Daly, Raccioppi make college selections

Minisink Valley senior 120-pounder Gerard Daly verbally committed to Division I Sacred Heart Wednesday.

Daly, who placed third in the state as a senior, chose Sacred Heart over Division I Binghamton. Navy also showed interest in the three-time Section 9 champion.

Sacred Heart started recruiting Daly at the beginning of his senior season.

“I felt like it was the right fit for me,” Daly said. “Mason Rambrose committed there so that helped a lot…They are a pretty young team and I think are on the verge of being pretty good.”

At Sacred Heart, Daly will be reunited with Rambrose, his former Minisink Valley teammate. Rambrose moved to Connecticut after his freshman season at Minisink Valley and won two Class S titles for Portland High.

Daly, who will likely wrestle at 133 pounds in college, said he and Rambrose visited Sacred Heart recently. They will be roommates in college. Daly received interest from Division I Binghamton and Navy. He will received academic scholarships worth about $14,000 of the annual $50,000 it costs to attend Sacred Heart.

Minisink Valley senior 145-pounder Mike Raccioppi, the school’s all-time wins leader, will continue wrestling at Division II East Stroudsburg (Pa.). Raccioppi chose East Stroudsburg over Division I Buffalo after visiting its campus a few weeks ago. He will either wrestle at 149 or 157 in college.

“I took a visit there and I love the campus,” Raccioppi said. “I love how close it is to home. Coach (Joey Rivera) seems like a great guy. The college is a good fit for me. I’m probably going to college for physical education.  Everything about the campus is awesome…I came home (after the visit) and talked to my mom and dad about it but pretty much on the spot, I knew I wanted to go there.”

Both Daly and Raccioppi received no athletic money but can earn future scholarships based on their performance on the mat and in the wrestling room.

Minisink Valley senior 138-pounder Chris Truglio visited Ellsworth (Iowa) CC this week. Ellsworth is offered Truglio, “a free ride,” Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher said. Truglio, a three-time Section 9 champion, has also received interest from Division II American International.

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