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CENTRAL JERSEY GROUP 5 FINALS

#2 Hunterdon Central  @  #1 Manalapan


Hunterdon Central Red Devils (13-9)
Conference: Skyland Conference
District 18  /  Region 5
Sectional Titles: 22 (Last: CJG5 - 2019)

Shore Conference Opponents: None

How They Got Here: QF- South Brunswick (49-24)  /  SF - Monroe (43-27)




Manalapan Braves (24-3)
District 20  /  Region 5
Sectional Titles: 3 (Last: CJG4 - 1992)
Last Sectional Final Appearance: 2019 (Lost in CJG5 Finals to Hunterdon Central, 39-23)

How They Got Here: QF - New Brunswick (63-16)  /  SF - Sayreville (56-6)



 
Previous Meeting: 2019 CJG5 Finals - Hunterdon Central W (39-23)


Hunterdon Central is no stranger to the Shore Conference when it comes to the post-season, as it has been a Shore Conference team that has eliminated them from the postseason in 5 of the last 7 years, including Southern Regional in last year's Group 5 Finals. This was already going to be a slight "rebuilding" year for the Red Devils as they lost six very talented seniors to graduation, but they were dealt a further blow when returning State Champion Brett Ungar transferred to Notre Dame in Pennsylvania. Nonetheless, the Red Devils have some very strong talent in the lineup, particularly in the middle. Junior Norman Cella and senior Brandon Donoghue have tried to hold down the upperweights as the Red Devils have worked in a lot of different bodies, and it's a stretch where Manalapan has a few of their big guns, so that area will bear watching. 

For Manalapan, it has been 28 years since State Champ Indra Sulijoadikusomo, Mike Antico, Ari Camin, Adam Moskowitz, and the late Ricky Rivera helped lead the Braves to their last Sectional Title. This is a veteran lineup with tremendous balance, and just might be the best team the Braves have ever put on the mat... although I'm sure those early 80's teams may like to have a say on it

PREDICTIONS
Despo: Manalapan
Anonymous: Manalapan


Possible Matchups
 Hunterdon Central Red Devils
WGT Manalapan Braves
 (Fr) Henry Wilkinson  (16-15)106
 (Fr) Anthony Vitola  (16-10)
 (So) Alistair McManus  (3-9)113
 (Sr) Justin Schifter  (21-6)
 (So) Aidan Portnoy  (14-8)120
 (Jr) Chris Balzano  (19-5)
 (So) Nick Canonica  (18-10)126
 (Sr) Calvin Burke  (10-8 / R5-PQ)
 (Jr) Curtis Wheatley  (15-16)132
 (Sr) Jason Schifter  (11-5)
 (So) Tanner Peake  (25-7)138
 (Jr) Jason Porcaro  (18-12)
 (Jr) Colton Washleski  (29-3)145
 (Sr) Hunter Kontantoulas  (27-4 / NJ-WB2)
 (Sr) Anthony Romaniello  (26-3)152
 (Jr) James Grande  (19-8)
 (Sr) John Rieche  (8-11)160
 (Sr) Matt Benedetti  (31-0 / NJ-6th)
 (Jr) Norman Cella  (30-2)170
 (Sr) Dylan Waller  (24-4 / R5-6th)
 (So) Vincent Brito  (5-6) / (Sr) Chase Nehila  (7-5)182
 (Jr) Gavin Claro  (25-3 / NJ-WB2)
 (So) Nick Lewis  (4-8) / (Fr) Bennet Cayero  (5-13)195
 (Sr) Michael Slitas  (14-5)
 (Sr) Brandon Donoghue  (17-13)220
 (Jr) George Zavalnik  (16-6)
 (Fr) Jacob Tulli  (5-10)Hwt
 (Sr) Matt Kovacs  (20-7)
                                                                       
              
                                                                      
















































































































































































































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