Scott (Black/Gold) vs Terry Adams (Maroon) in the 2018 NYS Finals
78 wins and Jayden Scott isn’t even in high school yet. That an insane win total that will only continue to grow over the next 4 years. Jayden had 38 wins as a 7th grader followed up by 40 wins as an 8th grader. The Royal Comet took the 106lb weight at the 2018 NYS tournament by surprise. Scott seemed like such a long shot in this weight that included 3x NYS place finisher Matt Griffin of JD/CBA, NYS Champion Terry Adams of Monsignor Farrell, NYS place finishers Josiah Encarnacion of Wantagh and Ivan Garcia of Port Chester and that were just the top 4 seeds. Dennis Robin of Arlington is a NYS place finisher, Ty Bartolomei of North Tonawanda came in with a 40-0 record, Commack’s Jake Eckerle just wrapped up a solid Section 11 tournament and #6 ranked freshmen Kole Mulhauser of Central Square provided even more depth. Needless to say, 106lbs may have been one of the deepest weights in the tournament. Jayden would show extreme composure and poise as he maneuvered through the aforementioned Mulhauser 7-6. An underdog going into his quarterfinal match against 50 match winner and #2 seed Ivan Garcia, Scott managed to keep the match tied going into the ultimate tie-breaker and rode out Garcia to secure an exhilarating 3-2 win and a berth into Saturday morning’s semi-final match against #3 seed Josiah Encarnacion. Speed and quickness proved a little much as Scott provided the Times Union Center with yet another upset as he defeated Encarnacion 5-3. Wrestling on the biggest stage of them all, the New York State Finals, Terry Adams of Monsignor Farrell would be the only thing in between Jayden Scott and an illustrious state championship. Adams would halt Scott’s magical 2018 run by a 3-2 decision. Runner-Up in NYS as an 8th grader is an amazing feat and nothing to hang your head on. With that, Jayden Scott earns New York Wrestling News #1 ranked freshman for 2018.
Baer (Yellow) dec. Jordan Soriano (Green) 3-2 @ 2018 NYS Tournament
Section 10’s lone representative in the freshman rankings is Carter Baer from Gouverneur. Carter is off to a stellar career compiling a 70-12 record and is on pace to become the 4th ever 6x Section 10 Champion joining fellow Wildcat Josh Denesha, Malone’s Paul Plaff and Canton’s Ryan Brown. On top of Baer's 4th place finish at the 2018 NHSCA Middle School Nationals, the #2 ranked freshmen is already a 2x NYS place finisher (5th, 6th). In both his 7th and 8th grade years at the NYS tournament, Carter would end up on the backside on day 1 losing in the quarterfinals both times. Unfazed by the early losses, Baer would combine superb wrestling and timely scoring to advance to the consi-semis each year and earning all-state status. In 2018, Carter wrapped up his 5th place finish by getting revenge on his frontside loss to #7 ranked freshmen Jordan Soriano 3-2.
Schubert (Purple) vs Devin Coleman (Blue/Yellow) - Semi-finals 2018 NYS Tournament
Section 5 has their 3rd top 10 wrestler and 7th overall in the freshman class rankings. Carter is a 2x NYS Qualifier and has a 77-14 career record heading into his freshman year. Schubert has yet to win a Section 5 title but has earned a wildcard berth into the NYS tournament each of his first 2 seasons. As a 7th grader, Carter would go 1-2 but did have a nice win over Section 2’s Caleb Svingala 1-0. 2018 would be a different result as Schubert would earn a spot in the semi-finals by defeating Robert Horan of Hackley via fall and Nikko Walsh of Rondout Valley 6-0. Senior Devin Coleman of Camden (Section 3) would put an end to Carter run by a score of 2-1 in overtime. The overtime trend would continue as Schubert defeated Section 5 Champion Jace Schafer 1-0 in the ultimate tie-breaker. Schafer defeated Schubert 4-3 in the ultimate tie-breaker two weeks prior in the Section 5 finals. Schubert would cap his 8th grade season off with a 4th place finish losing to Mason Bush of Central Valley 2-1. Carter is also a 2x NHSCA Middle School All-American (5th, 6th).
Camillaci (Purple) vs 2018 NYS Champion Stevo Poulin (Red)
Rocco has put together quite a resume thus far for only heading into his freshman campaign. After going 0-2 in the 2017 Section 5 tournament, Camillaci would flip the script and win the Section 5 tournament in 2018. Supporting a 74-26 career record, Camillaci earned the #6 seed heading into the 2018 NYS tournament. Rocco would earn a spot in the semi-finals by defeating the Section 11 gauntlet of freshman #12 Jared Weinhaus of Sachem East 2-1 and Luke Smith of Hauppauge 8-4. After dropping his semi-finals match to eventual state champion Stevo Poulin of Shenendehowa, Rocco would lose to Section 1’s Matthew Schreiber on the backside putting him in the 5th/6th place match. He would go on to defeat another Section 11 foe Thomas Diresta of Kings Parks 14-4 and earning a 5th place finish.
