A little of this and a little of that as we digest what happened this past weekend at the NJSIAA Individual Wrestling Championships at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
HOW DID REGION VI DO?
It was a solid weekend for Region VI, which consists of the 43 Shore Conference schools that have wrestling programs.
Region VI had two champions in Keansburg senior Tyree Sutton (195), who became his school’s first state champion, and Brick Memorial senior Alec Donovan (145).
That’s two more champions than last year when the Shore Conference had no state finalists for the first time since 1970.
It is also the most champions Region VI has had since 2012 when B.J. Clagon of Toms River South, currently at Rider University, won at 138 and Dallas Winston of Jackson Memorial won at 182.
The two champions tied Region VI with Region III for the second most champions behind the six that Region II had.
All of Region II’s champions were from non-public schools. Four were from Bergen Catholic, which tied it with the four High Point won in 2011 for the most state champions by one school since 1950. Region II’s other two champions were from Don Bosco Prep.
Region VI also had 20 medalists, which was second on the list behind the 24 Region II had.
Sixteen of Region II’s medalists were from non-public schools, Bergen Catholic, Don Bosco Prep and St. Joseph (Montvale) with Bergen Catholic having eight medalists.
Just two of Region VI’s medalists, Christian Brothers Academy’s Richie Koehler (sixth at 106) and Sebastian Rivera (fifth at 113), were from non-public schools.
Region VI had more medalists than Region VII (seven) and Region VIII (nine) combined.
BY THE NUMBERS
The champions by region were as follows: Region II 6; Region VI 2; Region III 2; Region I 1; Region IV 1; Region VII 1; Region VIII 1.
Nine of the 14 champions were from non-public schools. Eight of those non-public champions were from North Jersey. Holy Spirit’s Patrick D’Arcy (126) is from Region VIII.
The finalists by regions were as follows; Region II 6; Region III 6; Region VI 5; Region IV 3; Region V 3; Region VII 2; Region VIII 2; Region I 1.
Fifteen of the finalists were from non-public schools, with 13 of those coming from North Jersey schools.
The medal chart by regions is as follows: Region II 24; Region VI 20; Region VI 16; Region III 12; Region IV 12; Region V 12; Region VIII 9, Region VII 7.
REGION VI MEDALISTS BREAKDOWN
Thirteen Region VI schools had at least one meadlist, led y Brick Memorial with four.
All of Brick Memorial’s medalists were finalists in Donovan (first at 145), Gianni Ghione (second at 113), Cliff Ruggiero (second at 160) and Nick Rivera (second at heavyweight).
The Mustangs’ four finalists is the most a Shore Conference school has ever had. Brick Memorial wrestlers went 14-3 in the tournament, including 13-0 the first two days of the tournament.
Brick also had a very good tournament with three medalists in Kyle Wojtaszek (third at 170), Dean Sherry (third at 182) and Will Scott (sixth at 160). Wojtaszek, who went 7-1 in the toiurnament, and Sherry are Brick’s highest medalists since current Rider University wrestler Conor Brennan was third at 152 in 2011.
The Green Dragons three medalists are the most they have had since 1974 when the immortal Dan McCullough won the 188-pound championship for his second straight state championship and Tony Caravella was fourth at 129 and Tony Buda was seventh/eighth at 115. Caravella went on to have a legendary 23-year career as the head coach at Brick Memorial and is currently an assistant coach at St. John Vianney.
Brick wrestlers went 14-5 in the tournament
Toms River South had two medalists in Owen McClave (fifth at 120) and Joe Salvato (eighth at 182) and CBA had the aforementioned two medalists.
Schools that had one medalist were Jackson Memorial, Jackson Liberty ,Manalapan, Keansburg, Rumson-Fair Haven, Wall, Pinelands, Southern and Toms River North
Thomas Poklikuha (third at 145) was Pinelands’ first medalist since two-time state runner-up Mike Molosky was second at 135 in 2002.
Marcus Iwama (eighth at 132) was Rumson’s first medalist since 2003 when Patrick Berger was fourth at 119 and current Bulldogs’ head coach Bryan Heller was seventh/eighth at 130 in 2003.
Mike Siwiec (seventh at 220) was Toms River North’s first medalist since Kyle McNulty was third at 103 in 2010.
District 23 had the most medalists of Region VI’s sending districts with eight. District 24 was next with five, District 22 had four and District 21 had three.
THE FUTURE FOR REGION VI?
Fourteen of Region VI’s meadlists were seniors.
Three were sophomores in Ghione, Nick Rivera and Wall’s Matt McKenzie (sixth at 195). Two were juniors in Sebastian Rivera and McClave and one was a freshman in Koehler.
Twenty four of Region VI’s 42 participants in the tournament were seniors, Eight were juniors, six were sophomores and four were freshman.
Steven Falk: 732-643-4267; email@example.com