Matt had plenty of extra thoughts on the small-schools championships. This is what he had to say:
“Out of the 15 small-school champions, only three of them were non-No. 1 seeds. The two No. 2 seeds that won title were Ardsley’s Drew Longo in the 96 and Nanuet’s Greg Caneparo. Nanuet’s Stephen Ramundo was the only third seed to win.
96- The Longo upset of John Aslanian isn’t too surprising. Longo also broke
the school-record for wins as an eighth-grader with 29 now, a mark set of
Penn Gottfried’s 27. To be campared with his older brother is expected…but
to be aligned with Gottfried is even something else.
“I am trying to live up to my team, Penn and Danny (Manley), they were
really good when they were in eighth grade. Derrick (his brother) started
out with like nothing be and over these years he’s just gotten so better,
that’s what makes him great. I want to live up to Ardsley.”
103- Nanuet’s Anthony Calvano easily won his semifinal and got into a wild
shootout with Michael Kar of Pleasantville. Big day for Nanuet to have two
112- The lead to my story is Gottfried and his fourth Section 1 title. He is
in rarified air. What makes this so interesting is that he still hasn’t
broken through at states and that he is only a junior. There’s a funny quote
in my story about how he’s going to a Buffet to celebrate…because his
words, “We have a fat kid on our team, Chris Galleta at 285 and he always
goes. He says that he has to cut weight and we don’t. So I am going, we got
I figured calling someone fat, albeit it in jest, shouldn’t be in the paper.
But that’s why you read the blogs..for good little nuggets like this.
Btw-I’ll take anyone on at the buffet line when their is seafood involved.
119- North Salem Ryan Osleeb’s aggressiveness paid off…a 16-4 dec over
John Morato in the final. Teddy Kyreakedes reportedly was cursing after his
consolation final loss, so Section 1 officals decided to not award him
fourth place…is was a bit awkward to see an open spot on the podium when
Olympic Gold Medalist, Henry Cejudo was passing out awards.
125- Nanuet’s Greg Caneparo won a close 4-3 decision over Mark McCormick in
his final. Our friend Tony Pinciaro (a Nanuet resident) chimed in to tell me
this would be a good match. And as usual he was right. A real gritty,
defensive battle, where any small thing could have been the difference.
“It was a great match. Defensive wrestler vs. Defensive wrestler. We are
both really strong and it evened out.” he said.
130- Genta Murayama after his win, which gave him his third Section 1 title, he was more focused on moving onto states…
135- It was a banner day for Ardsley, including Danny Manley winning the 135…After Frank Oleszko needed a tight 4-3 decision to get past Huff, Manley was clearly primed for the win. Side note, I spoke to the Pleasantville coach, Kevin Bernaducci’s father. He was pleased that Kevin was able to bounce back from Huff upset in the Quarters and take third place…He was able to use that loss as motivation.
140- Peter Talesnik strolled through the bracket but his 4-2 win in the final over Dan O’Gorman was hard fought.
145- Gutsy effort by Longo here, I know he’s had his fair share of injuries but he’s been able to tough it out. Dominated Cisco Reyes.
152-With a little more time to think about it, Will Carter was a okay choice for MOW….Usually you look for pure dominance, but the quality of his win over Shaq Charles in the semi could have outweighted taking him to three periods.
160- Wang could have easily thrown his name in the MOW mix….quick to two pins in the Qtrs and semid and a decisive 10-2 win in the final.
171- You gotta feel for Kleckner Charles. He’s got a bad shoulder one that he originally injured in beginning of the season against Jarron Saunders. So Saunders knew this. He took advantage of it and powered on to an early lead. But Charles, yelling in pain, fought back, to down 8-7 in the mid second and had Saunders down for the gamewinning pin, but the refs felt it didn’t hold. Saunders got his reprieve and used the right shoulder against Charles. I just reallt would like to have seen them go at it without any prior injuries. That would have been interesting. Saunders is good, but until that match he wasn’t tested.
189- Many have counted him out. Most though he wouldn’t survive a bout with Jeff Miller, but he did. Stephen Ramundo might not go far at states with a shoulder ailing with three major problems, but he’ll enjoy the experience the most. It wasn’t the Flamio 4OT thriller, but Ramundo lasting until one OT and getting the jump Miller must have felt like it. Maybe it’s too easy to root someone like Ramundo…but then so what.
215- The Putnam Valley crowd was going crazy, counting down the final seconds of Kris Castro’s win in the final. That’s what the small-school tournament offers, a chance for a community like Putnam Valley or Pleasantville or Ardsley…to excel and get excited for their kids. He’s only a junior, lost a mess load of weight to get into the 215, so he deserves every bit of this.
285- There should be some prior notice given to the restaurant before Penn Gottfried and Chris Galletta arrive for a feast….Well deserved…Galletta had a clean run to the finals and asserted his dominace early in the final.