You can read my story and see box scores from the Carlucci Memorial Dual Meet tourney by clicking here, but I also have some videos and results from other tourneys that I wanted to share.
• Monroe-Woodbury is a heck of a team. It’s not often that you see Fox Lane get blown out, but the Crusaders have a relentless lineup. I’d love to see them matched up with North Rockland. “They’re one of the best teams, historically, at this tournament,” Fox Lane junior Frank Surace said. “It’s been us and them in the finals for I don’t know how many years. Some years we come up with a victory, but this year, they’re a really good team. There’s no shame in losing to them.”
• With the first place dual beginning at 138 pounds, the Foxes got off to a good start against MW. That’s the strongest portion of Fox Lane’s lineup, and Scott Rodrigues (138), Surace (145) and Ben Ettlinger (152; pictured below to the right) won three straight to build a 13-0 lead. Surace’s 9-7 decision over Shane Smith was the closest of the three matches, as he trailed by two points in the third period before rallying late for the win. “We’re upperclassmen – except for Scott, but he’s been around this forever cause his dad is the coach – so we have to go out there and set the example,” Surace said. “We have to get the job done.”
• After those three wins, it was all downhill for the Foxes. They wouldn’t win another match, as the Crusaders negated two of their top wrestlers in the lower portion of the lineup with two defending Section 9 champs. Vinny Vespa handled Brandon Fay with an 8-1 decision at 113 pounds. “I was surprised that Matt (Grippi) and Brandon didn’t come through, but they each had really tough kids,” Ettlinger said. “Vespa is known around the state as a great wrestler, and Evan Barzack had a great match with Matt last year and ended up beating him. I think there were a couple of questionable calls, but it could have went either way.”
• Grippi’s match with Barzack was one that I think each wrestler can come away from with positives. Although Fox Lane’s stellar eighth-grader ended up losing an 8-6 decision at 126, he battled back when it looked like he could possibly go down early. There was some controversy in the third period over whether Grippi should have received some back points after a takedown near the edge of the mat, so watch the video and be the judge. Either way, he showed a lot of fight and hung tough with one of the top wrestlers from the state in his weight class. “I don’t think there are any words to explain him,” Ettlinger said of Grippi. “He’s a phenomenon. He’s an eighth-grader wrestler, and I wrestle with him every day in the room, and he keeps up with me sometimes. I can’t wait to see how he does throughout his years in high school.”
• Fox Lane had beaten Newburgh 48-27 earlier in the tourney to clearly establish itself as the second-best team in the field, and then Newburgh took third with a 63-24 win over Somers. I was honestly surprised that the Tuskers did as well as they did, simply because they were forfeiting 106, 113, 195, 220 and 285 in every dual. That means that they had to pretty much win all of the matches that they wrestled, and for the most part, they did. You could make the case that Somers is as strong as any team in the section from 132-170 pounds. “I think all of us from 132-170, and even some of our lightweights,” senior Liam Hiene said when I asked about the strength of the team. “But our middleweights are very good contenders. We’ve all been working hard in the offseason, and we’re a force to be reckoned with.”
• Hiene (152), Larry Courtien (145) and Dom Celli (160) have each yet to lose this season for the Tuskers. Even though the team lost against Newburgh, those three—plus Luke Roediger at 170—each won via pin in that dual. I got Courtien’s first period pin of Steven Slepoy on video. “That’s one of our main goals,” Hiene said of the pins. “Knowing that we give up six in every weight class that we don’t have someone in, we try to get as many pins (as we can) to cancel out those forfeits.”
• Another up-and-coming dual meet team that made some noise at the Carlucci duals is Harrison. The Huskies lost to Tappan Zee during the Section 1 duals, but they defeated the Dutchmen 48-33 in the fifth place dual on Saturday. Granted, TZ is a little banged up at the moment, but Harrison is definitely showing signs of improvement. A guy who really seems to be earning some attention around the section is Frankie Barchella (pictured to the left), who went 5-1 in the tournament with his one loss being a 5-3 decision when he bumped up to wrestle Fay. I got his quick pin of TZ’s Nick Folmer on video. Max Lukaswitz (132) was the only Huskie to go unbeaten in the tourney. “I think he’s taking a huge step forward,” Harrison coach Vin Nicita said of Barchella. “He’s put himself right in the conversation at 106. He’s going to be right in the mix come sectional time.”
