MADISON HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING
Frankie Davis compiled 98 wins for Madison High School. This 7th all time for Madison wrestlers. He snatched 2 District IX titles and a trip to AC with a Region III 3rd before heading to Kings College where he was a four year starter. He had a winning record of 18-12 his senior year.
Dan Hilt was a 2 time District champ and a 2 time Region Champ for Manalapan HS. He placed 7th in the NJ state tourn in 2001, 3rd in 2002, and 5th in 2003. He went on to Rutgers and received 4 Varsity letters in his four years of starting for the Scarlet Nights. He is now pursuing a career in acting.
Mt. OLIVE TOURNAMENT
The Dodgers placed 6th in a 9 team field. They entered the final and consolation round in 4th place, but were unable to score any points in those rounds. Three Dodgers fell in the final earning silver medals. Patsy Davis dropped a one point decision to a state place winner from last winter. Ed Carr faced a very talented Ryan Harrington from Mendham in the final. Many expect Harrington to be on the podium in Atlantic City this year. Mike Boardman wrestled well despite giving up a pin in the final after trying a desperation move when he trailed in the 3rd.
Eamon Epstein, Jack Anzul, and Tom Tracy all placed 4th. That makes for 6 of the 9 Dodgers that entered the varsity tournament earing places.
Johnny Costa won his first match before falling in the next two. Mike Coviello and Peter Willis rounded out the Varsity entrants. Varsity OW goes to Davis for coming up just short to a State place winner.
MOUNT OLIVE JV....The Doger faithful boasted 4 champs in Nick Picillo, Matt Fastiggi, Nick Haboj, and Matt Welter. We also posted 4 runner ups with David Schuckman, Doug Capuder, Matt Allen, and Mike Baumgartner. Capuder and Baumgartner fell at the hands of teamates Picillo and Welter in the final. Matt Land finished in 3rd, while Thakuri, Luppino, and Mantone finished with 4ths. Other competitiors included Drew D'Ascoli, Zach Evans, Abe Gertler, Brendan Ng, Conor Stark, Max Gotsch, Juan Giraldo, Peter Motzenbecker, Noah Gertler, Jim Nagle, Anthony Mora, and Dan Bauer. 28 of the 33 Dodger that competed were able to find at least one win. The sesason is young and there is plenty of time to improve. JV Outstanding wrestlers were our champs: Picillo, Fastiggi, Haboj, and Welter.
The Dodgers let a great opportunity slip away here falling to Hopatcong 37-36. I waited this long to write this up for a reason. Beleive it or not, this is th softer version of what I had on my mind. Too many experienced guys failed to do their part. Having an opponent on their back and not closing the deal, giving up pins that were avoidable, not knowing the score (both bout and team) given certain situations, and not hydrating at the weight classes suggested by the coaching staff, all contributed to a loss that should not have occured. The draw didn't give us the opportunity to put Ed Carr on their best upper weight so we fell behind 6-0 at 171 when Anzul gave up a pin that was not factored in to the projections. Nick Haboj tried his Eddie Carr impression and found that Varsity kids are a little more savy then his JV experience allowed. Nick did rally back after fighting off his back, but came up one point short. Nick has looked much better since and will receive a one time pass in his first varsity (wrestled) match. Three forfeit wins a year ago does not count as experience. Tracy and Boardman receive forfeits. They did have a heavyweight, but chose not to wrestle a first year kid against Mikey. Schuckman got his first taste of Varsity action and was hanging tough for a while, but got himself in a precarious position and gave up the pin. David too, will receive his one time pass. Nick Picillo wrestled one of their best and gave up a pin, but quite frankly there was nothing Nick could have done to avoid this. The kid has way too much experience for Nick and will probably lose his last match of the season down in Atlantic City in March. Davis knocks off the brother of Picillo's opponent. Another wrestler expected to be in AC at the seasons end. Great match by Patsy. Abe Gertler is thrown into the Varsity line up because no experienced wrestlers did their part during hydration to fill a major hole in our Varsity line up. Abe gave up a pin, but there is absolutely no blame or expectation placed on him as he is not ready for Varsity and should not have been in that position. This was the killer of all the mishaps that occured this evening. Hopatcong bumps their best wrestler to 135 and takes 12 team points with pins at 130 and 135. We SHOULD have been even at these two weights trading 6 in the form of pins. A twelve point swing in a a match decided by a point. Max was a little over his head, but gave up a takedown off a bad shot with under 13 seconds to go in the match. The major was an additional team point for Hopatcong. Eamon needed to pin for the Dodgers to pull out the team victory. We put him on top in the third period to see if he could get the turn and the pin. He came soooo close, but gave up an escape to go down by 1. To his credit, he kept battling and drew the stall call which tied it up and closed the deal in overtime with a takedown to get his hand raised. It would have been a shame to see him lose that one when we had to put him in a tougher situation in the third period then what he needed to win his individual bout. Good job Eamon. Willis receives a forfeit as does Carr to end the night. As I said, a very diappointing loss to start the year, but the season is young and this team needs to learn from their mistakes and improve as the weeks go on.Davis gets the OW for beating a sound opponent expected to be in AC along with Patsy in March.
