2019 Section 9 Division I wrestling recap/videos

Minisink Valley seventh-grader Zack Ryder made an impressive Section 9 Division I tournament debut.

Ryder (40-3) pinned all three of his opponents, including returning champion Justin Morales of Middletown in 4:30 in the final. He is the first seventh grader to win a section Division I title.

Was pointed out to me that Kevin Dommreis won a Section 9 Division II title as a Millbrook seventh-grader in 2015.

Minisink Valley freshman Sofia Macaluso is the first girl to place in the Section 9 Division I tournament. Macaluso took third at 120 pounds. She went 4-1 in her first section tournament with her only loss coming to eventual champion and teammate Nick Picariello. New Paltz’s Tara Linneman placed fourth in a six-wrestler bracket at 126 pounds in the 2017 Section 9 Division II championships.

Washingtonville has multiple section champions (Andrew Marchese, 99 pounds and Tom Maddox, 132) for the first time since 1991 when Mike Castro, Mark Aquilar and Rich Gomez took first. Castro won Washingtonville’s only state title that year.

Newburgh Free Academy senior Tyler Serafini, now a two-time champion, leads the section with 48 wins heading into the state tournament. Valley Central’s Cody Ruggirello holds the section record with 55 wins in the 2009-10 season. Kingston’s Mike McGrath won 52 matches and Newburgh Free Academy’s Taylor Laraia had 50 wins in 2009-10. Ruggirello won 54 matches in 2008-09.

Here are some finals videos from the Section 9 Division I championship including the 120-pound championship between Minisink Valley’s Nick Picariello and Monroe-Woodbury’s Marco Vespa:

 

 

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