Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wrestling: Region 1 individual rankings


1. Fr. Joe Aragona, Pope John (D3)
2. So. Michael Caso, West Morris (D1)
3. Fr. Cody Harrison, Warren Hills (D1)
4. So. Cullen Day, Phillipsburg (D1)
5. Fr. Mason Godfrey, Jefferson (D3)

Others to watch: Ronald Rumsby, Montville (D2); Quinn Melofchik, Belvidere (D1); Chris Hwang, Sparta (D3); Devin Flannery, High Point (D3); Dom DiGena, Mendham (D1); John Tesoriero, Roxbury (D2); Hunter Davis, Wayne Valley (D4); Christopher Costiglia, Lakeland (D4); Aidan Broderick, Wayne Hills (D4); Andrew Joskowitz, Kinnelon (D4).

Notes: Caso scored an 8-7 win over Harrison on Saturday, so Caso jumps up to the No. 2 spot. Day, who was previously ranked, returned to the P'burg lineup and sits at No. 5. Rumsby, who dropped a 14-5 decision to Harrison earlier this season, is out for now. Aragona (18-0) majored Melofchik, 18-6, on Saturday.


1. Jr. Daniel Percelay, DePaul (D4)
2. Sr. Kyle Markus, Phillipsburg (D1)
3. Jr. Mark DiGeronimo, Kittatinny (D3)
4. Fr. Scott Jarosz, Roxbury (D2)
5. So. Kyle Wulff, Warren Hills (D1)

Others to watch: Christian Deehan, Pope John (D3); Randy Wyble, Butler (D4); Joe Carmichael, Pequannock (D4); Scott Finnis, Randolph (D2); Ryan Richards, Jefferson (D3); Maverick Liebl, High Point (D3); Marcus Bitetto, Sparta (D3); Peter Tringali, Mendham (D1); Cole Drozjock, Wayne Valley (D4); Phil Trovato, Montville (D2).

Injury time: Jacob Falleni, Lenape Valley (D2).

Notes: Markus avenged a loss last season to Howell's Kyle Slendorn, with a 4-2 win on Thursday in a battle of state qualifiers. Falleni is out, possibly for the season, with a broken hand, according to Patriots coach Doug Vetter. That opens the door for Wulff to slide in at No. 5. Wulff decked Deehan at the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament, while Falleni beat Deehan, 10-6 .


1. Jr. Shane Metzler, West Morris (D1)
2. So. Jake Rotunda, Pope John (D3)
3. So. Alex Carida, Hackettstown (D1)
4. Sr. Garrett Gerndt, Sparta (D3)
5. So. Codey O'Rourke, Warren Hills (D1)

Others to watch: Connor Murphy, Wayne Valley (D4); Perry Maio, Kittatinny (D3); Steve Pocze, Pequannock (D4); Evan Vazquez, Roxbury (D2); Anthony Zungoli, Wayne Hills (D4); Nick Gentile, Montville (D2); Ryan Hanlon, Mount Olive (D1); Thomas Masucci, Mendham (D1).

Injury time: Tom Kosar, Phillipsburg (D1).

Notes: Metzler majored O'Rourke, 9-1, on Saturday, in a rematch of their memorable semifinal bout in the John Goles Invitational last month. Metzler came off his back to deck O'Rourke in that one. Carida hasn't been at 120 since the tournaments in December, floating between 126 and 132. He scored a solid 10-2 win over Mount Olive's Dylan Hanlon last week. Gerndt, who missed time with an injury, re-enters at No. 4. He stuck Mount Olive's Ryan Hanlon last week.


1. Sr. Troy Stanich, Roxbury (D2)
2. Sr. Garrett O'Shea, Butler (D4)
3. Jr. Matt Valli, Warren Hills (D1)
4. Fr. Robert Garcia, Pope John (D3)
5. Sr. Joe Renne, Hackettstown (D1)

Others to watch: Damian Maver, DePaul (D4); Nick Cassidy, Belvidere (D1); Jared Inglett, Wayne Hills (D4); Calvin Brook, Kittatinny (D3); Chris Shrieks, Jefferson (D3); Kyle Tino, Phillipsburg (D1); Dylan Hanlon, Mount Olive (D1); Grant Gerndt, Sparta (D3); Ray Smaha, Lenape Valley (D2); Scott Smith, Kinnelon (D4).

Notes: Stanich solidified his ranking with a 6-3 win over Brick Memorial's Gianni Ghione, a state runner-up at 113 pounds last season. O'Shea scored a 4-2 decision over Garcia on Saturday at 132. We didn't get a Valli-Renne matchup on Saturday, as Renne weighed in at 132. This is one stacked weight class.


1. Sr. Nick Klinger, Kittatinny (D3)
2. So. Anthony Mastroeni, Hopatcong (D2)
3. So. Shane Kobis, High Point (D3)
4. Jr. Richard Reimers, Roxbury (D2)
5. Sr. Tyler Agans, Phillipsburg (D1)

Others to watch: Wyatt McCarthy, Newton (D3); Connor Meytrott, Montville (D2); Anthony Rua, Wayne Hills (D4); Shane Murphy, Mount Olive (D1); Alex Winant, Mendham (D1); Mark Bohn, Jefferson (D3); Ryan Luchs, Pope John (D3); Luke McFadden, DePaul (D4); Jake Hickey, Lenape Valley (D2); Joe Brown, West Milford (D4); Jack Carroll, Lakeland (D4).

