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)

29 State Place Winners
(Last: Benedetti - 2019)

26 Region Champions
(Last: Appice - 2013)

101 District Champions
(Last: Konstantoulas, Santomarco,  Baran,  Benedetti  -  2019)

RECORDS

Career Wins - 123
Alex Baran
(2016-2019)

Season Wins - 43
Alex Baran
(2019)

100 WIN CLUB

Alex Baran - 123
John Appice - 120
Paul Santomarco - 118
Mike Aronson - 105
Mike Gaeta - 102
Nick Manochio - 101
Joe Santamarco - 100

*Matt Benedetti enters the 2020 season with 103 career wins




Shore Conference Wrestling




Overall Record:  25-5  /  Shore Conference:  10-2  /  A-North:  5-2


ShoreConferenceWrestling.com Wrestlers of the Year

(Sr) Alex Baran - Manalapan
Weight: 138  /  Record: 43-3 (17 Pins)
NJSIAA State Tournament Qualifier (3-time Qualifier)
2nd Place Region 5 (3-time Medal Winner)
District 20 Champion (2-time Champion / 3-time Medal Winner)
Shore Conference Tournament Champion
Walter Woods Tournament Champion
Nottingham Invitational Champion
Team Leader in Wins
Set Record for Wins in a Season at Manalapan
Broke Program Record for Career Wins






3/2: Benedetti Places 6th in AC

STATE AGATES

(Jr) Matt Benedetti / NJ-6th (160)
PRELIM: Matt Benedetti (Manalapan) md. Connor Fritsch (Pope John)  10-1
PQ: Matt Benedetti (Manalapan) p. Justin Leonard (Ramapo)  5:51
QF: Matt Benedetti (Manalapan) d. Colin Morgan (West Orange)  8-3
SF: Robert Kanniard (Wall) md. Matt Benedetti (Manalapan)  16-6
WBSF: Corey Fischer (West Deptford) d. Matt Benedetti (Manalapan)  3-1
5TH: Vincent Andreano (Delbarton) d. Matt Benedetti (Manalapan)  4-0

(Sr) Paul Santomarco / NJ-WB4 (152)
PRELIM: Jack Wilt (Seton Hall) d. Paul Santomarco (Manalapan)  2-0
WB1: Paul Santomarco (Manalapan) p. Jack Milazzo (Robbinsville)  5:26
WB2: Paul Santomarco (Manalapan) d. Paul Jakub (Howell)  10-9
WB3: Paul Santomarco (Manalapan) d. Vincent Romaniello (Hunterdon Central)  6-4
WB4: Dante Stefanelli (Delbarton) tf. Paul Santomarco (Manalapan)  4:28 15-0

(Sr) Alex Baran / NJ-WB3 (138)
PRELIM: Craig Cook (Burlington Twp) d. Alex Baran (Manalapan)  3-2 UTB
WB1: Alex Baran (Manalapan) d. Alex Amato (South Plainfield)  6-0
WB2: Alex Baran (Manalapan) d. Robert Woodcock (Southern Regional)  2-1
WB3: Tim Spatola (Delsea) d. Alex Baran (Manalapan)  7-5

(Jr) Hunter Konstantoulas / NJ-WB2 (126)
PRELIM: James Rodriguez (Perth Amboy) d. Hunter Konstantoulas (Manalapan)  6-2
WB1: Hunter Konstantoulas (Manalapan) d. Kameron Jenkins (Timber Creek)  11-5
WB2: Jack Bauer (Hunterdon Central) d. Hunter Konstantoulas (Manalapan)  8-1

(So) Gavin Claro / NJ-WB2 (182)
PRELIM: Christopher Foca (Bergen Catholic) p. Gavin Claro (Manalapan)  0:57
WB1: Gavin Claro (Manalapan) won by forfeit over Michael Jannucci (Colts Neck)
WB2: Curtis Thomas (Delsea) p. Gavin Claro (Manalapan)  4:13


2/23: 5 Braves Advance to Atlantic City

REGION 5 AGATES

(Sr) Alex Baran / R5-2nd (138)
QF: #2 Alex Baran (Manalapan) d. Evan Klimas (North Hunterdon)  7-4
SF: #2 Alex Baran (Manalapan) d. #3 Max Brignola (Rumson)  8-2
1ST: #1 Alec Bobchin (Princeton)  d. #2 Alex Baran (Manalapan)  3-1 

(Jr) Matt Benedetti / R5-2nd (160)
QF: #3 Matt Benedetti (Manalapan) md. #11 Norman Cella (Hunterdon Central)  14-2
SF: #3 Matt Benedetti (Manalapan) md. #2 Joseph Hatcher (Piscataway)  9-0
1ST: #4 Michael Wilson (North Hunterdon) d. #3 Matt Benedetti (Manalapan)  4-2

