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Friday, January 13, 2012
High school wrestling news and notes blogs.thedailyjournal. com/matpack
ake Kientz is 0-6 for his career, but the Delsea Regional High School freshman 113-pounder is still responsible for one of Delsea’s biggest wins of the year. Kientz is the perfect example of how wrestling embodies the ideals of a team sport better than any other on the scholastic landscape. He stepped on the mat against Clearview‘s Ronald Mestichelli on Saturday with one instruction — don’t get pinned. The freshman listened as he wrestled conservative and didn’t put himself in too much danger of being put to his back. Kientz lost, 8-3, but since he didn’t give up the pin, he was the hero. “I was excited to not get pinned,” Kientz said. “I was kind of happy about losing.” Because all 14 bouts count equally, each wrestler has a chance to be responsible for a victory as the next. That means an accomplished senior like Curt Delia is as important as an inexperienced freshman. In any given match, all 14 wrestlers have a chance to be a hero in any number of ways. “I never thought I would be in that kind of position, especially now, I’m not a senior or anything,” Kientz said. “I thought it was awesome.” Every bout represents the possibility of a 12-point swing. If a kid who gets pinned simply pins his opponent, it changes the outcome by 12 points. “It’s not just one person, it’s 14 weight classes,” St. Augustine junior Tom Gattinella said. “It comes down to every wrestler on the team.” Gattinella has been on the wrong side of wrestling’s ability to make a winner out of the loser of a
Losing to win makes wrestling the ultimate team sport
1. Timber Creek 2. Camden Catholic 3. Delsea 4. West Deptford 5. Pennsville 6. Paulsboro 7. Clearview 8. Absegami 9. Egg Harbor Township 10. St. Augustine 11. Haddonfield 12. Buena 13. Cherokee 14. Shawnee 15. Hammonton 6-0 11-1 11-1 5-0 6-3 6-3 6-4 5-6 7-3 6-6 5-3 3-3 6-2 7-3 7-4
do, that helps your team,” Millville coach Scott Stay said. “If you strike out in baseball, that doesn’t help your team. If you throw four interceptions in football, that doesn’t help your team. But if you go out and you lose 10-0, that could really help your team.” Losing a certain way isn’t just a quirky note in the occasional box score either, it’s discussed at practice and during matches. “That’s the sacrifice good teams are prepared to make,” Delsea coach Greg Sawyer said. “Sometimes you know you’re out of the match and your goal is to do what you can for the team. So you’re sacrificing your pride for the good of the team and wrestling tough for the team still.” Since wrestling is a oneon-one combat sport, most outsiders or newcomers don’t realize the role the team aspect plays. “I thought it was a lot more individual,” Kientz said. “Last year (in middle school), we just went to a lot of tournaments and stuff.” The fact that anyone in any match can be the reason a team is victorious is the signature trait of wrestling, it’s what sets the sport apart from others and helps build the passion that often remains through the years. Everyone has a story about an upset, a narrow victory or a pin that shouldn’t have happened from a kid who probably never accomplished much, but for that one night, he was the hero, even if they lost. “I can’t say there’s anything like it,” Stay said. “It’s great when you have a whole team effort and you win, or you have somebody who fights off their back and doesn’t get pinned, or you have somebody who sticks somebody they weren’t supposed to beat.”
T H E D A I LY J O U R N A L
NEWS & NOTES
» Senior heavyweight Tom Rementer, a four-year starter for Clayton, wanted the opportunity to wrestle just once at his home school. He got that chance Monday night. Rementer attends Glassboro, but took the mat in the Bulldogs gymnasium for the first time during the Clippers’ 62-6 win over Riverside. The heavyweight earned a 4-1 decision, raising his record to 11-0. Glassboro disbanded its wrestling program after the 2007-08 season because of low numbers. The school formed a combined team with Clayton the following year. Clayton has been one of the big surprises so far this season, accumulating a 9-1 record with the lone loss a 30-29 decision to Pennsville. » South Plainfield’s Anthony Ashnault became the third wrestler in New Jersey history to reach 100 career wins without a loss. Ashnault, a junior and two-time state champion, won his milestone match on Monday with a 15-4 major decision over Franklin’s Jake Balestrieri. Jackson’s Scott Winston went 137-0 en route to three state titles and Bound Brook’s Andrew Campolattano went 175-1 with four state titles. No wrestler in N.J. history has won four state titles and gone undefeated.
