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103- freshman, Nick Gravina, Northern Highlands, Coach Rick Babitts

Nick Gravina helped the Highlanders to another successful wrestling season . Wrestling at 103 lbs Nick finished with a record of 38-4 with 18 pins. Nick was this years BCCA Champion, District Champion, Regional Champion, and 5th in the NJ state tournament. Nick was also voted 1st team all league NBIL and 1st team all county. Nick could not be here tonight because he is attending the freshmen nationals in Virginia Beach

112- junior, Jeff Rottingen, Ramsey, Coach Anthony Petrock

Jeff is a pleasure to coach, he is a hard worker in the room, and is very dedicated to his team and his sport. He has been the cornerstone of our team for the past three years. He has placed 2nd in district 5 twice and is a district champ and a region champ this season 2010. He finished his year by placing 8th in the NJSIAA state tournament in Atlantic City. He has 99 wins going into his senior year and will continue to set records for Ramsey high school in the upcoming season.

119- junior, Joe Orecchio, Don Bosco, Coach Nunzio Campanile

(25-5) Joey Orecchio had another outstanding season for the Ironmen. Despite missing almost a month due to injuries Joe managed to win 25 matches this season. With an injured knee he placed 6th in the prestigious Beast of the east tournament. He followed that up with his 3rd district title and his 3rd region title. Joe finished his season with 2nd state medal, earning 4th place in the NJ state tournament. Joe is currently wrestling at the junior nationals, in preparation for his senior campaign as well as his college career. Only a junior Joey is on track to be the most decorated wrestler in Don Bosco history

125- sophomore, Connor Melde, Bergen Catholic, Coach Dave Bell

Connor completed his sophomore campaign with a Season Record of 35-3 and fourth place finish at the state tournament. In the state semi-final match it was only a takedown with seconds left in the overtime period which prevented him from reaching the finals. Connor’s accomplishments on the season include BCCA, District and Regional championships. He is very technical wrestler that is difficult to score on and is very good from any position. Over the course of the season Connor emerged as team leader and is determined to accomplish his goal of winning a state championship.

130- senior, Frank Cagnina, Queen of Peace, Coach Scott Weaver

There are many words that can describe this Queen of Peace senior athlete. Relentless, skilled, physical may be some of the words to use.

The Queen of Peace senior is all of these; and also perfect. Frank finished undefeated for the second year in a row to claim his 3rd New Jersey State Championship. 39-0 was the final record of his decorated senior season. This season’s highlights included his 4th Bergen County Championship, his 2nd Maryland Mat Madness Championship, his 4th District Championship, his 4th Region Championship, and finally, his 3rd New Jersey State Championship.

Frank capped of his final season as perfect. His strong work ethic and strong commitment to excellence have rewarded him with the following accolades:

1. Invitation to the Cliff Keen DREAM TEAM

2. Ranked # 1 in the Country at 130

3. A Full 5-year athletic scholarship to Lehigh University.

Frank has had a tremendous high school career. It’s eminent that he’s not done winning championships too. Ladys and gentlemen lets give a big round of applauds for 3 time NJ state Champion Frank Cagnina

135- senior, Vinny Fava, Elmwood Park, Coach Jared Luciani

As a senior for Elmwood Park, no coach could ask for a better leader than Vinnie Fava. As a two year Captain Vinnie led the team by example. He has always been the first wrestler in the room and the last to leave. His tireless effort to make his team better has made him very popular amongst his teammates. Vin is a 4 x first team all county, 4 x district champ, 4x first team all league, 3x region champ, 1 x region runner up, He has finished 7th, 6th and 3rd in the NJ state championships, He also placed 4th in the Beast of the East. His career record is 122-19. His 2007 Team were state champs and in 09 were state runner up. His biggest accomplishment in high school was capitalized with a Junior National Title in Virginia Beach.

140- junior, Nick Alpher, Paramus, Coach Steve Klass

Nick ended this year with a 35-5 record. Going into his senior year Nick has accumulated 99 wins. This year Nick won the Caldwell invitational, BCCA County Tournament, and was a District 5 Champion. Nick also placed 2nd in Region 2 and qualified for his second state tournament. Nick was a team leader for one of the top programs in Bergen County and new Jersey.

140- sophomore, Sal Mastriani, Don Bosco, Coach Nunzio Campanile

(33-7) Only a sophomore Sal has amassed over 65 wins for his career. He placed 3rd in the BCCA, 2nd in the District, and won his 1st Region title. Sal made his 2nd trip to Atlantic City this season to cap a tremendous season. More importantly, Sal Mastriani is undoubtedly the hardest worker on the Don Bosco team. His toughness and work ethic were a major catalyst behind the ironmen earning their 1st team state championship. The Ironmen expect Sal to continue to lead them to great things in the next two years.

