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2021 NJSIAA State Tournament at Phillipsburg High School
Saturday, April 24 & Sunday, April 25

State Tournament Seeds

Farthest State Advancement is listed to the right of wrestler.

106 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Jr) Nico Calello (St Joe's Metuchen / 10-0 / 1st C) - NJ-WB4 (106)
#2 (So) Jack Bastarrika (Mt Olive / 13-0 / 1st N1) 
#3 (Jr) Taisei Kurachi (River Dell / 14-1 / 2nd N1)  - NJ-WB3 (106)
#4 (Fr) Daniel Jones (Delbarton / 6-1 / 1st N2)
#5 (Jr) Jeffrey Jacome (South Plainfield / 10-1 / 2nd N2)
#6 (So) Logan Wadle (North Hunterdon / 9-1 / 3rd N2)
#7 (So) Aidan Carmody (Livingston / 11-2 / 4th N2)
#8  (So) Kaden Naame (St Augustine / 10-1 / 1st S)
#9 (So) Brendan Callahan (Kingsway / 10-1 / 2nd S)
#10 (Fr) Anthony Rossi (Hunterdon Central / 9-1 / 2nd C)
#11 (Fr) James Farina (Ocean Twp / 11-1 / 3rd C)
#12 (So) Max Elton (Holy Spirit / 8-2 / 3rd S)
#13 (So) Ethan Smith (Boonton / 13-1 / 3rd N1)
#14 (So) Richard Gomez (Matawan / 10-3 / 4th C)
#15 (Fr) Dylan Ross (Paramus Catholic / 7-3 / 4th N1)
#16 (Fr) Kurt Wehner (TR East / 12-2 / 4th S)

Calello carries a big experience advantage into the tournament. This will be his third State Tournament, in as many years, and he has twice been a single win away from earning a medal. With the shortened season, it's tough to get a read on a lot of the young & new faces, especially in a weight like 106. One of those new faces to the tournament is Bastarriki, who climbed into the #2 via his N1 Region Final win over Kurachi, and also has a win over the N2 Champ, Jones, earlier in the season. Keep an eye on that 8/9 matchup of Naame and Callahan. They split bouts this season, and both are legit sleepers in this weight.

As for the Shore, Farina is the Shore's highest seed at #11. His lone loss this year came in the Region Semis, 3-0, to Calello, and has shown he can hang with the best of them in this weight. Gomez at #14 rides into the tournament on a wave of momentum as he qualified out of the 13-seed at Regions. Wehner recieved the #16 seed, and an opening round match with the top-seeded Calello. Wehner has shows some great potential this season, and I've had him ranked #1 in my Shore Top 10 the entire season, so it will be interesting to see what he can do up against Calello in that opener. 

PREDICTION: It's the safe pick to take Calello here, which I'm doing, but I really think this one could be all over the place. #1 CALELLO OVER #2 BASTARRIKA
DARK HORSE:
 #8 Naame
THE SHORE: All 3 Shore wrestlers are seeded outside of medal position, so while it's a very homer thing to do suggest the Shore can get a couple medals here, I think we can.

 

113 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Jr) Evan Tallmadge (Brick Memorial / 12-0 / 1st C) - NJ-4th (106)
#2 (So) Luke Stanich (Roxbury / 13-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-6th (106)
#3 (So) Conor Collins (Southern / 14-1 / 1st S) - NJ-WB4 (106)
#4 (Jr) Jared Brunner (Eastern / 10-1 / 2nd S) - NJ-8th (106)
#5: (Fr) Ryan Ford (Bergen Catholic / 4-1 / 2nd N1) 
#6 (Jr) Clayon Utter (High Point / 6-1 / 3rd N1) - NJ-WB4 (113)
#7 (Fr) Sebastian Ortega (Howell / 11-1 / 2nd C)
#8 (Fr) Alex Nini (CBA / 10-2 / 3rd C)
#9 (Sr) Harrison Gordon (St John Vianney / 6-2 / 4th C) - NJ-WB3 (106)
#10 (Jr) Joseph Sciarrone (Seton Hall / 9-0 / 1st N2)  - NJ-WB1 (106)
#11 (So) Michael Campanaro (West Morris Central / 11-2 / 2nd N2)
#12 (Jr) Cameron Morgan (Pennsville / 10-1 / 3rd S)
#13 (Jr) Nick Cottone (Shawnee / 10-2 / 4th S) - NJ-WB2 (106)
#14 (Sr) Thomas Fischer (Delbarton / 10-2 / 3rd N2)
#15 (So) Jason Quirk (Livingston / 9-4/ 4th N2)
#16 (So) Ryan Hartung (New Milford / 12-3 / 4th N1)

