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B4 – Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Daily Journal
1. Timber Creek (22-3) 2. Paulsboro (22-1) 3. Haddonfield (28-2) 4. Delsea (20-3) 5. Pennsville (23-3) 6. Buena (17-6) 7. West Deptford (19-4) 8. Collingswood (19-9) 9. Camden Catholic (22-6) 10. Cherokee (20-5) 11. St. Augustine (15-8) 12. Clearview (19-6) 13. Northern Burlington (17-5) 14. Hammonton (22-6) 15. Bordentown (17-4) *Records through Thursday
Wall of Champions recognizes a program’s greats
Grapplers aim to have their names on their schools’walls
103 Tom Gattinella, St. Aug. 23-5 Jake Martin, Millville 18-6 Sal Marandino, Buena 13-11 Jesse Swope, Delsea 13-5 112 John Hennelly, Delsea 23-0 Connor Palmieri, Buena 20-9 119 Billy Ward, Buena 27-2 Newt Richardson, Schalick 20-3 Ed Donahue, St. Aug. 15-11 Dan DeTetta, Vineland 12-8 125 Joe Esposito, St. Aug. 26-3 William Elliott, Cumberland17-1 130 Matt Hennelly, Delsea 21-0 Justin Pierotti, Buena 22-8 Rian Lamanteer, Cumb. 13-11 Daireck Hatton, Millville 10-9 135 Curt Delia, Delsea 28-3 Dillan Berghof, Buena 25-4 Nick Quiles, Millville 17-4 Jarrett Kelly, Buena 13-11 Cruz Flores, Cumberland 15-12 140 Ricky Azeglio, Delsea 24-7 Joe Devone, St. Augustine 23-6 Richard Morris, Cumb. 18-7 145 Dylan Dobzanski, Delsea 26-4 Devon Fennimore, Vine. 14-5 Tyler Sentman, St. Aug. 19-9 Rico Rivera, Millville 9-8 152 Ed Shockley, Millville 19-5 James Bennett, St. Aug. 18-11 John Scavelli, Delsea 13-7 Zack Rahl, Schalick 19-8 Mike Jacobs, Delsea 14-11 Qwantrelle Merrill, Buena 12-11 160 Adam Schroeder, St. Aug. 22-5 Rob Elliott, Cumberland 16-3 Robert Keener, Delsea 10-7 171 Sergio Cortes, Buena 14-11 189 Eric Hensel, Buena 26-3 Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea 24-3 Steffen Rodriguez, Vine. 16-3 Sean Redden, Delsea 17-11 215 Nick Pustizzi, Schalick 19-6 Noah Repko, Buena 21-7 Emad Ziyahdeh, Buena 15-5 Chris Johnson, Millville 18-7 Hwt. Jeremy Wilson, Millville 20-5 A. Baumgardner, St. Aug. 19-2 Steven Paul, Cumberland 16-4 Tre Porch, Delsea 13-4 *Wrestlers must have a .500 record and a minimum of 11 matches, based on reported results through Thursday.
aseball fields don’t have the best pitchers’ and hitters’ names painted on the dugout and soccer fields don’t have the names of the top scorers listed on the goal posts, but almost every wrestling team’s most accomplished grapplers are on full display in the wrestling room. A Wall of Champions, which often lists state, regional and district champions for the program, provides a constant reminder of who worked the hardest and was the most dedicated every day in that room. Having your name bestowed upon that very wall for every wrestler to see in the future is an honor like no other. “I look at that wall every single day when I walk into the room,” Buena senior Eric patrick Hensel said. “It’s the BUGANSKI people who worked hard and gave everything.” The wall is often mentioned by wrestlers when asked about preseason goals or what drives them after winning district or regional titles. It’s a history lesson of who’s who among wrestlers who donned the school’s singlet. It’s omnipresent motivation. “I think it does mean something,” Millville coach Scott Stay said. “Maybe it builds confidence and when you’ve seen people every year get up on the wall and it’s your workout partner or your friend, it drives you.” The walls bring a sense of permanence to an accomplishment on the mats, whether it be 100 wins or placing in the state. “It’s a goal,” St. Augustine sophomore Tom Gattinella said. “It’s going to be up there for forever.” But while constantly looking at the names on the wall can provide motivation and a look
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Millville High School wrestlers practice near the Thunderbolts’ Wall of Champions on Wednesday. Most grapplers dream of seeing their name on the wall for eternity.
at the history of a program, it can also highlight its struggles. Millville, for example, has the fourth most state champions in South Jersey behind Paulsboro (25), Absegami (12) and Eastern (11) with eight. But the Thunderbolts haven’t won a district title since Martin Kuhn’s triumph at heavyweight in 2007. The last name up on the regional title wall was in 1998 (Darrick W arfle). Stay even takes the importance of a wall of champions a step further — he used it to help choose a college. “When I was being recruited, when I would visit someplace, I would look for their wall,” Stay, who attended North Carolina, said. “When I had gone to Drexel, they had zero AllAmericans. As a person going to college with those expectations, why would I go to a college with zero All-Americans? I walk into North
Carolina’s room and they have five national finalists, they’ve had All-Americans five, six, seven years in a row.” Similarly, in high school, a young grappler can look at the wall and see the level of excellence that’s expected when they step on the mat. Throughout the state, 448 district champions will be crowned today. Next Saturday, 112 regional champions will earn the right to have their names bestowed on their respective walls. Those accomplishments forever immortalized for the next generation of Chiefs, Crusaders, Thunderbolts and Hermits to see.
