Monday, December 15, 2014

Wrestling: Hunterdon-Warren preview capsules

Belvidere County Seaters

Coach: Dan McIntyre (39-24, fourth season).

2013-14 record: 12-8, 4-1 Skyland Conference Valley Division (second).

Returning starters (13): So. Gio Campana (4-15) 106; Sr. James Smith (16-18, D3) 113; Sr. Javan Viola (12-16) 126; Sr. Matt Hambacher (2-25) 132; Sr. Kenny Kane (19-11, D2) 145; Sr. Brett Hoffmaster (7-14, D4) 145; Sr. Rene Sousa (13-13, D3) 152; Sr. David Harris (25-9, D2) 160; Sr. Kevin Merle (28-10, D2) 170; Sr. Stephen Merle (21-7, D4) 182; Sr. Ryan Stephen (12-7, D3) 195; Sr. Aidan Nelson (1-13) 220; Sr. Bryan Snyder (3-21) 285.

Key losses: Kenny Morgan (11-16) 126; Tyler Dombrosky (11-17) 138; Mark Wolfe (15-15) 195.

Key returnees: Sr. Ture Leahey (2-4) 132; Jr. Robert Panetta (6-7) 138; Sr. Ashton Robinson (2-0) 182.

Promising newcomers: Fr. Ryan Lensi 106; Fr. Krishna Panetta 113; So. Nick Cassidy (transfer from New York) 120; Sr. Jarrod Kiefer 120; So. Cooper Kornegay 126; So. Michael Domingues 132; So. James Galicki 132; So. Nick Appleby 138; So. Joey Sena 138; Sr. Christian Redden 138; So. Alex Nelson 145; Fr. Jeremy Sarson 145; Fr. Tyler Turner 152; Sr. Bill Flohn 160; Sr. Josh Pershpalaj 160; So. Kyle Hartzog 160; So. Craig Cronce 170; Fr. Hunter Smith 170; So. Chris Dragone 182; Sr. Matteo Reina 182; Jr. Jacob Gallagher-Murphy 195; So. Terrell Tutka 220.

Outlook: County Seaters were expected to be in full rebuilding mode last winter, but they surprised with a solid campaign. The addition of the Merles from Stroudsburg, Pa,. helped solidify the lineup. They will be the leaders again this season for coach McIntyre's squad, which returns a wealth of experience and an awesome number of 39 wrestlers in the room. That is outstanding for a tiny Group 1 school. This lineup looks to have balance and a solid coaching staff, which includes former Belvidere standout Seth Wisner, should have this group primed for perhaps its finest dual season under this regime.

Delaware Valley Terriers
Coach: Andy Fitz (121-43, eighth season).

2013-14 record: 20-7, 4-2 Skyland Conference Raritan Division (third).

Returning starters (6): Jr. Kyle Refalvy (15-17, D3) 120; So. Matt Kolonia (25-12, D2) 126; Sr. Ryan Erwin (16-9) 132; So. Rhys Zigich (8-12) 138-145; Sr. Cory Lightner (23-12, D3) 160; Jr. Kyle Schlittler (23-10, D4) 182.

Key losses: Tyler Smith (20-16, D3, R4) 120; Codey Leh (18-13) 138; Nour Mays (26-12, D3) 160; Luke Zehnbauer (7-4) 170; Kody Eichlin (33-3, D1, R3) 182; Brian Baehr (20-13, D2) 220; Marek Tomanek (34-6, D1, R3) 285.

Key returnees: Jr. Jake Moore (3-0) 113; Jr. Vito Intili (3-4) 120-126; So. Connor Mills (7-9, D4) 138; So. Tanner McLaughlin 145; So. Chase Bauberger (6-6) 152; Sr. Brock Hauser (7-3) 195; Jr. Zach LaDuca (1-2) 220.

Promising newcomers: Jr. Matt Meehan 170; Sr. Matt Powell 285.

Outlook: Terriers, who enter the season six wins shy of 700 as a program, sustained heavy graduation losses, including a pair of state qualifiers, and are looking to be in a rebuilding mode. Kolonia, Lightner and Schlittler were 20-match winners last season and will be counted on for greater success this winter. Fitz likes the depth in the middle of the lineup, but most of the upper weights are untested and any great dual meet success will hinge on their improvement. With the school's last sectional title coming in 2006, this squad is aiming to challenge Raritan in Central Jersey, Group 2.

