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Shore Conference Wrestling


Overall Record:  17-5  /  Shore Conference:  13-4  /  B-Central:  4-0

 

2024 Record: 17-5
CJG1 State Sectional Finalists
B-Central Champions
6th Place District 22
30th Place Shore Conference Tournament
East Brunswick Invitational Champions
Schalick / Cumberland Tournament

Point Beach reclaimed the B-Central Championship in 2024, defeating Shore Regional, 56-16, on January 24th to seal the deal. It is the 25th Divisional Title in the program's history.

It was one of three championships the Gulls claimed this season, as they also captured the team titles at both the East Brunswick Invitational Tournament and the Schalick / Cumberland season opening tournament. 

For the 10th consecutive time, Beach made it to the CJG1 Sectional Finals. They now have the longest active streak of consecutive Sectional Finals appearances in the Shore Conference.

Senior Marcos Kaiafas, led the team in wins with 26. He won the Gulls' first District Title since 2020, claiming the heavyweight championship at District 20. It was the 40th District Title in the program's history.
 


2024 Season

REGION 6 TOURNAMENT
Pt Beach (0 Medal Winners)
WB1: Marcos Kaiafas (Hwt) 
PQ: Jude Bowers (150)

DISTRICT 22 TOURNAMENT
Pt Beach  (6th Place  /  1 Champ  /  2 Medal Winners)
1st: Marcos Kaiafas (Hwt) 
3rd: Jude Bowers (150)

Senior Marcos Kaiafas won Beach's first District Title since Jesse Bowers and Jason Sherlock in 2020, and became the first heavyweight to win for the Gulls since Andrew Gross in 2011.

 

CENTRAL JERSEY GROUP 1 SECTIONALS
QF: Pt Beach  54  -  Shore  24  (BOX SCORE)
SF: Pt Beach  44  -  Keansburg  33  (
BOX SCORE)
F: Delaware Valley  81  -  Pt Beach  0  (
BOX SCORE)


2/2: NON-DIVISION
Holmdel: Reyes (27-3); Placca (24-4); Vanderham (21-6); AJ Todisco (21-6); M Todisco (20-9); Cleary (20-8)
Beach: Kaiafas (22-3); DeBenedett (15-4)

1/31: NON-DIVISION
Red Bank  36  -  Pt Beach  32  (BOX SCORE)
Red Bank: Palumbo with a walk-off pin at 175 for the Bucs; Lopez-Castro, Ruland, & Huss also pin; Sena techs
Pt Beach: 215 - Kaiafas d. #9 Eckerstrom; Schulter (19-4); Bowers (20-3); Yedman (19-6); DeBenedett (14-4)


1/30: NON-DIVISION
Pt Beach  53  -  Marlboro  24  (BOX SCORE)
Beach: DePaul, Yedman, & Scannell pin; Bowers techs
Marlboro: Hall, Falcone, Evans, & Avanesyan win by pin


1/26: THE BATTLE OF POINT PLEASANT
Pt Boro  51  -  Pt Beach  12  (BOX SCORE)
Boro: Bonus wins for M DeAngelo, Matta, J DeAngelo, Drewes, Burgio, Clayton, Acquisto, & Hynes
Beach: Kaiafas (19-3); Schulter (17-4); DeBenedett (12-4)

1/24: B-CENTRAL
Pt Beach  56  -  Shore  16  (BOX SCORE)
Pt Beach: Wins B-Central Title; 25th Divisional Title
Shore: White (19-7); Calabria (16-8); Doremus pins


1/23: NON-DIVISION
Pt Beach  63  -  Pinelands  11  (BOX SCORE)
Beach: Bowers (17-2); Acevedo (15-2); Yedman (16-5); Loughran (12-3); Kaiafas (17-3)
Pinelands: Platti (13-2); Hart (15-6)

1/20: PT BEACH TRI
Pt Beach  47  -  Bordentown  21  (BOX SCORE)
Pt Beach  63  -  Hamilton West  15  (BOX SCORE)


1/17: NON-DIVISION
Pt Beach  42  -  Matawan  36  (BOX SCORE)
Beach: Schulter with the walk-off pin; Kaiafas (14-3); Bowers (14-2); Yedman (14-4); Acevedo (12-2)
Matawan: L Liss (17-3); Palumbo (16-5); Targali (16-6); A Liss (10-5)

