Bound Brook Wrestling: Welcome




        Josh Ugalde placed third at the Super 32 Battle for the Belt this past weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Considered the most prestigious pre-season tournament in the country the Super 32 Battle for the 

Belt started in a high school in North Carolina with five hundred wrestlers. Shortly after it started the first two wrestlers win belts were Bound Brook's own Nick Murray and Andrew Flanagan. Nine years later the tournament has moved to Greensboro features 28 mats and hosts eighteen hundred high school wrestlers. 

         Josh had to defeat numerous state place winners just to get to the semi-finals of the tournament. In the first round he faced DJ Jorgenson of Missouri who placed third in the State of Missouri last season. Josh was a little cold, but none the less sailed to a 11-4 victory.  Next up was Angel Najar a State Runner-up from North Carolina, but Najar could do little against Josh as he prevailed by technical fall. That left Josh with one more match on the day against California State Seventh placer Andrew Morgan. Josh totally frustrated Morgan and prevailed with a 8-5 win.

         The first three wins against State place winner's on Saturday meant Josh made the quarterfinals which started on Sunday. In his first match of the day he faced Pennsylvania State third placer Cole Walter. Josh scored the only takedowns of the match as he prevailed by a 5-3 score. That put him into the semi-finals against Ohio two time State Champion and the fourth ranked 160 pounder in the Nation Alex Marinelli. The match seemed tight the first period and then Marinelli hit a sweet double leg with five seconds left in the period to take a 2-0 lead. Josh was on top to start the second period and did a good job of riding Marinelli and trying to turn him, but lost control of the Ohio wrestler with about 20 seconds left in the period to go down 3-0. After that point Josh lost control of the match and fell by a 10-4 (really 10-5 score, but two refs can't add or keep track of choice) score.

        Josh wasn't happy with the result, but in a National tournament you can't stay sad for long and Josh had to start to wrestle back for third place. His first match was against Virginia State Champion Corbin Allen who Josh slipped by a 3-1 score. That put him back against Walter and again Josh scored the only takedown winning by a 3-2 score.

         So in total Josh wrestled seven matches against all wrestlers who placed in their individual state tournaments. Wow.

        However, Josh was not the only Bound Brook wrestler to compete as Garrett Beam went 1-2 at 132, Stephan Glasgow went 2-2 at 138 and Joe Casey went 3-2 at 106. Each one of them competed hard and lost close matches as this tournament has very few weak wrestlers. 


Taffur becomes late NWCA All American

        Due to his paperwork be lost in the adminstrative chain, Nestor Taffur will be awarded the honor of NWCA Academic All American for the 2013-14 season later on this Fall. He becomes Bound Brook's fourth NWCA Academic All American in ten years.

        Don't care what you say about my school, that's just pretty darn impressive so stick that in your pipe and smoke it! 

Sign-up for Poker Night

          On Novmeber 22, 2104 Bound Brook Wrestling will be hosting our second fundraiser for the 2015 Clash and our first poker night at the Parker Engine Company. Eat, drink and be merry while you play poker for some great prizes. If you'd like to register for this event please fill out the form at the left tab. 


         If you would like to go to the Clash this year please contact Marty Gleason at (732) 627-0110. We will be flying out of Trenton/Mercer Airport on January 1st at 1 P.M. and land back in Trenton at 7 P.M. on Sunday, January 4th. Cost of the flight is $260.00 and that money would be due on October 23, 2014. Our hotel is $80 a night and the rooms have two double beds.

           If you've never been to Minnesota in the Winter, you may want to consider investing in some long underwear and a warm hat. 

Schedule Adjustments posted

         We have had a few changes to the schedule which I have posted on the schedule page. The Blair match will now be a tri-match with Bergen Catholic at BC. We have also added a tri-match with Pompton Lakes, Vernon and Pequannock on January 17th. 

Stephan Glasgow wins Journeymen Fall Classic

          Stephan Glasgow traveled to upstate New York and defeated three wrestlers on his way to the 135B title at the Journeymen Fall Classic beating wrestlers from four diferent states and two State place winners.

         In his first match of the day he defeated Matt Grippi of Fox Lane, New York by a 8-2 score. Although only in eighth grade last year, Grippi was 33-7 last season for Fox Lane High School and placed second at the Section Championships.

