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REGION 5 ADVANCEMENT HISTORY

 

Schedule
Friday: Pre-Quarters - 4:00pm / Quarters: To Follow
Saturday: Semis: 10:00am / Consolations: 2:00pm / Finals: 3:00pm

 

 

SHORE CONFERENCE TEAMS

Holmdel: 2 Champs (Last: 2020)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020
7 Qualifiers: Rowen Blackmore (106) / Anthony Paulino (126) / AJ Todisco (150) / Jaden Gallo (157) / Jack Cleary (165) / John Steele (175) / Luke DuPont (190)

With 7 participants at this year's tournament, the Hornets will have multiple representatives at the Regions for the 7th consecutive season. They've advanced a wrestler to the State Tournament in 3 of the last 5 seasons, and have a pair of wrestlers seeded "in the money" here. District Champ Luke DuPont draws another District Champ in his opener in Middletown South's #5 Jack Willi. The winner there most likely gets #1 Hudson Skove of Rumson.

Top 4 Seeds
#4: Cleary (165) / DuPont (190)

 

Manalapan: 26 Champs (Last: 2013)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
10 Qualfiers: Advait Sepuri (106) / Andrew Mucciolo (113) / Anthony Vitola (120) / Vincent Kain (126) / Vincent DePierro (132) / Anthony Mucciolo (138) / Darius Collenton (157) / Ryan Wosnitzer (175) / Kenny Wines (190) / Matt Damato (Hwt)

For the 5th straight season, the Braves will have at least half of their lineup representing at the Regions. They will be looking to push at least one wrestler through to States for the 5th straight season. It is the 3rd trip to the Regions for juniors Vincent DePierro, who received the only Top 4 seed for the Braves, and Anthony Vitola.

Top 4 Seeds
#3: DePierro (132)


Marlboro: 2 Champs (Last: 2011)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020
3 Qualifiers: Marc Shternfeld (113) / Mike Malucelli (190)  / Christian Steensen (Hwt)

Led by unbeaten heavyweight Christian Steensen, the Mustangs have multiple Region qualifiers for the 4th straight season. Steensen received the #2 seed, and if things go according to seed, he could be in a finals showdown with fellow unbeaten heavy Bryand Garcia of New Brunswick. It is the 3rd tournament for Steensen, as it is for Mike Malucelli. Malucelli took his first loss of the season in the District Finals to St. Joe's Brian Christie, who he is seeded across from in the bottom bracket.

Top 4 Seeds
#2: Steensen (Hwt)
#3: Malucelli (190)

 

Matawan:6 Champs (Last: 2010)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
5 Qualifiers: Richard Gomez (106) / Lawrence Liss (113) / Damiano Rotolo (150) / Colin Palumbo (157) / Jonathan Velsor (175)

Led by returning State qualifier Richard Gomez, one of a pair of returning Region participants for Matawan along with Damiano Rotolo, the Huskies have multiple Region participants for the 16th straight season. Sophomore Lawrence Liss, the D20 Champ, is the highest seeded Husky, getting the #3 at 113, and one of two Huskies seeded in medal slots along with Gomez. If the Huskies can get at least one medal, it will be the 3rd consecutive season they advance a wrestler to the State Tournament.

Top 4 Seeds
#3: Liss (113)
#4: Gomez (106)

 

Middletown North: 22 Champs (Last: 2020)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
5 Qualifiers: Brady Klinsky (106) / Justin Fearon (120) / Colin Oden (126) / Matthew Castelli (144) / Shaun Sullivan (157)

D20 District Champ Brady Klinsky earned the #3 seed on the strength of his win over #4 Richard Gomez of Matawan, a returning State-qualifier, as the Lions will be looking to make it 9 years in a row with a Region medal winner. 

