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UPDATE - 11/21
It's Thursday, you know what that means? We are officially 4 weeks away from Opening Night! I'm pretty much finished with all the little things on my end to get this going when the time is right, and the time is almost right. I'll get the emails out eventually, and then we'll start with the team previews the first week of December, and roll them out every day until Opening Night. Almost time!
Continuing with my picks for the top wrestler from each program through the first 15 years (2004-2005 thru 2018-2019) of this website...
Raritan - Dan Seidenberg (2009)
Seidenberg's 158 career wins was a Shore Conference record for 10 seasons before it was broken this year. He was a 3-time State Medalist, finishing 2nd twice and 3rd once. Seidenberg was also the first 2-time Region Champ in program history and won 3 District Titles, as well.
Honorable Mentions: Russell Benson (2-time Region Champ; 3-time District Champ; 2nd in career wins) / TJ Mitchell (5th in NJ - 2007; 3-time District Champ) / Dave Seidenberg (3rd in NJ - 2007; 2-time District Champ) / Cristine Gavasheli (Girls State Champ - 2019)
SHORECONFERENCEWRESTLING.com 15 Year Outstanding Wrestler
(Year in parenthesis is wrestler's final season)
Asbury Park - Domingo Perez (2013)
5 years after the Blue Bishops wrestling program was resurrected, Perez would become the Bishops' first District Champion since 1971, winning the D23 heavyweight title in 2012, a feat he would repeat the following season.
Honorable Mention: Jaylen Paige (2-time District Champ; Became Asbury's first State Qualifier since the program was re-established.)
Barnegat - Shane Herring (2010)
2 years after becoming a varsity program, Herring etched his name in the record books by becoming the Bengals' first District Champion in 2009, and their first 30-bout winner. At the time he graduated, Herring was the program's leader in career wins.
Honorable Mentions: Sean Foley (Program's career wins leader & first 100-match winner) / Matt Schofield (Program's first State Qualifier)
Brick Memorial - Steve Santos (2009)
A State Champion & Region Champion in 2009, and a 4-time District Champion, Santos' 149 career victories remains the all-time record for the Mustangs.
Honorable Mentions: Alec Donovan (State Champ - 2015, 1-time Region Champ, 4-time District Champ) / Mike Morales (State Champ - 2009, 2-time Region Champ, 3-time District Champ)
Brick Twp - Kyle Wojtaszek (2015)
Wojtaszek, a 2-time State Placer, including a 3rd Place finish in 2015, holds the Dragons' record for career wins with 126, and wins in a season with 42. He also was a District Champion in 2014.
Honorable Mentions: Dean Sherry (3rd Place in NJ - 2015, 2-time Region & District Champion, 3rd all-time in career wins at Brick) / Conor Brennan (3rd in NJ in 2011, Region & District Champ in 2011, Held program record for career wins at time of graduation)
CBA - Sebastian Rivera (2016)
With a pin at 5:59 of the 3rd period, Rivera joined Hall of Famer, Pete Black, as the only State Champions in CBA history. Rivera also placed 5th in NJ in 2014 & 2015, and was a 2-time Region and District Champion.
Honorable Mentions: Richie Koehler (2-time State Placer, 3-time Region & District Champ, 2nd in career wins at CBA) / Vin Favia (2-time State Placer, Region Champ in 2012, 2-time District Champ, Career wins leader at CBA with 136)
Central - Nick Weaver (2006)
Spent just two seasons at Central, finishing 4th in State twice, and winning 2-Region and District Championships. Finished his high school career with 149 wins.
Honorable Mentions: Nick Tenpenny (3rd in NJ - 2007, 2-time District Champ, 5th in career wins at Central) / Jalen Ramos (2nd in career wins at Central, 8th in NJ in 2012, District Champ - 2011) / Kalyph Hardy (3rd in NJ - 2011, District Champ - 2011)
Colts Neck - Tyler Fraley (2010)
Wrestled just three seasons for the Cougars, but in that time he racked up 108 career wins. Fraley is the program's only 2-time State Placer, finishing 2nd in 2010 and 5th in 2009. A Region Champ in 2010, Fraley also became the program's first 2-time District Champ with title wins in 2009 & 2010.
