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

Matt Benedetti, Jr., Manalapan 

Benedetti’s double-overtime win over Kenneth Koenig helped the Braves to a 37-25 win over Colts Neck to snap a four-year losing streak to the Cougars. Benedetti was 5-0 overall during the week and is 17-2 this season.


Al DeSantis, Jr., Shore

DeSantis defeated Ocean’s Jack Nies, 5-2, for a key victory that helped the Blue Devils edge Ocean, 34-33, for their first win over a ranked opponent in program history. DeSantis was 2-0 for the week and is 13-2 this season.


Liam Horan, Jr., Rumson-Fair Haven 

Horan defeated Lakewood’s Dante Morris, 1-0, in the Buc Classic 195-pound final to hand the returning state qualifier his first loss of the season. Horan’s win was part of a 5-0 week that also included a win over Middletown North’s Nico Cerbo, a returning region qualifier. Horan is 14-3 this season.


Gavyn Read, Jr., Keansburg

Read won the Buc Classic 120-pound title as the No. 5 seed, taking out the top-seed, Red Bank’s Phil Stolfa, 7-3, before pinning Jackson Liberty’s Dorian Hall in the final to earn Most Outstanding Wrestler honors.


David Rubin, So., Matawan 

Rubin went 3-0 on the week with a 5-2 win over Middletown South’s Travis Tuminelli and a win by fall over Marlboro’s Harrison Gordon to move up in the 113-pound rankings and improve his season record to 16-1.


Stiviny Silva, Sr., Long Branch

With Long Branch in must-win mode down 10 with three bouts left, Silva delivered a 4-3 double-overtime win over Nick Benner that kept the Green Wave alive on their way to a 30-28 comeback victory over Ocean. Silva was 3-0 for the week.


Matt Spirko, Sr., Raritan 

Spirko pinned Ocean’s Joe Teresi in a matchup of two of the top heavyweights in the Shore to help the Rockets to a 38-19 win over the Spartans. Spirko was 3-0 on the week and is 9-2 this season.


John Stout, Sr., Southern

In the marquee bout between two returning state qualifiers, Stout won by 11-3 major decision over Brick Memorial’s David Szuba during a 48-24 victory for the Rams. Stout, a Region 8 champion last year, was 3-0 on the week to run his season record to 17-0.



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