Hackettstown Tigers

Coach: Frank Rodgers (184-185-4, 12th season of second stint, 19th overall).

2013-14 record: 10-16, 3-4 NJAC Freedom Division (fifth).

Returning starters (9): So. Steven Nicotra (10-13) 113; Jr. Joe Renne (32-8, D1) 126; So. Anthony Gonzalez (12-23) 145; Jr. Anthony Carida (24-11) 152; Jr. Thomas Bordi (1-12) 170; So. Kyle Connelly (12-19, D4) 182; Jr. Tahke Martin (3-23) 195; Sr. Teddy Gurnowski (19-16) 195; So John Jensen (1-16) 220.

Key losses: Tony Figueroy (18-16, D4) 113; Matt Nicotra (18-17) 132.

Key returnees: So. Justin Bennett (6-6) 106; So. Jake Figueroy (0-8) 126; Jr. Brandon Baker (5-9) 132; So. Tyler Palomino (7-8) 138; Jr. Eldin Ribic (8-14) 160; Jr. Robert Trineer (2-7) 220.

Promising newcomers: Fr. Alex Carida 120; Fr. Robert Spezza 138; Fr. Shawn Burke 152; Jr. Nick Renne 160.

Outlook: Tigers enjoyed a nice bounce-back season with 10 victories and have a bonafide star in Renne, who won his first District 1 title last season. His twin brother, Nick, is out for the first time after wrestling on the youth level and Rodgers is hopeful he can be another solid contributor. The upper weights, which were a huge question mark last season, figure to be improved. The question is if there is enough balance in the lineup to improve on last year's win total. Competing in a tough division will also be a challenge once again for the Warren County school.

Hunterdon Central Red Devils

Coach: Jon Cantagallo-Rohm (first season).

2013-14 record: 19-7, 4-1 Skyland Conference Delaware Division (T-first).

Returning starters (8): So. Peter Nace (30-9, D1) 113; Sr. Kyler Rodriguez (18-13, D2-2013) 132-138; So. Chris Taylor (5-19) 132; Sr. Nick Taylor (17-17, D4) 138-145; Sr. Hunter Orr (9-20) 145; Sr. Joe Scerbo (31-11, D3, R4) 160-170; Sr. Nestor Crespo (25-12, D3) 182-195; Sr. Nick Suk (27-11, D1) 182-195;

Key losses: Dylan Nace (43-4, D1, R2, S5) 132; Collin Boylan (42-6, D1, R3, S8) 145; Gary Dinmore (39-3, D1, R1, S2) 152; Arturo Hernandez (9-12, D3) 220; Dan Hausman (21-16, D3) 285.

Key returnees: So. Bryce Hall (3-2) 106-113; Jr. Gabino Careaga (2-1) 145; Jr. Christian Long (3-6) 145-152; Sr. Sean Dalgauer (2-3) 152-160; So. Michael Iodice (1-1) 170-182; Sr. Bryan Bausback (1-0) 170; Sr. David Furmato (5-6) 182-195; Sr. Leo Acquino (injured last season) 220-285; Sr. Eric Navarro (1-2) 220-285; So. Andres Navarro (2-0) 220-285.

Promising newcomers: Fr. Hunter Graf 106; Fr. Kevin Ciresa 138-145.

Outlook: Red Devils have a new coach this season in former assistant Cantagallo-Rohm, who took over for Steve Gibble when he was unceremoniously dismissed last month. Central was hit hard by graduation for the second straight season, but eight starters return, including District 17 champs Nace and Suk. Scerbo and Crespo are also proven winners, so there is a nucleus to build around. If some of the inexperienced wrestlers in the lineup can contribute, this team has a chance to surprise and very well could reach the Central Jersey, Group 5 final.

North Hunterdon Lions

Coach: Tim Flynn (75-28, sixth season).

2013-14 record: 17-3, 5-1 Skyland Conference Raritan Division (second).

Returning starters (8): Sr. Paul Robinson (21-8, D1-2013) 106-113; Sr. Luke Approvato (18-15, D3) 120-126; Sr. Ryan Pomrinca (39-2, D1, R1, S3) 126-132; So. Matt Mohan (11-8, D2) 126-13; Jr. Derek Ciavarro (20-13, D3) 145-152; Jr. Brian Smolinsky (24-8) 152-160; Sr. Michael Sicola (29-11, D1, R3) 160-170; Jr. Tyler Gapas (11-14, D4) 182.

