Seven Regional Winners Advance In Wrestling

Posted: March 09, 1989

PRINCETON — Seven unbeaten regional champions advanced through the first two rounds of the NJSIAA wrestling championships here last night.

Moving into Friday's quarterfinals were Ken Herishen of Paul VI, John Barcelo of Pitman, Kemal Pegram of Pemberton, Ken Johnson of Highland, Charles Moorer of Penns Grove, Aaron Tufankjian of Bishop Eustace and Patrick Lynch of Ocean City.

Herishen is 29-0 at 112 pounds; Barcelo, 31-0 at 130; Pegram, 28-0 at 152; Johnson, 26-0-1 at 152; Moorer, 32-0 at 160; Tufankjian, 29-0 at 171, and Lynch, 29-0 at 171.

Two top seeds were not so lucky, however. Pemberton's previously unbeaten Robert Cephas was defeated in his first bout at 189 pounds. In addition, Paulsboro's previously unbeaten Gus Bucco was defeated in his first bout, also at 189.

Other seeded wrestlers from South Jersey who survived the two rounds last night included Paulsboro's Duke DiJoseph (112); Highland's Bob Aceto, Lenape's Chee Santone and Deptford's Demea Heyward (all at 119); Lenape's Keith Trotman (130); Overbrook's Erik Saunders (135); Highland's Chad Cassidy and Absegami's Dave Longo (both 140); Paulsboro's Ricky Tucker and Buena's Damon Nelson (145); Lenape's Greg Henion (160), and Delran's Chan Chung (heavyweight).

Tufankjian had the most spectacular victory, a 36-second pin of Brad Rogers of Middletown North.

Lynch recorded a technical fall, running up a 19-4 lead on Bordentown's Jay

Kipp before the bout was stopped at 5 minutes, 27 seconds.

Steve Herishen of Paul VI joined his brother Ken in the quarterfinals. Steve advanced at 103 with a pair of victories, joining Ken, the top seed at 112.

Two other brother combinations met different fates.

Buena's George Maxwell advanced to the quarterfinals at 171, but his brother Tom was eliminated after a victory at 160.

In addition, Dom DeSilvio advanced to the quarterfinals at 189 with a pair of victories, but his brother Dan was eliminated from the 140-pound competition after a preliminary-round victory.

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Winners advance; losers eliminated.

103 pounds: Chris Jordan, Westfield, pinned Robert Carradine, Pemberton, 3:47. Scott Disbrow, Edison, pinned Blake Maffei, Caldwell, 1:18. Steve Herishen, Paul VI, dec. Jason Yee, Dayton, 12-2. Len Leonardi, Hunterdon Central, dec. Mike DeLuca, Lyndhurst, 2-1. Ed Jamieson, Morris Knolls, dec. Doug James, Pascack Hills, 14-0. Marc Marotta, Highland, dec. Jeff Zimmerman, Ocean Twp., 8-4. Tim Dougherty, Delsea, dec. Steve Rubinowitz, Elmwood Park, 10-2. Tim Mulrooney, W. Morris, pinned Frank Strucki, Toms River N., 4:34.

112 pounds: Brian Conly, DelVal, pinned Tom Hamer, Washington Twp., 2:51. Albie Esposito, Shore, dec. Mike Keeler, Rutherford, 13-5. Tim Gallagher, Ocean City, dec. Dave Esposito, Jefferson, 12-7. Jerome Harris, Paterson- Kennedy, dec. Noel Garcia, 6-4. Chris Karafonda, Collingswood, dec. Tony Leonardi, Hunterdon Cent., 8-7. Chris Lombardy, Milburn, dec., Ed Pucci, Glen Rock, 14-1. John Calderon, Elizabeth, dec. Jason Barch, Fair Lawn, 7-6. Rob Passarella, Haddon Twp., dec. Will Rance, Metuchen, 8-6.

