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Class Rankings - Top Sophomores

By Smitty, 08/30/18, 12:00PM EDT


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1. Stevo Poulin - Shenendehowa

2018’s Class of 2021 number 1 ranked wrestler is a no-brainer to all. Shenendehowa’s Stevo Poulin is as dominant as they come. The 2018 New York State Champion has a laundry list of accomplishments including a 45-1 record, 2018 ESC champion and a 2x Cadet freestyle all-american just to name a few. His constant attacks and ability to score from nearly any position makes Poulin such a force on the mat that it prevents his opponents from any type of offense possible. Stevo would tech his first 3 opponents at states by a combined score of 52-5. Stevo was on his way to a tech fall versus #4 Mason Bush of Central Valley at Eastern States before he pinned him. The dominance factor will continue to ensue and his prowess on the mat will continue to leave spectators in awe. Let the comparisons begin because in the end Poulin will finish as one of the all-time greats in New York State. 

2. Jordan Titus - Center Moriches

Titus defeating freshman #7 Jordan Soriano to advance to the 2018 state finals

It’s hard to argue number 2 here. With a 79-4 career record and runner-up the past two seasons in the state losing to the same opponent, Jordan Titus is defeating worthy to be in this position. Titus’s success along with a slew of Mattituck wrestlers have allowed Section 11 to emerge as a contender in division 2. Let’s be honest, Suffolk County is known as the top dog in division 1. Titus will continue to lead division 2 for the years coming. Spectators have had the luxury of watching his brawls with 2x state champion Anthony Noto of Honeoye Falls-Lima. At the 2018 ESC, Titus would outlast Noto in overtime to drop the champ into the wrestlebacks. A formidable 2nd place finish to JD/CBA’s Matt Griffin is just 1 of 4 career losses for Titus. In his two state tournaments, Jordan is 6-2 and has defeated some really great wrestlers along the way including sophomore #4 Mason Bush of Central Valley, freshmen #2 Carter Baer of Gouverneur and freshmen #7 Jordan Soriano of Clarke.   

3. Marek Bush - Central Valley

Marek Bush - 2018 113lb Division 2 New York State Champion

Ranks #3 and #4 are nearly identical…literally. Wrestling in division 2 in Section 3 is a battle week in and week out, month in and month out sometimes even daily…in the same practice room. Combined with NYS Champion Jon Charles and Brother Mason Bush, Marek Bush may have the best practice partners in the entire state. Let’s not forget about Dawson Mower also who is up and coming for the Thunder. Marek however seemed too had kicked it into an extra gear in the post season. Marek would win the section 3 championship by defeating teammate Charles and stud senior and 2x state place finisher Matt Garland of South Jefferson. The confidence and momentum would carry over at the Times Union Center. For his efforts and success, Bush would earn the top seed at states. His 54 win season concluded as he defeated Chandler Merwin of Walton in the NYS finals 4-2 and joining a prestigious list of state champions from Central Valley Academy. Marek enters his sophomore campaign with a 117-20 career record, 2x state place finisher (4th as an 8th grader) and continues to make Central Valley a top tier team in section 3.


4. Mason Bush - Central Valley

Bush (Top) getting ready to turn Swyer Bruce (Bottom) in a double arm bar

Mason joins Marek in nearly every category. Mason is 2x section 3 champion, 132-20 career record and a 2x NYS place finisher (3rd, 5th). Mason finished in second at the 2018 Eastern States Classic to the aforementioned Stevo Poulin. Mason would join brother Marek and enter the 2018 NYS tournament as the top seed in his weight class. Mason had been cruising through 99lbers the past seasons and was on pace to join brother Marek as New York state Champions. In 2018, the 99lb class proved deeper than most expected. It was definitely a weight class so diverse that it could have been wrestled 5 different times on 5 different weekends with 5 different winners. A weight class of that stature and quality made it extremely fun to watch. Bush would have to earn his 3rd place finish in 2018. He would outlast his first two opponents Caleb Svingala 4-2 and Swyer Bruce 3-1 to earn a spot in the semi-finals. A loss to eventual champion Dante Geislinger 6-2 dropped Bush in the wrestlebacks. Bush finished his 53 win season in style as he defeated sophomore #10 Andrew Lucinski 8-0 and freshmen #3 Carter Schubert 2-1.