Hopatcong did not have many JV wrestlers, but the Dodgers that took the mat did a great job winning 40-9. Kennedy started the evening with a win by pin. Anthony Mora lost a tight one in his first ever match. Evans has a lot of natural ability and I expect great things from him down the road, but he is still too inexperienced to realize when he is in a bad position. This one cost him a pin. Tsering Thurkai or "T" recorded a win by pin. Brendon Ng battled to a 10-8 decision. Matt Fastiggi won by fall, as did Mike "THE BOMB" Baumgartner. Donavan Mantone and Dan Bauer kept the pin train rolling with pins of their own. Dan Bauer receives the "OW" (Outstanding Wrestler) award for winning by pin in his first ever match wrestled.
ROSELLE PARK TOURNAMENT RESULTS
In the JV room there was much to talk (write) about. 18 JV Dodgers took home 10 medals. David Schuckman went 2-0 and take home the gold, Conor Stark and Matt Allen also finished 2-0 with a gold medals. Mike Coviello, Matt Land, and Mike Baumgartner each went 1-1 to take home silver medals. Joe Kennedy went 2-1 to take 3rd/4th and Matt Welter 1-1 for his 3rd/4th place finish. Vito Luppino and Juan Giraldo also finished 3rd/4th after ending at 1-1 on the day. In other action, Zach Evans and Jim Nagle won their first match of the year finishing the day at 1-1. Other Dodgers at 1-1 were: Noah Gertler, Dan Bauer, and Donavan Mantone. Abe Gertler finished at 2-1 while Brandon Ng and Nick Picillo also saw action in the JV room.
HANOVER PARK RESULTS
Madison drops their second straight to open at 0-2.
PARSIPPANY HILLS JV RESULTS
In desperate need of a win at 0-2 the Dodgers answer the bell
WESTFIELD, GLEN RIDGE, and UNION CITY RESULTS
Coming off the 1st win of the season last night the Dodgers planned to go 3-0 and in this quad and get this moving in the right direction. Westfield put a stop to that right out of the gate and crushed the Dodgers hopes with a 40-27 victory that made the Dodgers look unprepared. Westfield out wrestled the Dodgers in every phase of the game and proved that the Dodgers were not worthy of a win here.
GLEN RIDGE, WESTFIELD, HIGHLAND PARK RESULTS
PARSIPPANY JV RESULTS
VERONA, WALDWICK, MOUNTAIN LAKES RESULTS
A banner day
PARSIPPANY HILLS JV RESULTS
POPE JOHN RESULTS
MADISON QUAD, MORRIS HILLS - MILBURN- BERNARDS RESULTS
PARSIPPANY JV RESULTS
The JV Dodgers
BEST WIN OF THE YEAR!
MORRIS COUNTY TOURNAMENT RESULTS
BOUND BROOK RESULTS
CEDAR GROVE - UNION - COLUMBIA RESULTS
CANCELED DUE TO SNOW
MADISON HOME JAMBOREE RESULTS
NJSIAA STATE SECTIONAL- NEW PROVIDENCE RESULTS
SECTIONAL FINAL - ROSELLE PARK RESULTS
Well we made it here.
DODGERTOWN DUALS - MORRISTOWN, CHATHAM, and GOVERNOR LIVINGSTON RESULTS
CANCELED DUE TO SNOW AND SECTIONAL MATCH POSTPONEMENTS.