Bound Brook Wrestling: Welcome
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BOUND BROOK WRESTLING
REMEMBERING JOAN M. GLEASON
LEWIS WINS HOKIE OPEN WALTON PLACES THIRD
Gombas returns from injury
The way-too-long college wresting season kicked off this past weekend and a trio of Bound Brook wrestlers competed in tournaments. First up was the Hokie Open in Roanoke, Virginia where Mekhi Lewis and George Walton kicked off their college wrestling careers in a sucessful fashion as Mekhi won the freshman/sophomore 165 Lbs. division and George placed third in the freshman/sophomore 184 Lbs. division.
Mekhi was not challenged all day as he pinned or teched everyone he wrestled, including a sub-two minute fall in the finals for his fourth win of the day. George fell to his teammate whom he defeated two weeks ago in wrestle-offs by a 5-2 score in the semis, but then wrestled back for third.
A few State's to the north Andrew Gombas returned to the mat at after season ending surgery last year and went 1-2 at a tournament at Kings College. Although it wasn't the tournament he wanted, you have to start the journey back somewhere.
UGALDE COMES HOME AND WINS
Josh Ugalde returned home to New Jersey Saturday as the Maryland Terps faced off against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in High Point Solutions Stadium and finished his day as a winner. He faced a familiar opponent in Jordan Pagano who is currently ranked as high as 16th in the Nation. In high school Jordan defeated Josh for a Region title when Josh was a sophomore, but then Josh avenged that loss as a junior when he defeated Pagano in a dual meet against Bergen Catholic. On this Saturday Josh repeated his winning ways with a 8-3 victory.
The pivotal moment on Saturday was when video review confirmed that Josh was taken down on the edge with about 30 seconds left in the first period. However, Josh was not deterred as he broke out the old standing Granby for a six point play to go into the final two periods with a 6-2 lead. He then rode out Pagano in the second and got his neutral and riding time point at the end while giving up a stalling point.
Credit to Josh as his teammates weren't particularly sucessful in the beginning and it's hard to get it going when that happens, but he did. A good match to start to build your season on.
CASEY ACCEPTS SCHOLARSHIP TO RIDER
Three time New Jersey State place-winner Joe Casey accepted a scholarship to Rider University and signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle for the Broncs. Joe has had a excellent high school career placing three times in the New Jersey State wrestling tournament and is a three time County, District and Region Champion. However, this season is all about Joe becoming the Crusaders 26th State Champion and 14th since 2004.
A SPECTATOR'S GUIDE TO BOUND BROOK WRESTLING'S COLLEGE WRESTLERS
The seemingly never-ending college wrestling season is upon us and many Bound Brook wrestling alumni have begun their seasons with practices and wrestle-offs, here is an inside scoop on the Crusader college wrestlers:
JOSH UGALDE- Enters his redshirt sophomore year with the University of Maryland Terrapins and is penciled in as the Terps starting 174 Lbs. wrestler. He will start his season at Rutgers Stadium wrestling outdoors against the Scarlet Knights.
SEAN GLASGOW- He has transferred to Limestone College in South Carolina for this, his redshirt sophomore season. His team is scheduled to wrestle in the Hokie Open but he's currently not registered to compete. He is scheduled to compete at 157 Lbs.
ANDREW GOMBAS- Has returned to the mats after a extensive rehabilitation from shoulder surgery for the University of Scranton. He has split his wrestle offs at this point at 165 Lbs. and his first competition would be the Ned McGinley Invitational at Kings College. Whom I think was the cool guy in Revenge of the Nerds and Jefferson in Married With Children. Don't hold me to that though.
ROBBIE CLEARY- Is a freshman at Rutgers University and is scheduled to redshirt his freshman year. He is scheduled to compete in early season tournaments at 141 Lbs.
