Barnegat (1): After missing last year, the Bengals will be represented at Boardwalk Hall by junior heavyweight, Griffin Jackstadt.
Brick Memorial (4): Vin Santaniello's title win at 113 in Region 7 made it 8 years in a row with a Region Champ for the 'Stangs.
Brick Twp (1): The Dragons also get a State Qualifier after missing out last season, in freshman Evan Tallmadge, who is also the program's first 30-bout winner since 2016.
CBA (1): Senior Sam LaCorte made it ten years in a row for CBA with a State Qualifier by placing 3rd at 132 in R6. He will look to keep another streak alive for the Colts, as they have had a State Medal Winner in each of the previous five seasons.
Colts Neck (3): Luke Rada became the Cougars' 3rd Region Champ in program history, and their first since Tyler Fraley in 2010.
Freehold Boro (2): Big day for Nico Messina, as the junior won his 100th bout in the R6 Finals to become the Colonials' 2nd 2-time Champ, and 5th overall.
Freehold Twp (1): Sophomore Avery Clarke took 3rd at 126 in R6 to give the Patriots a State Qualifier for the 3rd season in a row.
Howell (7): Darby Diedrich became the 2nd Rebel to win 3 Region Titles, Shane Reitsma won his 2nd, and Joe Sardina pinned his way to his first, to give Howell multiple champs for the 4th consecutive season.
Jackson Memorial (5): Vin Scollo won the Jags' first Region Title since Matt McGowan in 2016, and will be one of 5 Jags moving on to AC, their most since they sent 6 in 2011.
Lacey (3): Senior Hunter Gutierrez is making his 4th trip to States. Along with Vin Ceglie and Brady Carter, the Lions will have multiple representatives in AC for the 3rd straight year.
Lakewood (1): Dante Morris qualified for the State Tournament, becoming the Piners' first multi-qualifier since Matt Rizzo and current head coach, Oscar Orellana, in 2005.
Long Branch (3): Ryan Zimmerman and Kevin Cerruti made it back to back seasons with two Region Champs for LB. It is the 2nd Region Title for Cerruti, the Green Wave's first 2-timer since Sam Cole won his 2nd of 3 in 1987.
Manalapan (5): The Braves qualified wrestlers for AC, led by Region runner-ups, Alex Baran, who is making his 3rd trip to States, and 2-timer Matt Benedetti, who recorded career win #100 in the Region semis.
Middletown North (4): Tyler Klinsky became the Lions' first ever 3-time Region Champ. Jacob Anderson also won a title, giving the Lions' back to back years with multiple champs, and a streak of 5 seasons with at least one champ.
Middletown South (1): After a 4-year drought without a State Qualifier, senior Brady Smith took 3rd at 220 in R5 to make it two years in a row with a State Qualifier for the Eagles.
Ocean Township (5): The Spartans move five on to the boardwalk, their 4th year in a row with multiple qualifiers, and their most since sending five in 2012.
Pinelands (1): Like Barnegat and Brick Twp, the Wildcats have a State Qualifier, senior 182-pounder Evan Burton, after missing out last season.
Pt Beach (2): For the 3rd time in 4 years, the Gulls will be sending a pair of wrestlers to the State tournament.
Pt Boro (2): Billy Borowsky and Ty Bailey earned their 2nd Region medals, and give the Panthers multiple State Qualifiers for the 3rd straight season.
Raritan (3): The Rockets three returning State Tournament participants from last season all punched return tickets to this year's tournament.
RBC (1): Steven Cmielewski finished 3rd at 220 in R6 to give the Caseys' their first Region Medalist since Shawn MCord in 2014.
Rumson (2): Nick Addison broke the program record for career wins, and became the Bulldogs' 6th Region Champ. Along with 3rd Place finisher Max Brignola, the Bulldogs will be represented on the boardwalk for the 3rd consecutive season.
St John Vianney (4): Dean Peterson remained perfect on the season, winning the R5 113-pound title. He's one of four Lancers making the trip to AC, the 6th year in a row SJV has at least one qualifier.
