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BOUND BROOK WRESTLING   

WRESTLERS COMPETE OVER THE WEEKEND

       Four wrestlers competed in two different tournaments this past weekend and every wrestler placed. Close by Andrew Gombas and Mekhi Lewis  competed in the USA-New Jersey Freestyle Ranking Tournament at Toms River South High and both reached the finals. Andrew won his weight by pinning Mike Muscatello of Voorhees in the finals by fall. Mekhi who was competing in his first freestyle tournament placed second losing to Spencer Carey of  DePaul Catholic in the Finals.

       Much farther away Sean Glasgow and Stephan Glasgow each competed in the Brute Addidas Naitonals in Missouri and each came away Champions of their age group. Sean at junior 155 and Stephan at freshman 133. Sean had his toughest match right off the bat when he defeated Missouri State place-winner Caleb Chevalier 7-5 in the first round. Stephan's closest match wasn't, as he defeated Bryce Rogers of Florida 9-1 in the quarter-finals.

Time to golf and wrestle...

       Two staples of our off-season is our annual golf outing and wrestling camp. The forms for each have been posted in labels to the left of this writing.

         The golf outing will take place on Wednesday, June 25th this year and we will return to the bucolic  Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough. Please consider helping us out any way you can!!!

         Our wrestling camp will be the last week of July and we always have a great group of campers and clinicians. Don't miss it as it's the best darn four day camp at that low price out there!

 

Ugalde and Johnson place at Flo Nationals

         Two more Bound Brook wrestlers traveled out of State this weekend to wrestle in a National tournament as Josh Ugalde and Mike Johnson and again each came away with All American honors.

          First up was Josh Ugalde who entered at 160 and ended up being the only New Jersey wrestler who made the Finals. However, Josh lost to Xavier Montalvo of Illinois in sudden victory by a 7-5 score. After getting takedown in the first and falling behind Josh gained a last seond takedown and a riding time point to knot the match. He then missed a low single in overtime and Montalvo scored on a counter-shot single to a double finish. Josh tried to pop the shot over the top, but just couldn't pull the Houdini.

          Josh got to the finals by winning four other matches. The first win was a tech fall over Connor LeMay of Newtown, Connecticut, he then decisioned Chad Reese of Pennsyvania. Those wins placed him in the quarterfinals where he defeated Connor Lawrence of New York 15-7 and then in the Semis he defeated Ryan Preisch who placed third in the Pennsylvania States. Preisch also beat Josh for third two years ago at the Bethlehem Classic, so that was a sweet win.

         Mike Johnson placed seventh when he defeated Brian Darios of Michigan 3-2 in the seventh place match. Mike got to that match by starting his tournament by pinning Hunter Gill of Pennsylvania, but then lost to eventual Champion Kevin Vough of Ohio by a riding time point 3-2. He then pinned Ryan Monk, a Pennsylvania state place winner but was pinned by Tyler Poling of Brick Memorial. which placed him in the seventh place match. 

          Congratulations Gentleman.

Glasgows win National Titles 

          There is no doubt that Sean Glasgow and Stephan Glasgow are very talented wrestlers and although they had unfortunate events which prevented them from attaining their goals this season, they made some personal amends on Sunday night when they won National titles for their respective grade levels at the NHSCA Nationals in Virginia Beach.

          Stephan won his title at 132 pounds in the competition which started on Friday. He started his tournament with a pin over Zackery Waln of Minnesota.  He then defeated Hunter Owens of Virginia by a 8-3 score. That put him into the pre-quarters where he defeated Noah Grover of New York by 15-3 major decision.

         Next up was Noah Mattin (That's right he wrestled two Noah's in a row on a weekend when Noah was the number one movie!)  of Ohio by a 7-2 score. That placed him in the semi-finals against Brandon, Florida State runner-up Ty Lucas.  In what was a tough match Stephan punched his ticket to finals with a 5-4 win over the fellow 120 pounder during the regular season.

          In the finals Stephan faced Brock Wilson of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Although he gave up a early takedown in the match he was able to fight his way back with a reversal in the third period and a take down in overtime to prevail by a 5-3 score. It was a good scramble, but Stephan showed his ability to turn the right way everytime for the win.

          Two and one half hours later Stephan's brother, Sean won the Junior division of the tournament when he beat three time New Mexico State finalist Miguel Barreras 3-1 with a astute and late take down.

 In order to get to the Championship match Sean had to win five matches. First up was a pin of Alex Portilla of Ohio and then he defeated Dan Mitchell of Pennsylvania by a 14-6 score. He then followed up those wins with two wins against New York opponents. First, he beat Addrian Ferrarie tech fall and then he beat Anthony Bell by a 13-6 score. 

