Paramus Spartans HS Wrestling

2024 BCCA Group C Champs!
Congrats to Daniel Elyash on placing State 6th and Region 3rd!
Congrats to our PHS Wrestlers who placed in Girls States and Regions:
Sonia Balwas, State 3rd, Region3rd / Emma Mees, State 5th, Region3rd / Kayla Franson, State 7th, Region 2nd / Isabelle Yukselen, Region 4th
2024 BCCA Place winners:
2nd, Daniel Elyash, 285 / 3rd, Nick Guastello, 113 / 5th, William Banach, 190
Congrats to Sonia Balwas on winning her first BCWCA title!!

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11/6/23, 11:49 AM
Paramus High School Boys Varsity Wrestling Winter 2023-2024 Schedule
Schedule / Scoreboard
12/14vs. St. Joseph (Mont.)L 77-0Game Details
12/16Caldwell Tournament
Game Details
12/20vs. Northern HighlandsL 40-34Game Details
12/27Sam Cali Battle for the Belt
Game Details
1/3@ LakelandL 48-25Game Details
1/5vs. RidgewoodW 43-24Game Details
1/6@ BergenfieldW 56-18Game Details
1/6@ TenaflyW 48-33Game Details
1/10@ HackensackW 51-23Game Details
1/12@ River DellL 45-33Game Details
1/13@ Wayne ValleyBig North Public DualsL 48-24Game Details
1/13@ Fair LawnL 48-30Game Details
1/13@ DemarestL 37-34Game Details
1/17vs. Pascack HillsW 40-30Game Details
1/21Bergen County Coaches Tournament
Game Details
1/23@ RamapoL 41-25Game Details
1/24@ West MilfordL 45-28Game Details
1/26vs. Watchung HillsL 47-21Game Details
1/27@ DumontW 38-30Game Details
1/27vs. RamseyW 42-37Game Details
1/27@ SpartaL 39-36Game Details
2/3vs. West MorrisL 60-18Game Details
2/7@ PingryW 44-27Game Details
2/9@ Passaic ValleyL 51-27Game Details
2/10@ WestwoodW 35-31Game Details

RECORD: 12-10 • 3-1 in Big North - Freedom
12/16@ St. Joseph (Mont.)L 80-0Game Details
12/21@ Northern HighlandsW 37-36Game Details
12/28Sam Cali Invitational, Final roundElyash  2ndGame Details
1/4vs. LakelandL 41-36Game Details
1/6@ RidgewoodL 52-22Game Details
1/7@ BogotaW 40-30Game Details
1/7vs. Indian HillsW 65-6Game Details
1/7@ New MilfordW 46-26Game Details
1/11vs. HackensackW 51-18Game Details
1/13vs. WestwoodW 33-32Game Details
1/13vs. Old TappanL 48-30Game Details
1/14vs. Pascack ValleyW 39-28Game Details
1/14vs. Wayne HillsW 43-17Game Details
1/18vs. RamapoW 40-28Game Details
1/27vs. DePaulW 36-25Game Details
1/28vs. CranfordL 66-12Game Details
1/28vs. Passaic TechL 44-22Game Details
1/28vs. SouthernL 69-4Game Details
2/1vs. West MilfordL 36-30Game Details
2/6@ SpartaNJSIAA Team Tournament, Quarterfinal Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3L 48-19Game Details
2/11@ Parsippany HillsW 39-34Game Details
2/11@ LivingstonW 44-30Game Details
2/11@ Bridgewater-RaritanL 44-25Game Details

Schedule / Scoreboard

12/20vs. Fair LawnW 54-18Game Details
1/5vs. WaldwickW 65-9Game Details
1/8@ Mount OliveL 52-6Game Details
1/8vs. Passaic TechW 38-36Game Details
1/8vs. SouthernL 44-14Game Details
1/12@ HackensackW 62-12Game Details
1/14@ RamseyBig North Duals, Regional first roundW 65-12Game Details
1/14vs. CliftonBig North Duals, Regional finalsW 70-11Game Details
1/15vs. River DellBig North Duals, Championship semifinalsW 40-29Game Details
1/15vs. Passaic TechBig North Duals, Championship finalW 34-32Game Details
1/18vs. RamapoW 66-12Game Details
1/19@ St. Joseph (Mont.)L 47-18Game Details
1/22BCCA George Jockish Tournament
Game Details
1/26@ Indian HillsW 46-26Game Details
1/28vs. RidgewoodW 51-20Game Details
2/5@ Hanover ParkW 47-28Game Details
2/7vs. GarfieldNJSIAA Team Tournament, Quarterfinal Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3W 65-15Game Details
2/7vs. MontvilleNJSIAA Team Tournament, Semifinal Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3W 51-21Game Details
2/9@ Morris HillsNJSIAA Team Tournament, Final Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3W 44-23Game Details
2/11@ Warren HillsNJSIAA Group Championships, Semifinal Round, Group 3L 66-3Game Details

2021 Paramus High School Varsity Wrestling Schedule (15 Matches)

(H) 03/16/21 6:00 PM vs St. Joseph Regional HS Big Gym
(H) 03/19/21 7:00 PM at Fair Lawn HS
(H) 03/20/21 12:00 PM vs Ramapo HS
(A) 03/23/21 7:00 PM vs Hackensack HS
(A) 03/25/21 7:00 PM vs Teaneck HS
(H) 03/27/21 11:00 PM vs High Point HS
(A) 04/14/21 7:00 PM vs River Dell HS
(A) 04/16/21 5:00 PM vs Dumont HS
(A) 04/20/21 7:00 PM vs West Essex HS

Schedule / Scoreboard

3/16vs. St. Joseph (Mont.)L 45-24Game Details
3/19@ Fair LawnW 65-7Game Details
3/20vs. RamapoW 65-9Game Details
3/23@ HackensackW 57-16Game Details
3/25vs. TeaneckW 72-3Game Details
3/27vs. High PointL 43-25Game Details
4/14@ River DellL 42-22Game Details
4/16@ DumontW 52-25Game Details
4/20@ West EssexL 30-27Game Details
Paramus High School Wrestling Schedule 2019-2020
December 21/22 Beast of The East
December 27/28 BCCA Holiday Tournament
January 4 Mt. Olive Quad Away
January 8 Ramapo Away
January 10 Old Tappan Home
January 11 Quad Garfield, Cedar Grove, Fair lawn, Home
January 13 Bergen Catholic Away
January 15 Hackensack Home
January 17-18 - The Big North Duals Tournament
Jan. 17 - at Passaic County Tech / 5:00pm vs. Pascack Hills / 7:00pm vs. Passaic County Tech or Teaneck
Jan. 18 - TBA
January 22 Northern Highland Home
January 24 Teaneck Away
January 25 Quad at Home Glenrock, Leonia, Becton
January 29 Ridgewood Away
January 31 Clifton Home
February 1 Tri-Meet at North Warren vs. North Warren & West Milford
February 7 Paramus Catholic Home
February 8 Hanover Park Home
February 10 Quarter Finals State Sectional Tournament, Location TBA
February 12 Semi Finals State Sectional Tournament, Location TBA
February 14 Finals State Sectional Tournament, Location TBA - OR - Hasbrouck Heights Home
February 15 River Dell Quad Away

15-15 Overall
1/4@ Mount OliveL 74-6Game Details
1/4@ West MorrisL 57-15Game Details
1/4@ SouthernL 64-5Game Details
1/8@ RamapoW 47-22Game Details
1/10vs. Old TappanW 37-36Game Details
1/11vs. GarfieldW 42-30Game Details
1/11@ Fair LawnL 45-22Game Details
1/11@ Cedar GroveW 40-36Game Details
1/13@ Bergen CatholicL 58-21Game Details
1/15vs. HackensackW 42-24Game Details
1/18@ Pascack ValleyL 39-30Game Details
1/22vs. Northern HighlandsL 45-27Game Details
1/24@ TeaneckL 37-36Game Details
1/25vs. LeoniaW 57-19Game Details
1/25vs. BectonW 60-16Game Details
1/25@ Glen RockW 37-34Game Details
1/29@ RidgewoodL 36-29Game Details
1/31vs. CliftonL 45-33Game Details
2/1vs. Bridgewater-RaritanW 40-29Game Details
2/1vs. West MilfordW 43-27Game Details
2/1@ North WarrenL 49-17Game Details
2/5@ DePaulW 54-21Game Details
2/7vs. Paramus CatholicL 43-17Game Details
2/8vs. Hanover ParkL 46-27Game Details
2/10@ Pascack ValleyNJSIAA Team Tournament, Quarterfinal Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3W 43-27Game Details
2/12@ MontvilleNJSIAA Team Tournament, Semifinal Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3L 53-18Game Details
2/14vs. Hasbrouck HeightsW 58-17Game Details
2/15@ River DellL 53-17Game Details
1/17  Teaneck (Big North Duals)  Won 54-24
2/15 Wayne Valley (RD Quad) Won 33-24

SENIOR NIGHT - 2/7/2020:

December 15 – Caldwell Tournament
December 22 23 — Beast of the East
December 27 and December 28 – BCCA at Hackensack
January 4 - Ramapo
January 5 - @ Quad Meet at Mt. Olive (Mt Olive, Southern, West Morris Central)
January 9 - @ Old Tappan
January 11 - @ Hackensack
January 12 - Home Quad Meet (Garfield, Cedar Grove, Fair Lawn)
January 17 – @ St. Peters
January 23 - @ Northern Highlands
January 25 – Teaneck
January 26 - Home Quad Meet (Becton, Glen Rock, Leonia)
January 30 - Ridgewood
February 1 - @ Clifton
February 2 - @ Hanover Park
February 4 - Quarter Final State Sectionals
February 6 - Semi-Final State Sectionals
February 8 - Final State Sectionals OR match @ Hasbrouck Heights
February 9 - Quad @ River Dell
February 16 - District Tournament
February 20 - Regional Tournament
February 22-23 - Regional Tournament
February 28 to March 2 - State Tournament

SENIOR NIGHT - 1/30/2019:
Wrestling: 2024 All-County and All-League honors

113 Nick Guastello Paramus 10 
285 Daniel Elyash Paramus 12

132 - Kayla Franson, Paramus
138 - Sonya Bawlas Paramus
At-large - Emmas Mees, Paramus
114 - Isabelle Yukselen, Paramus

113 - Nick Gustello, Paramus, sophomore
157 - Joseph Aiello, Paramus, sophomore
165 - Daniel LaGrone, Paramus, senior
285 - Daniel Elyash, Paramus, senior
106 - Matthew Elyash, Paramus, sophomore
138 - Joseph Candela, Paramus, senior
190 - William Banach, Paramus, senior
Open - Dmytro Rohdan, Paramus, sophomore
120 - Damian LaGrone, Paramus, sophomore
132 - Daniel Nashed, Paramus, sophomore
113 Nick Guastello Paramus 10 
285 Daniel Elyash Paramus 12

Girls wrestling: Here are the 2024 All-North Jersey teams
Sean Farrell /
Kayla Franson
Paramus senior, 132 pounds
The Spartans' state medal streak is at 14 years and counting after back-to-back trips to the podium for Franson. She took fourth at 138 as a junior and seventh this year at 132.
Sonia Balwas
Paramus junior, 138 pounds
Winless at states last year at 165 pounds, Balwas cut down three weight classes and experienced a new level of success. She placed third down at Boardwalk Hall this time and pinned three of her four opponents in a BCWCA title run.

