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"Once you've wrestled, everything in life is easy." - Dan Gable

ANNOUNCEMENT: On Sunday, January 7th, Barnegat will be wrestling New Milford at the Rutgers Athletic Center before the Scarlet Knights host #2 Ohio State in a Big 10 showdown. This will be a PACKED event and is a great chance to support one of our own, as well as Rutgers. You can get tickets through Barnegat HS by calling 609-660-7510 x7002, or by emailing Coach MacIver at wrestlingcoach@msn.com. Don't miss out!


College Notes from Sunday

Black Knight Invitational
Wrestling at 157 for Rutgers, Brett Donner (Wall) went 3-2 on the day to finish in 5th place. Also on the mats for the Scarlet Knights from the Shore were Luck Ecklof (St JohnVianney) at 125, and Will Scott (Brick Twp) at 184.

Keystone Classic
Northwestern's Sebastian Rivera (CBA) won by fall, tech, major, and decision to capture the 125-pound championship at the Keystone. Wrestling for Rider, BJ Clagon (TR South) won his first two bouts by a pin and a tech, before injury defaulting out of the tournament in the semis. Also competing at the Keystone for Sacred Heart were Pat O'Donnell (TR North) and Joe Toci (Southern)

NYS Intercollegiate Championships
Matt Russo (Jackson Liberty) went 5-1 on the day to finish in 5th place for Cornell at 149. Jack LaCorte (CBA) was also 5-1 and finished in 5th at 197 for NYU.
AJ Meyers (TR East) went 3-2, with 2 pins, wrestling at 165 for Columbia. Roddy Rupp (Pt Beach) represented USMMA at 149.

Star City Tournament
A good number of Shore alum representing Stevens Tech in the Star City Tournament. Yoseph Borai (TR East), Zach Wilhelm (Southern), and Thomas Poklikuha (Pinelands) all took 1st place in their respective weight classes, while Dylan Van Sickell (CBA) placed 2nd for the Ducks. Also competing for Stevens were Mike Heck (Pinelands), Carl Vasti (CBA), and Ryan and James Jachim (Brick Twp). Joe Ghione (Brick Memorial) won by fall in the finals to claim the 149-pound title for Elizabethtown.

Wolfpack Open
Ronny Ghaida (Manalapan) went 3-2 to finish in 4th place for Virginia Tech at 157. 


Dates Of Importance

11/27: Official Start of Practice
12/15: Opening Day
1/15: 2-Pound Growth Allowance (Fat Monday)
1/26-27: Shore Conference Tournament
1/27: State Sectional Cutoff
1/30: Sectional Seeding
2/3: End of 30-match Season
2/5,7,9: State Sectionals
2/11: Group Championships @ Pine Belt Arena in Toms River
2/16-17: Districts
2/21, 23-24: Regions
3/2-4: State Championships in Atlantic City



Some notes from yesterday's college action featuring Shore Conference alumni. There were a few events without a lot of info (BOOOOO!!!) but I'll make mentions anyway.

Mike Oxley (CBA) and Jake Kaminsky (Manalapan) represented Hofstra at the Navy Classic. Yeah, that's all I got on that one.

Nick Racanelli (Southern) went 1-1 for Wilkes in the Mt. Union Duals.

Joseph Borai (TR East), Dylan VanSickell (CBA), Zach Wilhelm (Southern), and Thomas Poklikuha (Pinelands) were in the lineup for Stevens Tech, with Borai and Wilhelm recording victories, in the Ducks dual loss to Ferrum.

Chris Nielsen (Pinelands) went 2-2, including a pinfall, for Dubuque, wrestling at 184 in the CUW Open. 

TCNJ had four Shore alumni in the lineup in David Santiago (Brick Twp), Anthony Gagliano (Howell), Luke Balina (Long Branch), and Kyle Cocozza (Howell), in a 23-10 loss to York.

Representing the host school of Springfield were Connor Sheehan (Raritan) who was 2-2 at 184, and Connor Bohringer (Jackson Memorial), who went 1-2 also at 184 with a tech. Matt McGowan (Jackson Memorial) continued his strong collegiate start, going 4-1 to place 2nd at 141 for the Coast Guard Academy. Wrestling for Centenary, Alec Donovan (Brick Memorial) also placed 2nd, recording 4 wins by fall to advance to the 165 finals before dropping a one point decision. Also repping Centenary were Nick Rivera (Brick Memorial) who went 3-2 to place 4th at heavyweight, and Thomas Hinz (Red Bank Regional) who was 1-2 at 157. Dylan DaSilva (TR North) went 5-1 on the day to finish in 5th place at 184 for Plymouth State. While Tyler Tweedie (Pt Boro) represented New England College at 125.

