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SUNDAY, AUGUST 21st
Frank Molinaro was defeated on points in the Bronze Medal match at the Olympics in Rio on Sunday afternoon. Congratulations to Frank on a tremendous run. You have made us all proud, and the Shore is fortunate to call you one of our own.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17th
A couple of things to touch on, then it's back to Internet Vacation...
there's been A LOT of talk about the proposal to realign the Districts
and Regions. And obviously, there seems to be a great divide among those
for and against the change. Since I have this really awesome website to
throw out some opinions, I'll chip in my (worthless) two cents.
I am for the change. Short of eliminating a few Districts, especially
up north where the number of byes into the semis were getting out of
hand, something needed to be done to even the numbers of teams and
wrestlers across the board. It just no longer made any sense to have a
specific area, and a strong area at that, have more teams and wrestlers
The main gripe seems to be about just how drastic the
proposed change is. Truth be told, there is just no way to level the
playing field without expanding the borders. There was no way to move a
few schools here and there and everything would be fixed, and make no
mistake about it, but the current system is broken. The numbers back it
up. The only way to even things out is to completely blow things up.
Since I'm not as in touch with the northern and southern areas as I am our own area, I'll stick to the concerns among our area.
Obviously there are going to be some pretty long trips for teams under
the new proposal, with the potential for hour plus trips in some extreme
cases. You know what, find me a team that doesn't travel during the
course of the season. Be it the early season tournaments, the dreaded
quads, or Sectionals, teams are traveling great distances all season
long. If a one hour drive is a problem for the Districts, then I sure
hope that team isn't going anywhere near that distance for a meaningless
regular season match or December tournament with a skeleton lineup.
Meh, not buying that. The great rivalries are already settled on the
mat in the dual season. The best rivalries in the Shore have never been
about the individual tournament team standings. I'd venture to guess
that Beach/Boro, the Bricks, the Jacksons, Keansburg/Keyport, etc. drew
much bigger crowds for their one on dual than they did when they
competed in the same District. The student body of these schools are not
going to the Districts the way they used to anymore anyway. Districts
used to be in front of packed houses, now they're in half empty gyms
consisting of family, friends, teammates, and the hardcore fans. It's
just too long a day and crowds are down across the board anyway.
Location creates rivalries just as much as competition does, and there
will be plenty of competition at these tournaments now that they're
Tradition: Region 6 is the Shore Conference. How can
you break up the Shore Conference? The Shore Conference is NOT being
broken up. The Shore didn't have its own Region until 1991 or 1992. It
did fine before then. Is it great having all of our teams in the same
four Districts filtering into the same Region? Absolutely. It was also
easily the largest Region by numbers and the toughest to get out of with
all things considered. We'll still have our six divisions. We'll still
have our Shore Conference Tournament, but the door is now open for
something else... individual County Tournaments. Everyone else has them,
but the Shore has never gone down that road, and could never go down
that road, as long as we were all in the same Districts and Regions. And
since people have been complaining about how to fix the Shore
Conference Tournament forever (yet another tournament that IS broken,
IMO) maybe now we have the push to make it better. And for those
suggesting that we just turn it into an individual tournament, not going
to happen. There's the potential for too many matches counting against
the individual match limit for the better wrestlers with an area this
I know a lot of people like seeing all of our Shore guys
competing for trips to AC in one gym over the course of three days. That
is the tough part. That will definitely be missed. I look on the bright
side of it. Previously, the Shore was sending 42 wrestlers to AC every
year. Since the Shore's rise over a decade ago, the competition to get
out of the Region was as tough, if not tougher, than just about any
Region. Now, with all of our teams spread out, the road to AC for the
Shore becomes somewhat easier in many ways. Adding to that is the fact
that, under the new proposal, the Top 4 instead of the previous Top 3
from every Region advance to AC, we are going to be sending even more
talent from our backyard to Boardwalk Hall than ever before. We are
going to be well represented in AC, and we should all be flying our
colors and supporting our guys together as one come March. Heck, I'd
even love to see someone take the initiative of forgoing buying blocks
of tickets for their specific school and getting everyone from the Shore
to gobble up entire Sections for our entire area to get together and
pull for all of our guys, whether they be Region 5, 6, 7, or 8. We're
still the Shore.
