By Jim & Tony Nordland
     Now in the sixth year of the two-division format, a total of 18 defending state champions and eight former champions are eligible for the 47th annual NYS Wrestling Championships. The 2009 state meet is at the Times Union Center in Albany and a total of 480 grapplers will congregate for the two-day competition on  February 27th and 28th.
     Defending Division I champions include two-time titlist and OSW winner
Austin Meys (41-0, 259-8 career mark) of Shenendehowa-2 at 189 pounds. The Empire State blue
chipper won his first state
crown at 103 in 2005
and is a four-time state
placer (1-4-5-1), he has
signed with Lehigh.Other
reigning champions are
Bob Dierna
(38-3, 112-7) of Wayne-
5 at 112, junior
(32-3, 105-20)
of Hauppauge-11 at 112,
Nick Arujau (35-0
, 136-7) of Syosset-8 at
125, Hofstra signee,
Jamie Franco
(42-1, 212-29) of Monroe-Woodbury-9 at 125, junior
Andrew Lenzi (39-3) of Fordham Prep-C at 135, senior Zach Clemente (44-2) of LaSalle-2 at 145, who will be at Virginia next year. Also defending their titles are Wantagh-8 senior John Greisheimer (38-0, 178-14) and Edinboro bound, he will be at 152, Paul Glover (37-1) at 215 of Section Five power Spencerport and Ken Altarac (31-2) of LaSalle-2 at 285 pounds. Former state kings seeking redemption are senior Steven Keith (42-0, 178-15) of Shoreham-Wading River-11 at 119, junior
Cody Ruggirello (49-0)
of Valley Central-9 at 130
and two-time champion
Paul Liguori (37-2, 211-
15) of Wantagh-8 at 135
pounds. Both Keith and
Liguori will attend
Harvard University in the
     Thirteen Division II
winners head the talented
field of small school
grapplers including a pair
of three-time champions. Seniors
Ian Paddock (50-0, 264-6) of Warsaw-5, who won the OSW Award last year, and is headed to Ohio State in the fall, and Oklahoma U. bound Alex Ekstrom (46-2, 232-19) of Palmyra-Macedon-5. Both could meet in the most anticipated bout of the tournament, in the 135-pound championship final. Other returning titlists are sophomore Arik Robinson (33-0) of Peru-7 at 103, freshman Quinton Murphy (43-1) of Holley-5 at 119, senior Mike Nevinger (44-0, 252-20) of Letchworth-5 at 145, senior Antonio Doldo (30-1, 110-13) of Immaculate Heart-3 at 152, senior Ryan LeBlanc (39-0, 126-4) of Morrisville-Eaton-3 at 160, and Cody Hutcheson (42-2) of Bath-5 at 171 pounds. Winning state crowns in 2007 were junior Kyle Crisafulli (37-2, 102-9) of Phoenix-3 at 112, senior Tyler Marlow (43-3) of Palmyra-Macedon-5 at 119, Kyle Dake (37-0, 206-14), a senior from Lansing-4, at 140 pounds, senior Kenny Betts (53-3, 226-33, 148 pins) of Fredonia-6 at 152, and 2006 winner Nick Wilcox (38-2) a junior from Greene-4 at 125 pounds. Both Dake and Nevinger will attend Cornell University next year.
State finalists that return in Division I are Sean McCormick (35-1) of Johnson City-4 and Luke Popolizio (35-3) of Shenendehowa-2, both at 112, along with Mahopac's Justis Flamio (29-1) at 119. Sophomore Casey Lanave (34-0) of Chenango Forks-4, a 2006 finalist and senior Shawn Brown (36-3) of Canton-10, will also be in the loaded 125-pound class. Division II runners-up include Dylan Kavanaugh (36-2, 74-14) of VVS-3 at 96, Joe Smaldone (20-0) of Geneva-5 at 112, Brian Sewalt (39-3) of Waverly-4 and Josh Micek (37-1) of Maple Grove-6, both at 145, along with Fargo placer, junior Tyler Beckwith (40-0) of Greene-4 at 171, and Dan Fruscella (43-2, 28 pins, 115-20) of Holland Patent-3 at 189 pounds.
Best of Luck to all the competitors this weekend and enjoy your state finals.