145- senior, Johansi Rivera, Fort Lee, Coach Alex Almeyda

Johansi Rivera, a senior at 145 pounds, finished with a season record of 36 wins and 4 losses. He was a four year varsity starter for the Bridgemen. He has earned three 1st team B.C.S.L. All-League Honors.

He has been honored in the County three times.

* Sophomore year- Honorable Mention

* Junior year- Third Team

* Senior year- 1st team

He has placed twice in the Bergen County Coaches Tournament.

* 6th his Junior year

* 1st his Senior year

He placed three times in District 16

He placed twice in Region 4

* 2nd his Junior year

* 4th his Senior year

Johansi Rivera completed his High School career 2nd for All-Time Wins in Fort Lee History with 105 wins.

What is even more remarkable than all of his achievements is that this young man has earned all of this with only wrestling for 4 years.

He is being recruited by Johnson and Wales University and Delaware Valley University.

152- senior, Keith Switzer, Bergen Catholic, Coach Dave Bell

Keith had a season record of 26-6.

Keith completed his career as a four time district place finisher, four-time region place finisher and with an 8th place finish at the state tournament. He served as senior team captain and was instrumental in molding a very young group of wrestlers into a close-knit and successful team. The coaching staff agreed that Keith was, overall, one of the best athletes on the team. Keith’s first sport is lacrosse. Keith will continue his Lacrosse Career at St. John’s College next year, where he is a scholarship athlete.

160- freshman, Frank Mattiace, Don Bosco, Coach Nunzio Campanile

(32-12) Frank Mattiace is the definition of perseverance and the beneficiary of hard work. Only a freshmen Frankie took some tough losses early the season and they benefited him greatly as the season went on. Frank placed 5th in the BCCA, 3rd in the District, 1st in the Region, and finally 6th in the NJ State tournament. Despite some heartbreaking losses Frank continued to believe in his abilities and worked harder every week. That work paid off in the end. Frank peaked at the end of the season and earned a medal in Atlantic City. A tremendous accomplishment for any freshmen, but astounding at 160lbs.

171- senior, Jamie Westwood, Queen of Peace, Coach Scot Weaver

Jamie Westwood has not performed his best wrestling yet. This 171 pound senior had to face possible season ending surgery in late January. Jamie overcame knee surgery and finished with a rewarding career with a 3rd place finish in the NJ State Tourney, a District and Region Championship, and a 122 career wins. Jamie’s solid leg attack and strong work ethic, has earned him a scholarship to Bucknell University.

Over Jamie’s four years, he placed in the Beast of the East, the Maryland Mat Madness, the Junior High School Nationals, and the FILA Free style Nationals. Jamie was named All Conference in his final three years competing, finished his senior season with a 34-6 record, and named All Bergen for the 2nd year in a row.

Jamie is an excellent student and Queen of Peace, his family, and the coaching staff is very proud of his accomplishments

189- freshman, Razohan Gross, Don Bosco, Coach Nunzio Campanile

(26-8) Razohnn is another outstanding freshman for the Ironmen. Razohnn is another wrestler that steadily improved over the course of the season. Razohnn, placed 3rd in the BCCA, 1st in the Districts, and 1st in the Region. A gifted athlete, Razohnn combined raw talent with a tough aggressive style that often overwhelmed opponents. That style should continue to help Razohnn as he expands his wrestling arsenal. Also a football player Razohnn looks to be a 2 sport standout for Don Bosco next year.

215- senior, Jonathan Price, Hackensack, Coach John Stallone

Jonathan Price wrestled his way up through the Hackensack Junior Wrestling program. Through hard work and dedication, he was a Bergen County Freshman Champion. He was a four year Varsity starter, helping the team to the state sectional finals two of his four years. Jonathan’s record this year was 24-4 with 19 pins. This year, wrestling up at heavyweight, Jonathan was a Cutter Classic champion and took a silver medal in the County Tournament. Wrestling at his true weight class of 215, Jonathan was very successful. With his explosive and athletic wrestling style, he earned a District 7 Championship. Jonathan’s special moment was to win the Region 2 Gold medal in his home gym at Hackensack High School.