Honestly, my only personal beef with the
proposal is a selfish one... covering this thing is going to be a
NIGHTMARE! We're very fortunate to have guys like Steve Falk and Bob
Badders doing the work to give the best coverage possible on the
Districts and Regions. With our area blown up, it's anybody's guess what
happens. From my end, covering four Districts non-stop on Saturday made
my head spin by 3:00. Now it's 15 Districts??? YIKES! I was happy to be
able to give real time updates from all four Districts the last 12
years, but anyone expecting the same with 15 Districts might be a little
unhappy that day. Or VERY patient. But if that's the only gripe I can
come up, then it's not too bad.
Final two things and I'm back on vacation.
1. Best of luck to Southern Regional/Shore Conference Alum, Frank Molinaro as he goes for the gold in Rio in a few days.
Thanks to Sunset Farms for picking up the tab on my all the renewals
and domain space I had to re-up on this offseason. Send them some donuts
or go buy a shrub or something. Maybe I'll even ask them next renewal
period. And if you must know, I re-upped across the board for at least
another five years. So, not going anywhere for a while.
or if, the changes go through, I'll be taking a look at each of our new
Districts with some bits on the schools you may not be familiar with.
4. The Mets make me nauseous. Is it hockey season yet?
5. Finally, if you read all of this, you get a participation trophy. Isn't that what it's all about these days?
(Updated, once again, with no care for spell check or grammar!)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12th
a quick break from my Internet Vacation, I still refuse to check the
email though, to address the huge news in regards to this season's
individual postseason tournaments.
A proposal was presented, and
sounds like will pass, that will do a MASSIVE realignment throughout the
entire state of the District and Region Tournaments. How massive? The
Shore Conference, which has had its own four Districts that filtered
into Region 6 for the past 23 years, will now be spread out into 15
different Districts as part of four different Regions.
To see the proposed realignment, CLICK HERE!
what does it mean if it all goes through? Well, for starters, the Shore
was guaranteed 42 representatives in the State Tournament each season.
With the Shore's Region 6 consistently being one of the strongest, one
would expect that number to increase as power teams of our area will be
repped throughout Regions 5-8. On the flip side, you have to feel for
those poor souls with websites covering the Shore once Districts and
Regions start. Those fools are going to have their work cut out for
them. Oh... wait. Damn.
I'll post more info and links on
the realignment when it becomes available. Until then, I'm going to go
sit in the corner and wonder what I'm going to do come February.
Something tells me that I'm a lock to keep close tabs on District 24 and
Region 6 though. Hmm... wonder why?
That's All For Now...
Click to view.
One final look back, as well
as a brief glimpse to 2017, with a little piece on each of the Shore's
team. You can see that by CLICKING HERE!
CLICK HERE FOR STATE TOURNAMENT BRACKETS/RESULTS
REGION MEDAL WINNERS (Top 4) BY DISTRICT
21: 14 / 22: 13 / 23: 15 / 24: 14
Seniors: 29 / Juniors: 15 / Sophomores: 8 / Freshmen: 4
Barnegat: The Bengals were represented by a pair of sophomores in Sean Foley and Charlie Peterson.
Next season will mark the first time since 2013 that the Bengals will
have multiple wrestlers with Region experience in their lineup.
Brick Memorial: The "down year" for Brick Memorial was on full display as the Stangs' Gianni Ghione and Nick Rivera each won their 2nd Region titles. They'll both be making their third trip to AC, and will be joined by 3rd-place finishers Luke Vescovi and Chris Hayes.
Memorial has now had at least one champ each of the last five years and
added to their Shore Conference high, with 58 Champs all-time.
Brick Twp: Junior Dean Helstowski
finished in 3rd place for the Dragons to advance to Boardwalk Hall for
the 2nd time in his career. Helstowski gives the Dragons a
representative in AC for the 10th straight season. Also earning a medal
on Saturday for Brick was fellow junior Anthony Costanza, who wrestled his way from the 9th-seed to finish 4th at 152.
there were a team title awarded at Regions, CBA would have outpointed
Wall for 1st place on the strength of their 5 medal winners, including
champions Sebastian Rivera and Jack LaCorte. Rivera, voted
Region 6 Most Outstanding Wrestler, became the Colts 4th wrestler to
win multiple Region titles and helped continue their streak of 5 years
with a R6 Champ.
Colts Neck: Joey King and Steven Barsky each
finished one win short of a medal. All four of Colts Neck's
participants in this year's tournament return next season. In fact, the
Cougars return their entire starting lineup from this year's Top 10
Donovan Catholic: The Griffins were represented by three wrestlers at the Regions for the first time since 1989, all sophomores. Cristiaan Dailey became the first wrestler from DC to win a Region match since 2011, when Anthony D'Anton claimed the 103-pound title.
