Hanover Park’s Anthony Cefolo begins his quest for a third NJSIAA wrestling championship at District 9 at Morristown on Friday.
Delbarton’s Ty Agaisse, last year’s 106-pound state champion, will bid to win another, this time at 120 pounds.
Here is a look at Districts 2 and 9. District 1, 3, 4, and 10 will previewed later this week.
• Last year: Four-time District 2 champion and two-time NJSIAA champion Dillon Artigliere led Roxbury to the team title. Artigliere was the obvious Outstanding Wrestler and joined Gaels teammates Ricky Riemers (113), Devon LaFranco (132), Jake Legotte (138) and Craig Roumes (145) as champions.
• Returning champions (last year’s weight in parenthesis): Garrett O’Shea, Morris Knolls (106); Ricky Riemers, Roxbury (113); A.J. Vindici, Randolph (120); Craig Roumes, Roxbury (145); Luke Drugac, Morris Knolls (152); Dean Drugac, Morris Knolls (160); D.J. Barrett, Lenape Valley (182); Sam Palumbo, Lenape Valley (195); Ralph Hall, Lenape Valley (220).
• Best weight: Things will get very interesting in the upper weights. The expected final between Morris Knolls’ Dean Drugac and Lenape Valley’s D.J. Barrett should be a terrific one.
The same goes for the finals at 220, with Morris Knolls’ Payton Campbell and Lenape Valley’s Ralph Hall. That weight is pretty deep with those two to go along with Montville’s Joe LaScala, Hopatcong’s Christian Burgos and Roxbury’s Clayton O’Leary.
Heavyweight is loaded with Randolph’s Danny Vargas, Montville’s Parker Fox, Lenape Valley’s Rich Fritzky, and Morris Catholic’s Zach Sieb.
• Predicted finish at each weight
106—1. Jacob Fellini (Lenape Valley); 2. Austin Perrault (Morris Knolls); 3. Ronald Rumsby (Montville).
113—1. Garrett O’Shea (Morris Knolls); 2. Joe Aumann (Hopatcong); 3. Nick Rampone (Randolph).
120—1. Troy Stanich (Roxbury); 2. Connor Meytrott (Montville); 3. Scott Zwillman (Randolph).
126—1. A.J. Vindici (Randolph); 2. Ricky Riemers (Roxbury); 3. Dominic Fano (Montville).
132—1. Nick Palumbo (Lenape Valley); 2. Anthony Mastroeni (Hopatcong); 3. Michael Glasser (Montville).
138—1. Mike Nigro (Morris Knolls); 2. Joey Ioffredo (Hopatcong); 3. Michael Roumes (Roxbury).
145—1. Richard Day (Roxbury); 2. Eli Rivera (Randolph); 3. Luke McCoy (Dover).
152—1. Anthony Fano (Montville); 2. Tommy Miller (Roxbury); 3.Khalid Dickerson (Lenape Valley).
160—1. Craig Roumes (Roxbury); 2. Mike Szynalski (Randolph); 3. Joey Schiele (Morris Hills).
170—1. Luke Drugac (Morris Knolls); 2. Joe LaBell (Lenape Valley); 3. Justin Bacilo (Roxbury).
182—1. Dean Drugac (Morris Knolls); 2. D.J. Barrett (Lenape Valley); 3. Aaron Sanchez (Roxbury).
195—1. Sam Palumbo (Lenape Valley); 2. Luke Nappi (Morris Knolls); 3. Todd Eckert (Roxbury).
220—1. Payton Campbell (Morris Knolls); 2. Ralph Hall (Lenape Valley); 3. Joe LaScala (Montville).
285—1. Danny Vargas (Randolph); 2. Parker Fox (Montville); 3. Rich Fritzky (Lenape Valley).
Team –1. Roxbury; 2. Lenape Valley; 3. Morris Knolls.
• Last year: Hanover Park, which was stunned by High Point in the Group II championship match, knocked off Delbarton to win the district, 2151/2192. The Hornets were led by champions Lou Raimo (113), Christian Bassolino (132), Anthony Bassolino (160), and Nick LaShell (285). In the final match of the weekend, Delbarton’s Nick Farro (120) beat Hanover’s Anthony Cefolo, who wound up winning his second state championship.
