Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wrestling: Region 1 preliminary round (LIVE)

Welcome to Wallkill Valley Regional High School in Hardyston Township (not Hamburg) where we kick off the Region 1 Tournament for the 32nd time here at Richard C. Mirshak Memorial Gymnasium.

There was a change at 182 pounds that forced the bracket to be re-seeded, as Morris Hills senior Jose Delgado, who was fourth in District 2, enters the field in place of Roxbury's Peter Sutton. Delgado assumes the No. 5 seed. See below for the updated first-round pairings.

In another change involving Morris Hills, senior Dylan Sullivan (missed weight), who was the No. 5 seed, is out at 126. Here are the new seeds: 1. Noble, 2. Hrycak, 3. Ritchie, 4. Luciano, 5. Silva, 6. Vozzo, 7. Pidoto, 8. Medina.

Action is set to begin at 5 p.m. So sit back and enjoy as we update you on all the results and major happenings during tonight's round. Remember to refresh often.

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Qualifiers by school

High Point 12; DePaul 10; Wayne Valley 10; Roxbury 9; Kittatinny 8; Morris Knolls 8; Warren Hills 8; Jefferson 7; Morris Hills 7; Phillipsburg 7; West Morris 7; Belvidere 6; Lenape Valley 6; Pequannock 6; Sparta 6; Montville 5; Mount Olive 5; Newton 5; Mendham 4; North Warren 4; Pompton Lakes 4; Pope John 4; Randolph 4; Wayne Hills 4; West Milford 3; Butler 2; Hopatcong 2; Kinnelon 2; Hackettstown 1; Lakeland 1; Morris Catholic 1; Dover 0; Vernon 0; Wallkill Valley 0.

106 pounds

Fr. Shane Metzler (27-7), West Morris, d. 8-Fr. Scott Smith (25-12), Kinnelon, 6-2.
4-Jr. Joe Aumann (28-6), Hopatcong, md. Fr. Chase Babus (16-20), High Point, 10-0.
3-So. Troy Stanich (29-6), Roxbury, p. Fr. Shane Murphy (22-10), Mount Olive, 2:49.
6-Sr. Brandon Davis (26-9), Wayne Valley, d. Fr. Ryan Luchs (17-7), Pope John, 5-2.

Notes: Aumann tilts Babus late for three backs and the major. Metzler dominates Smith to advance to Friday's quarterfinals. District 3 goes 0-2, while D2 goes 2-0.

113 pounds

8-Fr. Mark Bohn (29-8), Jefferson, p. Jr. Austin Perrault (16-15), Morris Knolls, 2:42.
4-Jr. Dan Kee (30-4), Lakeland, p. Sr. Gene Prisco (15-12), Morris Hills, 3:38.
3-Jr. Kyle Flynn (26-6), Pompton Lakes, md. Jr. James Smith (16-18), Belvidere, 12-2.
Fr. Kade Loughney (20-15), West Morris, d. 7-Jr. Trevor Morales (31-7), Newton, 6-4.

Notes: Flynn was in trouble at the buzzer, leading, 2-0, but on his back. No points for Smith. Smith made it 5-2 with a reversal in the third, but gave up the escape and was taken down by Flynn, who added three backs to pull away. Loughney with the early takedown and a 2-0 lead after one period. Morales gets the reversal to tie it, then gets two backs off a cradle to make it 4-2 after two periods. Loughney takes bottom and gets two and two off a peterson for 6-4 lead. Upset brewing here. The No. 7 seed falls. Morales was picked by a few, including myself to reach the finals.

120 pounds

8-Fr. Nick Palumbo (19-9), Lenape Valley, p. Jr. Gino Fluri (24-12), North Warren, 5:27.
5-Jr. Dom Gallo (29-7), High Point, d. So. Tanner Morgan (16-17), Roxbury, 7-0.
4-So. Nick Klinger (30-6), Kittatinny, md. So. Jared Inglett (16-13), Wayne Hills, 12-3.
7-Sr. John Schade (22-13), West Morris, d. Fr. Sal Puglisi (20-14), Pompton Lakes, 7-3.

Notes: Fluri up 5-4 heading into the third. He cuts Palumbo loose to tie it and Palumbo gets the go-ahead takedown with 1:10 to go. Palumbo locks up a tight nearside cradle for the FALL! Schade up 4-2 heading into the third period. Klinger cruising on the adjacent mat. Schade gets a takedown with one minute left to make it 7-2.

