State wrestling championship: First-round matchups

Three-time Section 9 champion Ryan Ferro of Warwick has received the top seed at 152 pounds in the state Division I tournament’s preliminary draw.

Ferro, a junior, was named Section 9’s Division I’s most outstanding wrestler for the second straight year last week and placed third in the state at 145 pounds last year. He’s 26-3 on the season.

Monroe-Woodbury senior 220-pounder Nick McShea, a three-time section champion, is seeded second. McShea was a state finalist at 195 in 2015. Goshen junior Ryan Ellefsen is placed on McShea’s side of the draw and can potentially meet him in a semifinal. The two have split a pair of matches this season with Ellefsen pinning McShea in December and McShea defeating Ellefsen 4-3 in the section final last week.

Here’s a look at the potential first-round state matchups for Section 9 wrestlers. Brackets are subjects to change. Wrestling begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Times Union Center in Albany.

Division I
99 pounds: Oscar Lainez (Middletown, Sr., 31-3) vs. Jared Altan (Plainedge-8, Soph., 31-4)
106: Tyler Lynch (Minisink Valley, Jr., 40-3) vs. Ryan Brown (Canton-10, Sr., 25-3); Marco Vespa (Monroe-Woodbury, Fr., 34-5) vs. Joe Simons (Farmingdale-8, Eighth-grader, 47-5).
113: Connor Greiner (Minisink Valley, Soph., 41-3) vs. Michael D’Onofrio (St. John The Baptist-CHSAA, Sr., 20-4); Anthony Stramiello (Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., 31-8) vs. Justin Vines (Wantagh-11, Soph., 39-0)
120: Jarred Greiner (Minisink Valley, Sr., 38-6) vs. Tito Colom (St. Francis-CHSAA, Sr., 43-4)
126: Kevin Kelly (Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., 32-3) vs. Vince Falvo (Niagara Wheatfield-6, Sr., 38-6)
132: Dom Vetrano (Minisink Valley, Soph., 26-8) vs. Hector Colom (St. Francis-CHSAA, Soph., 42-3)
138: Charlie Johnson (Warwick, Sr., 36-4) vs. Jonah Cavallo (Jamesville Dewitt-3, Jr., 26-8)
145: Evan Barczak (Monroe-Woodbury, Jr., 41-4) vs. Chris Ponce (Division-8, Sr., 42-2)
152: Ryan Ferro (Warwick, Jr., 26-3) vs. Garrett House (St. Joseph Collegiate-CHSAA, Soph., 28-11)
160: A.J. Aeberli (Minisink Valley, Sr., 44-2) vs. Jake Logan (New Rochelle-1, Fr., 40-6)
170: Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill, Jr., 39-1) vs. Justin Morel (Mount St. Michael-CHSAA, Sr., 32-0)
182: Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe-Woodbury, Jr., 38-5) vs. Martin Jensen (Kellenberg-CHSAA, Sr., 27-10)
195: Garrett Betcher (Wallkill, Sr., 32-7) vs. Matt Burge (Elmira-4, Sr., 22-5)
220: Nick McShea (Monroe-Woodbury, Sr., 32-2) vs. Thomas Siller (McKee Staten Island Tech-PSAL, Sr., 17-3); Ryan Ellefsen (Goshen, Jr., 36-5) vs. Maguire Horl (St. Anthony’s-CHSAA, Soph., 16-5)
285: Joe Humphrey (Middletown, Sr., 39-4) vs. Jared Crucitti (Fulton-3, Jr., 35-7)

Division II
99 pounds: Wade Harris (Red Hook, Jr., 21-11) vs. Christopher Hansen (Cold Spring Harbor-8, Seventh-grader, 24-12)
106: Luke Jones (Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West, Eighth-grader, 21-9) vs. Sam Wolf (Warsaw-5, Fr., 40-3)
113: Nick Conetta (Chester, Jr., 19-3) vs. Chris Cirigliano (Bainbridge-Guilford-Afton-4, Sr., 30-0)
120: Chris Massaro (New Paltz, Jr., 25-9) vs. Jacob Nolan (Saranac-7, Fr., 33-5)
126: Ian Houck (Rondout Valley, Soph., 29-7) vs. Hunter Dusold (Locust Valley, Jr., 33-7)
132: Mark Castellanos (Highland, Sr., 24-7) vs. Zach Lawrence (Duanesburg-2, Fr., 46-3)
138: Dillon Ross (Onteora, Soph., 30-9) vs. Colin Hogan (Peru-7, Jr., 29-7)
145: Taylor Benson (Red Hook, Jr., 29-5) vs. Jason Fallon (Petrides-PSAL, Sr., 34-5)
152: Noah Curreri (Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West, Jr., 37-3) vs. Bel McFarlane (Center Moriches-11, Sr., 17-6)
160: Liam Heslin (Chester, Sr., 20-5) vs. Cameron Swick (Royalton-Hartland-6, Sr., 31-0)
170: Ben Cuppett (New Paltz, Jr., 27-7) vs. Matt Gaiser (Alexander-5, Soph., 44-5)
182: Theo Chazkel (New Paltz, Sr., 22-8) vs. Bryce Dusold (Locust Valley-8, Sr., 30-6)
195: Kevin Morgans (Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West, Sr., 33-5) vs. Tim Baumer (Avon-5, Sr., 45-3)
220: Will Depaolo (Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West, Sr., 23-11) vs. Jacob Gregory (Whitehall-Fort Ann-2, Sr., 38-1)
285: Travis Coon (Red Hook, Sr., 31-6) vs. Zach Gifford (Deposit-Hancock-4, Sr., 39-3)

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