Atlantic City next for Region’s top grapplers

first_imgSCOTT PILLING staff CBA’s James Beshada fights to escape the grasps of Jackson’s Corey Biscaha during their 125-pound Region VI final bout on Saturday in TomsRiver. When the state’s top wrestlers converge on Atlantic City this weekend seeking individual state champions, several of the local area’s top grapplers will be among them. The NJSIAA individual tournament continues through Saturday with the finals on Sunday afternoon. Atlantic City has been the goal and dream of every wrestler since November, when official practice started the day after Thanksgiving; and now, it is here. At 119 pounds, Raritan’s T.J. Mitchell bounced back from a tough 3-2 loss to Point Beach’s Matt Rega (now a two-time Region champ) to knock off Southern’s Nick Maugeri, 11-5, in a wrestleback and Central’s Brian Powers, 7-2, in their third-place bout on Saturday. CBA’s James Beshada lost a tight match to Jackson’s Corey Biscaha in the 125-pound final on Saturday after the Jaguar grappler was able to turn Beshada for two points late in the third period. Beshada would love to get another shot at Biscaha when the two head down to A.C. this weekend. At 140, Southern’s Frank Molinaro, a transfer from Middletown North, continued on his quest for a state title with a 12-2 victory over Howell’s Tom Tuminelli, while Monmouth Regional’s Anthony Bongarzone, who lost to Molinaro, 15-2 in the semis, bounced back with a 9-1 win over Central’s Len Forsyth in the semifinal wrestlebacks and a 4-2 third-place win over Raritan’s Dan Seidenberg to extend his season. CBA’s Anthony DeLeo was not able to take advantage of an ankle injury to Central’s Nick Weaver, dropping the 152-pound final, 7-2. Nonetheless, DeLeo heads to A.C. this weekend with plenty of confidence after a great run through Region VI. Howell’s Billy Woodward also advanced out of the 152-pound field, rebounding from a loss to Weaver in the semifinals to beat Ocean’s Gaetjens Lezins, 7-5, in a semifinal wrestleback and Brick Memorial’s John Barrett with a pin in the third-place match. Ocean’s Kyle Kiss entered the Region VI tournament as the overwhelming favorite to capture the 171-pound title, and he did not disappoint. He simply rolled through the bracket, putting an exclamation point of his run with a dominant 18-2 technical fall of CBA’s Anthony Chirichello in the final. The win was the 100th of Kiss’ brilliant career, and served notice that the Spartan grappler is heading to A.C. with a head of steam. While he is certainly accustomed to success on the football field, Middletown South senior Andrew Poulson is putting together quite a swan song on the wrestling mats this winter. The Eagle grappler won his third match of the season of Long Branch’s John Jasio, and this won earned him the Region title. Poulson clinched the win in when he stepped over Jasio just as the third-period buzzer sounded for a takedown. Keyport’s Derek Maldonado, who fell to Jasio, 1-0, in the semifinals, fought hard to advance, coming back to beat TR East’s Espada, 3-1 in a semifinal wrestleback before falling to Southern’s Glenn Carson, 3-2, in their third-place bout. Monmouth heavyweight Paul Scweighardt also fought hard to advance before falling one win shy. Scweighardt beat Raritan’s Jeff King with a pin in a semifinal wrestleback before falling to Central’s Sean DeDeyn in the third-place bout, 4-1. – Doug McKenzielast_img

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