GEORGE WALTON- A freshman at Old Dominion University he recently won a public wrestle-off at 184 Lbs. over last year's starter. However, I do not know if he wrestle or redshirt this season. He will start his season at the Hokie Open this Sunday in Roanoke, Virginia.
NAZARETH SAAVEDRA- A freshman at King College she was scheduled to compete this season as a true freshman, but a knee injury in the preseason has made this a redshirt season for her as she rehabs her wheel.
MEKHI LEWIS- Will redshirt this season at Virginia Tech after the coaches considered wrestling him at 157 Lbs. as a starter this season. He did wrestle Tech All American David McFadden at their wrestle-offs in a exhibition, but lost 4-3 on a late neutral and takedown by McFadden.
STEPHAN GLASGOW- Has deferred his entry into Rutgers University and will have five full years of eligibility when he does enter as a full time student during the 2017-18 season.
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CRUSADERS HAVE CHANGE AT THE TOP
After five years at the helm coach Shaun Cleary has decided to step into a volunteer role with the Bound Brook wrestling program and the reigns have been handed to Darren Schulmann by the Bound Brook Board of Education and he becomes Bound Brook's 12th coach since the program's inception in 1938.
Coach Cleary has a lot to proud. During his five years his teams won County and District Championships each year and set scoring records at each of those tournaments. The team also won three Group I State Championships and he amassed an impressive 83-28 dual meet record despite wrestling one of the toughest schedules in the State. On a individual basis his accomplishments are even more amazing as he had seven State Champions and fourteen other State place-winners during his tenure and helped continue Bound Brook's amazing nineteen year streak of at least one State place-winner. His steady leadership has been truly appreciated.
However, Shaun knew he could step into the volunteer role for the Crusaders because of the quality of the staff he has amassed and there can be no one with more passion and qualifications then Bound Brook's new head coach Darren Schulmann who was a volunteer assistant this past season and is a business teacher at the high school. Darren was a State Champion at East Brunswick high school in his younger days and took his considerable talents to Syracuse University where he became a two-time All American at 142 Lbs. and was also a Midlands Champion. He holds the single season win record at Syracuse which he's going to have for a long time since they got rid of wrestling. He then went on to become the head of the Van Mar Corporation while at the same time becoming a assistant coach at Rutgers University and then Rider University where he coached All Americans at both schools. Next up was the head coach position at West Windsor Plainsboro South. In 2016 he coached WWP-South's first State place-winner before arriving at Bound Brook this past season.
Coach Schulmann has inherited a program that graduated a lot of talent last season, but he is already working hard and the team is headed in the right direction in the future. Now he just has to find the kid that's going to extend Bound Brook's State place-winner streak to 20 years!
Thanks to Coach Cleary for his service and good luck to Coach Schulmann. Enter to learn, go forth to place in State!
TUFFUR GOES 0-2 AT
Nestor Taffur was 0-2 at the World Championships in Paris this past weekend for the Nation of Colombia. He started off with defending World Champion and eventual finalist James Green of Willingboro, New Jersey and the USA by losing by a 8-0 score. These two used to go at it in the Bound Brook wrestling room when they were in high school so it's really funny that they traveled half way around the world to repeat that workout!
James made the finals which meant Nestor was put into the wrestlebacks where he went out to a 4-0 lead against the 18th ranked wrestler in the world Zurabi Erbotsonashvili of Georgia (the country not the state). Unfortunately, he couldn't find his offense and fell in the match by a 7-6 score and falling one match short of being allowed to wrestle for a bronze medal.
Taffur to Compete in the World Championships
Coming off his Silver medal at the 2017 Pan American Games, Nestor Taffur is in Paris France this week for the 2017 UWW World Championships. He will compete under the flag of Colombia at 74 kgs. on Saturday. This is his first World Championship compeition as a senior wrestler.