Mat Notes...
    Devon Brow
n (Marathon-4) won his state crown in 2007 and has transferred to Wyoming Seminary (PA). A record 26 state champions will grace the mats in the Empire State this season. At the 2008 State Championships Section Two (Albany) won the Division I team title and Section III (Syracuse) claimed the Division II crown. There have been only two wrestlers that have won four state titles; Jesse Jantzen (1997-2000) and J.P. O'Connor (2003-2006), Paddock and Ekstrom hope to add their names to that list, and one of them will become the first four-time state champion in Section V history. Paddock defeated Ekstrom, 5-0, in the Section Five finals last weekend. Tommy Ryan (former Wantagh HS three-time NYS placer and NCAA finalist), now at Ohio State said, "Ian Paddock is one of the top high wrestlers in the nation, he's a great kid and we can't wait to get him with us at school." Oklahoma head coach Jack Spates (1970 NYS champion from Smithtown) recently stated, "We have a great recruiting class coming in and Alex Ekstrom will be a big part of our future." Look for Paddock and Ekstrom to meet in future NCAA meets. Troy Nickerson (2001-2005) is the Empire State's only five-time champion and garnered the OSW Award a state record three times. He is currently undefeated (16-0) and ranked second in the nation for Cornell at 125 pounds. Two sets of brothers have earned the outstanding wrestler award, the Jantzens, Jesse and Corey, along with the Meys', Hunter and Austin. Speaking of brothers, twin brothers have competed at the states, the Banachs (Ed & Lou) of Port Jervis-9 and the Gronckis (Chad & Doug) of Burnt Hills-2, but for the first time in state history, twin brothers will be at the same weight, Max and Mike Soria of Kings Park-11, are entered in the 96- pound class. Congratulations to the Empire State's # 1 mat squad, Spencerport HS (18-0) and head coach Bill Jacoutot, now in his 28th year at the helm.The state leader in sectional team titles is Section XI (Suffolk County) with 16, and they also have the most individual state champions with 129, followed by Section Four with 119 titles and Section Eight with 101 winners. Look for the those three sections to add more names to their lists at the 2009 state meet. Only three states have single classifications for their state championships: California, Indiana and New Jersey. The NYS Intersectional Championships will be held at the Times Union Center in Albany through 2012...
Wantagh's John Greisheimer, one of five Wantagh county champs and defending state champ, will lead the Nassau contingent upstate this weekend.
Austin Meys
Steven Keith
                                 WEIGHT BY WEIGHT BREAKDOWN
By Jim & Tony Nordland

     In the
Division I meet, the top sections appear to be Section Eleven (Suffolk), Section Five (Rochester), Section Two (Albany), Section Eight (Nassau) and Section Four (Binghamton). A quick glance at the weight classes:

96 Pounds-Twin brothers Mike (31-3), the Suffolk champion, and Max (33-3), a wildcard entrant of Kings Park-11, are potential finalists, along with 7th-grader Corey Rasheed (36-1) of Longwood-11. Others to watch are Shane Connolly (31-1) of Warwick Valley-9, Alec Dierna (32-5) of Wayne-5, Chris Brienza (35-3) of St.Anthony's-C, along with Isiah Perry (28-5) of Massena-10 and Will Montgomery (32-3) of Seaford-8.

103 Pounds-Returning bronze medalist Damon McQueen (33-0) of Huntington-11 is second-seeded, but is the slight favorite.Top-seeded Nick Kelly (40-1) of Shenendehowa-2, will face strong challenges from state placer Brian Realbuto (49-1) of Somers-1, and junior Brandon Ling (46-3) of Penfield-5. Also in the mix will be Alex Grant (24-6) of MacArthur-8, Tim Schaefer (40-1) of Lancaster-6 and Gary Wolff (41-4) of Monroe-Woodbury-9.

112 Pounds-Again, one of the toughest weights in the tournament, as two returning state champions are here, Ken Collado (32-3) of Hauppauge-11 and Bob Dierna (38-3) of Wayne-5. The slight favorite is unbeaten Sean Kempf (39-0) of MacArthur-8 and other formidable foes include state runners-up, Sean McCormick (35-1) of Johnson City-4 and Luke Popolizio (35-3), along with Steven Rodrigues (34-1) of Fox Lane, Pete Detore (35-3) of Westhampton Beach-11 and freshman Anthony Finocchiaro (45-1) of Baldwinsville-3.

