Shore Conference Wrestling


2/11: Mason Livio  -  Pinelands
Became the 5th wrestler in Pinelands' history to record 100 career victories.

2/10: Luis Espinosa  -  Jackson Memorial
Epsinosa scored a buzzer-beating reversal to send the opening bout of the night into sudden victory, and then scored a takedown for an 8-6 win. The win sparked the Jags' to win 7 of the first 8 bouts, and they never looked back, as they defeated Mt Olive 42-22 to advance to the Group 4 Championships.

2/8: Xavier Ortega  -  Howell
In a key matchup between returning State qualifiers, Ortega (NJ-WB3) used a 5-point move in the 1st period to spur himself to a 6-5 victory over Hunterdon Central's Anthony Rossi (NJ-WB4) and give the Rebels a pivotal win that turned out to be the difference maker in Howell's 34-33 win over the Red Devils, to capture the Central Jersey Group 5 Championship. 

2/7: Jake Zaltsman  -  St John Vianney
In a matchup between returning State-qualifiers, and two of the 126-pounders in the Shore, Zaltsman teched Donovan Catholic's Sawyer Ostroff, to help lead the Lancers past  the Griffins, and into the NPB Semifinals.

2/6: Luis Valente  -  Jackson Liberty
Valente's walk-off pin helped Liberty avenge a regular season loss to Lacey, and sent them to their first ever State Sectional Finals appearance against Delsea on Wednesday night.

2/1: Garrett Weiland - Pt Boro
In a key matchup at 132, Weiland decisioned Liberty's Peter LaBianca, 5-2, to put Boro up by 6 with two bouts to go, setting up teammate Nate Fletcher to seal the win with a pin at 138, as the Panthers would go on to defeat the Lions, 39-33, and capture the B-South Title.

1/30: Conor Delaney  -  Rumson
In the lone matchup between Top 10 ranked wrestlers in the Shore on Monday night, #4 Conor Delaney defeated #8 Kenny Wines, 9-3, to help the lead the Bulldogs to a 51-30 win over Manalapan.

1/28: Bobby Duffy  -  CBA
The 10th-seeded freshman was the lowest seeded wrestler to win a title at the Shore Conference Tournament. He earned his title by defeating top-seeded Patrick O'Keefe of St John Vianney, a State runner-up last season, 6-1 in sudden victory, in the 113-pound final.

1/27: Tornick Kajaia  -  Long Branch
Seeded #13, Kajaia was the lowest seeded wrestler to win in the Round of 16 of the 2023 Shore Conference Tournament, defeating #4 Gavin Wagner of Pinelands in the 175-pound bracket.

1/25: Matt Henrich  -  Southern
In a matchup between the #1 and #2 ranked 150-pounders in the state, Henrich defeated top-ranked Cross Wasilewski of Delbarton, by escaping in the first rideout period, and then keeping Wasilewski down in the 2nd, for a 3-2 win.

1/24: Alexander Grant  -  Freehold Twp
Grant, ranked #8 at 126, handed Manalapan's Anthony Vitola, the #5 120-pounder who bumped up for the match, his first defeat of the season with a 10-8 win in sudden victory. Nice win, and good job by Vitola bumping up for the match. Iron sharpens iron.

1/23: Brendan Schuler  -  Lacey
In a Top 10 matchup at 106, in a Top 10 11 dual, the 10th-ranked Schuler decisioned #7 Armani McCann, 5-0, in #7 Lacey's 41-29 victory over #9 Jackson Liberty.

1/21: Michael Foley  -  St John Vianney
Foley went 3-0 on the day, highlighted by a pin over North Hunterdon's Brendan Raley (8th Place at States last season), to help lead the Lancers to the title at the Patriot Duals.

1/20: Rob Canterino  -  CBA
Canterino picked up a big win on Friday night, putting AJ Fricchione of Bergen Catholic, the #1-ranked 215-pounder in the state, to his back twice on his way to a 9-6 victory.

1/19: Riyan Bhutto  -  Raritan
In a another classic Raritan / Delaware Valley dual, where every point mattered, Bhutto blew up The Launch Pad when he put Del Val heavyweight Kyle Cooke to his back in sudden victory, scoring a pin at 6:26, providing three crucial bonus points in the Rockets' 34-33 criteria win over the Terriers.

1/18: Marlen Castillo  -  Lakewood
Castillo had a big night for the Piners. She provided a pin down the stretch as Lakewood rallied from a 33-18 deficit with 4 bouts to go, to defeat Hamilton West, 42-33. Castillo also had a walk-off pin in the Piners' win over Brick Twp, and after a bit of research, I believe it to be the first walk-off pin for a girl wrestling at the varsity level in Shore Conference history.

1/17: Jordan Ayyash  -  Jackson Liberty
Ayyash's decision in the final bout helped give the Lions a 31-29 victory over #6 Manalapan in what was really a total team effort win for Liberty.

