Bound Brook Wrestling: Welcome




       The former Bound Brook wrestlers started the college seasons this month and Nestor Taffur continued on his pursuit of a successful freestyle wrestling career. Here are the Alumni and their details by age:

         NESTOR TAFFUR- Competed this past weekend in the Bill Farrell Open at the NYAC. He had a good weekend as he placed in the top eight of the thirty-two man weight class. Nest had a 4-2 record as his losses were to eventual Champion Bekzod Abdurakhmonov and Cyler Sanderson. In the win column he had a impressive pin against Nate Carr, Jr.

         ROB MURRAY- (Stevens) Rob started his season in the Ithaca College Open and placed second with a 3-1 record. Rob lost in the finals in the tiebreaker by a 5-4 score to the 7th ranked 125 pounder in D3 James Kaishian of Ithaca. Rob is loving to the new four point near fall rule in college. 

       ZACH VATALARE- (University of Michigan Wrestling Club) Currently ranked first in the NWCA at 133, Zach wrestled  149 at the GLC Fall Brawl where he was victorious with a 3-0 record. According to their Twitter account Zach also was kind enough to explain the new rules to the refs.

        SEAN GLASGOW- (Chadron State)- Sean started his season at the University of Wyoming Open at 157 Lbs. where he finished with a 4-2 record and a top eight finish in a 64 man weight class.  Sean most likely will red-shirt this season according to the Chadron coach.

       ANDREW GOMBAS- (Scranton) Andrew Gombas began his college wrestling career for the University of Scranton wrestling 174 at the Monarch Invitational at Kings College.  He had a 1-2 record and learned some valuable insights to top and bottom wrestling in college.

      JOSH UGALDE (Maryland)- Josh Ugalde started his season at the Johnathan Kaloust Open in Binghamton wrestling at 165. He finished with  2-2 record and will also be red-shirted this season. He too, learned some valuable lessons. 


2015-16 Preliminary

Schedule Posted

        The 2015-16 preliminary schedule has been posted to the left. The only really change so far is that we've swapped out the Clash for the Powerade. There will be more additions and I will post them as they come in. 



      A very green and young Bound Brook wrestling team traveled to the scenic and non-humid 1000 Island Duals this past weekend and came away with a 4-2 record. Once a tournament loaded with high school squads, the tournament has morphed into a combination of New York high school teams and wrestling clubs the past five years. The team wrestled very many exciting matches as we were missing quite a few starters and were very young as we only had one senior in our line up. 

       The team started on Friday night with a match against Titan Blue Wrestling Club and saw a rough start to the duals as they fell behind by 32-3 score. But then starting with Matt Duate's pin at 162 the Cruanders won five matches by fall and got a forfeit at 285 to win the match 39-32. By far the best match of the dual was a face off between New Jersey State runner-up Stephan Glasgow and New York State Champion Frankie Gissendanner. The match went into ultimate ride-out and Stephan was on top and rode Gissendanner for 27 seconds, but lost his opponent's foot and the match.

        On Saturday the Crusaders wrestled a New York high school team Deposit-Hancock and won this time by a  32-29 score. This time the Brook fell down by a 20-9 score but won five of the last five of the last seven matches to prevail. Jose Gonzalez had a nice hard fought decision at 115, followed by Anthony Lopez at 123 which helped take the pressure of the Crusader upper weights.

      The next match the Crusaders faced a wrestling club named the Dungeon Traning Center, (The first team we wrestled with a scary name) and despite the match being winnable the Crusaders lost a few key matches they were winning to fall by a 38-19 score. George Walton delivered the best match of the meet with a hard fought decision against a Massachussetts State runner-up. Travis Hays was on his way to do the same before a ill conceived upper body throw cost him the bout.

       The loss threw us into a bracket of teams that lost in the pre-quarter finals and we faced Doughboy II which is another Massachussetts wrestling club. This time we couldn't close out the match up top and we lost by a 36-27 score after falling down by a 27-0 score. Abe Saavedra scored his fourth pin in a row but we lost the last to matches which proved to be the difference.

