Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wrestling: Region 1 individual rankings

106 pounds

1. So. Brandon Paetzell, Phillipsburg
2. So. Garrett O’Shea, Morris Knolls
3. So. Troy Stanich, Roxbury
4. Jr. Mojahed Hamdeh, Wayne Hills
5. Jr. Dominic Koert, Pope John

Notes: O'Shea (17-2) has not wrestled at 106 since Dec. 27, but he should be down for the postseason as he's been there for the early season tournaments. Teammate Daniel Percelay (18-3) has bounced between 106 and 113. Stanich (17-3) took on two of New Jersey's top 106-pounders -- losing 3-0 to Alec Kelly of St. Peter's Prep and 12-8 to Jonathan Tropea of St. Joseph-Montvale on Saturday, his first defeat since a technical fall loss to Delbarton stud Ty Agaisse on Jan. 4. Hamdeh scored an 8-2 win over Wayne Valley's Brandon Davis on Saturday en route to the Passaic County Tournament title.

113 pounds

1. Sr. Austin Sisco, Pope John
2. Fr. Matt Valli, Warren Hills
3. Fr. Richard Reimers, Roxbury
4. Jr. Trevor Morales, Newton
5. Jr. Dan Kee, Lakeland

Notes: Valli (15-5) saw a seven-match win streak end with a 12-4 loss to Paramus' Ryan Freeman on Saturday. Morales went 5-0 over the weekend at the Jack Welch Duals. Reimers (14-5) dropped a 3-0 decision to St. Joseph-Montvale's Jason DalCortivo on Saturday. Pompton Lakes' Kyle Flynn, who has three losses to Boonton's Anthony Fajardo, lost a 3-2 decision to Kee, a Region 1 qualifier last season, on Saturday in their PCT final. Flynn drops out and Kee (15-1) enters at No. 5. Jefferson freshman Mark Bohn (17-6) recently dropped to 113 for one match, so we'll see if he stays down. He lost to Morales, 4-2, on Dec. 30 when both were at 120.

120 pounds

1. Jr. A.J. Vindici, Randolph
2. Jr. William Kui, DePaul
3. Jr. Dom Gallo, High Point
4. So. Nick Klinger, Kittatinny
5. So. Joe Renne, Hackettstown

Notes: Vindici (21-0) earned a 6-1 win over Renne on Saturday -- one of just four wins for Vindici that haven't ended with a pin or technical fall. He also beat Renne, 6-3 on Dec. 27 and Klinger, 4-2, on Dec. 21. Kui (19-5) finished second in the PCT, losing a 6-2 decision to Clifton's Jean DuBois, who finished fourth in the state tournament at 113 last season with a 1-0 loss to Vindici for the bronze. Gallo was solid in a 5-2 win over Klinger on Friday.

126 pounds

1. Sr. Bryan Damon, Jefferson
2. Jr. Matt Noble, DePaul
3. Sr. Tyler Hrycak, Wayne Valley
4. Sr. Matt Ritchie, North Warren
5. Sr. Christian Silva, Kittatinny

Notes: Word from the Kittatinny-Jefferson match on Monday is that Damon, who earned a 3-0 win over Silva, will be dropping to 120. Damon (20-2) stays until he does drop. Noble (22-2) cemented his position with a 5-3 win over Hrycak (19-2) -- who also lost a 3-1 decision in their previous meeting on Jan, 4 -- in the Passaic County Tournament finals. But things are a little complicated at Nos. 4 and 5. Silva (17-10) beat West Morris' Dylan Luciano, 5-4, on Saturday, but Luciano pinned Ritchie, who has beaten Silva three times this season, creating a round robin. Tough call, but Ritchie and Silva have better bodies of work, so Luciano slides out for now.

