Crusaders capture Section 9 wrestling crown

Evan Barczak voted Most Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament after pinning four opponents


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  • Photos by William Dimmit Dylan Earl scored all his points in the third period on his way to the 106 lbs. title.




  • Cam Wernicki throws his head gear as the crowed erupts after his upset victory at 126 lbs.




  • Marco Vespa (113 lbs.) won his second Section 9 title.




  • Kendal Elfstrum (195 lbs.) won his third consecutive Section 9 title.




  • Crusader Evan Barczak (152 lbs.) was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament.



CENTRAL VALLEY — Monroe-Woodbury High School hosted the Section 9 Division 1 Wrestling Finals on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The 15-team event was shortened to a one-day event after weather forced the cancelation of the opening rounds of on Friday.

The Crusaders won the team championship by scoring 276.5 points.

Minisink Valley came in second with a score of 226.5 and Wallkill took third with a score of 157.

• Crusaders Ryan Burgos at 106 lbs., Joe McGinty at 120 lbs. and Samson Perezat 220 lbs. were all third-place finishers for the Crusaders.

• Senior Louis Libutti at 138 lbs. lost his final match to Dom Vetrano from Minisink Valley by a score of 6-1 to finish second.

• Junior Dylan Earl won the section title at 106 lbs. by scoring all of his seven points in the third period for a 7-2 victory over Greg Fischer of Newburgh.

• Sophomore Macro Vespa at 113 lbs. captured his second Section 9 title by pinning Matt Romano of Valley Central in 1:03 seconds.

• Senior Cam Wernicki, in what was voted as the exciting final match, got a reverse on two-time defending section 9 champ Connor Greiner of Minisink Valley and then added three points for a near fall in the third period to take the 126 lbs. title.

• Senior Evan Barczak at 152 lbs. took his fourth consecutive Section 9 crown when he pinned Tyler Serafini of Newburgh in 1:20 seconds. Evan was also awarded “The Most Outstanding Wrestler Award” for his four- pin performance in the tournament.

• And senior Kendall Elfstrum at 195 lbs. took his third consecutive Section 9 title with his 5-2 decision over Alex Leonty of Washingtonville.





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