Shore Conference Wrestling

Overall Record:  7-9  /  Shore Conference:  5-8  /  B-North:  2-3


Marlboro  54  -  Matawan  19  (BOX SCORE)
Mat: Gomez (18-1); Liss (18-1); Velsor (8-1); Palumbo (9-5)


Matawan  39  -  Shore  36  (BOX SCORE)
Matawan  39  -  Holmdel  36  (BOX SCORE)


Pt Beach  46  -  Matawan  25  (BOX SCORE)
M: Gomez (15-1); Liss (15-1); Velsor (6-0)


Monmouth  39  -  Matawan  38  (BOX SCORE)
Matawan  60  -  Neptune  15  (BOX SCORE)
Matawan  39  -  Manchester  38  (BOX SCORE)


1/12: B-NORTH
Manasquan  56  -  Matawan  13  (BOX SCORE)
Mat: Liss (11-1)


#9 Raritan  65  -  Matawan  16  (BOX SCORE)


Brick Twp  51  -  Matawan  24  (BOX SCORE)
Middlesex  40  -  Matawan  31  (BOX SCORE)
Matawan  42  -  AL Johnson  39  (BOX SCORE)


1/5: B-NORTH
Wall  63  -  Matawan  15  (BOX SCORE)
M: Gomez (7-0); Liss (6-1)


Matawan  51  -  Sayreville  30  (BOX SCORE)
M: Liss, Vallee, Rotolo, & Santos win by pin


12/23: B-NORTH
Matawan  42  -  Colts Neck  41 (BOX SCORE)
M: Huskies first win against Colts Neck since 2007, snapping Cougars' 6-dual head to head streak 


12/22: B-NORTH
Freehold Boro  45  -  Matawan  29  (BOX SCORE)
M: Juarez-Lopez, Vallee, Rotolo, and Liss win by pin; Gomez techs


Huskies Finish 7th at IceBreaker

Top 3 Finishers

1st Place
106: Richard Gomez

2nd Place
113: Lawrence Liss

3rd Place
157: Colin Palumbo




2022 Huskies Wrestling

Head Coach
Matt Hughes - 1st Season

Where They Open
12/18: IceBreaker Tournament at Old Bridge


Matt Hughes takes over as head coach for former coach Mike Mason, who is now an assistant at Jackson Memorial, as the Huskies look to continue their winning ways, despite losing some big pieces from the lineup to graduation, and having a lot of new faces in the lineup.

Matawan has three wrestlers with varsity experience in the lower portion of the lineup, with two of them coming off great seasons. Junior Ricky Gomez followed his 24-win freshman season with an outstanding sophomore campaign that saw him advance to the State Tournament after finishing 4th in the Region. Sophomore Lawrence Liss went 7-1 in his debut season, splitting time at 106/113, but unfortunately did not receive a Region invite behind a loaded field that had previous postseason criteria that edged him out. These two give Matawan a very solid 1-2 punch down low. The other wrestler down low with varsity experience is junior Ryan Liou, who got seven matches in as a freshman in 2020.

4th-year starter Damiano Rotolo will anchor the middle portion of the lineup. The senior is a returning Region Qualifier who is capable of having a big year on the mat, while also providing leadership as the veteran in the room. Several newcomers are working to crack the lineup here, among them is promising freshman Colin Palumbo, who enters the program after a very successful run at the intermediate level.

Up top, seniors Jonathan Velsor and Ahmad Hassan have both been in the lineup since their freshman seasons, and junior Gavin Patino wrestled up at 182 as a starter last season. They'll be looked upon to provide some stability in the upperweights, as several new faces look to break into the lineup.

The Huskies have some solid pieces returning in the lineup, but are a pretty young group overall, and will be breaking in a lot of new faces to the lineup. The team is looking for improvement from the returners, while developing the newcomers in the room, and looking to grow the program.


Possible Lineup

Wgt Wrestler2021
106 (Fr) Ryan Colleton 
113 (Jr) Ricky Gomez10-5 / R-4th / NJ-WB1
120 (So) Lawrence Liss7-1
120 (So) Yassin Abdalla 
120 (So) Serenity Sutton-Ospina 
120 (So) Inbal Yamin 
126 (Jr) Ryan Liou 
132 (Fr) Michael Juarez-Lopez 
132 (So) Mason Romeu 
138 (Fr) Mark Wicinski 
144 (Sr) Adham Saleh 
150 (Sr) Damiano Rotolo8-1 / R-PQ
150 (Sr) Elishua Dawkins 
157 (Fr) Colin Palumbo 
157 (Sr) William Cox 
165 (Sr) Jonathan Velsor1-3
165 (Fr) Aidan Kauffman 
165 (Sr) John Kurschner 
165 (Fr) Omar Saleh 
175 (Sr) Josh Pereira 
175 (Jr) Gavin Patino1-7
175 (Fr) Metin Metioglu 
190 (Sr) Lucas Santos 
190 (So) Ebraheem KhaledRamadan 
215 (So) Christopher Zazula 
215 (Sr) Ahmad Hassan1-8
215 (Fr) Denzel Awofolaju 
Hwt (So) Ali Saglamedemir 




Graduated in 2021
Wgt WrestlerRecordPost-Season
120 David Rubin10-2R-WB1
126 Lee Rubin8-2R-PQ 
138 Thomas Verdiglione1-4 
145 Kamrin O'Neill13-3R-2nd / NJ-WB2
160 Adam Coleman12-4R-3rd / NJ-WB1
195 Brandon McComack6-2 
220 Elias Kouri0-1 
Hwt Christopher Hayes4-4 




Matawan Wrestling

Matawan Regional High School
450 Atlantic Avenue
Aberdeen, NJ  07747
(732) 290-2800



Maroon & Gray

Athletic Director
Philip Tyburczy

Head Coach
Matt Hughes
(1st Season in 2022)

Sean Neely
Mike Castro

CJ Group 3





1 - Division Title
A-Central in 2010

2 - State Medalists
Last: Johnny Short in 2009

6 - Region Champions
Last: Johnny Short in 2010

37 - District Champions
Last: Adam Coleman in 2020

2 - SCT Medalists
Last: David Rubin in 2020

Career Wins Leader - 131
Johnny Short

Season Wins Record - 37
David Rubin & Kamrin O'Neil


100 Career Win Club

Johnny Short - 131
Ces Antista - 122
Glenn Cross - 107
Kamrin O'Neill - 107
Jordan Long - 102