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Shore Sports Network is proud to unveil its 2022 All-Shore wrestling teams. Scroll down for bios and photos of the first-team selections and write-ups on the second- and third-team selections.

 

FIRST TEAM

106 - Patrick O'Keefe, Fr., St. John Vianney

01/27/2022: Shore Conference Tournament - Quarterfinals
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O'Keefe completed an excellent freshman season by finishing second in the state at 106 pounds, falling to St. Peter's Prep's Adrian DeJesus, 3-2, in the state championship bout. O'Keefe was 35-7 altogether with District 17 and Region 5 championships. He also finished eighth at the Beast of the East, third at the Sam Cali Tournament, and fifth at the Escape the Rock Tournament.

 

113 - Anthony Knox, Fr., St. John Vianney

03/05/2022 - NJSIAA State Finals
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It's one down, three to go for Knox, who started off his much-hyped high school career by going 33-1 and winning the NJSIAA 113-pound state title. Knox was undefeated in New Jersey with his only loss coming in the Escape the Rock final to Delaware Valley's (Pa.) Zachary Jacaruso, who went on to win the Pennsylvania AAA 113-pound state title. Knox defeated Delbarton's Daniel Jones 5-1 in the state semifinals and then won 7-2 over Eastern's Jared Brunner to win the state championship. He also won the Sam Cali Tournament, a District 17 title, and a Region 5 championship. Knox has put himself in a position to accomplish his goal of being a four-time state champion and should be a favorite to do so over the next three years.

 

120 - Evan Tallmadge, Sr., Brick Memorial

03/05/2022 - NJSIAA State Finals
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With a dramatic takedown and back points in the closing seconds, Tallmadge defeated Roxbury's Luke Stanich, 7-3, to claim the NJSIAA 120-pound state title and become a two-time state champion. His senior season wasn't without a blemish like his junior campaign, but Tallmadge (34-3) wrestled his best on the sport's biggest stage yet again to join Nick Angen as the Mustangs' only two-time state champions in program history. After losing to CBA's Alex Nini in tiebreaker in the Region 6 final, Tallmadge avenged that loss with a 7-2 victory over Nini in the state semifinals. Tallmadge was also first at the Mustang Classic and won a District 23 title. He was also a major reason why Brick Memorial was able to win the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 4 sectional title and reach the Group 4 state championship match. Tallmadge finished his career with 122 wins, three district titles, two region titles, and three total state medals. He will continue his career at the United States Naval Academy.

 

126 - Garrett Totten, Sr., Christian Brothers Academy

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Totten saved his best for last, peaking down the stretch to win district and region titles and finish second in the state at 126 pounds. A two-time state seventh-place finisher prior to this season, Totten won by 7-1 decision over St. John Vianney's Joe Giordano in the state quarterfinals to clinch a top-six finish. He then won 6-1 over St. Peter's Prep's Caedyn Ricciardi to reach the state championship bout where he was defeated by Kinnelon's two-time state champion and three-time state finalist Evan Mougalian, 7-1. He finished the season with a 36-6 record. Additionally, Totten helped CBA win a share of the Class A North division title, the Shore Conference Tournament, the NJSIAA Non-Public South A sectional title. and the District 21 team title as the Colts finished as the No. 1 in the Shore Conference. Totten, who wrestled his first two years at Northern Burlington High School, had an excellent career that included 123 wins, four state tournament appearances, a district title, a region title, and three state medals.

 

132 - Anthony Santaniello, Jr., Brick Memorial

03/05/2022 - NJSIAA State Finals
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It was another excellent season for Santaniello even if he fell short of his ultimate goal. Santaniello finished second in the state at 132 pounds, falling to Delbarton's Tyler Vazquez, 2-1, in the state final. The Oklahoma recruit went 41-2, won his second district title, claimed his third region title, and was again without equal in the Shore Conference. His only other loss this season was also to Vazquez, 6-5, in the Beast of the East final. At the state tournament, Santaniello won by technical fall in his first three bouts and by major decision in the semifinals to reach his third straight state final. He will carry a 98-3 career record into his senior year.

