Shore Sports Network is proud to unveil its 2016 All-Shore teams and season-ending award winners featuring the top performers from the 2016 Shore Conference wrestling season.

The All-Shore teams, along with the wrestler and coach of the year, were selected by Wrestling Editor Bob Badders using a criteria that values state tournament finish, followed by region finish.

Scroll down for bios and pictures of all the first-team All-Shore selections as well as write-ups on the second- and third-team selections.

 

*All-Shore teams in list form*

*Final top 10*

*Wrestler of the Year*

*Coach of the Year*

 

FIRST TEAM

106 — Luke Ecklof, Jr., St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney junior Luke Ecklof placed eight at 106 pounds and is the Lancers' third state medalist all-time and first since 2004. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

A pair of long draughts for St. John Vianney were snapped by Ecklof, who became the Lancers’ first region champion and state medalist in 12 years. The junior finished with a 34-8 record and finished eighth in the NJSIAA Tournament, won the Region VI title and finished second in the District 21 Tournament. Ecklof was pinned by Howell’s Darby Diedrich in the district final, but earned revenge with a 1-0 win in the region semifinals. He then defeated Lacey’s Hunter Gutierrez, 6-0, to become St. John Vianney’s first region champion since Anthony Castro in 2004. Ecklof reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament and edged East Brunswick’s Mitchell Polito, 2-1 in double overtime, to clinch a top-eight finish. Ecklof also won the Robin Leff Invitational and placed third at the Mustang Classic. He will enter his senior season with a 78-28 career record.

 

113 — Sebastian Rivera, Sr., Christian Brothers Academy

Christian Brothers Academy senior Sebastian Rivera captured the 113-pound state title with a thrilling win over Delbarton's Pat Glory. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

The Shore Sports Network Wrestler of the Year, Rivera captured the NJSIAA 113-pound state title with a memorable performance at Boardwalk Hall, rallying from a 4-0 deficit in the third period to take the lead before pinning Delbarton’s Patrick Glory in 5:59. Rivera also defeated St. Joseph Regional’s Jonathan Tropea, 6-3, in the state semifinals. He cruised to his second Region VI title with a pin and two technical falls and was named Most Outstanding Wrestle, and also captured his third District 22 championship. He also won the Walter Woods Tournament. Rivera helped CBA to its best season in program history as the Colts won the Shore Conference Tournament for the first time and also claimed a share of the Class A North division title, ending Howell’s 73-match divisional winning streak in the process. Rivera was 31-1 on the season and concluded his career with a 111-14 record. He also finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation by both InterMat and FloWrestling. He will continue his career in the Big 10 at Northwestern University.

 

120 — Gianni Ghione, Jr., Brick Memorial

Brick Memorial junior Gianni Ghione finished fourth in the state at 120 pounds for his second top-four medal. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

A dominant force for the Mustangs, Ghione finished fourth in the state in a loaded 120-pound bracket while also capturing his second Region VI and District 23 titles. The Brick Memorial junior entered the region final having won all of his bouts by either fall or technical fall, then defeated CBA’s Richie Koehler 9-3 to claim the championship. He pinned his way through the District 23 Tournament. Ghione also won the TCNJ Pride Tournament and the Mustang Classic. At the state tournament, Ghione advanced to the quarterfinals and recorded two falls in the consolation bracket before a 7-1 win over West Morris’s Shane Metzler to reach the third-place bout. He finished the season ranked No. 17 in the nation by InterMat. Ghione, who is committed to Princeton University, finished the season 34-3 and is 96-14 for his career.

 

126 — Matt McGowan, Jr., Jackson Memorial

Seeded sixth in the Region VI Tournament, McGowan knocked off the No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 seeds to claim his first region championship. After finishing second in the District 21 Tournament, McGowan pinned Red Bank Catholic’s Ethan Byrne and edged Toms River South’s Nick Gallicchio, 5-4, to reach the region semifinals. He then defeated the No. 2 seed, Wall’s Joe Demuner, 4-2, before outlasting Raritan’s Russell Benson, the top seed, 3-2 in ultimate tiebreaker to take the region title. McGowan went 1-2 in his first trip to the state tournament and finished the season with a 29-5 record. He also won the Robin Leff Invitational. McGowan helped the Jaguars win the Central Jersey Group IV title with a win by fall during a 28-24 victory over Long Branch in the sectional final. McGowan will bring a 59-17 record into his senior year.

