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Long Branch High School will be having a Long Branch Wrestling Family Reunion on Saturday, March 14th - 6:00pm, at Charley's Ocean Grill to honor past head coaches and Mr. Art Skove. This reunion is open to all alumni, spouses, and fans from the early 60's to today. More info is available on the event's FACEBOOK PAGE. For tickets, please contact Rich Johnson at email@example.com or (848) 456-9102.
Thursday, March 5th
2015 NJSIAA Championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City
Friday: 5:00pm (Preliminaries & Pre-Quarterfinals)
Saturday: 10:00am (Wrestleback 1 / Quarterfinals / Wrestleback 2)
Saturday: 5:00pm (Semifinals / Wrestleback 3 / Wrestleback 4)
Sunday: 10:00am (Wrestleback 5 / 3rd-8th Place Matches)
Sunday: 3:00pm (State Finals)'
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non-snowing Atlantic City, NOW snowing Atlantic City. Working on my previews for this weekend's State Tournament. Adding weights just below as I finish them.
Jonathan Tropea (St. Joe's-Montvale) is a returning 8th-place finisher
and undefeated on the season. Experience and talent makes him the
favorite here. The 106 bracket usually becomes somewhat of a coming out
party for freshmen and wrestlers that have grown into the weight. From the frosh standpoint, keep an eye on Quinn Kinner of Kingsway down in the bottom bracket.
the Shore side of things, there are not a whole lot of "stoppers" in
this bracket. It's a very solid group, but there doesn't seem to be any
draw that makes a medal run entirely unmanageable for any of the three.
That said, I expect Kyle Slendorn to bounce back from last week's Region semifinal loss to a Top 4 finish, and Richie Koehler to remain hot and crack the Top 8.
FINAL: Tropea (St Joe's) over Kinner (Kingsway)
If you're looking for a potential Region 6 Final rematch in any weight, this may be the best shot. Sebastian
Rivera has a pretty nice draw as the #2 seed in the bottom bracket.
He'll be the favorite in each of his matches until the semis when he
would potentially face Brandon Cray (Steinert) who beat him here last
year. Gianni Ghione's draw is a bit tougher, with top-seed Alec Kelly
(St Peter's Prep) and Garrett O'Shea (Morris Knolls) who finished 3rd
and 6th respectively at 106 last year. Going with my gut that we get an
All-Shore final here.
FINAL: Rivera (CBA) over Ghione (Brick Memorial)
only a junior, but people have already begun to talk about where to
rank Bergen Catholic's Nick Suriano among the State's all-time greats,
The 2-time undefeated State Champ is an enormous favorite here, and
anyone pulling out a W against him will most likely get the "upset for
the ages" tag to go with it. Just can't see that happening though.
McClave mentioned after his Region 6 win that he'd like a shot at
Suriano. As the #2 seed in the top bracket, he'll be expected to get it,
but does have some tough hurdles along the way as his quarter bracket
has some very solid talent that have flown a bit under the radar. In the
bottom bracket, Denzel Tovar and Chris Crane both got brutal draws
right out of the gate. Tovar gets matched up with Anthony Rubinetti of
Demarest, who has already beaten the top-seed in the bottom bracket, Ty
Agaisse of Delbarton, while Crane draws Sam Schneider of Emerson, who split a pair of bouts with Bubinetti.
should be good for a Top 4 here, and I think Tovar closes out his
career by reaching the podium in his 3rd trip down here as well.
FINAL: Suriano (Bergen Catholic) over Firestone (Clearview)
A loaded weight class. Either half bracket could be worth the price of admission alone. 2-time State Champ Anthony Cefolo of Hanover Park is the top-seed, but his road to a 3rd title is going to be a tough one. He gets R7 Champ Pedro Hernandez out of the gate, and then potentially Pete Lipari of Bergen Catholic in the quarters. Lurking as the 2nd-seed in the top bracket is 2-time medalist Mike Russo, whose lone loss in this weight is to bottom bracket #2 Ryan Pomrinca (North Hunterdon). Russo's path to a potential semi with Cefolo is equally daunting as AJ Vindici (Randolph), a 3rd-place finisher in 2013 lurks in his quarter bracket.