A trio of returning medal winners from last year highlights this weight, along with some solid WBs, and a trio of terrific frosh. We at the Shore already know how good Tallmadge has been, but Stanich has been just as dominant for Roxbury, and a potential final here is main-event worthy. Both have a lot of work to do though with this field. You have the to South Region Finalists at 3 & 4 in Collins and Brunner. Collins edged Brunner, 1-0, in that Finals meeting. You have BC's talented freshman Ford at the #5 who recorded a 6-4 win over #6 Utter in the N1 Semis. Two of the Shore's top frosh check-in here at #7 & #8, and are followed at the #9 by yet another Shore qualifier in Gordon.

PREDICTION: I hate doing predictions because I hate picking against the Shore, but... #2 STANICH over #1 TALLMADGE (But I hope I'm wrong!)
DARK HORSE: #6 Utter
THE SHORE: With 5 seeds in the Top 9, the Shore could make some major noise in this weight. I'm saying 3 medal winners here.

 

120 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Jr) Evan Mougalian (Kinnelon / 11-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-1st (106)
#2 (So) Anthony Santaniello (Brick Memorial / 12-0 / 1st C) - NJ-2nd (106)
#3 (Fr) Nathan Taylor (Kingsway / 13-0 / 1st S)
#4 (So) Tyler Vazquez (Delbarton / 9-1 / 1st N2) - NJ-3rd (106)
#5 (So) Jack Zaleski (Middletown South / 10-1 / 2nd C) NJ-5th (106)
#6 (Jr) Joe Manno (St Joe's Montvale / 8-1 / 2nd N1) - NJ-5th (106 in 2019)
#7 (Jr) Garrett Totten (CBA / 13-1 / 3rd C) - NJ-7th (113)
#8 (So) Aidan Wallace (Bergern Catholic / 6-1 / 3rd N1) - NJ-7th (106)
#9 (So) Mayson Harms (Roselle Park / 10-1 / 2nd N2) - NJ-WB3 (120)
#10 (Jr) James Day (Phillipsburg / 13-1 / 3rd N2) - NJ-WB2 (113)
#11 (Sr) Kaelan Francois (Rahway / 7-2 / 4th N2) - NJ-WB4 (113)
#12 (Fr) Jackson Young (Camden Catholic / 10-1 / 2nd S)
#13 (Jr) John Hildebrandt (12-2 / Williamstown / 3rd S) - NJ-WB4 (106)
#14 (Jr) Aaron Kurzer (Montville / 7-3 / 4th N1) - NJ-WB3 (113)
#15 (Sr) Brett Blaess (Jackson Memorial / 11-3 / 4th C)
#16 (So) Sean Dever (Egg Harbor / 8-2 / 4th S)

It's the weight getting a good bulk of the chatter, as it should. There are 7 previous medal winners here, with 5 from last year's 106-pound weight class, including the finalists, Mougalian and Santaniello. Mougalian defeated Santaniello in last year's final, 3-1. At #3 is Taylor, a freshman who had a huge statement win during the regular season as he knocked off #4 Vazquez, 2-1. He has the talent to win it all here, but it's probably a bit much to ask a freshman to run the table here with a field this loaded. Something tells me to keep an eye on Day at #10 to make noise this weekend. Something about PBurg competing in their own gym, where they always seem to have some sort of magic, tells me we're going to get a surprise somewhere from the Liners this weekend.

PREDICTION: I've gone back and forth on this one a few times between Mogalian and Santaniello, and even throwing in Taylor, once or twice, but in the end, I'm going MOUGALIAN over SANTANIELLO
DARK HORSE: #6 Manno
THE SHORE: 3 Shore wrestlers seeded in the Top 8 here, but I think we end up with 2 medals here, as there is a deep group of spoilers in the lower seeds that will break through.

 

