Bound Brook Wrestling: Welcome



Walton accepts scholarship from Old Dominion

       By all accounts it was a good week for  George Walton. After placing second at the invite only Journeyman Tournament and being ranked 20th in the Country at 170 Lbs. by Flowrestling, he accepted a scholarship to Old Dominion to continue his education and wrestling career.

        George is the first Bound Brook wrestler to become a Monarch who are coached by Steve Martin and have had five All Americans in the last five years, including St. Peter's grad Lenny Richardson. They compete in the Mid America Conference and two years ago they were ranked 22nd in the Nation.  

         By the way, their nickname the Monarch's refers to the King of the Jungle Lion, so Roar George Roar! 

Lewis to be a Hokie

       Mekhi Lewis, became the first of Bound Brook's outstanding senior wrestlers to commit to his next step in his educational process on Wednesday night when he decided continue his wrestling and educational career at Virginia Tech and Coach Kevin Dresser. The Hokies have been getting better and better every year under Dresser and scored a impressive six All Americans at the NCAA Tournament this past March along with a third place team finish.

         Mekhi joins a long list of Bound Brook wrestlers who competed for the Hokies which includes Bound Brook's first State Champion William Zydiak, State runner-up Nick Murray and current Hokie senior Tyler Awtry. Zydiak was undefeated for Tech which of course at the time was known as VPI.

         Congratulations Mek on your accomplishment as it is well deserved. 


Crusaders place third at 1000 Islands Duals

       The Bound Brook wrestling team traveled to the scenic 1000 Islands this past weekend for the fourteenth consecutive year and placed third in the forty-eight team tournament. 

        The competition started on Friday night as the Crusaders faced off against Governuer and won by a 35-11 scored in a match where the opposing team had four forfeits as opposed to the Crusaders one.

        On Saturday the Crusaders wrestled the Valley Vultures in the first round and won by a 36-30 score. The match hero was Matt Duarte who was losing the entire match until he hit a lateral drop with five seconds left to snatch victory from the hands of defeat. The next round went a lot better as the Crusaders defeated the Titan White team by a 41-12 score.

        The two wins placed the team against the defending Champion Doughboy Wrestling Club from Massachusetts in the quarterfinals. The match was tight as Doughboy featured many State Champions and place winners from the New England region, but the Crusaders prevailed by a tight 29-27 score. Great matches were put in by incoming freshmen Xavier Pena who lost in the last second to a Massachusetts State place winner and Mark Venson who defeated one in his match. Rob Cleary defeated his Massachusetts State Champ with a last second takedown.

       The next day the Crusaders seemed a little weary in the semi-finals as they fell to a tough Nazareth, PA team by a 39-29 score. The teams toughest wrestlers didn't match up in weights, which made close matches far and few in this match. The Crusaders fell by a 39-29 score after falling behind by thrity-one points to start the match.

       The loss placed the Crusaders in the third place match where they defeated the Cobra wrestling club by a 32-27 score. The deciding match came early as Mark Venson got a last second takedown to put his match into overtime where he then rode his opponent out for the win.

       Our hammers were hammers as Joe Casey, Rob Cleary, Mekhi Lewis, Stephan Glasgow and George Walton all finished the tournament undefeated and were bonus point machines for the team.

       Here is everyone's record as best I can recall:

105 Mike Meola 1-3
      Xavier Pena 2-1
113 Mark Venson 4-2 
120 David Traub 4-2 (Courtesy of Staten Island)
126 Sean Snodgrass 0-4
130 Anthony Lopez 4-2
135 No wrestler 
140 Joe Cleary 6-0
147 Robbie Cleary 6-0
      Carlos Ugalde 2-0 
155 Matt Duarte 2-3
      David Ugalde 2-0 
167 Stephan Glasgow 5-0 
175 Mekhi Lewis 6-0
190 Travis Hays 2-3
       George Walton 5-0
220 Mike Borja 3-2
285 JJ Sistrunk 3-2 



Glasgow, Walton and Sistrunk earn

All American Status

       Joe Casey won the NHSCA Sophomore National Tournament  in Virginia Beach on Sunday earning All American status at his weight and age group for the second consecutive year. Joe had a impressive tournament defeating Chase Zollman of Poway, Califiornia  a State third place-winner in the finals by a 5-0 score. California, like New Jersey is a one class tournament with over 600 schools, so any win against a California place winner is a good win. Joe also defeated a Ohio State runner-up, a Kentucky third placer and Maryland fifth placer while posting a 6-0 record in the 90 wrestler weight class.

