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Friday, February 8, 2013
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NJSIAA rule book causes confusion for postseason
restling for a playoff spot took place well away from the mats this week. In a span of 24 hours, four South Jersey teams were on an emotional roller coaster, going from in to out of the postseason thanks to a rule that was supposedly approved three years ago but never enacted. Woodstown and Cherokee both earned sixth seeds in Groups I and IV, respectively, according to the NJSIAA Power Points ranking system. But both teams were jumped during the official seeding meeting on Tuesday morning by teams seeded directly behind who held head-to-head victories. So while the Wolverines and Chiefs were left scratching their heads and going over the regulations regarding the playoffs with a fine tooth comb, Audubon and Washington Township were celebrating their berths. Wednesday morning, those roles were reversed. NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko said the regulations had never been updated since the rule allowing a seventh seed to jump a sixth seed had been approved in 2009. It was an embarrassing faux pas for the NJSIAA, but a troubling reality for four high school wrestling teams. “I’m sympathetic to the team who got bumped out,” Woodstown coach Adam Hyland said. “It happened to us, I know how it feels.” Statewide, eight teams were either in then out or vice-versa. Roughly 250 kids were impacted directly. “Really, I feel for the kids,” Washington Township coach Ron Ippolite said. “We get in a good mood knowing we got into the sixth spot. They were all pumped up when they heard we were in. It put them on a bit of a roller coaster.”
22-2 18-4 22-5 16-8 19-2 15-3 15-8 18-3 20-1 14-8 20-6 11-3 17-5 17-1 12-3
T H E D A I LY J O U R N A L
STATE TOP 20
The New Jersey Wrestling Writers Association Statewide Top 20. First place votes in parenthesis follow by total points. 1. S. Plainfield (25-0) (17) 340 Last week: (1) 2. Berg. Catholic (16-1) 323 (2) 3. Brick Mem. (20-2) 306 (5) 4. Don Bosco (12-5) 278 (11) 5. Bound Brook (18-3) 268 (3) 6. Hunterdon Cent. (16-1) 247 (6) 7. Toms River S. (21-3) 244 (4) 8. Phillipsburg (11-2) 232 (7) 9. St. Peter’s Prep (14-4) 205 (8) 10. Delbarton (13-3) 186 (10) 11. Kittatinny (18-2) 175 (10) 12. Southern (10-5) 150 (12) 13. Jackson Mem. (14-6) 132 (13) 14. High Point (14-4) 118 (14) 15. Delsea (22-2) 80 (17) (tie) Howell (21-3) 80 (16) 17. Voorhees (21-4) 76 (18) 18. N. Hunterdon (14-3) 62 (19) 19. Hopewell Val. (14-1) 27 (20) 20. Del Val. (11-6) 21 (NR) Others receiving votes: Warren Hills 4, Camden Catholic 3, Clearview 3, Brick Township 1.
1. Delsea 2. Camden Catholic 3. Clearview 4. St. Augustine 5. Shawnee 6. Paulsboro 7. Timber Creek 8. Millville 9. Clayton 10. Washington Twp. 11. Cherokee 12. Buena 13. Haddon Twp. 14. Cinnaminson 15. Northern Burlington
*Records through Wednesday.
THE DAILY JOURNAL’S REGION 7 & 8 RANKINGS
1. Patrick D’Arcy, Holy Spirit 2. Zach Firestone, Clearview 3. Tyler McBride, Camden Catholic 4. Ferdinand Mase, Eastern 5. Louis Arensberg, Audubon 1. John Amato, Timber Creek 2. Jake Forsman, Eastern 3. Mike Van Horn, Washington Twp. 4. Jimmy Goldschmidt, Cherokee 5. Steven Bergamo, Vineland 25-3 29-1 22-7 25-0 26-3 27-2 25-3 25-5 25-5 10-1 25-3 26-3 23-1 22-5 26-4 21-4 24-4 25-3 26-2 24-5 24-1 23-4 28-1 12-0 14-0 18-1 30-0 22-6 26-2 26-2 27-2 19-1 17-2 17-4 27-1 28-1 27-3 30-0 23-3 26-4 30-0 24-3 21-2 25-0 22-3 28-0 25-3 28-1 26-3 18-7 26-0 27-0 24-4 25-3 28-2 24-0 28-0 19-0 25-2 21-5 30-0 23-2 24-3 23-4 22-4 26-0 24-0 24-1 24-3 17-2
Points are awarded to teams in descending order with 20 points going to the No. 1 team and one point to No. 20.
