Results from Wednesday's Shore Conference wrestling action.

 

 

CLASS A NORTH

No. 10 Middletown North 51, Middletown South 19

Senior Chad Freshnock, the defending Region VI champion at 220 pounds, recorded his 100th career victory with a pin in 40 seconds to lead the Lions (7-2, 3-0) to a convincing win over the rival Eagles (4-3, 1-2).

Freshnock is the sixth Middletown North wrestler to reach 100 career wins and has chance to become the program's all-time wins leader this season. Zach Torchia (2011) holds the record with 115 victories. Freshnock is now 7-0 on the season.

Junior Thomas Anderson improved to 12-4 with a 4-1 decision over Brendan Rumsby (9-3) at 170 pounds. Middletown North won 10 bouts overall, including pins by Jon Provenzano, Sean Deering, Logan Santos, Nate Pujols, Anthony Vetrano and Freshnock.

Alex Asfar won by fall for his 10th win and Rob Hulse recorded a major decision to improve to 12-3 for Middletown South.

 

No. 2 CBA 58, Marlboro 9

Senior Dylan VanSickell remained undefeated with a pin at 132 pounds and the Colts (6-3, 3-0) blitzed the Mustangs (0-7, 0-4) by winning 12 of 14 bouts. Nick Shutzenhofer, Jack LaCorte and William Oxley each improved to 14-1 and Sebastian Rivera moved to 10-1 for CBA.

Mike DeFaria won by fall for Marlboro to remain unbeaten at 7-0.

 

No. 3 Howell 44, Manalapan 21

Senior Anthony Gagliano won by fall in 47 seconds at 138 pounds to improve to 14-0 and win his 94th career bout as the Rebels (11-1, 4-1) rolled over the Braves (7-3, 2-2). Junior Eric Keosseian also won by fall to stay perfect at 13-0, while Kyle Slendorn and Peter Dee each recorded pins to improve to 12-1.

Ronny Ghaida moved to 15-2 and Joe Thompson improved to 14-2 for Manalapan.

 

Freehold Township 52, Freehold 15

Senior Taylor Larkin won by fall at 220 pounds to improve to 14-3 and the Patriots (3-7, 2-4) won 10 bouts against the rival Colonials (0-3, 0-2).

John Downey picked up his team-leading eighth victory with a 7-6 decision over Michael Carlucci at 182 pounds for Freehold.

 

CLASS A CENTRAL

Holmdel 57, Manasquan 21

The Hornets (5-3, 2-1) won 10 of 14 bouts against the Warriors (1-7, 0-2), winning by fall in eight of the 11 contested bouts. Junior Troy Gallo and senior Garrett Hilsheimer each recorded their team-leading 12th wins of the season, while freshman Dean Gallo and junior Chris Ammiratti won their 11th bouts.

 

CLASS A SOUTH

No. 1 Southern 50, Toms River South 24

The top-ranked Rams (5-1, 4-0) remained unbeaten against the Shore by winning nine bouts against the Indians (4-3, 1-3).

Sophomore Matt Barnett pinned District 24 champion Nick Gallichio at 126 pounds for huge win for Southern, and Pat Mooney, Joe Toci, Nick Suriano and Dylan Cardell also won by fall for the Rams. Senior Teddy Caporino won by technical fall at 145 pounds for his team-leading ninth victory.

Toms River South's best win came at 160 pounds where junior Vinnie Merlo pinned District 24 runner-up Seon Bowker in 1:45. Two-time Region VI champion Owen McClave won by 11-5 decision over Gianni Bennet at 132 pounds and state quailed Cole Corrigan defeated  Mike Racanelli 5-0 at 138 pounds.

 

No. 6 Jackson Memorial 42, Lacey 22

Matt McGowan (11-1) defeated Luke Gauthier (11-3) by 5-1 decision at 126 pounds and the Jaguars (8-1, 4-1) won nine bouts to defeat the Lions (4-4, 1-3). Tim Hamann also improved to 11-1 for Jackson, while Adante Davis and Chris Mondello also won their 11th bouts of the season.

Hunter Guttierrez won by fall at 106 pound to up his record to 13-1 for Lacey, and Luke Moynihan moved to 12-2 with a major decision at 113.

 

Brick 32, Toms River North 21

The Dragons (2-4, 2-2) picked up bonus points in four of their seven victories to take down the Mariners (5-7, 1-3).

Junior Dean Helstowski won by forfeit at 170 pounds to improve to 12-0, Dave Santiago won by technical fall at 132 to up his record to 12-4 and Anthony Costanza won by decision at 152 pounds to move to 10-3.

