Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wrestling: Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex rankings

Snow be damned, this should prove to be an interesting week in the tri-county area.

For one, some local teams are scrambling with the sectional cutoff looming on Saturday -- most notably North Hunterdon and Warren Hills.

North Hunterdon (7-2), which was idle last week, is fighting to get to 10 in-state matches, the minimum needed to qualify. Coach Tim Flynn's Lions enter the week with seven -- two were against Pennsylvania's Palisades and Emmaus at the Easton Invitational -- and only have duals scheduled with Warren Hills on Wednesday and Delaware Valley on Friday.

Flynn said he's working on getting a triangular meet on the slate for Saturday. North, which has won 13 sectional championships and none since 2009, would be a heavy favorite to win the North 2, Group 5 title should it get into the dance, where it will likely be the No. 1 seed.

Warren Hills (5-4) is battling to beat the 70-percent rule in order to qualify. With four of its matches coming against Pennsylvania opponents, the Blue Streaks must wrestle in five of their six scheduled matches this week in order to be eligible in a wide-open North 2, Group 3 section, where they are currently the No. 1 seed.

Phillipsburg (9-1), which has seven in-state matches entering the week, will need to get all three of its scheduled matches in -- Hunterdon Central on Wednesday, Warren Hills on Thursday and Southern on Saturday. The latter may be an issue with a preliminary forecast of bad weather for the weekend. Should the 'Liners, who enter the week with 897 victories overall, win both matches earlier in the week, they will go for No. 900 as a program vs. Southern.

High Point (4-3) also needs to get three of its four in-state matches scheduled for this week -- Newton on Monday and Paramus, Cranford and Warren Hills on Saturday.

Buckle up for what may be a wild ride ahead of us.

Now, onto this week's rankings:

1. Phillipsburg (9-1) -- Stateliners rolled to a pair of impressive wins last week -- 30-18 over Bound Brook on Wednesday and 37-15 over Parkland (Pa.) on Friday. The win over Bound Brook puts P'burg in the driver's seat for the Skyland Conference Raritan Division title. Since joining the Skyland for the 1995-96 season, the Warren County school has won or shared 18 of a possible 19 division championships -- going 128-3 overall in division matches. Seniors Jimmy Schuitema (108-24) and Max Elling (107-35) are closing in on coach Dave Post (111-22 from 1999-2003) for sixth place on the school's all-time wins list.

Up next: Hunterdon Central at home on Wednesday; Warren Hills at home on Thursday; at Southern on Saturday.

2. Delaware Valley (10-2) -- Terriers capped a light week by continuing their trend of beating teams after finishing behind them in tournaments with Friday's 32-28 victory over Lenape Valley, which was ranked No. 2 last week. Senior Cory Lightner (15-5) bumped to 170 and earned a huge 9-8 decision over Joey LaBell, a Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex runner-up. Speaking of the HWS, Lenape Valley placed third, while Del Val finished 11th. Junior Kyle Refalvy (11-7) also added a big 12-2 major at 120 pounds.

Up next: North Hunterdon at home on Friday.

3. Lenape Valley (9-1) -- Patriots took their first loss -- 32-28 against Delaware Valley on Friday -- after coach Doug Vetter's squad opened last week with a 42-21 victory over Sussex County rival Kittatinny -- the program's first since 2009 -- to end a six-match losing streak in that series. Curiously, Vetter opted to insert reserve Dylan Frazier at 220 and bump District 2 champion Ralph Hall to 285 -- knocking heavyweight Rich Fritzky out of the lineup -- needing to sweep the last two weights. Frazier dropped a 4-3 decision and the match was over, while Hall pinned in the final bout.

Up next: at Pequannock on Tuesday; North Warren at home on Wednesday; Sparta, Caldwell, St. Benedict's at home on Saturday.

4. Hunterdon Central (8-4) -- Red Devils are coming off a light week of their own after a tight 38-34 win over Warren Hills in a Skyland Conference Raritan Division clash last Wednesday. The victory improved Central to 41-13-1 in the all-time series and avenged a 34-33 loss on criteria to the Blue Streaks last season, which was their first victory in the series since 2006. Senior Nick Taylor (9-9) came through in the final bout with a huge 3-2 win over two-time Region 1 qualifier Austin Pidoto at 145. Bonus points were also key as Central registered three pins and two majors.

