State tournament: Round of 16 matchups for Section 9 wrestlers

Welcome to the state tournament, Kevin Kelly.

Kelly, Monroe-Woodbury’s junior 126-pounder who is having a magnificent season, drew three-time state champion and top seed Nick Piccininni of Ward Melville for his first state match.

Piccininni (39-2) will wrestle for Oklahoma State next season. Piccininni’s only losses have come by medical forfeit this season. In the latest InterMat rankings, Piccininni is listed as the country’s top 126-pounder.

Kelly (39-1) has 24 pins. Kelly’s only loss was 6-5 to Ed Lovely of Newtown (Conn.) in the Ridgefield (Conn.) Challenge semifinals.

Warwick sophomore 145-pounder Ryan Ferro, the most outstanding wrestler at the Section 9 Division I tournament, is slated to wrestle Ithaca junior Julian Korfine (30-5) in the first round.

Highland senior 113-pounder Mike Feliciano, a three-time state qualifier, drew Alexander’s Dane Heberlein, the 2014 99-pound state Division II champion, in the first round.

Here are the projected first-round matches for Section 9 wrestlers (Matchups are subject to change):

Division I
99 pounds: Marco Vespa (Monroe-Woodbury, 8th grader, 33-5) vs. Kyle Mosher (South Side, 8th grader, 32-4).
106: Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley, Fr., 40-1) vs. Tommy Cox (Deer Park, Jr., 43-3)
113: Pedro Rosales (Middletown, Sr., 33-8) vs. Anthony Cirillo (Rocky Point, Soph., 32-4)
120: Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley, Sr., 39-3) vs. Chris Martorello (Fordham Prep, Sr., 25-4); Vinny Vespa (Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., 39-1) vs. Hector Guerrero (Plainedge, Sr., 42-6)
126: Kevin Kelly (Monroe-Woodbury, Jr., 39-1) vs. Nick Piccininni (Ward Melville, Sr., 39-2)
132: Evan Barczak (Monroe-Woodbury, Soph., 37-3) vs. James Szymanski (Shoreham Wading River, Sr., 41-4); Damani Burns (Newburgh Free Academy, Sr., 42-2) vs. Michael Brown (Massena, Soph., 31-8)
138: Chris Truglio (Minisink Valley, Sr., 40-0) vs. Owen Bacheldor (Hewlett, Jr., 42-5)
145: Ryan Ferro (Warwick, Soph., 36-4) vs. Julian Korfine (Ithaca, Jr., 30-5); Mike Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, Sr., 39-3) vs. Austin Amo (Massena, Jr.,  16-14)
152: Tom Wightman (Warwick, Sr., 39-2) vs. Matt Porello (John Glenn, Sr., 31-8)
160: A.J. Aeberli (Minisink Valley, Jr., 40-1) vs. Brandon Mendez (Huntington, Sr., 37-1)
170: Quinn Zsido (Cornwall, Sr., 41-2) vs. Joe Puca (Huntington, Jr., 37-5); Alec Guevara (Wallkill, Sr., 37-5) vs. Anthony Fitzsimmons (Calhoun, Sr., 37-0)
182: Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe-Woodbury, Soph., 34-6) vs. Hobie Strassner (Hilton, Sr., 44-4); Bruce McLee (Washingtonville, Sr., 33-4) vs. Ryan Schlager (Clarence, Sr., 48-2)
195: Nick McShea (Monroe-Woodbury, Jr., 37-0) vs. Caleb Gould (Chenango Forks, Sr., 23-7); Bryan Beyers (Washingtonville, Sr., 32-1) vs. Jake Braunscheidel (St. Francis, Sr., 43-10)
220: Brandon Mascaro (Wallkill, Sr., 29-2) vs. Mike Newman (Monsignor Farrell, Sr.,30-2)
285: Issac Serrano (Newburgh Free Academy, Sr., 40-3) vs. Jake Warren (Burnt Hills, Soph., 32-10)

Division II
99 pounds: Wade Harris (Red Hook, Soph., 27-8) vs. Sean McGarvey (Pearl River, Soph., 27-6)
106: Dean Artrip (Tuxedo, Soph., 15-0) vs. C.J. Walz (Central Valley Academy, Soph., 35-2)
113: Mike Feliciano (Highland, Sr., 33-8) vs. Dane Heberlein (Alexander, Soph., 50-2)
120: Dillon Ross (Onteora, Fr., 28-6) vs. Joe Lauricella (Leroy, Jr., 38-1)
126: Taylor Benson (Red Hook, Soph., 32-5) vs. Brett Frole (Babylon, Jr., 28-5)
132: Andrew Suleiman (Highland, Sr., 32-6) vs. Tristin DeVincenzo (Port Jefferson, Jr., 32-2)
Issac Mathews (Marlboro, Soph., 18-8) vs. Kobe Garrehy (Maine-Endwell, Jr., 45-2)
145: Noah Curreri (Eldred/Liberty/Fallsburg, Soph., 35-6) vs. Jed Micek (Maple Grove, Sr., 42-4)
152: Ben Cuppett (New Paltz, Soph., 30-2) vs. Josh Griffith (Warsaw, Sr., 42-2)
160: Liam Heslin (Tuxedo, Sr., 17-4) vs. Simon Breckenridge (Vernon Verona Sherill, Sr., 32-4)
170: Teddy Mapes (Highland, Sr., 26-7) vs. Howie Nolan (Maple Grove, Sr., 36-4)
182: Kevin Morgans (Eldred/Liberty/Fallsburg, Jr., 30-4) vs. Meroj Aslov (Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy, Jr., 11-4)
195: Zach Williams (Tuxedo, Sr., 16-3) vs. Phil Wilshire (Attica, Sr., 45-2)
220: Stefan Chichkov (Red Hook, Sr., 24-5) vs. Miguel Perez (Eagle Academy, Sr., 18-4)
285: John Beal (Highland, Sr., 27-8) vs. Jeff Andrews (Randolph, Sr., 31-4)


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