Live results: NJ state wrestling tournament 2024 in Atlantic City
Zach Miller Joe Ragozzino Ryan Rivero /
Congrats to Daniel Elyash on going 4-3, with 3 Pins, and placing State 6th!
Congrats to our PHS Wrestlers who placed in NJ Girls States!
Sonia Balwas 3rd / Emma Mees 5th / Kayla Franson 7th

Live results: NJ state wrestling tournament 2024 first round
Zach Miller Joe Ragozzino Ryan Rivero
285 pounds
(5) Daniel Elyash (Paramus) p. (28) Benjamin Rue (Lower Cape May), 0:59
(3) Emma Mees (Paramus) p. (11) Becky Trigoso Montilla (Linden), 3:48

Live results: Girls wrestling state championships at Boardwalk Hall
Zach Miller Joe Ragozzino Ryan Rivero
First round
(9) Sonia Balwas (Paramus) p. (8) Alexandria Graffius (Holy Spirit), 2:34

Sonia Balwas of Paramus pins Alexandria Graffius of Holy Spirit to advance in a 138-pound preliminary bout at the 2024 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships, Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media
Girls Wrestling: 2024 NJSIAA State Championships

Sonia Balwas of Paramus pins Alexandria Graffius of Holy Spirit to advance in a 138-pound preliminary bout at the 2024 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships, Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Paramus HS Wrestling
“Paramus has sent someone to the state podium every year since 2011 and will count on Elyash, the No. 5 seed, to carry on the tradition.”
Varsity Aces
Next stop, Atlantic City. With the state championships on deck, it's time to present our weight-by-weight look at what to watch for this weekend.…
9:39 PM · Feb 27, 2024

2024 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships - 285
First-round pairings for 2024 NJ state wrestling tournament

Steven Falk Tom McGurk Andy Mendlowitz Zach Miller Asbury Park Press
1. Rocco Dellagatta (St Joseph (Montvale), 30-4) vs. 32. Iquann Crawford (Asbury Park, 30-8)
16. Samuel Henry (Summit/Chatham, 34-6) vs. 17. Justin Perry (Bayonne, 31-4)
24. Clifford Dirkes (Ocean City, 35-2) vs. 9. Connor Reynolds (St. Peters, 19-13)
25. Hunter Matthews (Rancocas Valley, 31-4) vs. 8. James Lynch (Toms River East, 34-0)
21. Jacob Howland (Christian Brothers Academy, 5-5) vs. 12. Mason Brancato (Pompton Lakes, 24-2)
28. Benjamin Rue (Lower Cape May, 27-11) vs 5. Daniel Elyash (Paramus, 18-2)
20. Donovan Wilkinson (Cinnaminson, 37-2) vs. 13. Timothy Connolly (Jefferson, 32-4)
29. Luciano Mazzeo (Clayton/Glassboro, 24-4) vs. 4. John Wargo (Phillipsburg, 31-4)
3. Benjamin Shue (Bergen Catholic, 26-6) vs. 30. Jake Rickett (Glen Rock, 35-4)
19. Samuel Rock III (Donovan Catholic, 16-5) vs. 14. Josh Turner (Depaul Catholic, 28-14)
22. Matt Smith (Rumson-Fair Haven, 30-11) vs. 11. Gabriel McCulloch (Bloomfield, 36-4)
27. Jayson Ross (Timber Creek, 29-4) vs. 6. Connor Martin (Delbarton, 26-5)
23. Connor Walsh (Sayreville, 32-5) vs. 10. Josue Cordoba (Plainfield, 27-1)
26. Luke Abilio (Montville, 35-6) vs. 7. Lorenzo Portella (Red Bank Catholic Hs, 33-2)
18. Gavin McGill (Rutherford, 27-9) vs. 15. Christopher Oliver (Ridge, 29-7)
31. Nick Levach (Bordentown Regional/Florence Township, 36-5) vs. 2. Brandon Toranzo (Nutley, 41-0)
Girls wrestling: State-tournament qualifiers from North 1 regional at Vernon
Nick Gantaifis /
Congrats to our PHS Wrestlers who placed in Girls North 1 Region:
Kayla Franson, 2nd
Sonia Balwas, 3rd
Emma Mees, 3rd
Isabelle Yukselen, 4th
Final results: Region 2 wrestling tournament in Mount Olive
Nick Gantaifis /
Congrats to Daniel Elyash on his 3rd Place Region 2 finish and qualifying for States!
NJSIAA Wrestling: Region tournament brackets, 2024
  • Updated: Feb. 20, 2024, 12:42 p.m.
Previewing all 4 girls wrestling regional tournaments: Who will be AC-bound?
  • Updated: Feb. 23, 2024, 10:41 a.m.
Girls Wrestling: NJSIAA Region tournament brackets, 2024
  • Updated: Feb. 19, 2024, 10:49 p.m.
NJSIAA District 5 wrestling results from Fair Lawn, 2024
  • Updated: Feb. 18, 2024, 2:44 a.m.
Paramus HS Wrestling
NJSIAA District 5. Congratulations to the following PHS wrestlers who advanced to Region 2:
N. Guastello 2nd
D. Bohdan 3rd
J. Candela 3rd
J. Aiello 2nd
W. Banach 2nd
D. Elyash 2nd
Varsity Aces
Wrestling: North Jersey district tournament results, see who advanced to regions…
10:37 PM · Feb 17, 2024
2024 NJSIAA District Wrestling Brackets
  • Updated: Feb. 16, 2024, 8:57 a.m.
District 5 at Fair Lawn
Schedule: 9 a.m. start.

Teams: Clifton, Elmwood Park, Fair Lawn, Garfield, Hasbrouck Heights, Lodi, Paramus, Passaic, Saddle Brook and St. Joseph.
North Jersey returning champions (2023 weight): Lodi's Omar Asfour (106), Hasbrouck Heights' Connor Scuilla (165), St. Joseph's Johnathon McGinty (106), Mikey Bautista (113), Vincent Paino (120), Adrian DeJesus (120), James Sloan (126), Donny Almeyda (132), Frank DiBella (150), Zach Ballante (157), Ryan Burton (165), Rocco Dellagatta (175) and Aidan Schlett (215), Paramus' Daniel Elyash (285).
What to watch: The heavyweight bracket could produce one of the best matchups across the state with St. Joseph state fourth Rocco Dellagatta and Paramus state fifth Daniel Elyash leading the field.
Elyash has not wrestled since the Bergen County tournament, but Spartans coach Chris Falato confirmed Tuesday that the senior "100 percent will be back for districts". Dellagatta accepted a medical forfeit over Elyash in the Bergen County final and won by injury default in their Opening Day dual. If Dellagatta takes home gold on Saturday, St. Joseph could sweep all 14 weights.

Sat, February 10, 2024
Paramus (9-13)35
Westwood (18-3)31
132ParamusDaniel Nashed (P) — Decision 2-0
Finn Mullen (W)
138ParamusMark Gass (P) — Pin 1:31
Jordan Yepez (W)
144ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Technical Fall (19-4) 3:15
Nico Migliore (W)
150ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Decision 8-4
Ryan Sklavounos (W)
157WestwoodGuiliano Fernandini (W) — Forfeit176
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 4:17
Tommy Kousis (W)
175WestwoodGavin Seiler (W) — Pin 1:18
Logan Rickard (P)
190WestwoodAidan Dugan (W) — Pin 0:47
Tarek Esmail (P)
215ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 1:32
Lior Kohen (W)
285WestwoodDante Downey (W) — Pin 0:47
Salvatore Normandia (P)
106ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Decision 5-1
Joseph Celenza (W)
113WestwoodAnthony Lavezzola (W) — Sudden Victory 3-1
Nick Guastello (P)
120WestwoodVictor Ye (W) — Major Decision 14-4
Damian LaGrone (P)
126ParamusDmytro Bohdan (P) — Decision 12-10
Sam Bartlett (W)
Fri, February 09, 2024
Paramus (8-13)27
Passaic Valley (17-3)51
106ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Pin 4:24
Jeremiah Gonzalez (PV)
113ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Pin 4:50
Carl Ricca (PV)
120Passaic ValleyShane Singh (PV) — Decision 9-7
Damian LaGrone (P)
126ParamusDmytro Bohdan (P) — Pin 2:28
Branden Rosario (PV)
132Passaic ValleyAyden Mulroony (PV) — Pin 2:30
Daniel Nashed (P)
138ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Decision 9-3
Jonathan Roy (PV)
144Passaic ValleyKaden Matari (PV) — Pin 1:52
Mark Gass (P)
150Passaic ValleyJaxon Marrugo (PV) — Pin 4:38
Shane Deegan (P)
157ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Pin 3:06
Jake Marretta (PV)
165Passaic ValleyWilliam Capizzi (PV) — Pin 2:35
Daniel LaGrone (P)
175Passaic ValleyDante Benvenuti (PV) — Pin 1:16
Logan Rickard (P)
190Passaic ValleyFrankie Martino (PV) — Pin 2:52
William Banach (P)
215Passaic ValleyBrandon Veneziano (PV) — Pin 0:29
Tarek Esmail (P)
285Passaic ValleyJenry Abreu (PV) — Pin 0:15
Salvatore Normandia (P)
285 pounds - 2/6/2024
2851Rocco Dellagatta, St. Joseph (Mont.), Jr.1
2852Benji Shue, Bergen Catholic, Jr.2
2853John Wargo, Phillipsburg, Sr.3
2854Dan Elyash, Paramus, Sr.4
2855Brandon Toranzo, Nutley, Sr.5
2856Connor Martin, Delbarton, Sr.6
2857James Lynch, Toms River East, Jr.7
2858Lorenzo Portella, Red Bank Catholic, Sr.8
152 - 2/1/2024
1. Kamila Castro (Ridgewood) 18-0
2. Olivia Georges (Depaul Catholic) 10-2
3. Abbigale Dudley (Rancocas Valley) 21-1
4. Alexus Paden (Clayton) 20-3
5. Emma Mees (Paramus) 5-4
Notes: No changes. Caught our eye: Mary Dymar, Southern, Fr.
Wed, February 07, 2024
Paramus (9-13)44
Pingry (1-15)27
106ParamusMatthew Elyash (PA) — Major Decision 10-1
Evan Murnick (PI)
113PingryJack Abramson (PI) — Pin 0:56
Nick Guastello (PA)
120PingryMatteo Littman (PI) — Pin 3:31
Damian LaGrone (PA)
126PingryMax Ventura (PI) — Decision 8-2
Dmytro Bohdan (PA)
132ParamusDaniel Nashed (PA) — Decision 11-8
Sam Nkansah (PI)
138ParamusMark Gass (PA) — Forfeit1315
144ParamusJoseph Candela (PA) — Pin 3:46
Diego Galvan (PI)
150PingryCharles Levine (PI) — Pin 3:12
Shane Deegan (PA)
157ParamusJoseph Aiello (PA) — Pin 2:57
Anthony Truncale (PI)
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (PA) — Decision 1-0
Finn Cavanaugh (PI)
175ParamusLogan Rickard (PA) — Major Decision 15-5
Julian Zassenhaus (PI)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (PA) — Pin 0:51
Austin Mau (PI)
215ParamusTarek Esmail (PA) — Forfeit4421
285PingryBrian Fahey (PI) — Pin 1:19
Salvatore Normandia (PA)
Sat, February 03, 2024
West Morris (10-9)60
Paramus (7-12)18
106West MorrisBrody Neill (WM) — Pin 3:40
Matthew Elyash (P)
113West MorrisMark Montuore (WM) — Pin 0:41
Nick Guastello (P)
120West MorrisJacob Fahmi (WM) — Decision 4-3
Damian LaGrone (P)
126ParamusDmytro Bohdan (P) — Pin 4:24
Jacob Harrison (WM)
132West MorrisVincent Caruso (WM) — Decision 7-6
Daniel Nashed (P)
138West MorrisSamuel Rizzuto (WM) — Pin 3:02
Mark Gass (P)
144West MorrisBrendan McBride (WM) — Pin 3:10
Joseph Candela (P)
150West MorrisHenry DeFrance (WM) — Pin 1:48
Shane Deegan (P)
157West MorrisRobert Fazzino (WM) — Injury Default
Joseph Aiello (P)
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 1:18
Joseph Wagner (WM)
175West MorrisLucas Barisonek (WM) — Forfeit4812
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 0:32
Michael Borgia (WM)
215West MorrisTom Borgia (WM) — Pin 0:54
Tarek Esmail (P)
285West MorrisAJ Codella (WM) — Pin 1:46
Salvatore Normandia (P)

Sat, January 27, 2024, 9:00am
Ramsey (7-13)37
Paramus (7-11)42
106ParamusSeamus Donoghue (P) — Forfeit06
113ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Pin 0:12
Brian Lao (R)
120ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Pin 2:19
Harris Triantafillou (R)
126RamseyAnthony Cadicina (R) — Pin 0:52
Damian LaGrone (P)
132RamseyVan Schoening (R) — Major Decision 8-0
Dmytro Bohdan (P)
138ParamusMark Gass (P) — Pin 0:38
Antonio Ruiz (R)
144RamseyChristian Fojon (R) — Pin 0:28
Jonathan Fish (P)
150RamseyFinlay Laughton (R) — Decision 8-1
Shane Deegan (P)
157ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Pin 3:54
Bryan Paul (R)
165RamseyOwen Delgado (R) — Pin 3:05
Logan Rickard (P)
175ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 0:28
carlos Gomezjurado (R)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 0:45
Aidan Machuga (R)
215RamseyEvan Heyn (R) — Pin 1:17
Edon Allaraj (P)
285RamseyTefic Abdulai (R) — Pin 0:32
Salvatore Normandia (P)

Sat, January 27, 2024, 9:00am
Paramus (7-11)38
Dumont (6-4)30
113DumontRyan Mckenna (D) — Decision 13-10
Nick Guastello (P)
120ParamusDamian LaGrone (P) — Decision 10-3
Tyler Quinn (D)
126DumontJoseph Petriello (D) — Forfeit39
132ParamusDmytro Bohdan (P) — Decision 12-10
Matthew Mertz (D)
138DumontDaniguel Onyx Trinidad (D) — Decision 10-4
Daniel Nashed (P)
144DumontAiden Roi (D) — Pin 5:32
Mark Gass (P)
150ParamusShane Deegan (P) — Pin 2:55
Braeden Tesser (D)
157DumontJeremy Quezada (D) — Forfeit1224
165ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Pin 1:01
Jaydon Santiago (D)
175ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Major Decision 12-2
Gino Cerone (D)
190ParamusEdon Allaraj (P) — Pin 0:49
John Flood (D)
215ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 1:34
Lucas Long (D)
285DumontEmanuel Guzman-Calderon (D) — Pin 0:28
Salvatore Normandia (P)
106ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Major Decision 8-0
James Sutera (D)
Sat, January 27, 2024, 9:00am
Paramus (7-11)36
Sparta (13-3)39
120ParamusDamian LaGrone (P) — Decision 5-3
Patrick Bruseo (S)
126ParamusDmytro Bohdan (P) — Pin 0:52
Andrew Weinzetl (S)
132SpartaRyan Hrenenko (S) — Pin 1:13
Daniel Nashed (P)
138SpartaEugene Donnelly (S) — Decision 9-3
Mark Gass (P)
144SpartaLogan Hrenenko (S) — Pin 2:51
Jonathan Fish (P)
150SpartaNolan Giannantonio (S) — Pin 5:32
Shane Deegan (P)
157ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Pin 2:30
Daniel Roque (S)
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 1:29
Trevor Ekeland (S)
175SpartaLiam Hassloch (S) — Pin 3:40
Logan Rickard (P)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Decision 11-5
Lucas Brown (S)
215SpartaConnor White (S) — Pin 0:37
Edon Allaraj (P)
285SpartaTahg Herbison (S) — Pin 1:00
Salvatore Normandia (P)
106ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Pin 3:57
Johnathan Petelicki (S)
113ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Forfeit3639