         The New York wins put him in the semi-finals against undefeated Maryland State Champion Adam Martz, whom Sean proved to be too much for winning by a 8-3 score. In the finals there was little action, but Sean kept shooting and right at the end his opponent shut down on the edge and Sean scored the winning takedown with less then five seconds left in the match.

         Congratulations Gentlemen and lets hope this is the beginning of plenty more big tournament titles! 

        Aaron Saavedra also wrestled in the 182 weight class of the junior tournament and finished with a 2-2 record. 

Taffur repeats Top 12 finish at NCAA's

        Nestor Taffur placed in the top twelve in the NCAA Division I wrestling tournament for the second consecutive year on Friday night ending a career where he became the winningest wrestler in Boston University's wrestling program, whose future may conclude with Nest's last match.

         On Friday Nest started in the quarter finals against Oklahoma State's Alex Derringer and in a match that feature a lot, one might even say too much, scoring Nest fell by a 17-11 score. In fact, the match was 11-10 Derringer late in the third period, but Derringer took a decisive double leg to finish Nest's chance at making the semi-finals.

         The loss put Nest in the wrestle backs where he had to win one match to reach All American status. His opponent was a common one as he faced Rutgers' Frank Perrotti whom he had beaten twice this season. However, if Nest seemed too aggressive in his first match, he lacked aggression in his second as he fell to Perrotti by a 10-2 score to end his season.

         All was not lost as everyone watching the tournament on ESPN watched Nest propose to his girlfreind in the stands at the end of the night and according to all reports she said Yes! Congratulations Nest on a wonderful career, fighting for a cause and showing Bound Brook kids that you can rise from the ashes of your young life to be a phoenix of change for others. We are all most proud of not the wrestler you've become, but instead the person you've become! 

Taffur reaches quarter finals of NCAA's 

        On Thursday night Nestor faced the 12th seed Taylor Walsh of Indiana University and Camden Catholic. After getting the first take down, Nest got caught at the end of the first period in a four point move. After not much action in the second period, Nest's back was against the wall in the third period. With about 45 seconds left Nest knotted the match, but couldn't get his hands free to let Walsh up. After the ref hit Walsh for a stall Nest hit a low single to a double with about 12 seconds left and after the ref hemmed and hawed for about six seconds he gave Nest the take down, which Nest converted to a pin. He was one of only four wrestlers to score to falls in the tournament in the first tow rounds.

        On Friday morning Nest will face the third seed Alex Derringer of Oklahoma State for a spot in the Semi Finals. If you would like to watch his match it will be broadcast on the Internet at ESPN 3 and on television on ESPN U. Nest needs to win one more match to become Bound Brook's fourth Division I All American. Go Nest! 

Delacruz wins second

State Championship

First time since 1958 BB has four place winners and two finalists 

          In what was a busy Sunday for Crusader wrestling Craig Delacruz won his second State Championship in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon when he defeated Don Bosco's Kyle Bierdumpfel 3-2 in overtime ride out. In doing so he became Bound Brook's 20th State Champion.

         After winning a overtime thriller by take down in the sudden vicory period against Monroe's Sal Profaci on Saturday night, Craig decided Sunday's match should go to overtime too! But this time Craig didn't get a takedown in sudden victory and had to get out from Bierdumpfel in the first rideout period. He didn't and things looked grim as the Don Bosco wrestler was one neutral and thirty seconds away from dethroning the defending Champ. Craig realized this and let Bierdumpfel go for the one and tried to get the takedown and never got close with six seconds left in the period. But then on the ref's whistle Craig shot a lightning fast low single and took down Bierdumpfel for his second State title and Bound Brook's 20th. Wow what a shocking and pleasing finish!

          THE REST OF THE STORY: Craig won by overtime ride-out on Friday night and right before that began he said he's going to quit the match. But after sticking it out he turned his weekend around and showed a heart of the warrior. 

 UGALDE FINISHES SECOND IN STATE

        Craig was joined in the finals by fellow junior Josh Ugalde who unfortunately fell to East Brunswick's Jon Schleifer by a 5-4 score.

         Wrestling in the State finals can be a scary proposition  as you are stepping into the lonely mat in the packed arena  and sometimes wrestlers get off to a slow start. It's fair to think that happened to Josh on Sunday as he was taken down by Schleifer twice in the first period to find himself behind by a 4-1 score.