Honorable Mentions: Michael Jannucci (Cougars' only 3-time District Champ) / Joey King (Program career wins leader with 143) / Jimmy Somma (Program's first Region Champ & first State Medal Winner)
Donovan Catholic - Cristiaan Dailey (2018)
The program's career wins leader with 115 W's, Dailey became the first Griffin to cross the 100 victory threshold, and was a 2-time District Champ.
Honorable Mentions: Sal DiSalvo (2nd in career wins; Region Champ - 2018; 2-time District Champ) / Anthony D'Anton (Region Champ & District Champ - 2011) / Conor Panzarella (2-time District Champ)
Freehold Boro - Nico Messina (2020)
Messina became the program's first Region Champ since 1964 in 2018. He then went on to repeat in 2019, matching Hall of Famer Carlos Fontanez as the only 2-time Region Champs in program history. He also matched Fontanez by winning his 3rd District Title in 2019. He enters 2020 with 102 career wins, 9 away from breaking the school record.
Honorable Mentions: Thomas Nulty (Program leader in career wins) / Josh Davis (2-time District Champ; 2nd all-time in career wins)
Freehold Twp - Nick DePierro (2014)
A 6th Place finisher in the State and a District Champ in 2014, DePierro holds the program record for career wins with 127, and shares the single season high mark with 39.
Honorable Mentions: Gene Accardi (6th in NJ - 2007; 2nd in career wins) / Ken Brophy (8th in NJ - 2010; 3rd in career wins) / Kyle Hillermeier (8th in NJ - 2018; 4th in career wins)
Holmdel - Scott Dupont (2018)
The program leader in career victories with 146, the 2-time District Champ became the Hornets first State Placer in 35 years when he took 6th in AC in 2018.
Honorable Mentions: Chris Ammirati (District Champ - 2017; 4th in Career Wins) / Jimmy Ilvento (1st Hornet to cross 100 win threshold) / Troy Gallo (2nd in career wins)
Howell - Joey Langel (2008)
Won the State Title at 112 pounds in 2008, becoming the program's first State Champ in 43 seasons. Also a Region Champ, and a 2-time District Champ, Langel is 5th on the Rebels career wins list with 128.
Honorable Mentions: Eric Keosseian (State Champ - 2017; 2-time Region & District Champ) / Kyle Slendorn (Tied for 2nd all-time in Shore Conference career wins with 158; 2-time State Runner-up; Region Champ - 2017; 4-time District Champ) / Darby Diedrich (5th in Shore Conference all-time with 156 wins; 7th in NJ (2017); 2-time Region Champ; 4-time District Champ)
Jackson Liberty - Mike Russo (2015)
A 3-time State Placer (3rd-2014, 4th-2013, 6th-2015), 3-time Region Champ, and 4-time District Champion, Russo's 157 career wins is #4 all-time in the Shore Conference.
Honorable Mentions: Brendan Kahle (Program's 1st District Champ - 2009) / Nick Zak (6th in NJ - 2012; 2-time Region & District Champ; 3rd in career wins at JL) / TJ Liquori (8th in NJ - 2014; 2-time District Champ; 5th in career wins at JL)
Jackson Memorial - Scott Winston (2008)
After missing the post-season due to injury his freshman season, Winston would go on to become a 3-time State, Region, and District Champion, and finishing his career at a perfect 137-0.
