Who Will Earn the Crown at the UE Duals?

On January 2nd, 13 ambitious teams from around New York State will make the trip to Union-Endicott to compete in New York’s most competitive dual meet tournament. Often the tournament champion is selected by the New York State Sports Writers Association (NYSSWA) as the number one team in the state. Though they use many events in their final selection, it is the keystone event in their analysis.

duelOn January 2nd, 13 ambitious teams from around New York State will make the trip to Union-Endicott to compete in New York’s most competitive dual meet tournament. Often the tournament champion is selected by the New York State Sports Writers Association (NYSSWA) as the number one team in the state. Though they use many events in their final selection, it is the keystone event in their analysis.  “Pound for pound U.E., for lack of a better system, is the closest thing to a NYS Dual Meet Championship Tourney,” said Glen Irving, the Wrestling Editor for the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Tournament founder, Frank “Sarge” Sorochinsky’s goal for the tournament was to have the top teams from around New York State compete under one roof. As an invitational tournament, this year’s invite went out to the top ranked teams as identified by the final 2009 NYSSWA dual meet poll. For 2010, 40 teams were invited to participate, 30 DI and 10 DII (click here for list of teams invited).

As part of the invite, the teams looking to participate returned a completed application. The application asked the teams to submit the list of returning section and state place winners, names of ranked teams defeated in 2008-2009, and a brief description of why the coaches believe that they are eligible to compete among the best. With that information 16 teams were selected to participate. Some of the invited teams were unable to attend, and still others, never applied.

With feedback from last season’s tournament, the tournament organizers decided to expand the pool of teams to 16 and to change the format with the goal of making the final standings determined by wrestle backs to 3rd place. In the past the top 8 teams were seeded, and if you lost there were no wrestle backs; losing teams were placed in a pool to give the teams matches. With seeding being a backward looking process (rank is based on past performance not future expectations), it is naturally error prone. This new format eliminates those problems.

For this year’s event the plan was to create 4 pools with a round-robin competition on day one. On the second day, the top 2 teams from each pool were to be seeded in a tournament bracket to determine the top team with full wrestle backs to third place. The bottom 2 teams were to be similarly organized into their own bracket. At a minimum each team would have competed in 5 dual meets. Not bad. But, the greatest benefit was having more certainty about the standings of teams 2 through 8.

Unfortunately, this original approach had to be modified because only 13 teams were able to make the competition. Three teams backed out. The new approach separates the teams into four pools competing in 2 rounds on the first day. On the second day the top team from each of the four pools will be seeded and compete in a tournament bracket for first place. The remaining teams will be divided among 3 pools based on their performance from the previous day.

Competing in the 2010 event are John Glenn(XI), Spencerport(V), Chenango Forks(IV), MacArthur (VIII), Brentwood (XI), Valley Central (IX), Fulton (III), Union-Endicott (IV), Niagra-Wheatfield (VI), Minisink Valley (IX), John Jay (I), Sayville (XI), and Greene (IV). Already many of these teams are proving themselves to be among the best of their respective sections. Recently, MacArthur narrowly edged Wantagh (28-26) in a hotly contested match. John Glenn is considered by many to be the best dual meet team in highly competitive section XI with both Lighthouse Wrestling and LIWA ranking them number one. Union-Endicott already defeated Valley Central (28-24) and Greene (38-27). Chenango Forks won the Jamestown and the Anderson tournaments. Last season’s UE champions and New York’s top dual meet team of 2008-2009, Spencerport returns to defend their crown. And in the recently submitted NYSSWA dual meet poll Chenango Forks and Spencerport were tied for first while John Glenn was ranked 3rd. Also ranked in the top ten were Union-Endicott(9) and MacArthur(5). The weekend is sure to have its share of dramatic moments with this competitive line-up.

The individual match-ups should be similarly dramatic. Competing in the weekend’s events are at least 49 sectional place winners (some error because I’m working with unofficial lineups and 2009 results are difficult to obtain for some sections) : 13 champions and 15 runner-ups. And if that isn’t high caliber enough, consider this: there 8 all-state wrestlers competing: Nick Wilcox (1-Greene), Tyler Beckwith (1-Greene), Nick Terdick (2-John Glenn), Cody Ruggierello (3-Valley Central), Angelo Malvestuto (3-Niagra Wheatfield), James Donner (5-Niagra-Wheatfield), Enzo Zagari (6-Spencerport), and Paul Morabito (6-Spencerport). Fans in attendance may be treated to a very possible match-up between Angelo Malvestuto and Tyler Beckwith, a likely prelude to a 189lb senior high school national final at Virginia Beach.