5. Chase Liardi - Massapequa

Liardi (Green) locking up a farside cradle on Diresta (Blue)

It was a foregone conclusion that Chase Liardi and Stevo Poulin were on a collision course to meet in the NYS finals. Both wrestlers would enter the state tournament #1 and #2 and nobody would stand in their way. Liardi coasted through his first 3 opponents to set up the opening bout of the state finals against Poulin. Poulin relentless attack prevented Liardi from getting any momentum in the finals match. Liardi would go on to be defeated 6-1 and finish as the runner-up at 99lbs. En route to the state finals, Chase would defeat teammate and #5 freshmen Anthony Conetta to win the section 8 crown. St. Anthony’s Sean Flick would be Liardi’s first casualty Friday morning. As fate would have it,  Conetta would be the next foe. A dominant 6-0 win bolstered Liardi into Saturday’s semi-final bout versus Kings Park’s Thomas Diresta. A massive far side cradle sealed the deal for Liardi as he would cruise to a 9-2 victory. In two seasons with the Chiefs, Chase has an astounding 81-9 record and along with teammate Conetta have solidified the first two weights heading out of the gate for each dual meet. 

6. Cooper Kropman - Penfield

2018 Section 5 Champion Cooper Kropman

Section 5 gets their highest ranked sophomore in Penfield’s Cooper Kropman. Kropman is a 2x section 5 champion and holds down a respectable 117-18 career record. Cooper wrestled at 138lbs as an 8th grader and was the #6 seed at the state tournament. He would go 1-2 and not place but that didn’t stop what was yet to come. Kropman would rack up 43 wins as a freshman capped off with a 3rd place finish in NYS at 152lbs. Kropman would pin his opening opponent Adam Daghestani of Grand Island in 1:48. Cooper would take out his second section 6 opponent in the quarters besting Ryan Stencel of Lancaster 4-2 setting up an Eastern States Classic rematch with Matt Grippi of Fox Lane. The senior Grippi would outlast Kropman yet again dropping him onto the backside. Determined to finish strong, Cooper would coast through Holy Trinity’s Michael Marcy 10-2 and cap of his tournament by defeating the always tough Corey Connolly of Rocky Point 4-2. 

7. Jace Schafer - Palmyra Macedon

#7 Schafer (Purple) wrestling #10 Lucinski (Orange/Black) at 2018 NYS Tournament

A third Red Raider has made his way into the 2018 Class of 2021 rankings. Jace Schafer joins teammates #12 Ethan Ferro and #41 Kaleb Burgess as they lead Palmyra Macedon into the 2018-2019 season. Good luck to any team who must meander through the light weights of Pal-Mac. Individually, Schafer would barely win the section 5 championship as he ousted freshman #3 Carter Schubert in the ultimate tiebreaker. With 43 wins heading into states, Schafer would end up on line 4 and defeated Canton’s Matt Haycook 5-1 right out of the gate. Eventual state champion Dante Geislinger would pin Schafer in 2:55 dropping him into the wrestlebacks. Back to back wins against sophomore #46 Robert Horan and senior Swyer Bruce of Beekmantown earned Jace all state status. Jace would go onto finish in 5th place by defeating c/o 2021 #10 Andrew Lucinski 5-2. Remarkably Schafer would amass 47 wins as a freshman, an amazing accomplishment for any wrestler let alone a 9th grader.