Plenty of action on tap for today. I'll be back either later tonight, or early tomorrow with more notes.


RIP Malcolm Young. I don't think there's a wrestling room in America that didn't blast ACDC.

Archives on team pages for 2005 & 2006 are back online. Be back later tonight, or early tomorrow with college notes from today.


Congratulations to CBA's Richie Koehler, who has committed to attend Rider University next year. COLLEGE COMMITMENT LIST.

Be back late Saturday night, or early Sunday morning, with college notes from Saturday's action. See you then.


Congratulations to all of this year's inductees into the JSIWA Hall of Fame. Last night's ceremony at the Woodlake Country Club was a great time. Truly an honor to be among so many of the great and distinguished members of the Shore Conference Wrestling community... and Murph.

Also, special thanks to Coach Denny D'Andrea for introducing me.

2017 JSIWA Hall of Fame Inductees

Rich Dunnells - Raritan
Kurt Pellegrino - Pt Boro
John Verderosa - Manalapan
Marc Rosenfeld - Brick Memorial
Pat Brady - Pt Boro
Bill Scott - Brick Memorial
Nick Vinciguerra - Jackson Memorial
Frank D'Esposito - Some Website
1986 Brick Memorial Wrestling Team


Say it with me... SAME OLD JETS! And how about them Giants? Just a banner year for New York football. At least we have our red hot New York Rangers, am I right?

Mucho progress made on team pages and pre-season prep over the weekend, as we get closer and closer to the 2018 season.

Now for a few college notes involving some Shore Conference alumni from yesterday.

Will Scott (Brick Twp) was one of four Rutgers wrestlers competing in Sunday's tournament, going 1-2 for the Knights at 174. Mike Oxley (CBA) also went 1-2 on the day, competing for Hofstra at 197.

Mike Russo (Jackson Liberty) went 4-0, including packing his opponent in 58 seconds in the finals, to claim the 125-pound title for Cornell. Brother, Matt Russo (Jackson Liberty) also competed for the Big Red at 149 pounds. Brick Memorial grad Gianni Ghione made his collegiate debutat 133 for Penn, going 5-2 (with three pins) to finish in 6th place. AJ Meyers (TR East) also made his college debut, wrestling at 165 for Columbia. 

After suffering a season-ending injury last January while at St John Vianney, Luke Ecklof made his return to the mat, and went 3-2, representing Rutgers at 125. Anthony Vetrano (Middletown North) went 1-2, competing at 165 for Bloomsburg. Eric Keosseian (Howell) went 1-2, representing USMAPS at 285. Chris Crane (Southern) went 1-2 at 133, wrestling for Kutztown.


Getting more and more done to the pages to get ready for the 2018 season. Yeah, I know, you're only interested in actual content. Ok then... here's some college notes from yesterday.

Rutgers University topped #19 Oklahoma, and Virginia, to go 2-0 in yesterday's Journeymen Northeast Duals. Brett Donner (Wall) made his dual-meet debut for the Knights, competing at 157.

Other Shore notes from the Duals: Brian Hamann (Jackson Memorial), ranked #19 in the nation at 165, went 3-0 on the day, with a pin and a tech, for NC State. Also, Joe Toci (Southern) and Patrick O'Donnell (TR North) were in the lineup for Sacred Heart.

Lots of Shore Conference Alum on the mats at the Fall Brawl in Collegeville, Pa. TCNJ had Shore reps in Tom Anderson (Middletown North) and Austin Maltez (Colts Neck). Anderson had four wins and placed 4th at 184, while Maltez picked up a tech fall as part of a 1-2 day at 125. A trio of SC-alumni entered the tourney for Ursinus College. At 133, Colin Monahan (Freehold Boro) won his opening bout, but then had to injury default out of the tourney. Pat Ammirati (Holmdel) went 3-2 at 141, while Liam Tibbett (Freehold Boro) went 2-2 at 184. Representing Delaware Valley were Anthony Costanza (Brick Twp), who placed 4th at 174, and Chris Richardson (Brick Memorial), who competed at 157 for the Aggies. It was the college debut for both wrestlers. Wrestling for Elizabethtown, Joe Ghione (Brick Memorial) went 4-1 on the day, to finish 2nd at 149. Out of his four wins, he scored a pin, a tech, and a major.  

At the NY/PA Duals, Jack LaCorte (CBA) went a perfect 3-0, wrestling at 197 for NYU. Nick Racanelli (Southern) was also a clean 3-0 on the day, wrestling at 165 for Wilkes.

