Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wrestling: Group semis breakdown (1, 2 and 4)

Group 4

Titles: Hunterdon Central 1 (1989). Southern 1 (2005). Brick Memorial 7 (Group 3) -- 1986, '88, '94, '98, '99, (Group 4) -- '08, '09. Hackensack 0 (won first sectional title in 2013).

Brick Memorial Mustangs (22-2)


Fr. Luke Vescovi (12-11), 106; Fr. Alex Santos (6-11), 106; S
r. Connor Maliff (18-10), 113; Jr. Joe Ghione (27-2, D1, R1, S6), 120; So. Jose Bocalman (6-4), 126-132; Sr. Jared Staub (20-9, D2, R3), 126-132; So. Alec Donovan (21-7, D1), 138; So. Cliff Ruggiero (21-7, D1), 145-152; So. Rob Ruggiero (18-5), 145-152; Sr. Joe Beverly (21-8, D3), 160; Sr. Tyler Richardson (25-2, D2, R3), 170; Jr. Nicholas Costa (16-1, D1), 182; So. Connor Owen (6-5), 182-195; Sr. Matt Moore (22-0, D1, R2, S7), 195-220; Jr. Tyler Poling (14-5, D2, R4), 285.

Hackensack Comets (18-4)


So. Connor McVey (18-6), 106; Jr. Anthony Romero (19-5, D2), 113; Fr. Michael Foca (18-7), 120; Jr. John D'Elia (9-16), 126; Sr. Taj-Aziz Brown (21-4, D1), 132; Jr. Christian Velasquez (2-4), 138; Jr. Kareem Dixon (14-8), 145; Sr. Amir George (27-4, D3), 152; Jr. Michael Rodriguez (19-10, D2), 160; Jr. Danny Lane (13-4), 170; Sr. Justin Barroso (20-4), 170-182; So. Goran Krasic (12-8), 195; Sr. Brendon Faison (19-9, D1), 220; Sr. Myles LeSane-Hunt (7-7), 285; Jr. Nicholas Darragh (5-6), 285.

Southern Rams (12-5)

So. James Knoeller (6-6), 106; So. Chris Crane (16-8), 113; Fr. Pat Mooney (13-12), 120; Jr. Andrew Tonneson (20-9), 126; Jr. Zach Wilhelm (22-7, D1, S8-12), 132; Jr. Nicholas Racanelli (17-10), 138-145; Sr. Jake Campana (18-8, D2, R4), 138-145; Sr. Christopher Serpico (18-5, D2, R4), 152-160; Sr. Erik Kretschmer (9-1), 152-160; Jr. Gerardo Jorge (20-6), 160-170; Sr. Cory Case (7-13, D3), 182; Sr. Connor Case (18-8, D2), 195; Jr. Josh Throckmorton (5-7), 182-195; So. Patrick Ferraro (2-8), 182-195; Jr. Jesse Bauta (20-7, D3), 220; Sr. Cody Smead (14-7), 285.

Hunterdon Central Red Devils (18-1)

So. Kyler Rodriguez (9-9, D4), 106; Fr. Gabino Careaga (1-19), 120; Jr. Dylan Nace (20-8, D2), 126; Jr. Collin Boylan (22-4, D3), 132; Jr. Gary Dinmore (26-0, D1, R1, S2), 138; Sr. Tim Higginson (22-5), 145-152; Sr. Dylan Cote (20-7, D4), 145-152; Sr. Tyler Cote (25-3, D2), 160-170; So. Joe Scerbo (12-6), 160-170; Sr. David Fenton (24-3, D2), 170-182; So. Nestor Crespo (18-6), 182-195; Sr. Paul Rallis (16-9), 195-220; Sr. Gabe Barba (11-6), 220-285; Jr. Dan Hausman (4-7), 220-285.

