At long last, I’ve finalized our complete LoHud weight class rankings for both Division 1 and Division 2. With the Super 16 and Rockland County Championships set for this weekend, followed by sectional qualifiers the following weekend, these rankings should serve as a great reference for sectionals. The idea is that if you look back at these after sectionals are completed on Feb. 12 at Pace University, these are the names that should be making it to the podium.
Before I give you the rankings, I wanted to post a few ground rules to give everyone an idea of how I put these together.
- As I’ve been doing for the past two seasons, I picked the top five in each weight class from D1, and the top three in D2. I’ve also added names of wrestlers who just missed the cut in my notes, which follow the rankings from each weight class.
- I do take into consideration past performances (such as previous section titles, section placers, etc.), but I put more stock into how a wrestler has performed this season. Quality wins, performance at competitive tourneys, overall record, pin percentage, difficulty of schedule and head-to-head are all taken into consideration.
- A wrestler cannot be ranked directly ahead of another wrestler who he has a losing record against this season. For example, if Wrestler A is ranked third and Wrestler B is ranked fourth, but Wrestler B beat Wrestler A this season, I would flop them. But if Wrestler A was ranked second due to a more impressive overall performance, and Wrestler B was ranked fourth with a win over Wrestler A, I would leave them as is.
- If two wrestlers split, I give preference to whichever won the more recent meeting UNLESS the other wrestler’s body of work is obviously stronger.
- I will reference the Eastern States Classic tournament quite a bit in these rankings. I abbreviated it as “ESC.”
- Whenever I reference a head-to-head meeting, it is from this season, unless specified otherwise.
- The records listed for each wrestler come directly from nwcaonline.com. Most of them seem to be accurate, but if there was nothing listed or the record simply didn’t seem right, I listed it as “N/A.”
Here we go…
1. Nick Barbaria, New Rochelle (23-4, 8 pins)
2. Kevin Rodriguez, Port Chester (23-5, 14 pins)
3. Alfredo Olmedo, Arlington (31-2, 13 pins)
4. Jay Albis, John Jay-EF (19-6, 12 pins)
5. Tyler Gonska, Brewster (33-3, 14 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Byram Hills’ John Errico and Fox Lane’s Brendon Fay… Three of Barbaria’s losses came at 106 pounds, and the other in the ESC final… He’s undoubtedly the man here after placing third in the section last season and second at the ESC… He pinned Rodriguez… Rodriguez majored Olmedo… Olmedo beat Albis twice, Gonska (2-0) and Errico (5-2)… Albis beat Gonska three times; also has wins over K-Rod (6-4) and Fay (7-5)… I’m giving K-Rod the second spot because he placed at the ESC and has the most experience.
1. Mike Parise, Brewster (42-2, 23 pins)
2. Blaise Benderoth, North Rockland (25-2, 11 pins)
3. Nick Tolli, Arlington (27-4, 13 pins)
4. Alex Oliveto, Suffern (20-5, 13 pins)
5. Mike DiNardo, Mahopac (22-8, 14 pins)
Notes: Also look out for New Rochelle’s Brian Ferrandi and Clarkstown South’s Alex Notaro… Parise has not lost in Section 1, including a win over Tolli (4-2) and a pin of Ferrandi… He’ll be looking to qualify for states for the third time… Benderoth’s only loss other than at the ESC came against Pearl River’s John Muldoon (who is going 113)… Benderoth beat Tolli at the ESC (13-7)… Tolli beat Ferrandi (7-0); also pinned Notaro and DiNardo.
1. Dylan Realbuto, Somers (N/A)
2. Alex Delacruz, Ossining (22-4, 11 pins)
3. John Muldoon, Pearl River (19-2, 5 pins)
4. Troy Feniger, North Rockland (24-5, 11 pins)
5. Zach Boker, Mahopac (23-8, 19 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Clarkstown South’s Brian McLiverity and Scarsdale’s Mike Hodges… Realbuto is the favorite here after placing second at states last season at 99, and second at the ESC this season… He beat Delacruz at the ESC (8-6)… Muldoon beat Feniger at the Shoreline (9-7) and pinned McLiverity.