 

138 - Julian George, Jr., Christian Brothers Academy

01/31/2022: Shore Conference Tournament - Final
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After finishing eighth in the state at 132 pounds as a sophomore. George hit another gear this season to win district and region titles and finish second in the state at 138 pounds. George opened eyes right away when he finished third at the Beast of the East and he never slowed down from there. He was also third at the Escape the Rock Tournament and notched a victory over Bergen Catholic's Joe Cangro during the Non-Public A final to earn the No. 1 seed in the state tournament. Cangro had defeated him earlier in the season. The two would meet again in the state final and Cangro won the rubber match by fall off of a scramble to win the state title. George was 37-4 altogether with District 21 and Region 6 titles and helped the Colts win a share of the Class A North division title, the Shore Conference Tournament championship, the Non-Public South A sectional title. and the District 21 team title, and finish No. 1 in the Shore Conference. A two-time region champion and two-time state medalist, George will enter his senior season with 90 career wins.

 

144 - Donovan DiStefano, So., Wall

02/26/2022 - NJSIAA Region 6 Finals
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DiStefano flew a bit under the radar throughout the season but proved he was indeed among the Shore's best with a postseason that saw him win district and region championships and reach his second state tournament in as many years.  DiStefano finished with a 26-2 record, won a District 22 championship, claimed a Region 6 title, and reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. He had victories over both Toms River North's Jake Rosenthal and Middletown South's David Hussey to cement his status as the first-team All-Shore selection.

 

150 - Tyler Barrett, Jr., Christian Brothers Academy

03/05/2022 - NJSIAA State Consolation Finals
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Barrett surprisingly did not qualify for the state tournament as a sophomore but returned with authority to put together a tremendous junior season in which he won district and region titles and finished third in the state at 150 pounds. He finished with a 36-7 record, won his second district and region championships, and had a great run at the state tournament that culminated with a 2-1 victory in tiebreaker over St. Joseph (Montvale)'s Frank DiBella in the third-place bout. After being defeated by Passaic Tech's Laith Hamdeh, 4-3, in the semifinals, Barrett defeated Southern's Cole Velardi, 6-4, to reach the consolation final. Barrett's presence in the middle of the lineup helped the Colts win a share of the Class A North division title, the Shore Conference Tournament, the Non-Public South A sectional title, and the District 21 team title. CBA also finished as the No. 1 team in the Shore Conference for the first time in program history. Barrett will enter his senior season with 78 career victories.

 

157 - Zander Silva, Jr., Christian Brothers Academy

03/05/2022 - NJSIAA State Consolation Finals
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It was a breakout year for Silva as he reached the podium at the state tournament for the first time in his entire wrestling career to cap an excellent junior season. Silva advanced to the state semifinals where he was defeated by Delbarton's Simon Ruiz, the eventual state champion. He then defeated Ocean's Shane Cartagena-Walsh, 4-3, in the consolation semifinals before beating Hunterdon Central's Tanner Peake, 2-1, in the third-place bout. Silva was 33-5 on the season, won his second district title and his first region title, and reached the state tournament for the third year in a row. He also helped CBA win a share of the Class A North division title, the Shore Conference Tournament, the Non-Public South A sectional title, and the District 21 team title while finishing as the No. 1 team in the Shore. Silva will enter his senior year with 76 career wins.

 

165 - Hunter Mays, Sr., Howell

03/05/2022 - NJSIAA State Finals
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The 2022 Shore Sports Network Wrestler of the Year, Mays completed a near-flawless two-year career at Howell by defeating Bergen Catholic's Nick Fea, 5-4, to win the NJSIAA 165-pound state title. It was Mays' second state title, making him the first wrestler in Howell history to win two wrestling state championships. Mays, who moved to Howell from Pennsylvania prior to his junior year, won last season's 160-pound state championship. He posted a 56-1 record in two years as a Rebel, including going undefeated against New Jersey competition. His lone loss came via a 2-0 defeat to Blair Academy's Lorenzo Norman in the Powerade Tournament semifinals. Fea would go on to defeat Norman in the Powerade final and Mays then beat Fea in the state final. Among his 40 victories as a senior were 19 pins. 8 technical falls, 4 major decisions, and 3 wins by forfeit. His presence in the lineup helped Howell win a share of the Class A North division title, the Central Jersey Group 5 sectional title, reach the Group 5 final, and win the District 22 team title. Mays will continue his career at Rider University.