119 Pounds-Two-time state placer and 2007 champion Steven Keith (42-0) of SWR-11 is top rated and could face state finalist, #2-Justis Flamio (29-1) of Mahopac-1 for the gold medal. Other top prospects are freshman Dylan Palacio (23-0) of Long Beach-8, John Belanger (37-3) of Shenedehowa-2, Brant Page (26-5) of Horseheads-4, Taylor Laraia (35-3) of Newburgh-9 and wildcard entrant # 8-Alex Gomez (36-3) of Brentwood-11.

125 Pounds-This class is loaded and probably the OSW Award winner will emerge from this talented group. Reigning state champions, senior Jamie Franco (42-1) of MW-9 and junior Nick Arujau (35-0) of Syosset-8, could meet in a semifinal. Franco drew the second seed and Arujau is 6th seeded. Also to contend with are a myriad of All-State performers; Nick Meinsen (39-0) of John Glenn-11, top-seeded Casey Lanave (34-0) of Chenango Forks-4, CJ Howard (39-2) of Pittsford-5 and # 3-Shawn Brown (36-3) of Canton-10. Others that will also vie for medals are junior Troy Sampson (37-4) of Chaminade-C, Mike Walker (38-5) of Uniondale-8 and  # 4-Dan Riggi (46-2) of Scotia-2.

130 Pounds-Unbeaten 2007 state king Cody Ruggirello (49-0) of VC-9, is the prohibitive favorite and should reach the championship bout. Potential finalists are Joe Grippi (38-1) of Fox Lane-1, Jared Messina (38-1) of Cheektowaga-6, Matt Cubillos (36-1) of Guilderland-2 and Vinnie Digravio (37-5) of Wayne-5. Also to watch are Dan O'Malley (32-5) of Sachem East-11, Connor Hanafee (48-4) of MFarrell-C, # 3-Kyle Wade (35-2) of Islip-11 and Eric Smith (39-4) of Fulton-3.

135 Pounds-Two-time state champion Paul Liguori (34-2) of Wantagh-8 is seeking his third title, Also in this bracket is defending titlist Andrew Lenzi (39-3) of Fordham Prep-C and two-time state place-winner Stephen Dutton (42-0) of Rocky Point-11. Other challengers are Ali Hasan (46-4) of VC-9, James Loomis (45-1) of Mexico-3, Jimmy Kloc (43-1) of Iroquois-6, Tyler Peet (29-2) of Unadilla Valley-4 and Nick Lashway (35-4) of Glens Falls-2. Dutton is top- seeded, and #2-Liguori could face Lenzi in the semifinals. Look for a classic Long Island final with Dutton vs Liguori for the championship Saturday night.

140 Pounds-The lone state placer is junior Andy Rodriguez (37-1) of Central Islip-11, but he will face a plethora of highly-touted matmen in this wide-open class. Corning-4 junior Brian Guilfoyle is a possible finalist, along with Giuseppi Lanzi (41-4) of Amsterdam-2, and OSW winners Nate Skiba (35-2) of Kenmore West-6 and Andre Berry (16-2) of Uniondale-8. Others that will be in the hunt include, Joey Hauser (31-0) of Lakeland-1, Mike Santalla ( 21-1) of Warwick Valley-9, Kevin Hartnett (43-4) of MFarrell-C, along with wildcard entrants, tough Nick Terdick (38-1) of John Glenn-11 and Matt Eberlein (40-2) of Island Trees-8.

145 Pounds-Defending state champ Zach Clemente (44-2)of LaSalle-2 is # 1 ranked and will face a strong foe in junior Paul Morabito (36-1) of Section Five power Spencerport. Other contenders will be Luke Speno (35-1) of Fox Lane-1, Rickey Bronson (29-6) of Chenango Forks-4, Anthony Volpe (36-2) of Rocky Point-11 and Clint Schaefer (44-4) of Lancaster-6.

152 Pounds-Wantagh-8 senior and returning state king John Greisheimer (38-0) has an 83-match winning streak and hopes to keep it going and conclude a stellar career with a second state crown, he is # 2 rated. Top-seeded and returning state placer Josh Veltre of Greece-Olympia-5 has an amazing state-leading 56 victories thus far on the season, and hopes to advance to the gold medal match. Other obstacles for both of them, will be Zach McCormick (34-4) of Johnson City-4, Ryan Rheame (37-2) of Riverhead-11, Steven Ramos (40-3) of Clarkstown North-1 and Mike Kiripolsky (34-4) of Cheektowaga-6. Look for Greisheimer vs Veltre in a frenetic final on Saturday night.