126 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Sr) Vincent Santaniello (Brick Memorial / 11-0 / 1st C) - NJ-2nd (120)
#2 (Jr) Joseph Cangro (Bergen Catholic / 7-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-3rd (113)
#3 (Sr) Ethan Fernandez (Westwood / 11-1 / 2nd N1)  - NJ-4th (120)
#4 (So) Brady Conlin (Washington Twp / 8-0 / 1st S) - NJ-8th (113)
#5 (Jr) Nico Diaz (St John Vianney / 7-2 / 2nd C) - NJ-WB4 (106 in 2019)
#6 (Sr) Nathan Fitt (Newton / 14-1 / 3rd N1) - NJ-WB4 (120)
#7 (So) Cross Wasilewski (Delbarton / 11-0 / 1st N2) - NJ-WB2 (113)
#8 (Sr) Mike Tandurella (Don Bosco / 7-3 / 4th N1) - NJ-WB4 (120)
#9 (Jr) Samuel Kotch (Cinnaminson / 7-1 / 2nd S) - NJ-WB4 (113)
#10 (Jr) D'Amani Almodovar (St Augustine / 11-1 / 3rd S) - NJ-WB3 (106)
#11 (Sr) Frank DiEsso (North Hunterdon / 3-1 / 2nd N2) - NJ-WB2 (113 in 2019)
#12 (Sr) Patrick Adams (St Peter's Prep / 11-2 / 3rd N2) - NJ-WB2 (120)
#13 (Sr) Chris Tringali (West Morris Mendham / 13-4 / 4th N2) - NJ-WB3 (113)
#14 (Sr) Neiko Malone (Howell / 7-3 / 3rd C) - NJ-WB2 (126)
#15 (Fr) Matt Henrich (Southern / 10-4 / 4th S)
#16 (Jr) Phil Stolfa (Red Bank / 9-3 / 4th C)

Along with 182, this is one of two weights to feature 12 wrestlers who have previously competed in the States. #1 Santaniello is a 3-time State Medalist, looking to avoid being in the "all-time greats from the Shore that didn't win a State Title" conversation. #2 Cangro is making his 3rd State appearance in as many seasons; he has finished 3rd in both of his previous trips. Cangro is coming off a 7-1 win in the N1 final over #3 Fernandez, a 4th-place finisher at 120 last year. At #5, Diaz went toe-to-toe with Santaniello in the Region Final, losing 1-0. He can't be counted out here. You also can't count out any of the Delbarton kids in any of these weights, especially here with the unbeaten Wasilewski at #7.

PREDICTION: Santaniello has come close before, but he gets it done this weekend. #1 SANTANIELLO over #2 CANGRO
DARK HORSE: #7 Wasilewski
THE SHORE: Went with Santaniello to win it, and I think Diaz can maintain his medal seed. The Shore's other three entrants have a lot of work to do, receiving the 14-16 seeds.

 

132 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Sr) Nicholas Nardone (Delbarton / 11-0 / 1st N2) - NJ-3rd (126)
#2 (Jr) Joe Fongaro (Boonton / 13-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-WB2 (126)
#3 (Sr) Kelly Dunnigan (Don Bosco / 6-2 / 2nd N1) - NJ-2nd (113)
#4 (Jr) Ty Whalen (Clearview / 14-0 / 1st S) - NJ-4th (113)
#5 (So) Julian George (CBA / 13-0 / 1st C) - NJ-WB4 (126)
#6 (Sr) Jack Maida (Shore Reg / 13-1 / 2nd C) NJ-6th (106 in 2019)
#7 (Sr) Patrick Phillips (Brearley / 7-1 / 2nd N2) - NJ-WB3 (120)
#8 (Sr) Sean Rendeiro (St Peter's Prep / 11-2 3rd N2) - NJ-WB4 (126)
#9 (Sr) Drake Torrington (Robbinsville / 14-1 / 3rd C) - NJ-WB3 (126)
#10 (Sr) Jack Bertha (West Morris Mendham / 12-5 / 4th N2) - NJ-WB2 (120)
#11 (Sr) Matt Brielmeier (Southern / 12-2 / 2nd S) - NJ-WB2 (126)
#12 (Jr) Josh Palmucci (Kingsway / 11-3 / 3rd S) - NJ-WB1 (106 in 2019)
#13 (Jr) Hunter Horsey (Oakcrest / 5-2 / 4th S) - NJ-WB1 (113)
#14 (Sr) Nick Torre (Brick Memorial / 9-3 / 4th C)
#15 (Fr) Daniel Rella (Paramus Catholic / 9-1 / 3rd N1)
#16 (So) Louden Mazzeo (Emerson / 7-4 / 5th N1)

#1 Nardone (3rd/6th/3rd) is a 3-time medalist. #2 Fongaro picked up a huge win in the N1 Finals by knocking off #3 Dunnigan, 3-1. Dunnigan is a 2-time medal winner, and was the runner-up at 113 last year. #4 Whalen has been a beast all season, winning all of his bouts by either pin or tech. The Shore checks in at #5 and #6 with George and Maida. 

PREDICTION: It's tempting to go with Whalen, considering how dominant he has been, but Nardone falls into my, "he's too good to never win one" category, so I'm going with him here. #1 NARDONE over #3 DUNNIGAN
DARK HORSE: #7 Phillips
THE SHORE: The Shore received two medal seeds, and I think that number sounds about right. 