          Next up was a local opponent Vince Concina who wrestled for Bishop Ahr last season and lost to Mekhi Lewis in the quarter-finals of Region 5. Stephan defeated Concina by 3-0 score which led him to his last match of the pool against Cross Cannone of Trumbull, Connecticut who he defeated by a 6-1  score. Cannone was a New England and Connecticut State runner-up last season a last season.

          That last win placed him in the finals against two time Ohio State place winner Joshua Heil of Brunswick. Although it was his tightest match of the day, Stephan prevailed by a 2-1 score and the tournament title. 

           Good job Steph! 

Ed Zabrycki:

The Lost All American

          Please allow this next story to act as a apology and salute our lost Division I All American Ed Zaybrycki who placed fourth in the 1956 NCAA Division I  Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City. After placing second in the State Tournament in 1950 for BBHS at 166 Lbs. Ed moved on to the United States Naval Academy and in 1955 he placed fourth in the EIWA Wrestling Championships for the Academy. In 1956 he placed second in the EIWA's at 177 lbs. losing to Ed Dewitt of Pittsburgh.

          He traveled to the NCAA's in Oklahoma City where he lost his first match to eventual runner-up Roy Minter of  Minnesota State by a 9-4. However, because Roy kept winning Ed qualified for the losers bracket in his first match he defeated Gilbert Masec of Purdue, then he defeated Bill Smoot of Oklahoma State before losing to future Uninversity of Iowa Coach Gary Kurdelmeier. Interesting fact, the weight class that year was won by and dominated by uber-legend Dan Hodge.

           If anyone knows Mr. Zabrycki, please tell him I'm sorry! 

Taffur named Assistant Coach at F&M

         Last week we told you about how Josh Ugalde committed to the University of Maryland and how Bound Brook has a long history in College Park. A week later Nestor Taffur will continue a relationship Bound Brook wrestling has with the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and a small liberal arts college with one NCAA Division I sport. That school is Franklin and Marshall and they have hired Bound Brook and Boston University Alumnus Nestor Taffur as their new Assistant Coach.

        Although a Division III school in all sports except wrestling and with a total population of around 1900 students, F&M has had a long tradition in Division I wrestling. One of their most legendary coaches is Charlie Mayser who after coaching at F&M went on to start the wrestling program at Iowa State.  Some other noted coaches include Rich Lorenzo who then went on to Penn State and Mark Faller who coached the Banach Brothers of University of Iowa fame while they were in high school.

         But F&M also has a Bound Brook connection as a few Crusaders have wrestled and graduated from F&M (One of whom a know better then anyone!) and even previous head coach Pete Schyuler gave F&M his best.

         Hopefully, Nestor can parlay his coaching position there to bigger and better things as he wishes to continue in the world of wrestling as a competitor and coach. Things look on the upswing in Lancaster as the team just received a 5 Million Dollar endowment from a former wrestler and had their first All American since the 1980's this season with Rich Durso who returns this year to be coached by Nest. Plus the City of Lancaster has been voted one of the five hippest small cities in the United States  in some internet article I read lately.

          Seems like Nest put himself in a good situation. Good Luck Nest! 

Ugalde commits to be a Terp

           Joshua Uglade gave a verbal commitment to the newest Big 10 member University of Maryland to continue his wrestling career in 2015-16. Josh is a senior Captain at Bound Brook and two time State place winner. The Terps led by Kerry McCoy who is a multiple time NCAA Champion at Penn State and had a NCAA Runner up last year with Jimmy "Headlock" Sheptock. They feature a few New Jersey wrestlers on their roster including for Hillsborough State place winner T.J. Guidice. 

            However, Josh isn't the first Bound Brook wrestler to attend Maryland. In the 1950's there was a Bound Brook to University of Maryland pipeline as Mike Sandusky, Sal Amato, Mario Gentile and Tom Sinibaldi all went from the mats of Bound Brook to the mats at Maryland. Seems it was a beneficial relationship as Amato became a ACC Champion and Sandusky was a All American in wrestling and football for the terps. Meanwhile, Sinibaldi played right next to current Rutgers Offinsive Coordinator Ralph Friedgen on the Terp offensive line. 

           So, Josh looks to be Bound Brook's second NCAA All American at Maryland. Congratulations Josh, now go win that State title.

Preliminary schedule now posted

       The preliminary schedule for the upcoming season has been posted to the schedule icon to the left. I think you will see it's a pretty tough schedule this year with the addition of our new conference opponents and the addition of the Wyoming Seminary Tournament. Of course it is subject to change so stay tuned!