132 pounds

1. Jr. Mike Derin, High Point
2. Sr. Devon LaFranco, Roxbury
3. So. Austin Scrivani, Kittatinny
4. Jr. Steve Friedman, Phillipsburg
5. Jr. Michael Nigro, Morris Knolls

Notes: Derin was impressive in a 16-9 win over Scrivani on Friday. Expect those two to see each other down the road. LaFranco was on the short end of a 6-1 decision in sudden victory to St. Peter's Prep's Sonny Simonetti on Saturday. Scrivani, who earned a 13-6 win over Friedman in the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex semifinals on Jan. 11, could hook up for a second time this season on Friday. Nigro lost 9-7 to Derin in a dual on Jan. 14. Sparta's Ian Burke was No. 4 here last week, but word is he's staying at 138 for the rest of the season. So, Nigro enters here for the first time.  

138 pounds

1. Jr. Max Nauta, Warren Hills
2. Jr. Anthony Fano, Montville
3. Jr. David Migliaccio, West Morris
4. Jr. Corey Zinsmeister, Phillipsburg
5. Jr. Eric Friedman, Mendham

Notes: Fano (18-1) moves up a spot following Migliaccio's 5-3 UTB win over Zinsmeister on Tuesday at The Pit. Sparta junior Ian Burke, who was No. 4 at 132, apparently will be here for the remainder of the season. There's no room for him in this top five. Friedman (20-2) holds steady at No. 5 after a 3-2 UTB win over Roxbury's Jake Legotte on Saturday. One of Friedman's losses is a 7-2 decision to Paramus' Joe Trovato, fifth in the state at 120 last season. By comparison, Nauta lost to Trovato, 6-3, on Saturday.

145 pounds

1. Jr. David McFadden, DePaul
2. Jr. Jimmy Schuitema, Phillipsburg
3. Jr. Jason Gaccione, High Point
4. So. Craig Roumes, Roxbury
5. Jr. David Zeppetelli, West Milford

Notes: McFadden (24-1) decked Zeppetelli in 1:53 to win the PCT championship. Schuitema followed up his big win over Gaccione with a 10-7 victory over Kyle Baker of Easton (Pa.), a two-time fourth-place finisher in District 11 Class AAA, on Thursday. Gaccione rebounded with five wins (three pins) last week, including a bizarre victory by injury default against Sean Glasgow, a state qualifier for East Brunswick last season. Glasgow was apparently not 100 percent, but took the mat despite a lopsided dual meet. 

152 pounds

1. Jr. Max Elling, Phillipsburg
2. Sr. Nick Romyns, Kittatinny
3. Jr. Luke Bohn, Jefferson
4. Sr. Chris Auer, High Point
5. Sr. Ron Spera, Mount Olive

Notes: Elling (20-4) has moved up to 160 quite a bit when P'burg enacts its dual meet lineup, but will be here for the postseason. Romyns, who beat Auer, 8-2, on Friday, is getting back in the swing of things after missing time with a knee injury and is five wins shy of 100 for his career. Romyns may see Elling, or possibly Schuitema on Friday. Bohn has missed some time for undisclosed reasons, but is expected back in the lineup this weekend. He missed Jefferson's 48-21 loss to Kittatinny and a possible matchup with Romyns on Monday. DePaul's Spencer Carey (20-5) finished second in the PCT.

160 pounds

1. Sr. Broderick Bupivi, Phillipsburg
2. Sr. Steven Acevedo, Morris Hills
3. Sr. Tommy Hooker, High Point
4. So. Dean Drugac, Morris Knolls
5. Sr. Nick Carey, DePaul

Notes: Carey bumped to 170 and finished second in the PCT. Wayne Hills' Daniel Kilroy (15-3), who has split with Carey this season, won the 160-pound county championship. You have to figure there'll be some movement among the loaded 145 and 152 classes, perhaps some coming here for the postseason. Hooker had a couple of tough ones on Saturday -- falling 7-5 in sudden victory to Bergen Catholic's Jordan Pagano, a state qualifier for South Brunswick a year ago, and 5-1 to Bound Brook's Josh Ugalde, who finished sixth in the state last season. Drugac (19-2) entered the week with five straight falls.