        Our next and last two matches were on Sunday when we faced Fulton High School. This time the Crusaders got off to a good start and rode that wave to a 45-24 score. Down low Mark Venson and Sean Snodgrass got the team off to a good start with two falls. But the best match again was a loss when George Walton lost to a New York State qualifier after 9-8 after falling behind 8-2 after two periods.

       Our last match of the tournament was against a Florida team called the Evil Eagles. Yes, that's right a second club with a scary name! The match had plenty of good matches but the Crusaders came out on top by a 38-32 score as Matt Duarte and Travis Hays each delivered big pins. Stephan Glasgow had the best match of the day when he defeated a Florida state place-winner.

       Here is everyone's record this weekend:

100 Mark Venson 3-3
107 Sean Snodgrass 3-3
115 Jose Gonzalez 0-6
123 Anthony Lopez  4-2
 132 Carlos Lopez 1-5
138 Carlos Acevedo 1-5
      Carlos Ugalde 0-5
145 David Ugalde 0-5
152 Stephan Glasgow 5-1
       Nazareth Saavedra 0-2
160 Matt Duarte 5-1
173 George Walton 5-1
182 Travis Hays 4-2
195 Abe Saavedra 5-1
220 Mike Borja 2-4
       JJ Sistrunk 2-4 

Walton wins at Mendham

The Carlos' take second

        A group of five Bound Brook wrestlers traveled to Mendham High School on Saturday to particiopate in the annual Mendham June tournament. George Walton was undefeated on the day and won his weight class; while freshmen Carlos Acevedo and Carlos Ugalde in each took second in their respective weight classes. David Ugalde was 1-2 on the day while seventh grader Christian Caldwell worked hard in the high school division. 

        Next up for George is the Cadet National Duals in York, Pennsylvania as he will represent Team New Jersey while the hard working Middle School wrestlers will travel to Levittown, PA for a tournament next week. 

Vatalare and Murray named Academic

All Americans

         From time-to-time I am alerted that the insipid NJO wrestling forum has posts noting Bound Brook High School's inferior academics. Then I come to find out that Rob Murray and Zach Vatalare have each been named Academic All Americans by their respective college wrestling organizations, following closely on the heels of Nestor Taffur and Gabe Gleason earning the same honor the last two years....hmmmmmm?

           Anyhow, Zach who finished third at his weight at the NCWA Nationals this season for the University of Michigan was named to the NCWA Academic All American team this past week.

           Rob who placed fourth for Stevens at his National Qualifier was named a Academic All American by the NWCA.

          Congratulations Gentleman in continuing a great Bound Brook wrestling tradition and becoming our fifth and sixth Academic All Americans in the last ten years. 



Norman places third at War at Shore

          Stephan Glasgow and Joe Casey won their grade level division at the Brute Nationals this weekend in Missouri.

          Joe went 4-0 and defeated Minnesota State place winner Israel Navarro in the 115 freshman final by a 3-2 score.

          Stephan also won four matches defeating Dakota Phillips of Oklahoma by medical default. Phillips placed fourth in the 5A Oklahoma State wrestling tournament.

         A little closer to home (okay a lot),  Lorenzo Norman placed third in the War at the Shore in Wildwood, New Jersey. After losing his first match of the tournament, he won four straight wrestlebacks to place third in the 96 Lbs. Junior Division.


        Four Bound Brook wrestlers  travled to scenic Virginia Beach, Virginia this weekend to compete in the NHSCA Nationals. Freshman Joseph Casey and sophomores Anthony Lopez, Stephan Glasgow and George Walton all competed, while Joe and Stephan each came away with All American finishes.

       Stephan placed second in the 145 sophomore decision losing on rideout to Pennyslvania State fourth placer Jarrod Verklerran in the finals by  a 2-1 ultimate tie breaker score. He finished the tournament with a 4-1 record. Joe placed fifth in the 113 freshman division by sporting a 6-2 record. 