Walton, Casey and Ugalde go undefeated

       The Bound Brook wrestling team traveled to the scenic and bucolic 1000 Islands for the eleventh straight year and placed sixth out of the forty-eight teams. Not a great result based on the past few years, but at least we know what we have to work on before the start of the real season.

        The Crusaders arrived in the 1000 Islands on Friday and wrestled their first match against Farmingdale, Long Island. The Crusaders legs were a little road weary, but the team was able to post a 53-18 victory. Pinners included Nick Accetta and Mekhi Lewis. Unfortunately, Mek got hurt in this match and would be substantially slowed for the rest of the weekend and adding to a already voluminous list of injured wrestlers who missed the trip.

         After a most pleasant evening at the drive-in movie the team awoke on Saturday to face Fairport, New York and came away with a 43-25 victory. Winners by fall included Mekhi Lewis, Josh Ugalde and Josue Sandoval. That match was followed with another victory over the New England Gold wrestling club by a 40-18 score. Winners who were pinners were none, but Nick Accetta, Josh Ugalde had technical falls.

         The Crusaders then took a break to swim and jump off the rocks at a local State Park and then faced the Tiger Elite wrestling club where they were hit by their first loss on the tournament by a 30-26 score. We had one pinner in and lost a few too many tight mactches to prevail.

          On Sunday morning the team awoke to a match against Mount Anthony, Vermont and things didn't look good for the Crusaders but a fall by Ryan Galdamez and Mike Borja's decision loss ensured a 31-29 thriller of a win. Another winner by fall was Mekhi Lewis and Josh Ugalde had a nice tech.

         During the break the Crusaders boarded a boat for a tour of Millioniares Row and Boldt Castle and then took the mat to determine who would be 5th place against the Northeast Elite wrestling club. The Crusaders didn't win the match and lost by a 37-26 score. Josh Ugalde and George Walton capped off perfect weekends by falls, but the rest of the team.... Oh my.

Here are the individual records:

100 Mark Venson 1-5
107 Joe Casey 6-0
115 No wrestler
123 Jeff Johnson 2-4
132 No Wrestler
138 Matt Duarte 1-3
      Garrett Beam 2-2
145 Nick Accetta 4-2
154 Mekhi Lewis 4-1
      Travis Hays 2-2
165 George Walton 6-0
173 Josh Uglade 6-0
      Josue Sandoval 4-2
183 No Wrestler
195 Aaron Saavedra 4-2
220 Ryan Galdamez 4-2
       Mike Borja 4-2
285 No Wrestler 


Thanks to everyone for a great camp!

        Thank you to everyone for a great camp and the good Lord for the awesome weather.

1.       The Bound Brook coaches/former wrestlers who were the counselors Shaun Cleary, Mark Leh, Nestor Taffur, Andrew Flanagan, Rob Murray and Tyler Awtry.

2.       The Doerr's for letting us use and abuse their pool and jacuzzi.

3.       Dr. Fred Kingsbury for attending to the injured. Girasole for feeding the camp staff. Mr. Franey and Dr. Gallagher for their able assistance.

4.       The awesome Bound Brook High School maintenance and custodial staff who always bend over backwards to help us, including Nilda, Bob and Norberto.

5.       The awesome clinicians Sean Harrington from Boston University, Jeff Jacobs from Stevens, Pat Santoro from Lehigh and John Hughes from Lehigh. F

6.       And finally, good job to the campers who paid attention and hopefully had some fun while learning some wrestling.


         The Bound Brook wrestlers are going to load up the vehicles Tomorrow and head off to beautiful and bucolic Clayton, New York to compete in the 1000 Island Duals for the eleventh consecutive year. Although injuries are going to prevent some wrestlers from competing, the team is excited to face off in their first every Friday night at the duals when they wrestle Farmingdale, New York at 7 P.M. The team is staying at the Candlewood Suites in Fort Drum if your kid doesn't call home! Here are the Crusaders fit enough to compete and attending:

100 Mark Venson
107 Joe Casey
115 Open
123 Jeff Johnson
130 Garrett Beam
137 Matt Duarte
145 Nick Accetta
154 Mekhi Lewis
      Travis Hays
162 George Walton
173 Josh Ugalde
      Josue Sandoval
185 No Wrestler
197 Aaron Saavedra
220 Ryan Galdamez
       Mike Borja
285 No Wrestler 