126 pounds

8-Jr. Eddie Medina (28-10), Newton, d. Sr. Matt Tripodi (28-9), Jefferson, 6-0.
6-Jr. Dylan Luciano (26-8), West Morris, p. Sr. Michael Rosalia (20-12), Butler, 2:27.
Jr. Michael Glasser (27-10), Montville, d. 7-Jr. Austin Pidoto (19-15), Warren Hills, 4-2.
2-Sr. Tyler Hrycak (28-6), Wayne Valley, bye.

Notes: Morris Hills' Dylan Sullivan did not make weight, so this class was re-seeded. As a result, Hrycak receives a first-round bye. After some debate between the Butler coaches and the officials regarding Rosalia's start on top -- an rarely seen move in which he reaches over the back of the opponent crossarm -- Luciano hips over and gets the fall.

132 pounds

1-Jr. Mike Derin (30-8), High Point, md. So. David Eng (15-16), Montville, 10-2.
8-Jr. Michael Nigro (24-7), Morris Knolls, d. So. Alex Zangrilli (14-6), Pequannock, 2-0.
6-Sr. Vincent Rigoglioso (23-10), Wayne Valley, d. Jr. Anthony Azzartti (17-13), Pope John, 4-1.
7-Jr. Steve Friedman (18-14), Phillipsburg, md. Jr. Mike Oros (17-17), West Morris, 10-2.

Notes: Derin leads 2-0 after one period. He's the only one among eight returning champions wrestling tonight after a loss in the District 3 finals. Friedman gets a takedown and two backs off a tilt for a 4-0 lead after one period. Friedman out to start the second, 5-0. Another takedown with 25 seconds left in the second period makes it 7-0.

138 pounds

8-Jr. Corey Zinsmeister (24-8), Phillipsburg, p. Sr. Niko Grello (24-14), Newton, 1:41.
5-Jr. David Migliaccio (26-8), West Morris, d. Jr. Ryan Cullen (17-15), High Point, 3-1.
4-Jr. Anthony Fano (34-3), Montville, d. Jr. Kyle Weis (19-16), Morris Knolls, 10-3.
2-Fr. Brandon Kui (27-10), DePaul, p. Fr. Chris Grecco (19-13), Pompton Lakes, 4:53.

Notes: Zinsmeister uses a cradle to deck Grello, who was making his return to regions after missing all of last season with a torn ACL. Grello was third in District 3 as a sophomore and second this season. Migliaccio gets the takedown with two seconds left on the clock in the first period. Cullen escaped in the second, but trails, 2-1, heading into the third period. That first takedown here always big. Migliaccio moving on.

145 pounds

8-So. Edward Marucci (29-9), Montville, p. Sr. John Rondi (20-13), Wayne Valley, 5:32.
4-Sr. Dylan Kaine (26-6), West Milford, d. Sr. John Norgard (15-12), North Warren, 8-6.
3-Jr. Walker Schmitzer (26-4), Sparta, p. Fr. Jake DeLuca (8-9), Newton, 3:07.
7-Sr. Nick Kratochvil (20-12), Randolph, d. Jr. Kenny Kane (19-11), Belvidere, 3-2.

Notes: Schmitzer one of six Sparta wrestlers to qualify. Spartans have not had a Region 1 champ since 2006 -- Phil Takacs-Senske at 189 pounds. Schmitzer up 2-0 after one period. Reversal in the second and puts DeLuca to his back for the FALL! Kane trails, 3-2, in the second.

152 pounds

8-So. Spencer Carey (30-7), DePaul, d. So. Tommy Miller (23-11), Roxbury, 7-2.
5-Sr. Nick Romyns (22-4), Kittatinny, tf. Jr. David Iodice (26-10), Pequannock, 19-3, 4:47.
4-Sr. Chris Auer (22-13), High Point, p. Jr. Rene Sousa (13-13), Belvidere, 5:27.
6-Sr. Ronald Spera (29-4), Mount Olive, d. Sr. Dominic LaBell (25-9), Lenape Valley, 5-1.

Notes: Auer with the opening takedown and later gets two backs at the buzzer, 4-0, after one period. County Seaters with six qualifiers -- their most since 2002. Romyns rolling on the adjacent mat, working toward a technical fall. Auer up, 8-1, after two periods. LaBell up, 1-0, in the second period. Tough match from the onset. Tied at 1 in the third, Spera gets a takedown and two backs with 30 seconds to go for a 5-1 lead.

160 pounds

8-Sr. Anel Kadiric (19-8), Mount Olive, p. Jr. David Harris (25-9), Belvidere, 3:55.
5-So. Daniel Kilroy (25-4), Wayne Hills, p. Sr. Frank Avallone (17-10), Jefferson, 1:38.
3-Sr. Steve Acevedo (25-6), Morris Hills, md. Jr. Nathan Sowers (12-10), Sparta, 12-2.
Jr. Joe LaBell (23-9), Lenape Valley, d. 6-So. Christian Dalcais (24-7), West Milford, 3-1.

