Nick Kozlowski of Portville, Stefan Colbert of Indian River and Dan Mauriello of Hauppauge.
1. Jacori Teemer (Jr, Long Beach, 8)
2. Matt Swanson (Sr, Lynbrook, 8)
3. Dane Heberlein (Sr, Alexander, 5)
4. Mike Venosa (Sr, Victor, 5)
5. Hector Colom (Jr, Fredonia, 6)
6. Chris Gomez (Jr, Patchogue-Medford, 11)
7. Matt Maquet (Sr, Long Beach, 8)
8. Tanner Lapiene (Sr, Ogdensburg, 10)
We saw a lot of the top contenders in the mix at Eastern States. Jacori Teemer emerged as the champion again, with a pin in the finals over Matt Swanson. Swanson had recorded a semis fall over Dane Heberlein, with Heberlein bouncing back to take third over Mike Venosa.
Hector Colom registered a technical fall over a wrestler under consideration, Mason Wersinger of Spencerport, to win the Lockport Tournament over the weekend. Colom's only loss this season is to Heberlein.
Chris Gomez also moved up after grabbing fifth at Eastern States over Matt Maquet of Long Beach, while former All-Stater Tanner Lapiene of Ogdensburg made a strong run at SUNY Sullivan to place.
Who came within one win of the podium? Cooper Kropman of Penfield, James Trezza of Half Hollow Hills East, Anthony Sountis of Monroe Woodbury and Jacob Vergien of Iroquois.
We're also tracking Noah Carpenter of Elmira, Warren McDougald of Niagara Wheatfield and Deyker Edwards of Schenectady, among others.
1. Vito Arujau (Sr, Syosset, 8)
2. Jake Silverstein (Jr, Hauppauge, 11)
3. Kyle Mosher (So, South Side, 8)
4. Christian Gramuglia (Sr, Burnt Hills, 2)
5. TJ Philpotts (Jr, Holland Patent, 3)
6. Cory Giunta (Sr, Webster Thomas, 5)
7. Jack Ward (Jr, Locust Valley, 8)
8. Derek Osman (Sr, Vestal, 4)
Vito Arujau and Jake Silverstein remain at #1 and #2 after finishing in that order at Eastern States. Kyle Mosher and Christian Gramuglia switched places after Mosher defeated Gramuglia in the quarterfinals at SUNY Sullivan. Gramuglia did not make the podium, but his other loss was to an out of state wrestler (Austin Shorey of Maine).
TJ Philpotts moves up a few rungs after his showing in Loch Sheldrake, while Locust Valley's Jack Ward enters ahead of Derek Osman, whom he beat head to head. [Ward's losses this season have mostly come at 145/152].
Multi-time state placer Emerson Block of Palmyra Macedon remains under consideration, however, the wrestler who beat him last weekend for the Bradshaw Tournament title, Cory Giunta of Webster Thomas, joins the list. He has one loss this season - to Mike Venosa.
Right on the verge were Anthony Dushaj of Half Hollow Hills West and Peter Oliveto of Suffern. Some of the others in the conversation included Dillan Palaszewski of Galway (who lost to Ben Bivar of BGAH this past weekend), Josh Rubin of John Jay Cross River (who made the blood round at Eastern States), Jeremy Pond of Baldwinsville, Kiegan Brown of Cortland, Phil Calandra of Depew, Matt Saville of South Glens Falls, Ray Cotto of John Jay Cross River, Mason Gray of Warsaw, Devin McGill of Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Hunter Shaut of Central Valley.
1. Frankie Gissendanner (Jr, Penfield, 5)
2. Matt Grippi (Jr, Fox Lane, 1)
3. Tanner Cook (Sr, Central Valley Academy, 3)
4. David Miele-Estrella (Jr, North Babylon, 11)
5. Phil Spadafora (Sr, Half Hollow Hills East, 11)
6. Adam Wagner (Sr, South Seneca, 5)
7. Lucas Pincus (Sr, Hewlett, 8)
8. Kiernan Shanahan (So, Shenendehowa, 2)
Lucas Pincus remained on the list after taking fifth, beating All-State wrestler Connor Day of Iroquois in his final match. Also making the medal stand were Kiernan Shanahan (7th) and Ty Rifanburg (8th).