For those of you who don't know Nest, he is the story any parent should read and admit too if they think their child could benefit from wrestling. He started his journey to Paris many years ago in the Bound Brook Recreation wrestling program under the guidance of coaches Pat Gleason and Frank Northup. He was a little pudger at the time but a hard worker and even won the Raritan Valley Conference Championship when he pinned Andrew Campolattano in the finals.
Next he took his talents to the Bound Brook middle school program where he was coached for the next six years by the high school staff. He was good in middle school, but he was a bit of a trouble maker in school and he was unable to qualify for the middle school states in eighth grade. But he did show fire and passion.
In high school his freshman year he only had a 15-19 record in his first campaign. His career came to a early halt as he had to miss his first high school tournament because of trouble he got into at school. But after a thorough verbal haranging by many he started to right his ship and had a good Somerset County tournament where he finished fourth after a tough overtime loss to a Rutgers Prep opponent as well as a fourth place finish in Districts.
This is when things changed for Nestor and he became a very driven athlete as his sophomre year he became a County and District Champ, the first of a few of those titles and posted a impressive 34-7 record. What a turn around! He continued his ascent in wrestling until his senior year where a kid who couldn't even qualify for the Middle School States placed fourth in the state of New Jersey.
Coach Sean Grey of then a coach at Boston University saw this fire and made good on his promise of recruiting a Bound Brook wrestler when he offered Nestor a full athletic scholarship to compete at BU. Nest did not disappoint as he finished one match away from All American status twice and was also two time NWCA Academic All American. In fact, he did so well at BU he earned his Bachelors and Master Degrees in five years!
Despite his amazing academic accomplishments, Nest decided not to let others thoughts define him and he started to pursue a international wrestling career beginning with him earning a spot on the Colombian National Team and then the Silver Medal at the Pan Am Games this year. All the while earning a income doing what he loves and chasing his passion.
If you want to watch him compete Saturday, just get up at 3 A.M. and tune into http://www.trackwrestling.com for a webcast which will run you about ten bucks. If he makes it to the medal round the matches will be on the Olympic Channel which may or may not be on your TV. I know it's channel 624 on Directv.
In the end, know that a kid from West Franklin Street who grubbed and grabbed for every bit of success sees a dream come true. And you don't want to push your kid to make the decision to work hard in wrestling? You don't know what your missing and you don't know the disservice your doing your kid! Thank your Mom and Dad Nest!
Taffur Takes Silver At Pan Am Games
Becomes Bound Brook's first World level medalist
Although we have had some great sadness in our program recently, 2017 has been an amazing history making year for the Crusader wrestling program. First, up is four of our athletes receiving wrestling scholarships to division I colleges, next is our first woman wrestler to receive a wrestling scholarship and then of course, three State Champions this past March.
But history continues to be made in the present as a former Bound Brook wrestler who didn't even qualify for junior high States just won our first World level medal. Case-in-point, Nestor Taffur took the silver medal for Colombia at this week's Pan Am Games.
Nest's wrestling career started off fast as he packed Andrew Campolattano in the finals of the Raritan Valley Conference heavyweight final when he was in elementary school, but then he failed to qualify for middle school States in middle school. But alas, the kid stopped being a heavyweight and became a lean muscled 145 pounder in high school who placed fourth in the state of New Jersey his senior year and won multiple County and District titles. In all of this he endured a horrendous grilling from his coaches for some losses he had his junior year for his whole senior off-season!
He parlayed his high school success into a full wrestling scholarship to Boston University and BU even ended up paying for his Master's Degree so that he would wrestle his senior year there. The result was a NCAA top 12 finish and being named a two-time NWCA Academic All American.
But Nestor wasn't done yet, he decided that he wanted to keep his wrestling dream alive and accepted a assistant coaching position at Franklin and Marshall. He then became a resident athlete at the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Club and under the tuteledge of legendary coach Jeff Buxton. He has contiuned to hone his freestyle wrestling skills and took to the mats after earning the starting 74K spot for the country of Colombia at the Pan American Games in San Jose, Brazil this past weekend.
