Hello, we are live at Hopatcong High School for Day 1 of the fourth annual Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament.
Preliminary round action is slated to begin at 4 p.m., with the pre-quarterfinal round to follow.
The tournament resumes on Saturday with the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. Semifinals and wrestlebacks will begin at 12:30 p.m. and third- and fifth-place matches will be contested at 3 p.m. Championship finals are scheduled for 5 p.m.
We've had several changes to the brackets involving some of the lower seeds. The one notable scratch is Kittatinny junior Nick Romyns (ill), who was the No. 3 seed at 145 pounds.
Voorhees senior Jadaen Bernstein is attempting to make HWS history as he looks to become the first three-time champion. Bernstein, who was a state finalist in 2011, won back-to-back titles at 160 the previous two years.
I will try to keep everyone up to date as the evening unfolds. So sit back and refresh often.
(Note: There were no preliminary matches. Winners tonight advance to the quarterfinals, where they must win in order to wrestle for as high as third place. Quarterfinal losers can only wrestle for as high as fifth place. Five teams -- Phillipsburg, North Hunterdon, Warren Hills, Voorhees and Belvidere -- entered wrestlers at all 14 weight classes.)
1. High Point 43; 2. Phillipsburg 40; 3. Warren Hills 33; 4. Voorhees 32; 5. North Hunterdon 31.5; 6. Kittatinny 27.5; 7. Delaware Valley 26; 8. Hunterdon Central 25; 9. Lenape Valley 21; 10. Belvidere 20.5; 11. Sparta 18; 12. Hopatcong 16; 13. (tie) Hackettstown and Newton 15; 15. North Warren 10; 16. Wallkill Valley 9; 17. Pope John 6; 18. Vernon 2.
Quarterfinalists by team
Phillipsburg 14; High Point 10; Warren Hills 10; Delaware Valley 9; Kittatinny 9; North Hunterdon 9; Voorhees 9; Hunterdon Central 8; Lenape Valley 7; Belvidere 5; Hopatcong 5; Sparta 5; Hackettstown 4; Pope John 3; Newton 2; Vernon 2; North Warren 1; Wallkill Valley 0.
1=14; 2=14; 3=14; 4=12; 5=14; 6=10; 7=13; 8=8; 9=6; 10=1; 11=4; 12=0; 13=2; 14=0; 15=0; 16=0.
1-Dom Gallo, High Point, bye
9-Kyle DiNapoli, Voorhees, d. 8-Gino Fluri, North Warren, 7-3.
5-Brandon Paetzell, Phillipsburg, p. 12-David VanDuyne, Hackettstown, 1:58.
4-Garret Gerndt, Sparta, d. 13-Zach Merkey, Lenape Valley, 3-1.
3-Joe Aumann, Hopatcong, p. 14-Hugh Gardner, Vernon, 1:15.
6-Paul Robinson, North Hunterdon, p. 11-Jake Van Wingerden, Kittatinny, 1:09.
7-Austin Pidoto, Warren Hills, p. 10-Vito Intili, Delaware Valley, 4:43.
2-Austin Sisco, Pope John, p. 15-Jimmy Smith, Belvidere, 2:33.
1-Max Nauta, Warren Hills, bye
9-Derek Ciavarro, North Hunterdon, d. 8-Aaron Merkey, Lenape Valley, 5-3.
5-Christian Silva, Kittatinny, p. 12-Andrew Legge, Sparta, :16.
4-Dominic Koert, Pope John, bye.
3-Cody Ihling, Voorhees, bye.
6-Tony Figueroy, Hackettstown, md. 11-Matt Hambacher, Belvidere, 12-4.
7-Joey Ioffredo, Hopatcong, p. 10-Ben Coombs, Wallkill Valley, 1:36.
2-Zach Fisher, Phillipsburg, bye.
1-Ryan Pomrinca, North Hunterdon, p. 16-Gabino Careaga, Hunterdon Central, 1:14.
8-Mike Adam, Delaware Valley, d. 9-John Fluck, Warren Hills, 5-1.
5-Peter Lipari, Lenape Valley, p. 12-Jon Blunk, Voorhees, 1:08.
4-Joe Spaziani, Hopatcong, md. 13-Eddie Medina, Newton, 18-5.
3-Jared Kobis, High Point, p. 14-Kenny Morgan, Belvidere, 3:29.
6-Jack Velella, Sparta, p. 11-Sultan Destani, Vernon, 3:46.
7-Joe Renne, Hackettstown, md. 10-Caleb Lewie-Cepero, Vernon, 14-0.
2-Steve Friedman, Phillipsburg, d. 15-Nick Klinger, Kittatinny, 7-3.
1-Dylan Nace, Hunterdon Central, p. 16-Nick Esposito, Pope John, 1:35.
