Big Frog of Monmouth Wrestler of the Week: Long Branch’s Pete Wersinger
Every week this season, Shore Conference wrestling fans will have their chance to vote for the Big Frog of Monmouth Shore Conference Wrestler of the Week on our website.
The winner of the Week 5 (Jan. 22 - Jan. 28) readers' vote for the Shore Conference Wrestler of the Week is Long Branch senior Pete Wersinger, who captured the 195-pound title at the inaugural Shore Conference Individual Championships to become one of 14 SCT champs.
Wersinger was the top seed and came out on top in a balanced field that featured three state qualifiers - himself along with Freehold Township's Eric Quartey and St. John Vianney's Josiah Walker. He won by fall over Point Beach's Liam Buday in 3:07 in the pre-quarterfinals and then won by 17-2 technical fall over Lakewood's Dante Morris in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Wersinger edged Point Boro's Billy Borowsky, 4-3, to reach the championship bout against Quartey. A pair of takedowns was enough for Wersinger to win the battle of state tournament qualifiers, 5-3, and capture the SCT 195-pound championship.
Wersinger is currently 25-3 on the season to give him 92 career victories. Last season he finished third in the NJSIAA District 23 Tournament, third in Region 6 and reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. He is a major reason why Long Branch claimed the outright Class B North division title this season and is the No. 1 seed for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV sectional tournament. The Green Wave are looking to win their sixth sectional title and first since 2013 in a field that includes Shore teams Jackson Memorial, Brick Memorial, Colts Neck and Middletown South.
Wersinger won the fan vote with 50.37 percent of the votes to beat out Lacey's Hunter Gutierrez. Wall's Rob Kanniard had a dominant SCT, including his 100th career win, but was a distant third in the voting.