Fri, January 26, 2024, 7:00pm
Watchung Hills (10-7)47
Paramus (7-11)21
106Watchung HillsJacob Richardson (WH) — Pin 0:26
Connor Klein (P)
113Watchung HillsMorgan Torres (WH) — Decision 9-4
Seamus Donoghue (P)
120Watchung HillsCameron Kolakowski (WH) — Major Decision 19-6
Damian LaGrone (P)
126ParamusDmytro Bohdan (P) — Pin 2:35
Vincent Glynos (WH)
132Watchung HillsMichael Samayoa (WH) — Decision 5-2
Daniel Nashed (P)
138Watchung HillsMax Shaferman (WH) — Pin 2:57
Mark Gass (P)
144ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Decision 8-5
Nick Valenti (WH)
150Watchung HillsRyan Higgins (WH) — Major Decision 11-1
Shane Deegan (P)
157Watchung HillsCody Pritzlaff (WH) — Technical Fall (21-6) 5:11
Joseph Aiello (P)
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 2:47
Reilly Taillon (WH)
175Watchung HillsArtun Kirgezmis (WH) — Major Decision 11-2
Logan Rickard (P)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 1:13
Jacob Richardson (WH)
215Watchung HillsJake Carfaro (WH) — Pin 0:54
Edon Allaraj (P)
285Watchung HillsDylan Meng (WH) — Pin 0:36
Salvatore Normandia (P)

Wed, January 24, 2024, 6:00pm
Paramus (5-9)28
West Milford (10-5)45
106ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Pin 3:19
Tyler Martinez (WM)
113ParamusSeamus Donoghue (P) — Sudden Victory 5-3
AJ DeFede (WM)
120West MilfordJustin Burke (WM) — Decision 4-1
Damian LaGrone (P)
126ParamusDmytro Bohdan (P) — Pin 0:20
Andreas LaManna (WM)
132West MilfordColin Menier (WM) — Pin 0:35
Gianni Verbrugge (P)
138ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Major Decision 12-2
Daxton Keller (WM)
144West MilfordBenjamin Marchetto (WM) — Pin 5:19
Mark Gass (P)
150West MilfordNicholas Carbone (WM) — Pin 1:24
Shane Deegan (P)
157ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Decision 6-3
Jake Pasek (WM)
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 1:02
Michael VanAlstyne (WM)
175West MilfordOwen Menier (WM) — Pin 0:58
Logan Rickard (P)
190West MilfordJeffrey Papienuk (WM) — Pin 0:38
Edon Allaraj (P)
215West MilfordRyan Tartarilla (WM) — Pin 0:26
Salvatore Normandia (P)
285West MilfordSpencer Ribitzki (WM) — Forfeit2845

Tue, January 23, 2024
Paramus (5-9)25
Ramapo (9-7)41
106ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Pin 2:32
Daniel Turano (R)
113ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Major Decision 11-3
Paul Tsocanos (R)
120RamapoJacob Guzman (R) — Decision 12-8
Damian LaGrone (P)
126RamapoCJ Anzaldo (R) — Decision 15-9
Dmytro Bohdan (P)
132RamapoJoey Fulco (R) — Technical Fall (17-1)
Daniel Nashed (P)
138ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Decision 5-1
Joey Yessis (R)
144RamapoGino Gorga (R) — Pin 0:58
Mark Gass (P)
150RamapoBranden Causillas (R) — Pin 2:36
Shane Deegan (P)
157ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Decision 6-1
Jason Sansone (R)
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 3:07
Adam Werminski (R)
175RamapoLogan Goldsmith (R) — Pin 0:47
Logan Rickard (P)
190ParamusEdon Allaraj (P) — Decision 2-0
Wyatt Jacobs (R)
215RamapoZak Darwish (R) — Pin 3:58
William Banach (P)
285RamapoNathan Mangino (R) — Pin 1:10
Salvatore Normandia (P)

2024 BCCA Group C CHAMPS!
Congrats to our BCCA Place winners:
2nd, Daniel Elyash, 285
3rd, Nick Guastello, 113
5th, William Banach, 190
Live results: Day 2 of the 2024 Bergen County wrestling tournament
285 pounds
Rocco Dellagatta (St. Joseph Regional) Fall Jake Rickett (Glen Rock), 1:24.
Daniel Elyash (Paramus) Fall Gabe Jang (Leonia/Palisades Park), 2:36.
Paramus HS Wrestling
BCCA Update Quarterfinals: 190, William Banach wins via Fall vs Dumont 285, Daniel Elyash wins via Fall vs PC

BCCA Updates Prelim Round: 138, Joseph Candela wins via Pin over Mahwah. Round of 32: 106, Matthew Elyash wins via Pin over Becton. 113, Nick Guastello wins 5-3 in OT over PV. 190, William Banach wins via Pin over Lodi.

BCCA Update Round of 16: 190, William Banach wins 6-0 over Old Tappan.

Jan 20, 2024; Garfield, NJ, USA; Day 1 of the Bergen County wrestling tournament at Garfield Middle School. Nico Carvajal (Hasbrouck Heights) and Daniel Elyash (Paramus) in their 106 pound match.Jan 20, 2024; Garfield, NJ, USA; Day 1 of the Bergen County wrestling tournament at Garfield Middle School. Nico Carvajal (Hasbrouck Heights) and Daniel Elyash (Paramus) in their 106 pound match.Mandatory Credit: Michael Karas-The Record
Wed, January 17, 2024, 6:00pm
Pascack Hills (6-6)30
Paramus (5-7)40
106Pascack HillsHassan Shawkat (PH) — Decision 6-1
Seamus Donoghue (P)
113ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Pin 1:12
Christopher Catalfumo (PH)
120ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Major Decision 16-8
Gary Cooper (PH)
126Pascack HillsMathew Velez Intriago (PH) — Decision 12-9
Dmytro Bohdan (P)
132ParamusDaniel Nashed (P) — Pin 5:33
Patrick Rotella (PH)
138ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Pin 1:33
Gabriele Cecere (PH)
144Pascack HillsDillon Cahill (PH) — Pin 5:28
Mark Gass (P)
150Pascack HillsRonin Stern (PH) — Decision 7-5
Shane Deegan (P)
157Pascack HillsJake Wacha (PH) — Forfeit2122
165Pascack HillsSean Herman (PH) — Decision 4-0
Joseph Aiello (P)
175ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 3:21
Demir Bingol (PH)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 1:06
Dylan Funke (PH)
215Pascack HillsTyler Duffy (PH) — Pin 0:32
Edon Allaraj (P)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 0:11
Isaac Dickson (PH)
285 pounds
  1. Rocco Dellagatta, St. Joseph 12-4
  2. Benjamin Shue, Bergen Catholic 17-3
  3. Daniel Elyash, Paramus 8-1
  4. Spencer Ribitzki, West Milford 15-0
  5. Robert Ekins, Don Bosco 12-7
Paramus HS Wrestling reposted

