Swami Matt’s Predictions 07-09

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Section XI/Suffolk County Tournament (Finals)—-Saturday February 14th, 2009:
096– Nick Mauriello (Hauppauge) defeats Corey Rasheed (Longwood)
103– Damon McQueen (Huntington) defeats Malik Rasheed (Longwood)
112-  Ken Collado (Hauppauge) dec Dan Gray (Ward Melville)
119– Steven Keith (Shoreham-WR) defeats Alex Gomez (Brentwood)
125– Nick Meinsen (John Glenn) defeats Adam Troy (Walt Whitman)
130– Matt Fusaro (John Glenn) defeats Dan O’Malley (Sachem East)
135– Stephen Dutton (Rocky Point) defeats Jesse Marro (Hauppauge)
140– Nick Terdick (John Glenn) defeats Ryan Connell (Mattituck)
145– Anthony Volpe (Rocky Point) defeats Dan Gorman (Northport)
152– Chris Carlucci (John Glenn) defeats Mike Powers (Mount Sinai)
160- TJ Neidhart (Shoreham-WR) defeats Billy Coggins (Rocky Point)
171– Josue Mendez (Brentwood) defeats William Parks (Longwood)
189– Zach Buonaiuto (Miller Place) defeats Marvin Titus-Casseus (West Babylon)
215– Ernest James (Longwood) defeats Eric Wooley (Hauppauge)
285- Cody Hinrichs (Islip) defeats Scott Munro (Hauppauge)

CHSAA Catholic State Tournament (Finals)—-Monday February 16th, 2009: (If Brackets Permit)
096– Chris Brienza (St. Anthony’s) defeats Paul DiStefano (Monsignor Farrell)
103– Justin Ranallo (Canisius) defeats Jimmy Morris (St. Anthony’s)
112-  Grant Greene (St. Anthony’s) defeats Glenn McKenna (Chaminade)
119–  Ryan Neugebauer (Chaminade) defeats Joe Francolino (Monsignor Farrell)
125– Troy Sampson (Chaminade) defeats Tim Monaghan (Monsignor Farrell)
130– Connor Hanafee (Monsignor Farrell) defeats Mark Emerson (St. Joe’s Collegiate)
135– Andrew Lenzi (Fordham Prep) defeats Brandon Ayala (St. Anthony’s)
140– Kevin Hartnett (Monsignor Farrell) defeats Andrew Pappas (Kellenberg)
145– Tony Carlo (Monsignor Farrell) defeats Brandon Meisner (St. Anthony’s)
152– Ben Villaret (Monsignor Farrell) defeats Ricky Randazzo (St. Anthony’s)
160- Antonio Sparaco (Monsignor Farrell) defeats Dave Drozda (St. Francis)
171–  Collin Pryor (St. Anthony’s) defeats Christian Psomas (Monsignor Farrell)
189– Tyler Beresford (St. Joe’s Collegiate) defeats Anthony White (Holy Trinity)
215–  Brendan Fowler (Chaminade) defeats RJ Harper (St. Joe’s Collegiate)
285- Nick Auriemma (St. Anthony’s) defeats Jack Cambria (St. Joe’s Collegiate)

Featured Duals—-Friday February 13th, 2009

#6 Ohio State vs. #17 Michigan
125- #17 Mike Watts (Michigan) dec Nikko Triggas (Ohio State) 3-0 Michigan
133- #2 Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) dec Zac Stevens (Michigan) 3-3
141- #5 Kellen Russell (Michigan) dec #14 J. Jaggers (Ohio State) 6-3 Michigan
149- #4 Lance Palmer (Ohio State) dec Mark Beaudry (Michigan) 6-6
157- Aaron Hynes (Michigan) dec #17 Jason Johnstone (Ohio State) 9-6 Michigan
165- #2 Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) dec Justin Zeerip (Michigan) 9-9
174- #1 Steve Luke (Michigan)  dec Dave Rella (Ohio State) 12-9 Michigan
184- #2 Mike Pucillo (Ohio State) dec #13 Anthony Biondo (Michigan) 12-12
197- #6 Tyrel Todd (Michigan) dec Cody Gardner (Ohio State) 15-12 Michigan
285- Corey Morrison (Ohio State) dec Ed Phillips (Michigan) 15-15

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 125, 141, 157
Potential Ohio State Bonus Points: 149, 165,
Potential Michigan Bonus Points: 174, 197