At the completion of the weekend’s events, the NYSSWA ranking committee will have the key results to add to their analysis.   The results of this tournament along with results of (to name but a few) the Mountain Duals (S3), Cicero North Syracuse Duals (S3), Attica Duals (S5), Section 9 Dual Meet Tourney (S9), Battle of the Tier at Johnson City (S4), Cheektowaga Duals (S6), Shenendahowa Duals (S2), the Long Island Challenge (S8 and S11) , League, County, Sectional Dual Tournaments and Individual Tourney results as well as numerous others are analyzed, discussed, and compared to formulate the final rankings ,” said Irving.

While some may still have reservations with the final selection, the U-E tournament organizers make every effort to have the best teams in NYS participate in their challenging event. It’s up to the best to get there. Many of this year’s best have taken them up on the challenge, and it’s sure to be an exciting weekend for all the friends of wrestling in attendance.

Lighthouse wrestling will be covering the weekend’s events with live blogging and a final’s video webcast.

Potential Lineups

The projected lineups are based on what the teams have competed at in December 2009; they are UNOFFICIAL line-ups. * signifies section place and ** signifies state place in 2009

Spencerport

103 – Geoff Brown (2nd @ 96*), 112 – Scott Barret (3rd @ 103*), 119 – Adam Mazzeo, 125 – Mike Pidimonte (4th @ 112*), 130 – Evan Gooding, 135 – Steven Maier (4th @ 125*), 140 – Tim Campbell (5th @ 140*), 145 – Roy Daniels, 152 – Paul Morabito (1 @ 145*), 160 – Joe Inzana (4th @ 152), 171 – Ray Daniels (4th @ 160*), 189 – Brad Englert (3rd @ 189*), 215 – Enzo Zagari (1st @ 285)

John Glenn

96 – Sinisgalli, 103 – Salmonese, 112 – Masa (2nd @ 96*), 119 – Punzone, 125 – Dekrone, 130 – N. Meinsen (1st @ 125*), 135 – K. Meinsen, 140 – Gannon, 145 – Fusaro, 152 – Terdick (2nd @ 140*), 160 – Bosco (4th @ 145*), 171 – Cheatham, 189 – Giaramita (2nd @ 145*), 215 – Kohut, 285 – Pinto

Chenango Forks

103 – Kyle Kelly, 112 – Jacob Green (1st @ 96*), 119 – Cody Snow, 125 – Dylan Henderson, 130 –Casey LaNave (1st @125*), 135 – Chris Parsons, 140 – Travis Barnett, 145 – Jordan Dyer (1st @ 130*), 152 – Ricky Bronson (1st @ 145*), 160 – Tyler Lusht, 171 – Jordan Barnett (2nd @ 152*)

MacArthur

103 – Herold, 112 – Funes, 119 – Perez (2 @ 103*), 125 – Palermo, 130 – Conrad, 135 – Troy, 140 – Cataldo, 152 – Dunne (2nd @ 145), 160 – Giamitta, 171 – Merrero, 189 – Haug, 215 – Carillo

Brentwood

103 – Eric Orellana, 112 – David Cheverra (6th @ 103), 119 – Alex Gomez (2nd @ 119), 125 – Humberto Garcia, 130 – Alexis Blanco, 135 – Steven Rojas, 140 – Jonathan Falconi, 145 – Julien Joseph, 152 – Carlos Toribio, 160 – Misael Romero, 171 – Jared Hudson, 189 – Jean Giles-Stevenson, 215 – Carlos Hernandez

Valley Central

103 – Jeff Lewis, 112 – Tom Beebe, 119 – Matt Beebe (6th @ 112*), 125 – Nic Smith (3rd @ 119*), 130 – Robert Bailey (3rd @ 125), 135 – Jake Fenical (3rd @ 140), 140 – Cody Ruggierello (1st @ 130), 145 – Ryan Toledo, 152 – Ali Hasan (1st @ 135*), 160 – Luke Amerhein (2nd @ 152), 171 – Xavier Ciair, 189 – Yman Bannister, 215 – Corey Johnson.