            Nazareth Saavedra made Bound Brook wrestling history on Saturday becoming our first girls All American as she will wrestle for third place at the USA Wrestling Cadet Girls Freestyle Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota. Naz started slow when she lost to Solin Piearcy of California by tech fall 12-2. But then she got rolling and first defeated Corine Thomas of Ohio by a 10-0 tech fall. Next up she defeated Sarah Tison of Minnesota by a fall in 2:57.  For the match to wrestle for third she got right to work when she pinned Brooke Logan of Arizona in a blisteringly fast :44. 

       All that work put her against Piearcy of California again for third place, but she lost 10-3. No worries. Congratulations Naz, so proud right now! 



       Garrett Beam was pinned in his first Greco match at the USA Wrestling Cadet Greco Roman Nationals, but won six matches in a row to move to the top 16 in his weight. He would've needed to win two more matches to be a All American. Stephan Glasgow went 3-2 and was eliminated at 138.

Garrett started his day losing by fall to Minnesota's Morgan Fuenffinger, but then tech falled Oregon's Boot Clark and then decisioned Nevada's Israel Casarez 6-0. He then scored three tech falls with a decision victory. First he teched Brandon Lucero of Colorado, then he teched Evan Campbell of Pennsylvania. Then he decisioned Denton Spencer of Georgia 10-4. However, soon after Blaize Punke of Illinois eliminated Garrett from the tournament.

        Stephan won his first two matches with a fall over Shamar Duncan of Oklahoma, and a tech fall against Josh Barzowski of Illinois. But then fell from the winners bracket when Devin Bahr of Wisconsin pinned him and Sammy Cokeley of Kansas decisioned him 16-13. That must of been a match to see!

         Next up will be freestyle for them which will start this week, while Bound Brook's next wrestler to take the mat will be Sean Glasgow Tomorrow. 

Crusaders go 2-1-1 at second Raritan Duals

        The Bound Brook Summer Crusaders participated at the Raritan Duals for the second time in four weeks this past Saturday and despite missing a bevy of starters finished with a 2-1-1 record.

        In the first match of the day the Crusaders faced their toughest opponent in St. Peters Prep. The match stated well with the team winning the first four matches, but then the defecation hit the rotating oscillator as the Crusaders only won two matches after that. The best match of the meet was between two State place winners as Connor Burkett beat Mekhi Lewis 1-0. Mek has to learn that you need to keep standing up so that you don't get bogged down on bottom. The only pinner was Josue Sandoval who returned from his mission to Mount Olive to help his team out!

        Next up the Crusaders stayed in the Catholic realm and wrestled CBA where the teams competed in nine matches and ended up in a 20-20 knot. Pinners included Mekhi Lewis and Josh Ugalde. Jeff Johnson had a exciting 9-8 loss to District place winner Dylan VanSickell. Joe Casey went up a weight to pull out a good victory.

        The Crusaders first win of the day came next as they defeated Franklin by a 49-16 score. George Walton had a high flying match against Josh Mack winning by a major decision. Pinners included Joe Casey, Anthony Lopez, Matt Duarte, Mekhi Lewis, Josue Sandoval and Ryan Galdamez.

        The last match of the day was Bound Brook vs. Monroe and the Crusaders pulled out a 30-21 victory. Pinners inclulded Joe Casey and Jeff Johnson. The most entertaining was Josh Ugalde going up to 220 to beat Pat Dressel.  Also, Mekhi Lewis repeated his Region 5 semi-final victory when he defeated Chris Muce.

         All-in-all it was a good day considering we were missing three weights and we competed in every match. We need to get our counters right and get better on bottom, but then again we will all be back at practice Tuesday night to get it done.

        Here are the records: 

106: Joe Casey 4-0
113: No Wrestler
120: Anthony Lopez 2-2
       Victor Castegna 1-2 (Courtesy of Ridge) 
126: Jeff Johnson 4-1
132: No Wrestler
138: Matt Duarte 1-3
145: No Wrestler
152: Mekhi Lewis 3-1
160: George Walton 3-1
170: Josue Sandoval 3-1
182: Josh Ugalde 4-0
195: No Wrestler
220: Mike Borja 1-3
285: Ryan Galdamez 2-2 



Crusaders go 4-0 at Madison 

       The Crusader wrestling team will competed in their third duals of the off-season this past  weekend as they took part in the Madion Duals at Madison High School. While we definitely have some technique to work on (Especially on bottom!), the team wrestled well winning all four of their duals and only losing four matches of the forty wrestled on the day.