8-Austin Scrivani, Kittatinny, d. 9-Thomas Bieshke, Voorhees, 8-6.
5-Connor McHugh, High Point, p. 12-Robert Panetta, Belvidere, 1:38.
4-Ian Burke, Sparta, md. 13-Victor Cotto, Hopatcong, 12-4.
3-Joe Kratochvil, Warren Hills, md. 14-Matt Nicotra, Hackettstown, 11-0.
11-Ryan Erwin, Delaware Valley, d. 6-Sean Siek, Wallkill Valley, 8-2.
7-Corey Zinsmeister, Phillipsburg, md. 10-Michael Larsen, Newton, 11-2.
2-Matt Moncourtois, North Hunterdon, p. 15-Anthony Mulford, Lenape Valley, 1:28.
Note: First big upset here with No. 11 Erwin downing the No. 6 seed.
1-Mike Pongracz, Delaware Valley, bye.
8-Nick West, Kittatinny, d. 9-Jerrian Arroyo, Vernon, 7-2.
5-Collin Boylan, Hunterdon Central, p. 12-Nico Fluri, North Warren, 5:59.
13-Anthony Johnson, Phillipsburg, p. 4-Joe Hocking, Wallkill Valley, 2:16.
3-Tyler Yarnell, Voorhees, p. 14-Logan Ciraky, Belvidere, 2:57.
11-Justin Pidoto, Warren Hills, md. 6-Chris Auer, High Point, 11-2.
7-Brian Smolinsky, North Hunterdon, p. 10-Anthony Carida, Hackettstown, 1:07.
2-Glenn Haines, Lenape Valley, bye.
Note: Wild first period between Hocking and Johnson. Hocking led, 6-4, after the first period. Johnson rallied for the pin in the second period. Impressive considering it was the Stateliner's first bout of the season. Good win for Pidoto, who is returning from a head injury.
1-Gary Dinmore, Hunterdon Central, bye.
9-Kevin Bundschuh, Warren Hills, d. 8-Tim VanLenten, Vernon, 7-3.
5-Max Elling, Phillipsburg, p. 12-Mike Sicola, North Hunterdon, 3:17.
4-Matt Gilmore, Delaware Valley, p. 13-Tyler Mastrogiovanni, Pope John, 5:00.
3-Tom Murphy, Kittatinny, bye.
6-Brandon Rothman, Hackettstown, p. 11-Tyler Dombrosky, Belvidere, 2:48.
7-Christian Okulicz, Voorhees, d. 10-Collin Grimm, High Point, 3-0.
2-Matt Benvenuto, Lenape Valley, bye.
1-Tyler Kozimor, Hackettstown, p. 16-Tyler Wehrenberg, Kittatinny, :50.
8-Holden Baker, Delaware Valley, d. 9-Steve Siek, Wallkill Valley, 3-1.
5-Andrew Kaluzny, Phillipsburg, md. 12-Sami Destani, Vernon, 12-4.
4-A.J. Bongiovanni, Hopatcong, d. 13-Mike Muscatello, Voorhees, 6-3.
3-Mason Ryzoff, North Warren, p. 14-Tom Rush, Warren Hills, 2:13.
6-Jesse Thorsen, Belvidere, d. 11-Anthony Gignatelli, Pope John, 5-4.
7-Tim Higginson, Hunterdon Central, p. 10-Benjamin Sibblies, Newton, 1:38.
2-Jason Gaccione, High Point, p. 15-Connor Rhinehart, North Hunterdon, 3:35.
Note: Halfway through this round, two No. 6 seeds and one No. 4 failed to advance. All 1s,2s,3s,4s,5s and 7s are in the quarters. Four 8s and three 9s are alive.
1-Mike Ciavarro, North Hunterdon, bye.
8-Kenny Kane, Belvidere, p. 9-Richard Peterson, Pope John, 4:26.
5-Dominic LaBell, Lenape Valley, md. 12-Eddie Taylor, Newton, 12-0.
4-Alex Niemann, Delaware Valley, bye.
3-Dylan Cote, Hunterdon Central, bye.
6-Evan Butka, Warren Hills, d. 11-Will Gonsiewski, Voorhees, 4-2 SV.
7-Tom Hooker, High Point, p. 10-Andrew Kero, Sparta, 1:27.
2-Jimmy Schuitema, Phillipsburg, bye.
Note: Butka spun behind Gonsiewski and returned him to the mat with 23 seconds left in sudden victory.
1-Ryan Ward, Vernon, bye.
8-Joe LaBell, Lenape Valley, d. 9-Jordan Juliano, Voorhees, 3-1 SV.
5-Al Falco, Sparta, d. 12-Andrew Reed, Wallkill Valley, 5-4.
