Shenendehowa sophomore Stevo Poulin wasn't even slated to wrestle in Greensboro this past weekend. A last minute decision to dance with some of the nation's best proved pitoval and rewarding in the end. Naysayers throughout the country thought that Poulin would falter at some point during the tournament. Stevo wanted no regrets and would leave it all on the mat on one of the biggest stages in the country. After a rough 4-2 opening match win against California's Ryan Luna, the 2018 NYS Champion would hit his stride and be in cruise control the rest of the way. A 25 second pin followed by a 12-4 major decision and a 15-0 tech fall landed Stevo into the quarterfinals.
After blasting through Pennsylvania's Gary Steen 13-2, New Jersey's Kelly Dunnigan was waiting in the balance. Poulin would put on a takedown clinic in the semi-finals. A brilliant performance on his feet left most of the Greensboro Coliseum in awe following a dominating 10-3 decision. Heading into the finale against Iowa's Drake Ayala, Stevo was determined to cap off the tournament with a bang. After the first 2 periods, Poulin had built an 8-3 lead heading into the final stanza. A late push by Ayala kept the crowd alive. When the action ceased, Stevo's hand was raised in triumph as he scored an 11-8 decision over the Iowa native.
Hilton teammates Greg Diakomihalis and Sammy Deprez both concluded their weekend with stellar performances. Diakomihalis methodically meandered through the field to earn a spot in the finale against 106lb #1 Richard Figueroa of California. The 3x NYS Champion seemed to be in full control of the match by jumping out to a 3-0 score. An escape by Figueroa with 12 seconds left in the second period proved costly for Greg. Leading 4-3 midway through the 3rd period, Diakomihalis was in deep on a shot and a scramble ensued there after with Figueroa gaining the upper hand. Figueroa would finish on top and secure a 5-4 win over the Hilton Cadet.
NYS bronze medalist Sammy Deprez concluded his weekend with a 7th place finish. Deprez would have to take the hard route to earn placement status. A round of 64 loss to Missouri's Rocky Elam sent Deprez to the backside. Three wins stood between Sammy and the placement round. Rising to the occasion, the future Binghamton Bearcat reeled off wins of 11-0, 9-5 and 10-4. A loss to Virginia's Jackson Turley dropped the Hilton Cadet into the 7th place match. Sammy would finish his tournament in dominating fashion defeating New Jersey's John Poznanski 5-2.
The 4th NY grappler to bring home hardware was Southside Kyle Mosher. Kyle kicked off his super 32 tournament with a bang, earning two straight falls in less than 1 minute each over wrestlers from Vermont and Washington DC. Mosher would follow those pins with another in the round of 32 over Virginia's Justin Phillips. Mosher would become the 4th NY wrestler to make the quarterfinals as he defeated Georgia's Jacob Mariakis by major decision 11-0. Unfortunately in the quarters, the Southside Cyclone's winning ways came to a screeching halt as eventual champion Connor Brady of Ohio came out victorious 7-3 and sent Mosher to the backside. A 10-3 victory over West Virginia's John Martin Best landed the Nassau County star in the placement round. After back to back losses, Mosher ended with a respectable 5-3 record and an 8th place finish.
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|106||Nick Fea||Goshen-9 (Wyoming Seminary)||3-2|
|106||Sean Flick||St. Anthony's-C||2-2|
|106||Antonio George||North Shore-8||1-2|
|106||Stevo Poulin||Shenendehowa-2||7-0 (Champion)|
|113||Terry Adams||Monsignor Farrell-C||1-2|
|113||Greg Diakomihalis||Hilton-5||6-1 (2nd)|
|113||Ethan Garrison||Indian River-3||1-2|
|120||Daniel Adams||Monsignor Farrell-C||0-2|
|120||Joe Contrastano||Carle Place-Wheatley-8||3-2|
|120||Evan Matias||Rocky Point-11||3-2|
|120||Chandler Merwin||Walton-Delhi-4||5-2 (Blood Round)|
|120||Ryan Ocasio||Lakeland Panas-1||0-2|
|126||Adam Busiello||Eastport-South Manor||4-2 (Blood Round)|
|126||Joe Foxen||Garden City-8||0-2|
|126||Beckett Herman||Henrick Hudson-1||0-2|
|126||CJ McMonegal||North Rockland-1||2-2|
|126||Zach Redding||Eastport-South Manor||4-2|
|132||James Ryan||Monsignor Farrell-C||0-2|
|138||Kris Ketchum||Rocky Point-11||2-2|
|138||Ramon Perez||Monsignor Farrell-C||0-2|
|138||Logan Sciotto||Rocky Point-11||1-2|
|138||Ethan Ferro||Palmyra Macedon-5||1-2|
|138||Justin McDougald||Niagara Wheatfield-6||4-2|
|138||Tyler Albis||John Jay East Fishkill-1||0-2|
|145||Christian Hansen||St. Anthony's-C||3-2|
|145||Ryan Siller||Monsignor Farrell-C||1-2|
|145||Dan Gibson||Port Washington-8||1-2|
|152||Kyle Mosher||Southside-8||5-3 (8th)|
|152||Warren McDougald||Niagara Wheatfield-6||0-2|
|160||Corey Connolly||Rocky Point-11||2-2|
|160||JD Moore||Levittown Division-8||1-2|
|170||Aaron Wolk||Horace Greeley-1||1-2|
|182||Sammy Deprez||Hilton-5||5-2 (7th)|
|195||Kyler Martin||Indian River-3||2-2|