 

132 — Owen McClave, Sr., Toms River South

Toms River South senior Owen McClave finished fifth at 132 pounds with a 7-4 win over St. Peter's Prep's Alec Kelly. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

McClave was the cream of the crop in a deep and talented 132-pound field in the Shore Conference, and captured another region title and a second state medal to conclude a fantastic career. After suffering a loss at the season-opening TCNJ Pride Tournament, McClave won his next 34 bouts to win his fourth District 24 title and third consecutive Region VI championship. He defeated Ocean’s Jake Benner, 5-2, in the region final. At the state tournament, McClave beat a pair of fellow region champions, Haddon Township’s Chris Wolf and Bergen Catholic’s Christopher Foca, to reach the semifinals. McClave defeated St. Peter’s Prep’s Alex Kelly, 7-4, in the fifth-place bout for his second consecutive state fifth-place finish. McClave was a four-time state qualifier in his career. He went 37-3 this season and finished his career with a 149-13 record. He is second all-time in wins at Toms River South behind two-time state champ B.J. Clagon (155), and is tied for sixth in Shore Conference history. McClave was accepted to the United States Coast Guard Academy and will continue his wrestling career with the Bears.

 

138 — Cole Corrigan, So., Toms River South

Toms River South sophomore Cole Corrigan pinned Pascack Hills' Benjamin Brisman to finish seventh in the state at 138 pounds. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

One of the top underclassmen in the Shore Conference, Corrigan finished seventh in the state, second in Region VI and first in District 24. He won his second district title by defeating Southern’s Mike Racanelli, 9-3. He advanced to the finals of the Region VI Tournament where he was defeated by Howell’s Kris Lindemann, 5-3. Corrigan would meet Lindemann again in the blood round of the state tournament where he advanced via injury default. Corrigan then won by fall over Pascack Hills’ Benjamin Brisman to place seventh for his first state medal. During the regular season, Corrigan finished second at the TCNJ Pride Tournament and won the Lenape Valley Tournament. He finished the season 36-4 and is 66-10 for his career.

 

145 — John Finnerty, Sr., Point Beach

Never having previously advanced past the region quarterfinals, Finnerty made a cinderella run to the top of the Region VI medal stand and a spot among the top eight at the state tournament. After finishing second at the District 23 Tournament and being seeded sixth at the region tournament, Finnerty won by fall in each of his first two region bouts to reach the semifinals for the first time. There he edged St. John Vianney’s Khalil Haskins, the No. 2 seed, 6-5. In the final, he defeated Southern’s Teddy Caporrino, 11-5. His incredible postseason continued in Atlantic City where he reached the state semifinals before finishing in sixth place. Finnerty became Point Beach’s first region champ and state medalist since Matt Rega in 2006 and 2005, respectively, and is just the second Garnet Gulls wrestler to ever reach the state semifinals along with 1998 state champ Jake Cairns. He finished the season with a 35-6 record and his 126 career wins are the most in Point Beach history.

 

152 — Andrew Meyers, Jr., Toms River East

Toms River East junior A.J. Meyers was defeated by Bound Brook's Stephan Glasgow, 16-6, in the 152-pound state final. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

Meyers enjoyed a breakout season in winning his first region title and making a run all the way to the state finals. Meyers also won his first District 24 title, defeating Lacey’s Matt Garrity, 7-0. He beat Point Beach’s Giancarlo Crivelli, 5-1, in the Region VI final. In the state tournament, Meyers topped Roxbury’s Tommy Miller, 8-3, in the pre-quarterfinals before taking down Queen of Peace’s Garrett Beam in the quarterfinals and Holy Cross’s Avery DiNardi in the semifinals. He was defeated by Bound Brook’s nationally-ranked junior, Stephan Glasgow, 16-6, in the state final. He was Toms River East’s first state finalist since Vinnie DelleFave won the second of his two state titles in 2009. Meyers was 36-2 on the season and will enter his senior year with a 72-10 record.

