Grapplers Show Progress
By Ted Waddell
MONTICELLO March 14, 2000 -- Ed Kaufmann has seen a lot of pins and
a few needles in his 25 years coaching Monticello varsity
While Monticello finished 1-5 in Orange County League (OCL) National Conference competition during the
1999-2000 grappling season, it also marked the first time
since 1994 that one of his matmen claimed a league title.
In the February 19 OCL tourney at Minisink Valley, Jon
Mayberg was crowned champion in the 171-pound weight
class by defeating Kyle Vendeur of Cornwall 6-5 in the
finals. Earlier in the season, Mayberg defeated Vendeur
In addition to Mayberg, five other Monti wrestlers
qualified for the Feb. 26 Section IX tournament at
Wallkill: Kyle Fried (finished 4th at 96 lbs.), Ron
Ducharme (4th at112 lbs.), Bryan Ortiz (3rd at125 lbs.),
Billy Steinberg (4th at 215 lbs.) and Jorge Lee (2nd at
275 lbs.) for a combined total of 73 points.
In the Section IX tourney, Fried defeated
Middletowns Robert Pagan 7-4 in 96-pound
competition, and Ortiz won his opening round 16-8 at
125-lbs. against Robert Mann of Saugerties before losing
his second match.
While Kaufmann was disappointed that his matmen had only
two wins (Delhi and Liberty) in dual meet competition, he
called Maybergs OCL championship at 171-pounds,
A very nice surprise. It was a good way to finish
up the week.
At the conference meet, Monticello finished in fourth
place behind Port Jervis, Minisink Valley and Cornwall.
The season exceeded my expectations, said Kaufmann. I didnt think my eighth grader and
the freshmen that filled in were going to do as well as
they did. It far exceeded my expectations because we only
have one senior and so many young kids.
In most of the tournaments we went to, we pretty
much finished in the middle of the pack, he added.
According to Kaufmann, he thinks next season might be a
pretty good year.
The future does look bright, he said. Along
with returning matmen Ducharme, Fried, Lee, Ortiz and
Steinberg theyll definitely be the
leaders of the team, Kaufmann said hes
expecting five or six 8th-graders and a 7th-grader to
move up from the modified program to varsity next year.
The modified program has maintained its
numbers, he said. Kyle Hoar and Frank Rupp
(modified coaches) do a nice job in getting the kids
Im looking forward to next year, added Kaufmann. With a little maturity, the kids should
be competitive for the league championship next season.
With a little luck, maybe we can get a kid up to the
Kyle Fried (96 lbs.). The eighth grader finished
the season with a 208 record. Fried placed in six
Oscar Rodriguez (103 lbs.), The freshman had a
614 record this season. He did well this
year. Hes really a jayvee (wrestler) that we put in
there at 103.
Ron Ducharme (112 lbs.). As a ninth grader, had a
1114 record for the year. Qualified for the
sectionals which is quite an accomplishment. Is going to
be a very good wrestler in the future.
Bryan Ortiz (125 lbs.). The freshman led his team
with a 2313 record. Placed in four out of five
tournaments. A great deal of promise.
Jon Mayberg (171 lbs.). The senior finished the
season with a 2111 record, and racked up a high
school varsity record of 29-17. Placed in five tourneys
this year. OCL champion in his weight class.
Improved a lot this year.
Billy Steinberg (215 lbs.). The sophomore had a
816 season. Did a nice job, mostly against
upper classmen. Hell be back the next two
Jorge Lee (275 lbs.). As a junior, Lee took second
place in his weight class at the OCL tourney, placed in
three out of five tourneys with a 910 record for
the season. Has wrestled for me since he was an