119 pounds: Emilio Nardone, Bellville, dec. Darren Worts, High Point, 2-1. Brett McPeak, Holy Cross, dec. Darren D'Agostino, Old Tappan, 4-3. Chee Santone, Lenape, pinned Nelson Cruz, Fort Lee, 1:28. Joel Borzotta, DelVal, dec. George Murphy, Lodi, 10-3. Roger Juntilla, Voorhees, dec. Jack Maggion, Southern, 1-0. Scott Becker, Absegami, dec. Ed Dunn, Boonton, 6-4. Bob Aceto, Highland, 4-2. Anthony Facchinei, Summit, dec. Alex Wilson, Toms River E., 5-0.

125 pounds: Mike Colanero, W. Deptford, dec. Joe Catalano, Toms River E., 6-1. Tom Hynds,Glen Ridge, dec. Scott Castiglia, Elmwood Park, 4-1. Vic Bernardino, Paulsboro, dec. Anthony Lugo, Long Branch, 12-2. John Stampone, Belleville, pinned Joe Lucci, Glen Rock, 4:33. Tom Walsh, Paul VI, pinned Tony Varsalona, High Point, 3:22. Ted Kacandes, Hunterdon Cent., dec. Dan Lilley, Union, 10-2. Paolo Custodio, Columbia, dec. Adam Robinowitz, Hillborough, 5-4. Corey Miller, Warren Hills, dec. John Sloan, Cherry Hill West, 11-0.

130 pounds: Jared Giordano, Hunterdon Cent., pinned Kevin McCann, S. Plainfield, 2:37. Glen Anderson, Hightstown, dec., Robert Hickman, Woodbury, 6-4, OT (2-2 regulation tie). Nate Lashley, Delran, dec. Toby Fagan, Millville, 3-2. James Orlando, Parsippany, dec. Steve Czarruncki, Somerville, 8-5. Pete Zanchelli, Ramapo, dec. Rich Geoghegan, Sparta, 12-7. Bryan Stout, Lacey Twp., ec. Jim Davis, Rutherford, 9-0. T.C. Meyers, High Point, dec. Malachi Brown, Paterson-Eastside, 4-3. Rob Clayton, Pt. Pleasant Boro, dec. Mike Kubrin,Dumont, 9-3.

135 pounds: Adam Miller, Paulsboro, dec. Brian Ventrella, Msgr. Donovan, 9-2. Dave Suess, Hamilton West, dec. Jamie Devanny, Colonia, 4-3. Keath Mahan, Cherry Hill West, dec. Frank Conway, Deptford, 5-4. Scott Wheeler, Middletown N., pinned Jim Cardenas, Voorhees, 0:59. Fred Banks, Paterson-Eastside, dec. Joe Squillaro, Brearley, 7-5. John Cammarata, Walkill Valley, dec. Tony Pellegrino, Manchester, 10-0. John Povalac, Westfield, pinned Vin Gencarelli, Bloomfield, 5:20. Barry Van Scoton, Warren Hills, def. Keith Mulcare, Dumont, via tech. fall, 18-3, 5:23.

140 pounds: Jamie Stanisci, Glen Ridge, dec. Tim Kelley, Mendham, 13-5. Tony Laborte, Brick Mem., dec. Joe Rivera, St. Joe-Montvale, 10-2. Brian Unkert, Pope John, dec., Dennis Gann, W. Essex, 13-2. Andy Van Horn, Pascack

Hills, dec. Steve Vetrano, Neptune, 8-3. Dan DeSilvio, Delsea, dec. Eric Jamerson, Cherry Hill West, 7-1. James Hallik, Parsippany, dec. John Fabrielle, E. Brunswick, 8-7. Dave Longo, Absegami, dec. Joel Melitski, Bernards, 16-13. Dave DiGiantomasso, Jackson, dec. Anthony Carroll, Parsippany

Hills, 7-4, OT (regulation 3-3 tie).

