Big Frog of Monmouth Wrestler of the Week: Manalapan’s Paul Santomarco
Every week this season, Shore Conference wrestling fans will have their chance to vote for the Big Frog Shore Conference Wrestler of the Week on our website.
The winner of the Week 4 (Jan. 15 - Jan. 21) readers' vote for the Shore Conference Wrestler of the Week is Manalapan junior Paul Santomarco, who posted a 3-0 record that included two first-period falls and a win over a state qualifier to help the Braves run their season record to 15-2.
In a match against Bordentown, Santomarco, who was a District 21 champion and fifth in the Region 6 Tournament, scored his best victory of the season when he defeated state qualifier Billy Moore, 8-5, during a 38-27 Manalapan win. His other two wins came so fast that a quick glance away from the mat could have caused you to miss them. He pinned Absegami's Jordan Marcucci in 17 seconds during a 62-14 Manalapan victory and then pinned Lacey's Adam Krinic in 27 seconds to help the Braves to a 42-21 win.
Although it wasn't part of his resume for the voting period, Santomarco continued his strong wrestling with a 5-4 win in double overtime over Ocean's Jack Nies that helped the Braves knock off the 10th-ranked Spartans, 37-23.
Santomarco is 15-7 on the season and seeded No. 9 at 126 pounds for the upcoming Shore Conference Tournament.
Santomarco won the poll with 57.19 percent of the vote to win over St. John Vianney's Paul Liseno and Southern's Nick Pepe.