Lapi selected Big 10 MOW, several AHS wrestlers honored

By The Leader-Herald

Several Amsterdam wrestlers were among those selected to the recently announced Big 10 all-star team.

The Rams, who won their ninth straight Big 10 title this season with a perfect 4-0 league record, had six wrestlers named to the first team, three second-team selections and one named honorable mention.

Leading the way for Amsterdam was senior Brandon Lapi, who won the 138-pound title at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division I (large-school) tournament.

Lapi was named a first-team Big 10 all-star and the league’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Lapi, who is the first Amsterdam wrestler to win a state title since Giuseppi Lanzi in 2010, will wrestle for the University at Buffalo next year.

Lapi, who went 48-1 this season, ended his career with a 264-41 record, setting a new Section II and Amsterdam mark for career wins.

In his six-year varsity career, Lapi was a six-time Section II Division I finalist, claiming five titles. He also won five Class B titles for the Rams, who finished 22-10 overall this season.

Chris Velazquez (106), John Rivera (152), Brailin Santana (160), Marcus Torres (182) and Chris Garrison (220) also earned first-team honors for the Rams.

Velazquez, a junior, finished third at the Section II Division I Tournament and posted a 24-7 overall record this season. He also won the Section II Class B title.

Rivera placed sixth at the Section II Division I tourney, ending his junior season with a 30-11 record. Rivera was second at the Section II Class B tourney.

Torres, a sophomore, posted a 34-9 record this season, finishing third at the Section II Division I tournament. Torres also won the Section II Class B title.

Garrison finished with a 32-15 record in his sophomore season for Amsterdam, placing fifth in the Section II Division I tourney. He also placed fourth at the Section II Class B tournament.

Santana recorded a 27-16 record this season, finishing second at the Section II Class B tourney.

LaSalle had Caiden Mondore (99), Max Tempel (113), Ryan Moore (132) and Joseph Clemente (145).

Also named to the first team were Schenectady’s Josh Reed (120), Albany’s Eli Kligerman (126), Schenectady’s Ditaye Douglas (170), Schenectady’s Alex Martinez (195) and Schenectady’s Keanu Cordova (285).

Amsterdam had Jorge Rivera (113), Adam Tatun (120) and Joe Kelly (285) named second-team all-stars.

Rivera posted a 27-15 overall record for Amsterdam this season.

Tatun placed sixth at the Section II Class B tourney for the Rams, while Kelly was fourth.

The second team also included Albany’s Vincent McCann (99), LaSalle’s David Diaz (106), Schenectady’s Alex Wagenbaugh (126), CBA’s Brenden Ward (132), Schenectady’s Jermiah Cornell (138), CBA’s Dennis Riley (145), Schenectady’s Antonio Zamora (152), Schenectady’s Michael Norwood (160), LaSalle’s Luke Marcelle (170), Schenectady’s Collin Derboghossian (182), Albany’s Lamar Grady (195) and Albany’s Tyson Jones (220).

Monty Carmona (132) earned honorable-mention status for Amsterdam.

Carmona placed sixth at the Section II Class B tournament for the Rams.

Also named honorable mention were Schenectady’s A.J. Melendez (145), CBA’s Matt McAuliffe (152), LaSalle’s Cameron Barker (160), CBA’s Fritz Pierre (170), LaSalle’s R.J. Hayes (195) and Albany’s Jordan Kadio (285).

2013-14 Big 10 Conference Wrestling All-Stars

MOW: Brandon Lapi (Amsterdam)

First Team

99: Caiden Mondore (LaSalle)

106: Chris Velazquez (Amsterdam)

113: Max Tempel (LaSalle)

120: Josh Reed (Schenectady)

126: Eli Kligerman (Albany)

132: Ryan Moore (LaSalle)

138: Brandon Lapi (Amsterdam)

145: Joseph Clemente (LaSalle)

152: John Rivera (Amsterdam)

160: Brailin Santana (Amsterdam)

170: Ditaye Douglas (Schenectady)

182: Marcus Torres (Amsterdam)

195: Alex Martinez (Schenectady)

220: Chris Garrison (Amsterdam)

285: Keanu Cordova (Schenectady)

Second Team

99: Vincent McCann (Albany)

106: David Diaz (LaSalle)

113: Jorge Rivera (Amsterdam)

120: Adam Tatun (Amsterdam)

126: Aex Wagenbaugh (Schenectady)

132: Brenden Ward (CBA)

138: Jermiah Cornell (Schenectady)

145: Dennis Riley (CBA)

152: Antonio Zamora (Schenectady)

160: Michael Norwood (Schenectady)

170: Luke Marcelle (LaSalle)

182: Collin Derbogossian (Schenectady)

195: Lamar Grady (Albany)

220: Tyson Jones (Albany)

285: Joe Kelly (Amsterdam)

Honorable Mention

Monty Carmona (132, Amsterdam), A.J. Melendez (145, Schenectady), Matt McAuliffe (152, CBA), Cameron Barker (160, LaSalle), Fritz Pierre (170, CBA), R.J. Hayes (195, LaSalle), Jordan Kadio (285, Albany)