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Ketcham Standout Beats John Jay’s Albis At 138 Pounds


WEST NYACK – It was only fitting that what was arguably the upset of the Section 1 Wrestling Championships also produced the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler at the lower weights.

Brendan Carroll of Roy C. Ketcham High School spent a good portion of his career losing to district rival Tyler Albis of John Jay.

Until Sunday.

Carroll turned a 4-2 third-period deficit into a 7-4 lead on one move, and finished with a 9-5 victory over Albis to win the 138-pound Section 1, Division 1 (large school) title and a berth in the New York State championships in two weeks in Albany.

A reversal by Carroll was worth five points and literally turned the match.



“I am so happy for Brendan. He loves wrestling and has worked so hard to accomplish his goal of winning a section title,” Ketcham coach Chris Perry said. “I know last year’s loss in the semi-finals was something that has eaten away at Brendan this past offseason, but I knew it was also fueling him to work hard and improve his technique and strength and conditioning.”

Carroll’s title is the first for a Ketcham wrestler since Danny Murphy did it in 2015.

Carroll was just one of a bevy of local wrestlers to qualify for the state tournament over the weekend.

At Clarkstown South High School, where the Section 1 large school tourney wrapped up on Sunday, Arlington teammates Dennis Robin and Kawan Wills also won titles. Robin beat Clarkstown North’s Alexis Diaz at 126 pounds, 6-2, earning Champion of Champions honors, while Wills pinned Fox Lane’s Lucas Friedman in 3:15 at 152 pounds.

Also in the Section 1, Division II meet, five wrestlers from smaller schools are headed to Albany for states.

In Section 9, the large school champions were Washingtonville’s Andrew Marchese (99 [pounds), Minisink Valley’s Zack Ryder (106), Kingston’s Jacob Chenier (113), Minisink’s Nick Picariello (120), Minisink’s Jordan Suarez (126), Washingtonville’s Tom Maddox (132), Minisink’s Sean Savacool (138), Pine Bush’s Tommy Askey (145), Joey McGinty of Monroe-Woodbury (152), Cornwall’s Steven Gazzillo (160), Matt Bucci of Saugerties (170), Tyler Serafini of Newburgh (182), Monroe’s Sam Santander (195), Cornwall’s Will Leonard (220) and Minisink’s Adam Fenner (285).

And the Section, Division II (small school) title winners were Trevor Tufano of Port Jervis (99 pounds), Peter Bender of Highland (106), Matt Morris of Red Hook (113), Chester’s Liam Bullock (120), Port’s Eric Tigue (126), Highland’s Matt Malheiro (132), Nick Ross of Onteora (138), Nick Curreri of Eldred at 145), Onteora’s Nate Ross (152), Port’s Bryce Horner (160), Eldred’s Cesar Santiago (170), Eldred’s Drew Bendy (182), James DeAveiro of Eldred (195), James Oosterom of Port (220) and Ellenville’s Jason Lonstein (285).

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