 

138 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Sr) Joey Olivieri (Hanover Park / 13-1 / 1st N2) - NJ-1st (132)
#2 (Sr) Eddie Hummel (Southern / 13-1 / 1st S) - NJ-3rd (138)
#3 (Jr) Alex Almeyda (St Joe's Montvale / 9-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-4th (113)
#4 (Jr) Ken Sherman (Holy Spirit / 9-1 / 3rd S) - NJ-WB2 (138)
#5 (So) Tyler Sagi (Old Bridge / 13-2 / 1st C) - NJ-WB2 (126)
#6 (So) Jasiah Queen (Elizabeth / 10-1 / 2nd N2) - NJ-WB2 (120)
#7 (Sr) Luke DiGiovanni (Cranford / 13-2 / 3rd N2)
#8 (Fr) Giovanni Scafidi (Freehold Twp / 7-1 / 2nd C)
#9 (So) David Hussey (Middletown South / 7-5 / 3rd C) - NJ-WB1 (120)
#10 (Jr) Nick Canonica (Hunterdon Central / 9-2 /4th C) - NJ-WB2 (126)
#11 (Jr) Chase Casey (Camden Catholic / 10-1 / 2nd S) - NJ-WB2 (120)
#12 (Fr) Joseph Davi (Delbarton / 9-2 / 4th N2)
#13 (So) Christophe Bacchioni (Bergen Catholic / 6-1  2nd N1)
#14 (Jr) Laith Hamdeh (Passaic Tech / 8-2 / 3rd N1) - NJ-WB1 (113 in 2019)
#15 (Jr) Myles Leonard (Waldwick-Midland Park / 13-3 / 4th N1)
#16 (Sr) Collin Rolak (Lacey / 9-3 / 4th S)

This is a pretty young group, with just 4 seniors. #1 Olivieri won as a freshman and as a junior, and will be gunning to join the 3-timer club. #2 Hummel had a memorable run last year to 3rd, losing his opener before reeling off 7 straight wins. #3 Almeyda is all the way up to 138 after placing 4th at 113 a season ago. As mentioned, this a pretty young field. You have Sagi, the Central Region Champ, Queen representing the Minutemen of Elizabeth, BC's Bacchioni, and, from the Shore, Midd South's Hussey.

PREDICTION: It's a 3-peat. #1 OLIVIERI over #3 ALMEYDA
DARK HORSE: #8 Scafidi
THE SHORE: Another case of the Shore having two medal seeds, which sounds about right for me.

 

145 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (So) Simon Ruiz (Delbarton / 9-0 / 1st N2) - NJ-3rd (132)
#2 (Sr) Anthony White (South Plainfield / 10-1 / 2nd N2) - NJ-4th (132)
#3 (Sr) Michael Cetta (St Joe's Montvale / 9-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-6th (138)
#4 (Sr) Hunter Gandy (Woodstown / 12-0 / 1st S) - NJ-WB4 (138)
#5 (Sr) Michael Conklin (TR East / 11-2 / 2nd S) - NJ-WB4 (132)

#6 (Jr) Jason Smith (Boonton / 12-1 / 2nd N1) - NJ-WB4 (145)
#7 (Sr) Finnegan McFadden (Kingsway / 11-2 / 3rd S) - NJ-WB3 (132 in 2019)
#8 (Sr) Nicholas Stampoulos (Brearley / 6-1 / 3rd N2) - NJ-WB1 (138)
#9 (Sr) Connor Doherty (St Thomas Aquinas / 13-2 / 4th N2) - NJ-WB3 (145)
#10 (Sr) Logan Waller (Colts Neck / 13-0 / 1st C) - NJ-WB2 (138)
#11 (Sr) Kamrin O'Neill (Matawan / 12-1 / 2nd C) 
- NJ-WB3 (126)
#12 (Sr) Riley Simon (Pt Beach / 6-1 / 3rd C) - - NJ-WB1 (132)
#13 (So) Eric Broadie (Bergen Cathlic / 5-2 / 4th N1)
#14 (Sr) Carson Barry (West Essex / 9-5 / 5th N1)
#15 (Fr) Donovan DiStefano (Wall / 13-4 / 4th C)
#16 (So) Richie Grungo (St Augustine / 8-4 / 4th S)

All of #1 Ruiz's wins this year have come by major or better, except for one, that was his 3-1 overtime win over #2 White in the N2 Final. This is a very balanced field of competitors with a lot of experience, as there are 11 seniors in this field of 16; a bit of a contrast to the youth of 138. 

