TOURNAMENTS

Walter Woods Tournament

Point Boro won the team title with two champions, two second-place finishers and two third-place finishers, and Jackson Liberty senior Josh Bollard and Toms River South senior Cole Corrigan were each selected as Outstanding Wrestler.

Seniors Ben Sabo at 113 pounds and Anthony Bonavito at heavyweight placed first for the Panthers while Francis Marshall and Gabe Fattizzi finished second at 160 and 220, respectively. Ryan Sansone took third at 170 and Billy Borowsky took third at 195. Sabo defeated Monroe's Nick Depalma, 6-3, in the 113 final and Bonavito topped Middletown South's Adam Markman, 5-2, in a matchup of two of the Shore's top heavyweights.

Point Boro finished with 123 points while second-place Manalapan had 93.5 and Robbinsville was third with 91.5.

Bollard defeated Watchung HIlls' Danny Miller, 7-2, to win the 126 pounds title and was selected as the OW for the lower weights (106-145). Bollard won 10-4 over Robbinsville's Ryan Kanner in the semifinals and pinned Monroe's Cory Fernandez in the quarterfinals. Bollard was a state qualifier last season.

Corrigan, a state medalist in 2016 and a Region 7 champion last season, pinned Marshall in 1:29 to capture the 152-pound title and claim OW for the upper weights (152-HWT). Corrigan won by fall in three of his four bouts and won by major decision in the other.

Freehold Township's Eric Quartey won the 195-pound title with overtime wins in both the semifinals and championship bout. He edged Borowsky, 3-2 in ultimate tiebreaker, in the semifinals and outlasted Holy Spirit's Michael Waszen, a state qualifier last season, 2-1 in double overtime to take the title.

Manalapan's A.J. Sortino took the 120-pound championship with an 8-1 win over Holy Spirit's Dom Sacco. At 138 pounds, Toms River South's Riley Cheong came from the No. 4 seed to take down Monroe's Andy Lombard, the No. 3 seed, 4-2, in the final. Jackson Memorial's Dave Lemay scored a takedown in sudden victory to defeat Fattizzi, 3-1, in the 220-pound final.

 

Holmdel Holiday Tournament

Shore finished second and had three champions crowned, Rumson was fourth with a tournament-high four individual champions and Holmdel's Scott Dupont won a marquee matchup with Donovan Catholic's Conor Panzarella to be named Outstanding Wrestler.

Dupont, a state qualifier last season, pinned Panzarella 31 seconds into the third period to win the 160-pound title and finish off a tournament where he won all three of his bouts by fall.

Jack Maida at 106, Al Desantis at 132 and Jarrett Weir at 152 each won titles for Shore. Maida defeated Holmdel's Nick Ammirati, 3-2, in the 106-pound final and had a pin and a major decision in his first two bouts. Desantis pinned Holmdel's Tom Ammirati in 1:40 to take the 132-pound title and Weir pilled up 22 points en route to defeating Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Mikey Ramos by 22-8 technical fall in the 152-pound final.

The Rumson quartet of Max Brignola, Mike Ponenti, Nick Addison and Liam Horan had a strong showing to finish first in their respective weight classes. Brignola defeated Keyport's Jaleel Gopaul, who was a two-time district medalist at Matawan, 3-2 in the semifinals before winning by 13-1 major decision over Freehold's Dylan Ryan in the 126-pound final. Ponenti bested J.P. Stevens' Nico Vargas, 10-4, to win the 138-pound title and Addison cruised to the 170-pound title with a tech fall and two pins. Horan defeated Holmdel's Johnny O'Beirne, 5-1, to win the 182-pound bracket.

Freehold's Nico Messina, a state qualifier last season, by won by 16-6 major decision over Scotch Plains' Justin Sidebottom to take the 120-pound title.

Donovan Catholic finished fifth on the strength of individual championships from Christiaan Dailey, Cael Rankin and Sal DiSalvo. Dailey clipped Scotch Plains' Jack Cannon, 1-0, to win the 145-pound title. Rankin topped Shore's Matt Klemser, 5-2, in the 113-pound final and DiSalvo pinned Monmouth's Ricky Voss in 3:04 to take the 220-pound crown.

Red Bank Catholic's John Columbia finished second at 195 pounds, losing 13-1 to returning state finalist Sam Wustefeld of Scotch Plains.

 

Collingswood Tournament

Luke Gauthier and Vincent Cegile won individual titles, Luke Moynihan finished seocnd and Jackson Brandt and Quint Kearns were third to help Lacey finished third in the team standings.

 

East Brunswick Bear Invitational

Kamrin O'Neil and Daniel Higuita each placed third to help Matawan finish ninth in the team standings. O'Neil won by fall in 5:15 over South River's Isaac Cruz to take third at 113 pounds and Higuita edged Spotswood's Connor Platt, 8-7, to finish third at 152.

 

Overbrook Holiday Tournament

Sean Foley, Michael DiPianta and Charlie Cotton each won individual titles to lead Barnegat to a third-place finish in the six-team field.

Foley, a state qualifier last season, defeated Mainland's Billy Rodgers, 6-0, to win the 120-pound bracket. DiPianta beat Hammonton's Santino Pontarelli, 8-6, to win at 126 pounds. Cotton nipped Winslow's Rashad Gayle, 4-3, in the 182-pound final.

Mason Bayer (138), Juan Abraham (195), Peter Jennings (220) and Steve Pitiak (Hwt) each placed third for the Bengals.

 

Patriot Invitational

Finn Smith, Sam Goldzweig and Edison Quesada won individual titles to lead Red Bank to a second-place finish. Luke Devine and Vincent DeLorenzi each placed second and Ray Elcano was third.

 

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