Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wrestling: Region 1 individual rankings

106 pounds

1. So. William Kui, DePaul
2. Fr. Brandon Paetzell, Phillipsburg
3. So. Dom Gallo, High Point
4. Sr. Stephen Caserta, Roxbury
5. Fr. Garrett O’Shea, Morris Knolls

Notes: Kui (18-4) competed five times at 113 this past week, so not sure what to make of it. We’ll have to wait and see. Gallo beat Caserta, 2-1, on Saturday. Caserta also lost to Bergen Catholic super freshman Nick Suriano, 11-2, and Delbarton’s Ty Agaisse, 5-1. Paetzell lost, 1-0, to Agaisse a few weeks ago. O’Shea (19-1) has one loss to Caserta, 8-6, in sudden victory.

113 pounds

1. So. Max Nauta, Warren Hills
2. Jr. Bryan Damon, Jefferson
3. Sr. Zach Fisher, Phillipsburg
4. So. A.J. Vindici, Randolph
5. Jr. Christian Silva, Kittatinny

Notes: Nauta beat Fisher, 4-2 in sudden victory on Thursday in a rematch of their Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex final, won by Nauta, 16-2. Damon (23-0) keeps rolling along, posting an impressive 11-2 major of Silva on Tuesday. Big news as Vindici, who was seventh in the state last year at 106, dropped to 113 on Thursday. It was his first time down, so we'll see if he stays here. Tough call, but he's at No. 4 for this week. This is not a deep weight overall, but this is a solid top five.

120 pounds

1. Fr. Jared Kobis, High Point
2. Sr. Cory Fleming, West Morris
3. So. Peter Lipari, Lenape Valley
4. So. Tyler Hrycak, Wayne Valley
5. So. Steve Friedman, Phillipsburg

Notes: Fleming was involved in one of the more interesting bouts of the week, trailing, 7-1, before decking Warren Hills’ Tai Adetula on Saturday. Fleming (17-3) also decked Lipari and beat North Warren’s Matt Ritchie, 6-5. Jefferson’s Matt Tripodi, who is unranked here, bumped up and scored a nice 7-5 win over Sparta’s Ian Burke at 126. Kobis beat Roxbury’s Devon LaFranco, 5-0, on Saturday. Friedman rallied to beat Adetula, 5-4, on Thursday. He's back in at No. 5.

126 pounds

1. So. David McFadden, DePaul
2. Sr. Joe Kratochvil, Warren Hills
3. So. Corey Zinsmeister, Phillipsburg
4. So. Ian Burke, Sparta
5. Fr. Austin Scrivani, Kittatinny

Notes: Kratochvil beat Zinsmeister, 7-5, on Thursday. It was his second win over the P’burg wrestler. Kratochvil lost for the second time to Delaware Valley’s Matt Gilmore – 3-2 – on Wednesday. The Blue Streak also bumped to 132 and earned a 2-1 win in overtime against ranked David Migliaccio of West Morris. Zinsmeister was battling Hunterdon Central’s Dylan Nace tooth and nail when he was pinned on Wednesday. Burke lost, 7-5 to Jefferson’s Matt Tripodi. Scrivani was pinned by Watchung Hills state champ Mike Magaldo on Saturday.

132 pounds

1. Sr. Sam Tareky, Wayne Valley
2. Sr. Anthony Johnson, Phillipsburg
3. So. Eric Friedman, Mendham
4. So. David Migliaccio, West Morris
5. So. Glenn Haines, Lenape Valley

Notes: Big developments here. Haines, who was No. 2 last week, lost, 6-5, to Migliaccio. Derin returned to the team and lost, 5-2, to Roxbury’s Jake Legotte on Saturday. Migliaccio owns a 7-2 win over Legotte. But hold on. Mendham’s Eric Friedman (16-4), who was unranked, beat Migliaccio, 3-1, in sudden victory on Tuesday. It’s a mess, frankly. Derin, third in Region 1 last year, could very well be the best one here by season’s end, but he hasn’t done anything this year to get him in the rankings as of this week. Legotte is out since he hasn’t beaten anyone ranked here.

138 pounds

1. Sr. Nick Matthews, West Morris
2. Sr. Matt Benvenuto, Lenape Valley
3. So. Tom Murphy, Kittatinny
4. So. Max Elling, Phillipsburg
5. Sr. Kevin Bundschuh, Warren Hills

Notes: Matthews beat Benvenuto, 3-1, on Thursday. Elling stuck Bundschuh in a tight bout on Thursday. Bundschuh also bumped up to 145, where he lost, 3-1, to West Morris’ Brandon Carcuffe. Keeping a watchful eye on Hackettstown’s Brandon Rothman, who recently lost, 3-1, to Murphy. Rothman wrestled for the first time at 132 on Saturday.

145 pounds

1. Sr. Jesse Thorsen, Belvidere
2. Sr. Andrew Kaluzny, Phillipsburg
3. Sr. Tyler Kozimor, Hackettstown
4. So. Jason Gaccione, High Point
5. Jr. Nick Romyns, Kittatinny

Notes: Not much to report here. Gaccione avenged last year’s region loss to Roxbury’s Jonathan Patane, 8-5, on Saturday. Romyns scored a nice 6-4 win over Watchung Hills’ Anthony DiRosa on Saturday. I tell you, looking at the common opponents you realize how close in talent this group is. And West Morris’ Brandon Carcuffe (18-1) is still on the outside looking in. His only loss is to North Hunterdon’s Mike Ciavarro in ultimate tiebreaker.