Key losses: Eric Martin (25-9, D3) 132; Mike Ciavarro (35-9, D2, R2) 152; Joe Guzzo (33-7, D1, R2) 170; Tim Bartlett (16-11) 220.

Key returnees: Sr. Mike Bednar (5-10) 138-145; Sr. Miles Mohan (1-5) 138-152.

Promising newcomers: Fr. Andrew Gapas 113-120; Fr. Will Hughes 113-120; Jr. Thomas Attansaio 126; Fr. Tucker Kirchberger 126-132; So. Jack Carroll 126-132; So. Cole Marra 132; Jr. Wyatt Vrancken 170-182; Sr. Connor Farina 182; Sr. Gregg Luberto 182-195; Jr. Will Moody 195-220; Jr. John Williams 220; So. Charlie Tordik 285.

Outlook: Lions return eight starters and are always well coached, so this is shaping up to be another solid campaign for the clearcut team to beat in Hunterdon County. Pomrinca, a two-time state placewinner, is one of the top wrestlers in the state and is heading to Lehigh next season. The younger Gapas enjoyed a very successful career on the youth level and will help solidify a talented group of lower weights. Once again the upper weights are a bit of a question mark, but regardless, North is looking like the class of the newly created North 2, Group 5 section.

North Warren Patriots

Coach: Scott Stoll (first season).

2013-14 record: 8-14, 1-5 NJAC Freedom Division (T-sixth).

Returning starters (6): So. Steven Skuropacki (2-19) 106; Sr. Gino Fluri (24-12, D3) 138; Jr. Anthony Duardo (14-14) 152; Sr. Jack Butrymowicz (17-13) 182; Jr. Bryan Benson (5-21) 182; Jr. Alex Leontaris (9-16) 195.

Key losses: Matt Ritchie (29-8, D1) 126; John Norgard (15-12, D3) 145; Johnny Hayes (25-5, D4) 160; Sr. Will O'Connell (19-14, D2) 285.

Key returnees: Sr. Tyler Giacobbe (1-0) 132; So. Shannon Grogan (8-6) 145; So. Ryan Reyes (0-7) 160; Jr. Ryan Baldwin (1-1) 195; Sr. Sean Drylie (0-1) 285.

Promising newcomers: Fr. Colin Keoghan 113; Fr. Michael Pell 120.

Outlook: After a strong debut two seasons ago as members of the NJAC, the Patriots took a big step back last season as they finished near the bottom of the Freedom Division. This season, the Warren County school will start anew with former assistant coach Stoll, who takes over for the classy Matt Parzero. It won't be an easy start, as the Pats are behind the 8-ball numbers-wise, while Fluri is the only wrestler on the squad with a district medal on the resume. With no standout individuals -- O'Connell is not with the team this season for undisclosed reasons -- the Pats will look to build on the team concept and need some of the younger wrestlers to improve as the season wears on. It's looking much like another rebuilding campaign in Blairstown.

Phillipsburg Stateliners

Coach: Dave Post (60-13, fifth season).

2013-14 record: 18-0, 6-0 Skyland Conference Raritan Division (first).

Returning starters (10): Jr. Brandon Paetzell (39-2, D1, R1, S2) 113; Jr. Tyler Agans (9-14) 120; Jr. DJ Wissing (19-12) 138; Sr. Steve Friedman (18-16, D2) 145; Sr. Corey Zinsmeister (26-10, D3, R4) 152; Sr. Jimmy Schuitema (23-4, D1, R1 in 2013) 160; Sr. Max Elling (34-6, D1, R4) 170; So. Drew Horun (20-8) 182-195; Sr. Joe Maso (25-9, D2) 195-220; So. Robert Melise (5-6, D3) 220-285.

Key losses: Tylor Petchonka (15-12) 126; Garrett Wolfinger (12-6) 145; Broderick Bupivi (24-9) 160; Jake Kocsis (30-12, D1, R2, S4) 170.

Key returnees: Jr. Kyle Markus (2-0) 106; Jr. Tom Kosar 113-120; Sr. Donald Agans (4-2) 132; Sr. Yann Ondele (1-2) 182; Sr. Tim Hinkle (8-7) 182-195.

Promising newcomers: Fr. Brian Meyer 126; Jr. Kyle Nothnagel (transfer from Pa.) 285.

