After hours upon hours of scouring through results, I’m finally ready to release my latest LoHud Wrestling weight class rankings for Section 1. It’s formatted the same way that I’ve been doing it for the past few years – top five in each class for D1, and top three in each class for D2. I’ll update these again before sectionals, but this should give you a pretty good idea of how these guys stand at this point of the season. Just to note, all of the records listed for each wrestler came from nwcaonline.com, the database used by coaches to track stats throughout the season. If a guy is missing any matches, it’s because the coach has yet to input them.
I’ll be heading out to the Eastern States Classic tomorrow morning, so stay tuned for more details on our extensive coverage of the biggest regular season tournament in New York state.
1. Alfredo Olmedo, Jr., Arlington (25-1, 13 pins)
2. Brandon Fay, Jr., Fox Lane (19-9, 9 pins)
3. James Kelly, Soph., Pearl River (26-1, 7 pins)
4. Alex D’Angelo, Soph., North Rockland (25-5, 9 pins)
5. Grant Cuomo, 7th, Brewster (20-5, 11 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Arlington’s Brady Robin… Olmedo looks like the guy to beat. He split with Pine Bush’s Chris Cuccolo, who beat both Fay and Kelly at the Shoreline… The second spot is a toss-up between Fay and Kelly, but Fay placed last year and spent most of this season wrestling at 113 and 120. He’s battled-tested… Kelly beat D’Angelo (6-0).
1. Nick Barbaria, Jr., New Rochelle (21-0, 7 pins)
2. Matt Grippi, 7th, Fox Lane (23-4, 11 pins)
3. Kevin Rodriguez, Sr., Port Chester (16-2, 12 pins)
4. Jon Errico, Soph., Byram Hills (N/A)
5. Jay Albis, Soph., John Jay-EF (21-1, 15 pins)
Notes: As a returning state-placer, Barbaria is the clear favorite here. He beat Grippi (9-3) in the Shoreline finals… Grippi has taken the section by storm with wins over Rodriguez (7-4) and Errico (6-4), both of whom placed at sectionals last season… Rodriguez gets the nod over Errico after placing ahead of him last season.
1. Brian McLiverty, Sr., Clarkstown South (16-6, 8 pins)
2. Derek DiMarsico, Soph., North Rockland (23-5, 9 pins)
3. Mark Grant, Sr., Hen Hud (16-2, 7 pins)
4. Justin Hong, Sr., Clarkstown North (13-3, 2 pins)
5. Tyler Gonska, Soph., Brewster (17-7, 12 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Port Chester’s Alfredo Zavala… This is probably the most wide open of any weight class in D1… McLiverty beat DiMarsico (7-4) and had no losses in Section 1 until a loss to Pleasantville’s Mark Taino at the Scarsdale tourney… DiMarisco beat Hong (8-5) and also has a win over young Grippi… Grant majored Gonska and teched Zavala at the Shoreline.
1. Alex Delacruz, Jr., Ossining (18-0, 11 pins)
2. John Muldoon, Jr., Pearl River (26-1, 13 pins)
3. Blaise Benderoth, Soph., North Rockland (12-1, 5 pins)
4. Nick Tolli, Sr., Arlington (27-1, 18 pins)
5. Alex Oliveto, Sr., Suffern (11-2, 6 pins)
Notes: This is probably the deepest class in the section. Other names to watch include Suffern’s Daiton Powell, Harrison’s Joe Maida, Fox Lane’s Scott Rodrigues and Greeley’s Kirby Atlas… Delacruz missed some time with an ankle injury, but he’s returned like a man on a mission. The defending section champ earned MOW at the Shoreline with a pin for Commack’s Alex D’Angelo, who had beaten Muldoon earlier in the tourney… Muldoon beat Benderoth (7-3) and Oliveto (9-2)… Since returning from a concussion on Dec. 28, Benderoth has yet to lose… Tolli’s only loss was a major decision against state champ Dylan Realbuto.
