STAFFORD TOWNSHIP - Cody Smead made sure host Southern Regional High School didn't leave its own tournament without a champion Saturday.
Smead, who did not wrestle last season, won a 3-2 decision against Barnegat's Zack Andrews to win the 285-pound title at the Robin Leff Invitational.
"It was good," Smead said. "But it's just a little brownie on the way to a lot of candy."
Smead looked strong Saturday.
After taking a season off, going a full six minutes twice in a day with a pin sandwiched in between can only help Smead.
The field for Saturday's tournament was among the most talented in the state with perennial powers Jackson Memorial, Timber Creek, Camden Catholic and Brearley all in action.
Chris Serpico (152), Gerardo Jorge (160) and Connor Case (182) each took second.
"This is great," Case said. "There are a lot of experienced wrestlers here that are definitely going to be top contenders at states. It's a good opportunity to get good wrestling in."
Chris Crane (113), Andrew Tonnesson (126), Zach Wilheml (132), Jake Campana (138) and Josh Throckmorton (195) each finished in third.
St. Augustine big day
The Hermits had five champions en route to the overall team title at the Garden State Classic at Princeton High School.
Tom Gattinella (120), Ed Donahue (126), Jarred Hodges (132), Tyler Sentman (170) and Tom Lynd (285) all won titles. Gattinella had a pin and a technical fall in three wins and now has 95 career victories.
Donahue, Sentman and Lynd each had two pins.
Colin Donahue (106), James Bennett (182) and Justin Welsh (22) each finished in second place.
Tough day for Spirit, EHT
Holy Spirit and Egg Harbor Township each wrestled three matches and each lost all three.
There were a few standout individual performances in the losses, however.
Spirit’s Pat D’Arcy had two pins and then bumped up to 113 pounds to beat region qualifier and 28-match winner Ted Rigas of Bordentown. The Spartans also lost to Gloucester Catholic and Maple Shade.
Joe Treen (138/145), Ed Sooy (152) and Ray Ellis (285) also won three matches for the Spartans.
EHT state qualifier Nigel Toussaint won three matches with a pin and a forfeit for the Eagles in losses to Warren Hills, Voorhees and Clearview Regional. James Ingersol (152) won two matches.
South Jersey Wrestling Association Tournament
The first SJWA Tournament at Wildwoods Convention Center had five area wrestlers win titles.
Kellen Whitney (160), David Williams (195) and Robert Frederico all won titles for Hammonton. Millville’s Chad Kahn (132) and Atlantic City’s Cesar Balmaceda (170) also won titles.
Justin Fucetola (152) finished in second for the Blue Devils.
Millville place four wrestlers in second with Rico Rivera (152), Ed Shockley (195), Obi Kali (220) and Fred DeMary (285).
John and Betty Vogeding Paulsboro Wrestling Tournament
Vineland’s Steffen Rodriguez (182) and Tiawahn Cosby (195) and Cedar Creek’s Kyle Murray (160) all won titles at the Paulsboro Tournament.
Bryan Bellace finished second at 170 for the Pirates with Matt Jiampetti (132), Chris Brown (285), Stacey Solomon (182) and Eric Hanusewicz each finishing in third.
Lower Cape May was also at the tournament at had four wrestlers finish in second with Eric Pruszinski (106), Zach Valcarce (120), Cory Damiana (195) and Doug Flitcroft (285).
Lacey Township crowned a pair of champs at the TCNJ Pride Tournament as Luke Fernandez (170) and Patrick Schinder (220) each won their respective weights as the Lions finished seventh in the 16-team tournament.
Fernandez had two pins and a major in the finals and Schinder two pins with a decision in the finals.
Pinelands Regional heavyweight John Campano finished second as the Wildcats finished 10th in the 13-team tournament. Tom Poklikuha finished third at 126 pounds.
Battle at the Beach
Buena Regional’s Dillan Berghof won a title at Indian River High School in Delaware. Teammate Billy Ward, a three-time state qualifier, lost in the semifinals and finished in third place.
Middle Township’s Brandon Curtis won the 132-pound title. John Mallett finished fourth.
Contact John O'Kane:
Clearview Regional 43, Egg Harbor Township 27
At Egg Harbor Township
106-John Seybold CR d. Kevin Thomas 12-6; 113-Zack Firestone CR p. Anthony Vema 3:42; 120-Kenneth Kleshick EHT p. Ronald Mestichelli 1:15; 126-Michael Vanbrill CR p. Darius Ellis :41; 132-Shawn Bryant EHT by forfeit; 138-Robby Wittman CR p. Christopher Vega 5:51; 145-John Vanbrill CR p. Rece Thompson :36; 152-Ed Lenkowski CR md. James Ingersol 15-4; 160-Connor Donahue CR by forfeit; 170-Vincent Testa CR y forfeit; 182-Nick Kostiuk EHT d. Joe Coles 7-1; 195-Angelo Branco EHT d. Zackery Stecher 3-1; 220-Alex Torres EHT d. Nick Cornew 6-2; 285-Nigel Toussaint EHT by forfeit.