Conetta (Green/Black) wrestling Nate Wade (Blue/Yellow) @ 2018 NYS Tournament
Overshadowed by NYS Runner-up and teammate Chase Liardi most of the year, Conetta held his own in 2017-2018 putting together a 36-8 record and earning a berth into the 2018 NYS Tournament. Liardi bested Conetta at the Division 1 qualifier and Section 8 tournament 4-1, 7-2 respectively. As luck would have it, both Massapequa grapplers were on pace to meet in the quarterfinals of the NYS tournament. Liardi would yet again defeat Conetta 6-0 and dropping him to the backside against Nate Wade of Section 3. A disappointing 3-2 loss to Wade ended Conetta’s season. One can’t argue with Anthony’s success or poise and many expect Conetta to make another NYS tournament appearance in 2019.
2018 could be a huge year for Kole Mulhauser. He finished runner-up in the Section 3 tournament the past 2 seasons to the Griffin Brothers from JD/CBA. With Matt graduated and Myles a little heavier now, Mulhauser is on pace to claim his first Section 3 title and second NYS berth. Holding down a 76-12 career record, Kole expects to surpass the century mark in 2018. At the NYS tournament, Kole lost a heartbreaker to NYS Finalist Jayden Scott of Rush Henrietta 7-6 in round 1 and 9-6 to tough Section 11 Champion Jack Eckerle of Commack. Many expect Kole to reach the podium this season and thus propelling Section 3 Division 1 into a formidable team contender. Off season wrestling has paid dividends for Kole as he is a 2x NHSCA All-American (7th, 8th) and placed 4th at Super 32 in 2017.
Soriano (Green) in on a low single vs Isaiah Roes (Section 3)
In 2018, Jordan would win the 106lb Section 8 Division 2 title. Section 8 is well known statewide for their Division 1 team however their division 2 team has been making strides in the past couple years and the now freshman Soriano is adding to their success. At the 2018 NYS tournament, Soriano proved that seeds are just a number and that if you aren’t ready to go on Friday morning then you can find yourself in the wrestlebacks very quickly. Coming off line 13, Jordan would knock off #4 seed Micah Roes (Section 3) 5-3 and #5 seed Carter Baer (Section 10) 3-1. Jordan’s run would come to an end with a loss to top seed Jordan Titus of Center Moriches 3-1. Soriano would finish in 6th place as he would drop both wrestle back matches to Roes and Baer 7-3 SV1 and 3-2 respectively.
Sanko (bottom) vs Eli Sims (Top) in the Section 5 finals
Normally wrestlers who succeed during their 8th grade year tend to be at 99lbs, 106lbs or even 113lbs. Nick Sanko is one of the exceptions. Capping off a 39-8 season at 126lbs, Sanko would finish as the runner-up in Section 5 to eventual NYS 5th place finisher Eli Sims of Rush Henrietta however he would earn a wildcard berth. Sanko would get a win at the NYS tournament over Section 8 senior Jared Altan of Plainedge 4-3. Nick also adds a NHSCA Runner-up finish in 2018 at 135lbs to his ever growing resume.
George makes the list at number 9 and brings along a load of talent and pedigree. Although Oroudjov missed out on the 2018 NYS tournament, he did have a fantastic season in which he finished in 3rd place at 113lbs at the always tough Section 8 Division 1 tournament. George would lose to eventual champion Xavier Pommells (Uniondale) 11-6 in the quarterfinals. Oroudjov would make his case for a wildcard by reeling off 4 straight wins capped off with a 7-0 shutout over top seed Alex Almonte of Farmingdale.
Tim burst on the scene in Section 1 during the 2017-2018 season. His magical run culminated with a berth in the NYS Tournament by winning the Section 1 tournament. Going into the Section 1 tournament, Bova would be on line 4 and a tough road ahead of him. With top seed CJ McMonegal of North Rockland getting knocked off early, that opened the door for Bova to make a run at a sectional championship. Bova would go on to defeat Harrison’s Tyler Joseph 4-2 in the title bout.
Eric Tigue (Red) defeats 2016 NYS Champion Jon Charles (Blue) 5-3
Ranks #11-#20 include 6 division 1 wrestlers and 4 division 2 wrestlers. #20 Dominic Vinci and #19 Joe Berenson finished 3rd and 2nd respectively at 99lbs in the Section 5 tournament. Ben Rogers of 2018 State Champions Wantagh comes in at number 18. Rogers would finish 4th in the Section 8 tournament behind 3 hammers, 1 of which made the top 10 in our freshman rankings.
