Shore Conference Wrestling

Overall Record:  14-1  /  Shore Conference:  8-0  /  A-Central:  6-0


2024 Record: 14-1
#6 in NJWWA Top 20
#3 in Shore Conference
Non-Public B State Champions
District 26 Champions
Shore Conference Tournament Champions
A-Central Champions Wrestler of the Year
(Jr) Anthony Knox - 120
Record: 35-0
State Champion  /  Region 7 Champion  /  District 26 Champion
Shore Conference Tournament Champion
Beast of the East Champion
8th 3-time State Champion in Shore Conference History


2024 Season

(1 Champ /  4 Medal Winners)
1st: Anthony Knox (120)
6th: Patrick O'Keefe (132)
7th: Jake Zaltsman (138)
8th: Matt Gould (113)
WB4: Cole Stangle (165)
WB3: Dezmond Lenaghan (144)

Anthony Knox became the 8th 3-time State Champion in Shore Conference history, and extended his winning streak to 98 matches.

Patrick O'Keefe, Jake Zaltsman, and Matt Gould also reached the podium, as the Lancers had four medal winners for the third consecutive year. It was the third medal for O'Keefe, the second for Gould, and the first for Zaltsman.


St John Vianney  (2 Champs /  6 Medal Winners)
1st: Anthony Knox (120)  /  Jake Zaltsman (138)  -  Knox becomes 1st 3-time Champ in SJV history; 1st Title for Zaltsman; 18th Region Titles for Lancers
2nd: Matt Gould (113)  /  Patrick O'Keefe (132) 
3rd: Dezmond Lenaghan (144)  /  Cole Stangle (165)
6th: John Saraiva (157) 
PQ: Julian Zargo (106)  /  Bubba Gavrish (150)  /  Thomas Foley (190)

Junior Anthony Knox picked up his 100th career win on his way to becoming the Lancers' first 3-time Region Champion, and junior Jake Zaltsman won his 1st title, as six wrestlers in all reached the podium to advance to Atlantic City.

The titles from Knox and Zaltsman increase the Lancers' streak of consecutive seasons with at least one Region Champion to nine, with all but 2 of the program's 18 Region Titles coming during that span.


St John Vianney  (1st Place  /  4 Champs  /  10 Medal Winners)  -  4th District Team Title
1st: Matt Gould (113)  /  Anthony Knox (120)  /  Patrick O'Keefe (132)  /  Jake Zaltsman (138)
2nd: Dezmond Lenaghan (144)  /  Bubba Gavrish (150)  /  Cole Stangle (165)  /  Thomas Foley (190)
3rd: Julian Zargo (106)  /  John Saraiva (157) 

Anthony Knox, Patrick O'Keefe, & Jake Zaltsman all won their 3rd District Titles, and Matt Gould won his 2nd, as the Lancers sent 10 wrestlers in all to the podium on their way to their 4th District Team Title. It is the 3rd season in a row in which SJV has had multiple District medal winners.


QF: St John Vianney  70  -  Holy Cross  12  (BOX SCORE)
SF: St John Vianney  57  -  St Thomas Aquinas  14  (
St John Vianney  33  -  Camden Catholic  24  (BOX SCORE)
SJV: 2nd Group Title; 1st Since 1995

#3 St John Vianney  59  -  Wall  9  (BOX SCORE)
SJV: Knox (21-0); Gould (19-7); O'Keefe (23-5); Zaltsman (16-5); Lenaghan (15-1); Stangle (20-3); Saraiva (15-4)
Wall: DiStefano (24-3); Wonsala (15-12)

#3 St John Vianney  58  -  Donovan Catholic  12  (BOX SCORE)
SJV: 120 - #1Knox md. #2 Wehner, 18-6
St Peter's Prep  51  -  #3 St John Vianney  21  (BOX SCORE)

#3 St John Vianney  44  -  #4 Rumson  26  (BOX SCORE)  
SJV: Wins A-Central Title; 3rd consecutive Division title, 4th overall; J Zaltsman, Stangle, Lenaghan, Gavrish, Correal, Knox, & O'Keefe with bonus wins
Rumson: H Skove (20-0); Delaney (18-4); Smith (20-3); Amato (20-3)

#3 St John Vianney  63  -  Holy Cross  18  (BOX SCORE)
SJV: Gould (16-6); O'Keefe (19-5); J Zaltsman (12-5); Lenaghan (11-1); Saraiva (12-3); Gavrish (12-4)

