MAT NOTES: After a one year hiatus from the NYSPHSAA Championships - only four wrestlers returned to defend their 2020 state titles. The first NYS Wrestling Championships were held in Barton Hall (Ithaca) in March 1963. There were 12 weight classes and a total of 96 wrestlers in the one day tournament. This year's state meet, the 59th edition, will feature a total of 559 wrestlers in the 2022 championships.
Interesting to note, the California state tournament has 40 entries and one single classification - the champion has to win six matches over the grueling three-day tourney.
Minisink Valley crowned three state champions, freshman PJ Duke (23-1, 70-1 career), sophomore Zack Ryder 46-1, 156-7) and unbeaten Ethan Gallo (38-0, 128-15) at 215 pounds, Duke and Ryder won their second state crowns. The Warriors tallied 155 points, a new state record, to easily outdistanced runner-up Wantagh (65.5) to win the Division I individual team title. MV also added three other place-winners, a feat matched by the powerful Brentwood HS squad in 1971.
Eight state champions remained unscathed on the season; sophomore Joseph Manfredi (51-0, 142-6 career), Tyler Ferrara (37-0, 119-6), Jayden Scott (29-0), Rocco Camillaci (40-0), Dylan Schell (35-0, 71-7), Princeton recruit Kole Mulhasser (38-0, 201-12), Ethan Gallo (38-0) and Charlie Tibbetts (35-0, 112-43). The combined record of the Division I state champions was an unbelievable mark of 478 victories and only 6 defeats.
NYS CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION I FINAL RESULTS
102- Dunia Sibomana (Long Beach-8) pinned Ryan Ferrara (Chenango Forks-4) 1:32
110- Joseph Manfredi (Herricks-8) dec. Mikey Manta (Hauppauge-11) 5-1
118- Matt Marlow (Northport-11) dec. Jaden Crumpler (Niagara Falls-6) 3-1
126- Tyler Ferrara (Chenango Forks-4) dec. Brayden Fahrbach (Mt. Sinai-11) 5-2
132- Stephen Lukas (ESM-11) dec. Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville-9) 9-6
138- PJ Duke (Minisink Valley-9) won by disq.over George Oroudjov (Ithaca-4)
145- Jayden Scott (Rush Henrietta-5) dec. Anthony Conetta (Massapequa-8) 4-2
152- Rocco Camillaci (Hilton-5) dec. Ben Rogers (Wantagh-8) 9-5
160- Zack Ryder (MV-9) dec. Nick Sanko (Pittsford-5) 6-3
172- Dylan Schell (Queensbury-2) dec. Mikey Altomar (MV-9) 4-1
189- Kole Mulhasser (Central Square-3) pinned Jake Travato (Lindenhurst-11) 3:26
215- Ethan Gallo (MV-9) dec. Ryan Stein (Shaker-2) 6-0
285- Charlie Tibbitts (New Hartford-3) dec. Sebastian Regis (East Islip-11) 3-2
Kole Mulhasser (Central Square-3) - 189 pounds - 201-12 career record
SECTIONAL SCORES: INDIVIDUAL TEAM SCORES:
1. Section Nine (206.5 points) 1. Minisink Valley (155 points)
2. Section Eleven (177) 2. Wantagh (65.5)
3. Section Eight (161) 3. Pittsford (57.5)
4. Section Five (147.5) 4. Chenango Forks (57)
5. Section Six (121 5. Hilton (47)
There are 78 wrestlers from Long Island competing at the 59th annual NYSPHSAA Championships, but none more intriguing than that of one wrestler from Long Beach-8. In the 102-pound class is 8th-grader Dunia Sibomana and the unbelievable heartwarming story of the journey from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United States. Sibomana was attacked by a wild band of chimpanzees when he 6 years old and survived, he has had multiple surgeries at Stony Brook Hospital and now the Nassau County champion is competing at the state meet. Sibomana defeated Comsewogue's Mason Mangialino (37-1),12-2, in the quarterfinals and in the semifinal round he upset previously unbeaten and second seeded Luke Satriano (27-1) of Valley Central-9, with a convincing 9-3 verdict. Sibomana's three biggest fans are LB's head coach Ray Adams, assistant coach Miguel Rodriguez and wife Marissa, who became Dunia's domestic adoptive parents in 2019. Adams commented on his young wrestler: "He is an awesome young man, kind, hard working and humble." The road to the state championship will be difficult for Dunia, but not nearly as arduous as the trek from Africa to Albany.
In the top tier of the bracket he faced #1 seed Ryan Ferrara (28-5) of Chenango Forks-4, in the championship final, in that bout, he applied a tight overhead/side cradle and registered a stunning fall at the 1:32 mark of the first period. He was overcome by joy and jumped into his father's arm for a touching embrace, along with being surrounded by assistant coach Leo Palacio and head coach Ray Adams. It had the makings of a Hollywood script and the 14-year old became Long Beach's 17th state champion in their storied program history. Sibomana (35-2) won four bouts en route to the title and had achieved the pinnacle of high school wrestling in the Empire State, his victory will be etched in the state record books. He also became LB's second 8th grader to win a state title, the first being Jacori Teemer. Teemer, a sophomore at Arizona State, is currently ranked third in the nation at 157 pounds, and boasts a 17-0 mark thus far on the season.