After a fire threatened to delay the tournament, Nest wrestled on Sunday where his first opponent was a tech fall victory against Cristian Colmenare of Venuzuela. He then teched Marcelo Castro (no relation) of Chile in the quarterfinals. This left him the semis with an experienced Cuban wrestler by the name of Luis Quintana and if any of you know, beating Cubans ain't easy! But Nestor did as he countered the Cuban's shot consistently and often and earned a six point lead before pinning his opposing luchador at the end of the match. Nest then lost to the USA's Kyle Ruschell in the finals, but gained his first and valuable international experinece.
What you might not know about our first World medalist is that he is an amazing man of faith and in the end that is what is so great about this amazing accomplishment. He didn't experience a lot of success early in his wrestling career, but always has had faith and believes Jesus Christ is his savior. That faith has paid off as he continues to pursue and live his dream and is looking forward to competing in his first World Championships this Fall in Paris, France.
Viva La Nestor Joaquim Tafur Barrios!
Glasgow named the NHSCA Wrestler of the Year
Stephan Glasgow was named the NHSCA Wrestler of the Year for his performance over the course of his career. He was the Outstanding Wrestler at this year's NHSCA Senior National tournament and previously won his grade level tournament as a freshman and placed second as a Sophomore and Junior. Congratulations Stephan.
ALL TIME BOUND BROOK TEAM UPDATED
If you highlight the All Time Bound Brook wrestling team link to the left you will see we've updated the team based on recent results. I think you'd be hard pressed in New Jersey to find a all time high school team which would defeat this squad as it seems the minimum requirment is either a State Championship or multiple appearances in the finals.
Joan M. Gleason
10/25/30 to 4/21/17
Bound Brook wrestling lost their biggest fan on Friday as Joan Gleason took the express lane to Heaven and passed away. "Mom" was known by the Bound Brook wrestlers for delicious cookies and uplifting attitude. However, if she thought you could do better or work harder, she certainly let you know. She also sent wrestlers, coaches and officials letters everytime they did something to impress her. She attended the States every year since 1972 and over 15 NCAA wrestling tournaments. She really did love wrestling!
Visitation for her will be at St. Joseph Church on Mountain Avenue in Bound Brook on Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. She will have a mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph Church at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. She will be interred with her beloved husband Robert and near her beloved son Patrick in the Bound Brook Cemetary.
In lieu of flowers she would prefer that donations be made to either St. Joseph Church, P.O. Box 72, Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805 or Bound Brook Wrestling, 114 East Union Avenue, Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805.
Rest in Peace Mom as you were the soul and conscience of the Bound Brook wrestling program!
Norman wins State
Martinez places sixth
Lorenzo Norman won his second youth State Championship on Saturday at the Trenton Arena when he defeated four opponents in the 120 Lbs. Junior Division. He was very dominant this year as he pinned his first three opponents and then cruised to a 5-0 win in the finals against Sabino Portillo of the Triumph Wrestling Club. It is the fourth year in a row in which Lorenzo has either won or placed in the States.
Alex Martinez placed for the first time in the State when he placed sixth in the 112 Lbs. weight class. He started his day with a pin and and a win before falling in the quarter-finals to the eventual runner-up. He then won one more match to place sixth.
Congratulations guys on a great day and continuing our program wide goal of State Champs and State Place Winners!
VATALARE BECOMES 4X NCWA
Zach Vatalare became a four time NCWA All American when he placed second at their National Championships in Texas. Zach competed in the 141 Lbs. weight class and finished the tournament with a 4-1 record for the University of Michigan Wrestling Club. This was by far his best finish in four attempts. Add to it that he was also named a Academic All American for the third consecutive year.
Zach will graduate from UM this year and move on to the University of Delaware to pursue his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy.... I think. Nice job Zach!