       Joining Joe as All Americans in their weight classes and age group were Stephan Glasgow, George Walton and JJ Sistrunk.

      Stephan earned his third All American placement in three tries, but took a disappointing second place. Stephan was 1-1 against Lake Highland Prep, Florida. In the semi-finals Stephan rolled against Florida State Champion Jake Brindley by a 11-4 score, but in the finals fell to two time Florida State Champion Bryce Rogers by a 5-3 score in sudden victory. Rogers did a good job of keeping Stephan's hands off him and making chase him to the edge. Stephan went up by 3-0 but gave up a takedown at the end of the second period and then he then decided not to wrestle at all on top and cut Rogers to concede the tying point.  No points were then scored until Rogers' takedown in sudden victory. Earlier in the tournament Stephan defeated State place-winners from Indiana, Lousiana and Missouri.

      George Walton took fifth at Junior 170 as he lost a early round match but then fought back through the bracket to place fifth and amassing a 8-2 record. He defeated five State place winners over the course of three days. George's best win in the tournament was a 5-2 decision against New Jersey State runner-up  Shane Sosinsky. George lost to a wrestler from Kentucky, but did beat Ohio State Champion and State place-winners from Virginia. South Carolina, Arizona and Georgia.

     Jervey Sistrunk  took fourth place in the freshman heavyweight division with a 3-2 record. He defeated wrestlers from Utah,  New York and Virginia. Actually he defeated Mike McCowen of Grundy, Virginia a Virginia State fourth place-winner and then lost to him third place match. However, it was heavyweight and we know that the guy who usually wins is the one who falls down second!

Young Bound Brook Wrestlers Place at States

Four Bound Brook wrestlers took to the mats this weekend's USA/NJ State Championships at Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton and three took home medals:

LORENZO NORMAN- (5th Place) Became a three time State place winner when he took fifth place at the 105 Lbs. weight class in the Junior Division. He was beating the eventual State Champion by a point with ten seconds left in the match and unfortunately gave up the deciding takedown to fall by a 4-3 score. Lorenzo is a first year Junior so we look for him to return to the top of the podium next year!

GIOVANNI LaCORTE- (7th Place) In his first trip to States finished 7th at the 160 Lbs. weight class in the Junior Division. He pinned his opponent in the 7th place match. It is important to note that he was wrestling up a weight as he was the sole entrant at 152 Lbs. and could've been State Champ by default, but chose to go up a weight and to wrestle for his title. Great attitude Giovanni!!!!

BARRY NORMAN- (4th Place) Wrestling in the Novice division the little chunk we call Barry took fourth place. Good job Barry way to carry on the family tradition!

TYLER HAYS- Tyler also made his first trip to States in the Novice divsion and had a 0-2 day. Although he hoped for more, Tyler is on a path of greatness. You heard it here first! 

Vatalare becomes three time NCWA All American Murray makes Round of 12 at D3 Nationals

      Zach Vatalare is now three-for-three in making All American status at the NCWA Nationals as he placed fifth at 133 Lbs. weight class at the NCWA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida this past weekend. He started the tournament with three wins, but then fell in the semi-final round to eventual Darius Bunch of Emmanuel College by a 6-2 score. He then lost in the semi-finals of wrestlebacks for the second time this season to Mitch Hmyak. However, he finished his season with a win when he defeated Dylan Carlile by a 5-3 score to place fifth. Good job Zach.

       Rob Murray competed in the NCAA Division III Nationals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this past weekend and ended up in the "Bound Brook Curse" round of 12. What that means is that he was one win away from being a All American. Anyhow Rob lost his first match to Bobby Jordan of Johnson and Wales by way of Woodbridge High School by a 4-3 score. He then stayed alive by defeating Ben Vosters of Wisconsin-Stevens Point by a 8-5 score. He then fell to the eventual third place winner Jacob Spearman of Washington and Jefferson by a 7-6. Rob finishes his season with a 41-5 record. Wow.

      That said, both these wrestlers clearly need to work on three things in their off-seasons going into their senior year: First, they need to be able to make mid-match adjustments so that they don't get caught in the same takedown over and over in a match; second, they need to develop a method which allows them to get to their handfight so that their hips are in when they attempt a takedown so that they can move their man; third, they need to stay down in their stance and understand that their head is their first line of defense. What can I say, once a coach, always a coach.




