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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.

2017 Virginia Beach Nationals: Elfstrum places third, Barczak, Ellefsen all-Americans

Monroe-Woodbury 182-pounder Kendall Elfstrum won his sixth match of the Virginia Beach Senior Nationals, defeating George Walton of Bound Brook, N.J. 4-3 to finish third. Elfstrum, who will wrestle at Division I Princeton in the fall,  earned all-American (top eight) status for the third straight year. Monroe-Woodbury’s Evan Barczak and Goshen’s Ryan Ellefsen repeated as [...]

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State champion Ryan Ferro picks Ohio State

Warwick senior Ryan Ferro committed to wrestle at Big Ten power Ohio State Sunday afternoon following a visit to Columbus this weekend. Ferro, a two-time state champion and four-time Section 9 titlist, chose Ohio State over Maryland, North Carolina and Edinboro. He’s expected to compete for a spot in Ohio State’s lineup at 157 pounds. [...]

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2017 Virginia Beach Nationals Day Two results

Monroe-Woodbury’s Kendall Elfstrum just missed making the 182-pound finals of the Virginia Beach Senior Nationals Saturday. Elfstrum fell to Mike Battista of Broad Run, Va. 10-9 in the semifinals. Battista escaped late in the match to win. Elfstrum bounced back, winning his next match and will wrestle for third place Sunday. Monroe-Woodbury 160-pounder Evan Barczak [...]

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2017 Virginia Beach Nationals Day One Results: Barczak, Elfstrum reach quarters

Monroe-Woodbury seniors Evan Barczak and Kendall Elfstrum advanced to the quarterfinals of the Virginia Beach Senior Nationals Friday. Barczak, wrestling at 160 pounds, reeled off three straight wins by decision, starting with an 11-2 victory over Colorado state champion Kolsen Welham. He meets two-time Minnesota state champion Bailee O’Reilly in the quarterfinals. Elfstrum, the state [...]

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Who’s wrestling at Virginia Beach Nationals

Monroe-Woodbury’s Evan Barczak and Kendall Elfstrum and Goshen’s Ryan Ellefsen look to repeat as all-Americans at the Virginia Beach Nationals this weekend. Barczak placed fourth and Elfstrum and Ellefsen were fifth in their respective weight classes at the Junior Nationals last season. Elfstrum won the state high school Division I 195-pound title last month. He [...]

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2017 Friends of Section 9 Wrestling banquet wrap

Friends of Section 9 Wrestling was host to a record 288 wrestlers, coaches, referees, parents and fans Sunday night at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown. The banquet highlighted the accomplishments of Section 9 wrestlers during the 2016-17 season and was a send-off to one of the more accomplished senior classes. Seniors Ryan Ferro, Kendall Elfstrum, [...]

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Quick thoughts: Seward’s state Class D quarterfinal

A comeback seemed insurmountable. S.S. Seward found itself down 17 points entering the fourth quarter of its state Class D quarterfinal against Newfield. In front of a pro-Newfield crowd at Binghamton’s Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena, the Spartans closed the gap to seven points twice in the fourth quarter. S.S. Seward regained possession with under [...]

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Fekishazy to sign with SUNY Ulster

Wallkill senior and state 182-pound finalist Mike Fekishazy will sign his letter of intent to wrestle for SUNY Ulster Wednesday. The addition of Fekishazy, Wallkill’s first state finalist, is huge for Ulster, which restarted its program this fall. Fekishazy has earned both of the school’s state wrestling medals. He placed sixth at 170 pounds as [...]

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Seward survives and advances

The ending had S.S. Seward fans on the edge of their seats at the Kaplan Center in Mount Saint Mary. Seward held on for a 61-60 win over Bridgehampton in the state Class D opening round. John Guerra and Andrew Sanchez missed the front end of 1-and-1s to keep the game’s outcome in doubt until [...]

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Quick thoughts: Class A final Goshen-Poughkeepsie

Goshen and Poughkeepsie’s Section 9 Class A final was a game for the ages. The overtime thriller saw the teams combine for the most points (192) in a boys final in Section 9 tournament history. The storylines made the game even more compelling. Goshen was seeking its first section title since 1993. Poughkeepsie was looking [...]

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