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The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES
Thursday, January 29, 2015
SPF Raider Grapplers Take
Down Brearley Bears, 48-19
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
Scotch Plains-Fanwood dominated
the David Brearley High School Bears
with a 48-19 victory in wrestling action on January 21 at Scotch Plains.
Wrestling for the second time in two
days, the Raiders scored seven victories by falls in the superior performance. Sam Wustefeld, Brandon
Miguelino, Jaylen Bryant, Frank
DiNizo, Justin Sidebottom, Jack Cannon and William Benavides got credit
for six points each in pinning their
“I’m happy with the performance,”
said Raider Head Coach Thomas
Gavor. “We had a pretty big win over
Edison last night so we had to juggle
the line-up a little bit tonight. We
gave some kids a rest like Alex
Mirabella and Tom Cunningham. We
had other guys step up and do a nice
job for us.”
Brearley’s Charley Buckley started
off the evening well for the Bears,
earning three points by virtue of his
7-3 decision over Nicholas Palazzolo
at 138 pounds. Buckley controlled
the action, scoring two points on a
takedown midway through the first
period and again in the second period
on his way to an impressive win.
After Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s JT
Beirne was awarded six points for a
forfeit at 145 pounds, the Raiders
really got rolling. At 152 pounds,
Wustefeld got the run of falls started
by besting Aly Mohamed in 4:14.
Wustefeld was well on his way to
victory when he got the fall, already
leading 9-0 after the second period.
Miguelino followed at 160 pounds,
earning a quick fall over Brearley’s
Kevin Wheat in 1:23. Trailing 18-3,
The Bears got a victory at 170 pounds
when Eoghan Savona scored a 4-0
decision over George Ramos. Still
the result could be looked at as disappointing for the Bears given that
Savona finished second in the Union
County Tournament. Ramos hung in
there and kept Brearley from earning
six points in a spot where they expected to get a fall.
Bryant got the Raiders back on
track with a pinfall victory over Nick
Nazario in 1:44 at 182 pounds.
“Jalen Bryant did a nice job in his
match,” said Gavor. “He really controlled the opponent. He has been on
a tear lately.”
At 195 pounds, Frank DiNizo scored
bonus points for the Raiders with his
pin fall victory over Nicholas James in
1:24. The win gave Scotch Plains a
commanding 30-6 advantage. “Frank
DiNizo stepped up nicely,” said Gavor.
“It was good to see him perform like
that as it was his first big varsity
effort. He moved up to wrestle at 195
for us. Real solid performance.”
Brearley stud Salverio Salcfas
stopped the bleeding for the Bears at
220 pounds. The UCT champ bested
Raider Christopher McMahon via fall
at 2:13. After a double forfeit at 285
pounds, Raider Sidebottom defeated
Rebecca Pizuto via fall (5:14) at 106
At 113 pounds Brearley’s Emanual
Montero rode the momentum estab-
lished in scoring two first period
takedowns to defeat SP-F’s Jacob
Perone via 8-0 major decision. In one
of the more impressive performances
of the evening, Raider freshman Cannon scored a fall over Kevin Scozzarro
in 2:24 at 120 pounds.
“I turned right away and caught
him on his back,” said Cannon. “I
secured him and put an arm bar on
him. I’m glad I was able to score
points for us tonight. Being a freshman it is not easy to make your mark.
I’m just looking for opportunities to
help this team.”
Benavides earned a fall in 5:05
over Liam Savona at 126 pounds.
Benavides was in complete control
throughout the match. In the final
bout of the evening, Tim Murphy
earned three points for Brearley via a
7-2 decision over Guilliame Hardin
at 132 pounds. Murphy was a second
place finisher in the UCT and had an
opportunity to score six points for
Brearley but a game effort by Hardin
kept the total to three points.
The win improved SP-F’s record to
10-6. Brearley fell to 4-9.
Buckley (B) d Palazzolo, 7-3
Beirne (S) won forfeit
Wustefeld (S) p Mohamed, 4:14
Miguelino (S) p Wheat, 1:23
Savona (B) d Ramos, 4-0
Bryant (S) p Nazario, 1:44
Frank DiNizo (S) p James, 1:24
Salcfas (B) p McMahon, 2:13
Double Forfeit
Sidebottom (S) p Pizuto, 5:14
Montero (B) md Perone, 8-0
Cannon (S) p Scozzarro, 2:24
Benavides (S) p Savona, 5:05
Murphy (B) d Hardin, 7-2
G.L. Highlander Boys Rout
Cougars in Basketball, 68-44
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Long-range gunner Robert
Imbalzano scored 33 points for Governor Livingston (7-4) as the Highlanders made quick work of Cranford,
68-44, on January 20 in Cranford.