Breakdown: Hunterdon Central is still basking in the glow of its 30-29 win over 2012 Group 4 champion Phillipsburg in the North 2, Group 4 sectional final -- only the second time the Stateliners, who are 32-2 overall in the sectionals, dropped a final in the tournament's 34-year history. It also was the Red Devils' 1,000th match as a program. Now, the Hunterdon County school sets its sights on a second Group title and first under veteran coach Steve Gibble. Southern is well-coached by John Stout and could pull this off as I see this semifinal match as a tossup. It seems each team will forfeit a weight class here as Rams heavyweight Cody Smead has not wrestled since Jan. 19. I give Southern six bouts -- seven if Wilhelm can take out Boylan in a good one there. Hackensack, which lost to Newton earlier this year, is just happy to be here after winning its first sectional title. Brick Memorial, which may have been the happiest to see P'burg eliminated, is a decided favorite to win it all on Sunday after that disappointing loss in the final a year ago. Central has real matchup problems against Brick and needs to win eight bouts to beat good teams -- with the forfeit at 113 and inexperience at 120. I can't see the Mustangs losing eight bouts and they will likely get bonus points in a number of spots. Look for Ghione to meet Nace at 126, as Memorial inserts someone to take the forfeit at 113 and bumps Maliff and Staub up to try and sweep the first four down low. That could really separate these two on the scoreboard. Central, which will be hard-pressed to win six, will likely get regular decisions in most of its victories. Brick beat Southern, 35-13, on Jan. 23. I think Southern and Central have similar lineups.

Prediction: Hunterdon Central, 30-27, over Southern in the semifinals. (Brick Memorial over Hunterdon Central, 42-15, in final).

Group 2

Titles: High Point 2 (Group 3) -- 2008, '11. Delsea 1 (1991). Voorhees 4 
(Group 2) -- 1982, '95. (Group 3) -- 1985, '87. Long Branch 3 (2008, '09, '10).

High Point Wildcats (18-4)

So. Dom Gallo (27-3), 106-113; So. Trevor Risdon (5-11), 106; So. Leo Haines (2-10), 113; Fr. Jared Kobis (30-1), 120; Sr. Connor McHugh (21-9, D4), 126; So. Mike Derin (8-3, D1, R3), 132; Jr. Chris Auer (12-9), 132-138; Sr. Collin Grimm (9-14, D2), 138; So. Jason Gaccione (30-2, D1), 145; Jr. Tommy Hooker (21-8, D4), 152; Sr. Moses Yasin (11-18), 160; Jr. Antonio Porraspita (19-8), 170-182; Jr. Brien Alvino (4-8), 170-182; Jr. Drew Bye (9-9, D4), 182; Jr. Kyle Stoll (26-4, D1, R3), 195; Jr. Bobby McDonnell (25-5), 220-285; Jr. Gunny Wassong (17-8, D3), 220-285.

Delsea Crusaders (24-2)

Fr. John Hassett (14-18), 106; So. Tom Carney (18-12, D1), 113-120; So. Kevin Huck (7-16), 113-120; Jr. Jordan Boullion (8-23), 120-126; Jr. John Pierson (23-8, D3), 132; Sr. Rian Lamenteer (27-3), 138; Fr. Dominick DeMarco (12-6), 145; Sr. Dylan Recinto (8-6), 145; Sr. John Hennelly (28-4, D1, R2, S7-10), 152; Sr. David Gresk (26-6), 160; So. Victor DeFrance (24-8), 170-182; Sr. Dylan Dobzanski (30-0, D1, R3), 170-182; Sr. Cody Ruppert (15-6), 182-195; Sr. Erik Porch (19-7), 195-220; Sr. Brandon Beebe (4-5), 220; Jr. Bryan Dobzanski (32-0, D1, R1, S3), 220-285.


Voorhees Vikings (23-4)

Fr. Kyle DiNapoli (21-9), 106; Jr. Cody Ihling (21-11, D2), 113; So. Jon Blunk (7-11), 120-126; Jr. Thomas Bieshke (20-10), 120-126; Sr. Tyler Yarnell (23-9, D2), 126-132; Jr. Christian Okulicz (22-10, D4), 132-138; Jr. Mike Muscatello (16-11), 138-145; Jr. William Gonsiewski (11-14), 145-152; So. Devon Thomas (4-6), 145-152; Jr. Jordan Juliano (19-12), 160; Sr. Jadaen Bernstein (32-0, D1, R1, S7), 170; Sr. Nick Ruggiero (25-7, D2), 182; Sr. Kyle Levy (24-8), 195; Sr. Emilio Guevara (15-17), 220; So. Alex Fischetti (23-8), 285.