Holmdel: Although the Hornets came up just shy of claiming a medal, senior Garrett Hilsheimer and sophomore Scott Dupont gave Holmdel their first wins at the Regions since 2013.
Another strong showing for Howell at this year's Regions as they earned
five medals, including first place performances from senior Kris Lindemann and junior Eric Keosseian.
The five medal winners for Howell marks the 5th straight season that
the Rebels will have multiple representatives in Atlantic City. Darby Diedrich's medal at 106 marks the 4th straight year the Rebels have had a Top 4 finisher at 106.
Jackson Liberty: While the Lions had a streak of 4 years with a champion snapped, they did earn two medals with seniors Tyler Kalmowitz placing 2nd and Nicholas Pellegrino finishing 3rd. It marks the 7th season in a row that Liberty has won a medal at the Regions.
Jackson Memorial: Junior Matt McGowan
snapped a 3-year title drought for the Jags to bring their all-time
total to 51 championships, 2nd most in the Shore Conference. Finishing
3rd for the Jags was Mike Spino, who avenged his quarterfinal loss to Wall's Jack Kelly, by pinning him in the 3rd-place match.
Lacey: Freshman Hunter Gutierrez,
one of three frosh headed to Atlantic City, punched his ticket to AC
with a 2nd-place finish at 106. Gutierrez gives the rising Lions at
least one medal winner for the 4th time in 5 years.
Long Branch: Senior Joey Jasio finished in 2nd place at 220 to give the Green Wave a Top 3 finisher at the Regions for 9th time in 11 years.
Manalapan: Senior Joe Marano's 4th-place finish at 220 marks the 4th time in the last 5 years the Braves claimed a medal the Region 6 Tournament.
Manchester: With his 3rd place finish at 195, Will Farparan becomes the first wrestler from Manchester to punch his ticket to AC since Jesse Meaney in 2012.
Middletown North: The Lions crowned a champion for the 2nd consecutive season when Anthony Vetrano won the 182-pound weight class. This will be the 3rd year in a row that North sends a participant to Atlantic City.
For the first time since 2012, the Spartans will send multiple
wrestlers to Boardwalk Hall in 2nd-place finisher Jake Benner, a
sophomore who suffered his first defeat of the season in the 132-pound
final, and senior TJ Saldutti, who placed 3rd at 170.
After an 11 year run without any State-qualifiers, the Wildcats will
have a representative at Boardwalk Hall for the 3rd straight season in Christopher Nielsen, the runner up at 182-pounds, who became the team's third Region finalist since 2002.
Pt Beach: One
of the smallest programs at the Shore had one of the biggest runs at
the tournament, earning three medals, including their first Region
1st-place medal since 2006 when John Finnerty won the 145-pound
weight class from the 6th-seed and was making his 4th R6 appearance.
Joining Finnerty in AC will be 152-pound runner-up Giancarlo Crivelli, giving the Gulls multiple representatives at the States since 2005.
Raritan: Sophomore Russell Benson
came up just short in giving the Rockets their 1st champ since 2011,
dropping a 3-2 UTB decision to Matt McGowan. Still, Benson punches his
ticket to AC, the 2nd Rocket to do so since 2013.
While the Bulldogs' bid at a medal came up short, they have a nice
foundation laid for next year as they will return multiple Region
participants to their lineup for the first time since 2010, Theo and Nick Addison.
St John Vianney: The Lancers crowned their first Region Champ since 2004, when Luke Ecklof
won the 106-pound title, one of three wrestlers not to win his District
to earn a Region 6 title this season. Ecklof makes the journey to
Atlantic City where he will be joined by teammate Micah Clark,
who finished 3rd at heavyweight and will be making his 2nd trip to
Boardwalk Hall. It will mark the 3rd year in a row that SJV will be
represented at the State Tournament after going 10 years without a
Southern: Southern did have their streak of
three years with a champ snapped on Saturday, but it was still another
very strong showing for the Shore's #1 team. The Rams earned six medals
in all, and pushed four wrestlers on to AC in 2nd-place finishers Teddy Caporrino and Peyton Blauvelt, and 3rd-place finishers Matt Barnett and Pat Mooney.
Southern's success extended beyond the mat on Saturday as head coach
John Stout was voted as the Region 6 Coach of the Year by his peers.
