It's been a HUGE weekend already for Jersey Wrestling including Conference and County tournament action, some big team and individual wins at the high school, college, and international levels, and even a few upsets!
Blair, Howell, and South Plainfield all were up to their winning ways.
The biggest high school match of the weekend was between two top five national programs - Blair and Bergen Catholic. Blair, even without the Ferrari brothers, dominated Bergen Catholic 45-20.
Howell won four weight classes to claim the Shore Conference Tournament team title.
South Plainfield crowned seven champs to win their 25th Greater Middlesex Conference title.
DePaul Catholic won the Passaic County team title for the seventh year in a row, crowing five individual champions.
St. Joseph Regional - Montvale may have had the biggest weekend. The Green Knights knocked off three top-twenty team this weekend - Don Bosco (on Friday night), St. Peter's Prep, and St. Augustine.
Maybe the second best team performance was Southern upsetting a higher-ranked Phillipsburg 32-16.
There were a couple high profile upsets on the individual level, as well. Senior Dom Digena of West Morris Mendham knocked off returning state champion Joey Olivieri of Hanover Park and Freshman Alex Almeyda of Fort Lee beat returning state medalist Quinn Melofchik of Belvidere.
Rutgers and Rider both lost Friday night to teams from Iowa but rallied in their following matches. Rutgers lost to Iowa Friday night 30-6 but rallied to hold off Michigan State 22-20. Rider lost to Iowa State 17-29 but bested Hofstra Saturday 24-16.
In senior level news, in an all-New Jersey final at 74kg, Richie Lewis (NYAC) tech. fall Dan Vallimont (NYAC), 10-0 to win the Dave Schultz Memorial International. Also, Frank Molinaro (TMWC) dec. Brandon Sorensen (TMWC), 3-1 to claim a title at 70kg.
Check out team profiles and articles below!
St. Joseph Regional - Montvale's Profile
South Plainfield's Profile
Alex Almeyda's Profile
Dom DiGena's Profile
Richie Lewis' Profile
Frank Molinaro's Profile
Photo Credit: Joe Warner NJ Advance Media
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