Long Branch Green Wave (14-5)

So. Mike Jones (23-6), 106; So. Jason Hernandez (15-5), 106; So. Tommy Flannigan (15-6), 113; Fr. So. Andy Hernandez (16-11), 120-126; 
Fr. Danny Rios (5-11), 120-126; Jr. Aaron Torres (7-17), 126-132; Fr. Danny Mullan (7-15), 126-132; Jr. Nick Menkin (21-10, D4), 132-138; Sr. Nick George (28-3, D4), 145; Sr. Luke Balina (18-5, D2), 145-152; Sr. Jake George (26-4, D2, R2), 152-160; Sr. Nick Pappayliou (27-5, D4), 160-170; Sr. Chris Pappayliou (26-4, D3), 170-182; Jr. Arturo Rios (16-7), 182-195; Sr. Vincent Roselli (19-10, D4), 195; Sr. Joey Guidetti (16-8), 220; Sr. Gianni Augustin (23-8), 285.

Breakdown: We've been saying this for awhile that the final in this grouping will likely be in the semifinals as High Point battles Delsea. That's because both teams match up extremely well with the other semifinalists. The Wildcats have better balance but the Crusaders have some heavy hitters, especially up top with the Dobzanski brothers. In order to beat High Point, you have to be able to take out some of its upper weights and the South Jersey school can do it. On the other hand, High Point matches up real well down low and needs to put a lot of points on the board from 106-132. If the 'Cats can do this, they will be in good shape provided they can find a way to win two of the five from 170-285. Delsea needs big points in just about every weight they win. Could be a real bonus fest for both squads. In the other semifinal, Voorhees sets up well with Long Branch because of the advantage in the uppers. It's also why the Vikes don't match up well if they do get to the final. High Point would have the opportunity to win six of eight from 106-160 and would be favored at 195, 220 and 285. Long Branch, which lost, 36-25, to High Point on Jan. 5, needs heavy bonus points from 145-160 and 220 and 285 to be able to knock off Voorhees. For a defensive-minded team, it's hard to imagine the Wave getting the necessary points to do so. Having Yarnell and Okulicz down to 126 and 132, respectively, also gives the Hunterdon County school, also a heavy favorite down low, a big edge against LB. Boy, the Hillbillies fans will be torn -- on one hand they'd like to see LB lose, but on the other nothing would be sweeter than to see their boys beat the Wave in the final.

Prediction: High Point, 37-34, over Delsea in semis. Voorhees, 35-29, over Long Branch in semis. (High Point over Voorhees, 39-19, in final).

Group 1


Titles: Kittatinny 8 (Group 2) -- 1996, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06. (Group 1) -- '08. Bound Brook 1 (2012). Paulsboro 28 (1983, '84, '85, '86, '87, '88, '89, '90, '91, '92, '93, '94, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '09, '10, '11). Hanover Park 0 (Lost twice in G1 finals -- 2004, '12).


Kittatinny Cougars (21-2) 


Fr. Jake VanWingerden (20-11), 106; Jr. Christian Silva (24-7, D4), 113; Fr. Nick Klinger (13-17), 120; Fr. Austin Scrivani (22-9), 126-132; Jr. Nick West (9-19), 126-132; Jr. Kevin Jelinek (3-4), 126-132; So. Tom Murphy (28-3, D2), 138; Jr. Nick Romyns (23-5, D1, R4), 145-152; Sr. Connor Zandarski (14-12), 145-152; Sr. David Popek (12-11, D2), 152-160; Jr. Kieran Gerrity (28-3, D1, R3), 170; Jr. Dylan Wunder (24-7, D2), 182-195; Sr. Jake Brook (28-3, D2, R3), 182-195; Jr. Garrett Armstrong (28-3, D3), 220-285; Jr. Tom Smith (17-12), 220-285.

