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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