1. A.J. Barbaria, New Rochelle (19-6, 7 pins)
2. Liam Erickson, Brewster (33-3, 18 pins)
3. Adit Thakur, Nyack (25-1, 17 pins)
4. Jake DiMarsico, North Rockland (24-6, 5 pins)
5. Jimmy Kaishian, Yorktown (26-5, 18 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is RC Ketcham’s Mark Settembrino… Barbaria beat Thakur in the Shoreline final (9-6)… He has no losses in Section 1 this season… Thakur pinned DiMarsico at the Kohl… DiMarsico beat Kaishian at the Kohl (6-2)… Erickson and Kaishian have wins over Settembrino… Kaishian also has a notable win over Delacruz.
1. Sam Speno, Fox Lane (32-1, 16 pins)
2. Matt Caputo, North Rockland (27-7, 18 pins)
3. Jon Russo, Horace Greeley (28-7, 5 pins)
4. Gavin Menchel, Harrison (23-6, 16 pins)
5. Tommy Gonska, Brewster (32-4, 17 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Mahopac’s Mike Camastro and RC Ketcham’s Danny Murphy… Speno looks like he has a strong shot for a state title after placing second at 112 last season… He teched Menchel… Caputo’s most notable win is a major decision over Nanuet’s Anthony Calvano (No. 1 in D2 at 120)… Russo beat Menchel (7-0) and Gonska (3-1)… Menchel beat Gonska (11-3)… Murphy has come on strong of late, including a win over Russo (7-4).
1. Danny Ventura, Fox Lane (32-4, 23 pins)
2. John Tambunting, Scarsdale (31-5, 14 pins)
3. Colby Kash, Clarkstown North (19-4, 12 pins)
4. Mike Morabito, RC Ketcham (22-11, 7 pins)
5. Jimmy Duncan, Brewster (29-7, 14 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Suffern’s Dan DeStefano and Hen Hud’s Kevin McDermott… Ventura is the clear favorite after placing second in the state at 119 last season; he placed fourth at the ESC… He pinned Morabito and McDermott… Tambunting beat Kash (10-5)… Kash pinned Morabito in the Beacon tourney finals… Morabito beat Duncan twice.
1. Tom Grippi, Fox Lane (31-3, 18 pins)
2. Jake Srednicki, Mahopac (25-5, 13 pins)
3. Charlie Garcia, Tappan Zee (27-2, 21 pins)
4. Gino Gioielli, Brewster (29-4, 9 pins)
5. Angel Santos, Arlington (18-6, 4 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Beacon’s Christian Wassweiler… Grippi beat Srednicki (6-5) at the Mahopac Duals… He also pinned Wassweiler and teched Garcia… Srednicki placed sixth at the ESC… Garcia beat Santos (9-3)… Santos beat Wassweiler (12-11)… Gioielli hasn’t seen any of these guys.
1. Dale White, John Jay-EF (27-2, 14 pins)
2. Mike Caputo, North Rockland (27-3, 13 pins)
3. Joe Mastro, Yorktown (30-2, 19 pins)
4. Giancarlo Morreale, Fox Lane (26-4, 9 pins)
5. Josh Perlmutter, Hen Hud (14-3, 9 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Carmel’s Chris Pecora and Clarkstown North’s Ryan Becker… I believe that you could make the argument that this may be the deepest weight class in the section (which surely has to do with guys coming down to avoid B-Real at 152)… White placed second at the ESC, and Caputo placed fourth… White pinned Mastro and beat Morreale (6-3)… Caputo and Mastro each pinned Perlmutter… Caputo pinned Becker… Mastro majored Pecora… Morreale beat Perlmutter (4-2)… Perlmutter beat Pecora (6-3) and Becker (6-5)… Pecora beat Becker in the Beacon finals (7-4).
1. Brian Realbuto, Somers (N/A)
2. Ben Miller, Mamaroneck (30-2, 21 pins)
3. Brad Marvin, RC Ketcham (28-13, 9 pins)
4. Desmond Djekovic, Tappan Zee (26-4, 13 pins)
5. Kyle McAlpin, Brewster (32-10, 14 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is John Jay-EF’s Aaron Johnson… As a two-time state champ, Realbuto is undoubtedly the man here… He pinned Miller with three seconds remaining on Dec. 2… Marvin is 2-1 vs. McAlpin… He also beat Djekovic in the Beacon tourney final (7-2)… McAlpin and Johnson split (McAlpin won most recent meeting).
