Nine Newcomers Comprise Wrestling Class of 2017
NEW YORK – Andrew F. Barth Head Coach of Wrestling, Carl Fronhofer, has announced the addition of nine incoming first-years for the 2013-14 season. The incoming class features a pair of grapplers that have won national championships, as well as a plethora of state placewinners over multiple years.
“We are very excited about this class of young men,” said Fronhofer. “They are a talented group of wrestlers with the ability to win at this level. The entire staff is looking forward to the fall when we can start working with them.”
Chris Araoz – Wantagh HS – Wantagh, N.Y.
Araoz became the first Wantagh, Section 8 and Nassau County wrestler to win a national title when he claimed the 120-pound championship at the NHSCA Junior Nationals his junior season. Araoz has been competing at national events for multiple years, winning matches at the Iron Horse Invitational and the Super 32 Challenge.
His Wantagh team has also been very successful, winning the New York State tournament, crowned Dual Meet champions in 2011-12 and winning three Section 8 titles in four years.
For more information on Araoz, please visit this article and Q & A with New York Wrestling.
Britain Carter – Maple Mountain HS – Spanish Fork, Utah
Carter recently completed one of the most historic high school wrestling careers in the state of Utah. Carter became just the 25th high school grappler to win a state title during each year of his eligibility, posting a major decision at 120 pounds at the 2013 state tournament. Carter was an integral piece to Maple Mountain capturing the 4A state championship.
Carter won his first title at 103 pounds as a freshman and then took his next two at 113 pounds. During his career, he was regularly ranked in Utah and regional polls and placed in numerous regional and national tournaments, including a third-place finish at the 2011 Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev.
Check out this article from the Desert News recapping Carter and Maple Mountain’s 2013 championships.
Mike Fetchet – South Fayette HS – McDonald, Pa.
A three-sport standout at South Fayette, Fetchet will bring his athletic prowess to New York City this fall. Fetchet earned 10 varsity letters as a member of the wrestling, football and baseball team at South Fayette. He honed his leadership skills as a two-time team captain of the wrestling and baseball teams, as well as captaining the football team as a senior.
On the wrestling mat, Fetchet posted a 42-5 record as a senior, finishing fourth at the state tournament after placing fifth as a junior. Fetchet was also a two-time Western Pennsylvania runner-up.
As a linebacker and defensive back on the football team, Fetchet was twice selected to the all-state team. During his senior season, he was named to the third team and was recognized as honorable mention as a junior. During his baseball career, Fetchet was a three-time all-section outfielder and two-time Diamond Dozen selection.
Troy Hembury – Muncy HS – Muncy, Pa.
Hembury reached his first Pennsylvania state final in 2013, falling in a narrow decision at 182 pounds. His runner-up finish followed a fourth-place showing at the state tournament at 170 pounds as a junior and a fifth-place showing as a sophomore at 145 pounds.
He completed his career with 166 career victories, which was the most wins by any District 4 wrestler at the 2013 state tournament. He is just the third three-time state placewinner to come out of Muncy High School.
Matthew Leshinger – Sayville HS – Sayville, N.Y.
Leshinger brings a championship pedigree to Morningside Heights. After taking third at the New York State tournament at 120-pounds as a junior, Leshinger moved up to 132-pounds where he won the NYS championship after going 45-1 as a senior. The title was the first in last 30 years for Sayville High School.
Leshinger graduated Sayville as the wrestling team’s all-time wins leader with 159 during his high school career. The four-time All-Suffolk County selection, Leshinger earned all-state honors as a junior and senior, while also adding All-America accolades to his résumé as a senior.
The two-time wrestling captain was also a standout on the Sayville soccer team. As a senior, he tallied 16 goals and 11 assists. In total, Leshinger graduated with six varsity letters. His brother, Steven, is a current member of the Princeton wrestling team.
Justin Mann – Laude Horton Watkins HS – St. Louis, Mo.
Mann will join the Lions this fall after a very successful career at Laude Horton Watkins in St. Louis, Mo. A two-time captain and three-year letterwinner, Mann wrestled to a 107-21 record over his final three years of high school.
Wrestling at 140 pounds as a sophomore and 160 pounds as a junior and senior, Mann qualified for the Missouri state tournament each year. As a senior, he took fourth place wrestling freestyle.
In addition to his high school accomplishments, Mann was a member of the Disney Duals St. Louis Area Team that captured second place in 2012. He also qualified for the national team from 2011-13.
Vince Pallone – West Morris Mendham HS – Mendham, N.J.
Pallone joins Columbia after lettering in wrestling for three years at West Morris Mendham High School. Serving as captain during his senior year, Pallone wrestled at 120 pounds, winning 20 bouts. Prior to his senior year, Pallone wrested at 113 as a junior and 103 as a freshman and sophomore.
Andrew Psomas – Monsignor Farrell HS – Staten Island, N.Y.
Psomas, a local product from the borough of Staten Island, wrapped up his high school career at Monsignor Farrell with a fifth-place showing at the New York State tournament. Wrestling at 160 pounds, Psomas was a two-time section runner-up, a League Champion and posted 113 victories.
Competing on a national platform, Psomas won a pair of matches in the 170-pound bracket at the FloNationals to reach the quarterfinals. In May, Psomas also captured the top place on the podium in NYS Greco State Championships at 170 pounds.
Markus Scheidel – St. Edward HS – Bay Village, Ohio
Despite finishing as the runner-up at the Ohio state wrestling tournament at 145 and 152 pounds the last two years, Scheidel will enter Columbia this fall with a more important title under his belt: National Champion.
Competing at 160 pounds at the Fargo Junior National Championships in Fargo, N.D., the Bay Village, Ohio native rallied from an 0-4 deficit in the finals against Davonte Mahomes from Illinois, scoring a takedown with six seconds remaining in the bout to win the national title, 7-6. Along with the win, Scheidel also earned All-America status.
The full bout is available here via FloWrestling HERE.