Delsea has won back to back Group 3 championships and is looking to make it three in a row.
The Crusaders return two state placers, Jamar Dixon (7th place) and Rocco Bennett (7th place) along with state qualifiers Gage Summers (Consolation round 3), Blaise Verdino (Consolation round 1) and Riley Boos (Consolation round 1). with more than a third of the lineup having state tournament experience it is hard to imagine they won’t be in the Group 3 finals again.
106 – Greyson Petit 113 – Blaise Verdino 120 – Gage Summers 126 – Amari Vann 132 – Ramon Alfonso 138 – Zavier Stokes 144 – Michael Stokes 150 – Jamar Dixon 157 – Riley Boos 165 – Salvatore Marchese 175 – Charles Six 190 – Greg Sawyer 215 – Joel Anderson 285 – Rocco Bennett
Paulsboro comes into the 23-24 season as the runner up and a two year drought without winning group 1. That has only happened twice for Paulsboro in the history of the group 1 championships.
The Red Raiders return a state place winner Roman Onorato (8th place) and three state qualifiers Hayden Holmes (Consolation round 1), Logan Sichelstiel (Consolation round 1) and Chase Bish (Consolation round 2) to lead a team with lots of experience and depth.
History tells us that Paulsboro won’t be runner for a third year in row.
106 – William Cruz 113 – Hayden Holmes 120 – Aundre Hill 126 – Angelo Dipol 132 – Logan Sichelstiel 138 – Chase Bish 144 – Kyle Harvey 150 – Keros Cooper 157 – Roman Onorato 165 – Sawyer Cabanas 175 – Luke Metz 190 – Austin Willetts 215 – Frank Damminger 285 – Jared Hazel
Del Val enters the 23-24 wrestling season trying to pull off the Group 1 Three-peat. They beat NJ powerhouse Paulsboro the last two year in the finals.
The team returns state placer Matt Roche (8th place) and three other state qualifiers Jake Taylor (Consolation round 2), Jackson Bush (Consolation round 2) and Anderson Olcott (Consolation round 1). Add in a plethora of returning varsity experience and it seems that the probability is high that the Terriers repeat.
Del Val is one of the few Northwest NJ powerhouse teams that did not have/possibly have a coaching change this offseason or the end of this year.
106 – Tristan Fawthrop 113 – Lucas Beyers 120 – Jake Taylor 126 – Jaden Perez 132 – Marcus Gary 138 – Matt Roche 144 – Jackson Bush 150 – Ben Levy 157 – Sebastion Dabak 165 – Mitchell Sutter 175 – Kevin Roman 190 – August Savacool 215 – Andeson Olcott 285 – Kyle Cooke
Hunterdon Central returns all their state qualifiers, Ryan Sherlock (Consolation round 2), Anthony Rossi (Consolation round 3), William Cella (Consolation round 2) and Rhett Washleski (Consolation round 3) from last year. They also return Region 5 place winners Evan Thompson (6th), Jacob Saus (6th) and Thomas Brunetti (5th) to solidify a solid lineup that will cause problems for most teams in the state.
The one unknown as of the posting of this preview is the status of Head Coach Jon Cantagallo-Rohm who has allegedly applied for the Phillipsburg job and is considered a front runner for the job. Stay tuned to find out more.
106 – Michael DeGloma 113 – Ryan Sherlock 120 – Anthony Rossi 126 – Michael Bet 132 – Ahmed Hussain 138 – Evan Thompson 144 – William Cella 150 – Rhett Washleski 157 – Jakob Saus 165 – Jackson Call 175 – Thomas Brunetti 190 – Danny Internoscia 215 – Ryan Seemon 285 – Tyler Suk
Paul Kenny is the NJWrestle.com August Wrestler of the Month after winning a U17 World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey earlier in August.
Paul is know as the Iceman here at NJWrestle.com Headquarters. In his semifinal match against Sam Sayer of Iran he scored an exposure in the closing seconds of the match to earn the win and then in finals used incredible defense and positioning to fight off a flurry of attempts by Japan’s Yamato Furusawa to secure the gold medal.
