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Shore Conference Wrestling at the 2021 State Tournament

 

Brick Memorial Mustangs
State Champions: 7  /  Last Champion: 2015 - Alec Donovan  /  State Medal Winners: 62  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020 - Anthony Santaniello (2nd), Vincent Santaniello (2nd), Joe Colon (4th), & David Szuba (2nd)
5 Entrants
113: #1 (Jr) Evan Tallmadge  /  120: #2 (So) Anthony Santaniello  /  126: #1 (Sr) Vincent Santaniello  /  132: #14 (Sr) Nick Torre  /  Hwt: #2 (Sr) David Szuba

The Stangs have two top seeds, and a pair of 2nd's as well, as they look for their first State Champ since 2015, and their 8th overall. Senior Vincent Santaniello is looking to become the Stangs' first ever 4-time medal winner.

 

CBA Colts
State Champions: 2  /  Last Champion: 2016 - Sebastian Rivera  /  State Medal Winners: 26  /  Last Medal Winner: 2018: Richie Koehler (6th) & Cameron DiGiorgio (8th)
4 Entrants: 113: #8 (Fr) Alex Nini  /  120: #7 (Jr) Garrett Totten  /  132: #5 (So) Julian George  /  160: #14 (So) Zander Silva

With a trio of seeds in the Top 8, the Colts are looking for their first State medal winner since 2018, and multiple medalists for the 6th time in 10 seasons.

 

Colts Neck Cougars
State Champions: 0  /  State Medal Winners: 6  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Luke Rada (2nd)
3 Entrants: 145: #10 (Sr) Logan Waller  /  220: #14 (Sr) Raymond Santiago  /  Hwt: #14 (Jr) Michael Jannucci

The Cougars are still searching for their first State Champ, and trying to have a State medalist in back to back seasons for just the 2nd time in program history.

 

Freehold Twp Patriots
State Champions: 0  /  State Medal Winners: 6  /  Last Medal Winner: 2018: Kyle Hillermeier (8th)
1 Entrants: 138: #8 (Fr) Giovanni Sacfidi

Scafidi will take a shot at winning the first State Title in program history, and their first medalist since 2018.

 

Howell Rebels
State Champions: 3  /  Last Champion: 2017 - Eric Keosseian   /  State Medal Winners: 30  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Shane Reitsma (2nd) & Justin Wright (6th)
5 Entrants: 113: #7 (Fr) Sebastian Ortega  /  126: #14 (Sr) Neiko Malone  /  152: #7 (Sr) Paul Jakub  /  160: #5 (Jr) Hunter Mays  /  170: #16 (So) DJ Henry

The Rebels have had at least one State medalist each season since 2016. 

 

Jackson Liberty Lions
State Champions: 0  /  State Medal Winners: 5  /  Last Medal Winner: 2016 - Mike Russo (6th)
1 Entrants: 220: #13 (So) Chimdindu Molokwu

Molokwu is Liberty's first State Tournament qualifier since Josh Bollard in 2017.

 

Jackson Memorial Jaguars
State Champions: 15  /  Last Champion: 2012 - Dallas Winston  /  State Medal Winners: 60  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Kyle Epperly (5th)
1 Entrants: 120: #15 (Sr) Brett Blaess

Jackson Memorial's 15 State Champions is the most for any Shore Conference program.

 

Lacey Lions
State Champions: 1  /  Last Champion: 1997 - Russ Witt  /  State Medal Winners: 11  /  Last Medal Winner: 2018: Luke Gauthier (4th)
2 Entrants: 138: #16 (Sr) Collin Rolak  /  195: #16 (Sr) Vin Ceglie 

The Lions have multiple State Tournament participants for the 4th time in the last 5 years. 

