Senior Alexis Diaz has received a Wild Card selection and will be competing at the New Yotk State Championships. Diaz, 39-3, was a 2X Rockland County and a 2X Division Champion, and finished in 2nd place at the Section I Championships. CONGRATULATIONS!
2019 SECTION I TOURNAMENT
3 RAMS EARN ALL-SECTION HONORS
At the 2019 Division I Wrestling State Qualifier, the RAMS Wrestling team had a trio of wrestlers place in the top four to earn All-Section honors. Senior Alexis Diaz battled his way into the finals with 3 straight wins where he eventually finished in second place to take home the silver. After easily sticking his 97th career opponent in the opening match, Diaz came from 4 points behind with just under a minute left in the 3rd period to win a dramatic 10-8 overtime win in the quarter-finals and then followed that up with the match-winning takedown in the 3rd period of the semi-finals to come out on top for a hard-fought win 4-2. Junior Ryan Stern became just the third wrestler in school history to earn All-Section honors for a fourth time, joining RAMS immortals Chris Granata and Steven Ramos. Stern, competing with a severely injured shoulder, went 3-2 in the tournament and gutted it out after a tough semi-finals loss, to win his consolation semi-finals match 1-0 before going on to a 4th place finish. Senior Otto Davidson had a fantastic tournament going 4-2 in the 2-day event. After winning his first match and then losing in the quarters, Otto reeled off 3 straight wins in dominating fashion, including a pin in the “blood round” and then earning a major decision in a redemption match against an old foe before securing a spot on the podium. Congratulations!
2019 DIVISION TOURNAMENT
RAMS PUSH 4 INTO THE FINALS, QUALIFY 6 FOR THE SECTIONS
HENRY, DIAZ BECOME 2X CHAMPIONS
At the 2019 Division Tournament, the RAMS wrestling team qualified 6 wrestlers who will compete in next week’s Section I State Qualifier. Jack Henry won his second career Division title in dominant fashion. Henry, who went 3-0 on the day with 3 pins, was down by one point late in the finals when he hit a dramatic throw with 20 seconds left to stick his opponent to capture the gold. Alexis Diaz defended his Division title to also become a 2X Champion. Diaz had to work against two quality opponents, winning a hard fought battle in the semi-finals 9-4 before winning a solid 5-0 match in the finals to take first place once again. The RAMS had two other finalists in 2018 Division Champion Ryan Stern at 145 and Otto Davidson who pinned his way into the finals at 152. Stern, battling with an injured shoulder, lost a tough 4-2 decision, while Davidson kept the pressure on his opponent hitting beautiful low single takedowns until losing in the final seconds. Both George Rurak and Graham Gallo took 3rd place for the RAMS, each going 3-1 to take home the bronze and qualifying for their first Section I Tournament.
2019 JV SECTION I CHAMPIONSHIPS
Frendel, Manga Capture Titles
RAMS Send 4 to Finals, Place 9 in Top Six
At the annual JV Section I Tournament, the RAMS wrestling team had a successful showing, pushing four into the finals and placing 9 in the top 6. Both Seth Frendel and Pat Manga were perfect on the day going 4-0 to take home the gold. Seth had a pin and 2 decisions and then won a hard-fought battle in the finals, while Pat cruised into the finals with 3 pins before securing the gold with a decision. Mason Powell and Graham Gallo each won 3 straight bouts to earn a trip to the finals before dropping close decisions to grab the silver. Rohan Nair who had 3 pins on the day rebounded after a semi-final loss to go 3-1 on the day to finish in 3rd place to take home the bronze. Jelcey Marte went 2-2 with two pins to finish in 4th place in the consolation round. Anthony Gibson had a strong day, going 3-1 with three pins, to finish in 5th place, while Archange Gay and Alexander Pelletier (two pins) finished in 6th place to earn a place on the podium.