Shawnee’s Sean Cahill (right) wrestles Cherokee’s Alex Baider on Feb. 1. Cherokee has been at the center of a playoff seeding controversy and was initially ruled out of the Group IV South field before appealing and making it back in. GANNETT NEW JERSEY PHOTO “From my standpoint, we can’t pull something out of the air, even if we believe that was the case,” Timko said. “So I made sure we were doing it the right way, we granted the appeal.” Certainly the sides who are now postseason-bound are happy with the ruling, but do they agree with the actual rule? “I honestly don’t think any seed should jump another seed,” Hyland said. “To me, it’s a body of work. You can have a day where you don’t have all your guys, you don’t have all your horses, and that happens to every team. To me, it’s about your body of work, not about a single match.” When things changed Wednesday morning, many kids learned their fate first via Twitter. “The kids were negative impacted by a clerical error, or whatever it is,” Ippolite said. “It is what it is. We gotta be focused and finish our season strong.” Even though Ippolite’s squad is out of the playoffs, he isn’t upset about the rule that ultimately bumped the Minutemen. “I’m OK with the current system,” Ippolite said. “If you want to go by Power Points, I respect that.” Timko, however, is taking responsibility for the flap. “We probably should have gotten it right the first time,” Timko said. Timko said the rule supposedly approved in 2009 won’t simply be added to the regulations for next season, but it will go to a vote once again. If it passes, hopefully they’ll remember to update the rules this time.
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Josh Pineda, Vineland Reid White, St. Augustine Hector Marrero, Cumberland Tom Carney, Delsea Ron Hawk, Buena Steven Bergamo, Vineland Zach Goranson, Millville Andrew DiJoseph, Cumberland Collin Donahue, St. Augustine Joham Garcia, Millville Luis Rivera, Buena Leonard Leyva, Vineland
1. John Gentile, Paulsboro 2. Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine 3. Marcus Miraglia, Delran 4. Zach Valcarce, Lower Cape May 5. Michael VanBrill, Clearview
17-3 13-3 12-7 17-12 9-8 10-1 16-5 17-6 19-10 15-7 17-9 7-6 26-3 17-7 17-12 19-4 13-1 23-6 21-8 13-12 22-3 22-7 22-7 17-7 12-10 12-2 25-3 23-3 16-12 16-13 23-4 17-2 21-8 12-5 26-4 16-12 18-10 24-6 12-7 14-8 28-0 26-3 22-7 17-8 22-8 11-10 24-4 18-6 19-8 14-5 13-8 25-2 10-9 8-6 30-0 24-4 16-4 19-9 14-8 14-11 12-7 23-5 15-8 12-6 17-9
The NJSIAA just wanted to get it right. “We had two teams appeal, which made us go back and take a look at our regs (regulations),” Timko said in a phone interview on Wednesday. “Even myself, from the wrestling committee, six out of the eight region presidents on the committee in 2009, I thought we had in place that seven can bump six if they beat them head to head. “I remember that we put that in the regs.” The case became less about what the rule is or should be, and more about what was written in black and white.
1. Billy Ward, Buena 2. Sam Morina, Paulsboro 3. Anthony Racobaldo, Williamstown 4. D. LaPalomento, Washington Twp. 5. Mark McCormick, Camden Catholic
Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine Sal Marandino, Buena Danny DeTetta, Vineland
1. Ron Gentile, Paulsboro 2. Isiah DeGuzman, Timber Creek 3. Joe Lemerise, Cherokee 4. Steve Passarella, Washington Twp. 5. Connor Muli, Shawnee
Billy Ward, Buena Zach Nealis, Vineland John Gallo, Schalick Ed Donahue, St. Augustine Chad Kahn, Millville Newt Richardson, Schalick John Pierson, Delsea Jarred Hodges, St. Augustine Chaz Bramble, Buena Joe Roman, Cumberland Jarett Pierotti, Buena Rian Lamanteer, Delsea Keith Mahoney, Millville Nick Clark, St. Augustine Tayron Davis, Vineland
1. Brandon Keller, Timber Creek 2. John VanBrill, Clearview 3. Juan Rivera, Paulsboro 4. Sean Pryzbylkowski, New Egypt 5. Brennan Humphrey, Shawnee
1. T.J. Miller, Camden Catholic 2. Maaziah Bethea, Trenton Central 3. Dillan Berghof, Buena 4. Branden Virgilio, Timber Creek 5. Patrick McCurdy, Woodstown
1. Chad Walsh, Camden Catholic 2. Wayne Stinson, No. Burlington 3. Ed Lenkowski, Clearview 4. Dom Ruggerio, Timber Creek 5. John Hennelly, Delsea
Rico Rivera, Millville Dillan Berghof, Buena Deon Henry, Schalick Dom DeMarco, Delsea
THE INSIDE STUFF