       Anthony Lopez was 0-2 in the 120 sophomore division while George Walton was 3-2 in the 160 sophomore division. 


Casey, Accetta, Lewis, Stephan Glasgow, Ugalde and Abe Saavedra named to First Team All Area 

          Sean Glasgow was named the Courier News Wrestler of the Year in Sunday's Courier News. He was also joined by five of his teammates on the Courier All Area Team and the rest of his teammates being named to either the second, third and honorable mention teams.

          The article on Sean can be viewed here:

          The article on the All-Area Team can be viewed here:

             Here is a breakdown of every wrestlers placement on the Courier News All Area Team:

106 Joe Casey-First Team
113 Anthony Lopez-Honorable Mention
120 No Wrestler
126 Tyler McIntosh-Honorable Mention
132 Nick Accetta-First Team
138 Mekhi Lewis-First Team
145 Stephan Glasgow-First Team
152 Sean Glasgow-First Team
160 George Walton-Honorable Mention
170 Josh Ugalde-First Team
182 Andrew Gombas-Honorable Mention
195 Aaron Saavedra-Second Team
220 Abe Saavedra-First Team
285 Ryan Galdamez-Honorable Mention



          Lorenzo Norman won his first State Championship on Sunday at the Sun Bank Arena in Trenton in the 95 Lbs. Novice Division. I would love to tell you who he beat but the State Kid's brackets are AWOL. Anyhow, Congratulations Kobe we knew you could do it!!  He is in good company as Andrew Campolattano also won his first State title in fifth grade!



        Saturday night at the New Jersey State Wrestling Tournament the Bound Brook High School wrestling team made school history by placing three wrestlers in the finals for only the second time in their history and placing five guys in the top eight for the first time in history. But alas Atlantic City is a cruel mistress as although Mekhi Lewis and Joe Casey won their matches on Sunday to place third and fourth respectively; the finalists Stephan Glasgow, Sean Glasgow and Josh Ugalde all placed second and only scored one takedown between them.

       As I always say, if you want a shot at a State title, you need to take a shot! However, despite the bitter pill of Sunday afternoon, Congratulations to all of our State place-winners and here is every wrestler's recap:

106: Joe Casey (7th Place)- Joe started off slow in the first State Tournament of his Career as he lost to Quinn Kinner of Kingsway by a 7-0 score. He then won three straight matches to earn a place on the winner's stand, before losing to eventual third placer and first seed Jon Tropea of St. Joes-Montvale 7-0. In the end he defeated Carmen Ferrante of Bergen Catholic by a 4-3 score to place seventh. It's always awesome when a freshman places in States, can you say Andrew Flanagan, Andrew Campolattano and Mekhi Lewis... pretty good company!

132: Nick Accetta (Top 12) Nick started off strong with two wins as he pinned Vincent Foggia of North Burlington in the preliminaries and then won in the pre-quaters by rideout against Matthew Rose of Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge. However, he lost to Nick Farro of Delbarton by a 3-2 score in the quarters and then was eliminated by Marcus Iwama of Rumson-Fair Haven to finish the tournament 2-2. 

138: Mekhi Lewis (3rd Place)- Like Joe Mekhi got off to a slow start losing by rideout to Eric Friedman of Mendham. However he then reeled off six straight wins to place third. He avenged a loss from last year's State Tournament to Mark McCormick during that run and defeated Alex Sebahie of Paramus for the second consecutive year. In  his third place match he defeated Mohammed Farhan of Clifton 3-1 by scoring a takedown in overtime. Here's a secret about Mekhi, he's wrestled this whole season needing knee surgery for a football injury. How tough is he?