Russo represents the Shore's best shot for a medal here. It's tough to pick him against the 2-time champ Cefolo, but he is more than capable of pulling off the upset. Going with another Top 4 for him here.
FINAL: Cefolo (Hanover Park) over D'Arcy (Holy Spirit)
Very interesting weight with the top-seeded Craig De La Cruz (Somerville) being a 2-time champion, but coming off a loss in the Region 3 Final to Nick Farro of Delbarton (the top-seed in the bottom bracket). There are plenty of tests for both before they can think rematch though. The main competition in the top half figures to be the undefeated Sal Profaci of Monroe, who has been flat out dominant this season. Other potential obstacles include Sam Morina (Paulsboro), Sam Cali (Don Bosco), and Marcus Iwama from the Shore.
It's a very deep weight class with nowhere providing anything resembling a decent draw. This is especially true for the Shore's reps in the bottom bracket with Anthony Gagliano facing Kittatinny's Austin Scrivani in his opener, and if he wins that, he would get Farro in the pre-quarters. Jimmy Knoeller is in a similar position with the very tough William Kui (DePaul) as his opening round opponent, with the winner getting unbeaten Mike VanBrill of Clearview next. A medal run is going to be very tough for all three of the Shore's qualifiers here, but I think Iwama cracks Top 8 in his 3rd and final run.
FINAL: Profaci (Monroe) over VanBrill (Clearview)
Not sure I would call this weight "wide open" as much I would say that you could make a legit argument for at least a half dozen guys here. Most of the Region Champs here are pretty well-known names with strong resumes, it's the non-champs that really make this weight so intriguing, especially the Region 3rd-place finishers who didn't get seeded. Most notable of the Region 3rd place finishers that are capable of making big runs here are Kris Lindemann, a 6th place finisher at 132 last season and Connor Burkert of St. Peter's Prep, the 4th-place finisher in this weight class in 2014. If Lindemann wins his opener, he gets top bracket #2 seed Mohammed Farhan (Clifton). If Burkert wins his opener, it sets up a Friday night pre-quarter between him and bottom bracket #1 Mark McCormick (Camden Catholic) who was also a 4th place finisher in the state last season. Way too early for that type of matchup, but that's one of the drawbacks to the seeding procedures.
Matt Russo was a win away from a medal in 2013, but missed out on a trip to AC last year as he was slowed by an injury. He's had a tremendous year and I think has a legit shot at surprising many by making it to the finals here.
FINAL: Bierdumpfel (Don Bosco) over Russo (Jackson Liberty)
Top-seeded Vasquez is a returning 3rd-place finisher. He won the Beast of the East this year, but has a loss in this weight to the #2 seed in the bottom bracket, Ryan Burkert of St. Peter's Prep. Vasquez could be on a quarterfinal collision course with Alec Donovan who has a win over the bottom bracket top-seed, Matt Zovistoski (St. Joe's).
Despite a brutal seed, I really like Donovan's chances here. He'd have to most likely go through Vasquez and Jason Gaccione (High Point) just to reach the finals, but he's more than capable of doing just that. Just think the champ is coming out of that top bracket. Thomas Poklikuha is a real wildcard down in the bottom bracket. His two losses on the year are a sudden victory loss to Gaccione, and the 3-2 loss to Donovan in the Region. He can hang with anyone here, and if he gets on a roll, well, who knows. Definitely think he's on the podium here though,
FINAL: Donovan (Brick Memorial) over Burkert (St Peter's Prep)
The top bracket should get interesting early, with a potential Saturday morning showdown between top-seeded Joe Tavoso (Delbarton) and Matt Wilhelm. Can make a strong argument that those are the top two in this bracket and are probably meeting a hair early.
Tough draws for the Shore in the bottom bracket as AJ Meyers draws #1 seed, Gavin Murray (Cranford) in the opening round, while Jake Kaminsky will most likely get the 2-seed, Joe Trovato (Paramus) in the pre-quarters if he wins his opener. Both are returning medal winners, but lost in their Region finals.
I like Wilhelm to finish in the Top 4 here, and he is definitely a strong candidate to make it to the finals.