Wrestling for Iowa Central, Tyree Sutton (Keansburg) went 4-1 on the day, with his only loss coming in OT, to finish 3rd at the Grand View Open. It is the 2nd Top 4 tourney finish in two weeks for Sutton.

Making his college debut for the Coast Guard Academy, Matt McGowan (Jackson Memorial) went 5-0 to win the 141-pound championship at the Roger Williams Invitational. Also competing for the Coast Guard was TR South alum, Owen McClave who went 2-1 before medically withdrawing from the tournament. McClave finished in the Top 6 at 133. Nick Wagner (Wall) also made his collegiate debut, going 1-2 for Roger Williams at 141. 

Back tomorrow, or perhaps later tonight, with any blurbs for alumni at the college level from today's action.


A Happy Friday to you all. We're creeping up on the first official day of practices... getting close.

Couple things for today, and then I'll check back in over the weekend with some college notes.

First, I've switched over the COLLEGE COMMITMENTS PAGE to 2018. The first two commitments are up with Ocean Township's Jake Benner committing to Rutgers University, and Donovan Catholic's Conor Panzarella committing to Campbell University. Have commitment news? Email DESPO424@comcast.net. Email is back up and running for good after its summer break.

Like rankings? Who doesn't? Intermat has updated their high school individual and team rankings for 2018. 

Three Shore Conference wrestlers are in the pre-season Top 20 for their weight classes:

Kyle Slendorn (Howell) - #15 at 132
Jake Benner (Ocean Township) - #18 at 145
Rob Kanniard (Wall) - #19 at 160

On the team front, Howell is ranked #37 in the country. The Rebels are one of four teams from New Jersey in the Top 50, and the lone NJ public school.

For Intermat's Rankings....... CLICK HERE!

34 Days Until Opening Night!


Three days in a row with updates? We're getting closer and closer, aren't we?

Updated the COLLEGE ROLL CALL PAGE with a list of Shore Conference Wrestlers competing at the NCAA level from Division 1-3. Some teams still have not updated their rosters (BOO!) on their websites, so I may have a few guys missing. I'll update once they do. If you see someone that needs to be added to the teams that are on there, email me, and I'll get them up.


A few local notes from yesterday's college action.

Representing Rider, BJ Clagon (TR South) participated in the NWCA All-Star Classic. Clagon, ranked #7 in the nation at 157, defeated 6th-ranked Alec Pantaleo of Michigan, 10-4.

Tyree Sutton (Keansburg) finished in 4th place in the 197-pound bracket for Iowa Central at the Warren Williamson/Daktronics Open/

At the Hokie Open, Manalapan's Ronny Ghaida made his collegiate debut, going 2-2 for Virginia Tech at 157 pounds.

Anthony Vetrano (Middletown North) represented Bloomsburg in the 165-pound weight class at the Clarion Open.


And the college season is underway!

We start with Rutgers, who opened their season by topping Maryland, 27-9, on the football field at High Point Solutions Stadium. Pretty cool to see 4-time State Champ, Nick Suriano, on the mat for the Scarlet Knights, and he debuted in dominant fashion, winning by tech fall at 125. Richie Lewis of Toms River East was the lone Shore Conference alum in the lineup for Rutgers, and he handled his business with a 13-4 major at 157. RUTGERS RECAP

Rider opened their 2018 season as well on Saturday, participating in the Princeton Tiger Open. Brick Twp alum, Dean Sherry, recorded three wins on the day, and finished in the Top 8. He was the only wrestler to go the full 7 minutes with Ohio State's Bo Jordan, a NCAA Finalist last year, dropping an 11-8 decision. Other Shore alum on the mat for Rider were Jovanni Gomez (Long Branch) and Ben Aquilina (Manalapan).

A pair of Brick Memorial alum, Alec Donovan and Nick Rivera, represented Centenary University at Princeton, with Donovan recording three wins at 165, while Rivera got his first collegiate victory competing in the 285-pound bracket.

Other Shore alumni competing in Princeton were Mike Oxley (CBA) for Hofstra, Patrick O'Donnell (TR North) and Joe Toci (Southern) for Sacred Heart, and Eric Keosseian (Howell) for USMAPS.

Some Shore alumni were on the mats in the Messiah Invitational on Saturday. Zach Martin (TR South) picked up his 1st collegiate victory, competing for Elizabethtown. John Downey (Freehold Boro) recorded a pair of pins, as he made his college debut wrestling for Lycoming. Pat Ammirati (Holmdel) had a pair of wins for Ursinus at 141, while Liam Tibbett (Freehold Boro) made his debut for Ursinus at 174. 