WALTON, GLASGOW & LEWIS
ARE STATE CHAMPIONS
Cleary & Casey place in States
In the Summer of 2013 the Bound Brook wrestling team convened the last week of June to wrestle in the Long Branch Duals. On the team that day were three new wrestlers I had seen wrestle live once and barely knew. We put them on the mat in three weights in a row and the coaches all looked at each other and basically said: "Holy crap they're good, we better not screw this up!" Those wrestlers were George Walton, Stephan Glasgow and Mekhi Lewis and I don't know if we screwed them up, but I do know they all became New Jersey State Champions on Sunday in Atlantic City. It is the first time in the history of Bound Brook wrestling that we've had three State Champs in one year and they are the school's 23rd, 24th and 25th State Champions and gives the Crusaders 13 State Champions this young century.
However, they were not alone on the award stand as Robbie Cleary took third in the State and Joe Casey place sixth in the State. Add to that JJ Sistrunk's and Travis Hays' wins and you've got to say we had a tournament almost beyond expectations..... I said almost!!
GEORGE WALTON WINS FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Talk about no respect. George Walton placed fourth in the state of New Jersey last season and defeated second seed soundly at the Junior Nationals, but yet he was afterthought of winning this weight class by all the pundits who fawned over the other returning State place winners. But we in the know are keenly aware that George Walton is an remarkable wrestler who doesn't like to cut weight. That's right I said it, the kid doesn't even cut weight! But in the end those pundits did us a favor because they gave George a chip for his shoulder which in his case is very dangerous, just ask the ref who hit him for stalling in the District finals.
George started fast in the tournament with three pins against Sam Houstan of CBA, Turner Hadad of Governor Livingston and Region Champ Chris Nielsen of Pineland. Then things got tough when he had a hard fought semi-final win against Queen of Peace State place-winner Dominick Maniero in overtime with a neutral in overtime. That placed him in the finals against Scotch Plains upstart Sam Wustefeld and although it wasn't his or the ref's best match, George prevailed with a takedown in the third period and a 5-4 win (Hey, but you try wrestling in front of 10,000 wrestling fans watching every move you make.) . In the end George bested his fourth place finish from last year and became a New Jersey State Champion who was undefeated in New Jersey with a 39-2 record.
The future is at Old Dominion for George as he accepted a scholarship there and they are getting a kid who is a amazing wrestler, a great friend to the other kids and has a successful future at his fingertips. Congratulations Geroge!
STEPHAN GLASGOW DENIES GRIFFITH A SHOT AT FOUR TITLES
When I watched Shane Griffith at the Whose Number One wrestling meet this past Fall I thought: "Boy that kid is hard to score on, I don't know what we will do to beat him." Then I remembered he was going to have to wrestle Stephan Glasgow and our guy is one heck of a smart wrestler. Not only was I proven right, I was proven right twice as Stephan defeated Griffith for the second time this season by a 3-2 score and showed again his amazing instinct and talent on a wrestling mat as Griffith never threatened him in the match.
Stephan was equally impressive in the rest of his matches as he defeated Tim Hamann of Jackson Twp. and Kade Loughney of Lacey by falls on Friday and then defeated undefeated Omar Abdelhamid of Rutherford 13-3 in the quarter-finals. He seemed a little distracted in his 9-5 semi-final win against Tim Kanniard of Wall before earning a Outstanding Wrestler worthy performance against Griffith. In three State tournaments Stephan placed second once and won two titles and who knows what he would've done if he would've made weight for Regions his freshman year! Damn Slurpees! Stephan was undefeated in New Jersey this year with a 36-1 record.
How lucky is Rutgers University to get this amazing and delightfully hilarious kid on their team next season, In fact, I hope he studies acting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts because not only does he remind everyone of Chris Tucker, he has a great ability to make everyone laugh around him. Besides that I will never forget him hitting the "We want State Champions" sign in our room everytime he got a takedown in practice his junior year (BTW, it ain't easy getting takedowns in our room).