1/15: Matt Henrich  -  Southern  /  Anthony Knox & Jasiah Queen  -   St John Vianney
2023 Escape The Rock Champions

1/14: Logan Acevedo  -  Raritan
3-0 on the day for the Rockets, including a pivotal 3-1 victory in Raritan's win over Brick Memorial, as they swept their way through Saturday with wins over the Stangs, Jackson Memorial, and Northern Burlington.

1/13: Joey DeAngelo  -  Pt Boro
In the bout of the night, at 106, #5 DeAngelo held off #10 Brendan Schuler, 6-5, providing what turned out to be the difference maker as the Panthers defeated #6 Lacey, 38-33, in a huge B-South matchup.

1/12: Maxwell Wright  -  Brick Memorial
In a 157-pound bout, Wright decisioned #8 Brody Kountouris of Donovan Catholic, to help lead the Mustangs to a 44-20 over the Griffins.

1/11: Artem Reinikov-Jouk  -  Manalapan
With the dual tied and coming down to the last bout at heavyweight, Reinikov-Jouk decisioned #5 Thomas Whyte, 10-5, to give the Braves a 35-32 win over Middletown South.

1/10: Scottie Sari  -  Southern Regional
Tied 1-1, and after being ridden out in the first rideout period, Sari turned and pinned CBA's AJ Falcone to blow the roof of the gym, providing three huge bonus points in overtime to help propel the #2 Rams to a 27-25 win over #1 CBA in an instant classic.

1/9: Daniel Slover  -  Keansburg
Slover's pin with two bouts remaining, clinched things for the Titans as they remained unbeaten and topped Lakewood, 36-35.

1/7: Riley O'Boyle  -  Southern Regional
O'Boyle avenged a loss from the finals of the Robin Leff Tournament, by defeating Mt Olive's Anthony Moscatello, who finished 5th at States last season, with a takedown in sudden victory in the Rams romp over the Mauraders.

1/6: Colin Oden  -  Middletown North
In a matchup between returning Region-qualifiers, Oden bumped up to 144 and earned a 4-3 victory over Middletown South's Alec Holland in what was a key win in helping lead North to a 40-27 victory over the crosstown rival Eagles.

1/5: John Calamia  -  Jackson Memorial
Calamia knocked off #7 Gavin Merkel, 8-6, at 157, to help lead the Jags to a 43-23 win over Howell.

1/4: Michael Napolitano  -  Brick Memorial
In a 106-pound bout, the unranked freshmen pinned #5 Anthony Mason of Southern, in the Mustangs' dual against the Rams/

1/3: Matt Gould  -  St John Vianney
Freshman defeated returning State-qualifier Michael DiBiase of Wall by decision, 7-5, in the Lancers win over Wall.

12/30: Kevin Ruland  -  Red Bank Regional
3rd-seeded Ruland won the 113-pound title at the Walter Woods Tournament, highlighted by a pin in the finals over State-qualifier, and #1 seed, Frankie Burgio of Pt Boro. He was also voted Lightweight (106-144) Outstanding Wrestler.

12/29: Conor Collins  -  Southern
100th career win! 15th Ram to hit the century mark.

12/28: Hudson Skove  -  Rumson
2022 Sam Cali Memorial Tournament Champion at 215.

12/27: Jack Zaleski  -  Middletown South
100th Career Win! Jack is the 6th Eagle to reach 100 wins. All-time program record is 125, set by Nick Herring (2009-2012).

12/23: Aiden O'Halloran  -  Barnegat
O'Halloran walked it off for Barnegat with a pin at 3:59 to give the Bengals a 42-35 win over Shore Regional. The win puts Barnegat at 6-0, the best start to the season in program history.

12/21: Anthony Santaniello  -  Brick Memorial
100th Career Win! 24th Stang to hit the century mark. 

12/20: David Ferrante  -  Southern
Quickest pin of the night (0:13)

12/18: Anthony Knox  -  St John Vianney
2022 120-pound Beast of the East Champion.

12/17: Ryan Fischer  -  Jackson Memorial
The 3rd-seeded Fischer pinned, and then knocked off a pair of returning State-qualifiers to win the heavyweight bracket at the Robin Leff Tournament.

12/16: Alex Delaurier  -  Raritan
In his first match back since losing the bulk of his freshman season due to a broken leg, Delaurier returned to the Rockets' lineup with a pin in 17 seconds in Raritan's win over Monmouth Regional.

12/15: Justin Penta  -  Ocean Township
In his first varsity match, with Ocean trailing Manasquan 36-30 headed into the final bout of the dual, the freshman scored a pin at 1:44 to force a tie and send it to criteria in which the Spartans won on Criteria I, the 9th criteria, (Most 1st Points Scored).