Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wrestling: John Goles Invitational preview, info

What: John Goles Invitational Tournament (59th annual).

When: Wednesday, 9 a.m.

Where: Warren Hills Regional High School, Washington Township.

Participating teams: Delaware Valley; Donegal (Pa.); Edison; Millburn; Newton; North Hunterdon; Sparta; Warren Hills; West Morris.

Returning champions (this year's weights): Shane Metzler, West Morris (126); Matt Valli, Warren Hills (132); Kade Loughney, West Morris (152); Peter Tomasino, Edison (152); Marco Gaita, West Morris (170).

Others to watch: A.J. DeRosa, Delaware Valley (120, Region 5 runner-up); Dylan Saggio, Millburn (126, District 10 champion); Andrew Gapas, North Hunterdon (132, District 17 runner-up); Connor Mills, Delaware Valley (132, Region 5 runner-up); Matt Kolonia, Delaware Valley (138, Region 5 third); Rhys Zigich, Delaware Valley (145, District 17 third); Wyatt McCarthy, Newton (152, District 3 runner-up); Cole Marra, North Hunterdon (152, Region 5 fourth); Jarod Ostir, Warren Hills (182, Region 1 third); Kyle Lightner, Delaware Valley (195, Region 5 runner-up); Robert Gennat, Sparta (195, Region 1 fourth); William Loewen, Sparta (220, District 3 champion); Zach Herbert, Sparta (285, District 3 runner-up); Charlie Tordik, North Hunterdon (285, Region 5 fourth).

Notes: Metzler and Valli, who missed the 2014 tournament due to an injury, are looking to win their third titles. Metzler is the lone returning state placewinner -- finishing fifth at 120 pounds in 2016. ... Sparta, which was a participant from 1998-2010 returns to this year's field. Keep an eye on its solid group of upper weights. ... It will be a homecoming for Donegal head coach Barry Van Scoten and assistant Julius DiRisio, both state placewinners and Goles champions for Warren Hills in the late 1980s. Van Scoten won holiday titles in 1988 and '89, while DiRisio, a four-time finalist, is among only 35 to win three or more titles, claiming the gold in 1985, '87 and '88. Warren Hills finished a distant second in 2015 and should give Delaware Valley and West Morris a run for the team title. The Blue Streaks have won or shared 22 championships since the tournament's inception in 1958. Delaware Valley has claimed 10 of the last 18 team championships, while West Morris shared its only title with Washington (now Warren Hills) in 1964. ... Newton has crowned at least one champion in all but three tournaments since 2000, missing in 2012 and '15. Speaking of which, assistant coaches Andy Iliff (1985-86) and Ted Sibblies (1987-88) were two-time winners for the Braves. Del Val assistant Gregg Wiseburn (1999-2000), Warren Hills assistant Dave Sbriscia (2004-05) and North Hunterdon assistant Chris Hrunka (2006) were champs for the Blue Streaks, while Terriers assistant Chris Cancelliere was a two-time champion in 2009-10 for North Hunterdon. Millburn coach Mike Artigliere was a two-time champ for Madison (1985-86).

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