At the Ned McGinley Invitational, CBA alumni, Jack LaCorte, went 4-0 on the day to claim the 197-pound championship for NYU. Several Shore alum competed for Scranton, with Nick Ciaccia (Howell) winning three bouts at 141, Kevin Pompilio (Manasquan) at 149, Liam Gallagher (CBA) at 165, and Will Oxley (CBA) at 285. 

At the Ithaca Invitational, Matt Mustillo (Manalapan) made his college debut, competing at Castleton University. Mustillo was at 141, and notched his first two college wins. Johnson & Wales had a trio of Shore wrestlers entered at Ithaca, with Seon Bowker, who spent 3 1/2 years at Southern, placing 5th at 174, and Tanner Kelly (Jackson Mem) and Peyton Blauvelt (Southern) each registering a pair of wins at 184. Tyler Tweedie (Pt Boro) made his college debut, wrestling at 125 for New England College. Connor Sheehan (Raritan) recorded a pair of victories, representing Springfield at 197. Stevens Institute had it's usual strong Shore Conference presence, with Yoseph Borai (TR East) going 5-0 to win the 125-pound championship. Also competing at 125 for the Ducks was Mike Heck (Pinelands), who notched a pair of wins. Dylan Van Sickell (CBA) went 5-2 on the day to finish 5th at 149. Stevens had back to back champs with Zach Wilhelm (Southern) and Thomas Poklikuha (Pinelands) each going 5-0 to win at 157 and 165, respectively. The Ducks had a trio of Shore alum entered at 174 in Carl Vasti (CBA), and Ryan and James Jachim (Brick Twp). 

I know there were a couple other events with Shore alum on the mats yesterday, but it's still pre-season for me, and my hands started cramping. #PoorOffSeasonHandTraining 

I'll have some more college stuff for Monday,and I should begin updating the College Roll Call list for this season over the next week as teams have now really begun to update their rosters on their websites now that the season is underway.

Other than that, finishing up all the archiving of the 2017 season on the team pages, and getting ready to set up the pages for the 2018 season. Only 39 days until Opening Day!

2017 J.S.I.W.A. Award Winners

The Rich Dunnells Courage Award
Dylan Kansky (Raritan)
Steven McGauley (Lacey)
Alexi Nunez (St. Rose) 
Chad McClelland (Wall) 
Dan Lynch (Southern)

NWCA Team Participation Award
Point Beach

Note: This award is presented to the team that has the highest percentage of students participating in wrestling relative to the number of students in the school. At Pt. Beach, 24.5% of the male students enrolled at the school are on the wrestling team. That number is incredible. Keansburg was next with 17.6%, another great number. The program with the most wrestlers overall is Howell with 79, which is basically a small army. As Doug Bower pointed out at the banquet, we need to get the numbers up across the board. For any of you guys out there, especially the big guys, that have a football coach telling you not to wrestle and focus on football, have them email me and I'll have them Google these guys named Bill Belichick, Urban Meyer, and Nick Saban (whom I hope they've heard of) who specifically look for big athletes with wrestling backgrounds. Trust me, those guys have a pretty good idea on things. </rant>

Where was I? Oh yeah...

Best In Brand
(Given to team that makes most use of social media and technology to promote its team)
Brick Memorial

Comeback Wrestler of the Year
Seamus Wood (Holmdel)

Top Multi-Sport Athlete 
Derrick Wiley (Matawan)

Most Dramatic Bout of the Year
Pancake Park > Suplex City

Unsung Hero Award
Austin Cannon (Shore Regional)

Top Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Chad McClelland (Wall)

Tony Caravella Team of the Year Award

Top Small School 

Top Large School
Middletown North

Scott Goodale Coach of the Year Award
John Gagliano (Howell)

Assistant Coach of the Year
Brian Grainer (Pt Boro)

Wrestler of the Year
Jake Benner (Ocean)

Most Outstanding Lower Weight
Gianni Ghione (Brick Memorial)

Most Outstanding Upper Weight
Eric Koesseian (Howell)

Freshman of the Year
Shane Reitsma (Howell)

Sophomore of the Year
Robert Kanniard (Wall)

Junior of the Year
Kyle Slendorn (Howell)

Senior of the Year
Matt McKenzie (Wall)

2017 Man of the Year
Frank D'Esposito
Note: Obviously! And how about that vest?

President's Award

You can follow the J.S.I.W.A. Coaches' Twitter page at @JSIWA_Coaches  and they will have an Instagram page up at jsiwa_coaches. Bookmark them, follow them, add them, or whatever it is you do.