FINAL: Murray (Cranford) over Tavoso (Delbarton)
Dave McFadden (DePaul) is undefeated, and a returning champion. He's the top-seed, and outside of Suriano at 120, is probably the next heaviest favorite to win his weight here.
For the Shore, Will Scott and Antrez Clagon are in the top bracket and if both win their opening round bouts, they'd meet each other in the pre-quarters. Both are capable of winning out until the semis where McFadden would await. Cliff Ruggiero is always capable of hitting the home run from his feet, so he's always going to be a bit of a wildcard. He'll be a strong favorite in his opener, but would have a big test in his potential quarterfinal matchup with Ed Lenkowski of Clearview.
I'd like to say that all three of the Shore's participants here could and will medal, but with the crossovers from the wrestleback brackets being the way they are, I think one of our guys knocks another one out right before the Top 8, so I'll say we get two medals here.
FINAL: McFadden (DePaul) over Lenkowski (Clearview)
Josh Ugalde was the runner-up at 160 last year and is the top seed in a very difficult top bracket. Ugalde will be tested immediately as he'll most likely get Kyle Wojtaszek, a 7th-place finisher last year, in the pre-quarters. Zack Hertling earned the 2nd-seed in the top bracket based off his 3rd and 4th place finishes as a frosh and a sophomore.
Brett Donner, who finished 3rd at 160 last year, is the bottom bracket top-seed. He's the favorite to reach the semis here where, barring a pretty big upset, he'd get Bergen Catholic's Joe Grello.
The Shore has a great shot at three medals here, and I'm thinking all three wrestlers get a crack at Ugalde. Both Hertling and Wojo have the skill set to beat him, but his huge lower body build and attention to defense make it a tough matchup. Donner presents the best matchup as I would think his speed and gas tank would be enough to get a late takedown that would probably be needed to outlast Ugalde.
FINAL: Donner (Wall) over Ugalde (Bound Brook)
No clear cut favorites here, but you might have to give and overall edge to top seed Kevin Mulligan of Bergen Catholic based on his strong season and tough schedule. Still, this could be a weight where the champ could come from just about anywhere.
With that lead in, all three Shore wrestlers are capable of getting on a roll and making noise here. As the top bracket 2nd-seed, Dean Sherry will be expected to advance to the semis, but he'll most likely have a very tough test in the quarters in a potential matchup with DePaul's Nick DePalma, who sometimes gets overshadowed in that lineup. Joe Salvato and Connor Bohringer are in the lower half of the bottom bracket in which there are no Region champions. Both wrestlers have a legit shot at winning their first two bouts on Friday, setting up a match between them in Saturday's quarterfinals.
This is another weight where the Shore could conceivably put three on the medal stand, but I'll go conservative and say two. You can't count Sherry out as a legit dark horse here either. He's got a real chance.
FINAL: Mulligan (Bergen Catholic) over LaFragola (St Joe's Hammonton)
Matt Correnti (Holy Cross) and Tyree Sutton both placed in this weight class last season, with Correnti taking 3rd and Sutton finishing 6th. The two met twice last season, with each winning one bout. Do we get the rubber match in this year's final? It's certainly possible, but there's a lot of work to do first. Correnti will be a big favorite to reach the semis, but will have a major test in the there in whoever survives the bottom portion of the top bracket that includes 2nd-seeded Danny DeLorenzi (Bergen Catholic), Bound Brook's Aaron Saavedra, and Matt McKenzie.
Sutton's road will get tough a little earlier as it would appear that he would face Michale Carfagno (St Joe's Montvale), who has a win over DeLorenzi, in the quarters. Jeff Velez is the 2nd-seed in the bottom bracket, but I kind of like James Valley as a potential spoiler.
I'm just about all in on Sutton making it to the final here, but I really think you have to consider McKenzie as a legit dark horse out of that top bracket. Is it a year early to pick him to make a final, maybe, but he has to be in the conversation. Either way, I think two more medals from the Shore here in Sutton and Mckenzie, and we could also see a nice run from Keosseian who has wrestled very well down the stretch.
FINAL: Correnti (Holy Cross) over Sutton (Keansburg)
One of the most wide open weights here. The top-seeded Christian Colucci (St Peter's Prep) seems to be a lot of people's pick here, and it's tough to argue against that with his talent and SPP's tough schedule.