285- senior, Mike Shannon, Old Tappan, Coach Rob Ortiz

Michael finished the season with a 35-2 record and was 84-25 in his career. This year, his 23 pins and 183 team points were among the most in the state. He was undefeated in dual meet and tournament competition until the state tournament. Michael won the District 8, Region 2, and BCCA championships, becoming Old Tappan’s first county champion since 1991 and helping the school to its first overall title. He is an outstanding leader and always places the team ahead of himself. Next year he will wrestle at Division III power Ithaca College.

Teams of the year

Becton/Wallington, Coach Mike Settembrino

The Becton/Wallington Wrestling team ended the year with an 18-6 record and clinched the BCSL National Team Championship title for the second year in a row as well as winning a District 15 title, an honor in which the school has not seen in 31 years. Aside from these accomplishments, Becton/Wallington has also been crowned the Garfield Tournament Team Champions and more impressively, the Group 1 and 2 Bergen County Team of the Year. In addition, the team proudly encompasses seven 1st Team All League Members and three 2nd Team All League Members.

Paramus, Coach Steve Klass

Paramus finished the year with a 16-6 record. They were District 5 Champs, League Champs, and State Sectional Finalists. They finished the year ranked # 23 in the final New Jersey Wrestling Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. Despite the 16-6 record the Spartans were undefeated in Bergen County and against teams in Region 2. Their 7 losses came to the #1, #2, #11, #15, #22 teams in the State of New Jersey, and their final loss was to a team ranked as on of the top 15 in Pennsylvania. The 2010 senior class went 4 years without losing a league match. Individually they crowned 2 County Champs, 5 District champs and qualified 4 wrestlers for the State Championships.

Coach of the Year- Kevin Manning

Kevin Manning just finished his fifth year has head wrestling coach at Bergenfield High School. Over this time his team has an overall record of 78 wins and 33 losses with three league titles. This year with the help of his assistant coaches the bears ended the season with a 17-2 record and a share of the NBIAL league title. Along with being voted Bergen County Coach of the year, Kevin received District and Region coach of the year honors as well.


103- Brian Schneider, Hackensack, senior

112- Anthony Miuccio, Old Tappan, senior

119- Sergio Grigorian, Fair Lawn, senior

125- Andrew Polidore, Queen of Peace, senior

130- James Dawson, Don Bosco, freshman

135- Zach Zotollo, Paramus, senior

145- Matt Dickman, Glen Rock/Saddle Brook, sophomore

152- Jason Dack, Don Bosco, senior

152- James Dugan, Becton/Wallington, sophomore

160- Mike Mordaga, Paramus, senior

171- Mike Khoury, St. Joseph, senior

189- Brendan Wengerter, Cresskill, senior

215- Luke Pragdat, Mahwah, junior

285- Joe Ortiz, Ridgefield Park/Ridgefield, senior


103- Trevor Albrecht, Bergen Catholic, junior

112- Thomas Casper, Bergen Catholic, senior

119- Steven Schneider, Emerson/Park Ridge, sophomore

125- Nick Maselli, Emerson/Park Ridge, sophomore

125- Alex Preefer, Cresskill, senior

130- Nick Guarriello, Emerson/Park Ridge, senior

135- Joe DeQuinzio, Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge, senior

135- Dan Rehain, Northern Highlands, senior

140- Vince DiMitri, Fair Lawn, senior

140- Sam Pietrantuono, Ridgewood, senior

145- Darius Charles, Old Tappan, senior

160- Ryan Sblendorio, Mahwah, junior

160- Dane McDermott, St. Joseph, junior

171- Damian Murberg, Pascack Valley, junior

171- Eric Torres, Elmwood Park, senior

189- Mike Scrozzo, Queen of Peace, senior

189- Kevin Yali, Waldwick/Midland Park, senior

215- Phil McCue, St. Joseph, senior

285- Cody Mann, Mahwah, junior

285- Kurt Schmitz, Don Bosco, senior



Christian Negron, Bergenfield; Brendan Campbell, River Dell, Austin Cantone, St. Joseph; Joe Baldicanas, Paramus Catholic; Jesse Massaro, Old Tappan; Justin Scheinert, Ramapo; William Montgomery, Ridgewood; Billy Reardon, Don Bosco; Max Gallo, Fair Lawn; Matt Joskowitz, Cliffside Park; Matt McKay, Westwood; Mike Morreale, Lyndhurst/North Arlington.


Jep Alorro, Cresskill; Brandon Stueben, Northern Highlands; Domenic Manginelli, Dumont; Joe Guerriero, Glen Rock/Saddle Brook; Antonio Nadera, Paramus; Brandon Buonomo, Emerson/Park Ridge, Dan Geraldi, Rutherford; Mike Laurice, Indian Hills; Sebastian Trujuillo, Becton/Wallington.