1. Matt Pasqualini, Fox Lane (32-4, 23 pins)
2. Phil Siegel, Hen Hud (22-2, 10 pins)
3. Nick Giella, Suffern (23-3, 13 pins)
4. DeVante Harrell, Ossining (20-3, 13 pins)
5. Aaron Gallagher, Mahopac (15-5, 14 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Arlington’s Anthony Scott… Pasqualini beat Siegel at Shoreline (8-5)… Pasqualini placed second at 145 last season, while Siegel placed second at 152, so they form a pretty clear-cut top two… Pasqualini placed fifth at the ESC… Siegel beat Giella at the Kohl tourney (11-7).
1. Steven Sabella, Yorktown (30-1, 17 pins)
2. Brendan Nunziata, Arlington (23-5, 12 pins)
3. Aaron Butler, New Rochelle (14-5, 4 pins)
4. Jack Braun, Scarsdale (31-2, 14 pins)
5. Brett Perry, John Jay-EF (27-8, 9 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Brewster’s Harry Erickson… Sabella beat Nunziata (3-2), Braun (7-1) and Perry (2-1)… Nunziata beat Butler in OT at the Shoreline… To be fair, four of Butler’s losses came on injury defaults, and the fifth came against Nunziata when he continued wrestling after his right shoulder popped out. At full strength, he would be the favorite as a defending champ at 160, but he has had an ongoing shoulder issue… Butler beat Braun and majored Erickson… Perry beat Erickson twice.
1. Jacob Berkowitz, Scarsdale (38-2, 12 pins)
2. Thomas Murray, Yorktown (29-2, 15 pins)
3. Mike Rosenthal, John Jay (28-7, 18 pins)
4. Michael Amato, Beacon (24-6, 13 pins)
5. A.J. Alvarez, Carmel (20-8, 8 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Somers’ Jason DiBenedetto… Berko is the clear favorite after winning a section title at 171 last season… Murray beat Alvarez (6-3) and pinned Amato; he’s also beaten DiBenedetto three times… Rosenthal is 2-1 vs. Alvarez… Amato beat Alvarez at the Beacon tourney (3-1)… Alvarez and Rosenthal each beat DiBendetto… DiBenedetto beat Amato (8-6).
1. Mike Spinelli, Mahopac (32-3, 26 pins)
2. Nick Giancaspro, Somers (N/A)
3. Deondre Pierce, Beacon (26-2, 15 pins)
4. Scott Wymbs, Horace Greeley (30-1, 12 pins)
5. Paul Okeke, Clarkstown South (17-6, 8 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Ossining’s Trent Lofaro… Spinelli established himself as the favorite with a fifth place finish at the ESC, where he beat Nanuet’s Dan Breit (No. 1 in D2 at 195)… Spinelli and Giancaspro each pinned Pierce… Spinelli also pinned Lofaro… Pierce beat Wymbs in the Beacon tourney finals (4-3)… Giancaspro (6-4), Pierce (3-1) and Wymbs (4-2) each beat Lofaro.
1. Dom DeVita, Somers (N/A)
2. Tyler Lilly, New Rochelle (23-4, 10 pins)
3. Bryan Burger, Suffern (18-2, 9 pins)
4. Justin Conahan, Arlington (15-1, 11 pins)
5. Dan Clune, Fox Lane (26-6, 15 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Tappan Zee’s Chris McGann… DeVita beat Lilly at the ESC in OT (4-3)… He also beat Clune (6-1)… Lilly beat Conahan (5-1), McGann (8-1) and Clune (6-4)… Burger pinned McGann… He has no losses to a Section 1 opponent.
1. Sean Barry, Hen Hud (25-1, 14 pins)
2. David Varian, Yorktown (23-4, 9 pins)
3. Andriy Lypchuk, Fox Lane (25-7, 19 pins)
4. Michael Manni, Tappan Zee (21-7, 12 pins)
5. Tyler Vanderline, RC Ketcham (26-9, 14 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Beacon’s Thomas Korzewinski and Sleepy Hollow’s Frank Curnaj… Barry pinned Lypchuk, Vanderline and Korzewinski… He also beat Manni twice… Barry and Varian split this season, and although Varian’s win is more recent, Barry has the more impressive overall body of work… Varian pinned Vanderline, Korzewinski and Curnaj… After the top two, it’s pretty wide open… Lypchuk pinned Manni… Manni pinned Vanderline and Korzewinski at the Beacon tourney… Vanderline pinned Korzewinski… Korzewinski pinned Lypchuk.