Schalick High School’s John Gallo is 23-6 this year, but his six losses have come to wrestlers with a combined 138-30 record. The sophomore 126pounder is part of dynamic duo along with teammate Newt Richardson. He recently spoke with The Mat Pack about his season and other wrestling topics. QUESTION: You started the season 5-5, but you’re 18-1 since then. What changed? ANSWER: Really I just had to get my mind back into wrestling again because I wasn’t really focused on the season yet. Q: Any reason why you weren’t? Was it from doing another sport? A: I played football, but I still practiced wrestling when I played football, I really don’t know why. Q: You also wrestled some really tough kids. How ready are you for districts? A: I’m really ready. I’m just ready to get out there and win another district title. Q: How much does wrestling such tough kids help you? A: It helps a lot. You can get some stuff from a win, but when you wrestle a tough kid and you wrestle a close match and lose, you can get a lot from that. Q: You’ve had only five decisions this year, what’s the key to getting bonuspoint victories? A: Really just when I get on top, I keep moving and keep
1. Connor Donahue, Clearview 2. Bryce Shade, Timber Creek 3. Kellen Whitney, Hammonton 4. Cesar Balmaceda, Atlantic City 5. Sonnieboy Blanco, Burlington City
John Hennelly, Delsea Jose Tabora, St. Augustine Dylan Manno, Schalick
David Gresk, Delsea Carl Hitzelberger, Schalick Jose Soto, Millville
1. Dylan Dobzanski, Delsea 2. Austin Wetterau, Shawnee 3. Nick Elmer, Penns Grove 4. Tyler Sentman, St. Augustine 5. Frank Varallo, Camden Catholic
Dylan Dobzanski, Delsea Tyler Sentman, St. Augustine Steffen Rodriguez, Vineland Joe Pyfer, Schalick Victor DeFrance, Delsea Edward Williams, Cumberland
126 pounds trying to go for a pin until I get it. Q: Do you consider yourself a pinner? A: Yeah, I guess. Q: You have a great workout partner in Newt Richardson, how does he help you out? A: It’s great, especially since he’s heavier than me, it makes all my opponents seem light, and it’s just good to have a good partner like that because you can just learn form each other. Q: You have a new head coach in Mike Cullen, what does he bring to the team? A: Mike has his quotes like, “Never satisfied.” We always go by that, he just provides an intense workout and a positive mindset. Q: He was an assistant before, did that make it easier to adjust? A: I’m comfortable with him and it helps a lot. Q: What’s the one food you miss most during wrestling season? A: Steaks and mashed potatoes. Scan this QR code on your smart phone to take you to The Mat Pack's mobile website
1. David Williams, Hammonton 2. Brad Schwarze, New Egypt 3. Billy Leone, Kingsway 4. Alex Foley, Shawnee 5. Phil Azzari, Haddon Heights
Tiawahn Cosby, Vineland Erik Porch, Delsea Javier Colon-Rivera, Millville Cody Ruppert, Delsea James Bennett, St. Augustine
1. Rory Bonner, West Deptford 2. Joey DeChristofaro, Hightstown 3. Michael Robinson, Clayton 4. Ed Shockley, Millville 5. Cory Damiana, Lower Cape May
Ed Shockley, Millville Jose Matteo, Vineland Juan Chavez, Cumberland Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea Obi Kali, Millville Ty Warren, Vuena Benjamin Henderson, Vineland Nick Caporale, Buena Justin Welsh, St. Augustine Nick Crisafulli, Schalick
1. Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea 2. Nigel Toussaint, Egg Harbor Twp. 3. Evan Wayns, Shawnee 4. Cylas Dorety, Woodstown 5. Josh Johnson, Ocean City
1. Roy Lucas, St. Joseph 2. Alex Thompson, Haddon Heights 3. Jeff Miller, Camden Catholic 4. James Dever, Moorestown 5. James Kennedy, Cinnaminson
Tom Lynd, St. Augustine Fred DeMary, Mivlle MaQuay Richmond, Cumberland Ryan Cartwright, Schalick
*Wrestlers must have at record better than .500 and a minimum of 11 bouts. All the records and rankings are based on information through Wednesday.
Top 3 in career wins Antonio Crespo* Jeremy Brunner Anthony Dagostino
NEWS AND NOTES
m Last Saturday’s Shawnee-Camden Catholic meet came down to some quick thinking for the Renegades to pull off the upset. Leading 33-21 after 12 bouts, the Shawnee coaching staff elected to forfeit the last two weight classes and force a 33-33 tie. At that point, the Renegades knew they had the tie-breaking edge at criteria H, most first points (12-9). Shawnee, by forfeiting the last two bouts, won the meet. m Film directors Michael Lucas and Domenick Cucinotta are putting together a documentary about the legendary Paulsboro wrestling program, which is one of three in the entire nation to boast 1,000 wins. The duo has a website at www.indiegogo.com/paulsboro where they are seeking donations to help finish the project. They have produced a very interesting trailer, which includes great action shots and interviews. m Camden Catholic is expected to cruise to the Non-Public B South title, but only because the other five entries — Holy Cross, Holy Spirit, Bishop Eustace, St. Joseph and Gloucester Catholic — are a combined 16-93 (through Tuesday).
VINELAND RECORD WALL
101 98 87
*Crespo wrestled one year for St. Augustine 100-match winners: 1 State champions: 3 (John Disanti 1959, Hank Mazzoni 1959, Dave Homiak 157) Team district titles: 8 (1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1978, 1985, 1987, 1988).
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