1. Dylan Realbuto, Sr., Somers (21-0, 12 pins)
2. Jimmy Kaishian, Sr., Yorktown (25-1, 12 pins)
3. Ben Ettlinger, Jr., Fox Lane (26-1, 5 pins)
4. Troy Feniger, Sr., North Rockland (19-4, 10 pins)
5. Nick McGill, Soph., Brewster (18-6, 7 pins)
Notes: Also watch out for Clarkstown North’s Mike Seligson … D-Real is the man here as the only defending state champ in Section 1… It’s a toss-up between Kaishian and Ettlinger for the second spot, but Kaishian did beat him last season. He also hung tough with Delacruz in his one loss (9-6)… A bit of a head-scratching move for Ettlinger to cut down to 126 to deal with a state champ after beating the No. 1 guy at 132 in North Rockland’s Jake DiMarsico… Feniger majored Seligson… McGill hung tough in a 3-1 loss to Kaishian.
1. Jake DiMarsico, Sr., North Rockland (26-2, 6 pins)
2. Liam Erickson, Jr., Brewster (18-4, 7 pins)
3. Luke Minasi, Sr., John Jay-EF (18-3, 10 pins)
4. Danny Murphy, Soph., Ketcham (31-5, 8 pins)
5. James Giraldez, Jr., Nyack (14-4, 5 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Fox Lane’s Frank Surace and Harrison’s Gavin Menchel… DiMarsico’s only loss in the section came against Ettlinger, but he retains the top spot with Ettlinger dropping down to 126. He beat Giraldez (6-0)… Erickson beat Minasi (1-0) and majored Giraldez… Murphy hasn’t lost to a Section 1 opponent… Giraldez beat Surace (6-5).
1. Colby Kash, Sr., Clarkstown North (19-0, 9 pins)
2. Matt Caputo, Jr., North Rockland (27-2, 15 pins)
3. Edwin Jimenez, Sr., Sleepy Hollow (17-2, 8 pins)
4. Mike Hodges, Sr., Scarsdale (23-3, 11 pins)
5. Josh Simpfenderfer, Fr., Ketcham (22-4, 9 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Somers’ Larry Courtien… Kash gets the top spot after an OT win over Caputo early in the season. That’s the final that everyone is hoping to see… Jimenez beat Hodges (3-0).
1. Tom Grippi, Sr., Fox Lane (28-0, 9 pins)
2. Brad Marvin, Jr., Ketcham (34-1, 13 pins)
3. James DeSimone, Sr., Suffern (16-2, 12 pins)
4. Kyle Santucci, Sr., Yorktown (20-3, 14 pins)
5. Josh Perlmutter, Sr., Hen Hud (11-3, 3 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Harrison’s David Polakoff and Hen Hud’s Kevin McDermott… Grippi is the top guy here as a defending section champ, but Marvin is right on his tail. He has no losses in Section 1 and majored Santucci.
1. Joe Mastro, Sr., Yorktown (25-1, 19 pins)
2. Ben Miller, Sr., Mamaroneck (22-1, 14 pins)
3. Desmond Djekovic, Sr., Tappan Zee (22-1, 10 pins)
4. Gino Gioielli, Jr., Brewster (22-3, 9 pins)
5. Ibrahim Simreen, Sr., Yonkers (21-0, 14 pins)
Notes: With Grippi and Marvin dropping down to 145, Mastro emerges as the favorite here… Miller beat Djekovic (6-3) and Gioielli (1-0) to establish himself as Mastro’s top contender… Simreen has yet to lose, but he hasn’t faced any ranked opponents.
1. Dale White, Sr., John Jay-EF (1-0, 0 pins)
2. Joe Koshakow, Sr., Scarsdale (26-1, 15 pins)
3. Lance Perlmutter, Sr., Hen Hud (9-1, 4 pins)
4. Mark Lasar, Sr., Somers (17-5, 10 pins)
5. Justin Karas, Jr., Port Chester (13-4, 8 pins)
Notes: Also look out for North Rockland’s Nick Didio… White has only one match on his record, a forfeit, and has yet to wrestle an actual match. But as our friend Phil Strum from The Poughkeepsie Journal reported, White has been cleared to return to practice and should be ready for sectionals. As a guy who placed in the state last season, I felt that his resume warranted the top spot… Koshakow has come on strong this season with wins over Lasar (7-5) and Karas (13-8). He also beat Miller in OT… Perlmutter is banged up but should be back soon and beat Lasar (6-2) and pinned Karas.
