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Faces in New Places: A Few Noteworthy High School Transfers

By BV, 11/27/17, 3:00PM EST


As the season nears, we took a look at a few of the noteworthy changes of location around the state.


Welcome to Wayne

Drew Schafer nabbed third place at the state tournament as both a freshman at 99 and as a sophomore at 106 for Palmyra-Macedon. He didn’t compete as a junior, but is back and will look to end his career on a high note with Wayne. We certainly expect him to be in the mix at the state level again, potentially at 113 pounds. He grabbed fourth at the NHSCA Junior Nationals in 2017 at 106.


Return to Marcellus

Cahal Donovan took fourth in Section 3 as an eighth grader at Marcellus.  He then competed for Phoenix as a freshman and sophomore, earning second and fourth at the NYS tournament at 106 and 120, respectively. Donovan will try to make his way to the Saturday night finals again … this time with the Mustangs.


Rocky Point

Rocky Point was one of the top dual teams in the state in 2016-17 and the squad brings back multi-time NYS placer Anthony Sciotto as well as 18+ match winners Justin Amendola, Logan Sciotto, Evan Matias, and Ryan Callahan. Add to the mix Corey Connolly, an NHSCA Nationals Sophomore All-American this year who was also a league champ for Longwood while winning more than 25 bouts in 2016-17. Kris Ketchum, who got his hand raised more than 20 times for William Floyd a year ago is also on the squad. The Eagles will be tough to beat in Suffolk and beyond.


For the Friars

A number of tough wrestlers moved into the CHSAA, with Preston Maucere among them. Maucere took fourth for Deer Park in a loaded 106 pound bracket in Section 11 last year, which included a pair of NHSCA National champions - Dylan Ryder of Half Hollow Hills West and Zach Redding of Eastport-South Manor. Maucere defeated a number of NYS placers a year ago, including Dylan Earl of Monroe Woodbury, Matt Griffin of Westhill/Jamesville-Dewitt and Matt Garland of South Jefferson/Sandy Creek, as well as Connecticut’s Ryan Jack. He is joined on the St. Anthony’s roster by former state qualifier Christian Hansen (Cold Spring Harbor), freshman Ty Lukens (North Babylon), a League runner up in Suffolk last year, and Sean Flick (Huntington).


Leaving the State

The Brunswick School was the beneficiary of the movement of two Section 1 standouts - Chris Perry (Yorktown) and Luca Errico (Byram Hills). Perry was one of New York’s top eighth graders last year, taking third at Eastern States at 99 and grabbing a sixth place finish at the state tournament at 106 pounds. Errico was a Section 1 champ at 132 pounds and got his hand raised at the state tournament.  Both will compete in the National Preps, rather than the New York state tournament in 2017-18.


Let us know about other school changes that will make an impact this season.