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State thoughts: Seniors leaving legacy behind

Mike Raccioppi’s second-place finish helped Minsink Valley to second in state Division I team standings. Raccioppi finished his career with a school-record 196 wins, good for fifth all-time in Section 9 behind Cody Ruggirello, Mike D’Amato, Jamie Franco and John Stramiello. Rocky Point’s Tommy Dutton, Raccioppi’s opponent in the final, is Long Island’s all-time winningest [...]

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VIDEO: Damani Burns, third place, 132 pounds

Damani Burns became the first Newburgh Free Academy wrestler to place in the state in back-to-back years since Taylor Laraia (2009-10). Burns went 4-1 at 132 and placed third. He finished the season with a 46-3 record.

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VIDEO: State finals Mike Raccioppi, Nick McShea

Minisink Valley senior 145-pounder Mike Raccioppi and Monroe-Woodbury junior  Nick McShea became the first Section 9 wrestlers to advance to a state final since Warwick’s Mitch Wightman and Minisink Valley’s Kyle Diesel in 2011. While Raccioppi and McShea may have come up short in their quest for a state title, their efforts in the tournament [...]

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Live state wrestling championship results (Day 2)

State championships (at Times Union-Center, Albany) Finals 145 pounds: Mike Raccioppi (Minisink Valley, Sr., 42-3) vs. Tommy Dutton (Rocky Point, Sr.) 195: Nick McShea (Monroe-Woodbury, Jr., 40-0) vs. Christian Araneo (Ward Melville, Jr.) Third/Fourth-place consolations 120: Gerard Daly (Minisink Valley, Sr., 43-4) d. Ed Matyka (Riverhead) 3-2 132: Damani Burns (Newburgh Free Academy, Sr., 46-3) [...]

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Friday wrestleback results: Seven advance to Saturday

Seven Section 9 wrestlers stayed alive in wrestlebacks Friday night. Division I wrestlers Kevin Kelly (Monroe-Woodbury, 126 pounds), Chris Truglio (Minisink Valley, 138); A.J. Aeberli (Minisink Valley, 160), Quinn Zsido (Cornwall, 170) and Issac Serrano (Newburgh Free Academy and Division II wrestlers Andrew Suleiman (Highland, 132) and Kevin Morgans (Liberty, 182) need one more win [...]

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VIDEO: Section 9 wrestlers in state quarterfinals

Section 9 Division I wrestlers had its best state tournament first day since 2009. Eight wrestlers advanced to the semifinals. Quarterfinal videos of Monroe-Woodbury senior 120-pounder Vinny Vespa, Newburgh Free Academy senior 132-pound Damani Burns, Warwick sophomore 145-pounder Ryan Ferro and Warwick senior 152-pounder Tom Wightman are below.

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Live state round of 16, quarterfinal results: 8 advance to semis

Minisink Valley senior Gerard Daly and Monroe-Woodbury senior Vinny Vespa advanced to the state Division I 120-pound semifinals with a pair of one-point quarterfinal wins at the Times Union Center in Albany. Daly jumped out to a 5-2 after scoring three back points in the second period against Columbia’s John Devine and held on for [...]

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Wentland waits for state chance

Nick Wentland didn’t have to be asked. Wentland was going to be in Minisink Valley’s wrestling room working out with teammate A.J. Aeberli like he has been all season. Aeberli is heading to his first state tournament after winning the Section 9 Division I 160-pound title two weeks ago. Wentland, who placed third in the [...]

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State tournament preview videos: Chris Truglio, Quinn Zsido

Minisink Valley senior 138-pounder Chris Truglio and Cornwall senior 170-pounder Quinn Zsido have a good chance of returning from Albany with a state medal this weekend. Truglio enters his third state tournament Friday with a 40-0 record. Zsido is looking to become the first Cornwall wrestler since Paul Paquin to place in the state in [...]

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State tournament: Round of 16 matchups for Section 9 wrestlers

Welcome to the state tournament, Kevin Kelly. Kelly, Monroe-Woodbury’s junior 126-pounder who is having a magnificent season, drew three-time state champion and top seed Nick Piccininni of Ward Melville for his first state match. Piccininni (39-2) will wrestle for Oklahoma State next season. Piccininni’s only losses have come by medical forfeit this season. In the [...]

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