Danny Tyson, Waldwick/Midland Park; Firas Warrad, Bogota/Weehawken; Charlie Mitchell, Bergen Catholic; Chuckie Slater, Ramsey; Adam Rusch, Old Tappan; Dan Ressler, Pascack Valley; Brandon Giovanetti, Ridgewood; Alex Scheinert, Ramapo; Ryan Monteforte, Cliffside Park; Daryl Albonico, St. Joseph; Pedro Morejon, Lyndhurst/North Arlington.


Chris Leidig, Dumont; John Herbener, Demarest; Ryan Giovanetti, Ridgewood; Joe Rizzitello, Paramus; Paul Getto, Northern Highlands; Tyler Champy, Glen Rock/Saddle Brook; Emmanuel Villanueva, Becton/Wallington.


Josh Alorro, Cresskill; Matt Jacobson, Glen Rock/Saddle Brook; Matt Mangini, Bergen Catholic; Enrique Romero, Bogota/Weehawken; Joe Nacco, Ramapo; Zach Frohlich, Old Tappan; Dave Powell, River Dell; Michael Spangler, Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge.


James DiGregorio, Emerson/Park Ridge; Nick Baranello, River Dell; Nick Madormo, Ramapo; Tayfun Ender, Fort Lee; John Boyle, Rutherford; Steve Sivelstro, Bergen Catholic.


Pete Seeback, Paramus Catholic; Erick Marrero, Bergenfield; Shawn Flesche, Old Tappan; Brandon Cocherl, Northern Highlands; Chris Montero, Hackensack; Mike Paskas, Rutherford; Ryan Spangler, Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge; Terek Molamusa, Ramapo; Kris Buonomo, Emerson/Park Ridge.


Andrew Vecchione, Emerson/Park Ridge; Andrew Gramaglia, Ridgewood; Vincent Silano, St. Joseph; Pedro Barahona, Waldwick/Midland Park; Matt Ellsworth, Bergen Catholic; Javaunne Gordon, Hackensack; Anthony Melon, Paramus; Gal Levy, Fair Lawn; Jovan Rivera, Bergenfield; Peter Ruiz, Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge; Charlie Woods, Demarest; Kris Buonomo, Emerson/Park Ridge; Tyler Mealy, Becton/Wallington.


Jared Vergara, Pascack Hills; Dave Heitman, Mahwah; Bobby Franklin, Ridgewood; Alex Cimiluca, Glen Rock/Saddle Brook; Niko Tsolakidis, Demarest; Chris Durante, Paramus; Jeff Farina, St. Joseph; Adrian Fernandez, River Dell; Jimmy MacWilliams, Ramsey.


Luke Iorio, Bergen Catholic; Derick Layne, Demarest; Steven Macko, Ramsey; Christian Rota, Ridgewood; Ricky Rizzo, River Dell; Andrew Hodulik, Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge; Jake Regina, Rutherford; Ryan Melley, Ridgefield Park/Ridgefield; Patrick Cottrell, Pascack Hills.


Adem Najarian, Dumont; Nate Leer, Teaneck; Anthony Mordaga, Paramus; Victor Kipiani, Ramapo; Kieran Keelan, River Dell; Ryan Walker, Mahwah; Mike Otsuka, Bergen Catholic; Tafadzwa Mushandu, Fort Lee; Chris Motichka, Lyndhurst/North Arlington; Jonathan Gonzalez, Becton/Wallington; Matt Damato, Ramsey.


Jared Schlett, Glen Rock/Saddle Brook; Rich Torres, Bergenfield; Zack Klein, Ramsey; Jared Yuhas, Bogota/Weehawken; David Zurla, Rutherford; Mike Amaro, St. Mary; Ray Donnelly, Old Tappan; Nick Barone, Westwood.


Iyi Okunlola, Old Tappan; Byron Blake, Ramsey; Matt Mecca, Northern Highlands; Joe Schlossberg, River Dell; Dan Lewitt, Glen Rock/Saddle Brook; Mike Gerbasio, Rutherford; Abo Mahmoud, Becton/Wallington; Andrew Benvenuto, Don Bosco.


Ivan Tandara, Tenafly; Jeff Rodriguez, Lodi; Abe Malki, Elmwood Park; Dakota Bryant, Cresskill; Jimmy Uzzalino, Ridgewood; Wisam Daoud, Hackensack; Ryan MacIver, Pascack Valley; Nick Saile, Becton/Wallington.