I received a press release last night from Iowa Style Wrestling which updates the progress of local ISW wrestlers who are competing at the collegiate level:
This week featured many former ISW wrestlers in some top tournaments. Although their high school wrestling years are over many NY wrestlers got another chance at a New York State title in this year’s college NYS championships. A large amount of former ISW wrestlers also wrestled this weekend in Philadelphia at the Keystone Classic.
NYS Championships “A”
Penn Gottfried (Ardsley), high school state champion, started off strong with a tech fall, but then lost in the semis to eventual champion, Nahshon Garrett. Penn then wrestled back to take fourth at 125 lbs., picking up a major decision on the way.
Dan Graff (Arlington) went 4-3 against some top D1 schools and ended up getting sixth place at 157 lbs. to earn All-State honors.
David Rice (Edgemont), also competing against some top D1 competition, lost in the first round but then wrestled all the way back to the consolation semis. Unfortunately, after getting injured Rice injury defaulted down to sixth place at 165 lbs.
NYS Championships “B”
Both Scott Genovesi (John Jay) and Jonathan Russo (Horace Greeley) entered the NYS championship B division but unfortunately failed to place.
Doug Parker Invitational
Nationally-ranked Joey Grippi (Fox Lane) had a very strong performance cruising to the finals at 141 lbs. and taking first place.
Also, nationally-ranked Derrick Longo (Ardsley) made his way to the finals at 165 lbs with a tech fall and a major decision, but ultimately lost 4-1 to take second place.
Henry Stauber (John Jay) had a good performance, going 3-2 and was only one match away from placing at 149 lbs.
East Stroudsburg Open
Mike Parise (Brewster) entered his first ever college tournament, and although he lost his first match at 125 lbs., he wrestled all the way back to the consolation semis and was just one match away from placing in a tournament filled with some of the countries toughest teams.
Both Andrew Lenzi (Fordham Prep) and Billy Watterson (John Jay) made it to the semifinals this weekend, but both lost and wrestled back to take fifth place. Lenzi wrestled at 149 lbs and Watterson wrestled at 125 lbs.
James Brundage (Ossining) is having an amazing senior season so far, making it to the finals for the second time in a row. However Brundage lost a tight match in the finals to Lee Munster, the 10th ranked wrestler in the country, to take second at 174 lbs.
Sam Speno (Fox Lane) and Ryan Osleeb (North Salem) both entered at 133 lbs but failed to place. Speno went 2-2 while Osleeb went 1-2.
Harrison Cook (Fox Lane) went also went 2-2 and did not end up placing at 174 lbs.
Henry Stauber defeated Michael Lammer of Elizabethtown 6-0 at 149 lbs.
James Brudage picked up a crucial 3-2 win over Lock Haven to put Rider in the lead for the dual meet.
Steven Rodrigues (Fox Lane) had another strong performance this weekend placing in his third consecutive college tournament. Steven went 7-1, placing third at 141 lbs and on the way racked up one tech fall, one pin, and wins over some of the best schools in the country, such two University of Iowa wrestlers and one win over an Oklahoma State wrestler.