Up next: at Phillipsburg on Wednesday; Voorhees at home on Friday; Jackson Liberty, Kingsway at home on Saturday.

5. North Hunterdon (7-2) -- Lions were idle last week with after a scheduled quad at Watchung Hills was wiped out by snow on Saturday. The Hunterdon County school is scrambling to qualify for sectionals (see above) and has a pair of big Skyland Conference Raritan Division matches slated for the week. Senior ace Ryan Pomrinca (19-0), a Lehigh recruit, enters the week tied for fifth on the Hunterdon-Warren all-time victories list at 134-12 overall.

Up next: at Warren Hills on Wednesday; at Delaware Valley on Friday.

6. High Point (4-3) -- Wildcats opened last week with a tough 34-30 loss to Morris Knolls before rebounding with a 39-19 win over Hackettstown in a Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference clash on Thursday. In doing so, coach John Gardner (289-80-2 in 17 seasons) passed Jeff Hull (288-104-4) to become the program's winningest coach. Injuries and illness continue to plague the 'Cats as senior Dom Gallo (elbow) sat out the Hackettstown win, while sophomore Aric Wingle (sick) missed all of last week. The match with Newton should be another barn-burner based on the matchups.

Up next: at Newton on Monday; at Delaware Valley (Pa.) on Wednesday; Cranford, Paramus at Warren Hills on Saturday.

7. Sparta (12-3) -- Spartans capped a 2-0 week with a 44-25 thumping of crosstown rival Pope John on Wednesday. Coach Frank Battaglia's solid group of upper weights reeled off four straight pins to open the match, as Connor Lore (17-5 at 182), Zach Herbert (14-7 at 195), Gavin Lally (20-1 at 220) and Robbie Gennat (14-3 at 285) gave the visitors a 24-0 lead. Lally, the HWS champ at 220, enters the week with 69 career wins. Senior 145-pounder Ian Burke (20-2) is aiming for the school's wins record. At 104-20 overall, Burke needs 12 to surpass former Region 1 champion Matt Stoppay (115-25 from 1999-2003).

Up next: Vernon at home on Wednesday; at Kittatinny on Friday; Caldwell, St. Benedict's at Lenape Valley on Saturday.

8. Voorhees (7-3) -- Vikings also had last week off after scheduled matches against Delaware Valley, Belvidere, Lenape Valley and Manalapan were erased by snow. Coach Eric Hall's squad will get back on the trail this week with a pair of Skyland Conference Raritan Division matches on the docket, including a county showdown against No. 6 Hunterdon Central.

Up next: at Bound Brook on Wednesday; at Hunterdon Central on Friday; Franklin and Ridge at home on Saturday.

9. Kittatinny (7-6) -- Cougars went 1-1 last week, opening with a 42-21 loss to Lenape Valley before bouncing back with a 63-9 shellacking of Hopatcong. Junior Austin Scrivani (23-1) picked up his 80th career win vs. the Patriots -- a 5-3 decision over Nick Palumbo at 138 pounds in a rematch of their Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex 132-pound final.

Up next: Wallkill Valley at home on Wednesday; Sparta at home on Friday.

10. Warren Hills (5-4) -- Blue Streaks capped a busy week with a 44-25 win over Newton on Friday in an independent clash between two of New Jersey's most tradition-rich programs. Seniors Max Nauta, Austin Pidoto and Andrew Pacheco, along with freshman Jacob DiNapoli, all registered pins against the Braves. Nauta (15-4), who is 107-24 overall, needs four wins to pass Ryan Kanewski for second place on the school's all-time list. Coach Jarrett Hosbach's squad dropped its other two matches against Hunterdon Central (38-34 on Wednesday) and Bound Brook (52-18 on Thursday).

Up next: Hackettstown at home on Tuesday; North Hunterdon at home on Wednesday; at Phillipsburg on Thursday; High Point, Cranford and Paramus at home on Saturday.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wrestling: HWS schedule for Jan. 26-31

Monday, Jan. 26

(All matches 7 p.m., unless noted)

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

High Point at Newton
North Warren at Pope John
Wallkill Valley at Morris Hills


Hackettstown at Belvidere

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Lenape Valley at Pequannock, 7 p.m.


