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Just want to congratulate the inductees into this year's JSIWA Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Should be a wonderful evening as they honor some of the greats of the Shore's past, and there will be a who's who of all the great people and personalities who help make Shore Conference Wrestling what it is. I think Murph will be there, too.

I'd also like to take a moment to recognize and congratulate Coach Denny D'Andrea, who will be receiving the Warrior Award for his dedication and of his all endless work to this sport for so many years. Coach D has been as big a supporter of this site over the years as there has been, and I was honored to have him induct me into the Hall of Fame last year. It was Coach D'Andrea, along with Coach Caravella, Coach Demarco, etc. and their Brick Memorial teams of the 80's that got me hooked on the sport all those years ago, which led to a headlock (DespoLock) filled sub-varsity career, and ultimately led to creating a little website about Shore Conference Wrestling.

Quick story about my first real interaction with Coach D. It was 1993, and we (Ocean) went to Brick Memorial for a preseason practice. After running the stairs for what seemed like forever, he has us squat against the walls. Well, one guy going to crouch catches his foot in a puddle full of sweat and cracks his head against the wall. Within seconds, the poor guy is like a reverse unicorn with a lump growing out the back of his head, and probably can't even spell his name at that point. After squats, the next group goes in for the same routine, only this time Coach D warns everyone before the squats not to slip like that @#$%-bag earlier. Well Coach, I was that @#$%-bag! Thanks a lot! 

Congratulations again Coach D, and thank you for everything you have done over the years, and the many more to come.

Under 30 days until Opening Night!


A look at how some of the Shore Conference alum did over the weekend at the NCAA level.

Eric Keosseian (Howell) took 6th at Hwt for Army
Mike Russo (Jackson Liberty) went 1-2 at 149 for Cornell
Cristiaan Dailey (Donovan Catholic) at 149 for Frank & Marshall

Dean Sherry (Brick Twp) 4-1 for 2nd Place at 174 for Rider
Richie Koehler (CBA) 3-1 for 2nd Place at 125 for Rider
Sean Foley (Barnegat) 1-2 at 125 for Rider
Chris Crane (Southern) 1-2 at 133 for Kutztown
Stan Wojdylak (Midd North) 5-1 for 5th at 149 for Centenary
Alec Donovan (Brick Memorial) 1-2 at 174 for Centenary

Scott Dupont (Holmdel) 4-1 for 2nd Place at 174 for NYU
Luke Moynihan (Lacey) 2-2 at 141 for Johnson & Wales
Nick Caracappa (SJV) 1-2 at 174 for Johnson & Wales
Jack Kelly (Wall) 5-1 for 3rd/4th at 149 for Roger Williams
Conor Panzarella (Donovan Cath) 2-2 at 157 for Roger Williams

Russell Benson (Raritan): 4-1 for 3rd Place at 133 for Del Val
Chris Richardson (Brick Memorial) 2-2at 157 for Del Val
Anthony Costanza (Brick Twp) 5-1 for 3rd Place at 174 for Del Val
Kyle Hillermeier (Freehold Twp) 1-2 at 184 for Del Val
Cole Cameron (Howell) 5-2 for 4th Place at 149 for Elizabethtown
Anthony Gagliano (Howell) 1-2 at 149 for TCNJ
Giancarlo Crivelli (Pt Beach) 3-2 at 157 for TCNJ
Nicko Cofone (Midd North) 3-2 at 165 for TCNJ
Tom Anderson (Midd North) 2-2 at 184 for TCNJ
Jarrett DiGiantomasso (Jackson Mem) 3-1 for 2nd Place at 165 for Ursinus

Nick Racanelli (Southern) 4-0 for 1st Place at 165 for Wilkes
Owen Kretschmer (Southern) 4-1 for 3rd Place at 125 for Castleton


InterMat has released their first batch of high school rankings for the 2019 season. The Shore Conference is represented in the team poll, with the Howell Rebels checking in at #40 in the country. Individually, Wall's Robert Kanniard is ranked #5 in the nation at 160 and Dean Peterson of St John Vianney is #10 at 113. 

Still adding some bits to the team pages. We'll start the full team previews on Monday, December 3rd, which will allow for 3-4 previews every day leading up until Opening Night. 

35 days away. Tick tock, kids...


Sectional Classifications for the 2018-2019 season have been released. You can see them by CLICKING HERE.

The big news here is Howell has been moved back into SJG5 which puts them back in the same Section with Southern, meaning one of last year's Group 5 Finalists isn't getting out of the Sectionals.

Notable in Central Jersey is that one of the best Sectional rivalries over the years, Raritan and Delaware Valley, is no more. Del Val has dropped down to Group 1 and has been moved to North Jersey. Moving into Del Val's place in CJG2 is perennial State power, South Plainfield, which has won CJG3 the last four years. Also moving into CJG2 is Pt Boro, which won the SJG2 Sectional last season. That means we'll have three returning Sectional Champions all in CJG2 this season.

With South Plainfield's departure from CJG3, it opens the door wide open for several contenders including Ocean Township & Wall from the Shore, as well as Hopewell Valley, Rahway, and Somerville.

That's just some of the moves, but we'll get to that stuff later on.

2018-2019 Calendar
11/26: Official Start of Practice
12/14: Opening Day
1/1: 2-Pound Growth Allowance (Fat Monday)
1/25-26: Shore Conference Tournament
1/26: Sectional Cutoff
2/4: Sectional Quarters
2/6: Sectional Semis
2/8: Sectional Finals
2/10: Group Championships
2/14: District Seeding
2/16: Districts
2/20,22-23: Regions
2/28-3/2: State Championships