        The Bound Brook Crusader wrestling program hasn't had two State Champions in the same year since 1958, well that is of course until Today! March 6th, 2016 is a great day for Bound Brook wrestling as both Mekhi Lewis and Stephan Glasgow won titles. But even better, Joe Casey placed 7th at 120 Lbs. and George Walton took 4th at 170 Lbs. It is the EIGHTEENTH year in a row we have had at least one State place winner!

120: Joe Casey (7th Place)-Joe had a great seventh place match against Ray Wetzel of Queen of Peace winning by a 8-3 score. The highlight was Joe countering Wetzel's back after a nice shot by Wetzel. Earlier in the tournament Joe started with a loss, Joe bounced back with three victories over Justin Cariss of Highland, Ian Tolotti of Dumont and Jake Rotunda of Pope John to reach the medal stand. Joe lost to 2015 State runner-up Gianni Ghione to put him in the 7th/8th match.

145: Mekhi Lewis (STATE CHAMPION)- Mekhi won his final in thrilling overtime fashion against a 46-0 Mike O'Malley. After a scoreless first period, O'Malley held a Merkle for the whole second period, but was hit with two stall calls. Mekhi then tried to ride out in the third period, but forty-five seconds in got hit with a stall call. So Mek cut O'Malley and seemed to score the winning takedown with 15 seconds left. But the ref didn't see it our way so we went to overtime when O'Malley hit Mek with a standing Merkle, but Mek broke the grip and took a single for the win. He is now three-for-three in placing at States in his career.  Mekhi got there by defeating a tough Nick Esposito on Friday night, then beating Clearview's Stanley Atkinson by major decision on Saturday morning. That left him against Mohammad Farhan of Nutley who Mek beat in overtime for third last year. This time Mek scored a second period near fall and neutral to win by a 3-0 score. Everyone Mek wrestled placed in the tournament.

152: Stephan Glasgow (STATE CHAMPION)- Stephan was sheer fireworks in the Finals and defeated Andrew Meyers of Toms River East by a 16-6 score. After stewing for a year and the coaches goofing on him everyday about his inability to score a point in last year's State final, Stephan put on a show of the power of a great feet and a good seat belt. The match was never close and Steph was truly impressive.  He started his tournament with a fall against Andrew Duardo of North Warren and then he gave a undefeated Steve Bonsall his first loss on Saturday morning winning by a 11-2 score.  Then he faced a familiar foe Dominick Mandarino of Donny Bosco and after a slow start powered up in third period and won by a 10-4 score.

170: George Walton (4th Place)-George decided to wrestle 170 in the States and looked great doing it. He defeated Anthony Olivieri of Hanover Park in his first match on Saturday morning and then lost to Brett Donner of Wall by a 5-3 score to place fourth. It was a very exciting match as George was in on the winning shot, but took his weight off Donner and lost the impending scramble. George suprised many in this tournament by defeating three returning place winners. He started off by defeating 2015 place winner Jala Darwish of Passaic Valley by a 8-2 score. He then knocked off another 2015 State place winner Spencer Carey of Depaul by a 14-4 score. That left him against the 170 Lbs. State Champion Joe Grello, who suprised George with his strength on top and prevailed by a fall. George will wrestle Anthony Olivieri of Hanover Park tomorrow morning, if he wins the match he wrestles for third, if he loses he wrestles for fifth.

        Here are their updated records: 

106 No wrestler
113 Sean Snodgrass 8-15 (Season complete)
120 Joe Casey 32-10 (7th in State)
126 Mason Gage Horsburgh 2-11 (Season complete)
132 Carlos Acevedo 1-12 (Season complete)
        Tyler McIntosh 15-3 (Career complete)
138 Carlos Ugalde 3-16 (Season complete)
145 Mekhi Lewis 37-1 (STATE CHAMPION)
        David Ugalde 2-2 (Season complete)
152 Stephan Glasgow 38-1 (STATE CHAMPION)
      Matt Duate 11-10 (Season complete)
160 Travis Hays 17-13 (Season complete)
        Nazareth Saavedra 0-1 (Season complete)
170 George Walton 33-5 (4th State of New Jersey)
182 No Wrestler
195 Mike Borja 12-17 (Season complete)
220 Jervay Sistunk 17-13 (Season complete)
        Eric Dubecky 3-6 (Season complete) 
       Erik Gersick 0-1 (Season complete)
285 No Wrestler   


Walton, Casey, Lewis & Glasgow win Region 5 Titles

        George Walton, Joe Casey, Mekhi Lewis and Stephan Glasgow compounded last year's 7-0 record in Region finals by going 4-0 in the Region finals on Saturday afternoon and in the end became Region Champs. They also helped Bound Brook have the most Region Champs for the third consecutive year and ensuring a second place finish for the Brook.