There was a lot of conversation about Day, Shanahan and Phoenix's Ross McFarland for the eighth spot. In the end, Shanahan was the pick, with his impressive title at the X-Calibur event being just one factor. McFarland, a returning state finalist, will no doubt be a contender in Albany again.
Among those also in the mix were Zach Lawrence of Duanesburg (who beat McFarland), Dylan Ingrao of Falconer, Steven Isaac of Monsignor Farrell (who topped Shanahan), Jack Chesman of Pearl River, John Colletti of Long Beach, Gianno Silba of Newark Valley, Dustin Joy of Lyndonville, Christian Tartaglia of Cold Spring Harbor, Katrell Jackson of Cheektowaga and Anthony Sobotker of North Babylon.
1. Peter Pappas (Sr, Plainview, 8)
2. Hunter Richard (Sr, Holland Patent, 3)
3. Evan Barczak (Sr, Monroe Woodbury, 9)
4. Conor Melbourne (Sr, John Jay Cross River, 1)
5. Anthony Laniewski (Sr, Niskayuna, 2)
6. Tyrese Byron (Sr, Long Beach, 8)
7. Charlie Spada (Sr, Long Beach, 8)
8. Demitreus Henry (Jr, Grand Street Campus, P)
The top spot could have gone to either Peter Pappas or two-time state champ Hunter Richard, however the nod went to Pappas, who stayed unbeaten this season as he won the Eastern States title.
Evan Barczak battled with Pappas into sudden victory in the championship match and had an impressive win over Conor Melbourne in the semis. Anthony Laniewski continued his solid season with his only two losses at SUNY Sullivan to Melbourne, including for third.
After that, there were a lot of possibilities. Long Beach teammates Tyrese Byron and Charlie Spada have both gone 1-1 against Demitreus Henry of Grand Street Campus this year. Those three all placed between fifth and seventh at Eastern States. We placed Byron, who pushed Pappas to overtime earlier this year and had a recent win over Fairport's Chris Barker, at #6. Spada had the last victory over Henry, beating him for fifth at SUNY Sullivan, and sits one spot above Henry on the list.
Of course, there were others in the conversation as well, including undefeated Steven Kapuscinski of Lockport and Eastern States medalist Lucas Wightman of Warwick Valley.
Wrestlers who fell in the blood round at Eastern States included NYS qualifiers Garrett Gibbons of Massapequa and Billy Sims of Lindenhurst as well as Aaron Wolk of Horace Greeley and Anolan Rigal of Johnson City.
Also discussed were Cole Rifanburg of Norwich, NYS medalist Shvunte Searcy of Marathon, Austin Vanderhoof of VVS, Giuseppe Hoose of Southwestern, Collin O'Brien of Watervliet, Dutch Schultz of St. Anthony's, Mason Compton of Attica/Batavia, Dan Torres of Falconer and Phoenix Webb of Central Square, among others.
1. Ryan Ferro (Sr, Warwick Valley, 9)
2. Grant Cuomo (Jr, Brewster, 1)
3. Noah Grover (Sr, Warsaw, 5)
4. Jake Logan (So, New Rochelle, 1)
5. Jonathan Loew (Jr, Wantagh, 8)
6. Chris Barker (Jr, Fairport, 5)
7. Isaac Mathews (Sr, Ketcham, 1)
8. Nick Munsch (Sr, Commack, 11)
Grant Cuomo outscored his opponents by a combined 13-0 in the quarters, semis and finals. He was excellent on his path to the Eastern States crown, but Ryan Ferro's pin of Cuomo the previous week kept the Section 9 grappler in the top position.
Noah Grover remained at #3 after making the finals at SUNY Sullivan. Jake Logan edged Jonathan Loew, 2-1, at the Eastern States, with Logan forfeiting in the consolations and Loew coming all the way back in impressive fashion to take third.