#5 Missouri vs. #9 Central Michigan
125- #9 cott Sentes (Central Michigan) dec Troy Dolan (Missouri) 3-0 CMU
133- #20 Conor Beebe (Central Michigan) dec Todd Schavrien (Missouri) 6-0
141- Tony D’Alie (Central Michigan) dec #10 Marcus Hoehn (Missouri) 9-0 
149- #13 Steve Brown (Central Michigan) dec Andrew Sherry (Missouri) 12-0
157- #8 Michael Chandler (Missouri) dec Tyler Grayson (Central Michigan) 12-3
165- #5 Nick Marable (Missouri) dec #12 Trevor Stewart (Central Michigan) 12-6
174- #5 Ray Jordan (Missouri) dec #9 Mike Miller (Central Michigan) 12-9
184- #20 Vince DiDona (Central Michigan) dec Dorian Henderson (Missouri) 15-9
197- #4 Max Askren (Missouri) dec Eric Simaz (Central Michigan) 15-12
285- #1 Mark Ellis (Missouri) dec Jarod Trice (Central Michigan) 15-12

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 133. 141, 165, 174, 184
Potential Missouri Bonus Points: 157, 197
Potential Central Michigan Bonus Points: 125

#11 Minnesota vs. #18 Wisconsin
125- #8 Zach Sanders (Minnesota) dec Drew Hammen (Wisconsin) 3-0 Minnesota
133- #8 Jayson Ness (Minnesota) dec Tom Kelliher (Wisconsin) 6-0
141- #1 Zach Tanelli (Wisconsin) dec #8 Mike Thorn (Minnesota) 6-3
149- #5 Kyle Ruschell (Wisconsin) dec Joe Grygelko (Minnesota) 6-6
157- Tyler Safratowich (Minnesota) dec Ben Jordan (Wisconsin) 9-6 Minnesota
165- #8 Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) dec Scott Glasser (Minnesota) 9-9
174- Travis Rutt (Wisconsin) dec Kaleb Young (Minnesota) 12-9 Wisconsin
184- Sonny Yohn (Minnesota) dec Eric Bugenhagen (Wisconsin) 12-12
197- #3 Dallas Herbst (Wisconsin) dec Gordon Bierschenk (Minnesota) 15-12 Wisconsin
285- #8 Kyle Massey (Wisconsin) dec Ben Berhow (Minnesota) 18-12

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 141, 165, 174, 184
Potential Wisconsin Bonus Points: 149, 197
Potential Minnesota Bonus Points: 125, 133

Featured Duals—-Saturday February 14th, 2009

#17 Michigan vs, #24 Penn State
125- #13 Brad Pataky (Penn State) dec #17 Mike Watts (Michigan) 3-0 Penn State
133- #9 Jake Strayer (Penn State) dec Zac Stevens (Michigan) 6-0
141- #5 Kellen Russell (Michigan) dec Frank Molinaro (Penn State) 6-3
149- Mark Beaudry (Michigan) dec Colby Pisani (Penn State) 6-6
157- Aaron Hynes (Michigan) dec Tim Darling (Penn State) 9-6 Michigan
165- Justin Zeerip (Michigan) dec #20 Dan Vallimont (Penn State) 12-6
174- #1 Steve Luke (Michigan) dec #16 Quentin Wright (Penn State) 15-6
184- #13 Anthony Biondo (Michigan) dec Jack Decker (Penn State) 18-6 
197- #6 Tyrel Todd (Michigan) dec J.R. Brown (Penn State) 21-6
285- Cameron Wade (Penn State) dec Ed Phillips (Michigan) 21-9

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 125, 149, 157, 165, 285
Potential Michigan Bonus Points: 141, 184, 197
Potential Penn State Bonus Points: 133

#13 Edinboro vs, #23 Hofstra
125- #1 Paul Donahoe (Edinboro) dec #20 Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) 3-0 Edinboro
133- #8 Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra) dec #19 Ricky Deubel (Edinboro) 3-3
141- Justin Accordino (Hofstra) dec Joel Webster (Edinboro) 6-3 Hofstra
149- Torsten Gillespie (Edinboro) dec Jeff Rotella (Hofstra) 6-6
157- #1 Gregor Gillespie (Edinboro) dec Fran O’Brien (Hofstra) 9-6 Edinboro 
165- Ryan Patrovich (Hofstra) dec Chris Hrunka (Edinboro 9-9
174- #10 Alton Lucas (Hofstra) dec Paul Paddock (Edinboro) 12-9 Hofstra
184- #17 Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro) dec Ben Clymer (Hofstra) 12-12 
197- Pat Bradshaw (Edinboro) dec Anthony Tortora (Hofstra) 15-12 Edinboro
285- #12 Joe Fendone (Edinboro) dec Jordan Enck (Hostra) 18-12