         The first crowned Bound Brook Champion was George Walton as he methodically decision Mike Iodice of Huterdon Central by a by a 7-2 score. He twice hit a sweet ankle pick and then finished Iodice off with a spin in the finals period for his first Region title. George had no easy ride to the finals as he had to beat undefeated Ellias Vega of Carteret in the semis by a 3-1 score. 

         Next up was Joe Casey who was trying to win his second Region title in as many tries by defeating fellow 2015 Region champ Mark Schleifer by a 6-1 score in sudden victory. The match was a very slow paced match, but the two wrestlers got in a scramble in overtime and Joe came out on top. In the semis Joe looked tough defeating Noberto Torres of Perth Amboy.

        Mekhi Lewis made it three for three when he defeated John Sheedy of Bishop George Ahr by a 12-4 score. Sheedy tried to keep his distance from Mekhi, but that's a lot harder then it looks. Mekhi also had a default win in the Semis over Jordan Cooke of Piscataway. It was Mek's third Region Championship and as many attempts.

        Winning his second was Stephan Glasgow who pinned Ridge's Billy Schmidt for the third time in as many tries this season to be the cherry on top of the Crusader's day. Stephan was super impressive and also defeated Xavier Jenkins of Old Bridge in the semis.

         These four warriors now move on to Atlantic City for the State tournament next weekend. The seeding meeting will be held all day Monday, I will post the seeds as soon as I know them.


                         A Major, A Tech and Two Falls and Four

Crusaders Advance to Region Semis 

Region 5 continued on Friday night and the Bound Brook Crusaders avoided the upset bug which hit the tournamet and all four breezed on to Saturday's semi-finals which will begin at 10 A.M. on Saturday at the Hunterdon Central Fieldhouse.

        At 120 the first and third seeds were upset by Joe Casey faced his district finals opponent Thomas Tarantino of Pingry and won by a 10-2 score. He will next face a tough sixth seed in Noberto Torres of Perth Amboy in his quest to win his second region title in two tries.

        Mekhi Lewis came out like a bat at of heck at 145 defeated Nick Daza of South Brunswick by tech fall. Mek wanted a pin but his wrestler had a great bridge and denied Mek the fall. He has Jordan Cooke of Piscataway Tomorrow.

       One wrestler who had no problem pinning due to a camoflouged elbow  brace was Stephan Glasgow at 152. Steph pinned Alec Balestieri of Franklin in a blistering 19 seconds. The fact that he had already scored two takedowns is pretty impressive. He will face a 33-2 Xavier Jenkins of Old Bridge.

      The final wrestler of the night was George Walton at 170 and he too decided to continue his pin streak as he scored his fall against Woodbridge's Elyas Azouzi. Tomorrow he has a tough semi against a undefeated four time District Champion Ellias Vega of Carteret.


Crusaders win District 18

Casey, Lewis, Glasgow and Walton win titles

      When a person was told that Bound Brook won their fifth District title on Saturday night, that person said "It's no fun anymore."  I hope that's true because if the Crusaders are winning that's a good thing. The Crusaders depth delivered the title as they had four champs, one runner-up, two thirds and three fourths. All twelve wrestlers entered won at least one match. Anyhow, here is a weight-by-weight breakdown of each wrestler's day:

113 Sean Snodgrass- After a runner-up finish in the County took fourth in the district with a 1-2 record.

120 Joe Casey- Won his second title in two trys with a 3-0 record. In the Finals he defeated Thomas Tarantino of Pingry by a 7-0 score. I have a highlight of his day, but i'll keep that one to myself.

126 Tyler McIntosh- After a week of fighting the flu placed second to Terrance Rohmeyer of Montgomery. Tyler worked hard in his final with the match going to overtime, but got a little impatient on his shot.

