Oakcrest's Antonio Mancella preview
Oakcrest senior 145-pounder Antonio Mancella advanced to the second round of wrestlebacks with a 4-3 decision over Franklin's Cory Goshkagarian.
Mancella fell behind 3-0 before pulling out the win with a takedown and two-point near fall in the third period.
He was later eliminated with a 6-3 loss to Brearley's Nick Lospinoso.
Oakcrest senior 145-pounder Anthony Mancella became the first local wrestler to win a preliminary match with a 7-3 decision over Eastern Regional's Brock Worrell.
After a scoreless first period, Mancella took charge with an escape and takedown early in the second period to go up 3-0. Worrell closed to within a point at 3-2 early in the third period, but Mancella registered a pair of takedowns in the last 40 seconds to clinch the win.
Later Friday, he dropped into the wrestlebacks with a 10-5 loss to Watchung Hills' Michael DiVito in the prequarterfinals.
Mancella owned a 4-2 lead after the first period, but gave up a pair of takedowns in the second to trail 7-5. DiVito put Mancella in his back and kept him there for the final 90 seconds for a three-point near fall.
Weight class: 145 pounds
Record vs. state qualifiers: 1-2
Highlight wins: Won an 8-6 decision against Region 7 runner-up and fellow state qualifier’s Christian Stackhouse of Riverside in the finals of the Nottingham Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 17. Won a 16-5 major decision against Mainland Regional’s Eric Lands in the District 32 finals.
Seed: Bottom bracket No. 4
Road to A.C.: Won his first District 32 title while picking up his 100th win in the district final against Lands and finished second in Region 8.
Mancella is one of eight area wrestlers making a repeat trip to Boardwalk Hall. Mancella opens with Eastern freshman Brock Worrell in the prelims with the winner advancing to meet the winner of a prelim between bottom bracket No. 5 seed Withler Marcelin of Ocean Township and Watching Hills’ Michael DeVito. If Mancella gets through the prequarters he would likely face defending state placewinner and bottom bracket top seed Nick Gravina of Northern Highlands.