145 pounds: Gene Richards, Kearny, dec. Tom Rogers, Ocean Twp., 3-1. Ross MacDonald, Delran, pinned John Steed, W. Windson, 5:26. John Fowler, Pinelands, dec. Bill Hyde, 4-2. Doug Febo, Bridgewater-East, pinned Gasper Tanksley, Camden, 4:36. Rich Rubino, Fair Lawn, dec. Dan Ombalski, DelVal, 4-2. Steve Lilley, Union, pinned Terry Brennan, Lower Cape May, 5:28. Holden Tuccy, Sparta, dec., Bruce Henecker, Bergen Tech., 7-4. Damon Nelson, Buena, pinned Lou Cerchio, Scotch Plains, 0:43.

152 pounds: Daryl Detrick, Warren Hills, pinned Greg Totten, Madison Cent., 3:02. Rick Zimbardo, Union, dec. Brian Abdon, Lower Cape May, 10-6. Matt Brown, Westfield, pinned Arnie Nelson, Williamstown, 0:47. Mike Santamaria, Christian Brothers, dec. Andy Fitz, DelVal, 7-4. Doug Mazzoni, Lawrence, dec. Dan Nunes, St. Peters, 8-0. Brian Hartman, Bergenfield, dec. Seth Weinberg, Cherry Hill East, 6-5, OT (regulation 4-4 tie). Brandon Totten, Allentown, dec. Kurt Montanye, Fair Lawn, 14-6. Eric Lange, Hunterdon Cent., pinned Brian Siper, W. Essex, 3:24.

160 pounds: Chris Tirone, Fair Lawn, dec. Ken Henry, 11-2. John Martin, Haddon Twp., dec. Kevin Dutt, Phillipsburg, 4-2. Bob Waldron, Roxbury, dec., Paul Szep, Bloomfield, 7-5. Julius Blackwell, Jackson, dec. Chuck Danys, Garfield, 18-8. Robert Haydak, Vineland, pinned Gazette Thompson, Neptune, 3:12. Kevin Sheridan, Columbia, dec. Brian Dziedzic, Woodbridge, 8-5. Mark McCullough, Morristown, def. Joe Pawlish, Ocean Twp., via tech. fall, 17-2, 4:23. Tom Maxwell, Buena, dec. Wayne Porter, Ewing, 6-4.

171 pounds: Brad Rogers, Middletown N., dec. Dave Young, Morris Hills, 17-7. George Maxwell, Buena, dec. Carlton Phillips, Piscataway, 5-3. Doug Biglow, Bernards, dec. Chris Furrule, Lacey Twp., 12-11. Shawn Onder, Walkill Valley, dec. B.J. Harris, Williamstown, 8-5. Matt Heinrich, Pemberton, dec. Tony Rodriguez, Kearny, 2-1. Ted Jones, Morristown, dec. Chris Rotella, Fair Lawn, 13-3. Rich Falotico, Emerson, dec. Phil Principato, Linden, 8-4, OT (regulation 4-4 tie). Jay Kipp, Bordentown, dec. Mario Mancini, Passaic Valley, 7-1.

189 pounds: Nick Kemp, Montclair, pinned Archie Leonards, Bishop Ahr, 4:36. James Jones, Irvington, dec. Sam Girgenti, Bishop Eustace, 13-10. Rob Murphy, Morristown, dec. Joe Buss, Moorestown, 6-5. Luis Acevedo, Perth Amboy, dec. Dan Gronda, St. Peters, 7-4. Dom DeSilvio, Delsea, pinned Dave Lane, New Milford, 2:55. Joe DiGirolamo, Toms River E., dec. Keith Flemming, DelVal, 9-5. Ken Lanzel, Toms River N., dec. Chris Widger, Pennsville, 3-2. Keith Turner, High Point, dec. Daryle Pellegrino, Bergen Cath., 17-14, OT (regulation 11-11 tie).

Heavyweight: Lou Benfati, Morris Knolls, pinned Curt Geisler, Bergen Cath., 2:56. Rich Thurston, Sayervile, dec. Rhodes Campbell, Lenape, 7-3. Rick Ortiz, N. Brunswick, pinned Joe Cimino, Pennsauken, 2:47. Kevin Fall, Waldwick, pinned Bill Newton, Dover, 1:44. Rick Halikman, Delsea, pinned Russ Pascale, N. Bergen, 0:57. Chris Long, Pt. Pleasant Borough, dec. John Apostol, S. Plainfield, 2-1. Malik Moody, Paterson-Eastside, pinned Joe Bene, Paulsboro, 3:46. Brandon Hornbeck, Hanover Park, dec. Ed Tunyla, Madison Cent., 3-2.

