GREELEY 2014-15 WRESTLING SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Location

12/4

Section 1 Duals

(Greeley)

12/6

Greeley Dual meet tournament

(Greeley)

12/13

Dragon Dual meet tournament

(Cornwall)

12/17

Carmel Dual

(Away)

12/27-28

Oswego

(SUNY Oswego)

1/3

Shoreline

(New Rochelle)

1/6

Roy C. Ketcham Dual

(Home)

1/8

Yorktown League Dual

(Away)

1/9-10

Eastern States

(Sullivan Community College)

1/14

Brewster League Dual

(Home)

1/16

Fox lane League Dual (Senior Night)

(Home)

1/20

Somers League Dual

(Home)

1/22

John Jay Cross River League Dual

(Away)

1/24

Westchester County Championship

(Yonkers)

1/31

JV Sections

(JJCR)

2/7

Divisions

(Greeley)

2/14

Sections

(Arlington)

2/15

Sections

(Clarkstown South)

2/27-28

States

(Albany)

FOX LANE 39, GREELEY 38

The Greatest Show on Earth rolled through Chappaqua on Friday night as Fox Lane eked by Greeley 39-38.

The Greeley grapplers fought as hard as I have ever seen any team fight. The Quakers have been on a 19 year losing streak to the rival Foxes. Our team was excited for the opportunity to finally break the curse. As it turned out, this was the most exciting match of the year. The gym was packed and fans from both sides were hanging on every score. Every individual wrestling match was crucial. The Dual Meet started at 152 lbs with Anthony Sasso (HGHS '15) wrestling up to the next weight class. Anthony started slowly but wore his opponent out and pinned him. Shawn Soneja (HGHS '15) also wrestled up a weight class to 160 lbs and dominated his opponent with another pin. Shawn is currently ranked #4 in Section 1. Freshman Jacob Ferreira wrestled his best match of the year and recorded a Major decision, earning the team a crucial 4 points. Jacob just gets better as the matches goes on. He has been our most valuable Freshman. Stephen Nadler (HGHS ' 17) was also bumped up a weight class to wrestle another tough opponent. Stephen fell just short and lost by decision. Stephen MacDonald (HGHS '15) was also asked to wrestle out of his weight class and compete against the #1 ranked wrestler in the Section, Jon Clune. Stephen wrestled tough but lost by pin. Fox Lane then forfeited to Senior and Captain Brock Cvijanovich who is currently ranked 2nd in the Section and 8th in New York State. Very impressive. If you want to see a real heavy weight battle come to Yonkers on January 24 for the Westchester County Tournament. Nic Phillips (HGHS '17) was next and was also asked to wrestle up from 220 lbs to 285 lbs weight class to battle a tough wrestler. Nic went down by 2 points early but then in true “Phillips fashion” out worked his guy and earned a huge win in sudden death overtime. The Foxes capitalized on their tough light weights. Josh Mathisson (HGHS '18) at 99 lbs lost to tough Fox Lane wrestler, Freshman Brendan Sullivan went 6 minutes and fought hard not give the Foxes any bonus points, but lost a major decision. Freshman Max Brandes was then asked to fill in for injured Varsity Wrestler Pat Carousso. Max lost by fall but wrestled great in his his first Varsity competition. I expect great things from him in the future. Andrei Nesbit (HGHS '16) 120 lbs wasted no time, pinning his opponent the first period. Andrei is clearly working his way up to the next level. Joe Sasso (HGHS '17) continues his winning ways, hitting a milestone 50th career win, by pinning his opponent in under 2 minutes. Joe is a special kind of wrestler, he is fun to watch and is always working on perfecting his technique. Senior Ryan Rudinger had a tough hard fought battle in which he lost in the final 30 seconds. Ryan was on the attack the entire match, he pushed his opponent and just fell a little short at the end. Paul Seham (HGHS '16), who just keeps impressing the coaching staff with his performances, wrestled #1 ranked wrestler Matt Grippi. Grippi is head and shoulders above most of his competition but Paul is a tough, tough, tough kid. Paul recently won the Hedrick Hudson Tournament and is feeling really confident. The last wrestler of the night was Junior Avery Glass who also bumped up a weight class to wrestle another Fox Lane #1 ranked wrestler, Frank Surace. Avery wrestled a tough 6 minute match but came up a couple points short in the end.

Greeley lost to Fox Lane 38-39. But as Senior HG wrestler Neil Steiner said, “a loss is not always bad, it magnifies your focus on what we need to improve on before Divisionals, we can't afford to be complacent.” Very true words.

At the end of the match, both teams were exhausted and elated to have put on such a great show for the fans.

Eat 'em up Greeley, eat 'em up!

Coach DeBellis.
 