 

Manalapan Braves
State Champions: 4  /  Last Champion: 1992 - Indra Sulijoadikusomo  /  State Medal Winners: 24  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Matt Benedetti (4th)
1 Entrant: 195: #6 (Sr) Gavin Claro

Claro is looking to become the Braves 1st State Champion in 29 seasons. 

 

Matawan Huskies
State Champions: 0  /  State Medal Winners: 2  /  Last Medal Winner: 2009: Johnny Short (5th)
3 Entrants: 106: #14 (So) Richard Gomez   /  145: #11 (Sr) Kamrin O'Neill  /  160: #13 (Sr) Adam Coleman

The Huskies have back-to-back seasons with multiple State Qualifiers for the first time since 2009 & 2010, and are in search of their first medal since 2009.

 

Middletown North Lions
State Champions: 2  /  Last Champion: 2020 - Tyler Klinsky  /  State Medal Winners: 19  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Tyler Klinsky (1st) & Fred Luchs (8th)
1 Entrants: 220: #15 (Sr) Nico Cerbo

Cerbo makes it 8 seasons in a row for the Lions with a State qualifier, and will look to make it 6 years in a row with a State medalist.

 

Middletown South Eagles
State Champions: 5  /  Last Champion: 1994 - Glenn Pritzlaff  /  State Medal Winners: 15  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Jack Zaleski (5th)
2 Entrants: 113: #5 (So) Jack Zaleski  /  138: #9 (So) David Hussey

Zaleski and Hussey will try and give the Eagles multiple State medalist in the same season for the first time since 1993.

 

Ocean Township Spartans
State Champions: 3  /  Last Champion: 2017 - Jake Benner  /  State Medal Winners: 33  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Jack Nies (7th)
3 Entrants: 106: #11 (Fr) James Farina  /  182: #15 (Jr) Jared Tracey  /  Hwt: #4 (Sr) Joseph Teresi

Joseph Teresi is 2 wins away from becoming the 7th wrestler in Shore Conference history to reach 100 career wins entirely in the heavyweight weight class.

 

Pt Beach Gulls
State Champions: 1  /  Last Champion: 1998 - Jake Cairns  /  State Medal Winners: 7  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Jason Sherlock (7th)
1 Entrants: 145: #12 (Sr) Riley Simon

Simon will attempt to give the Gulls back-to-back seasons with a State medal winner for just the 3rd time in program history.

 

RBC Caseys
State Champions: 1  /  Last Champion: 1974 - Tom Seitz  /  State Medal Winners: 3  /  Last Medal Winner: 2014 - Shawn McCord (7th)
1 Entrants: 170: #3 (So) Sabino Portella

Portella is looking to become the Casey's first medalist since 2014, and will take a shot at joining Tom Seitz as the only State Champs in RBC history.

 

Red Bank Regional Bucs
State Champions: 0  /  State Medal Winners: 2  /  Last Medal Winner: 2005 - Lamar Brown (4th)
1 Entrants: 126: #16 (Jr) Phil Stolfa

Stolfa, the Bucs first State qualifier since 2018, is looking to become RBR's first medalist since Lamar Brown in 2005.

 

Rumson Bulldogs
State Champions: 0  /  State Medal Winners: 10  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020 - Shay Addison (5th), Jack Kelly (5th), & Max Brignola (8th)
4 Entrants: 152: #4 (Sr) Max Brignola  /  170: #6 (Jr) Shay Addison  /  182: #2 (Sr) Jack Kelly  /  195: #4 (Fr) Hudson Skove

The Bulldogs set a program record with State medalists last season, a number they will try and top this year, as they also look to try and crown their first ever State Champion.

 

St John Vianney Lancers
State Champions: 2  /  Last Champion: 2020 - Dean Peterson  /  State Medal Winners: 9  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Dean Peterson (1st) & Blake Clayton (3rd)
3 Entrants: 113: #9 (Sr) Harrison Gordon  /  126: #5 (Jr) Nico Diaz  /  195: #1 (Sr) Blake Clayton

Blake Clayton is 2 wins away from 100 career wins. The Lancers are looking to make it 4 years in a row with multiple State medal winners.