Chad Freshnock and Mike Siwiec both received pretty favorable draws. Freshnock got the 2nd-seed in the bottom bracket, while Siwiec gets PBurg's Robert Melise in his opener, and would potentially face the winner of Saverio Salcfas (Brearley) and Mark Gillis (Highland). That is not an impossible draw. Will Oxley got one of the tougher draws for Region 6 runner-ups. If he wins his opener, he gets R7 Champ David Dow of Pennsauken, who is a true sleeper in this bracket, and if he can get by Dow, he'd most likely have the top-seeded Colucci waiting.
I really like Freshnock's draw here, and I think he advances to the finals.
FINAL: Colucci (St Peter's Prep) over Freshnock (Middletown North)
2-time state finalist, and the current #2 heavyweight in the country according to InterMat, Zack Chakonis (Don Bosco) is the heavy (pun intended) favorite here. Anything can happen in this weight, but it's going to take something really unexpected to keep Chakonis from the top of the podium here.
There will be plenty of focus on the Shore's own Nick Rivera. He was the only non-senior or junior to qualify for the tournament last year, and is one of only three sophomores to make the trip this year, as is another Shore-rep Micah Clark. Rivera could be in line to be the next great heavy in NJ, so look for a strong run from him here from the 2nd-seed in the bottom bracket to the medal stand. Brody Graham received the 2-seed in the upper half, and will have a rematch against Kyle Nothnagel (Phillipsburg) in his opener. Graham won the previous matchup, 1-0. Expecting Graham to close out his wrestling career with a medal before heading to UPenn to play football.
FINAL: Chakonis (Don Bosco) over Rodriguez (Buena)
2015 Region 6 Finals
Hwt: #2 So - Nick Rivera (Brick Memorial / 29-1) p. #1 Sr - Brody Graham (Jackson Memorial / 34-2) 5:14
1st Title for Rivera. Now 2-1 on the season vs Graham. 54th Region Title for Brick Memorial106: #5 Fr - Richie Koehler (CBA / 31-3) d. #2 Fr - Joey King (Colts Neck / 33-2) 9-2
12th Region Title for CBA
113: #1 Jr - Sebastian Rivera (CBA / 34-0) d. #2 So - Gianni Ghione (Brick Memorial / 31-2) 3-1 SV
Rivera avenges 2014 Region final loss to Ghione. 13th Region Title for CBA; 2nd medal for Rivera.
120: #1 Jr - Owen McClave (TR South / 32-0) d. #2 Sr - Denzel Tovar (Wall / 34-1) 2-1 TB2
2nd Title for McClave and his 3rd medal. 38th Region Title for TR South.
126: #1 Sr - Mike Russo (Jackson Liberty / 38-2) d. #7 Fr - Cole Corrigan (TR South / 30-4)
3rd Title for Russo and his 4th medal. 5th Region Title for Liberty
132: #2 Sr - Marcus Iwama (Rumson / 33-2) d. #4 Jr - Anthony Gagliano (Howell / 30-6) 9-7
2nd Title for Iwama. His 2nd Title and his 3rd medal. 5th Region Title for Rumson.
138: #1 Sr - Matt Russo (Jackson Liberty / 40-0) d. #3 Sr - Connor Garrity (Lacey / 32-6) 4-1
1st Title for Russo and his 3rd medal. 6th Region Title for Liberty.
145: #1 Sr - Alec Donovan (Brick Memorial / 32-1) d. #2 Sr - Thomas Poklikuha (Pinelands / 34-2) 3-2
1st Title for Donovan and his 3rd medal. 55th Region Title for Brick Memorial
152: #1 Sr - Matt Wilhelm (Southern / 30-2) d. #2 Sr - Jake Kaminsky (Manalapan / 29-1) 5-2
2nd Title for Wilhelm. 40th Title for Southern.
160: #2 Sr - Cliff Ruggiero (Brick Memorial / 33-4) p. #1 Sr - Will Scott (Brick Twp / 32-3) 3:28
1st Title for Ruggiero. 56th Title for Brick Memorial
170: #2 Jr - Brett Donner (Wall / 13-0) d. 1 Sr - Zack Hertling (Ocean Township / 29-2) 6-4
2nd Title for Donner and his 3rd medal. 18th Region Title for Wall.
