New York State Team
Alexis Diaz, a Section I finalist, received a Wild Card selection to attend the New York State Wrestling Championships in Albany.
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)
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)
Mahopac 52, North 33 (RAMS win 6 out of 10 contested bouts)
North 44, OLL 27 (RAMS win 5 out of 8 contested bouts)
Glen Cove 52, North 35 (RAMS win 4 out of 8 contested bouts)
WHB 63, North 18
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
North 42, Hen Hud 30
Pleasantville 63, North 13 120: Andrew Stern (CNSH) over Julio Barco (PLSR) (Fall 1:38) 126: Len Balducci
North 54, Byram Hills 36
Fox Lane 60, North 18