8. Brock Delsignore - Shenendehowa

Delsignore (left) wrestling NYS Champion Terry Adams (Right)

Big changes in 2018-2019 for our #8 ranked sophomore Brock Delsignore. He will be attending Shenendehowa HS in the fall and be wrestling for the Plainsmen in the winter. Brock had previously won 2 section 2 titles for South Glens Falls. Carrying a 113-13 career record, Delsignore brings a winning attitude to one of section 2’s top teams. Brock will only make Shen better and plans to represent the Capital region for a 3rd time in 2019. After back to back 1-2 performances at states, expectations are through the roof and we fully expect to see Delsignore standing on the podium late Saturday night. The depth in Division 1 at the light weights ridiculous considering Brock’s 4 state losses have come to Marco Vespa of Monroe Woodbury (3rd place finisher), Ryan Burgos of section 5 powerhouse Hilton, Terry Adams of Monsignor Farrell (State Champion) and Christian Gannone of  Eastport South Manor. With another season under his belt, some added experience and a great practice room should propel Delsignore into one of the top 126/132 pounders in the state. 

9. Chase Daudelin - Corning

Daudelin picking up the victory over Nick Karamoshes of Section 8 at states.

Chase enters at #9 and carries a 54-9 career record heading into his sophomore season. The Corning Hawk would win a section 4 title in 2018 and enter states unseeded and unbeknown. At the conclusion of the 120lb bracket Chase would find himself standing on the podium. A plethora of upperclassmen flooded the bracket with Chase taking out 3 seniors en route to his 6th place finish. Daudelin would defeat #5 seed Eli Sims of Rush Henrietta in round one 7-4 before falling to Tyler Kellison of JD/CBA 14-7. On the back side, Chase would coast through seniors Nick Karamoshes of Massapequa via fall and Connor Llewellyn of Chaminade 14-0. After falling to Columbia’s Michael Gonyea, Eli Sims would get a little revenge as he defeated Daudelin for 5th place 4-3. Chase would finish his freshmen campaign with 30 wins.

10. Andrew Lucinski - Newfane

Lucinski (Blue/Gray) wrestling Luke Tomlinson of Maple Grove in the section 6 finals

Originally #11 in the sophomore rankings Andrew Lucinski, with the removal of #7 Myles Griffin as he transferred to Lakeland High Prep in Orlando, FL, moves up into the #10 spot. Lucinski would win the 99lb section 6 championship defeating a tough Luke Tomlinson of Maple Grove. Like Daudelin, Lucinski would enter states unseeded. Andrew would make the best of it by placing 6th. Lucinski would defeat sophomore #39 Cody Merwin in round one 9-4. After falling to eventual NYS runner-up Devin Coleman of Camden, Lucinksi would defeat Caleb Svingala of Maple Hill 2-0 and sophomore #32 Jake Murphy 5-1 to earn all-state honors. Andrew would drop his final two matches to top seed Mason Bush of Central Valley 8-0 and #4 seed Jace Schafer of Pal-Mac 5-2.

Rank Wrestler School-Section Division l
11 Ethan Ferro Palmyra Macedon-5 2 126
12 Dan Gibson Port Washington-8 1 120
13 Tyler Rice Norwich-4 2 220
14 Mikey Evans Springville-6 2 106
15 Dante Rigal Johnson City-4 1 99
16 Jake Schneider MacArthur-8 1 106
17 Lucas Scott Chenango Forks-4 1 220
18 Jack Spahn Islip-11 1 145
19 Joey Scheeren Galway-2 2 106
20 Anthony Surace Webster Schroeder-5 1 106

#14 Mikey Evans of Springville (Black) wrestling Lowville's Micah Roes @ 2018 NYS tournament

This next group of wrestlers are on the verge of breaking the top 10. Resumes play a huge role when determining rankings and ranks #11-#20 fail to disappoint. Six sectional champions and three NYS place finishers amongst this group lead by #11 Ethan Ferro of Palmyra Macedon. Ferro is a 3x NYS qualifier with a 107-15 career record. Ethan was a section 5 champion in 2016 at 99lbs and finished second in both 2017 and 2018. Although Ferro has yet to place at states, he brings a wealth of experience and stability to the Pal-Mac squad.  Ferro joins teammate Kaleb Burgess and perhaps even a third Red Raider in the 2018 sophomore rankings. 

