Pine Bush’s John Stramiello, Monsigner Farrell’s Andrew Psomas and Monroe-Woodbury’s AJ Voelker are all on a mission this season: win the New York State Championships. The three stand out wrestlers put in more work this off season at Apex Wrestling School then they ever have and are earning recognition for doing so.
Stramiello, a Junior is theCaptain of his team and one of the most recognizable faces in NY’s Section 9. He is a 3X Section 9 Champion. Last year he broke through at the NYS Championships for the first time and placed 6th. Johnny is currently 150-30 on his career.Johnny is currently ranked 7th at 113lbs and has a season record of 23-3 with two losses coming to number 5 ranked Bryan Lantry from Section 5 powerhouse Wayne at the prestigious Eastern States Wrestling Classic. Johnny’s 4th place at the Eastern States was his first time placing in the tournament which hosts more than 100+ programs from half a dozen states.
Andrew Psomsas, a senior and captain for Farrell, is one of the hardest working 160 pounders in the state of New York. He is a 3X Catholic School State Place finisher, finishing 6th his freshman year, 2nd his sophomore year and 3rd his junior year. He is 23-3 on the season and 124-39 for his career. This past fall Andrew competed at the prestigious Super 32 Wrestling tournament in North Carolina, generally considered the toughest pre-season tournament in the country, and made the round of 12. This past weekend he broke through at the Eastern States Wrestling Classic where he placed 4th earning him the 6 ranking at 160lbs.
AJ Voelker, a senior and Captain for Monroe-Woodbury (Ranked No. 10 in NYS), is a 3X Section 9 Place finisher, finishing 2nd as a freshman, 3rd as a junior and 4th last year as a Junior. AJ traveled with the Apex National Team this past summer and was a key member of the team that made the Eastern National Duals finals against Apex rival X-Cel. He is 107-36 on his career and 29-4 on the season. He was ranked number 8 at 170lbs before having a disappointing showing at the Eastern States Wrestling Classic, finishing in 7th place. Look for AJ to bounce back in the second half of the season and earn his first Section 9 championship later this season. He is currently the number 1 ranked wrestler in the Section and has wins over several state place finishers as well as state ranked wrestlers at 160lbs and 170lbs.