 

Shore Regional Blue Devils
State Champions: 0  /  State Medal Winners: 3  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Al DeSantis (7th)
2 Entrants: 132: #6 (Sr) Jack Maida  /  152: #5 (Sr) Michael McGhee

After having just 1 State medalist in their program's history, the Blue Devils have had a medal winner in each of the past 2 seasons.

 

Southern Regional Rams
State Champions: 6  /  Last Champion: 2009 - Glenn Carson /  State Medal Winners: 44  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Eddie Hummel (3rd), Robert Woodcock (3rd), and JT Cornelius (2nd)
4 Entrants: 113: #3 (So) Conor Collins  /  126: #15 (Fr) Matt Henrich  /  132: #11 (Sr) Matt Brielmeier  /  138: #2 (Sr) Eddie Hummel

The Rams have had at least 1 medal winner in 3 of the last 4 seasons.

 

TR East Raiders
State Champions: 6  /  Last Champion: 2009 - Vinnie DelleFave  /  State Medal Winners: 31  /  Last Medal Winner: 2017: AJ Meyers (5th)
2 Entrants: 106: #16 (Fr) Kurt Wehner  /  145: #5 (Sr) Michael Conklin

The Raiders three year streak without a medal winner is their longest stretch since also going years from 1991-1993.

 

TR North Mariners
State Champions: 4  /  Last Champion: 2020 - Nick Boggiano  /  State Medal Winners: 18  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020: Ryan Rosenthal (6th) & Nick Boggiano (1st)
1 Entrant: Hwt: #1 (Sr) John O'Donnell

Top-seeded O'Donnell will try and give North back-to-back seasons with a different State Champ. If successful, it would be the first time done in the Shore Conference since Long Branch in 2009 & 2010 with Nick Visicaro and Scott Festejo.

 

Wall Crimson Knights
State Champions: 4  /  Last Champion: 2019 - Robert Kanniard  /  State Medal Winners: 29  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020 - Jacob Whitworth (6th)
1 Entrants: 182: #13 (Sr) Brendan Newbury

This is the 9th consecutive season the Knights have had at least 1 State qualifier.

 

Shore Conference State Qualifiers

 

106

(Fr) James Farina  -  Ocean Township
Record: 11-1
3rd Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Farina is Ocean's first freshman to qualify for States since Alex Poniros in 2017.

(So) Richard Gomez  -  Matawan
Record: 10-3  /  34-12 career
4th Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Gomez was 1 of 2 wrestlers in the Central Region seeded at #13 to advance to the States. The lowest seeds to do so.

(Fr) Kurt Wehner  -  TR East
Record: 12-2
4th Place: South Region
1st State Appearance
Wehner is East's 3rd freshman State Qualifier in the last 4 seasons



113

(So) Conor Collins  -  Southern
Record: 14-1  /  52-5 career
1st Place: South Region
2nd State Appearance (2020 - WB4)
Collins is the first Ram to win a Region Title as a freshman and sophomore. He is the 49th Region Champ in program history.

(Sr) Harrison Gordon  -  St John Vianney
Record: 6-2  /  90-26 career
4th Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - WB3)
Gordon joined the Lancers this season after putting up 84 wins in 3 seasons at Marlboro.

(Fr) Alex Nini  -  CBA
Record: 10-2
3rd Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Nini is the Colts' 4th freshman in the last 2 seasons to qualify for States.

(Fr) Sebastian Ortega  -  Howell
Record: 11-1
2nd Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Ortega gives the Rebels a freshman State Qualifier for the 6th out of the last 7 seasons.

(Jr) Evan Tallmadge  -  Brick Memorial
Record: 12-0   /  84-8 career
1st Place: Central Region
3rd State Appearance: (2019 - WB3 / 2020 - 4th Place)
The Stangs' 66th Region Champ, Tallmadge was 1 of 3 champs for Brick Memorial, the 6th time since 2014 they've had multiple Region Champions.

