Shore Sports Network Wrestler of the Week

T.J. Liquori, Sr., 160, Jackson Liberty

Jackson Liberty senior T.J. Liquori. (Photo by Cliff Lavelle)
Jackson Liberty senior T.J. Liquori. (Photo by Cliff Lavelle)

The Lions senior went 4-0 with three wins over wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their weight classes by Liquori defeated St. John Vianney's Terrence Davis 4-2, edged Raritan's Connor Sheehan 1-0 and blanked Long Branch's Arturo Rios 5-0 up at 170 pounds. Liquori, who is a two-time District 21 champion, is 9-1 this season and ranked second at 160 pounds.

Divisional Wrestlers of the Week

Class A North
Nick DePierro, Sr., 113, Freehold Township: DePierro joined Gene Accardi and Ken Brophy as the only wrestlers in Patriots history to win 100 career matches when he recorded a pin in a match against Manalapan. He is 12-2 this season.

Class A Central
Marcus Iwama, Jr., 132, Rumson-Fair Haven: Iwama went 4-0 with two pins, a technical fall and a major decision en route to winning the 132-pound title at the Buc Classic. A state qualifier last year, Iwama is 8-2 this season.

Class A South
Jesse Bauta, Sr., 220, Southern: Bauta's third-period pin of Kyle Cocozza keyed the No. 2 Rams' 28-19 win over No. 3 Howell in a marquee nondivisional match. He went 4-1 for the week, with his only loss being a 4-1 decision to Franklin's Ralph Normandia, who was a state finalist at 195 last season and is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation.

Class B North
Nasiyr Brown, Jr., 132, Neptune: Brown, a state qualifier at 113 last season, made his season debut Saturday and went 3-0, including a 4-1 win over Point Boro's Ryan Budzek, the Region VI 126-pound champion last season.

Class B Central
Tyree Sutton, Jr., 195, Keansburg: After not wrestling last season, Sutton is back with authority this year. The former District 22 champion is 8-0 this season and went 6-0 this week with three pins, two tech falls and a 12-4 major decision over Brick Memorial's Nick Costa, who was the seventh place finisher in the state tournament last season at 182 pounds.

Class B South (besides Liquori)
Nick Dzuna, Sr., Point Boro, 195: Dzuna went 7-0 during the week, including a 4-3 win over Manasquan's Eric Keosseian. He is 12-1 this season and ranked No. 7 at 195 pounds.


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