Honorable Mentions: Dallas Winston (State Champ - 2012; State Runner-Up - 2011; 2-time Region Champ; 3-time District Champ) / Ken Carney (State Champ - 2007; 3-time District Champ) / Sean Byrnes (State, Region, & District Champ - 2008) / Tyler Biscaha (State & Region Champ - 2008)
Keansburg - Tyree Sutton (2015)
Hands down the most successful wrestler in program history. Sutton's 2015 season saw him going a perfect 41-0 on his way to becoming the Titans' first ever State & Region Champion, and their 2nd 2-time District Champion. Sutton also placed 6th in NJ his junior season, making him Keansburg's first State Medalist. His 100 career wins is the most in program history.
Honorable Mention: Matt Rosner (2-time District Champion)
Keyport - Greg Velasco (2011)
The programs career wins leader with 116 victories, Velasco became the program's 2nd State Medalist in 2011 when he placed 3rd at States. 2011 also saw Velasco becoming the program's 2nd Region Champion, and 2nd 2-time District Champion, matching the Red Raiders' Pete Christathakis in both accounts.
Honorable Mention: Derek Maldonado (District Champ - 2005)
Lacey - Hunter Gutierrez (2019)
Gutierrez wrapped up his career for the Lions last season as the career wins leader at Lacey with 137 victories. His accolades include a 5th Place State Medal in 2017, 2 Region Titles, 3 District Titles, and a Shore Conference Tournament Championship in 2018.
Honorable Mentions: Lex Knapp (2nd in NJ & Region Champ - 2012; 2-time District Champ) / Luke Gauthier (4th in NJ, Region & District Champ - 2018)
Lakewood - Matt Rizzo (2005)
A 2-time State Place Winner, 2-time Region Champ, and 2-time District Champ, Rizzo teamed with Oscar Orellana to give the Piners one of the Shore's best 1-2 punches in their era.
Honorable Mentions: Oscar Orellana (7th/8th in NJ - 2005; Region Champ; 2-time District Champ) / Dante Morris (District Champion - 2018; 2-time State Qualifier)
Long Branch - Nick Visicaro (2010)
A -2-time State Champion, a Region Champ, & a 2-time District Champ, Visicaro is the Green Wave's all-time wins leader, and 7th in the Shore Conference, with 153 victories.
Honorable Mentions: Scott Festejo (State Champ - 2010; 2-time State Medalist; 3-time District Champ; 2nd in career wins) / Billy George (2-time State Medal Winner; Region Champ; 3-time District Champ; 3rd in career wins) / Doug Cornell (2nd in NJ - 2010; 2-time District Champ) / Kevin Cerruti (State Medal Winner; 2-time Region Champ; District Champ)
Manalapan - John Appice (2013)
One of the Shore's top heavies of this decade, Appice was a 2-time State Placer, taking 3rd in 2013 and 7th in 2012. Appice also won a pair of Region and District Titles, and at the time he graduated was the program's career wins leader with 120 victories.
Honorable Mentions: Alex Baran (Program wins leader with 123; 2-time District Champ) / Paul Santomarco (3-time District Champ; 3rd in career wins with 118) / Matt Benedetti (6th in NJ - 2019; 2-time District Champ; Enters 2020 with 103 wins) / Jesse Johnson (Girls State Champ - 2019)
Manasquan - Bella Serrano (2019)
A 4-year varsity letter winner, Serrano etched her name in the record books by becoming the first State Champion, boys or girls, in Manasquan history when she claimed the 111-pound Girls Title in Atlantic City in 2019. Serrano also claimed the Region Title last year, along with teammate America Garay.
Honorable Mentions: Francis Marshall (State Qualifier in 2017, the programs first since 1998) / Ethan Dzenis (2-time District Medalist)
Manchester - Jimmy Lawson (2010)
The Shore's top heavyweight, and arguably the State's best, Lawson was a 3-time State Champion at 285, and amassed 141 career wins; the most ever in New Jersey in the heavyweight class. The extremely athletic Lawson also was a 2-time Region Champ, and 3-time District Champ.