SECOND ROUND

Winners advance to Friday's quarterfinals; losers move to Friday's wrestlebacks.

103 POUNDS

Hamid Chalileh, Waldwick, dec. Jordan, 14-3. Ed Moore, Phillipsburg, dec. Disbrow, 8-1. S. Herishen, Paul VI, dec. Scott Ackerman, Absegami, 4-2. Leonardi dec. Scott Liptzin, Lakewood, 6-4. Brian Farnham, Haddon Twp., dec. Jamieson, 7-1. Marotta dec., Anthony Mielnicky, Nutley, 14-4. Terrence Paul, Irvington, pinned Dougherty, 4:41. Jeremy Romano, Hopewell, dec. Mulrooney, 8-0.

112 POUNDS

Ken Herishen, Paul VI, dec. Conly, 7-4. Bryan Mintz, E. Brunswick, def. Esposito, tech. fall, 18-2, 3:00. Leo Pietrantuono, Summit, dec. Tim Gallagher,9-0. Dan Haemmerle, Bergen Cath., dec. Harris, 4-3.

Mark DiStefano, Madison Cent., dec. Karafonda, 8-4. Lombardy dec. Ralph Perna, Belleville, 8-5. Scott Dellatore, Phillipsburg, pinned Calderon, 3:49. Duke DiJoseph, Paulsboro, dec. Passarella, 3-1.

119 POUNDS

Joe Duhigg, Edison, dec. Nardone, 6-4. Demea Heyward, Deptford, dec. McPeak, 4-2. Santone dec. Anthony Sherman, Roselle Park, 3-1. Perry Albanese, Brick Memorial, dec. Borzotta, 7-2.

Juntilla dec. Bill Bustamante, St. Benedict's, 9-4. E.J. Watson, Phillipsburg, dec. Becker, 8-3. Aceto dec. Matt Grossman, Pascack Hills, 2-0. Facchinei, dec. Mike Ahern, Paul VI, 4-3.

125 POUNDS

Colanero dec. Jumel Kinchen, Jackson, 6-3. John Mizerek, N. Brunswick, dec. Hynds, 7-3. Bernardino dec. John Facciani, Delbarton, 7-6. Mike Standridge, Randolph, dec. Stampone, 4-2.

Walsh dec. Nick Melfi, Millville, 10-7. Kacandes def. John Jasionowicz, Rutherford, via. tech fall, 16-0, 5:40. Mario Sinatra, Waldwick, dec. Custodio, 4-1. Miller dec. Vin Santaniello, Brick Memorial, 12-10.

130 POUNDS

Giordano dec. Scott Kemp, Fair Lawn, 9-6, OT (5-5 regulation). Ted Sibblies, Newton, pinned Anderson, 4:52. Lashley dec. Mike Kwapniewski, Caldwell, 4-2. Tony Roselli, Brick Memorial, dec. Orlando, 10-1. B.J. Jarosz, Ridge, pinned Zanchelli, 3:13. Anthony Giordano, Hanover Park, dec. Stout, 9-3. John Barcelo, Pitman, pinned Meyers, 1:11. Keith Trotman, Lenape, dec. Clayton, 8-2.

135 POUNDS

Steve Dalling, Kittatiny, dec. Miller, 10-5. Craig Brodman, Summit, pinned Suess, 1:47. Chris Steinbacher, Ridgefield, dec. Mahan, 8-4. Shane Van Horn, Pascack Hills, pinned Wheeler, 4:53.

Scott Goodale, Jackson, def. Banks via tech. fall, 17-2, 3:37. Erik Saunders, Overbrook, dec. Cammarata, 8-6. Fran Durso, Ridge, dec. Povalec, 8-0. Jason Harrold, Brick Memorial, pinned Van Scoten, 0:29.

