Chenier, Bucci win Section 9 titles
Kingston High’s Jacob Chenier and Matt Bucci of Saugerties both won Section 9, Division 1 wrestling championships Saturday night, securing trips to the state tournament.
Bucci, a senior, captured the 170-pound title. Chenier, a junior, took the 113 crown. Both placed third last year.
The duo assured themselves a berth in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tourney Feb. 22-23 at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Chenier claimed Kingston’s first sectional championship in six years with an 8-0 decision over Minisink Valley’s Joe Habert. Bucci stopped Valley Central’s Pat Satriano 8-6 for his title.
The Tigers and Sawyers placed two in the finals. Saugerties’ topseeded senior Colby Amell lost the 99-pound title on an injury default to Washingtonville’s Andrew Marchese. Kingston senior Hayden Barley scored a big 1-0 victory over second-seeded Carsen Henry of Minisink in the 195 semifinals, but was pinned by Monroe-Woodbury’s Sam Santander in the finals.
New Paltz sophomore Ethan Palanca also reached the finals, but lost the 138 match to Minisink’s Sean Savacool.
The Huguenots had five other members place: Devin Dixon (220) took fourth, while Aidan Cuppett (132) and Levi Wyns (145) were fifth and Elliot Crocco (113) and Logan Michael (152) finished sixth.
Kingston’s Gavin Richter was
fourth at 126. Fellow Tigers Myles Gordon (145), Zavier Bennet (182) and Stephon Holmes (220) were all sixth.
Jimmy Heinlein placed third at 138 with a pin in the consolation final and Robert Drost took fifth at 113 for Saugerties. Wallkill’s Justin Lyle was fourth at 170.
How area competitors placed:
99: Colby Amell (Saugerties) tech. fall over Nicolo Ricciuto (Valley Central), 18-1
113: Jacob Chenier (Kingston) dec. Santos Ocasio (Monroe-Woodbury), 5-0
132: Tom Maddox (Washingtonville) dec. Aidan Cuppett (New Paltz), 7-5
138: Ethan Palanca (New Paltz) dec. Jimmy Heinlein (Saugerties), 7-2
145: Nick Albornoz (Minisink Valley) pinned Levi Wyns (New Paltz), 3:38
152: Joe McGinty (Monroe-Woodbury) pinned Logan Michael (New Paltz), :59
170: Matt Bucci (Saugerties) pinned Justin Lyle (Wallkill), :26
195: Hayden Barley (Kingston) dec. Carsen Henry (Minisink Valley), 1-0
220: Will Leonard (Cornwall) pinned Devin Dixon (New Paltz), 2:50
106: Robert Drost (Saugerties) dec. Tyler
Reed (Cornwall), 7-0
113: Drew Greco (Warwick) won by forfeit over Elliot Crocco (New Paltz)
132: Aidan Cuppett (New Paltz) dec. Luke Fischer (Newburgh), 4-2
145: Levi Wyns (New Paltz) dec. Myles Gordon (Kingston), 10-7
152: Dan Heffner (Cornwall) maj. dec. Logan Michael (New Paltz), 12-1
182: Scotty Geysen (Minisink Valley) maj. dec. Zavier Bennet (Kingston), 9-0
220: Armel Duke (Middletown) pinned Stephon Holmes (Kingston), 2:06
126: Kevin Urena (Pine Bush) maj. dec. Gavin Richter (Kingston) 13-0
138: Jimmy Heinlein (Saugerties) pinned Jeremy Jenkins (Middletown), 1:16
170: Steve Felice (Monroe-Woodbury) dec. Justin Lyle (Wallkill), 11-8
220: David Strauss (Monroe-Woodbury) dec. Devin Dixon (New Paltz), 8-3
99: Andrew Marchese (Washingtonville) won by injury default over Colby Amell (Saugerties)
113: Jacob Chenier (Kingston) dec. Joe Habert (Minisink Valley), 8-0
138: Sean Savacool (Minisink Valley) dec. Ethan Palanca (New Paltz), 6-0
170: Matt Bucci (Saugerties) dec. Pat Satriano (Valley Central), 8-6
195: Sam Santander (Monroe-Woodbury) pinned Hayden Barley (Kingston), 1:01