SATURDAY, DEC. 27

NONCONFERENCE

Lakewood 36, Lawrence 30 - Box Score

A walk-off pin by senior Miguel Arenas at 152 pounds gave the Piners (6-2) a thrilling win over the Cardinals.

Consecutive pins by Angel Gonzalez, Dante Morris and Kevin Rybakowski from 195 to heavyweight helped give Lakewood a 30-6 lead halfway through the dual, but Lawrence stormed by back with six straight victories for 24 points to tie the bout. Arenas wasted little time stopping the steak and giving Lakewood the match by winning by fall in just 29 seconds.

 

Lakewood 44, Trenton 24 - Box Score

 

TOURNAMENTS

COLLINGSWOOD TOURNAMENT

Teams: Lacey, Brentsville (Va.), Collingswood, Gloucester City, Kingsway, Lindenwold, Northern Burlington, Nottingham, Pennsville, Princeton, South Brunswick, Washington Township, Westampton Tech, Westfield, Woodstown.

Freshman Brady Carter (106), senior Trevor Krinic (160) and sophomore Vincent Ceglie (220) all placed first in their respective brackets to lead Lacey to a second-place finish. Seniors Hunter Gutierrez (138) and Zach Higgins (145) finished second and freshman Andre Ferraiuolo (113) and junior Jackson Brandt (170) placed third.

 

HOLMDEL HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT - Click here for brackets

Teams: Donovan Catholic, Holmdel, J.P. Stevens, Keyport, Manchester, Monmouth, Red Bank Catholic, Rumson, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Shore, St. Rose, Summit.

Sophomores Jack Maida and Mike McGhee, senior Jack McCrae and freshman Jamie Mazzacco each won individual titles to lead Shore Regional to the team title as the Blue Devils topped Rumson-Fair Haven, 213-190.

Maida, who is nationally-ranked at 106 pounds by FloWrestling, defeated Holmdel's Nick Ammirati, 9-3, in the 113-pound final. McGhee pinned Holmdel's Dean Gallo in 2:19 to win the 145-pound title and McCrae, who missed all of last season with an injury, continued his hot start to the season by clipping Rumson's Jack Kelly, 6-4, in the 160-pound championship. Mazzacco won by 4-1 decision over Red Bank Catholic's Aidan Meyler-McAuliffe, 4-1, to take home the 170-pound title.

The Blue Devils also had second-place finishes by Matt Klemser (120), Gabe Scalise (126), Al Desantis (138), Ian Smith (152) and Taylor Sousa (195) and a third-place finish from Cade Torres (220).

Rumson had a tournament-high five individual champions with junior Tristan Izzo, freshman Shay Addison, sophomore Max Brignola, junior Mike Ponenti and senior Nick Addison winning titles. Izzo defeated Klemser, 12-7, in the 120-pound final and Addison won by fall over Holmdel's Ian Flanagan to take the 132-pound title. At 138 pounds, Brignola won a battle of state qualifiers when he pinned Desantis in 4:55. Ponenti brought home the poster board at 152 pounds with an 8-5 decision over Smith while state medalist Nick Addison pinned Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Alex Oslislo in 1:04 at 182 pounds. The Stanford University recruit won all three of his bouts by fall, including a 25-second pin in the semifinals.

Kelly (160) and senior Evan Davis (285) each placed second and Tyler Brignola (145) and Liam Horan (195) each took third.

Also winning titles were Monmouth's Shane Learn at 106, Holmdel's Jaden Gallo at 126, RBC's Steve Cmielewski at 220 and Donovan Catholic's Luke Bartlet at 285.

 

RED DEVIL INVITATIONAL (at Hunterdon Central) - Click here for brackets

Teams: Bergen Tech, Bridgewater-Raritan, Cherokee, Delran, Hackettstown, Hamilton West, Hunterdon Central, Jefferson, Middlesex, Notre Dame, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Pingry, Seneca, Southern, Toms River East.

Southern finished second in the team standings to host Hunterdon Central (247.5-224.5) as seniors Nick Pepe, Nick O'Connell and John Stout and juniors Ben LoPar and J.T. Cornelius won individual titles.

Team scores were still kept even though teams were allowed to enter multiple wrestlers per weight class. Hunterdon Central entered 20 wrestlers and Southern entered 14.

Pepe won by injury default over Hunterdon Central's Pasquale Vizzoni in the 145-pound final. Pepe was a District 29 champion last season while Vizzoni was a state qualifier. O'Connell, who was a state place-winner in 2017 and a Region 8 champion last season, won by 10-1 major decision over Hunterdon Central's Norman Cellla to take the 160-pound title. Stout, a Region 8 champion, edged Buena's Jordan Roberts, 3-2, to place first at 182 pounds. At 195, LoParo defeated Delran's Zach Bohn, 12-5 and at 220, Cornelius won by 2-0 decision over Buena's Tony Thompson.

Junior Jayson Scerbo finished second at 120 pounds, junior Robert Woodcock was third at 138 and senior Haven Tatarek was third at 170.