Top 4 Seeds
#3: Klinsky (106)

 

Middletown South: 22 Champs (Last: 2020)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
13 Qualifiers: Ryan Madden (113) / Kaden King (120) / Jack Zaleski (126) / Alec Holland (132) / Robert Generelli (138) / David Hussey (144) / Alex Quintano (150) / Jason DeSanctis (157) / Harrison King (165) / Jack Reiter (175) / Jack Willi (190) / Matt Cody (215) / Dante Miranda (Hwt)

The Eagles program-record 13 qualifiers matches CBA & Southern for the most in the Shore Conference this season. Six South wrestlers received Top 4 seeds, led by a trio of top-seeds in 2-time State medalist Jack Zaleski, who was a Region Champ in 2020, 2-time Region medal winner David Hussey, and Robert Generelli, who placed 5th at Regions last year. 

Top 4 Seeds
#1: Zaleski (126) / Generelli (138) / Hussey (144)
#2: Cody (215)
#3: Quintano (150)
#4: Miranda (Hwt)

 

Raritan: 9 Champs (Last: 2018)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2020
9 Qualifiers: Matt Erven (113) / Ryan Mansueto (120) / Braden Kmak (132) / Zach Reilley (138) / Alex Auletta (144) / Quinn Peters (150) / Robert Mulligan (165) / Nicholas Burns (215) /  Sean Lane (Hwt) 

The Rockets had a streak of five consecutive seasons with at least one Region medal winner snapped last season. They look to rebound with 9 qualifiers in this year's tournament. Raritan received three Top 4 seeds, led by the top-seed at 215, senior Nicholas Burns, who defeated both the #2 and #3 seeds in this bracket at last weekend's Districts. Despite his loss in the District final, sophomore Zach Reilley, making his 2nd Region appearance, still earned the #2 seed at 138, while junior Ryan Mansueto, seeded #4 at 120, is making his 3rd appearance. 

Top 4 Seeds
#1: Burns (215)
#2: Reilley (138)
#4: Mansueto (120)

RBC: 5 Champs (Last: 2021)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
7 Qualifiers: Noah Michaels (106) / Trevor Learn (126) / Marco Conroy (138) / Sabino Portella (175) / Michael Palmieri (190) / Davin Brewton (215) / Lorenzo Portella (Hwt)

Led by 2-time Region Champ, Sabino Portella, the Caseys have a program record 7 participants in this year's tournament. Portella will be looking to make history, by becoming the first wrestler in RBC history to win 3 Region Titles. Sabino is one of three Top 3 seeds for the Caseys, as sophomores Davin Brewton, and Sabino's brother Lorenzo, each earned #3 seeds at 215 and heavyweight, respectively. If RBC can get multiple wrestlers through, it would be the 2nd time in three years for the rising program.

Top 4 Seeds
#1: S Portella (175)
#3: Brewton (215) / L Portella (Hwt)

 

Red Bank: 6 Champs (Last: 2005)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
2 Qualifiers: Phil Stolfa (132) / Omir Fraser (165)

The program's all-time wins leader Phil Stolfa looks to make a return trip to the State Tournament, and is taking aim at becoming the program's first champ since Lamar Brown in 2005. It is the 4th trip to the Regions for Stolfa, who received the #2 seed at 132.

Top 4 Seeds
#2: Stolfa (132)


Rumson: 10 Champs (Last: 2021)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
9 Qualifiers: Walker Skove (106) / Julia Duque (120) / Cole Pangborn (126) / Evan Ridgway (132) / Nick Costello (157) / Ryan Boyer (165) / Shay Addison (175) / Hudson Skove (190) / Conor Delaney (215)

The Bulldogs are sending a program record 9 wrestlers to the Region Tournament, as they look to extend their streak of seasons with a Region Champ to 4. Senior Shay Addison, a Region Champ and State placer (5th) in 2020, is seeded 2nd at 175, across the bracket from #1 Sabino Portella of RBC, who defeated Addison in last year's Region Final. Sophomore Hudson Skove, a runner-up in the Region last year, earned the #1 seed in a 190-pound weight class where the three top seeds are all from D19. Also receiving a Top 3 seed for the Bulldogs is sophomore Julian Duque, who is #3 at 120.  