Over the years, section 8 division 1 has proved their strength and depth when it comes to their representatives at states. Some wrestlers don’t even win the county tournament yet go on to make the podium in Albany. Dan Gibson of Port Washington falls into the category. The #12 ranked sophomore would finish second to Nick Tannuzzo of Manhasset but with the sectional strength of section 8 Gibson would earn a wildcard. Gibson would finish 6th in NYS which is an amazing feat since he lost his first match against Indian River’s Logan Patterson 14-0. The Viking would reel off 3 straight wins, 2 of which were over highly touted Ryan Burgos of Hilton and 2017 NYS Runner-up Cody Anders of Brockport. The two section 8 stars (Gibson and Tannuzzo) would meet in the 5th-6th place match with Tannuzzo besting Gibson yet again 4-3. 

Norwich’s Tyler Rice is the anchor on the back end of the Norwich squad. Wrestling at 220lbs as a freshman in 2018, Rice stood up to the expectations and would finish a modest 5th place in NYS.  Wrestling against upperclassmen all season proved vital in the success of Tyler’s season as he would go on to make the semi-finals losing to eventual NYS champion Joe Benedict of Sandy Creek. After dropping his consi-semis match to Jack Binder of Warrensburg, Rice would cap of his 37 win season with a 5-4 decision over Keagan Carmenatty of South Seneca. 

Mikey Evans joins the party at #14. Evans is a 2x section 6 champion from Springville HS. The western NY grappler made the blood round in 2017 losing to Section 3’s Marek Bush of Central Valley 10-3. The section 3 trend would continue in 2018 as Mikey’s season would end at the hands of 4th place finisher Micah Roes of Lowville 6-5. Evans has all state status in sight for 2019 and plans to bolster a section 6 squad on the upswing in division 2. 

Dante Rigal of Johnson City would win the section 4 title at 99lbs and enter our rankings at #15. Rigal would advance in round one against Colin Coughenour of Niagara Wheatfield. Rigal’s momentum ended at the hands of eventual state champion Stevo Poulin of Shenendehowa dropping Dante into the wrestlebacks. Sean Flick of Catholic powerhouse St. Anthony's would defeat Rigal ending his season.  Rigal season would be over after amassing 40 wins.

Not making the state tournament doesn’t diminish your ability or stature in the wrestling world. You may simply fall behind someone like Josiah Encarnacion who is an absolute stud on a 31-0 state championship team. Our #16 sophomore falls under that category. MacArthur’s Jake Schneider would finish second in the section 8 tournament. As stated above, section 8 division 1 is a gauntlet of brutality and grit. Every year, above average grapplers from section 8 miss out on states due to the mere strength of Nassau County. Schneider’s runner-up in 2018 sticks out because we all know Jake can compete with the best from around the state. 2019 should be a launch pad for the MacArthur General culminating in a berth at the state tournament. 

Lucas Scott was a 2018 section 4 champion in 2018. Scott joins Blue Devil teammate Logan Gumble in our sophomore rankings. Scott proved that he belonged by defeating #6 seed Boaz Smart in round one 3-2. After consecutive losses to #3 seed Halil Gecaj and #4 seed Leo Rabinovich, Scott freshman season would come to an end with 31 wins. Like fellow section 4 220lber Tyler Rice, Scott performed very well at such a weight where freshmen tend to falter. Except both Rice and Scott to anchor section 4’s heavyweights in the coming years.

Jack Spahn of Islip is up next. #18 ranked sophomore would finish 3rd in section 11 at 145lbs in a weight where the top 2, Danny Mauriello and Ryan Burgbacher, are underclassmen as well. All 3 wrestlers from the 145lb class qualified for states. Spahn wouldn’t place at states in 2018 going 1-2. He lone win would come against PSAL’s Jahongir Davronov of Midwood 5-3. Jack’s season would end in the next round as he would fall to eventual 3rd place finisher Warren McDougald of Section 6 powerhouse Niagara Wheatfield 10-5. 

