B4 – Saturday, January 22, 2011
The Daily Journal
1) Timber Creek (9-2) 2) Paulsboro (7-0) 3) Haddonfield (17-1) 4) Camden Catholic (9-2) 5) Pennsville (14-2) 6) West Deptford (9-1) 7) Delsea (13-2) 8) Collingswood (9-2) 9) Cherokee (9-1) 10) Buena (8-3) 11) St. Augustine (5-4) 12) Clearview (11-3) 13) Washington Twp. (7-4) 14) Lenape (6-2) 15) No. Burlington (6-3) *Records through Thursday
Wrestlers’ pre-match routines vital to success
Grapplers need to get loose, pumped
o an outsider, the pre-match rituals of wrestlers may seem a little odd, but there’s a rhyme and reason to all the jumping jacks, pacing and shadow wrestling behind the team bench. In reality, the routine is carefully thought out and executed. The practice has also changed over the last few years as nearly every single wrestler tunes out patrick the gymBUGANSKI nasium and tunes into some music to help get menStaff photo/Cody Glenn tally prepared for battle. Vineland’s Edison Brooks (left) warms up by jumping rope before a match against However, the basic principle Absegami on Wednesday remains the same: get loose and bouts before, I’ll start warming up Quiles said. “Just get comfortable get pumped. and stretching,” Millville senior on your feet and ready to wrestle. 135-pounder Nick Quiles said. “I “I like to jump around or I Getting loose used to do less and coach stressed might shadow wrestle a little bit. An individual wrestler can that it’s really important to get a If anything, it’s just stance mainsometimes wait up to two hours good warmup in before your tenance, and I’m just getting combefore their bout. So it’s vital for match. Y can just feel it, if you fortable on my feet for when I get ou kids to warm up on their own. don’t warm up before the match, out there.” That’s where the jumping jacks you’re not going to wrestle as good, and shadow wrestling comes in. you’re not going to be quick on Getting pumped “I like to be prepared, I like to your feet.” Unfortunately, before each break a sweat before I go out While it’s important to get a there,” Vineland sophomore 145- good sweat going, it’s also impera- match, wrestlers can’t watch the scene from “Vision Quest” where pounder Devon Fennimore said. Patrick Buganski covers high tive not to tire yourself out before Louden Swain warms up and Red school wrestling for The Daily JourTiming is key when it comes to hitting the mat. Rider’s “Lunatic Fringe” is play- nal. Contact him at (856) 563-5255 or pre-match routines. “(I like to get) an elevated heart ing. But when it comes to getting firstname.lastname@example.org. “When it’s about three or four rate, a little bit of a sweat as well,”
103 Jake Martin, Millville 12-2 Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine 10-4 Sal Marandino, Buena 9-3 Jesse Swope, Delsea 6-2 Corey Jacobs, Delsea 7-3 Andrew Bergamo, Vineland 5-5 Matt Dellinger, St. Augustine 4-4 112 John Hennelly, Delsea 15-0 Connor Palmieri, Buena 13-4 Jor-EL Cartegena, Vineland 5-4 119 Billy Ward, Buena 17-0 Newt Richardson, Schalick 11-2 Ed Donohue, St. Augustine 6-6 Bill Betancourt, Millville 5-5 Dan DeTetta, Vineland 5-5 125 Joe Esposito, St. Augustine 14-1 William Elliott, Cumberland 10-1 130 Matt Hennelly, Delsea 12-0 Justin Pierotti, Buena 13-5 Daireck Hatton, Millville 7-4 135 Curt Delia, Delsea 19-2 Dillan Berghof, Buena 16-1 Nick Quiles, Millville 10-1 Mark Patterson, St. Augustine 8-2 Cruz Flores, Cumberland 9-4 140 Dylan Dobzanski, Delsea 18-3 Ricky Azeglio, Delsea 16-6 Richard Morris, Cumberland 9-5 Joe Devone, St. Augustine 10-6 Brandon Muessig, Vineland 5-4 Jarrett Kelly, Buena 6-6 145 Devon Fennimore, Vineland 8-1 Tyler Sentman, St. Augustine 7-7 Rico Rivera, Millville 4-4 152 Ed Shockley, Millville 12-2 James Bennett, St. Augustine 11-4 John Scavelli, Delsea 7-3 Zack Rahl, Schalick 8-5 Mike Jacobs, Delsea 8-7 160 Adam Schroeder, St. Augustine 13-3 Rob Elliott, Cumberland 8-2 Robert Keener, Delsea 5-5 171 Sergio Cortes, Buena 8-5 Marcus Nelson, Vineland 5-4 189 Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea 14-3 Eric Hensel, Buena 14-3 Steffen Rodriguez, Vineland 7-2 Sean Redden, Delsea 12-8 215 Noah Repko, Buena 11-4 Nick Pustizzi, Schalick 9-3 Chris Johnson, Millville 10-5 Emad Ziyahdeh, Buena 5-4 HWT Jeremy Wilson, Millville 12-2 Andrew Baumgardner, St. Aug. 10-2 Steven Paul, Cumberland 9-3 *Wrestlers must have a .500 record and a minimum of eight matches, based on reported results through Thursday.