Chris Barker remained on the list, while Isaac Mathews and Nick Munsch entered. While he has a number of losses this year, Mathews had a strong weekend, in which he took fourth place at Eastern States. Among his wins were over 2016 state placer Noah Curreri of Eldred/Liberty/Sullivan West, NYS qualifier Nick Bushey and Eastern States placer Nick Munsch of Commack.
Munsch did have an opening round loss to Tim Ganuncio of Minisink Valley, but he rallied for five consecutive wins, including over Morgan Seller of South Lewis (by major), All-Stater Noah Curreri and Massapequa's Angelo Petrakis before falling to Mathews. He then ended on a high note when he majored state representative Max Sims of Lindenhurst for fifth. Meanwhile, Charlie Mahon of Elmira took seventh.
We were close to including Joe Bartolotto in the rankings. He entered Eastern States undefeated and while he didn't make the podium, the Miller Place wrestler started with a pair of quality wins over state qualifiers, Caleb Beach of South Jefferson and Bailey O'Brien of Locust Valley before dropping matches to the eventual second and third placers (Grover and Loew).
James Langan of Wantagh made the Round of 12, while we also considered Kyle Jasenski of Albany Academy, Madison Hoover of BGAH, Cameron Page of Falconer, Dustin Hinckley of Lyndonville, Eoghan Sweeney of Niskayuna and Eric Bartnik of Cheektowaga, among others.
1. Tyler Barnes (Jr, Ballston Spa, 2)
2. Jason Hoffman (Sr, Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George, 2)
3. Jordan Wallace (Sr, New Rochelle, 1)
4. Matt Gaiser (Jr, Alexander, 5)
5. Shawn Mosca (Sr, Carle Place/Wheatley, 8)
6. Zach Ancewicz (Sr, John Glenn, 11)
7. Jacob Smeader (Sr, Hamburg, 6)
8. Jason Shlonsky (Sr, Mount Sinai, 11)
Tyler Barnes cemented his spot at #1 with the Eastern States title. Jumping to #3 was Jordan Wallace, who topped #4 Matt Gaiser at SUNY Sullivan. (Gaiser nabbed bronze, also beating state finalist Shawn Mosca along the way). Zach Ancewicz remained in the rankings with solid results.
The last two slots had a large number of candidates, including Jacob Smeader of Hamburg, Jason Shlonsky of Mount Sinai, Sammy DePrez of Hilton, Joe Eiden of Sachem East and Trevor Micek of Maple Grove. Arguments can be (and were) made for all of them.
In the end, returning state placer Smeader, who gave Barnes his closest match (6-5 in the semis) got the spot at #7. He had a pair of wins over DePrez, including for fifth. We do realize that fourth placer Joe Eiden, who beat Smeader and lost to DePrez, has a strong case as well. DePrez had a terrific weekend and is going to be someone to watch down the stretch.
We couldn't ignore that Shlonsky has pummeled his opposition this year. In 21 matches, he has 18 falls, including over Eiden. Meanwhile, we also discussed Micek, who defeated Smeader in mid December and has just one loss.
Placing at Eastern States were Darrin Simons of Farmingdale and Jacob Ferreira of Horace Greeley, while Trevor Snow of General Brown, Anthony Malfitano of Pearl River and Austin Trombley of Northern Adirondack were one win from the podium.
Who else was under consideration? Austin Carr of BGAH and Justin Harter of Greece were among the many.
1. Louie DePrez (Sr, Hilton, 5)
2. Jake Peru (Sr, Falconer, 6)
3. Mike Fekishazy (Sr, Wallkill, 9)
4. James Hoeg (Sr, Mattituck, 11)
5. Cliffton Wang (Sr, Edgemont, 1)
6. Evan Frank (Sr, John Jay Cross River, 1)
7. Jeffrey Browne (Sr, Connetquot, 11)
8. Matt Cicco (Sr, Niagara Wheatfield, 6)
What's different? Eastern States finalist Mike Fekishazy climbs to #3. A wrestler he defeated earlier in the campaign, James Hoeg, sits in fourth, followed by the wrestler Hoeg topped for third at SUNY Sullivan, Cliffton Wang. Hoeg and Wang split a pair of matches in the 2015-16 season and did the same at Eastern States.
