HOPATCONG – Voorhees 285-pounder Alex Fischetti has returned as good as new from a junior season virtually wiped out because of a knee injury.
One period into the 2013-14 season, Fischetti injured his right knee during a match with Warren Hills’ Andrew Pacheco. The two seniors might meet again today at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament at Hopatcong. Pacheco, runnerup last year, is the top seed; Fischetti is No. 2.
The tournament resumes today with quarterfinals at 10 a.m., followed by semifinals at 12:30 and finals at about 5 p.m.
Fischetti is 11-0 with Mahwah and Lenape Valley tournament titles.
Last year, Fischetti had surgery to fix a torn meniscus and it must have been a success since the two-way tackle had a good year for the Vikings’ football team, and has started the wrestling season so well. Fischetti is looking to play football in college, naming East Stroudsburg University and Wagner and Monmouth universities as possible places.
“Wrestling helps get my name out there and it has made me a better football player,’’ said Fischetti, a District 17 champ as a sophomore. “:I’m having a good time. I really looked forward to last season (wrestling), but then I hurt my knee which I had hurt during football season, but they were two absolutely different injuries.’’
Fischetti pinned Hopatcong junior Charlie DeFranza in 70 seconds and will meet North Hunterdon sophomore Charlie Tordik in the quarterfinals.
“He’s doing a great job, he’s really getting back into great form, he’s one of our captains, one of our leaders, with every passing period of every passing match he gets better,’’ said coach Eric Hall. “He’s athletic, he moves, he listens to us, he’s thinking constantly, he’s extremely coach able.
“He’s just now coming into form,’’ said Hall.
Fischetti was one of nine Vikings to advance to the quarterfinals, including returning champ Kyle DiNapoli, who stretched his record to 11-0 with a 65-second fall in a 126-pound preliminary bout. DiNapoli won the 113-pound title as a sophomore last year. North Hunterdon senior star Ryan Pomrinca (12-0) won the 126-pound title last year and moved into the 126 quarters with a 90-second call. Pomrinca and DiNapoli are seeded 1-2.
Defending champion Phillipsburg had 11 quarterfinalists as did North Hunterdon.. Hunterdon Central had 10, Voorhees nine, Delaware Valley eight, Warren Hills with seven and Hackettstown with five.
Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Wrestling Tournament
(at Hopatcong HS)
Team legend and score: Hunterdon Central (HC) 56..5, North Hunterdon (NH) 56, Voorhees (Vo) 48; Phillipsburg (Pb) 46; Delaware Valley 40. 5; Hackettstown (Ha) 31; Kittattiny (K) 30, Sparta (S) 30, Warren Hills (WH) 29. 5;, Belvidere (B) 29; Lenape Valley (LV) 28, High Point (HP) 23.5,, North Warren (NW) 23.5; Wallkill Valley (WV) 15, Newton 1 (Ne) 2, Vernon (Ve) 0
152: Sr. Sean Dalgauer, HC, d. Jr. Giancarlo Varrone, Ho, 6-3.
182: Jr. Liam Gorman, HP, p. Fr. Kurt Hergert, Ho, 1:12.
195: Sr. Ian McDonald, WV, p. Sr. Morgan Murphy, Ve, 2:14
106: Fr. Sean DeCoursey, WV, md. So. Steve Skuropacki, NW, 14-2; Fr. Malcolm Sinclair, HP d. Fr. Colby Koshinski, Vo, 5-0; So. Brandon Olmstead, Ho, d. Sr. Sissy Blasone. S, 2-0; Jr. Kyle Markus Pb p. Fr. Jacob DiNapoli, WH, 0:15; Jr. Christian Deehan PJ p. So. Justin Bennett, Ha, 1:27.
113: Fr. Jake Rotunda (4-2) PJ tf. So. Steven Nicotra Ha 6:00 (21-4); Jr. Jake Moore DV d. Fr. Perry Maio K 7-2 OT; Jr. Garrett Gerndt, S, p. Fr. Charles Emanuel, Ve, 0:29; So. Peter Nace, HC, p. Fr. Ryan Mosher, WH, 1:25; So. Liam Cutri-French Vo p. Jr. Justin Liebl HP 5:03; So. Nick Cassidy B p. So. Ray Smaha LV 1:57; Sr. Paul Robinson NH d. Jr. Tom Kosar, Pb, 8-3.