Fulton

103 – Brandon Hill, 119 – Derrick harris, 125 – Jack Howard, 130 – Adam Wallace, 135 – Tony Torrese, 140 – David Hall, 145 – Marcus Earl, 152 – Nick Woodworth, 160 – Nick Muckey, 171 – Antonio LeBron, 189 – Michael Conners, 215 – DJ Ingham, 285 – Sean Stevens

Union-Endicott

103 – Kyle Hughes, 112 – Thomas Babcock (2nd @ 112*), 119 – John Conklin, 125 – Kevin Hughes (4th @ 125*), 130 – Justin Hyde (3rd @ 135*), 135 – Jordan Mastronardi, 140 – Erik Reueckle (2nd @ 130*), 145 – Nick Vavra, 152 – Richie Lupo, 160 – Aaron Vavra, 171 – Ramell Sledge (4th @ 171*), 189 – Michael Bishp (2nd @ 189*), 215 – Greg Faughnan (1st @ 215*)

Minisink Valley

96 – Morgan Lynch, 103 – Kenny Lumbrazo, 112 – Andrew Ewanciw (4th @ 103*), 119 – Shawn Erickson (5th @ 112*), 125 – Ross Potter (6th @ 119*), 130 – Richard Dennison (2nd @ 112*), 135 – Andrew natalizio, 140 – Jonny Murphy (3rd @ 135*), 145 – Glenn Ferrier, 152 – Kyle Diesel (3rd @ 130), 160 – Joe Tripodo, 171 – Dylan Ferrier, 189 Ryan Nicholas (2nd @ 171*), 215 – Ross Vucetaj

John Jay

96 – Dan Yablon, 103 – Alex Lambiotte, 112 – Billy Watterson, 119 – James Kelly, 125 – Henry Stauber, 130 – David Egeler, 135 – Mark Swertfager, 140 – Jay Smith, 145 – Mike Kelly, 152 – Scott Genovesi, 160 – Wyatt Gilchrist, 171 – Donnie Gecaj, 189 – Lucas Myer, 215 – Tim Gecaj

Greene

103 – Tyler Dickman, 112 – John Conklin, 119 – Jacob Shearer, 125 – Trevor Parrish, 130 – Dan Dickman, 135 – Nick Wilcox (1 @ 125**), 140 – Mikhail Brown, 145 – Mike Beckwith, 152 – Brock Kinney, 160 – Keegan Cerwinski, 171 – Tyler Schultes, 189 – Tyler Beckwith (1 @ 171**)

Niagra Wheatfield

95 – Marcus Popp, 103 – Anthony Tardibuono, 112 – Dean Venturin, 119 – Richard Schweickhard, 125 – Alec Venturin, 130 – Daniel Koshinski, 135 – Mark Guiliani , 140 – Nate Daigler, 145 – Joe Tardibuono, 152 – Antonio Ventry, 160 – Anthony Wiseman, 171 – Jacob Kelly, 189 Angelo Malvestuto (1st @ 171), 215 – Adam Donner, 285 – Jim Donner (1st @ 285)

Sayville

Could not determine

Teams Invited for 2010

DIVISION I (large school)

  1. Spencerport-5 18-0
  2. Shenendehowa-2 19-0
  3. Monroe Woodbury-9 26-1
  4. John Glenn-11 23-0
  5. Penfield-5 27-0
  6. Fairport-5 14-3
  7. Longwood-11 19-0
  8. Chenango Forks-4 12-2
  9. MacArthur-8 16-4
  10. Hilton-5 22-2
  11. Hauppauge-11 24-1
  12. Brentwood-11 17-4
  13. Burnt Hills-2 19-3
  14. Rocky Point-11 9-4
  15. Brighton-5 17-2
  16. Huntington-11 7-1
  17. Valley Central-9 35-5
  18. Amsterdam-2 15-4
  19. Fulton-3 26-6
  20. Union Endicott-4 15-4
  21. Pittsford-5 21-7
  22. Rush-Henrietta-5 7-5
  23. Niagara Wheatfield-6 11-0
  24. Colonie-2 23-6
  25. East Islip-11 12-2
  26. Lancaster-6 11-3
  27. Minisink Valley-9 19-3
  28. Queensbury-2 15-3
  29. Wayne-5 16-2
  30. Islip-11 18-7
  31. Monsignor Farrell-C 21-3
  32. Johnson City-4
  33. Sayville-11

DIVISION II (small school)

  1. Waverly-4 16-4
  2. Palmyra-Macedon-5 25-4
  3. Phoenix-3 15-2
  4. Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton-4 11-4
  5. Greene-4 10-4
  6. Fredonia-6 23-4
  7. Warsaw-5 19-3
  8. Windsor-4 13-3
  9. Whitehall-2 21-4
  10. South Jefferson-3 28-5

2 thoughts on “Who Will Earn the Crown at the UE Duals?”

  1. No Wantagh, no Sachem East ??
    Isn’t Wantagh defending NYS Champ ?
    Or maybe it’s Spencerport.
    Thank you.

  2. Spencerport was the Dual meet champions last season of the UE Duals and finally selected by the NYSSWA as the best team in NY for 2009. Wantagh lost to them at the UE Duals. Wantagh is the defending NYS tournament champions for 2009. They have another great shot at repeating this year.

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