Also, a thank you to Jersey Mike's for help sponsoring the whole thing. You should go there today and get a sub and say the J.S.I.W.A. sent you.

Congratulations to the Shore Conference Wrestlers that earned All-American Honors at this year's NHSCA Tournament.


6th Place
170: Shane Reitsma (Howell)


4th Place
152: Robert Kanniard (Wall)
Hwt: Paul Liseno (Keansburg)

6th Place
Hwt: Kevin Cerruti (Long Branch)

8th Place
152: Nick Addison (Rumson)




2017 Shore Conference College All-Americans

NCAA D1: Ken Theobold (TR South) - 7th Place, 149-pounds - Rutgers
NCAA D3: Zach Wilhelm (Southern) - 7th Place, 149-pounds - Stevens Tech
NAIA: Tyler Fraley (Colts Neck) - 3rd Place, 141-pounds - Williams Baptist (Ark)


Brick Memorial: Gianni Ghione came up short in his bid for his first State Title after being defeated in the semifinals by New Milford's John Burger. He would go on to place 3rd, and become the fourth Mustang to end his career with three Top 4 finishes, joining Todd Palmisano, Mike Morales and Vin Santaniello.

CBA: For the third time in four years, the Colts brought a medal home from the 106-pound weight class with senior Nick Schutzenhofer placing 6th. Junior Richie Koehler just missed on earning his 2nd State medal, losing in the 4th round of wrestlebacks to finish Top 12.

Colts Neck: Junior Joey King made his 2nd trip to AC and was also one win shy of a medal, finishing Top 12 at 113.

Holmdel: Scott Dupont picked up a pair of wins on the weekend to give him 39 for the year, breaking the school's single season record of 38, which was set by current assistant coach Jimmy Ilvento back in 2012.

Howell: The Rebels had two finalists for the 2nd time in program history, with Eric Keosseian pinning in the 220-pound final to give the Rebels their 3rd State Champion and first since Joey Langel in 2008. Kyle Slendorn was the Rebels' other finalist, finishing as the 126-pound runner-up. He and Keosseian both tied the program record for single season wins with 42. Keosseian's five wins gave him 133 for his career. Slendorn, a junior, picked up four wins to put him at 116 for his career. He'll head into the 2108 season 7th all-time in wins for Howell, 22 behind the program record held by Zac Cunliffe. If he were to match his total of 42 wins from this year, he would tie Raritan's Dan Seidenberg as the Shore Conference's all-time wins leader. Darby Diedrich, who finished one win shy of a medal last season, finished 7th at 120 to give Howell three medals on the weekend. To cap the weekend, head coach John Gagliano was voted as the NJSIAA Coach of the Year. Not a bad trip to AC for the Rebels.

Lacey: Sophomore Hunter Gutierrez earned the Lions' first medal since Lex Knapp in 2012, with a 5th place finish at 106. His five wins on the weekend also allowed him to tie Knapp for the single season record at Lacey with 42.

Middletown North: Tom Anderson put in some time on the mats this weekend, wrestling in eight bouts, winning six of them, to finish 5th at 182. The six wins gave Anderson 40 for the year, and allowed him to end his career 3rd on the all-time wins list at North with 114. Nicko Cofone came up just shy in reaching the podium, losing in the tiebreaker of his "blood round" match.

Ocean Township: "It ain't over till it's over." - Yogi Berra. Down four points with a minute and a half left, Jake Benner tossed former State Champ Gerard Angelo to his back for a 5-point move for a dramatic 7-6 win. Benner, who shared the Most Outstanding Wrestler award with Bound Brook's Mekhi Lewis, became the Spartans' third State Champion, joining back-to-back winner Nick Menditto, who won in 2007 & 2008. Benner's five wins to the title gave him a school record 42 on the year, and will send him into his senior season with 107 career wins, 32 away from the program record held by Kyle Kiss.

Pinelands: Senior Christopher Nielsen capped his career with an 8th place finish at 182. His three wins in the tournament gave him 107 for his career, tying him for 3rd on the all-time wins list at Pinelands.

Raritan: For the 2nd year in a row, junior Russell Benson came up just one win short of a spot on the podium. His two wins on the weekend will send him into his senior year with 99 for his career, 8th all-time at Raritan.

Rumson: Theo Addison picked up his 35th win of the season in AC, which allowed him to tie Marcus Iwama for the single season record at Rumson.

St. John Vianney: Junior Nick Caracappa had the deepest run of the Lancers' five representatives in the tournament, finishing one victory short a medal at 170. Four of the Lancers that wrestled this weekend are back next season.