4-Jake Kocsis, Phillipsburg, p. 13-Ian Ballantyne, Hackettstown, 1:47.
3-Kody Eichlin, Delaware Valley, p. 14-Jack Butrymowicz, North Warren, 5:25.
6-Joe Guzzo, North Hunterdon, tf. 11-David Harris, Belvidere, 22-6, 5:50.
10-Moses Yasin, High Point, d. 7-Brandon Olsen, Kittatinny, 2-0.
2-Tyler Cote, Hunterdon Central, d. 15-Xavier Adetula, Warren Hills, 5-2.
1-Jadaen Bernstein, Voorhees, p. 16-Rafael Garcia, Hackettstown, 1:28.
9-Broderick Bupivi, Phillipsburg, d. 8-Brandon Loftus, North Hunterdon, 8-4.
5-Luke Zehnbauer, Delaware Valley, d. 12-Antonio Porraspita, High Point, 5-3.
13-Connor Lore, Sparta, p. 4-Tylar Creeden, Wallkill Valley, 3:56.
3-Kieran Gerrity, Kittatinny, p. 14-Vincen Rucereto, North Warren, 1:15.
6-Ryan Ostir, Warren Hills, p. 11-Troy Bongiovanni, Hopatcong, 1:33.
7-D.J. Barrett, Lenape Valley, p. 10-Tyler Toth, Belvidere, :50.
2-David Fenton, Hunterdon Central, p. 15-Jared Jensen, Newton, 1:08.
1-Liam Korbul, North Hunterdon, bye.
9-Drew Bye, High Point, p. 8-Alex Reiman, Wallkill Valley, :50.
5-Josh Sibblies, Newton, p. 12-Ryan Metz, Delaware Valley, :56.
4-Nick Ruggiero, Voorhees, p. 13-Tommy Donnelly, Hopatcong, :17.
3-Jake Brook, Kittatinny, p. 14-Billy Underwood, Lenape Valley, 1:09.
11-Steve Cleaver, Warren Hills, p. 6-Nestor Crespo, Hunterdon Central, 3:27.
7-Joe Maso, Phillipsburg, p. 10-Ryan May, Sparta, 5:44.
2-Evan Bray, Belvidere, tf. 15-Joe Frumolt, North Warren, 16-1, 2:36.
Note: Cleaver was down, 7-2, in the second when he hit a cement job for the pin!
1-Dan Pepe, North Hunterdon, bye.
9-Ryan Witner, Warren Hills, d. 8-Gavin Lally, Sparta, 3-2.
5-Gus Protogeropoulos, Newton, p. 12-Mike Farrell, Belvidere, 1:35.
4-Kyle Levy, Voorhees, p. 13-Bruce Gurnowski, Hackettstown, 1:46.
3-Dylan Wunder, Kittatinny, p. 14-Danny Cappiello, Hopatcong, :55.
11-Kyle Kinney, Phillipsburg, d. 6-Kristian Barrett, Lenape Valley, 6-2.
7-Paul Rallis, Hunterdon Central, p. 10-Greg Galante, North Warren, 2:24.
2-Kyle Stoll, High Point, p. 15-Pat Thompson, Vernon, 2:25.
1-Garrett Armstrong, Kittatinny, bye.
8-Dante James, Lenape Valley, d. 9-Tyler Bridygham, Warren Hills, 10-4.
5-Anthony Torres, Vernon, d. 12-Will O'Connell, North Warren, 6-1.
4-Bobby McDonnell, High Point, p. 13-Christian Burgos, Hopatcong, 1:59.
3-Brian Baehr, Delaware Valley, p. 14-Nick Martinez, Sparta, 1:34.
6-Emilio Guevara, Voorhees, p. 11-Dan Tomzick, Wallkill Valley, 2:25.
7-Tim Hinkle, Phillipsburg, disqualification (biting) over 10-Gabe Barba, Hunterdon Central.
2-J.B. Lawson, Belvidere, p. 15-Brad Straight, North Hunterdon, :34.
1-Ryan Appleby, Belvidere, bye.
8-Gunny Wassong, High Point, p. 9-Carlos Goncalves, Sparta, 2:54.
5-Tom Smith, Kittatinny, d. 12-Andrew Bloom, Delaware Valley, 1-0.
4-Jarrett Williams, Phillipsburg, p. 13-Matt Whale, Hunterdon Central, 1:19.
3-Alex Fischetti, Voorhees, p. 14-Colin Mayer, North Warren, 1:32.
6-Victor Burgos, Hopatcong, d. 11-Anthony Bugyi, North Hunterdon, 3-2.
7-Andrew Pacheco, Warren Hills, p. 10-Brandon Alemany, Newton, 1:39.
2-Noa Merritt, Pope John, p. 15-Cody Watson, Vernon, 1:43.