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Howell heads into the 23-24 season as one of the top teams in group 5. They always seems to be in contention for the title when the end of the year rolls around no matter how the season started for them.
Howell will be led by returning state qualifiers Xavier Ortega (consolation round 4), Sebastian Ortega (consolation round 4), Giovanni Scafidi (consolation round 3) and Kylie Gudewitz (3rd Girls States). Numerous wrestlers with varsity matches under their belt also return to the Howell lineup.
Newcomer to watch is Tanner Hodgins who was a 23 Tulsa National Champion. We expect to see Tanner in the lineup around 165.
You can bet the house that Coach Jon Gagliano will use the season to get the team ready for an end of season run.
Phillipsburg heads into the 23-24 school year with no head coach as Brad Gentzle stepped down unexpectedly at the end of the summer. Lots of rumors about who is interested and who wants the job but nothing solid so we will not post names yet.
Even with no head coach Phillipsburg has an experienced lineup returning which is lead by two returning state place winners Luke Geleta (6th), John Wargo (7th) and Gavin Hawk who made it to consolation round 4. Other returning starters include Massimo Gonzalez, Dawson McWilliams, Gavin Geleta, Kyle Beenders, John Roth, Patrick Day, Liam Packer and Caleb Rivera
Newcomer to watch is freshman Owen Garriques who is the son of Centenary University Head Coach John Garriques.
We like Phillipsburg to contend like always for the Group 5 championship.
106 – Anthony Pettinelli 113 – Massimo Gonzalez 120 – Owen Garriques 126 – Dawson McWilliams 132 – Gavin Geleta 138 – Kyle Beenders 144 – Luke Geleta 150 – John Roth 157 – Gavin Hawk 165 – Patrick Day/Liam Packer 175 – Patrick Day/ Liam Packer 190 – Caleb Rivera 215 – Nathan Smith 285 – John Wargo
Southern comes into 23-24 after a season for the ages in 22-23. They had a state champ, a state finalist and four other state place winners. They dominated group 5 which included handing perennial power Phillipsburg one of their worst losses in history.
Southern lost a lot high quality wrestlers to graduation but they still are loaded with returning talent and incoming freshmen. Below is the projected lineup for the start of the season.
106 – Anthony Mason 113 – Sam Pari 120 – Scottie Sari 126 – Attila Vigilante 132 – Jacob Chambers 138 – Wyatt Stout 144 – Owen Parker 150 – Hayden Hochstrasser 157 – Matt Henrich 165 – Tyler Chase 175 – Levi Foote 190 – Mitch Bivona 215 – Collin French 285 – Anthony Bonacasta/Caleb Counts/Anthony Marcano
Jayden went 7-0 at Fargo outscoring his opponents 79-13 to win his title. He beat current nationally ranked* wrestlers Dean Anderson (20) 8-0 in the semifinals and Manny Saldate (19) 13-7 in the finals.
Girls Wrestler of the Month
Ava went 5-2 at Fargo and placed 7th. Sadly injury prevented us from seeing Ava wrestle nationally ranked** Emma Albanese (2 @ 112) in the 7th place match.
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120 – Leo Deluca – 1st place 145 – Cross Wasilewski – 2nd place 160 – William Henckel – 2nd place 170 – Jordan Chapman – 4th place 170 – Ryan Burton – 6th place 220 – Aiden Schlett – 6th place 285 – Rocco Dellagatta – 4th place
16U Boys Freestyle
88 – Edward George – 2nd place 100 – Cameron Sontz – 5th place 100 – Jordan Segal – 8th place 106 – Michael Batista – 7th place 132 – Jayden James – 1st place 145 – Gabe Logan – 3rd place 145 – Luke Geleta – 4th place 152 – Brandon Dean – 7th place
Junior Girls Freestyle
117 – Ava Rose – 7th place 122 – Kira Pipkins – 6th place 132 – Kayla Vazquez – 8th
16U Girls Freestyle
106 – Charlie Wylie – 3rd place
Junior Boys Greco
182 – Aidan Squier – 4th place
16U Boys Greco
145 – Gabe Logan – 1st place 152 – Brandon Dean – 5th place