 

175 - Harvey Ludington, Fr., Brick Memorial

03/05/2022 - NJSIAA State Finals
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Ludington had a state tournament for the ages to announce himself as a force to be reckoned with for the next three years. Ludington came from the No. 7 seed to win the NJSIAA 175-pound state title, becoming the first Brick Memorial freshman to win a state title in the process. He won by technical fall over Lower Cape May's Braydon Castillo in the first round, won by injury default over Howell's DJ Henry in the pre-quarterfinals, took out No. 2 seed and returning state finalist Sabino Portella of Red Bank Catholic, 2-0, in the quarterfinals, and defeated returning state third-place medalist Michael Dellagatta of St. Joseph (Montvale) in the semifinals. Ludington was 35-1 on the season and his lone loss came to Mount Olive's Hunter Perez, 5-4, in the Mustang Classic. He eventually avenged that loss with a 5-1 victory over Perez during the Group 4 final. The star freshman was utterly dominant otherwise with bonus points in 31 of his 35 victories. After a sensational freshman season, Ludington is officially on watch to challenge for four state titles.

 

190 - Hudson Skove, So., Rumson-Fair Haven

02/07/2022 - Point Pleasant Boro / Rumson-Fair Haven - NJSIAA CJ
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Skove and Ocean's Jared Tracey had nearly identical seasons and never faced either other during the season so we decided both were worthy of a first-team selection at 190 pounds. Skove built upon his very good freshman season by going 37-4, winning a District 19 title, claiming a Region 5 championship, and reaching the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament to finish with a top-12 designation. All four of Skove's losses came to state medalists, including Pennsylvania state champion Sonny Sasso. Skove also had a victory over Delbarton's Nicholas Olivieri during the Beast of the East. Olivieri finished fourth in the state. Skove also finished sixth at the Beast of the East and won the Hunterdon Central Invitational.

 

190 - Jared Tracey, Sr., Ocean

02/26/2022 - NJSIAA Region 6 Finals
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Tracey and Rumson-Fair Haven's Hudson Skove had nearly identical seasons and never faced either other during the season so we decided both were worthy of a first-team selection at 190 pounds. Tracey went 29-3, won a District 21 title, secured a Region 6 championship, and reached the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament as one of the final 12 wrestlers left at the weight. All three of his losses came to state medalists. Tracey finished his career with 82 victories, three state tournament appearances, four region appearances, one district title, and one region championship.

 

215 - Robert Canterino, Jr., Christian Brothers Academy

02/26/2022 - NJSIAA Region 6 Finals
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It all came together for Canterino in his third year as a starter, going from a wrestler with no postseason criteria to the best 215-pounder in the Shore Conference. Canterino went 32-6, won a District 21 title, captured a Region 6 championship, and came within one win of a state medal in reaching the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. He gave CBA a hammer among its upperweights to help the Colts win a share of the Class A North division title, secure the Shore Conference Tournament championship, claim the Non-Public South A sectional title, win the District 21 team title, and finish No. 1 in the Shore. Canterino will enter his senior season with 52 career wins.

 

285 - Lorenzo Portella, So., Red Bank Catholic

03/05/2022 - NJSIAA State Consolation Finals
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Portella emerged as the Shore Conference's top heavyweight with a great individual postseason run that saw him finish seventh in the state. The Caseys sophomore reached the state quarterfinals where he was defeated by eventual state champion Jimmy Mullen. He then pinned Delsea's Rocco Bennet to clinch a state medal. After a loss in the consolation quarterfinals, Portella pinned Hightstown's Brendan Hansen in the first period in the seventh-place bout. Leading up to the state tournament, Portella won a District 20 title and won a Region 5 championship. He also helped Red Bank Catholic win the Non-Public South B sectional title for the first time in program history. He finished with a 29-4 record and stamped himself as a possible state championship contender in the next two seasons.

 

 

SECOND TEAM

106 - Kurt Wehner, So., Donovan Catholic

Wehner built off a very good freshman season in which he was a state qualifier to post a 22-2 mark and finish seventh in the state at 106 pounds. Wehner also won a District 25 championship and a Region 7 title, becoming Donovan's fourth region champion in program history and first since 2018. His state medal is just the second in program history and first since 1996.

