Saturday, March 15, 2014

Wrestling: Kocsis wins for Jersey in Lions Classic

State medal winner Jake Kocsis of Phillipsburg won his final high school bout -- one of just two victories for the New Jersey squad in a 36-6 loss to Pennsylvania in the 34th annual Easton Lions Club All-Star Classic on Friday night at Easton Area High School's 25th Street Gym.

Pennsylvania won nine of 11 bouts and now leads the all-time series, 19-15, dating to 1981. New Jersey, which earned a 28-15 win in 2012, had won three straight and four of five classics before a 32-15 loss in last year's event.

Easton's Kyle Baker was named the Outstanding Wrestler -- decking Voorhees' Mike Muscatello in 4:50.

Kocsis, who finished fourth in the New Jersey State Tournament at 170 pounds, earned a 3-1 decision in overtime against Northampton's Bobby Fehr in the final bout at 173.

The only other winner for New Jersey was Bound Brook's Stephen Johnson -- 3-2 in the ultimate tiebreaker over Pen Argyl's Brady Mutton at 285.

In addition to Muscatello, Voorhees' Cody Ihling (120) and Jordan Juliano (170) lost decisions, while North Warren's Matt Ritchie dropped a 6-0 decision to Northampton's Zach Valley, a PIAA Class AAA state runner-up. North Hunterdon's Joe Guzzo was decked by Liberty's Noah Klingborg.

Pennsylvania also won the youth match, 28-11, that preceded the high school event.

132 -- Andrew Sutton (Pen Argyl), Pa., d. Ted Caruso (Ridge), 4-3.
182 -- Jose Ortiz (Bethlehem Catholic), Pa., d. Cort Hotz (Ridge), 5-0.
170 -- Nick Cortopassi (Bethlehem Catholic), Pa., d. Jordan Juliano (Voorhees), 6-1 OT.
126 -- Zach Valley (Northampton), Pa., d. Matt Ritchie (North Warren), 6-0.
152 -- Josh Ortman (Parkland), Pa., d. Ronald Spera (Mount Olive), 1-0.
138 -- Colby Ems (East Stroudsburg South), Pa., p. Moumen Akel (Somerville), 3:15.
285 -- Stephen Johnson (Bound Brook), NJ, d. Brady Mutton (Pen Argyl), 3-2 UTB.
120 -- Ethan Lizak (Parkland), Pa., d. Cody Ihling (Voorhees), 7-0.
145 -- Kyle Baker (Easton), Pa., p. Mike Muscatello (Voorhees), 4:50.
160 -- Noah Klingborg (Liberty), Pa., p. Joe Guzzo (North Hunterdon), 1:48.
173 -- Jake Kocsis (Phillipsburg), NJ, d. Bobby Fehr (Northampton), 3-1 OT.

(Youth match)


108 -- Ian Pulli, Nazareth, d. Kyle Tino, Phillipsburg, 7-2.
135 -- Jason Jones, Saucon Valley, d. Brian Meyer, Phillipsburg, 8-2.
50 -- Jason Trimmer, Easton, d. David Rhinehart, Washington, 5-0.
55 -- Cael McIntyre, Easton, d. Patrick Day, Phillipsburg, 2-1.
60 -- Johnny Colon, Whitehall, p. Chris Thatcher, Steele Hill, 1:47.
65 -- Logan Maczko, Phillipsburg, d. Josh Bauman, Bethlehem, 2-0.
70 -- Max Green, Phillipsburg, d. Evan Gleason, Easton, 3-0.
75 -- Dillon Murphy, East Stroudsburg South, d. Cullen Day, Phillipsburg, 6-2.
80 -- Jonathon Miers, Easton, md. Travis Jones, Phillipsburg, 9-1.
85 -- Isaiah Reinert, Easton, d. Chuck Dipple, Phillipsburg, 7-3.
90 -- Ryan Anderson, Hackettstown, tf. Brandon Kassis, Parkland, 22-5.


Kyle Tino, Phillipsburg, d. Mason Werkheiser, Easton, 3-1.
Zach Ortman, Parkland, d. Lance Wissing, Phillipsburg, 11-4.
Brian Meyer, Phillipsburg, d. Chase Anklan, Pen Argyl, 3-1.
Ed Hay, Bethlehem, p. Denny Perez, Phillipsburg, 2:36.

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