Southern: Sophomore Nicholas O'Connell wrestled all the way from the 25th-seed to the podium, placing 8th at 145.

TR East: AJ Meyers capped his career with his 2nd medal in AC, placing 5th at 160. His five wins on the weekend gave him 105 for his career, tied for 9th most all time at East with Vin Salek.

TR North: Patrick O'Donnell picked up a pair of wins to end his career with 105 victories, which puts him 7th all-time at TRN.

TR South: After finishing 7th last season, Corrigan came up short of a return trip to the podium this weekend. He hit the century mark for his career with his first win, and will enter his senior season with 101 total, tied for 8th all-time at South.

Wall: The Knights were represented on the podium for the 4th consecutive season with sophomore Robert Kanniard placing 4th, and senior Matt McKenzie battling through a shoulder injury to take 7th. For McKenzie, it brings an end to a terrific career as he leaves with three State medals, and is the program's all-time wins leader with 145. 

I'll have End of Season Blurbs during Awards Week. Aren't you excited?


138: Jr - Jake Benner (Ocean Township) - Voted co-Most Outstanding Wrestler
220: Sr - Eric Keosseian (Howell)

2nd Place
126: Jr - Kyle Slendorn (Howell)

3rd Place
132: Sr - Gianni Ghone (Brick Memorial)

4th Place
152: So - Robert Kanniard (Wall)

5th Place
106: So - Hunter Gutierrez (Lacey)
160: Sr - AJ Meyers (TR East)
182: Sr - Tom Anderson (Middletown North)

6th Place
106: Sr - Nick Schutzenhofer (CBA)

7th Place
120: So - Darby Diedrich (Howell)
195: Sr - Matt McKenzie (Wall)

8th Place
145: So - Nicholas O'Connell (Southern)
182: Sr - Christopher Nielsen (Pinelands)



Barnegat: Sean Foley became the Bengals' 2nd State qualifier in program history. Thie first was Matt Schofield in 2012.

Brick Memorial: Gianni Ghione and Nick Rivera each won their 3rd Region Titles and both improved to a perfect 33-0 on the year. They give Brick Memorial 60 Region Champions all-time, the most in the Shore Conference. For Rivera, he became the Shore's first wrestler to win three titles in the heavyweight division.

Brick Twp: Dean Helstowski avenged a pair of losses by defeating Seon Bowker in the Region 7 final. It is the first Region title for Helstowski, who will now make his 3rd trip to Boardwalk Hall.

CBA: Richie Koehler won his 2nd Region 6 Title, and Nick Schutzenhofer won his first, as the Colts advanced four wrestlers in all to the State Tournament.

Central: The Eagles' Mike Bickford finished one win shy of a trip to AC, with a 5th place finish at 195 in Region 7.

Colts Neck: Joey King, who notched his 100th career victoty this weekend, and Vin Garguilo placed 2nd in R6, while Steven Kramer took 3rd, as the Cougars advanced three wrestlers to AC for the first time in program history.

Donovan Catholic: The Griffins are back on the boardwalk. For the first time since Anthony D'Anton in 2011, Donovan Catholic will be in the State Tournament with juniors Cristiaan Dailey and Salvatore DiSalvo both headed to AC.

Freehold Boro: Freshman Nico Messina punched a ticket to Atlantic City with a 2nd place finish in the 106-pound bracket in Region 6. He will be the Colonials first rep in AC since Josh Davis in 2010.

Freehold Twp: For the first time since 2007 (Gene Accardi & Mitch Berger), the Patriots will send two wrestlers to Atlantic City in juniors Kyle Hillermeier and Eric Quartey.

Holmdel: Big weekend for the Hornets Scott Dupont. The junior recorded his 100th career win on his way to a 3rd place finish at 152 in Region 5. He will be Holmdel's first State Tournament qualifier since 1984.

Howell: The Rebels rolled through Region 6, crowning a program-record 4 champs. In all, Howell will be sending a Shore Conference high 8 wrestlers to the boardwalk.

Jackson Liberty: Josh Bollard made it 7 years in a row for Liberty with a State Tournament qualifier, as the junior placed 3rd in Region 6 at 113.

Jackson Memorial: The Jags will send a trio to AC through Region 7, in seniors Matt McGowan (3rd 132) and Tim Hamann (4th 152), and junior David Lemay (2nd 220).

Keansburg: Sophomore heavyweight Paul Liseno fell one win short of a trip to States. He finished 6th place in Region 5.

Lacey: Hunter Gutierrez won the first Region Title since Lex Knapp in 2012, and four Lions in all punched tickets to AC. The last time Lacey had multiple reps on the boardwalk was in 2013 when Luke Fernandez and Pat Schinder made the trip.