SEASON PREVIEW

Horace Greeley wrestling dates back to 1958 when Burton “Biff” Fowler, a transfer student from Snyder, NY, asked the football coach if Greeley could start a wrestling program. In the true nature of Greeley the football coach followed up on Biff’s request and the next year Greeley wrestling was born. Biff Fowler subsequently became our very first Section 1 champion. This catapulted Greeley wrestling on an impressive voyage which includes (and counting!) 21 Section 1 champs, 11 All-State wresters, two 3 time Section champions (Steve Green, and Greg Einfrank), and 2 State champions (Morgan Carey and Bill Swertfager). The team has placed as high as 2nd in the Section but is still seeking the coveted Section 1 title. This year, under the leadership of Senior Captain Brock Cvijanovich, Greeley hopes to post our best season to date. Greeley has a great coaching staff led by Mike DeBellis, Anthony Marino, Dan Hall, and Anthony Tortora. Coach Tortora (HGHS 2005) graduated as a 2 time Section champ and was an All-State wrestler. He has been our catalyst since his return to Greeley as a coach.

Greeley is off to a great 2014-2015 campaign. We have a record number of wrestlers (34!) on the team this year. Greeley posted a 12-4 record last season and placed 10th in the Section. The team lost 3 seniors to graduation: Mitchell Klein is wrestling for Wesleyan University, Billy Marino is playing football at the Merchant Marine Academy and Liam Mercer is attending Ithaca College. The Greeley wrestling steam roller this season is led by 9 seniors, 8 juniors, 6 sophomores, and 11 freshmen. Greeley will host 8 home events consisting of 5 dual meets, The Section 1 dual meet championships, The Greeley Duals, and The NYS Wrestling Championship qualifier (Divisionals). With a talented group of experienced wrestlers and a great crop of freshman, Greeley will give any team in the Section a run for their money.

The senior class is led by Captain Brock Cvjanovich (220lbs) and is charged with leading the team into battle this year. Brock finished 2nd in the Section last year and has his eyes fixed on loftier goals. Brock's dedication and focus will drive him to great things this year. He has worked out relentlessly, gone to multiple camps and competed in many off-season tournaments. Brock is certainly one of the best high school wrestlers I have ever seen. In the spring he placed at a national tournament making him and All-American. If you are going to come out and watch a wrestler, this is the one. Ryan Rudinger (132lbs) is looking to improve on last year’s Section 1 appearance. Ryan is a hard working skilled wrestler. He is fully committed to being the best athlete he can be and it shows. He is something special to watch. His technique is great. Ryan spent the summer riding his bike cross country. He is in the best shape mentally, and physically of his life. Elijah Kim (138lbs) is another Section 1 qualifier from the previous season. Elijah was the 16 seed last year at Sectionals. He was noted by another coach to be the toughest 16 seed in the tournament. He went 1-2 but was in every match. Elijah is great athlete and one of the hardest workers in the practice room. Shawn Soneja (152lbs) is another Section 1 qualifier from last season. Shawn went in as the 12th seed and wrestled the 5th seed in the first round. Shawn upset him and advanced to the round of 8. Shawn was also pivotal in a huge over John Jay Cross River last year, outlasting a tough competitor in the final match of the night to put Greeley ahead for the win 39-38. Anthony Sasso (145lbs) has really come into his own this year. He is the oldest of 4 boys, all of which are in our program (Joe also on Varsity, Chris in Modified and Vinny in Youth). Anthony made huge strides last season. He is wrestling like a confident senior. I expect great things out of him this year. Neil Steiner (132lbs) is a 2nd year wrestler but looks like a seasoned veteran. Neil has come so far, so fast. His mat intelligence is off the charts, and his ability to wear out his opponents is unbelievable.

Stephen MacDonald (195lbs) is another 2nd year wrestler. He has shocked the coaching staff by coming into this season fully prepared to break the starting line up. Stephen has been wrestling in the off-season and putting in the extra time to make up lost ground. In Stephen's first Varsity match last year he outlasted a tough opponent from Yorktown to seal the dual meet team for the win. Alex Scheine (120lbs) is a first year wrestler who has proven to be a quick study. He does not look like a first year wrestler. He is very athletic, very strong and very smart. He is going to find quick success this year.

The junior class is stacked with experienced wrestlers. Andrei Nesbit (120lbs) is a 2 time Section 1 qualifier Andrei has proven to be a top notch wrestler and is fully committed to his wrestling career. He trains hard in the off-season and is highly motivated. He has also proven to be a great leader. Evan Harrison (145lbs) has improved a great deal in the last 3 years. His technique has come a long way and we look for him to add some big wins for the team. Tom Couto (132lbs) is like one of the coaches: he gets technique fast and is always bringing the rest of the team into focus. He works hard and has a great deal of drive. He is going to have a great year. Alex Imberman (182lbs) is a first year wrestler. He has proven to be fully committed to becoming a highly effective member of the team. Ruari O'Connor (132lbs) has moved into the district from Ireland. This is his first experience with wrestling. He has already proven to be a hardnosed competitor. Avery Glass (145lbs) is another transfer, coming from Connecticut. Avery was a member of his previous high school's Varsity wrestling team. He is very athletic and very strong. He has been working very hard in the wrestling room. Matt Kaufman (138lbs) was a Section 1 qualifier in 2012 and looking to get back to the show this year. His passion for the sport is great and we look to see him do special things this year. Paul Seham (138lbs) another great leader in the junior class is one of the toughest competitors around. He hates to lose and he is just plain tough.