TR East: Junior AJ Meyers
became the Raiders' 1st R6 Champ since 2013, and is the 33rd Champ
overall for legendary head coach Warren Reid. For the 2nd straight year,
Meyers heads to Atlantic City, where he was two wins shy of a medal in
TR North: While the Mariners didn't move anyone on to Atlantic City, they did receive two 4th-place finishes. Frosh Nick Reilly
concluded strong frosh campaign with a 4th-place finish at 113, one of
only four freshmen to medal at this year's tourney. Junior Patrick O'Donnell also had a nice showing, finishing 4th from the #12 seed, with his only losses coming to Wall's Robert Kanniard.
TR South: For the 6th year in a row, TRS left the Region 6 Tournament with at least one champion. Owen McClave
won his 3rd consecutive R6 championship, joining BJ Clagon, Kevin
Corrigan, and Jeff Parker as 3-time Region champs for the Indians.
McClave will now make his 4th appearance in the State Tournament and
will be joined by sophomore Cole Corrigan who will be making his 2nd trip to Boardwalk Hall, finishing as a R6 runner-up for the 2nd straight year.
four AC-qualifiers, and two 4th-place finishers, it was another strong
weekend at the Regions for the Crimson Knights. Leading the way for the
Knights were Brett Donner, who won his 3rd title and is the Shore's lone
remaining undefeated wrestler headed to Atlantic City, and fellow
senior Josh Glantzman who took 1st-place at 160. They will be joined in
AC by 195 runner-up Matt McKenzie and super-frosh Robert Kanniard, who
finished 3rd at 145.
REGION 6 FINALS RESULTS
152: #1 AJ Meyers (TR East) d. #6 Giancarlo Crivelli (Pt Beach) 5-1
1st Title for Meyers; 33rd overall for TRE, and their 1st since Richie Lewis in 2013
160: #1 Josh Glantzman (Wall) d. #6 Tyler Kalmowitz (Jackson Liberty) 4-1 TB2
2nd R6 medal for Glantzman and his 1st title; 19th Region title for Wall
170: #1 Brett Donner (Wall) md. #2 Peyton Blauvelt (Southern) 13-3
3rd Title for Donner, 4th medal overall. 20th Region Champ for Wall
182: #2 Anthony Vetrano (Middletown North) md. #4 Christopher Nielsen (Pinelands) 10-1
1st Title & 2nd medal for Vetrano; 14th Region Champion for Middletown North
195: #1 Jack LaCorte (CBA) d. #2 Matt McKenzie (Wall) 3-2 TB2
1st Title & 1st trip to AC for LaCorte; CBA's 17th Champ and 5th straight year with a champ.
220: #1 Eric Keosseian (Howell) d. #3 Joey Jasio (Long Branch) 3-1 SV
2nd Medal for Keosseian and 1st title. 27th Region champ for Howell
Hwt: #1 Nick Rivera (Brick Memorial) d. #3 Will Oxley (CBA) 3-1
2nd consecutive title for Rivera and 3rd medal. Brick Memorial's 57th champ all-time, most in the Shore.
106: #3 Luke Ecklof (SJV) d. #5 HunterGutierrez (Lacey) 6-0
1st medal for Ecklof. 1st Region champion for SJV since 2004, and 3rd overall.
113: #1 Sebastian Rivera (CBA) tf. #2 Kyle Slendorn (Howell) 18-3 4:15
Back to back Titles for Rivera; 3rd medal overall. 18th champ for CBA.
120: #1 Gianni Ghione (Brick Memorial) d. #3 Richie Koehler (CBA) 9-3
2nd Title for Ghione; 3rd medal overall. 58th Region Champ for Memorial. 3rd consecutive year with multiple champs.
126: #6 Matt McGowan (Jackson Memorial) d. #1 Russell Benson (Raritan) 3-2 UTB
1st Title for McGowan. 51st Champ for Jackson and 1st since 2012.
132: #1 Owen McClave (TR South) d. #3 Jake Benner (Ocean Twp) 5-2
3rd consecutive title for McClave; 4th medal overall. 39th champ for South, and 6th consecutive season with a champ.
138: #1 Kris Lindemann (Howell) d. #2 Cole Corrigan (TR South) 5-3
1st Title for Lindemann, 3rd medal overall. 28th Region champ for Howell
145: #6 John Finnerty (Pt Beach) d. #8 Teddy Caporrino (Southern) 11-5
1st Title & medal for Finnerty. 9th Region Champ for Beach and 1st since 2006.