Long Branch: The Green Wave had three 3rd place finishers and one 4th place in Region 6, and will have multiple representatives in Atlantic City for the first time since 2013 (Jake George & Nick Pappayliou).

Manalapan: Jake Staklinski and Ronny Ghaida finished 2nd, and Alex Baran placed 3rd, in the Region 6 Tournament. It is the first time since 2004 that the Braves have had more than one wrestler in the State Tournament.

Manasquan: Junior Francis Marshall finished in 4th place at 152 in Region 6. He is the Warriors first State qualifier in 20 years.

Matawan: Derrick Wiley became the Huskies first Region finalist since 2010, and their first State Tournament qualifier since Glenn Cross in 2013.

Middletown North: Big weekend for the Lions. Tyler Klinsky became the program's first freshman to win a Region Title since some guy named Frank Molinaro in 2004. Wonder whatever happened to him? North also set program highs with five wrestlers, including two frosh, to Atlantic City.

Middletown South: The season ended for the Eagles on Saturday, but they will return multiple wrestlers with Region experience next year for the first time since 2014.

Neptune: Nick Faber was the 195-pound runner-up in Region 6. He will be the Fliers' first State Tournament participant since Romello Union in 2014.

Ocean Township: Jake Benner won his 100th career bout, and became the Spartans first Region Champion since Zach Hertling in 2012. Freshman Alex Poniros place 2nd at 126, to give Ocean two reps down in Atlantic City.

Pinelands: Senior Chris Nielsen became the Wildcats' first Region Champion since Mike Molosky won his 2nd title in 2002. He heads to Boardwalk Hall for the 2nd consecutive season.

Pt Beach: Jack Baker punched a ticket to Atlantic City by becoming the 10th Beach wrestler in program history to win a Region Title.

Pt Boro: With 4th-place finishes in Region 6 from Spencer Robinson (138) and Anthony Bonavito (Hwt), Boro has their first State Tournament qualifiers since Ryan Budzek and Dan Nobbs in 2014.

Raritan: Russell Benson won the 132-pound Title at Region 5 to move on to Atlantic City for the 2nd consecutive season. He is the 7th Region Champ in Raritan history, and first since Ryan Lynch in 2011.

Rumson: For the 5th time in 6 season, the Bulldogs will have a representative in Atlantic City. Senior Theo Addison is headed to Boardwalk Hall after placing 2nd at 195 in Region 5.

St John Vianney: 170-pounder Nicholas Caracappa won the 4th Region Title in program history, as the Lancers will send a school record five wresters to Boardwalk Hall.

Shore: Freshman Al Desantis placed 4th at 120 in Region 6 to give the Blue Devils their first State qualifer since Luke Bush in 2011.

Southern: Matt Barnett (2nd R8) punched a ticket to AC for the 2nd consecutive season, and sophomore Nicholas O'Connell finished 4th, as the Rams will have two representatives down at Boardwalk Hall.

TR East: AJ Meyers recorded his 100th career victory en route to a 3rd place finish in Region 7. Meyers, a State runner-up last season, will be making his third trip to Boardwalk Hall.

TR North: For the first time since 2009, when they sent four wrestlers, North will have multiple participants in the State Tournament in senior Patrick O'Donnell and freshman Nick Boggiano.

TR South: For the seventh year in a row, South crowned a Region Champion with junior Cole Corrigan winning his first title. Corrigan will now be making his 3rd trip to AC.

Wall: Led by their three R6 Champs: Robert Kanniard, Chad McClelland, and Matt McKenzie, Wall will be sending a program record 6 wrestlers to Atlantic City.

113: #1 Mitchell Polito (East Brunswick) md. #2 Jack Bauer (Hunterdon Central)  11-1
120: #1 Mark Schleifer (East Brunswick) d. #2 Hunter Graf (Hunterdon Central)  7-4
126: #2 Alec Gleason (East Brunswick) md. #1 Peter Nace (Hunterdon Central)  12-4
132: #1 Russell Benson (Raritan) p. #7 Joey Zargo (South River)  5:59
138: #1 Robert Cleary (Bound Brook) d. #2 Matthew Kolonia (Delaware Valley)  4-3
145: #1 Joe Casey (Bound Brook) d. #2 Nicholas Lombard (Monroe)  6-5
152: #1 Stephan Glasgow (Bound Brook) md. #2 Joseph Hatcher (Piscataway)  20-6
160: #1 Mekhi Lewis (Bound Brook) p. #2 Michael Petite (Piscataway)  0:31
170: #1 Nicholas Caracappa (St John Vianney) d. #2 Derrick Wiley (Matawan)  5-4
182: #1 George Walton (Bound Brook) p. #2 Michael Iodice (Hunterdon Central)  5:26
195: #1 Kyle Lightner (Delaware Valley) p. #2 Theo Addison (Rumson)  3:21
220: #1 Victor Lacombe (Hunterdon Central) d. #2 Will Ortman (Hopewell Valley)  3-1
Hwt: #2 Dylan D`Amore (Montgomery) d. #1 Michael Porcaro (Sayreville)  1-0 
106: #8 Tyler Klinsky (Middletown North) d. #3 Joseph Pacheco (Perth Amboy)  5-0

