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Sunday, October 25th

New Look. New Address. Same Stuff!

 

"I Like The Old One Better" is winning in the website poll. It's even ahead of "Fire Adam Gase"! Sorry, nothing I could do about it. Had to change. There's probably still a few kinks, but hopefully I'll work them out once the season hits.

 

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COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Congratulations to Howell's Paul Jakub on his commitment to attend Belmont Abbey next season.

CLASS OF 2021 COLLEGE COMMITMENTS

 

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Tuesday's Update

We've had the first bit of clarification as to what the 2020-2021 season will look like with today's decision out of Trenton, and with the statement from the NJSIAA. So what does it mean for wrestling? Practices are still scheduled to begin on December 3rd, with the regular season beginning on December 21st, and concluding on February 3rd. Once the regular season starts, as of now, it will be in a DUAL MEET ONLY format. Teams will be able to schedule two duals (events) over the course of a week, with a maximum of 15 duals (events) for the year. With the NJSIAA limiting all regular season competition to just TWO teams, this obviously means there will be no individual tournaments, or multiple dual events (tris/quads) during the regular season. The postseason is still slated to run between February 5th - February 17th, but there is still no format on how that will be competed. 

So, what does this all mean? Firstly, if things improve between now and the start of the season and tournaments are approved, it will be counted as a single event. So a team could wrestle one dual and participate in one tournament over the span of a week.

What does this mean for the post-season? Well, if no multiple team events are approved, that eliminates the possibility of the District-State individual tournaments. The Sectionals can still be held under their traditional formats, and the alignment from last season would be used again this year. Theoretically, we still could crown a Group Champion as well, with the semis and finals being held on separate days at the highest seeded team's gym. The NJSIAA has had a clear message that this season's agenda for ALL high school sports is a focus on "participation" not "championships." At the end of the day, I just don't see the bend to where we get an NJSIAA sanctioned individual tournament. But hey, on the plus side... NO QUADS THIS YEAR!!!

I'll have more on this, as more word comes out.

 

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Continuing to make updates to the Milestone Watch and continuing to add links and get pages ready for the 2021 season. If you have anything to add to the Milestone Watch, New Faces/Changes, or College Commitment page, email DESPO424@comcast.net. 

 

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Keep tabs on the 2020 Shore Conference Football & Soccer season over at ShoreSportsNetwork.com

 

 

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2021 New Faces/Changes

 

Brick Memorial

Junior, Evan Tallmadge (4th Place in NJ at 106 in 2020, and a 2-time State Qualifier) transfers from Brick Twp.

Junior, Lucas Torre (D23 Runner-up and a State Qualifier at 106 in 2020) transfers from Pt Boro.

 

CBA

Junior, Garrett Totten (7th Place in NJ at 113 in 2020, and a 2-time State Qualifier) transfers from Northern Burlington.

 

Manasquan

Justin Barowski, (Pt Beach - Class of 2005), a former standout wrestler for the Gulls, and previously an assistant coach at Pt Boro, takes over as head coach for the Warriors, replacing Matt Voskian, who guided 'Squan for the past 11 seasons.

 

St John Vianney

Senior, Harrison Gordon (NJ-WB3; D19 & R5 Runner-up in 2020), transfers in from Marlboro.

 

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Shore Conference Returning State Qualifiers in 2021

 

Brick Memorial

Sr: Vincent Santaniello (NJ-2nd Place; 3-time Medal Winner)
Sr: David Szuba (NJ-2nd Place; 3-time Qualifier)
Jr: Evan Tallmadge (NJ-4th Place; 2-time Qualifier)
Jr: Ryan Smith (NJ-WB2)
Jr: Lucas Toree (NJ-WB1)
So: Anthony Santaniello (NJ-2nd Place)

CBA

Sr: Sam Nini (NJ-WB1)
Jr: Garrett Totten (7th Place; 2-time Qualifier)
So: Julian George (NJ-WB4)
So: Tyler Barrett (NJ-WB3)
So: Zander Silva (NJ-WB1)

Colts Neck

Sr: Logan Waller (2-time Qualifier)
Sr: Joe Barsky (NJ-WB1)

Freehold Boro

So: Angelo Messina (NJ-WB3)

Howell

Sr: Neiko Malone (2-time Qualifier)
Sr: Paul Jakub (2-time Qualifier)
So: Colin Bradshaw (NJ-WB1)
So: Isaiah Fenton (NJ-WB1)

Jackson Memorial

Jr: Luke Temple (NJ-WB1)

Lacey

Sr: Vin Ceglie (NJ-WB1 in 2019)
Jr: Brady Carter (NJ-WB2 in 2019)