Sean Farrell
Sonia Balwas (@ParamusHSWrest1) won her first BCWCA title by defeating Bloomfield's Leanna Noel, 9-4, at 145 pounds.
6:05 PM · Jan 14, 2024
Girls wrestling: River Dell freshman knocks off state champion during BCWCA title run
Sean Farrell
100 pounds: Gabriella Conte (Hanover Park) Fall Olivia McCormick (Lakeland).
107 pounds: Leeana Mercado (Lodi) Maj-Dec Kloi Tighe (Gloucester), 10-0.
114 pounds: Paige Weiss (Sparta) Dec Olivia Boyle (Northern Burlington), 6-4.
120 pounds: Jocelyn Danbe (River Dell) Dec Ahlexa Montalvo (Bloomfield), 6-0.
126 pounds: Liliana Zaku-Ramos (Newton) Fall Kylie Wright (Egg Harbor Twp).
132 pounds: Kayla Vazquez (Kinnelon) Fall Shea Aretz (Buena).
138 pounds: Eva Barry (Newton) Dec Layla Soto (Linden), 2-0.
145 pounds: Sonia Balwas (Paramus) Dec Leanna Noel (Bloomfield), 9-4.
152 pounds: Kamila Castro (Ridgewood) Fall Emma Mees (Paramus).
165 pounds: Solaris Paul (JFK) Fall Abigail Loszynski (Bergenfield).
185 pounds: Shaelie Young (Gateway/Woodbury) Fall Caitlin Hart (Vernon).
235 pounds: Alissa Alcindor (Union) Fall Kelly Herrera (Passaic Co Tech).
Sat, January 13, 2024
Paramus (4-7)34
Demarest (8-7)37
120ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Forfeit60
126DemarestJulian Fontanez (D) — Decision 7-5
Damian LaGrone (P)
132ParamusDaniel Nashed (P) — Pin 1:50
Paul Kim (D)
138ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Decision 7-6
George Yako (D)
144DemarestDaniel Perez (D) — Pin 3:45
Mark Gass (P)
150DemarestLiam Osder (D) — Pin 5:48
Shane Deegan (P)
157DemarestAndew Zwernemann (D) — Forfeit1521
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Major Decision 13-5
Rotem Ashkenazi (D)
175DemarestJoel Kim (D) — Pin 1:49
Logan Rickard (P)
190DemarestJosh Shekhman (D) — Pin 1:54
Edon Allaraj (P)
215ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Decision 6-0
Luke LaPira (D)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 0:58
Dean Kauderer (D)
106ParamusSeamus Donoghue (P) — Pin 1:21
Casey Davis (D)
113DemarestAlec Murado (D) — Major Decision 12-4
Matthew Elyash (P)
Sat, January 13, 2024
Paramus (4-7)30
Fair Lawn (5-11)48
106Fair LawnCarmine De Lucia (FL) — Pin 1:33
Seamus Donoghue (P)
113Fair LawnMark Calderio (FL) — Major Decision 12-4
Matthew Elyash (P)
120Fair LawnBrody Bogues (FL) — Pin 5:52
Nick Guastello (P)
126Fair LawnHarrison Talman (FL) — Sudden Victory 8-6
Damian LaGrone (P)
132Fair LawnJayden Bonaccorso (FL) — Technical Fall (21-6) 4:51
Dmytro Bohdan (P)
138ParamusMark Gass (P) — Pin 1:20
Tyler Tsai (FL)
144ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Pin 2:53
Andrei Torres (FL)
150Fair LawnAntonio Jimenez (FL) — Pin 3:07
Shane Deegan (P)
157Fair LawnEric Tedesco (FL) — Forfeit1236
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 0:52
David Kasica (FL)
175Fair LawnCristian Mason (FL) — Pin 2:43
Logan Rickard (P)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Forfeit2442
215Fair LawnAlexander Vargas (FL) — Pin 1:13
Edon Allaraj (P)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Forfeit3048
Sat, January 13, 2024
Paramus (4-7)24
Wayne Valley (7-5)48
113ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Pin 3:45
Nicholas Sinko (WV)
120ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Decision 7-0
Devin Bolton (WV)
126Wayne ValleyAdam Janouk (WV) — Technical Fall (17-0) 5:10
Damian LaGrone (P)
132Wayne ValleyDominic Lally (WV) — Sudden Victory 9-7
Daniel Nashed (P)
138ParamusMark Gass (P) — Decision 7-5
Cole Perry (WV)
144Wayne ValleyAllan Tsay (WV) — Pin 1:58
Joseph Candela (P)
150Wayne ValleyAdam Suzay (WV) — Pin 3:08
Shane Deegan (P)
157Wayne ValleyRafat Al-Kardali (WV) — Forfeit1226
165Wayne ValleyNick Barone (WV) — Major Decision 16-5
Daniel LaGrone (P)
175Wayne ValleyWilson Javier (WV) — Pin 3:16
Logan Rickard (P)
190Wayne ValleySean Van Dalinda (WV) — Pin 1:29
William Banach (P)
215Wayne ValleyAdam Noufal (WV) — Pin 1:29
Edon Allaraj (P)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 0:57
Diego Cruz (WV)
106ParamusSeamus Donoghue (P) — Pin 3:45
Alex Holdfeld (WV)
Wed, January 10, 2024, 6:00pm
Paramus (4-3)51
Hackensack (2-11)23
106ParamusSeamus Donoghue (P) — Forfeit60
113ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Decision 6-1
Evan McGinnity (H)
120ParamusDamian LaGrone (P) — Pin 1:35
Anthony Oates (H)
126ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Forfeit210
132HackensackGianLuca Mangano (H) — Pin 3:01
Daniel Nashed (P)
138ParamusShane Mancuso (P) — Major Decision 12-0
Jake Parrilli (H)
144ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Forfeit316
150HackensackElioth Guarquila (H) — Technical Fall (15-0) 4:30
Shane Deegan (P)
157HackensackCesar Maschang (H) — Pin 5:49
Jonathan Fish (P)
165ParamusLogan Rickard (P) — Forfeit3717
175ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Decision 3-2
Dylan Thornton (H)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Technical Fall (15-0) 3:00
William Edmonds (H)
215HackensackAndy Navas (H) — Pin 0:39
Salvatore Normandia (P)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 1:10
DeFalco Vincent (H)
Fri, January 12, 2024
Paramus (4-7)33
River Dell (12-3)45
138River DellRJ Weiss (RD) — Pin 3:45
Mark Gass (P)
144River DellRichard Daibes (RD) — Decision 7-4
Joseph Candela (P)
150River DellLiam Boyle (RD) — Pin 1:17
Shane Deegan (P)
157River DellYuji Ota (RD) — Pin 1:15
Jonathan Fish (P)
165River DellConnor Yeandle (RD) — Pin 3:19
Logan Rickard (P)
175ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Decision 3-2
Owen Windram (RD)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Forfeit927
215River DellJack Courain (RD) — Pin 2:54
Edon Allaraj (P)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 0:14
Matthew Jung (RD)
106ParamusSeamus Donoghue (P) — Pin 3:47
Lake Loschiavo (RD)
113River DellNick Kelly (RD) — Pin 3:40
Matthew Elyash (P)
120River DellEvan Krakower (RD) — Forfeit2145
126ParamusDamian LaGrone (P) — Forfeit2745
132ParamusDmytro Bohdan (P) — Pin 5:10
Beckett Coxworth (RD)
WRESTLING: Latest North Jersey individual and team rankings, plus a BCWCA preview
285 pounds
  1. Rocco Dellagatta, St. Joseph 9-3
  2. Benjamin Shue, Bergen Catholic 12-3
  3. Daniel Elyash, Paramus 3-1
  4. Spencer Ribitzki, West Milford 14-0
  5. Robert Ekins, Don Bosco 9-4
Top 25 team rankings
  1. St. Joseph 3-0
  2. Paramus Catholic 4-0
  3. Bergen Catholic 1-3
  4. Don Bosco 6-3
  5. Westwood 7-0
  6. Passaic Tech 8-3
  7. Clifton 7-1
  8. Passaic Valley 5-1
  9. River Dell 9-1
  10. Pascack Valley 6-3
  11. Emerson/Park Ridge 6-2
  12. Old Tappan 4-2
  13. West Milford 7-5
  14. Lakeland 5-1
  15. Hasbrouck Heights 4-2
  16. Pascack Hills 4-2
  17. Ramapo 4-5
  18. Butler 6-2
  19. Wayne Hills 5-3
  20. Northern Highlands 4-3
  21. New Milford 6-1
  22. Pompton Lakes 6-3
  23. Demarest 7-4
  24. Paramus 3-3
  25. Cliffside Park/Ridgefield 4-0
Kamila Castro of Ridgewood, left, wrestles Emma Mees of Paramus during the NJSIAA girls state wrestling semifinals at Phillipsburg High School on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023.
Emma Mees
285 pounds
WeightRankName, School, ClassPrevious Rank
2851Rocco Dellagatta, St. Joseph (Mont.), Jr.1
2852Benji Shue, Bergen Catholic, Jr.2
2853John Wargo, Phillipsburg, Sr.3
2854Dan Elyash, Paramus, Sr.4
2855Brandon Toranzo, Nutley, Sr.5
2856Lorenzo Portella, Red Bank Catholic, Sr.6
2857Connor Martin, Delbarton, Sr.7
2858James Lynch, Toms River East, Jr.8
NOTES: No changes.
Caught our eye: Josue Cordoba, Plainfield, Sr.
Sat, January 06, 2024, 9:00am
Paramus (3-3)56
Bergenfield (5-7)18
113ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Forfeit60
120ParamusDamian LaGrone (P) — Pin 3:52
Shawn Madriaga (B)
126ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Pin 1:53
Jovani Lora (B)
132ParamusDaniel Nashed (P) — Pin 0:25
Jordan Correa (B)
138ParamusMark Gass (P) — Pin 2:43
Alexander Cruz (B)
144ParamusShane Mancuso (P) — Technical Fall (15-0) 4:15
Jack Walsh (B)
150BergenfieldAlejandro Londono (B) — Decision 14-9
Shane Deegan (P)
157ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Decision 6-4
Paul Mielke (B)
165BergenfieldNathan Quinones (B) — Decision 4-3
Damian LaGrone (P)
175BergenfieldKalvin Acosta Jimenez (B) — Pin 0:46
Logan Rickard (P)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 0:27
Omal Uddin (B)
215BergenfieldOmar Taha (B) — Pin 1:28
Salvatore Normandia (P)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 0:28
Gabe Gomez (B)
106ParamusSeamus Donoghue (P) — Forfeit5618
Sat, January 06, 2024, 10:00am
Paramus (2-3)48
Tenafly (5-4)33
106ParamusSeamus Donoghue (P) — Pin 3:22
Nikolas Mzyk (T)
113ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Pin 2:18
Alec Chiu (T)
120ParamusDamian LaGrone (P) — Pin 1:05
Ahmed Alkumaim (T)
126TenaflyPeter Binikos (T) — Decision 5-0
Nick Guastello (P)
132ParamusDaniel Nashed (P) — Pin 3:22
Alex Hall (T)
138ParamusShane Mancuso (P) — Pin 1:58
Omer Atila (T)
144TenaflyEliyahu Smolanoff (T) — Pin 5:45
Joseph Candela (P)
150TenaflyBenyamin Zafrir (T) — Pin 2:50
Shane Deegan (P)
157TenaflyJordan Twiss (T) — Pin 5:46
Joseph Aiello (P)
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 1:31
James Freiser (T)
175TenaflyJeremy Pitcock (T) — Pin 0:52
Logan Rickard (P)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 2:43
Cole Mogensen (T)
215TenaflyJohn Lucas Tsiouris (T) — Pin 1:28
Salvatore Normandia (P)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 1:19
Jacob Kim (T)
Fri, January 05, 2024, 5:00pm
Ridgewood (1-4)24
Paramus (2-3)43
106RidgewoodEthan Dowling (R) — Decision 7-2
Seamus Donoghue (P)
113ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Major Decision 16-3
Maximus Olivera (R)
120ParamusDamian LaGrone (P) — Decision 8-4
Braden Lake (R)
126ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Decision 9-2
Eric Korzhov (R)
132RidgewoodGabriel Shaddow (R) — Pin 2:54
Daniel Nashed (P)
138ParamusShane Mancuso (P) — Decision 5-2
Ben Strauss (R)
144ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Pin 2:55
Thomas Barisonek (R)
150RidgewoodAJ Tretola (R) — Pin 2:21
Shane Deegan (P)
157ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Pin 0:32
Matteos Mesichan (R)
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Forfeit1531
175ParamusLogan Rickard (P) — Pin 3:00
Oliver Dorin (R)
190RidgewoodDavid Postolaki (R) — Decision 4-1
William Banach (P)
215RidgewoodMax Caruso (R) — Pin 0:23
Salvatore Normandia (P)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Forfeit2443
Wed, January 03, 2024, 6:00pm
Paramus (0-3)25
Lakeland (2-0)48
215LakelandKaiden Coll (L) — Forfeit06
285LakelandCooper Struble (L) — Pin 1:35
Austin Hart (P)
106LakelandChace Severs (L) — Major Decision 10-2
Seamus Donoghue (P)
113ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Major Decision 10-0
Ethan Ribitzki (L)
120LakelandJack Bergmann (L) — Pin 0:37
Damian LaGrone (P)
126ParamusNick Guastello (P) — Decision 3-0
Frank Monto (L)
132LakelandAnthony Nyhuis (L) — Major Decision 10-0
Daniel Nashed (P)
138LakelandRyan Langenmayr (L) — Pin 3:03
Shane Mancuso (P)
144LakelandChristian Battle (L) — Pin 2:37
Joseph Candela (P)
150LakelandChristian Jung (L) — Pin 1:02
Shane Deegan (P)
157LakelandChristopher Gallagher (L) — Major Decision 9-0
Joseph Aiello (P)
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 1:52
Alex Helphingstine (L)
175ParamusLogan Rickard (P) — Pin 3:34
Sean VanDerWert (L)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 0:14
Emir Bueno (L)
WRESTLING: Check out the first North Jersey weight class rankings of 2024
285 pounds
  1. Rocco Dellagatta, St. Joseph 8-3
  2. Benjamin Shue, Bergen Catholic 9-3
  3. Daniel Elyash, Paramus 0-1
  4. Spencer Ribitzki, West Milford 10-0
  5. Robert Ekins, Don Bosco 6-2
Top 25 team rankings
  1. St. Joseph 2-0
  2. Bergen Catholic 1-0
  3. Paramus Catholic 1-0
  4. Don Bosco 4-0
  5. Passaic Tech 5-1
  6. Old Tappan 1-0
  7. Clifton 2-1
  8. Westwood 3-0
  9. Passaic Valley 2-0
  10. West Milford 4-4
  11. River Dell 5-0
  12. Pascack Valley 3-3
  13. Emerson/Park Ridge 1-2
  14. Pascack Hills 3-1
  15. Ramapo 1-3
  16. Lakeland 1-0
  17. Butler 3-0
  18. Ridgewood 1-1
  19. Northern Highlands 2-2
  20. New Milford 4-0
  21. Hasbrouck Heights 2-0
  22. Paramus 0-2
  23. Wayne Hills
  24. Pompton Lakes 3-1
  25. Demarest 6-0
Wed, December 20, 2023, 7:00pm
Northern Highlands (2-2)40
Paramus (0-2)34
150Northern HighlandsWilliam Clasen (NH) — Pin 3:21
Joseph Candela (P)
157ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Pin 2:48
Jacob Siegel (NH)
165ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 0:47
Jack Leiman (NH)
175Northern HighlandsJake Gray (NH) — Pin 1:40
Logan Rickard (P)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 0:52
Adam Zerrik (NH)
215Northern HighlandsPatricio Urrutia (NH) — Pin 0:21
Salvatore Normandia (P)
285Northern HighlandsEthan Mendel (NH) — Pin 0:37
Austin Hart (P)
106Northern HighlandsMaxwell Emmert (NH) — Pin 2:21
Seamus Donoghue (P)
113ParamusConnor Klein (P) — Pin 5:32
Namish Kothari (NH)
120Northern HighlandsMichael Echeverri (NH) — Decision 6-2
Nick Guastello (P)
126Northern HighlandsRyan Dyki (NH) — Major Decision 13-2
Damian LaGrone (P)
132Northern HighlandsJustin Iannelli (NH) — Decision 7-3
Daniel Nashed (P)
138ParamusShane Mancuso (P) — Major Decision 15-2
Chase Gundersen (NH)
144ParamusMark Gass (P) — Pin 1:59
RJ McCleary (NH)
Thu, December 14, 2023, 7:00pm
St. Joseph (Mont.) (2-0)77
Paramus (0-2)0
No. 1 St. Joseph (Mont.) sweeps Paramus - Wrestling recapMak Ojutiku | NJ Advance Media for | Dec 15, 2023
106St. Joseph (Mont.)Charles Esposito (SJM) — Technical Fall (18-3) 2:25
Connor Klein (P)
113St. Joseph (Mont.)Johnathon McGinty (SJM) — Technical Fall (18-3) 2:18
Seamus Donoghue (P)
120St. Joseph (Mont.)Mikey Bautista (SJM) — Technical Fall (18-2) 2:30
Nick Guastello (P)
126St. Joseph (Mont.)Vincent Paino (SJM) — Pin 0:31
Damian LaGrone (P)
132St. Joseph (Mont.)Ryan Mitchell (SJM) — Pin 1:17
Daniel Nashed (P)
138St. Joseph (Mont.)Don Almeyda (SJM) — Technical Fall (20-4) 4:24
Shane Mancuso (P)
144St. Joseph (Mont.)James Sloan (SJM) — Pin 3:12
Joseph Candela (P)
150St. Joseph (Mont.)Brandon Karwoski (SJM) — Pin 1:47
Shane Deegan (P)
157St. Joseph (Mont.)Frank DiBella (SJM) — Technical Fall (19-3) 4:29
Joseph Aiello (P)
165St. Joseph (Mont.)Joseph Paretti (SJM) — Major Decision 13-4
Daniel LaGrone (P)
175St. Joseph (Mont.)AJ DiGiovanni (SJM) — Pin 1:39
Logan Rickard (P)
190St. Joseph (Mont.)Kaleb Jackson (SJM) — Pin 2:13
William Banach (P)
215St. Joseph (Mont.)Mike Joyce (SJM) — Forfeit710
285St. Joseph (Mont.)Rocco Dellagatta (SJM) — Injury Default
Daniel Elyash (P)

Wrestling: Team-by-team previews for 2023-24 season in North Jersey
Daniel Elyash of Paramus wins his 285-pound quarterfinal bout on day two of the NJSIAA state wrestling tournament in Atlantic City on Friday, March 3, 2023.Paramus (12-10): The Spartans will turn to senior state medalist Daniel Elyash at heavyweight to steer them in the right direction. Seniors William Banach, Daniel LaGrone and Chris Aykurt make up the supporting cast for a perennial contender.