(Sr) Paul Santomarco / R5-3rd (152)
QF: #3 Paul Santomarco (Manalapan) d. #6 Anthony DeRosa (Delaware Valley)  4-2
SF: #2 Ray O'Callaghan (Hillsborough) md. #3 Paul Santomarco (Manalapan)  11-2
WB2: #3 Paul Santomarco (Manalapan) d. #4 Marcus Petite (Piscataway)  4-3
3RD: #3 Paul Santomarco (Manalapan) d. #6 Anthony DeRosa (Delaware Valley)  10-3

(Jr) Hunter Konstantoulas / R5-4th (126)
QF: #2 James Rodriguez (Perth Amboy) d. #7 Hunter Konstantoulas (Manalapan)  7-2
WB1: #7 Hunter Konstantoulas (Manalapan) d. #11 Seth Rotondella (St John Vianney)  5-3
WB2: #7 Hunter Konstantoulas (Manalapan) p. #4 Daniel Monahan (Princeton)  5:18
3RD: #3 David Loniewski (South Plainfield) d. #7 Hunter Konstantoulas (Manalapan)  7-0

(So) Gavin Claro / R5-4th (182)
PQ: #11 Gavin Claro (Manalapan) md. #6 Kyle Barrett (Hunterdon Central)  12-1
QF: #3 Nicholas Lodato (Piscataway) p. #11 Gavin Claro (Manalapan)  1:59
WB1: #11 Gavin Claro (Manalapan) by forfeit
WB2: #11 Gavin Claro (Manalapan) d. #4 Christian Perrine (East Brunswick)  10-8 SV
3RD: #3 Nicholas Lodato (Piscataway) d. #11 Gavin Claro (Manalapan)  9-6

(Jr) Dylan Waller / R5-5th (170)
PQ: #7 Dylan Waller (Manalapan) d. #10 Divon Pender (South Plainfield)  11-4
QF: #2 Gabriel Rodrigues (Piscataway) d. #7 Dylan Waller (Manalapan)  6-2
WB1: #7 Dylan Waller (Manalapan) md. #11 Antonino Oneto (Sayreville)  14-2
WB2: #4 Shawne Ramsby (Delaware Valley) d. #7 Dylan Waller (Manalpan)  4-1
5TH: #7 Dylan Waller (Manalapan) d. #3 Zach Dobson (Pingry)  6-5

(Sr) Kareem Ghaida / R5-WB1 (132)
PQ: #7 Kareem Ghiada (Manalapan) d. #10 Brandon Flores (Manville)  9-6
QF: #2 Al DeSantis (Shore Regional) md. #7 Kareem Ghiada (Manalapan)  13-1
WB1: #6 Trevor Mastorio (Sayreville) d. #7 Kareem Ghiada (Manalapan)  4-0

(So) Calvin Burke / R5-PQ (113)
PQ: #11 Deon Pleasant (Piscataway) by injury default over #6 Calvin Burke (Manalapan) 

(Sr) Andrew Keller / R5-PQ (145)
PQ: #11 Dominic Riendeau-Krause (Princeton) d. #6 Andrew Keller (Manalapan)  8-6

(Sr) John Montgomeie / R5-PQ (195)
PQ: #5 Ian Gaburo (North Hunterdon) d. #12 John Montgomeie (Manalapan)  7-1



2/16: Braves Finish 2nd at District 20

1st Place
126: Hunter Konstantoulas
138: Alex Baran
152: Paul Santomarco
160: Matt Benedetti

2nd Place
132: Kareem Ghaida
145: Andrew Keller
182: Gavin Claro

3rd Place
113: Calvin Burke
170: Dylan Waller
195: John Montgomeie

Paul Santomarco won his 3rd District Title, the Braves 1st 3-timer since 2004 and 7th overall, and in the process became the 100th District Champion in program history. Alex Baran improved to a perfect 39-0 on his way to winning his 2nd title, and is now one win away from tying the school record of 120 career wins, held by John Appice (2010-2013) . The 39 wins also ties Appice's single season record for the Braves, set in 2013. Also winning titles for the Braves were junior Matt Benedetti, his 2nd and the 101st overall for the Braves, and junior Hunter Konstantoulas, who won his first.