• Returning champions (last year’s weight in parenthesis): Ty Agaisse, Delbarton (106); Lou Raimo, Hanover Park (113); Nick Farro, Delbarton (120); Christian Bassolino, Hanover Park (132); Travis Vasquez, Delbarton (138); Joe Tavoso, Delbarton (152).
• Best weight – Talent abounds with potential state medalists all over the place.
At 106, Delbarton’s Pat Glory and Hanover Park’s Gerard Angelo are not only two of the district’s best, but probably two of the state’s best. In fact, those two and P.J. Gohn might be the three best at Region 3, although South Plainfield’s Joe Heilmann might have something to say about that.
At 120, Delbarton’s Ty Agaisse is gunning for a second state championship and Hanover Park’s Lou Raimo, himself a returning Region 3 champion, would love nothing better than to knock Agaisse off.
Delbarton’s Nick Farro is a wild card. Whichever weight he goes – either 126 or 132 – immediately becomes a terrific final and he becomes a threat to win a state championship at either.
If he goes 126, he’ll likely tangle with Cefolo for what would be a great finals to see, the same as last year. If Farro goes 132, he’ll probably meet up with Hanover Park’s Austin Nash, which would be another great final. I’m assuming he stays at 132, but that can change.
At 145, Delbarton’s Travis Vasquez was third in the state at 138 last year and beat Hanover Park’s returning state qualifier Christian Bassolino for the MCT championship this year, 1-0.
The 285-pound weight is about as equal as a weight can possibly be. Delbarton’s Jake Macijewski caught fire and became the lowest seed to ever win an MCT championship. But he’ll have plenty of competition to win the district from Parsippany Hills’ Kyle McGinley, Parsippany’s Carlos Huaman, Whippany Park’s Justin Lam, Hanover Park’s Tommy Hunt, and Morristown’s Brian Fajardo. Those six can either win it or lose on Friday night, depending on how the seeds shape up.
• Predicted finish at each weight
106—1. Pat Glory (Delbarton); 2. Gerard Angelo (Hanover Park); 3. P.J. Gohn (Parsippany).
113—1. Sean Conoly (Hanover Park); 2. Kevin Jones (Parsippany); 3. Jake Tappen (Morristown).
120—1. Ty Agaisse (Delbarton); 2. Lou Raimo (Hanover Park); 3. Dylan Allison (Morristown).
126—1. Anthony Cefolo (Hanover Park); 2. Val Miele (Delbarton); 3. Anthony Fajardo (Boonton).
132—1. Nick Farro (Delbarton); 2. Austin Nash (Hanover Park); 3. Stephen Persaud (Parsippany).
138—1. Gene Angelo (Hanover Park); 2. Brandon Jones (Parsippany); 3. Tom Molloy (Parsippany Hills).
145—1. Travis Vasquez (Delbarton); 2. Christian Bassolino (Hanover Park); 3. Marc Muzeni (Whippany Park).
152—1. Joe Tavoso (Delbarton); 2. Mike Ilic (Parsippany); 3. Chase Champi (Morristown).
160—1. Anthony Olivieri (Hanover Park); 2. Nick Anselmi (Delbarton); 3. Joe Prato (Whippany Park).
170—1. Aarin Feliz (Parsippany); 2. Luke Anselmi (Delbarton); 3. Eric Fiorino (Boonton).
182—1. L.J. Castellano (Delbarton); 2. Mason Sangillo (Hanover Park); 3. Nigel Feliz (Parsippany).
195—1. Andrew Massefski (Parsippany); 2. Thomas Rigas (Whippany Park); 3. Cole Kreshpane (Delbarton).
220—1. Alexis Villegas (Morristown); 2. Junid Homsi (Parsippany); 3. Sal Lobiondo (Delbarton).
285—1. Jake Macijewski (Delbarton); 2. Tommy Hunt (Hanover Park); 3. Kyle McGinley (Parsippany Hills).
Team –1. Delbarton; 2. Hanover Park; 3. Parsippany.