We implemented a point system based on the individual rankings to get a look at the teams with the most firepower.
Note that this evaluation is intended to give an idea of the best TOURNAMENT team, not the best dual meet team.
Top 10 Teams (D1)
1. Wantagh (25)
2. Minisink Valley (23)
3. (tie) Hauppauge (22)
3. (tie) Hilton (22)
5. Eastport South Manor (18)
6. Ballston Spa (16)
7. (tie) Jamesville Dewitt (14)
7. (tie) Penfield (14)
7. (tie) Shenendehowa (14)
7.(tie) Spencerport (14)
7. (tie) Long Beach (14)
Top 5 Breakdown
Wantagh has 6 ranked wrestlers, including two #1 ranked wrestlers in returning state champ Justin Vines (132) and nationally ranked Jonathan Loew (195). Also ranked for Wantagh is #3 Josiah Encarnacion (106), #10 Christian Encarnacion (120), #10 Charles Maier (126), and #7 James Langan (170).
2. Minisink Valley
5 ranked wrestlers for MV led by #3 ranked Joey Yanis at 182 and #3 Dom Vetrano at 138. They also feature returning state qualifier Vinny Vetrano (#8 at 145), #6 Tim Ganuncio (170), and #4 Andrew Fenner at 285.
Returning State Runner-Up, nationally ranked Jake Silverstein headlines this squad's 5 ranked wrestlers. Freshman Luke Smith has potential to finish high at 99lbs and #5 Anthony DiBartolo (113), #5 Dan Mauriello (138) and #9 Nick Trentini (195) are guys who did not qualify for state last year but should be in the mix this year.
The returning champs are tied for 3rd in our preseason ranking points spread but with returning champ and #1 ranked Greg Diakomilahis (113) and some other hammers they could still be considered the team to beat. #2 Rocco Camillacci (99) is a little guy to watch that could rack some points up for them. Returning state qualifiers Ryan Burgos (#9 at 120) and Sammy DePrez (#4 at 182) give a solid nucleus for Hilton. Nate Whybra (#5 at 220) is a less known commodity to keep an eye on as well.
5. Eastport South Manor
Anytime you have the #1 ranked guy in the country on your team, you are threat to score major points. #1 Adam Busiello (126) is about as sure a thing as you will find in D1 this year and leads this squad. #3 Zach Redding (120) was 3rd last year at 106 and is also a hammer. Throw in the Gannones - Christian (#7 at 113) and Joseph (#5 at 160) and this team can score some points in Albany.