Shore Regional (3): For what is believed to be the first time in program history, the Blue Devils are sending three wrestlers to the State Tournament.
Southern (7): John Stout and Nick O'Connell won their 2nd Region Titles, and Robert Woodcock won his first, to lead the way for the Rams, who will be sending 7 wrestlers to Boardwalk Hall. For O'Connell, who recorded his 100th career win in the finals, it will be his 3rd trip to AC, and the 2nd for Woodcock, Stout, and Sebastian Delligatti.
TR East (1): For the 2nd time in as many seasons, Michael Conklin punched a ticket to AC. This time he goes down as a Region Champ, East's first since AJ Meyers in 2016.
TR North (4): Senior Louie Gagliardo became the Mariners' first Region Champ since 2009, and is one of four Mariners headed to Atlantic City. Among the four is junior Nick Boggiano, who will be making his 3rd appearance at States.
Wall (4): Robert Kanniard, who became the Knight's 3rd 3-time Region Champ, broke the Shore Conference record for career wins. He and fellow champ Jacob Whitworth are two of the four Crimson Knights headed down the parkway this week.
Shore Conference State Qualifiers
(Jr) Tyler Klinsky - Middletown North / 1st R6
(Sr) Louie Gagliardo - TR North / 1st R7
(So) Jack Maida - Shore Regional / 2nd R5
(Fr) Evan Tallmadge - Brick Twp / 2nd R6
(Fr) Brady Carter - Lacey / 2nd R7
(Fr) Nico Diaz - St John Vianney / 3rd R5
(Fr) Ryan Smith - Brick Memorial / 3rd R7
(Jr) Ethan Liptzin - Howell / 4th R7
(So) Dean Peterson - St John Vianney / 1st R5
(So) Vincent Santaniello - Brick Memorial / 1st R7
(Jr) Thomas O'Keefe - Middletown North / 2nd R6
(Jr) Jayson Scerbo - Southern / 2nd R8
(Jr) Ryan Rosenthal - TR North / 3rd R7
(So) Demetri Poniros - Ocean Township / 4th R6
(Jr) Nico Messina - Freehold Boro / 1st R6
(Sr) Vin Scollo - Jackson Memorial / 1st R7
(So) Logan Waller - Colts Neck / 3rd R6
(Sr) Nick Reilly - TR North / 3rd R7
(Jr) Fred Luchs - Middletown North / 4th R6
(Jr) Ryan Zimmerman - Long Branch / 1st R6
(So) Michael Conklin - TR East / 1st R7
(So) Avery Clarke - Freehold Twp / 3rd R6
(Jr) Michael Richardson - Brick Memorial / 3rd R7
(Jr) Hunter Konstatoulas - Manalapan / 4th R5
(Jr) Jacob Glantzman - Wall / 4th R6
(So) Neiko Malone - Howell / 4th R7
(Sr) Sebastian Delligatti - Southern / 4th R8
(Jr) Jack Nies - Ocean Township / 2nd R6
(Sr) Sam LaCorte - CBA / 3rd R6
(Sr) Hunter Gutierrez - Lacey / 3rd R7
(Jr) Al DeSantis - Shore Regional / 4th R5
(Jr) Jesse Bowers - Pt Beach / 4th R6
(Sr) Darby Diedrich - Howell / 1st R7
(Jr) Robert Woodcock - Southen / 1st R8
(Sr) Alex Baran - Manalapan / 2nd R5
(Jr) Alex Poniros - Ocean Township / 2nd R6
(Sr) Steve Pabone - Long Branch / 4th R6
(So) Max Brignola - Rumson / 3rd R5
(Jr) Luke Rada - Colts Neck / 1st R6
(Jr) Ty Bailey - Pt Boro / 2nd R6
(So) Michael McGhee - Shore Regional / 3rd R5
(Jr) Nico Vargas - Wall / 3rd R6
(Sr) Nick Boggiano - TR North / 3rd R7
(Sr) Nick Pepe - Southern / 3rd R8
(Sr) Tony Dushku - Freehold Boro / 4th R6
(Sr) Nick O'Connell - Southern / 1st R8
(So) Paul Jakub - Howell / 2nd R7
