Opening Day Wrestling Scoreboard, 12/19
Results from Saturday's Shore Conference wrestling action on the opening day of the 2015-2016 season.
Rumson-Fair Haven junior Theo Addison finished second at 182 pounds and the Bulldogs placed ninth in the team standings.
Colt Classic, at Christian Brothers Academy
CBA senior Jack LaCorte outlasted Wall junior Matt McKenzie 3-2 in ultimate tiebreaker to win the 195-pound title and power the Colts to the team title. McKenzie was sixth in the state last season at 195 pounds.
LaCorte was voted as the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler, and was one of of four champions for the host Colts. Junior Nick Shutzenhofer won the 106-pound title with a 4-1 decision over Roselle Park's Matt Montgomery, senior Dylan VanSickell pinned Wall's Nick Wagner in 1:31 in the 132-pound final and senior William Oxley pinned Pinelands' Mike Frezza to clinch the team championship.
Junior Dean Helstowski and senior Jack Jachim won titles for Brick, which finished fourth in the team standings. Helstowski bested Roselle Park's William Ferdinando 5-2 to win the 182-pound title, and Jachim beat the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to taking the 220-pound crown. Junior Anthony Costanza finished second at 152 pounds.
Wall finished third as a team with Brett Donner winning the Crimson Knights' lone title. The Rutgers-bound, nationally-ranked senior had two pins and won by 15-0 technical fall over Pinelands Chris Nielsen in the final. Joe Demuner, Wagner, Josh Glantzman and McKenzie finished second.
Along with LaCorte, Roselle Park's Chris Gural had a monster win with a 12-4 major decision over CBA sophomore Rich Koehler in the 113-pound final. Koehler was sixth in the state at 106 pounds last season, while Gural was a state qualifier. Senior Carl Vasti also placed second, falling to Tony Amdendolare of Hickory (Va.) 8-0 in the 138-pound final.
Red Bank senior Tom Hinz won the 152-pound title and the Bucs finished eighth in the team standings.
Seniors Alex Erven, Teddy Smith and Kyle Lewis won titles for Keyport and freshman Dean Gallo, junior Troy Gallo and senior Garrett Hilsheimer captured titles for Holmdel.
Garden State Classic, at Princeton High School
John Downey finished third at 182 pounds for Freehold.
Old Bridge Icebreaker
Matawan junior Derrick Wiley won by fall in all three of his bouts, including a pin over top-seeded Quinn Haddad of Governor Livingston in the 160-pound final, to earn Outstanding Wrestler for the upperweights and help the Huskies finish fifth out of 13 teams.
Jackson Liberty finished second in the team standings with Nick Pellegrino at 113 and Jared Dizenzo at heavyweight winning titles, and received second-place finishes from Niles Jackson at 132, Jeremy Bollard at 152, Tyler Kalmowitz at 170 and Jerald Goodman at 195.
Red Bank Catholic's Ethan Byrne captured the 132-pound title with a pin over Jackson. Byrne won all three of his bouts by fall.
Donovan Catholic's Christiaan Dailey pinned Middletown South's Justin Weimer to win the 145-pound title.
John and Betty Vogeding Tournament, at Paulsboro
Howell dominated with six champions and three second-place finishers. Sophomore Jesse Liptzin at 106, sophomore Kyle Slendorn at 113, seniors Nick Ciaccia, Anthony Gagliano and Frank Leonardis at 132, 138 and 160, respectively, and junior Eric Keosseian at 220 all captured titles. Daniel Esposito at 126, Evan Richard at 132 and Jake Nash at heavyweight each finished second.
Liptzin won by fall over Woodstown's Justin Layton. Slendorn won by 9-4 decision over Paulsboro's Nick Duca in a matchup of returning state qualifiers. Ciaccia beat Richard in an all-Howell final at 132, and Gagliano scored a 12-3 major decision over Paulsboro freshman George Worthy. Leonardis pinned Paulsboro freshman Anthony Morino at 160 and Keosseian won by fall over Paulsboro's Frank Mooney at 220.
Junior Peter Dee and senior Kris Lindemann did not wrestle for Howell.
Mahwah Thunderbird Invitational
Ocean senior Tyler Thompson captured the 195-pound title in his first wrestling action since his sophomore year, and the Spartans also received titles from sophomore Jake Benner at 132 and junior Esteban Bernard at 170. Seniors Dave Tieto (120), Chris Donnelly (138) and Brian Olesen (heavyweight) each finished second.
