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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 5 Wrestler of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order)

Ryan Boyer, Jr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Boyer is nominated for the second week in a row after winning by fall over Colts Neck's Ford Zajac to highlight a 5-0 week. Boyer was ranked No. 6 and Zajac No. 3 in the SSN individual rankings.

 

Vincent DePierro, Jr., Manalapan

DePierro's walk-off pin clinched Manalapan's 33-29 win over Long Branch after the Braves trailed by 25 points. In a 32-31 win over Freehold Township on criteria, DePierro bumped up to 138 pounds and eked out an 11-10 victory for a critical decision.

 

Mason Heck, Sr., Lacey

A 5-0 week for Heck was headlined by a 5-4 win over Point Boro's Ryan Acquisto when Lacey beat the Panthers in a huge Class B South match, and then a walk-off pin that gave Lacey a 40-36 win over Rumson-Fair Haven.

 

Michael Lyristis, Sr., Colts Neck

The Cougars senior won all four of hits bouts by fall during the week to run his season record to 19-1 and extend his winning streak to 14 bouts in a row.

 

Mateo Mena, Sr., Pinelands

Mena won a top-10 heavyweight showdown with Keansburg's Keyshawn Coppinger-Ward, 5-1, to highlight a week in which he went 4-1 to improve to 13-3 on the season.

 

Patrick O'Keefe, Fr., St. John Vianney

It was a monster week for O'Keefe and the Lancers, who won the Patriot Duals with state-ranked wins over Kingsway, North Hunterdon, and Livingston. O'Keefe continued his outstanding season by beating returning state runner-up Logan Wadle of North Hunterdon, 5-3, and then defeating returning state fifth-place finisher, Livingston's Aidan Carmody, 3-1. He also won by fall in SJV's 37-34 win over Kingsway.

 

Kurt Wehner, So., Donovan Catholic

After having to sit out 30 days after transferring from Toms River East, the returning state qualifier hit the ground running with a 5-0 week that included three first-period pins and a win by fall over Jackson Liberty's Anthony Urso, who was undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the SSN rankings.

 

 

 

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