145: Stephan Glasgow (2nd Place)- Stephan had it going in the tournament as after a decision win against Alex Murray of Watchung Hills on Friday night he avenged to losses from the second day of the Jack Welch Duals on Saturday. First, he defeated Ryan Burkert of St. Peters Prep 5-2 and then in a crazy awesome match beat Marcus Miraglia of Delran by a 7-6 score with a last second takedown. However, in the finals against Alec Donovan of Brick Memorial he fell prey to two of his old nemisis, the underhook and bottom. Either way Stephan had a great tournament and will surely get to work soon on winning his first State Championship next season.

152: Sean Glasgow (2nd Place)- Sean matched his brother's performance by placing second with a overtime loss to Joe Tavoso in the finals by a 6-4 score. Before that he had a great tournament by defeating Jarod Hodges of St. Augustine by a 7-3 score on Friday and then defeating multiple time State place-winner Joe Trovoto of Paramus with a late takedow to his back in the quarters. In the semis he defeated State runner-up Gavin Murray of Cranford by a 8-6 score in a match where he scored four takedowns. I tell you one thing, although he didn't win, he didn't look like the Sean Glasgow who wrestled in States last season!

170: Josh Ugalde (2nd Place)- Josh placed second for the second consecutive year by losing to Joe Grello of Bergen Catholic by a 6-2 score. The match started well for Josh, but he lost his way at sometime in the second period and just couldn't muster one offensive takedown in the tournament. He's got them, he just didn't use them! Anyhow Josh beat the eventual third placer Kyle Wojtaszek of Brick Township by a 1-0 score on Friday and then beat the eventual fourth placer Kenny Long of Holy Cross by a 6-0 score. Then in the Semis he spladled Jala'a Darwish of Passaic Valley for the second period fall. As Coach Flanagan said, when Josh stops being afraid of losing, watch out!

195: Aaron Saavedra- After losing his first match to eventual place-winner Massefeski of Parsippany by a 3-1 score, he pinned Pat Dressel of Monroe in 4:09. However, he then lost in overtime to Joseph McKenzie by a 5-4 score to finish the tournament with a 1-2 record. Aaron had a great career for the Crusader wrestling team.

220: Abe Saavedra- Abe matched his brother's record by going 1-2. He started well decisioning Nick Kovacs of St. Mary's Rutherford 7-1. He then lost by fall to eventual medalist Scott Lavelle of Depaul and then by decision to Mike Siwiec of Toms River North 6-1. Let's see how big Abe can get in the off-season and I predict right now that he places next season.

Here are the updated records:
106 Joe Casey 35-5 Season complete
113 Anthony Lopez 21-14 Season complete
120 No Wrestler
126 Tyler McIntosh 21-17 Season complete
132 Nick Accetta 36-8 Season complete
138 Mekhi Lewis 43-3 Season complete
      Matt Duarte 1-2 Season complete
145 Stephan Glasgow 37-5 Season complete
        Travis Hays 2-1 Season complete
152 Sean Glasgow 38-2 Season complete
160 Andrew Gombas 26-12 Season complete
       George Walton 29-10 Season complete
       Josue Sandoval 3-5 Season complete
170 Josh Ugalde 37-2 Season complete
182 Aaron Saavedra 33-9 Season complete
195 Abe Saavedra 31-11 Season complete
220 Mike Borja 5-6 Season complete
285 Ryan Galdamez 16-22 Season complete
      Steven Wisniewski 0-2 Season complete   



Eight punch ticket to A.C.

         The Bound Brook Crusader wrestling team had quite a day at Region 5 on Saturday as six wrestlers won titles and another two advanced to the State wrestling tournament. Also, as a team Bound Brook was named the number one team in the Region for the fourth consecutive year... good call.  As the Star Ledger aptly said: Bound Brook dominated Region 5 again. I concur. Here is a run down of every wrestler's day:

106: Joe Casey (Champion) Started of his day with a nice controlled win against Aaron Coleman of JFK by a 6-0 score and then snuck out a finals win against Hunter Graf of Hunterdon Central by a 6-5 score. Always nice when a freshman wins a Region title, but we've got some work to do this week to get on that podium in A.C.