140 POUNDS

Chad Cassidy, Highland, dec. Tanisci, 10-1. Cary Palmer, Plainfield, dec. Laborte, 9-2. Unkert dec. Dom Buonocore, Middlesex, 6-1. Van Horn, dec. Wade McGinley, 11-10. Brendan Ferriter, Bergenfield, dec. DeSilvio, 6-5. John Stout, Lacey Twp., dec. Hallik, 10-4. Longo pinned Jon Anderson, Caldwell, 1:52. Julius DiRisio, Warren Hills, pinned DiGiantomasso, 1:54.

145 POUNDS

Steve Giordano, S. Plainfield, pinned Richards, 3:50. Anthony Lusaardi, Warren Hills, dec. MacDonald, 7-2. Ricky Tucker, Paulsboro, pinned Fowler, 1:41. Febo dec. John Gulino, Emerson, 7-5. Wes Krempel, Toms River S., dec. Rubino, 10-4. Lilley dec. Dan Hywel, Belleville, 6-2. Jeff Wilson, N. Hunterdon, dec. Tuccy, 6-5. Nelson dec. Rob Johnson, Jackson, 6-4.

152 POUNDS

Randy Eno, Ridge, pinned Detrick, 3:07. David Georgas, N. Highlands, dec. Zimbardo, 4-3. Brown dec. Keith Messery Hasbrouck Heights, 18-7. Kemal Pegram, Pemberton, dec. Santamaria, 13-1. Joe DiMario, Manalapan, dec. Mazzoni by criteria. Ken Johnson, Highland, dec. Hartman, 15-0. Cadian McGaw, dec. Totten, 7-1. John Gardner, High Point, dec. Lange, 17-5.

160 POUNDS

Charles Moorer, Penns Grove, dec. Tirone, 8-3. Martin pinned Rich Wolsky, Ridge, 3:17. Waldron dec. Keith Southerland, Irvington, 5-3. Blackwell dec. Ray DeSimone, Matawan, 13-11. Haydak dec. Bill Bailey, W. Milford, 9-6. Sheridan dec. Bill Pollard, Bergenfield, 6-3. McCullough dec. Troy Henderson, W. Orange, 7-4. Greg Henion, Lenape, dec. T. Maxwell, 5-3.

171 POUNDS

Aaron Tufankjian, Bishop Eustace, pinned Rogers, 0:36. G. Maxwell dec. Matt Szep, 8-3. David Walton, N. Highlands, dec. Biglow, 8-1. Chris Tokarski, Roselle Park, pinned Onder, 2:53. Jim Crouse, Phillipsburg, pinned Henrich, 3:03. Jones dec. Steve Hendershot, N.Hunterdon, 5-3. Ethan Waller, Manalapan, pinned Falotico, 2:52. Pat Lynch, Ocean City, def. Kipp via tech. fall, 19-4, 5:27.

189 POUNDS

Glen Sandull, Howell, dec. Kemp, 16-3. Dave Nogaki, Bergenfield, def. Jones via tech. fall, 17-2, 6:00. Murphy dec. Gus Bucco, Paulsboro, 5-4. Kevin Kane, Phillipsburg, dec. Acevedo, 5-2. DeSilvio dec. Robert Cephas, Pemberton, 18-11. DiGirolamo dec. Tony Ravi, Bridgewater-West, 3-2. Joe Apoltol, S. Plainfield, dec. Lanzel, 7-6. Vito Mielnicki, Nutley, dec. Turner, 5-2.

HEAVYWEIGHT

Benfati dec. Lou Fontana, Passaic Valley, 5-3. Paul Rich, Toms River N. def. Thurston via injury default. Elio Siragusa, Brearley, dec. Ortiz, 14-6. Fall pinned Al Davis, Sterling, 3:04. Greg Troxell, Phillipsburg, pinned Halikman, 3:38. Matt Morrill, Somerville, pinned Long, 5:09. Chan Chung, Delran, pinned Moody, 3:57. Dexter Richardson, Mahwah, dec. Hornbeck, 8-6.

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