 

160 — Josh Glantzman, Sr., Wall

Part of a powerful group of upperweights for the Crimson Knights, Glantzman won his first district and region titles while helping Wall win the Class B North division title, the District 23 team title, advance to the Shore Conference Tournament final four and reach the South Jersey Group III sectional final. Glantzman’s versatility was a major boost for the Crimson Knights, and he compiled a 29-6 record wrestling at 160, 170 and 182. He won the District 23 title with a 10-3 victory over Brick’s Danny Moreno and claimed the Region VI title with a 3-0 win over Jackson Liberty’s Tyler Kalmowitz. Glantzman reached the third round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament, falling one win short of a state medal when he was defeated by Woodbridge’s Bryan McLaughlin, 6-3. He concluded his career with a 99-30 record and will continue in college as a midshipman at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

 

170 — Brett Donner, Sr., Wall

Wall senior Brett Donner battled back from an early defeat to finish third in the state at 170 pounds. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

One of the state’s best, Donner won his fourth district and third region titles and also put together a gutsy run in the state tournament to finish third. After an injury-plagued junior season, Donner hit the ground running to start this year and was undefeated heading into the state tournament. He won by 18-5 major decision over Point Boro’s Gene Franceschini to take his fourth District 23 championship, and his dominance continued at the Region VI Tournament where he won by fall and scored two major decisions, including a 13-3 win over Southern’s Peyton Blauvelt in the final, for his third title. Donner was stunned in the pre-quarterfinal round of the state tournament by Carteret’s Elias Vega, 12-8, but rebounded to win six straight consolation bouts to place third. He got revenge on Wayne Hills’ Dan Kilroy with a 5-3 win in sudden victory in the wrestleback semifinals, avenging a loss in last year’s state tournament. He then beat Bound Brook’s George Walton, 5-3, to place third for the second time in his career. Donner finished the season 41-1 and helped the Crimson Knights clinch the Class B North division title, win the District 23 team title, make the Shore Conference Tournament final four and reach the South Jersey Group III sectional final. Donner finished his career with a program-record 129 wins against just nine losses, and will move on to wrestle in the Big 10 at Rutgers University. He finished the season ranked No. 19 in the nation by InterMat.

 

182 — Anthony Vetrano, Sr., Middletown North

Middletown North senior Anthony Vetrano defeated Ridgewood's Kyle Inlander, 4-3, to place third in the state at 182 pounds. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

 

A fantastic senior season put Vetrano atop the Middletown North record book as he won district and region titles while finishing third in the state tournament. He started his postseason run by taking his second District 22 title where he defeated Rumson-Fair Haven’s Theo Addison, 4-2, in the final. The No. 2 seed at the Region VI Tournament, Vetrano bested Jackson Memorial’s Tanner Kelly, 6-4, in a thrilling, back-and-forth bout to reach the region final. He then won by 10-1 major decision over Pinelands’ Chris Nielsen to claim his first region championship. Vetrano started his state tournament by pinning Queen of Peace’s Dominic Maniero, a returning state medalist, before outlasting Delbarton’s L.J. Castellano, 9-5 in double overtime, to reach the state semifinals. He lost to eventual state champion Brandon Kui of DePaul, but won his next two bouts, 4-3 over Bergen Catholic’s Josh McKenzie and 4-3 over Ridgewood’s Kyle Inlander, to finish third. Vetrano was Middletown North’s first state semifinalist since Bill Albert and Ken Hopfsensperger in 1974, and finished as the Lions’ highest state medalist since John Hockin took third at 125 pounds in 2000. His final season record was 38-3, and he helped Middletown North clinch a share of the Class A North division title and reach the North Jersey Section 2, Group IV sectional final. His 122 career wins are the most in Middletown North program history.

 

195 — Matt McKenzie, Jr., Wall

Wall junior Matt McKenzie won by 13-2 major decision over Pequannock's Patrick Daly to place third at 195 pounds in the NJSIAA Tournament. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

After falling short at Region VI, McKenzie put together the best tournament of his career in Atlantic City to finish third in the state. The junior was a major part of Wall’s success, going 36-3 for a team that won the Class B North division title and the District 23 team championship, advanced to the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals and reached the South Jersey Group III final. His was crowned district champion for the second year in a row, winning by technical fall over Brick’s Anthony Rusignuolo in the final. He then advanced to the Region VI final for the second straight year, but was thwarted by CBA’s Jack LaCorte, 3-2 in double overtime. LaCorte had two wins over McKenzie this season, but McKenzie’s performance in the state tournament earned him the first-team spot. McKenzie won three straight one-point bouts at Boardwalk Hall to reach the state semifinals but was defeated by Morris Knolls’ Dean Drugac, 4-3 in ultimate tiebreaker. McKenzie regrouped to blank DePaul’s Joe Soreco, 5-0, in the consolation semifinals and won by 13-2 major decision over Pequannock’s Patrick Daly to finish in third place. He earned his 100th career win during the region tournament and will start his senior season with 106 career victories.