Section 2 champion Joey Scheeren enters at #19 of the 2018 Class of 2021 rankings.The Golden Eagle looks to improve and make the podium in Albany in 2019. Scheeren would make the blood round of states losing to freshmen #2 Carter Baer of Gouverneur 7-4. At #20 Webster Schroeder’s Anthony Surace is a section 5 runner-up losing to freshman #1 Jayden Scott of Rush Henrietta. Surace’s 41 wins is a great stepping stone heading into 2019 and a repeat appearance at the NYS tournament. 


Rank Wrestler School-Section Division Last year's weight
21 Nate Wade West Genesee-3 1 99
22 Christian Hansen St. Anthony's-C 1 132
23 Connor Pearce Shoreham Wading River-11 2 113
24 Jake Null Dolgeville-3 2 152
25 Jeremiah Echeverria Long Beach-8 1 99
26 Tyler Joseph Harrison-1 1 113
27 Logan Gumble Chenango Forks-4 1 120
28 Alec Richards Corinth-2 2 120
29 Brody Oleksak BGAH-4 2 120
30 Jake Murphy Seaford-8 2 99

#21 Nate Wade turning Colin Coughenour in a half nelson @ 2018 NYS tournament

Nate Wade of West Genesee barely misses out on the top 20. At #21, Wade would lose in the blood round at states to Horace Greeley’s Matthew Schreiber 5-0. Wade earned a spot in the blood round by defeating freshman #5 Anthony Conetta of Massapequa 3-2 and Section 6's Colin Coughenour via injury default.

Christian Hansen joins the rankings at #22. Little be known to most, Christian has won 2 sectional championship for 2 different sections in 2 different divisions. He would win his first title in division 2 Section 8 at 99lbs in 2016. He would claim his second title in division 1 for CHSAA tin 2018 at 132lbs. Hansen has yet to make day 2 of the tournament but his experience should lift him this year and potentially end with a podium appearance. The last sectional champion of this group belongs to Connor Pearce of Shoreham Wading River. The #23 ranked and 2018 section 11 champion would pin a former section 11 champion Ricky D’elia of Port Jefferson in the finale at counties. Pearce would go 1-2 at states with his win coming against the always tough Drew Schafer of Pal-Mac.

At #24 and #25 are two wrestlers who may be under the radar up to this point. Jake Null of Dolgeville and Jeremiah Echeverria of Long Beach both placed 3rd in their respective sectional tournaments in 2018. Offseason success for both of these wrestlers has provided them with experience and grit to succeed in 2019. Null and Echeverria were teammates for Team NY in the cadet division this offseason. Null would fare well competing at the Fargo dome as he would go 10-2 in freestyle claiming 4th place and all-american status.  Echeverria would finish with a 2-2 record in a very deep 106lb class.

Harrison’s Tyler Joseph is a section 1 runner-up losing to freshman #10 Tim Bova of Arlington. An 0-2 performance in Albany should light a fire under the huskie as he heads into his sophomore season. All of section 1 is in for a treat as Joseph and Bova are on a collision course yet again to meet in the section 1 finals.

Logan Gumble of Chenango Forks is on the cusp of representing section 4 in Albany. A runner-up finish in 2018 should help with wildcard points for 2019. A ton of offseason wrestling should help close gap against some of section 4’s hammers that have been preventing Logan from wearing the classic “IV” singlet.  Alec Richards of Corinth enters behind Gumble at #27. Like Gumble, Richards is in the unfortunate spot of being behind an absolute stud in Trent Svingala of Maple Hill. A third place finish in 2018 and perhaps a finals appearance in 2019 could quite possibly be enough wildcard points to earn a berth into the 2019 state tournament. 

