Bound Brook Wrestling: Welcome



Wrestling Camp is almost full

         If you are thinking of attending the Bound Brook wrestling camp next week time has become of the essence as we have almost reached capacity. We have some great clinicianers in NCAA National Champions and Lehigh coaches Pat Santoro and John Hughes will be the house, as well as Boston University assistant coach and multiple time All American Sean Harrington. So if you think you are coming, but haven't gotten around to filling out the form, I suggest you get a move on! The form is on the left. 


            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

        On July 28th the 10th annual Bound Brook wrestling camp will be held and we are pleased to announce our first teacher which is Lehigh Head Coach and multiple time NCAA Divison I National Champion Pat Santoro. Anyone who knows wrestling, knows this is a awesome guy to have at your camp, so don't miss out!

           Joining Coach Santoro will be NCAA National Champion John Hughes, so two NCAA Champs in our room for a few days should offer some pretty awesome learning and workouts! 

          We will be posting additional wrestlers and coaches appearing at our camp in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! If you would like to attend the camp, the registration form is attached to the label on the left of this page. 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taffur repeats Top 12 finish at NCAA's

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

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

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

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

Taffur reaches quarter finals of NCAA's 

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

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

Delacruz wins second

State Championship

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Johnson and Lewis Place in State

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Here are the updated records: 




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