       But in the second period Josh seemed to get his sea-legs and scored a neutral and a takedown to knot the match at 4-4 by the end of the second period. But Schleifer did a good job on bottom and after taking a 6-5 lead was able to keep Josh at bay and defeat him. Thank Goodness that Josh is a junior and that we will have another shot. We will get it right as Josh showed how tough he is this tournament by scoring two pins and important back points in the semis to earn his finals berth. Josh has come miles from where he was a year ago at this time!

Johnson and Lewis Place in State

        Mike Johnson placed in the State for the second consecutive year on Sunday. After losing to eventual Champion Andrew Stevens of Camden on Friday morning, Mike reeled off three straight victories to get to the third place match. In that match he fell to Kevin Wilkins of St. Joe's Montvale in overtime to place fourth. 

         Mekhi Lewis finished off a execellent freshman year by placing seventh in the State on Sunday when  he defeated Paramus' Alex Sabahie by a 5-2 score. Mek won three matches after falling in the pre-quarters on Friday night and looked well on his way to a fourth win, when he got sloppy in a scramble and lost to Dylan Nace of Hunterdon Central. But he showed on Sunday that when he learns a go to leg shot, he will win some State championships.

TAFFUR WINS EIWA 

Meanwhile clear across the State Nestor Taffur won his first and only EIWA Championship in Philadelphia at UPenn. In the finals he defeated Marcus Scheidel of Columbia 9-2 in the finals at 157.

Nest got to the finals by winning three mathes and expect Nest to be one of the 12 seeded wrestlers at the NCAA's in two weeks. 

HERE ARE THE FINAL SEASON RECORDS:

OVERALL RECORDS

106  Nick Limenza (12) 33-10 Career complete.
113  Anthony Lopez (9) 15-20 Season complete.
120  Matt Duarte (9) 6-12 Season complete. 
        Stephan Glasgow (9) 19-1 Season complete
126  Craig Delacruz (11) 39-3 State Champion again!
132 Mekhi Lewis (9) 38-8 Season complete.        
        George Walton (9) 9-10 Season complete.
138: Nick Accetta (11) 27-15 Season complete.
       Travis Hays (9) 3-3 Season complete.
145 Sean Glasgow (11) 10-4 Season complete.    
       Nazareth Saavedra (9) 2-1 Season complete.
152 Andrew Gombas (11) 21-12 Season complete.      
        Ivan Lairos (12) 5-2  Career complete.   
        Randy Myers (12) 6-1  Career complete.     
        Josue Sandoval (9) 2-3 Season complete.
160 Josh Ugalde (11) 36-5 Season complete.
170 Isaiah Soto (12) 23-7 Career complete.
182 Ryan Doerr (12) 30-12 Career complete.        
       Abe Saavedra (10) 8-6 Season complete.
195 Ronald Piccado (12) 30-10 Career complete.     
       Aaron Saavedra (11) 25-14 Season complete.
       Mike Borja (9) 4-1 Season complete.
220 Ryan Galdamez (11) 8-9 Season complete.   
        Aldo Robles (11) 3-1 Season complete.
285: Mike Johnson (12) 26-3 Career Complete.

Limenza, Delacruz, Ugalde, Soto & Johnson move to quarters of States

       The States are hard, that statement was true on Friday night as only five of eleven Crusader wrestlers moved on to the quarter finals of the State wrestling tournament on Saturday morning. The remaining wrestlers will have scratch and claw their way through the wrestlebacks if they hope to be New Jersey State place winners. Here is a wrestler-by-wrestler break down:

106: Nick Limenza wrestled one match on the night and had one win on the night as he beat the second seed Giovanni Ghione by a 2-1 score. He will wrestle the third seed Brendan Cray of Steinart Tommorow.

126: Craig Delacruz won two matches on the night as he defeated Robert Dipierro of Bordentown in the preliminaries by a 5-0 score and then rode out Taylor Shay of Hackensack to prevail in the ultimate tie breaker. He faces Peter Lipari of Bergen Catholic Tomorrow, who he majored in the dual meet this year.

132: Mekhi Lewis couldn't find any offense Friday evening as he fell to Camden Catholic's Mark McCormick by a 3-1 score. He will now take the long road of the wrestle backs Tomorrow when he faces Tyler Brake of Cherry Hill West.

138: Nick Accetta seemed to have his match in hand against Pineland's Thomas Poklakhua and then decided to take a upper body seat belt lock with fourteen seconds left in the match and was lateraled to his back to lose 8-4. He will now face Lauren Angelhina of Bergen Catholic in the wrestle backs Tomorrow.

145: Sean Glasgow lost in overtime to Westfield's Matt Barber 3-1 in overtime. He will face Sean Kelly of Northern Highlands in the wrestle backs Tomorrow. 