MEKHI LEWIS WINS SECOND TITLE AND OW AWARD
Last year he survived, this year he thrived! In last season's State Championship match Mekhi Lewis one by the hair of his chinny, chin, chin and that's because he was nervous. This year he might have been nervous, but also wasn't going to be denied,. Mekhi defeated reigning 160 Lbs. State Champion Kyle Cochoran of Paramus by a 5-3 score and in-turn was voted as one of the Outstanding Wrestler's of the tournament.
Mekhi was a pinning machine going into the State tournament and that continued as he pinned Daequan Jackson-Swoope of Rancocas Valley, Joe Napoleone of St. Joes-Montvale, Matthew Garrity of Lacey and then disappointingly (sarcasm added) major decisioned Michael Petite of Piscataway by a 16-4 score in the semi-finals. He finished his senior season with a 43-0 record.
Mekhi is headed to Virginia Tech next season and what a wrestler they are getting. He is quiet, funny and driven kid who will not be denied what he wants in room and in his life. He was the only four time State place-winner in this year's tournament and is a true bad-a$$.
CLEARY MOVES TO THIRD
Sometimes when things are going well enough, people just keep going on and not worrying about if there is something more they could be doing. Robbie Cleary ain't that person and he showed that this season as he left his comfortable Middlesex County schedule to test himself with Bound Brook's challenging in-state and out-of-state schedule. It resulted in a few more regular season losses this season, but he moved up the medal stand four places as he placed third at 138 Lbs. when he defeated Quinn Kinner for the second time in the tournament with the score in this match being 11-4.
Robbie defeated Alex Winant of Mendham by a 11-4 major decision and Bob Dinger of Middlesex by a 4-3 score on Friday, before defeating Kinner on Saturday morning by a 3-2. He seemed passive in his semi-final match against Gerard Angelo of Bergen Catholic falling by a 8-6 score, but defeated Travis Layton of Woodstown by a 6-4 score to earn his right to wrestle for third. He finished the season 39-4 record and a staggering 150 wins in his career.
In the end, we will never know what Robbie would have done if he didn't face the challenges of the Bound Brook wrestling room, but you know what we don't care! Robbie is great and thoughtful kid who has a lot of talents including those of an artist. Rutgers University is getting a leader who impresses everyone he meets.
CASEY PLACES FOR THE THIRD TIME
Joe Casey finally proved me wrong and actually placed higher in a tournament then he did in the past as he took sixth in the State at 145 Lbs. on Sunday. Unfortunately for Joe he was injured in his semi-final and could not compete after that match.
However, before that match Joe was doing a nice job as he TJ Caswell of Manville by a 4-0 decision and then defeated Stanley Wojdylak of Middletown North by a 8-4 score on Friday night. Saturday morning he faced a tough drink of water in undefeated Cole Corrigan of Toms River South, but he prevailed by a 2-1 overtime decision before falling to the eventual State Champ Nick Palumbo of Lenape Valley in the semis. Joe finished the season with a adventurous 31-9 record and his third and best placement at States.
This coach looks forward to making Joe Bound Brook's 26th State Champion in the off-season as the kid is incredibly athletic and just needs to know how devastating good he can be as others have come and gone, but Joe has remained and experienced the rewards he so deserves.
SISTRUNK AND HAYS SCORE WINS AT THE STATE
Travis Hays by all accounts is probably a 152 pounder on most teams and a darn good one at that. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately?) Bound Brook quite literally has the best 152 and 160 pounders in the state of New Jersey. So Travis had to wrestle 170 this season and sometimes 182 and even 195 and even still face a tough wrestle-off against Matt Duarte to wrestle in Districts. At Districts he placed third, so the idea he'd make States was not a sure thing and the fact as the 32nd seed that he'd win a match even less likely. But you know what he did as after losing to the eventual State runner-up Dominick Mandarino of Don Bosco, Travis defeated Charles McCall of Winslow Township with a tough on top mentality. He was then eliminated by Drew Bowker of Rancocas Valley, but darn he has a lot to be proud of! Travis is headed to the Air Force and you probably see how unbelievably successful he is someday.