2019 ROCKLAND COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Diaz Defends Title, Earns MOW Award and Most Pins Award
At the 2019 Rockland County Championships, Alexis Diaz was a man on a mission as he set out to defend his title. Diaz stuck all three opponents, including a 2X All-Section wrestler in the semi-finals in 28 seconds and then against a NYS Wild Card wrestler who was 3rd in the Section in just 38 seconds in the finals to secure his 96th career win by pin. For his efforts, Alexis not only received the Sol Gordon Most Pins in the Least Amount of Time Award but was also selected by the Rockland County coaches to receive the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award for his dominant performance. The RAMS pushed two others into the finals with Ryan Stern at 138 lbs. and Otto Davidson at 160 lbs. Stern cruised into the finals just as he did last year with 2 pins before falling late in the finals to earn the silver medal. Otto Davidson, competing up a weight at 160, scored a dramatic victory in the semi-finals to secure the winning takedown with just 3 seconds left to earn his second consecutive finals appearance. Jack Henry had a great day to take home the bronze. Jack was 3-1 with 3 pins and had his best performance of the season which bodes well for the postseason. Also taking third place was George Rurak who bounced back after a disappointing loss in the semifinals to finish out the day with 2 more wins. Senior Shane Hill had a solid day going 2-2, including a pin to secure a 5th place finish. Dan Landau finished in 6th place losing two close matches by the scores of 5-2 and 11-7.
RAMS Push Four Into the Finals, Crown Three Champs
Diaz Wins Historic Victory
Stern Takes Home MOW Award
At the annual Scarsdale Tournament, the RAMS crowned three individual champions to go along with a runner-up and fifth place finisher. Alexis Diaz not only won his third tournament of the season but he also notched his 100th career victory to become just the 8th wrestler in school history to reach such a milestone. Alexis also pinned two more opponents bringing his career pin total to 92 career wins by fall. Ryan Stern not only pinned 4 straight opponents to take the gold medal to win his second tournament of the season, but he was also awarded the Most Outstanding Junior Award. Ryan now has 131 career victories and with two more wins will move into 3rd place All-Time in school history. Otto Davidson captured his second tournament of the season with two falls and a hard-fought 4-2 victory in the finals. George Rurak notched two victories by pin and earned his first career trip to the finals before falling in the finals to finish in second place. Dan Landau had a solid tournament and went 4-1 with three pins to finish in 5th place.
2019 JV Rockland County Championships
RAMS Crown 3 Champs
At the 2019 JV Rockland County Championships held at Suffern High School, the RAMS pushed 5 wrestlers into the championship finals and crowned 3 individual champions. All three champs – Will Embry, Pat Manga, and Graham Gallo – were undefeated on the day and pinned each of their opponents to take the gold. Going 2-1 with two pins each and coming in second were both Zander Pelletier and Jelcey Marte. Archange Gay and Seth Frendel both finished strong pinning their opponents to take home the bronze, while Mason Powell and Rohan Nair, who lost their opening matches, battled back to win their final two matches by pin to finish in fifth place.
2019 BREWSTER JV TOURNAMENT
RAMS CROWN 4 CHAMPS
At the annual Brewster JV Tournament, the RAMS had 4 wrestlers take home the gold by each going undefeated and posting 3-0 records. Archange Gay won his second tournament of the season in dominant fashion by pinning all three of his opponents, while Alexander Pelletier also won his second tournament of the year by sticking 2 of his 3 opponents. Jelcey Marte captured his first career championship by pinning both his opponents and Mason Powell, seeing his first competition of the season, took home the gold with a pin, a win, and a hard-fought overtime victory. Will Embry went 2-1 to capture the silver medal.
North 51, RCK 27 (North wins 6 of 9 matches wrestled)
99: Seth Frendel (CNSH) over (RCKS) (For.) 106: Alexander Rathbun (RCKS) over (CNSH) (For.) 113: Jack Henry (CNSH) over Dylan Glickman (RCKS) (Fall 1:05) 120: Will Embry (CNSH) over (RCKS) (For.) 126: Andrew Stern (CNSH) over (RCKS) (For.) 132: Alexis Diaz (CNSH) over Dominic Censullo (RCKS) (Fall 0:19) 138: Patrick Manga (CNSH) over Andrew Rathbun (RCKS) (Fall 3:50) 145: Brendan Carroll (RCKS) over Ryan Stern (CNSH) (Dec 4-0) 152: Daniel Landau (CNSH) over Benjamin Wilson Jr (RCKS) (Dec 3-1) 160: Otto Davidson (CNSH) over Austin Shanley (RCKS) (Fall 2:48) 170: Ben Varco (RCKS) over Shane Hill (CNSH) (Fall 3:10) 182: George Rurak (CNSH) over David Vose (RCKS) (Fall 1:48) 195: Hunter Roberts (RCKS) over Graham Gallo (CNSH) (Fall 1:59) 220: Double Forfeit 285: Chris Vanderlinde (RCKS) over (CNSH) (For.)
