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Wrestling season at a glance

Posted Friday, December 12, 2008 by John Spiegelman

Wrestling season at a glance


• December 3, 2008

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Top teams

Carmel: The Rams had their two-season undefeated string stopped by John Jay in the season-opening match, but rebounded to have another fine season and finished third in the Section 1 Dual-Meet Championship. Senior and two-time sectional finalist Mike Rose is the team leader.


Mahopac: The Indians will miss four-time sectional champion Dominick Oddo, but junior Justis Flamio is back. Flamio is a two-time sectional champion and was a Division I 112-pound state finalist last season.

Suffern: With sectional finalist and two-time Rockland County champion Nick Oliveto and sectional place-finisher and Rockland County titlist Justin Artrip, the Mounties have two of Section 1's finest lightweights. Senior Julian Negri, also a sectional place-finisher, returns to stabilize the middleweights.

Keep an eye on

Clarkstown North: The Rams will have 2007 sectional champ and 2008 state qualifier/Rockland County champion Steven Ramos returning to lead the team along with Rockland County champ and sectional place-winner Andrew Greenburg.

New Rochelle: All the Huguenots do each season is produce fine wrestlers and win. The Huguenots will miss sectional champ Tom Antonioli, third-place finisher Egypt Burrows and place-finisher Danny Zimon. Adjoni Burrows and Matt Jankowski are back and placed in sections last season.

North Rockland: The Red Raiders graduated Jerry Zurla, but sectional 285-pound champion Cristian Garcia and sectional place-finisher Joe Slane will be the leaders.

Fast facts: Former Nanuet coach Brenden Rogers is the new coach at Clarkstown South. ... In his first three varsity seasons, Mahopac's Justis Flamio has finished fourth in the section and won two sectional titles. ... Asher Kramer, a sectional place-winner last season, has transferred from Clarkstown South to Suffern.

Key dates: New Rochelle at Suffern (today); Suffern at Mahopac (Dec. 10); Carmel at Suffern (Dec. 23); Mahopac at North Rockland (Dec. 23); New Rochelle at Carmel (Jan. 6); Carmel at Mahopac (Jan. 14); Clarkstown North at Suffern (Jan. 14); Clarkstown North at North Rockland (Jan. 22); Suffern at North Rockland (Feb. 5).

Top teams

Fox Lane: All roads to the Section 1 Division I team title go through reigning champion Fox Lane. The Foxes overtook rival John Jay last season behind four sectional champions - Joey Grippi, Luke Speno, Steven Rodrigues and the graduated Harrison Cook. Senior captains Grippi and Speno return as does Rodrigues, a sophomore in his fourth varsity season.

John Jay: The inaugural Section 1 Dual-Meet champion, John Jay bid farewell to a large senior class, highlighted by sectional champs John Swertfager and Jake Genovesi, and third-place finisher Justin Delamothe. John Jay features a deep returning group that includes sectional place-finishers Andrew Schede, Henry Stauber and Mark Swertfager, and Billy Watterson.

Ossining: Led by senior two-time sectional champ and 2007 160-pound state third-place finisher James Brundage, Ossining had a fine first season for coach Larry McRae. Ossining also welcomes back sectional place-finishers and seniors Clay Neivert and Jeff Almodovar.

Sleepy Hollow: The Headless Horsemen will miss the leadership of Connor Tompkins, but younger brother Ryan Tompkins steps in as a captain. Sleepy Hollow is young but explosive with Jay Concepcion returning.

Keep an eye on

Brewster: The Bears came out of nowhere to have a great season. They will miss graduated fourth-place sectional finisher Mike Lopez, but the team returns senior Chris Gogatz and a talented pair of lightweights in Kyle MacAlpin and Jimmy Duncan.

Nyack: The Indians boast two of Section 1's, as well as Rockland County's, finest in senior and reigning Division I 135-pound champion Udit Thakur and Rockland County titlist and 160-pound third-place finisher Sal Marchese.

Somers: The Tuskers are always tough and talented, and have reigning Division I 96-pound winner and state fourth-place finisher freshman Brian Realbuto back. In two years he already has 70-plus wins.

Key dates: Fox Lane at Nyack (today); John Jay at Ossining (Jan. 14); Sleepy Hollow at Nyack (Jan. 14); John Jay at Brewster (Jan. 20); Fox Lane at Somers (Jan. 22); Ossining at Sleepy Hollow (Jan. 28); John Jay at Fox Lane (Feb. 3); Somers at John Jay (Feb. 5).

Fast facts: At some point this season there could be three Grippis - Joey, Peter and Tommy - and two Spenos - Luke and Sam - in the Fox Lane lineup. ... John Jay's Andrew Schede had 40 wins last season as a first-year starter. ... Nyack's Sal Marchese was a dominant linebacker on the Section 1 Class A football champs.

Top teams

Ardsley: The Panthers return three sectional champions in senior Danny Manley, twice a Division II winner; Derek Longo, a 2007 titlist; and three-time titlist junior Penn Gottfried.

Edgemont: Senior Genta Murayama, a sectional champ and state fourth-place finisher, and junior sectional titlist Ray Wang headline a veteran Panthers team that is ready to make a run at the Section 1 Division II title.

Nanuet: The Golden Knights graduated a large senior class led by three sectional champs, but the cupboard is not bare. Sectional finalists John Morato and Gregory Caneparo are back, as is team leader and best wrestler Stephen Ramundo. Sophomore Jesse Rahimzadeh and eighth-grader Anthony Calvano each took third in sectionals last season.

Westlake: The Wildcats are coming off one of their finest seasons, having three Section 1 champs. Scott Rogener graduated, but Will Carter, who placed sixth in the Division II state championships, returns along with Jeff Miller, the Division II 189-pound sectional champ.

Keep an eye on

Pleasantville: The Panthers will be solid in the lower weights with returnees Michael Kane and Chris Madera, both sectional finalists, Blake Artuso, a third-place finisher, and Mike Karr.

Putnam Valley: Sectional finalists Cisco Reyes, Chris Orlando and Kris Castro are all back and combined for 87 wins last season.

Key dates: Nanuet at Ardsley (Dec. 13); Edgemont at Nanuet (Jan. 7); Westlake at Pleasantville (Jan. 7); Nanuet at Ardsley (Jan. 13); Ardsley at Edgemont (Jan. 29); Woodlands at Pleasantville (Feb. 11)

Fast facts: Nanuet welcomes new coach Carmine Serra. The former Clarkstown North standout also was the head coach at his alma mater, Washingtonville, and Peekskill. ... Ardsley's new coach is Craig Zern, who was at Hastings last season. ... Manley rushed for 1,117 yards on 176 carries during football season. ... Former North Rockland great and Columbia University sophomore Marc Zurla is a new Edgemont assistant coach along with Pleasantville graduate Justin Chandler.

Fordham Prep: All discussion concerning Fordham Prep begins with state champion Andrew Lenzi, who set a program record with 47 wins last season. Lenzi went on to place fifth in the sophomore nationals.

Hackley: Private school 112-pound state champion Justin Seim returns and is only a sophomore. Toby Zitsman took third in the private school states, and Sebastian Mejias was third in the Ivy League.

Iona Prep: Seniors D.J. Brucciani and Ross McMahon return for the program's third season. Brucciani finished third, and McMahon was fourth.

Rye Country Day School: Prep school state titlist Obinna Nwakeze and prep school finalist Adlee Fayyaz headline a group of solid returnees. Charles Buckingham, a 2008 Western New England prep school champ, transferred back to RCDS.

Tony Pinciaro

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