Manalapan

Sr: Gavin Claro (2-time Qualifier)

Marlboro

Sr: Zach Vasile (NJ-WB2)

Matawan

Sr: Kamrin O'Neill (NJ-WB3)
Sr: David Rubin (NJ-WB2)

Middletown South

So: Jack Zaleski (5th Place)
So: David Hussey (NJ-WB1)

Ocean Township

Sr: Joe Teresi (NJ-WB2; 2-time Qualifier)
Sr: Demetri Poniros (NJ-WB2; 2-time Qualifier)
Sr: Blake Tarnowski (NJ-WB1)
Jr: Jared Tracey (NJ-WB1)

Pt Beach

Sr: Riley Simon (NJ-WB1)

RBC

So: Sabino Portella (NJ-WB4)

Rumson

Sr: Max Brignola (8th Place; 3-time Qualifier)
Sr: Jack Kelly (5th Place)
Sr: Tyler Brignola (NJ-WB1)
Jr: Shay Addison (5th Place)
Jr: Aidan Shaughnessy (NJ-WB2)

St John Vianney

Sr: Dean Peterson (2-time State Champ; 2nd in 2019)
Sr: Blake Clayton (3rd Place; 2-time Qualifier)
Sr: Harrison Gordon (NJ-WB3)
Jr: Nico Diaz (2-time Qualifier)
So: Joseph Giordano (NJ-WB2)

Shore Regional

Sr: Jack Maida (NJ-6th Place in 2019; 3-time Qualifier)
Sr: Michael McGhee (2-time Qualifier)

Southern

Sr: Eddie Hummel (NJ-3rd Place; 2-time Medalist)
Sr: Matt Brielmeier (NJ-WB2)
So: Conor Collins (NJ-WB4)
So: Cole Velardi (NJ-WB2)

TR East

Sr: Michael Conklin (3-time Qualifier)
Jr: Joe McCullough (NJ-WB1)

TR North

Sr: John O'Donnell (NJ-WB3)

Wall

Sr: Jacob Whitworth (6th Place; 2-time Qualifier)
Sr: Nick Zamaloff (NJ-WB1)
Sr: Brendan Newbury (NJ-WB1)

 

2021 Milestone Watch

 

Without knowing just how many matches wrestlers will be able to get in this year (20-30?), in what looks to be about a 5-week regular season that will likely be safety-oriented, and an abbreviated post-season, here's a look at some of the milestones that may, or may not, be within reach in this modified 2021 season.

 

Barnegat

Head coach, Ken MacIver, needs 4 more wins to reach 300 career victories as a head coach.

 

Brick Memorial

Vin Santaniello: The senior needs 34 wins to break the Mustangs' career wins record of 149, held by Steve Santos (Class of 2009).

 

Howell

Rebel head coach, John Gagliano, is 9 dual wins away from reaching 500 career wins.

 

Long Branch

Head coach, Danny George, is 4 wins away from 450 career dual wins.

 

Ocean Township

Joe Teresi: Teresi needs 13 wins to become the first Spartan heavyweight to hit 100 career victories, and to become the 7th wrestler in Shore Conference history to record 100 wins in the heavyweight slot.

 

Pt Beach

Beach head coach, Jeff Bower, is 2 wins away 200 career head coaching wins.

 

Pt Boro

The Panthers head coach, Pat Brady, needs 9 victories to reach 200 for his career.

 

Raritan

Rob Nucci, is 15 wins away from recording his 400th victory as head coach of the Rockets. Nucci also had 18 wins at Pinelands, prior to joining the Rockets, and hit 400 for his overall career last season.

 

Rumson

Max Brignola: The senior needs 27 wins to break the school record of 139, held by Nick Addison (Class of 2019).

 

St. John Vianney

Dean Peterson: The Princeton-bound Peterson needs 16 more wins to break the Lancers' program record of 123, held by Anthony Castro (Class of 2004).

 

Shore Regional

Jack Maida: Maida needs 37 victories to break the program record of 156, set just last season by Al DeSantis.

Head coach, Dave Porta, needs 14 wins to reach #200 for his career.

 

TR East

Michael Conklin: Conklin is 31 wins away from breaking the Raiders' all-time record of 145, set by Vinnie DelleFave in 2009.

 

 

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2021 Tentative Dates Of Importance

 

12/3: 1st Day of Practice

12/21: Regular Season Begins

2/5: Postseason Begins

2/17: Postseason Ends

 

 

Despo's Way Too Early Top 5

1. Brick Memorial

2. Southern

3. CBA

4. Howell

5. Rumson