Shore Conference Wrestling

Overall Record:  16-5  /  Shore Conference:  14-4  /  B-South:  7-0


Jackson Liberty (1 Champ / 4 Medal Winners)
1st: Anthony Urso (113)
3rd: Armani McCann (120)  /  Tucker Pazinko (126)  /  157: Jordan Ayyash (157)
5th: Ksawery Miewiadomy (190)
PQ: Mark Agban (215)  

Anthony Urso just about stole the show at this year's Region 6 Tournament. The 3rd-seeded Urso avenged a trio of earlier season losses to #2 Joey DeAngelo of Pt Boro, with a 3-1 win in the semifinals. In the finals, Urso topped #1 Salvatore Borrometi of St. Peter's Prep, a 3rd-place finisher at States last year, 2-1, to become Liberty's first Region Champion since 2015, and 7th overall.

Urso moves on to Atlantic City where he will be joined by sophomore teammates Amari McCann and Tucker Pazinko and junior Jordan Ayyash, as the Lions send four wrestlers to the boardwalk for the 2nd consecutive season, and will have at least one wrestler at States for the fourth straight year.


Jackson Liberty  (2nd Place  /  2 Champs  /  6 Medal Winners)
1st: Armani McCann (120)  /  Tucker Pazinko (126)
2nd: Anthony Urso (113)  /  Jordan Ayyash (157)  /  Ksawery Niewiadomy (190)
3rd: Mark Agban (215) 

Armani McCann & Tucker Pazinko won championships, and six Lions in all reached the podium, as Liberty finished 2nd at Districts for the 2nd consecutive season.


Jackson Liberty  40  -  Jackson Memorial  35  (BOX SCORE)
Liberty: Huchko walk-off pin gives Liberty first ever win over Memorial

QF: Jackson Liberty  38  -  Seneca  36  (BOX SCORE)
SF: Delsea  64  -  Jackson Liberty  6  (

1/31: B-SOUTH
#10 Jackson Liberty  31  -  Pt Boro  30   (BOX SCORE)
Liberty: B-South Champions; 4th Division Title & 1st since 2016; Lions won on Criteria J: Most Near Fall Points

Jackson Liberty  43  -  #9 Holmdel  28  (BOX SCORE)
Jackson Liberty  60  -  Matawan  13  (BOX SCORE)
Liberty: Hwt - Benecke p. #6 Targali
Jackson Liberty  63  -  TR South  15  (BOX SCORE)

1/24: B-SOUTH
Jackson Liberty  62  -  Lakewood  15  (BOX SCORE)

Jackson Liberty  66  -  Pinelands  6  (BOX SCORE)
Jackson Liberty  57  -  Freehold Twp  15  (BOX SCORE)
Jackson Liberty  54  -  TR North  18  (BOX SCORE)

1/17: B-SOUTH
Jackson Liberty  35  -  Donovan Catholic  29  (BOX SCORE)
Liberty: Urso (18-4); Niewiadomy (16-6); McCann (14-6); Ayyash (14-7); Agban (12-7)
Donovan: Wehner (18-2); Ostroff (9-3); Rock (11-2); Colon (9-2)

Rumson  49  -  Jackson Liberty  17  (BOX SCORE)
Jackson Liberty  51  -  Long Branch  23  (BOX SCORE)
Jackson Liberty  65  -  Westfield  9  (BOX SCORE)

Brick Memorial  40  -  Jackson Liberty  28  (BOX SCORE)

Colts Neck  48  -  Jackson Liberty  25  (BOX SCORE)
Colts Neck: Michaels (15-1); Russ (16-2); Shakhnavazov (14-4); Borao (10-6)
Liberty: MNiewiadomy (14-4); Urso (13-4); Pazinko (12-5)

Jackson Liberty - 6th Place
5 Medal Winners
2nd: Anthony Urso (113)
3rd: Ksawery Niewiadomy (190)
4th: Tucker Pazinko (126)
6th: Jordan Ayyash (157) / Mark Agban (215)

The Lions had their most successful SCT performance in the program's history. Their 6th-place finish as a team is not only the highest they've finished, it was the first time they were in the Top 20. They also set a program high mark with 5 medal winners, the first time they've had multiple medalists at the SCT. Leading the medal charge was Anthony Urso at 113, who became Liberty's ever SCT Finalist, taking 2nd at 113.

1/3: B-SOUTH
Jackson Liberty  52  -  Barnegat  18  (BOX SCORE)
Liberty: 12th straight win over Barnegat
Barnegat: - Concepcion & Rush win by pin


12/27: MUSTANG CLASSIC at Brick Memorial
Jackson Liberty - 11th Place
2nd: Tucker Pazinko (126)
3rd: Anthony Urso (113) / Armani McCann (120)
5th: Ksawery Niewiadomy (190)


Ocean Twp  39  -  Jackson Liberty  30  (BOX SCORE)
Ocean Twp: J Volek, B Volek, J Farina, & Penta win by pin
Liberty: Ayyash, Niewiadomy, Huchko, Urso, & Pazinko win by fall