120: Jr. Nick Klinger K p. Jr. Alex Micevski Ho 0:24; So. Ryan Luchs PJ d. Sr. Jimmy Smith B 7-1; Sr. Lucas Approvato, NH, d. Jr. Grant Gerndt, S, 11-4; Sr. Trevor Morales Ne . p. Fr. Trey Osborn HP 0:39; v. Sr. Harley Sacks Vo md. So. Bryce Hall HC 10-2; Jr. Tyler Agans Pb d. Jr. Kyle Refalvy, DV, 6-5; Fr. Alex Carida Ha p. So. Dillon Whitley WV 1:09; So. Matt Valli, WH, md. Anthony Smaha LV 15-2.
126: Sr. Ryan Pomrinca NH p. r. Max Schuman Ho 1:30; Jr. Taylor Molfetto K p. Jr. Andrew Legge S 2:40; So. Matt Kolonia, DV, tf. Fr. Jonathon Borgognoni Ne, 4:22 (16-1); Jr. Joe Renne Ha p. So. Mark Dellavalle HC 0:45; Sr. Dominick Gallo, HP, p. Javan Viola, B, 5:01; Sr. Dominic Koert PJ d. Fr. Brian Meyer, Pb, 4-2 OT; Jr. Aaron Merkey LV p. So. Roman Moss Ve 0:06; Jr. Kyle DiNapoli Vo. P. Fr. Justin Lindquis WV 1:05.
132: Sr. Donald Agans Pb p. Jr. Brandon Baker, Ha, 1:46; Fr. Anthony Mastroeni Ho p. Jr. Sean Finnegan S 3:30; Sr. Matt Mohan NH d. Jr. Caleb-Le Cepero PJ 7-3; Sr. Gino Fluri NW tf. Sr. Matt Hambacher B 6:00 (16-0); Sr. Ryan Erwin DV tf. Sr. Ryan Brigante Ne 3:54 (17-2); So. Zach Nauta WH tf. So. Chris Taylor HC 4:49 (18-3);
138: Sr. Max Nauta WH p. Fr. Shane Smith K 0:20; So. Shannon Grogan NW p. Jr. Aaron Arzon LV 1:43; Jr. DJ Wissing Pb d. So. Connor Mills DV 5-0; Sr. Sean Siek WV p. Sr. Jon Blunk Vo 3:54; Sr. Myles Mohan NH d. Sr. Joey Ioffredo Ho 5-4; Fr. Kevin Ciresa HC p. So. Sean McHugh S 4:58; Fr. Robert Spezza Ha p. Sr. Sultan Destani Ve 4:58; Jr. Jared Kobis HP tf. So. Nick Appleby B 1:59 (15-0).
145: Sr. Nick Taylor HC d. Sr. Kenny Kane B 8-6; Sr. Devan Thomas Vo d. So. Trevor Kish WV 5-0; Jr. Derek Ciavarro NH p. Fr. Andea Nestico PJ 3:46; Sr. Stephen Friedman Pb p. Fr. Jordan Costanza LV 1:10; So. Rhys Zigich DV p. Jr. Cole Nagle Ve 3:06; Jr. Jake VanWindergen K p. So. Anthony Gonzalez Ha 5:40.
152: Jr. Brian Smolinsky NH p. Sean Dalgauer HC 2:29; Sr. Ryan Cullen HP d. Sr. John Kaluzny Pb 3-1; Sr. Rene Sousa B d. Sr. Joseph Tizzano WV 6-0; Jr. Anthony Carida Ha p. Sr. Jan Uczkowski S 1:14; Jr. Anthony Duardo NW p. So. Khalid Dickerson LV 3:18; So. Chase Bauberger DV d. Sr. Trevor Schutte K 10-6; Fr. Jarod Ostir WH d. Sr. Anthony Azzariti PJ 4-2; So. Michael Fernandes Vo p. So. Mike Roccasanta Ve 0:50.