Mount Olive Tournament
Sophomore Stanley Wodjylak and junior Thomas Anderson won titles for Middletown North, which finished seventh in the team standings.
Wodjylak defeated Kinnelon's Mike DeClario 8-5 in the 138-pound final, and had a pin and a technical fall in his first two bouts. Anderson won by 6-1 decision over Butler's Dan Castiglia to win the 171-pound title.
Anthony Vetrano placed third at 182. Returning region champion Chad Freshnock did not wrestle for Middletown North.
Senior Lamont Reid won the 182-pound title and Danny Mullan (152), Mike Shohet (170) and Joey Jasio (Hwt) placed second to lead Long Branch to the team title. Ray Guzman and T.J. Conlon earned third-place finishes. Reid defeated North Hunterdon's Tyler Gapas with a third-period pin.
Raritan finished third behind Long Branch and North Hunterdon and had two second-place finishers with A.J. Erven at 120 and Russell Benson at 126. Jimmy Vanfechtmann placed third at 132, Nick Bohal took third at 160 and Ethan Wolf was third at 220.
In a matchup of returning state qualifiers, Toms River East junior A.J. Meyers topped North Hunterdon's Derek Ciavarro 3-1 to win the 160-pound title. Tyler Machnik finished second at 145 pounds, falling 3-0 to Max Pickett of Blair Academy's "B" team.
Neptune junior Nick Faber finished second to North Hunterdon's Carmine Ricciardo at 195 pounds.
Manchester senior was the lone champion from the Shore Conference, winning the 132-pound title via 15-0 technical fall over Riverside's Jordan Senior. Hawks senior Will Farparan finished second at 195 pounds.
Manalapan's Jake Staklinski finished second at 182 pounds.
Pine Barrens Classic, at Shawnee
Shore senior Tim Klemser won the 120-pound title while sophomore Brad Smuro finished second at 113 and senior Justin Valerio took third at 138.
Robin Leff Invitational, at Southern Regional
Senior Peyton Blauvelt defeated Buena state medalist Jake Maxwell 3-2 to win the 170-pound title as one of seven finalists for host Southern. Senior Joe Toci captured the 182-pound title for the Rams, which also received second-place finishes from Owen Kretschmer (106), Matt Barnett (126), Gianni Bennett (132), Mike Racanelli (138) and Seon Bowker (160).
Blauvelt was a District 24 champion last season while Maxwell finished sixth in the state tournament at 152 pounds.
Bowker won 3-2 over Delsea state qualifier Dom DeMarco in the semifinals before falling to Delsea's Billy Janzer, 3-2, in the 160-pound final.
Jackson senior Mike Spino won the 120-pound title with a pin of Egg Harbor Township's Hunter Thomas, and teammate Matt McGowan edged Southern's Barnett 6-4 in the 126-pound final. Jaguars junior Tim Hamman fell to Clearview's Stanley Atkinson, 5-4, in the 145-pound championship bout. Atkinson was a state qualifier for Kingsway last season, while Hamann was fourth in Region VI.
St. John Vianney also had two champions and one runner-up. Junior Luke Eckloff defeated Southern's Kretschmer 11-5 to win the 106-pound title, and senior Calvin Beaty clipped Clearview's Vito Nucci 3-2 at 220 pounds. Junior Micah Clarke fell 3-2 to Buena's Antonio Rodriguez at heavyweight. Both were state qualifiers last year, Rodriguez as the Region VIII champion.
TCNJ Pride Tournament, at Brick Memorial
Brick Memorial juniors Gianni Ghione and Nick Rivera and senior Anthony Mitchell won titles as the Mustangs led all Shore Conference teams with three champions. Ghione, the state runner-up at 113 pounds last season, pinned Point Boro's Blake Dale in 1:31 to win the 120-pound title. Rivera, the state runner-up at heavyweight, pinned Point Beach's Forrest Gardner in 29 seconds.
Lacey freshman Hunter Gutierrez won the 106-pound title and teammate Dante Soto, a senior, won the 160-pound championship. Freehold Township senior Mike Plaska won at 126, Colts Neck junior Steven Barsky won at 195 and Point Boro's Dom Infante claimed the 220-pound title.
Cranford crashed the party by stunning a pair of Shore Conference standouts. District 11 champion Anthony Capece edged Colts Neck's Joey King, a state qualifier, 2-1 in the 113-pound final. Region III 126-pound runner-up Chris Scorese shocked Toms River South senior Owen McClave 7-5 on a takedown with 15 seconds left in sudden victory of the 132-pound final. McClave was fifth in the state at 120 pounds last season.