Voorhees 55, Egg Harbor Township 12
At Egg Harbor Township
106-Kevin Thomas EHT d. Harley Sacks 5-4; 113-Cody Ihling V p. Anthony Vema 3:52; 120-Jon Blunk V p. Kenneth Kleshick 3:27; 126-Thomas Beishke V p. Darius Ellis 2:56; 132-Tyler Yarnell V md. Marcus Zamot 14-6; 138-Christian Okulicz V d. Shawn Bryant 4-2; 145-Mike Muscatello V p. Rece Thompson 5:13; 152-James Ingersol EHT p. Devon Thomas 5:48; 160-Jordan Juliano V d. Angelo Algeri 7-4; 170-New Chochung V by forfeit; 182-Jadaen Bernstein V p. Nick Kostiuk 1:39; 195-Nicholas Ruggiero V d. Angelo Branca 8-3; 220-Nigel Toussaint EHT d. Emilio Guevara 5-2; Alex Fischetti V p. Troy Aikas 3:34.
Warren Hills 52, Egg Harbor Township 18
106-Austin Pidoto WH p. Kevin Thomas; 113-Maxwell Nauta WH p. Anthony Verrna 2:40: 120-Taiwo Adetula WH p. Kenneth Kleshick 2:38; 126-John Fluck WH p. Darius Ellis 1:44; 132-Marcus Zamot EHT by injury default; 138-Kevin Brundschuh WH d. Shawn Bryant 4-2; 145-Rece Thompson EHT d. Tommy Rush 8-4; 152-James Ingersol EHT d. Nathan Detrick 8-6; 160-Evan utka WH md. Angelo Algeri 9-1; 170-Xavier Adetula WH by forfeit; 182-Stephen Cleaver WH p. Nick Kostiuk 3:56; 195-Ryan Witner WH d. Angelo Branca 5-2; 220-Nigel Toussaint EHT p. Tyler Bridygham 5:10; 285-Andrew Pacheco WH p. Troy Aikas :40.
Bordentown 57, Holy Spirit 18
At Bordentown High School
106-Tyler Kerr B won by forfeit; 113-Patrick D'Arcy HS d Ted Rigas 3-0; 120-Robert Clugsten B p Ryan Hoke 1:25; 126-Justin Kerr B won by forfeit; 132-Robert DiPierro B won by forfeit; 138-Adam Khalifa B won by forfeit; 145-Joe Treen HS d Quentin Nixon 10-5; 152-Ed Sooy HS p Dennis Baker :17; 160-Cody Carr B p Daniel Ramirez 3:46; 170-Omer Kaya B d Joe DiBuonaventura 5-3; 182-John Bakeman B p Timothy Moylette 1:47; 195-Alexander Tilghman B won by forfeit; 220-Robert Bulleck B won by forfeit; 285-Ray Ellis HS p Joseph Sansone 3:47.
Maple Shade 40, Holy Spirit 36
At Bordentown High School
106-Patrick D'Arcy HS p Cullen McClintock :27; 113-Anthony Jericho MS won by forfeit; 120-Sam Buckley MS md Ryan Hoke 11-0; 126-Mitchell Young MS won by forfeit; 132-Mark Beverley MS won by forfeit; 138-Joe Treen HS p Devon Petties :59; 145-Colin Robinson MS won by forfeit; 152-Ed Sooy HS p Luis Medina 1:27; 160-Joe DiBuonaventura HS p Eddie Kadric 3:13; 170-Daniel Ramirez HS won by forfeit; 182-Dennis Kadric MS p Timothy Moylette :40; 195-Christian Humphrey MS won by forfeit; 220-double-forfeit; 285-Ray Ellis HS p Nick Mourey 4:47.
Gloucester Catholic 42, Holy Spirit 30
At Bordentown High School
106-double-forfeit; 113-Patrick D'Arcy HS p Colin Ward :14; 120-Ryan Hoke HS won by forfeit; 126-Zach Cummer GC won by forfeit; 132-Frank Romeo GC won by forfeit; 138-Pat Rafferty GC won by forfeit; 145-Joe Treen HS d Matt Davis 8-7; 152-Ed Sooy HS p Mark Deberardinis :33; 160-Joe DiBuonaventura HS p Jon Ferrel 4:40; 170-Nick Lanciano GC p Daniel Ramirez 5:00; 182-Dan Koehler GC p Timothy Moylette 5:24; 195-John Laranjeira GC won by forfeit; 220-Anthony Antonini GC won by forfeit; 285-Ray Ellis HS d Connor Morgan 17-10.