VOTE for the Week 4 Elite Sports Physical Therapy Shore Conference Wrestler of the Week
This wrestling season, the Shore Sports Network has once again partnered with Elite Sports Physical Therapy to present our weekly Wrestler of the Week feature.
Each Monday, a poll will go up with nominees for the SSN Wrestler of the Week and the poll will run through Thursday at midnight. The winner will be announced on Friday.
Scroll down to see the candidates and make your selection.
Week 4 Wrestler of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order)
Ryan Boyer, Jr., Rumson-Fair Haven
Boyer went 4-0 during the week with the big win being a first-period pin of Brick's Jake DeDreux. Boyer entered the bout ranked No. 8 at 165 in the SSN rankings and DeDreux was ranked No. 4.
Shane Cartagena-Walsh, Sr., Ocean
A returning region medalist, Cartagena-Walsh made his season debut this week and was dominant with five pins and a technical fall to race out to a 6-0 record.
Conor Collins, Jr., Southern
Collins had another big week that included two pins and two major decisions on his way to the 120-pound title at the War on the Shore Tournament, where Southern also captured the team title. In a lopsided win over High Point, Collins won 8-6 over three-time state qualifier Clayton Utter. Collins is 16-0 and ranked No. 1 in the Shore at 120 pounds.
DJ Henry, Jr., Howell
Henry continued his dominant season with six more wins, including a pin and two technical falls. Among his wins were a technical fall over Jackson Memorial's Mike Rauch, a returning region qualifier, and a decision over Lacey's James Circle, also a returning region qualifier.
Braden Kmak, Jr., Raritan
Kmak had a perfect 6-0 week that included a 10-6 victory over Marlboro's Mike Bruno, who was ranked No. 7 at 132 pounds in the SSN rankings. Kmak also had three wins by fall and a major decision to help the Rockets earn wins over Matawan, Old Bridge, Ocean, Marlboro, Jackson Memorial, and Somerville.
Michael O'Connor, Fr., Manasquan
O'Connor's 5-0 week was highlighted by a 6-2 victory over Matawan's Ricky Gomez, who was a state qualifier last season. Gomez was ranked No.1 at 106 pounds in the SSN rankings but weighed in at 113, and bumped up to 120 for the bout. O'Connor handed him his first and only loss of the season thus far. The Warriors freshman is now 11-4.
Cole Stangle, Fr., St. John Vianney
Stangle went 2-0 last week with a 6-2 win over Ocean three-time region qualifier Gio Poniros.
Phil Stolfa, Sr., Red Bank
Stolfa went 6-0 and avenged his only loss of the season when he defeated Shore Regiona's Gabe Scalise, 2-1. Scalise had defeated Stolfa, 3-2, in the Buc Classic finals.
Evan Tallmadge, Sr., Brick Memorial
Tallmadge picked up three more wins during the week, including the 100th victory of his career, as the Mustangs earned wins over Toms River South, Toms River East, Hunterdon Central, Absegami, and Middletown North.
Jack Thompson, Jr., Point Boro
Thompson had a pair of thrilling overtime victories as part of his 3-0 week, headlined by a 3-1 win in sudden victory over Clearview two-time region qualifier Aidan Dick.
Garrett Totten, Sr., CBA
No. 2 Totten won 3-1 over No. 1 Jack Zaleski of Middletown South, 3-1, to help the No. 3 Colts to a 37-24 win over No. 4 Middletown South in a key Class A North match. Totten then finished seventh at the Escape the Rock Tournament, including his 100th career victory.