Wrestling: Preseason North Jersey team rankings for 2023-24 season
Top 25 rankings
  1. St. Joseph 17-2
  2. Bergen Catholic 13-4
  3. Paramus Catholic 14-4
  4. Don Bosco 10-5
  5. Passaic Tech 17-7
  6. Old Tappan 16-5
  7. Clifton 21-4
  8. Westwood 15-8
  9. Passaic Valley 20-5
  10. West Milford 18-5
  11. Ridgewood 15-5
  12. Emerson/Park Ridge 14-8
  13. Pascack Valley 13-10
  14. Pascack Hills 20-8
  15. River Dell 12-13
  16. Lakeland 13-10
  17. Northern Highlands 14-8
  18. Paramus 12-10
  19. Hasbrouck Heights 20-5
  20. New Milford 10-8

Paramus HS Wrestling
Final State Tourney Update:  Congrats to Daniel Elyash on winning his last match and his 5th Place finish!  Daniel went 4-2 for the torunament.
285 pounds
First place: Jim Mullen (St. Joseph-Montvale)
Second place: Max Acciardi (Paramus Catholic)
Third place: Scott Lynch (Audubon)
Fourth place: Benji Shue (Bergen Catholic)
Fifth place: Daniel Elyash (Paramus)
Sixth place: Ryan Fischer (Jackson Memorial)
Seventh place: John Wargo (Phillipsburg)
Eight place: Rocco Bennett (Delsea)
Paramus HS Wrestling
Daniel Elyash (4) wins a thrilling 3-2 Quarterfinal match vs 5 seed to advance to Semis!! 14 straight years Paramus HS Boys Wrestling has produced a State Medalist!
Paramus HS Wrestling
Daniel Elyash (4) wins his second match today via Fall!  Quarterfinals round tomorrow.
Photos from Danielle Parhizkaran (

8:57 PM · Feb 26, 2023
Congrats to PHS Girls State Place Winners!
3rd, Emma Mees (152)
4th, Kayla Franson (138)
8th, Olivia Klein (100)

Paramus HS Wrestling
Region 2 Results: Congrats to Daniel Elyash (285) on taking 2nd, and Chris Hong (126) 4th. Both qualified for the Individual State Tournament in AC next weekend!
4:38 PM · Feb 25, 2023·459 Views

Complete results from the Region 2 wrestling tournament in Mount Olive
Nick Gantaifis
285 pounds
Max Acciardi (Paramus Catholic) dec Daniel Elyash (Paramus), 5-2

How one Bergen County town became a cradle for New Jersey wrestling coaches
Sean Farrell /
Joe Down's first move as Vernon wrestling coach was not a popular one. At least, not at first.Down turned back the clock when it came time to choose an entrance song, opting for Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath". It didn't catch on until Down explained the significance behind the 1971 hit – it's welcomed Paramus wrestlers onto the mat for over four decades, including Down himself.
"I told them the story behind it and now they love it," Down said. "They play it in the mat room. I didn't want to give it up because it reminds me of my high school career."
From 2009: Joe Down of Paramus (top) battles Teaneck's Leigh Turner at 215. Down won the match by pin during a 49-12 Paramus victory. Down is now the head wrestling coach at Vernon.The song choice is one of countless examples of how the Paramus wrestling program has affected teams all across the region. A town that's better known for retail and Route 17 traffic has developed another top export of late: high school coaches.Four head coaches at this year's Region 1 tournament are former Spartans: Down (Class of 2010), Lakeland's Joe Cervino (1996), Old Tappan's Rob Ortiz (1996) and Pascack Hills' Dave Bucco (2001).Another Paramus alum will be by the mat at the Region 2 tournament: Bogota/Ridgefield Park co-coach Jimmy Suess (2011).
The branches on this long and winding coaching fraternity are still proud of their roots.
"I'm not going to lie," said Cervino, now in his 15th year at Lakeland. "I may have worn one of my Paramus shirts to practice the week leading up to our Paramus match to give us a little extra motivation."
"I have one with a picture of us celebrating after winning the state sectional championship," Ortiz said. "I wore it to practice the next day after we won (this year) just to show the kids that back in the old days it happened to me too."
'Dedication produces champions'
So why have so many people from the same program wound up in the same profession? Well, it starts with a town that loves wrestling so much that street signs are named after its biggest stars.
Your subscription, your wayManaging your subscription has never been easier. Pause delivery, update your credit card and more online.Manage SubscriptionSuccess is the expectation at a program with nine sectional titles and two Bergen County titles. No other public school in North Jersey can say it's had a state medalist now for 12 straight seasons.
"In our era, the Paramus rec had 100-plus kids," Bucco said. "Everybody's parents were super involved in the process back then. We got to high school and, in terms of male sports, it was like wrestling was the premier sport."
Aaron Ayzerov hugs Paramus head coach Chris Falato after winning the 170-pound semifinal bout. The second day of the 2021 NJSIAA wrestling championships on Sunday, April 25, 2021, in Phillipsburg, N.J.The other ingredient is simple genetics.Cervino and Ortiz went back-to-back in the lineup as seniors while wrestling for their fathers: Joe Cervino Sr. (311 wins in 22 years) and his methodical sidekick Jose Ortiz."Wrestling is wrestling, but Coach Cervino taught us really to hold ourselves to high standards," Rob Ortiz said. "He was somebody who expected a lot from us and in turn, made us expect a lot of from ourselves and each other. I think that's the kind of message that we try to impart in our wrestlers here."
Like father, like son
One of Bergen County's winningest golf coaches came all the way from Cuba.
Jose Ortiz traveled from the island nation to Teaneck, moving with his brother to stay with their aunt and uncle. His parents escaped two years later on a fishing boat and settled in nearby Bogota. Jose Ortiz became the co-captain on the Bucs' first wrestling team and still coaches at River Dell in the spring.
From 2009: Old Tappan coach Rob Ortiz prepares to face his father, Paramus assistant Jose Ortiz, and younger brother Joe Ortiz, who wrestled for Paramus at 125 pounds.Now, he spend his winters in the crowd at Old Tappan and Westwood, where younger son Joe is an assistant."He was a great complement to me," Cervino Sr. said from a condo in sunny Florida. "I was a little bit like my son: pretty boisterous and vocal. Jose was more of a calming figure for the coaching staff.""I remember it clear as day," Bucco said. "Mr. Ortiz had a huge binder of every single newspaper clipping box score that one could possibly gather. We always felt like we were so many steps ahead of most programs when it came to bumping and coin flips and match strategy."
The Spartan way
All four head coaches interviewed for this story have brought a piece of Paramus with them.
Bucco still hangs a leaderboard in his room at Pascack Hills that tracks the number of team points scored and allowed by each wrestler. He waxes poetic about a Granby roll from 25 years ago and notes that Broncos assistant Kevin Moran was one of his high school teammates.
Down said his practices are "basically identical" to the ones former coach Steve Klass ran at Paramus about 10 years ago. The Vernon coach often scans the box score for Pascack Hills and Old Tappan and finds himself rooting for teams with Spartan ties.
"There's a vivid memory when we wrestled Bergen Catholic my senior year," Down said. "We beat them in 2010 and that gym was just packed. It was absolute chaos. That's what I want Vernon to be. I want the town to love wrestling."
The younger Cervino laughs at how often his team will walk out to an empty parking lot at 7 p.m. after most other winter teams are long gone. The longtime Paramus motto "Dedication produces champions" is still ingrained in the back of his head.
"A line that I use a lot here at Lakeland is we're not going to be out-worked," Cervino said. "We might a lose a match because a kid is better than you. But you're never going to lose a match because you're out-worked.
"I can't tell you how many times I've talked to Rob Ortiz when I'm driving home and we're talking wrestling. He's still at his school because one or two of his kids are on a treadmill or a bike trying to run off a couple extra pounds to make weight for the next day. It's nice. You always have somebody to to talk to who knows what we went through when we were at Paramus."
As time goes by, the Joe Cervino Sr. wrestling tree keeps adding new branches.
Two of his grandsons wrestle in the Paramus rec program and his granddaughter is the scorekeeper for the Spartans' varsity team. Matches between Paramus and Lakeland can turn into a family reunion.
"It brought back a ton of memories," the Lancers coach said. "It was a little weird being on the flip side of it. We're out there and Locomotive Breath came on.
"That was the song we came out to every single match when I was in high school and when I was a little kid at 10 years old, watching us in the stands. I hear it and I got flashbacks to being in the tunnel and getting ready to take the mat. In reality, I'm on the opposite side of the mat and I'm getting ready to face them."
Head coaches from Paramus High SchoolLakeland's Joe Cervino (1996)Old Tappan's Rob Ortiz (1996)
Pascack Hills' Dave Bucco (2001)
Vernon's Joe Down (2010)
Bogota/Ridgefield Park co-coach Jimmy Suess (2011)
Assistant coaches from Paramus High School
Paramus' Chris Falato (2001) and Nick Alpher (2011)
Mahwah's Rob Romeo (2004)
Pascack Hills' Kevin Moran (2004)
Westwood's Joe Ortiz (2009)

Paramus HS Wrestling
Congrats to our North Region 1 medalists! They will all be wrestling in the Girls State Tourney. 2nd: Kayla Franson 3rd: Olivia Klein, Emma Mees, and Sonia Balwas.


Live results: North 1 Region girls wrestling tournament at Vernon High School
Sean Farrell 2/19/2023

Wrestling: Results from districts 1 through 12 in New Jersey
Joe Ragozzino Ryan Rivero 2/18/2023
District 8 at Fair Lawn
Team scores: Mount Olive 220; Hasbrouck Heights 140; Paramus 127; DePaul 119.5; Lenape Valley 97; Fair Lawn 94; Lodi 89.5; Dover 51; Saddle Brook 19; Hopatcong 0.
106: Omar Asfour (Lodi) d. Jayden Mendez (Dover) 10-5.
113: Tyeler Hagensen (Mount Olive) injury time over Malik Asfour (Lodi) 4:00.
120: Adrian DeJesus (DePaul) p. Anthony Piemonte (Mount Olive) 1:38.
126: Chris Hong (Paramus) d. Anthony Cummings (Hasbrouck Heights) 9-3.
132: Jack Bastarrika (Mount Olive) p. Natan Tsyrilin (Fair Lawn) 0:41.
138: Gage Graziano (Lenape Valley) p. Austin Werner (DePaul) 1:13.
144: Nicholas Castaneda (Lodi) m.d. Jakob Bell (Lenape Valley) 14-5.
150: Tanner Perez (Mount Olive) p. Daniel LaGrone (Paramus) 1:38.
157: Sam Cilento (DePaul) d. Oliver Fermin (Hasbrouck Heights) 8-2.
165: Connor Scuilla (Hasbrouck Heights) d. Matthew Murri (Fair Lawn) 6-5.
175: Tyler Bienus (Mount Olive) p. William Banach (Paramus) 0:54.
190: Nicolas Gonzalez (Mount Olive) p. Eric Perez (Lenape Valley) 2:42.
215: Anthony Moscatello (Mount Olive) p. Michael Orlando (DePaul) 0:48.
285: Daniel Elyash (Paramus) p. Jackson Youtz (Mount Olive) 0:57.
Third-place consolations
106: Nico Nipitella (Hasbrouck Heights) p. Mark Calderio (Fair Lawn) 1:10.
113: Matthew Elyash (Paramus) p. Lucino Gonzalez (Dover) 3:20.
120: Brody Bogues (Fair Lawn) p. Kyle Von Seidel (Hasbrouck Heights) 1:23.
126: Stephen Toth (Fair Lawn) p. Franklin Rodriguez (Saddle Brook) 3:29.
132: Marc Pavese (Lenape Valley) p. Momen Jbara (Saddle Brook) 0:31.
138: Ryan Mastrofilipo (Lodi) d. Andrew Parente (Hasbrouck Heights) 5-0.
144: Osiris Harris (Dover) d. Harris Krommenhoe (Hasbrouck Heights) 3-2.
150: Alexander Frangione (Fair Lawn) m.d. Ergyn Doko (Lodi) 15-7.
157: Lincoln Youtz (Mount Olive) m.d. Anthony Moreno (Dover) 13-2.
165: Tyler Cumming (Mount Olive) injury time over Tyler Falen (Paramus) 4:21.
175: David Drezek (Hasbrouck Heights) m.d. Jack Phelps (Lenape Valley) 9-0.
190: Anthony Jacobsen (DePaul) p. Max Castro (Hasbrouck Heights) 4:46.
215: Christopher Aykurt (Paramus) p. Juan Mendoza (Hasbrouck Heights) 2:27.
285: Kevin Barahona (DePaul) p. Andrew Bicher (Lenape Valley) 3:59.

Girls region preview: A look at all four region tournaments
Region: North 1
Location: Vernon

Weight class previews
100 pounds
Seeds: 1-Theresa Zeppetelli, Bogota, 11-4; 2-Olivia Klein, Paramus, 11-1; 3-Sophia Lentine, DePaul Catholic, 5-7; 4-Paige Weiss, Sparta, 12-2; 5-Aitana Lozano, Lyndhurst, 15-9; 6-Izzabella Timonera, Nutley, 19-8; 7-Kaelen Hague, Vernon, 19-10; 8-Gretchen Quast, Ramsey, 7-6; 9-Sophia Salazar, Morris Hills, 8-6; 10-Isabella Power, High Point, 8-6; 11-Nyronda Crandol, Manchester, 5-9; 12-Maria Jose Martinez, Clifton, 5-4; 13-Quetzalee Grande, Passaic, 4-6; 14-Gianna Hernandez, Lakeland, 3-4; 15-Ava Novello, Mahwah, 2-2; 16-Naomi Nachmias, Fair Lawn, 1-3.