The 6’7” super senior poured in 21
points during the first half and
knocked down five 3-point attempts
for the game. The Cougars meanwhile were paced by Sean Leonard
(12 points) and Joe Norton (10 points).
“He [Imbalzano] shot the ball really well for them and that was a big
part of the problem for us,” said Cou-
gar Head Coach Ryan Huber. “It is
not every night you see a high school
kid go 5-for-5 from beyond the three
point line. He is tall kid, 6’8” or
something like that, but it is still a
matter of simply matching up and
challenging the shot. We didn’t do
that very well tonight.”
In an earlier match-up this season,
won by Governor Livingston, 46-36,
the Cougars held Imbalzano to just
seven points. It was a different story
this time around. Imbalzano started
off the game hot and stayed that way.
He drained a pair of back-to-back 3pointers to give GL a 6-2 lead in the
first minute and a half of play.
Imbalzano finished with 10 points in
the quarter as the Highlanders built a
19-14 lead.
Imbalzano then sank a pair of backto-back 3-pointers to start the second
quarter, putting the Cougars in a 2514 hole. It was not just Imbalzano
though. Time and again in the first
half, Highlander players found their
way behind the Cranford defense on
quick cuts to the basket for easy layups. GL ruled on the backboards and
in the paint with John Iorio and Jimmy
Longo scoring on post up moves and
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COMING AROUND FOR THE TAKEDOWN...Cougar Vince Concina puts Panther Mike Figueredo in a bad way in the
first period of his 132-lb bout. Concina defeated Figueredo, 9-5, and Cranford beat Roselle Park, 36-21.
Cougars Top Panther Matmen
In ‘Alumni Night’ Mat Rivalry
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Alumni Night! Traditional rivalry!
Packed house! The stage was set for
some outstanding performances and
they happened in the Cranford High
School wrestling team’s 36-21 victory over Roselle Park in Cranford on
January 21.
The most outstanding performance
came five bouts into the match at
145-lbs when Cougar sophomore
Mike Nigro jumped up from the JV
squad to face Josh Gergich, one of
the Panthers’ toughest wrestlers. After yielding a takedown and an escape and trailing, 3-1, Nigro reached
deep down inside and recorded a
takedown to knot the score at the end
of two periods then added an escape
and another takedown to claim a 6-3
“Mike Nigro would start varsity on
a lot of teams in our county. It’s just
that he’s in a spot where we got a lot
of tough kids all crammed into a
couple of weights. I try to get him in
when I can, because he is a gamer and
Raider Matmen Quiet
Edison in Final Bout
Trailing by three team points entering the final bout, the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School wrestling team
turned out the lights on Edison, 3128, when Jaylen Bryant pinned Chris
Cuevas in 27 second at 182-lbs in
Scotch Plains on January 20.
195: Alex Mirabella (S) won forfeit
220: Vladamir Torres (E) p Karl Williams, 5:34
285: Keith Serio (E) p Chris McMahon,
106: Justin Sidebottom (S) d Ryan
Maurath, 11-8
113: Nadin Korkmaz (S) d Julian Burke,
120: Robert Cleary (E) md Jack Cannon, 14-5
126: Peter Tomasino (E) d Jashmar
Philippe, 10-6
132: Tom Cunningham (S) p Ryan
Naiduk, 4:20
138: JT Beirne (S) md Joseph
Montouro, 9-1
145: Brian Lapham (S) d William
Povalac, 3-1
152: Eric Nolan (E) d Sam Wustefeld, 7-3
160: Rus Rivella (E) d Julio Devia, 9-7
170: Alexander Robinson (E) d George
Ramos, 7-3
182: Jaylen Bryant (S) p Christopher
Cuevas, 0:27
Alex Lowe for The Westfield Leader and The Times
CONCENTRATING ON HIS SHOT...Cougar Joe Norton concentrates on his free throw in the game against the Governor
Livingston Highlanders in Cranford on January 20. The Highlanders beat the Cougars, 68-44.
