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March 9, 2003

Southern, Lacey excel in Region 6 wrestling

From: Press of Atlantic City, NJ - 09 Mar 2003

By COURTNEY McCANN For The Press, (609) 272-7210

MANAHAWKIN - Everyone has heard the phrase, "There's always next year."

Southern Regional High School wrestler Dan Hall took those words to heart.

After finishing runner-up last year, Hall returned to defeat Raritan's Matt Pendle 6-2 to win the 135-pound Region 6 title Saturday night.

"It's a whole different kind of feeling," said Hall, a senior. "I felt good last year placing second and making states, but to win is much more exciting."

Hall pinned Toms River South's Joe Adelizzi to reach the final against Pendle.

"Pendle is a really scrappy wrestler," Hall said. "He's pinned all the way through regionals and did a great job."

Lacey Township's Bowen Daley defeated Manalapan's Brenden Provow to win the 152 title.

"I'm really happy," Daley, a senior, said. "I'm a three-time district finalist, but I never really placed that well in regionals before."

Daley has to overcome more odds than most because he is deaf.

"It's not a problem for me other than not being able to hear the whistle or my coaches," Daly said. "It's quieter, so I can concentrate more on what I'm doing."

Daley defeated Red Bank Regional's Brandon Scott, who was born blind, in the semifinals.

"He wrestles in a style that I've never had to deal with before, but I adjusted to it," Daly said. "He's a really strong, great wrestler."

Southern had several wrestlers earn second places to advance to next weekend's state competition. The top three in each weigh class advance to next weekend's tournament at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Joe Schmid (160) was seeded seventh but upset Wall's Matt Doyle (No. 2) and Point Beach's Lucas Mesanko (No. 3) to advance to the finals, where he lost 9-2 to two-time regional champion Vin Salek of Toms River East.

No. 2 seed Sean Quinn fought off an early near-pin but lost in a 13-5 major decision in the 103 final against top seed Nick Manochio of Manalapan.

Sophomore Ryan Hickman (112) upset second-seeded Brett Frimer in the semifinals but then lost 3-1 against Jackson's Jeff Pascarella. Senior Ian Holden finished second at 189, losing a 5-4 decision to top seed Kyle Bilquist of Toms River South.

"I'm really happy with the way these guys are ending their season on a such a great note," Southern coach John Stout said. "We're sending seven guys to states, which is more than any other team here. They've worked hard and they deserve it."

NOTES: Southern's Ryan Fessler (171) wrestled with a broken hand to finish third at 171. John Kaszuba (275) also placed third and will advance with Fessler to the state competition.

Bowen Daly along with Red Bank Regional's Scott and Brick's Tom Ferrante received the Rich Vess Courage Award named in honor of late referee Richie Vess. Scott finished fourth at 152. Ferrante (119) was born without tibias but made it to the regional prequarterfinals.

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103: Nick Manochio, Manalapan md Sean Quinn, Southern 13-5.

112: Jeff Pascarella, Jackson d Rob Hickman, Southern 3-1.

119: Patrick Berger, Rumson Fair Haven d Dan Hilt, Manalapan 4-2 OT.

125: Zac Cunliffe, Howell d Luis Francheschi, Toms River North 12-7.

130: Bryan Heller, Rumson Fair Haven p Scott Beckerman, Manalapan 3:18. 135: Dan Hall, Southern d Matt Pendle, Raritan 6-2.

140: Mike Gaeta, Manalapan d Drew Duddy, Brick Memorial 9-4.

145: John Niedrich, CBA d Pat Tedeschi, Long Branch, 5-3.

152: Bowen Daly, Lacey d Brenden Provow, Manalapan 11-5.

160: Vin Salek, Toms River East d Joe Schmid, Southern 9-2.

171: Jeremy Edwards, Jackson d Kevin Malast, Manchester 10-3.

189: Kyle Bilquist, Toms River South d Ian Holden, Southern 5-4.