Outlook: A Zeppetelli-Klein final could be a barn burner that might even be replayed in Atlantic City. Zeppetelli is seeded first based on her 4-1 decision over Klein at the BCWCA. But there is no guarantee that Zeppetelli will get to the final as she will need to get past Sparta’s Paige Weiss in the semis. Weiss is a talented freshman who has lost only to Klein and up a weight at 107 to Leeana Mercado of Lodi. She has also previously beaten the 3-seed, Lentine.

Girls wrestling Top 10 and individual rankings for Feb. 15: Gudewitz to No. 2 at 107
  • Updated: Feb. 15, 2023, 5:31 p.m. | Published: Feb. 15, 2023, 5:30 p.m.
Girls Individual Wrestling Rankings
1. Theresa Zeppetelli (Bogota) 11-4
2. Olivia Klein (Paramus) 14-1
3. Paige Weiss (Sparta) 12-2
4. Princessstorm Woody (Trenton) 9-0
5. Isabella Santos (Elizabeth) 13-4
1. Makayla Decker (St. Thomas Aquinas) 16-1
2. Ailani Ubarry (Cherry Hill West) 13-2
3. Jenna Filieri (Immaculate Conception-Lodi) 11-5
4. Kamila Castro (Ridgewood) 9-2
5. Emma Mees (Paramus) 18-4

Individual wrestler rankings for Feb. 14: Sectionals & groups wreak havoc on rankings
  • Updated: Feb. 14, 2023, 2:30 p.m. | Published: Feb. 14, 2023, 10:30 a.m.
285 pounds
Weight, Rank, Name, School, Class, Previous Rank
2851Jimmy Mullen, St. Joseph (Mont.), Sr.1
2852Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic, Sr.2
2853Lorenzo Portella, Red Bank Catholic, Jr.3
2854John Wargo, Phillipsburg, Jr.5
2855Benji Shue, Bergen Catholic, So.6
2856Ryan Fischer, Jackson Memorial, Sr.4
2857Daniel Elyash, Paramus, Jr.7
2858Kei'Sun Sanders, Wall, Sr.8

Wrestling: These are North Jersey's best upper-weights who never won a state title
Nick Gantaifis / / 2/17/2023
Winning a New Jersey individual wrestling title is one of the hardest feats to accomplish in all of high school sports. Just reaching a state final is an accomplishment in its own right.
Every February, only 14 wrestlers are left standing by the time the crowd disperses at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. (There were only 12 weight classes prior to 1987 and there were 13 from 1988-1995.)
We've compiled an extensive list of the best wrestlers in North Jersey history to never win a state title, dating back to 1980. In our final installment of this series, we look at the best at the upper weights (161 pounds-heavyweight).
Eric Freeman
Paramus – third place (2021), third place (2022)

Eric Freeman of Paramus, top, and Roberto Padilla of St. Joseph's Montvale wrestle in a 165-pound quarterfinal bout on Day 2 of the NJSIAA state wrestling championships in Atlantic City on Thursday, March 4, 2022.A two-time state bronze medalist, Freeman finished his senior season with 44 wins, a Bergen County title and a district title. He helped Paramus to a state sectional crown in 2022. He's currently in his first year at Rutgers.

Kyle Jacob
Paramus – second place (2019), second place (2020)

The BCCA Holiday Wrestling Tournament at Hackensack High School on Saturday December 28, 2019. Kyle Jacob of Paramus High School beat Mike Toranzo of St. Joseph in the 220 lb. match to become the champion. One of Paramus’ great all-around athletes, Jacob was a two-time state finalist. In his first title match, Jacob dropped a 6-3 decision to two-time state champion Jacob Cardenas of Bergen Catholic. Jacob won a region title as a senior and finished his career with 125 wins. He currently plays football at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Wrestling: These are North Jersey's best middle-weights who never won a state title
Nick Gantaifis / / 2/16/2023
Winning a New Jersey individual wrestling title is one of the hardest feats to accomplish in all of high school sports. Just reaching a state final is an accomplishment in its own right.
Every February, only 14 wrestlers are left standing by the time the crowd disperses at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. (There were only 12 weight classes prior to 1987 and there were 13 from 1988-1995.)
We've compiled an extensive list of the best wrestlers in North Jersey history to never win a state title, dating back to 1980. In our second installment of this series, we look at the best at the middle weights (133-160 pounds).
Joe Trovato
Paramus – fifth place (2012), fifth place (2013), seventh place (2014), fourth place (2015)

From March 2012: Joe Trovato, top, of Paramus battles Michael Russo, of St. Peters Prep at 106 lbs. during pre-quarterfinal state championship action Friday night in Atlantic City.Trovato, fourth all-time in Bergen County history with 158 career wins, went 42-5 and placed fourth in the state as a senior. He claimed four district and three Bergen County titles and clinched a sectional title for the Spartans with a last-bout victory as a senior. Trovato reached the state podium four times during the start of Paramus' current streak of 12 straight years with a state medalist.

Rob Young
Paramus – third place (1979), third place (1980)

Young turned in back-to-back runner-up finishes at a time when only the top four wrestlers in each weight class received medals.

Wrestling: Everything you need to know about the district championships in North Jersey
Sean Farrell
District 8, at Fair Lawn
Schedule: 10 a.m. start, 12:30 p.m. semifinals with finals to follow.
Teams: DePaul, Dover, Fair Lawn, Hasbrouck Heights, Hopatcong, Lenape Valley, Lodi, Mount Olive, Paramus, Saddle Brook.
What to watch: Mount Olive is the team to beat after outscoring Paramus, 277-192.5, in the team race a year ago. Seniors Jack Bastarrika (132) and Anthony Moscatello (215) are both state medal contenders for a Marauders team that reached the Group 4 semifinals.
Lodi's Malik Asfour and Paramus' Chris Hong and Daniel Elyash will also look to kickstart long tournament runs after wrestling in Boardwalk Hall last season.

Wrestling: Final North Jersey team rankings, banner winners for the 2022-23 season
Sean Farrell
Final team rankings
  1. St. Joseph 17-2
  2. Bergen Catholic 13-4
  3. Paramus Catholic 14-4
  4. Don Bosco 10-5
  5. Passaic Tech 17-7
  6. Old Tappan 16-5
  7. Clifton 21-4
  8. Emerson/Park Ridge 14-8
  9. Ridgewood 15-5
  10. Pascack Hills 20-8
  11. West Milford 18-5
  12. Westwood 15-8
  13. Passaic Valley 20-5
  14. Paramus 12-10
  15. Pascack Valley 13-10
  16. River Dell 12-13
  17. Northern Highlands 14-8
  18. Hasbrouck Heights 20-5
  19. Rutherford 15-7
  20. Cliffside Park/Ridgefield 16-6
  21. New Milford 10-8
  22. Butler 17-11
  23. Ramapo 13-10
  24. Wayne Hills 14-12
  25. Pompton Lakes 19-8
▶ Ramapo won a state tournament match for the first time in program history and finished with one loss in the Big North Freedom play along with co-champions Paramus and Ridgewood.

Here are the brackets for the 2023 NJ wrestling team tournament
Monday, Feb. 6: Public rounds 1 and 2
North 1, Group 3

At Old Tappan
(1) Old Tappan vs. (8) Pascack Valley
(4) Montville vs. (5) River Dell
At Ramapo
(3) Sparta vs. (6) Paramus
(2) Ramapo vs. (7) Wayne Hills

Power Points as of 1/30/2023:
2022-2023 Paramus Wrestling Power Points
Limit best 10 meets between 12/15/2022 and 1/28/2023, as of 1/29/2023
12/16/22St. Joseph (Mont.) (14-2)L 0-80-8033.1 (31.5†)(elim)24
12/21/22Northern Highlands (8-7)W 37-36126.8 (23†)
1/4/23Lakeland (7-9)L 36-41-524.4 (21†)(elim)24
1/6/23Ridgewood (9-3)L 22-52-3026.1 (20.67†)(elim)15
1/7/23Bogota (10-5)W 40-301026.3 (23†)
1/7/23Indian Hills (4-16)W 65-65920.5 (14.75†)
1/7/23New Milford (8-6)W 46-262023.4 (26†)
1/11/23Hackensack (1-15)W 51-183313.8 (13.14†)
1/13/23Westwood (13-5)W 33-32126.5 (24.43†)
1/13/23Old Tappan (13-4)L 30-48-1829.4 (28.67†)
1/14/23Pascack Valley (11-8)W 39-281126.8 (25.67†)
1/14/23Wayne Hills (12-7)W 43-172626 (25.62†)
1/18/23Ramapo (11-8)W 40-281227.3 (26.1†)
1/25/23Southern (15-1)L 4-69-6533.7 (33.7†)(elim)24
1/27/23DePaul (4-9)W 36-251120.88 (20.88†)(elim)25
1/28/23Cranford (17-2)L 12-66-5431.1 (31.1†)(elim)22
1/28/23Passaic Tech (13-6)L 22-44-2228.7 (28.7†)(elim)22
1/28/23Southern (15-1)L 4-69-6533.7 (33.7†)(elim)24
Record:10-8Power Points:28.5Total:285
All Matches (18): 465 (25.0)

Power Points as of 1/26/2023:
2022-2023 Paramus Wrestling Power Points
Limit best 10 meets between 12/15/2022 and 1/25/2023, as of 1/26/2023

12/16/22St. Joseph (Mont.) (14-2)L 0-80-8033.1 (31.5†)(elim)24
12/21/22Northern Highlands (8-6)W 37-36126.8 (23†)
1/4/23Lakeland (5-8)L 36-41-524.4 (21†)(elim)24
1/6/23Ridgewood (8-3)L 22-52-3026.1 (20.67†)(elim)15
1/7/23Bogota (10-4)W 40-301026.3 (23†)
1/7/23Indian Hills (3-13)W 65-65920.5 (14.75†)
1/7/23New Milford (7-3)W 46-262023.4 (26†)
1/11/23Hackensack (0-13)W 51-183313.8 (13.14†)
1/13/23Westwood (9-5)W 33-32126.5 (24.43†)
1/13/23Old Tappan (12-2)L 30-48-1829.4 (28.67†)
1/14/23Pascack Valley (9-7)W 39-281126.8 (25.67†)
1/14/23Wayne Hills (9-6)W 43-172626 (25.62†)
1/18/23Ramapo (10-6)W 40-281227.3 (26.1†)
Record:9-4Power Points:28.5Total:285
All Matches (13): 348 (26.0)
† Opponent's rank at time game was played

2023 BCCA and BCWCA County Place Winners:

Congratulations to Our 2023 Bergen County Medalists:
BCCA - Chris Hong 2nd, Daniel Elyash 3rd, Chris Aykurt 6th.
BCWCA - Olivia Klein 2nd, Emma Mees 2nd, Kayla Franson 3rd, Sonia Bawlas 3rd.

Paramus 40, Ramapo 28
113: Matthew Elyash (P) d. Jacob Guzman SV-1 9-7. 120: Joey Fulco (R) p. Mark Gass 5:01. 126: Chris Hong (P) m.d. CJ Anzaldo 19-6. 132: Gino Gorga (R) p. Joseph Candela 3:44. 138: Joeb Rahman (P) d. Dean Donellan 6-1. 144: Casey Grusser (R) d. Alexander Guerriero 10-4. 150: Branden Causillas (R) d. Daniel LaGrone 2-0. 157: David Rozenblum (R) m.d Joseph Aiello 16-5. 165: Tyler Falen (P) p. Gabriel Thomas 1:11. 175: William Banach (P) p. Gabriel Thomas 3:21. 190: Tom Shokoff (R) p. Malke Akdemir 1:21. 215: Christopher Aykurt (P) p. Jonah Smith 1:39. 285: Daniel Elyash (P) p. Nathan Mangino 0:50.