mentally prepared, most wrestlers are turning to their iPods. The genres vary widely from hard rock to rap and some wrestlers even like something a little soothing to calm the nerves. But universally, music is a means of tuning everything else out and focusing. “Before my match, I usually just listen to whatever’s playing and think about what moves I’ll use,” Fennimore said. For Cumberland senior 160pounder Rob Elliott, the prematch playlist of about 55 songs is meaningful. “What I choose for before my matches is something to bring out the anger,” Elliott said. “It lets the emotion come out and it helps me wrestle on the mat.” Elliott said his ever-expanding playlist is designed to remind him of when he started wrestling when he was 8-years old. He struggled and didn’t even win his first match until he was 11. For that reason, Eminem’s “Recovery” is a mainstay before matches. “That album basically (reminds me) of how I recovered from being a person that everybody could just pin to a person that you know is not easy to beat anymore,” Elliott said. “It’s like being reborn again.” The playlist must be working. Elliott, a defending District 31 champion, is 8-2 so far this season.
THE INSIDE STUFF
By PATRICK BUGANSKI Staff Writer email@example.com
NEWS AND NOTES
■ Haddonfield will wrestle W ashington Township at the famed Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The meet, scheduled for Jan. 30, will start at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the college matchup between Penn and Hofstra. ■ Paulsboro is on the verge of collecting the program’s 1,000th victory. If the Red Raiders’ continue their undefeated season, the milestone would come against bitter rival West Deptford on Jan. 31. Paulsboro’s program, which made its debut in 1940, took a 991-76-12 mark into Friday night’s showdown with Haddonfield. The Red Raiders have had just one losing season (4-9 in 1968). ■ The prestigious National High School Coaches Association Final Four will be held today at the Easton (Pa.) Middle School Gym. The most anticipated match will be contested at 11:45 when
The Buena Regional High School wrestling team relies heavily on some talented young grapplers, but it wouldn’t be ranked No. 10 in The Daily Journal Mean 15 without some solid senior leadership. Sergio Cortes, a 171-pounder, is one of those leaders. In just his third year on the mats, Cortes plays a solid role on the team, compiling a record of 8-5. The Chiefs are not only looking to bounce back and make the playoffs after a rare absence from the postseason last year, they’re looking to make a run at a sectional title. Cortes is a key part of that goal. He recently spoke to The Daily Journal about Buena’s season. Question: As one of a few seniors on the team, what’s your role in the room? Answer: I help out the ones that just came in, the freshmen, because they don’t really know what they’re doing. I’m hyper and I like to help people, so I just get in and help them and get everybody motivated. Q: What makes coach Doug Castellari such a good coach? A: He pushes us to our limits. He motivates us, he makes us feel good and he’ll tell us what we’re doing wrong. He’ll go into detail