Hackettstown at Warren Hills, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

(All matches 7 p.m.)

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Wallkill Valley at Kittatinny
North Warren at Lenape Valley
Newton at Hopatcong
Vernon at Sparta

Skyland Conference

Hunterdon Central at Phillipsburg
North Hunterdon at Warren Hills
Voorhees at Bound Brook
Belvidere at Manville


High Point at Delaware Valley (Pa.)

Thursday, Jan. 29

Skyland Conference

Warren Hills at Phillipsburg, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

(All matches 7 p.m., unless noted)

Skyland Conference

North Hunterdon at Delaware Valley
Voorhees at Hunterdon Central, 6 p.m.

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Sparta at Kittatinny


Newton at Jack Welch Duals
North Warren at Belvidere

Saturday, Jan. 31

(All matches 10 a.m., unless noted)


Phillipsburg at Southern, 6 p.m.
High Point, Cranford, Paramus at Warren Hills, 9 a.m.
Sparta, Caldwell, St. Benedict's Prep at Lenape Valley
Newton at Jack Welch Duals
Wayne Valley, Raritan at Hackettstown, TBD
Jackson Liberty, Kingsway at Hunterdon Central
Bogota, New Milford, Somerville at Wallkill Valley

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Hopatcong, North Warren at Vernon, 9 a.m.

Skyland Conference

Franklin, Ridge at Voorhees

Wrestling: Streaks foil Braves in traditional battle

NEWTON -- Warren Hills sophomore Matt Valli contributed a signature win as two of New Jersey's most storied programs renewed their rivalry on Friday night.

Valli's 7-5 win over Trevor Morales in a battle of Region 1 qualifiers at 120 pounds helped the Blue Streaks cement a 44-25 win over Newton in an independent clash at Henry Boresch Memorial Gym.

"We hadn't wrestled before, so he was a new opponent," said Valli, a District 1 champion last season, who converted a pair of takedowns in the win. "I want to go to states this season."

Warren Hills (5-4) has endured an interesting last two weeks. After being shut down for several days due to skin disease, coach Jarrett Hosbach's squad kicked off a stretch of nine matches over 11 days with Wednesday's 38-34 loss to rival Hunterdon Central, followed by Thursday's 52-18 defeat to Bound Brook.

The Streaks are under the gun as far as meeting the state's 70-percent rule (minimum against New Jersey competition) for the North 2, Group 3 sectional tournament. As it stands, Warren Hills will need to wrestle at least five of its six scheduled matches next week -- Hackettstown on Tuesday, North Hunterdon on Wednesday, Phillipsburg on Thursday, and High Point, Cranford and Paramus next Saturday -- to qualify before the cutoff on Saturday, Jan. 31.

"That will gives us 10 out of 14 in-state [71 percent]," said Hosbach, who said this weekend's tri-meet with Ramsey and Morristown has been wiped out due to the forecast for snow. "We wanted to make up the match against Bound Brook ... it's a [Skyland Conference Raritan] Division match and it's an opportunity to wrestle some high-level kids. The goal is to get better every single day and to do that, we have to consistently challenge ourselves against good competition."

Newton (4-8) is in a rebuilding season, but coach Eric Bollette's team gave a good account in defeat. Credit both schools for getting this one back on the schedule for the first time in 25 years. Warren Hills, which trails 14-29-2 in the all-time series dating to 1940, earned a 68-3 win in the last meeting during the 1989-90 season in which it finished as New Jersey's No. 1 team.

Newton and Washington/Warren Hills rank 1-2 all-time on the individual state champions list with 82 and 46, respectively. Both programs also had legendary head coaches -- Henry Boresch for the Braves and John Goles for the Streaks.

"We want to make this an every-year thing," said Bollette, whose Braves won five bouts, including pins by Gus Protogeropoulos (195) and Koty Wilkinson (220). "I like Friday night
matches and so do they. I thought we both wrestled well. It was good. I enjoyed it."