Notes: Tough night so far for Belvidere, which is now 0-for-4 in this round. Kilroy makes quick work of Avallone with the first-period pin. Wayne Hills has never had a region champion.

170 pounds

8-Sr. Troy Bongiovanni (23-13), Hopatcong, p. Jr. Jonathan Crefeld (21-13), Butler, 1:15.
5-So. Al Falco (21-9), Sparta, p. Sr. Jamie Tehuitzil (12-9), Morris Hills, 4:19.
4-Jr. Kevin Merle (27-8), Belvidere, p. So. Kurt Nemeth (3-4), Warren Hills, 2:38.
Sr. Colby Brands (19-17), High Point, d. 7-Sr. Corey Flynn (19-10), Pompton Lakes, 16-3.

Notes: Bongiovanni muscles Crefeld to his back for the FALL! Falco up 4-1 after two periods. Escapes and gets a quick takedown, 7-1, before getting the FALL! Nemeth got the opening takedown, but got caught riding high with legs, reversed and put to his back -- Merle up 5-2 after one period. Same scenario in the second period, Merle reverses and gets the FALL!

182 pounds

8-Sr. Steve Cleaver (21-8), Warren Hills, d. Sr. Anthony Colabella (24-9), Mount Olive, 7-5.
5-Sr. Jose Delgado (22-6), Morris Hills, p. Sr. Sebastian Hull (18-13), Wayne Valley, 5:20.
6-Sr. Tyler Zimmerman (27-10), Jefferson, d. Jr. Payton Campbell (19-12), Morris Knolls, 5-1.
7-Sr. Antonio Porraspita (25-12), High Point, md. So. Patrick Daly (28-8), Pequannock, 8-0.

Notes: Colabella with a dump and two backs for an early 4-0 lead. Cleaver out with one second left in the first, 4-1. Cleaver puts Colabella to his back for three to tie it -- nearly decks him. Tied at 4 after two, Cleaver on bottom. Three more backs and Cleaver leads, 7-4. First winner for the Streaks in three attempts tonight. Delgado getting a reprieve here -- Roxbury's Peter Sutton withdrew from this weight -- after finishing fourth in District 2. Delgado is up, 2-0, after one period. Porraspita nursing a 2-0 lead late second period.

195 pounds

8-Jr. Luke Nappi (25-7), Morris Knolls, p. So. David LoCascio (29-9), Kinnelon, :32.
5-Jr. Joe Maso (24-7), Phillipsburg, d. Jr. Ryan Stephen (12-7), Belvidere, 5-3 SV.
3-Sr. Garrett Armstrong (30-7), Kittatinny, p. Sr. Andrew Clifford (9-6), Morris Hills, 1:23.
6-Jr. Gavin Lally (25-6), Sparta, p. So. Adam Schlereth (16-15), DePaul, 1:19.

Notes: We've had very few pins tonight -- 16 through 182 pounds -- but three quick ones here. Maso clinging to a 3-2 lead with 37 seconds left in the third period. He's on top. Stephen escapes with 17 seconds left to tie it and force OT. Maso gets the takedown on the edge with 26 seconds left to win it.

220 pounds

5-Sr. Ryan Witner (22-10), Warren Hills, d. Sr. Pat Vidal (22-8), Morris Catholic, 10-9.
4-Jr. Tim Byrne (21-3), Mendham, md. Sr. Robert Hajnos (27-9), Jefferson, 9-1.
6-Sr. Bobby McDonnell (23-15), High Point, p. Sr. Spencer Ochner (26-7), Pequannock, 5-2.
2-Sr. Justin Walker (31-2), Wayne Valley, p. Sr. Derrick Kritz (17-12), Morris Hills, :49.

Notes: McDonnell up 3-2 and Witner leads 6-4 in the third period. Tight ones. Witner with a reversal, cut Vidal loose, Vidal goes for a headlock, gives up the takedown, but gets one late.

285 pounds

8-Sr. Tom Smith (26-9), Kittatinny, d. Jr. David Vargas (19-6), Randolph, 4-1.
5-Sr. Christian Campbell (12-12), High Point, p. Fr. Robert Melise (5-6), Phillipsburg, 1:16.
4-Jr. Will O'Connell (25-6), North Warren, p. Sr. Chris Lohmann (9-7), Wayne Hills, 2:30.
7-Sr. Austin Behrens (21-9), Wayne Valley, d. Sr. John Reyes (12-15), Morris Hills, 8-4.

Notes: Campbell avoids the early roll attempt and secures the FALL with a cradle. P'burg goes 3-1 on the night.

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