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Sal Interdonato

Award-winning writer Sal Interdonato has been on the Army football beat since 2007. He’ll take you inside the huddle and into the lives of the Black Knights.

Live 2017 State Wrestling Semifinal Results

  State championships (at Times Union Center, Albany) Division I Semifinals 113: Justin McDougald (Niagara Wheatfield-6) pin Marco Vespa (Monroe-Woodbury) 5:40. 152: Evan Barczak (Monroe-Woodbury) vs. Matt Grippi (Fox Lane-1) 160: Ryan Ferro (Warwick) vs. Nick Munsch (Commack-11) 182: Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill) vs.  Matt Cicco (Niagara Wheatfield-6) 195: Kendall Elfstrum (Monroe-Woodbury) vs. Sam Schuyler (Kings Park-11) [...]

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Notebook: Monroe-Woodbury team, Duke lives for day two

Monroe-Woodbury leads the state Division I team race with 34.5 points after the first day of the state tournament. The Crusaders sent three wrestlers – Marco Vespa (113), Evan Barczak (152) and Kendall Elfstrum (195) – to Saturday morning’s semifinal. Dylan Earl (106) is still alive in wrestlebacks. Tipping the scales at 219 pounds, Middletown [...]

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Live 2017 State Wrestling Quarterfinal Results

Monroe-Woodbury’s Marco Vespa defeated Lockport’s Mitch Seaver 4-2 to advance to the state Division I 113-pound semifinals. Vespa and Seaver were scheduled to meet in the 106-pound quarterfinals last year. But, Vespa broken his hand in a first-round win. Vespa faces Niagara Wheatfield’s Justin McDougald in the semifinals Saturday morning. Teammates Evan Barczak (152 pounds) [...]

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Live 2017 State Wrestling Round of 16 results

Monroe-Woodbury’s Dylan Earl, Marco Vespa, Evan Barczak and Kendall Elfstrum advanced to the state Division I quarterfinals with opening-round wins. Barczak, wrestling in his fifth state tournament, defeated St. Anthony’s Dutch Schultz by technical fall 17-2, 4:38 at 152 pounds. Vespa, a sophomore 113-pounder, advanced to his second straight state quarterfinal with a pin of [...]

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WRESTLING PODCAST: State championship edition

As many as six Section 9 wrestlers have a legitimate chance to reach the state finals this weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany. Times Herald-Record wrestling beat writer Sal Interdonato and Josh Conklin provide a comprehensive preview of the tournament including Warwick senior Ryan Ferro’s shot at a second state title and Eldred [...]

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2017 state wrestling preliminary seeding

Warwick senior 160-pounder Ryan Ferro and Goshen senior 220-pounder Ryan Ellefsen earned top seeds in the preliminary draw of the state Division I tournament. Ferro (33-0), the 152-pound champion last season, is looking to become the first Section 9 wrestler to win multiple state titles since 2006. Ellefsen was second in the state at 220 [...]

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State wildcards: Section 9 wrestlers earn 6 at-large berths

Wallkill seniors Brad Bonner and Andrew Davis and Valley Central senior Rob Satriano were granted one more tournament to wrestle in their high school careers Wednesday. Bonner (132 pounds), Davis (126) and Satriano (132) received at-large (wildcard) berths into the state tournament next weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany. Bonner took second in [...]

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Updated state boys basketball rankings

Pine Bush climbed two spots to No. 8 in the state boys basketball Class AA rankings. The only undefeated Class AA team remaining, Pine Bush (16-0) has two regular-season games left – Thursday at Newburgh Free Academy and Tuesday at Monroe-Woodbury. Stopped by Pine Bush practice Tuesday and spoke with Jahri Evans, Marquis Johnson, Mason [...]

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Section 9 Division II wrestling championships

Eldred senior 160-pounder Noah Curreri, New Paltz senior 182-pounder Ben Cuppett and Onteora junior 152-pounder Dillon Ross each won their third titles at the Section 9 Division II championships at SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge. Onteora junior 145-pounder Zach Chartrand was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler after knocking off top-seeded Hayden Baker of Rondout [...]

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Live Section 9 Division I wrestling results

Monroe-Woodbury senior 152-pounder Evan Barczak was named the Section 9 Division I tournament’s most outstanding wrestler after winning his fourth title with a pin of Newburgh Free Academy’s Tyler Serafini in 1:20. Barczak moved into second place on Section 9 all-time wins list with 215 after four straight pins in the tournament. All of Barczak’s [...]

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    Ken McMillan

    Ken McMillan has been covering sports since he got his first writing job in 1979. He has covered Section 9 athletics for the past 34 years. He reports on college sports, including Army and Marist College. He also writes on TV/radio sports news, ... Read Full

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    Award-winning writer Sal Interdonato has been on the Army football beat since 2007. He'll take you inside the huddle and into the lives of the Black Knights. Read Full

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