• Nanuet went 1-3 on Saturday to finish seventh at the Minisink Valley Duals. Joe Dillon recorded his 100th career win with a 1-0 decision over Joe Laconte of Plainridge High School. He is the 14th Nanuet wrestler to achieve 100 wins, joining his brother Matt, who accomplished the feat last year. Joe is undefeated this year (12-0) and has yet to give up a point.
• Mahopac won the Woodlands Dual Meet Tournament, with Hackley taking second. Here is the box score from when they met:
Mahopac 44, Hackley 31
99 – Gabe Welch (Hk) maj dec Garrett Semenetz, 9-0, 106- Abby Bunyea (M) won by forfeit, 113 – Mike Muldoon (M) maj dec Julio Sanhez 13-0, 120- Alex Rabinowitz (M) won by forfeit, 126 – George Germanakos (Hk) pin. Mike Scauzillo, 3:14, 132- Joe Frezza (M) maj dec Gregg Chung 13-0, 138- Chris Cornell (M) dec Steven Zak 12-6, 145- Seamus Kenny (M) won by forfeit, 152- Dan Shaw (Hk) dec Mike DiNardo 2-0, 160- Elijah Ngbokoli (Hk) pin. Alex Padavoni 1:07, 170- Rodrigo Mejas (Hk) won by forfeit, 182- Liridon Hasanramaj (M) dec Milo Lempert 9-6, 195- Xavier Carmona (Hk) pin. Mario Giliano :43, 220 – Ryan Delahany (M) pin. Fes Michael :53, 285 – Valom Brahimi (M) pin. Andrew Muo, 3:59.
• Goshen won the East Ramapo Duals, going 5-0 in a field that featured five Section 1 teams. East Ramapo went 4-1 to take second, while Carmel (3-2) took third, Ossining (2-3) took fourth, Nyack (1-4) placed fifth and Hen Hud went 0-5. East Ramapo’s Luke Francois was named the MOW. Here is the Goshen-East Ramapo box score:
Goshen 42, East Ramapo 39
126 –Nahum Dorme (ER) dec. Anthony Tierney, 6-2. 132 – Yvharry Belange (ER) pin Zach Diorio, 4:30. 138 – Lance Golubinski (Gos) pin James Hernandez, 0:16. 145 – Mason Jones (Gos) by forfeit. 152 – Tom Kearns (Gos) dec. Shatir Henry, 14-11 OT. 160 – Sheeler Lubin (ER) pin Peyton Leslie, 1:26. 170 – Ryan Ellefson (Gos) dec. Marcus Stroud, 6-4. 182 – Lucas Graves (Gos) pin Sherman Spence, 1:53. 195 – Joel Feliciano-Rivera (ER) pin Zachk Keuerleber, 0:57. 220 – Darren Jean (ER) pin Matt Marvin, 0:18. 285 – Abraham Flores (Gos) pin Jahkem Collins-Martinez, 2:27. 99 – Austin Brook (Gos) by forfeit. 106 – Trey Wardlaw (ER) pin Chris Cardona, 1:36. 113 – Sean DeVito (Gos) by forfeit. 120 – Luke Francois (ER) pin Dante Turner, 2:55.
