106 pounds

Steven Bergamo, Vineland, Jr.

Bergamo gave up a takedown and a two-point near-fall in the first period and lost a 5-2 decision to Manville’s Brian Kuhlman in the first round of wrestlebacks.

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Pat D’Arcy, Holy Spirit, Jr.

D’Arcy turned in a solid effort to reach the semifinals with a 6-3 decision over Hanover Park’s Lou Raimo. D’Arcy was the aggressor from the opening whistle and was rewarded with three takedowns.

D’Arcy earned a spot in today’s championship round with a 3-2 decision over Robbinsville’s Christopher Tan. D’Arcy earned the only takedown of the bout in the first period and added an escape in the second to take a 3-1 lead. Tan had an escape midway through the third period, but D’Arcy held on for the win.

Eric Pruszinski, Lower Cape May, Jr.

Returning state placewinner Dean Caravella of Caldwell took Pruszinski down early in the first period and never looked back. Caravella, who finished eighth in the state at 106 pounds last season, worked his way to a 12-2 major decision in the first round of wrestlebacks.

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Chris D’Alfonso, Absegami, Jr.

D’Alfonso scored first with an early takedown, but Bergen Catholic’s Tyler Casamenti sent the match to overtime with a late takedown in the first round of wrestlebacks. After a scoreless overtime, Casamenti escaped and took D’Alfonso down in double overtime for the 6-3 decision.

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Bryan Brown, Southern Reg., Sr.

Brown advanced into the second round of wrestlebacks via forfeit over Michael Derin of High Point.

Brown’s season ended in his next match, a 4-1 loss to Paramus’ Alex Sebahie. Sebahie did all his scoring in the second period.

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Matt Wilhelm, Southern Reg., Jr.

Wilhelm’s season ended with a last-second, overtime loss to Edison’s William Provalac. Provalac registered a takedown with three seconds left in the first overtime to earn a 6-4 victory.

Thomas Poklikuha, Pinelands Reg., Jr.

Poklikuha moved into the second round of wrestlebacks with an 8-3 decision over Steve Bonsall of Newark Academy. Poklikuha trailed 2-0 after the first period but used a five-point move to take control in the second stanza.

Poklikuha’s season ended in the next match with a second-period pin defeat against Bordentown’s Justin McTamney. McTamney jumped to a 4-0 lead before earning the pin in 3:21.

Chaz Bramble, Buena Reg., Jr.

Bramble’s season ended with a 5-3 loss to Cranford’s Gavin Murray in the first round of wrestlebacks.

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Zach Wilhelm, Southern Reg., Sr.

Wilhelm’s dreams of a state title ended in the quarterfinals with a second-period pin loss to Clearview’s John VanBrill. After a scoreless first period, VanBrill caught Wilhelm in a cradle and pinned him at 3:00.

Wilhelm advanced in the consolations with a 4-2 overtime victory over Bound Brook’s Sean Glasgow. Wilhelm scored the winning points on a takedown with 15 seconds remaining in the first overtime.

Wilhelm advanced to the consolation semifinals with a 6-3 decision over Brick Memorial's Alec Donovan.

Brandon Bower, Holy Spirit, Sr.

Bower qualified for the second round of wrestlebacks with a 10-5 decision over Manny Dominguez of North Bergen. Bower broke open the match with a reversal and three-point near fall in the second period.

Bower’s season ended in his next match, a 3-0 loss to Collin Boylan of Hunterdon Central. Boylan scored the winning points on an escape and takedown in the second period.

Jarred Hodges, St. Augustine, Jr.

Hodges did not wrestle Saturday. He lost by forfeit to Westfield’s Matt Barber.

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Jack Clark, St. Augustine, Sr.

Clark cruised into the semifinals with a 14-2 major decision over Bergen Catholic’s Joe Grello. Clark, ranked No. 4 in the country, turned Grello three times with tilts to pile up points.

Clark qualified for the today’s final with a 15-5 major decision over Maaziah Bethea, of Trenton Central. Clark collected six takedowns in the match and added a two-point near fall, escape and stalling point. Bethea, who was undefeated, had five escapes.

Nick Raconelli, Southern Reg., Sr.

Raconelli posted an 11-3 major decision over Mount Olive’s Ronald Spears in the first round of wrestlebacks. He gained a 5-1 lead in the second period, then had a five-point move in the third to take command.

Raconelli earned another win in the next round with a 5-1 decision over Terrence Davis, of St. John Vianney. Raconelli grabbed a 4-1 lead with takedowns in the first two periods and added an escape in the third.

Raconelli suffered a last-second loss to Bergen Catholic’s Joe Grello in the consolations. Grello scored a late takedown with two seconds remaining in regulation to win 3-2.

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Joseph Cutugno, Atlantic City, Sr.

Cutugno earned a 7-4 decision over Clifton’s James Sonzogni to get a spot in the second round of wrestlebacks. Cutugno escaped early in the third period to snap a 4-4 tie and added a takedown.

Cutugno registered another win in the next round of wrestlebacks with a 4-1 decision over Roy Forys, of Beckton-Wallington. Cutugno scored takedowns at the end of the first and second periods to take a 4-1 lead, then held off Forys’ late rally.

Cutugno’s season ended in the next round of consolations when he was pinned in the first period by Bergen Catholic’s Jordan Pagano.

James Ingersoll, Egg Harbor Township, Sr.

Ingersoll used a dramatic comeback to take a 6-4 decision over Glen Rock’s Chris Jacobson. Jacobson took a 4-3 lead on a takedown with 15 seconds left in regulation, Ingersoll escaped with 10 seconds left, then earned a match-winning takedown at the edge of the mat with 3 seconds remaining.