 

120

(Sr) Brett Blaess  -  Jackson Memorial
Record: 11-3  /  70-23 career
4th Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Blaess came from the 11th-seed, in what was viewed as one of the deepest weights in the Central Region, to punch a ticket to States.

(So) Anthony Santaniello  -  Brick Memorial
Record: 12-0  /  54-1 career
1st Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - 2nd Place)
Santaniello became the first Stang to win Region Titles as a freshman & sophomore since his father, Vinnie, in 1987-1988. He is their 67th Region Champion.

(Jr) Garrett Totten  -  CBA
Record: 13-1  /  84-15 career
3rd Place: Central Region
3rd State Appearance: (2019 - WB2 / 2020 - 7th Place)
Totten was a 2-time State Qualifier as a freshman & sophomore white attending Northern Burlington.

(So) Jack Zaleski  -  Middletown South
Record: 10-1  /  52-7 career
2nd Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - 5th Place)
Zaleski was the first Eagle to appear in two Region Finals since Nick Herring in 2011 & 2012.

 

126

(Jr) Nico Diaz  -  St John Vianney
Record: 7-2  /  64-20 career
2nd Place: Central Region
3rd State Appearance: (2019 - WB4 / 2020 - WB2)
Diaz is 1 of 3 Lancers advancing to States, giving SJV 6 straight seasons with multiple State Qualifiers.

(Fr) Matt Henrich  -  Southern
Record: 10-4
4th Place: South Region
1st State Appearance
The Rams have had 3 freshmen State Qualifiers the last 2 seasons.

(Sr) Neiko Malone  -  Howell
Record: 7-3  /  106-28 career
3rd Place: Central Region
3rd State Appearance: (2019 - WB1 / 2020 - WB2)
Malone became the 20th Rebel all-time to hit the 100 career win mark, earlier this season.

(Sr) Vincent Santaniello  -  Brick Memorial
Record: 11-0  /  127-10 career
1st Place: Central Region
4th State Appearance: (2018 - 8th Place / 2019 - 3rd Place / 2020 - 2nd Place)
Santaniello is the 7th 3-time Region Champion in program history, and is the Stangs' 68th Region Champ.

(Jr) Phil Stolfa  -  Red Bank Regional
Record: 9-3  /  70-22 career
4th Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Stolfa is the Bucs 1st State Qualifier since Edison Quesada in 2018.

 

132

(Sr) Matt Brielmeier  -  Southern
Record: 12-2  /  82-41 career
2nd Place: South Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - WB2)
Brielmeier will be continuing his career next season at King College.

(So) Julian George  -  CBA
Record: 13-0  /  51-8 career
1st Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - WB4)
George is CBA's 3rd sophomore Region Champ in program history, and their 23rd overall.

(Sr) Jack Maida  -  Shore Regional
Record: 13-1  /  133-19 career
2nd Place: Central Region
4th State Appearance: (2018 - WB2 / 2019 - 6th Place / 2020 - WB3)
Maida's 133 career wins is the most among active Shore Conference wrestlers.

(Sr) Nick Torre  -  Brick Memorial
Record: 9-3  /  55-22 career
4th Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
BM's 5 State Qualifiers gives them a streak of 4 seasons with multiple State Qualifiers.

 

138

(Sr) Eddie Hummel  -  Southern
Record: 13-1  /  109-13 career
1st Place: South Region
3rd State Appearance: (2019 - 6th Place / 2020 - 3rd Place)
Hummel became the 14th Ram to hit the 100 career win mark earlier this season, and is their 50th Region Champion.

(So) David Hussey  -  Middletown South
Record: 7-5  /  36-6 career
3rd Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - WB1)
Hussey & Zaleski are South's first multi-time State Qualifiers since 2012.