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 133, 141
Potential Edinboro Bonus Points: 149, 157, 197, 285
Potential Hofstra Bonus Points: 133, 165, 174

Featured Duals—-Sunday February 15th, 2009:

#1 Iowa vs. #11 Minnesota
125- #8 Zach Sanders (Minnesota) dec #4 Charlie Falck (Iowa) 3-0 Minnesota
133- #1 Daniel Dennis (Iowa) dec #5 Jayson Ness (Minnesota) 3-3
141- #2 Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) dec #8 Mike Thorn (Minnesota) 6-3 Iowa
149- #1 Brent Metcalf (Iowa) dec Joe Grygelko (Minnesota) 9-3
157- Tyler Safratowich (Minnesota) dec Matt Ballweg (Iowa) 9-6
165- #3 Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) dec Scott Glasser (Minnesota) 12-6
174- Colby Covington (Iowa) dec Kaleb Young (Minnesota) 15-6 
184-  #3 Phil Keddy (Iowa) dec Sonny Yohn (Minnesota) 18-6
197- #18 Chad Beatty (Iowa) dec Gordon Bierschenk (Minnesota) 21-6
285- Ben Berhow (Minnesota) dec Brodie Ambrose (Iowa) 21-9

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 125, 133, 141, 165, 174
Potential Iowa Bonus Points: 149, 184, 197
Potential Minnesota Bonus Points: 157

#2 Iowa State vs. #5 Missouri 
125- #10 Tyler Clark (Iowa State) dec Troy Dolan (Missouri) 3-0 Iowa State 
133- #7 Nick Fanthorpe (Iowa State) dec Todd Schavrien (Missouri) 6-0
141- #3 Nick Gallick (Iowa State) dec #10 Marcus Hoehn (Missouri) 9-0
149- #18 Mitch Mueller (Iowa State) dec Andrew Sherry (Missouri) 12-0
157- #7 Cyler Sanderson (Iowa State) dec #8 Mike Chandler (Missouri) 15-0
165- #5 Nick Marable (Missouri) dec #7 Jon Reader (Iowa State) 15-3
174- #5 Ray Jordan (Missouri) dec #18 Duke Burk (Iowa State) 15-6
184- #18 Jerome Ward (Iowa State) dec Dorian Henderson (Missouri) 18-6
197- #1 Jake Varner (Iowa State) dec #4 Max Askren (Missouri) 21-6
285- #2 David Zabriskie (Iowa State) dec #1 Mark Ellis (Missouri) 24-6

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 141, 149, 157, 165, 184, 197, 285
Potential Iowa State Bonus Points: 125
Potential Missouri Bonus Points: 174,

#6 Ohio State vs. #8 Illinois
125- Nikko Triggas (Ohio State) dec BJ Futrell (Illinois) 3-0 Ohio State 
133- #3 Jimmy Kennedy (Illinois) dec #2 Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) 3-3
141- #14 J. Jaggers (Ohio State) dec Ryan Prater (Illinois) 6-3 Ohio State
149- #4 Lance Palmer (Ohio State) dec Eric Terrazas (Illinois) 9-3
157- #2 Mike Poeta (Illinois) dec #17 Jason Johnstone (Ohio State) 9-6
165- #2 Colt Sponseller (Ohio State) dec #15 Roger Smith-Bergsrud (Illinois) 12-6 
174- John Dergo (Illinois) dec Dave Rella (Ohio State) 12-9
184- #2 Mike Pucillo (Ohio State) dec #12 Jordan Blanton (Illinois) 15-19
197- Patrick Bond (Illinois) dec Cody Gardner (Ohio State) 15-12
285- #9 John Wise (Illinois) dec Corey Morrison (Ohio State) 15-15

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 125, 133, 197, 285
Potential Ohio State Bonus Points: 149
Potential Illinois Bonus Points: 157

#16 Northwestern vs. #20 Indiana
125- #5 Angel Escobedo (Indiana) dec #3 Brandon Precin (Northwestern) 3-0 Indiana 
133- Eric Metzler (Northwestern) dec Matt Ortega (Indiana) 3-3
141- #16 Keith Sulzer (Northwestern) dec Andrae Hernandez (Indiana) 6-3 Northwestern 
149- Nick Walpole (Indiana) dec Andrew Nadhir (Northwestern) 6-6
157- #14 Jason Welch (Northwestern) dec #13 Kurt Kinser (Indiana) 9-6 Northwestern
165- Paul Young (Indiana) dec Dom Marella (Northwestern) 9-9 
174- #15 Trevor Perry (Indiana) dec Robert Kellogg (Northwestern) 12-9 Indiana
184- #1 Jake Herbert (Northwestern) dec Eric Cameron (Indiana) 12-12
197- Matt Powless (Indiana) dec John Schoen (Northwestern) 15-12 Indiana
285- Nathan Everhart (Indiana) dec Paul Rands (Northwestern) 18-12

