20 Church Lane
Englishtown, NJ 07726
(732) 792-7200
(Monmouth County)

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Program Est.
1973

Mascot
Braves

Colors
Scarlet, Navy, & White

Athletic Director
Rodney Taylor

Head Coach
Scott Pressman
(11th Season in 2018)

Assistants
Frank O'Shea
Ed Redmond
Joe Santomarco
James Somma
Pat Trabucci

Section
CJ Group 5

Division
A-North

District
21

Region
6





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TEAM TITLES

3-Time SCT Champs

3-Time State Sectional Champs

8-Time District Champs

9-Time A-North Champs

INDIVIDUALS

4 State Champions
(Last: Sulijoadikisumo - 92)

28 State Place Winners
(Last: Kaminsky - 2015)

26 Region Champions
(Last: Appice - 2013)

94 District Champions
(Last: 5 in 2017)

RECORDS

Career Wins - 120
John Appice
(2010-2013)

Season Wins - 39
John Appice
(2013)

100 WIN CLUB

John Appice - 120
Mike Aronson - 105
Mike Gaeta - 102
Nick Manochio - 101
Joe Santamarco - 100




Shore Conference Wrestling




Overall Record:  0-0  /  Shore Conference:  0-0  /  A-North:  0-0

2017 Record: 27-5
(Program Record for Wins in a Season)
District 21 Champions
CJG5 Sectional Semifinalists
Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinalists
3rd Place A-North
2nd Place Walter Woods Tournament
Nottingham Invitational Champions



The Braves took a decent hit to graduation losing five starters from 145-195. That group combined for 145 wins, 4 District medals, including 3 champs, and 2 State qualifiers. Still, there is a very strong group returning, including 7 District medal winners, and there is a deep and talented group in the room ready to make an immediate impact in the lineup.

The strength of the lineup appears to be the run from 120-152, where Manalapan has the ability to put out a returning Region qualifier at each weight class. In this stretch, is the solid junior trio of Paul Santomarco, Kareem Ghaida, and Alex Baran. Both Santomarco and Ghaida won District Titles last season, while Baran punched a ticket to Atlantic City after placing 3rd in the Region at 132. Joining them are seniors AJ Sortino and Anthony Coposky, who both placed 3rd in the District, and Matt Benedetti, who is back after a strong freshman season that saw him win 27 bouts on his way to qualifying for the Regions while wrestling up at 160. With a full freshman year experience under his belt, and wrestling back down at 152, he's capable of having a very big season.

Down low, sophomore Colby Glushko had a strong 2017 for the Braves, winning 16 matches. He may have got overlooked behind Santomarco, Sortino, and Ghaida last season, but could break out and make a name of his own in 2018 at 113, while promising frosh Calvin Burke looks to make an impact down at 106.

Up top, there will be an even mix of returners and new faces. Anthony Jomo made the most of his post-season opportunity and qualified for the Regions with a 3rd place finish in the District last season. As part of a deep group last season, senior Andrew Burstyn managed to pick up 10 wins in the action he saw, and will be looking to make a name for himself as a starter this season. The upperweights also get a boost with the return of Peter Benedetti, who missed most of last season with an injury. Matt Kovacs also returns and will look to make a strong contribution after getting valuable experience in the upperweights as a frosh in 2017.

While Manalapan did take a tough hit to graduation, the program has great numbers and there are newcomers that have put in the work to try and make sure the team continues to rack up the wins. There's a great divisional test early on as they host CBA on December 19th. They then have a couple of weeks to get ready for two more key A-North bouts against Colts Neck and defending champion Howell. A couple of non-divisional dates of interest on the schedule road trips to Ocean Township on January 22nd, and Raritan on January 31st. The Braves will also look to make a strong run in a loaded sectional that includes Howell, Hunterdon Central, and Monroe. Individually, the Braves will look for strong post-season runs from a large group, as they attempt to successfully defend their District 21 Team Title, and make a push to get multiple State qualifiers for the 2nd year in a row.






Possible Lineup in 2018
Wgt
 Wrestler
2017
Notes
106
 (Fr) Calvin Burke


113
 (So) Colby Glushko
16-3

120
 (Sr) AJ Sortino
22-10 / R6-PQ / 3rd D21
57 career wins
120
 (Jr) Nicholas Fionda


126
 (Jr) Paul Santomarco
35-5 / 5th R6 / 1st D21
53 career wins
126
 (So) Zach Simmons
5-2

126
 (So) Hunter Konstantoulas
0-1

132
 (Jr) Kareem Ghaida
28-14 / 6th R6 / 1st D21

132
 (Jr) Ryan McCoy
0-1

138
 (Jr) Alex Baran
34-9 / NJ-WB1 / 3rd R6 / 2nd D21
52 career wins
138
 (Sr) Josh Goldfarb
15-6

145
 (Sr) Anthony Coposky
25-15 / R6-WB1 / 3rd D21
55 career wins
145
 (So) Dylan Waller
0-1

145
 (Sr) Dan Fayad


152
 (So) Matt Benedetti
27-12 / R6-PQ / 3rd D21

152
 (Jr) Drew Keller


160
 (Sr) Steve Baldwin
0-1

170
 (Sr) Andrew Burstyn
10-3

170
 (Jr) John Montgomerie
1-0

182
 (Sr) Anthony Jomo
5-11 / R6-PQ / 3rd D21

182
 (Fr) Gavin Claro


195
 (Sr) Chadd Jinks
0-1

195
 (Jr) Jordan Adelson


220
 (Sr) Peter Benedetti
6-9

220
 (So) Matthew Kovacs
4-6

Hwt
 (Jr) Munzer Ahmed


           
                                             
                                                
                                                         




Graduated in 2017
Wgt
 Wrestler
Record
Post Season
126
 Michael Goebel
6-8

145
 Matt Mustillo
25-13
R6-WB1 / 1st D21
152
 Ronny Ghaida
35-6 NJ-WB4 / 2nd R6 / 1st D21
170
 Jake Staklinski
35-8
NJ-WB3 / 2nd R6 / 1st D21
182
 Justin Obermeyer
28-5
R6-WB1 / 2nd D21
195
 Steve Byrne
22-11

           
                                   
                
                                                         




































































































































































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