HIS Yr?: Not only is junior Conor Collins expected to be one of the Rams foremost the way for Southern this winter season, he will be looking to make it to the top of the condition medals podium later on this season. (Photos by David Biggy)
After final season’s choppy, lessened period, there’s no doubt the Southern Regional wrestling crew is anxious to get back on the mat.
Devoid of a prospect to protect their NJSIAA Team V championship from two seasons ago, go up versus its generally difficult plan in opposition to some of the most effective programs in the state or have a standard personal state tournament, the Rams are heading to check out to make the most of each option presented to them this time.
In fact, the Rams are going significant ideal out of the gate. On Saturday, Dec. 18, Southern will host its once-a-year Robin Leff Tournament – another casualty of very last season because of to the COVID-19 pandemic – and it is going to contain the major subject of teams to at any time contend in it. The tourney begins at 9 a.m., equally gymnasiums at Southern will be made use of, and it’s heading to incorporate 7 mats’ well worth of competitors.
Aside from Southern, the subject is made up of Blair Academy’s “B team” (which may perhaps be as fantastic as or far better than most schools’ varsity squad), High Position, Camden Catholic, Delsea, Moorestown, Absegami, Rumson-Good Haven, Hopewell Valley, Mount Olive, Jackson Memorial, Purple Financial institution Catholic, Egg Harbor Township, Monroe, Ocean City, Wall, Shawnee and St. Mary’s Ryken of Leonardtown, Md.
Nonetheless, good level of competition is precisely what Southern head coach Dan Roy wants for his software.
“We have a youthful crew with a whole lot of wrestling encounter, and we glance to enhance each individual working day and be at our finest by the conclude of the time,” he said. “Our aims are to get our division, South Jersey Team 5 and Group 5. We also want to take as several wrestlers to the state match as attainable and have various state put-winners.”
The Rams are capable of accomplishing every single of these plans this winter season, despite the graduations of Eddie Hummel, Matt Brielmeier and Stephen Jennings subsequent the abbreviated edition of previous year. Of course, it all happens on a mat. But on paper, the Rams are going to be a difficult squad to defeat.
ON THE Increase: Sophomore Matt Henrich had a strong period as a freshman and this wintertime could be headed for a great deal more substantial factors with the Southern wrestling staff.
Major the way this period will be a group of seniors – Shane Evert (126 lbs), Chris Lubeski (132), Kellen Bischoff (132), Nate Bischoff (157), Dan Lee (157), Nolan Anderson (175), Brock Lefkus (190) and David Casas (285) – together with a main crew of youthful wrestlers, such as juniors Conor Collins (120), previous season’s state runner-up at 113 kilos who finished 17-2, and Cole Velardi (150), Nick Bennet (144) and Riley O’Boyle (215) and sophomores Matt Henrich (138) and Tyler Chase (167).
Even now, the Rams have some newcomers to the lineup that may possibly make an instant and long lasting influence, most likely for yrs to come. That team incorporates freshmen Wyatt Stout (126), the youngest son of former head mentor John Stout Hayden Hochstrasser (138), an excellent youth wrestler with plenty of accomplishment at the condition stage Scottie Sari (113) and David Ferrante (120).
The rest of the team is produced up of juniors Christian Capone (150), Kai Wagner (165) and Alex Skipper (215) and sophomores Reese Evert (106) and Brad Birch (190). The Rams also have several woman wrestlers who will be competing this winter season, such as senior Gracie Cordasco, who returns to the mat after a really prosperous freshman marketing campaign all through which she placed fourth in the location sophomore Ella Yanuzelli, a condition tourney qualifier previous time and junior Hannia Garcia.
Head mentor Joe Adelizzi is similarly excited about the approaching season for the Wildcats, which opens at a tournament at Gateway Regional.
ALL UP FROM In this article: Pinelands junior Mason Livio has had two exceptional seasons and this wintertime really should be amid the Wildcats’ contenders for a medal in Atlantic Metropolis.
“We started out last year 5-1 and then ended up derailed by COVID speak to problems afterwards in the time,” Adelizzi stated. “But we’re on the lookout to create off that achievements, and there is a good volume of talent in our area. We have a stable blend of youth and experience, and if the youth and inexperienced can get to the ideal body weight courses and establish rapidly, we could be in for the very first time higher than .500 in over a ten years and potentially qualify for the condition sectional tournament.”
Junior Mason Livio (126), a two-time regional qualifier, will be among the the Wildcats’ leaders this winter, alongside with senior Mateo Mena (285), also a regional qualifier past period, and sophomore Josiah Hart, who went 9-2 final period and is envisioned to have a far better next season.
Also returning to the lineup this wintertime are seniors Eric Helfrich (106), Nick Musio (132) and Thomas Exel (150) juniors Gio Rosetti (138), Gavin Wagner (165) and Mark Siino (132) and sophomore Nick Sheridan (157). New to the varsity roster are senior Thomas Reilly (144) junior Mekhi Corridor (190) sophomores Michael Platti (113), Michael Mocarsky (144) and Tyler Glass (285) and freshmen Joe Wainen (106), Jacon Greenberg (132), Jacob Feather (132), Antonio Esposito (144), Nathan Ruf (150), Anthony Aguano (215) and Diego Santos (285).
New head coach Brendan McCarthy normally takes over the Bengals software and inherits an particularly young crew of wrestlers who will search for to obtain their way.
With only two seniors returning to the lineup – 113-pounder Jorge Ramos, who was 6-2 final season, and Ian Wheatle – the Bengals largely will be led by their junior course, which contains 190-pounder Connor Armstrong, who finished 7-2 last time 144-pounder Miguel Sendecki, who went 6-2 before this yr and Anthony Ryan (132), Matt Fronzak (138) and McGregor Davis (150).
Scheduled to get started the period in a quad satisfy at Central Regional, the relaxation of the Barnegat squad features juniors Johnny Marfia (126), Ryan O’Cone (157) and Connor Pappas (175) and freshmen Logan Ryan (106), John Giblock (106) and Trey DeMeo (120).
— David Biggy