138: #1 Jake Benner (Ocean Township) p. #3 Nick Wagner (Wall)  3:15
145: #2 Garrett Bilgrav (Robbinsville) d. #1 Jack Kelly (Wall)  6-4
152: #1 Robert Kanniard (Wall) d. #2 Ronny Ghaida (Manalapan)  11-4
160: #1 Chad McClelland (Wall) d. #6 Kyle Hillermeier (Freehold Twp)  5-0
170: #2 Shane Reitsma (Howell) d. #4 Jake Staklinski (Manalapan)  8-3
182: #1 Jack Baker (Pt Beach) d. #2 Zeke Brinson (Riverside)  8-2
195: #1 Matt McKenzie (Wall) d. #2 Nick Faber (Neptune)  4-2
220: #1 Eric Keosseian (Howell) p. #7 Jajuan Hayes (Bordentown)  1:26
Hwt: #1 Nick Rivera (Brick Memorial) md. #3 Vin Garguilo (Colts Neck)  8-0
106: #5 Nick Schutzenhofer (CBA) d. #6 Nico Messina (Freehold Boro)  7-0
113: #1 Richie Koehler (CBA) d. #2 Joey King (Colts Neck)  4-3
120: #1 Darby Diedrich (Howell) p. #2 Logan Fox (Robbinsville)  3:22
126: #1 Kyle Slendorn (Howell) md. #6 Alex Poniros (Ocean Township)  9-0
132: #1 Gianni Ghione (Brick Memorial) p. #2 Daniel Esposito (Howell)  0:49

220: #1 James Thompson (Pennsauken) d. #3 David Lemay (Jackson Memorial)  4-3
Hwt: #1 Keith Swartley (Cinnaminson) d. #2 Lorenzo Hernandez (Cherry Hill West)  2-1 TB
106: #2 Hunter Gutierrez (Lacey) d. #1 Chase Mullarkey (Holy Cross)  4-0
113: #1 Joe Manchio (Seneca) md. #2 Colin Wickramaratna (Cherokee)  14-3
120: #1 Lucas Revano (Camden Catholic) d. #2 Matt Higgins (Shawnee)  6-0
126: #1 Anthony Duca (Paulsboro) tf. #2 Ryan Manahan (Cherokee)  20-3 4:39
132: #1 Anthony Croce (Camden Catholic) d. #3 Joey Perez (Paulsboro)  11-6
138: #1 Dylan Fischer (West Deptford) p. #6 Luke Gauthier (Lacey)  0:51
145: #1 Cole Corrigan (TR South) d. #2 Corey Fischer (West Deptford)  7-0
152: #1 Avery DiNardi (Holy Cross) d. #2 Christopher Bolletino (Haddonfield)  3-1 SV
160: #2 Santino Morina (Paulsboro) d. #4 Matt Garrity (Lacey)  4-3
170: #5 Drew Bowker (Rancocas Valley) d. #2 Patrick O'Donnell (TR North)  6-4
182: #2 Deal Helstowski (Brick Twp) d. #1 Seon Bowker (Rancocas Valley)  3-2 UTB
195: #1 Michael Taulane (Collingswood) p. #2 Alex Cawley (Pemberton)  2:24

Shore Conference Top 6

1st Place
182: Christoper Nielsen (Pinelands)

2nd Place
132: Matt Barnett (Southern)

4th Place
113: Sean Foley (Barnegat)
145: Nicholas O'Connell (Southern)

5th Place
160: John Stout (Southern)

6th Place
113: Owen Kretschmer (Southern)
120: Sebastian Delligatti (Southern)
145: Brennan Richardson (Pinelands)

Shore Conference Only
182: #1 Christopher Nielsen (Pinelands) d. #2 Vince Degeorge (Delsea)  4-2
132: #1 Quinn Kinner (Kingsway) md. #2 Matt Barnett (Southern)  17-8