Vote for the Big Frog of Monmouth Wrestler of the Week, SCT Edition
The inaugural Shore Conference Individual Wrestling Championships took place over the weekend and brought the top area wrestlers under one roof to determine conference supremacy. There were plenty of great matchups and surprising results along the way as the first set of 14 SCT champions were crowned.
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 Thursday right here on ShoreSportsNetwork.com. Voting will end Wednesday at midnight.
Scroll down to see the candidates and make your selection. If you'd like to vote more than once, just wait one hour and come back.
In case you're wondering why certain wrestlers were not nominated, the rules are one wrestler per team and no nominations for previous winners.
Wrestler of the Week nominees
*All records and results through Jan. 28*
Hunter Gutierrez, Jr., 113, Lacey
Gutierrez felt slighted by being seeded No. 5 in the SCT and he took out his frustrations on the field by cruising to the 113-pound SCT title with four bonus-point victories. Gutierrez, who finished fifth at the state tournament at 106 pounds last season, won by 8-0 major decision over Long Branch state qualifier Ryan Zimmerman in the final, pinned Point Boro's Ben Sabo in one minute in the semifinals and pinned Barnegat state qualifier Sean Foley in the quarterfinals to improve to 16-2 on the season.
Rich Koehler, Sr., 120, CBA
A two-time region champion and a state medalist as a freshman, Koehler added to his resume by defeating St. John Vianney sophomore Tyler Pepe, 8-6, to claim the 120-pound SCT championship. Koehler won by fall in his first three bouts of the tournament and is now 17-1 this season.
Kyle Slendorn, Sr., 132, Howell
A returning state runner-up (126), Slendorn captured the 132-pound SCT title with a 4-2 victory over Raritan state qualifier Russell Benson. He won by fall in his three bouts leading up to the final and also secured the 141st win of his career to pass Zac Cunliffe (139) and become Howell's all-time wins leader. Slendorn has a decent chance to break the all-time Shore Conference wins record of 158 held by Raritan's Dan Seidenberg. Slendorn has yet to taste defeat this season and holds a 25-0 record.
Jake Benner, Sr., 138, Ocean
Aside from a brief test by Donovan Catholic's Cristiaan Dailey in the semifinals, Benner cruised to the 138-pound SCT title with two pins and two major decisions. After defeating Dailey, 10-2, in the semifinals, he shut down Howell's Dan Esposito in the final with a 12-0 victory. Benner, the reigning 138-pound state champion, is now 23-1 on the season and tied with Zac Coulas for third on Ocean's all-time wins list with 130 career victories.
Cole Corrigan, Sr., 152, Toms River South
Corrigan was untested in his run to the 152-pound SCT championship with a technical fall over Long Branch's Luke Arnold in the quarterfinals, a 9-2 victory over Point Boro state qualifier Francis Marshall in the semifinals and a 7-1 win over Middletown North state qualifier Stanley Wojdylak in the final. Corrigan is now 24-0 this season.
Rob Kanniard, Jr., 160, Wall
Kanniard was dominant in winning the 160-pound Shore Conference crown while also picking up his 100th career victory. The fourth-place finisher in the state at 152 pounds last season who is currently ranked No. 2 in the state and among the top 20 in the U.S., Kanniard had two first-period pins, a technical fall and finally a pin over Raritan’s Anthony Aquilano in the championship bout. Kanniard is 28-0 this season.
Nicko Cofone, Sr., 182, Middletown North
Cofone used a second-period escape and a rideout in the third period to top Howell state qualifier Christian Murphy, 1-0, and win the 182-pound SCT title. A top-12 finisher at the state tournament last season, Cofone won by fall in the quarterfinals and topped Raritan’s George Burdick, 8-4, in the semifinals to improve to 28-2 this season.
Pete Wersinger, Sr., 195, Long Branch
Wersinger came out on top in a balanced 195-pound weight class via a 5-3 victory over Freehold Township state qualifier Eric Quartey to take the SCT title. Wersinger edged Point Boro’s Billy Borowsky, 4-3, in the semifinals and won by fall and technical fall, respectively, in his first two bouts. Wersinger his 23-3 this season.
Steven Giannios, Sr., 220, St. John Vianney
Giannios claimed the 220-pound SCT championship in one of the most exciting bouts of the finals, defeating Donovan Catholic state qualifier Sal DiSalvo, 4-2, in sudden victory. He also defeated CBA state qualifier Cameron DiGiorgio, 5-3, in the semifinals and won by fall and technical fall, respectively, in his first two bouts to improve to 23-3 this season.