126: Tyler McIntosh didn't compete Today.

132: Nick Accetta (Second place) Won his semi with a last second reversal against Bridgewater's Kyle Adams but then lost to Sal Profaci by a 6-0 score. Like Joe, Nick is going to have to have a good week of practice to hit the podium in A.C.

138: Mekhi Lewis (Champion) Majored Owen Clark of Hopewell Valley in the semis and then beat Jack Donnadio for the third time this season by a 4-1 score in the finals. Mek has got to get his top game going this week. This is Mek's second Region title.

145: Stephan Glasgow (Champion) Decked Derek Civiarro of North Hunterdon in the semis and then defeated State 5th  place-winner William Povlac of Edison in the finals by a very sharp 9-7 score. Can't wait to see Stephan at the big show avenge some losses.

152 Sean Glasgow (Champion) Was not to be out-done by his brother as he pinned Eric Nolan of Edison in the semis and then gave Woodbridge's Bryan McLaughlin his first loss of the season by a 7-2 score. This was Sean's second Region title and he seems ready and steady for A.C.

160: George Walton (Fourth Place) Had a dramatic day as defeated Joe Scerbo of Hunterdon Central in a thrilling overtime match by a 7-5 score, then defeated third seed Elias Vega of Carteret by a 11-1 score. However, then the wheels fell off as he lost to Van Miller of Bridgewater by a 3-2 score for fourth place. As George's off-season begins I hope he learns to simple things, to have a low stance and to not pull a guy out of bounds in a collar tie. He could have a big year next year. 

170: Josh Ugalde (Champion) Defeated Cory Lightner by a 10-1 score in the semis and then defeated Kyle of Murpny of Bridgewater for the second consecutive week by a 1-0 score. This is Josh's first Region title after taking 3rd, 2nd and 2nd his first three years of high school. Finally!

182: Andrew Gombas (5th/6th Place) Started his day with a 8-4 decision to Ejike Okafor, but then lost to Nick Suk of Hunterdon Central by a 8-4 score. I know it's not how Andrew wanted it to go, but considering what he had to overcome just to compete this season, I think it was a pretty awesome accomplishment and I flat out guarantee you that Andrew will have a successful college wrestling career. This kid has heart and that's what's most important.

195: Aaron Saavedra (Champion) Started his day with a pin of Farhan Kahn of Carteret and then defeated Nestor Crespo of Hunterdon Central by a 1-0 for his first Region title after placing 5th/6th, 2nd and 3rd. It's been a long crazy journey with Aaron and as you can see by the joy in my face in the picture, I was amped that he won.

220 Abe Saavedra (3rd Place) After last week's pin-fest Abe had to work a litte harder this week as he started the day with a tough loss against Vinny Porreca of West Windsor-Plainsboro North, he defeated Anthony DeLeon of JFK-Iselin 5-4 and Michael Porcaro of Sayerville (or was it the ref?) by a 4-3 score to punch his ticket to A.C.


      Of the eleven Bound Brook wrestlers to compete in Region 5 on Friday night eight moved forward to the semi-finals on Saturday, while three others fell into wrestle-backs. The semis will be wrestled at 10 A.M. at Hunterdon Central with the third place matches at 1:30 and finals at 3 P.M. Here is a wrestler by wrestler breakdown: 

