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Vespa chooses West Point

Monroe-Woodbury senior Vinny Vespa has verbally committed to Army, coach John Gartiser said. Vespa’s amazing story continues. He was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma in May 2012 when a tumor, 10 centimeters in size was found in his lungs. Vespa beat the cancer and returned to the mat at the start of the 2012-13 season. [...]

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Seniors wrestling in college

Port Jervis senior 160-pounder Dan DeCarlo, the Varsity 845 wrestler of the year, will continue his wrestling career at Division III Southern Maine. Southern Maine coach Joe Pistone, a Middletown graduate, has been guaranteed DeCarlo a starting spot at 165 or 174 pounds. Here’s a list of the local wrestlers, who will compete in college: [...]

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Blaine to receive national wrestling honor

Longtime Cornwall coach Don Blaine will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in September. Blaine, who finished his 30th year as Cornwall head coach this season, ranks 13th in New York state history with 449 wins, a Section 9 record. He was inducted into the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame [...]

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Virginia Beach Nationals: Barczak 5th, Wagner 7th

Monroe-Woodbury 120-pounder Evan Barczak rode Knox Fuller of Bradley (Tenn.) in sudden victory to win 8-7 and place 5th at the Freshman Nationals in Virginia Beach, Va. Barczak went 8-2 in the tournament. He defeated Locust Valley’s Hunter Desold, a 2014 New York state Division II champion, 3-0 in a consolation. Delaware Valley (Pa.) 195-pound [...]

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Varsity 845 wrestling all-stars with video

The Times Herald-Record released its end-of-season wrestling package in Sunday’s online and print editions. Port Jervis senior Dan DeCarlo was named the Varsity 845 wrestler of the year. bit.ly/1fRgBup Who were the 15 wrestlers selected to the Varsity 845 all-star team? bitly.com/1gMLr7t VIDEO: Varsity 845 all-stars reveal their biggest win/favorite moment of the season.

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2013-14 Friends of Section 9 wrestling awards

Port Jervis 160-pounder Dan DeCarlo and Saugerties 220-pounder James Bethel was named co-senior wrestlers of the year by Friends of Section 9 wrestling at a banquet Sunday night. DeCarlo (40-2) and Bethel (45-1) both took third place in the state in their respective weight classes. Minisink Valley junior 113-pounder Gerard Daly won the comeback of [...]

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Vespa picked for two all-star tournaments

Monroe-Woodbury 106-pounder Vinny Vespa has been selected to wrestle in the New York State Division I vs. Division II Challenge Saturday at the SRC Arena and Events Center in Syracuse. Vespa, who placed third in the Division I (large school) state tournament, will face Wayne’s Luke Yankloski. The junior was also picked to wrestle for [...]

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Palmer sets DV wins mark

Delaware Valley (Pa.) senior 132-pounder Jalen Palmer recorded his 161st win of his career, defeating Pottstown’s Bryant Wise in a Pennsylvania state AAA second-round consolation Friday (March 7) at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Palmer’s victory clinched his second straight state medal (top eight). He faces Franklin Regional’s Tyler Smith in a third-round consolation [...]

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State wrestling notebook: Monroe-Woodbury gets due

Monroe-Woodbury wrestlers and coaches were honored as the state’s top dual-meet team before the finals. Wrestlers, who competed at the Section 9 tournament and Union-Endicott Duals and all seniors, were invited to be acknowledged by state. About 20 wrestlers walked out to the floor of the Times Union Center and received an ovation. “It was [...]

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State consolation results

State championships (at Times Union Center, Albany) Division I Third-place consolation 106 pounds: Vinny Vespa (Monroe-Woodbury) d. Parker Kropman (Penfield) 5-3; 160: Dan DeCarlo (Port Jervis) d. Newark Valley’s Derek Holcomb 6-1; 220: James Bethel (Saugerties) d. Rob Kelly (Monroe-Woodbury) 4-2. Fifth-place consolation 126: Damani Burns (Newburgh Free Academy) won by forfeit over Joseph Russ [...]

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