15th ANNUAL CLARKSTOWN NORTH WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
RAMS Crown 3 Champions
The RAMS wrestling squad had a solid showing at their own winter tournament by capturing 3 individual titles and placing two others in the top 3. Alexis Diaz was a man on a mission, going 5-0 in dominant fashion, pinning 4 opponents including 3 in the first minute to go along with another victory by forfeit. Ryan Stern was equally impressive by sticking 3 wrestlers and earning a 16-0 tech fall to go along with a fifth win by forfeit. Team MOW Otto Davidson battled throughout each of his five matches, securing 3 pins, and winning two others through grit and fortitude by the scores of 3-2 and 5-2 in a competitive weight class. After suffering a heartbreaking loss in his opening match, Jack Henry reeled off 4 straight wins to come back and capture the silver medal. And George Rurak went 3-2 with three falls, suffering one loss to a defending state champion, to go on and capture the bronze.
NORTH CROWNS 5 CHAMPIONS AT ANNUAL JV TOURNAMENT
The RAMS wrestling team had an impressive showing at the 14th Annual Clarkstown North JV Wrestling Tournament. The RAMS had 5 individual champions at their respective weight classes, the best showing in tournament history. Seth Frendel went 3-0 on the day, only surrendering 2 points to capture the gold. Alexander Pelletier was equally impressive notching 2 victories by fall and shutting out his other opponent to finish atop his bracket. Will Embry was on fire, sticking all 3 of his opponents to take first place. Archange Gay matched Embry with 3 falls of his own to secure the title at 152. Dillon Mikelic was dominant in his path to finish in first place easily sticking both his opponents. Graham Gallo, recovering from an illness that kept him off the mats for a few day, rebounded nicely and won 3 straight bouts to also take home the gold. Rookie Thomas Reynolds has been steadily improving through this young season and took home the silver medal by finishing 2-1 with two victories by fall. Finishing 1-1 and also taking 2nd place were Jelcey Marte who earned his first win by fall, and Rohan Nair who had a fall and a narrow 2-0 loss to grab the silver. GREAT job by all!!
Nanuet 48, North 34 (North wins 5 of 10 matches wrestled)
99: Seth Frendel (CNSH) over (NANU) (For.) 106: Riley Stemmerman (NANU) over (CNSH) (For.) 113: Jack Henry (CNSH) over Joseph Parisi (NANU) (Fall 3:33) 120: Chris DiModugno (NANU) over Will Embry (CNSH) (Fall 1:29) 126: William Shin (NANU) over Andrew Stern (CNSH) (Dec 7-3) 132: Alexis Diaz (CNSH) over Tyler Nicholson (NANU) (Fall 3:07) 138: Jeremy Schucker (NANU) over Patrick Manga (CNSH) (Dec 15-11) 145: Ryan Stern (CNSH) over Josh Gold (NANU) (MD 9-0) 152: Chris Falborn (NANU) over Daniel Landau (CNSH) (Fall 1:02) 160: Otto Davidson (CNSH) over Matthew Shin (NANU) (Fall 2:32) 170: Nick DiModugno (NANU) over Shane Hill (CNSH) (Fall 2:25) 182: George Rurak (CNSH) over Tymur Ahmad (NANU) (Fall 1:18) 195: John Kiernan (NANU) over (CNSH) (For.) 220: Andrew Knapp (NANU) over (CNSH) (For.) 285: Darius Palmer (NANU) over (CNSH) (For.)
At the annual Yorktown Duals, a trio of RAMS went undefeated in their 5 bouts to lead the team to a 2-3 dual meet tourney record. Forfeits were an issue as the RAMS were giving up major points in each dual even though they managed to win more bouts then wrestled in 3 duals and split the contested duals in another. Alexis Diaz ( 5 pins), Ryan Stern ( 2 pins, 2 tech falls, forfeit), and Otto Davidson ( 3 pins) were perfect on the day in each dual. Seth Frendel went 4-1 and Pat Manga was 2-0, while going 3-2 were Dan Landau, Shane Hill, and George Rurak. Congratulations to Graham Gallo for picking up his first career varsity victory!