 

113 - Xavier Ortega, Fr., Howell

Ortega was one of the top freshmen in the Shore Conference in going 35-7, winning District 22 and Region 6 titles, and reaching the third round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. He was integral in helping Howell win a share of the Class A North division title, the Central Jersey Group 5 sectional title, reach the Group 5 final, and win the District 22 team title.

 

120 - Conor Collins, Jr., Southern

Collins had a fantastic junior season that saw him go 37-1 and finish third in New Jersey to earn his second top-three state medal. Collins' only loss came to Roxbury's Luke Stanich, 1-0, in the state semifinals in which the one point was the result of two stalling calls at neutral in the first period. Collins then won in sudden victory over Camden Catholic's Jackson Young in the consolation semifinals and earned a 7-0 victory over CBA's Alex Nini in the state third-place bout. Collins also won District 25 and Region 7 titles, won the Robin Leff, Hunterdon Central, and War on the Shore Tournaments, and defeated Brick Memorial's Evan Tallmadge, the 120-pound state champion, during the regular season. He helped Southern win the Class A South division title, the South Jersey Group 5 sectional title, claim the District 25 team championship, and finish No. 2 in the Shore Conference. Collins will enter his senior season with 92 career wins plus two district, two region titles, a state second-place, and a state third-place medal under his belt.

 

126 - Jack Zaleski, Jr., Middletown South

Zaleski was once again one of the top pound-for-pound wrestlers in the Shore and continued to put his name into the Middletown South record book with another great season. Zaleski went 34-7, won championships in District 20 and Region 5, and placed fourth in the state at 126 pounds to earn his third state medal. He was also seventh at the Beast of the East. In three seasons, Zaleski is a two-time district champ, a two-time region champ, and a three-time state top-five finisher. He joined Glenn Pritzlaff (4), John Fagan, and Nick Herring as two-time region champions and joined Pritzlaff and Tugamn as the program's only three-time state medalists. He was also a crucial part of one of the best Middletown South teams in program history as the Eagles earned a share of the Class A North division title, reached the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals, advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional final, and won the District 20 team title. Zaleski will enter his senior year with 89 career wins, giving him a chance to pass Herring (125) as the program's all-time wins leader.

 

132 - Nico Diaz, Sr., St. John Vianney

In his fourth and final state tournament, Diaz finally broke through and earned his first state medal by finishing third in the state at 132 pounds. His only loss of the state tournament came to eventual state champion Tyler Vazquez of Delbarton in the semifinals. He then defeated Delsea's Jamar Dixon Jr. in ultimate tiebreaker in the consolation semifinals and pinned St. Peter's Prep's Jonathan Fuller in the third-place bout. Diaz finished 38-6 to reach 100 career wins (105) and also won District 17 and Region 5 titles, finished second at the Sam Cali Tournament, and placed fourth at the Escape the Rock Tournament. Diaz concluded his career as a four-time state qualifier, a two-time region champion, and a one-time district champion (three-time district finalist).

 

138 - Matt Henrich, So., Southern

Henrich built upon a very successful freshman season to win district and region titles and finish seventh in the state at 138 pounds. Henrich went 32-5 and won the District 25 and Region 7 championships to reach the state tournament for the second straight year. After suffering a loss in the quarterfinals, Henrich won 3-0 over Phillipsburg's Joe Innamorato to clinch a state medal. After a loss in the consolation quarterfinals, Henrich won 3-1 over Paul VI's Brandon Palcko to finish seventh. He also helped Southern win the Class A South division title, win the South Jersey Group 5 sectional title, claim the District 25 team championship, and finish No. 2 in the Shore Conference.

 

144 - Jake Rosenthal, Sr., Toms River North

Rosenthal went 30-6, finished second in District 21, placed second in Region 6, and reached the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament to finish with a top-12 designation. Rosenthal was a two-time district runner-up and a three-time region qualifier during his career. He finished with 74 wins in three years as a starter. Rosenthal will continue his career at The College of New Jersey.

