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Spencerport (17-0) is the top ranked team in the Empire State and currently ranked 15th in the nation. The Rangers, a perennial Section Five power, defeated Brentwood (43-10) and Fulton (33-14) en route to the UE Duals Championship.They are led by senior Bryan Bourne (29-0, 172-19 career mark) at 160 pounds. Bourne, who will wrestle next season at UPenn, lost in overtime to Michael Chaires in the 2007 state finals and is a solid favorite for state gold. Head coach Bill Jacoutot, now in his 27th year, also has state meet hopefuls in Nick Terenzi (26-2) at 130, Paul Morabito (27-1) at 135, Chris Collura (25-3) at 140 and unbeaten Paul Glover (28-0) at 215 pounds. Other top mat squads are second-ranked Brentwood-11 (15-1), Fulton-3 (30-3), Chenango Forks-4 (14-1), Hauppauge-11 (22-0) and Shenendehowa-2 (16-0-1). Brentwood has the Gomez brothers, Alex (25-2), a freshman at 112 and Ricardo (29-0) a senior at 119, along with Josue Mendez (26-1) at 171. Fulton points to David Hall (103) Matt Bogardus (25-0, 15 pins) at 160 and DJ Ingham at 215. Both Chenango Forks and Hauppauge have a returning state finalist, Casey LaNave (119) and Stephen Dutton (130). Shenendehowa has defending state king Hunter Meys (229-10 career) at 189 pounds. Meys now has a remarkable 206 career falls, which is a national record. Meys, who will wrestle at Boston University next season, eclipsed the previous pin mark set by Steve Mocco (Blair, NJ). Meys' younger brother, Austin, a 2005 state champion, is a junior at 171. The Section Two squad also has the Popolizio brothers, Luke (110-18) at 103 and TJ (167-22) at 119 pounds. Port Jervis-9 won the Eastern States Classic as they amassed 151 points to edge Shenendehowa (145.5), Timberlane, NH (137), Wayne (133.5) and Valley Central with 131.5 points. They were paced by the Floor brothers, Sean (140) and CJ (215), along with Steven Butler at 189 pounds. Two defending NYS champions won Classic titles, Steven Keith (27-1, 134-14) of Shoreham-Wading River-11 at 112 and Cody Ruggirello (29-1, 170-14) of Valley Central-9 at 119 pounds.Two state finalists also earned Eastern crowns, Zach Clemente (140) of LaSalle-2 and Robert Eskander (215) of Webster Thomas-5. Also earning titles at the Eastern States were top-ranked Bob Dierna (96) of Wayne-5, teammates Mike Vespa (103) and Jamie Franco (125) of Monroe-Woodbury-9, Dom Oddo (130) of Mahopac-1, Nic Stella (135) of Sweet Home-6, Jeff Goff (145) of Penfeld-5, Cinque Mandela (152) of Newburgh Free Academy-9, John Paris (160) of Amsterdam-2 and Corey James of Kingston at 285 pounds. Reigning state champion Kyle Dake (174-13) of Lansing-4 has defeated state winner Devon Brown (144-11) of Marathon-4, twice this season, with close 1-0 and 2-0 verdicts. Dake will be at 130 and Brown at 125. Also at 125 pounds, is two-time state champion Paul Liguori (24-0, 154-12), a junior from Wantagh-8. Dake could meet Fargo double placer and defending state champion Ian Paddock (28-0) of Warsaw-5 in the finals at 130 pounds. Eleven NYS prepped wrestlers are ranked amongst the best in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News, they the aforementioned Paddock (4th), Paul Liguori and Zach Clemente (6th), Bryan Bourne & Nick Wilcox (7th), former OSW winners, Kyle Dake & Hunter Meys (8th), along with Steven Keith, Donnie Vinson, Austin Meys and Dustin Frederick, all rated 11th in their respective weight classes. Of that group only Vinson, Bourne, Hunter Meys and Frederick are seniors.
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