Mustang Classic Shows Off State Wrestling Talent Once More

Brick Memorial takes two silvers; Howell, Wall each garner one silver

The Mustang Classic is annually an early season showcase of some of the best wrestling talent in the state.

The 2011 edition of the tournament, at , was no different: Delbarton, Paulsboro, West Essex and Timber Creek all were in attendance, as were Shore Conference regulars Howell, Wall and host Brick Memorial.   Seven of the teams at the tournament – Timber Creek, Brick Memorial, Howell, St. Peter’s Prep, Ocean Township and Paulsboro – are ranked in the top 20 in the state

For the locals, it was a tough day, with Wall and Howell each school getting just one wrestler through to the finals, while two Brick Memorial wrestlers advanced. All four went home with silver.

At 113, Joe Ghione of Brick Memorial lost a 3-1 decision to Christian Innarella of Delbarton, while teammate  Alec Donovan of Brick Memorial lost an 11-2 major decision to Timber Creek’s Brandon Keller at 132. Keller finished fifth in the state at 125 last March. At 182, Nathan Litowsky of Howell fell to Jeff Velez of Brearley in a 3-1 decision, and in the 220-pound weight class, Don Hamill of Wall lost to Colton Bigelow of Ocean in an 11-2 major decision. Bigelow, finished third in Region VI last season wrestling at heavyweight, is seen as a strong prospect for a state title at 220.

The host Mustangs had five more wrestlers reach the semifinals and wrestle for third place. Sean Stephenson took third at 120 pounds with a 10-5 decision over Brandon Goldberg of Absegami, but teammates Cliff Ruggiero (138), Evan Berti (145), Tyler Richardson (160) and Anthony Miller (182) all finished fourth.

Howell received a third-place finish from Zach Bohm, who nipped Brick Memorial’s Richardson in a 1-0 decision, while Matthew Sulkowski took fourth at 195, falling to Sean Redden of Delsea in a 3-1 decision.

Wall’s Aldo Guisse lost a 2-1 decision to William Porch of Delsea to take fourth at heavyweight.

Be sure to check out a gallery of action from the early rounds of the tournament.


106: Travis Vasquez (Delbarton) d. John Gentile (Paulsboro) 4-0; 113: Christian Innarella (Delbarton) d. Joe Ghione (Brick Memorial), 3-1; 120: Max Rogers (Delbarton) won by forfeit; 126: Nick Anderson (Delbarton) d. Mike Marotti (West Essex) 5-2; 132: Brandon Keller (Timber Creek) md. Alec Donovan (Brick Memorial) 11-2; 138: Joseph Esposito (St. Augustine) p. Anthony Pompei (West Essex) 3:34; 145: Alex Richardson (St. Peter's Prep) d. Curt Delia (Delsea) 6-2; 152: Francisco Colom (St. Peter's Prep) d. Mark Patterson (St. Augustine Prep) 5-2; 160: John Balboni (Brearley) d. Dylan Dobzanski (Delsea) 9-4; 170: Anthony Pafumi (St. Peter's Prep) d. Joey Balboni (Brearley) 6-5; 182: Jeff Velez (Brearley) d. Nathan Litowsky (Howell) 3-1;  195: Bryan Dobzanski (Delsea) d. Anthony Tancs  (Brearley) 5-0;  220: Colton Bigelow (Ocean) md. Don Hamill (Wall) 11-2; HWT: Kyle Gora (Ocean) d. Ryan Medina (St. Peter's Prep) 3-2 (3OT).