138 Carlos Ugalde pinned his opponent from Pingry in the pre-quarters but then lost to the first seed to end his season.

145 Mekhi Lewis stormed to his third district title with three first period falls. His season starts in two weeks.

152 Stephan Glasgow's day was as impressive as Mekhi's with three pins and likewise two weekends from now defines his season. 

160 Travis Hays finished the day 2-1 as he lost to the eventual champ Jeremey Nurmberger by a 8-5. He won by forfeit in the consolations so he will wrestle in Regions for the first time this Wednesday.

170 George Walton was as efficient as Mek and Steph with three pins and his second District title. If he stays intense for all six minutes, watch out A.C.

182 Matt Duarte might have been the lightest 182 pounder in the State on Saturday but he went 2-1 to earn his first trip to the Regions.

195 Mike Borja placed fourth after losses in the semis and consolations. He did a good job, but needs to become a little more (Okay a lot more) dyanamic in the off-season.

220 Eric Dubecky- Won a pre-quarter by fall and then lost in the quarters to the eventual Champion. Eric needs some off-season wrestling to gain some valuable mat experience and composure.

285 Jervey Sistrunk despite a second seed placed fourth. JJ hopefully learned that you intenstity in the room relfects your success in match situations. The off season will tell.

Here are the updated records: 

Cedar Grove whips Bound Brook

       In the end it's decided on the mat and the  wrestlers with brains and heart. Cedar Grove showed the Crusaders what those things are on Friday night as they defeated Bound Brook by a 40-33 score to win their first North Jersey II Sectional Championship and in turn ending the Crusaders dual meet season. Good Riddance!

         While Cedar Grove wrestled a offensive and confident match, Bound Brook continued to ignore simple technique that ensures victory. The first match of the night was Eric Dubecky vs. John Nardiello and the Bound Brook wrestler could not get off his belly and couldn't carry the action in the third period. The result was a 10-7 victory for the home team. 

         After a foreit win for Cedar Grove freshman Sean Snodgrass seemed to right the team's and his ship by pinning his Cedar Grove opponent in the first period. Things continued to be sailing along when Joe Casey sporting a 2-0 lead over Anthony Clarizio after the first period; but Joe refused to wrestle on bottom  and got ridden out in the second period. He then compounded his error by attempting a  bear hug in the third period against a opponent who obviously had a big set of hips and he lost the 50/50 and was pinned by Clarizio.

        The Crusaders then rolled out three freshman who all showed no ability to ride or maintain any type of decent postion as Mason Horsburg lost by fall, Carlos Ugalde by major decision and Carlos Acevdo by decision. However, after two falls from Mekhi Lewis and Stephan Glasgow the team had hope some of the older wrestlers could deliver the victory. 

        However this was not to be as Matt Duarte could not wrestle with composure and while having his head being tightly held tried to a half nelson from his knees and got whipped back and pinned exterminating the Crusaders hope for victory. After being given two forfeits and decision by George Walton and Mike Borja being pinned while trying to pin for the win the Crusaders finished their dual meet season and their streak of four years as Group I Section and State Champions.

       Here is the box score and updated records: 

106 Anthony Fabrazzo (CG) wb Forfeit
113 Sean Snodgrass (BB)  p. Will Dye (CG) 1:28
120 Anthony Clarizio (CG) p. Joe Casey (BB) 5:20
126 Shawn Rooney (CG) p. Mason Horsburgh (BB) 5:24
132 John Schultz (GC) d. Carlos Ugalde (BB) 14-1
138 Matthew Lay (CG) d. Carlos Acevedo (BB) 3-1
145 Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. Corrado Fazio (CG) :20
152 Stephan Lewis (BB) p. Joe McCarthy (CG) 4:10
160 Vasili Cook (CG) d. Matt Duarte (BB) 1:50
170 Travis Hays (BB) wb Forfeit
182 George Walton (BB) d. Mike Dougan (CG) 6-1
195 Daniel DiPrenda (CG) p. Mike Borja (BB) 5:55
220 Jervey Sistrunk (BB) wb. Forfeit
285 John Nardiello (CG) d. Eric Dubecky (BB) 10-7
Bound Brook 8-7 Cedar Grove 15-5


      The Bound Brook Crusaders certainly didn't wrestle a strong match on Wedneday night when they defeated Roselle Park by a 37-34 score in the North Jersey 2 Sectional Semi-Finals, but their studs were pinners and sometimes that's all it takes.