PREDCITION: I think I've had White as my dark horse on a couple of occasions. This year, I'm going all-in: #2 WHITE over #5 CONKLIN
DARK HORSE: #10 Waller
THE SHORE: I think Conklin gets hot this weekend and makes it to the finals. I also think either Waller or O'Neil can breakthrough into the Top 8. So, I'm going with 2 medals again.

 

152 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Sr) Cooper Pontelandolfo (Kingsway / 12-0 / 1st S) - NJ-6th (132 in 2019)
#2 (Jr) Andrew Troczynski (Delbarton / 10-1 / 1st N2) - NJ-2nd (145)
#3 (Sr) Nathaniel Camiscioli (Bergen Catholic / 5-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-7th (160)
#4 (Sr) Max Brignola (Rumson / 8-1 / 1st C) - NJ-8th (145)
#5 (Sr) Michael McGhee (Shore Reg / 13-1 / 2nd C) - NJ-WB4 (152)
#6 (Jr) Tanner Peake (Hunterdon Central / 10-1 / 3rd C) - NJ-WB4 (138)
#7 (Sr) Paul Jakub (Howell / 9-2 / 4th C) - NJ-WB3 (145 in 2018)
#8 (Sr) Cole Carroll (Seton Hall / 7-2 / 2nd N2) - NJ-WB2 (145)
#9 (Sr) Matt Hoelke (Highland / 12-1 / 2nd S) - NJ-WB2 (132)
#10 (Sr) Tyler Pizzi (Pascack Valley / 10-1 / 2nd N1) 
- NJ-WB2 (145)
#11 (Jr) Owen Disbrow (St Thomas Aquinas / 14-1 / 3rd N2) - NJ-WB2 (138)
#12 (Jr) Steven Dalling (Kittatinny / 14-1 / 3rd N1)
#13 (Sr) Jonathan Siemsen (Ramsey / 10-2 / 5th N1) 
- NJ-WB1 (126 in 2019)
#14 (Sr) Greg Croce (Paulsboro / 14-1 / 3rd S)
#15 (So) Jake Slotnick (St Augustine / 8-4 / 4th S)
#16 (So) Michael Murphy  (Westfield / 8-2 / 4th N2)

#1 Pontelandolfo and #2 Troczynski met during the regular season, with Pontelandolfo earning a 5-2 win. Pontelandolfo also defeated #4 Brignola, 2-0 in sudden victory, in a dual this season. 

PREDICTION: I really think you can make a case for any of those Top 8 seeds, and I wouldn't even call you crazy if you went with someone outside the Top 8. Very solid field here, but I'm going to go on a hunch that BC gets a title this weekend, so I'll go with #3 CAMISCIOLI over #1 PONTELANDOLFO.
DARK HORSE: #9 Hoelke
THE SHORE: The Shore has a trio of seniors seeded in the Top 8, and all are capable of going all the way here. Still, I'll play it safe. Root for all 3 to win the title, but just pick all 3 to medal.

 

160 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Sr) Blake Bahna (Watchung Hills / 9-1 / 1st N2) - NJ-6th (160)
#2 (Jr) Dakota Morris (Kingsway / 12-0 / 1st S) - NJ-7th (145)
#3 (Fr) Louis Cerchio (Delbarton / 9-2 / 2nd N2)
#4 (Sr) Dylan Weaver (Lyndhurst / 13-1 / 3rd N2) - NJ-3rd (138 in 2019)
#5 (Jr) Hunter Mays (Howell / 10-0 / 1st C)
#6 (Sr) Colton Washleski (Hunterdon Central / 9-1 / 2nd C) - NJ-6th (145)
#7 (Jr) Jurius Clark (Camden Catholic / 10-1 / 2nd S) - NJ-WB3 (152)
#8 (Jr) Eric Freeman (Paramus / 10-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-WB2 (138)
#9 (Sr) Nicholas Franco (Paramus Catholic / 7-1 / 2nd N1) - NJ-WB3 (145)
#10 (So) Brock Zurawski (St Augustine / 10-2 / 3rd S) - NJ-WB3 (132)
#11 (So) Joshua Palacio (North Bergen / 8-2 / 4th N2) - NJ-WB2 (138)
#12 (Sr) Shawn Williams (Paulsboro / 13-2 / 4th S) - NJ-WB1 (160)
#13 (Sr) Adam Coleman (Matawan / 12-2 / 3rd C)
#14 (So) Zander Silva (CBA / 12-3 / 4th C) - NJ-WB1 (132)
#15 (Jr) Roberto Padilla (St Joe's Montvale / 7-3 / 3rd N1)
#16 (Sr) Luke Ciampa (Jefferson / 14-2 / 4th N1)

Very interesting weight class. You have the 3 returning medal winners, the big-time freshman, the out of stater making his first appearance, and a very solid field behind them. #1 Bahna was the winner of a great N2 battle that features 3 of the Top 4 seeds here. #2 Morris defeated #3 Cerchio, 6-2, during the regular season. Cerchio defeated #4 Weaver, a 2-time State Medalist, 8-4 in the N2 Semis. #5 Mays, who was in the Pennsylvania State Tournament last season, made a big statement with his 14-3 major over #6 Washleski in the Central Region Final. 

