Wrestling: Evan Tallmadge transferring from Brick to Brick Memorial
Brick Memorial’s potent lineup is set to add another hammer to its stable for the 2020-2021 season.
Rising junior Evan Tallmadge will head to the north side of Brick this coming school year and enroll at Brick Memorial after spending his first two years at Brick Township High School. Brick Memorial head coach Mike Kiley posted a screenshot to his Facebook page of a social media post indicating Tallmadge was transferring. Tallmadge, via email, confirmed to Shore Sports Network that his family had moved and he will be at Brick Memorial this coming school year.
Tallmadge had a fantastic sophomore season that culminated with him finishing fourth in the state at 106 pounds during the NJSIAA Championships. He went 39-3 on the season and lost to just two wrestlers all season – Brick Memorial’s Anthony Santaniello and Delbarton’s Tyler Vasquez. He dominated both the District 24 and Region 6 Tournaments with bonus-point victories in every bout of each. He finished second at the Shore Conference Tournament via a 1-0 defeat to Santaniello. He was second in the Shore with 15 technical falls. He is a two-time district champion, one-time region champion and one-time state medalist. Tallmadge was also the USA Wrestling 106-pound Cadet Freestyle National Champion in 2019. He will enter 74 career victories.
Adding Tallmadge to the fold will give Brick Memorial four returning state medalists, including three state finalists. Rising sophomore Anthony Santaniello was second in the state at 106, rising senior Vincent Santaniello was second in the state at 120 pounds and rising senior David Szuba was second in the state at 195 pounds. Tallmadge along with the Santaniello brothers will give Brick Memorial arguably the best trio of lowerweights in New Jersey.
Brick Memorial went 17-4 last season and won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 4 sectional title, the 16th in program history, which is the most in Shore Conference history. The Mustangs also captured the District 27 title, which was the program’s 30th and also the most in Shore Conference history. Brick Memorial has had at least one individual district champ for a Shore-record 39 consecutive years.
Brick Memorial competed in Region 7 the last few years but was realigned back into Region 6 and will compete in District 23, its old stomping grounds, with the likes of Point Beach, Long Branch, Brick, Shore Regional, Asbury Park, Freehold Township, Monmouth Regional and Neptune.
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