We have moved Evan Frank into the rankings at this weight, since he took the mat at 182 in Loch Sheldrake. A 2016 NYS medalist, Frank forfeited over the weekend to sixth. A new member of the list is Matt Cicco of Niagara Wheatfield, who had a fifth place showing at Eastern States, including four consecutive wins in the consolations after losing his second round bout to Joey Yanis of Minisink Valley.
(We have kept Jacob Peru, who sustained an injury, in the mix for now).
Close to remaining on the list was Simon Chee of Cardozo, who had a win over Wang earlier in the season. He was defeated by Doug Simmons of Canastota in the wrestlebacks. Simmons nabbed seventh, ahead of Long Beach's Tyreek Bromley.
Wrestlers not yet mentioned who advanced to the Round of 12 were Joe Franzese of John Glenn and Joseph Andreessen of Lancaster.
This weight has a number of others to watch, including Will Thompson of Byron Bergen, Seth Patterson of Honeoye Falls-Lima, Nick Klinoff of Phoenix, Max Emond of Central Square, Corey Keefe of Falconer and Chance LaPier of AuSable Valley.
1. Elijah Rodriguez (Jr, Long Beach, 8)
2. Dylan Dubuque (Sr, Columbia, 2)
3. Tanner Zagarino (Sr, Mattituck, 11)
4. Mike Spallina (Sr, Hilton, 5)
5. Greg Hodulick (Sr, Islip, 11)
6. Joe Benedict (Jr, South Jefferson/Sandy Creek, 3)
7. Kyle Davis (Sr, Beacon, 1)
8. Sam Schuyler (Sr, Kings Park, 11)
We have a new #1. Elijah Rodriguez overcame a 4-0 deficit with late heroics to win the Eastern States title in overtime. He is undefeated this season and takes over the top spot.
Returning state placer Dylan Dubuque remains at #2, while Eastern States silver medalist Tanner Zagarino advances to third. Mike Spallina has an argument to be higher as he has just one setback on the mat this year (2-1 to Rodriguez in the ultimate tiebreaker). He forfeited in the wrestlebacks.
Greg Hodulick made a statement, taking third at SUNY Sullivan with two victories over former #1 and 2016 state finalist Joe Benedict. His only losses this campaign were against Zagarino. On his way to the bronze bout, Hodulick bested Kyle Davis, who notched fifth and who had a key victory over Zagarino over the holiday break.
Sam Schuyler stays in the top eight. The state qualifier has some quality wins, including over 220 pound Eastern States placer Matt DeFrancis of Eastport-South Manor, Maguire Horl of St. Anthony's and state representative Simon Chee of Cardozo. It was a tough decision, as returning state medalist Connor Breit of Nanuet has a strong case as well after previously being ranked at 220. He lost to Zagarino and then forfeited at Eastern States.
Among the others discussed were Lawrence Jenkins of Lake Shore, Isaac Havens of Central Square, Tyler Smith of Pioneer, Ryan Harper of Duanesburg, Richie Knapp of Susquehanna Valley, Freddie Nixon of St. Joseph's Collegiate and Dylan Nerich of William C. Bryant. John Cassidy of Cornwall was unseeded, but placed at Eastern States.
1. Damien Caffrey (Sr, John Glenn, 11)
2. Terron Robinson (Sr, Walt Whitman, 11)
3. Halil Gecaj (Jr, John Jay Cross River, 1)
4. Ryan Ellefsen (Sr, Goshen, 9)
5. Jason Cunningham (Sr, Brighton, 5)
6. Hammond Raes (Sr, Midlakes, 5)
7. Luke Rogers (Sr, General Brown, 3)
8. Matt DeFrancis (Sr, Eastport-South Manor, 11)
We have a new name on the first line of the list. It's Damien Caffrey, who kept an undefeated season going by winning Eastern States. To do so, he had to knock off both of last year's NYS Division 1 finalists - Terron Robinson of Walt Whitman and Ryan Ellefsen of Goshen. Intermat included Caffrey in the national top 20 this week.
