Shore Conference Wrestling

Overall Record:  19-6  /  Shore Conference:  13-4  /  B-South:  6-1


2024 Record: 19-6
CJG3 Sectional Semifinalists
2nd Place District 25
2nd Place B-South
12th Place Shore Conference Tournament (Program Record 4 Medal Winners)
2nd Place TCNJ Pride Tournament Wrestler of the Year
(Sr) Matt Gauthier - 150
Record: 31-8
5th Place Region 7  /  District 25 Champion
5th Place Shore Conference Tournament
2nd Place TCNJ Pride  /  3rd Place Robin Leff Tournament
Team Leader in Wins


2024 Season

WB1: Brendan Schuler (113)  /  Aidan Flynn (120)

Season ends for Lions in Atlantic City


Lacey (2 Medal Winners)
4th: Brendan Schuler (113)  /  Aidan Flynn (120)
5th: Matt Gauthier (150)
PQ: Kyle Leonard (144)  /  Evan Ren (165)  /  Jake Mott (175)  /  Brody Sager (Hwt)

The Lions had a pair of 4th-place finishers in junior Brendan Schuler and sophomore Aidan Flynn, giving Lacey multiple Region medal winners for the 4th consecutive season


Lacey  (2nd Place  /  2 Champs  /  7 Medal Winners)
1st: Aidan Flynn (120)  /  Matt Gauthier (150)
2nd: Brendan Schuler (113)  /  Brody Sager (Hwt)
3rd: Kyle Leonard (144)  /  Evan Ren (165)  /  Jake Mott (175)

Aidan Flynn and Matt Gauthier won their first District Titles, and five other Lions medaled, as Lacey brought home seven medals, which is tied for their 2nd most over the last twenty seasons. 


QF: Lacey  46  -  Timber Creek  28  (BOX SCORE)
SF: Ocean City  36  -  Lacey  28  (

Lacey  57  -  Burlington Twp  21  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey  42  -  Woodstown  33  (BOX SCORE)

Lacey  63  -  Pennsauken  18  (BOX SCORE)

2/1: B-SOUTH
Lacey  59  -  Lakewood  9  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey: Hwt - Seeley d. #10 Dominguez, 9-4; Koehler, Carlucci, White, Calabrese, Leonard, Ren, & Ward win by fall
Lakewood: Castillo & Melendez win for Piners

1/30: B-SOUTH
Lacey  37  -  Donovan Catholic  27  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey: Gauthier (21-6); Schuler (20-8); Flynn (20-8); Davis (20-7); Mott (16-9)
Donovan: Hwt - #4 Rock d. #5 Sager, 4-0; Wehner (21-3); Gutierrez (15-6); Colon (11-4)

Lacey  53  -  Marlboro  24  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey: Career victory #100 for head coach Justin Bonitatis
Lacey  63  -  Pinelands  12  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey  48  -  Manchester  27  (BOX SCORE)

Long Branch  36  -  Lacey  35  (BOX SCORE)
Long Branch: 175 - #4 Kajaia d. #9 Davis; Vieria, Munson, Ramirez, Smith, & Cunalata win by fall
Lacey: Koehler, Flynn, & Gauthier pin; Schuler techs

Lacey  36  -  #11 Jackson Memorial  30  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey: Trinidad takedown w/1 second left in final bout to win match, clinch dual for Lions; Sager, Leonard, Gauthier, & Mott pin
Jackson Mem: 113 - #8 Weikel d. #9 Schuler; Huxford, Krieck, J Espinosa, & Wolf win by pin

Lacey  39  -  Gloucester City  31  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey  60  -  Absegami  18  (BOX SCORE)
Washington Twp  38  -  Lacey  25  (BOX SCORE)

Lacey  48  -  Manasquan  21  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey: (175) Davis d.#10 Lee, 3-1; Schuler (17-6); Gauthier (16-6); Sager (17-4); Flynn (14-8)
Manasquan: O'Connor (15-2); McNulty (14-5); Mammeri (14-5)


Manalapan 37  -  Lacey  33  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey  50  -  TR East  28  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey  37  -  Colts Neck  36  (BOX SCORE)

1/12: B-SOUTH
Lacey  36  -  #10 Pt Boro  35  (BOX SCORE)

Lacey: Davis, Miller, Flynn, & Leonard pin for Lions
Pt Boro: Acquisto, Burgio, & Clark win by fall; Clayton techs

Lacey -  12th Place
4 Medal Winners
3rd: Brody Sager (Hwt)
5th: Aidan Flynn (120) / Matt Gauthier (150)
6th: Brendan Schuler (113)

Led by 3rd-place finisher at heavyweight Brody Sager, the Lions set a new program high with four medal winners.

