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
(12h Season in 2019)

Assistants
Frank O'Shea
Ed Redmond
James Somma

Section
CJ Group 5

Division
A-North

District
20

Region
5





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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)

97 District Champions
(Last: Santomarco,  Baran,  Benedetti  -  2018)

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


Head Coach: Scott Pressman (12th Season / Record: 261-127)

Returning Wins Leader From 2018
Matt Benedetti (35-10)

Returning Career Wins Leader in 2019
Paul Santomarco & Alex Baran  (80 wins)

Milestone Watch
Three Braves have a shot at reaching 100 wins this season, with Paul Santomarco needing 20, Alex Baran needing 22, and Matt Benedetti needing 38.

Fun Fact
The Braves are tied with Long Branch for most Shore Conference Tournament Championships for a Monmouth County team with 3.

Where They Open
12/15: @ Nottingham Invitational

Circle The Date
1/5: Quad w/ Long Branch, Freehold Boro, @ Marlboro  -  The Braves return a strong group from last season, and will give us a look at who will be the #1 contender to Howell in A-North when they face the Green Wave in a quad.


2019 Season Preview

The Braves have racked up 50 dual wins over the past two seasons on the strength of deep lineups with talent spread throughout; a formula that appears to be present with the 2019 lineup, as well.

The team has its most experience in the run from 132-160, as it could be an all senior stretch of Kareem Ghaida (24-13 / 2nd D21), Alex Baran (28-8 / 1st D21, 2nd R6), Ryan McCoy (2-2), Andrew Keller (17-7), and Paul Santomarco (27-11 / 1st D21). There's good depth here as well, including Gabe Pesh, an 18-bout winner at Shore Regional in 2018, and Ryan Harrington, a transfer from Colts Neck, which will give head coach Scott Pressman the ability to juggle the lineup if needed.

There's no let up after the senior run from 32-60 as Dylan Waller and Matt Benedetti, both juniors, project to occupy the 170/182 slots. Benedetti led the team in wins last season, won the District 21 crown, and punched a ticket to AC with a 3rd place finish in the Region. Waller, was 9-6 in 2018, splitting time in the varsity lineup, and could be poised for a breakout season with full time duties.

Up top at 195-Hwt, Matt Kovacs is the lone returning starter. Kovacs is coming off a solid 2018 in which he won 16 bouts wrestling mostly up at heavyweight.

There will be some new starters down low, as well, from 106-126 with Calvin Burke (21-12) the only full timer returning. Among those expected to compete for starting spots are Bobby Caze, Chris Balzano, Zac Simmons, and Hunter Konstantoulas, who all gained some varsity experience a season ago.

There is a good mix of proven veterans and youth in this year's lineup that will be looking to continue the Braves' winning ways.









Possible Lineup in 2019
Wgt
 Wrestler
Record
2018
106
 (So) Chris Balzano
0-3

106
 (Sr) Bobby Caze
3-5

113
 (So) Calvin Burke
21-12

113
 (Sr) Noah Rojas


120
 (Jr) Zach Simmons
1-2

120
 (Fr) Thomas DeVito


126
 (Jr) Hunter Konstantoulas
4-1

126
 (So) Jason Porcaro


132
 (Sr) Kareem Ghaida
24-13
2nd D21
132
 (So) James Grande
1-0

138
 (Sr) Alex Baran
28-8
1st D21 / 2nd R6
138
 (Jr) Mike LaRocca


145
 (Sr) Ryan McCoy
2-2

145
 (Jr) Gabe Pesh
18-13

152
 (Sr) Drew Keller
17-7

152
 (Fr) Bryce Enlow


160
 (Sr) Paul Santomarco
27-11
1st D21
160
 (Jr) Ryan Harrington


170
 (Jr) Dylan Waller
9-6

170
 (So) Justin Nyers


182
 (Jr) Matt Benedetti
35-10
3rd SCT / 1st D21 / 3rd R6
182
 (Sr) John Montgomerie
3-7

195
 (So) Gavin Claro
2-3

195
 (Sr) Jordan Adelson
1-6

220
 (Jr) Matt Kovacs
16-14

220
 (So) George Zavalnik
0-1

Hwt
 (Sr) Ahmed Munzer
0-4

Hwt
 (So) Tyler Porter


           
                                             
                
                                                         




Graduated in 2018
Wgt
 Wrestler
Record
2018
120
 AJ Sortino 33-9 2nd D21 / 3rd R6
138
 Josh Goldfarb 12-7
145
 Anthony Coposky 23-9 2nd D21
170
 Andrew Burstyn 13-13
182
 Anthony Jomo 20-9
195
 Chadd Jinks 6-10
220
 Peter Benedetti 22-10 3rd D21
           
                                   
                
                                                 














































































































































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