(Sr) Collin Rolak  -  Lacey
Record: 9-3  /  75-29 career
4th Place: South Region
1st State Appearance
The Lions will have multiple State Qualifiers for the 4th time in 5 seasons.

(Fr) Giovanni Scafidi  -  Freehold Twp
Record: 7-1
2nd Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
6 of Scafidi's 7 wins this season are against previous Region/State Qualifiers.

 

145

(Sr) Michael Conklin  -  TR East
Record: 11-2  /  126-19 career

2nd Place: South Region
4th State Appearance: (2018 - WB1 / 2019 - WB3 / 2020 - WB4)
Conklin is the first 4-time State Qualifier for the Raiders since Vinnie DelleFave from 2006-2009.

(Fr) Donovan DiStefano  -  Wall
Record: 13-4
4th Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
All 4 of the freshman's losses are to multi-time State Qualifiers.

(Sr) Kamrin O'Neill  -  Matawan
Record: 12-1  /  106-27 career
2nd Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - WB3)
O'Neill is the Huskie's first multi-time State Qualifier since Glenn Cross went back to back in 2012-2013

(Sr) Riley Simon  -  Pt Beach
Record: 6-1  /  81-40 career
3rd Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - WB1)
Simon is the Gulls' 2nd 2-time State Qualifier since 2007.

(Sr) Logan Waller  -  Colts Neck
Record: 13-0  /  103-18 career
1st Place: Central Region
3rd State Appearance: (2019 - WB1 / 2020 - WB2)
With his pre-quarterfinal win on Saturday, Waller became the 8th wrestler from Colts Neck to reach the 100 career win mark, and is their 6th Region Champ.

 

152

(Sr) Max Brignola   -  Rumson
Record: 8-1  /  121-19 career
1st Place: Central Region
4th State Appearance: (2018 - WB2 / 2019 - WB4 / 2020 - 8th Place)
Brignola is third all-time at Rumson in career wins with 121, and won the program's 9th Region Title.

(Sr) Paul Jakub  -  Howell
Record: 9-2  /  104-22 career
4th Place: Central Region
3rd State Appearance: (2018 - WB3 / 2019 - WB2)
Jakub will continue his wrestling career next year at Belmont Abbey.

(Sr) Michael McGhee  -  Shore
Record: 13-1  /  128-18 career
2nd Place: Central Region
3rd State Appearance: (2019 - WB3 / 2020 - WB4)
McGhee's 128 wins is 4th all-time at Shore Regional.

 

160

(Sr) Adam Coleman  -  Matawan
Record: 12-2  /  68-37 career
3rd Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Coleman knocked off 3 State Qualifiers on his way to his 3rd place finish at Regions.

(Jr) Hunter Mays  -  Howell
Record: 10-0
1st Place: Central Region
1st NJ State Appearance
Mays, a State Tournament Qualifier in Pennsylvania while attending Conwell-Egan Catholic, is the Rebels' 39th Region Champion.

(So) Zander Silva  -  CBA
Record: 12-3  /  42-13 career
4th Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance (2020 - WB1)
The Colts have had multiple State Qualifiers for 7 of the last 8 seasons, and a streak of 12 seasons with at least one qualifier.

 

170

(Jr) Shay Addison  -  Rumson
Record: 7-2  /  73-14 career
2nd Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - 5th Place)
The Bulldogs will have multiple State Qualifiers for the 4th consecutive season.

(So) DJ Henry  -  Howell
Record: 9-1  /  12-3 career
3rd Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Henry was 1 of 2 #13 seeds to qualify for the States out of the Central Region.

(So) Sabino Portella  -  RBC
Record: 11-0  /  46-6 career
1st Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - WB4)
Portella joins Tom Seitz as the 2nd Casey to win 2 Region Titles.