182: #1 Sr - Dean Sherry (Brick Twp / 35-0) p. #3 Sr - Joe Salvato (TR South / 31-1) 5:50
2nd Title for Sherry. 13th Region Title for Brick Twp.
195: #1 Sr - Tyree Sutton (Keansburg / 37-0) d. #2 So - Matt McKenzie (Wall / 33-1) 1-0
1st Title for Sutton and his 2nd medal. 1st Region Champion in Keansburg history.
220: #1 Jr - Chad Freshnock (Middletown North / 22-1) d. #3 Jr - Will Oxley (CBA / 27-6)
1st Title for Freshnock and his 2nd medal. 13th Region title for North and their 1st since Molinaro in 2004.
Region 6 Coach of the Year: Mike Denver (Brick Memorial)
Region 6 Outstanding Wrestler: Cliff Ruggiero (Brick Memorial)
Region Champs By District
21: 2 / 22: 5 / 23: 5 / 24: 2
AC Qualifiers By District
21: 11 / 22: 10 / 23: 10 / 24: 11
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Region 6 3rd Place Matches
106: #1 Kyle Slendorn (Howell) md. #4 Jeff DeLuise (Barnegat) 11-2
113: #6 Jason Hernandez (Long Branch) d. #4 Mikey Sisolak (Howell) 7-3
120: #6 Chris Crane (Southern) d. #5 Yoseph Borai (TR East) 3-1
126: #4 Dylan VanSickell (CBA) d. #5 Nick Wagner (Wall) 7-6
132: #3 James Knoeller (Southern) d. #1 Dylan Seidenberg (Raritan) 6-3
138: #5 Kris Lindemann (Howell) d. #4 Tim Hamann (Jackson Memorial) 3-2
145: #3 Paul Capaldo (Middletown North) p. #7 Alex Johnson (Shore) 0:45
152: #7 AJ Meyers (TR East) d. #6 Josh Glantzman (Wall) 9-4
160: #3 Antrez Clagon (TR South) tf. #10 Jarret DiGiantomasso (Jackson Memorial) 17-2 6:00
170: #3 Kyle Wojtaszek (Brick Twp) d. #5 Dylan DaSilva (TR North) 8-4
182: #2 Connor Bohringer (Jackson Memorial) d. #4 Anthony Vetrano (Middletown North) 4-3
195: #6 Eric Keosseian (Howell) d. #5 Quentin DeCarlo (TR South) 9-6
220: #2 Mike Siwiec (TR North) p. #6 Fred Womack (Colts Neck) 3:24
Hwt: #6 Micah Clark (St John Vianney) d. #5 Malcolm Daniels (Raritan) 12-9
REGION 6 SEMIFINALS
Wrestleback results are being posted HERE. We'll continue with the wrestleback updates on that page, and then have the 3rd Place matches on this page.
We will have period by period updates of the Finals here beginning at 4:00pm.
