NEW YORK STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW:
WEIGHT BY WEIGHT BREAKDOWN
|A look at the Long Islanders and the weight classes:
96 pounds- Top seeded Mark West could meet either Conor O'Hara (35-1) of Sachem East-11 or Mark Raghunandan (28-6) of Long Beach-8 in the semifinals. Looming in the bottom bracket is Eric Lewandowski (Lancaster-6), a solid contender for a state crown.
103 pounds- This weight class underwent some major changes. The basis of the change is that one of the sections submitted incorrect quality ranking points. That changed many of the seeded wrestlers and the committee has worked to make the necessary revisions. Defending state champion Mike Soria is the top seed and opens with TJ Kreider (Cornwall-9). Eighth- seeded Joe Barbato meets Isiah Perry (Massena-10) in a first round match. Possible quarterfinal is Mike Soria vs Barbato. Also in the top tier is #4 Chris Brienza who has a preliminary bout with Blake Reitel (Shaker-2). Moved into the top half is fifth-seeded Sam Speno (Fox Lane-1). Look for the Brienza/Speno winner to meet Mike Soria in the semifinals. In the bottom bracket is #2 Al Dierna (Wayne-5). Max Soria is now third-seeded and has an opening bout with Derrick Gray (Indian River-3). Max Soria might face #6 Asher Kramer (Suffern-1) in the quarterfinals and Dierna in the semis. Now there is a chance of a Soria vs Soria championship final.
112 pounds- Defending state king Brian Realbuto (2nd seed) opens with Will Montgomery (32-4) of Seaford-8. Junior Chris Perez (21-3) of MacArthur-8 could face the winner of the Realbuto/ Montgomery match. Also lodged in the bottom bracket is third-seeded Nigel McNeil. The top ranked wrestler here is two-time state placer Sean McCormick (Johnson City-4) . A tough prelim has wild card entrant Malik Rasheed (36-4) of Longwood-11, pitted against Jimmy Morris. Possible Div. I final could be McNeil vs McCormick. In Div II, Port Jefferson's Chris Bourguinon (30-1) faces Corey Dake (Lansing-4).That winner could face Joey Paddock (Warsaw-5) in the quarterfinals. The top seed in D2 is Arik Robinson (Peru-7), a two-time state champion.
119 pounds- Grant Greene drew the top seed and could meet wild card entrant Peter DeTore (Westhampton Beach-11) in the quarterfinals. Farmingdale-8 senior Luke Alber (44-4) has an opening round bout with Brentwood-11 junior Alex Gomez (34-1). That winner would face second-seeded Damon McQueen in the quarterfinals.This loaded weight class could see a Greene vs McQueen final. In Div.II, Ryan Hake (30-7) of Bayport-Blue Point-11 opens with state placer Penn Gotfried (Ardsley-1).
125 pounds- The name here is Nick Arujau, he has an opening bout with Sachem North's Ryan Gerondel (42-2). Lodged in the bottom bracket are Section One's state place-winners, Justis Flamio (Mahopac) and Steven Rodrigues. Also in that bottom bracket is Mike Leonard (Clarke) who will meet Cam Kelly (Pittsford-5). In Div. II, Bayport's OSW winner Kyle Underwood (26-8) will meet Ryan Osleeb (NSalem), and Rob Morgan (Oyster Bay-8) faces Evan Borst (Duanesburg-2).
| 130 pounds- An interesting opening bout has top-seeded and 2008 state champion Bob Dierna to meet sophomore Jamel Hudson (13-0) of St. Anthony's-C. Also in the top tier is unbeaten Nick Meinsen (4th seed) who will most likely meet Justin Hyde (Union-Endicott-4) in the quarterfinals.
Dan Gewolb (39-4) of Syosset-8 opens with tough Casey LaNave (Chenango Forks-4) in the bottom bracket. In Div. II, Most Pins winner
Jeff Purdy (34-2) of Bayport-Blue Point-11, will face Eric Munk (33-4) of General Brown-3. Reigning champion Nick Wilcox of Greene-4 is the pick.
135 pounds- Kevin Panebianco (38-4, 114 career wins) of Hauppauge-11 faces Joe Slane (North Rockland-1) in a prelim bout. Panebianco could face 2007 state champion Cody Ruggirello of Valley Central-9 in the quarterfinals. Also in the bottom bracket is Calhoun-8 senior Joe Chiaffitella (27-4, 100-28) who takes on the third seed John Belanger (Shenendehowa-2). Top-seeded here is 2008 state king unbeaten Andrew Lenzi. Possible final could be Lenzi vs Ruggirello in a close one.
140 pounds- Reigning champion Stephen Dutton is the top seed and has two LI challengers in the top bracket. Fifth-seeded Troy Sampson opens with David Hall (37-8, 31pins) of Fulton-3 and #4 Dylan Palacio (39-2) of Long Beach-8 takes on Brian Guilfoyle (Corning-4) in a prelim. The third seed is Daniel Cataldi who opens with Trent Costello (Kingston-9). The second seed is Jimmy Kloc (Iroquois-6). Possible all Long Island final with Dutton vs Cataldi. In Div. II, look for a final with returning champ Derak Heyman (Tioga-4) against Bucky Hendrickson or Tyler Peet.
145 pounds- Defending state king Andy Rodriguez has an opening bout with Alex Espina (Niskayuna-2). Also in the top bracket is Mac Maldarelli (41-1, 148-28) of Calhoun-8 who has tough opening draw against state champion Vin Digravio of Wayne-5. Look for the winner of the Maldarelli/Digravio bout to meet Rodriguez in the semifinals. Bottom bracket contenders are Tony Carlo and second-seeded Mitchell Wightman of Warwick Valley-9. In Div. II, the top seed is Chris Nevinger (38-0) of Letchworth-5.
