Aslanian and Wang named 1st Selections to Journal News Wrestling All-Star Team

Cliffton Wang

Cliffton Wang

A big congratulations to junior Kyle Aslanian and sophomore Cliffton Wang, both named 1st Team Selections on the 2015 Journal News All-Star Team!

Full article from LoHud Wrestling Blog:

Westchester/Putnam all-stars: Mamaroneck’s Hemida overcomes and flourishes

Of all of the award decisions that I had to make this season, the easiest was probably the Westchester/Putnam wrestler of the year. It’s not that there weren’t other guys who were deserving, but only one Section 1 wrestler went undefeated and won a state title this year. That would be Mamaroneck senior Youssif Hemida, who blew away the competition all season long and will be taking home the hardware in 2015.

Hemida’s story is incredible in the sense that he suffered a career-threatening neck injury prior to his junior season, but he fully recovered and put together a ridiculous senior season. To put it into perspective, he was only taken down once all year — and that was before the Eastern States and New York State tournaments. No one could touch him by the end of the season. At 6-foot-4 with tremendously long limbs, he’s built unlike most 220-pounders, and his athleticism is off the charts. These are the type of attributes that lead many to believe he’ll be a force in the NCAA at the University of Maryland for years to come.

CLICK HERE to read my full story on Hemida’s dream season.

The rest of the Westchester/Putnam all-stars…


Coach of the year — Dennis DiSanto, Mahopac:
Since taking over the Mahopac program four years ago, DiSanto had been building for a year like this. The Indians jumped from 15th in the section last season to third overall in Division 1 this year, with two section champs in senior Ryan Delahanty and junior Mike DiNardo. DiNardo went onto take fourth in the state at 182 pounds, capping an incredible year for the soon-to-be National Wrestling Hall of Fame coach.

99 —

First-team: Justin Lopez, Jr., Yonkers

Second-team: Mikey Bruno, Fr., Putnam Valley

Honorable mention: James Bathon, Jr., Pleasantville; Luca Errico, 8th, Byram Hills; Garrett Semenetz, So., Mahopac

106 —

First-team: Kyle Sams, Fr., Putnam Valley

Second-team: Matt Kramer, Fr., John Jay

Honorable mention: Crew Fullerton, Fr., Mamaroneck; Jay Martins, So., Harrison

113 —

First-team: Satoshi Abe, So., Putnam Valley

Second-team: Jake Shore, Jr., New Rochelle

Honorable mention: Michael DaBramo, Jr., Scarsdale

120 —

First-team: Kyle Aslanian, Jr., Edgemont

Second-team: Frankie Barchella, Sr., Harrison

Honorable mention: Louie Cree, So., John Jay

126 —

First-team: Kevin Knox, Jr., Carmel

Second-team: Jordan Wallace, So., New Rochelle

Honorable mention: Jake Logan, 8th, New Rochelle; David Ortiz, Sr., Yonkers

132 —

First-team: Matt Grippi, Fr., Fox Lane

Second-team: Tom Schulze, Sr., Stepinac

Honorable mention: Fredy Guevara, Fr., Yonkers; Tom Kozal, Sr., Brewster

138 —

First-team: Grant Cuomo, Fr., Brewster

Second-team: Conor Melbourne, So., John Jay

Honorable mention: Chris Cornell, Sr., Mahopac

145 —

First-team: Brian Kershner, Sr., John Jay

Second-team: Lou Quintanilla, Jr., Pleasantville

Honorable mention: Nick McGill, Sr., Brewster

152 —

First-team: Cliffton Wang, So., Edgemont

Second-team: Alex Leone, Jr., Carmel

Honorable mention: Daniel Baruch, Sr., Scarsdale; Tom Marrone, Sr., Pleasantville; Joe Petrogallo, Sr., Brewster

160 —

First-team: Teddy Fleming, Sr., North Salem

Second-team: Ari Fay, Sr., John Jay

Honorable mention: Daniel Kraemer, Sr., Woodlands

170 —

First-team: Willie Messinger, Sr., Putnam Valley

Second-team: Nunzio Crowley, Jr., Eastchester

Honorable mention: Evan Frank, So., John Jay; Roger Ransom, Sr., Mamaroneck

182 —

First-team: Mike DiNardo, Jr., Mahopac

Second-team: Alex Melikian, Jr., Kennedy

Honorable mention: Peter Jones, Sr., Irvington; Dom Schepis, Sr., Harrison

195 —

First-team: Liridon Hasanramaj, Sr., Mahopac

Second-team: Jon Clune, Jr., Fox Lane

Honorable mention: Halil Gecaj, Fr., John Jay; Dan Mendoza, Sr., New Rochelle


220 —

First-team: Youssif Hemida, Sr., Mamaroneck

Second-team: Brock Cvijanovich, Sr., Horace Greeley

Honorable mention: Constantine George, So., Putnam Valley

285 —

First-team: Ryan Delahanty, Sr., Mahopac

Second-team: Stephen Kelley, Sr., Lakeland/Panas

Honorable mention: Mike Larm, Jr., Brewster

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