 

150 - Cole Velardi, Jr., Southern

Velardi was a beat in the wrestleback rounds of the state tournament to bounce back from a first-round defeat and finish fifth in the state for his first state medal. After a 6-4 loss to Brick Memorial's Ryan Smith in the opening round, Velardi ripped off five straight victories to clinch a spot on the podium and at least a top-six finish. He then suffered a 6-4 defeat to CBA's Tyler Barrett in the consolation semifinals but rebounded to pin Paramus Catholic's Daniel Rella in the fifth-place bout. Velardi went 37-5 and also won a District 25 title and a Region 7 title. During the team season, he helped Southern win the Class A South division title, win the South Jersey Group 5 sectional title, claim the District 25 team championship, and finish No. 2 in the Shore Conference. Velardi will enter his season year with 78 career wins.

 

157 - Jasiah Queen, Jr., St. John Vianney

Queen broke through in his third trip to the state tournament to place fifth in the state at 157 pounds. After falling in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Simon Ruiz of Delbarton, Queen won by major decision over DePaul's Ryan Burton to lock up a state medal and then defeated Westfield's Michael Murphy, 2-1, to clinch a top-six finish. After a loss in the consolation semifinals, Queen won 6-3 over Ocean's Shane Cartegena-Walsh in the fifth-place bout. Queen also won a District 17 title and finished second in Region 5. Queen will enter his senior season with 68 career wins.

 

165 - Jimmy Circle, Sr., Lacey

Circle earned the second-team All-Shore spot behind state champion Hunter Mays thanks to a state tournament in which he reached the third round of wrestlebacks. He defeated CBA's Nick Stump during the state wrestlebacks to avenge a loss from earlier in the season. Circle also defeated Rumson's Ryan Boyer during the regular season. He was the District 25 champion and the Region 7 runner-up and finished the season with a 32-9 record. Circle helped Lacey win the Class B South division title and reach the South Jersey Group 3 sectional final.

 

175 - Sabino Portella, Jr., Red Bank Catholic

Portella had his sights set on winning a state championship after finishing second in the state as a sophomore, and while that goal did not come to fruition, Portella had another great year to claim his second state medal. Portella won his first district title and then finished second in Region 5, falling in overtime to Rumson's Shay Addison. After suffering a loss to eventual state champion Harvey Ludington of Brick Memorial in the state quarterfinals, he got Addison back in the wrestleback semifinals to reach the third-place bout. He was defeated by St. Joseph-Montvale's in the consolation final to finish in fourth place. He joins Tom Seitz as the program's only two-time state medalists. He also helped Red Bank Catholic win the Non-Public South B sectional title for the first time in program history. Portella totaled a 28-3 record on the season and will enter his senior year with 77 career wins.

 

190 - No selection; two wrestlers on first team

 

215 - Nick Burns, Sr., Raritan

After a solid junior season, Burns made a splash early in the season with a win over a returning state medalist and kept the momentum going right to the end. He finished the season with a 35-4 record, won a District 20 title for the first time, won a Region 5 championship for the first time, and reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Burns also helped Raritan win the program's second state championship as the Rockets topped High Point to win the NJSIAA Group 2 state title.

 

285 - Matt Jannucci, Sr., Colts Neck

Jannucci was undefeated heading into the state tournament and reached the second round of wrestlebacks for the second year in a row. Jannucci won his first District 22 and Region 6 titles and also won the Mustang Classic. His 37 wins were tied for the fifth-most in the Shore and his 20 pins were tied for the sixth-most in the Shore.

 

THIRD TEAM

106 - Tyler Venet, So., Christian Brothers Academy

Venet came on strong in the second half of the season to win District 21 and Region 6 titles before reaching the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Venet finished the season with a 26-10, helping the Colts finish No. 1 in the Shore and win a share of the Class A North division title, the Shore Conference Tournament, the Non-Public South A sectional title, and the District 21 team title.

 

113 - Brady Carter, Sr., Lacey

Injuries short-circuited Carter's sophomore and junior seasons and kept him out for a good chunk of his senior year, but he was able to return for the individual postseason and put together another run to the state tournament. Carter went 15-5, won a District 25 title, and claimed a Region 7 title. He then reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament.