PREDICTION: Couldn't help but come away completely impressed by the job Mays did last weekend, and for the entire season. Awfully tough for me to pick against him, so I'm not going to: #5 Mays over #2 Morris
DARK HORSE: #8 Freeman
THE SHORE: Coleman went on a great run last weekend. Will be interesting to see if he can get it to carry over. I went with Mays to win it all, and I'll stay with just the 1 medal here.

 

170 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Sr) Aaron Ayzerov (Paramus / 8-2 / 2nd N1)  -  NJ-2nd (152)
#2 (So) Michael Dellagatta (St Joe's Montvale / 8-1 / 1st N1) 
-  NJ-4th (145)
#3 (So) Sabino Portella (RBC / 11-0 / 1st C) - NJ-WB4 (160)
#4 (So) Jared Schoppe (Delsea / 16-0 / 1st S) -  NJ-8th (152)
#5 (So) David DiPietro (Kingsway / 12-1 / 2nd S) - NJ-WB2 (152)
#6 (Jr) Shay Addison (Rumson / 7-2 / 2nd C) - NJ-5th (160)
#7 (Jr) Colin Calvetti (Delbarton / 9-1 / 1st N2) -  NJ-5th (152)
#8 (Sr) Norman Cella (Hunterdon Central / 9-2 / 4th C) - NJ-8th (160)
#9 (Sr) James Holder (North Hunterdon / 7-1 / 2nd N2) - NJ-WB4 (170)
#10 (So) Justin Onello (Bergen Catholic / 7-1 / 3rd N1)
#11 (Jr) Hunter Perez (Mt Olive / 11-3 / 4th N1) 
- NJ-WB3 (170)
#12 (Jr) Alex Marshall (St Augustine / 9-3 / 3rd S) - NJ-WB3 (160)
#13 (Jr) Raymond Weed (Absegami / 10-4 / 4th S) - NJ-WB2 (160 in 2019)
#14 (Sr) Brett Miller (Bound Brook / 9-2 / 3rd N2)
#15 (Jr) Stratos Kantanas (Livingston / 10-3 / 4th N2) 
- NJ-WB1 (170)
#16 (So) DJ Henry (Howell / 9-1 / 3rd C)

Only 120 has more returning medalists in it. #2 Dellagatta was actually the N1 Champ last weekend, with #1 Ayzerov taking a medical forfeit. The two did meet during the regular season, with Ayzerov earning a 5-2 win. At #3, Portella is looking to become the 2nd State Champ in RBC history. #4 Schoppe decisioned #5 DiPietro, 5-2, in the South Region Final. DiPietro holds a 9-2 win over #6 Addison from the regular season.

PREDICTION: I think Portella makes the run to the finals, but Ayzerov gets the title after coming up just short to another Shore Conference wrestler in the finals last year in Nick Boggiano. #1 AYZEROV over #3 PORTELLA
DARK HORSE: #7 Calvetti
THE SHORE: Portella to the finals, while Addison gets his 2nd medal, as well.

 

182 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Jr) Brian Soldano (High Point / 6-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-1st (160)
#2 (Sr) Jack Kelly (Rumson / 9-0 / 1st C) - NJ-5th (170)
#3 (Sr) Isaac Dean (Shawnee / 11-1 / 1st S)
- NJ-WB4 (182)
#4 (Sr) Zachary Andruchowitz (Bloomfield / 13-1 / 1st N2) - NJ-WB1 (182 in 2019)
#5 (Sr) Conner Decker (Seton Hall / 4-1 / 2nd N2) - NJ-WB3 (138)
#6 (So) George Rhodes (Absegami / 11-1 / 2nd S) - NJ-WB2 (170)
#7 (Sr) Alexi Giordano (Camden Catholic / 11-1 / 3rd S) - NJ-WB3 (170)
#8 (Sr) Justin Chrostowski (Butler / 12-1 / 2nd N1) - NJ-WB2 (145)
#9 (Sr) Jack Farinaro (St Joe's Montvale / 9-1 / 3rd N1) - NJ-WB1 (170 in 2019)
#10 (Sr) Casey Allen (Emerson / 8-2 / 4th N1) - NJ-WB2 (182)
#11 (So) Alex Uryniak (North Hunterdon / 8-1 / 3rd N2)
#12 (Jr) Nicholas Olivieri (Delbarton / 10-2 / 4th N2) 
- NJ-WB1 (182)
#13 (Sr) Brendan Newbury (Wall / 9-2 / 2nd C) - NJ-WB1 (170)
#14 (Sr) Josh Beigman (Hopewell Valley / 14-1 / 3rd C) - NJ-WB1 (182)
#15 (Jr) Jared Tracey (Ocean Twp / 8-5 / 4th C) - NJ-WB1 (160)
#16 (Jr) Michael Gregg (Collingswood / 13-3 / 4th S)

