VOTE for the Week 4 Thrive Spine & Sports Rehab Wrestler of the Week
It’s time to get your vote in for who had the top performance in the Shore Conference this week to choose the Thrive Spine & Sports Rehab Wrestler of the Week. The winner will be announced on Wednesday right here on ShoreSportsNetwork.com. Voting will end Tuesday at midnight.
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Week 4 Wrestler of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order)
Owen Fitzgerald, Jr., 152, Middletown South
Fitzgerald won by major decision in the final bout at 152 pounds to complete Middletown South’s rally from 17 points down with four bouts to go, giving the Eagles a 35-33 win over Marlboro. Fitzgerald was 5-0 on the week with two major decisions and one technical fall to improve to 10-3.
Tyler Klinsky, Sr., 113, Middletown North
Klinsky needed just 15 seconds to win by fall during the Lions; important Class B North victory over Ocean, and the pin was the 134th victory of his career to put him atop Middletown North’s all-time wins list. The returning state finalist is 14-1 on the season.
Nieko Malone, Jr., 126, Howell
Malone has been Mr. Clutch for the Rebels this season and came through with a huge pin in the third-to-last bout to help Howell defeat High Point, 37-36 on criteria, in a battle of top-10 teams in New Jersey. Malone was 4-0 with three pins and one major decision to run his season record to 10-2.
Mike Nakano, Sr., 220, Toms River North
In a matchup of the top two 220-pounders in the Shore, Nakano used a five-point move off a reversal in the second period to beat Jackson Memorial’s Brad Galassi, 5-2, and propel the Mariners to an impressive 40-17 win in a key Class A South match. He also won by fall in 37 seconds in a win over Toms River South and is 13-0 on the season.
Gavin O’Connor, Jr., 170, Point Boro
The Panthers needed some magic against Lacey and O’Connor obliged by scoring a takedown with two seconds left in regulation to win 4-3 at 170 pounds. The victory with five bouts left gave Point Boro the cushion they needed to hold off Lacey, 32-25, and take a major step toward securing a fourth straight Class B South division title. O’Connor went 5-0 during the week to improve to 10-5.
Michael Pavlintez, Sr., 220, Holmdel
Pavlinetz went 4-0 during the week including two crucial victories in wins over Raritan and Lacey. He bumped up to heavyweight and came through with an important decision victory with five bouts left in a 34-30 win over Lacey and won by fall in the final bout to give Holmdel a 34-27 win over border rival Raritan to complete a tri-meet sweep on Saturday.
Tyler Pepe, Sr., 138, Central
Pepe won by fall in just 14 seconds during Central’s win over Shore Regional to record his 100th career victory. Pepe was 4-0 during the week with four pins all coming in under one minute to improve to 13-0.
Zander Silva, Fr., 132, Christian Brothers Academy
Silva’s decision victory in the final bout capped a stunning upset as the young Colts upended fifth-ranked Manalapan, 34-32, for the program’s first signature victory under second-year head coach Billy Ashnault.