2/9: RIDGE QUAD
Manalapan  43  -  Ridge  33  (BOX SCORE)
Manalapan  47  -  Morris Catholic  15  (BOX SCORE)
Manalapan  62  -  Sparta  18  (BOX SCORE)


2/8: CJG5 FINALS
#1 Hunterdon Central  39  -  #2 Manalapan  23  (BOX SCORE)


2/6: CJG5 SEMIFINALS
#2 Manalapan  44  -  #3 Monroe  15  (BOX SCORE)
CJG5 Finals: #2 Manalapan  @  #1 Hunterdon Central on Friday nigh


2/4: CJG5 QUARTERFINALS
#2 Manalapan  60  -  #7 Freehold Twp  12  (BOX SCORE)
M: Baran (31-0); Benedetti (28-3); Santomarco (26-5)  /  #3 Monroe  @  #2 Manalapan on Wednesday night


2/2: SOUTH BRUNSWICK QUAD
Manalapan  62  -  South Brunswick  11  (BOX SCORE)
Manalapan  74  -  Nottingham  6  (BOX SCORE)
Manalpan  59  -  Highland Park  21  (BOX SCORE)


1/30: A-NORTH
Manalapan  37  -  Middletown South  32  (BOX SCORE)
M: Baran (27-0);  Santomarco (22-5) 



1/26: Braves Finish 10th at 2019 Shore Conference Tournament

1st Place
138: Alex Baran

2nd Place
170: Matt Benedetti



1/23: A-NORTH
Howell  45  -  Manalapan  13  (BOX SCORE)
M: Baran (22-0); Benedetti (22-2); Claro (17-5)


1/19: OCEAN TOWNSHIP TRI
Manalapan  42  -  Ocean Twp  24  (BOX SCORE)
Manalapan  55  -  Bridewater-Raritan  12  (BOX SCORE)
M: Alex Baran records 100th career win


1/16: A-NORTH
Long Branch  36  -  Manalapan  29  (BOX SCORE)
M: Baran (20-0); Benedetti (20-2)


1/14: NON-CONFERENCE
Manalapan  65  -  East Brunswick  0  (BOX SCORE)
M: Benedetti (18-2); Kovacs (14-2); Waller (14-5); Burke (13-4)


1/12: DUMONT QUAD
West Morris Mendham  31  -  Manalapan  30  (BOX SCORE)
Manalapan  47  -  Dumont  24  (BOX SCORE)
Manalapan  51  -  Old Tappan  20  (BOX SCORE)


1/11: NON-DIVISION
Manalapan  51  -  Shore  30  (BOX SCORE)
M: Benedetti (14-2); Konstantoulas (14-1); Kovacs (12-1)


1/8: NON-DIVISION
Manalapan  37  -  Colts Neck  25  (BOX SCORE)
M: Baran (16-0); Santomarco (13-2); Benedetti (13-2); Ghaida (12-3)


1/5: MARLBORO TRI
Manalapan  63  -  Freehold Boro  3  (BOX SCORE)
Manalapan  51  -  Marlboro  9  (BOX SCORE)
M: Simmons, Konstantoulas, Baran, Keller, Santomarco, Waller, Claro, Zavalnik, Kovacs go 3-0 on the day


1/2: A-NORTH
Manalapan  57  -  CBA  12  (BOX SCORE)
M: Ghaida (10-3) md. LaCorte; Baran (13-0); Santomarco (10-2); Benedetti (11-2) 


12/29: MANALAPAN QUAD
Manalapan  52  -  Holmdel  3  (BOX SCORE)
Manalapan  57  -  Kearny  15  (BOX SCORE)
Manalapan  49  -  Scotch Plains  22  (BOX SCORE)
M: Balzano, Kostantoulas, Keller, & McCoy go 3-0 on the day.


12/27: Braves Finish 5th at Walter Woods Tournament

1st Place
138: Alex Baran

2nd Place
113: Calvin Burke
132: Kareem Ghaida

3rd Place
170: Matt Benedetti



12/2: PERTH AMBOY QUAD
Manalapan  50  -  Perth Amboy  12  (BOX SCORE)
Manalapan  63  -  Plainfield  9  (BOX SCORE)
Montville  30  -  Manalapan  29  (BOX SCORE)
M: Konstantoulas, Baran, Benedetti, Kovacs go 3-0


12/19: A-NORTH
Manalapan  62  -  Freehold Twp  12  (BOX SCORE)
M: Keller, Santomarco, Benedetti, Claro, Zavalnik, Kovacs, Balzano, Grande pin for Braves



12/15: Braves Take 1st at Nottingham Invitational

1st Place
138: Alex Baran
160: Paul Santomarco

2nd Place
132: Kareem Ghaida
170: Matt Benedetti
195: Gavin Claro

3rd Place
182: Dylan Waller
Hwt: Ahmed Munzer






2019 Season Preview


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 and Alex Baran needing 20 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.



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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