VOTE for the Elite Sports PT Week 3 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 Friday right here on ShoreSportsNetwork.com. Voting will end Thursday at midnight.
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Week 3 Wrestler of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order)
Jayla Hahn, So., Lakewood
Hahn repeated as a region champion when she captured the 143-pound title at the NJSIAA South Region Tournament. She defeated Kingsway’s Alexa Firestone, 9-2, in the championship bout and won by fall over Jackson Memorial’s Kamila Bieszczad in the semifinals.
Paul Jakub, Sr., Howell
Jakub reached the 100-career win milestone with a 7-4 victory over Middletown South’s Owen Fitzgerald and also defeated Freehold Township’s Avery Clarke, 8-3, in a matchup of state qualifiers.
Jessi Johnson, Sr., Manalapan
The standard-bearer for Shore Conference girls wrestling added another accolade to her resume by cruising to the 161-pound NJSIAA South Region title. She wrestled for a total of 2:30 in her two bouts, winning by fall over Jackson Memorial’s Jordyn Katz in the championship bout. It is the second region title for Johnson, who is committed to Lock Haven. She will try to become a three-time state champion on Saturday at the NJSIAA Championships.
Mia Lazaurs, Sr., Raritan
Lazaurs won her second region crown by winning the 215-pound bracket at the NJSIAA South Region Tournament. She was the No. 1 seed and pinned Jackson Memorial’s Alexsandra Bieszczad in 47 seconds in the final. Lazaurs was a region champion and a state finalist in 2019.
Sam Nini, Sr., Christian Brothers Academy
CBA clinched the Class A North division title for its first division championship in program history, and in the title-clinching victory over Middletown South, Nini produced a key victory when he defeated David Hussey, 4-2, in a matchup of returning state qualifiers.
Kamrin O'Neill, Sr., Matawan
O’Neill won by fall over Manasquan’s Jake Edwards to become the fifth wrestler in program history to reach 100 career wins. He has since added three more wins and is a perfect 9-0 this season.
Abigail Stanberry, Jr., Jackson Memorial
Stanberry came from the No. 3 seed to win the NJSIAA South Region 151-pound title, taking out the No. 2 and No. 1 seeds in the process. She won by fall over the No. 6 seed, Palmyra sophomore Erika Samiento, in the quarterfinals before pinning second-seeded Rachel Forsman of Eastern in 4:30. In the championship bout, Stanberry built a 15-4 lead before pinning Kingsway's Katherine Bott in the third period.
David Szuba, Sr., Brick Memorial
Szuba squared off against Toms River North senior John O’Donnell in a matchup between the top two heavyweights in the Shore and the No. 2 and No. 3-ranked heavyweights in the state, and it was Szuba who emerged with a win by fall to continue his dominant season. Szuba was winning 2-0 entering the third period when he stopped a Granby Roll attempt by O’Donnell and pinned him early in the third. Szuba, who is signed to Rider University, is 8-0 with seven wins by fall and one forfeit.
Cade Torres, Sr., Shore
After an injury-shorted junior season, Torres has been superb for the Blue Devils at heavyweight. He was 4-0 during the third week of the season, highlighted by a 5-2 decision over Freehold Township’s Antonio Martinez and a 1-0 win over Pinelands’ Mateo Mena.
Ford Zajac, Jr., Colts Neck
Zajac came through with two huge wins by fall during the week, one that gave Colts Neck a major boost in a solid team victory and another that was a major individual triumph. Zajac pinned Lacey’s Matt Coon in a bout he was trailing to help the Cougars to a 39-32 win over the Lions. Then, in a win over Wall that clinched the Class B North division title, Zajac pinned Wall’s Brendan Newbury, a returning state qualifier, to run his record to 9-0.
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