Clearview pins Pennsauken

Pennsauken's David Dow (left) takes down Clearview's Zack Stecher during their match in the 195-pound weight division.
Pennsauken's David Dow (left) takes down Clearview's Zack Stecher during their match in the 195-pound weight division. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 14, 2014

Joe Sindoni weighed 168 pounds. He wrestled at 182.

Ron Mestichelli weighed 121. He wrestled at 126.

"We've been bumping our guys up all year," Clearview wrestling coach Keith Mourlam said. "It stretches our lineup out."

Sindoni, a junior, scored a key victory in the first bout, and Mestichelli, a senior, was part of a flurry of pins as host Clearview beat Pennsauken, 47-18, in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group 3 team wrestling tournament Wednesday night.

"We took care of business," said Mestichelli, who registered a pin in 3 minutes, 17 seconds to give the Pioneers the lead for good in the eighth bout of the match.

Junior John Seybold (106), sophomore Zack Firestone (120), sophomore Mike Van Brill (132), senior John Van Brill (145) and junior Ed Lenkowski (160) also scored pins for top-seeded Clearview (21-1).

Firestone (26-0), Mike Van Brill (25-0), John Van Brill (26-0), and Lenkowski (23-0) also maintained perfect records as Clearview advanced to face Tri-County Conference rival Kingsway in Friday's sectional final.

Clearview beat Kingsway, 44-9, on Feb. 5.

"We're so fired up for that," said Sindoni, who improved to 20-6 by rallying for a 5-4 decision over Pennsauken junior Aaron Swann, who entered the bout with a 25-4 record.

Pennsauken (18-4), the No. 4 seed, took early leads of 12-3 and 15-9 before Clearview seized command of the match before a large crowd that included spirited student sections from both schools.

"Their experience showed," Pennsauken coach Eric Mossop said of Clearview. "I was proud of our kids. We won five matches against a team that's arguably one of the Top 20 in the state.

"We can learn from this. We'll get better."

Clearview has developed into one of South Jersey's top programs in recent years. The Pioneers beat Paulsboro for the first time last season and captured the Tri-County Royal Division title this season by beating rival Delsea.

But Clearview has never won a South Jersey title, according to Mourlam.

"It's been our goal all year," Mourlam said. "We'll be ready to go."

Mestichelli, who could have wrestled at 120 because of a two-pound weight allowance in the team tournament, said the Pioneers have been waiting all season for the opportunity to win the program's first South Jersey title.

"It feels like it's been a long time," Mestichelli said. "All season waiting for it to be here, and it's finally here. I know the guys are ready to go and ready to win it."

CLEARVIEW 47, PENNSAUKEN 18

182: Joe Sindoni, C, dec. Aaron Swann, 5-4; 195: David Dow, P, dec. Zach Stecher, 6-4, OT; 220: Abdul-Baasit Lari, P, dec. John Bonner, 5-3; 285: Jeff Augustus, P, forfeit; 106: John Seybold, C, pin Tuan Nguyen, 1:07; 113: Nheim Bien, P, dec. Shea Wolfle, 12-6; 120: Zack Firestone, C, pin Edwin Lopez, 2:51; 126: Ron Mestichelli, C, pin Jon Balon, 3:17; 132: Mike Van Brill, C, pin Rafael Padilla, 1:40; 138: Tom Fisher, P, dec. George Kerasinis, 9-2; 145: John Van Brill, C, pin Eric Cintron, 1:39; 152: Henry Eisenhart, C, dec. Sudheer Sammons, 12-3; 160: Ed Lenkowski, C, pin Leroy Thomas, 1:12; 170: Kyle McMahon, C, dec. Zach Trost, 10-2.


Clearing the record

Clearview wrestler Ron Mestichelli talks about the victory over Pennsauken.

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