 

182

(Sr) Jack Kelly  -  Rumson
Record: 9-0  /  92-35 career
1st Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - 5th Place)
Kelly will continue has career next season in the Big 10, attending Penn State. He is the Bulldogs' 10th Region Champ.

(Sr) Brendan Newbury  -  Wall
Record: 9-2  /  52-37 career
2nd Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - WB1)
Newbury's finals appearance made it 8 years in a row for the Knight's with a Region Finalist.

(Jr) Jared Tracey  -  Ocean Township
Record: 8-5  /  53-26 career
4th Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - WB1)
The Spartans will have multiple State Qualifiers for the 6th consecutive season.

 

195

(Sr) Vin Ceglie  -  Lacey
Record: 6-2  /  86-31 career
4th Place: South Region
2nd State Appearance: (2019 - WB1)
Besides himself in 2019, Ceglie is Lacey's first upperweight (182+) State Qualifier since Pat Schinder in 2013.

(Sr) Gavin Claro  -  Manalapan
Record: 11-1  /  83-21 career
3rd Place: Central Region
3rd State Appearance: (2019 - WB2 / 2020 - WB4)
Claro makes it 5 seasons in a row for the Braves with a State Qualifier.

(Sr) Blake Clayton  -  St John Vianney
Record: 9-0  /  98-30 career
1st Place: Central Region
3rd State Appearance: (2019 - WB3 / 2020 - 3rd Place)
Clayton is SJV's 10th Region Champion, and their 3rd 2-time Region Champ

(Fr) Hudson Skove  -  Rumson
Record: 7-2
2nd Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Skove is the Shore Conference's first underclassman (frosh/soph) to qualify for States at 195 since 2015.

 

220

(Sr) Nico Cerbo  -  Middletown North
Record: 10-2  /  95-40 career
4th Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Cerbo gives the Lions 8 straight seasons with a State Qualifier.

(So) Chimdindu Molokwu  -  Jackson Liberty
Record: 4-4  /  33-11 career
2nd Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Molokwu is Liberty's first State Qualifier since Josh Bollard in 2017.

(Sr) Raymond Santiago  -  Colts Neck
Record: 13-1  /  28-11 career
3rd Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
The Cougars will have multiple State Qualifiers for the 5th consecutive season.

 

Hwt

(Jr) Matt Jannucci  -  Colts Neck
Record: 13-2  /  30-14 career
4th Place: Central Region
1st State Appearance
Jannucci is the 3rd different heavyweight in 5 seasons to qualify for States for the Cougars.

(Sr) John O'Donnell  -  TR North
Record: 12-1  /  89-26 career
1st Place: Central Region
2nd State Appearance: (2020 - WB3)
O'Donnell is the Mariners' 1st 2-time Region Champ since Johnny Morano & Brian Newman in 2008 & 2009, and their 29th champion overall.

(Sr) David Szuba  -  Brick Memorial
Record: 11-1  /  101-28 career
2nd Place: Central Region
4th State Appearance: (2018 - WB1 / 2019: WB4 / 2020 - 2nd Place)
Szuba registered career win #100 on Sunday, becoming the 21st Mustang to hit the century mark.

(Sr) Joe Teresi  -  Ocean Township
Record: 11-2  /  98-29 career
3rd Place: Central Region
3rd State Appearance: (2019 - WB4 / 2020 - WB2)
Teresi will continue his athletic career in college on the gridiron, competing for Fairleigh Dickinson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

53 Qualifiers By School

Brick Memorial - 5
CBA - 4
Colts Neck - 3
Freehold Twp - 1
Howell - 5
Jackson Liberty - 1
Jackson Memorial - 1
Lacey - 2
Manalapan - 1
Matawan - 3
Middletown North - 1
Middletown South - 2
Ocean Twp - 3
Pt Beach - 1
Red Bank - 1
RBC - 1
Rumson - 4
St John Vianney - 3
Shore - 2
Southern - 4
TR North - 1
TR East - 2
Wall - 2