By Jim & Tony  Nordland

     The annual
Amateur Wrestling News' prestigious High School All-America team compiled by Ron Good features ten New York prepped standout grapplers. Heading the elite group is  number-one ranked Kyle Dake (224-14) of Lansing, who was a three-time National HS Champion and had state finishes of 3-1-2-1, he is headed for Cornell University in the fall and projects at 141 pounds. Ranked second in their respective weight classes are Ian Paddock (268-7) of Warsaw at 130 and Alex Ekstrom (226-19) of Palmyra-Macedon at 135 pounds. Paddock was a five-time state placer (1-3-1-1-2) and finished his senior year as a state runner-up to Ekstrom, who he had defeated the week prior to the state meet and was a NHSC finalist, as he dropped an overtime decision to OSW winner CJ Napier (Kansas). Paddock will compete at Ohio State and wrestle at 133 pounds. Ekstrom finished as a four-time state champion, along with a national junior championship at the NHSC meet. He defeated Paddock, 4-3, in the state final and earned the outstanding wrestler award, he projects as a starter at Oklahoma at either 133 or 141 pounds. Other first team blue chippers include Zach Clemente (209-25) of Troy LaSalle, ranked 5th at 145 and teammate Ken Altarac, ranked 4th at 285 pounds. Clemente had state finishes of 2-1-1 and was a junior all-American, he finished as national runner-up at the NHSC championship and will attend the University of Virginia next fall. Altarac was a two-time state champion and won the 2008 NHSC title as a junior, at the 2009 meet he finished eighth and earned his second consecutive All-America medal. Austin Meys (263-8) was a three-time state champion and a five-time medalist (1-4-5-1-1) from Shenendehowa,  is ranked 5th at 189 pounds. Meys who is a natural pinner won the OSW Award at the state meet the past two years and will take his mat skills to Lehigh next season.

     Other selections include two-time state winner
Steven Keith (182-15) of Shoreman-Wading River, ranked 7th at 119 pounds. Keith had state finishes of 1-3-1 and is headed for Harvard in the fall and projects as a top lightweight next season. Two-time national finalist and two-time state king John Greisheimer (184-14) of Wantagh is one of the Empire State's elite  and was ranked 10th at 152. He projects as a solid 149-157 pounder at Edinboro next year. Mike Nevinger (1-1-2) of Letchworth finished as a state runnerup to the  aforementioned Dake  and placed fourth at the NHSC meet, he was ranked 9th at140 pounds. Ryan LeBlanc (200-18) of Morrisville-Eaton was a two-time state champion, along with being a two-time NHSC placer, he was ranked 8th at 160 pounds and will wrestle at Indiana University next year.

Four New York prepped wrestlers were named to the Amateur Wrestling News All-Rookie Team. They were Hostra teammates; Steve Bonanno (29-15), 6th at 125 and PJ Gillespie (21-15), 4th at 149, Desi Green (40-9) of Buffalo, 2nd at 149, and national high school pins leader Hunter Meys (29-12) of Boston ,at 174 pounds. Alex Ekstrom (226-19) a four-time state champion from Palmyra Macedon HS was named as the Northeast Regional winner for the prestigious Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award. Forty-nine seniors were chosen for the honor. Ekstrom who earned a 3.38 GPA will compete at Oklahoma University next year and projects at 133 pounds.
Three-time National HS Champion, Kyle Dake, is ranked number one on Amateur Wrestling News' All-American team.
Alex Ekstrom (left) battles Ian Paddock (right) in the NYS finals.