With 14 of the 16 qualifiers here having previously been in the State Tournament, it's a well-experienced, deep field. #1 Soldano, though, might just be on a different level.

PREDICTION: #1 Soldano over #2 Kelly
DARK HORSE: Anyone other than Soldano. And if it does happen, that may just have to be the OW for the weekend.
THE SHORE: Just 3 entrants for the Shore here. Kelly at #2 should be podium-bound, but it's a tough draw at 13 and 15 for Newbury and Tracey.

 

195 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Sr) Blake Clayton (St John Vianney / 9-0 / 1st C) - NJ-3rd (182)
#2 (Sr) Cody Thurston (West Deptford / 16-0 / 1st S) - NJ-8th (220)
#3 (Sr) Jack Wilt (Seton Hall / 9-0 / 1st N2) - NJ-WB2 (160)
#4 (Fr) Hudson Skove (Rumson / 7-2 / 2nd C)
#5 (Sr) Kevin Pandorf (Kingsway / 9-2 / 2nd S) - NJ-8th (182)
#6 (Sr) Gavin Claro (Manalapan / 11-1 / 3rd C) - NJ-WB4 (195)
#7 (Sr) Nick Lodato (Pope John XXIII / 12-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-WB4 (182)
#8 (Jr) Marcus Hebron (Lower Cape May / 9-2 / 3rd S) - NJ-WB4 (195)
#9 (So) AJ Fricchione (St Joe's Montvale / 9-1 / 3rd N1) - NJ-WB4 (170)
#10 (Jr) Robert Lerner (Scotch Plains / 6-2 / 4th N2)
#11 (So) Shane Kanterman (Cranford / 13-2 / 3rd N2)

#12 (Sr) Daniel Pereira (West Orange / 6-2 / 5th N2) - NJ-WB3 (195)
#13 (Sr) Alex Kostantas (Pascack Hills / 9-1 / 2nd N1) - NJ-WB2 (195)
#14 (Sr) Brian LaCross (Hopewell Valley / 13-2 / 4th C) - NJ-WB1 (195)
#15 (Sr) Darin Donellan (Paramus Catholic / 8-2 / 4th N1) - NJ-WB1 (160)

#16 (Sr) Vincent Ceglie (Lacey / 7-2 / 4th S) - NJ-WB1 (220 in 2019)

Things opened up a bit in the final 3 weights here with defending champions all not in the tournament this weekend. The defending champion at 195, Martin Cosgrove of Camden Catholic, had his season ended due to injury, and that swings the door wide open for a field that features 13 returning State Qualifiers. #1 Clayton took 3rd at 182 last year, with his only loss in the tourney being to the buzzsaw that was John Poznanski. #2 Thurston defeated #5 Pandorf in the South Region final last weekend in a matchup between 8th place finishers in the state last season. There will be a lot of eyes on the freshman #4 Skove, who had a statement win during the regular season when he knocked off Pandorf. 

PREDICTION: #2 THURSTON over #1 CLAYTON
DARK HORSE: #7 Lodato
THE SHORE: The Shore has 3 wrestlers in medal seeds, and I feel good about that number here.