Sat, January 14, 2023
Wayne Hills (9-5)17
Paramus (8-4)43
138ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Decision 4-0
Justin Higuera (WH)
144Wayne HillsJohn Sees (WH) — Major Decision 13-5
Dylan DeMaio (P)
150ParamusAlexander Guerriero (P) — Decision 9-3
Alparslan Sener (WH)
157Wayne HillsOmar Alshishany (WH) — Major Decision 10-1
Joseph Aiello (P)
165ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Major Decision 11-2
Joseph Lucarello (WH)
175Wayne HillsAshton Fava (WH) — Decision 3-0
Malke Akdemir (P)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin
Laith Ahmad (WH)
215Wayne HillsAdham Shalaby (WH) — Decision 3-0
Christopher Aykurt (P)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin
Matthew Lehman (WH)
106ParamusOlivia Klein (P) — Forfeit1428
113ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Pin
Jason Barnable (WH)
120ParamusMark Gass (P) — Decision 2-0
Tran Nguyen (WH)
126Wayne HillsSowzrawca Tsay (WH) — Decision 4-2
Chris Hong (P)
132ParamusKyla Franson (P) — Forfeit1743

Sat, January 14, 2023
Pascack Valley (7-6)28
Paramus (8-4)39
132Pascack ValleyAntonio Cedeno (PV) — Technical Fall (19-3) 3:00
Joseph Candela (P)
138Pascack ValleyMatt Bainbridge (PV) — Major Decision 11-2
Joeb Rahman (P)
144Pascack ValleyGeorge Hamilton (PV) — Major Decision 14-2
Dylan DeMaio (P)
150ParamusAlexander Guerriero (P) — Decision 5-1
Ryan Carlson (PV)
157ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 2:50
Alex Bainbridge (PV)
165Pascack ValleyRay Kohan (PV) — Decision 9-4
Tyler Falen (P)
175ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 1:03
Alex Falkoff (PV)
190ParamusMalke Akdemir (P) — Forfeit1621
215Pascack ValleyNate Lewis (PV) — Pin 2:21
Christopher Aykurt (P)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 0:41
Ennis Feratovic (PV)
106ParamusOlivia Klein (P) — Decision 6-0
Dylan Biegel (PV)
113ParamusMatthew Elyash (P) — Decision 6-4
Brayden Morgan (PV)
120ParamusChris Hong (P) — Pin 3:00
John Allmers (PV)
126Pascack ValleyAdan Cedeno (PV) — Forfeit2839

Fri, January 13, 2023
Old Tappan (10-2)48
Paramus (8-4)30
126Old TappanSam Bodnar (OT) — Pin 1:13
Mark Gass (P)
132ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Decision 3-0
Timothy Lee (OT)
138Old TappanJustin Morrissey (OT) — Pin 2:58
Joeb Rahman (P)
144Old TappanJoseph Velasquez (OT) — Pin 1:38
Alexander Guerriero (P)
150Old TappanRyan Sullivan (OT) — Pin 1:32
Daniel LaGrone (P)
157Old TappanNicholas Rotolo (OT) — Pin 5:16
Joseph Aiello (P)
165ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Pin 1:13
Robert Ferrara (OT)
175Old TappanNicholas Rossi (OT) — Pin 0:32
Malke Akdemir (P)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Pin 1:42
Tyler Degnen (OT)
215ParamusChristopher Aykurt (P) — Pin 1:49
Ryan O'Neil (OT)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 1:34
Jack Horgan (OT)
106Old TappanJonathan Rotolo (OT) — Pin 1:04
Damian LaGrone (P)
113Old TappanJack Drucker (OT) — Pin 0:22
Matthew Elyash (P)
120ParamusChris Hong (P) — Decision 9-5
Daniel Olivo (OT)

Fri, January 13, 2023
Westwood (8-3)32
Paramus (8-4)33
120WestwoodBenicio Reborio (W) — Decision 6-4
Mark Gass (P)
126ParamusChris Hong (P) — Pin 3:25
Victor Ye (W)
132WestwoodConner Sklavounos (W) — Forfeit96
138WestwoodRyan Sklavounos (W) — Decision 10-6
Joseph Candela (P)
144WestwoodTommy Kousis (W) — Decision 7-1
Alexander Guerriero (P)
150WestwoodAndrew Valas (W) — Decision 8-3
Daniel LaGrone (P)
157WestwoodGavin Seiler (W) — Major Decision 18-8
Joseph Aiello (P)
165ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Pin 1:27
George Kabezian (W)
175WestwoodAidan Dugan (W) — Pin 1:10
Malke Akdemir (P)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Decision 7-0
Lior Kohen (W)
215ParamusChristopher Aykurt (P) — Pin 4:29
William Murphy (W)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 0:48
Dante Downey (W)
106ParamusOlivia Klein (P) — Pin 0:28
Mohammed Abboud (W)
113WestwoodAnthony Lavezzola (W) — Major Decision 8-0
Matthew Elyash (P)

Fri, January 13, 2023
Westwood (8-3)32
Paramus (8-4)33
120WestwoodBenicio Reborio (W) — Decision 6-4
Mark Gass (P)
126ParamusChris Hong (P) — Pin 3:25
Victor Ye (W)
132WestwoodConner Sklavounos (W) — Forfeit96
138WestwoodRyan Sklavounos (W) — Decision 10-6
Joseph Candela (P)
144WestwoodTommy Kousis (W) — Decision 7-1
Alexander Guerriero (P)
150WestwoodAndrew Valas (W) — Decision 8-3
Daniel LaGrone (P)
157WestwoodGavin Seiler (W) — Major Decision 18-8
Joseph Aiello (P)
165ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Pin 1:27
George Kabezian (W)
175WestwoodAidan Dugan (W) — Pin 1:10
Malke Akdemir (P)
190ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Decision 7-0
Lior Kohen (W)
215ParamusChristopher Aykurt (P) — Pin 4:29
William Murphy (W)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 0:48
Dante Downey (W)
106ParamusOlivia Klein (P) — Pin 0:28
Mohammed Abboud (W)
113WestwoodAnthony Lavezzola (W) — Major Decision 8-0
Matthew Elyash (P)

Wed, January 11, 2023, 7:00pm
Hackensack (0-9)18
Paramus (5-3)51
132ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Decision 4-0
GianLuca Mangano (H)
138ParamusJoeb Rahman (P) — Forfeit09
144ParamusAlexander Guerriero (P) — Forfeit015
150ParamusDylan DeMaio (P) — Pin 5:18
Alexander Sanabria (H)
157HackensackElioth Guarquila (H) — Decision 9-6
Daniel LaGrone (P)
165ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Pin 3:57
Dylan Thornton (H)
175HackensackLuke Valenzuela (H) — Pin 0:42
William Banach (P)
190ParamusMalke Akdemir (P) — Decision 4-2
Andy Navas (H)
215ParamusChristopher Aykurt (P) — Pin 0:53
Alex Espinoza (H)
285HackensackChris Herrera (H) — Pin 5:33
Alejandro Garcia (P)
106ParamusDamian LaGrone (P) — Decision 2-1
Michael McGinnity (H)
113HackensackEvan McGinnity (H) — Decision 3-2
Matthew Elyash (P)
120ParamusDaniel Nashed (P) — Forfeit1845
126ParamusMark Gass (P) — Pin 1:27
Adrian Alena (H)

These wrestlers have the most wins in North Jersey history
Sean Farrell / / 1/9/2023
5. Joe Trovato, 158
Paramus (2015)
From March 2012: Joe Trovato, top, of Paramus battles Michael Russo, of St. Peters Prep at 106 lbs. during pre-quarterfinal state championship action Friday night in Atlantic City.
Trovato won four district and three Bergen County titles and clinched a sectional title for Paramus with a last-bout victory as a senior. He made four trips to the state podium during the start of the Spartans' current streak of 12 straight years with a medalist.

Sat, January 07, 2023
Paramus (5-3)46
New Milford (5-2)26
144New MilfordRyan Hartung (NM) — Major Decision 9-0
Alexander Guerriero (P)
150ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 1:15
Ryan Franklin (NM)
157New MilfordSutter Totaro (NM) — Pin 3:18
Dylan DeMaio (P)
165ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Pin 1:25
Kristoffer Dunne (NM)
175ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Major Decision 10-0
Joseph Tennant (NM)
190New MilfordCole Totaro (NM) — Decision 11-5
Malke Akdemir (P)
215ParamusChristopher Aykurt (P) — Pin 2:25
James Speights (NM)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 0:41
Josue Linares (NM)
106ParamusOlivia Klein (P) — Pin 0:56
Mathews Malayil (NM)
113New MilfordDevin Ryan (NM) — Pin 3:10
Matthew Elyash (P)
120ParamusChris Hong (P) — Pin 3:33
Matthew Mulligan (NM)
126New MilfordMugen Schmakov (NM) — Decision 7-5
Mark Gass (P)
132ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Forfeit4622
138New MilfordJayden Cedeno (NM) — Major Decision 9-1
Joeb Rahman (P)

Sat, January 07, 2023
Indian Hills (1-7)6
Paramus (3-3)65
150ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 3:31
George Miranda (IH)
157ParamusJoseph Aiello (P) — Forfeit012
165ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Forfeit018
175ParamusWilliam Banach (P) — Major Decision 9-0
Dylan Asgarian (IH)
190ParamusMalke Akdemir (P) — Forfeit028
215ParamusChristopher Aykurt (P) — Forfeit034
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 1:51
Jonathan McCreedy (IH)
106ParamusDamian LaGrone (P) — Forfeit046
113Indian HillsTristan Vallestero (IH) — Decision 6-0
Olivia Klein (P)
120ParamusChris Hong (P) — Pin 5:45
Chris Weaver (IH)
126ParamusMark Gass (P) — Decision 10-4
Michael Imamaliev (IH)
132ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Major Decision 15-3
Christian Kovalcik (IH)
138ParamusJoeb Rahman (P) — Forfeit365
144Indian HillsBrady Dransfield (IH) — Decision 4-0
Alexander Guerriero (P)

Paramus 40, Bogota/Ridgefield Park 30
138: Joseph Candela (P) over Dean Sinisgalli (BHS) (SV-1 10-8) 144: Adrian Laino (B/RP) p. Joeb Rahman 3:21. 150: Alexander Guerriero (P) p. Daniel Tobin. 157: Daniel LaGrone (P) p. Nicholas Buda. 165: Tyler Falen (P) m.d. Josh Gesmundo 12-1. 175: William Banach (P) p. Jaden Lemire. 190: Jaden Everett (B/RP) p. Malke Akdemir. 215: Christopher Aykurt (P) d. Derek Martinez 7-5. 285: Daniel Elyash (P) by forfeit. 106: Theresa Zeppetelli (B/RP) d. Olivia Klein SV-1 2-0. 113: Derek Bauernschmidt (B/RP) d. Matthew Elyash 13-7. 120: Daniel Vila (B/RP) p. Mark Gass. 126: Chris Hong (P) p. Jaden Rodriguez. 132: Derek Rodriguez (B/RP) by forfeit.

Wrestling: First North Jersey individual rankings of the season, plus latest Top 25
Sean Farrell
North Jersey individual rankings
126 pounds
  1. Brian Melamud, Bergen Catholic 4-0
  2. James Sloan, St. Joseph 5-6
  3. Jerzey Ryan, New Milford 9-3
  4. Marco Alarcon, Don Bosco 5-4  
  5. Chris Hong, Paramus 6-4
285 pounds
  1. Jim Mullen, St. Joseph 11-0
  2. Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic 8-1
  3. Benjamin Shue, Bergen Catholic 7-0
  4. Daniel Elyash, Paramus 7-2
  5. Matthew Lehman, Wayne Hills 8-0
(Records through Monday.)
North Jersey team rankings
  1. Bergen Catholic 4-0
  2. St. Joseph 4-2
  3. Paramus Catholic 1-0
  4. Don Bosco 1-0
  5. Passaic Tech 2-0
  6. Clifton 2-0
  7. Pascack Hills 4-1
  8. Old Tappan 2-0
  9. Emerson/Park Ridge 3-0
  10. Pascack Valley 3-2
  11. River Dell 2-2
  12. Westwood 3-0
  13. Paramus 1-1
  14. Wayne Hills 3-0
  15. Butler 2-0
  16. Northern Highlands 3-2
  17. Ramapo 3-0
  18. Ridgewood 1-2
  19. Rutherford 7-2
  20. New Milford 1-0
  21. Hasbrouck Heights 2-0
  22. Pompton Lakes 1-0
  23. Fair Lawn 2-3
  24. Lakeland 0-2
  25. Ramsey 2-4

Individual girls wrestling rankings for Jan. 4
  • Published: Jan. 04, 2023, 7:00 a.m.
  • Michael Holcombe | For NJ Advance Media
Girls Individual Wrestling Rankings

1. Olivia Klein (Paramus) 12-0
2. Isabella Santos (Elizabeth) 0-0
3. Jaclyn McDowell (Gloucester City) 0-0
4. Madison Rucci (Jackson Memorial) 8-0
5. Litzy Argueta (Lakewood) 9-4

Wrestling: 5 wrestlers who stood out on the first day of the Sam Cali tournament
Sean Farrell
Daniel Elyash
Paramus, 285 pounds

The Spartans junior claimed his spot in the semifinal by getting past St. Peter's Prep heavyweight Connor Reynolds, 6-1.
Making it even more impressive is the fact that the third-seeded Elyash is on the small side of his weight class at a trim 216 pounds.
Elyash tries to make up for it with his agility, as well as his background as a right guard and defensive tackle in football.
"It helps the IQ and helps with being explosive," Elyash said.
"I love the grind. It makes me a better wrestler. It makes me a better person."
Elyash, who is trying to break out after being limited by a torn hamstring last season, will take on Delsea's Rocco Bennett with a spot in the championship on the line.