Top 4 Seeds
#1: Skove (190)
#2: Addison (175)
#3: Duque (120)

 

St John Vianney: 10 Champs (Last: 2021)  /  Last Medal Winner: 2021
11 Qualifiers: Patrick O'Keefe (106) / Anthony Knox (113) / Jake Zaltsman (120) / Joe Giordano (126) / Nico Diaz (132) / Dom Terracciano (138) / Cole Stangle (144) / Kevin McBride (150) / Jasiah Queen (157) / Thomas Cleary (165) / Michael Foley (190)

The Lancers enter the tournament with a program record 11 qualifiers, including 8 District Champs. The Lancers received eight medal-slot seeds, led by a trio of top seeds in senior Nico Diaz (132), who enters the tournament with 97 career wins, junior Jasiah Queen (157), who is a 2-time Region medalist, and one of the Lancers' talented group of freshmen, Patrick O'Keefe. 

Top 4 Seeds
#1: O'Keefe (106) / Diaz (132) / Queen (157)
#2: Knox (113) / Zaltsman (120) / Cleary (165)
#3: Giordano (126) /
#4: Stangle (144)

 

Predictions

106: SJV's Patrick O'Keefe locked up the 1-seed with his win over returning State-qualifier, #2 Anthony Rossi of Hunterdon Central, in last week's D-17 Finals. Brady Klinsky of Middletown North secured the #3 on the heels of his win over returning State-qualifier Richard Gomez of Matawan in the D-20 final. Always have to keep an eye on the seniors in this weight, in this case, #6 Kevin Beck of Middlesex, who has twice finished in the Top 6 at Regions, but has yet to secure a trip to States.

PREDICTION: O'Keefe (SJV)

113: Old Bridge sophomore Logan Roman is the top-seed, and his only loss came in a dual against South Plainfield, but make no mistakes about it, the heavy favorite is at the #2 seed in SJV's Anthony Knox, who is currently ranked #4 in the country by Rofkin.

PREDICTION: Knox (SJV)

120: St Joe's Nico Calello, who finished 3rd in the state last season at 106, is the top seed and will be looking for his 3rd Region Title. The Shore received the other three medal-slot seeds with another of Vianney's talented frosh, Jake Zaltsman, at #2, Rumson's Julian Duque at #3, and Raritan's Ryan Mansueto at #4.

PREDICTION: Calello (St Joe's)

126: #1 seed Jack Zaleski is a 2-time State medal winner (5th in 2020, 4th in 2021) and was a Region Champ in 2020, and runner-up in the Central Region in 2021. #2 Giovanni Alejandro of St. Joe's has twice finished in 6th at the Regions. SJV's Joe Giordano was a Region 3rd in 2020, and is seeded #3, while Princeton freshman Blase Mele is at the #4 after taking his first loss of the season, and of his HS career, to Giordano in the D17 Finals, 10-5.

PREDICTION: Zaleski (Middletown South)

132: Top-seeded SJV senior Nico Diaz is a 3-time Region medal winner, including a Region 5 Champ in 2020, and will enter the weekend with 97 career victories. Red Bank's all-time wins leader Phil Stolfa earned the #2 seed, and Manalapan's Vincent DePierro is at #3, giving the Shore the top 3 seeds in the 132-pound weight class. 

PREDICTION: Diaz (SJV)

138: Could be one of the more entertaining weights here. #1 Robert Generelli of Middletown South finished one win shy of a trip to States last season, placing 5th in the Central Region. He defeated #2 Zach Reilley of Raritan in last week's D20 final, 6-2. At the #3 is undefeated senior Brandon Flores of Manville, who defeated #4 Henry Wilkinson of Hunterdon Central, 12-6, in the D17 finals. Keep an eye on the 5-seed in South Brunswick's Jackson Ratcliffe whose only losses this season are an injury default and a 7-4 decision to Flores on the final day of the regular season.