JJ Sistrunk is only a sophomore, but had a outstanding sophomore campaign with a 32-11 record. He had his ups and downs, especially with Mike Tyle of Manville, but did start his tournament off with a overtime win over Egg Harbor's Paul Valian in the first round. If this kid works on his good outside single and more importantly just gets in front of Coach Lukacs and lifts the daylights out of it, I guarantee he'll be a State Champ. The weight is heavy and it has some technique, but if your a beast your the Champ. He could definitely be a beast!
I'm tired, it's late and I ain't proofreading this article tonight, but if you didn't know Bound Brook has had an amazing State tournament run these past 19 years. Here are some fun facts to nosh on:-13 State Champions since 2004 -20 State finalists since 2000 -19 years with at least one State place-winner -The winningest wrestler in New Jersey twice. -The outstanding wrestler of the State tournament three times. -38 State place winners since 1999 -A four time State Champion -3 four time State place-winners -3 three time State place-winners
What a run by some amazingly dedicated kids who have idiot coaches who work their a$$e$ off and only expect perfection. Here are this season's final records.FINAL 2016-17 RECORDS 106 No wrestler 113 Mark Venson 16-15 (Season Complete) 120 No wrestler 126 No wrestler 132 Carlos Uglade 7-12 (Season Complete) 138 Rob Cleary 39-4 (Career Complete and 3rd in State) 145 Joe Casey 31-6 (Season Complete and 6th in State) 152 Stephan Glasgow 36-1 (Career Complete and 2x STATE CHAMPION) Matt Duarte 13-14 (Career Complete) 160 Mekhi Lewis 43-0 (Career Complete and 2x STATE CHAMPION) Nazareth Saavedra 0-2 (Career Complete) 170 Travis Hays 25-13 (Career Complete) David Ugalde 1-3 (Season Complete) 182 George Walton 39-2 (Career Complete and STATE CHAMPION) 195 No Wrestler 220 Mike Borja 7-22 (Career Complete) 285 Jervey Sistrunk 32-11
Seven State qualifiers plus five Champs plus one team title equals the sixth ranked team in Region 5!
After Saturday's conclusion of the Region 5 wrestling tournament I can only surmise that the coaches who voted on the rankings of the teams in Region 5 must have been the same people doing the polling for this past year's Presidential election. Why do you say? Well should the team that has the most wrestlers going to A.C, who had five individual Champions, easily one the team race and beat the number one team in the Region head-to-head be voted the sixth best team in the Region? Most would say that makes little sense.
All kidding aside, who cares! The Crusaders want State Champions and place-winners and that credo showed on Saturday as they dominated Region 5 finishing the day with a glistening 14-2 individual record. They outpaced the number one team in Region 5 by a 161.5 to 125, had five Champs and two other State qualifiers. They did it by embracing the idea that being tough on top is imperative in Championship wrestling. In fact, the Crusaders scored back-points in four of five finals and in the other final held their opponent down for 45 seconds after taking him down for the go ahead points. Tough on top, tough on top, tough on top. It's the part of the analytics of wrestling and people just don't get it, but we do! Here is a summary of each wrestler's day:
138 ROBBIE CLEARY (Champion)- Wrestling in his fourth Region final Robbie had a hard earned victory against one of his rivals Matt Kolonia of Delaware Valley. After giving up the first takedown, he got his neutral easily in the first period to make the score of the bout 2-1. He then got the next neutral and takedown and held Kolonia down for 45 seconds to take a 4-2 lead into the third. The only scoring in the third was a neutral by Kolonia making the final 4-3. He earned the finals by defeating Sean Thompson of West Windsor South by a 14-4 score in the semis.