St John Vianney  64  -  Pope John  12  (BOX SCORE)
St John Vianney  51  -  TR East  25  (BOX SCORE)

#3 St John Vianney  75  -  Monmouth  6  (BOX SCORE)
SJV: Knox (at 120); Saraiva, Minardo, Correal, Gould, O'Keefe, Lenaghan, & Gavrish win by pin; Stangle & Breen tech
Monmouth: Neill pins for Falcons

#3 St John Vianney  33  -  Bergen Catholic  28  (BOX SCORE)
SJV: Knox decision in final bout seals road win for Lancers over #7 team in NJ; O'Keefe, Lenaghan, Stangle, Zargo, & Correal with bonus wins, as the "nobodies from down the Shore" bring home the win.

St John Vianney  57  -  Holmdel  12  (BOX SCORE)
SJV: Knox (13-0); O'Keefe (15-4); Gould (12-5); Stangle (14-3)
Holmdel: Podesta & Reyes win by fall


St John Vianney - 1st Place
6 Medal Winners
1st: Anthony Knox (126) Patrick O'Keefe (132) / Cole Stangle (165)
2nd: Matt Gould (120)
3rd: Dezmond Lenaghan (144)

5th: Riley Correal (106)

The Lancers crowned 3 champs: Anthony Knox (126), Patrick O'Keefe (132), and Cole Stangle (165), to bring up their all-time total to a Shore Conference best 12 champs. Six Lancers in all won medals, as SJV won their 2nd Shore Conference Tournament Title.

St John Vianney  40  -  RBC  34  (BOX SCORE)
SJV: 13th straight win over Caseys; Lenaghan pins in SJV debut; Gould, Knox, & O'Keefe also pin
RBC: DiBiadse, Michaels, Romeo, & Gutridge pin; Muscillo majors


3rd Place
165: Cole Stangle (SJV)

4th Place
120: Matt Gould (SJV)
132: Patrick O'Keefe (SJV)

6th Place
138: Jake Zaltsman (SJV)

12/20: A-CENTRAL
St John Vianney  51  -  Raritan  20  (BOX SCORE)
SJV: Knox, Zaltsman, Saraiva, Stangle, Minardo, & Zargo pin; Gould techs; Gavrish md. Acevedo
Raritan: Delaurier & Gazerwitz with pins; Reilley techs


1st Place
126: Anthony Knox (St John Vianney

8th Place
138: Jake Zaltsman (St John Vianney)


2024 St John Vianney Wrestling


Head Coach: Chris Notte (5th Season / Career: 39-19)
A-Central / NPB / District 26 / Region 7

Where They Open: 12/16 - Beast of the East



The Lancers are loaded. I don't think I broke any news there. 

Leading the charge is junior Anthony Knox. Currently ranked #1 in the nation at his weight on MatScouts and #9 in the pound-for-pound rankings, the Cornell-commit is making his case to eventually go down as the Shore Conference's all-time greatest. The resume, so far, is 2-time State Champion, 2-time Region Champion, 2-time District Champion, Shore Conference Tournament Champion, Beast of the East Champion, Sam Cali Champion, Escape The Rock Champion... not too shabby.

As for the rest of the returners, you have junior Patrick O'Keefe, a 2-time State medal winner (8th in 2023 & 2nd in 2022), 2-time Region & 2-time District Champ, and was a Shore Conference Tournament runner-up . Fellow juniors Jake Zaltsman & Cole Stangle are both 2-time District Champs and 2-time State Qualifiers. 

Sophomore Matt Gould won 27 matches and was a District Champ, Region runner-up, and took 8th in Atlantic City as a freshman last season. Gould also took 2nd at the Shore Conference Tournament. Fellow sophomore John Saraiva won 19 matches, was 4th at the Shore Conference Tournament, and was a District runner-up. 

Seniors Ryan Buchanan and Luca Minardo are also returning starters and look to man the 215-Hwt slots, while fellow senior Ryan Cawley was the starting 175-pounder in 2022.

It would be a solid group if we left it at that, but then there's the newcomers to the roster. Junior Dezmond Lenaghan has transferred in from Donovan Catholic. Lenaghan is a 2-time State Qualifier, and was 3rd at the Shore Conference Tournament last season. There's a swarm of talented freshmen coming, as well. Bubba Gavrish was a runner-up in the last year's Intermediate State Tournament, while Jacob Feinstein placed 4th. Julian Zargo was a runner-up in the 2022 tournament, and Riley Correal has also had an outstanding run at the middle school level.

