Swami Matt’s Predictions: NCAA Conference Tournament Edition

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Hey Everyone,

With the NY high school season on temporary hiatus until NHSCA Nationals, I figured now would be as good a time as any to refocus on my passion, the collegiate scene. Last week, the Pac-10 officially kicked off the DI postseason with their conference tournament, won by Boise State behind the efforts of six champions. This coming weekend, the remainder of the 2009 NCAA DI qualifiers would be determined as the Big-10, Big-12, ACC, EIWA, EWL, CAA, MAC, SoCon, as well as several of the other mid major conferences take to the mat for their respective conference tournaments.

Because seedings are not officially out yet for the majority of the conferences, I will do my best to use the national rankings and other sources to come as close as possible to coming up with the correct matchups. I will then make my predictions based on these anticipated matchups….So as to save time, I will begin the predictions in the Quarterfinal or semifinal round (depending on how in-depth the latest conference rankings are) and focus on the tournaments that I feel will be of the greatest interest to you, my viewers. Continue reading “Swami Matt’s Predictions: NCAA Conference Tournament Edition”

The Preview: 2009 NY State D1 H.S. Wrestling Tournament

Based upon the section winners and alternate qualifier lists by weight released today, here is a weight-by-weight preview of the NYPHSAA wrestling championships this weekend. Once the final seeds are determined and tournament charts by weight are released we will release our state finalist picks for each weight. Our sectional champion pick is already determined as section 11 – Suffolk County. The depth within this section this year seems to be insurmountable. Sections 2 and 9 should be competitive in Albany this year followed by sections 8, 1, 4 and 6.

Based upon the section winners and alternate qualifier lists by weight released today, here is a weight-by-weight preview of the NYPHSAA wrestling championships this weekend. Once the final seeds are determined and tournament charts by weight are released we will release our state finalist picks for each weight. Our sectional champion pick is already determined as section 11 – Suffolk County. The depth within this section this year seems to be insurmountable. Sections 2 and 9 should be competitive in Albany this year followed by sections 5, 4, 8, 1,  and 6. Continue reading “The Preview: 2009 NY State D1 H.S. Wrestling Tournament”

Swami Matt’s Predictions 08-09

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Section VIII/Nassau County Tournament (Finals)—-Saturday February 21st, 2009:
096– Thomas Manning (MacArthur) defeats Joe Barbuto (Wantagh)
103– Chris Perez (MacArthur) defeats Alex Grant (MacArthur)
112- Sean Kempf (MacArthur) defeats Anthony Fachini (Seaford)
119– Dylan Palacio (Long Beach) defeats Luke Alber (Farmingdale)
125– Nick Arujau (Syosset) defeats Dean Shmuely (North Shore)
130– Nick Fitzmaurice (Wantagh) defeats Dan Lofrese (Garden City)
135– Paul Liguori (Wantagh) defeats Frank Mederios (MacArthur)
140– Matt Eberlein (Island Trees) defeats Quimes DelaCruz (Wantagh)
145– Mac Maldarelli (Calhoun) defeats Brian Herold (MacArthur)
152– John Greisheimer (Wantagh) defeats Troy Sterling (Uniondale)
160- Brandon Mullholland (MacArthur) defeats Joe Chamish (Jericho)
171– Thomas Jackson (Farmingdale) defeats John Daddino (Sewanaka East)
189– Matt Loew (Wantagh) defeats Conor Wetzel (Massapequa)
215– Connor Horl (Garden City) defeats Tom Hall (Wantagh)
285- Joe Grieci (Plainedge) defeats Yaseen Madassar (Division)

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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)

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Swami Matt’s Predictions 06-09

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CHSAA Nassau/Suffolk League Tournament (Finals)—Sunday February 8th, 2009:

096– Chris Brienza (St. Anthony’s) defeats Robert Wallace (Chaminade)
103– Jimmy Morris (St. Anthony’s) defeats Zach Indovino (Kellenberg)
112-  Grant Greene (St. Anthony’s) defeats Glen McKenna (Chaminade)
119–  Ryan Neugebauer (Chaminade) defeats Tom Penza (St. Anthony’s)
125–  Troy Sampson (Chaminade) defeats James Sullivan (Kellenberg)
130– Anthony Alesandro (Kellenberg) defeats Brandon Ayala (St. Anthony’s)
135– Evan Doherty (Chaminade) defeats Neil Mastellone (Holy Trinity)
140– Andrew Pappas (Kellenberg) defeats Dan Gehrig (Chaminade)
145–  Brandon Meisner (St. Anthony’s) defeats Rob Chisena (Chaminade)
152–  Ricky Randazzo (St. Anthony’s) defeats Joe Fiore (Kellenberg)
160-  Sal Rizzo (Chaminade) defeats Joe May (St. John The Baptist)
171–  Collin Pryor (St. Anthony’s) defeats Matt DeLuca (Holy Trinity)
189– Alex Erikson (Chaminade) defeats Anthony White (Holy Trinity)
215–  Brendan Fowler (Chaminade) defeats Anthony LaCalamita (St. Anthony’s) 
285- Nick Auriemma (St. Anthony’s) defeats Matt Wilson (Holy Trinity)

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Swami Matt’s Predictions 05-09

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Featured Duals—Friday January 30th, 2009:

#7 Illinois vs. #25 Purdue
125- BJ Futrell (Illinois) dec Akif Eren (Purdue) 3-0 Illinois
133- #3 Jimmy Kennedy (Illinois) dec Carson Beebe (Purdue) 6-0
141- Ryan Prater (Illinois) dec Matt Hemry (Purdue) 9-0
149- #7 Jake Patacsil (Purdue) dec Eric Terrazas (Illinois) 9-3
157- #2 Mike Poeta (Illinois) dec Colton Salazar (Purdue) 12-3 
165- #11 Luke Manuel (Purdue) dec #18 Roger Smith-Bergsrud (Illinois) 12-6
174- John Dergo (Illinois) dec Nick Korpe (Purdue) 15-6
184- #14 A.J. Kissel (Purdue) dec #12 Jordan Blanton (Illinois) 15-9
197- #13 Logan Brown (Purdue) dec Patrick Bond (Illinois) 15-12
285- #10 John Wise (Illinois) dec Chris Kasten (Purdue) 18-12

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

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Swami Matt’s Predictions 04-09

Predictions for the weekends big match-ups beginning Friday, January 23, 2009.

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Featured Duals—Friday January 23rd, 2009:

#1 Iowa vs. #15 Wisconsin
125-J.J. Krutsinger (Iowa) dec Drew Hammen (Wisconsin) 3-0 Iowa
133-#5 Daniel Dennis (Iowa) dec Tom Keliher (Wisconsin) 6-0
141- #5 Zach Tanelli (Wisconsin) dec #1 Alex Tsirtsis (Iowa) 6-3
149- #1 Brent Metcalf (Iowa) dec #5 Kyle Ruschell (Wisconsin) 9-3
157- Ben Jordan (Wisconsin) dec Matt Ballweg (Iowa) 9-6
165- #3 Ryan Morningstar (Iowa) dec #13 Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) 12-6
174- #4 Jay Borschell (Iowa) dec Travis Rutt (Wisconsin) 15-6
184- #3 Phil Keddy (Iowa) dec Eric Bugenhagen (Wisconsin) 18-6
197- #3 Dallas Herbst (Wisconsin) dec #19 Chad Beatty (Iowa) 18-9
285- #7 Kyle Massey (Wisconsin) dec #11 Dan Erekson (Iowa) 18-12

Toss-ups/Potential Upsets: 125, 141, 157, 165, 285
Potential Iowa Bonus Points: 133, 149, 184
Potential Wisconsin Bonus Points: 197

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Swami Matt’s Predictions 03-09

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2008/2009 CHSAA Duals- Saturday January 17th @ Monsignor Farrell

-Round #1:

Monsignor Farrell (NYC) defeats St. John The Baptist (LI)
Chaminade (LI) defeats St. Francis (Buffalo)
St. Anthony’s (LI) defeats Fordham Prep (NYC)
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