106: Michael Russo (St. Peter's Prep) d. Steven Bergamo (St. Augustine Prep) 6-1; 113: Sam Morina (Paulsboro) d. Tom Gattinella (St. Augustine Prep) 3-2; 120: Sean Stephenson (Brick Memorial) d. Brandon Goldberg (Absegami) 10-5; 126: Ronald Gentile (Paulsboro) d. Mike Jiampetti (Absegami) 7-5; 132: Carlo Zazzara (West Essex) d.  Andrew Ulloa (St. Peter's Prep) 1-0; 138: Jorge Lopez (Delbarton) d. Cliff Ruggiero 10-4; 145: Dom Ruggierrio (Timber Creek) d. Evan Berti (Brick Memorial) 9-8 (2OT); 152: Bryce Shade (Timber Creek) d. Nathaniel Ross (Absegami) 4-3; 160: Zach Bohm (Howell) d. Tyler Richardson (Brick Memorial) 1-0; 170: Robert Shade (Timber Creek) d. Kevin Pettinger (High Point) 7-3; 182: Kyle Stoll (High Point) d. Anthony Miller (Brick Memorial) 3-1;  195: Sean Redden (Delsea) d.Matthew Sulkowski (Howell) 3-1; 220: John Carr (Absegami) d. Gunther Wassong (High Point) 6-4;  HWT: William Porch (Delsea) d. Aldo Guisse (Wall) 2-1..



106: John Gentile (Paulsboro) p. Steven Bergamo (St. Augustine) 2:35; Travis Vasquez (Delbarton) d. Michael Russo (St. Peter's Prep) 3-0.

113: Joe Ghione (Brick Memorial) md. Sam Morina (Paulsboro) 17-4; Christian Innarella (Delbarton) d. Tom Gattinella (St. Augustine), 6-3.

120:  Zach Hertling (Ocean) d. Sean Stephenson (Brick Memorial) 6-3. Hertling was disqualified from the tournament for flagrant misconduct after the bout; Max Rogers (Delbarton) d. Brandon Goldberg (Absegami) 3:59.

126: Nick Anderson (Delbarton) d. Ronald Gentile (Paulsboro) 1-0; Mike Marotti (West Essex) d. Mike Jiampetti (Absegami) 3-1.

132: Brandon Keller (Timber Creek) p. Andrew Ulloa (St. Peter's Prep) 2:36; Alec Donovan (Brick Memorial) md. Carlo Zazzara (West Essex) 8-0

138: Anthony Pompei (West Essex) d. Cliff Ruggiero (Brick Memorial) 7-5; Joe Esposito (St. Augustine d. Jorge Lopez (Delbarton) 12-9.

145:  Alex Richardson (St. Peter's Prep) d. Evan Berti (Brick Memorial) 3-1; Curt Delia (Delsea) d. Dom Ruggierrio (Timber Creek) 6-3.

152: Francisco Colom (St. Peter's Prep) d. Nathaniel Ross (Absegami)  5-3; Mark Patterson (St. Augustine) d. Bryce Shade (Timber Creek) 7-5.

160: John Balboni (Brearley) d. Zach Bohm (Howell) 3-1; Dylan Dobza nski (Delsea) d. Tyler Richardson (Brick Memorial) 6-0.

170: Anthony Pafumi (St. Peter's Prep) d. Kevin Pettinger (High Point) 9-2; Joey Balboni (Brearley) d. Robert Shade (Timber Creek) 5-3.

182: Jeff Velez (Brearley) d. Anthony Miller (Brick Memorial) 7-3; Nathan Litowsky (Howell) d. Kyle Stoll (High Point) 3-0.

195: Bryan Dobzanski (Delsea) p. Sean Redden (Delsea) 5:32; Anthony Tancs (Brearley) d. Matt Sulkowski (Howell) 4-1.

220: Colton Bigelow (Ocean) p. Gunther Wassong (High Point) 1:42; Don Hamill (Wall) p. John Carr (Absegami) 5:12.

HWT: Kyle Gora (Ocean) p. Aldo Guisse (Wall) :39; Ryan Medina (St. Peter's) d. William Porch (Delsea) 2-1.

Denny D December 31, 2011 at 02:04 PM
If anyone wants to see the complete tournament brackets go to theshoreconference.com
Karen Wall December 31, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Thank you, Denny. Appreciate knowing they're available there.


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