• Brewster won the Lewis Johnson Memorial Duals in Ravena, going 5-0 as a team. Liam Erickson, Grant Cuomo, Nick McGill and Gino Gioielli each went undefeated. Erickson was named MOW. The only other Section 1 at the tourney was Ketcham. Here is the box score from Brewster vs. Ketcham:
Brewster 45, Roy C Ketcham 21
99 – Double Forfeit. 106 – Jack Muentener (B) pin Joe Censullo, 1:11. 113 – Double Forfeit. 120 – Tyler Gonska (B) by forfeit. 126 – Tom Kozal (B) by forfeit. 132 – Grant Cuomo (B) pin Brendan Rose, 5:48. 138 – Nick McGill (B) pin Kevin Tormey, 1:25. 145 – Liam Erickson (B) dec. Danny Murphy, 5-1. 152 – Joey Petrogallo (B) dec. Grant McGeary, 5-4. 160 – Brad Marvin (RCK) pin John Rock, 1:33. 170 – Gino Gioielli (B) pin David Emory, 0:41. 182 – Joseph Buonadonna (B) dec. Jason Hayes, 6-4. 195 – Austin Hassett (RCK) by forfeit. 220 – Dominic Emory (RCK) dec. Mike Larm, 3-0. 285 – Murphy Wilson (RCK) pin Christian Merchan, 0:20.
• There was no team champion at the 10th annual Clarkstown North Tournament, but each team named an MOW. Here is how each weight class broke out:
Team key: Clarkstown North (CN), Danbury (D), John Jay East Fishkill (JJEF), John Jay Cross River (JJCR), Wallkill (W), West Islip (WI)
Team MOW Awards:
JJEF - Brett Perry; Wallkill - Brandon Crespi; JJCR - Brian Kerschner; West Islip - Nick Colloca; Danbury - Chris Bryant; Clarkstown North - Dave Crispino.
99 lbs. – 1st - Andrew Davis (W) 4-0, 2nd - Devin Marino (WI) 3-1, 3rd - Sean Cruz (W) 2-2
106 lbs. – 1st - Randy Earl (JJEF) 4-0, 2nd - Jason Gomez (D) 3-1, 3rd - Josh Ruben (JJCR) 2-2
113 lbs. – 1st - Paulo Freitas (D) 4-0, 2nd - Louie Cree (JJCR) 3-1, 3rd - Ronnie Marino (WI) 2-2
120 lbs. – 1st - Jay Albis (JJEF) 4-0, 2nd - Chris Labriola (WI) 3-1, 3rd - Brett Boyle (WI) 2-2
126 lbs. – 1st - Chris Bryant (D) 5-0, 2nd - Brian Hong (CN) 4-1, 3rd - Drew Forcino (WI) 3-2
132 lbs. – 1st - Kevin Jack (D) 5-0, 2nd - Connor Melbourne (JJCR) 4-1, 3rd - Nick Sebesta (W), 3-2
138 lbs. – 1st - Grant Frederick (JJEF), 5-0, 2nd - Brian Kirschner (JJCR), 4-1, 3rd - Reid Orlando (CN), 3-2
145 lbs. – 1st - Brandon Crespi (W), 5-0, 2nd - Ari Fay (JJCR), 4-1, 3rd - Ronnie McCabe (JJEF), 3-2
152 lbs. – 1st - Nick Colloca (WI), 5-0 2nd - Tyler Owen (W), 4-1 3rd - Josh Rein (CN), 3-2
160 lbs. – 1st - Alec Guevara (W), 4-0 2nd - Dave Crispino (CN), 3-1 3rd - Will Milles (D), 2-2
170 lbs. – 1st - Michael Fekishazy (W), 5-0 2nd - Brandon White (JJEF), 4-1 3rd - Teo DeLellis (CN), 2-3
182 lbs. – 1st - Brett Perry (JJEF), 5-0 2nd - Tyler Blasko (W), 4-1 3rd - Johnny Garcia (D), 3-2
195 lbs. – 1st - Joe Lamonica (W), 3-0 2nd - Marcus Joyner (D), 2-1 3rd - Billy Patti (JJCR), 1-2
220 lbs. – 1st - Brandon Mascaro (W), 4-0 2nd - Triston Jakobson (D), 3-1 3rd - Andrew Anthony (JJEF), 2-2
285 lbs. – 1st - John Demy (W), 2-0 2nd - Mike Gaboardi (D), 1-1 3rd - Dan Rivera (WI), 0-2
Videos by Vincent Z. Mercogliano/Photos by Tania Savayan