106 pounds

Steven Bergamo, Vineland, Jr.

Bergamo advanced into the pre-quarterfinals with a 6-2 decision over Clifton's James Murdoch. Bergamo broke a 2-2 tie with an escape late in the second period, then added another escape and takedown in the third.

Bergamo dropped into the wrestlebacks with a 12-3, major decision defeat to Emerson Park-Ridge's Paco Robley. Robley led 9-3 before turning Bergamo in the final 10 seconds.

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Pat D'Arcy, Holy Spirit, Jr.

D'Arcy, who finished third in the state last year, reached the quarterfinals by rallying for a 5-1 win over Avery Shay of Don Bosco Prep. D'Arcy trailed 1-0 before taking a 2-1 lead on a takedown with :58 left in regulation, then turned Shay for a three-point fall in the final 15 seconds.

Eric Pruszinski, Lower Cape May Regional, Jr.

Pruszinski secured a second-period pin in his preliminary match against Audubon's Bill Henry. Pruszinski trailed 2-0 after the first period, but rallied to tie it and used an double-arm bar to earn the victory at 2:59.

Pruszinski lost via technical fall to defending champion Nick Suriano, of Bergen Catholic, in the pre-quarterfinals. Suriano, who is now 76-0 in his career, earned a 15-0 victory in 4:02.

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Chris D'Alfonso, Absegami, Jr.

D'Alfonso dropped a 5-0 decision to Cherokee's Alex Baider in the preliminary round. Baider scored a takedown in the first period and added an escape and takedown in the third en route to the win.

132

Bryan Brown, Southern Reg., Sr.

Brown fell into the wrestlebacks with a 10-1 major decision defeat against Christian Bassdino, of Hanover Park, in the prelims. Bassdino grabbed a 5-0 lead on a takedown and three-point near fall in the first period and maintained command.

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Matt Wilhelm, Southern Reg., Jr.

Wilhelm suffered a 9-4 loss to Paulsboro's Ronnie Gentile in the pre-quarterfinals. Gentile recorded four takedowns in the bout, including two in the second period.

Thomas Poklikuha, Pinelands Regional, Jr.

Poklikuha earned an exciting, 8-4 decision over Bound Brook's Nicholas Accetta in the prelims. Poklikuha trailed 4-3 with 15 seconds left in the bout before putting Accetta on his back for a five-point move to pull out the victory.

Poklikuha dropped a 12-6 decision to St. Peter's Prep's Connor Burkett in the pre-quarterfinals. Burkett scored a takedown and three-point near fall in the first period to take control.

Chaz Bramble, Buena Regional, Jr.

Bramble came up short in the preliminaries, suffering a second-period pin against Bordentown's Justin McTamney. Bramble trailed 7-1 before McTamney ended the bout at 3:11.

145

Zach Wilhelm, Southern Reg., Sr.

Wilhelm turned in an impressive performance in the pre-quarterfinals with a second-period pin over Manny Dominguez, of North Bergen. Wilhelm led 2-0 after the first period, but turned and pinned Dominguez at 3:11.

Brandon Bower, Holy Spirit, Sr.

Bower dropped a 3-1 decision to Northern Highlands' Sean Kelly in the preliminaries. Kelly used a first-period takedown and second-period escape to grab a 3-0 lead. Bower's only point came on a third-period escape.

Jarred Hodges, St. Augustine, Jr.

Hodges suffered a heart-breaking, overtime loss to Roxbury's Craig Roumes in the prelims. The match was tied 2-2 through regulation and the first two overtimes. Roumes escaped with three seconds remaining in the ultimate tiebreaker.

152

Jack Clark, St. Augustine, Sr.

Clark made his tournament debut with a 14-5 major decision over Westfield's Nick Velez in the pre-quarterfinals. Clark, a former national prep champion in Maryland, registered six takedowns in the final two periods to pull away.

Nick Raconelli, Southern Reg., Sr.

Raconelli moved into the wrestlebacks with a 3-2 loss to South Plainfield's Inan Sikel in the prequartefinals. Sikel grabbed a 3-1 lead in the second period. Raconelli escape to close within a point, but came up short of a go-ahead takedown.

160

Joseph Cutugno, Atlantic City, Sr.