PREDICTION: Generelli (Middletown South)

144: 2-time Region medalist David Hussey is the top-seed. He faced #2 Vincent Genna of St. Joe's back in mid-January and won by major. He has to be considered a pretty sizable favorite here.

PREDICTION: Hussey (Middletown South)

150: #1 Nick Canonica of Hunterdon Central is a 2-time 4th place finisher at Regions. He medical forfeited in the D17 Finals to Princeton's Aaron Munford, who is undefeated this season and at the #4 seed here. Munford will open in the quarters against another District Champion in #5 Tim McKeown of Hopewell Valley, who Munford defeated, 5-0, three weeks ago. Middletown South's Alex Quintano is the highest seeded Shore Conference wrestler at this weight in the #3 slot. 

PREDICTION: Munford (Princeton)

157: #1 Jasiah Queen of SJV, a 2-time State-qualifier, and #2 Tanner Peake of Hunterdon Central, 6th in NJ last season, had a classic in last week's D17 Finals, with Queen coming out on top 3-2 in the ultimate tiebreaker. Old Bridge's #3 Tyler Sagi's only loss this season came to Peake, 4-0 in the finals of the Hunterdon Central Tournament in December. Sagi, a 2-time State-qualifier, defeated #4 Nick D'Alessio of Middlesex by tech in last weekend's D19 Finals. A couple of District Champs seeded outside the Top 4 could make things very interesting here in #5 Ben Thompson of Hopewell Valley, and #7 Jason DeSanctis of Middletown South.

PREDICTION: Peake (Hunterdon Central)

165: Could be the most wide-open weight here, with nobody holding any previous advancement higher than the Region pre-quarter round. #1 Jack Miller of Hillsborough defeated #2 Thomas Cleary of SJV in the D17 Finals to lock up the top-seed. I think I've picked nothing but #1's & #2's so far so let's go outside here:

PREDICTION: #6 Ryan Boyer (Rumson)

175: From a Shore Conference standpoint, one of, if not THE, most anticipated potential Region finals is right here with #1 Sabino Portella of RBC on the top of the bracket, and Shay Addison of Rumson down at the #2. The two met twice in the postseason last year, once in the Central Region Finals, and once at States, with Portella winning by bouts by two points. There's a lot of work to do before we get to another round between those two though...

PREDICTION: Portella (RBC)

190: The top 3 seeds here all come from the 1-3 finishers at last weekend's D19 Tournament. Top-seeded sophomore Hudson Skove of Rumson has not lost in New Jersey this season, with both his defeats coming back on opening weekend at the Beast of the East. He defeated #2 Brian Christie of St Joe's, also a sophomore, 3-1, in the D19 Finals. Christie advanced to those finals by handing #3 Mike Malucelli of Marlboro his first loss of the season in D19 semis. Christie and Malucelli are a part of a very strong bottom bracket that also includes SJV's D17 Champ, Michael Foley, at #6, and another talented sophomore in Perth Amboy's #7 Nazarath Pina.

PREDICTION: Skove (Rumson)

215: Another weight with the top 3 seeds all from the same District, and the Shore, with Raritan's Nicholas Burns at #1, Middletown South's Matt Cody at #2, and RBC's Davin Brewton at #3. Burns & Brewton each have a win by 3rd-period pin over one another, while Burns also had a 3rd-period pin over Cody in the D20 semis. The red hot Conor Delaney checks in at the #6 seed. Does he have another run in him?

PREDICTION: Brewton (RBC)

Hwt: There's potential for another final between a pair of unbeatens here, with #1 Bryand Garcia of New Brunswick, a 2-time Top 6 finisher at Regions, and #2 Christian Steensen of Marlboro, on opposite sides of the bracket. In addition to Steensen, the Shore also has RBC's #3 Lorenzo Portella, and Middletown South's #4 Dante Miranda, seeded in medal slots.

PREDICTION: Garcia (New Brunswick)