Brody Oleksak was a 2017 NYS qualifier. Unfortunately his 2018 season ended due to injury. Oleksak leads a BGAH team into 2018-2019 in hopes to returning to Albany and representing the red clad Section 4 team.  Jake Murphy of Seaford, who was a 2018 Section 8 Champion enters at #30. Murphy would lose in the blood round to sophomore #10 Andrew Lucinski of Newfane concluding a successful freshmen season with 30 wins. Murphy's two wins at states would come against #31 Nikko Walsh of Rondout Valley and #51 Matt Haycook of Canton.

Rank Wrestler School-Section Division Last year's weight
31 Nikko Walsh Rondout Valley-9 2 99
32 Nick Palso Ballston Spa-2 1 99
33 Aidan Aroaz Wantagh-8 1 113
34 Ethan Palanca New Paltz-9 2 120
35 Brendon Ramsey Chautauqua Lake-6 2 120
36 Isaac Crane Caledonia Mumford-5 2 106
37 Cody Merwin Walton-4 2 99
38 Dylan Price Onondaga-3 2 126
39 Kaleb Burgess Palmyra Macedon-5 2 120
40 James Araneo Ward Melville-11 1 160
#21 Nikko Walsh wrestling ELSW's Joey Curreri in the Section 9 Finals

#31 Nikko Walsh wrestling ELSW's Joey Curreri in the Section 9 Finals

Ranks #31-#40 bolster a lot of state tournament experience. Eight of the ten wrestlers have dawned their presence at the Times Union Center in Late February. Five of the ten are sectional champions.

Nikko Walsh of Rondout Valley is a 2x Section 9 Champion and comes in at #31. Entering as the #3 seed at states, Walsh would go 1-2 ending his season with 29 wins. Nikko is expecting bigger results in 2019 as he aims for his 3rd section 9 crown.

Ballston Spa’s Nick Palso would get his feet wet at the NYS tournament in 2018 as he would claim the 99lb Section 2 championship. Nick would lose both matches to Section 11 hammers Luke Smith of Hauppauge and #12 ranked freshmen Jared Weinhaus of Sachem East. Ranks #34 and #35 belong to a pair of 120lbers from opposite ends of the state. Ethan Palanca and Brendon Ramsey were both sectional champions in 2018 and both of their seasons would come to an end by the hands of the same wrestler, Joe Powers of Port Byron. Powers would defeat Ramsey 4-1 and Palanca 5-2. 

Aidan Araoz of Wantagh enters at #33. Araoz was a part of the 2018 NYSPHSAA Dual Meet Champions Wantagh squad that went 31-0. Individually Araoz would finish as the runner-up in Section 8 at 113lbs losing to Xavier Pommells of Uniondale 6-3 in the finale. For his efforts, Araoz had enough wildcard points to earn a spot on the bracket at 113lbs. 

Ranks #36-#38 all failed to win their sectional tournaments however all mustered up enough wildcard points to earn a spot on a bracket. In Division 2, Sections 3, 4 and 5 are the powerhouses and ultimately earn the most wildcards every season. Isaac Crane of Caledonia Mumford, Cody Merwin of Walton and Dylan Price of Onondaga all were beneficiaries of the sectional strength of their respective regions. Crane would finish 1-2 in 2018. He lone win would be against Brandon Fallon of Petrides 9-4. Merwin, like Jake Murphy, would falter to Andrew Lucinski dropping him into the wrestlebacks. A mere 5-4 loss to Jerome Scott would end Cody’s season. Cody, along with older brother Chandler, will lead a young Walton team this upcoming season. Both Merwin brothers fully expect to represent Section 4 in 2019. Dylan price of Onondaga rounds out this portion of the rankings at #40. After finishing 3rd in Section 3 in both 2017 and 2018, Price is looking to get over the hump and makes the finals in 2019. Price would earn a wildcard berth in 2017 so he does have state tournament experience. Although Price would go 0-2, representing the powerhouse Section 3 is always an honor and an accomplishment. 