160: Josh Ugalde won two matches on the evening to move into the quarter finals against River Dell's Vincent Cariddi. Josh started the night defeating Sean Sonzogni 3-0 and then pinned Atlantic City's Joseph Cutugno in :28 with a sweet spladle.

170: Ryan Doerr lost his first match of the night to Jake Kocis of Phillipsburg by a 6-4 score. Ryan was unable to find any offense on his feet, but better find some quick as he will face Mike Campbell of Collingswood Tomorrow in the wrestle backs.

182: Isaiah Soto had his Collingswood opponent this evening and pinned Pat Miles of Collingswood in 5:02. He now faces Phil Woods of Roselle Park in the quarters Tomorrow. Isaiah defeated Woods in last year's dual meet by a 11-3 score.

195: Aaron Saavedra wrestled one match on the evening and lost to Cory Damiana of Lower Cape May by a 12-6 score. He got close a few times in the match, but couldn't control any strategy before falling behind permanently at the end of the second period. He will face Ken Bradley of Jackson Tomorrow in the wrestle backs.

220: Ronald Picado got off to a good start as he defeated Newton's Gus Protogeropoulas by a 13-2 score. However, in the pre-quarterfinals he fell to Wayne Valley's Justin Walker by a 7-1 score. He will face Justin Gomez of North Bergen in his first wrestle back match Tomorrow. 

285: Mike Johnson won his only match of the evening as he tilted and took down Raritan's Patrick Toal by a 5-2 score. He will now face Camden's Andrew Stevens in the quarter finals Tomorrow. Mike defeated Stevens by a 10-6 score in the wrestlebacks last season.

        Wrestling will begin a 10 A.M. Tomorrow with the wrestlebacks and then move to the quarters on four mats thereafter. You can follow the action at Track Wrestling.

        Here are the updated records: 

           

LIMENZA, LEWIS, SOTO & JOHNSON WIN REGION TITLES

SEVEN OTHER CRUSADERS TO STATES 

       Twelve Crusaders took to the mat at Region 5 with a chance to qualify for the State wrestling tournament on Saturday and eleven punched their ticket to Atlantic City. Leading the way were four Crusader Champions, while five others placed second and two placed third. Here is a weight by weight report:

106: Nick Limenza won his first trip to Atlantic City and a Region Championship as he dominated Robert Cleary of Edision in the finals by a 11-1 score. Nick was a beast on his feet and on top as he hit a great boot scoot takedown and added a couple sets of back points. Nick was the only finalist to score in double digit points in some snoozer finals.

126: Craig Delacruz lost to Ryan Pomrinca by a 3-2 score in ultimate tie breaker ride-out or lack thereof. Unfortunately, Craig never found any offense in the match and ending up repeating on the wrong side of history.

132: Mekhi Lewis won his first Region title with a 1-0 victory over Dylan Nace of Hunterdon Central. Mekhi got his one point and then put down the hammer on top and rode the senior out in the third period for the win.

138: Nick Accetta wrestled a exciting final which went to the wire but lost to State place winner Gordon Wolf of Lawrence by a 3-1 score. The difference in the match was a set of back points by Wolf, while Nick just missed converting a takedown at the end of the match.

145: Sean Glasgow had a exciting overtime victory in the semi finals against Colin Boylan of Hunterdon Central in the finals, but then lost in overtime to JFK's Carl Buttita in the finals. Sean gave too much respect to his opponents this weekend and is going to need to pick up the offense and hand fight in Atlantic City.

152: Andrew Gombas lost in his semi final and then fell in the wrestle backs to Harrison Utter of Monroe to place 5th/6th for the second consecutive year.

160: Josh Ugalde placed second for the second consecutive year as he fell to State runner-up Jon Schleifer of East Brunswick by a 8-4 score. Josh wrestled and tried things so let's see what he can figure out for next week in A.C. 

170: Ryan Doerr had a perfect 3-0 day as he wrestled from the 8th seed to third place. After braving a hellacious nostril rip in match to get to the third place bout, Ryan tech falled Joe Scerbo of Hunterdon Central by a 15-0 score. Sorry baseball, you have to wait a week!

182: Isaiah Soto won his first region title after two runner up finishes by defeating Cort Hotz of Ridge by a 1-0 score. Not the most exciting match, but he got the win.

195: Aaron Saavedra fell to Franklin's Ralph Normandia in the semi-finals, but then stormed back with two wins including a thrilling pin against South River's Doug Ryan in the third place match.

220: Ronald Picado made it to finals, but then had problems getting off the mat and fell to Hopewell Valley's Mike Markulec in the finals by a 4-1 score.