Warren Hills raced out to a 15-0 lead as seniors Max Nauta (138) and Austin Pidoto (145) registered pins in 31 and 28 seconds, respectively. Talented freshman Jarod Ostir followed with a 10-7 decision over Jake DeLuca, a Region 1 qualifier last season. Ostir (11-5) built a 10-2 lead in the second period -- three takedowns and a pair of two-point nearfalls -- before getting thrown to his back and nearly decked with a headlock to make it a three-point margin. Ostir may have been saved by the buzzer as DeLuca hit the move with 15 seconds left on the clock.

"That was a learning experience for a freshman," Hosbach said. "He finished the match strong and showed a lot of maturity."

Newton responded with five straight wins, triggered by Lance Fischer's impressive 12-3 major of Anthony Roessner at 160. Fischer (12-6), who led 8-3 late in the third period, converted a takedown and got a turn for two backs in the final 11 seconds for the bonus. After receiving a forfeit at 170, Benjamin Sibblies earned a hard-fought 5-2 win -- with a reversal and takedown in the third period -- over Brody Oberly at 182.

Pins by Protogeropoulos and Wilkinson gave Newton a 25-15 lead through eight bouts. Warren Hills came in short-handed with only 13 wrestlers, as the junior varsity was competing in a tournament. Hosbach was unable to potentially bump junior Kurt Nemeth to 220 and away from Protogeropoulos at 195 in order to try for a split of those weights.

But the Streaks reeled off six straight wins to close it out -- including a pins by state placewinner Andrew Pacheco at 285 and Jacob DiNapoli at 106, along with Valli's triumph at 120. John Fluck's wild 6-5 win over Nick Giordano at 126 sealed the victory. Fluck, trailing late in the third, converted a takedown with eight seconds left for the winning points.

DiNapoli's fall with a cradle came in what looked like a tossup bout on paper.

"Jacob DiNapoli keeps plugging away," Hosbach said. "He's improving. That was a big cradle."

Newton will look to rebound as it bids to qualify in a wide-open North 1, Group 1 section.

"I thought we could've gotten two more [wins]," Bollette said. "I thought we wrestled well. It was a good match."


138 -- Sr. Max Nauta (15-4), WH, p. Jr. Michael Valentine (3-7), :31.
145 -- Sr. Austin Pidoto (7-8), WH, p. Sr. Ryan Brigante (6-10), :28.
152 -- Fr. Jarod Ostir (11-5), WH, d. So. Jake DeLuca (3-8), 10-7.
160 -- Jr. Lance Fischer (12-6), N, md. Jr. Anthony Roessner (8-10), 12-3.
170 -- Jr. Robert Borgognoni (1-5), N, forfeit.
182 -- Sr. Benjamin Sibblies (9-11), N, d. So. Brody Oberly (2-13), 5-2.
195 -- Sr. Gus Protogeropoulos (16-1), N, p. Jr. Kurt Nemeth (9-10), 1:02.
220 -- Jr. Koty Wilkinson (1-0), N, p. So. Taylan Zafis (1-10), 3:58.
285 -- Sr. Andrew Pacheco (12-0), WH, p. Jr. Tyler Pittenger (7-10), 1:16.
106 -- Fr. Jacob DiNapoli (5-11), WH, p. So. Mateo Valentine (2-11), 5:22.
113 -- Fr. Codey O'Rourke (4-9), WH, forfeit.
120 -- So. Matt Valli (11-2), WH, d. Sr. Trevor Morales (12-4), 7-5.
126 -- Sr. John Fluck (11-5), WH, d. So. Nick Giordano (9-8), 6-5.
132 -- So. Zach Nauta (9-7), WH, tf. Fr. Jonathan Borgognoni (6-6), 20-3, 3:49.
Records -- Warren Hills 5-4; Newton 4-8.
Official -- Gary Szucs.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Wrestling: Gardner reaches milestone in 'Cats' win

John Gardner isn't all that interested in discussing his career resume.

But the longtime coach surpassed one of his idols on Thursday night as Gardner became High Point's all-time winningest coach in the Wildcats' 39-19 win over Hackettstown in a Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Freedom Division clash in Wantage.

In doing so, High Point (4-3 overall, 2-1 division) gave Gardner his 289th career victory to move past Jeff Hull on the school's coaching list. Hull, who was Gardner's coach during his fine career that was capped by winning the 189-pound state title in 1990, amassed a mark of 288-104-4 over two stints with the program.