North 54, Yorktown 21 (RAMS win 7 of 8 contested bouts)
106: Double Forfeit 113: Jack Henry (CNSH) over (YOSR) (For.) 120: Andrew Finateri (YOSR) over (CNSH) (For.) 126: Will Embry (CNSH) over Samson Newberger (YOSR) (Fall 0:37) 132: Alexis Diaz (CNSH) over Marc Pisani (YOSR) (Fall 4:57) 138: Ryan Stern (CNSH) over Dean Patierno (YOSR) (Fall 2:16) 145: Patrick Manga (CNSH) over Dominick Sanfardino (YOSR) (Dec 10-6) 152: Daniel Landau (CNSH) over Joseph Martinaj (YOSR) (Dec 5-0) 160: Otto Davidson (CNSH) over Robert Cermele (YOSR) (Fall 1:59) 170: Shane Hill (CNSH) over Luca Stanford (YOSR) (Fall 0:20) 182: Christian Sinagra (YOSR) over George Rurak (CNSH) (Dec 10-6) 195: Graham Gallo (CNSH) over (YOSR) (For.) 220: Benjamin Robinson (YOSR) over (CNSH) (For.) 285: Dominic Ochoa (YOSR) over (CNSH) (For.) 99: Seth Frendel (CNSH) over (YOSR) (For.)
Mahopac 52, North 33 (RAMS win 6 out of 10 contested bouts)
99: Seth Frendel (CNSH) over Steve Guaragna (MAHO) (Dec 7-5) 106: Angelo Centrone (MAHO) over (CNSH) (For.) 113: Aidan Muldoon (MAHO) over Jack Henry (CNSH) (Fall 1:06) 120: Frankie Scauzillo (MAHO) over Will Embry (CNSH) (MD 14-2) 126: Alexander Smith (MAHO) over (CNSH) (For.) 132: Alexis Diaz (CNSH) over Andi Berisha (MAHO) (Fall 3:40) 138: Ryan Stern (CNSH) over Larry Nardecchia (MAHO) (Fall 3:19) 145: Tyler Roa (MAHO) over Daniel Landau (CNSH) (Fall 1:44) 152: Otto Davidson (CNSH) over Brock Fitzpatrick (MAHO) (Fall 0:38) 160: Charles Nicosia (MAHO) over (CNSH) (For.) 170: Shane Hill (CNSH) over Frank Casagrande (MAHO) (Fall 1:05) 182: George Rurak (CNSH) over Nick Saetta (MAHO) (Fall 3:48) 195: Londrim Hasanramaj (MAHO) over Graham Gallo (CNSH) (Fall 3:31) 220: Michael Rivera (MAHO) over (CNSH) (For.) 285: Joe Harney (MAHO) over (CNSH) (For.)
North 44, OLL 27 (RAMS win 5 out of 8 contested bouts)
126: Austin Mora (OLOL) over (CNSH) (For.) 132: Alexis Diaz (CNSH) over Hayden Heunis (OLOL) (Fall 0:07) 138: Patrick Manga (CNSH) over Chris Webb (OLOL) (Fall 3:26) 145: Ryan Stern (CNSH) over Riley McHale (OLOL) (TF 16-1 0:00) 152: Daniel Landau (CNSH) over (OLOL) (For.) 160: Otto Davidson (CNSH) over Joe Krauza (OLOL) (Dec 3-2) 170: Shane Hill (CNSH) over Jonathan Jacobs (OLOL) (Fall 1:16) 182: George Rurak (CNSH) over (OLOL) (For.) 195: Kevin Johansson (OLOL) over Graham Gallo (CNSH) (Fall 3:02) 220: Predrag Skumpia (OLOL) over (CNSH) (For.) 285: Double Forfeit 99: Seth Frendel (CNSH) over (OLOL) (For.) 106: 113: Chris Dimeglio (OLOL) over Jack Henry (CNSH) (Fall 2:36) 120: Jackson Wainwright (OLOL) over Will Embry (CNSH) (Dec 10-4)
Glen Cove 52, North 35 (RAMS win 4 out of 8 contested bouts)
113: Edson Murillo (GLCO) over Jack Henry (CNSH) (Fall 1:42) 120: Eamon Doyle (GLCO) over Will Embry (CNSH) (MD 23-13) 126: David Portillo (GLCO) over (CNSH) (For.) 132: Alexis Diaz (CNSH) over Tristan Nolan (GLCO) (Fall 0:33) 138: Ryan Stern (CNSH) over Julian Correa (GLCO) (TF 18-3 0:00) 145: Daniel Landau (CNSH) over (GLCO) (For.) 152: Otto Davidson (CNSH) over Valentino Valdes (GLCO) (Fall 3:45) 160: Jose Molina (GLCO) over (CNSH) (For.) 170: Salvatore Guastella (GLCO) over Shane Hill (CNSH) (Fall 3:07) 182: George Rurak (CNSH) over Peter Reyes (GLCO) (Fall 3:07) 195: Rafael Alma (GLCO) over Graham Gallo (CNSH) (Fall 0:52) 220: Jordan Kalberer (GLCO) over (CNSH) (For.) 285: Brandon Rivera (GLCO) over (CNSH) (For.) 99: Seth Frendel (CNSH) over (GLCO) (For.) 106: Isaiah Jackson (GLCO) over (CNSH) (For.)
