VOTE for the Elite Sports PT Week 2 Shore Conference (NJ) Wrestler of the Week
Wrestling is back, and so is the Shore Sports Network Wrestler of the Week poll.
It’s time to get your vote in for who had the best showing in the Shore Conference this week to choose the Elite Sports Physical Therapy Wrestler of the Week. The winner will be announced on Thursday right here on ShoreSportsNetwork.com. Voting will end Wednesday at midnight.
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Week 2 Wrestler of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order)
Cole Anderson, Jr., Toms River North
Anderson went 4-0 during the week to remain undefeated and secured two big victories in the process. First, he won 4-3 over Jackson Memorial freshman Kael Huxford to help the Mariners to a 35-29 victory over the rival Jaguars. Later in the week, he won by 6-0 decision over Pascack Hills’ Patrick Cahill, who was a district runner-up last season.
Paul Jakub, Sr., Howell
Jakub was 2-0 for the week, headlined by a 5-2 win over CBA sophomore Tyler Barrett, who was a region champion last season. Jakub hit a four-point move in the third period of a 1-1 bout. Jakub also won by major decision over Jackson Memorial’s Nick White, who is a returning district champion.
Stephen Jennings, Sr., Southern
Jennings picked up a signature victory when he won by a 4-2 decision over South Plainfield’s Thomas Renna, who was the state seventh-place finisher at 195 pounds last season. Jennings was 4-0 for the week with two wins by fall and a key 3-0 decision over Brick Memorial’s Ruben Lizardi to help the Rams defeat the Mustangs in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 Class A South battle.
Mateo Mena, Jr., Pinelands
Mena won by 4-2 decision over No. 8-ranked heavyweight Justice Wilson of Manchester for a key victory that helped him jump into the SSN rankings. Mena was 3-0 for the week with two wins by fall, including a walk-off pin vs. Lakewood.
Michael Poniros, Fr., Ocean
Poniros was 2-1 for the week but it was the circumstances of his win by fall over Rumson-Fair Haven’s Tyler Izzo that land him on the list of nominees. With Ocean trailing by two in the penultimate bout, Poniros fought off his back and then scored a reversal to put Izzo to his back before winning by fall with 10 seconds left in the first period, helping the Spartans rally from a 28-0 deficit for a huge,39-32 Class A Central victory.
Michael Angelo Santiago, Sr., Lacey
Santiago entered the season with just four varsity wins but had a huge week to help Lacey take control of the Class B South division. He rallied for a 12-9 win over Point Boro’s Connor Robinson at 160 pounds to help the Lions defeat the Panthers and snap a four-match losing streak to their division rival. He then won by 7-5 decision over Jackson Liberty’s Steven Schmitz, who was ranked No. 10 at 160 and was a district medalist last season. Santiago also won by fall in a win over Donovan Catholic to complete a 3-0 week.
Hudson Skove, Fr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Skove was not undefeated for the week as he lost by major decision to Seton Hall Prep state qualifier Jack Wilt at 220 pounds, but down at 195 where he weighs in, Skove secured a signature win when he scored a 5-2 victory over Kingsway’s Kevin Pandorf, who was 8th in the state at 182 pounds last season. Skove also won by fall over Ocean’s Mateo Chavarriaga and is 4-1 on the season.
Nick Torre, Sr., Brick Memorial
Torre did suffer a loss up a weight vs. Southern’s Matt Brielmeier at 138 pounds, but down at his regular 132-pound spot, he scored a 6-1 decision over Jackson Memorial senior Luke Temple, a returning state qualifier. He also won by fall in a win over Toms River South to continue his strong start to the season.
Ford Zajac, Jr., Colts Neck
Zajac, ranked No. 8 at 182 pounds, defeated No. 2 Jack Friedman of Long Branch, 7-1, to highlight a 2-0 week. Zajack is 6-0 on the season with three wins by fall.
Jack Zaleski, So., Middletown South
The returning state fifth-place finisher at 106 pounds had another dominant week that included a first-period pin of Williamstown’s John Hildebrandt, who was a top-12 finisher at 106 last season. Zaleski is 5-0 for the season and has won all three of his contested bouts by fall in the first period.