Rumson's Iwama dominates in Holmdel tourney

Rumson's Iwama dominates in Holmdel tourney


Rumson's Iwama dominates in Holmdel tourney


Marcus Iwama put on an overpowering display on Friday at the Holmdel Christmas Wrestling Tournament at Holmdel High School.

The Rumson-Fair Haven High School junior won two bouts by pin and another by technical fall to capture the 132-pound championship. He was named the tourmament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

It is the second straight year Iwama, who was the Region VI third-place finisher at 126 last year, has been named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Iwama’s pins in the quarterfinals and semifinals came in a combined 3:19. He then won by technical fall in 3:14 in the final over Pinelands’ Corey Byrne.

Iwama was one of seven Region VI wrestlers to win titles at the 12-team tournament, which consists of mostly of Group I and Group II programs that are trying to build from the bottom up. Bridgewater-Raritan, a Group IV school rolled to the team title with 232 points. That was 102.5 points more than runner-up Manville, which was the smallest school enrollment-wise in the tournament.

Pinelands, which was third with 121.5 points; Shore Regional, which was fourth with 103 points and Keyport, which was fifth with 93 points, were the highest finishers among the nine Region VI teams.

Toms River South, last year’s NJSIAA Group III runner-up, was sixth with 84.5 points. The Indians did not field their complete team. They will field their complete team Monday at the Walter Woods Tournament at Middletown South.

Region VI’s other champions in the tournament were Holmdel’s Pat Ammirati (113), Pinelands’ Thomas Poklikuha (138), Shore’s Sam Koenig (145), Monsignor Donovan’s Dom DiSalvo (182), Manasquan’s Eric Keosselan (195) and Keyport’s Dan Osteen (220).

It was the second tournament championships of the season for Ammirati, Poklikuha, the District 24 third-place finisher at 126 last year and DiSalvo, who had two pins in under a minute sandwhiched around a 10-0 major decision win in the semifinals.

Keosselan came from the No. 3 seed to win his title and Osteen was the No. 4 seed and beat the No. 1 seed in the semifinals and the No. 2 seed in the final.

THE KSA TOURNAMENT: Howell, won key bouts at 195 and 220 and won 10 of 14 bouts in all as it defeated Raritan, 41-20, in a fourth-round match of the dual-meet tournament at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Howell is ranked No. 2 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10 and No. 10 in the New Jersey Wrestling Writers Association Top 20. Raritan is ranked No. 4 in the APP Top 10 and No. 16 in the NJWWA Top 20.

With Howell ahead 19-14 with six bouts, Stephen Boncimino (195) defeated Alex Bryant 1-0 and Kyle Cocozza (220) defeated Kyle Polonsky, 5-1.

Raritan then closed to within, 25-20, on a pin by Patrick Toal (heavyweight) before Howell won the last three bouts. A win by major decision Mikey Sisolak (113) clinched the match for the Rebels with one bout left.

In an interesting result, Raritan’s Dylan Seidenberg, the District 22 runner-up at 120 last year, defeated Howell’s Kris Lindemann, who was 28-2 last season before he was injured shortly before the District 21 Tournament, 3-0, in the 132-pound bout.

HUNTERDON CENTRAL TOURNAMENT: Toms River East senior Joseph Dietrich finished second at heavyweight and was the Raiders’ only finalist in the power-packed 17-team tournament at Hunterdon Central High School.

Dietrich was pinned by Notre Dame’s Stefanos Karpontinis with 23 seconds left in the final. Karpontinis was the District 17 runner-up at heavyweight last year.

Raiders’ junior Yoseph Borai was fourth at 120. Borai was defeated 4-2 in overtime by Hackettstown’s Joe Renne in the third-place bout. Borai was pinned by Cherokee’s Alex Baider, a state semifinalist and sixth-place finisher at 120 last year, in the semifinal.

Baider was then defeated, 5-3 in three overtimes in the final by Randolph’s A.J. Vindici, the state third-place finisher at 113 last year and state seventh-place finisher at 106 in 2012.

Kingsway’s Stanley Atkinson, the District 31 runner-up at 120 last year, created a stir by upending Jefferson’s Bryan Damon, the state semifinalist and fifth-place finisher at 113 last year, 3-1 in overtime in the 126-pound final.

PATRIOT INVITATIONAL: Red Bank sophomore Thomas Hinz won the 145-pound championship at the 10-team tournament at Secaucus High School.

The Bucs finished seventh in the team standings with 62 points. Union City won the team championship with 139 points, nine more than runner-up Lakeland.

Red Bank had five placewinners in all. James Cross was second at 126, Mason Gaetano was third at 220 and Javier Veliz and Isiaha Sestito were fourth at 152 and 160 respectively.

ARTHUR MARINELLI TOURNAMENT: Neptune’s Romello Union won the 152-pound championship in the tournament held at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Union, who was the District 22 third-place finisher at 145 in 2012 when he was wrestled for Keansburg, did not wrestle last season. He defeated Cinnaminson’s Pat Morton, the District 26 runner-up at 145 last year, 7-4 in the final.

Neptune finished 12th in the team standings in the 14-team tournament. Clearview won the tournament with 194.5 points.

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