Toms River East sophomore Michael Conklin continued his great start to the season by defeating two state qualifiers en route to the 126-pound title. Conklin pinned Bridgewater-Raritan's Nicholas Sacco in 1:13 in the semifinals before controlling Hunterdon Central's Jack Bauer, 7-1, in the championship bout. Conklin reached the first round of wrestlebacks at the NJSIAA Tournament last season while Sacco reached the second round of wrestlebacks and Bauer was one win away from a state medal.

Raiders freshman Joe McCullough finished second at 113 pounds, falling to Hunterdon Central state medalist Brett Ungar in the final.

 

LENAPE VALLEY TOURNAMENT

Teams: Brearley, Kinnelon, Montville, Toms River North, Voorhees, Wallkill Valley, Whippany Park.

Toms River North won the team title with five champions and a total of eight top-three finishers.

 

OVERBROOK TOURNAMENT - Click here for brackets

Teams: Barnegat, Cherry Hill West, Hammonton, Mainland, Millville, Overbrook, Triton.

Dante Powell, Michael DiPianta, James Circle and Charlie Cotton each won individual titles to lead Barnegat to a second-place finish.

Hammonton won the team title, 206-200.5.

Powell captured the 106-pound championship by pinning Triton's John Valdez in 1:10. At 132 pounds, DiPianta pinned Cherry Hill East's Jesse Keesal in 3:48 to place first. Circle won by 7-1 decision over Cherry Hill East's Ian Gorsen in the 152-pound final and Cotton remained undefeated on the season by pinning his way to the 195-pound title.

Rashidi Alleyne (170), Peter Jennings (220) and Joe Lauer (285) each finished second and Robert Killmer (113), Mason Bayer (160) and Stephen Jennings (182) each took third.

 

PATRIOT INVITATIONAL (at Secaucus) - Click here for brackets

Teams: Bloomfield, Cliffside Park, Hawthorne, Lakeland, Red Bank, Secaucus, Tenafly, Union City, Weehawken.

Freshman Phil Stolfa won the 120-pound title to lead Red Bank to a fourth-place finish in the team standings. Senior Justin Gooding finished second at heavyweight while junior Vincent DeLorenzi (182) and senior Nick Principe (195) took third.

 

WALTER WOODS TOURNAMENT - Click here for brackets

Teams: Freehold Township, Hillsborough, Holy Spirit, Jackson Liberty, Jackson Memorial, Manalapan, Middletown South, Monroe, Pinelands, Point Boro, Raritan, Robbinsville, Toms River South, Watchung Hills, West Deptford, West Orange.

Senior Anthony Aquilano won the 160-pound title and was selected as Most Outstanding Wrestler and senior George Burdick won the 182-pound title to lead Raritan to a second-place finish in the team standings.

Aquilano, who was a state qualifier last season, won by fall in 1:18 over West Deptford's Corey Fischer in the championship bout. Fischer placed seventh at 160 pounds in last season's NJSIAA Tournament. Aquilano also defeated Manalapan's Paul Santomarco, 5-2 in double overtime, in the semifinals. Santomarco was a District 21 champion last season.

Burdick pinned his way to the title at 182 pounds with three first-period pins. He decked West Deptford's Gavin Shields in 1:37 in the final. Justin Acevedo and Matt Spirko finished second at 195 and heavyweight, respectively, while Mike Lonnay finished third at 126 pounds.

Watchung Hills won the team title with a 165-143 edge over Raritan. Jackson Memorial was third with 135.5 points and Manalapan was fifth with 116.5 points.

Sophomore Brett Blaess, junior Kyle Epperly and senior Vin Scollo each won individual titles to pace Jackson. Blaess dominated the 106-pound bracket and defeated Middletown South freshman Travis Tuminelli by 13-0 major decision in the final. He had a pin in the first round, a technical fall in the quarterfinals and a 7-1 decision in the semifinals. In a battle of returning state qualifiers, Scollo defeated Monroe's Joseph Fiordaliso, 8-2, to win the 120-pound title. At 195 pounds, Epperly defeated Raritan state qualifier Justin Acevedo, 5-2, in the championship bout. Carsten Digiantomasso (152), Brock Winston (182) and Brad Galassi (220) each placed third for the Jaguars.

Pacing Manalapan was senior Alex Baran, who won the 138-pound title with a 7-5 decision over Watchung Hills' Nick Ciraulo in a matchup of returning state qualifiers. Calvin Burke (113) and Kareem Ghiada (132) each finished second and Matt Benedetti (170) placed third.

Point Boro finished eighth but had a pair of individual champions in sophomore Nick Torre and senior Billy Borowsky. Torre won by 2-0 decision over Manalapan's Calvin Burke in the 113-pound final and Borowsky defeated Watchung Hills' Mike Salerno, 1-0, in the 220-pound championship bout. Junior Ty Bailey finished second at 145 pounds.

 

 

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