215: Kevin Davis, Toms River East d John Loff, Jackson 3-1 OT.

275: Dan Lee, Toms River North d Manny Navarro, Long Branch 1-1 OT (rideout)


103: Dan Lopes, Ocean Twp. d Rob Coppola, Toms River East 3-3 OT (rideout).

112: Brett Frimer, Marlboro d Troy Bayer, Toms River East 9-3.

119: Jay Ucci, Howell d Brett Bzura, Marlboro 8-7.

125: Anthony Castro, St. John Vianney d Joe Conklin, Manchester 10-4.

130: Oscar Orellano, Lakewood p Giro Borgia, Jackson 2:21.

135: Sean Burns, Manalapan md Joe Adelizzi, Toms River South 11-3.

140: Frank Pontorio, Toms River East d LeifRuschmeyer, Pt. Boro 6-3.

145: Steve Kusy, Wall d George Stanley, Middletown North 4-3.

152: Jeff Bower, Wall d Brandon Scott, Red Bank Regional 3-2.

160: Matt Doyle, Wall d Lucas Mesanko, Pt.Beach 8-4.

171: Ryan Fessler, Southern d Jon Butler, Pt. Beach 5-3.

189: Nick Ciufo, Pt. Boro won by injury default

215: Shawn Wilbert, Toms River South d Chris Capiello, Wall 10-3.

275: John Kaszuba, Southern d Matt Khessali, Pt. Boro 6-2.


103: Manochio, Manalapan p Coppola, Toms River East 5:07; Quinn, Southern d Dan Diaz, Toms River North 5-4 OT.

112: Pascarella, Jackson d Steve Senkarik, Brick Twp. 12-7; Hickman, Southern d Brett Frimer 3-1.

119: Hilt, Manalapan d Ucci, Howell 6-5; Berger, Rumson Fair Haven d Bzura, Marlboro 6-3.

125: Cunliffe, Howell tf Conklin, Manchester 16-1 2:36; Franceschi, Toms River North md Castro, St. John Vianney 12-0.

130: Heller, Rumson Fair Haven p Orellano, Lakewood 2:27; Beckerman, Manalapan p Borgia 6:29 2OT.

135: Hall, Southern p Adelizzi, Toms River South 3:34; Pendle, Raritan p Burns, Manalapan 3:13.

140: Gaeta, Manalapan d Adam Berking, Jackson 10-6; Duddy, Brick Memorial p Fred Pontoriero, Toms River East.

145: Niedrich, CBA d Steve Kusy, Wall 5-2; Tedeschi, Long Branch 3-1.

152: Provow, Manalapan d Jeff Bower, Wall 2-1 2OT; Daly, Lacy md Brandon Scott, Red Bank Regional 10-2.

160: Salek, Toms River East d John McAuliffe, Rumson Fair Haven 9-2; Schmid, Southern p Lucas Mesanko, Pt. Beach 5:45.

171: Edwards, Jackson md Ryan Fessler, Southern 11-0; Malast, Manchester d Jon Butler, Pt. Beach 2-1 2OT.

189: Bilquist, Toms River South d Chris Baliatico, Howell 10-3; Holden, Southern p Kyle Hrymack, CBA 1:54.

215: Loff, Jackson md Chris Cappiello, Wall 15-7; Davis, Toms River East d Shawn Wilbert, Toms River South 7-3.

275: Lee, Toms River North md Alan Jacob, Raritan 13-5; Navarro, Long Branch d John Kaszuba, Southern 3-1 2OT.


Quarter Finals

103: Kyle Christensen, Monmouth d AJ Maresca, Middltown North 3-2 OT; Dan Lopes, Ocean Twp. d Matt Rega, Pt. Beach 7-0.

112: Anthony Chirachello, CBA d Phil Delizia, Manchester 8-4; Troy Bayer, Toms River East d John Reilly, Howell 3-2 OT.