         In the first match the Crusaders defeated Union by a 46-0 score pinners included Joe Casey, Stephan Glasgow, Mekhi Lewis, Josh Ugalde and Aaron Saavedra. The team followed that up with a 53-0 win against Scotch Plains. One of the funner matches in the first two meets was had by Stephan Glasgow who pinned Scotch Plains Tommy Cunningham off a interesting top move in a dual meet that featured eight pins and one tech fall.

        Those wins put the Crusaders in the semi-finals against a familiar foe Hanover Park. The Crusaders fell down early losing two of the first three matches, but then rolled along to score a 32-12 victory. The most impressive victories were by Nick Accetta who defeated District Runner Gene Angelo, followed by Mekhi Lewis defeating Region runner up Christian Bassolino and Sean Glasgow defeating Region 5th/6th Anthony Olivieri to complete a sweep of three competitive matches. 

         The Crusaders expected to meet first seed Phillipsburg in the finals, but instead faced the fifth seed South Plainfield who defeated the Stateliners by a 18-15 score in the semi-finals.  In the finals the Crusaders were less then spectacular, but some of that can be attributed to a very small circle which led to lots of stoppage in the action and the overall team toughness of South Plainfield. The Crusaders won eight of ten matches to win by a 27-12 score. Stephan Glasgow looked good defeating a wily Region third placer Ryan Walsh, while Josh Ugalde dominated on top in defeating Region 5th/6th Jordan Handwerger. Finally, Garrett Beam showed some good full shots while defeating Region qualifier Ryan DuHamel.

            Because of the limited weights, the Crusaders had three 168 wrestlers, so Josue Sandoval (Or is it Galdamez?) wrestled for Mount Olive and had a excellent day finishing with a 3-1 record. He was close to going undefeated on the day but lost in the third period of his last match to his Linden opponent by a 3-1 score. He however, does get the move of the day award as he hit a gigantic lateral drop in his match against Westfield! 

           Of the eleven Crusaders who attended the duals, eight finished the day undefeated. Next week the Crusaders will return for their second go in the Raritan Duals, but will have to patch a few weights together since some wrestlers are still recovering from injuries and four wrestlers competing in Fargo (Garrett Beam, Stephan Glasgow, Sean Glasgow and Nazareth Saavedra) Here are the final records from Saturday:

110 Joe Casey 3-1
120 Anthony Lopez 3-1
128 Jeff Johnson 3-1
      Garrett Beam 3-0
136 Stephan Glasgow 4-0 
144 Nick Accetta 4-0
156 Mekhi Lewis      
168 Sean Glasgow 3-1
        Josue Sandoval 3-1 
180 Josh Ugalde 4-0
195 Aaron Saavedra 4-0
285 No Wrestler



         Four Crusaders traveled to Levittown, Pennsylvania on Saturday to compete in the SEPA Tournament and all four came away with Championships. First up was Anthony Lopez who fell behind early in his final, but then showed a tough on top game for the final two periods to win by a major decision.

         Garrett Beam won his weight with good sound hand fighting on his feet and sharp on the edge finishes as he rolled to his title. Although he does need to figure out how to pack kids!

          Mekhi Lewis was his usual terror on top and showed other wrestlers how hard it is to get by his hands as he sailed through the day.

          Finally George Walton thrilled the crowd with a huge lateral throw and destroyed all his opponents with tech fall victories.

          The team will take the Fourth of July off before competing in the Madison Duals on July 12th. 


 The Crusaders competing in their second duals of the off-season on Saturday when they traveled to the Hazlet Middle School to wrestle in the Raritan Duals. Despite missing a slew of wrestlers the Crusaders did well and went 4-0 on the day.

        In the first match of the Crusaders in-season opponent Don Bosco and came away with a 27-12 victory. Pinners included Josh Ugalde and Aaron Saavedra. A competitive win was had by Nick Accetta as he defeated Andrew Rosenweig by 4-3 score and Stephan Glasgow who repeated a in-season result when in well hydrated condition he defeated Dominick Mandarino by a 9-5 score. Freshman-to-be Garrett Beam lost to State Runner-up Kyle Bierdumpfle by a 7-0 score.