WHB 63, North 18
120: Will Zaffuto (WBS) over Will Embry (CNSH) (Fall 3:15) 126: Jason Montagna (WBS) over (CNSH) (For.) 132: Alexis Diaz (CNSH) over Suraj Patel (WBS) (Fall 2:21) 138: Ryan Stern (CNSH) over (WBS) (For.) 145: James O`Neill (WBS) over Daniel Landau (CNSH) (Dec 5-4) 152: Otto Davidson (CNSH) over Aidan McKeon (WBS) (Dec 6-2) 160: Jackson Hulse (WBS) over (CNSH) (For.) 170: Lawrence Citarelli (WBS) over Shane Hill (CNSH) (Fall 3:29) 182: Hunter Burling (WBS) over George Rurak (CNSH) (Fall 3:05) 195: Graham Gallo (CNSH) over Tate Buhl (WBS) (Dec 4-2) 220: Liam McIntyre (WBS) over (CNSH) (For.) 285: Erich Schaumloffel (WBS) over (CNSH) (For.) 99: Joe D`Agostino (WBS) over Seth Frendel (CNSH) (Fall 5:43) 106: Grant Skala (WBS) over (CNSH) (For.) 113: Luke Citarelli (WBS) over Jack Henry (CNSH) (Fall 1:16)
YORKTOWN JV TOURNAMENT
A young RAMS JV squad headed to Yorktown to compete in their JV tournament and four came through the competition with perfect 2-0 records. Archange Gay and Chris Ryan each pinned both of their opponents, while also remaining undefeated were Jelcey Marte and Dillon Mikelic. Picking up his first high school victory was Rohan Nair who went 1-1 on the day. Great job!
The RAMS wrestling team opened up the season in the highly competitive Ossining Duals which saw them compete against 3 of the top 10 ranked teams in Section I. On the day, the RAMS were 2-3 dropping a tough one-point decision to John Jay East-Fishkill in their final dual. Andrew Stern was the lone RAM to be perfect on the day with a 5-0 record, while the following wrestlers were 3-2: Ryan Stern, Alexis Diaz, Otto Davidson, Jack Henry, and George Rurak. Dan Landau was 2-1. Seth Frendel, Anthony Gibson, and Shane Hill picked up their first career varsity wins.
JJEF 37, North 36
132: Anthony Gibson (CNSH) over Jalen McKinney (JJSE) (Fall 5:19) 138: John Barber`an (JJSE) over Ryan Stern (CNSH) (MD 12-3) 145: Tyler Albis (JJSE) over Patrick Manga (CNSH) (Fall 1:47) 152: Jack Ninos (JJSE) over Otto Davidson (CNSH) (Dec 4-3) 160: Heber Aguilar (JJSE) over (CNSH) (For.) 170: Dominic Castaldi (JJSE) over Shane Hill (CNSH) (Fall 1:58) 182: George Rurak (CNSH) over Elijah Terry (JJSE) (Fall 1:17) 195: Derek White (JJSE) over Graham Gallo (CNSH) (Fall 2:22) 220: Double Forfeit 285: Double Forfeit 99: Seth Frendel (CNSH) over (JJSE) (For.) 106: Guy Colabatistto (JJSE) over (CNSH) (For.) 113: Jack Henry (CNSH) over (JJSE) (For.) 120: Andrew Stern (CNSH) over Evan Jackob (JJSE) (Fall 2:36) 126: Alexis Diaz (CNSH) over Marcello Bernasconi (JJSE) (Fall 2:31)
North 42, Hen Hud 30
113: Jack Henry (CNSH) over Erick Villa (HEHU) (Fall 2:54) 120: Andrew Stern (CNSH) over Brenden Cruz (HEHU) (Fall 3:34) 126: Alexis Diaz (CNSH) over Beckett Herman (HEHU) (Dec 7-2) 132: Nicholas Cepeda (HEHU) over Anthony Gibson (CNSH) (Fall 2:40) 138: Ryan Stern (CNSH) over Paul Williams (HEHU) (Fall 2:06) 145: Daniel Landau (CNSH) over Kerann Belvu (HEHU) (Dec 8-3) 152: Otto Davidson (CNSH) over Webb Lin (HEHU) (Fall 2:39) 160: Double Forfeit 170: Shane Hill (CNSH) over Jon Basler (HEHU) (Fall 0:21) 182: Michael Tosi (HEHU) over George Rurak (CNSH) (Fall 0:58) 195: Cameron Curley (HEHU) over Graham Gallo (CNSH) (Fall 4:13) 220: Double Forfeit 285: Alex Garcia (HEHU) over (CNSH) (For.) 99: Seth Frendel (CNSH) over (HEHU) (For.) 106: Ethan Romero (HEHU) over (CNSH) (For.)