160 Pounds-Two state bronze medalists are slight favorites in this well balanced class. James Brundage (40-2) of Ossining-1 is determined to reach the finals, as is TJ Neidhardt (29-2) of SWR-11, both should receive top seeds. Rocky Point-11 junior Billy Coggins (39-3) is top-seeded and a solid contender, along with unbeaten # 2-John Velieri (38-0) of Hilton-5 and highly-touted Clay Reeb (39-1) of Cheektowaga-6. Other possible placers are John Paris (35-4) of Amsterdam-2, Pat Brady (27-5) of Carthage-3 and Rob Grabher (34-3) of North Shore-8.

171 Pounds-The two standouts here are returning place-winners Angelo Malvestuto (44-0) of Niagara Wheatfield-6 and Josue Mendez (39-0) of Brentwood-11. Malvestuto won the bronze medal at the 2008 state meet and Mendez finished sixth, both are seeking redemption. Dan Foster (49-1) of Cortland-3, Nick Baxter (34-5) of Spencerport-5, # 6-Joe Kavanagh (33-0) of Wantagh-8 and Jesse Villella (33-3) of Chenango Forks-4, are all possible finalists. Also to watch is wildcard entry # 8-John Daddino (35-1) of Sewanhaka East-8 and senior Clayton Neivert (39-2) of Ossining-1.

189 Pounds-Two-time state champion and four-time placer Austin Meys (41-0) of Shenendehowa-2, registered three falls and a major decision en route to the state title and OSW Award at the 2008 NYS Championships. He is on track to claim his third state crown and cap off a spectacular high school career, before he takes his mat skills to Lehigh next season. Returning state medalist and national junior champion #2-Christian Boley (42-1) of Brockport-5, along with tough Zach Buonaiuto (39-1, 29 pins) of Miller Place-11 are strong candidates to reach the finals.Two unbeaten grapplers will also pose obstacles, Section Three's OSW winner Homer Dobransky (42-0, 28 pins) of Carthage and junior Matt Loew (36-0, 20 pins) of Wantagh-8. Others in the fold will be Brendan Dwyer (39-2) of Pittsford-5, Marvin Titus-Casseus (37-2) of West Babylon-11 and CJ Floor (32-6) of Port Jervis-9.

215 Pounds-Spencerport senior and defending state king Paul Glover (37-1) is number one rated and the favorite in this very competitive heavyweight field. Returning state placer and national high school runner-up Steven Butler (37-0) of Port Jervis-9 is a strong challenger, along with unbeaten Connor Horl (37-0) of Garden City-8 and Zeal McGrew (41-1) of Burnt Hills-2. Potential finalists include, perennial pinner Ernest James (40-1) of Longwood-11 and Matthew Johnson (38-2) of Niagara Falls-6.

285 Pounds-Reigning state champion Ken Altarac (31-2) of LaSalle-2, looks to capture his second title, but will face strong foes in JD Zitone (36-2), a returning state medalist from Port Jervis-9 and James Donner (36-1) of Niagara Wheatfield-6. Other formidable opponents are Scott Munro (25-2) of Hauppauge-11, Nick Auriemma (28-2) of St. Anthony's-C and Christian Garcia (40-1) of North Rockland-9. Also vying for medals will be Enzo Zagari (24-4) of Spencerport-5, David Agu (12-0) of Freeport-8 and Elijah Graham (23-2) of Corcoran-3

    In the Division II Tournament, the top teams should be Section Three (Syracuse), Section Four (Binghamton) and Section Five (Rochester), along with Section Two (Albany) and Section Six (Buffalo). A quick glance at the weight classes:
96 Pounds-State finalist sophomore Dylan Kavanaugh (36-2) of VVS-3 is the slight favorite in this wide-open lightweight group. His top challengers are Jacob Goddeau (34-1) of Peru-7, Corey Dake (29-1) of Lansing-4, unbeaten Shane Saltzman (26-0) of VSN-8, along with Tom Page (39-5) of Eden-6 and wildcard entrant, 8th-grader Nick Tighe (36-3) of Phoenix-3.

