14 Union County wrestlers advance to NJSIAA Tournament; Cranford’s Murray and Brearley’s Balboni, Velez win titles

3 Roselle Park grapplers move on

PHOTO BY JR PARACHINI -  Cranford junior Gavin Murray, shown here with the Outstanding Wrestler award for the lower weights at last month's Union County Tournament at Union, this past Saturday won at Union again, capturing the Region 3 title at 138. Murray is a first-time UCT and Region 3 champion and two weekends ago won his second District 11 crown.
PHOTO BY JR PARACHINI – Cranford junior Gavin Murray, shown here with the Outstanding Wrestler award for the lower weights at January’s Union County Tournament at Union, this past Saturday won at Union again, capturing the Region 3 title at 138. Murray is a first-time UCT and Region 3 champion and two weekends ago won his second District 11 crown.

Now the competition hits an all-time high.

Wrestling in Atlantic City this weekend for high school grapplers won’t mean trying to get out of the way of a senior citizen heading to the slots.

It will mean, specificially for 14 UnionCounty grapplers, that their ultimate goal is right in front of them.

That goal?

Winnning a state championship!

Fourteen wrestlers from UnionCounty high schools advanced out of Region 3 this past weekend at Union and qualified for the NJSIAA Tournament that will commence Friday, continue Saturday and conclude Sunday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

In addition to wrestleback rounds that will begin Saturday, the pre-quarterfinals are Friday night, the quarterfinals and semifinals Saturday and the finals Sunday.

 

Here’s a look at the final Region 3 results and which Union County wrestlers advanced to compete in this weekend’s NJSIAA Tournament:

 

2014 REGION 3 FINALS AT UNION:

106: Ty Agaisse, Delbarton, injury default, Nicholas Fierro, SHP, 4:22.

113: Lou Ramio, Hanover Park, dec. John Fuller, Westfield, 7-3.

120: Nick Farro, Delbarton, dec. Anthony Cefolo, Hanover Park, 5-4.

126: Christian Innarella, Del., maj. Dec. Tyler Gazaway, N. Prov., 12-2.

132: Mike Magaldo, Watchung Hills, pin Christian Bassolino, HP, 5:33.

138: Gavin Murray, Cranford, dec. Alex Murray, Watchung Hills, 3-0.

145: Dan Reed, Delbarton, dec. Raymond Jazikoff, South Plainfield, 9-7.

152: Nick Velez, Westfield, dec. Inan Sikel, South Plainfield, 3-2.

160: Anthony Bassolino, HP, dec. Brian Matthews, RosellePark, 3-2.

170: Josef Johnson, Delbarton, pin Vin Mattia, WhippanyPark, 5:58.

182: Joe Balboni, Brearley, maj. dec. Phil Woods, RosellePark, 18-4.

195: Jeff Velez, Bearley, maj. Dec. Nick D’Uva, Parsippany Hills, 14-6.

220: Stephen Hill, Par. Hills, dec. Donovan Mantone, Madison, 10-5.

HWT: Nick LaShell, Hanover Park, dec. Anthony Carbajal, WH, 7-3.

 

THIRD-PLACE QUALIFIERS:

106: Max Meyers, Watchung Hills

113: Tom DiGiovanni, Cranford

120: Ryan Walsh, South Plainfield

126: Daniel Hedden, South Plainfield

132: Anthony Canfora, Seton Hall Prep

138: Travis Vasquez, Delbarton

145: Matt Barber, Westfield

152: Joe Tavoso, Delbarton

160: Niko Cappello, Cranford

170: Steve Loevsky, RosellePark

182: Michael Weiss, Parsippany Hills

195: JamesValley, North Plainfield

220: Saverio Salcfas, Brearley

HWT: Lloyd Jackson, Elizabeth

 

REGION 3 CHAMPIONS

FROM UNION COUNTY:

Gavin Murray, Cranford, 138

Nick Velez, Westfield, 152

Joe Balboni, Bearley, 182

Jeff Velez, Brearley 195

Balboni won his third Region 3 title,

with his first two – the last two years –

coming at 170.

Murray and both Velez’s are first-time winners.

 

REGION 3 FINALISTS

FROM UNION COUNTY:

John Fuller, Westfield, 113

Tyler Gazaway, New Providence, 126

Brian Matthews, RosellePark, 160

Phil Woods, RosellePark 182

 

REGION 3 THIRD-PLACE QUALIFIERS

FROM UNION COUNTY:

Tom DiGiovanni, Cranford, 113

Matt Barber, Westfield, 145

Niko Cappello, Cranford, 160

Steve Loevsky, RosellePark, 170

Saverio Salcfas, Brearley, 220

Lloyd Jackson, Elizabeth, HWT

 

UNION COUNTY TEAM-BY-TEAM BREAKDOWN:

Brearley (3): Joe Balboni, first at 182, Jeff Velez first at 195, Saverio Salcfas third at 220.