160: Jr. Anthony Roessner WH d. So. Jake Wilkerson Ho 3-2; Sr. Cory Lightner DV tf. Jr. Eldin Ribic Ha, 6:00 (18-3); Sr. Walker Schmitzer S p. So. Cody Mitchell K 1:19; Sr. Joe Scerbo HC p. Jr. Jesse Harper NW 0:36; . Sr. David Harris B d. Jr. Lance Fischer Ne 13-7; Sr. Mike Sicola NH p. Sr. Rich Peterson PJ 2:53; Sr. Tommy Riley Vo d. Jr, Nick Seck LV 6-1.
170: Sr. Sam Lamport, Vo, md. Jr. Nicholas Renne Ha 13-1; So. Michael Iodice HC p. Sr. Austin Rappold Ve 3:30; Jr. Al Falco S p. Sr. Alex Schucai WV 1:32; So. Josh Klimek p. K p. Jr. Bryan Benson NW 3:35; Sr. Joseph LaBell LV d. Fr. Jake Brown PJ 5-2; Sr. Kevin Merle B p. Jr. Kurt Rosner HP 4:12; Jr. Wyatt Vrancken NH d. Sr. Benjamin Sibblies Ne 3-2.
182: Sr. DJ Barrett LV p. Jr. Liam Gorman HP 1:39; Sr. Stephen Merle B md. Sr. Patrick Endrikat WV 13-1; Sr. Jack Butrymowicz NW p. Sr. Michael Anderson PJ 4:12; Sr. Connor Lore S p. Jr. Luke DeGroat K 1:58; Sr. Nick Suk HC v. So. Brody Oberly WH 4:30; Sr. Tim Hinkle (5-5) Pb p. So. Kyle Connelly (6-3) Ha 2:44; Jr. Tyler Gapas NH p. Fr. Scott Fernandes Vo 3:30; Jr. Kyle Schlittler (10-0) DV p. Jr. Zach Jano Ve 3:11.
195: Sr. Nestor Crespo HC tf. McDonald WV 3:29 (16-0); Sr. Brock Houser DV d. Jr. Charlie Rodenberger Vo 3-0; Jr. Kurt Nemeth WH md. Jr. Joe Frumolt PJ 13-3; Sr. Tyler Wehrenberg K p. Jr. Ethan Reczka Ne, 8:15; So. Zach Herbert S p. Sr. Tahke Martin Ha 3:45; Sr. Ryan Stephen B d. Jr. Alex Leontaris NW 8-1; So. Drew Horun Pb d. Sr. Gregg Luberto NH 8-2; Jr. Sam Palumbo LV p. Jr. Brandon Marrazzo (3-6) Ho 3:40.
220: Sr. Gus Protogeropoulos (5-0) Ne p. Jr. Christian Burgos Ho 2:17; Sr. Mohamed Ahmed-Fouad Pb d. Jr. Jeff Underhill DV 5-2; Jr. Derek Howarth (6-2) Vo p. So. Terrell Tukta B 2:49; Sr. Theodore Gurnowski Ha p. Jr. Nick Simpson (1-7) K 1:39l Jr. Ralph Hall LV p. Jr. John Williams NH 1:13; Sr. Leo Aquino (9-4) HC p. So. Mike Alvarez Ve 1:30; Jr. Kevin Lewis HP p. Jr. Ryan Baldwin NW, 1:51; Sr. Gavin Lally (12-0) S p. So. Taylan Safis WH 1:15.
285: Jr. Zach Sokol HC p. Jr. Connor Fitzsimmons Ve 1:12; Sr. Bryan Snyder B p. Jr. John Jensen Ha 2:30; Jr. Rich Fritzky, LV, p. Fr. Robbie Gennat S 3:01; So. Robert Melise Pb p. Jr. Tyler Pittenger Ne, 0:30; Sr. Henry Kuperus HP p. Jr. Griffin Waldron K 1:44; So. Charlie Tordik NH p. Sr. Jimmy LeClair NW 2:55; Sr. Alex Fischetti Vo. p. Jr. Charlie DeFranza Ho 1:10.