 

120 - Alex Nini, So., Christian Brothers Academy

The 120-pound weight class was stacked in the Shore Conference as evident by Nini, who finished fourth in the state, being a third-team selection. After finishing eighth in the state at 113 pounds last season, Nini made a major jump that started with a third-place finish at the Beast of the East. He rolled to a District 21 title and then defeated Brick Memorial's Evan Tallmadge in tiebreaker to win the Region 6 title. He reached the state semifinals where he was defeated by Tallmadge, 7-2. After a 9-1 major decision over St. Joseph (Metuchen)'s Nico Calello in the consolation semifinals, Nini was defeated by Southern's Conor Collins in the third-place bout. Nini finished the season with a 31-4 record, helping CBA win a share of the Class A North division title, win the Shore Conference Tournament and the Non-Public South A sectional title, and finish the season ranked No. 1 in the Shore.

 

120 - Sebastian Ortega, So., Howell

Ortega was a standout in a loaded 120-pound weight class in the Shore Conference that featured the state champion and the state third- and fourth-place medalists. Ortega wasn't able to get back on the podium after a seventh-place finish at 113 as a freshman but still had a very good year by going 24-7, winning a District 17 title, placing second in Region 6, and reaching the fourth round of wrestlebacks as one of the final 12 wrestlers at the weight. He also helped Howell win a share of the Class A North division title, the Central Jersey Group 5 sectional title, reach the Group 5 championship match, and claim the District 22 team title.

 

126 - Joe Giordano, Jr., St. John Vianney

Giordano went 26-10, won a District 17 title, finished second in Region 5, and reached the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament for a top-12 designation. Giordano will enter his senior season with 62 career wins.

 

132 - Phil Stolfa, Sr., Red Bank

Stolfa went 37-5, won a District 20 title, finished second in Region 5, and reached the third round of wrestlebacks as the state tournament. He split bouts with Shore's Gabe Scalise during the regular season and two of his losses came to state third-place finisher Nico Diaz of St. John Vianney. Stolfa broke the program's all-time wins record with 107 victories was the Bucs' first district champion since 2013.

 

132 - Gabe Scalise, Sr., Shore

Scalise went 43-5 to lead the Shore Conference in wins and his 28 pins were tied for the most in the conference. He was second in District 23 and in Region 6, both times facing Brick Memorial's Anthony Santaniello. He split bouts with Red Bank's Phil Stolfa during the regular season and one of his other defeats came at the hands of state champion Tyler Vazquez of Delbarton. Scalise concluded his career with 111 wins and was a two-time district runner-up.

 

138 - Robert Generelli, Sr., Middletown South

Generelli went 29-6, won District 20 and Region 5 titles for the first time, and reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Generelli started the season strong and remained one of the Shore's best 138-pounders throughout the season leading up to the individual postseason. He was a crucial part of one of the best Middletown South teams in program history as the Eagles earned a share of the Class A North division title, reached the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals, advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional final, and won the District 20 team title. Regular-season wins over Howell's Giovanni Scafidi and Raritan's Zach Reilley and another over Reilly in the Region 5 final helped secure Generelli's All-Shore selection.

 

144 - David Hussey, Jr., Middletown South

Hussey posted a 32-7 record, won a District 20 title and a Region 5 championship, and reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. The district title was his second, the region title was his first, and he became a three-time state qualifier in as many seasons. Hussey was also a crucial part of one of the best Middletown South teams in program history as the Eagles earned a share of the Class A North division title, reached the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals, advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional final, and won the District 20 team title. He will enter his senior year with 68 career wins.

 

150 - Ryan Smith, Sr., Brick Memorial

After not wrestling as a junior, Smith returned as a senior and picked up right where he left off to close out a great career. Smith, who was a state qualifier as a freshman and a sophomore, went 35-6, won a District 23 title and placed second at the Region 6 Tournament. He reached the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament to finish with a top-12 designation. Smith also had several key victories that helped Brick Memorial win the Central Jersey Group 4 sectional title and reach the Group 4 state championship match. He finished his career as a three-time district champion and a three-time state qualifier with 80 career wins in three seasons.

 

157 - Shane Cartagena-Walsh, Sr., Ocean

Cartagena-Walsh made a huge jump as a senior to go from a region sixth-place finisher to finishing sixth in the state at 157 pounds. Cartagena-Walsh went 24-5 on the season, was the runner-up in both District 21 and Region 6, and wrestled back for sixth place at the state tournament after reaching the quarterfinals. His nemesis on the season was CBA junior Zander Silva, who defeated him by one point in both the district and region finals and again in the state consolation semifinals. Cartagena-Walsh's other two losses were to state fifth-place finisher Jasiah Queen (St. John Vianney) and Hunterdon Central's Tanner Peake, the state fourth-place finisher.

