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.


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.

Matt Wilhelm, Southern Regional, Jr. (30-2)

Seed: Top bracket No. 8 seed.

Record vs. state qualifiers: 5-0.

Wilhelm’s road to Atlantic City: Won his second District 24 title and then won his first Region 6 title.

Back points: Wilhelm has won all five matches he wrestled against state qualifiers this season but has perhaps the toughest draw of any wrestler in the area for states. Despite winning a region title, Wilhelm will face top-seeded Ronnie Gentile of Paulsboro in the pre-quarters. Gentile finished second in the state last season and is ranked 16th in the country at 138.

Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.