1. Brett Perry, Jr., John Jay-EF (25-0, 19 pins)
2. Adam Hofling, Soph., Sleepy Hollow (17-1, 11 pins)
3. Dion Duran, Sr., Mamaroneck (15-4, 11 pins)
4. Aaron Gallagher, Sr., Mahopac (17-3, 9pins)
5. Hassan Auwarter, Jr., Clarkstown South (17-7, 9 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Ossining’s Leo McCarthy… Perry has emerged as the favorite with no losses so far. His biggest win came against Put Valley’s John Messinger, who is No. 1 in this class in D2… Hofling picked up a huge 9-5 win over Duran this week to move himself up in the rankings… Auwarter beat McCarthy (8-5).
1. Thomas Murray, Sr., Yorktown (22-1, 17 pins)
2. Andrew Grella, Jr., Beacon (N/A)
3. Brock Cvijanovich, Soph., Horace Greeley (22-4, 11 pins)
4. Tim Bunyea, Sr., Mahopac (20-7, 14 pins)
5. Tyler Goings, Sr., East Ramapo (20-6, 12 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Fox Lane’s Jonathan Clune and Brewster’s Mike Larm… As a returning section finalist in a relatively inexperienced class, Murray is the guy to beat. He pinned Bunyea and Larm… Grella looks like the top contender after pinning Bunyea and majoring Cvijanovich… Cvijanovich has beaten Clune twice.
1. Steven Sabella, Sr., Yorktown (25-0, 15 pins)
2. Scott Wymbs, Sr., Horace Greeley (23-2, 16 pins)
3. Billy Gossett, Sr., John Jay (21-4, 11 pins)
4. Colton Charles, Sr., North Rockland (21-5, 14 pins)
5. Brady Condron, Sr., Byram Hills (N/A)
Notes: Also look out for Tappan Zee’s Billy Madigan and Clarkstown South’s Austin Maurer… We have the makings for a great section final with Sabella and Wymbs. I’m giving Sabella the nod at No. 1 because he has yet to lose and is a defending section champ. He teched Gossett when they met this season… Wymbs beat Gossett (3-0) and has yet to lose to a Section 1 opponent… Condron beat Madigan.
1. John Hartnett, Jr., Tappan Zee (21-1, 16 pins)
2. David Watkins, Sr., Mount Vernon (9-0, 7 pins)
3. Trent Lofaro, Sr., Ossining (26-3, 18 pins)
4. Jason Dorsainville, Sr., East Ramapo (17-7, 9 pins)
5. Paul Okeke, Sr., Clarkstown South (16-5, 8 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Yorktown’s Avik Mohan and Mahopac’s Ryan Delahanty… Hartnett has made his way to the top with wins over Lofaro (2-0), Okeke (4-0) and a pin of Dorsainville. His only loss came outside of Section 1… Watkins has also forced his way into the section title conversation with a strong performance at the Scarsdale tourney. He beat Lofaro (3-2) and pinned Okeke… Lofaro beat Mohan (2-1)
1. David Varian, Sr., Yorktown (24-0, 14 pins)
2. Michael Manni, Jr., Tappan Zee (21-0, 13 pins)
3. Brent Lobien, Sr., Horace Greeley (21-2, 9 pins)
4. Justin Douglas, Sr., New Rochelle (8-4, 3 pins)
5. Conner Reigottie, Jr., North Rockland (19-8, 13 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Sleepy Hollow’s Frank Curnaj… Varian is the defending champ here and deserves the top spot with an undefeated record… Manni is also undefeated and looks like Varian’s top contender. He beat Lobien (3-2) and Reigottie (6-4)… Lobien moves up into the third spot thanks to a 3-2 win over Douglas at the Shoreline… Douglas got a late start due to football, but he pinned Curnaj.