285: Mike Johnson won his second region title when he decision Notre Dame's Stefanos Karpontinos in the finals by a 5-1 score. The difference came in the overtime rideout when Karpontinos sat out and Mike snapped him back for winning back points.

 

ELEVEN CRUSADERS TO SEMIS OF REGION 5

       If they kept score at Region 5, the Crusaders would be winning... by a lot. That's because eleven Crusaders out of the twelve who took the mat on Friday night at the Hunterdon Central fieldhouse. Here is a match by match breakdown:

106: Pity Nick Gonzalo Limenza wrestled a excellent match against Perth Amboy's Noberto Torres winning by a 13-0 score. Pity won in every position and seperated himself from his opponent by being a beast on top.

120: Stephan Glasgow did not make weight and lost by forfeit.

126: Craig Delacruz tested the waters and worked on different attacks in a 13-4 decision against West Winsor Plainsboro West's Nick Maher. Craig has done the best job of hands on wrestling of the entire team and continues to do so.

132: Freshman Mekhi Lewis moved into the semis with a win against fellow freshman Vince Concina from Bishop Ahr. Mekhi hit a nice double leg and got his top game going in the third period of a 7-0 win. He did a real nice double leg which surprised the coaches.

138: Nick Accetta fell behind 3-2 after one period against Bryan McLaughlin of Woodbridge but got going in the second period to win by a 9-4 score. Nick had a beautiful first takedown in his match and then a nice take to the back in the second period.

145: Sean Glasgow wrestled a very stong senior from Carteret, Javier Gonzalez, but Sean wrestled three periods and was able to win the scrambles and score a 10-2 major decision. Sean hit a lightning fast low single for the first take down and like the other Crusaders before him scored back points in the match.

152: Andrew Gombas wrestled Bridgewater's Van Miller for the third time this season, and left no doubt as to the winner scoring the 3-2 decision. The difference in the match was a nice low outside single in the middle of the first period.

160: Josh Ugalde won his 100th match of his career by fittingly hitting a spladle for the pin in his match against Del Val's Nour Mays. Josh is now 100-18 for his career.

170: Ryan Doerr lost to the first seed Mike Fagg-Daves of Franklin for the third time this season by a 7-5 score. Ryan could not find any offense and will have to make his way through the wrestle-backs if he wants to go to States.

182: Isaiah Soto wrestled a controlling match against Kevin Karvaski of Edison scoring a 11-1 major decision. Isaiah rode his opponent for over five minutes and found his back points in the third period.

195: Aaron Saavedra made his usual array of interesting choices as he pinned Vincent Zecchino of Woodbridge in 4:40. Aaron had a nice bear hug going and scored a nice tilt, but seemed to get in trouble with he went to his legs and high half series. He needs to dance with the girl that brung him Tomorrow if he is to return to A.C.

220: Ronald Picado started strong as he defeated the third seed Max Pavilis of Spotswood by a 5-3 score.  Ron hit two sweet double legs, and could of hit five more, but seemed to lose interest in dominating and instead just wrestled to win. That will need to change if he wants to go and place in States.

285: Mike Johnson won by major decision against Keith Serio of Edison by scoring five takedowns in the match and two sets of back points.

Wrestling begins at 10 A.M. Tomorrow with the semi-finals and first round of wrestle-backs and the finals should go off at about 3:30. See you there, because I know you are all going!  

ELEVEN  CRUSADERS WIN DISTRICT TITLES

          We all have different ways of measuring success in a tournament and one of my favorite ways is using the seeding system. If your kids wrestle to their seeds it's a successful tournament, if they wrestle beneath their seeds it's a less then successful tournament, if they exceed their seeds it's a excellent tournament. The Crusaders had a excellent District 18 on Saturday as they exceeded their seeds and won with a point total of 300.5 points and eleven Champions, one second and one third. In other words, the Crusaders have thirteen wrestlers going on to Regions this week. As a team we excelled on our feet by only giving three takedowns in the finals and by dominating on top.

          Leading the way was Nick Gonzalo Pity Excalibur Limenza who won his first District title by defeating Ridge's Jack Fleischman by a 10-2 score. Pity was a hammer on top Today and wrestled well on his feet.  

         Freshman, Stephan Glasgow had to repeat a tough act if he were to win his first District title by defeating Bridgewater's State Qualifier Gianni Calo. He was up to the task as after a slow paced first period Stephan scored a couple of take downs to win by a 5-2 score.

       Bound Brook defeated Bridgewater again when State Champion Craig Delacruz followed Stephan's  match with a dominating 16-1 tech fall over Bridgewater's Nick Fulton. Craigy is now a perfect three for three in District finals.