106: Joe Casey wrestled a tough third match against Austin Schimmel of Hillsborough winning by a 11-0 score.
126: Tyler McIntosh lost to the first seed Ryan Pomrinca by a second period fall and will compete in the wrestle-backs Tomorrow.
132: Nick Accetta was a tilting machine as he tech falled Arcelio Aponte of Piscataway by 15-0.
138: Mekhi Lewis wrestled tough as he major decisioned Thomas Miers of Princeton by a 15-2 score.
145: Stephan Glasgow pinned Tanner Johnson of Hillsborough in 3:27 and looked great on his feet.
152: Sean Glasgow pinned Quinn Ciesielski of South River in 3:01 after dominating all positions.
160: George Walton lost to a wrestler he pinned last Saturday as he fell to Austin Oliver of Ridge 4-2.
170: Josh Ugalde teched Wyatt Vrancken of North Hunterdon 18-2. Little sloppy, but agressive.
182: Andrew Gombas got the first takedown, but then lost his way against Kyle Schlitter of Del Val losing by a 7-2 score.
195: Aaron Saavedra teched Brock Houser of Del Val by a 15-0 score as he also was a tilting maching.
220: Abe Saavedra defeated Victor Lacomb of Hunterdon Central 2-1. 
McIntosh moves on
           Tyler McIntosh defeated Sayerville's Dylan Haltli by a 5-1 score to move on to the quarter-finals of Region 5. Meanwhile Ryan Galdamez saw his season and Bound Brook wrestling career come to an end as fell to the fourth seed Kevin Eid of East Brunswick by a 1-0 score.
          Tyler and his ten teammates that won District titles will continue wrestling Friday night at 5:30 P.M. in the Quarters of the Region 5 tournament at Hunterdon Central. Win or lose on Friday, they all take to the mats again Saturday morning at HCHS at 10 A.M.
          Brackets can be viewed here: and followed almost live on  To use Track just highlight the tournament link and when the page of tournaments comes up just type in Flemington for the location in the search box and Region 5 will come up. 
        The Bound Brook Crusader wrestling team won the program's 17th  and 4th consecutive District Championship on Saturday at Hillsborough high school by amassing 273 points and crowning ten indivdual champs and adding two more Region qualifiers to that tally. In my time in coaching, which is considerable, I have never seen a team who are closer to each other then this one and it shows in the uniform effort each wrestler gives. In posting a team wide 34-3 record on the day the team was equally dominant on their feet, on the bottom and on top over the course of the day.
         There were some truly excellent efforts as Abe Saavedra wrestled his whole tournament in less then a minute (51 seconds to be exact), Mekhi Lewis put on a awesome exhibition of heavy hands, Andrew Gombas won at the fourth weight he wrestled this season and Ryan Galdamez turned around a loss from earlier in the season.
         Winning their first district titles were freshman Joe Casey, sophomore George Walton, junior Abe Saavedra and senior Aaron Saavedra. Winning their second titles were sophomores Mekhi Lewis and Stephan Glasgow as well as senior Andrew Gombas. Winning their third titles were Nick Acctta, Sean Glasgow and Josh Ugalde.
         Here is a quick synopsis on each kid and the full results can be seen on the results page.
106 Joe Casey defeated junior Austin Schimmel of Hillsborough by a 7-2 score. A true pleasure to teach, as Joe learns his success in A.C. goes up.
113 Anthony Lopez had a unexpected end to a season where he showed big improvement. But life throws us obstacles and sometimes they are tough to overcome. He will certainly be back bigger and stonger next season so watch out!
120 Our most consistent weight all season. We knew in every match and tournament what the result would be.
126 Tyler McIntosh has been quite the hallway find. After coming out late, he has just grown and matured everyday. You heard it here first, this kid is going to go on and wrestle in college. Tyler lost to the eventual O.W. by a 2-1 score and is getting tougher everyday.
132 Nick Accetta is going to have a good Region tournament after a nice 12-2 victory against Kyle Adams in the finals. Valedictorian of the senior class and works hard at everything he does, however his post match celebrations do need work. 
138 Mekhi Lewis was thought to faced with a stern challenge from Jack Donnadio in the finals. However, Mek put on a show of heavy hands and dynamic motion in winning by a 5-2 score. Just a happy and confident kid and he is truly a special wrestler.
145 Stephan Glasgow was dominant in his final defeating the first seed William Schmidt of Ridge by a 14-3 score. Another sophomore with great hands and when he learns to be heavy on top... Whoa Nellie!
152 Sean Glasgow wrestled lights out all day long winning his final over Jeremy Nurnberger of Manville by fall, which was his third fall of the day.  This kid is where he should be right now and is an amazing presence in the room. Truly it is honor to get to help Sean reach his goals.
160 George Walton supplanted his County title with his first District title by defeating Austin Oliver of Ridge by fall. Next up for George is Regions where if he picks up his handfight and intensity, Region 5 is going to have a Bound Brook Champ at 160.
170 Josh Ugalde defeated previously undefeated Kyle Murphy of Bridgewater by a 1-0 score. Not Josh's best effort, but it doesn't matter where you start your run to being a State Champ, it only matters where you finish it!
182 Andrew Gombas wrestled his fourth weight of the year and still came out on top as he defeated Anthony DelGuercio of Hillsborough by a 13-2 major decision. If this kid wasn't a Jets fan, I couldn't find fault him. But he is... Sad.
195 Aaron Saavedra got hurt this week in practice but he wouldn't let that stop him from winning his first District title with a 10-2 win over Sebastian Sanchez of Bernards. Now I look forward to him winning his first Region title next week at Hunterdon Central.
220 Abe Saavedra wrestled for less then a minute in winning his first District title. He pinned Mohammad Attie of Ridge in :26 seconds in the finals which were only beat by his :08 second in the first round and :17 second fall in the semis.  I bet he's blowing up is X-Box tonight celebrating a hard day's work!
285 Ryan Galdamez has wrestled for six years and never reached tournament final until Today. Good timing for Ryan as he lost 1-0 to Montgomery's Dylan D'Amore in the final. The highlight of his day was avenging a loss to William Chow of Pingry in the County's by taking him down seven times today to earn a 14-8 victory.