(Sr) Paul Santomarco - Manalapan / 3rd R6
(Sr) Carsten DiGiantomasso - Jackson Memorial / 4th R7
(Sr) Robert Kanniard - Wall / 1st R6
(Jr) Matt Benedetti - Manalapan / 2nd R5
(Sr) Anthony Aquilano - Raritan / 2nd R6
(Sr) Anthony Esposito - Ocean Township / 4th R6
(Jr) Shane Reitsma - Howell / 1st R7
(Sr) John Stout - Southern / 1st R8
(Sr) George Burdick - Raritan / 2nd R6
(So) Blake Clayton - St John Vianney / 4th R5
(Sr) Nick Addison - Rumson / 1st R5
(So) Jacob Whitworth - Wall / 1st R6
(Sr) Michael Jannucci - Colts Neck / 2nd R6
(Sr) Christian Murphy - Howell / 2nd R7
(Jr) Jason Sherlock - Pt Beach / 3rd R6
(Sr) Brock Winston - Jackson Memorial / 3rd R7
(So) Glavin Claro - Manalapan / 4th R5
(Sr) Dante Morris - Lakewood / 4th R6
(So) David Szuba - Brick Memorial / 4th R7
(Sr) Evan Burton - Pinelands / 4th R8
(Sr) Jacob Anderson - Middletown North / 1st R6
(Sr) Justin Acevedo - Raritan / 3rd R6
(Jr) Kyle Epperly - Jackson Memorial / 4th R7
(Sr) Joe Sardina - Howell / 1st R7
(Sr) Billy Borowsky - Pt Boro / 2nd R6
(So) Vin Ceglie - Lacey / 2nd R7
(Jr) JT Cornelius - Southern / 2nd R8
(Sr) Brady Smith - Middletown South / 3rd R5
(Sr) Steven Cmielewski - RBC / 3rd R6
(Sr) Kevin Cerruti - Long Branch / 1st R6
(Sr) Paul Liseno - St John Vianney / 2nd R5
(So) Joseph Teresi - Ocean Township / 3rd R6
(Jr) Brad Galassi - Jackson Memorial / 4th R7
(Jr) Griffin Jackstadt - Barnegat / 4th R8
(# of Medal Winners in parenthesis)
Asbury Park (1): For the 3rd year in a row, the Blue Bishops had a wrestler reach the District podium, with senior Daniel Simmons placing 3rd at 132 in District 24.
Barnegat (2): Junior heavyweight, Griffin Jackstadt, became the 4th District Champion in program history, and the Bengals first since Jeff DeLuise and Greg Moran won titles in 2014. Senior Charlie Cotton placed 3rd at 195, advancing to the Regions for the 2nd time.
Brick Memorial (7): The Stangs extended their Shore Conference record streak to 38 consecutive seasons with a District Champion, crowning four champs in all: Ryan Smith (106), Vin Santaniello (113), Michael Robertson (126), and David Szuba (182).
Brick Twp (2): After having a streak of 9 straight seasons with a District Champ snapped last year, freshman Evan Tallmadge reached the top of the podium for the Dragons at 106 in D24, defeating the top-seed in the Finals. He is the first freshman to win a District Championship for the Dragons since Nick Melon in 2010.
CBA (3): With Sam LaCorte (132) and Derek Smith (170) both winning titles, the Colts extended their streak to 9 seasons with multiple District Champs, a program best.
Central (1): Junior Tyler Pepe placed 3rd at 126 in D25; his 3rd District medal in as many seasons.
Colts Neck (7): Michael Jannucci defeated Middletown North's Nico Cerbo, avenging a loss from the Shore Conference Tournament, in the 182-pound final to become the Cougars' first ever 3-time District Champion. Logan Waller (120), Nicholas Moldaver (126), and Luke Rada (145), also won titles, giving the Cougars a program record 4 District Champs.
