Pinelands Regional Senior Mena Climbs to Top of District 32 Podium



Simple PEASY: Pinelands Regional senior Mateo Mena reacts to pinning Ocean City’s Aiden Fisher in just more than a moment through the heavyweight ultimate of the NJSIAA District 32 Championships on Feb. 19. (Shots by David Biggy)
For the past two seasons, Mateo Mena hasn’t experienced significantly level of competition during wrestling follow.
“It’s been terrific he’s been equipped to stick it out, since the truth is we have not had many children who could wrestle him in the home,” explained Pinelands Regional Large School head coach Joe Adelizzi, shortly right after Mena captured the NJSIAA District 32 championship at heavyweight on Feb. 19. “I tried using to exercise with him before in the 12 months, and I hurt my neck executing it. But he’s been right here, functioning challenging, executing regardless of what he could to strengthen, and I’m glad he was capable to get that title currently.”
The senior Wildcat experienced little difficulties receiving to the semifinals – he pinned Egg Harbor’s Eric Castro in 1:02 through the quarters – but Oakcrest’s Francisco Velazquez was a bit tougher to switch more than. The top rated-seeded Mena finished up with a 9- major choice, as he saved one particular eye on the other semifinal taking location on the other aspect of Absegami Significant School’s gymnasium, where by Ocean Metropolis 3rd seed Aiden Fisher pinned second-seeded Brady Smaller of St. Augustine.
“I watched it,” Mena admitted immediately after getting to be Pinelands’ initial heavyweight to earn a district crown considering that 1994, when Barrett Cervetto achieved the feat. “And when I observed Fisher pin the 2nd seed, that obtained me a tiny anxious. But the moment we received on the mat for the remaining, he was not as actual physical as I imagined he’d be, and I just wrestled my match, how I desired to wrestle – just hold issues secure, never do a great deal and hold out for the right time to do what I have to do.”
Immediately after hand combating Fisher for about 32 seconds, Mena managed to get Fisher to the mat, and from there he methodically worked to turn Fisher to his back, which he did about 1:05 into the bout. 8 seconds later on, the formal slammed the mat to sign the slide.
“I went into the closing just happy to make it to the area event,” Mena explained. “But a get feels seriously very good. The pin felt good. This has been a prolonged time coming, and I at last bought to demonstrate that I’m fairly superior. I’ll will need to be in a very little improved problem following weekend, but it would be awesome to stop my vocation with a small A.C. excursion.”
To this issue in the time, Mena (27-3) hasn’t been analyzed much, Adelizzi claimed.
Consider THAT!: Pinelands Regional’s Gavin Wagner attempted to switch Oakcrest’s Gunnar Angier all through the 3rd-put bout at 165 lbs.
“He might have close to 25 pins, but matters are likely to get more durable now,” he mentioned. “But Mateo’s pretty affected individual and serene. He does not put himself in negative positions. He wrestles properly just by being in the appropriate posture, and he’s obtained very superior feet. He’s very agile and well balanced, and he finishes up with a great deal of pins mainly because he uses his hips truly properly.”
Mena was just one of four Pinelands wrestlers to complete among the prime 3 in district competition to earn places in the approaching Area VIII tourney, slated for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26.
At 120 lbs ., Josiah Hart (21-12) lost in the semifinals to St. Augustine’s Jackson Slotnick, but rolled to a 7-1 selection in excess of Absegami’s Matt Sterling to place 3rd. In the 126-pound bracket, Mason Livio (28-3) dropped to Oakcrest’s Hogan Horsey in the semifinals, but rebounded to earn, 9-2, towards Ocean City’s Tommy Grimley to acquire third. And at 165 lbs ., Gavin Wagner (26-7) was pinned by St. Augustine’s Dennis Virelli in the semifinals, but came back to rating an 11-2 significant in opposition to Oakcrest’s Gunnar Angier to seize 3rd area.
Obtained HIM: Barnegat’s Jorge Ramos cradles Connor Barikian of Lessen Cape May for the duration of the 3rd-spot bout at 113 lbs at the NJSIAA District 32 event.
The Wildcats’ Jake Greenberg (132), Nick Sheridan (150) and Anthony Aguanno (215) all reached their respective third-location bouts, but misplaced to area fourth in the district.
For Barnegat, only two of its wrestlers attained the 3rd-location rounds. Connor Pappas missing at 175 pounds to position fourth, but senior Jorge Ramos pinned in 1:55 of the 113-pound contest to oust Decrease Cape May’s Connor Barikian to finish 3rd. Ramos was a little bit emotional soon after securing his spot on the podium.
“I experienced a lot of things likely on my sophomore 12 months and did not get to the district tournament very last year since of COVID, so it was my initial time wrestling in this match,” he mentioned. “I’ve set a good deal of operate into my craft to attempt to get greater this calendar year. Coming in, my assurance was superior right up until I misplaced in the semifinals. But I just place all the distractions apart and centered on placing third. Now I’m wanting ahead to the area tournament.”
Southern Cruises
To District 25 Title
Southern Regional landed 9 wrestlers in NJSIAA District 25 finals on Feb. 19 and delivered 13 to the impending Region VII tourney, as the Rams cruised to their 26th group title with 269.5 points.
At 120 lbs, Conor Collins captured the district crown with a 3:45 pin of Toms River East’s Jaton Wellington, although Wyatt Stout rolled to a 12-2 important conclusion above Lacey’s Aidan Ott at 126 kilos, and Hayden Hochstrasser scored an 11-1 big versus Lacey’s Matt Gauthier in the 132-pound title clash. At 138 pounds, Matt Henrich pinned Lacey’s Mason Heck in 2:45, before Cole Velardi scored the title victory in 1:20 with a pin of Central’s Jack Condello at 150.
Nate Bischoff (157), Collin French (175), Reilly O’Boyle (215) and Dave Casas (285) every single put 2nd after finals losses, though Sam Pari (106), Scottie Sari (113), Chris Lubeski (144) and Kai Wagner (165) every single positioned 3rd.
— David Biggy
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