       The Crusaders started the night with a tenantive Travis Hays scoring a major decision victory and George Walton a fall so things looked pretty good. But then in something I've never seen before Mike Borja went feet to back when his opponent hit him with a slide-by. However, Jervey Sistrunk kept rolling on top as he used a two point near fall to power himself to a 5-2 decision.

       This is when things got weird as Eric Dubecky got call for stalling in all three positions, despite running a half for the entire second period.  It seemed to create a pattern of Bound Brook being call for stalling no matter where we were. Very odd. However, after Sean Snodgrass gave up a fall to RP's 106 pounder things looked grim as the Crusaders were down 18-13 after six matches with Joe Casey facing a State qualifier.

       But Joe who struggles with pinning made a transformation by sticking Chris Gural with a cross wrist half in the first period. Wow, we've got a shot!

       Tyler McIntosh followed Joe's pin with one of his own against Jon Mejia to stake the Crusaders to a 25-24 lead. The Crusaders then looked well on their way to victory as Carlos Acevedo held a 2-1 lead for the majority of his match. Unfortunately, he refused to protect his legs exiting a half shot and did the wrong counter which resulted in a 3-2 loss.

       Carlos Ugalde then lost 9-1 to Rene Perez which gave the Panthers four more points and made the match 31-25 Park. Ugh, why do they refuse to knee slide?

       The Crusaders then got two quick falls from Mekhi Lewis and Stephan Glasgow giving the Crusaders a 37-31 lead and meaning they would win the bout. Matt Duarte was another non-knee slider and didn't get pinned but lost to Joe Devito to end the match 37-34.

        Clearly if the Crusaders wrestle like they did in the future a Group I State Title is a fantasy. You can't get hit for stalling, not know how to snap and spin, lock hands and finally knee slide and expect to win. Why guys with losing records won't do this is absolutely baffling. Anyhow enough of my preaching, the Crusaders will wrestle for the Sectional title Friday night.

       Here is the box score:

106 Gabriel Leo (RP) wb Forfeit
113 Mark Montgomery (RP) p.  Sean Snodgrass (BB)  4:14
120 Joe Casey (BB) p. Chris Gural (RP) 1:41
126 Tyler McIntosh (BB) p. Jon Mejia (RP) 2:50
132 Josh Mejia (RP) d. Carlos Acevedo (BB) 3-2
138 Rene Perez (RP) d. Carlos Ugalde (BB) 9-1
145 Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. Elvin Guerrero (RP) :56
152 Stephan Lewis (BB) p. Angelo Martin (RP) :13
160 Joe DeVito (RP) d. Matt Duarte (BB) 6-0
170 Travis Hays (BB) md. Carry Mimy (RP) 17-6
182 George Walton (BB) p. Abel  Crespo (RP) 2:36
195 Will Fernando (RP) p. Mike Borja (BB) 3:27
220 Jervey Sistrunk (BB) d. Devin Hillburn (RP) 5-0
285 Sebastian Leo (RP) dq. Eric Dubecky (BB) 
Bound Brook 8-6 Roselle Park 17-2


       The Crusader wrestling team defeated the Belvidere County Seaters on Monday night by a 54-24 score. The team pinned often and early to put this one out of reach and now face a old conference foe Roselle Park in the semi-finals of the North Jersey Group I Section tournament at Roselle Park on Wednesday night.

         First up to take the mats for the Crusaders was David Ugalde and he had a pin to get the team going and was followed by Mekhi Lewis, Matt Duarte, Mike Borja, Eric Dubecky and even Joe Casey getting falls. Tyler McIntosh and Stephan Glasgow each scored forfeits while Carlos Acevedo was tough in defeat losing 7-4 to a District Champion.

