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Friday, March 2, 2012

High school wrestling news and notes blogs.thedailyjournal. com/matpack

The votes are in:
MARK SAUL PATRICK BUGANSKI
ore than 1,750 votes have been cast so far in the inaugural Daily Journal Fantasy Wrestling Tournament, and it’s down to the title match — Millville’s Mark Saul vs. St. Augustine’s Bobby Malatesta. Malatesta was the No. 4 seed, beating Delsea/Eastern’s Anthony Baldosaro in the first round before upsetting top-seeded Joe Alexander of Delsea in the semifinals. Saul knocked off unseeded Bobby Hanson of Buena in the first round before a steady victory over Delsea’s Donnie Fisch, the No. 3 seed in the semifinals. Now Malatesta and Saul face off for the title of the best pound-for-pound wrestler in greater Cumberland County since 1985, and you, the readers, get to decide. Log on to thedailyjournal.com/matpack to cast your vote! The finalists certainly have long resumès. Both are members of the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame and both are state champions. Malatesta won once in 1985, but was also fourth in 1983 and second in 1984 before taking gold at 122 pounds as a senior. Malatesta pinned Larry Goodman of Paramus to win the title. Saul won two state titles and was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1996 when he posted wins of 12-2, 15-0 and 17-2 en route to the finals where he scored an 11-0 win over Jefferson’s Tom Tanis at 160 pounds. Malatesta also enjoyed great success beyond the high schools mats, winning many freestyle and

SOUTH JERSEY

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Millville, 1996 » No. 2 seed, beat Bobby Hanson (Buena) and Donnie Fisch (Delsea) » Region champion, threetime state finalist, two-time state champion, state tournament MOW
*Final records.

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21-3 22-2 25-5 20-4 14-5 22-8 16-8 17-6 23-2 21-4 17-8 18-6 17-8 17-6 23-6

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T H E D A I LY J O U R N A L

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NEWS & NOTES
» District 30 was the big winner at Region 8, crowning seven champions. District 29 was second with three while District 31and District 32 had two titlists apiece. District 32 had the most placewinners, advancing 12 wrestlers to Atlantic City. District 29 advanced 11 while District 30 pushed 10 to states while District 31 had nine placewinners. West Deptford’s Tyler Kaminski was the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament and Clayton’s Dan Antonelli was the region’s Coach of the Year. » At Region 7, Districts 26 and 28 each crowned four champions while Districts 25 and 27 had three apiece. In the placewinners race, District 27 advanced 13 while Districts 25 had 11 and District 26 had 10. District 28 had eight wrestlers qualify for states. Haddonfield’s Robert Schlitt was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tornament and Haddon Height’s Chris Ormsby was the region’s Coach of the Year. One weight class — 138 — had all three placewinners come from the same district (27).

1. Timber Creek 2. Delsea 3. Camden Catholic 4. Paulsboro 5. Clearview 6. St. Augustine 7. Buena 8. Pennsville 9. Clayton 10. West Deptford 11. Haddonfield 12. Shawnee 13. Cherokee 14. Egg Harbor Township 15. Hammonton

Millville’s Mark Saul, left, wrestles in the state tournament in 1996. FILE PHOTO quarterback as well as a state champion,” former teammate and current Delsea assistant coach Bob Barber said. “Athletically, physically, he was gifted. He was strong, he had enormous hands and a (heck) of a grip. His best move on top was a tilt, and if he got your wrist, you weren’t getting it back, he had your wrist for two minutes.” But like Malatesta, the mental part of Saul’s game was world class. “He honestly believed he was the best wrestler every time he went on the mat,” Barber said, citing the state final in 1994, when he lost to Dave Hughes of Jefferson. “He wasn’t even supposed to be in the state finals and he went out there right away and took him down.” Malatesta went 111-6-1 for his career and won three region titles, Saul was 113-10 and won just one, but lost one final to state finalist Karl Haywood of Schalick in one of South Jersey’s best backand-forth rivalries. There’s no denying they are two of the best champions South Jersey has had, but now the question is, pound-for-pound, who would win? We’ll post the results online Monday, March 12 and in print on March 13.

