Hanover Park, Delbarton wrestling teams ready for Region III

Hanover Park, Delbarton wrestling teams ready for Region III


Hanover Park, Delbarton wrestling teams ready for Region III


Hanover Park and Delbarton completely overran the rest of the field at District 9 last week.

Things promise to get a little trickier at Region III at Union High School. Action gets underway with the quarterfinals Friday night at 6 p.m. The semifinals will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. with the consolations for third at 1:30 p.m. and the finals at 3 p.m.

Hanover Park and Delbarton have had state Top 10-worthy seasons as teams and now it is time for the Hornets and Green Wave individuals to make names for themselves.

One of the wrestlers who’ll be under the microscope is Delbarton’s Christian Innarella (126) one of seven Green Wave wrestlers to advance to the region as district champions.

“Districts are the first step,” said Innarella, who will face Scotch Plains-Fanwood’ J.T. Beirne tonight. “After the districts it gets harder and harder.”

Last year, Innarella was up to the task but lost a heartbreaker in the state semifinals to Bound Brook’s eventual champion Craig De La Cruz.

“I’m gonna keep working, looking for more ways to score, watching film, whatever it takes,” Innarella said.

Teammate Travis Vasquez (138) wrestled with a torn meniscus last year at Region III and placed fourth but hopes that a healthy knee will help him advance further this time.

“I’m hoping to be a region champ,” said Vasquez, who’ll face Millburn’s John Serruto in the quarterfinals. “The competition is very good, but I think I can win it and then make a run in A.C.”

Delbarton’s Danny Reed (145) has been dominant of late and hopes to keep that going into Region 3, where he held an 8-0 semifinal lead against Watchung Hills’ Anthony DeRosa but was pinned in the third period last year. Reed wound up third and making the states but wants to make amends for that shattering loss by winning the region.

“I’m feeling good for the regions and the states,” said Reed, who’ll face Plainfield’s Neo Joe Lughas in the quarterfinals. “I’m excited. The goal is to be a state champion and I think if you believe in yourself, you can do it. I feel real good this year, very confident in myself. Confidence is the key in wrestling.”

Delbarton’s Joe Tavoso (152) is one of the area’s most improved wrestlers and hopes to show that improvement to a wider audience at Union.

“I want to win the regions and states, but I am just going one match at a time,” said Tavoso, who will face Scotch Plains-Fanwood’ Dominick Natale in the quarters. “I don’t focus on rankings or anything I just want to win and focus on the next guy.”

Josef Johnson (170) will face Scotch Plains-Fanwood’ Alex Mirabella and is building momentum heading into the regions — but his goals involve Atlantic City, not Union.

“I won’t be satisfied with anything until March 9,” Johnson said, referring to the final day of wrestling at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Ty Agaisse might be the smallest of Delbarton’s wrestlers but is the No. 1 106-pounder in New Jersey in the eyes of many. Such is the reputation you build when you win the rugged Beast of the East to begin the season. Agaisse pinned his way through to win District 9 handily.

“It’s nice to win districts, but they’re not my final goal,” said Agaisse, who will face Parsippany’s Kevin Jones in the quarters. “This is one stop in what I hope is many.”

Green Wave 120-pounder Nick Farro is bidding for a return trip to Atlantic City. He beat Hanover Park’s Anthony Cefolo in overtime and earned Outstanding Wrestler at District 9. Last year, he reached the state quarterfinals and lost in the quarterfinals to Toms River South’s eventual state runnerup Kevin Corrigan, 10-8.

Farro will first face Seton Hall Prep’s Aidan Montiverde in the quarterfinals.

In the bottom bracket, Hanover Park’s Anthony Cefolo is looming and a Farro-Cefolo III is a distinct possibility. The two standouts appear to be on a collision course toward the Region III final Saturday.

Hornets look to roll

Hanover Park’s Christian Bassolino hopes his performance at the regions duplicates his work in the districts, when he would get the first takedown and then continue to roll.

“The first takedown gets my confidence up,” said Bassolino, who will face Middlesex’s Bob Dinger tonight. “I was third at the regions last year. My mindset is to not look too far ahead but I look to do big things. When I got to AC last year, I was dazed and I wasn’t thinking about my match. I hope to be more focused this time.”

Anthony Bassolino (160) beat Roselle Park’s Brian Matthews in the region consolations by a single point and qualified for the states last year. Those two appear to be headed for a region final this time.

“I want to go further this year,” said Bassolino, who will face Westfield’s Jarek Gozdieski in the quarterfinals. “I’m confident. I don’t want my season to end. I’m wrestling well and I feel good.”

Nick LaShell finished in the Top 12 in the state last year at heavyweight and wants to build off of that strong finish as a Rutgers-bound senior. He will face New Providence’s Stephan Bremer tonight.

“I want to keep going,” he said. “I want to keep getting better.”

Hanover Park’s Lou Raimo (113) is arguably the area’s top freshman and has taken his varsity season by storm. He dominated his weight at the districts, winning by fall over Boonton’s Anthony Fajardo.

“I pictured making the states when I was little,” said Raimo, who’ll face South Plainfield’s Duhamel in the quarterfinals. “Beating (Fajardo) will help me because he’s very tough and that’ll help me down the road. I want to win regions.”


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