Hanover Park Hornets (12-5)

Fr. Leonardo Stefanelli (12-15), 106; So. Austin Nash (22-8), 113; So. Anthony Cefolo (14-0, D1, R1, S1), 120; Sr. Genaro Cuccolo (24-4, D2), 126-132; Jr. Joseph Zecca (13-4, D3), 126-132; Fr. Anthony Oliveri (16-12), 138-145; So. Christian Bassolino (19-9, D4), 138-145; Jr. Ryan Paff (17-9), 152-160; Jr. Anthony Bassolino (24-5, D3), 152-160; Jr. Jonathan Radomski (3-10), 160-170; So. Eric Boccard (7-13) 182; So. Thomas Hunt (0-18) 195; Sr. Will Julich (11-10, D4), 220; Jr. Nicholas LaShell (22-4, D2), 285.

Paulsboro Raiders (20-3)

Fr. Nick Duca (19-12) 106; Jr. Tim Robinson (17-9) 113; So. Mike Morina (10-2) 120; Sr. John Gentile (27-3, D1, R2), 120; So. Mickey Croce (13-4) 120; So
. Sam Morina (27-5, D1, R3), 126; So. Ron Gentile (28-1), 132-138; Jr. Juan Rivera (30-4, D2, R4), 132-138; Fr. Zach Richard (7-3), 145-152; Jr. Tom Paulsen (18-12), 145-152; Sr. Lee Koller (21-9), 152-160; So. Niko Savaiinaea (24-7, D2), 170; Jr. Tyler Adams (4-15), 170-182; Jr. Jim Sutton (11-16), 182-195; So. Tyler Biernacki (6-22), 195-220; So. Davontae Randall (20-9, D4), 285.

Bound Brook Crusaders (20-3)


Jr. Gonzalo Limenza (21-6), 106; Sr. Robert Murray (20-7, D2), 113; So. Craig De La Cruz (24-1, D1, R2, S4), 120; Sr. Tyler Awtry (10-6, D3), 126; Sr. Zachary Vatalare (20-5, D2, R4), 126; Jr. Jeison Arias (19-5, D3, R2), 132-138; So. Nicholas Accetta (15-8, D4), 132-138; Sr. Emmanuel Soto (25-3, D2, R2), 145; Jr. Ryan Doerr (16-8) 152-160; So. Josh Ugalde (21-0, D2, R3), 152-160; Jr. Isaiah Soto (21-4, D1, R2), 170; So. Andrew Gombas (16-10, D4), 170-182; Fr. Abraham Saavedra (14-7) 170-182;  Jr. Ronald Picado (14-4, D2), 195-220; So. Aaron Saavedra (16-8, D3), 195-220; Jr. Stephen Johnson (22-3, D1, R2), 220-285; Sr. Dante Washington (5-6), 220-285.

Breakdown: Everyone has Bound Brook penciled in for its second state championship after a close shave against Kittatinny in last year's semifinals. The Crusaders are on a different level this season, beating the Cougars, 49-9, in early January. Coach John Gill's team won three bouts (Gerrity d. Gombas, 5-1, at 170;  Armstrong d. Aaron Saavedra, 4-3, at 195; Brook d. Picado, 5-3, in SV at 220) and was fortunate to do so in two of those matches, as Brook needed a locked hands point to force OT. It's hard to fathom any team making up a 40-point deficit -- though I think Murphy can reverse an 8-5 loss to Arias -- and it isn't realistic to think it will happen on Sunday. Kittatinny should have little trouble with Hanover Park, which could win five bouts with a break or two. The Hornets are favored at 120 and either 126 or 132 (Cuccolo), 160 (Bassolino), and 285. Tossups at 113 and 152, though I'd favor the Morris County school slightly at 113. Bonus points in any wins will be hard to come by, while Kittatinny should pile up plenty in the upper weights.

Prediction: Kittatinny, 44-20, over Hanover Park in the semifinals. (Bound Brook over Kittatinny, 39-15, in the final).

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