Lacey  63  -  Matawan  17  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey  64  -  Central  12  (BOX SCORE)
Raritan  41  -  Lacey  36  (BOX SCORE)


12/23: TCNJ PRIDE TOURNAMENT at Robbinsville
Lacey - 2nd Place
1st: Schuler (113) / Sager (Hwt)
2nd: Flynn (120) / Leonard (138) / Gauthier (150)
3rd: Downs (132) / Ren (165)

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
3rd: Matt Gauthier (150)
4th: Brody Sager (Hwt)


12/15: B-SOUTH
Lacey  60  -  Barnegat  18  (BOX SCORE)
Lacey: Lions 10th straight win over Bengals; Mott, Sager, Schuler, Flynn, Leonard, Gauthier, Ren, & Davis with pins
Barnegat: Mahadeo, Mamola, & Lockwood win by pin


2024 Lacey Wrestling



Head Coach: Justin Bonitatis (6th Season / Career Record: 89-19)
B-South / SJG3 / District 25 / Region 7

Where They Open: 12/15 vs Barnegat
Opening Tournament: Robin Leff Tournament at Southern


Lacey took a decent hit to graduation, with the most notable departures being 2x-time State qualifier Matt Coon, 2023 State qualifier Aidan Ott, District medal winner Jayden Martins, and 30-bout winner Luciano Ferranti. The Lions, however, have shown in recent years that they are quite capable of reloading around established talent, and this year looks to be no different. There's a good mix of youth and experience to the this year's lineup, a lineup that looks to be pretty well balanced overall. There looks to be some solid depth too, giving the Lions some good maneuverability. 

Four starters return in the middle stretch from 138-157, headlined by senior Matt Gauthier. Gauthier, who enters the year with 61 career wins, is a 2-time District medal winner and has finished 5th in the Regions twice. He's joined by fellow returning starters Aidan White, a senior, and juniors Kyle Leonard and Tyler French, who placed 4th at last year's District 25 tournament.

The Lions have some good experience returning down low, as well. Junior Brendan Schuler is a 2-time District medalist, placing 2nd each time, and has won 47 matches in his first two seasons. Senior John Downs provides veteran leadership in this group, and is coming off a 22-win season in 2023. Sophomore Aidan Flynn will be looking to build off a strong freshman campaign in which he won 23 matches and took 3rd at Districts. That trio, along with another returning starter in junior Ralphael Garcia, give head coach Justin Bonitatis a solid core to break some new faces into the lineup around, including freshmen Luke Miller, Carlos Garcia, Zachary Carlucci, and James Pestrichello, and junior Jack Koehler.

Up top is where the Lions will look the most different. Senior heavyweight Brady Sager, who won 18 matches in 2023, and sophomore Casey Delvecchio, a 14-bout winner in his rookie season, bookend the upper weights that will feature some new starters. Among that group are seniors Andrew McCleod and Jesse Laird, and juniors Dylan Trinidad, James Mott, and Mike Seely. There are some freshmen in the mix for spots here, also, in Joey Davis and Jake Mott, who bare multi-time youth States placers.

After winning back to back B-South titles, Pt Boro defeated Lacey last season to capture the divisional title. Lacey will be looking to reclaim that title in 2024, and have a key date towards that goal early on as they host Jackson Liberty, who they split a pair of duals with last season, on December 20th. The anticipated rematch with Pt Boro is set for Friday night, January 12th, in Point Pleasant.

Possible Lineup


Wgt Wrestler2023 Notes
106 (Jr) Jack Koehler  
106 (Fr) Luke Miller  
106 (Fr) Carlos Garcia  
113 (Jr) Brendan Schuler27-9 (D-2nd / R-PQ) 2x-District Medalist
113 (So) Christopher Gilani1-0 
120/126 (So) Aidan Flynn23-10 (D-3rd / R-PQ) 
120/126 (Jr) Ralphael Garcia12-13 
120/126 (Fr) Zachary Carlucci  
132 (Sr) John Downs22-8 
132 (Fr) James Pestrichello  
138 (Jr) Michael Knowles2-3 
138/144 (Jr) Kyle Leonard13-6 
144/150 (Sr) Matt Gauthier33-4 (D-2nd / R-5th) 2x-District Medalist / 2x-Region 5th
144/150 (Jr) Tyler French18-11 (D-4th) 
157 (So) Christian Speck 0-1 
157/165 (Sr) Aidan White8-17 
157/165 (Sr) Evan Ren0-1 
165/175 (So) Casey Delvecchio14-9 
175 (Fr) Joey Davis  
175/190 (Sr) Andrew McCleod5-6 
190 (Fr) Jake Mott  
215 (Jr) Dylan Trinidad1-5 (D-4th) 
215 (Sr) Jesse Laird0-1 
215 (Jr) James Mott  
Hwt (Sr) Brody Sager18-12 
Hwt (Jr) Mike Seely2-2 



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Navy, Grey, & Cardinal

Head Coach
Justin Bonitatis
(6th Season in 2024)

Craig Moser
Ricky Bandejas

Jeff Gauthier
Luke Fernandez
Kevin Corrigan
Nick Tenpenny
Dylan DaSilva
Leonard Goduto

SJ Group 3





4 - Division Titles
Last: B-South - 2022

1 - District Team Title
Last: D24 - 1999

1 - State Champion
Russ Witt - 1997

12 - State Medalists
Last: Vin Ceglie - 2021

15 - Region Champions
Last: Brady Carter - 2022

48 - District Champions
Last: Aidan Flynn & Matt Gauthier - 2024

3 - SCT Champions
Last: Vin Ceglie - 2020

11 - SCT Medalists
Last: 4 in 2024

Career Wins Leader - 137
Hunter Gutierrez

Season Wins Record - 42
Lex Knapp
Hunter Gutierrez



100 Career Wins Club
 Hunter Gutierrez137
 Luke Moynihan129
 Luke Gauthier124
 Matt Garrity110
 Dennis Whitby109
 Frank Maugeri104
 Russ Witt100



NCAA All-Americans

Hunter Gutierrez
Stevens Institute

Division 3
2023: 4th Place (149)


Matt Opacity
Trenton State

Division 3
1991: 5th Place (167)
1992: 6th Place (167)