Donovan Catholic (2): Junior Jacob Maroukis (126) took 2nd, and freshman heavyweight Dom Brogna placed 3rd, giving the Griffins multiple District medal winners for the 4th straight season.
Freehold Boro (4): Nico Messina became the 2nd wrestler in Freehold Boro history to win 3 District Titles, joining Hall of Famer, Carlos Fontanez, who did it from 1962-1964.
Freehold Twp (5): Senior Christian Mangini came all the way from the 5-seed to win the 138-pound title at D21. He was one of two wrestlers from the Shore to win from the 5-spot, and gives the Patriots a streak of six seasons in a row with a District Champ.
Holmdel (4): Michael Pavlinetz won the 220-pound crown, avenging a regular season to Rumson's Von Factor in the finals. His title makes it 4 years in a row with a District Champ for the Hornets, after having gone the previous 18 years without one.
Howell (10): The Rebels crowned 5 champs, making it 15 years in a row with multiple champs. Darby Diedrich won his 4th title, becoming the 3rd Rebel to accomplish that feat. Shane Reitsma and Christian Murphy won their 3rd titles; the 6th & 7th 3-timers in program history.
Jackson Liberty (4): Jaden Lowe won the D24 220-pound championship, becoming Liberty's 15th District Champion in their history.
Jackson Memorial (12): The Jags added six more District Champions to their wall, giving them a Shore Conference leading 194 all-time. The Jags also cruised to their 27th District Team Title, 2nd best all-time in the Shore behind Brick Memorial's 29.
Keansburg (1): Liam Riecks became the Titans first 3-time District medal winner since Tyree Sutton in 2015. It is the 9th season in a row with a medal winner for Keansburg.
Keyport (1): After going without medals in 2016 & 2017, senior Mike McCahon made it 2 years in a row with a District medal for the Red Raiders, by finishing 3rd at 182 in D20.
Lacey (6): While they did send a solid six wrestlers to the podium, the Lions had a 4-year streak with at least 1 District Champ snapped on Saturday. Although Hunter Gutierrez came up short in his bid to become the first 4-time District Champ in program history, he did break the school record for career wins. He currently stands at 131 wins heading into the Regions.
Lakewood (2): Dante Morris placed 2nd, and Dymtro Lakusta took 3rd, as the Piners had multiple medal winners at the Districts for the first time since 2015.
Long Branch (10): The Green Wave crowned for 4 champs for the 2nd straight season, and had 10 medal winners in all, which matches their highest total since 2013, on their way to running away with the District 23 Team Title, their 3rd in a row, and 13th overall. Kevin Cerruti was named Outstanding Wrestler, Joseph Conlon knocked off the #1 and #2 seed to win his title, Jack Friedman won his title out of the #5 seed, and Ryan Zimmerman won his 100th career bout on way to his championship.
Manalapan (10): Paul Santomarco won his 3rd District Title, the Braves 1st 3-timer since 2004 and 7th overall, and in the process became the 100th District Champion in program history. Alex Baran improved to a perfect 39-0 on his way to winning his 2nd title, and is now one win away from tying the school record of 120 career wins, held by John Appice (2010-2013) . The 39 wins also ties Appice's single season record for the Braves, set in 2013. Also winning titles for the Braves were junior Matt Benedetti, his 2nd and the 101st overall for the Braves, and junior Hunter Konstantoulas, who won his first.
Manasquan (1): Ethan Dzenis placed 3rd at 138 in D21. It is the 2nd District medal for Dzenis, and I believe he is their first 2-time medalist since 2004.
Manchester (3): Syrus Colon became the Hawks first District Champ since Will Farparan in 2016. Connor Ferrino, seeded 7th, finished 2nd, and Blaise Lawson, seeded 5th, placed 3rd, to give the Hawks three medal winners, matching their most since 2016.