Cutugno advanced into the pre-quarterfinals with a 5-2 decision over Glen Rock's Chris Jacobson. Cutugno broke a scoreless tie with an escape and takedown in the second period and built a 5-0 lead with a third-period takedown.

Cutugno moved into the wrestlebacks after suffering a 28-second pin to Bound Brook's Joshua Ugaide.

James Ingersoll, Egg Harbor Township., Sr.

Ingersoll dropped a 12-4 major decision in the pre-quarterfinals to Howell's Joey Schultz. Schultz used a takedown and reversal to take a 4-1 lead in the first period and Ingersoll was unable to mount a comeback.

170

Gerardo Jorge, Southern Reg., Sr.

Jorge prevailed in double overtime in the prelims against Beaton's Nathan Bueno. Jorge broke a 3-3 tie with an escape in the second overtime, then rode out Bueno to clinch the win.

Jorge earned another double-overtime win in the pre-quarterfinals, this time topping Holy Cross' Kenny Long 4-3.

Kellen Whitney, Hammonton, Sr.

Whitney suffered a 3-2 loss in the pre-quarterfinals to Phillipsburg's Jake Kocsis. Whitney took a 2-0 lead on a takedown in the first period, but Kocsis scored the go-ahead points on an escape and takedown in the second.

182

Cooper Gallagher, Ocean City, Sr.

Gallagher notched a 3-0 decision over Vinny Mainiero, of St. Joseph-Montvale, in the pre-quarterfinals. Gallagher opened the scoring with a first-period takedown and added an escape in the second.

C.J. LaFragola, St. Joseph, Jr.

LaFragola advanced into the pre-quarterfinals with a 5-3 decision over Dean Helstowski, of St. Peter's Prep.

LaFragola dropped into the wrestlebacks with a 7-3 loss to Mendham's Sam Button. Button used an escape and takedown in the third period to take a 5-2 lead, then held off LaFragola's late charge.

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Ed Shockley, Millville, Sr.

Shockley moved into the quarterfinals with a 3-2 decision over Jackson Memorial's Ken Bradley. Shockley broke a 2-2 tie with an escape with 1:30 left in regulation.

Cory Damiana, Lower Cape May Regional, Sr.

Damiana reached the pre-quarterfinals with a 12-6 decision over Bound Brook's Aaron Saavedra. Damiana snapped a 6-6 tie with a reversal and two-point near-fall in the second period to take control of the bout.

Damiana fell into the wrestlebacks after getting pinned in the second period by Christian Brothers Academy's Mike Oxley. After a scoreless first period, Oxley locked Damiana in a cradle for a pin 17 seconds into the second at 2:17.

Will Sanz, Absegami, Sr.

Sanz dropped into the wrestlebacks after losing by pin to Franklin's Ralph Nomandia. Nomandia charged to a 10-1 lead before ending the match at 3:21.

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Jess Bauta, Southern Regional, Sr.

Bauta earned a match against defending champion Bryan Dobzanski, of Delsea Regional, by posting a 3-2 decision over East Brunswick's Michael Quintin.

Dobzanski, ranked No. 2 in the country, earned a first-period pin with a cradle.

Obi Kali, Millville, Sr.

Kali advanced in the preliminaries with a 1-0 decision over Brearly's Saverio Salcfas. Kali scored the only point of the bout on a second-period escape.

Kali earned another win in the pre-quarterfinals with a 6-2 overtime decision over Hamilton East's River Ulrich. Kali forced overtime with a takedown midway through the third period, then earned a takedown and two-point near fall in overtime.

Chris Henchy, Absegami, Sr.

Henchy continued his surprising season with a 2-1 decision in double overtime over Caldwell's Joseph Bongo. Henchy snapped a 1-1 deadlock by escaping in the second overtime period.

Henchy, a first-year wrestler, moved into the wrestlebacks after suffering a 35-second pin against Don Bosco Prep's Zack Chakonis.

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Tom Lynd, St. Augustine, Jr.

Lynd dropped a tough, 4-2 decision to Camden's Andrew Stevens in overtime. Lynd led 2-1 before getting called for stalling with three seconds left in regulation. Stevens scored the winning points on a takedown with three seconds remaining in the first overtime.

Doug Flitcroft, Lower Cape May Regional, Sr.

Flitcroft dropped into the wrestlebacks with a 1-0 loss to Delaware Valley's Marek Tomanek. Tomanek's second-period escape was the difference in the match.

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