Thursday, July 19, 2018

Wrestling: 'Liners-Streaks set for Pin Cancer clash

The premiere high school wrestling event of the summer in our area is on tap for Thursday, July 26 as the seventh annual Pin Cancer match between Phillipsburg and Washington will be held on the turf at Warren Hills School District Stadium.

There will be a junior high match starting at 6 p.m., with the high school match to follow at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Ticket price is $5. All proceeds go to cancer research and development. Check out for more information about this tremendous organization.

Phillipsburg defeated Warren Hills, 53-14, when the teams met during the 2017-18 high school season.

P'burg won the first four Pin Cancer matches before Washington ended that run with a 28-24 in 2016 at Warren Hills' auxiliary gym. The event was moved indoors for the first time due to rain, as was the case again for last year's event at Phillipsburg -- a 54-10 win for the Stateliners.

"We have a good freshmen class and we've looked awesome this summer," said P'burg coach Dave Post, whose team had a very successful run at the Lycoming Summer Camp.

This is the first Pin Cancer match for Dave Sbriscia as a head coach for Washington after he took over the reigns from Jarrett Hosbach in April.

"It's an awesome experience for the kids, that's what it's about, and raising money for a great organization," said Sbriscia, a former standout wrestler and assistant coach for the Blue Streaks who said 32 of his wrestlers attended summer camp at Penn State. "There will be a lot of great wrestling. People from both communities really come out and support the teams. There will be some great matchups to see."

This year's clash features four New Jersey state qualifiers in Phillipsburg's Travis Jones (135), Kyle Tino (145) and Cody Harrison (167), along with Washington's Nick Galka (215).

Jones (41-6) -- one of the most dangerous mat wrestlers around -- is a two-time district champion and captured his first region title this past season as a junior, placing seventh in the state tournament at 120 pounds, while Tino (25-11) was a district champion and region runner-up at 132.

Harrison (37-5), who did not compete in this event last year because of an injury, is a two-time state placewinner, finishing fourth at 138 pounds as a junior. He will enter his senior season with 85 career wins.

Galka (25-6), who battled foot issues last season, won a district title and finished second in Region 3 as a junior.

Sbriscia is looking forward to seeing his team, which lost a total of 77 varsity wins to graduation, in action.

"This [event] gives us an idea of what's going to happen in the season to come," he said. "I'm pretty excited about our incoming class. We'll have 12 to 13 freshmen. It's one of our biggest in five, six years. We have nine who were wrestlers coming up and three or four first-year wrestlers. We're hoping to have around 40 [total wrestlers in the program when the season starts]."

P'burg has two talented freshmen -- both grade school league champions in James Day and Joey Innamorato -- and six other wrestlers with 12 or fewer career varsity bouts in its Pin Cancer lineup.

"We're just excited to get some of our young guys bouts, just to see them against real competition," Post said. "One characteristic we always look for is if they wrestle more for each other than they do for themselves. They fight tooth-and-nail for every point. They don't necessarily have varsity experience, but they've all wrestled together for years and have wrestled so many bouts."

Post also provided a sneak preview of what the 2018-19 lineup may be at this mid-summer stage for his five-time defending Group 4 champions.

106 -- Fr. James Day; 113 -- So. Logan Maczko; 120 -- Fr. Joey Innamorato/So. Jason Tino; 126 -- Sr. Bryce Parenti; 132 -- Sr. Travis Jones; 138 -- Fr. Nate Zastowny/Sr. Luke Hardin; 145 -- Sr. Kyle Tino; 152 -- Sr. Cody Harrison; 160 -- Sr. Thomas Abode; 170 -- Jr. Ryan Mitzak; 182 -- Jr. Jacob Wicks; 195 -- Sr. Austin Roth; 220 -- So. Gage Horvath; 285 -- Jr. Cody Cruts

Tentative Pin Cancer matchups (Phillipsburg listed first)

107 -- Fr. James Day vs. Fr. Jared Lee
113 -- So. Logan Maczko vs. Fr. Noah DiNapoli
120 -- Fr. Joey Innamorato vs. Fr. Max Pagano
125 -- So. Jason Tino vs. Jr. Greg Slivka
130 -- Sr. Bryce Parenti vs. Fr. Stephen Malia
135 -- Sr. Travis Jones vs. Jr. Logan Nauta
140 -- Sr. Luke Hardin vs. Jr. Nick Gorab
145 -- Sr. Kyle Tino vs. Jr. Geir Nemeth
155 -- Sr. Thomas Abode vs. Sr. Chris Ostir
167 -- Sr. Cody Harrison vs. Jr. Nick Hildebrant
180 -- Jr. Jacob Wicks vs. Fr. Tyler McCarthern
200 -- Sr. Austin Roth vs. So. Logan Polcari
215 -- So. Gage Horvath vs. Sr. Nick Galka
285 -- Jr. Cody Cruts vs. Sr. Duro Ajayi

(Box from last season's high school dual)


182 -- Jarod Ostir, WH, d. Austin Roth, 5-2.
195 -- Shamyr Brodders, P, p. Logan Polcari, 1:19.
220 -- Cody Cruts, P, forfeit.
285 -- Duro Ajayi, WH, d. Patrick Sharpe, 3-1 SV.
106 -- Logan Maczko, P, forfeit.
113 -- Cullen Day, P, d. Greg Slivka, 3-0.
120 -- Travis Jones, P, forfeit.
126 -- Codey O'Rourke, WH, md. Brenden Fox, 9-1.
132 -- Kyle Wulff, WH, md. Thomas Abode, 10-2.
138 -- Kyle Tino, P, p. Nickolas Gorab, 1:38.
145 -- Cody Harrison, P, md. Chris Ostir, 17-7.
152 -- Brian Meyer, P, forfeit.
160 -- Josh Ramos, P, md. Nick Hildebrant, 14-4.
170 -- Lance Wissing, P, forfeit.

(2017 Pin Cancer results)


Logan Maczko, P, p. Walker Heller, :26.
Cullen Day, P, p. Greg Slivka, 4:27.
Luke Hardin, P, p. Shane Reynolds, 1:29.
Travis Jones, P, d. Logan Nauta, 12-6.
Kyle Wulff, W, md. Tyler Marason, 12-4.
Chris Ostir, W, d. Jared Kukor, 5-2.
Kyle Tino, P, d. Cameron Nauta, 8-4.
Jayson Zinsmeister, P, md. Geir Nemeth, 9-1.
Brian Meyer, P, p. Pedro Cruz, 3:27.
Lance Wissing, P, p. Logan Polcari, :25.
Shamyr Brodders, P, d. Nick Hildebrant, 6-5.
Austin Roth, P, tf. David Shafer, 16-1, 2:40.
Nick Galka, W, d. Cody Cruts, 10-5.
Patrick Sharpe, P, p. Brandon Prados, 1:13.

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