Kaleb Burgess comes in at #39. Burgess would lose a close one to Bradley Cheek in the section 5 finals 8-7 in overtime. Burgess carries an 85-15 career record heading into his sophomore season. We should fully expect Kaleb to be dawning the purple and white “V” singlet in late February.

Ward Melville gets their second wrestler in the sophomore rankings in James Araneo. The #40 ranked sophomore had a successful freshmen campaign for wrestling at 160lbs. One can argue how hard it is for a freshman to compete at 160lbs…in section 11 none the less. Araneo is the younger brother of state champion and Princeton heavyweight Christian Araneo. We should fully expect the Ward Melville teammates, Araneo and #72 Cracchiola, to be in contention for a berth in the 2019 NYS tournament. 


Rank Wrestler School-Section Division Last year's weight
41 Hunter McKenna Warrensburg-2 2 145
42 Will Carano Putnam Valley-1 2 126
43 Cam Bundy Owego-4 2 160
44 Robert Horan Hackley-I 2 99
45 Nick Ross Onteora-9 2 126
46 Luca Pirozzolo Auburn-3 1 113
47 Ryan Nugent Newfane-6 2 120
48 Mike Catanzaro Williamsville North-6 1 113
49 Andrew Maiorini Hauppauge-11 1 99
50 Zack Swyers Peru-7 2 145

2x Section 9 Champion Nick Ross of Onteora

Nick Ross of Onteora joins brother Pat in the NYWN sophomore rankings. Nick enters in at #45 and is a 2x Section 9 Champion. Ross would have an extremely tough draw at states losing to the #4 and #5 seed. The Ross duo, along with older brother Nate, will lead the Onteora squad into 2018-2019. The eldest brother Dillon was a NYS Runner-Up last season at 170lbs. 

Robert Horan of Hackley is the last sectional champion of this group. Horan would pick up his only win at states against Section 11’s Joe Sparacio. Robert’s season would end at the hands of stud sophomore Jace Schafer of Palmyra-Macedon.

Four sectional runner-ups dawn this section of the sophomore rankings. The privilege and pageantry that comes with representing your section at the state tournament is like no other. #41 Hunter McKenna of Warrensburg, #42 Will Carano of Putnam Valley, #46 Luca Pirozzolo of Auburn and #47 Ryan Nugent of Newfane all felt the agony of defeat in 2018. That sectional final loss should definitely fuel the fire and push these four individuals as they enter their sophomore campaigns. 

A couple of third place finishers in Cam Bundy of Owego and Mike Catanzaro of Williamsville North enter the ranks at #43 and #48. Bundy, like Araneo, wrestled 160lbs as a freshman. Cam would lose to eventual champion Max Johnson of Tioga in the quarterfinal round. Bundy would then reel off an impressive four straight wins to finish 3rd place in Section 4. Catanzaro lost a close battle to Cody Pool of Jamestown 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Section 6 tournament. Mike would coast to a 3rd place finish by pinning Paul Cantafio of West Seneca West and Harith Alkalahf of Sweet Home.

Like Matthew Cracchiola, #49 Andrew Maiorini of Hauppauge was in the 99lb weight class in the Section 11 tournament.  Maiorini would defeat #72 Cracchiola 2-0 in sudden victory overtime propelling him to a 4th place finish. Although falling to qualify for states, Maiorini is adjusting to the grueling Suffolk County lightweight dog fight. #50 Zach Swyers of Peru would meet #56 Joseph Cummings of Gouverneur in the first round of the state tournament with Swyers coming away with a 6-0 victory. Swyers is the 2nd Sectional champion in this group joining Ross. Swyers would make the blood round at states losing to Locust Valley's Jack Ward 2-1.

