MONSIGNOR FARRELL WINS CHSAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
              2009 CHSAA NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
                                       
By Jim & Tony Nordland


     Monsignor Farrell tallied 263.5 points and crowned five champions en route to their CHSAA team title, held at St.Francis HS in Athol Springs, NY. State-ranked Connor Hanafee (48-4) won the 130-pound championship, and teammates, Kevin Hartnett (43-4) at 140, Tony Carlo (37-5) at 145, Ben Villaret (40-4) at 152 and Antonio Sparaco (36-11) at 160, all won their respective weight classes. Runner-up St. Anthony's (229 points), had a strong showing, especially with their outstanding lightweight corps, Chris Brienza (35-3) at 96, sophomore Jimmy Morris (35-3) at 103, state placer Grant Greene (35-2) at 112,  and Nick Auriemma (28-2) at 285 pounds. That quartet are all capable of high place finishes at the state meet. Perennial power Chaminade amassed 170.5 points and claimed three championships; junior Troy Sampson (37-4) at 125, Alex Erickson (28-7) at 189 and highly-touted Brandan Fowler (38-3) at 215 pounds. Reigning New York state champion Andrew Lenzi (39-3)of Fordham Prep coasted to the 135-pound crown and will lead a strong contingent of CHSAA grapplers in the state tournament.

                  
                                           
CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

  96-
Chris Brienza (St.Anthony's) pinned Paul DiStefano (MFarrell), 4:26
103-Jimmy Morris (St.Anth) pinned Justin Ranallo (Canisius), 5:26
112-Grant Greene (St.Anth) major dec. Vin Fischetti (MFarr), 16-5
119-Jim Widger (St.Francis) dec. Ryan Neugebauer (Cham), 9-7.
125-Troy Sampson (Cham) dec. Tim Monaghan (MFarr), 7-4
130-Connor Hanafee (MFarr) pinned Mark Emerson (St.Joe's), 5:26
135-Andrew Lenzi (Ford Prep) tech fall Brandon Ayala (St.Ant), 17-2, 2:29
140-Kevin Hartnett (MFarr) major dec.Andrew Pappas (Kellenberg). 17-6
145-Tony Carlo (MFarr) major dec.Brian Rogers (St.Francis), 12-3
152-Ben Villaret (MFarr) dec. Joe Fiore (Kell), 7-5.
160-Antonio Sparaco (MFarr) pinned John Palladino (Ford Prep), 5:59
171-Matt DeLuca (Holy Trinity) dec. Christian Psomas (MFarr), 4-3
189-Alex Erickson (Cham) pinned Anthony White (HTrin), 2;52
215-Brandan Fowler (Cham) tech fall RJ Harper (St.Joes's), 18-2, 4:20
285-Nick Auriemma (St.Ant) tech fall Jack Cambria (St.Joe's), 19-4, 5:41

OSW Awards:
  Jim Widger (St.Francis -119) and Andrew Lenzi (Ford Prep-135)
Most Falls:
 
Chris Brienza (St.Anthony's-96) and Antonio Montouri (St.Peters-285)
Team Scores:
1.Monsignor Farrell (263.5)
2.St.Anthony's (229)
3.Chaminade (170.5)
4.Kellenberg (139.5)
5.St.Joes (129)
6.St.Francis (112)
7.St.John the Baptist (80)
8.Fordham Prep (69.5)
9.Holy Trinity (58)
10.Mount St. Michel (52)