 

220 - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Sr) Mike Misita (Williamstown / 8-0 / 1st S) - NJ-3rd (195)
#2 (Sr) Michael Toranzo (St Joe's Montvale / 8-0 / 1st N1) 
- NJ-6th (220)
#3 (Jr) Remy Brancato (Bergen Catholic / 6-1 / 2nd N1) - NJ-WB4 (220)
#4 (Sr) Jackson Crawn (Kittatinny / 14-1 / 3rd N1) - NJ-WB4 (220)
#5 (Jr) Jack Stoll (Pope John XXIII / 9-4 / 4th N1) - NJ-WB4 (182)
#6 (Sr) Bryan Bonilla (Hightstown / 15-0 / 1st C) - NJ-WB2 (220)
#7 (Jr) David Pierson (Phillipsburg / 11-2 / 1st N2)
#8 (So) Jarett Pantuso (Warren Hills / 9-1 / 3rd N2)
#9 (Sr) Jacob Leiva (Cliffside Park / 10-3 / 4th N2) - NJ-WB1 (195)
#10 (Sr) Andrew Franklin (North Hunterdon / 8-1 / 2nd N2)
#11 (Sr) Shane Whitney (Lower Cape May / 9-1 / 2nd S)
#12 (Jr) Dominic Petracci (Washington Twp / 10-2 / 3rd S)
#13 (So) Chimdindu Molokwu (Jackson Liberty / 4-4 / 2nd C)
#14 (Sr) Raymond Santiago (Colts Neck / 13-1 / 3rd C)
#15 (Sr) Nico Cerbo (Middletown North / 10-2 / 4th C)
#16 (Sr) Liam Spahn (Deptford / 10-5 / 4th S)

The returning 220 champ, PJ Casale, elected out of the postseason to participate in this weekend's Cadet Nationals. It opens the door for Misita, who I believe I have picked to win the previous two seasons. Let's hope the third time is a charm.

PREDICTION: #1 MISITA over #2 TORANZO
DARK HORSE: #7 Pierson
THE SHORE: The Shore's 3 entrants were seeded 13, 14, and 15. Not the most desirable of draws. Going to take work to crack the Top 8 here.

 

Hwt - CLICK HERE FOR BRACKET
#1 (Sr) John O'Donnell (TR North / 12-1 / 1st C) - NJ-WB3 (Hwt)
#2 (Sr) David Szuba (Brick Memorial / 11-1 / 2nd C) - NJ-2nd (195)
#3 (Jr) Liam Akers (North Hunterdon / 9-0 / 1st N2) - NJ-7th (Hwt)
#4 (Sr) Joseph Teresi (Ocean Twp / 11-2 / 3rd C) - NJ-WB4 (Hwt in 2019)
#5 (So) Max Acciardi (Paramus Catholic / 9-0 / 1st N1) - NJ-WB4 (220)
#6 (So) Hunter Seubert (Watchung Hills / 11-1 / 2nd N2)
#7 (Jr) Tyler McCatharn (Warren Hills / 10-1 / 3rd N2) 
- NJ-WB3 (Hwt)
#8 (Sr) Jeffery Jordan (Audobon / 16-0 / 1st S) - NJ-WB1 (Hwt)
#9 (Jr) Dominick Brogna (Bergen Catholic / 6-1 / 2nd N1)
#10 (Jr) Robby Chetirkin (Wayne Valley / 13-4 / 3rd N1)
#11 (So) Joseph Abill (Clifton / 8-2 / 4th N1)
#12 (Sr) Ricky Perez (North Bergen / 8-3 / 4th N2)
#13 (Sr) Terrence Salami (Holy Cross / 10-1 / 2nd S)
#14 (Jr) Michael Jannucci (Colts Neck / 13-2 / 4th C)
#15 (Sr) Jacob Clark (Cinnaminson / 8-1 / 3rd S)
#16 (Sr) Tino Savaiinaea (Paulsboro / 12-3 / 4th S)

Jimmy Mullen of St Joe's Montvale made history last season by becoming the first freshman to win a State Title at heavyweight. Mullen elected to enter the Cadet Nationals this weekend, opening the door a little wider for the field. Shore fans are obviously clamoring for the rubber match between #1 O'Donnell and #2 Szuba, but with the pair being in opposite ends of the brackets, if it's going to happen, it will likely happen in the finals. Or in the wrestlebacks, but let's not think like that. Heavyweight can always be a different beast though, and we often get a lot of wild results (example: #16 seed pinning the #1 seed in the South Region last weekend). There is a very good field here capable of really shaking things up, so it should be a pretty fun ride here.

PREDICTION: We get the rubber match, and Szuba takes it. #2 SZUBA over #1 O'DONNELL
DARK HORSE: #8 Jordan
THE SHORE: I like O'Donnell and Szuba to the finals, and I think Teresi finally gets his State Medal, as well.

 

State Tournament Schedule

Saturday (106-145)  /  Sunday (152-Hwt)

10:00am: Pre-Quarters
12:10pm: Quarterfinals
1:15pm: Wrestleback 1
2:30pm: Wrestleback 2
3:15pm: Semifinals / Wrestleback 3
4:45pm: Wrestleback 4
5:30pm: 3rd / 5th / 7th Place
6:30pm: Finals