THE DAILY JOURNAL’S REGION 7 & 8 RANKINGS
1. Tyler McBride, Camden Catholic 2. John Amato, Timber Creek 3. John Gentile, Paulsboro 4. Joey Rocks, Egg Harbor Township 5. Patrick D’Arcy, Holy Spirit 1. Tyler Kaminski, West Deptford 2. Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine 3. Sam Morina, Paulsboro 4. Tony Giancola, Collingswood 5. Dylan LaPalomento, Washington Township 1. Billy Ward, Buena 2. Ricky Carter, Timber Creek 3. Collin Mitchell, Eastern 4. Gabe Zamot, Egg Harbor Township 5. Joe Michel, Steinert 1. Kevin Devoy, Burlington Township 2. John VanBrill, Clearview 3. William Elliott, Cumberland 4. Justin McTamney, Bordentown 5. Mike Jiampetti, Absegami 1. Brandon Keller, Timber Creek 2. Maaziah Bethea, Trenton Central 3. Joe Lemerise, Cherokee 4. John Hennelly, Delsea 5. Aaron Lambert, Burlington Township 1. Chad Walsh, Camden Catholic 2. Joe Esposito, St. Augustine 3. Nick Knauer, Paulsboro 4. Ed Lenkowski, Clearview 5. Dillan Berghof, Buena 1. T.J. Miller, Camden Catholic 2. Curt Delia, Delsea 3. Chrisitan Stackhouse, Riverside 4. Antonio Mancella, Oakcrest 5. Dom Ruggierio, Timber Crek 1. Raamiah Bethea, Trenton Central 2. Bryce Shade, Timber Creek 3. Mark Patterson, St. Augustine 4. George Skibinski, Clearview 5. Jamie Calhoun, Paul VI 1. Phil Bakuckas, Hammonton 2. Robert Schlitt, Haddonfield 3. Wayne Stinson, No. Burlington 4. Connor Donahue, Clearview 5. Dylan Dobzanski, Delsea

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113

33-4 16-3 30-3 31-3 34-3 32-6 33-5 34-6 36-5 32-3

LOCAL RECORDS
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Zach Goranson, Millville Joshua Pineda, Vineland Sal Marandino, Buena Steven Bergamo, St. Augustine Luis Rivera, Buena Tom Carney, Delsea 23-8 23-8 23-10 21-13 12-10 18-15 31-4 31-6 23-8 21-6 20-12 35-3 32-3 14-5 15-14 12-12 30-4 20-10 23-15 32-5 23-11 21-11 14-7 19-14 17-13 9-9 35-4 32-6 21-11 36-1 21-12 14-6 18-10 13-12 36-2 30-8 27-7 29-10 10-9 32-5 31-8 15-12 14-9 25-6 28-11 12-7 8-7 13-5 13-7 21-13 31-1 28-7 25-9 13-6 34-3 29-8 20-11 19-10 32-6 13-10

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St. Augustine’s Bobby Malatesta, front, wrestles in 1985. FILE PHOTO

BOBBY MALATESTA
St. Augustine, 1985 » No. 4 seed, beat Anthony Baldosaro (Delsea/Eastern) and Joe Alexander (Delsea) » Three-time region champion, two-time state finalist, state champion

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35-3 28-9 31-4 27-6 29-2 38-0 30-1 30-4 32-6 30-8 32-5 33-0 36-3 32-5 20-3

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Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine John Gallo, Schalick Zach Nealis, Vineland Connor Palmieri, Buena Chad Kahn, Millville

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Greco Roman titles in state as well as internationally. “In my opinion, the only guy (in South Jersey) you could put up against Bobby was Joe (Melchiore, a three-time state champion at Highland),” former teammate and current Buena assistant coach Bill Ward. Ward said Malatesta’s mental toughness was one of his best attributes. “He was an unbelievable competitor. Even in

other things he would do. In the room, he would never relax, he was always trying to win. He was impossible to score on. I wrestled with him every day and I was at least 20 to 30 pounds heavier than he was and I struggled to score on him.” Saul’s wrestling career ended after high school as he chased a dream of playing collegiate football. He was a standout quarterback for the Bolts. “He was a superstar