Freshman Nick Reilly picked up his team-leading 15th win with a victory 113 pounds, junior Franco Galasso defeated Jack Jachim at 220 to improve to 14-4 and Pat O'Donnell (145) and Michael DeGennaro (182) each won by decision for their 13th wins.

 

 

CLASS B NORTH

No. 4 Wall 29, Ocean 28

*Wall wins on criteria H, first points scored (8-6).

Sophomore Josiah Schucht escaped late in the third period to prevent a major decision, and the Crimson Knights (8-0, 4-0) hung on for the win on criteria in a thrilling match against the Spartans (5-6, 4-1).

Wall led 25-6 halfway through the dual before Ocean stormed back with four straight wins from heavyweight through 120 pounds, cutting the Knights' lead to 25-22. Joe Demuner's 8-3 decision over Joe Benner at 126 pounds put Wall up 28-22, and the Knights were able to avoid giving up bonus points in the final two bouts.

At 132 pounds, Ocean sophomore Jake Benner improved to 15-0 with a last-second victory over Nick Wagner (11-4) that kept the Spartans alive. Benner was down 2-1 before getting a takedown into a cradle off a scramble to win 6-2. Chris Donnelly was up 7-0 on Schucht after two periods and held a 9-1 lead before Schucht was able to get to his feet for the one-point escape. Wagner's second-period reversal against Benner was huge, however, as it gave Wall an eighth bout in which it scored the first points.

Demuner improved to 12-3 and freshman Rob Kanniard upped his record to 13-2 for Wall. Senior Josh Glantzman (12-3) outlasted T.J. Saldutti 3-2 in double overtime at 170 pounds in one of many crucial bouts in the match. Senior Brett Donner won by fall at 182 pounds to stay unbeaten at 15-0, and junior Matt McKenzie defeated Tyler Thompson 8-1 at 195 pounds to move to 14-1. Junior Shane Davis continued his strong wrestling and came up with a critical pin at 220 pounds to get his 11th win of the season.

Pat Tracey won by fall for Ocean at 152 pounds, Brian Olesen won 8-1 in overtime over Darryl Valme at heavyweight and Adam Manzo and John Santos recorded bonus points at 106 (pin) and 113 (major decision), respectively. Senior Dave Tieto defeated Jack Kelly 3-1 in overtime at 120 pounds to avenge a loss at the Mustang Classic.

The loss on criteria is the second this season for Ocean.

 

Red Bank 45, Red Bank Catholic 33

The Bucs (2-2, 1-2) won by fall in seven of their eight victories to top the Caseys (2-6, 1-5).  Thomas Hinz won his team-leading 10th bout with a pin at 152 and Adel Soliman won by fall at 126 to move to 9-3.

Ethan Bryne won by fall at 132 pounds for Red Bank Catholic to improve to 12-2.

 

CLASS B CENTRAL

Shore 36, Point Beach 24

The Blue Devils (7-2, 3-0) won the first three bouts and never looked back, taking out the Garnet Gulls (4-2, 2-1) in a massive divisional match.

Shore won eight bouts and received pins by Austin Cannon at 182, Brad Smuro at 106, Tim Klemser at 126 and John Biagi at 152. Biagi's pin in 32 seconds clinched the match. The win snapped a five-match losing streak to Point Beach and all but locked up the B Central title for the Blue Devils, who last won the division championship in 2010.

Head coach Dave Porta shuffled his lineup to get more favorable matchups, including weighing normal 120-pounder Tim Klemser at 126. He won by fall for his team-leading 15th win of the year (15-1).

A crucial win came at 106 pounds where Smuro, a sophomore, was losing to sophomore Will Jarvis before locking up a cradle and recording a pin in the second period.

"We knew that was a swing match," Porta said. "We knew if we won it if could likely swing the match our way for good. Brad has worked so hard since coming in as a freshman, and it was great to see him shine."

At 138, senior Justin Valerio hit a reversal at the buzzer in the third period to force overtime against Roddy Rupp, and scored the winning takedown in overtime for a 6-4 victory.

The Blue Devils can clinch the division title with wins over Keyport and Keansburg in matches they will be heavily favored to win.

"We asked the boys to have some blind faith that if each guy did their job we could come out victorious," Porta said. "We told them to believe the guy before them and the guy after them would do their jobs."