1/13: BRICK TWP TRI
Pt Beach  48  -  Brick Twp  23  (BOX SCORE)
Pt Beach  68  -  Nottingham  12  (BOX SCORE)

1/12: NON-DIVISION
Pt Beach  50  -  Monmouth  22  (BOX SCORE)

Beach: Bowers (11-2); Acevedo (9-2); Yedman (11-4); Loughran (7-2); Schulter (11-4)
Monmouth: Walsh (13-5); Bruno (10-6); Preziose (11-6); Palmieri (12-2)


1/10: B-CENTRAL
Pt Beach  50  -  Keansburg  27  (BOX SCORE)
Beach: Clinches share of B-Central; Schulter (10-4); Yedman (10-4); Bowers (10-2); Niethe (9-2)
Keansburg: CTerracciano (12-1); Retta (11-3); Pisano (10-2)

1/8: NON-DIVISION
Pt Beach  41  -  Manchester  32  (BOX SCORE)
Beach: Schulter with the walk-off pin
Manchester: Mitrosky, Buccine, & Mortellite win by fall

 

1/6: SHORE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Pt Beach - 30th Place
 

1/3: NON-CONFERENCE
Pt Beach  60  -  West Windsor Plainsboro South  17  (BOX SCORE)
Beach: DePaul, Napolitano, Bowers, Acevedo, Loughran, Scannell, Schulter, Kaiafas, Torres, & Stizza win by pin
 

1/3: B-CENTRAL
Pt Beach  56  -  Asbury Park  21  (BOX SCORE)
Beach: McLoughlin, DeBenedett, Yedman, Loughran, Schulter, & Kaiafas win by pin
Asbury: Crawford, Herrera, & Lavarin win by pin

 

12/28: BEAR INVITATIONAL at East Brunswick
Pt Beach - 1st Place
1st: Jude Bowers (138) / Thomas Schulter (190) / Marcos Kaiafas (215)
2nd: Connor Loughran (175)
3rd: PJ Niethe (132)
4th: Brandon Stizza (106) / Hudson DePaul (113)
5th: Sam Yedman (165) / Christian Torres (Hwt)

 

12/21: B-CENTRAL
Pt Beach  54 -  Keyport  21  (BOX SCORE)
Beach: Niethe, Setrakin, & DePaul win by pin
Keyport: Prevost, Fernandez, & D Ferm win by pin
 

12/20: NON-DIVISION
Wall  34  -  Pt Beach  33  (BOX SCORE)
Wall: Carrillo-Solano decision in final bout wins it for Knights
Pt Beach: Niethe (5-0); Kaifas (5-0)

 

12/19: NON-DIVISION
Pt Beach  37  -   Manasquan  24  (BOX SCORE)
Pt Beach: Torres, DePaul, DeBenedett, Niethe, and Acevedo win by pin; Yedman majors
Manasquan: McNulty & Brewer win by fall

 

12/16: SCHALICK-CUMBERLAND TOURNAMENT at Arthur P Schalick
Pt Beach - 1st Place
1st: PJ Niethe (132) / Jude Bowers (138) / Marcos Kaiafas (215)
2nd: Brandon Stizza (106) / Luke DeBenedett (126) / Antonio Acevedo (144) / Sam Yedman (165)
3rd: Hudson DePaul (113) / Gavin McLoughlin (130) / Thomas Schulter (190) / Christian Torres (Hwt)

 


2024 Pt Beach Wrestling

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Head Coach: Jeff Bower (14th Season / Career: 232-69)
B-Central / CJG1 / District 22 / Region 6

Where They Open: 12/16 - SC Holiday Tournament at Arthur P. Schalick

 

12 wrestlers with at least 13 varsity matches return for a Pt Beach team looking to reclaim the B-Central title, after having a streak of three consecutive championship seasons snapped by Shore Regional last year.

Beach is led down low by the 1-2 punch of junior PJ Niethe, and senior Luke DeBenedett, both of whom are three-year starters. Niethe is a 2-time District medal winner, and has recorded 49 wins through the first two years of his career. DeBenedett, who placed 3rd at Districts last season, led the Gulls in wins in 2023 with 27 victories. Senior Gavin McLaughlin and junior Chris Napolitano shared the duties at 106 last season, and join DeBenedett and Niethe to give Beach an experienced core to break some newcomers into the lineup around.

Three more starters are back in the middle stretch from 138-157 in seniors Aedan Finn and Connor Loughran, and junior Jude Bowers. It is the third season in the starting lineup for both Bowers and Loughran.