152 pounds

1. So. Jimmy Schuitema, Phillipsburg
2. So. Luke Bohn, Jefferson
3. Fr. Dean Drugac, Morris Knolls
4. Jr. Tommy Hooker, High Point
5. Jr. Evan Butka, Warren Hills

Notes: Schuitema decked Butka on Thursday. Drugac (18-1) has nine pins this season, his only loss is by fall to South Plainfield stud Dylan Painton. Would’ve liked to see him go at it with Hooker a few weeks ago in a dual meet, but Hooker was out of the lineup. They do have a common opponent in Roxbury’s Stephen Satmaria. Drugac won, 2-1, on Dec. 22. Hooker beat Satmaria, 9-3, on Saturday. Bohn pinned Luke  Drugac on Saturday.

160 pounds

1. Jr. Dillon Artigliere, Roxbury
2. Jr. Sam Button, Mendham
3. Sr. Patrick VanDuyne, West Milford
4. Sr. John Sickles, West Morris
5. Jr. Jake Kocsis, Phillipsburg

Notes: Not much to report here. Sickles beat Joe LaBell of Lenape Valley, 3-1, on Thursday in his 4-0 week. Kocsis had a pair of wins, including a 3-0 decision over Hunterdon Central’s Joe Scerbo.

170 pounds

1. Sr. Parker Meytrott, Montville
2. Jr. Kieran Gerrity, Kittatinny
3. Jr. Broderick Bupivi, Phillipsburg
4. Sr. Adam Kratch, West Morris
5. So. D.J. Barrett, Lenape Valley

Notes: Some developments here. Kratch, who was unranked, knocked off Mendham’s Tim Byrne, 4-2, and Lenape Valley’s D.J. Barrett, 4-3, in the span of two nights. Kratch, who has spent time at 182, is unbeaten at 170. He also majored Warren Hills’ Ryan Ostir, 10-0, on Saturday. Bupivi beat Ostir, 9-0, on Thursday. Byrne is out after getting pinned by Mount Olive’s Anthony Colabella on Saturday.

182 pounds

1. So. Nick DePalma, DePaul
2. Sr. Michael Burns, Morris Knolls
3. Sr. Josh Sibblies, Newton
4. Sr. Jake Brook, Kittatinny
5. Sr. Evan Bray, Belvidere

Notes: Not a lot went down here this past week. DePalma went 5-0 with four pins and a 3-1 win over St. Joe-Montvale’s Michael Silano. Bray beat Silano, 5-2, on Dec. 15. Sibblies bumped to 195 and decked Roxbury’s Peter Sutton on Thursday. Brook was back at 195, where he pinned and received two forfeits.

195 pounds

1. Jr. Kyle Stoll, High Point
2. Jr. Anthony Landberg, Wayne Valley
3. Jr. Dylan Wunder, Kittatinny
4. Sr. Kristian Barrett, Lenape Valley
5. Jr. Jesse Windt, West Morris

Notes: One change at the top with 1-2. Stoll jumps Landberg based on a head-to-head with Bergen Catholic's Christian Jenco. Stoll beat Jenco, 10-3, on Saturday. Jenco pinned Landberg on Jan. 11. Landberg also had a close shave with Lakeland's Jon Fazio in an 8-5 win in overtime. Fazio stays out for now. Wunder, who weighs around 170, has floated around this season. He had two wins at 170 and two at 182 this past week. Windt, who was solid here, was decked by Lenape Valley’s Kristian Barrett on Thursday, but has a good body of work. Barrett was in the rankings until a disappointing showing at Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex. Newton’s Gus Protogeropoulos, who is having a nice season, is out based on an 8-3 loss to Windt. He did not wrestle Barrett at HWS. Phillipsburg’s Kyle Kinney, who injured his elbow on Wednesday and is out indefinitely, will drop out here until he returns to action. He beat Barrett, 6-2, at HWS.

220 pounds

1. Sr. J.B. Lawson, Belvidere
2. Jr. Garrett Armstrong, Kittatinny
3. Sr. Robert Levine, Wayne Hills
4. Jr. Bobby McDonnell, High Point
5. Sr. Pete Andrich, Mount Olive

Notes: No changes here. Armstrong registered four pins this past week. McDonnell also had four pins. Levine has 13 wins, including 10 pins this season. Andrich (22-1) hasn’t met up with any of these guys this season. He had four pins last week, including one against Lakeland heavyweight Brendon Narbone.

285 pounds

1. Sr. William Wenzel, West Milford
2. Sr. Brendon Narbone, Lakeland
3. Sr. Ryan Appleby, Belvidere
4. So. Andrew Pacheco, Warren Hills
5. Sr. Jarrett Williams, Phillipsburg

Notes: In a classic rematch of their epic Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex final, Pacheco beat Williams, 9-7, on Thursday. It was just days after Pacheco won a 12-10 decision in the ultimate tiebreaker for his first county title. The two athletic big men are quite the entertainers on the mat. Appleby was in the stands on Thursday watching. Wonder what he thought of the action? Can’t wait to see all three guys battle it out at Warren Hills in the District 1 Tournament.

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