Injury time: Brandon Paetzell, Phillipsburg (D1).

Notes: Klinger, who enters the week seven wins shy of 100 for his career, scored a 7-5 win over McCarthy last week in a very entertaining bout, and scored a 15-6 major over Old Tappan's Peter Andresen, a Region 2 qualifier, on Saturday. Kobis' 1-0 win over Reimers on Saturday shakes things up. Kobis, who had been at 138 most of the season, is the new No. 3. Agans also dropped to 132 and enters at No. 5. McCarthy, a very tough freshman, is out for now. He dropped a 12-9 decision to Hanover Park's Sean Conley, who lost 10-2 to Reimers on Jan. 7.


1. Sr. Austin Scrivani, Kittatinny (D3)
2. Sr. Michael DeClario, Kinnelon (D4)
3. Jr. Chris Grecco, Pompton Lakes (D4)
4. Jr. Kade Loughney, West Morris (D1)
5. So. Dominick LaRusso, Roxbury (D2)

Others to watch: Jayson Parisi, Morris Knolls (D2); Nick Giordano, Newton (D3); Sean Finnegan, Sparta (D3); Shannon Grogan, North Warren (D1); Leo Flesche, Vernon (D3); Joe Daddario, Montville (D2); Tom Benway, Pequannock (D4); Sean Almgren, Randolph (D2).

Injury time: Zach Nauta, Warren Hills (D1); Aaron Merkey, Lenape Valley (D2).

Notes: With the reshuffling at 132, LaRusso enters here for the first time this season after a 6-4 loss in sudden victory to Loughney on Wednesday. Merkey (mono) is one of five injured wrestlers for the Patriots who are likely done for the season. Nauta did not weigh-in on Saturday and may miss some time due with an undisclosed injury.


1. Sr. Jared Kobis, High Point (D3)
2. Jr. Nick Palumbo, Lenape Valley (D2)
3. So. Brian Meyer, Phillipsburg (D1)
4. Jr. Dominic Fano, Montville (D2)
5. Sr. Anthony Carida, Hackettstown (D1)

Others to watch: Cole Nagle, Vernon (D3); Jonathon Borgognoni, Newton (D3); Michael Roumes, Roxbury (D2); Jake Vanwingerden, Kittatinny (D3); Anthony Rispoli, Pope John (D3); Jake DeLuca, Newton (D3); Chris Schlegel, Mendham (D1).

Notes: Solid at the top here. Palumbo, who pinned Nagle at the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament, scored a 14-3 win over Vanwingerden on Saturday. Palumbo is unbeaten at this weight, losing 4-1 to Kobis at 152 on Jan 6. Nagle pinned Roumes earlier this season, while Roumes owns a 4-2 win over Vanwingerden


1. Sr. Anthony Duardo, North Warren (D1)
2. Sr. Tommy Miller, Roxbury (D2)
3. Sr. Alex Zangrilli, Pequannock (D4)
4. Sr. Joey Schiele, Morris Hills (D2)
5. So. Marco Gaita, West Morris (D1)

Others to watch: Edward Marucci, Montville (D2); Connor McClellan, Mendham (D1); Sal Puglisi, Pompton Lakes (D4); Dylan Minter, Kittatinny (D3); Shane Connolly, Jefferson (D3); Dean Zindaki, Wayne Valley (D4); Ryan Madsen, Lakeland (D4); Craig Blumeling, West Milford (D4).

Notes: Schiele, as expected, made the drop to 152 last week and dropped a 5-3 decision to Duardo on Friday. Duardo, who won his weight at the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament, followed up with a 9-4 win over Gaita on Saturday. That makes it a clean sweep for Duardo, who has beaten all four wrestlers below him. Miller beat Gaita, 7-6, on Wednesday.


1. Sr. Craig Roumes, Roxbury (D2)
2. Sr. Christian Dalcais, West Milford (D4)
3. Sr. DJ Wissing, Phillipsburg (D1)
4. Sr. Troy Navarino, Mendham (D1)
5. Sr. Caleb Isemann, West Morris (D1)

Others to watch: Mike Szynalski, Randolph (D2); Alex Zevits, Montville (D2); Dean Zindaki, Wayne Valley (D4); Jarod Ostir, Warren Hills (D1); Trevor Warner, Pequannock (D4); Robert Spezza, Hackettstown (D1); Taylor Molfetto, Kittatinny (D3).

Notes: Not much to report here. Roumes beat Isemann, 3-0, on Wednesday. Ostir dropped a 5-4 decision to Gaita, who is ranked at 152 pounds. The Blue Streaks sophomore has been hampered by an ankle injury most of the season.