Up top, the Gulls are led by seniors Sam Yedman and Thomas Schulter, both of whom had huge leaps from their sophomore seasons. Yedman went from 1-1 in 2022, to a 15-bout winner, and a 3rd place finisher at the Districts. Schulter improved from a 4-7 record in 2022, to 26-7 as a junior, and placed 4th at Districts. Juniors Dan Micheletti, Chistian Torres, and Erick Sanchez all saw a significant amount of action last season, and will be looking for similar breakout seasons to the ones had by Yedman and Schulter. Another junior, Ryan Scannell, joins the team after transferring from Donovan Catholic, where he was a 2-year starter for the Griffins.

The Gulls will no doubt be looking to ascend back to the top of B-Central after having their bid at a 4-peat, and 25th division title overall, stopped by Shore Regional. If they get through the rest of the divisional opponents along the way, Shore would be the team they could clinch the title against on January 24th, at home. And "the best rivalry match in the Shore" will take place on January 26th, at Pt. Boro. If you get the chance, try and check it out. Arguably the best atmosphere for a dual meet in the Shore Conference.

 

Possible Lineup

Wgt Wrestler2023 Notes
106 (So) Max Esposito2-2 
106 (Fr) Brandon Stizza  
113 (So) Alberto Lopez2-1 
113 (So) Hudson DePaul1-1 
113 (So) Harry Ventresca  
120 (Sr) Gavin McLaughlin8-6 
120 (Jr) Chris Napolitano7-12 
120 (Jr) Angel Montoya-Jimenez  
126 (Sr) Luke DeBenedett27-10 (D-3rd / R-WB1) 
132 (Jr) PJ Niethe26-9 (D-2nd / R-PQ) 2x-District medalist
132 (Fr) Jack Swider  
132 (Jr) Jake Salerno1-1 
138 (Jr) Jude Bowers16-11 
138 (Fr) Danny Neal  
138 (Fr) Lucas Adams  
138 (Jr) Esgar Montoya-Jimenez  
144 (So) Antonio Acevedo  
144 (Jr) Michael Curry0-1 
144 (So) Randy Figueroa  
150 (So) Mattix Sickel0-2 
150 (Sr) Aedan Finn3-20 
157 (Sr) Connor Loughran15-13 
157 (Fr) Gael Santiago  
165 (Sr) Sam Yedman15-16 (D-3rd) 
175 (Jr) Ryan Scannell8-17 Transfer: Donovan Catholic
175 (Jr) Dan Micheletti7-6 
175 (Jr) Ronnie Thorn1-1 
175 (Sr) Nick Solarte  
175 (Fr) CJ Engelhardt  
190 (Sr) Thomas Schulter26-7 (D-4th) 
190 (Jr) Christian Torres3-4 
190 (Jr) Erick Sanchez5-11 
190 (Sr) Frank Derienzo  
215 (Sr) Marcos Kaiafas  3-6 in 2022
215 (Fr) Alan Micheletti  
215 (Sr) Kevin Gambert1-3 
215 (Jr) Jerry Santiago  
215 (So) JJ Sichuga  
Hwt (Sr) Jamie Setrakian  
Hwt (Fr) Kyle Kelly  

 

 

 

 


Pt Pleasant Beach High School
299 Cooks Lane
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ  08742
732-899-8840

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Mascot
Gulls

Colors
Red & White

Head Coach
Jeff Bower
(14th Season in 2024)

Assistants
Mike McGee
Steve Bower

Volunteers
Pat Capriglione
Doug Bower
Bruce Fioretti
Chris Schulz
Brenden Neary
John Finnerty
John Seip

Section
CJ Group 1

Division
B-Central

District
22

Region
6

 

4 - State Sectional Titles
Last: CJG1 in 2020

25 - Division Titles
Last: B-Central in 2024

1 - State Champion
Last: Jake Cairns in 1998

7 - State Medalists
Last: Jason Sherlock in 2020

10 - Region Champions
Last: Jack Baker in 2017

40 - District Champions
Last: Marcos Kaiafas in 2024

2 - SCT Medalists
Last: Jason Sherlock in 2020

Career Wins Leader - 126
John Finnerty
(2013-2016)

Season Wins Record - 39
Jason Sherlock
(2020)

 

100 Career Win Club
John Finnerty - 126
Matt Rega - 116
Giancarlo Crivelli - 114
Jesse Bowers - 113
Jason Sherlock - 108