        Another Crusader freshman won his first title at 132 when Mekhi Lewis continued his hot wrestling when he defeated Hillsborough's Jack Donnadio by a 6-2 score. Unlike his usual efforts which include back points, Mekhi had two takedowns in this match and added in a good bit of wrestling on top. 

        Nick Accetta defeated his finals opponent Mouman Akel for the third time this season by a 5-0 score and it was Nick's second District title. Nick was dominant on top and did some great scrambling for his first takedown. He scored a late takedown to seal the deal, which I always enjoy.

         He was followed by Sean Glasgow who won his second District title and his first in District 18 when he tech falled Ridge's Austin Oliver by a 16-0 score in three minutes. Sean had two pins and a tech on the day.

         Andrew Gombas then won his first District title by repeating his Somerset County Title match victory against Bridgewater's Van Miller by a 4-2 score. The margin was a two point take down by Andrew with 20 seconds left in the match.

        Josh Ugalde double up with repeat titles against Bridgewater County opponents when he defeated Kyle Murphy by a 5-1 score. He also got off to a little slow start, probably because this match went to overtime in the counties, but this time Josh got a late takedown in the first and wrestled the majority of the match on his feet.

        Ryan Doerr wasn't able to avenge a County defeat when he again lost to Franklin's Michael Fagg Daves by a 5-3 score. The difference was that Daves was able to get two takedowns in the first and Ryan really never got close to hitting any type of takedown attempt on his opponent. So Ryan will wrestle on Wednesday at Hunterdon Central.

        Isaiah Soto got the Brook back on track when he won his third District title when he defeat first seed Cort Hotz by a 9-5 score. I fell behind by a 3-0 score, but then reversed Hotz to his back to start a string of nine unaswered points. As he rounds into better shape he should go far in the State this season.

        At 195 Aaron Saavedra had a tough weight class and could only muster a third place finish. After a quick pin in the first round he fell to Ralph Normandia of Franklin by a 9-2 score. He then major decisioned Bridgewater's Jacob Raboy 9-0 to stay alive in his attempt to return to the State tournament. If he's going to get there, he is going to have to be able to stay intense for six minutes and get away from the shrug and back to some inside tie wrestling.

       Ronald Picado is a senior and a first time District Champion as he won the 220 title by decisioning Mike Okolo by a 7-2 score. He won the match on his feet, but he's going to need to understand this is his last rodeo and open up this week at Regions.

        Up at the top Mike Johnson won his third district title in three years when he pinned Jaelin Harvin of Franklin. The match was kind of a snoozer, but then Mike snapped and spun Harvin for his second takedown. After they returned to their feet, Mike made a great adjustment and snapped Harvin again, but this time cement jobbed the Franklin heavyweight for the pin.

       One last wrestler Anthony Lopez completed his season when he won a prequarter match, but the lost to the second seed Vincent Bommier by a 4-1 score.  On the bright side, although his season is complete he can now get in the weight room with the rest of the freshmen and start getting to the job of being huge!

        Saavedra and Doerr wrestle on Wednesday at Hunterdon Central in their attempt to wrestle into the Region. Then on Friday the eleven Crusader District Champs join the party in the quarter-final round. Both nights the wrestling starts at 5:30. Good job Brook, lets get back at it Monday!

         Full district results can be found at http://www.trackwrestling.com and on the schedule page on this website. See you Wednesday and here are the update records:

  THREE TIME STATE CHAMPS

         The Bound Brook Crusader wrestling team won their third consecutive Group I State Championship on Sunday at Toms River North High School by defeating Paulsboro by a 46-16 score.

         The Championship match started at a good place for the Crusaders as they trotted out their State Champion Craig Delacruz and Mr. Delacruz delivered by pinning Paulsboro's Sam Giordano. Craig then announced his intention to start a bowling team at Bound Brook. Normally the Red Raiders would use Sam Morina at 126, but he was run up to face freshman Mekhi Lewis who prevailed by a 5-0 decision. Mekhi did a good job on counter-scoring, but will have to increase his leg attacks if he is to place in States.

          Paulsboro's regular 132 wrestler went up to 138 and made good on the move as he defeated Nick Accetta by a 3-2 score. Nick was in on some shots, but couldn't get a sustained attack going due to his hips being too far out of the handfight. Next up was Sean Glasgow who wrestled Mickey Croce and won by a 19-5 major decision. He should of got the tech, but lost his pace in the third period. We've got to fix that too. 