Newt Richardson, Schalick Billy Ward, Buena Danny DeTetta, Vineland John Borelli, Delsea John Rizzo, Vineland

138

126
34-4 35-4 30-10 28-1 31-6 36-1 36-1 38-2 32-2 26-8 33-0 32-5 36-2 30-1 29-8 38-0 30-1 37-4 29-2 32-5 33-0 34-3 32-5 34-3 39-2 36-3 33-4 29-5 35-2 35-4 36-0 33-1 36-5 30-7 30-7 37-3 36-1 34-3 32-4 38-3 32-2 13-1 33-5 35-1 40-2

Will Elliott, Cumberland Elias Garcia, Millville Ed Donahue, St. Augustine

132

145

John Hennelly, Delsea Jarett Pierotti, Buena Jonathon Rordriguez, Vineland Cruz Flores, Cumberland Jarred Hodges, St. Augustine Jarrett Kelly, Buena Rian Lamanteer, Cumberland

152

138

Joe Esposito, St. Augustine Dillan Berhof, Buena Deon Henry, Schalick

145

160

Curt Delia, Delsea Dylan Manno, Schalick Richard Morris, Cumberland Rico Rivera, Millville Brandon Muessig, Vineland

SCOTT
2008

KELLEY

JOE
1999

152

ALEXANDER HAYWOOD
1995

KARL
1995

HAYWOOD

KARL

JOE
1999

ALEXANDER
BOBBY
1985

1. Steve Nelson, Haddon Township 2. Robert Shade, Timber Creek 3. Alex Gong, Absegami 4. Nick Moore, Seneca 5. Nick Elmer, Penns Grove

170

Mark Patterson, St. Augustine Justin Pierotti, Buena Ed Shockley, Millville Zach Rahl, Schalick David Gresk, Delsea

160

MAT PACK
THE
TOURNAMENT
BOBBY
1995

ANTHONY BOBBY
1985

BALDOSARO
2010 (Eastern)

MALATESTA
BOBBY
1985

MALATESTA
DON
2003

MALATESTA
Cast your vote for the winner at thedailyjournal.com/matpack

1. David Williams, Hammonton 2. Thomas Forline, Moorestown 3. Trevant McCloud, Lindenwold 4. Rory Bonner, West Deptford 5. Joey DiCristofaro, Hightstown 1. Carson Stack, Haddonfield 2. Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea 3. Padric Lynch, Haddon Heights 4. Cory Damiana, Lower Cape May 5. Patrick Wexler, Kingsway 1. Mauro Correnti, Holy Cross 2. Roy Lucas, St. Joseph 3. Nick Pustizzi, Schalick 4. Jeff Miller, Camden Catholic 5. Ryan Thompson, Haddon Heights

182

Dylan Dobzanski, Delsea Tyler Sentman, St. Augustine Derrick DeWoody, Delsea Carl Hitzelberger, Cumberland

170

195

Steffen Rodriguez, Vineland James Bennett, St. Augustine Garrett Craig, Delsea Dylan Wargo, Schalick Marcus Nelson, Vineland Marshall Brooks, Delsea Cory Pietrzyk, St. Augustine

182

FANTASY WRESTLING

FISCH CHEW
1987

195

GEORGE

DON
2003

220

FISCH

Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea Taiwahn Cosby, Vineland Sean Redden, Delsea Nick Davis, Millville Nick Pustizzi, Schalick Noah Repko, Buena Eugene Maisonave, Vineland Obie Kali, Millville Tre Porch, Delsea Jacob Paul, Cumberland

220

HANSON
BOBBY
1995

SMASHEY
1998

LARRY

HANSON
MARK MARK

MARK

SAUL
1996

1996

SAUL

SAUL
1996

1. Cody Melton, Northern Burlington 2. Sam Ekwonike, Cinnaminson 3. Curtis Nealer, Pitman 4. Tom Rementer, Clayton 5. Alex Thompson, Haddon Heights *Records through Saturday

HWT

HWT

We will announce the winner online on Monday, March 12 and in the March 13 print edition of The Daily Journal.

*Wrestlers must have at least a .500 record and a minimum of 16 bouts. All the records and rankings are based on information through Wednesday.

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