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Newburgh Duals schedule

The 10-team field at the Newburgh Duals Saturday includes four Section 9 teams – Newburgh Free Academy, Valley Central, Wallkill and Warwick. Two teams from Massachusetts – Agawam and Westfield – are also in the field. Here is the schedule: Pool A 9 a.m.: Newburgh Free Academy vs. Half Hollow Hills; Wallkill vs. Port Chester [...]

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Active wins leaders

Monroe-Woodbury junior 195-pounder Nick McShea and Highland senior 113-pounder Mike Feliciano joined the 100-win club in dual tournaments over the weekend. Here’s a look at the active wins leaders in the area: Mike Raccioppi, Minisink Valley senior 188-34 (34-2) Vinny Vespa, Monroe-Woodbury senior 167-25 (33-0) Tom Wightman, Warwick senior 149-38 (28-2) Nick Sebesta, Wallkill senior [...]

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Sunday wrap: Gene Brigham Invitational results, more

Minisink Valley, the state’s top team, crowned six individual championship to edge Newtown, Conn. out for the team title 220 to 217.5 at the Gene Brigham Invitational Sunday in Slate Hill. Minisink Valley senior Gerard Daly won named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler. Daly defeated Joe Walsh of Honesdale, Pa. by technical fall 22-7 in [...]

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Extended pound-for-pound rankings

Ranked the top 10 pound-for-pound wrestlers in the area for print and online editions. Here’s the list with wrestlers 11 through 20: 1. Damani Burns, Newburgh Free Academy (132, 31-1) 2. Vinny Vespa, Monroe-Woodbury (120, 28-0) 3. Matt Wagner, Delaware Valley, Pa. (195, 25-1) 4. Mike Raccioppi, Minisink Valley (145, 29-1) 5. Quinn Zsido, Cornwall [...]

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Wednesday wrestling wrap

Senior Pedro Rosales became the 11th wrestler in Middletown history to win 100 career matches Wednesday night. Rosales pinned Pine Bush’s Kyle Vasquez in 53 seconds at 120 pounds. He was going to receive a forfeit at 113 pounds so he bumped up to 120 to record his milestone win on the mat. Middletown’s all-time [...]

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Weekend wrestling wrap: Ferro earns milestone win

Only four Section 9 wrestlers have won 200 or more matches in their careers. Warwick’s Ryan Ferro has a shot to join Cody Ruggirello, Mike D’Amato, Jamie Franco and John Stramiello. Ferro recorded his 100th win with a pin of Arlington’s Austin McHugh in 1:41 at the Beacon Bulldog tournament quarterfinal this past weekend. The [...]

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VIDEO: Lopez, Mayo on Minisink Valley national ranking

Minisink Valley coach Kevin Gallagher, his assistant Scott Hendershot and their wrestlers received plenty of congratulations before the Warriors’ home match against Minisink Valley Wednesday night. Minisink Valley found out Wednesday morning that it had cracked InterMat’s Fab 50 team rankings. The Warriors entered at No. 36. The ranking is partly based on Minisink Valley [...]

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Minisink, Monroe-Woodbury find replacement tournaments for Eastern States

The aftermath of Monroe-Woodbury missing the Eastern States Classic continues. Monroe-Woodbury, which wasn’t allowed to travel up to the Eastern States Friday after light snow cancelled school and afterschool activities, has given up its matchup with Bergen Catholic, New Jersey’s top team, on Jan. 24 to wrestle at the Rondout Duals. Bergen Catholic is No. [...]

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VIDEO: Eastern States Classic matches

Here are some video of top Section 9 wrestlers in action at the Eastern States Classic: Quarterfinal: Newburgh Free Academy’s Damani Burns vs. Shoreham’s James Szymanski Quarterfinal: Warwick’s Ryan Ferro vs. Norwich’s Tristan Rifanburg Quarterfinal: Newburgh Free Academy’s Issac Serrano vs. Mahopac’s Ryan Delahanty Round of 16: Liberty’s Kevin Morgans vs. Kennedy Catholic’s Alex Melikian [...]

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VIDEO: Damani Burns on 3rd-place finish at Eastern States

Newburgh Free Academy 132-pounder Damani Burns keeps gaining respect on the mat across the state. Burns’ third-place finish at the Eastern States Classic attracted attention from Division I school Binghamton and North Carolina State. The senior’s only loss was to top-seeded Vito Arujau of Syosset in the semfinals. Arujau entered the tournament ranked as the [...]

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