Honorable Mentions: Kevin Malast (5th in NJ - 2005; Region Champ - 2005; 3-time District Champ; 2nd in career wins) / Jesse Meaney (6th in NJ - 2012; 2-time District Champ) / Ken Theobold (7th in NJ - 2011; District Champ - 2010)
Marlboro - Nick Parisi (2006)
Parisi, the program's career wins leader with 125, was a 2-time State Medalist, taking 2nd in 2006, and 4th in 2005. He became the Mustangs' first Region Champion by winning the 189-pound Title in 2006, and is the only 4-time District Champ in school history.
Honorable Mentions: Charlie Frankel (3rd in NJ - 2008; 7th in NJ - 2007; District Champ - 2008) / Mitch Seigel (7th in NJ, Region & District Champ - 2011; 2nd in career wins) / Vinnie Leone (8th in NJ - 2011; 2-time District Champ; 3rd in career wins)
Matawan - Johnny Short (2010)
A 5th Place finisher at States in 2009, Short is the only 2-time Region Champion in Matawan history. Also a District Champ in 2010, Short is the program leader in career victories with 131.
Honorable Mentions: Ces Antista (District Champ - 2009; 2nd in career wins) / Glenn Cross (District Champ - 2011; 3rd in career wins)
Middletown North - Tyler Klinsky (2020)
Still with one final year to go in his high school career, Klinsky has already amassed 120 victories, which puts him 14 from breaking the program record. In addition to his wins, Klinsky has been a State Runner-up, a 3-time Region Champ, a 3-time District Champ, and a Shore Conference Tournament Champ.
Honorable Mentions: Stanley Wojdylak (Region Champ; 3-time District Champ; Program leader in career wins with 133) / Anthony Vetrano (3rd in NJ - 2016; Region Champ; 2-time District Champ; 2nd in career wins with 122) / Nicko Cofone (4th in NJ - 2018; Region Champ; 2-time District Champ)
Middletown South - Charlie Croce (2009)
Croce is the Eagles' only State Medal Winner since 1998, finishing 6th in NJ in 2009. Croce was also a Region & District Champion that season, and is 3rd all-time in career wins at Midd South with 109 wins.
Honorable Mentions: Nick Herring (Program leader in career wins; 2-time Region Champion; 3-time District Champion) / Andrew Poulson (Region & District Champ in 2006)
Monmouth Regional - Anthony Bongarzone (2007)
The only State Medal Winner in program history, Bongarzone finished 7th in NJ at 152 in 2007. Also a District Champion that year, he is the Falcons' career wins leader with 108.
Honorable Mentions: Cory Sellers (District Champ - 2008) / Paul Schweighardt (District Champ - 2007)
Neptune - Dae'Sean Brown (2013)
2013 was a special season for Brown. Not only did he set the single season record for wins at Neptune, he, along with Nasiyr Brown, became the Fliers first State Placers since 1999, and along with John Seidle, became the program's first Region Champions since 1995. He also added his 2nd District Title of his career that season.
Honorable Mentions: Karl Waldron (Program leader in career wins; 3-time District Champ) / John Seidle (Region Champ - 2013)
Ocean Township - Nick Menditto (2008)
Became the Spartans' first ever State Champion in 2007, and would repeat as Champion in 2008. Menditto was also a 4th Place finisher in AC in 2005, and was a Region Champ in 2008, and a 3-time District Champion.
Honorable mentions: Jake Benner (State Champ in 2017, Runner-up in 2018; 2-time Region Champ; 4-time District Champ; Leader in career wins at Ocean with 146) / Kyle Kiss (4-time State Medal Winner; 3-time Region Champ; 3-time District Champ; 2nd in career wins) / Zac Coulas (3-time State Placer; 3-time Region Champ; 3-time District Champ; 4th in career wins)
Pinelands - Thomas Poklikuha (2015)
The program's leader in career wins with 125, Poklikuha finished 3rd in the State in 2015. He was also a District Champion that season, and set the single season record for wins at Pinelands with 40.
