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Prestigious Tournament Completes 54th Year


FREEDOM PLAINS – if it’s in between Christmas and New Year’s, it’s Mid-Hudson Invitational time.

The prestigious 54th annual wrestling event at Arlington High School was once again marked by strong performances by local grapplers in the two-day event.

There were 28 schools competing at the prestigious event. Of those 28, four teams in the Hudson Valley Sports Report coverage area finished in the top 10 – Newburgh placed sixth, Arlington was seventh, Onteora eighth and Red Hook 10th.

Xavier was the overall team champion.

Carmel’s P.J. Duke won the 99-pound championship and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler as a freshman.

The MOW in the sophomore class was Arlington’s Tim Bova, the runnerup at 138 pounds.

Rocky Point’s Darren Ketcham (120-pound champ as a junior) earned MOW in his class and Pine Bush senior Tommy Askey picked up the designation after winning the 154-pound weight class.

Other local standouts included:

* Beacon’s Chris Crawford won the 106-pound title with a 12-4 decision over Newburgh’s Jackson Merli.

* Valley Central’s Nick Ricciuto was second at 113 pounds, falling to Rocky Point’s Nick LaMorte.

* At 126 pounds, Red Hook’s Matt Morris settled for second after a 5-2 loss in the finals, while teammate Tyler Benincasa was the runnerup at 145 pounds.

* Onteora’s Pat Ross is the 160-pound champion following a 10-3 decision in the finals. His brother, Nate Ross, finished second at 170 pounds.

* Newburgh’s Joseph Russell captured the 195-pound title, and teammate Maxx DeCapua placed second at 220.


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