Pleasantville 63, North 13
120: Andrew Stern (CNSH) over Julio Barco (PLSR) (Fall 1:38) 126: Len Balducci (PLSR) over Alexis Diaz (CNSH) (Dec 6-0) 132: Victor Perlleshi (PLSR) over Anthony Gibson (CNSH) (Fall 0:40) 138: Aidan Canfield (PLSR) over Ryan Stern (CNSH) (SV-1 11-9) 145: Sebastian Senande (PLSR) over Daniel Landau (CNSH) (TF 18-1 0:00) 152: Otto Davidson (CNSH) over Chris May (PLSR) (MD 8-0) 160: Eli Cunniffe (PLSR) over (CNSH) (For.) 170: Jon Albaum (PLSR) over Shane Hill (CNSH) (Fall 2:57) 182: Jadan Kammer (PLSR) over George Rurak (CNSH) (Fall 5:00) 195: Keon Ansari (PLSR) over Graham Gallo (CNSH) (Fall 2:38) 220: Jude Safieh (PLSR) over (CNSH) (For.) 285: Jo Jo Alesawy (PLSR) over (CNSH) (For.) 99: Seth Frendel (CNSH) over Christian Perlleshi (PLSR) (Dec 5-2) 106: Quinn Egan (PLSR) over (CNSH) (For.) 113: Nayshawn Marks (PLSR) over Jack Henry (CNSH) (MD 15-4)
North 54, Byram Hills 36
106: John Fortugno (BHBWV) over (CNSH) (For.) 113: Jack Henry (CNSH) over (BHBWV) (For.) 120: Andrew Stern (CNSH) over (BHBWV) (For.) 126: Alexis Diaz (CNSH) over Zach Stone (BHBWV) (Fall 0:25) 132: Anthony Kosakowski (BHBWV) over Anthony Gibson (CNSH) (Fall 1:44) 138: Patrick Manga (CNSH) over (BHBWV) (For.) 145: Ryan Stern (CNSH) over Alex Hansburg (BHBWV) (Fall 1:57) 152: Daniel Landau (CNSH) over Ben Weinhoff (BHBWV) (Fall 1:00) 160: Otto Davidson (CNSH) over John Caldarola (BHBWV) (Fall 2:56) 170: Shane Hill (CNSH) over Jeffrey Gonyo (BHBWV) (Fall 1:10) 182: George Rurak (CNSH) over Jack Sullivan (BHBWV) (Fall 0:47) 195: Alex Behar (BHBWV) over Graham Gallo (CNSH) (Fall 2:12) 220: Jacob Petfield (BHBWV) over (CNSH) (For.) 285: John Pantusa (BHBWV) over (CNSH) (For.) 99: Justin Fortugno (BHBWV) over (CNSH) (For.)