 

220 — Eric Keosseian, Jr., Howell

Howell junior Eric Keosseian won District 21 and Region VI titles and finished eighth in the state at 220 pounds. (Photo by Ray Richardson).

Keosseian’s career arc continued to trend upward with championships at the district and region touraments along with a medal at the state tournament. Keosseian anchored the upperweight group for the Rebels, who won at least a share of the Class A North division title for the 11th straight year, won the District 21 team title, captured the Central Jersey Group V sectional title and reached the Group V final. Keosseian cruised to his first district title with two technical falls and a pin. The No. 1 seed in the Region VI Tournament, Keosseian defeated Long Branch’s Joey Jasio, 3-1 in sudden victory overtime, to win his first region championship. At the state tournament, Keosseian ran into a buzzsaw in the form of eventual state champion Matt Correnti (ranked No. 3 in the country) in the quarterfinals and lost by technical fall. Keosseian then defeated Brick Memorial’s Chris Hayes, 12-6, in the third round of wrestlebacks to clinch a top-eight finish. He was second on Howell with 40 wins (40-5) and has a career record of 91-25.

 

HWT — Nick Rivera, Jr., Brick Memorial

Rivera won his third District 23 title and second Region VI title before his season came to an early end at the state tournament. He defeated Point Beach’s Forrest Gardner, 3-2, in the district final and beat CBA’s William Oxley, 3-1, in the region final. Rivera also pinned St. John Vianney’s Micah Clark in the region semifinals. Rivera was defeated by River Dell’s Joe Longobardi, 5-3, in the pre-quarterfinal round of the state tournament. He then withdrew from the tournament. Rivera finished the season with a 28-3 record and is 79-12 for his career.

 

SECOND TEAM

106 — Darby Diedrich, Fr., Howell

Went 36-9 while winning the District 21 title, taking third at the Region VI Tournament and reaching the third round of wrestlebacks in the state tournament.

 

113 — Kyle Slendorn, So., Howell

Finished the season 37-8, won the District 21 title, placed second in the Region VI Tournament and finished one win short of a top-eight medal at the state tournament. Has 74 career wins.

 

120 — Richie Koehler, So., Christian Brothers Academy

Finished the season with a 25-6 record, finished second in District 22 and second in Region VI. Helped CBA win the Shore Conference Tournament for the first time in program history and earn a share of the Class A North division title. Will enter his junior season with 58 career wins.

 

126 — Russell Benson, So., Raritan

Benson went 33-5 and won his first District 22 title, and qualified for the state tournament for the first time by placing second in the Region VI Tournament. Reached the third round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Helped Raritan win the Class A Central division title and reach the Central Jersey Group II sectional final. Has 61 career wins in two seasons.

 

132 — Jake Benner, So., Ocean

Captured his second District 22 championship and placed second in the Region VI Tournament. Was undefeated heading into the region final. Reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Went 36-3 this season and is 65-9 for his career.

 

138 — Kris Lindemann, Sr., Howell

Won his second District 21 title and first Region VI title, and reached the third round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Finished the season 27-3 and went 113-27 for his career.

 

145 — Teddy Caporrino, Sr., Southern

Went 22-7, won his first District 24 title and reached the Region VI final as the No. 8 seed. Advanced to the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Helped Southern win the NJSIAA Group V title and the Class A South division title. Career record of 33-18.

 

152 — Giancarlo Crivelli, Sr., Point Beach

Won his first District 23 title and finished second in the Region VI Tournament. Helped Point Beach win the Central Jersey Group I title for the program’s first sectional championship. Went 34-4 this season and ended his career with 114 wins, which is third all-time at Point Beach. Will wrestle collegiately at Muhlenberg.

 

160 — Tyler Kalmowitz, Sr., Jackson Liberty

Claimed his first District 21 title and finished second in Region VI. Reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Went 37-5 this season and was 80-22 for his career.