         Here is the bout score  and updated records:

106 Hannah Koch (B) wb Forfeit
113 Quinn Melofchik (B) d.  Sean Snodgrass (BB)  
120 Ryan Lensi (B) wb Forfeit
126 Joe Casey (BB) p. Gio Campana (B) 3:15
132 Tyler McIntosh (BB) wb Fofeit
138 Nick Cassidy (B) d. Carlos Acevedo (BB) 7-4
145 David Ugalde (BB) p. Vasilios Nikolopoulos (B) 3:15
152 Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. Bailey Castner (B) :59
160 Matt Duarte (BB) p. Ryan Appleby (B) 1:38
170 Stephan Glasgow (BB) wb Forfeit
182 Ryan Kokawski (B) p. Travis Hays (BB) 5:34
195 Mike Borja (BB) p. Terrell Tutka (B) 1:50
220 Jervey Sistrunk (BB) p. Craig Cronce (BB)
285 Eric Dubecky (BB) p. Bartolomeo Pepe (B) :25
Bound Brook 7-6  


       The Crusader coaching staff knew in the war for bonus points they would lose bonus point war on Wednesday night on Senator Stout Road in Alexandria and because of that they would need to win eight matches. After losing this toss that seemed less likely also, but in the end the Terriers of Del Val were just too good at pinning and won the match by a 36-32 score.

       The match started out well as George Walton scored a nice pin and then Mike Borja listened to his coaches and scored two takedowns in the last two periods to edge out his opponent at 220. Then Jervey Sistrunk held their senior region place winner Kyle Schlittler. However, then a forfeit and Sean Snodgrass being pinned in a cradle he avoided in the first period gave Del Val a 21-9 lead.

        Joe Casey and Tyler McIntosh each won their matches, but neither was able to score bonus points. That left the Crusaders with two freshman next in Mason Gage Horsburgh and Carlos Acevedo and both couldn't avoid being pinned. The Crusaders were now down by a 33-15 and the room for error evaporated.

       After Mekhi Lewis earned a tech fall and Stephan Glasgow a fall, Matt Duate lost a 5-4 match where the Bound Brook coaches and fans thought he earned a reversal with 1.8 seconds left and not a neutral as he was behind and on top of his man. Unfortunately, the ref disagreed and the match was decided.

      Here is the box score:

106 CJ Heaps (DV) wb Forfeit
113 AJ DeRosa (DV) p. Sean Snodgrass (BB)  3:14
120 Joe Casey (BB) d. Vito Intelli (DV) 5-1
126 Tyler McIntosh (BB) d. Kyle Refavley (DV) 10-9
132 Jake Moore (DV) p. Mason Gage Horsburgh (BB) 2:57
138 Matt Kolonia (DV) p. Carlos Acevedo (BB) 1:57
145 Mekhi Lewis (BB) tf. Connor Mills (DV) 24-9
152 Stephan Glasgow (BB) p. Rhys Zigich (DV) 3:54
160 Chase Bauberger (DV) d. Matt Duarte 5-4
170 Travis Hays (BB) wb Forfeit
182 George Walton (BB) p. Matt Meehan (DV) 3:56
195 Kyle Lightner (DV) p. Eric Gersick (BB) 1:05
220 Mike Borja (BB) d. Joe Pandy (DV) 9-5
285 Kyle Schlittler (DV) d. Jervey Sistrunk (BB) p. 7-2
Bound Brook 6-6  


        The Bound Brook Crusader wrestling team traveled to Montvale on Saturday morning to face off against the St. Joseph Regional Green Knights. The Crusaders came away with a 43-21 victory. Pinners included Tyler McIntosh, Mekhi Lewis, Matt "Korean Egg Roll" Duarte and JJ Sistrunk.

         George Walton had a nice match as he defeated New Jersey State place winner Vin DiFilippo by a 9-2 score. In another match of New Jersey State place winners, Jonathan Tropea came back from a 4-0 score to defeat Joe Casey 11-9 in sudden victory. A match is never won until the bell has rung!

       Congratulations to Carlos Acevedo on getting his first win of the season and was joined by Carlos Ugalde and the aforementioned Sistrunk in freshmen who were victorious. 

         Here is the box score:

106 Sonny Mucci (SJ) wb Forfeit
113 Sammy Alverez (SJ) md. Sean Snodgrass (BB)  16-2
120 Jonathan Tropea (SJ) d. Joe Casey (BB) 11-9 s.v.
126 Tyler McIntosh (BB) p. Michael Suarez (SJ) :50
132 Carlos Acevedo(BB) md. Guerino Tondreau (SJ) 10-2
138 Carlos Ugalde (BB) d. Seamus Burkert (SJ) 2-0
145 Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. Dylan Scasserra (SJ) :34
152 Matt Duarte (BB) p. Rahul Prince (SJ) :43
160 George Walton (BB) d. Vin DiFilippo (SJ) 9-2
170 Stephan Glasgow (BB) wb Forfeit
182 Joe Napoleone (SJ) d.  Travis Hays (BB) 15-9
195 Mike Borja (BB) d. Patrick Kohn (SJ) 2-1 utb
220 Michael Carfagno (SJ) tf. Eric Dubecky (BB) 15-0
285 Jervey Sistrunk (BB) p. Brian Sidle (SJ) 3:56
Bound Brook 6-5  