Fox Lane 60, North 18
126: Amos Rivera (FOLA) over Alexis Diaz (CNSH) (Fall 4:51) 132: Mitchell Antin (FOLA) over Anthony Gibson (CNSH) (Fall 0:41) 138: Patrick Manga (CNSH) over (FOLA) (For.) 145: Ryan Stern (CNSH) over Thomas Prisco (FOLA) (Dec 3-0) 152: Lucas Freidman (FOLA) over Otto Davidson (CNSH) (Dec 10-7) 160: Robert Gierum (FOLA) over (CNSH) (For.) 170: Quincy Downes (FOLA) over Shane Hill (CNSH) (Fall 1:50) 182: George Rurak (CNSH) over Fury Sgaglio (FOLA) (Fall 3:59) 195: Griffin Zegras (FOLA) over Graham Gallo (CNSH) (Dec 9-3) 220: Mark Caracciolo (FOLA) over (CNSH) (For.) 285: Nino Prisco (FOLA) over (CNSH) (For.) 99: Luis DiazGiron (FOLA) over Seth Frendel (CNSH) (Fall 3:30) 106: Jake Hoffman (FOLA) over (CNSH) (For.) 113: Jaime Jarquin (FOLA) over Jack Henry (CNSH) (Fall 3:05) 120: Andrew Stern (CNSH) over Samuel Dixon (FOLA) (Dec 4-3)
Coach: Tony Mellino (Entering 23rd season as head coach)
2017-18 sectional finish: 14th place in Division I
2017-18 dual meet record: In 2017-2018, the Rams came out the gates strong by taking third place with 4-1 records at two different dual meet tournaments before finishing up the season with an impressive 15-5 record, which was the most dual meet wins in school history.
Biggest losses to graduation: Team captains Ryan Cox (38-8) who was a Rockland County champion, Division finalist, third place in Section I and a NYS Wild Card, and Michelangelo Caruncho (30-2) who was a Rockland County champion with a solid shot at a NYS Wild Card before missing the postseason with an injury, will be impossible to replace. Their hard work, discipline, leadership and knack for scoring bonus points will sorely be missed.
Top returning wrestlers: The Rams will return a trio of accomplished wrestlers looking to improve on very successful seasons last year. Junior Ryan Stern, who is now a three-time All-Section wrestler, was 37-8 and had a great season by taking second in Rockland County, before avenging that defeat the following weekend to win his first Divisional title. Ryan, the fourth seed at sectionals, then went on to become a Section I finalist and earned a NYS Wild Card berth and went 1-2 at the states with a pin over his opponent from Section II. Senior Alexis Diaz had a phenomenal year, going 37-7 with 28 pins, capturing both a Rockland County and Divisional title by pinning all five of his opponents, before coming from the No. 5 seed and to take third in Section I. Both Ryan and Alexis will be vying for Section I titles this season. Otto Davidson is looking to continue his upward trajectory to become All-Section after finishing second in Rockland County. Otto has worked very hard as a regular at GPS Wrestling Club all spring and summer to accomplish that goal.
Strength of your lineup: As always seems to be the case (with the exception of last season with Cox and Caruncho), our strength will continue to be from 99 through 160 pounds, where we will have our three big guns in Alexis Diaz (126/132), Ryan Stern (138/145) and Otto Davidson (152/160). But we will also have some younger wrestlers with great potential filling in slots down low, as well as a dark horse or two in our lineup which our staff believes will turn some heads come postseason.
Holes to fill: We will have a real mixed bag this season with 4-5 experienced wrestlers, a few others with some limited varsity experience, and the rest being quite young who will be getting their real first taste at the grind of a varsity high school schedule. We "should" be able to fill our lineup through 195, but it looks like once again we may have holes at 220 and 285. At this time, with just 2-3 seniors in the starting lineup, our youth presents more question marks than answers heading into the 2018-2019 season as I see this year laying the foundation for success in the future.
Best technician on the team: Ryan Stern - Now entering his fifth season competing at the high school level, Ryan is ready to join the elite of Section I. He has not only put on such tremendous muscle from last season, but has gotten faster and slicker on his feet, improved even more on top where he dominated most of his opponents, and has now added an arsenal of bottom moves as well. He will be very, very tough to defeat this season as he looks to return to Albany on the Section I state team.
Freakish athlete: Alexis Diaz - Alexis is so freakishly strong, is not afraid to "pull the trigger" to hit a big move, creates motion on the mat like an acrobat, and never seems to tire. He is truly what coaches call "a natural" whose ceiling is sky high. He is a man on a mission and after taking third in the section last year, he's now looking to earn a trip to Albany and compete for All-State honors this postseason.