1. Tyler Aslanian, Edgemont (24-6, 13 pins)
2. Joe Dillon, Nanuet (23-6, 12 pins)
3. Andrew Barsuch, Croton-Harmon (30-9, 22 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Hastings’ Nick Wilt… This is a very interesting weight class… Aslanian beat Dillon (7-4)… Aslanian and Barsuch split (Aslanian won most recent match)… Dillon is the defending champ here and placed eighth this season at the ESC.
1. Vinny Skokos, Nanuet (24-8, 10 pins)
2. Sky Korek, Edgemont (21-8, 10 pins)
3. Jonah Gerstel, Ardsley (N/A)
Notes: Another name to watch is Irvington’s Tyler Wexler… As a freshman in his first season in the lineup, Skokos has emerged as the favorite. Some of his notable wins include decisions over N. Barbaria (No. 1 in D1 at 99) and Oliveto (No. 4 in D1 at 106)… Skokos pinned Korek… Korek and Gerstal each pinned Wexler.
1. Trey Aslanian, Edgemont (32-1, 18 pins)
2. Stephen Paternostro, Pleasantville (26-6, 16 pins)
3. Stephen Samolsky, Ardsley (19-3, 16 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Putnam Valley’s Adam Mirabal… Aslanian is the clear favorite after placing second in the state last season at 103… He has notable wins over Muldoon (No. 3 in D1 at 113) and Feniger (No. 4 in D1 at 113).
1. Anthony Calvano, Nanuet (13-3, 10 pins)
2. D.J. Frederich, Croton-Harmon (29-5, 16 pins)
3. Josh Dooz, Dobbs Ferry (27-6, 12 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Edgemont’s Max Abramsky… Calvano is a multiple state qualifier, but he’s missed time with various ailments… Frederich has come on strong, most notably splitting with Delacruz (No. 2 in D1 at 113). You could easily make a case for him to be No. 1… Calvano’s most notable win came vs. J. DiMarsico (No. 4 in D1 at 120)… Frederich pinned Dooz and Abramsky.
1. Drew Longo, Ardsley (22-3, 13 pins)
2. David Occhipinti, Croton-Harmon (28-3, 19 pins)
3. Jimmy Kyreakedes, Dobbs Ferry (9-4, 8 pins)
Notes: This weight class is absolutely loaded. Kyreakedes placed at the state level last season, which tells you how talented this top three is. All three won section titles last season… Longo beat Occhipinti (7-1) and Kyreakedes (7-6)… Occhipinti has gone 132 most of the season, but he’s listed at 126 and wrestled there at the ESC. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him jump up to 132 for sectionals, where he would have an easier path to a section title… He beat Kyreakedes (8-7)… Kyreakedes recently returned from injury, and didn’t quite look 100 percent at the Kohl tourney.
1. Matt Dillon, Nanuet (21-8, 6 pins)
2. Chris Bruno, Putnam Valley (22-12, 12 pins)
3. Colin Hopkins, Edgemont (14-9, 9 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Pleasantville’s Graham Williamson… If no one else bumps up, Dillon is the favorite after placing second at 119 last season… He majored Hopkins… Bruno beat Williamson (12-6).
1. Dean Rogener, Westlake (N/A)
2. Peter Berman, Edgemont (17-18, 6 pins)
3. Kyle Kelvas, Putnam Valley (18-15, 11 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Irvington’s Drew Cohen and Croton-Harmon’s J.P. O’Malley… Rogener recently returned from injury… He pinned Kelvas earlier in the season, and also has a notable win over M. Dillon (3-0)… Berman beat Cohen twice… Berman has gone through a much tougher schedule than any other wrestler in this class… Kelvas beat Cohen (7-1) and O’Malley (3-1)… Cohen and O’Malley split (O’Malley won most recent meeting).