          The Red Raider's regular 138 wrestler Ronnie Gentile went all the way up to 152 and defeated Andrew Gombas by a 16-7 score. Andrew needs to embrace the correct counters to takedowns and develop a stance which enables him to wrestle forward. He got better as the match went on, but is really going to need to make some quick changes to succeed in the post-season.

          Josh Ugalde has escaped his mid-season funk and pinned Paulsboro's Aaron Randall. However, the bigger news is that Josh scored two tilts in his first match. Another bonus point match followed when Ryan Doerr tech-falled Jim Sutton and then Isaiah Soto pinned Tyler Adams as they both had better second matches then first matches. Both these seniors need to decide what kind of post season they are interested in and train accordingly.

          Ronald Picado then scored the 100th win of his career when he tech falled Tyler Biernacki. Did you know Ronald had his bike stolen the first time he came to wrestling practice in seventh grade? That normally would be a bad omen, but after winning a 100 matches in his career, I guess not! Mike Johnson then followed up a sedate win against Paulsboro's Daveavonte Randall. Mike could be the 285 State Champion this season, but he is going to need to embrace a more offensive and dynamic style if he to reach that mountain!

           Gonzalo Pity Nick George Washington Carver Limenza then repeated his performance of last year against Nick Duca when he scored a tech fall at 106. Pity is another senior who needs to decide how well he wants his last year to go step up with some more offense on his feet.

          Freshman Anthony Lopez then gave Paulsboro back the five points plus one when he was pinned by another freshman Anthony Duca. It was the second time he was pinned Today and clearly shows that he needs to reconsider what technique he is performing on the match and master the basic skills of being  wrestler. Also, he should could benefit by taking the weight room seriously in the off-season.... but hey, who couldn't?

          Stephan "Skittles" Glasgow finished our match on a positive note when he wrestled a nice match against Mike Morina prevailing by a 13-6 score.  Boy if this kid would learn a tilt, he'd be dangerous!

          The Crusaders also won their semi-final in the morning when they defeated Kittatinny by a 49-12 score. Pinners included Nick Limenza, Nick Accetta and Aaron Saavedra.

          The Districts are next Satuday at Hillsborough at 9:30 A.M., see you there!

          Here are the match summarys and updated records:

GROUP I FINALS
BOUND BROOK-48 PAULSBORO-16
106: Gonzalo Limenza, (BB), tech. fall Nick Duca, (P), 5:50 15-0.
113: Anthony Duca, (P), pinned Anthony Lopez, (BB), 5:38.
120: Stephan Glasgow, (BB), dec. Mike Morina, (P), 13-6.
126: Craig De La Cruz, (BB), pinned Sam Giordano, (P), 4:16.
132: Mekhi Lewis, (BB), dec. Sam Morina, (P), 5-0.
138: Juan Rivera, (P), dec. Nicholas Accetta, (BB), 3-2.
145: Sean Glasgow, (BB), maj. dec. Mickey Croce, (P), 19-5.
152: Ronnie Gentile, (P), maj. dec. Andrew Gombas, (BB), 16-7.
160: Joshua Ugalde, (BB), pinned Aaron Randall, (P), 0:40.
170: Ryan Doerr, (BB), tech. fall Jim Sutton, (P), 3:08 17-2.
182: Isaiah Soto, (BB), pinned Tyler Adams, (P), 1:09.
195: Ronald Picado, (BB), tech. fall Tyler Biernacki, (P), 5:03 17-2.
220: Niko Savaiinaea, (P), dec. Aaron Saavedra, (BB), 5-4.
285: Stephen Johnson, (BB), dec. Davontae Randall, (P), 3-1.
 
GROUP I SEMI-FINALS
BOUND BROOK-49, KITTATINNY-12
106: Molfetto (K) p  Anthony Lopez (BB) 3:10
113:  Petey Limenza (BB) p. Kasey Hotz (K) 1:37
120: Stephan Glasgow (Fr., BB, 15-1) d. Nick Klinger (K) 4-3
126: Craig De La Cruz (BB) md. Christian Silva (K) 18-5
132: Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. Austin Scrivani (K) 4:18
138: Nick Accetta (BB) p. Nick West (K) 4:38
145: George Walton (BB) d. Trevor Schutte (K) 8-2
152: Nick Romyns (K) d. Andrew Gombas (BB) 3-2
160: Joshua Ugalde (BB) tf. Tyler Parkyn (K) 15-0, 3:45
170:Kieran Gerrity (K) d.  Ryan Doerr (BB) 3-2
182: Isaiah Soto (BB) d. Dylan Wunder (K) 5-4
195: Ronald Picado (BB) d. Garrett Armstrong (K) 8-2
220: Aaron Saavedra (BB) p. Andrew Simpson (K) 1:40
285:  Michael Johnson (BB) md. Tom Smith (K) 10-0

Crusaders win 11th Section title

         The Crusader wrestlers won the school's 11th sectional title on Friday night when they defeated Point Pleasant Beach by a 73-0 score at BBHS. The team will now compete for their third consecutive Group I State Championship at Toms River North on Sunday.