Patrick Buganski covers high school wrestling for The Daily Journal. Contact him at (856) 5635255 or email@example.com.
THE INSIDE STUFF
Don’t sleep on Cumberland Regional at districts. The Colts have six wrestlers with 20-or-more wins, which might be a little surprising considering the team is 8-10. Junior Richard Morris, at 21-8, is one of the wrestlers who could surprise people. Morris recently spoke with The Daily Journal about the Colts’ team and season. QUESTION: The team went 5-3 in its final eight matches. What was different toward the end of the season that led to that nice run? ANSWER: A couple of the newer guys started developing and staying off their backs and we had a full lineup compared to the beginning of the season. It was mainly the newer guys that started getting better. Q: You’re one of six wrestlers on the team with 20-or-more wins this season. Are the Colts a team we should be looking at to turn some heads at districts? A: We should place pretty high. This year we’ve always done well in individual tournaments. We should shock some people. Q: You’re only going to lose two seniors with winning records this year. How good can the team be next season? A: We’re gonna have a lot of returners, we’re working on getting the guys together to work all summer, and I think we’re supposed to have a couple new guys coming up that should do good too, so we should definitely improve. Q: You’re also a pinner — 16 of your 22
NEWS AND NOTES
■ With the addition of Cedar Creek, District 32 now boasts 12 teams — the most of any district in the entire state. District 31 has nine teams. ■ Paulsboro owns the most district team titles in South Jersey history with 57. Highland and Lenape are tied for second with 20 while Delsea comes in fourth with 18. ■ Trivia time: Which South Jersey school has the longest active streak of team titles in the same district going into the weekend? The answer is at the end of this segment. ■ High Point knocked off top-ranked South Plainfield in the state Group III championship last Sunday in a battle of two New Jersey powerhouses. The Newark StarLedger awarded High Point the No. 1 team in the state, despite a 31-28 loss to state Group IV champion Jackson in January. Paulsboro (Group I),
Cumberland Regional 140/Junior
wins have come by fall. Is that something you strive for or just how things have fallen into place? A: I always try to pin the guy. The coach looks at the top guys to get the pins and that’s how we’ve been winning our matches lately, by getting extra points. I just try to go out and get the guy in the first period. Q: What are your feelings on the fashion sense of coach Carmine Davis? A: His fashion sense, I think he’s definitely the best-dressed coach in South Jersey, with his own unique style of ties and suits. It’s kind of funny, but it’s professional in the same way. He looks at wrestling as a job. He expects us to look the same. He always tells us it’s a business. Q: Which of your teammates is most likely to have Justin Bieber on his iPod? A: I can honestly there isn’t many people on this team. (But last year) Mahalo (Camba) definitely would have Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, the whole thing. — Patrick Buganski ning in the finals. You have your kids who are good and unique like (Camden Catholic’s) Taylor Walsh, who does everything wrong, but wins, but there’s not many of those kids, the exceptions to the rule. If he’d still pin as much, Melchiore and use his trademark quarter nelson: I don’t know, they wouldn’t let me take the chin now. I’d have to modify it, but I’m sure I’d come up with something else, some other kind of funk. On how his reputation affects him as a coach: I think it hurts me as a coach. The referees expect more from our kids and other teams get up for us because they expect our teams to be technically sound. I think it hurts us because we’re supposed to be technically better, but I don’t see us being better all the time. — Patrick Buganski
Brearley (Group II), Delbarton (Non-Public A) and Camden Catholic (NonPublic B) were the other state group champions crowned on Sunday. ■ Bound Brook’s Andrew Campolattano captured career victory No. 165 last weekend to become New Jersey’s all-time win leader, surpassing Queen of Peace’s Frank Cagnina, who finished with 164 last season. The senior, who is 165-1 in his career, will begin his quest for a fourth state title this weekend. Only Delbarton’s Mike Grey has ever achieved four state titles in New Jersey history. ■ Trivia answer: Eastern has won four straight District 26 titles from 2007-2010. One might have guessed Camden Catholic, which has won 10 consecutive titles, but nine came in District 28 before the Irish moved to District 27 last season. — Tom McGurk
Which team deserves to be crowned as the No. 1 team in South Jersey this season? ■ Timber Creek ■ Paulsboro Cast your vote at The Daily Journal’s wrestling blog, “The Mat Pack.”