Crusaders defeat Paulsboro 41-18

Senior class wins fourth Group I State Championship

        Reports of our demise has been greatly exaggerated. The Bound Brook Crusader wrestling team had some tough some matches this year and many people thought the undefeated Paulsboro wrestling team with quite a few seniors would reclaim their stranglehold on the Group I State Championship. Well the Crusaders put the earlier season disappoints aside and gave Paulsboro a 41-18 loss on Sunday at the Sun Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey as they won their fourth consecutive Group I State Championship.

       Leading the way towards the title run was Bound Brook's excellent senior class who had two pins and a tech fall in the final. Pinner's were Josh Ugalde, Aaron Saavedra and sophomore Mekhi Lewis.  Winners of some good matches were Anthony Lopez who avenged a pin at the hands of Anthony Duca last year into a 3-1 victory this year. Meanwhile Tyler McIntosh defeated Region runner-up Mike Morina by a 3-2 score.  

        Earlier in the day the Crusaders defeated Pompton Lakes by a 63-12 score to earn their spot in the Finals. Pinners were Joe Casey, Anthony Lopez, Tyler McIntosh, Mekhi Lewis, Sean Glasgow, Andrew Gombas, Josh Ugalde and Aaron Saavedra. 

        Maybe the best part of the day however,  was watching the team deal with each other. Whether it is the great humor in the locker room or a kid like Abe Saavedra getting up everytime to meet his teammate win, lose or draw, or the teams calmness before wrestling a 24-0 team, the Coaches and I are truly lucky to have a wonderful group to coach who probably have the best team chemistry of any team I've ever coached in 27 years. And to be honest we have a group of coaches who get along pretty well too! Thanks to all our fans who made the trek to Trenton and as one of our kids said: "Did you ever notice that our fans don't yell stupid things to the other team's fans, they just yell out wrestling moves!" Bravo fans!!!