          In the second match of the day the Brook faced Howell and prevailed by a 30-24 score. Pinners were Anthony Lopez and Josue Sandoval. Stephan Glasgow lost a tight match to State place winner Kris Lindemann 1-0, while Garrett Beam won a tight 1-0 decision against Anthony Gagliano who was 26-9 and 5th/6th in the Region this past season.

         The third round was a match was against Manalapan and the Crusaders rolled with a 48-3 win. Pinners included Garrett Beam, Stephan Glasgow, Josue Sandoval and Aaron Saavedra. Nick Accetta lost a tough 3-2 overtime match to Joe Santomarco, whom also defeated him the Neptune tournament to start the season. Sean Glasgow had a nice 9-1 decision against District Champion Steven Chandler.

         In the final match of the day the Crusaders faced off against Toms River North and won by a 52-6 score. Pinners included Joe Casey, Jeff Johnson, Garrett Beam, Mekhi Lewis, Sean Glasgow and Josh Ugalde. The best matches of dual was Anthony Lopez’ 2-0 victory against 20 win wrestler Ricardo Diaz and Aaron Saavedra who beat District Champ Tyler MacClain 10-2.

         Here are each wrestler’s records on the day:

106 Joe Casey 3-1
113 Cory Hnasko 2-2 (Courtesy of Bridgewater)
120 Anthony Lopez 3-1
126 Jeff Johnson 2-2
132 Garrett Beam 3-1
138 Stephan Glasgow 3-1
145 Nick Accetta 3-1
152 George Walton 2-0
       Mekhi Lewis 2-0
160 Sean Glasgow 4-0
170 Josh Ugalde 2-0
       Josue Sandoval 1-1
182 Aaron Saavedra 4-0
195 Nick Suk 4-0 (Courtesy of Hunterdon Central)
220 Ryan Galdamez 2-2


Despite three Crusaders rehabbing in-season injuries, the team is ready for the Raritan Duals this week at Hazlet Middle School. Teams are as follows:

Bergen Catholic
Don Bosco Prep
Toms River North
Delaware Valley 

Wrestling is scheduled to start at 8:30 A.M. and the team will wrestle four matches. Wrestling usually ends by 2 P.M.

Here is the line-up as of Today:

109 Joe Casey
117 Anthony Lopez
123 Jeff Johnson
129 TBD
135 Garrett Beam 
141 Stephan Glasgow
148 Mekhi Lewis
155 George Walton
163 Josue Sandoval
173 Josh Ugalde
185 Aaron Saavedra
198 Nick Suk (Courtesy of Hunterdon Central)
223 Mike Borja
288 Ryan Galdamez 


        Mekhi Lewis won the Holmdel Tournament on Saturday when he won three matches on the day. He defeated Paul Capaldo of the Beast Wrestling Club in the finals by a 3-0 score. Capaldo  placed fourth in Region 6 this past year. Mek probably had the most coaches at the tournament as he was the only Crusader who bothered to show up, while three coaches showed up. Didn't get the text? Liar!


         Garrett Beam and Stephan Glasgow are in Daytona Beach, Florida this week representing Team New Jersey in the USA Wrestling Cadet National Duals. Competition started Today with Greco Roman and ends with Freestyle on Friday and Saturday. In Greco, Stephan finished 3-3 and Garrett 1-5.

             Freestyle started on Friday the the team reached the finals after defeating to Missouri and Maryland, but fell to Illinois in the finals.  Stephan Glasgow was 2-1 on the day and had a nice come-back win against a Missouri State Champion. He fell behind by a 9-3 score, but won 11-3. Garrett was winless on day one. On Saturday in the Gold-Silver Bracket the competition is tough and that showed on Saturday as Stephan finished 1-2 and Garrett 1-3.  Stephan won in the fifth place team match against Michigan and Garrett won his match against Utah. So Stephan finsied with a 3-3 record and Garrett was 1-6.