Robinson, the defending state champ, goes to #2, while Halil Gecaj joins the list at #3 after defeating Ellefsen for third in Loch Sheldrake. (Gecaj's only loss of the season is to Caffrey).
Jason Cunningham and Hammond Raes remain in the top 8, with Luke Rogers and Matt DeFrancis new entries. Rogers lost a 9-6 clash with Robinson in the opening round at Eastern States, but bounced back with five wins, including over Shaerod Rodgers of Lake Shore, Mark Rivera of Long Beach, DeFrancis and Newark Valley's Trentyn Rupert on his path to fifth. DeFrancis has been solid and defeated state qualifier Mason Mastrangelo of Lancaster for seventh in SUNY Sullivan.
Definitely in the mix for the list were undefeated grapplers Antonio Cutrie of Chittenango and Zachary Knighton-Ward of Uniondale. Cutrie has mostly bonused his way through the season with a major over previously mentioned Eastern States medalist Trentyn Rupert. Knighton-Ward has also racked up pins.
Mason Hoose of Canisius took losses to Anthony Robinson of Starpoint and the aforementioned Rivera and Ellefsen recently, but will still be a threat at the end of the year, along with Caleb Null of Carthage, a returning state qualifier who has split with Rogers.
Among those also in the mix are Jordan McLaughlin of Olean, Kern Linder of Marcellus, Matt Eldridge of Depew, Maguire Horl of St. Anthony's as well as Round of 12 finishers at Eastern States Jacob Karandy of Duanesburg and Jacob Weyrauch of Shenendehowa.
1. William Bolia (Sr, Fairport, 5)
2. Laith Alsous (Sr, Lewiston Porter, 6)
3. Nick Jones (Sr, Dunkirk/Silver Creek, 6)
4. Deonte Wilson (Jr, Amityville, 11)
5. Andrew Tanner (Sr, Adirondack, 3)
6. Ryan O'Shea (Sr, MacArthur, 8)
7. Kyle Fitzgerald (Sr, South Lewis, 3)
8. Clay Watts (Sr, Beekmantown, 7)
William Bolia made the podium in Albany last year at 220, and has seen nothing but success since going to heavyweight this season. His 3-2 win over former #1 Laith Alsous, in addition to quality victories over wrestlers like Jacob Broder of Union-Endicott and Bim Gecaj of John Jay Cross River convinced us to move Bolia to the top spot.
Nick Jones continued his winning ways, as did Deonte Wilson of Amityville, New York's highest placer at Eastern States (third). His loss at SUNY Sullivan was to eventual champion Vincenzo Pelusi of LaSalle (PA) in the ultimate tiebreaker, while his only in-state setback this season was to Damien Caffrey (see #1 at 220).
2016 state champ Andrew Tanner returned to dominance. He has pinned all but one opponent in January (and that includes a wrestler he lost to earlier, Michael Spicer of Baldwinsville). The one victory by decision in that timeframe was over Kyle Fitzgerald of South Lewis, who entered the rankings after a strong weekend in which he made the podium at Eastern States.
Since his season opening loss to 2016 state champ Terron Robinson, every match for Ryan O'Shea has ended in win by forfeit or fall. Clay Watts makes his rankings debut after continuing to win convincingly in an undefeated campaign (that included a victory over Tanner).
Jake Warren of Burnt Hills just missed the list after notching sixth at SUNY Sullivan, while Bim Gecaj of John Jay Cross River and Norris Gipson of Middletown also placed at Eastern States. Jayson Gomez of Eagle Academy, Andrew Fenner of Minisink Valley, John Munro of Hauppauge and Jacquez Poole of Arlington fell one win shy of the podium in Loch Sheldrake. Keep an eye on Jacob Morrison of Unatego.
Thank you to all of the contributors, especially Michael Carey.