"They bought into it big time, and the seniors were key in motivating the team. Of our six seniors, five of them won (Alex Johnson lost  8-2 to Giancarlo Crivelli at 160 pounds. Johnson is 12-2 and is Shore's regular 145-pounder). We have an amazing group of seniors who were able to rise to the occasion. They wanted this bad enough, and they got it done."

Senior Darius Gevas improved to 11-1 with a decision victory at 195 pounds, while junior Austin Cannon moved to 6-0 win a pin at 182 pounds in the second bout of the match. Valerio won his 12th bout, and Smuro and Biagi picked up their 10th wins.

Crivelli won his team-best 12th bout and senior John Finnerty moved to 11-1 with a pin at 145 pounds.

 

CLASS B SOUTH

Jackson Liberty 30, No. 9 Point Boro 29

Chris Pondish won by fall over Dom Infante at 220 pounds in a bout that swung the tide and helped the Lions (8-2, 5-0) complete a stunning comeback in the defacto division championship match.

Pondish (14-2) pinned Infante (11-1) in 1:58 in the third-to-last bout to bring Liberty to within 26-24. At heavyweight, Jared DiZenzo (15-0) won by fall in 3:32 to give the Lions a 30-26 lead. Josh Bollard avoided giving up bonus points in the final bout at 106 pounds, falling 7-2 to Ben Sabo to give the Lions a scintillating one-point victory.

Liberty is now in line to win its second straight Class B South division title and third in the last four seasons. The Lions still need to secure wins over Central and Barnegat to clinch the title.

The teams split the bouts 7-7 and Point Boro had more wins with bonus points (4-3), but pins by Tyler Kalmowitz (16-1) at 170 and Pondish and DiZenzo made the difference. Jeremy Bollard improved to 14-3 with a win at 160 and Nick Pellegrino moved to 13-2 with win at 120 pounds. Jerald Goodman won his 12th bout with a win at 195 pounds.

Freshman Spencer Robinson won by major decision at 126 pounds to improve to 10-3 for Point Boro.

 

Central 36, Manchester 34

Senior Blaise Pisano picked up his team-leading ninth win with a clutch pin at heavyweight to propel the Golden Eagles (3-4, 3-0) to a victory over the Hawks (5-3, 1-3).

Will Farparan won his team-leading 13th bout for Manchester, while Chris Rodriguez improved to 11-3 an Christian Carney moved to 10-3.

 

Lakewood 42, Donovan Catholic 20

Marco Quintero won by technical fall at 170 pounds to improve to 13-2 and lead the Piners (2-9, 1-3) past the Griffins (2-7, 0-3).

Christiaan Dailey won his 13th bout of the season for Donovan Catholic.

 

Pinelands 51, Barnegat 22

The Wildcats (1-2, 1-2) won 10 bouts, including the first seven of the match, to double up the Bengals (1-3, 0-2).

Pinelands sophomore Brennan Richardson won by fall at 138 pounds for his team-leading 10th victory, while senior Kyle Mattina and junior Chris Nielsen also won by fall to pick up their ninth wins.

Sophomore Sean Foley won by fall at 106 for Barnegat to improve to 9-2.

 

NONDIVISIONAL

No. 7 Long Branch 37, No. 8 Raritan 24

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Chris Dean defeated Christian Sookdeo 6-3 at 113 pounds in a matchup of standout sophomores to help the Green Wave (6-1) win nine bouts against the Rockets (9-2) for an impressive win against a fellow ranked team.

Senior heavyweight John Tomlinson made his season debut and won by fall. He followed Joey Jasio's pin at 220 pounds to give Long Branch a commanding 31-12 lead. Jasio improved to 11-1, as did senior Lamont Reid with a major decision at 182 pounds and senior T.J. Conlon with a decision at 126. Danny Mullan won by fall at 152 pounds for his 10th win, and Mike Shohet won by decision at 170 for his 10th win.

Sophomore Russell Benson won by fall at 126 pounds to improve his team-best record to 16-1 for Raritan. Senior Nick Bohal also won by fall at 160 pounds to bring his record to 15-2. Charles Barralle (106), A.J. Erven (120) and Anthony Aquilano (138) each won their 13th bouts of the season.

 

Monmouth 36, Keansburg 30

The Falcons (3-4) won seven of the 13 contested bouts, including a crucial pin by Eli Velez at 138 pounds, in a win over the Titans (3-4).

Freshman George Burdick won by fall at 170 pounds to improve to 11-1 for Keansburg, and senior Dan Bauman moved to 9-1 with a pin at 220 pounds.