THE DAILY JOURNAL’S REGION 7 & 8 RANKINGS
St. Augustine Prep's Tom Gattinella, top, wrestles Egg Harbor Township's Shane Morgan on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/CODY GLENN
1. John Gentile, Paulsboro 2. Tyler McBride, Camden Catholic 3. Patrick D’Arcy, Holy Spirit 4. Jesse Swope, Cumberland 5. Joey Rocks, Egg Harbor Township 15-1 11-3 11-0 7-1 12-1 11-0 15-1 14-3 7-3 7-2 12-1 9-5 10-1 13-2 12-3 8-0 14-1 10-1 14-3 6-1 11-2 9-0 14-1 11-1 8-1 12-1 15-1 11-0 10-5 12-4 14-1 15-1 12-1 6-3 11-1 10-0 13-3 14-1 17-1 11-3 11-0 5-0 15-2 12-0 13-3 11-0 10-3 12-3 11-0 12-1 10-0 9-3 11-2 11-2 9-3 8-0 13-1 14-4 8-2 10-1 8-2 11-0 10-1 11-2 8-1 1-0 6-2 12-0 12-1 13-2
bout. During last year’s match with Buena, he needed to win by more than a major decision in the final bout, but couldn’t turn the Chiefs’ Sal Marandino. Gatinella won12-0, but Marandino and Buena celebrated. “I’d rather have a team win than a personal win,” Gattinella said. “I just wanted that feeling. The whole gym was going nuts, I wanted that to be on our side. I dominated the match, but the kid did what the coach told him to do, he did his job.” There are no other sports where losing can benefit the team so much. “If you do your job and you do the best that you can
1. Anthony Racobaldo, Williamstown 2. Sam Morina, Paulsboro 3. Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine 4. Zach Valcarce, Lower Cape May 5. Ronray Harris, Middle Township
1. Billy Ward, Buena 2. Ricky Carter, Timber Creek 3. Collin Mitchell, Eastern 4. Juan Rivera, Paulsboro 5. Connor Muli, Shawnee
Zach Goranson, Millville Steven Bergamo, St. Augustine Jesse Swope, Cumberland Joshua Pineda, Vineland Tom Carney, Delsea 12-2 13-5 7-1 11-4 7-7 14-3 12-2 9-3 8-5 8-5 12-1 11-1 11-4 8-3 6-6 4-3 11-1 7-4 9-6 15-1 12-4 9-6 7-5 15-1 12-1 10-4 7-5 6-5 4-4 17-1 11-3 9-4 14-2 14-4 9-3 6-6 12-4 12-2 9-3 5-3 6-4 9-7 13-1 12-3 12-3 11-1 10-2 5-5 14-2 9-6 7-4 5-3 7-5
1. Kevin Devoy, Burlington Township 2. Ron Gentile, Paulsboro 3. John VanBrill, Clearview 4. Mike Jiampetti, Absegami 5. D.J. Mele, Cherokee
1. Brandon Keller, Timber Creek 2. Maaziah Bethea, Trenton Central 3. Joe Lemerise, Cherokee 4. Will Elliott, Cumberland 5. Connor Bestwick, Woodstown
Tom Gattinella, St. Augustine Zach Nealis, Vineland John Gallo, Schalick Chad Kahn, Millville Sal Marandino, Buena
1. Chad Walsh, Camden Catholic 2. Joe Esposito, St. Augustine 3. Ed Lenkowski, Clearview 4. Nick Knauer, Paulsboro 5. John Hennelly, Delsea
Billy Ward, Buena Newt Richardson, Schalick Danny DeTetta, Vineland Connor Palmieri, Bunea John Borelli, Delsea
John Rizzo, Vineland Will Elliott, Cumberland Elias Garcia, Millville Jarred Hodges, St. Augustine
1. T.J. Miller, Camden Catholic 2. Curt Delia, Delsea 3. Dillan Berghof, Buena 4. Dom Ruggiero, Timber Creek 5. Antonio Mancella, Oakcrest
THE INSIDE STUFF
Millville sophomore standout Ed Shockley enjoyed a successful freshman campaign, in part because he was still unknown. Now his name is familiar to many because he’s a returning region qualifier. The 160-pounder, who moved to Millville from Lower Cape May before his freshman year, is also a member of the Thunderbolts’ football squad that completed an 11-1 season, complete with a trip to the state final. He recently spoke with The Mat Pack about wrestling, the Vineland/Millville rivalry and a little more. Question: How is it different to wrestle this year now that you’re more known? Answer: It’s not really different, usually now teams will bump their harder kid up to me, gives me a harder match usually, but it hasn’t really changed much, you still have to go out there and wrestle like every other match. Q: Is it more difficult? A: At my weight class it’s a little tougher, trying to make the weight and having more kids bump up. This year is harder than last year. Q: What does the Vineland/ Millville rivalry mean to you, having only lived here for a couple of years. A: It actually means a lot, just because I’m not going out there to wrestle for myself, I’m wrestling for the town and the people. The same thing with football, it’s one of the biggest rivalries in the state. Q: So how tough was it to lose to Vineland, despite winning the bouts 10-4?