Ingersoll had an easier time in the second round, taking a 5-0 decision over Brian Matthews, of Roselle Park. Ingersoll took the lead on a takedown in the first period and controlled the pace throughout.

Ingersoll saw his season come to an end with a loss to Wall’s Brett Donner in the consolations. Donner dominated from the outset en route to a 20-7 major decision victory.

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Gerardo Jorge, Southern Reg., Sr.

Jorge dropped into the wrestlebacks with a 3-0 loss to Don Bosco Prep’s Luke Farinaro in the quarterfinals. Farinaro broke a scoreless tie with an escape and takedown in the second period. Jorge was unable to mount a rally in the third.

Jorge stayed alive in the consolations with a 5-4 decision over Vincen Mattia, of Whippany Park.

Jorge lost in the consolation quarterfinals with a 3-2 decision to Phillipsburg's Jake Kocsis.

Kellen Whitney, Hammonton, Sr.

Whitney delivered an impressive performance in the first round of wrestlebacks, gaining a 15-0 technical fall over Lenape’s Austin Wright. Whitney dominated from the outset before the match was stopped at the 5:30 mark.

Whitney kept his hopes of placing alive in the next round with a 3-1 decision over Toms River South’s Antrez Clagon.

Whitney’s season ended in the next round of consolations with a 6-3 loss to Bergen Catholic’s Kevin Mulligan.

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Cooper Gallagher, Ocean City, Sr.

Gallagher’s hopes for a state title ended in the quarterfinals with a 13-5, major decision defeat against Nicholas Costa of Brick Memorial. Gallagher trailed just 4-2 late in the second period before Costa earned a three-point near fall to open a 7-2 lead.

Gallagher saw his tournament run come to an end in the consolations with a 4-2 loss to Jan Castellanos, of Secacus.

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

LaFragola earned an exciting win in the first round of wrestlebacks, netting a 3-1 decision over D.J. Barrett of Lenape Valley. LaFragola won the match on a takedown with 4 seconds left in regulation.

LaFragola’s next match was more exciting than he intended. He gave up a five-point lead in the last five seconds of regulation before pulling out a 9-7 decision over Middletown North’s Chad Freshnock on a takedown with 29 seconds left in overtime.

LaFragola advanced to the next round of consolations with a 2-1, double-overtime win over West Orange’s Christopher Morgan. LaFragola escaped in the second overtime to break a 1-1 tie.

LaFragola suffered a tough loss in the consolation quarterfinals to Joe Castellano of Secaucus. He gave up a takedown with just one second remaining in regulation during a 4-3 defeat.

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Ed Shockley, Millville, Sr.

Shockley’s quest for a state title ended in heart-breaking fashion in the quarterfinals. He led 3-2 against Montgomery’s Anthony Cassar before Cassar registered an edge-of-the-mat takedown with five seconds left in regulation for a 4-3 victory.

Shockley staged a dramatic comeback to win his consolation match against High Point’s Kyle Stoll 6-4 in overtime. Shockley tied the match at 4-4 when Stoll was penalized for stalling with 7 seconds left in regulation. Shockley needed just 15 seconds of overtime to get the winning takedown.

Shockley advanced to the consolation semifinals with an 8-3 decision over Robbie Maggiulli, of Emerson-Park Ridge. Shockley took Maggiulli to his back in the first minute to take a 5-0 lead.

Cory Damiana, Lower Cape May Reg., Sr.

Damiana bounced back in the first round of wrestlebacks with a second-period pin over Kittatinny’s Garrett Armstrong. Damiana built an 8-1 lead before ending the bout in 3:07.

Damiana, who is headed to Hofstra University on a scholarship, saw his season end in the next round with a 6-4 loss to Dominic Carfagno of St. Joseph-Montvale. Carfagno broke a 4-4 tie with a takedown in the final minute.

Will Sanz, Absegami, Sr.

Sanz’s season ended with a first-period pin loss to Wayne Valley’s Anthony Landberg in the first round of wrestlebacks.

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Obi Kali, Millville, Sr.

Kali dropped into the wrestlebacks after dropping a 16-3 major decision against Don Bosco Prep’s Zack Chakonis. Chakonis dominated the match, though Kali did score a reversal in the third period.

Kali was on the losing end of an exciting consolation match against Moorestown’s Tyreek Smith, losing 7-6. Kali took a 6-4 lead on a takedown with 36 seconds left in regulation. Smith escaped with 15 seconds remaining, then earned the win with a takedown at the edge of the mat with just 2 seconds left.

Jess Bauta, Southern Reg., Sr.

Bauta moved into the second round of wrestlebacks with a 7-4 decision over Haddonfield’s Frank Fortino. Bauta posted an escape and takedown midway through the third period to grab a 7-3 lead.

Bauta was eliminated in the next round with a 3-1 loss to Moorestown’s Tyreek Smith.

Chris Henchy, Absegami, Sr.

Henchy’s surprising season as a first-year wrestler ended with a second-period pin loss to Christian Janco of Bergen Catholic in the first round of wrestlebacks. Janco ended the match at 2:24 of the second period.

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Tom Lynd, St. Augustine Prep, Jr.

Lynd’s season ended with a first-round pin against Zachary Suarez, from New Milford. Suarez earned the pin in 31 seconds.

Doug Flitcroft, Lower Cape May Reg., Sr.

Flitcroft’s season ended in the first round of wrestlebacks with a 3-2 loss to Raritan’s Patrick Toal. Toal took a 3-1 lead into the third period. Flitcroft escaped, but fell short of getting a match-winning takedown.

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