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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 (we held off until Tuesday this week because of the SCT final fourl on Monday) and the poll will run through Thursday Friday at midnight. The winner will be announced on Friday on Saturday.

Scroll down to see the candidates and make your selection.

Week 6 (Jan. 24-31) Wrestler of the Week nominees (listed in alphabetical order)

 

Joey DeAngelo, Fr., 106, Point Boro

DeAngelo's only bout last week saw him defeat Jackson Memorial's Jason Seda, 4-2, to avenge a loss from earlier in the season and take down the No. 4-ranked 106-pounder in the Shore. DeAngelo has been dynamite this season with a 17-2 record.

 

James Lynch, Fr., 190, Toms River East

Lynch went 3-0 for the week, highlighted by a 4-1 win over Middletown South's Jack Willi during the Shore Conference Tournament, to improve to 16-5 on the season.

 

Mike Malucell, Sr., 190, Marlboro

Malucelli's dominant season continued when he delivered another big-time win, pinning Holmdel's Luke DuPont in 3:44 to run his record to 15-0 with 14 pins (one forfeit) on the season. Malucelli is ranked No. 3 in the Shore at 190 pounds and DuPont is No. 4.

 

PJ Niethe, Fr., 120, Point Beach

Neith's win by fall in the final bout of the match gave the Garnet Gulls a 39-27 win over Shore to clinch the Class B Central division title.

 

Alex Nini, So., 120, Christian Brothers Academy

Nini was 5-0 last week with some huge wins to his credit. First, he scored a 4-2 win over St. Peter's Prep's Donovan Chavis, a returning state qualifier, to help the Colts to a 34-30 win over the Marauders. He won by fall against Lacey and Freehold Township in the first two rounds of the Shore Conference Tournament, and in the semifinals, he won 5-2 over St. John Vianney's Jake Zaltsman. In the championship match vs. Howell, Nini avenged two losses from last season with a 4-0 decision over Howell's Sebastian Ortega, helping the Colts to a 38-29 win that secured the 2022 SCT title.

 

Riley O'Boyle, Jr., 215, Southern

O'Boyle was tied 6-6 going into the third period when he took down Marcus Hebron and pinned the Lower Cape May standout at the 5:09 mark for a huge victory. Hebron reached the fourth round of wrestlebacks at last season's state tournament.

 

Aiden O'Brien, So., 106, Central

With the Golden Eagles trailing 35-30 heading into the final bout, O'Brien came through in dramatic fashion by delivering a walk-off pin just as the first-period buzzer sounded to give Central a thrilling 36-35 win over Toms River North.

 

Caden Langan, Fr., 132, Toms River South

Langan had only one bout last week but it was a big one. He pinned Toms River North standout Zack Kerico, a ranked wrestler at 126 pounds, in the second period to help the Indians to a 36-34 win over their district rival. It is South's first win over North since 2016.

 

Zach Reilley, So., 138, Raritan

Reilley's great sophomore season continued with three wins last week, headlined by a 3-1 win over Howell state qualifier Giovanni Scafidi. He also won by fall vs. St. John Vianney and Ocean to improve to 18-1 on the season.

 

 

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