Cranford (3): Gavin Murray first at 138, Tom DiGiovanni third at 113, Niko Cappello third at 170.

Westfield (3): Nick Velez first at 152, John Fuller second at 113, Matt Barber third at 145.

Roselle Park (3): Brian Matthews second at 160, Phil Woods second at 182, Steve Loevsky third at 170.

New Providence (1): Tyler Gazaway second at 126.

Elizabeth (1): Lloyd Jackson third at heavyweight.

 

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Here’s a look at last year’s results and which Union County wrestlers advanced:

 

2013 REGION 3 FINALS AT UNION:

106: Ty Agaisse, Del., dec. Requir van de Merwe, MountainLakes, 3-1.

113: Nick Farro, Delbarton, maj. dec. Daniel Hedden, South Plainfield, 12-4.

120: Brenden Calas, Seton Prep, dec. Jon Mele, Gov. Livingston, 3-1 (OT).

126: Corey Stasenko, South Plain., dec. Mike Magaldo, Watch. Hills, 5-2.

132: Scott DelVecchio, South Plain., dec. Nick Anderson, Delbarton, 5-1.

138: Anthony Ashnault, South Plain., pin Matt Coppola, Watch. Hills, 4:40.

145: Troy Heilmann, South Plain., pin Anthony DiRosa, WH, 1:57.

152: Dylan Painton, South Plain., dec. Colin Barber, Westfield, 2-1 (2OT).

160: Josef Johnson, Delbarton, dec. John Balboni, Brearley, 12-6.

170: Joe Balboni, Brearley, dec. Mike Carroccia, Watchung Hills, 7-2.

182: Brian Bulger, Westfield, dec. Jeff Velez, Brearley, 6-4.

195: Shane Haddad, GL, maj. dec. Nicholas D’Uva, Parsippany Hills, 14-4.

220: Anthony Iarussi, Summit, dec. Jeff Weiss, Cranford, 3-1 (OT).

HWT: Anthony Tufaro, Scotch Plains, dec. Rodney Cenat, Columbia, 5-3

 

THIRD-PLACE QUALIFIERS:

106: Casey Egan, Seton Hall Prep

113: Nick Tekula, Linden

120: Christian Innarella, Delbarton

126: Gennaro Cuccolo, Hanover Park

132: Gavin Murray, Cranford

138: Christian Bassolino, Hanover Park

145: Dan Reed, Delbarton

152: Anthony Bassolino, Hanover Park

160: Inan Sikel, South Plainfield

170: Phil Woods, RosellePark

182: Corey Markovitch, Cranford

195: Nick Haboj, Madison

220: Tory Russell, South Plainfield

HWT: Nicholas LaShell, Hanover Park

 

REGION 3 CHAMPIONS

FROM UNION COUNTY:

Brenden Calas of Clark, Seton Hall Prep, 120

Joe Balboni, Brearley, 170

Brian Bulger, Westfield, 182

Shane Haddad, Gov. Livingston, 195

A.J. Iarussi, Summit, 220

Anthony Tufaro, Scotch Plains, heavyweight

Balboni, a junior, and Tufaro, a senior, are repeat champions, each winning their second Region 3 titles and at the same weight class.

Calas also won his second Region 3 crown, with his first coming at 103 in 2011. Calas won state championships at 103 in 2011 and at 113 in 2012.

Haddad, a senior, is GL’s first Region 3 champion since Tim Marcantonio won the 160 pound weight class in 2000.

 

REGION 3 FINALISTS

FROM UNION COUNTY:

Jon Mele, Gov. Livingston, 120

Colin Barber, Westfield, 152

John Balboni, Brearley, 160

Jeff Velez, Brearley , 182

Jeff Weiss, Cranford, 220

 

REGION 3 THIRD-PLACE QUALIFIERS

FROM UNION COUNTY:

Nick Tekula, Linden, 113

Gavin Murray, Cranford, 132

Phil Woods, RosellePark, 170

Corey Markovitz, Cranford, 182

 

UNION COUNTY TEAM-BY-TEAM BREAKDOWN:

Brearley (3): Joe Balboni first at 170, John Balboni second at 160,

Jeff Velez second at 182.

Cranford (3): Jeff Weiss second at 220, Gavin Murray third at 132,

Corey Markovitz third at 182.

Gov. Livingston (2): Shane Haddad first at 195, Jon Mele second at 220.

Westfield (2): Brian Bulger first at 182, Colin Barber second at 152.

Summit (1): A.J. Iarussi first at 220.

Scotch Plains (1); Anthony Tufaro first at heavyweight.

Roselle Park (1): Phil Woods third at 170.

Linden (1): Nick Tekula third at 113.

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