Sebastian Rivera Makes Season Debut in Walter Woods Tournament Victory, CBA Finishes Second With Four Champions
After missing the season-opening Colt Classic and Christian Brothers Academy's first dual meet with a minor injury, Colts senior Sebastian Rivera returned in dominating fashion at the Walter Woods Tournament on Monday at Middletown South.
Rivera, last season's Region VI champion at 113 pounds and a two-time state fifth-place finisher, won by fall in all three of his bouts to capture the 120-pound title and lead CBA to a second-place finish. Rivera, who is headed to Northwestern, pinned Holy Spirit's Tim Fitzpatrick in 3:26 in the championship bout.
Rivera was one of four champions for the Colts, who are ranked No. 5 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10. Junior Nick Shutzenhofer won by 9-0 major decision over Watchung Hills' Danny Miller to win the 106-pound title. At 145 pounds, senior Ben Kuhn defeated Middletown South's Justin Weimer, 8-3, to claim the title. Senior Jack LaCorte improved to 7-0 by winning the 195-pound title, defeating Camden Catholic's Henry Morris 8-1 in the final. Senior William Oxley finished second at 220 pounds and senior Carl Vasti was third at 138 pounds.
Sophomore Rich Koehler, last season's Region VI champ at 106 pounds and the sixth-place finisher in the state tournament, was pinned by Camden Catholic freshman Lucas Revano in the quarterfinals. The Irish, who also had senior state medalist Mark McCormick win the 138-pound championship, edged the Colts for the team title.
Unbeaten senior Dylan VanSickell (4-0) did not wrestle for CBA.
Jackson Liberty finished fourth as a team with a pair of champions. Senior Tyler Kalmowitz won the 170-pound title with a 4-0 decision over Middletown South's Brendan Rumsby, and senior Jared DiZenzo won the heavyweight championship with a 4-0 decision over Monroe's Lou Ceras. Senior Nick Pellegrino finished second at 113 pounds and Jeremy Bollard finished second at 152 pounds. Senior Chris Pondish was third at 220 pounds.