Delbarton leads the way for Morris County at Region 3 wrestling

Delbarton leads the way for Morris County at Region 3 wrestling


Delbarton leads the way for Morris County at Region 3 wrestling



Before the Region 3 finals began, Delbarton and Hanover Park were named the region’s top two teams in voting done by the coaches at Union High School.

The two Morris County schools then went out and showed why.

Delbarton stole the show by going 5-for-5 in the finals as Ty Agaisse (103), Nick Farro (120), Christian Innarella (126), Danny Reed (145), and Josef Johnson (170) won titles. The Green Wave will also send region third-place finishers Travis Vasquez (138) and Joe Tavoso (152) to the states.

Hanover Park wasn’t too shabby, with three region champions in Lou Raimo (113), Anthony Bassolino (160), and Nick LaShell (285). The Hornets also had a pair of second-place finishers in Anthony Cefolo (120) and Christian Bassolino (132), giving Hanover five state tournament representatives.

It was a record-breaking day for Morris County, which crowned nine region champions and sent 17 wrestlers to the states.

Parsippany Hills had a region champion in Steven Hill (220), a runner-up in Nick D’Uva, and third-place finisher in Michael Weiss (182).

Madison’s Donovan Mantone (220) and Whippany Park’s Vin Mattia (170) placed second, guaranteeing them a trip to the state tournament.

The states begin with preliminary matches at Boardwalk Hall Friday night at 5, followed by second-round action immediately following.

One of the happiest champions was Delbarton’s Danny Reed, who settled for a Region 3 consolation prize last year. Saturday, he won the Grand Prize: a Region 3 championship.

The 145-pounder overcame an early deficit and defeated South Plainfield’s Ray Jazikoff, 9-7.

Reed will draw an automatic bye into the second round. Last year, he let an 8-0 lead slip away in the region semifinals and had to claw his way back for a third-place finish.

“I like going down this way more,” Reed said with a smile.

Reed surrendered an early takedown but continued chipping away until he took a 7-5 led with a double-leg takedown in the third period.

“Once I got my first takedown I felt better because I knew I was the better wrestler,” Reed said. “I made one early mistake but then I was able to dictate what I wanted to do the rest of the match. This is a real confidence booster.”

Johnson, meanwhile, wore down Whippany Park’s Vin Mattia and then pinned him in 5:58 after building a 5-0 lead.

“(Assistant) Coach (Guy) Russo said to pin him,” Johnson said with a laugh, “you don’t say no to Coach Russo.”

Agaisse built up a 5-1 lead on Seton Hall Prep’s Nick Fierro before Fierro injury defaulted because of a bloody nose.

“It’s the end of the year, so it doesn’t matter if you win 1-0, in OT, or by pin,” Agaisse said. “I’m still a region champion.”

Nick Farro beat Cefolo in an ultimate tie breaker, 5-4. Cefolo was whistled for stalling in the third period to tie the match.

“I’m not happy with the way I wrestled,” Farro said. “I need to control the match better. I can’t rely on a stall to win like that.”

Christian Innarella majored New Providence’s Tyler Gazaway, 12-2. Innarella had a 2-1 lead in the second period but then had a reversal and three backs to close the second period ahead, 8-1.

“Once I got rolling, I got the backs and that gave me a surge of confidence,” Innarella said.

Hanover Park’s Anthony Bassolino (160) was in deep with single-leg shots twice against Roselle Park’s Brian Matthews and was finally able to finish one in the third period for a 3-1 lead on the way to a 3-2 victory.

“With those two shots, I knew I could get into him,” Bassolino said. “I got in twice and I knew I could get in, I just had to finish the shot, push forward and get that leg up.”

Raimo wore down Westfield’s John Fuller, 7-3.

“I was a little nervous, but once the whistle blew, I felt a lot better,” Raimo said.

LaShell countered two takedown attempts by Watchung Hills’ Anthony Carbajal and scored a 7-3 win.

“A point is a point whether it comes on defense or offense,” LaShell said.

Hill pulled away late from Madison’s Donovan Mantone to win, 9-5. Mantone had a third-period reversal and added a takedown later, but Hill countered a Mantone shot, turned a Peterson into a headlock, and finished the match with Mantone fighting to avoid getting pinned.

“He’s good,” Hill said. “I wrestled him and beat him in the county tournament last year, but he has learned a lot of stuff since that time.”

106–Ty Agaisse (Delbarton) won by inj. Def. over Nick Fierro (Seton Hall Prep).

113–Lou Raimo (Hanover Park) dec. John Fuller (Westfeld), 7-3.

120–Nick Farro (Delbarton) dec. Anthony Cefolo (Hanover Park), 5-4 (UTB).

126–Christian Innarella (Delbarton) maj. Dec. Tyler Gazaway (New Providence), 12-2.

132–Mike Magaldo (Watchung Hills) pin. Christian Bassolino (Hanover Park), 5:33.

138–Gavin Murray (Cranford) dec, Alex Murray (Watchung Hills), 3-0.

145–Danny Reed (Delbarton) dec. Ray Jazikoff (South Plainfield), 9-7.

152–Nick Velez (Westfield) dec. Inan Sikel (South Plainfield), 3-2.

160–Anthony Bassolino (Hanover Park) dec. Brian Matthews (Roselle Park), 3-2.

170–Josef Johnson (Delbarton) pin. Vin Mattia (Whippany Park), 5:58.

182–Joe Balboni (Brearley) maj. Dec. Phil Woods (Roselle Park), 18-4.

195–Jeff Velez (Brearley) maj. Dec. Nick D’Uva (Parsippany Hills), 16-6.

220–Steven Hill (Parsippany Hills) dec. Donovan Mantone (Madison), 10-5.

285–Nick LaShell (Hanover Park) dec. Anthony Carbajal (Watchung Hills), 7-3.

106–Max Meyers (Watchung Hills) pin. Ray Wetzel (Brearley), 7:52.

113–Tom DiGiovanni (Cranford) dec. Phil Angelo (Summit), 1-0.

120–Ryan Walsh (South Plainfield) dec. Aidan Monteverdi (Seton HallPrep), 7-2.

126–Dan Hedden (South Plainfield) dec.Stephen Persaud (Parsippany), 2-1.

132–Anthony canfora (Seton Hall Prep) maj. Dec. Michael Kaspar (Whippany Park), 10-1.

138–Travis Vasquez (Delbarton) maj. Dec. Joe Zecca (Hanover Park), 8-0.

145–Matt Barber (Westfeld) dec. Brian Lapham (Scotch Plains), 3-2.

152–Joe Tavoso (Delbarton) dec. Pete Hilburn (Roselle Park), 10-5.

160–Niko Copello (Cranford) dec. Derrick Washington (Plainfield), 4-3.

170–Steve Loevsky (Roselle Park) dec. Lester Dwah (Linden), 6-5.

182–Michael Weiss (Parsippany Hills) dec. Rohan Phillip (Plainfield), 7-6 (UTB).

195–James Valley (North Plainfield) pin. Allen Nunez (Roselle Park), 1:58.

220–Severio Salfcas (Brearley) dec. Victor Rivera (Barringer), 3-2.

285–Lloyd Jackson (Elizabeth) pin. Marc Signorello (Roselle Park), 1:00


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