An All-Long Island classic final happened at 110 pounds, as returning state finalist Joseph Manfredi (51-0) of Herricks defeated state bronze medalist Mikey Manta (41-2, 122-14) of Hauppauge, 5-1. LI basically owned the 110-pound bracket, as Brentwood freshman Jason Kwaak (39-2) defeated sophomore Anthony Clem (41-7) of Wantagh, 8-4, for a third place finish. Also placing was Copiague's Sean Campbell (35-4) who finished 7th. Another strong showing for LI was in the loaded 118-pound class, winning was sophomore Matt Marlow (37-1, 78-8 career) who became Northport's first-ever state champion, finishing third was twin brother Joseph Clem (43-1) who needed overtime to edge rival Ray Adams (33-6) a junior from Calhoun. Also making the state podium was WM's Christian Lievano (38-5) who defeated John Tietjen (39-4) of Sachem East for fifth place.
Another Suffolk star was county runner-up Stephan Lukas (34-1,116-21) of Eastport-South Manor who prevailed from the 8th seed and persevered in winning the 132-pound crown. The Bucknell-bound Lukas became ESM's tenth state champion for venerable coach Nick Garone.
Long Island wrestling had 20 semifinalists in Division I and emerged with ten finalists. The sectional teams garnered eight state champions along with an impressive 42 state place-winners.
Two-time state finalist Anthony Conetta (45-3, 164-13) of Massapequa was edged by North Carolina-bound Jayden Scott (27-0) of Rush Henrietta-5, 4-2, in the 145-pound final. Wantagh's three-time state placer Ben Rogers (46-4, 193-59) of Wantagh-8 dropped a hard fought match to state placer Rocco Camillaci (40-0), 9-5, at 152 pounds. Camillaci will take his mat skills to Princeton in the fall.
Other LI state runners-up included; Brayden Fahrbach (39-2, 140-18) of Mt. Sinai, Lindy's Jake Travato (38-2, 120-23) and EI sophomore Sebastian Regis (26-1, 50-10) who was nipped in a tight 3-2 match to unbeaten Charlie Tibbitts.
In Division II Tournament, former teammates and returning state placers: Max Gallagher (32-0) of Bayport Blue-Point at 126 and Joe Sparacio (34-0) of Mattituck at 132, advanced to the semifinal round and won their respective matches. They have been childhood friends and workout partners at BBP. In a storybook ending both Gallagher, a junior and Sparacio, a senior won state titles. Gallagher now boasts a 145-10 career record and Sparacio will finished his stellar career with an impressive 172-19 mark. Section Eight standouts; Jordan Soriano (35-1) of Clarke at 138 and CSH's Jackson Polo (34-0) at 145 advanced to the semifinals and were victorious. Both would go on to win state crowns and finished with impressive ledgers, Drexel-bound Soriano (122-6) and Polo (163-25), a UPenn recruit, ended their high school careers with gold medals.
Reigning state champions, sophomore Gianni Silvestri (36-1, 150-12 career) of Tioga-4 at 118 and rugged Carter Baer (35-0, 188-16) of Gouverneur-10 at 160, both successfully defended their titles. Baer is headed to Binghamton in the fall and projects as a collegiate 157-pounder. At 215 pounds, unbeaten Sam Sorenson (46-0) of Homer-3 edged Trent Sibble (50-1) of Bolivar-Richburg-5, 3-1 OT.
NYS CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION II FINAL RESULTS
102- Darren Florence (BGAH-4) dec. Gabe English (BKW-2) 5-0
110- Talan Hubbard (Homer-4) dec. Andrew Spaulding (HFL-5)
118- Gianni Silvestri (Tioga-4) maj.dec. Xavier deJesus-Remchuk (CG-5)
126- Max Gallagher (Bayport Blue-Point-11) tech fall Jonny Vicario (Eden-6) 18-2
132- Joe Sparacio (Mattituck-11) dec. Caden Bellis (Tioga-4) 6-5
138- Jordan Soriano (Clarke-8) maj. dec. Caleb Sweet (South Seneca-5) 10-1
145- Jackson Polo (CSH-8) dec. Donavan Smith (Tioga-4) 5-3
152- Ousmane Duncanson (Tioga-4) dec. Mitchell Gaiser (Alexander-5)
160- Carter Baer (Gouverneur-10) tech fall Nick Brown (SG-6) 18-2
172- Reed Douglas (CFP-2) dec. Ray Hutton (LaSalle-2) 3-1
189- Gabriel Monroe (Windsor-4) pinned Ethan Randall (Cassadaga Valley-3) 3:13
215- Sam Sorenson (Homer-4) dec. Trent Sibble (Bolivar-Richburg-5) 2-1 OT
285- Tristen Hitchcock (WB-2) dec. Nick Rogers (General Brown-3) 3-1 OT
Carter Baer (Gouverneur-10) - 160 pounds - 188-16 career record
TEAM SCORES: INDIVIDUAL TEAM SCORES:
1. Section Three (219 points) 1. Tioga (146 points)
2. Section Four (212) 2. Honeoye Falls-Lima (89.5)
3. Section Five (199) 3. Central Valley Academy (88)
4. Section Six (179) 4. Windsor (74)
5. Section Two (164.5) 5. Clarke (67)
Winning the sectional team scoring was perennial power Section Three (Syracuse area) with 219 points, finishing in 6th place was Nassau (128) and Suffolk (82) landed in 7th place in the scoring.
SECTION NINE (206 points) WINS 2022 NYS TOURNAMENT OVER
SECTION ELEVEN (177) AND
SECTION EIGHT (161)
Long Island crowns 8 state champs
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