Gardner, who is now 289-80-2 over his 17 seasons, also was glad to have longtime assistant coach Mickey Thomas on the bench to witness another historic moment. Thomas, who celebrated his birthday on Thursday, was High Point's first district champion -- winning the 115-pound title in 1968.

"Jeff and Mickey were very important in my development in wrestling and beyond," said Gardner, who compiled a career mark of 131-8-1 -- then a state record for victories -- and won four region titles from 1986-90.

"I've been pretty fortunate to go through High Point where wrestling is important. We didn't always win -- the 'Cats went 69-12 overall and won three SCIL titles in four seasons with Gardner in the lineup -- but we competed and wrestled hard. Jeff and Mickey were a big part of that. Now, I'm coaching next to Mickey."

High Point, which has only had four head coaches and just two losing campaigns (1970-71 and 1971-72) in 49 seasons, is in the midst of a rebuilding project after claiming back-to-back Group 2 titles for the first time in school history. The 'Cats have been hit hard by injuries this season, including the loss of two-time Region 1 champ and former state placewinner Mike Derin (2-0 at 132 pounds), a senior who is likely done for the year with a knee injury.

Senior 126-pounder Dom Gallo (12-3), who has 94 career wins, sustained an elbow injury over the weekend at the Escape the Rock Tournament. Gallo wrestled on Tuesday night against Morris Knolls, but he did not wrestle against Hackettstown and may miss Saturday's match at Phillipsburg.

Against Hackettstown, senior Ryan Cullen started off the match with a solid 4-3 win over Anthony Carida at 152 pounds. Senior star Jason Gaccione followed with a pin at 160 before the Tigers reeled off three straight wins to take a short-lived 12-9 lead. Junior Kevin Lewis and senior Henry Kuperus followed with back-to-back pins at 220 and 285, while Malcolm Sinclair added a 6-4 win at 106 and the 'Cats never looked back.

Hackettstown (6-5, 1-1) also got wins from freshman Alex Carida, who earned a 5-3 win in sudden victory over Region 1 qualifier Chase Babus at 113, and talented junior Joe Renne, who posted a major decision at 126.


152 -- Sr. Ryan Cullen (8-8), HP, d. Jr. Anthony Carida (14-5), 4-3.
160 -- Sr. Jason Gaccione (22-1), HP, p. So. Tyler Palomino (0-4), 1:25.
170 -- Jr. Nick Renne (9-5), H, d. Jr. Kurt Rosner (1-12), 4-3.
182 -- Jr. Eldin Ribic (8-11), H, p. Sr. Ryan Olinger (1-6), 1:40.
195 -- So. Kyle Connelly (13-5), H, d. So. Richard Kinkead (0-3), 4-0.
220 -- Jr. Kevin Lewis (14-8), HP, p. Sr. Tahke Martin (7-9), 3:31.
285 -- Sr. Henry Kuperus (6-11), HP, p. Sr. Teddy Gurnowski (14-6), 3:32.
106 -- Fr. Malcolm Sinclair (6-7), HP, d. So. Justin Bennett (8-10), 6-4.
113 -- Fr. Alex Carida (14-6), H, d. So. Chase Babus (3-7), 5-3 SV.
120 -- Fr. Trey Osborn (6-5), HP, d. So. Steven Nicotra (8-10), 4-0.
126 -- Jr. Joe Renne (16-4), H, md. Jr. Garrett Fenlon (0-1), 14-6.
132 -- Fr. Sawyer Fenlon (1-1), HP, p. Jr. Brandon Baker (7-10), 5:18.
138 -- Sr. Trevor Risdon (1-1), HP, d. Fr. Robert Spezza (11-10), 12-10.
145 -- Jr. Jared Kobis (18-0), HP, d. So. Anthony Gonzalez (9-9), 5-0.
Records -- Hackettstown 6-5, 1-1; High Point 4-3, 2-1.

Wrestling: Power points gaffe surfaces near cutoff

Apparently, the power points used to determine which teams qualify for the upcoming sectional tournaments were even further off than most believed them to be.

