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The Shore Sports Network is back with our Wrestler of the Week feature for the 2023-2024 season, presented by Thrive Spine & Sports Rehab.

Each week, we will post the nominees for fans to vote and select one overall Shore Conference Wrestler of the Week. The nominees can include both boys and girls wrestlers. The poll will close Friday at 10 p.m.

The Shore Sports Network will also make its selections for overall conference wrestler of the week along with county selections from Monmouth County and Ocean County.

Here are the nominees for the week of Feb. 5 through Feb. 11.


Shore Conference Wrestler of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order)

Bradford Birch, Sr., 190, Southern

Birch went 5-0 during the week to help lead Southern to its second straight NJSIAA Group 5 championship. Birch won by fall in four of five bouts, including a key third-period pin over Phillipsburg's Derek Stone in the opening bout of the Group 5 state final.


Ryan Buchanan, Sr., Hwt, St. John Vianney

Buchanan never intended to wrestle this season, instead electing to rehab from a shoulder injury suffered during football season while preparing for his college football career. His teammates coaxed him back, however, and he ended up playing a major role in the Lancers securing the NJSIAA Non-Pubilc B state title. Buchanan went 3-0 during the Lancers' state title run, including a key pin three bouts into a 33-24 win over Camden Catholic in the state final to give SJV its first state crown since 1995.


Killian Coluccio, Fr., 106, CBA

Coluccio delivered a walk-off pin in the Colts' 34-29 win over Don Bosco Prep in the NJSIAA Non-Public A quarterfinals and then defeated Delbarton standout freshman Cameron Stontz, 8-5, during CBA's state semifinal loss to eventual champion Delbarton. Sontz was ranked No. 4 in the nation and Coluccio ranked No. 12 entering the match.


Marily Dominguez, Jr., 132, Lakewood

The Piners have risen to the No. 1 ranking in the state among girls wrestling programs and Dominguez has been one of their standouts. She helped lead Lakewood to the championship at the Kingsway Duals by going 4-0 with four pins in wins over Pennsauken, Pemberton, Kingsway, and Morris Hills.


William Huchko, So., 106, Jackson Liberty

Huchko's win by fall in the final bout of the match catapulted Jackson Liberty to a 40-35 win over Jackson Memorial to give the Lions their first win over the Jaguars in program history.


Tanner Hynes, Jr., 190, Point Boro

Hynes had two key pins during the first two rounds of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 2 tournament to send the Panthers to the sectional final where they fell to eventual Group 2 champion Rumson-Fair Haven. His win by fall during Point Boro's win over Holmdel helped the Panthers rally from a 21-0 deficit. He then won by fall in a key bout vs. Raritan in the section semifinals.


Cole Pangborn, Jr., 150, Rumson-Fair Haven

Pangborn returned from a collarbone injury sustained in the Group 2 football state final to rejoin the Bulldogs lineup just in time for a historic postseason run. Pangborn won by fall in all five state tournament matches as Rumson rolled to its first NJSIAA state championship in program history. The Bulldogs walloped Jefferson, 60-15, to win the Group 2 state title.


Ben Szuba, Jr., 215, Brick Memorial

The Mustangs' regular-season wins leader (28) went 4-0 with three pins during Brick Memorial's run to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 4 sectional title, the 18th in program history. Among Szuba's victories was a 6-0 win over Mount Olive standout Tyler Cumming during the Group 4 semifinals and a 53-second pin over Colts Neck region medalist Amir Shakhnavazov in the sectional final.






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