152 pounds- Nick Terdick drew the second seed and should emerge from the bottom bracket. Also lodged in that bracket is sixth-seeded Nick Fitzmaurice (24-9) of Wantagh-8 who will probably face the winner of the Kyle Wade (33-1) of Islip-11 vs Mike Vespa (Monroe-Woodbury-9) match. In the top tier is #1 Giuseppi Lanzi (Amsterdam-2), Ben Villaret and James Ondris. Ondris opens with Kris Duge (Clarence-6) and could meet Villaret in a quarterfinal brawl. Intriguing championship bout could be Lanzi vs the Terdick/Wade winner.
160 pounds- Anthony Volpe is rated number one and will meet Tyler Lusht (Chenango Forks-4) in a prelim. Also in the top bracket is Joe Chamish (41-1) of Jericho-8 who faces third-seeded Tom Capone (39-1)of Watertown-3. St.Anthony's-C senior Brandon Meisner (41-6) meeets Raleigh Defields (Iroquois-6) in a preliminary bout. Look for Meisner to get the winner of the Chamish/Capone match in the quarterfinals. Joe Giametta (40-2) of MacArthur-8 is seeded second and opens with Scott Genovesi (John Jay Cross River-1). Also looming in the bottom bracket is Huntington-11 junior Lou Puca (34-4), who could meet Section Three's OSW winner Lamont Fleming (28-2)of Corcoran in the quarterfinals. In Div II, Vin DeSousa (21-3) of Bayport-Blue Point-11 will meet Nick Lalone (Cato-Meridan-3) in an opening bout. The top seed here is Craig Scott of Division II power Palmrya-Macedon-5.
171 pounds- Returning state placer Billy Coggins is top seeded and has an opening bout with Cody Miller (Spencerport-5). Possible semifinal opponent could be Ryan Nicholas (Minisink Valley-9) or Zach Ward (Clarence-6). Lodged in the bottom bracket is #2 Joe Kavanagh who meets Troy Benjamin (35-5) of Mexico-3 in a prelim. Third seeded Dustin Moss (35-1) of East Syracuse Minoa-3 is possible challenger. Perhaps a Long Island final with Coggins vs Kavanagh. In Div.II, Kasten Carter (26-11) of Bayport Blue-Point-11 meets Brandon Mills (Canisteo-Greenwood-5) in an opening bout. Also in the top bracket is unbeaten Tyler Beckwith (Greene-4), the defending state champion at this weight, he will be tough to defeat.
189 pounds- Matt Loew drew the top seed and is the prohibitive favorite amongst a stable of solid contenders. Loew will open Adam Malone (Massena-10), and most likely face the winner of the Jake Smith (37-3) of Smithtown West-11 and Paul Alessanrini (St.Anthony's-C) bout. Also in the loaded top tier is Joe Giaramita (38-2) of John Glenn-11 who opens against #5 Marcus Spearman (Newburgh-9). Sachem East-11 senior Chris DiIorio (42-1) should meet the Giaramita/Spearman winner in the quarterfinals.The bottom bracket has Brandon Contreras (Penfield-5), Mike McGrath (Kingston-9) and three-time state place-winner Angelo Malvestuto of Niagara-Wheatfield-6. In Div. II., Sean Heaney (33-0) of Mattituck should face top-seeded Vincent Gallo (Schalmont-2) in the quarterfinals.
215 pounds- Defending state champion Kyle Colling of Pioneer-6 is top ranked and the clear favorite in a talented weight class. A key upper bracket preliminary has #5 David Ng pitted against Steve Provenzano (35-4) of Islip-11. That winner could face Colling in the semifinal. In the bottom bracket, Connor Horl (28-3) of Garden City-8 will meet Mike Almavia (Shendendehowa-2) in an opening bout. Also perched in the bottom half is Brendan Fowler who will face DJ Ingham of Fulton-3 in a prelim match.
285 pounds- A wide open weight class with no clear-cut favorite. The top seed is Lance Moore of Johnson City-4. Also in that upper bracket is Ben Lee (30-7) of Longwood-11. Lee could meet Moore in the quarterfinals. Fourth-seeded David Agu (27-1) of Freeport-8 is pitted against Pat Gibbons (Carthage-3) in a prelim. In the bottom bracket is second-seeded and state bronze medalist Zeal McGrew of Burnt Hills-2. Two Long Islanders face off in that bracket, Jon Desir (31-5) of St.Anthony's goes against Yaseen Mudassar (38-2) of Levittown Division-8, that winner should then face McGrew. Other bottom bracket contenders are John Wilkinson who meets Angelo Dinottia (Olympia-5) in an opening round bout. Also to watch here is #3 James Donner (Niagara-Wheatfield-6).
Many wrestling experts feel that defending team champion Section Eleven (Suffolk County) is the sectional team to beat, and will capture multiple state titles. Other top sections appear to be Section Eight (Nassau), Section Five (Rochester), Section Six (Buffalo), Section Four (Binghamton), Section Two (Albany), Section Nine (Catskills), Section One (Westchester) and the improved CHSAA team. Suffolk County has 24 state entries and Nassau has 22 qualifiers. Defending individual team champion Wantagh HS-8, totaled 78 points at the 2009 state meet, and again the Warriors have four solid grapplers in the tournament. Other top teams should be Rocky Point HS-11, Wayne HS-5, Chenango Forks HS-4 and St. Anthony's-C. In Div.II, the top team is Palmyra-Macedon with six state meet entries...
Best of Luck to all the Competitors...