An email sent out by New Jersey Wrestling Coaches Association president Dan Smith on Thursday alerted coaches to mistakes in the power point totals which were mistakenly being calculated using last year's points chart.

The top six teams in each section qualify for the tournament that begins on Feb. 9. The cutoff to qualify is Saturday, Jan. 31.

Points calculator Larry McMillan indicated in the first version of the rankings released two weeks ago that the point totals were incorrect due to trouble locating scores on Track wrestling, which has been the bane of writers, coaches and fans this season. The site has proven very unfriendly to users who are seeking the same information that was very accessible on the NWCA Scorebook site, which used to house all dual meet scores and wrestler information.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wrestling: HWS schedule for Jan. 20-24

Tuesday, Jan. 20

(All matches 7 p.m., unless noted)

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Morris Knolls at High Point
Kittatinny at Lenape Valley
Jefferson at Newton
Sparta at Parsippany Hills
Hackettstown at Vernon
Dover at Wallkill Valley, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

(All matches 7 p.m., unless noted)

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Kittatinny at Hopatcong
Lenape Valley at Jefferson
North Warren at Wallkill Valley, 6 p.m.
Sparta at Pope John
Hackettstown at Vernon

Skyland Conference

Delaware Valley at Voorhees, ppd., no new date
Hunterdon Central at Warren Hills
Bound Brook at Phillipsburg
Bernards, Hanover Park at Belvidere

Thursday, Jan. 22

Skyland Conference

Bound Brook at Warren Hills, 4 p.m.

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Hackettstown at High Point, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 23

(All matches 7 p.m., unless noted)


Lenape Valley at Delaware Valley
Warren Hills at Newton
Parkland (Pa.) at Phillipsburg

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

Montville at North Warren, 6 p.m.
Pope John, Mendham, Whippany Park at Randolph, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24

(All matches 9 a.m., unless noted)


Delaware Valley, Kittatinny, Westfield at West Morris, ppd. to Jan. 26
Belvidere, Voorhees, Manalapan at Lenape Valley, cancelled
Hackettstown, New Milford, Old Tappan at Northern Highlands, cancelled
Newton at Waldwick Duals, ppd. to Feb. 14
Vernon, Cliffside Park, Lyndhurst at Hasbrouck Heights, cancelled
Morristown, Ramsey at Warren Hills, cancelled
Hopatcong, Parsippany Hills, Bayonne at Boonton, 3:30 p.m.

Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference

North Warren, Morris Knolls at Sparta, ppd. TBA

Skyland Conference

North Hunterdon, Franklin, Hillsborough at Watchung Hills, ppd. TBA

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wrestling: New Jersey Writers Association Top 20

Phillipsburg is the lone representative in this week's New Jersey Wrestling Writers Top 20. The Stateliners (7-1) are holding steady in the No. 5 spot with a showdown against No. 2 Bound Brook looming on Wednesday night at The Pit.

Lenape Valley and Delaware Valley, which wrestle on Friday night, were among the others to receive votes this week, along with Hunterdon Central.

 (Records through Jan. 18)

Bergen Catholic
Bound Brook
St. Peter's Prep
Brick Memorial
Jackson Memorial
Don Bosco Prep
St. Augustine
Christian Brothers
Brick Township
Hanover Park
Long Branch
South Plainfield

Others receiving votes: Toms River South 25; Southern 17; Lenape Valley 14; Pequannock 13; Delaware Valley 7; Roxbury 5; Hunterdon Central 2; Monroe Township 1.

NJWWA voting members (in alphabetical order)Donald J. Brower (; Frank D'Esposito (; Steve Falk (Asbury Park Press of Neptune and Hitting the Mats); Brian Fortner (Express-Times); Harry Frezza (Courier News of Bridgewater); Screwy Louie Lazzari (New Jersey Wrestling Historian); Ron Mazzola (On the Mat); Tom McGurk (Courier Post of Cherry Hill); John Lewis (Burlington County Times); John O'Kane (The Press of Atlantic City); Anthony Spaulding (New Jersey Herald); Greg Tufaro (Home News Tribune of East Brunswick); Mike Weilamann (Open Mike/Mugs Media); Sean Miller (Trenton  Times); Brad Wilson (Express-Times); Josh Friedman (The Mat Pack and Daily Journal of Vineland).