Camden Catholic dominates again

Camden Catholic's Alex Smith (left) wins a decision over Depaul's Lou Carusillo at 120 pounds.
Camden Catholic's Alex Smith (left) wins a decision over Depaul's Lou Carusillo at 120 pounds. (RON CORTES / Staff Photographer)

The Irish won their 9th straight title. Timber Creek, Delsea, and Paulsboro were beaten.

Posted: February 13, 2012

TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The finish was an exclamation point.

Camden Catholic registered pins in six of the final seven bouts to cruise to a 54-18 victory over DePaul Catholic in the Non-Public B state championship Sunday at Toms River North High School.

Chad Walsh (138), T.J. Miller (145), Frank Varallo (152), Collin Pierlot (170), Carmen Iossa (182) and Joe Mazzochette (195) scored pins in a furious flurry as the Irish (25-5) wrapped up their ninth consecutive state title before a crowd of 4,850 in the Pine Belt Arena.

Camden Catholic has won 14 state titles. The Irish have won the last three titles in Non-Public B after winning the previous six in Non-Public A.

"We wish we were up in 'A' but we can't control that," said Miller, a junior who improved to 30-1 and will turn his attention to trying to won his second consecutive individual state title.

The state title was meaningful for first-year coach Ryan McCormick, a former Irish assistant coach.

"It's always special, because there's a different group of kids every year, a different group of seniors," McCormick said.

The score was tied, 15-15, when Camden Catholic junior Nick Minkiewicz scored a 9-2 victory over Sean Brophy in what McCormick had viewed as a "toss-up" at 132 pounds.

"That really got us going," McCormick said. "Then our big guns took it from there."

Walsh improved to 28-4 with a pin in 56 seconds, while Miller needed just 1 minute, 46 seconds to record his fall and push the Irish lead to 30-15.

"This is the ultimate team goal," Miller said. "From a team standpoint, we start every season with the idea that we're going to win a state championship."

Delsea falls in finals. The Crusaders rallied to score a 36-34 victory over Brearley in the semifinals but lost to Raritan, 30-28, in the final.

Senior 145-pounder Curt Delia won by pin in both matches for the Crusaders, and senior Marshall Brooks (182), junior John Hennelly (138), and sophomore Bryan Dobzanski (195) also won both of their matches.

It was a step forward for Delsea (21-2), which had lost in the state semifinals in three of the previous four seasons.

"We're going to keep banging on that door until we knock it down," Delsea coach Greg Sawyer said.

In the finals, Raritan used three consecutive pins at 113, 120, and 126 to seize command. But earlier, the Rockets got a big win at 220 pounds when Nick Rice scored a 3-2 win over Sean Redden in overtime.

Redden was close to a winning takedown at the end of regulation.

"That's a tough call to take," Sawyer said.

Timber Creek out in semis. For the third year in a row, Timber Creek (21-5) lost to South Plainfield in the state semifinals.The Chargers got victories from brothers Bryce Shade (170) and Robert Shade (195) as well as John Amato (106), but couldn't overcome the Tigers' depth.

"They're the best team in the state," Timber Creek coach Nick Cottone said of South Plainfield, which won the Group 3 state title. "They don't have any weaknesses."

Timber Creek's Robert Shade won his 100th bout but wasn't in a mood to celebrate.

"It's frustrating because we keep meeting this team," Shade said. "But I was proud because we really fought."

Paulsboro loses in semis. The Red Raiders had a 22-13 lead, but Hanover Park won four of the final five bouts, including an impressive 13-2 decision by freshman Anthony Cefolo over senior John Gentile in the last bout, for a 31-25 victory.

Paulsboro (20-4) won its 32d South Jersey title with a dramatic victory over Pennsville on Friday night, but the Red Raiders were denied their 29th state title. Since the state championships began in 1982, Paulsboro has failed to win a state title just three times - 1982, 2008, and this season.

"We did as well as we could considering the makeup of our team," Paulsboro coach Paul Morina said.

The Red Raiders got pins from Nick Knauer (145) and Mike Silvestro (170), and a major decision from Sam Morina (113), the coach's son, but won just six of 14 bouts and weren't able to scored enough bonus points to compensate for a lack of balance in the lineup.

"I've never had a team this out of balance," Morina said. "But the kids wrestled as well as they could. We'll be back."

The results


Phillipsburg 29, Brick 27


South Plainfield 30, Ocean Twp. 27


South Plainfield 41, Timber Creek 18

170: Bryce Shade, TC, dec. Alex Lundy, 18-5; 182: Mike Molinaro, SP, dec. Khari Turner, 5-3; 195: Robert Shade, TC, dec. Sam Bermudez, 13-4; 220: Tory Russell, SP, dec. Matt Kountz, 14-3; 285L Tyler Calderone, SP, dec. Schalor Blackshear, 4-3; 106: John Amato, TC, dec. Ryan Walsh, 13-1; 113: Ray Jazikoff, SP, dec. Joey DiMartino, 5-3; 120: Troy Heilmann, SP, dec. Ricky Carter, 5-3; 126: Anthony Ashnault, SP, pin Brandon Virgilio, 5:09; 132: Scott DelVecchio, SP, dec. Brandon Keller, 5-1; 138: Tyler Hunt, SP, pin Nick Virgilio, 3:13; 145: Corey Stasenko, SP, pin Jeff Bell, 1:28; 152: Dylan Painton, SP, dec. Isaiah Guzman, 13-0; 160: Dom Ruggerio, TC, win by forfeit.


