State Wrestling Tournament

220 lb - Obi Kali of Millville (left), Zack Chakonis of Don Bosco. Saturday March 8 2014 State Wrestling Championships at Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City. (The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto)

Ben Fogletto

The state high school individual wrestling championships end today with the finals in 14 weight classes starting at 3 p.m.

Here's a quick look at each individual weight-class final.

106 pounds

Brandon Paetzall, Phillipsburg vs. Ty Agaisse, Delbarton

A pair of nationally ranked sophomores square off in the final at 106. Paetzall is ranked 20th in the country and finished fifth at 106 last season. Agaisse is ranked fourth in the country and finished seventh in the state last season.


Nick Suriano, Bergen Catholic vs. Pat D'Arcy, Holy Spirit

Defending state champ Nick Suriano is No. 2 in the country at 113 and brings a perfect 78-0 record into today's final. D'Arcy is No. 18 in the country and finished third in the state last season.

D'Arcy is trying to become the second state champion in Holy Spirit history and the first since Mac Mancuso in 2007.


Michael Russo, St. Peter's Prep vs. Anthony Cefolo, Hanover Park

St. Peter's Prep's Russo won a 2-1 decision in an ultimate tiebreaker against defending state champ and three-time state qualifier Luis Gonzalez of Don Bosco Prep. Cefolo won the 106-pound state title in 2012.


Kyle Bierdumpfel, Don Bosco Prep vs. Craig De la Cruz, Bound Brook

Bierdumpfel is making his second straight tip to the state finals and looking to win his first title. De la Cruz is a two-time state placewinner and won the 120-pound state title last season.


Anthony Giraldo, North Bergen vs. Mike Magaldo, Watching Hills

Giraldo and Magaldo are each former state champs. Giraldo will wrestle at Rutgers next season and is ranked seventh in the country. Magaldo will wrestle at Oklahoma State next season and is ranked eighth in the country.


Ronnie Gentile, Paulsboro vs. Gavin Murray, Cranford

Gentile is making his second trip to the state finals after finishing second in the state at 132 last season. Gentile is ranked 16th in the country. Murray was seeded sixth in the bottom bracket and upset St. Peter's Prep's Connor Burkert in the semifinals.


Ryan Burkert, St. Peter's Prep vs. David McFadden, DePaul Catholic

St. Peter's Prep's Ryan Burkert upset state finalist Carl Buttitta of JFK-Iselin in the quarterfinals. McFadden is ranked 14th in the country and finished second at 113 pounds in 2012.


Gary Dinmore, Hunterdon Central vs. Jack Clark, St. Augustine Prep

One of the most anticipated matches of the finals. Dinmore is a two-time runner-up in the state tournament. Clark is ranked fourth in the country at 152 and will wrestle at North Carolina next season.


Jonathan Schleifer, East Brunswick vs. Josh Ugalde, Bround Brook

Schleifer and Ugalde face off in a rematch of last week's Region 5 finals. Schleifer is ranked No. 4 in the country and will wrestle at Princeton next season. Ugalde finished sixth at 152 pounds last season.


Dillon Artigliere, Roxbury vs. Luke Farinaro, Don Bosco Prep

Artigliere and Farinaro will each wrestle at the Division I level next season. Artigliere won the 160-pound state title last season and will wrestle at Cornell. Farinaro finished fifth at 170 and will wrestle at Duke.


Johnny Sebastian, Bergen Catholic vs. Joey Balboni, Brearley

Bergen Catholic's Johnny Sebastian is going for his third state title. Sebastian is the No. 1 182-pounder in the country and will wrestle at Northwestern next season. Balboni is ranked 14th in the country and will wrestle at Old Dominion next season,


Anthony Cassar, Montgomery vs. Ralph Normandia, Franklin

Cassar is one of the lowest seeds to reach the final as the top bracket No. 8 seed. Cassar upset top-seeded Matt Correnti of Holy Cross 8-2 in the pre-quarterfinals. Normandia is one of two Rutgers commits (Giraldo at 132 the other) to reach the state finals.


Bryan Dobzanski, Delsea Regional vs. Zach Chakonis, Don Bosco Prep

A rematch of last season's 220-pound state final, which Dobzanski won 5-4. Dobzanski is No. 2 in the country at 220 and is a defending state champion on an 88-match winning streak.


Tyler Gildner, Robbinsville vs. Andrew Stevens, Camden

Top-bracket No. 4 seed Gildner has been dominant with three pins in the state tournament. Stevens is the first state finalist in Camden High School history.

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