Joe Melchiore is trying to make a name for himself as a scholastic coach at St. Augustine, but the three-time state champion and NCAA Division I finalist established himself as one of the area’s legendary grapplers a long time ago. Melchiore won his final state championship in 1984. How does he think he would fair against today’s wrestlers? How would the Joe Melchiore of the 1980s do if he were in high school now? “I try to be humble when it comes to that kind of stuff, but I would say I’d win four. I was too mentally tough. There’s some different techniques that have developed, but the good stuff is the old school stuff. That’s the stuff that’s win-
How much offseason work do you put in?
A: Tons, I wrestle in tournaments, lift and train all year. B: A little, I wrestle a couple tournaments and maybe attend a camp. C: Whatever my coach makes me. D: None, I only focus on wrestling during the season.
I just prepare for the season. I know a lot of other kids play other sports, but I gave up baseball my freshman year to focus on wrestling.
St. Augustine, Soph. 103 pounds
THE DAILY JOURNAL’S REGION 7 AND 8 RANKINGS
103 1) Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine 2) John Gentile, Paulsboro 3) Connor Muli, Shawnee 4) Matt Carr, New Egypt 5) Zach Valcarce, Lower Cape May 112 1) Kyle Klaus, Haddonfield 2) John Hennelly, Delsea 3) John Van Brill, Clearview 4) Ricky Carter, Timber Creek 5) Josh Dickinson, Lower Cape May 119 1) Robert Deutsch, Eastern 2) Kevin Devoy, Burlington Twp. 3) Chad Walsh, Camden Catholic 4) Billy Ward, Buena (23-4) (26-5) (27-0) (31-1) (20-3) (28-3) (24-1) (30-1) (3-3) (20-3) (32-0) (23-1) (29-3) (30-2) 5) Isaiah DeGuzman, Pennsauken 125 1) Coley O’Brien, Ocean City 2) Donte Scott, Paulsboro 3) Joe Esposito, St. Augustine 4) Jason Gallagher, Bishop Eustace 5) Brandon Keller, Timber Creek 130 1) Matt Sausman, Camden Catholic 2) Chalie Huff, Washington Township 3) Matt Hennelly, Delsea 4) Ron Hoover, Haddon Township 5) Dan Pak, Delran 135 1) Tyler Scotton, Willingboro 2) T.J. Miller, Camden Catholic 3) Dillan Berghof, Buena (30-1) (26-0) (18-4) (25-3) (30-5) (27-3) (21-2) (24-1) (23-0) (30-3) (32-3) (25-0) (32-0) (28-4) 4) Curt Delia, Delsea 5) Kevin Birmingham, Timber Creek 140 1) Wayne Stinson, Northern Burlington 2) Travis McDowell, Delran 3) Drew Spector, West Deptford 4) Bryce Shade, Timber Creek 5) Austin Wetterau, Shawnee 145 1) C.J. Cobb, Williamstown 2) Eric Hamrick, Collingswood 3) Will Dengler, Haddonfield 4) Daniel Eckley, West Deptford 5) Monty Krough, Pennsville 152 1) James Green, Willingboro 2) Phil Bakuckas, Hammonton (29-4) (28-4) (23-4) (32-4) (24-2) (27-5) (26-2) (27-1) (29-4) (26-3) (23-4) (28-5) (19-0) (27-3) 3) Robert Shade, Timber Creek 4) Dymere Rappa, Paulsboro 5) Kenny Emmons, Pennsville 160 1) Ben Fanjoy, Cherokee 2) Steve Nelson, Haddon Township 3) Codie Spatz, Burlington Twp. 4) Robert Schlitt, Haddonfield 5) Anthony Dawson, Paulsboro 171 1) Matt Cosgrove, Paulsboro 2) Bryan Rozier, Pennsauken 3) Declan Devaney, Seneca 4) Alex Gong, Absegami 5) Conor Wasson, Lenape 189 1) Brian Lussier, Cherry Hill East (30-2) (21-9) (28-4) (31-0) (32-0) (22-2) (27-3) (25-6) (26-6) (33-4) (29-2) (26-5) (25-5) (26-1) 2) Eric McMullen, Paulsboro 3) Carson Stack, Haddonfield 4) Brian Flacco, Audubon 5) Eric Hensel, Buena 215 1) Kris Rahn, Haddonfield 2) Mike Zeuli, Cherokee 3) Dan Garwood, Clearview 4) Kevin Stadtmueller, Absegami 5) Mauro Correnti, Holy Cross HWT 1) Greg Webb, Paul VI 2) Andrew Baumgardner, St. Augustine 3) Tom Rementer, Clayton 4) Trent Hampton, Pennsville 5) Nick Curl, Paulsboro *Records through Thursday. (26-3) (28-1) (25-4) (23-2) (27-4) (19-0) (30-1) (25-3) (32-3) (24-0) (18-2) (25-1) (28-1) (25-6)
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