 

165 - Ryan Boyer, Jr., Rumson-Fair Haven

After being stuck behind Rumson's best wrestlers for his first two years, Boyer was able to crack the lineup with a starting spot and flourished to earn All-Shore honors. The junior went 31-10, won a District 19 title, finished third in Region 5, and reached the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament to finish with a top-12 designation. Boyer solidified his third-team All-Shore spot with a victory over CBA's Nick Stump during the state tournament.

 

175 - Shay Addison, Sr., Rumson-Fair Haven

Addison concluded a superb career by winning his second region title, earning his second state medal, and reaching 100 career wins. Addison posted a 37-3 record, won a District 19 title, claimed his second Region 5 championship, and placed fifth at the state tournament for the second time in his career. All three of his losses this season came to state top-four finishers, including two to Delsea state finalist Jared Schoppe and one to Red Bank Catholic's Sabino Portella. Addison split bouts with Portella, defeating him in sudden victory in the Region 5 final. Addison concluded his career with 111 victories, a district title, two region championships, and two state fifth-place medals. He will continue his career at Arizona State University.

 

175 - DJ Henry, Jr., Howell

Like teammate Sebastian Ortega at 120 pounds, Henry was a hammer at a loaded weight class that featured the state champion and two other top-five medalists. The Rebels junior went 28-5, won a District 22 title, finished second in Region 6, and reached the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament to finish with a top-12 designation. All five of his losses came to state medalists, including two to state champion Harvey Ludington of Brick Memorial and another to state finalist Jared Schoppe of Delsea. Henry was a force in the upper weights who helped Howell win a share of the Class A North division title, secure the Central Jersey Group 5 sectional title, reach the Group 5 final, and win the District 22 team championship.

 

190 - Mike Malucelli, Sr., Marlboro

Malucelli was a bonus-point machine during the regular season with 18 pins and a major decision in 19 contested bouts. He went 30-4 overall, placed third in District 19 and second in Region 5 before reaching the third round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. After losing to St. Joseph-Metuchen's Brian Christie in the district semifinals he defeated Christie in the region semifinals and again in the first round of the state tournament. Malucelli had a brutal draw in the state tournament, however, losing to eventual three-time state champion Brian Soldano in the second round and then falling to third-place finisher Vincenzo LaValle in the wrestlebacks. He finished his career with 75 wins.

 

215 - Cosmo Zaccaro, Jr., Central

Zaccaro had a breakout junior year that saw him go 36-5, win a District 25 title, place third in Region 7, and reach the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. He was defeated by CBA's Robert Canterino in the second round of the state tournament and then fell to Southern's Riley O'Boyle, 7-5, in the wrestlebacks. Zaccaro was 2-1 vs. O'Boyle on the season, however, with a major decision victory in the district final and a win by decision in the region third-place bout. Zaccaro also had a win over state fourth-place finisher Dominic Petracci of Washington Township and split bouts with state sixth-place finisher Marcus Hebron of Lower Cape May. Zaccaro will enter his senior season with 62 career wins.

 

215 - Riley O'Boyle, Jr., Southern

O'Boyle went 29-9, finished second in District 25, qualified for the state tournament with a fourth-place finish in Region 7, and reached the fourth round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament to finish as one of 12 wrestlers left at the weight. After losing to Central's Cosmo Zaccaro in the District 25 final and again in the Region 7 third-place bout, O'Boyle defeated Zaccaro, 7-5, in the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Both of his losses at the state tournament came to eventual state medalists. O'Boyle helped Southern win the Class A South division title and South Jersey Group 5 sectional title, claim the District 25 team championship, and finish No. 2 in the Shore Conference.

 

285 - Christian Steensen, Sr., Marlboro

Steensen finished with a 37-3 record, won a District 19 title, placed third in Region 5, and reached the second round of wrestlebacks at the state tournament. Steensen's 37 wins were tied for fifth in the Shore and his 21 pins were also tied for fifth in the Shore. He finished with 81 career wins and as a two-time district finalist and one-time champion.

 

 

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