The Lancers dropped a heartbreaker in last year's Non-Public Group B Finals, and are no doubt chomping at the bit to get back there this season. There's obviously a long way to go before we get there, though. SJV has a solid December tournament slate with a trip to the Beast of the East and the Sam Cali Memorial. There's the A-Central foes as Vianney looks to successfully to defend their title, and non-conference meetings with other non-public powers like Bergen Catholic and St Peter's Prep. 

It's going to be another exciting year to see what the Lancers can do, but just a quick note here: There isn't a senior in the lineup until you get to 190. The Lancers might be pretty good next year, as well.


Possible Lineup


Wgt Wrestler2023 Notes
106 (Fr) Riley Correal  
106 (Fr) Julian Zargo  
113 (So) Matt Gould27-9 (D-1st / R-2nd / NJ-8th) 
113/120 (Fr) Zach Zaltsman  
120 (So) Muchael Lupo1-1 
120 (So) Ryan Kearney5-13 
126 (Jr) Anthony Knox39-0 (D-1st / R-1st / NJ-1st)  72-1 career record / 2x-State Champ
126 (Jr) Christian DiRaimando0-1 
126 (So) Liam Steiner1-1 
132 (Jr) Patrick O'Keefe23-6 (D-1st / R-1st / NJ-8th) 58 career win / 2x-State Medalist
132 (Fr) Luke Ross  
132 (So) Christopher Pohl0-3 
138 (Jr) Jake Zaltsman30-11 (D-1st / R-2nd / NJ-WB2) 54 career wins / 2x-State Qualifier
138 (Jr) Giovanni Scaranni  
144 (Jr) Dezmond Lenaghan24-10 (D-1st / R-2nd / NJ-WB3) 51 career wins / 2x-State Qualifier
150 (Fr) Bubba Gavrish  
157 (So) John Saraiva19-14 (D-2nd / R-WB1) 
157 (So) Abraham Adu-Amoako3-12 
157 (So) Michael Scagnelli0-2 
165 (Jr) Cole Stangle26-9 (D-1st / R-2nd / NJ-WB4) 53 career wins / 2x-State Qualifier
165 (Jr) Jaden Pierce  
165/175 (Jr) Greg Jhanjee0-1 
175 (So) Danny Breen  
190 (Sr) Ryan Cawley1-2 
190 (So) Thomas Foley  
190 (Sr) Joseph Mulewski  
190/215 (Fr) Jacob Feinstein  
215/Hwt (Sr) Luca Minardo5-11 
Hwt (Sr) Ryan Buchanan6-16 








Saint John Vianney Wrestling

St John Vianney High School
540-A Line Rd.
Holmdel, NJ 07733



Black, Gold, & White

Head Coach
Chris Notte
(5th Season in 2024)

Chris Falco
Vincent Leone

Non-Public B





2 - Group Championships
Last: NPB - 2024

2 - Sectional Titles
Last: SJNPB in 1996

2 - SCT Team Titles
2018 & 2024

4 - Division Titles
A-Central in 2024

4 - District Team Titles
D26 in 2024

5 - State Champions
Last: Anthony Knox - 2024

21 - State Medalists
Last: Matt Gould, Anthony Knox, Patrick O'Keefe, & Jake Zaltsman - 2024

18 - Region Champions
Last: Anthony Knox & Jake Zaltsman - 2024

64 - District Champions
Last: 4 in 2024

12 - SCT Champions
Last: Anthony Knox, Patrick O'Keefe, Cole Stangle - 2024

28 - SCT Medalists
Last: 6 in 2024

Career Wins Leader - 123
Anthony Castro

Season Wins Record - 40
Jasiah Queen


100 Career Wins Club
 Anthony Castro123
 Anthony Ferraro122
 Terrance Davis114
 Nick Caracappa113
 Steven Giannios111
 Paul Piccione109
 Dean Peterson108
 Anthony Knox (2025)107
 Nico Diaz105
 Kyle Pardun100


100 Career Wins Club
(Includes Wins At Other Schools)
 Paul Liseno - Keansburg116
 Jasiah Queen - Elizabeth108
 Calvin Beaty - Matawan100



NCAA All-American

Larry DeSimone
Division 3

College Of New Jersey
1984: 3rd Place (142)
1985: Nat'l Champion (150)