           On Friday night every Crusader scored bonus point victories, but for one. Pinners were Aaron Saavedra, Mike Johnson, Craig Delacruz, Mekhi Lewis, Josh Ugalde and  Ryan Doerr.

          Most pleasantly every senior on the team finished their matches at BBHS with wins as Ivan Lairos, Randy Myers, Ryan Doerr, Nick Limenza, Mike Johnson and Ronald Picado all had wins this week in their matches.

         On Sunday the Crusaders start their day against Kittatinny at 10 A.M. and if they win that match compete against either Paulsboro or Roselle Park at 3:30 P.M. Hope to see you there!

BOUND BROOK-73 POINT PLEASANT BEACH-0
106 Nick Limenza-BB md. Vin Storino-PPB 11-0
113 Anthony Lopez-BB p. Roddy Rupp-PPB 3:15
120 Stephan Glasgow-BB md. John Finnerty-PPB 14-6
126 Craig Delacruz-BB p. Giancarlo Crvielli-PPB 4:56
132 Mekhi Lewis-BB p. Zack Schaller-PPB 1:48
138 Nick Accetta-BB tf. James Finnerty-PPB 18-2 
145 Sean Glasgow-BB md. Tore Capriglione-PPB 15-2
152 Andrew Gombas-BB tf. Riley Kelly-PPB 18-2
160 Ivan Larios-BB d. Cory Gross-PPB 5-2
170 Josh Ugalde-BB p. Jake Fioretti-PPB 2:25
182 Ryan Doerr-BB p. Bronson Liguori-PPB 2:25
195 Ronald Picado-BB wb Forfeit
220 Aaron Saavedra-BB p. Forrest Gardner-PPB 1:00
285 Mike Johnson-BB p.   Tommy D'Amore-PPB :30
     

Bound Brook advances to Sectional final

        The Bound Brook wrestling team advanced to the Central Jersey Group I Sectional finals on Friday night after defeating Manville on Wednesday night. Pinners included Nick Limenza, Stephan Glasgow, Craig Delacruz, Mekhi Lewis and Sean Glasgow.

        The Crusaders will attempt to win their 11th Sectional Championship at Bound Brook at 7 P.M. on Friday night when the face Point Pleasant Beach.  If the Crusaders win that match they will wrestle in the Group I Finals at Toms River North High School at 10 A.M. on Sunday. If they win that match they wrestle the finals at 3:30 P.M. on Sunday.

         Here is a estimated box score:

BOUND BROOK-69 MANVILLE-3
106: Anthony Lopez (BB) md. Jon Ahorrio (Ma) 9-0
112: Nick Limenza (BB) p. Bobby Demeter (Ma) 2:32
119: Kevin Murillo (Ma) md. Matt Duarte (BB) 9-3
125: Stephan Glasgow (BB) p. Minton Teixiera (Ma) 3:25
132: Craig Delacruz (BB) p. Jack Kuhlman (Ma) 1:26
138: Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. T.J. Caswell (Ma) 3:42
145: Nick Accetta (Ma) d. Jeremy Nuremberger (Ma) 9-2
152: Sean Glasgow (BB) p. Arber Berisha (Ma) 1:06
160: Randy Myers (Bb) d. Brandon Hamblin (Ma) 1-0
170: Josh Ugalde (BB) wb Forfeit
182: Ryan Doerr (BB) tf. Kyle Puza (Ma) 16-0 1:47
195: Aaron Saavedra (BB) wb Forfeit
220: Ronald Picado (BB) p. Josh Vargas (Ma) :29
285: Ryan Galdamez (BB) wb Forfeit 
Records: Bound Brook 16-6 Manville 12-7 

 

CRUSADER COLLEGE WRESTLERS HAVE SUCESSFUL WEEKEND

        Rob Murray was 2-0 for Stevens Today winning by forfeit against Washington and Lee (Where is Dave Shubick when you need him?). Rob also had a tech fall against Holt Johnson of Gettysburg. Rob is now 14-12 in his rookie season at Stevens.

         Up in Boston Nestor won by a 12-2 major decision against Chris Moylan of Princeton. Nest is now 29-2 on the season and ranked 8th in the country at 157. 

BOUND BROOK FALLS TO BLAIR

        The Crusader wrestling team went beyond Hope on Friday nig