170 pounds

1. Sr. Dillon Artigliere, Roxbury
2. Sr. Jake Kocsis, Phillipsburg
3. Sr. Kieran Gerrity, Kittatinny
4. Jr. Kevin Merle, Belvidere
5. Sr. Zach D’Apolito, Wayne Valley

Notes: Artigliere (22-0) entered the week with 16 pins and surprisingly only three forfeits. He entered the week with an overall mark of 136-8 overall, and is an easy choice to win a Morris County Tournament title this weekend at Mount Olive. Kocsis dropped a 5-3 decision on Gerrity in the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex finals on Jan. 11, so we'll see if they match up again on Friday, though Kocsis will likely go 182 for that one. D'Apolito finished third in the PCT. 

182 pounds

1. Sr. Sam Button, Mendham
2. Jr. Nick DePalma, DePaul
3. Jr. D.J. Barrett, Lenape Valley
4. Sr. Dylan Wunder, Kittatinny
5. Sr. Jose Delgado, Morris Hills

Notes: Button (20-1) keeps rolling along, entering the week with a 10-match win streak since a 9-2 loss to Delbarton's Josef Johnson, who was seventh in the state at 160 last season. They could very well meet against in this weekend's Morris County Tournament. Button also earned a 7-1 win over Mount Olive's Anthony Colabella, who was awarded a victory when he could not continue after an illegal slam by Delgado on Thursday. Mount Olive won the dual, 39-33. DePalma (21-5) cruised to the PCT championship with two pins and a win by technical fall in the finals.

195 pounds

1. Sr. Kyle Stoll, High Point
2. Sr. Anthony Landberg, Wayne Valley
3. Sr. Garrett Armstrong, Kittatinny
4. Jr. Gus Protogeropoulos, Newton
5. Jr. Joe Maso, Phillipsburg

Notes: Stoll and Armstrong did not meet for a second time this season as Armstrong bumped to 220 and lost a 2-1 decision to High Point's Bobby McDonnell, No. 1 there. Stoll (20-5) also posted a 1-0 win over Sparta's Gavin Lally last Thursday. Armstrong decked Jefferson's Tyler Zimmerman, a Region 1 semifinalist last season, on Monday to clinch coach John Gill's 500th victory. Landberg (18-1) cruised to the PCT championship with three first-period pins. Hoping for Armstrong-Protogeropoulos on Wednesday night. Protogeropoulos hit some stiff competition at the Jack Welch Duals last weekend, as he dropped a 13-6 decision to Holy Cross' Matt Correnti, seventh in the state at 182 last year, and 6-0 to Christian Brothers' Michael Oxley. 

220 pounds

1. Sr. Justin Walker, Wayne Valley
2. Sr. Jesse Windt, West Morris
3. Sr. Bobby McDonnell, High Point
4. So. Scott Lavelle, DePaul
5. Sr. Robert Hajnos, Jefferson

Notes: Windt (21-1), who had 17 pins entering the week. leaps to No. 2 after decking Kittatinny's Garrett Armstrong on Saturday. McDonnell, who was No. 1 here, exacted a measure of revenge with Friday's 2-1 win over Armstrong, who won all three of their meetings last season, including an 8-0 major in the District 3 finals. Walker (19-1) takes over the top spot after rolling to the PCT championship, capping the run with a 5-0 decision over Lavelle in the finals. Hajnos replaces Andrew Simpson of Kittatinny in the five spot after a 6-0 win in their meeting on Monday.

285 pounds

1. Sr. Noa Merritt, Pope John
2. Jr. Andrew Pacheco, Warren Hills
3. Sr. Gunny Wassong, High Point
4. Sr. Austin Behrens, Wayne Valley
5. Jr. Will O'Connell, North Warren

Notes: Merritt and Pacheco are a solid 1-2 here. Wassong scored a 6-0 win over Montville's Ethan Fox (16-3) on Monday. Wassong and teammate Christian Campbell are splitting time so we'll see who goes in the postseason. Campbell decked Kittatinny's Tom Smith in overtime on Friday. O'Connell (17-5) is on a major roll right now with 11 pins in his last 13 matches -- two losses to Pacheco and Delaware Valley's Marek Tomanek in that stretch -- entering this week's action.  

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