 

170 — Peyton Blauvelt, Sr., Southern

Won his second District 24 title, placed second in Region VI and reached the third round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Helped Southern win the NJSIAA Group V championship and the Class A South division title. Season record of 27-8 and a career mark of 62-27.

 

182 — Christopher Nielsen, Jr., Pinelands

Went 31-6, won his first District 24 title and placed third in Region VI. Reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Takes a 72-23 record into his season year.

 

195 — Jack LaCorte, Sr., Christian Brothers Academy

Won his first District 22 title and first Region VI title and finished eighth at the state tournament. Helped CBA win its first Shore Conference Tournament title and a share of the Class A North division title. Went 32-5 this season and was 77-36 for his career. Will wrestle collegiately at New York University.

 

220 — Joey Jasio, Sr., Long Branch

Won the District 22 title and placed second in the Region VI Tournament. Reached the third round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Helped Long Branch reach the Central Jersey Group IV sectional final. Finished the season with a 32-4 record and was 84-18 for his career.

 

Hwt — William Oxley, Sr., Christian Brothers Academy

Went 29-7 with second-place finishes at the District 22 and Region VI tournaments. Reached the third round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Helped CBA win its first Shore Conference Tournament title and a share of the Class A North division title. Went 97-42 during his career.

 

THIRD TEAM

106 — Hunter Gutierrez, Fr., Lacey

Went 33-6 to tie for the team lead in wins, won the District 24 title and took second in the Region VI Tournament.

 

113 — Nick Pellegrino, Sr., Jackson Liberty

Placed second in District 21 and third in Region VI. Went 31-10 this season and finished his career with a 70-37 record.

 

120 — Mike Spino, Sr., Jackson Memorial

Won his first District 21 title and placed third in Region VI. Helped the Jaguars win the Central Jersey Group IV sectional title. Went 25-4 this season and finished his career with a record of 71-25.

 

126 — Matt Barnett, So., Southern

Went 23-11 with third-place finishes at the District 24 and Region VI tournaments. Helped Southern win the NJSIAA Group V title and the Class A South division title. Has a career record of 38-25.

 

132 — Anthony Gagliano, Sr., Howell

Led the Rebels in wins with a 41-4 record, won his second District 21 title, finished third in Region VI and reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Third all-time at Howell with 121 victories.

 

138 — Luke Vescovi, Sr., Brick Memorial

Went 27-6 while winning his second District 23 title and placing third in the Region VI Tournament. Reached the third round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Finished his career with a 77-39 record.

 

145 — Rob Kanniard, Fr., Wall

Won the District 23 title and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler, and finished third in the Region VI Tournament. Reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Went 34-6 and was an integral part of a Wall team that won the Class B North division title, the District 23 team title, reached the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals and made the South Jersey Group III final.

 

152 — Pat Mooney, Sr., Southern

Placed third in District 24 and third in Region VI with a 25-9 record. Helped lead the Rams to the NJSIAA Group V championship and the Class A South division title. Finished his career with a 71-36 record.

 

160 — Garrett Fitzgerald, Sr., Christian Brothers Academy

Out with an injury for half the season, Fitzgerald made an unlikely run to the state tournament. He finished third in District 22 and reached the state tournament by placing third at the Region VI Tournament as the No. 12 seed. Helped the Colts win the Shore Conference Tournament title for the first time in program history.

 

170 — T.J. Saldutti, Sr., Ocean

Won his first District 22 title and placed third in Region VI. Went 23-4 this season and concluded his career with an 88-42 record.

 

182 — Dean Helstowski, Jr., Brick

Won his first District 23 title and placed third at the Region VI Tournament. Went 33-3 this season and has 66 career wins.

 

195 — Will Farparan, Sr., Manchester

Had a breakout season by winning his first District 24 title (his first district medal), placing third in Region VI and reaching the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Went 37-4 this season and was 74-40 for his career.

 

220 — Chris Hayes, Sr., Brick Memorial

Finished second in District 23 and third in Region VI, and reached the third round of wrestlebacks in the state tournament. Went 29-6 this season and was 40-14 for his career. Signed to Sacred Heart University for football.

 

Hwt — Micah Clark, Jr., St. John Vianney

A two-time state qualifier, Clark won his first District 21 title and placed third at the Region VI Tournament. He reached the third round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Went 35-6 this season and is 73-29 for his career.

 

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