Wrestlers of the Week, 12/20-12/22
Shore Sports Network Overall Wrestler of the Week (12/20-12/22)
Gianni Ghione, Fr., 106, Brick Memorial
Ghione went 4-0 in his first week of varsity competition with three pins for the defending Group IV champion Mustangs. He won the TCNJ Pride Tournament and was selected as the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler as he pinned Steinert's Brandon Cray, a state qualifier out of Region VII last season, in the third period of the 106-pound championship bout. Ghione, who was seeded third in the tournament, pinned Point Boro's Dylan Davies in the quarterfinals and then beat No. 2 seed Mike Plaska of Freehold Township, 10-4, to reach the final. Brick Memorial, the No. 1 team in the Shore Sports Network Top 10, won the team title by 99 points over second place and fifth-ranked Toms River South. Ghione also recorded a fall in the Mustangs' 60-7 win over Lacey on Friday.
Divisional Wrestlers of the Week
Class A North
Mike Oxley, Sr., 195, CBA: Oxley, the defending Region VI 195-pound champion, captured the Colt Classic 195-pound title by defeating High Point's Kyle Stoll 2-0 in the final. Stoll was the sixth place finisher at 195 pounds in last season's state tournament.
Class A Central
Patrick Ammirati, Jr., 120, Holmdel: Ammirati captured OW honors at Mahwah's Harry McLaughlin Holiday Tournament by pinning his way to the 120-pound title.
Class A South (besides Ghione)
Ken Bradley, Sr., 220, Jackson Memorial: Bradley won the 220-pound title at Southern's Robin Leff Invitational by defeating Moorestown's Tyreek Smith, who was the eighth-place finisher at 195 pounds in last season's state tournament, 4-2.
Class B North
Denzel Tovar, Jr., 113, Wall: Tovar won the Colt Classic at 113 pounds with a pin in 21 seconds against Brick's Dan Rackliffe. He won by fall in both of his matches in a combined 1:26.
Class B Central
Tyree Sutton, Jr., 195, Keansburg: In his first wrestling action since winning a District 22 title and going 22-8 as a freshman, Sutton won the 195-pound title at Paulsboro's John and Betty Vogeding Tournament with a 4-1 decision over Paulsboro's Niko Savaiinaea. In the semifinals, Sutton pinned Howell's Steven Boncimino in 1:36.
Class B South
Thomas Poklihuha, Jr., 138, Pinelands: Poklikuha went 3-0 to win the Nottingham Invitational at 138 pounds. He recorded a technical fall and a major decision before defeating Ridge's Ted Caruso 10-4 in the championship bout.