Rank Wrestler School-Section Division Last year's weight
51 Matt Haycook Canton-10 2 99
52 Chris Petteys Hudson Falls-2 2 99
53 Todd Degroat Vestal-4 1 182
54 Peter Meshkov Niskayuna-2 1 145
55 Joey Curreri ELSW-9 2 99
56 Joseph Cummings Gouverneur-10 2 145
57 Blake Brooks Elmira-4 1 106
58 Julian Martin Lake Shore-6 2 113
59 Jake Deguire Mohonasen-2 1 120
60 David Ball Gowanda-6 2 99
61 Sean Malenfant Averill Park-2 1 138

Overview: Ranks #51-#61

Matt Haycook (Black) vs Jace Schafer (Purple) @ 2018 NYS tournament

The next set of rankings have a combined 3 sectional titles. Two of them come from the Big County up north, Section 10's Matt Haycook of Canton and Joseph Cummings of Gouverneur. Cummings also won a sectional title as a 7th grader for Gouverneur. The 3rd Sectional champion in this group is Section 4 champion Blake Brooks of Elmira. All 3 champions failed to place at states but bring depth and experience to their respective 2018-2019 sectional teams. 

Section 2 adds four more wrestlers to the sophomore rankings. Chris Petteys of Hudson Falls and Peter Meshkov of Niskayuna both finished in 2nd place at the Section 2 tournament. Jake Deguire of Mohonasen and Sean Malenfant of Averill Park finished 3rd. All four are legit contenders in representing the Capital Region at the 2019 NYS Tournament. 

Both #55 Joey Curreri and #58 Julian Martin were one match away from winning a sectional title in 2018, losing in the finals of their respective sectional tournaments.

#53 Todd Degroat of Vestal and #60 David Ball of Gowanda also put together formidable seasons in 2018 and expect to make some noise in the future. 


Rank Wrestler School-Section Division Last year's weight
62 Pat Ross Onteora-9 2 120
63 Garret Swan Southwestern-6 2 106
64 David Ordonez Putnam Valley-1 2 99
65 Josh Jelonek Lancaster-6 1 126
66 Adam Fenner Minisink Valley-9 1 220
67 Greg Hotaling Cobleskill-Richmondville-2 2 132
68 Mark Kuhn Niagara Wheatfield-6 1 99
69 Avery Leonard Cooperstown-3 2 99
70 Hunter Lundberg Putnam Valley-1 2 113
71 Evan Hewett Minisink Valley-9 1 73
72 Matthew Cracchiola Ward Melville-11 1 99
73 Landen Snyder Ausable Valley-7 2 126

Overview: Ranks #64-#73

Lundberg (Black) vs Santana (Orange) in the 2018 Section 1 finals

Ranks #64-#73 are highlighted by 2 pairs of teammates from the down state region. Putnam Valley out of Section 1 has lightweights David Ordonez and Hunter Lundberg coming in at #64 and #70 respectively. Both wrestlers finished in 2nd place in the Section 1 tournament losing to Pawling teammates Jerome Scott and Alex Santana. Lundberg would take the place of Santana at the NYS tournament and finished 0-2. The second pair of teammates are Minisink Valley's Adam Fenner (#66) and Evan Hewett (#71). Both warriors are Section 9 place finishers and bring experience and stability to one of Section 9's top teams. 

Section 6 starts off the sophomore rankings with 3 wrestlers in Garret Swan (#63), Josh Jelonek (#65) and Mark Kuhn (#68). The western NY grapplers  all finished their freshmen seasons in the consi-finals of the Section 6 tournament. 

Section 11's Matthew Cracchiola of Ward Meville is highlighted at #72. Cracchiola, wrestling at 99lbs, placed 6th in the Suffolk County tournament. The top 3 at 99lbs all earned berths into the 2018 NYS Tournament proving how deep Section 11 is as a whole.

Pat Ross of Onteora, Greg Hotaling of Cobleskill, Avery Leonard of Cooperstown and Landen Snyder of Ausable Valley are all on the cusp of representing their sections in late February at The Times Union Center.



Class of 2021 by the numbers: 73 Wrestlers

2 - State Champions

11 - NYS Place Finishers

30 - Sectional Champions


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