12/20: B-SOUTH
Jackson Liberty  46  -  Lacey  24  (BOX SCORE)
Liberty: Garyaev, Niewiadomy, Agban, Huchko, Pazinko, & M LaBianca win by pin; Urso majors
Lacey: Davis & Sager win by pin; White, Schuler, & Leonard major



12/16: ROBIN LEFF TOURNAMENT at Southern

12/14: B-SOUTH
Jackson Liberty  75  -  Manchester  6  (BOX SCORE)
Liberty: Pins: Urso, McCann, Pazinko, P LaBianca, M LaBianca, Nazurdinov, Ayyash, Garyaev, Agban, Benecke, & Huchko
Manchester: Mitrosky wins by pin



2024 Jackson Liberty Wrestling



Head Coach: Gianni Ghione (1st Season)
B-South / SJG3 / District 24 / Region 6

Where They Open: 12/14 vs Manchester
Opening Tournament: 12/16 - Robin Leff Tournament at Southern



Former Brick Memorial standout Gianni Ghione returns to the Shore Conference to take over a Liberty program who is coming off their first ever Sectional Finals appearance, and a Top 10 finish in the Shore Conference last season. Ghione, who wrestled collegiately at UPenn, made his head coaching debut a year ago at A.L. Johnson, where he led the Crusaders to a division title, and their most wins in a season in program history.

The strength of the lineup is down low, where four starters return. Senior Anthony Urso, who enters the season with 59 career wins, is the big name back. The 4-year starter is a 2-time District medal winner and has placed in the top 5 at Regions in each of his three seasons, with his highest finish coming last year where he advanced to Atlantic City after taking 2nd. Also punching a ticket to Atlantic City last season was sophomore Tucker Pazinko, a District runner-up who took 3rd at the Regions. Fellow sophomore Armani McCann was also a District runner-up, and was one win away from AC after finishing 5th at the Regions. Also back down low for the Lions are junior Joseph Lefurge, who has been in the starting lineup in each of the previous seasons, and sophomore Will Hutchko, who saw extended action in the lineup when McCann bumped up to 113. Strong group here.

There's more experience returning in the middleweights, as well. Seniors Matt & Peter LaBianca enter their 4th season in the starting lineup for Liberty, while junior Jordan Ayyash, was a 25-match winner last season, and placed 2nd at Districts and 5th at Regions.

The bulk of the hit the Lions took to graduation came in the upperweights. Gone are Jake Klein and Luis Valente, both State Tournament qualifiers, as well as Max Bandelt, Kareem Fayed, and Jared Martin, who combined for 98 wins in 2023. As a result, the upperweights will have an entirely new look in 2024. It looks like the group competing for the open slots will be made up mostly of upperclassmen. Among them are juniors Louis Flores, who arrives from the TR North program, Erdne Garyaev who transferred in from Monroe, and senior Ksawery Niewiadomy, who is from Poland.

There's a very experienced group returning from 106-157. It would appear that much of the Lions' dual success will depend on how quickly the newcomers in the upper part of the lineup can develop. The quicker, the better, as Liberty will face one of the B-South favorites very early on as they head to Lacey, who they split a pair of duals with in 2023, on December 20th.


Possible Lineup

Wgt Wrestler2023 Notes
106 (So) Will Hutchko4-10 
106 (So) Chris Trancucci1-0 
113 (Sr) Anthony Urso22-10 (D-2nd / R-2nd / NJ-WB2)  59 career wins / 2x-District Medalist / 3x-Region Top 5
120 (So) Armani McCann23-11 (D-2nd / R-5th) 
126 (So) Tucker Pazinko28-11 (D-2nd / R-3rd / NJ-WB2) 
132 (Jr) Joseph Lefurge8-13 
132 (Fr) Joshua Torres  
132 (Fr) Jose Banuelos  
138 (Sr) Peter LaBianca9-18 
144 (Sr) Matt LaBianca9-15 (D-4th) 
150 (So) Irshod Nazurdinov0-7 
150 (Jr) Robert Marceca  
157 (Jr) Jordan Ayyash25-12 (D-3rd / R-5th) 
157 (So) Mason Ciccariello  
165/175 (Jr) Louis Flores  
165/175 (Jr) Erdne Garyaev0-1 Transfer: Monroe
165/175 (Jr) Elijah Virgil  
190 (Sr) Ksawery Niewiadomy  
215 (Sr) Mark Agban  
Hwt (Sr) Brett Benecke  





125 North Chapel Rd.
Jackson, NJ 08527
(Ocean County)


Program Established


Red, Silver, & Blue

Head Coach
Gianni Ghione
(1st Season in 2024)

Connor Bohringer
Josh Bollard

Brandon Kosheff
Nick Pellegrino
TJ Liquori


SJ Group 3 





4 - Division Titles
Last: B-South - 2024

5 - State Medalists
Last: Mike Russo - 2015

7 - Region Champions
Last: Anthony Urso - 2024

22 - District Champions
Last: Armani McCann & Tucker Pazinko - 2024

8 - SCT Medalists
Last: 5 in 2024

Career Wins Leader - 157
Mike Russo

Season Wins Record - 41
Matt Russo



100 Career Wins Club
Mike Russo - 157
Matt Russo - 128
Nick Zak - 127
Chris Zak - 118
TJ Liquori - 117
Brandon Kosheff - 101