with what we’re doing wrong and we’ll fix that. Then when the match comes, whatever he taught us, we’ll throw it out on the mats. Q: There’s so much young talent on the team, what’s it like having them around? A: It makes me happy. There’s so many younger kids on the team that came in here not knowing what they’re doing and they’re getting it quick. And they keep going, they don’t stop. Some people quit, these guys don’t. Q: You guys missed the playoffs last year, how much has that been on your minds this season? A: Our coach is on our case; he wants us to get to the playoffs. We are non-stop 24/7 in practice because we want to win a South Jersey (title). Q: Which of your team members could you see being cast as a member of Jersey Shore in the future? A: Eric Hensel, because he’s crazy. He jokes around, but he’s mature at the same time. And Jarrett Kelly also. (a program at) Lakeside (Middle School), but up until three years ago, they had nothing. Would you consider it a better wrestling state? From top to bottom, yes. There’s the size of the state, you have to figure how many more kids are competing. Do I Stay think if the state champions from Pennsylvania and the state champions from New Jersey had a dual meet (Pennsylvania) would win? It depends on the year. I think they would be pretty close. I think the difference is the 3rd, 4th and 5th place guys. The kids who take fourth or fifth in Pennsylvania might be a state finalist in New Jersey just because it’s fewer kids. Are there different styles? I think styles are regional. Like South Jersey, Central Jersey and North Jersey are different, South Eastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley and Western Pennsylvania out by Pittsburgh are different. — Patrick Buganski
High Point, New Jersey’s top-ranked team, faces off against Easton, the No. 1 ranked team in Pennsylvania. Blair Academy, ranked No. 2 in the nation, is also among the 10-team field. ■ Trivia Time: What is one thing that Delsea coach Greg Sawyer, West Deptford coach John Craig and Timber Creek coach Nick Cottone have in common? If you guessed that each has their respective programs among the elite in South Jersey, you’re right. But, if you guessed that each wrestled in the 1997 Region 8 finals, you’re a true wrestling junkie. Sawyer won the 189-pound title with a 7-2 decision over Absegami’s Chris Carlino while Craig suffered a 14-3 loss to Highland’s Mike McGinley at 160 and Cottone dropped a 6-1 decision to Absegami’s Ryan Anderson at 112. — Tom McGurk
What was the best Region 8 final in the last 20 years? ■ 1991: Covington (Overbrook) d. Lynch (O.C.), 8-4 ■ 1995: Calhoun (Wash. Twp.) d. Bird (Oakcrest), 4-3 ■ 1995: Haywood (Schalick) d. Saul (Millville), 7-6 ■ 1996: Ritz (Highland) d. Ruffin (Paulsboro), 10-5 ■ 1998: Manchio (Sterling) p. Alexander (Delsea), 7:41 ■ 2000: Mays (Oakcrest) d. Wiggins (Sterling), 5-3 ■ 2002: Becker (Kingsway) d. Galante (O.C.), 10-6 (2 OT) ■ 2008: Hodges (Paulsboro) d. Grisko (HIghland), 3-2 Cast your vote at The Daily Journal’s wrestling blog, “The Mat Pack.” Visit blogs.thedailyjournal.com/matpack
Millville coach Scott Stay had a successful high school wrestling career in Pennsylvania before taking his talents to the NCAA Division I level at North Carolina. So what is wrestling like in the Keystone State? What are the biggest differences between New Jersey and Pennsylvania high school wrestling? Wrestling is wrestling, it doesn’t matter where you do it. I guess the biggest difference is just the number of kids who wrestle in Pennsylvania. I know where I grew up, there were 7th, 8th and 9th grade wrestling teams and every single school had them. There’s a lot more kids starting really young and a lot more school-organized teams. Millville recently got
Who has the best-looking singlets?
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Results include only teams that received six or more votes.
The shamrock, I just like it.
Answer: Camden Catholic
Cumberland, Senior Heavyweight
*Out of 78 total votes.