1. Kyle Aslanian, Fr., Edgemont (21-4, 7 pins)
2. James Bathon, Fr., Pleasantville (23-1, 11 pins)
3. Robert Levine, Fr., Westlake (11-3, 5 pins)
Notes: A close call with the top two right now, but Aslanian hasn’t lost in Section 1, while Bathon’s one loss came against Clarkstown North’s Brian Hong. Aslanian also beat Bathon at sectionals last season… Bathon majored Levine.
1. Noah Kelvas, 8th, Putnam Valley (7-4, 7 pins)
2. Dylan Mateo, 8th, Nanuet (12-7, 6 pins)
3. Rob Corveddu, Fr., Croton-Harmon (12-8, 1 pin)
Notes: I’m a bit surprised that Bathon cut down to 99 because this class may have been an easier path to Albany… Kelvas has some impressive wins over the likes of Dobbs Ferry’s Nick Cipriano.
1. Tyler Aslanian, Jr., Edgemont (7-2, 2 pins)
2. Andrew Barsuch, Jr., Croton-Harmon (23-2, 16 pins)
3. Mark Taino, Sr., Pleasantville (22-5, 19 pins)
Notes: Aslanian hasn’t wrestled since Dec. 6, but he does have a head-to-head win over Barsuch by major decision. He’s expected to return soon, and as a defending section champ, he deserves the top spot… Barsuch has had an outstanding season with a notable win over ranked D1 wrestler Jon Errico of Byram Hills… Taino at No. 3 shows you how deep this class is. He pinned McLiverty at the Scarsdale tourney, who is No. 1 in this class at D1. You could make an argument for any of these three would be the top guy in this class in D1.
1. Trey Aslanian, Sr., Edgemont (25-0, 14 pins)
2. Anthony Calvano, Sr., Nanuet (19-0, 10 pins)
3. Stephen Samolsky, Sr., Ardsley (20-2, 7 pins)
Notes: After looking like he was going 126 all season, Calvano has made the move to 120 in the new year. That means we have the two most accomplished wrestlers in D2 in the same weight class, setting up a potential juggernaut of a section final. It’s an odd decision, but both Aslanian and Calvano are pretty much locks to get to states with the wild card system… Samolsky is having an outstanding season as well, making this the most stacked D2 weight class in the section.
1. Joe Dillon, Jr., Nanuet (17-2, 10 pins)
2. Adam Mirabal, Jr., Putnam Valley (9-2, 4 pins)
3. Stephen Paternostro, Jr., Pleasantville (18-4, 13 pins)
Notes: Also watched out for Ardsley’s Jonah Gerstel… With Calvano dropping down to 120, Dillon has been at 126 recently and is registered there for Eastern States. It looks like he should have a better shot at a title here… Mirabal missed some time in the middle of the season, but he came back with a couple of nice wins this weekend. He’s been tough against some quality guys, including a one point loss to Trey Aslanian.
1. Christopher Santana, Soph., Pawling (20-1, 13 pins)
2. Sky Korek, Sr., Edgemont (8-3, 3 pins)
3. Chris Bruno, Sr., Putnam Valley (8-3, 2 pins)
Notes: Also watch out for Nanuet’s Billy Thompson… Santana has been on a roll this season and pinned Korek when they saw each other. His only loss came against Brewster’s Liam Erickson, who is ranked at 132 in D1… Korek beat Bruno (2-0) and Thompson (9-6).
1. Drew Longo, Sr., Ardsley (24-0, 17 pins)
2. Matt Dillon, Sr., Nanuet (14-5, 6 pins)
3. Kyle Kelvas, Sr., Putnam Valley (9-2, 3 pins)
Notes: Longo is a multiple state qualifier with wins over ranked D1 wrestlers such as Sleepy Hollow’s Edwin Jimenez… In another interesting move from a Nanuet wrestler, Dillon chose to drop to 138 where Longo is instead of stay at 145 and try to avenge an early season loss to Hopkins.
