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Section 9 finalist Jordan Suarez transfers to Minisink Valley

One of the state’s top wrestling programs has added one of Section 9′s top returning lightweights to its lineup. Jordan Suarez, a 2017 section 99-pound finalist, has transferred from Pine Bush to Minisink Valley, Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher confirmed. Suarez, a sophomore, advanced to the section final as a fifth seed and finished the [...]

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Signing Day: Warwick wrestler Ryan Ferro

Ryan Ferro is officially a Buckeye. Ferro signed his national letter of intent to wrestle at Ohio State during a press conference Monday morning at Warwick High. The two-time state champion thanked everyone who helped him along the way, including his family and coaches at the high school and youth levels. Ferro gave a special [...]

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2017 Varsity 845 Wrestling All Stars

The 2017 Varsity 845 wrestling team is live online and in print. Ryan Ferro, the V845 wrestler of the year for the second straight season, helped rebuild Warwick’s youth program with coach Phil Szumlaski. The program went from six or seven wrestlers to more than 100. And, all the young wrestlers want to be like [...]

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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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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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Quick thoughts: State Wrestling Championships

Quite a weekend for Section 9 wrestling. For the second straight year, Section 9 crowned two state champions. Warwick’s Ryan Ferro became just the eighth section wrestler to win back-t0-back titles. Monroe-Woodbury’s Kendall Elfstrum capped an incredible comeback to capture his first title in sudden victory. Both Ferro (37-0) and Elfstrum (19-0) finished their senior [...]

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