FANTASY WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
Each week we will feature a fantasy matchup between two of the best wrestlers from greater Cumberland County since 1985.
Winner faces No. 1 seed Joe Alexander (Delsea class of ‘98)
1. Raamiah Bethea, Trenton Central 2. Wayne Stinson, Northern Burlington 3. Monty Krough, Pennsville 4. Mark Patterson, St. Augustine 5. Bryce Shade, Timber Creek
Joe Esposito, St. Augustine Zach Nealis, Vineland Jarett Pierotti, Buena Cruz Flores, Cumberland Curt Delia, Delsea Dillan Berghof, Buena Richard Morris, Cumberland Rico Rivera, Millville Dylan Manno, Schalick Victor DeFrance, Delsea Mark Patterson, St. Augustine Ed Shockley, Millville Justin Pierotti, Buena Dylan Dobzanski, Delsea Tyler Sentman, St. Augustine Zach Rahl, Schalick Derrick DeWoody, Delsea
Millville 160 :: Sophomore
MATCHUP NO. 1
Class of 1995
A: It was a big letdown for us. We thought we would be able to put points on the board. We just didn’t come out there to wrestle the way we should have. Q: What does coach Scott Stay bring to the team? A: He brings a lot of good technique, like new moves we need to learn, and he’s very observant on the mat. He’s a real aggressive coach. Q: Between football and wrestling, which team was closer with each other? A: Our wrestling team is pretty close, but like bond-wise, our football team is closer because because all through the year we’re building that bond, building that bond. Q: Which of your teammates would do the best on American Idol? A: Probably (junior 152-pounder) Rico (Rivera), he’s real outgoing and he’s always singing and stuff.
— Patrick Buganski
Class of 2008
ACCOMPLISHMENTS State: 2nd, Region: 1st District: 1st
1. Phil Bakuckas, Hammonton 2. Robert Schlitt, Haddonfield 3. Dylan Dobzanski, Delsea 4. Connor Donahue, Clearview 5. Austin Wetterau, Shawnee
ACCOMPLISHMENTS State: 2nd, 3rd; Region: 1st, 2nd; District: 1st
1. Steve Nelson, Haddon Township 2. Robert Shade, Timber Creek 3. Alex Gong, Absegami 4. Nick Elmer, Penns Grove 5. Nick Moore, Seneca
James Bennett, St. Augustine Steffen Rodriguez, Vineland Marshall Brooks, Delsea Michael Coombs, Cumberland Dylan Wargo, Schalick Cory Pietrzyk, St. Augustine
1. Rory Bonner, West Deptford 2. David Williams, Hammonton 3. Tyler Miller, New Egypt 4. Thomas Forline, Moorestown 5. John Benard, Oakcrest
Winner faces No. 2 seed Mark Saul (Millville class of ‘96)
MATCHUP NO. 2
Class of 1995
ACCOMPLISHMENTS State: 2nd, 3rd, 3rd; Region: 1st four times; District: 1st four times
Class of 1998
ACCOMPLISHMENTS State: 1st, Region: 1st twice; District: 1st
1. Carson Stack, Haddonfield 2. Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea 3. Anthony DeVito, Pennsville 4. Padric Lynch, Haddon Heights 5. Chris Lail, Kingsway
Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea Sean Redden, Delsea Taiwahn Cosby, Vineland
1. Mauro Correnti, Holy Cross 2. Marquis Jackson, Delran 3. Nick Pustizzi, Schalick 4. Brandon Belger, Middle Township 5. Roy Lucas, St. Joseph
Nick Pustizzi, Schalick Noah Repko, Buena Obie Kali, Millville
Vote for the winner at thedailyjournal.com/matpack. Check back next week for winners and a new matchup.
1. Greg Webb, Timber Creek 2. Cody Melton, Northern Burlington 3. Tom Rementer, Clayton 4. Alex Thompson, Haddon Heights 5. Tre Porch, Delsea
Tre Porch, Delsea Eugene Maisonave, Vineland Jacob Paul, Cumberland Jake Broom, Schalick Fred DeMary, Millville
*Wrestlers must have at least a .500 record and a minimum of seven bouts. All the records and rankings are based on information through Wednesday.
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