Columbia teammates Mike Altomer and Sam Bergin come in at #17 and #15 respectively. Both Altomer and Bergin are NHSCA Middle School All-Americans and placed at the Section 2 championships in 2018. Bergin would finish as a runner-up at 160lbs. To be able to compete and be successful at an upper weight as a freshman is an impressive feat. Sandwiched between Altomer and Bergin is Section 6's Luke Tomlinson. Tomlinson had a tremendous 8th grade season for Maple Grove with it ending in the Section 6 finals to Andrew Lucinski of Newfane, who would go onto finish 6th in NYS.
At #14, Warrensburg has their second wrestler in the top 32 in Dylan Winchell. Winchell is a 2x Section 2 place finisher and earned a 2018 NYS wildcard berth. His 2018 state tournament would end with losses to eventual 3rd place finisher Len Balducci of Pleasantville 8-6 and Robert Foley of Saranac 11-7 in sudden victory overtime. Carson Alberti of Depew enters at #13. Carson was a 2017 Section 6 runner-up and NYS qualifier at 99lbs as a 7th grader. Alberti would go onto finish 3rd in Section 6 in 2018 and fail to earn a wildcard berth. His experience at such a young age should propel Carson into a successful varsity career.
Suffolk County has their second freshman ranked in the top 32 in Jared Weinhaus. The 12th ranked freshman from Sachem East has exceptional talent and is in store for a stellar career for the Flaming Arrows. Weinhaus would earn a wildcard berth into the 2018 NYS tournament at 99lbs. Jared would be at the mercy of an extremely tough 99lb bracket as he would lose to evenutal 4th place finisher Matthew Schreiber of Horace Greeley and 5th place finisher Rocco Camillaci of Hilton. Weinhaus's 33rd and final win as an 8th grader would come against Section 2's Nick Palso via fall in 44 seconds.
Just missing out on the top 10 is Port Jervis's Eric Tigue. The #11 ranked freshman was a 2018 Section 9 Champion, the second 8th grader to do so in school history. Tigue had a solid 8th grade campaign which included a colossal win over 2016 NYS Champion Jon Charles of Central Valley 5-3. Eric would defeat #23 Mohamed Alshawi in the first round of states 9-1 before losing to Matt Garland of South Jefferson 6-0. Tigue would make a solid run at becoming all state but would fall short in the blood round to Jack Bosco of Hackley 11-9 in sudden victory overtime.
|Rank||Wrestler||School-Section||Division||Last year's weight|
|11||Eric Tigue||Port Jervis-9||2||113|
|12||Jared Weinhaus||Sachem East-11||1||99|
|16||Luke Tomlinson||Maple Grover-6||2||99|
|19||Joe Berenson||Webster Schroeder-5||1||99|
Ranks 21-32 bring two sectional champions in Mohamed Alshawi (Section 6) and Joe Sparacio (Section 11), two NHSCA Middle School All-Americans in Emmett Wood (Tioga) and Jashon Holmes (Shaker) and three sectional runner-ups. Both Alshawi and Sparacio went 0-2 at the 2018 NYS tournament. Shaker teammates Mike Santore and Jashon Holmes look to get over the hump and represent the capital region at the 2019 NYS tournament. Section 5 has a bright future with Mitchell Gaiser coming up through the ranks. Gaiser is the little brother of 2017 NYS Champion Matthew Gaiser.
|Rank||Wrestler||School-Section||Division||Last year's weight|
|22||Joe Sparacio||Bayport Blue-Point-11||2||99|
|26||Brian Bielec||Grand Island-6||1||99|
|28||Justin Fortugno||Byram Hills-1||1||99|
|30||Justin Hoffman||Fox Lane-1||1||99|
|31||Alex Booth||Indian River-3||1||99|
Class of 2022 rankings by the numbers:
1 – NYS Runner-Up
5 – NYS Place Finishers
8 – Sectional Champions
9 – NHSCA Middle School All-Americans
11 – Sectional Runner-Ups
Top 10 overall career record (Minus Oroudjov) – 587-119 (83.1 Win %)
All weekend long, NYWAY is having its annual post season regional tournaments. Every region of New York will host qualifying events for NYWAY members to earn the right to compete at the NYWAY State Championships.
This year, as in most, NYWAY has seen an increase of 20-25% in membership annually. That increase will again make NYWAY State Championships the largest wrestling tournament in New York. Last year NYWAY saw 1490 boys and girls compete for a State Championship at SUNY Brockport.
With the Regional registration closing Saturday night, NYWAY looks to again increase in its membership. NYWAY has set a goal to have 1600 boys and girls vie for a NYWAY State Title next weekend at SUNY Brockport.
Good luck to all competing this weekend. For information on the NYWAY State Championships please visit their website at www.nyway.org.