1. Brett Pastore, Irvington (19-4, 11 pins)
2. Jack McCormack, Edgemont (19-9, 6 pins)
3. Johnny Martin, Croton-Harmon (26-8, 17 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Hastings’ Brandon Abrahante and Westlake’s Nick O’Halloran… This is one of the deeper weight classes in D2… Pastore is the favorite after placing second at 130 last season (he lost to eventual state champ Ryan Osleeb in the final)… Pastore beat McCormack twice, Martin (7-0), and Abrahante by pin… McCormack beat Abrahante (5-2).
1. Scott Porter, Pawling (29-2, 25 pins)
2. Edgar Solis, Westlake (18-7, 6 pins)
3. Ross Kantor, Edgemont (14-11, 13 pins)
Notes: Solis is a defending champ at 145, but Porter pinned him earlier this season… Porter split with Miller (No. 2 in D1 at 152)… Notable wins for Solis include Harrell (No. 4 in D1 at 160) and splitting with Djekovic (No. 4 in D1 at 152)… This pretty much looks like a two-man race.
1. Mike Boyle, Dobbs Ferry (17-1, 9 pins)
2. Mike Buhlman, Nanuet (22-11, 7 pins)
3. Peter Salzarulo, Pleasantville (20-10, 11 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Edgemont’s Oliver Oks, who is expected to be back from injury in time for sectionals… None of these four have wrestled each other, except when Buhlmann beat Oks in the Section 1 Dual Meet championship by injury default… I had Oks ranked No. 1 in the beginning of the season, so I expect him to be a factor… Boyle has a notable win over Pastore.
1. John Messinger, Putnam Valley (N/A)
2. Peter Smith, Nanuet (14-15, 5 pins)
3. Constantine Coffinas, Westlake (13-8, 5 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Edgemont’s Jason Worobow, whose status is still up in the air for sectionals as he is dealing with an ongoing shoulder issue… This weight class is pretty much wide open, but Messinger did place third at 171 last season… He recently returned to the lineup after missing time earlier in the season… Smith majored Coffinas.
1. Oliver Mold, Pawling (27-2, 17 pins)
2. Kevin Brundage, Nanuet (22-8, 12 pins)
3. Chris Kim, Edgemont (13-10, 8 pins)
Notes: Mold is a heavy favorite here after winning a title at 171 last season… He has notable wins over Murray (No. 2 in D1 at 182), Kraft (No. 2 in D2 at 195) and Deleon (No. 3 in D2 at 195).
1. Dan Breit, Nanuet (32-4, 12 pins)
2. Chris Kraft, Croton-Harmon (27-4, 14 pins)
3. Dennis Deleon, Dobbs Ferry (20-5, 9 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Irvington’s Kevin Degnan… Breit is the slight favorite in a very deep weight class… He placed second at 189 last season, and placed sixth at the ESC this season… He has notable wins over Kornberg (No. 1 in D2 at 220) and Okeke (No. 5 in D1 at 195)… Kraft and Deleon split (Kraft won more recent meeting)… Kraft and Degnan split (Kraft won more recent meeting)… Deleon beat Degnan twice.
1. Danny Kornberg, Edgemont (34-9, 21 pins)
2. Quentin Bailey, Hastings (17-3, 7 pins)
3. Alek Pavloff, Croton-Harmon (21-10, 14 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Nanuet’s Sergio Ventura… He’s wrestled more matches at 220, but is listed at 195, so he could be a factor in either weight class… Kornberg beat Ventura (5-0) and pinned Pavloff… He’s the favorite after placing fourth at 215 last season… Bailey is the great unknown because he hasn’t seen any of these guys.
1. Obum Anyichie, Pleasantville (27-2, 11 pins)
2. Chris DiNardo, Irvington (N/A)
3. Anthony DiNardo, Irvington (15-7, 5 pins)
Notes: Another name to watch is Westlake’s Mike Manzo… Anyichie lost to C. DiNardo in last season’s section final, but he has beaten him twice in the past week and a half… He also pinned A. DiNardo twice, Manzo once and has a win over Lypchuk (No. 3 in D1 at 285)… C. DiNardo missed almost the entire season with an injury. He recently returned, but doesn’t seem to be wrestling at the level he was at last season… Anthony is Chris’ younger brother.