The sophomore class is like a mirror of the senior class with younger brother syndrome. They all emulate the leadership of their older brothers. Nic Phillips (220lbs) has the great fortune of being Brock's work out partner all year. Nic is one of those kids you dream about coaching. He has an incredible wit and provides levity when the team needs it. Nic is also a great wrestler as he stays within himself and out works his opponents. He was a big contributor last season as a freshman. Max Browde (106lbs) has come back this year as an experienced wrestler. He made some huge strides last season. Max looks to be more confident this year and that will prove to be a catalyst for his future success. Claire Miller (145lbs)is a first year wrestler and will be our first female wrestler in 10 years. Claire has stepped out of her comfort zone to try a sport that has been dominated by men for years. I hope that Claire is the first of many. Girls wrestling is a Collegiate and Olympic sport. Patrick Carousso (113lbs) is a first year wrestler but an incredible athlete. He has picked this sport up quickly and I am excited to watch him wrestle in a live match. Alex bartez (113lbs) joined the team this year after taking his freshman year off. He has fully committed to the team and worked extremely hard in the off season to catch up. Our 2 most valuable freshmen from a year ago, Joe Sasso (126lbs), and Stephen Nadler (170lbs) can be lumped together. They both have brothers that went through the program, they both had over 20 wins as Freshmen, and they both were 1 match from qualifying for Sectionals . Joe surpassed Scotty Wymbs (HGHS class 2013) for most wins by a freshman with 28. Joe is going to have a great sophomore season and Stephen is one of the toughest wrestlers out there. I am looking forward to watching both of them dominate this year.

Samad Ashraf, Jacob Emanuel, Josh Mathisson, and Andrea Savvides, all start their freshman year as first time wrestlers. They have the right attitude. They have been working hard, listening to their coaches and implementing the new techniques. There is no better feeling than to watch a wrestler get their hand raised for the first time. Max Brandes, Bronson Cvijanovich, Jacob Ferreira, Josh Mcmillan, Brendan Sullivan, Chris Dorner, and Dennis Ortega will continue their Greeley wrestling experience. They wrestled for the modified last year, and youth prior to that. This is a group that knows the technique and is looking to perfect it. Jacob Ferreira is the standout in this class currently. He has wrestled and placed in multiple State tournaments as a youth. We look for this class to be the driving force of this season and seasons to come.

Please come out and watch these current school boy gladiators represent Horace Greeley on the mat. We open up the season in the first round of the Section 1 Dual Meet Championships at home on December 4th at 4:15. We wrestle in a Quad meet with Somers, Beacon, and John Jay East Fishkill with the winner advancing to the Quarter finals on December 8th. This is a bracketed tournament, not unlike March Madness for basketball, only tougher. Win the dual and move on, lose and go home. The winner is crowned Section 1 champs.

December 6th we will host the Greeley Duals and look forward to defending our title. Salesian, John Jay Cross River, Cornwall, Carmel, Yorktown, Pawing, and John S Burke will be trying to take it from us. This is a fun and exciting day of wrestlers. We will wrestle on 3 mats all day, Varsity Duals (team titles) and JV matches (individual titles). The Dual meet finals will be at 4:00pm. Please come support your mighty Horace Greeley Quakers.

Hope to see you at our next home event.

Sincerely,
Coach DeBellis
 

HORACE GREELEY
2015 WRESTLING

# Name   Yr

1

Joshua

Mathisson

Fr.

2

Brendan

Sullivan

Fr.

3

Max

Browde

So.

4

Patrick

Carousso

Fr

5

Alexander

Baretz

So.

6

Max

Brandes

Fr.

7

Joshua

McMillan

Fr.

8

Andrei

Nesbit

Jr.

9

Alex

Scheine

Sr.

10

Andreas

Savvides

Fr.

11

Joe

Sasso

So.

12

Neil

Steiner

Sr.

13

Christopher

Dorner

Fr

14

Ruairi

O`Connor

Jr.

15

Ryan

Rudinger

Sr.

16

Tom

Couto

Jr.

17

Samad

Ashraf

Fr.

18

Paul

Seham

Jr.

19

Elijah

Kim

Sr.

20

Matt

Kaufman

Jr.

21

Jacob

Emanuel

Fr.

22

Claire

Miller

So.

23

Avery

Glass

Jr.

24

Evan

Harrison

Jr.

25

Anthony

Sasso

Sr.

26

Bronson

Cvijanovich

Fr.

27

Dennis

Ortega

Fr.

28

Shawn

Soneja

Sr.

29

Jacob

Ferreira

Fr.

30

Alexander

Imberman

Jr.

31

Stephen

Nadler

So.

32

Stephen

MacDonald

Sr.

33

Nicolas

Phillips

So.

34

Brock

Cvijanovich*

Sr.


* Captain

Mike DeBellis, Coach
Anthony Marino, Asst Coach
Anthony Tortora, Asst Coach
Dan Hall, Asst Coach

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AT A GLANCE

Coach:

Mike DeBellis

Asst Coaches:

Anthony Marino
Anthony Tortora
Dan Hall

Captains:
Brock Cvijanovich
 
 
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