Outlook: Stateliners, who are 12 wins shy of 900 as a program, are coming off the program's fourth unbeaten season and first since 1969-70, capping it with a thrilling Group 4 title win over Southern. It's a new season, but the 'Liners are primed to repeat with one of the most balanced lineups in the Garden State. Paetzell, one of 10 returning starters, gets it started down low as he attempts to capture state gold. Schuitema and Elling should be plenty hungry to claim their first medals in AC in the final seasons of their outstanding careers. Nothnagel is a bonus addition up top, but the former P'burg elementary product may have to sit 30 days per NJSIAA transfer rules. Anything short of the program's 19th state team championship would be a major disappointment. As usual, the schedule is loaded with duals scheduled against state-ranked teams like Bound Brook, Southern, Howell, Hanover Park and High Point.

Voorhees Vikings

Coach: Eric Hall (87-21, fifth season).

2013-14 record: 20-7, 3-3 Skyland Conference Raritan Division (fourth).

Returning starters (6): Sr. Harley Sacks (24-11, D2) 120; Jr. Kyle DiNapoli (34-7, D1, R3) 126; Sr. Jack Blunk (8-15) 138; Jr. Devan Thomas (14-11, D4) 145; Jr. Derek Howerth (12-18) 195; Sr. Alex Fischetti (2-1, D1-2013) 285.

Key losses: Cody Ihling (31-9, D1, R2) 120; Thomas Bieshke (13-4) 132; Mike Muscatello (24-7, D2) 138; Christian Okulicz (26-10, D3) 145; William Gonsiewski (12-14) 152; Jordan Juliano (27-10, D2) 170; Cody Kubinak (13-18) 182; Merritt Francis (16-17, D3) 195.

Key returnees: So. Liam Cutri-French (2-2) 113; Jr. Garrett Birchenough (1-1) 132; So. Michael Fernandes (5-2) 152; Sr. Thomas Riley (10-9) 160; Jr. Charlie Rodenberger (5-9, D4) 182.

Promising newcomers: So. Augi Hietoff 106; Fr. Colby Koshinski 106; Sr. Clayton Birchenough 138; Sr. Sam Lamport (3-4) 170; So. Colton Curtis 170; So. Adam Murdock 220.

Outlook: Vikings return only six starters and are two years removed from claiming the North 2, Group 2 sectional championship -- the program's 15th title. The program lost quite a bit to graduation, including five Region 5 qualifiers. The good news is that Fischetti, a District 17 champ two seasons ago, is back after sustaining a season-ending knee injury at Warren Hills on opening day last year. DiNapoli is a bonafide star and is coming off a fine offseason. As always, one major goal is to go unbeaten against the other three Hunterdon County schools, something the Vikes, who went 0-for-3 last season, haven't done since 1996. This squad will be well coached, so expect it be much improved by season's end.

Warren Hills Blue Streaks

Coach: Jarrett Hosbach (120-93, 10th season).

2013-14 record: 11-11, 2-4 Skyland Conference Raritan Division (fifth).

Returning starters (9): So. Ryan Mosher (6-22) 113; So. Matt Valli (26-9, D1) 120; Sr. John Fluck (9-7, D3-2012) 126; So. Zach Nauta (18-10, D4) 132; Sr. Max Nauta (30-8, D1, R2) 138; Sr. Austin Pidoto (19-15, D3) 145; Jr. Anthony Roessner (13-19, D4) 160; Jr. Kurt Nemeth (3-4, D3) 195; Sr. Andrew Pacheco (35-5, D1, R1, S6) 285.

Key losses: Ryan Ostir (19-13, D1) 160; Steve Cleaver (22-10, D3) 182; Ryan Witner (23-12, D3) 220.

Key returnees: Sr. Christian Wanamaker 126; Sr. Tyler Annunziata (1-2) 138; So. Rashon Wade-Taylor 152; So. Taylin Zafis (0-1) 220.

Promising newcomers: Fr. Kyle Wulff 106; Fr. Cody O'Rourke 106; Fr. Pedro Cruz 120; Fr. Cameron Nauta 132; Fr. Jarod Ostir 145; So. Brody Oberly 182.

Outlook: Blue Streaks were expected to make a major push forward last season, but injuries helped to derail their season. There's enough talent returning for this group to make a push for the North 2, Group 3 title, and really this squad should be the favorite if everyone can fall into the right weight classes. Valli had an outstanding rookie season and will anchor things down low, while Max Nauta, a three-time state qualifier, and Pacheco, a medal winner, aspire to finish high on the podium in AC.

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