Saturday Wrestling Scoreboard, 1/13/18
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Rumson-Fair Haven's Michael Ponenti (138), Jack Kelly (145) and Nick Addison (170), Shore's Jack Maida (106) and Matt Klemser (113), Keyport's Jaleel Gopaul (126), Red Bank's Sam Goldweig (152) and Pinelands' Jacob Mena (160) each won individual titles while Shore finished second and Rumson third in the team standings.
Gopaul, a returning Region 5 sixth-place finisher, defeated Rumson freshman Max Brignola, 9-6, to capture the 126-pound title. Brignola (14-2) defeated Shore returning state qualifier Al Desantis (14-2), 6-4, in the semifinals.
Rumson sophomore Michael Ponenti improved to 11-1 by beating Shore's Michael McGhee, 5-3, in the semifinals and defeating Lakewood's Japhet Campolio, 3-2, in the 138-pound final. Rumson freshman Jack Kelly beat the No. 2 seed, the No. 3 seed and the No. 1 seed in succession to win at 145 pounds. He won by 8-0 major decision over Shore's Jarrett Weir in the final. Addison remained undefeated by pinning his way to the 170-pound championship.
SAM CALI BATTLE FOR THE BELT
St. John Vianney sits in first in the team standings while 11 Shore Conference wrestlers reached the semifinals on the first day of the Sam Cali Memorial Invitational.
Freshman Dean Peterson (106), sophomore Tyler Pepe (120), junior Paul Liseno (Hwt) and seniors Nick Caracappa (170) and Steven Giannios (220) advanced to the semifnials to help the Lancers hold a 7.5 point lead on Don Bosco Prep after the first three rounds.
Middletown North sits in third place with 78 points, 2.5 behind Don Bosco Prep and 10 behind St. John Vianney. Sophomore's Thomas O'Keefe (106) and Tyler Klinksy (113) along with seniors Stanley Wojdylak (152) and Nicko Cofone (182) advanced to the semifinals.
Toms River East freshman Michael Conklin (120) and Jackson Memorial junior Vinnie Scollo (106) also reached the semifinals.
Peterson, the No. 2 seed, won by fall in both of his bouts and will face Scollo in the semifinals. Scollo, the No. 5 seed, won by 9-3 decision over Seton Hall Prep's Larry Melchionda in the quarterfinals. The No. 1 seed at 106 is Don Bosco Prep sophomore Justin Bierdumpfel, who was seventh in the state tournament last season. O'Keefe knocked off No. 3 seed Patrick Adams of St. Peter's Prep, 2-0, in the quarterfinals and will face Bierdumpfel in the semifinals.
Klinsy, the No. 4 seed at 113, scored a 3-2 decision over West Morris's Michael Caso and will meet Fair Lawn sophomore Dylan Cedeno in the semifinals. Both Klinsky and Cedeno were state qualiiers last season.
At 120, Pepe, a returning state qualifier, defeated Cherokee's Cooper Pontelandolfo, 4-3, to reach the semifinals where he will face the No. 1 seed, Montville's Brandon Teresa. Conklin continued his outstanding freshman season by besting Middletown North's Fred Luchs, a returning state qualifier, 2-0, in the round of 16 before scoring a 12-4 major decision over Bishop Hendricken's (RI) Nathan Williams. Conlkin will square off against the No. 2 seed, Mendham's Dom DiGena, in the semifinals.
Wojdylak won by fall in both of his bouts, including pinning St. Joseph's Jack Farinaro in 1:35 to reach the 152-pound semifinals. Wojdylak, a state qualifier last season, will take on Bishop Hendricken's Devin Rivet.
The No. 5 seed at 170, Caracappa edged West Morris's Marco Gaita, 3-2, to reach the semifinals where he will take on the top seed, Tyler Delorenzo from East Stroudsburg South (Pa.). Caracappa and Gaita were both state qualifiers who came within one win of a state medal last season.
Cofone, a returning state qualifier who finished one win from a medal, is the top seed at 182 pounds and rolled into the semifinals with a technical fall and a 28-second pin. He will face West Orange's Sebastian Rawls.
Also a returning state qualifier, Giannios won by 6-2 decision over Garfield's Michael Filieri and advances to meet Montville's Liridon Leka in the semifinals. Leka was also a state qualifier last season who finished one win shy of a state medal.
Liseno roared into the heavyweight semifinals with a pair of first-period pins and will take on St. Joseph's Brian Sidle in the semifinals.
CLASS A SOUTH
COLTS NECK TRI
Point Boro 51, Allentown 18
Jovani Velezquez-Ruiz won by fall in the final bout to clinch the win for the Cougars.
Holmdel senior Scott Dupont went 2-0 to become the Hornets' all-time wins leader with 122 and counting. He broke the previous record of 121 set by Troy Gallo from 2014 through 2017.
Barnegat 54, Monmouth 21
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP QUAD
MORRIS KNOLLS QUAD
Wall senior Jack Kelly picked up his 100th career win to become the 10th wrestler in Wall's program history to reach the century mark.
Lacey senior Luke Gauthier recorded his 100th career victory to become the sixth wrestler in program history to reach 100 wins.
OLD BRIDGE QUAD
No. 6 Long Branch, Livingston, Lyndhurst at Kearny, 9 a.m.