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 125, 33, 141, 149, 157
Potential Indiana Bonus Points: 197
Potential Northwestern Bonus Points: 184

#23 Hofstra vs. Buffalo
125- #20 Steve Bonanno (Hofstra) dec Dan Bishop (Buffalo) 3-0 Hofstra
133- #8 Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra) dec Kevin Smith (Buffalo) 6-0
141- Justin Accordino (Hofstra) dec Mark Lewandowski (Buffalo) 9-0 
149- Desi Green (Buffalo) dec Jeff Rotella (Hofstra) 9-3
157- John-Martin Cannon (Buffalo) dec Fran O’Brien (Hofstra) 9-6
165- Ryan Patrovich (Hofstra) dec Ron Majerus (Buffalo) 12-6 
174- #10 Alton Lucas (Hofstra) dec Nate Rock (Buffalo) 15-6
184- Ben Clymer (Buffalo) dec Mickey Moran (Buffalo) 18-6
197- Jimmy Hamel (Buffalo) dec Anthony Tortora (Hofstra) 18-9
285- Jordan Enck (Hofstra) dec Brett Correll (Buffalo) 21-9

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 141, 165, 184, 197, 285
Potential Hofstra Bonus Points: 125, 133, 174 
Potential Buffalo Bonus Points: 149, 157

6 thoughts on “Swami Matt’s Predictions 07-09”

  1. Matt, You have a few picks that some will find surprising the Section XI finals. I’m surprised to see Kenny as the underdog given how well he wrestled against McNeil only this past Saturday. The fact that one can make a case either way for so many weight classes shows Suffolk’s depth. It’s going to be an exciting tournament. Good job!

  2. Matt, congrats on picking all of the number one and two ranked kids in the CHSAA in the final matches. Can’t be original with any upsets or just don’t think they will occur?

  3. To both guys,

    I admit that my picks are semi chalkish (picking all top seeds).

    For the most part, since I do not get the chance to a lot of high school wrestling (I am more of a college guy), I tend to go with names that I’ve heard or guys that I have seen wrestle.

    Unfortunately, those guys usually happen to be near the top.

    To Jack:

    It’s a little of both. At 125, 130, 140, 145, 152, 171, and 215, I really think there will be few upsets. At the rest of the weights, I did not feel as strongly, but because I have not yet seen a bracket, I wanted to go with who I was fairly positive might be on opposite ends of the draw (#1 seeds)….If time allows, I plan to go back and try to revise the predictions as soon as I see how the brackets shape out…Please, feel free to post your CHSAA predictions. It may help to get a different perspective. For the record, I actually did not look at the updated rankings when doing my predictions….Honestly !!!

    If I end up being right, I am not about to brag about it, given the high number of favorites cited. I treat this more as a fun piece than an attempt to come across as a know it all.

    If it makes you feel better, here are a few of the unranked wrestlers that I have seen and would consider potential finalists (with the right draw):
    103- Schiandicola (Farrell), Castano (SJS)
    112- McKenna (Cham), Melendez (MSM), Brucciani (IP)
    119- Pirozzi (Farrell)
    135- Ayala (Anthony’s), Rufo (Farrell)
    140- Gallagher (Anthony’s)
    152- Becht (Canisius), Harper (SJC)
    160- Drozda (SF)
    285- Desir (Anthony’s), Tyler (KM)

    Bill:

    112 is a toss-up. Since the two young men have split during the year, I went with the person who I thought seemed to finish the strongest. In both matches against Ken, Nigel seemed to have the more productive 3rd period.

    That having been said, I usually prefer not to respond to the stories/blogs that I author (beyond answering a quick question). Therefore, if you respond and I don’t, please don’t consider it as me dismissing either of your opinions. I just like to remove myself from the story after I’ve finished writing it.

  4. Matt,

    I understand. Section XI is a competitive section and your picks support how competitive it is such that in many weight classes there isn’t a clear favorite. With a win each at the 112 weight class, 112 is certainly one of those weights.

  5. Hey guys,

    I am breaking my own rule by responding.

    Just wanted to let you know that I made a few (emphasis few) changes to reflect some upsets.

    Postseason is a lot more fun when it does not go via the chalk. Therefore, my predictions should promote upsets.

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