103 Pounds-Returning state champion Arik Robinson (33-0) of Peru-7 is top-seeded and should claim his second state crown.Seeking redemption are state place-winners, unbeaten Colton Dalberth (40-0) of Marion-5, Colton Perry (33-2) of Windsor-4 and freshman Noah Valastro (28-4) of Hudson Falls-2. Others to watch are Austin Keough (38-5) of Warsaw-5, Kevin Strong (39-5) of Frewburg-6 and Chris Bourguignon (28-2) of Port Jefferson-11. Look for a fast paced final with Robinson vs Dalberth.

112 Pounds-Four state placers are in this loaded weight class, including 2008 champion Kyle Crisafulli (37-2) of Phoenix-3.Senior and state runner-up Joe Smaldone (20-0) of Geneva-5 is back at that same weight and is a strong contender for state gold. Other medalists are junior Kyle McGregor (34-2) of Tonawanda-6 and Ken Eaton (40-1) of Adirondack-3. Other possible placers are Nick Lazorny (42-3) of Batavia-5 and Gregg Brunner (17-1) of Tuxedo-9. Probable championship bout could pit Crisafulli against Smaldone.

119 Pounds-Defending state champion Quinton Murphy (43-1), an 8th-grader from Holley-5 is # 1 ranked in a weight class with a stable of seven state placers, including 2007 winner Tyler Marlow (43-3) of PalMac-5. Other medalists that will pose as challengers are Ryan Osleeb (22-3) of North Salem-1, Derek Pfluger (45-5) of Sandy Creek, Curt Thompson (39-6) of Whitehall-2, Corey Spires (28-7) of Tioga-4, Danny Gormley (31-2) of BGA-4, and 2007 placer Danny Arnel (33-1) of Oyster Bay-8. State-ranked senior Matt Peters (43-1) of East Aurora-6
is a solid candidate to reach the finals and could capture the state crown.

125 Pounds-Former state king from 2006, junior Nick Wilcox (38-2)of Greene-4 is the slight favorite, but must get passed state placers Sean Hanson (46-1) of South Jefferson-3 and senior Sean Walton (43-1) of Pal-Mac-5, to earned his second state crown. Other top prospects are Ben Haas (30-9) of Salamanca-6 and Andy Lyman (39-4) of Ravena-2.

130 Pounds-Three state place-winners will battle for the gold medal here, including top-ranked Genta Murayama (34-6) of Edgemont-1, Mark Gillen (15-0) of Johnstown-2 and Tim Banks (41-4) of Holley-5. Sophomore Derak Heyman (49-2) of Tioga-4 will be a force in this class and will pose a threat to the aforementioned placers. Also to watch are Aaron Dudley (35-5) of Hudson Falls-2 and Andrew Gingerich (39-4) of Copenhagen-3.

135 Pounds-This is the weight class that all eyes will be on, especially when you have two three-time state champions. Ian Paddock (50-0) of Warsaw-5 is top-seeded and seeking his fourth state title, as is sectional rival Alex Ekstrom (46-2) of Pal-Mac-5. Paddock defeated Ekstrom, 5-0, in the Section V finals and both could be headed for a rematch. Another Section Five standout Bucky Hendrickson (44-3) of Letchworth is a probable semifinal opponent, along with highly-regarded Brett Sewalt (36-4) of Waverly-4. Other possible placers include Justin Signorelli (38-1) of Highland, Brian Walsh (42-4) of Watervliet-2 and Jared Soule (45-4) of Sandy Creek-3. Look for Paddock vs Ekstrom in the most anticipated bout of the tournament in the championship finals on Saturday night.

140 Pounds-National junior champion and 2007 state winner Kyle Dake (37-0) of Lansing-4, recorded four first period pins en route to the Section Four title last weekend, and has the inside track in this class. Returning state champion Mike Nevinger (44-0) of Letchworth-5 received the fifth-seed and is on pace to meet Dake in a semifinal battle. State placer Ken Kampnich (39-0) of IHC-3 is the second seed and is a strong candidate to reach the finals. Possible medalists include Peter Talesnick (32-1) of Pleasantville-1, Jake Oswald (31-2) of Tamarac-2, Ben Freeman (43-2) of Copenhagen-3, and Domenic Monteesanti (31-2). Probable semifinal clash could feature a battle of unbeaten champions with Dake vs Nevinger, and that winner to face Kampnich for the state title.