106: Joe Casey (BB) d. Nick Duca (P)
113:  Anthony Lopez (BB) d. Anthony Duca (P) 3-1
120: Joey Perez (P) wb Forfiet
126: Tyler McIntosh (BB) d. Mike Morina (P) 3-2
132:  Sam Morina (P) d. Nick Accetta (BB) 3-1
138: Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. Sam Giordano (P) 2:41
145: Stephan Glasgow (BB) d. Micky Croce (P) 10-4
152: Sean Glasgow (BB) tf. Brian Richards (P) 15-0
160: George Walton (BB) d. Zach Richard (P) 4-0
170: Andrew Gombas (BB) d. Anthony King (P) 7-3
182: Josh Ugalde (BB) p. Josh Bailey (P) 1:47
195: Aaron Saavedra (BB) p. Tyler Biernacki (P) 1:24
220: Niko Savaiinaea (P) d. Abe Saavedra (BB) 3-1
285: Devonte Randall (P) p. Ryan Galdamez (BB) :30
Record: Bound Brook 22-5
106: Joe Casey (BB) p. Brian Fego (PL) :21
113:  Anthony Lopez (BB) p. Justin Juchnewich (PL) 1:29
120: Logan Mahoney (PL) wb Forfiet
126: Tyler McIntosh (BB) p. Luis Herrera (PL) 1:12
132:  Nick Accetta (BB) md. Kyle Flynn (PL) 9-1
138: Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. Sal Puglisi (PL) :59
145: Stephan Glasgow (BB) md. Chris Grecco (PL) 11-3
152: Sean Glasgow (BB) tf. Heri Herrera (PL) 1:35
160: George Walton (BB) d. Pat Gundlah (PL) 11-2
170: Andrew Gombas (BB) p. Sal Negrini (PL) 1:37
182: Josh Ugalde (BB) p. Nico Negrini (PL) 1:15
195: Aaron Saavedra (BB) p. Craig Calderon (PL) 1:09
220: Abe Saavedra (BB) d. Drew Flynn (PL) 5-2
285: Nick Sanders (PL) p. Ryan Galdamez (BB) 5:10
Record: Bound Brook 21-5 

Bound Brook wins fourth straight Sectional Championship

            The Bound Brook wrestling team defeated Belvidere by a 55-9 score to win their fourth consecutive Sectional Title and put them in position to attempt winning their fourth consecutive Group I State Championship on Sunday a Sun Bank Arena in Trenton.  The evening was also one last opportunity to wrestle in their home gym and they certainly made the best of it as they all won. 

         The six memebers of the  senior class  have won over 525 individual matches,  81 dual meets, three State titles, four County titles, three District titles, three Region 5 Team of the Year Awards, have been ranked in the top ten in New Jersey for all four years and in the top fifty of the United States for the last three years. Wow! Plus, four of them will win over a 100 matches in their career.

         On this night seniors Ryan Galdamez and Josh Ugalde led the pinners and they were joined by Joe Casey, Tyler McIntosh and Mekhi Lewis.

        The Crusaders next match will be Sunday at Sun Bank Arena in Trenton at 12:30 P.M. in the semi-finals of the Group I Tournament. If they win that match they will wrestle for the Group I State Championship at 6:30 P.M.

        Here is a general box score from Friday night's match: 


106: Joe Casey (BB) tf. Gio Campana (B)
113:  Anthony Lopez (BB) d. Nick Cassidy (B) 4-2
120: Jimmy Smith (B) wb Forfiet
126: Tyler McIntosh (BB) p. Viola Javan (B)
132:  Nick Accetta (BB) tf. Matt Hambacher (B)
138: Mekhi Lewis (BB) p. Robby Pannetta (B) 
145: Stephan Glasgow (BB) tf. Kenny Kane (B) 17-3
152: Sean Glasgow (BB) tf. Rene Sousa (B) 
160: Andrew Gombas (BB) d. David Harris (B) 12-9
170: Kevin Merle (B) d. George Walton (BB) 14-8
182: Josh Ugalde (BB) p. Ryan Stehan (B)
195: Aaron Saavedra (BB) d. Stephen Merle (B) 9-4
220: Abe Saavedra (BB) d. Ashton Robinson (B) 7-3
285: Ryan Galdamez (BB) p. Bryan Snyder (B)
Record: Bound Brook 20-5