Toughest competitor: Otto Davidson - Otto only knows one way to compete and practice and that is all out, 110 percent all the time. His goal in practice is to outwork and out-condition everyone on the team. In competition, we are never concerned about his effort but rather need to pull him back from his aggressiveness and physicality at times. Win or lose, when wrestling Otto, his opponents will be worse for the wear.
Theme for the season: The message to the team is always the same: We can’t control wins and losses, but what we can control is how hard we work, how committed we are as a team, and how we perform on both the mats and in the classroom. We repeatedly preach that "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." If we fulfill our fullest potential both athletically and academically, the season will be a success regardless of any accolades we may receive along the journey.
On Sunday, October 28, Mike Steckler (class of 68) became just the 3rd wrestler in North history to be inducted into the Clarkstown Athletic Hall of Fame. Mike's accolades speak for themselves: 2nd place 1968 NYS Championships, 2X Section IX champion (first in school history), 2X Rockland County Champion first in school history, and a 2X team captain. At his graduation, he was the all-time team leader in wins, matches wrestled, and both career and season winning percentages. Mike's induction was long overdue! Congratulations to Mike and his whole family, many of which were there to celebrate this event with him.
ASTANA, Kazakhstan – Led by a silver medal from Steven Ramos (Nyack, N.Y./Essential) at 77 kg, the United States won three medals in the Senior No-Gi division at the UWW Grappling World Championships on Saturday.
Ramos lost a controversial overtime decision to Dymtro Netkachev of Ukraine, 2-2 in the finals. With the bout tied at 2-2 late in the match, referees awarded Netkachev two points for a takedown with 19 seconds on the clock. U.S. coach Eddy Ellis challenged the call, contending not only didn’t Netkachev not score, but Ramos should have been awarded points for a near submission. The jury decided to wipe away Netkachev’s points, ending the bout at 2-2 in regulation.
In overtime, Ramos won the coin toss and chose the back mount position. He was unable to secure a submission in the one-minute period, and Netkachev was awarded the match for surviving the extra session.
Ramos opened his day with a submission over Azamat Bakytov of Kazakhstan in 2:26. He powered into the finals with a pair of 5-2 wins, defeating Tomas Smirnovas of Lithuania in the quarterfinals and Azambek Shamshiev of Kyrgyzstan in the semifinals.
Ramos, who wrestled in college for NC State, was competing in his second straight Grappling World Championships, placing fifth last year at 77 kg in No-Gi. He had a 6-5 win over Netkachev in the first round of last year’s Veterans Worlds
Coach Murphy has been working hard in the off season coordinating practices and rides to GPS for a number of RAMS. Team Captains Ryan Stern and Otto Davidson, along with George Rurak and Seth Frendel pictured here, have made the commitment to put in the time in the off season. Spring training makes Winter Champions!
At a preseason clinic at GPS, Coach Murphy brought NYS wild card Ryn Stern and George Rurak to meet Henry Cejudo.
Under the direction of Coach Murphy and Coach Mellino SR., the RAMS are meeting twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at North HS to drill and refine technique in preparation for the upcoming season. We encourage any athlete to come down and join us.
NYS Wild Card
2nd Section I
1st Team All-County
100th Career Win
NYS Wild Card
3rd Section I
2X Rockland County Champ
1st Team All-County
Journal News Scholar-Athlete
CHSN Winter Athlete on the Season
3rd Section I
Rockland County Champ
1st Team All-County
#2 Most Pins in a Season (28)
Rockland County Champ
1st Team All-County
#2 All-Time Season Winning Percentage
JV Section I Champ
JV Section I Champ
2nd Team All-County
October 2017 - After winning the 77 kg No-Gi Grappling World Team trials, STEVEN RAMOS went on to take 5th place at the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Congratulations to Mike Steckler who will be inducted into the Clarkstown Athletic Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2018. Mike was a 2X Section and 2X County champ who finished 2nd in NYS his senior year.
Best of luck to Coach John Laurenzi who has opened up a new wrestling club at Clarkstown South HS called the Rockland International Wrestling Academy. Please messenge him via Facebook for more information.
At the 2018 Grappling World Team Trials, Steven Ramos is the new 77kg Representative for Team USA in Gi & NoGi who will compete at the UWW Grappling World Championships this Fall in Kazakhstan. No one scored a point on him this weekend and he submitted all of his opponents by Back Chokes except for his finals match in NoGi which was 2-0 decision. CONGRATULATIONS!
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