#5 Richie Koehler (CBA) md. #1 Kyle Slendorn (Howell) 12-0
#2 Joey King (Colts Neck\) d. #6 Luke Ecklof (St John Vianney) 3-2
FINALS: #5 Fr - Richie Koehler (CBA / 30-3) vs. #2 Fr - Joey King (Colts Neck / 33-1)
#1 Sebastian Rivera (CBA) md. #5 Mike Spino (Jackson Memorial) 15-2
#2 Gianni Ghione (Brick Memorial) p. #3 Sr - Colin Monahan (Freehold Boro) 1:16
FINALS: #1 Jr - Sebastian Rivera (CBA / 33-0) vs. #2 So - Gianni Ghione (Brick Memorial / 31-1)
#1 Owen McClave (TR South) d. #5 Yoseph Borai (TR East) 3-2
#2 Denzel Tovar (Wall) d. #6 Chris Crane (Southern) 8-6
FINALS: #1 Jr - Owen McClave (TR South / 31-0) vs. #2 Sr - Denzel Tovar (Wall / 33-0)
#1 Mike Russo (Jackson Liberty) md. #4 Dylan VanSickell (CBA) 12-4
#7 Cole Corrigan (TR South) d. #3 Andy Hernandez (Long Branch) 5-4
FINALS: #1 Sr - Mike Russo (Jackson Liberty / 37-2) vs. #7 Fr - Cole Corrigan (TR South / 30-3)
##4 Anthony Gagliano (Howell) d. #1 Dylan Seidenberg (Raritan) 5-4
#2 Marcus Iwama (Rumson) md. #3 James Knoeller (Southern) 14-3
FINALS: #4 Jr - Anthony Gagliano (Howell / 30-5) vs. #2 Sr - Marcus Iwama (Rumson / 32-2)
#1 Matt Russo (Jackson Liberty) d. #5 Kris Lindemann (Howell) 4-2
#3 Connor Garrity (Lacey) d. #2 Pat Mooney (Southern) 6-4
FINALS: #1 Sr - Matt Russo (Jackson Liberty / 39-0) vs. #3 Sr - Connor Garrity (Lacey / 32-5)
#1 Alec Donovan (Brick Memorial) d. #4 Joe Santamarco (Manalapan) 2-0
#2 Thomas Poklikuha (Pinelands) d. #3 Paul Capaldo (Middletown North) 6-2
FINALS: #1 Sr - Alec Donovan (Brick Memorial / 31-1) vs. #2 Sr - Thomas Poklikuha (Pinelands / 34-1)
#1 Matt Wilhelm (Southern) md. #5 Nick Pollara (Brick Twp) 12-3
#2 Sr - Jake Kaminsky (Manalapan) vs. #6 Josh Glantzman (Wall) 4-3
FINALS: #1 Sr - Matt Wilhelm (Southern / 29-2) vs. #2 Sr - Jake Kaminsky (Manalapan)
#1 Will Scott (Brick Twp) d. #4 Nino Gagliano (Freehold Twp) 9-2
#2 Cliff Ruggiero (Brick Memorial) p. #3 Antrez Clagon (TR South) 1:55
FINALS: #1 Sr - Will Scott (Brick Twp / 32-2) vs. #2 Sr - Cliff Ruggiero (Brick Memorial / 32-4)
#1 Zack Hertling (Ocean Township) md. #5 Dylan DaSilva (TR North) 12-1
#2 Brett Donner (Wall) d. #3 Kyle Wojtaszek (Brick Twp) 5-3
FINALS: #1 Sr - Zack Hertling (Ocean Township / 29-1) vs. #2 Jr - Brett Donner (Wall / 12-0)
#1 Dean Sherry (Brick Twp) md. #4 Anthony Vetrano (Middletown North) 15-5
#3 Joe Salvato (TR South) p. #2 Connor Bohringer (Jackson Memorial) 2:25
FINALS: #1 Sr - Dean Sherry (Brick Twp / 34-0) vs. #3 Sr - Joe Salvato (TR South / 31-0)
#1 Tyree Sutton (Keansburg) d. #5 Quentin DeCarlo (TR South) 6-1
#2 Matt McKenzie (Wall) d. #6 Eric Keosseian (Howell) 6-5
FINALS: #1 Sr - Tyree Sutton (Keansburg / 36-0) vs. #2 So - Matt McKenzie (Wall / 33-0)
#1 Chad Freshnock (Middletown North) d. #5 Dominic Infante (Pt Boro) 7-6
#3 Will Oxley (CBA) d. #2 Mike Siwiec (TR North) 4-3
FINALS: #1 Jr - Chad Freshnock (Middletown North / 21-1) vs. #3 Jr - Will Oxley (CBA / 27-5)
#1 Brody Graham (Jackson Memorial) p. #5 Malcolm Daniels (Raritan) 2:28
#2 Nick Rivera (Brick Memorial) md. #6 Micah Clark (St John Vianney) 8-0
FINALS: #1 Sr - Brody Graham (Jackson Memorial / 34-1) vs. #2 So - Nick Rivera (Brick Memorial / 28-1)
Region Brackets are now online. CLICK HERE and then click under Results on the top left to find the brackets.
District 21 @ Manalapan
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District 22 @ Red Bank Regional
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District 23 @ Brick Memorial
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District 24 @ Pine Belt Arena
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2015 Dates of Importance
2/25, 2/27-2/28: Regions
3/6-3/8: State Championships