145 Pounds-A well balanced contingent of five state place-winners head the bracket here, with a pair of finalists getting the top ratings. Brian Sewalt (39-3) of Waverly-4 and Josh Micek (37-1) of Maple Grove-6 are seeking for the coveted state crown. Both are solid picks to reach the finals. Possible bracket busters include placers, Victor Coronado (33-4) of BGA-4, Mark Crisafulli (40-2) of Phoenix-3 and Duane Roberts (5-0) of Gouverneur-10. Others in the hunt are tough Owen Scott (49-2) of Lyons-5 and Eddie Sardone (38-4) of Eden-6.

152 Pounds-Two state champions lead the lineup here, with defending titlist Antonio Doldo (30-1) of IHC-3 and 2007 winner Kenny Betts (53-3) of Fredonia-6, both seeking a second state title. They are both on track to meet in a tough semifinal bout. Looking to dethrone the champions are talented matmen and returning placers, Craig Scott (40-2) of Lyons-5, Logan Walker (33-7) of Waverly-4, James Charland (36-2) of Northern Adirondack-7 and Will Carter (38-2) of Westlake-1.Others to watch are state-ranked Jason Fraser (38-2) of Alfred-Almond-5 and Jerry Clark (37-5) of Voorhesville-2.

160 Pounds-The name here is Ryan LeBlanc (39-0), of Morrisville Eaton-3, a reigning state champion and a two-time placer, he has been unstoppable this season and will be tough to beat. Potential finalists include state medalist David Kohlbach (41-1) of Windsor-4 and Brandon Mills (50-2) of Canisteo-Greenwood-5. Others vying for medals are Ryan Darch (42-3) of Batavia-5 and Josh Becker (39-2) of Salamanca-6 and Taylor Robichaud (33-3) of Hoosick Falls-2. Probable final bout with LeBlanc vs Kohlbach for the gold medal.

171 Pounds-Defending state champion Cody Hutcheson (42-2)of Bath-5, finished second in his section, he hopes to rebound and claim the gold medal. His sectional nemesis is Luke Pariso (49-4) of Attica-5 and should receive a favorable spot in the bracket. State finalist and Fargo placer Tyler Beckwith (40-0) of Greene-4, also has aspirations for a state crown, and is a solid contender. Highly-regarded Kyle Roosa (35-3) of Allegany-Limestone-6 and Brian Piarulli (38-1) are potential finalists, along with possible placers, Zach Diekel (35-5) of Whitehall-2, Vinny Gallo (35-3) of Schalmont-2, Cody Reed (37-3) of Walton-4 and Greg Griffo (12-1) of Babylon-11.

189 Pounds-State finalist Dan Fruscella (43-2) of Holland Patent-3 is the favorite here, but will face strong challengers from a trio of returning state placers. That trio includes, Jeremy Burns (31-4) of Hoosick Falls-2, rugged Chris Nocchi (38-4) of Waverly-4 and Zak Griffith (41-5) of Warsaw-5. Also to challenge is 2007 state medalist, junior Jon Glennon (35-2) of Lansing-4, along with Nick Gwiazdowski (43-4) of Duanesburg-2, Eric Thayer (38-1) of Ellenville-9 and John Eibert (32-1) of Clifton Fine-10. The winner of the Fruscella vs Nocchi semifinal skirmish could emerge as the champion.

215 Pounds-Three state-place-winners and two unbeatens head the heavywight division. State placers include Logan Rock (36-2) of Warrensburg-2, Julius Anglickas (23-1) of Southampton-11 and Noah Sibley (33-4) of Windsor-4. Undefeated grapplers are senior Craig Amidon (48-0) of Canisteo-Greenwood-5 and Kivanc Tiyaloglu (17-0) of Locust Valley-8. Also to challenge for medals will be junior Kyle Colling (35-1) of Pioneer-6 and Greg Mollnow (36-2) of Cohoes-2.

285 Pounds-The two standouts here are state medalists, Mike Raplee (34-0) of Dundee-5 and Dan Ladd (19-0) of Schuylerville-2. Another state placer, Austin Lee (24-3) of Cato-Meridian-3 is a potential finalist, along with Ben Hoffman (22-3) of Gouverneur-10 and RJ Sharp (37-4) of Red Creek-5. Others that are seeking state medals include, Chris Galletta (23-5) of Ardsley-1, Marty Cole (9-1) of Delhi-4 and Dillon Fiske (9-1) of Waverly-4. The battle of the unbeaten big men for the state championship could be Raplee vs Ladd.