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can do things like that. He works
extremely hard in the room. That
pays off in a match like tonight when
everyone in town is here to see,”
Cougar Head Coach Pat Gorman said.
“He [Coach Gorman] told me to
stay physical. I am used to being on
the JV team and coach pulled me up
because he believed in me,” Nigro
said. “He told me, ‘I trust you and I
know that you work hard enough. I
know you are going to win this match
if you believe that you can win this
match.’ I was on the mat. I was coughing. I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore then I just remembered that
coach believed in me and my teammates believed in me and that I could
push through for them, for me and
everybody else watching.”
The match began in the 120-lb
class and Cougar Tom DiGiovanni
put six points on the scoreboard when
he turned George Perez with an Olympic arm bar and pinned him in 2:40
with a double grapevine/head
smother. A calculator was needed in
the 126-lb bout when Cougar Chris
Scorese amassed three takedowns,
three nearfalls and two escapes before settling Sean Daly in 4:43 also
with a double grapevine.
The next two bouts were ones that
many wanted to watch closely. At
132-lbs, Cougar Vince Concina got a
4-0 jump on Mike Figueredo with a
takedown followed by a Turk ride to
a tilt. In the third period, Figueredo
battled back with a pair of takedowns
and an escape, but during that spurt,
Cincina added three escapes and a
takedown to win, 9-5.
At 138-lbs, Cougar Dave Busch
used his snaky moves to his advantage to record a takedown, a step over
reversal and another takedown to
defeat Andy Santamaria, 6-0. After
Nigro won his bout, Cougar Brian
McGovern jumped up to 152-lbs and
recorded an ankle pick takedown, an
escape and another takedown to top
Dave Forstenhausler, 5-3. At 160lbs, Cougar Gavin Murray recorded
three takedowns and a standing reversal to defeat a stubborn Joe Devito,
8-2, to give the Cougars a 27-0 lead at
the midway point of the match.
Another highly observed bout came
at 170-lbs between Panther Bradley
Carle, third in the county at that
weight, and Andrew Tompkins, second at 160-lbs. Carle got the jump
with a takedown and went on to grab
a 3-0 decision. The 182-lb bout was
quick when Cougar Niko Cappello
clamped Carey Mimy with a cradle
in 1:08.
At 195-lbs, Panther Will
Ferdinando had a 5-1 lead but was
stunned temporarily when Dylan
Budnik took him to his back with a
double-leg takedown for a four-point
move. Ferdinando recovered and
pinned Budnik in 3:36 with a half
nelson. At 220-lbs, Cougar Nick
Ballas escaped in the third period to
nip Tyler Loneker, 1-0.
The 285-lb bout became the longest of the evening when Panther
Sabastian Leo and Alex Esposito went
to overtime tied 3-3, but Leo got the
takedown to win, 5-3.
The 106-lb bout between Panther
Chris Gural and Anthony Capece had
much on the line with reference to
seeding for the Region 3 tournament.
Gural, who defeated Capece only four
days earlier for the county title, proved
he was worthy when he turned Capece
with a power half for three points and
added an escape to earn a 4-0 victory.
The final bout of the evening at
113-lbs ended when Panther Jon
Mejia pinned Jake Quinn in 1:40
with a tight waist/half nelson.
“We have a very talented squad
and we are young. I knew there was
going to be some bumping around. I
wasn’t sure who they were going to
send at Niko when we lost [170-lbs],
but we were ready to go toe-to-toe
with whoever they were going to
send out,” Coach Gorman said. “We
have a long season left. It’s a building
point after winning the counties that
we didn’t come down after that highlight. We got the job done.”
120: — DiGiovanni (C) p Perez, 2:40
126: — Scorese (C) p Daly, 4:43
132: — Concina (C) d Figueredo, 9-5
138: — Busch (C) d Santamaria, 6-0
145: — Nigro (C) d Gergich, 6-3
Forstenhausler, 5-3
160: — Murray (C) d Devito, 8-2
170: — Carle (P) d Tompkins, 3-1
182: — Cappello (C) p Mimy, 1:08
195: — Ferdinando (P) p Budnik, 3:36
220: — Ballas (C) d Loneker, 1-0
Hwt: — Leo (P) d Esposito, 5-3 OT
106: — Gural (P) d Capece, 4-0
113: — Mejia (P) p Quinn, 1:40
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