1. Colin Hopkins, Jr., Edgemont (20-3, 10 pins)
2. Nick O’Halloran, Sr., Westlake (19-2, 16 pins)
3. Andrew Horan, Sr., Croton-Harmon (21-3, 13 pins)
Notes: Although he’s no longer in the same weight class, Hopkins’ win over Matt Dillon is what made him the favorite here… None of the top three here have wrestled each other this season, so this looks pretty wide open. Each one in the top three is having a strong season.
1. Brett Pastore, Sr., Irvington (20-2, 12 pins)
2. Edgar Solis, Sr., Westlake (16-4, 11 pins)
3. Jack McCormack, Sr., Edgemont (9-7, 4 pins)
Notes: Pastore resides in the top spot as a defending section champ. His only two losses came to ranked D1 wrestlers, TZ’s Desmond Djekovic and Brewster’s Gino Gioiell… Solis won a section title in 2011 and seems to be back on track this year. He has no losses to a D2 wrestler… McCormack is a two-time section finalist, but he hasn’t wrestled since Dec. 20.
1. Oliver Oks, Sr., Edgemont (24-5, 14 pins)
2. Peter Jones, Soph., Irvington (14-7, 7 pins)
3. Alex Johns, Sr., Nanuet (13-6, 4 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Putnam Valley’s Willie Messinger… Oks has emerged as the favorite here, with his only loss in Section 1 coming against defending champ at 170 John Messinger of Put Valley… Jones beat Johns in OT.
1. John Messinger, Sr., Putnam Valley (9-2, 5 pins)
2. Peter Smith, Sr., Nanuet (15-4, 8 pins)
3. Chris Kim, Jr., Edgemont (13-3, 7 pins)
Notes: Messinger is the man here, with notable wins over ranked D1 wrestlers such as Yorktown’s Thomas Murray and John Jay’s Billy Gossett… Smith beat Kim during the Section 1 duals, 3-2. He has no losses to a D2 wrestler.
1. Mike Buhlmann, Sr., Nanuet (11-4, 4 pins)
2. Peter Salzarulo, Sr., Pleasantville (22-3, 16 pins)
3. Jason Worobow, Sr., Edgemont (15-6, 7 pins)
Notes: Buhlmann gets the nod at No. 1 thanks to a 7-4 decision over Salzarulo… Salzarulo has been red-hot of late, winning 17 in a row since his last loss on Dec. 8.
1. Kevin Brundage, Sr., Nanuet (17-2, 8 pins)
2. Jacob Wiegard, Sr., Lourdes (8-0, 6 pins)
3. Evan Shalom, Soph., Ardsley (8-6, 5 pins)
Notes: Brundage looks like the favorite with no losses in Section 1 coming off of a section finals appearance… I have a feeling that Wiegard’s record is missing some results, but he does have a pin of Shalom.
1. Dan Breit, Sr., Nanuet (19-0, 13 pins)
2. Matt Acevedo, Jr., Pawling (19-1, 10 pins)
3. James Maher, Sr., Lourdes (11-2, 7 pins)
Notes: Also look out for Hastings’ Christopher Minozzi… Breit is a defending champ and clear favorite… Acevedo is also a defending section champ. He majored Maher last week… Maher pinned Minozzi and has a win over a ranked D1 wrestler in Clarkstown South’s Paul Okeke.
1. Jason Levine, Jr., Nanuet (12-3, 7 pins)
2. Anthony DiNardo, Jr., Irvington (15-6, 12 pins)
3. Joe Morello, Sr., Dobbs Ferry (8-4, 4 pins)
Notes: After taking two years off from wrestling, Levine has returned and immediately made his presence felt. He pinned preseason favorite DiNardo in the Section 1 duals and also has a win over ranked D1 wrestler Conner Reigottie of North Rockland.