Marlboro (4): Harrison Gordon (106) and Evan Brown (160) both won titles, giving Marlboro multiple champs for the first time since 2011 when Vinnie Leone and Mitch Seigel did it. The Mustangs four medal winners matches their most since 2015.
Matawan (3): The Huskies' talented sophomore trio down low all punched Region tickets, with Kamrin O'Neill winning the 120-pound D19 Title, and David Rubin (106) and Lee Rubin (113) both placing 2nd.
Middletown North (9): The Lions won their 14th District Team Title, and their first since 2002. Tyler Klinsky won his 3rd District Title and improved to a perfect 36-0 on the year. Jacob Anderson won his 2nd title, and Chris McCarthy brought home his first, as the Lions crowned multiple champs for the 5th straight year.
Middletown South (3): Brady Smith made it back to back seasons with a District Champ for the Eagles by winning the D19 220-pound title. Junior Michael Holland won his third District medal, placing 3rd at 113, while the Eagles' freshman Robert Generelli was a the runner-up at 120.
Monmouth Regional (2): Both Kevin Cartagena-Walsh (6th) and Victor Olimpia (5th) came from seeds outside the Top 4, to finish 3rd in their weight classes, giving the Falcons multiple District medal winners for the first time since Mike Montefinese and Shannen McCue in 2015.
Neptune (3): Felipe Garcia placed 2nd at 170, and Nate Levie (126) and Naijere Hutchinson (182) finished 3rd, as the Fliers had multiple District medal winners for the 4th straight season.
Ocean Township (12): A program record 12 Spartans won medals, headlined by champs Demetri Poniros and Joe Teresi, as Ocean won their 3rd consecutive District Team Title, and 17th overall, the most for any Monmouth County school.
Pinelands (3): Evan Burton won the D29 182-pound title, while Travis Brown finished 2nd at 132, and Gavin Stewart took 3rd at 160, giving the Wildcats multiple District medals for the 6th straight year.
Pt Beach (8): Jesse Bowers, Jason Sherlock, and Liam Buday won District Titles, matching the program record of 3 champs in a season. The Gulls had 8 medal winners in all for the 2nd straight season.
Pt Boro (6): Four Panthers (Jack Bailey, Ty Bailey, Spencer Robinson, and Billy Borowsky) won titles, giving the Panthers an even 100 District Champions all-time. It was the 2nd title for both Borowsky, still perfect this year at 34-0, and Robinson, and the first for the Bailey brothers. So for those keeping score at home, that's 1 for Ty, 1 for Jack, and zero for Uncle Brian! TWOOOOOOO TAKEDOWN! The Panthers now have a 23-season streak with at least one District Champ.
Raritan (8): Michael Lonnay made it 18 years in a row for Raritan's streak of years with at least one District Champ. The Rockets sent 8 wrestlers to the podium in all, including five 2nd-place finishers, on their way to winning their 3rd consecutive District Team Title, and 10th overall. Allen Mui won Raritan Assistant Coach of the Year, and it really wasn't even close.
RBC (3): Aidan Meyler-McAuliffe won the D22 160-pound title, becoming the Casey's first District Champ since Shawn McCord in 2014, and the first junior to win a District Title for RBC since Mike Schower in 2000.
Red Bank Regional (2): Senior heavy Justin Gooding took 2nd, and freshman Phil Stolfa broke seed to take 3rd at 120, as the Bucs sent two to the podium.
Rumson (6): Nick Addison joins Patrick Berger (2001-2003) as the 2nd 3-time District Champ in Rumson history. Addison also tied Marcus Iwama for the program record for career wins with 132. The Bulldogs also received championship performances from sophomores Max Brignola and Jack Kelly, and advanced six wresters overall to the podium.
St John Vianney (6): Senior heavyweight Paul Liseno won his 3rd District Title, while sophomores Dean Peterson and Blake Clayton claimed their 2nd, as the Lancers crowned multiple champs for the 4th straight season.
St Rose (0): The Purple Roses did not get a medal, but senior heavyweight Alex Nappi became their first District semifinalist since the program returned to varsity status in 2016.