Young Crusader club wrestling team finishes 4-2 PA Slam Duals

        A young squad of Bound Brook wrestlers traveled to the PA Slam Duals on Saturday and had a day of various levels of competitiona and finished with a respectable 4-2 record and 5th place finish out of the twelve teams in the tournament. Considering eleven of our wrestlers were grades ninth and below and one of the seniors in the line-up was injured in the second match, the day might of not been a resounding success, but was a great barometer for what we need to improve upon for next season. Two of the club's wrestlers finished unblemished on the day with undefeated wrestlers as both Joe Casey and Mekhi Lewis finished the tournament with perfect 6-0 records.Here is a small dual meet summary:

          In the first match of the day the Crusaders faced New Oxford and wrestled like they were a little tired from the car ride, but still won by a 48-13 score. The highlight of the match was no doubt Nazareth Saavedra doing a bear hug to a inside trip in her match to pin her opponent, and Yes it was a boy! Pinner's included Josue Sandoval and Aaron Saavedra.

         Next up was a match against the PA Slam A wrestling club and although the team started off strong we fell off the rails in the upper weights as we lost by a 33-21 score. A few match highlights included Joe Casey beat a tough Jalin Hankerson and Matt Duarte down by a 4-0 score hit a five point Peterson with thirty seconds left in the match. Pinners included  Anthony Lopez and Jeff Johnson.

         The team rebounded in the next match when they defeated the Relentless Wrestling Club by a 34-15 score. The highlight of the dual was a monsterous lateral drop by Josue Sandoval during his win, while Joe Casey added the only pin, but Mekhi Lewis had a workmanlike tech fall.

         The team put two wins together when they defeated the PA Slam "C" team in the next round by a 52-15 score. Pinner's included Mike Borja, Jeff Johonson, Joe Casey and Mekhi Lewis. The wheels then fell off to the Crusaders as they lost to the Accellerate Black wrestling club by a 56-15 score. The only winners were Joe Casey, Garrett Beam, Mekhi Lewis and Aaron Saavedra. The loss was one thing in this dual meet, but our ability to be pinned is a huge problem these young wrestlers will need to fix.

         That last loss put the Crusaders in the fifth place match where they defeated the Badboy wrestling club by a 49-12 score. Pinners included Jeff Johnson, Garrett Beam, Mekhi Lewis, Aaron Saavedra and Mike Borja.  


Gombas takes second at Big Spring Freestyle

        Bound Brook wrestlers competed in two States this weekend as Nazareth Saavedra and Sean Glasgow won titles at the War at the Shore, while Andrew Gombas placed second at the Big Spring Freestyle tournament. The Crusaders also had two more place winners at the War as Aaron Saavedra placed fourth and Craig Delacruz defaulted to sixth as he was injured in the semi-finals. Stephan Glasgow also wrestled at the Shore making it to the quarter-finals but not placing, and Matt Duate took his first shot at freestyle wrestling.

        This was the first year for a girls division at the War at the Shore in Wildwood and Nazareth Saavedra made the best of it taking first place. I have tried to locate a bracket for her tournament, but alas I have had no luck. So just know that she won.

        Sean Glasgow also won his third National tournament title in three tries this Spring. Sean went 6-0 in the tournament and defeated Avery Dinardi of Holy Cross in the finals by a 5-3 score. Dinardi was a tough freshman at 152 this season as he qualified for the State wrestling tournmanet.

        Sean's brother Stephan finished one match short of placing as he made it to the quarter-finals at 132, but then had successive losses to Evan Fidelibus of Easton, PA and Mike Andreano of Saddle Brook. 

        Nazaeth's brother Aaron was more succussful as he finished the tournament in fourth after losing in the semi-finals in overtime to Virginia State Champion Konner Pritchard and then falling to Chris Morgan of West Orange in the third place match, despite beating Morgan earlier in the tournament. Morgan placed in the top 12 in New Jersey at 182 this past season.

        Craig Delacruz seemed to be cruising along in the 138 weight class when he was injured in the semi-finals match against Jacob Montes of Easton. We will need a few weeks to fully know how bad the injury is, but it's defintely a bummer. He had won his first four matches leading up to that match.

        In lovely Central Pennsylvania Andrew Gombas placed second in the Big Spring Freestyle tournament going 2-1 on the day. He lost to Noah Stewart of Mifflin County in his finals match. Stewart was a quality opponent as he was a Pennsylvania State qualifier.

        Matt Duate took his first shot a freestyle and although he didn't win any of his matches, he did lose to Ed Ruth, I swear look it up!

        Two other future high school Crusaders did well in Pennsylvania as Joe Casey won two weight classes and Garrett Beam placed second at 132. 


       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