OW: Sebastian Rivera / Coach of the Year: John Stout
CLICK HERE FOR WRESTLEBACK RESULTS
REGION 6 3RD PLACE MATCHES
106: #2 Darby Diedrich (Howell) md. #6 Owen Kretschmer (Southern) 10-2
113: #6 Nicholas Pellegrino (Jackson Liberty) d. #3 Nick Reilly (TR North) 3-2
120: #5 Mike Spino (Jackson Memorial) p. #4 Jack Kelly (Wall) 2:30
126: #7 Matt Barnett (Southern) d. #4 Mike Plaska (Freehold Twp) 4-3
132: #2 Anthony Gagliano (Howell) md. #6 Nick Wagner (Wall) 14-5
138: #3 Luke Vescovi (Brick Memorial) d. #6 Mike Racanelli (Southern) 6-4
145: #4 Robert Kanniard (Wall) d. #12 Patrick O'Donnell (TR North) 7-3
152: #4 Pat Mooney (Southern) d. #9 Anthony Costanza (Brick Twp) 9-4
160: #12 Garrett Fitzgerald (CBA) d. #4 Lamont Reid (Long Branch) 3-1
170: #3 TJ Saldutti (Ocean Twp) d. #5 Thomas Anderson (Middletown North) 3-1
182: #1 Dean Helstowski (Brick Twp) d. #9 Jack Baker (Pt Beach) 11-4
195: #4 Will Farparan (Manchester) d. #3 Calvin Beaty (SJV) 5-3 SV
220: #4 Chris Hayes (Brick Memorial) d. #5 Joe Marano (Manalapan) 12-5
Hwt: #4 Micah Clark (SJV) p. #2 John Tomlinson (Long Branch) 5:19
REGION 6 SEMIFINAL RESULTS
#5 Hunter Gutierrez (Lacey) md. #8 Joe Ferigne (Brick Twp) 10-2
#3 Luke Ecklof (SJV) d. #2 Darby Diedrich (Howell)
#1 Sebastian Rivera (CBA) p. #4 Luke Moynihan (Lacey) 0:51
#2 Kyle Slendorn (Howell) p. #6 Nicholas Pellegrino (Jackson Liberty) 1:32
#1 Gianni Ghione (Brick Memorial) p. #4 Jack Kelly (Wall) 0:50
#3 Richie Koehler (CBA) d. #7 Nick Ciaccia (Howell) 4-0
#1 Russell Benson (Raritan) d. #5 Christopher Rodriguez (Manchester) 3-1 SV
#6 Matt McGowan (Jackson Memorial) d. #2 Joe Demuner (Wall) 4-2
#1 Owen McClave (TR South) tf. #5 Dylan VanSickell (CBA) 20-4 5:59
#3 Jake Benner (Ocean Twp) d. #2 Anthony Gagliano (Howell) 4-3
#1 Kris Lindemann (Howell) d. #5 Carl Vasti (CBA) 3-0
#2 Cole Corrigan (TR South) d. #3 Luke Vescovi (Brick Memorial) 2-1
#8 Teddy Caporrino (Southern) d. #4 Robert Kanniard (Wall) 8-5
#6 John Finnerty (Pt Beach) d. #2 Khalil Haskins (SJV) 6-5
#1 AJ Meyers (TR East) d. #4 Pat Mooney (Southern) 3-0
#6 Giancarlo Crivelli (Pt Beach) d. #2 Ronny Ghaida (Manalapan) 9-7 SV
#1 Josh Glantzman (Wall) d. #12 Garrett Fitzgerald (CBA) 2-0
#6 Tyler Kalmowitz (Jackson Liberty) d. #7 Derrick Wiley (Matawan) 4-2
#1 Brett Donner (Wall) md. #5 Thomas Anderson (Middletown North) 22-10
#2 Peyton Blauvelt (Southern) d. #3 TJ Saldutti (Ocean Twp) 5-1
#4 Christopher Nielsen (Pinelands) d. #1 Dean Helstowski (Brick Twp) 6-5
#2 Anthony Vetrano (Middletown North) d. #3 Tanner Kelly (Jackson Memorial) 6-4 SV
#1 Jack LaCorte (CBA) d. #4 Will Farparan (Manchester) 4-3
#2 Matt McKenzie (Wall) d. #3 Calvin Beaty (SJV) 2-1 UTB
#1 Eric Keosseian (Howell) d. #4 Chris Hayes (Brick Memorial) 4-1
#3 Joey Jasio (Long Branch) d. #2 Dominic Infante (Pt Boro) 5-2
#1 Nick Rivera (Brick Memorial) p. #4 Micah Clark (SJV) 5:48
#3 Will Oxley (CBA) d. #2 John Tomlinson (Long Branch) 3-1 SV
CLICK HERE FOR REGION BRACKETS