Vote for the Big Frog of Monmouth Wrestler of the Week for Jan. 8-Jan. 14
There were plenty of standout individual performances over the past week with big tournament wins, clutch victories in dual meets and career milestones being reached.
Now it’s time to get your vote in for who had the top performance in the Shore to choose the Big Frog Wrestler of the Week. The winner will be announced on Wednesday right here on ShoreSportsNetwork.com. Voting will end Tuesday at midnight.
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Wrestler of the Week nominees
*All records and results through Jan. 14*
Ty Bailey, So., 138, Point Boro
Bailey went 5-0 during the week with two pins, a major decision, a forfeit and a big 8-4 decision over Lacey state qualifier Luke Moynihan that helped the Panthers to a 35-16 win that put a stranglehold on the Class B South division title race. Bailey is 16-4 on the season.
Nick Caracappa, Sr., 170, St. John Vianney
Caracappa won the 170-pound title at the Sam Cali Memorial Invitational, coming from the No. 5 seed and taking down three state qualifiers in the process. He defeated West Morris's Marco Gaita, 3-2, in the quarterfinals, bested the top seed, Tyler Delorenzo, a Pennsylvania state qualifier from East Stroudsburg South, 3-2, and then won a high-scoring matchup with St. Joseph's (Montvale) Joe Napoleone, 17-10. Caracappa also won by fall in a victory over Matawan and is 15-1 on the season.
Scott Dupont, Sr., 160, Holmdel
Dupont is nominated for the third straight week after going 3-0 with three pins, including a walk-off win by fall in a 41-36 victory over Barnegat that set Holmdel's career wins record at 122. Dupont is 18-1 this season.
Dan Esposito, Sr., 145, Howell
Esposito went 5-0 with a pin, a forfeit, two major decisions and a 4-3 win in ultimate tiebreaker over fellow state qualifier Alex Baran of Manalapan. Esposito is 14-1 this season for the top-ranked Rebels.
Luke Gauthier, Sr., 145, Lacey
Gauthier became the sixth wrestler in Lacey program history to reach 100 career wins, doing so with a win by forfeit and a 6-4 decision over Oakcrest's Reece Kreischer. Gauthier also defeated Point Boro's Spencer Robinson, 8-1, in a matchup of state qualifiers and recorded a technical fall in Lacey's win over Jackson Liberty. Gauthier is 15-0 this season.
Jaleel Gopaul, Sr., 126, Keyport
Gopaul captured the 126-pound title at the Buc Classic and defeated Rumson standout freshman Max Brignola, who was the No. 1 seed, 9-6 in the championship bout. Gopaul also won by fall in a match against Lakewood to complete a 4-0 week. He is 13-1 this season.
Jack Kelly, Fr., 145, Rumson-Fair Haven
Kelly made a tremendous run to the Buc Classic 145-pound title, coming from the No. 7 seed to take the championship. He defeated the No. 2 seed, Carteret's Muavia Ashan, 8-5, then topped No. 3 seed Alexander Angeles of North Brunswick, with a 10-0 major decision. He finished off the tournament with an 8-0 major decision over the No. 1 seed, Shore's Jarrett Weir.
Jack Kelly, Sr., 145, Wall
Kelly became the 10th Wall wrestler to reach 100 career wins as he went 3-1 on the week. He won by 6-4 decision over fellow state qualifier Frank Gabriele of Verona and won by major decision against Morris Knolls. His lone defeat came to returning state champion Jake Benner, 4-2. Kelly is 20-1 this season.
Ben LoParo, So., 182, Southern
In just his second bout of the year, LoParo took it to Jackson Memorial region qualifier Kyle Epperly with a surprising 9-3 decision that was part of a 47-7 wipeout for the Rams to take control of Class A South.
Ethan Wolf, Sr., 220, Raritan
Wolf bumped up and took down one of the Shore's best heavyweights, Long Branch's Kevin Cerruti, 4-1, to secure a critical victory that helped Raritan edge the Green Wave, 27-26. He went 3-0 during the week and is a perfect 17-0 this season.
Dyon Womack, Sr., 132, Colts Neck
Womack picked up right where he left off last week and remains on a tear with a 3-0 week that included a 3-1 overtime win over Howell state qualifier Luke Rada. After starting the season 5-5 Womack has won six straight bouts with some huge wins along the way.