Monday, March 16, 2015

Wrestling: Friedman, Pacheco winners for NJ stars

Steve Friedman of Phillipsburg and Andrew Pacheco of Warren Hills were among five winners for the New Jersey squad in a 28-18 loss to Pennsylvania in the 35th annual Easton Lions Club All-Star Wrestling Classic on Monday night at Easton Area High School's 25th Street Gymnasium.

New Jersey, which has now lost the last three events, had won three straight and four of the five classics prior to a 32-15 setback in 2013. Pennsylvania, which won, 36-6, in 2014, leads the overall series, 20-15, dating to 1981.

Friedman, a District 1 champion and Region 1 runner-up, earned a 5-3 decision over Freedom's Adam Evans at 145 pounds, while Phillipsburg teammate and state qualifier Max Elling closed out the match with a 10-0 major of Bangor's Charlie Sell.

Pacheco, a three-time district and two-time region champion for the Blue Streaks, decked Liberty's Kyle Gildner in 1:09. Max Nauta of Warren Hills dropped a 2-0 decision to Northampton's Todd Hetrick at 132.

North Hunterdon's Lucas Approvato (120) and Hunterdon Central's Nestor Crespo (190) both won by decisions for the New Jersey stars.

In the featured bout at 195, Parkland's Omar Haddad, who placed third in the PIAA Class AAA Tournament, scored a 2-1 win over New Jersey state champ Tyree Sutton of Keansburg.

Pius X's Mike Comunale earned the Outstanding Wrestler Award with a 5-2 win over New Jersey state placewinner William Povalac of Edison at 152.

120 -- Lucas Approvato (North Hunterdon), NJ, d. Anthony Roche (Easton), 5-2.
132 -- Todd Hetrick (Northampton), Pa., d. Max Nauta (Warren Hills), 2-0.
285 -- Andrew Pacheco (Warren Hills), NJ, p. Kyle Gildner (Liberty), 1:09.
220 -- Jason Kocher (Northampton), Pa., d. Gavin Lally (Sparta), 8-5.
170 -- Jake Young (Freedom), Pa., p. Kevin Merle (Belvidere), 2:47.
126 -- Travis Smith (Nazareth), Pa., md. Ryan Erwin (Delaware Valley), 14-2.
152 -- Mike Comunale (Pius X), Pa., d. William Povalac (Edison), 5-2.
182 -- John Callahan (Freedom), Pa., d. Nick Suk (Hunterdon Central), 3-1.
190 -- Nestor Crespo (Hunterdon Central), NJ, d. Alex Russo (Northwestern), 3-2.
145 -- Steve Friedman (Phillipsburg), NJ, d. Adam Evans (Freedom), 5-3.
165 -- Dallas LaBar (Bangor), Pa., d. Michael Sicola (North Hunterdon), 3-1.
195 -- Omar Haddad (Parkland), Pa., d. Tyree Sutton (Keansburg), 2-1.
160 -- Max Elling (Phillipsburg), NJ, md. Charlie Sell (Bangor), 10-0.
Outstanding Wrestler Award -- Mike Comunale, Pius X.

(Youth match)


55 -- Jason Trimmer, Easton Saints, d. Patrick Horvath, Belvidere, 2-1.
60 -- Cael McIntyre, Forks, md. Nico Calello, Edison, 9-1.
65 -- Braxton Appello, Palmer, d. Gavin Hawk, Pohatcong, 7-0.
70 -- Jake Jones, Saucon Valley, md. Hunter Lensi, Belvidere, 11-2.
75 -- Evan Gleason, Forks, d. Logan Maczko, Lopatcong, 4-2 OT.
80 -- Elijah Bundro, Weaver Elite, md. Tyler Marason, Steele Hill, 19-6.
85 -- Travis Jones, Phillipsburg, p. Kyron Bryson, Easton Saints, 2:21.
90 -- Shane Van Ness, Somerville, tf. Dillon Murphy, Stroudsburg, 17-1, 6:00.
95 -- Jonathan Miers, Easton, p. Ben Lilly, North Warren, :55.
100 -- Quinn Melofchik, Belvidere, d. Mason Werkheiser, Easton, 6-2.
108 -- Ryan Anderson, Hackettstown, p. Gaven Krazer, Easton, 1:36.
116 -- Joshua Jones, Saucon Valley, d. Jayson Zinsmeister, Phillipsburg, 4-1.
125 -- Justin Kyra, Saucon Valley, d. Vincent Romaniello, Flemington, 6-3.
135 -- Blake Daniel, Easton, md. Kyle Tino, Phillipsburg, 11-1.
145 -- Isaiah DeJesus, Easton, p. Denny Perez, Phillipsburg, 2:29.
Outstanding Wrestler Award -- Shane Van Ness, Somerville.

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