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Ocean proves to be District 22’s top team

first_img BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer CHRIS KELLY staff Matawan’s Andy Denardo tries to control Holmdel’s Pat Murray during their 140-pound consolation bout at the District 21 Tournament in Manalapan on Saturday. MIDDLETOWN — The Ocean Township Spartans have faced more than their share of adversity this season. From injuries to illness, the Spartans have suffered one obstacle after another this winter — a season in which they were predicted to emerge as the Shore’s top team and one of the elite squads in the state. But despite some disappointing losses this year, Ocean remained the team to beat in last weekend’s District 22 tournament at Middletown South, and proved it on the mats with a convincing team championship, outscoring second-place Christian Brothers Academy, 212-182. The Spartans were led by six individual champions, and will send seven grapplers into this week’s Region VI tournament at the Ritacco Center in Toms River. That tournament got under way last night with preliminary-round match-ups and will continue on Friday. Leading the way for the Spartans was sophomore Mike Berardesco, who won the 103-pound title with a dominating 17-1 technical fall over CBA’s Dave Cioffi. That win was followed by Zac Coulas’ pin of Keansburg’s Adam Boyle in the 112-pound weight class in 1:08. After freshman J.P. Palandrano dropped his 119-pound title match to defending champion T.J. Mitchell of Raritan, 21-8, Dan Lopes was the next Spartan wrestler to take to the mats, cruising to a 130-pound title with an 8-4 win over Raritan’s Bill Voutsinas. Andrew Van Dyk then claimed the 135-pound title with a 10-4 win over Raritan’s Dave Seidenbeg, before Joey Falco made it four out of five for Ocean with a 6-3 win over CBA senior Dave Chirichello at 145. Senior Gaetjens Lezin dropped his 152-pound title to CBA’s Anthony DeLeo, 6-2, before Kyle Kiss became the fifth champion for the Spartans, beating CBA’s Anthony Chirichello, 15-4, in the 171-pound final. CBA actually had a slight lead over Ocean (101.5-98.5) entering Saturday’s action, but could not match the Spartans’ success in the late rounds. The Colts did crown four individual champions in DeLeo, Mike Beshada (125), Ollie Ferraro (189) and Chris Finley (160). Beshada’s 8-7 win over Monmouth Regional’s Kyle Christiansen was one of the more exciting matches of the day, as the Colt recorded a takedown with just two seconds remaining in the bout to steal the win. Meanwhile, Ferraro beat Keansburg’s Sean Yeneic with a pin at the 3:05 mark of their bout, while Finley beat Raritan’s Kevin Gilgannon, 6-2, in their 160-pound final. The four Colt champions will advance to Friday’s Region action, while six other CBA wrestlers — Cioffi, Dave Chirichello, Anthony Chirichello, Charles Favia (third at 119), John Menafra (third at 130) and Greg Dube (third at 215) — needed wins last night to advance to Friday’s action. Raritan sent eight grapplers into the region tourney, led by Mitchell and District 22 heavyweight champion Jeff King. The senior needed double overtime to post a 2-1 win in the final. Freshman Dan Seidenberg made his District 22 debut a memorable one by claiming the 140-pound title with a hard-fought 5-3 overtime win over Monmouth’s Anthony Bongarzone. The three district champs, along with Voutsinas, Dave Seidenberg, Gilgannon, freshman Cody Moone (third at 112) and sophomore Bob Kolb (third at 145), will look to extend their seasons this week as well. Host Middletown South finished in fifth place (70) in the team standings, highlighted by Andrew Poulson’s impressive win over defending 215-pound champ Derek Maldonado of Keyport, who was 26-0 coming into the bout. Poulson, who was a member of the state’s top football team of the last two years at South, took control of this bout from the start, powering his way to an 11-1 lead after the first period. The lead grew to 16-5 in the second before he put the Red Raider to the mat and recorded a pin at the 5:20 mark. South also got a solid finish from Kyle Worsley, who took third at 171 to advance to last night’s action. The only other local grapplers to advance to the Region VI tourney were Middletown North sophomore Robert DiMaiolo, who bounced back from a semifinal loss to Berardesco to post a 9-8 win over Raritan’s Greg Alexander in their consolation bout, and his teammate, junior Mike Shope, who won his 160-pound consolation match, 4-3, to advance. In District 21, held at Manalapan High School, a pair of local grapplers advanced to regions — Matawan’s Vic Mabin and Holmdel’s Pat Murray. Mabin, a junior, rebounded from a loss in the 130-pound semifinals to post a 7-4 win over Freehold’s Miguel Arroyo in their consolation bout, while Murray, a senior 140-pounder, won his consolation bout, 4-3 over Matawan’s Andrew Denardo. Jackson took its domination of District 21 to a new level Saturday as all 14 of their wrestlers advanced to the finals. They held a dual meet against the District and won. The Jaguars rolled up 291 points on the way to their ninth straight championship and crowned eight individual champions. “It’s a great way to cap being the No. 1 team,” said Goodale. “They want to be remembered as the school’s best team.” BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer Slew of local grapplers advance to this week last_img

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