        It was clear by the team's attitude on Wednesday night that the Crusader wrestling team was going to wrestle poorly against Voorhees as the team showed zero intensity and laugheed their way through warm-ups. The result was that the Crusaders eeked out a 36-28 victory and gave up fifteen team points in three matches where they got the first takedown. So much for that stat that you win 80% of the matches where you get the first takedown!

        Pinners on the evening were Joe Casey, Mekhi Lewis and Matt Duarte. Stephan Glasgow continued his streak of getting forfeits on Wednesday nights. The Crusaders are now 5-5 and next take to the mat on Saturday at 11 A.M. against St. Joseph-Montvale. 

         Here is the box score and updated records.

106 Colby Koshinski (V) wb Forfeit
113 Sean Snodgrass (BB)  Hunter Rinthard (V) 8-4
120 Joe Casey (BB) p. Josh Cysani (V) 1:43
126 Colton Riley (V) p. Mason Gage Horsburg (BB) 2:27
132 Matt Brandner (V) d. Carlos Acevedo(BB) 5-3 s.v.
138 Tyler McIntosh (BB) d. Liam Cutri-French (V) 5-0
145 Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. Ben Brandner (V) 1:17
152 Matt Duarte (BB) p. Brad Kalinchak (V) 1:41
160 Stephan Glasgow (BB) wb Forfeit
170 George Walton (BB) d. Michael Fernandes (V)
182 Lewis Fernandes (V) p. Travis Hays (BB) 3:47
195 Scott Fernandes (V) d. Mike Borja (BB) 3-1 s.v.
220 Derek Howarth (V) md. Eric Dubecky (BB) 14-3
285 Jervey Sistrunk (BB) d. Adam Murdock (V) 4-1
Bound Brook 5-5  


        The Jack Welch Duals were modified on Friday night so that each team could get three duals and the Crusaders took advantage of that set-up to put three wins on their record against zero losses.

        In the first match of the evening the Crusaders wrestled and defeated Holy Cross High School by a 41-29 score. Pinners included Michael Borja, Stephan Glasgow, Mason Gage Horsburgh and Mekhi Lewis. The pin by Mekhi constituted the 100th win of Mekhi's career. Congrats Mekhi!

        In the next match the Crusaders eeked by Cherokee by a 36-27 score. Pinners included Mekhi Lewis, George Walton, Jervey Sistrunk and Stephan Glasgow. This match came down to heavyweight and JJ clinched the match with a second period fall against a much bigger opponent.

       Our final match was against a depleted Riverside team and the Crusaders won by a 61-12 score. Pinners included Joe Casey (I swear he pinned someone) and Mekhi Lewis.

106 Jason Shine (HC) wb Forfeit
113 Connor Mularkey (HC) d.  Sean Snodgrass (BB)  7-4
120 Joe Casey (BB) tf. Chase Mularkey (HC) 15-0
126 Mason Gage Horsburg (BB) p. Shane Corson (HC) 1:23
132 Robert Rodelico tf. Carlos Ugalde (BB) 24-7
138 Tyler McIntosh (BB) md. Beau Bruneua (HC) 15-3
145 Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. Troy Longley (HC) :38
152 Mike Rodelico (HC) d. David Ugalde (BB) 5-3
160 Avery DiNardi (HC) p. Matt Duarte (BB) 3:30
170 Stephan Glasgow (BB) tf. Cam Wasson (HC) 17-2
182 George Walton (BB) wb Forfeit
195 Mike Borja (BB) p. Connor Kirby (HC) :38
220 Matt Correnti (HC) p. Eric Gersick (BB) :16
285 Jervey Sistrunk (BB) d. Bobby Cristella (HC) 7-1
Bound Brook 2-5 
106 Ryan Rhoades (C) wb Forfeit
113 Colin Wickramaraatna (C) p.  Sean Snodgrass (BB)  1:56
120 Joe Casey (BB) m