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.


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.

Jesse Bauta, Southern Regional, Sr. (25-5)

Seed: Top bracket No. 8 seed.

Record vs. state qualifiers: 4-3.

Bauta’s road to Atlantic City: Finished first in District 32 and second in Region 6.

Back points: Bauta comes into his first state tournament battle-tested with four wins this season against fellow-state qualifiers. Bauta wrestles East Brunswick’s Michael Quintin in the prelims with the winners moving on to wrestle defending state champ Bryan Dobzanski of Delsea Regional in the pre-quarters.

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.