Shore Regional (9): Al DeSantis joined Luke Bush (2010-2011) as the 2nd 2-time District Champ in Shore Regional history. DeSantis was one of a school record four champs, along with Jack Maida, Michael McGhee, and Taylor Sousa. The Blue Devils also set a new program high with 9 total medal winners.
Southern (11): The Rams matched a program high with 6 District Champs: Robert Woodcock, Nick Pepe, Nick O'Connell, Haven Tatarek, John Stout, and JT Cornelius. The Rams sent 11 wrestlers total to the podium, as they rolled to their 9th consecutive Team Title, and 21st overall.
TR East (4): Michael Conklin avenged his SCT Finals loss to Howell's Neiko Malone, on his way to winning his 2nd District Title. Freshman Joe McCullough also brought home a 1st-place medal, giving the Raiders multiple champs for the first time since 2016, and 75 champs total. East's 4 medal winners matches their highest total since 2012.
TR North (7): Nick Reilly became the Mariners' first ever 4-time District Champ, majoring the top-seed in the finals. Reilly's win, along with Louie Gagliardo and Jack Oleske, gave North multiple champs for the 3rd straight year, and at least one champ for the last 7 years. Although he came up a win shy of winning his 3rd District Title, Nick Boggiano did record career win #100 in the semifinals.
TR South (3): The Indians had a streak of 11 straight seasons with at least one District Champ snapped. Riley Cheong won his third 2nd place medal, while Justin Murray finished 3rd for the 2nd season in a row. They advance to the Regions along with Sam Akinlolu, who also placed 3rd.
Wall (7): Robert Kanniard became the Knights third 4-time District Champ, joining Brett Donner and Blaine Woszczak. Kanniard also picked up three more wins, pushing his career total to 157, which is one away from tying the all-time Shore Conference record. In all, the Knights crowned four champs, improving their streak to 7 years with multiple champs.
DISTRICT MEDAL COUNT
Jackson Memorial - 6 / 3 / 3
Ocean Township - 2 / 4 / 6
Southern - 6 / 3 / 2
Howell - 5 / 3 / 2
Long Branch - 4 / 3 / 3
Manalapan - 4 / 3 / 3
Middletown North - 3 / 5 / 1
Shore - 4 / 3 / 2
Pt Beach - 3 / 2 / 3
Raritan - 1 / 5 / 2
Brick Memorial - 4 / 1 / 2
Colts Neck - 4 / 1 / 2
TR North - 3 / 2 / 2
Wall - 4 / 2 / 1
Lacey - 0 / 5 / 1
Pt Boro - 4 / 2 / 0
Rumson - 3 / 2 / 1
St John Vianney - 3 / 1 / 2
Freehold Twp - 1 / 3 / 1
Freehold Boro - 1 / 1 / 2
Holmdel - 1 / 2 / 1
Jackson Liberty - 1 / 2 / 1
Marlboro - 2 / 2 / 0
TR East - 2 / 1 / 1
CBA - 2 / 0 / 1
Manchester - 1 / 1 / 1
Matawan - 1 / 2 / 0
Middletown South - 1 / 1 / 1
Neptune - 0 / 1 / 2
Pinelands - 1 / 1 / 1
RBC - 1 / 1 / 1
TR South - 0 / 1 / 2
Barnegat - 1 / 0 / 1
Brick Twp - 1 / 0 / 1
Donovan Catholic - 0 / 1 / 1
Lakewood - 0 / 1 / 1
Monmouth - 0 / 0 / 2
Red Bank - 0 / 1 / 1
Asbury Park - 0 / 0 / 1
Central - 0 / 0 / 1
Keansburg - 0 / 1 / 0
Keyport - 0 / 0 / 1
Manasquan - 0 / 0 / 1
If you missed Tuesday's update, below is the link to my picks for the regular season All-Division teams.
Below is a list of the seeded wrestlers and participants in the Girls Regional Wrestling Tournament.