Raritan 30, Delsea 28

182: Marshall Brooks, D, dec. Connor Sheehan, 16-8; 195: Bryan Dobzanski D, dec. Victor Iannello, 8-2; 220: Nick Rice, R, dec. Sean Redden, 3-2; 285: Tre Porch, D, dec. Pat Toal, 1-0; 106: Dylan Seidenberg, R, dec. Tom Carney, 7-2; 113: Matt Lindo, R, pin Jake Kientz, 1:00; 120: Anthony Scarcella, R, pin John Borelli, 1:52; 126: Nick Liguori, R, pin Dillon Pistilli, 3:57; 132: John Hennelly, D, dec. Jason Bohal, 7-3; 138: Devin Holmes, R dec. Dylan Recinto, 7-1; 145: Curt Delia, D, pin Matt Best, 1:53; 152: Tyler Sookdeo, R, dec. David Gresk, 6-0; 160: Dylan Dobzanski, D, dec. Kyle Lynch, 6-0; 170: Derrick DeWoody, D, wins by forfeit.


Delsea 36, Brearley 34

170: Joe Balboni, B, pin Garrett Craig, 1:55; 182: Marshall Brooks, D, pin Jeff Velez, 3:03; 195: Bryan Dobzanski, D, pin Anthony Scalese, 0:23; 220: Anthony Tancs, B, piun Sean Redden, 3:12; 285: Tre Porch, D, dec. Mike Christian, 1-0; 106: Nick DeMarco, B, pin Kevin Huck, 0:33; 113: Frank Chessa, B, dec. Tom Carney, 4-3; 120: John Borelli, D, pin Nick Catalupo, 0:23; 126: Dylan Oliva, B, technical fall, Dillon Pistilli, 15-1; 132: John Hennelly, D, pin Mike Disko, 0:40; 138: Dylan Recinto, D, dec. Eoghan Savona, 3-2; 145: Nick LoSpinoso, B, pin Vic DeFrance, 1:23; 152: Curt Delia, D, pin Andrew Scarillo, 1:24; 160: John Balboni, B, dec. Dylan Dobzanski, 9-5.


Bound Brook 40, Hanover Park 24

Group 1 semifinals

Hanover Park 31, Paulsboro 25

113: Sam Morina, P, dec. Gene Angelo, 9-1; 120: Joe Zecca, H, dec. Zach Wellington, 18-5; 126: Gennaro Cuccolo, H, dec. Juan Rivera, 8-1; 130: Cody Croce, P, dec. Christian Bassolino, 3-2; 138: Ron Gentile, P, dec. Kyle Robertson, 11-5; 145: Nick Knauer, P, pin Drew DeRosa, 2:24; 152: Anthony Bassolino, H, dec. Niko Savailinaea, 8-3; 160: Anthony Lee, H, dec. Tyler Adams, 5-3; 170: Mike Silvestro, P, pin Eric Boccard, 3:00; 182: Dan Glinko, H, pin Zack Funk, 1:58; 195: Will Julich, H, technical fall Joe Muraca, 21-6 (5:43); 220: Nicholas LeShell, H, dec. Davonte Randall, 2-1; 285: Austin Im, P, dec. Vinny Galasso, 3-0; 106: Anthony Cefolo, H, dec. John Gentile, 13-2.

Non-Public A state finals

Bergen Catholic 42, Christian Brothers 13


Camden Catholic 54, DePaul Catholic 18

220: Jarred Alwan, CC, pin William Rynick, 2:58; 285: Jeff Miller, CC, win by forfeit; 106: Williak Kui, DC, dec. Tyler McBride, 8-3; 113: David McFadden, DC, pin Shawn Stone, 1:46; 120: Alex Smyth, CC, dec. Lou Carusillo, 6-0; 126: Mike Greiss, DP, pin Ed Curtain, 4:24; 132: Nick Minkiewicz, CC, dec. Sean Brophy, 9-2; 138: Chad Walsh, CC, pin Matt DeLallo, 0:56; 145: T.J. Miller, CC, pin Brad Trump, 1:46; 152: Frank Varallo, CC, pin Nick Carey, 3:34; 160: Nick DePalma, DC, dec, Joe Flemming, 8-3; 170: Collin Pierlott CC, pin Dan Mulligan, 3:26; 182: Carmen Iossa, CC, pin Cameron Mulhall, 0:31; 195: Joe Mazzochette, CC, pin Kyle Keaveney, 0:38.

Contact staff writer Phil Anastasia at 856-779-3223, panastasia@phillynews, or @Phil Anastasia on Twitter. Reads his blog, "Jersey Side Sports," at

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