1. Sr. Spencer Carey, DePaul (D4)
2. Sr. Daniel Kilroy, Wayne Hills (D4)
3. Sr. Al Falco, Sparta (D3)
4. Jr. Josh Klimek, Kittatinny (D3)
5. Sr. Dylan Porcaro, West Milford (D4)

Others to watch: Joe Frumolt, Pope John (D3); Nico Negrini, Pompton Lakes (D4); Lance Fischer, Newton (D3); Jacob Cougle, Morris Knolls (D2); Anthony Roessner, Warren Hills (D1); Dillon Fazliu, Montville (D2); Liam Gorman, High Point (D3).

Notes: Carey dropped a 3-2 decision to Northern Highlands' Shane Sosinsky, third in Region 2 last season, on Saturday. They both have a loss to Bergen Catholic state champ Joe Grello. Kilroy scored a 9-5 win over Passaic Valley's Jala`a Darwish, who finished sixth in the state at 170 last season, on Saturday. Falco lost a 5-1 decision to Toms River East's Andrew Meyers, a state qualifier, on Saturday. Fischer is giving it a go with a torn ACL and is 3-1, dropping a 3-1 decision to Caldwell's Christian Dalla Riva, a Region 4 qualifier, on Saturday.


1. Jr. Brandon Kui, DePaul (D4)
2. Sr. Luke Drugac, Morris Knolls (D2)
3. So. Jake Brown, Pope John (D3)
4. Sr. David LoCascio, Kinnelon (D4)
5. Sr. PJ Chak, Wayne Valley (D4)

Others to watch: Angello Pico, Randolph (D2); Zach Mafaro, Kittatinny (D3); Dan Fisher, Phillipsburg (D1); Kyle Connelly, Hackettstown (D1); Frankie Negrini, Pompton Lakes (D4); Ian Nelsen, Mount Olive (D1); Peter Dellechiaie, Wayne Hills (D4); Scott MacLean, Dover (D2).

Notes: Kui (20-1) has won 17 in a row since a 3-2 loss to Drew Peck of Chambersburg (Pa.) at the Beast of the East in December. Drugac (15-0) still unbeaten and untested with nine pins. Brown (12-4), a Region 1 qualifier last season, dropped from 195 on Monday and dropped a 5-3 decision to Bergen Catholic freshman phenom Josh McKenzie.


1. Sr. Patrick Daly, Pequannock (D4)
2. Sr. Dean Drugac, Morris Knolls (D2)
3. Jr. Joseph Soreco, DePaul (D4)
4. Jr. Drew Horun, Phillipsburg (D1)
5. Sr. Sam Palumbo, Lenape Valley (D2)

Others to watch: Kevin Lewis, High Point (D3); Jacob Tareky, Wayne Valley (D4); Kurt Nemeth, Warren Hills (D1); Adam Schlereth, Newton (D3).

Notes: Daly (14-1) took his lone loss via injury default against Verona's Mark Riggio. Drugac (15-0) has nine pins, a major and three forfeits to go with decisions against Klaudio Bardhoku of New Providence and Tareky -- 8-2 and 6-1, respectively on Dec. 29. Schlereth's 30-day sit period is just about up and will be a big addition to Newton's lineup.


1. Sr. Scott Lavelle, DePaul (D4)
2. Jr. Robert Melise, Phillipsburg (D1)
3. So. Liridon Leka, Montville (D2)
4. Sr. Ralph Hall, Lenape Valley (D2)
5. Sr. Drew Flynn, Pompton Lakes (D4)

Others to watch: Matthew Sportelli, Wayne Hills (D4); Todd Eckert, Roxbury (D2); Jacob Foukas, Pequannock (D4); Nick Trani, Wayne Valley (D4); Zach Herbert, Sparta (D3); Andrew Nieves, Pope John (D3; Cole Benfatti, Jefferson (D3); Brody Oberly, Warren Hills (D1); Cliff Rutter, High Point (D3).

Notes: Lavelle, who finished third in the state last season, dropped a 10-5 decision to St Joseph-Montvale's Michael Carfagno in a matchup of top 220-pounders that was wrestled at 285 on Saturday. Carfagno qualified for AC at 195 last season and went 1-2. Leka beat Foukas, 3-2, on Saturday. Eckert bumped to 285 and decked West Morris' Alex Kaltenhauser, who is ranked below.


1. Sr. Kyle Nothnagel, Phillipsburg (D1)
2. Jr. Parker Fox, Montville (D2)
3. So. Robbie Gennat, Sparta (D3)
4. Sr. Avery Sheruda, Jefferson (D3)
5. Sr. Rich Fritzky, Lenape Valley (D2)

Others to watch: Alex Kaltenhauser, West Morris (D1); Tyler Pittenger, Newton (D3); Taylan Zafis, Warren Hills (D1); Daniel Colabella, Mount Olive (D1); Shane Beston, Morris Knolls (D2); Nick Sanders, Pompton Lakes (D4); Matthew Varone, Wayne Hills (D4); Zack Sieb, Morris Catholic (D2); Eric Lindstrom, West Milford (D4); Jake Pluta, Wayne Valley (D4).

Notes: Gennat has split time between 220 and 285, but he's been primarily at heavyweight this season He scored a 5-1 win over Colabella on Wednesday. Sheruda is having a solid season and beat Pittenger, 7-2, on Tuesday. 

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