THE DAILY JOURNAL’S REGION 7 AND 8 RANKINGS
103 1) Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine 2) John Gentile, Paulsboro 3) Conner Muli, Shawnee 4) Zach Valcarce, Lower Cape May 5) John Amato, Camden Catholic 112 1) Kyle Klaus, Haddonfield 2) John Hennelly, Delsea 3) John Van Brill, Clearview 4) Michael Zold, Paulsboro 5) Nick Virgilio, Timber Creek 119 1) Robert Deutsch, Eastern 2) Kevin Devoy, Burlington Twp. 3) Chad Walsh, Camden Catholic 4) Billy Ward, Buena (10-4) (12-3) (13-0) (10-1) (7-4) (18-3) (15-0) (17-0) (8-4) (14-3) (18-0) (15-0) (12-1) (15-0) 5) Jovanni Arroyo, Oakcrest 125 1) Coley O’Brien, Ocean City 2) Brandon Keller, Timber Creek 3) Joe Esposito, St. Augustine 4) Donte Scott, Paulsboro 5) Jason Gallagher, Bishop Eustace 130 1) Matt Sausman, Camden Catholic 2) Chalie Huff, Washington Township 3) Matt Hennelly, Delsea 4) Tyler Mullarkey, Holy Cross 5) Ron Hoover, Haddon Township 135 1) Tyler Scotton, Willingboro 2) T.J. Miller, Camden Catholic 3) Dan Cornew, Clearview (15-1) (14-0) (15-2) (14-1) (7-2) (14-3) (12-2) (12-1) (12-0) (9-2) (14-2) (11-0) (17-0) (17-0) 4) Curt Delia, Delsea 5) Kevin Birmingham, Timber Creek 140 1) Travis McDowell, Delran 2) Wayne Stinson, Northern Burlington 3) Drew Spector, West Deptford 4) Austin Wetterau, Shawnee 5) Colton Newsome, Pennsville 145 1) C.J. Cobb, Williamstown 2) Will Dengler, Haddonfield 3) Brett Carrero, Deptford 4) Eric Hamrick, Collingswood 5) Dylan Dobzanski, Delsea 152 1) James Green, Willingboro 2) Dymere Rappa, Paulsboro (19-2) (14-4) (16-0) (13-3) (13-1) (13-1) (16-5) (12-1) (15-3) (18-0) (13-3) (18-3) (11-0) (9-5) 3) Jake Siegfried, Highland 4) Tyler Orfe, Bishop Eustace 5) Phil Bakuckas, Hammonton 160 1) Ben Fanjoy, Cherokee 2) Codie Spatz, Burlington Twp. 3) Steve Nelson, Haddon Township 4) Anthony Dawson, Paulsboro 5) Robert Schlitt, Haddonfield 171 1) Declan Devaney, Seneca 2) Matt Cosgrove, Paulsboro 3) Conor Wasson, Lenape 4) Andrew Hughes, Clearview 5) Steve Swayze, Washington Township 189 1) Brian Lussier, Cherry Hill East (13-0) (19-5) (12-2) (16-0) (13-1) (15-0) (13-2) (17-3) (15-1) (12-4) (12-2) (13-1) (11-2) (14-0) 2) Mike Zeuli, Cherokee (6-0) 3) Carson Stack, Haddonfield (18-0) 4) Rigo Morfin, New Egypt (16-0) 5) Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea (14-3) 215 1) Kris Rahn, Haddonfield (17-4) 2) Kevin Stadtmueller, Absegami (14-2) 3) Eric McMullen, Paulsboro (12-3) 4) Brian Smolsky, Cherry Hill West (17-2) 5) Mauro Correnti, Holy Cross (13-1) HWT 1) Greg Webb, Paul VI (10-0) 2) Dan Garwood, Clearview (13-1) 3) Kyle Lloyd, Kingsway (6-1) 4) Steve Schwartz, Absegami (15-3) 5) Andrew Baumgardner, St. Augustine (10-2)