Honorable Mention: Christopher Nielsen (8th in NJ & Region Champ - 2017; 2-time District Champ)
Pt Beach - Matt Rega (2006)
The first Gull to cross the 100-win threshold, Rega took 7th in the State in 2005, was a 2-time Region Champion, and a 3-time District Champion. He is currently 2nd on the all-time wins with 116.
Honorable Mentions: John Finnerty (Career wins leader with 126; 6th in NJ & Region Champ - 2016) / Justin Barowski (Region Champ - 2005; 3-time District Champ) / Jack Baker (Single Season Wins Leader; Region & District Champ - 2017)
Pt Boro - Jordan Beverly (2010)
Currently tied for 7th on the Shore Conference's all-time wins list with 153, Beverly is the Panthers' only 3-time State Medal Winner (5th - 2008; 2nd - 2009; 3rd - 2010). In addition to his State Medals, Beverly was also a Region Champ in 2010, and a 3-time District Champ.
Honorable Mentions: Jeff Jacobs (4th in NJ - 2006; 2-time Region Champ; 2-time District Champ) / Sean Brand (7th in NJ - 2010; Region Champ - 2010; 2-time District Champ) / Ryan Budzek (2-time Region Champ; 2-time District Champ)
Manchester is looking for a head coach and two assistants. If interested, please contact Athletic Director Keith Lister at firstname.lastname@example.org
Matawan is looking for a head coach at the middle school level. If interested, please email varsity head coach Mike Mason at email@example.com
Freehold Boro is looking for a full time paid assistant, preferably a lightweight or a middleweight, but all interested should apply. For more info, email coach Matt Shepherd at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE - 10/16
All the team pages have been cleared and results, rosters, and boxes have been archived in the 2019 section on each page. So that means we pretty much look ahead from here on out.
With this being the 16th season I'll be covering Shore Conference Wrestling here, I have a little something planned to look back at the first 15 years. I'll be giving my picks for the 44 DESPO OW's, one from each team, from the span of 2004-2005 season through the 2018-2019 season. A lot of great wrestlers through that time frame, so to narrow it down to one per team should be both difficult, and fun.
Added the 2019-2020 DATES OF IMPORTANCE just below the well-placed advertisement. Note: This year, opening night will be on a Thursday.
Working on the College Roll Call for 2020, but a lot of teams have not yet updated their rosters, so I expect I'll be able to complete that and post it within the next few weeks.
Finally, here's a list of the coaching changes heading into this season:
Keansburg: Jim Reid takes over for Chris DeTalvo
Matawan: Mike Mason takes over for Ryan O'Steen
St John Vianney: Chris Notte takes over for Denny D'Andrea
Southern: Dan Roy takes over for John Stout
Manchester: Currently Vacant
2019 JSIWA Hall of Fame Banquet
The Jersey Shore Interscholastic Wrestling Association Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be inducted on Wednesday, November 13th at the Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune, NJ at 6:30 pm. We are looking for All 43 Shore Conferences Coaches to attend and honor this year's outstanding HOF class and come gather with your coaching colleagues as we plow into another great year of wrestling in the Shore Conference. The JSIWA is encouraging all coaches and assistant coaches to attend, especially coaches from programs who have representatives being inducted this year. We also ask that if someone from your program is being inducted into the Jersey Shore Wrestling Hall of Fame, that you use any and all platforms to promote this accomplishment. Please contact Mr. Doug Bower email@example.com to reserve banquet tickets to this event. In this our 4th year we look forward to continue growing this proud tradition.
2019-2020 Dates Of Importance
11/4: Hydration Certification May Begin
11/25: Practices May Begin
12/19: Opening Day
1/15: 2 Pound Allowance (Fat Wednesday)
1/31-2/1: Shore Conference Tournament
2/1: Sectional Cutoff
2/4: Sectional Seeding
2/8: 30 Match Cutoff
2/10: Sectional Quarterfinals
2/12: Sectional Semifinals
2/14: Sectional Finals
2/16: Group Championships
2/20: District Seeding
3/3: State Seeding
3/5-7: State Tournament