Shore Sports Network Wrestler of the Week

Jesse Bauta, Sr., 220, Southern

Southern's Jesse Bauta, shown in a match with Howell earlier this season, is the Shore Sports Network Wrestler of the Week. (Photo by Cliff Lavelle).

 

Bauta bumped up to heavyweight and defeated Brick Memorial standout freshman Nick Rivera, 10-7, to help give Southern, ranked No. 2 at the time, a 25-22 win over the No. 1 Mustangs last Thursday. Southern had a 22-19 lead with two bouts left, and Bauta's victory over Rivera, who entered the bout 9-1, clinched the match for the Rams. Brick Memorial had won the last three meetings between the teams, including a 34-27 victory in last season's NJSIAA Group IV final. Bauta is 15-4 this season and ranked fifth at 220 pounds by theshoreconference.com.

 

Divisional Wrestlers of the Week

Class A North

Joey Schultz, Sr., 170, Howell: Schultz defeated Middletown South's Kevin Fisher, 10-5, to secure his 100th career victory. He went 3-0 during the week, including an 8-6 decision over Phillipsburg's Broderick Bupivi. Schultz is the ninth wrestler in Howell history to reach 100 wins and is 21-0 this season.

 

Class A Central

Marcus Iwama, Jr., 132, Rumson-Fair Haven: Iwama, the District 22 runner-up and Region VI third-place finisher at 126 pounds last season, defeated Raritan's Dylan Seidenberg, the District 22 runner-up at 120 pounds, 9-5 in a dual with the Rockets for his 14th straight win. Iwama is 15-2 this season.

 

Class A South (Beside Bauta)

Alec Donovan, Jr., 145, Brick Memorial: Donovan, a two-time District 23 champion and the third-place finisher in the Region VI tournament at 138 pounds last season, defeated Southern's Zach Wilhelm, a two-time District 24 champion and a state medalist in 2011, 4-2, with a third-period spladle that erased a 2-1 deficit. Donovan is 16-0 this season.

 

Class B North

Connor Mullan, Sr., 182, Long Branch: Mullan went 4-0 with two pins, a major decision and a decision to help the Green Wave capture the title at the Jack Welch Duals at Moorestown High School. In the final, Long Branch defeated Hunterdon Central, 30-20, and Mullan delivered an 11-3 major decision over Dave Furmato at 182 pounds. Mullan is 16-4 this season.

 

Class B Central

Tore Capriglione, Sr., 145, Point Beach: Capriglione defeated Shore's Sam Koenig, a two-time District 23 third-place finisher, 5-3, to help the Garnet Gulls defeat the Blue Devils, 39-15, to clinch at least a share of the division title. Capriglione is 16-1 this season.

 

Class B South

Mike Russo, Jr., 120, Jackson Liberty: Russo, a two-time District 21 champ and the Region VI 106-pound champion and fourth-place finisher in the state tournament last season, went 4-0 during the week with two pins and decision victories over Toms River East's Yoseph Borai and Freehold Township's Nick DePierro, the latter of whom was a state qualifier last season. Russo is 21-0 this season.

 

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