119: Mike Dahroughe, Manasquan tf Mike Sheviliano, Brick Memorial 17-2; Ryan Karp, Southern d Mark Minett, Red Bank Catholic 6-4.

125: Greg Redman, Rumson Fair Haven d Jason Sagos, Raritan 8-3; Steve Schiavo, Manasquan d Jason Rosenthal, Brick Memorial 4-1.

130: Cameron Wuesthoff, Toms River South p Chris Aquino, Howell 1:35; Justin Barowski, Pt. Beach d Mark Lee, Toms River East 3-2.

135: Anthony Fiorentini, Toms River North md Casey Stahlin, Brick Memorial 12-4; Alex Karu, Wall d Charles Favia, CBA 9-8.

140: Joe Zito, Toms River North d Andy Vousinas, Raritan 6-5; Leif Ruschmeyer, Pt. Boro d Tom Grady, Middletown South 7-5.

145: George Stanley, Middletown North d Nick Parisi, Marlboro 2-1; Sean Ferguson, Southern by forfeit.

152: Anthony Pontoriero, Toms River East d Steve Watson, Brick 8-1; James Haywood, Toms River South p Mike Tesalona, CBA 3:42.

160: Matt Doyle, Wall p Kevin Shelly, Jackson 2:17; Brian Carino, Pt. Boro by forfeit.

171: Ed Allegra, CBA by forfeit; Dan Fish, Middletown South md Dom Lipariti 15-7.

189: Anthony Macaluso, Middletown South p Brendon Bannor, Ocean 4:56; Nick Ciufo, Pt. Boro d Clint Newman, Colts Neck 2-0.

215: Rob Steiner, Raritan d Kyle Watson, Brick Twp. 9-4; Jamie Giovinazzi, Freehold Boro md Mike Carbone, Toms River North 8-0.

275: Joe Silisky, Jackson d Dan Brown, Manalapan 8-7; Matt Khessali, Pt. Boro d Matt Rosner, Keansboro 6-5.


103: Coppola, Toms River East p Christensen, Monmouth :38; Lopes, Ocean Twp. d Diaz, Toms River North 2-1 OT.

112: Frimer, Marlboro tf Chirachello, CBA 18-3; Bayer, Toms River East d Senkarik, Brick Twp. 3-2.

119: Bzura, Marlboro d Dahrouge, Manasquan 6-3; Ucci, Howell d Karp, Southern 10-7.

125: Castro, St. John Vianney md Redman, Rumson Fair Haven 10-1; Conklin, Manchester d Schiavo, Manasquan 6-3.

130: Borgia, Jackson md Wuesthoff, Toms River South 12-2; Orellano, Lakewood d Barowski, Pt. Beach 11-8.

135: Burns, Manalapan md Fiorentino, Toms River North 11-2; Adelizzi, Toms River South d Karu, Wall 13-6.

140: F. Pontoriero, Toms River East d Zito, Toms River North 11-9; Leif Ruschmeyer, Pt. Boro d Berking, Jackson 4-2 OT.

145: Stanley, Middletown North d Kiley, Brick Memorial 6-4; Kusy, Wall p Ferguson, Southern 1:25.

152: Scott, Red Bank Regional d A. Pontoriero, Toms River East 13-10; Bower, Wall tf Haywood, Toms River South 25-10.

160: Mesanko, Pt. Beach md Carino, Pt. Boro 12-4; Matt Doyle, Wall d McAuliffe, Rumson Fair Haven 16-9.

171: Fessler, Southern d Fish, Middletown South 10-7. Butler, Pt. Beach d Allegra, CBA 3-1 OT.

189: Macaluso, Middletown South by injury default; Ciufo, Pt. Boro d Baliatico, Howell 12-5.

215: Cappiello, Wall d Giovinazzi, Freehold Boro 6-5; Wilbert, Toms River South p Watson, Brick Twp. 3:54.

275: Khessali, Pt. Boro d Jacob, Raritan 5-3; Kaszuba, Southern p Silisky, Jackson 6:42.

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