145 JOE CASEY (Champion)- Had a tall order Today as he is undefeated in Region competition but was facing an undefeated Nick Lombard of Monroe in the finals. However, Joe was given a easy neutral in the second, then scored takedown and back-points to take a 5-0 lead. He didn't exactly finish how we'd like, but we WILL fix that this week. In the end he won by a 6-5 score. In the semis he defeated TJ Caswell of Manville by a 8-0 score.
152 STEPHAN GLASGOW (Champion)- Sometimes you just love something a kid does in a match, with Stephan it happens like five times a match as he gave Joe Hatcher is second loss in as many weekends and for the season by a 20-6 score. His feet were amazing and his ability to go feet-to-back on takedowns just make him so darn dangerous. It was his third Region Championship and he got there by pinning Scott Dupont of Holmdel in 2:25 seconds in the Semis. He truly DOMINATES!
160 MEKHI LEWIS (Champion)- When Mek is on a mission, you can think you are going to beat him, but if he chooses to DOMINATE you've got no shot. The Outstanding Wrestler of Region 5 tore through the tournament to win his fourth Region title. In the finals he faced State place-winner Michael Petite for the second consecutive week and pinned him for the second consecutive week, this time in 31 seconds. His Region tournament lasted exactly 4 minutes and 30 seconds, 'nuff said.
170 TRAVIS HAYS (4th Place)- Coming from the seventh seed Travis avenged a pin from last weeks District semi-finals against East Brunswick's Jason Minikle to defeat him by a 4-2 score and earn a trip to Atlantic City. In his first match of the day he had our quickest fall of the tournament (Not easy to do on this team) when he pinned his Edison opponent in 16 seconds. In the third place match he fell to Nick Recine by fall when he didn't protect his feet while on top. Pretty good job by a kid who's probably a 152 pounder.
182 GEORGE WALTON (Champion)- If you are wrestling or reffing George lie low and don't do anything to motivate him. George put on a clinic in the finals as he pinned Michael Iodice of Hunterdon Central after bringing to the verge of a tech fall. Early in the day George won by a major 15-4 decision against Joseph Walker of St. John Vianney. Mr. Walton seems ready for a great run in Atlantic City.
220 JERVEY SISTRUNK (3rd Place)- When this kid does some serious weight training you got yourself a load of trouble. JJ has continued his sophomore season with his first trip to Atlantic City and a third place finish. Friday night he defeated Paul Liseno of Keansburg 5-2, then after falling to eventual Champion Dylan D'Amore in the semis defeated Lou Ceras of Monroe and his old nemisis Mike Tyle of Manville in overtime to punch his ticket.
Not too bad of a day and I guess we have to get another room in Atlantic City. That will be the best 600 bucks the program ever spends!
Saavedra Makes History
Congratulations to Nazaeth Saavedra on making history for Bound Brook High School wrestling as she is our first woman wrestler ever to receive a full woman's scholarship for wrestling to King University!
For those of you who aren't up to date in their woman's wrestling, the King College woman's wrestling team is the number one ranked team in the Woman's College Wrestling Association. In other words, they are like the Penn State of woman's wrestling. King College is located in Bristol, Tennessee which also has a NASCAR track and a cool Geico commercial with that friendly little lizard.
CRUSADERS WIN SIXTH CONSECUTIVE DISTRICT 18 TITLE
UGALDE'S RUN TO THE FINALS PROPELS TEAM
The great thing about life is sometimes you leave on the journey, but your just not sure how you're going to get to the destination. The Bound Brook High School wrestling team's journey last Saturday was Red Bank High School and the destination was their sixth consecutive District 18 Title.
How they got there was a inprobable second place finish by Carlos Ugalde at 132 Lbs. It's no secret that the Crusaders are missing some weights this season and early in the season Carlos Ugalde came to Coach Cleary and said he'd like to make 132 Lbs. for the team to fill that gap in the li