Wed, December 21, 2022, 6:00pm
Paramus (2-3)37
Northern Highlands (5-3)36
106Northern HighlandsJustin Iannelli (NH) — Decision 4-2
Olivia Klein (P)
113Northern HighlandsRyan Dyki (NH) — Decision 6-0
Nick Guastello (P)
120Northern HighlandsAmanda Connors (NH) — Pin 5:01
Daniel Nashed (P)
126ParamusChris Hong (P) — Forfeit612
132ParamusJoseph Candela (P) — Decision 4-3
Amir Algabyali (NH)
138Northern HighlandsWilliam Clasen (NH) — Pin 1:00
Joeb Rahman (P)
144Northern HighlandsJustin Dario (NH) — Forfeit924
150ParamusAlexander Guerriero (P) — Decision 9-5
Joshua Schildiner (NH)
157ParamusDaniel LaGrone (P) — Pin 1:25
Jake Wagner (NH)
165Northern HighlandsJake Gray (NH) — Pin 5:13
Dylan DeMaio (P)
175ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Pin 3:19
Derrick Gray (NH)
190Northern HighlandsEthan Mendel (NH) — Pin 1:37
William Banach (P)
215ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Forfeit3036
285ParamusJuan Julio (P) — Forfeit3636

Wrestling: North Jersey team-by-team previews for 2022-23 season
Big North Freedom
Wrestlers to watch: seniors Chris Hong, Tyler Falen and Olivia Klein, junior Daniel Elyash.
Outlook: The Spartans (15-4) need to replace six Bergen County medalists and eight total seniors from a team that won the North 1, Group 3 crown. Girls wrestling state champion Olivia Klein is the headliner for new coach Mark Fontana's young group.
North Jersey’s Players of the Year
GIRLS WRESTLING: Olivia Klein, Paramus
Paramus senior Eric Freeman commits to Rutgers wrestling
Nick Gantaifis
Eric Freeman of Paramus, top, and Roberto Padilla of St. Joseph's Montvale wrestle in a 165-pound quarterfinal bout on Day 2 of the NJSIAA state wrestling championships in Atlantic City on Thursday, March 4, 2022.
Eric Freeman found his home away from home.The Paramus senior wrestler and two-time NJSIAA bronze medalist, announced his commitment to Rutgers University last week.“I’m really looking forward to my next chapter and excited to be joining a great college program,” said Freeman, who finished third at 165 pounds at the NJSIAA championships earlier this month. “Rutgers is close to home and it’s what I was looking for when I was going through the recruiting process. The coaching staff was very involved and interested in me and that means a lot.”
Freeman, 19, is coming off an impressive senior campaign in which he captured county and district titles and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the BCCA, Same Cali Invitational and Caldwell Tournaments. He finished second in Region 1 and won his 100th career match in January.
Freeman was also instrumental in helping Paramus win its first state sectional title since 2016.
“Eric has been a tremendous asset to our program over the years and played a big role in helping Paramus get back to the top,” coach Chris Falato said. “He’s been a role model for our younger guys and a great teammate. He has so much untapped talent and potential and he’s only going to get better from here. We’re all excited for him and looking forward to watching him compete in our own backyard at Rutgers.”
Freeman, who plans on majoring in psychology at Rutgers, joins a growing list of high school recruits from New Jersey to commit to the New Brunswick college.
“I know quite a few wrestlers headed to Rutgers. I’m looking forward to teaming up with everyone,” Freeman said. “Coach [Scott] Goodale and coach [Donny] Pritzlaff have done a great job keeping New Jersey wrestlers at home and their success proves that. The future is promising.”
At the recent NCAA Championships, two Rutgers wrestlers earned All-American honors as Sebastian Rivera (141 pounds) finished third and Greg Bulsak (197 pounds) eighth. It marked the sixth straight year Rutgers wrestlers earned postseason honors.
“I’m thankful for my coaching staff and all those who have been by my side over the years. I wouldn’t be in this position without them,” Freeman said. “If you had told me two years ago that I was going to commit to Rutgers, I wouldn’t have believed you. I’ve made a lot of strides in that time and I’m prepared for the next challenge.”
BCCA Large School Team of the Year
Coach of the Year, Chris Falato
Freedom Division Champs
1st Team All-League:  
Chris Hong, Daniel Hong, Matt Field, Eric Freeman, Brandon Myack, Daniel Elyash
2nd Team:  
Tyler Falen, Kevin Carmichael, Zachary Dolack
Jonathan Cherba, Randall Gonzalez
Congrats to our All North Jersey Girl Wrestlers!
1st Team: Olivia Klein, Emma Mees, 2nd Team: Kayla Franson
Olivia Klein
Paramus junior, 100 pounds
Klein turned her silver into gold by downing Isabella Santos (Elizabeth), 12-0, in their state championship rematch. She finished with a 20-1 record against girls, won her second BCWCA title and became a productive varsity scorer for the North 1, Group 3 champions.
Emma Mees
Paramus freshman, 145 pounds
Mees went 10-7 as a rookie and advanced further in the postseason than any other Bergen County freshman. She punched her ticket to the state championships by winning three straight consolation matches as the No. 8 seed at Region North.

2022 PHS All-County Wrestlers:
Coach Chris Falato named BCCA Coach of the Year!
Senior Eric Freeman (165) 2nd Team All-County
Senior Daniel Hong (126) 3rd Team All-County
BCWCA Girls Division:
Junior Olivia Klein (100), 1st Team All-County
Frosh Emma Mees (145), 1st Team All-County
Kayla Franson (132), 3rd Team All-County
Wrestling: Final North Jersey team rankings, banner winners for the 2021-22 season
Sean Farrell 03/09/2022
Paramus and state third Eric Freeman brought home plenty of hardware with league, sectional, county group and Big North Duals championships.
Final team rankings
  1. Bergen Catholic 12-1
  2. St. Joseph 7-3
  3. Paramus Catholic 12-3
  4. Paramus 15-4
  5. Passaic Tech 15-6
  6. River Dell 17-9
  7. Don Bosco 8-7
  8. Old Tappan 16-3
  9. Emerson/Park Ridge 11-8
  10. Pascack Hills 17-5
NJ State Wrestling Results:
Eric Freeman (165) - 3rd Place, 5-1
Chris Hong (106) 2-2
Daniel Hong (126) 1-2
Daniel Elyash (215) 0-2
Region 2 Results Update for PHS Wrestlers (top 4 go to AC): Eric Freeman (165) in Finals Chris Hong (106) - 3rd Daniel Hong (126) - 3rd Daniel Elyash (215) - 4th Brandon Myack (195) - 5th Zach Dolack (285) - 5th Matt Field (144) - 6th Kevin Carmichael(175)-7th/8th
5:15 PM · Feb 26, 2022·Twitter for iPhone
Paramus' Olivia Klein wins state wrestling title, gets redemption in dominant finals match
PHILLIPSBURG – The look on Olivia Klein's face said it all.Not only did the Paramus wrestler win her first state title on Sunday. She blew out the defending champion who pinned her in last year's final.So when the rematch went final, the 4-foot-11 ball of energy hopped up and down and roared to the heavens.
"My emotions? I was shocked. I was amazed. I was so proud of myself," Klein said. "I went out there and wrestled confidently."
Olivia  Klein of Paramus vs Isabella Santos of Elizabeth in 100 lbs. NJSIAA Girls Wrestling State Final in Phillipsburg, NJ on February 20, 2022.
Klein left no doubt on Sunday by downing Isabella Santos (Elizabeth), 12-0, in the 100-pound state final.It's the match she waited all year for after getting turned away by Santos in the same round – in the same room – in under three minutes last season.This time, Klein came to Phillipsburg with more technical knowledge and more equipped on how to handle the Union County star. She came without the nerves that weighed her down last year as a sophomore.
"The loss definitely motivated me a lot," Klein said. "I knew that I could do better and learn more. It pushed me to get more educated on wrestling and work with different people."
How dominant was Klein on Sunday? She was the only champion who didn't allow a single point in three matches. She was one of three winners who scored bonus points in each round, sharing the honor with High Point's Noelle Gaffney (165) and North Bergen's Amanda Pace (185).
Klein banked on her experience after wrestling in nine varsity matches this year with the North 1, Group 3 champions.
"When she trains, she trains with a focus and determination," assistant coach Mike Bastante said. "She doesn't quit. We're state sectional champs in boys and a lot of that has to do with her."
Olivia Klein of Paramus(top) wrestles against Jaclyn McDowell of Gloucester City in the 100 lbs of their semi-final during the Girls Wrestling State Championships at Phillipsburg High School, on Sunday, February 20, 2022.
Klein lost in the Region semifinals last week but ultimately, wrestled her best when it mattered most. She opened up a five-point lead over Santos with a takedown and three back points in the first period. A reversal in the second and third period sent her on the way to victory.After winning the title, Klein phoned her older sister Emily to share the news. Now at East Stroudsberg, Emily Klein placed first in the collegiate northeast regionals earlier in the day.
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"My dad had her on speed dial," Klein said. "It's definitely a great day in the Klein house."
The making of a state champion began two years ago when Emily Klein convinced her sister to come out for the team. Olivia had experience in combat sports – including jiu-jitsu since age 3 – since her dad owns Tiger Schulmann's in Englewood. Still, there was trepidation.
"I didn't want to do wrestling," Olivia Klein said. "I was scared. I always wasn't that confident of a kid. Emily definitely pushed me to join wrestling."
On Sunday, there was no question at 100 pounds. Klein climbed up the podium to give Paramus a state wrestling medalist for the 12th straight year. It's the longest streak by a public school in North Jersey.
For Klein, it was bliss.
"She executed the gameplan perfectly," Bastante said. "She was in a great mood. She had fun. That's what it's all about."
Wrestling: Results from districts 1 through 12 in New Jersey
Paramus placed 2nd as a Team in District 8 today. Congrats to our place winners & Region 2 Qualifiers: 1st: Matt Field, Eric Freeman, Zach Dolack 2nd: Chris Hong, Daniel Hong, Daniel Elyash 3rd: Jon Cherba, Kevin Carmichael, Brandon Myack… via @VarsityAces
6:13 PM · Feb 19, 2022·Twitter for iPhone
Complete results: North Region girls wrestling tournament at Franklin High School
Sean Farrell

Paramus' Olivia Klein (100) and Bergenfield's Emie Santos both placed third to earn a trip to the state championships. Spartan Emma Mees (145) and Lakeland's Caroline Biegel (235) will join them in Phillipsburg after fourth-place finishes on Saturday.
Paramus back on top in North 1, Group 3 with 44-23 win at Morris Hills
Updated: Feb. 09, 2022, 10:46 p.m. | Published: Feb. 09, 2022, 10:20 p.m.

By Matt Bove | For NJ Advance Media
Paramus senior Eric Freeman has achieved a lot of individual success in his wrestling career.
He reached the near pinnacle of the sport with a third-place individual finish at 160 pounds in the NJSIAA State Championships last season. However, he was yearning to get the opportunity to celebrate a huge team success with his Paramus teammates.
  • 2/9 - 12:00 AM WrestlingFinal
    Morris Hills23
Complete Box Score »That moment finally came as Paramus rolled its way through the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 tournament and concluded it with a 44-23 on the road at Morris Hills on Wednesday evening.
“It feels really good because the first thee years of my career we didn’t do this, ” Freeman said. “We lost a year to COVID. My first two years we had a bunch of young guys. It’s what I’ve been waiting for.
“Our coaches installed in us from the beginning of the season that if we could all come together as a team we could surprise a lot of people. I just want to thank him for everything he’s done for us and really believing in us.”
It was the first sectional title for Paramus since the 2015-16 season when it defeated Montville by a 36-24 score in the sectional final.
“It’s huge for us,” senior Zack Dolack said. “All season long we have been talking about this day right here. We came through here and took care of business against Montville. It all finally came true.”
Paramus got some toss-up wins early on against Morris Hills and was able to roll on from there. The Spartans led 10-3 after a major decision by Matthew Field at 160 and a pin by Freeman at 165.
Morris Hills head coach Brian Bollette bumped up one of his better grapplers -- Chris Piazza -- to 175 pounds get him away from Freeman. Kevin Carmichael was able to make that strategy all for nothing as he pulled out a 4-3 win over Piazza in an exciting bout.
It looked like Carmichael had things wrapped up when he got a takedown to go ahead 4-1 with 30 seconds remaining, but an escape and a stall quickly got Piazza back in it. Carmichael had to fend off a solid last-second shot by Piazza to secure the victory.
Carmichael had some fun with the rowdy Morris Hills student section after the win. Going into a hostile environment made the sectional title all the more satisfying for Paramus.
“I love it,” Dolack said. “That’s the best feeling alive. You walk into a hostile environment and you know everyone is against you. The fact that you win and can make them calm down is the best feeling alive.”
Matt Leslie won at 190 for Morris Hills, 2-0, on two penalty points to cut the deficit to 13-6 before the Spartans took complete control with three consecutive pins.
The most impressive of those was by sophomore Daniel Elyash at 215, who pinned Morris County Tournament champion Diego Ackay in 3:38 in what was previously a back-and-forth bout. Dolack (285) and Chris Hong (106) gave Paramus a commanding 31-6 lead following their pins.
“It was tough trying to scout out Morris Hills and Montville because they wrestle mostly Morris County teams and we wrestle mostly Bergen County teams, so it’s hard to make comparisons,” Paramus head coach Chris Falato said. “Brian Bollette actually moved his lineup beautifully tonight. I didn’t expect some of the things he did, and our kids had to come wrestle. They won the toss-up matches. 215 was huge, 126 was huge and 175 was a huge match. That propelled us to the win.”
Jonathan Cerba (132) also picked up a pin while Daniel Hong (126) and Dylan DeMaio (144) also recorded major decisions in the victory.
The journey is not yet over for Paramus, as the Spartans will compete in the Group 3 semifinals on Friday against an opponent to be determined.
“We know we’re probably going to be underdogs against the other section champs, but we’re playing with house money and we’re ready to go get it,” Falato said. “These guys are used to wrestling hard matches. We’re not afraid of anybody and will take on all opponents.”
Sectional Finals:
Wed, February 09, 2022
150ParamusMatthew Field (P) — Major Decision 10-0
James Abboud (MH)
157Morris HillsDavid Turner (MH) — Decision 7-3
Tyler Falen (P)
165ParamusEric Freeman (P) — Pin 1:26
Roger Barrezueta (MH)
175ParamusKevin Carmichael (P) — Decision 4-3
Chris Piazza (MH)
190Morris HillsMatt Leslie (MH) — Decision 2-0
Brandon Myack (P)
215ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 3:38
Diego Akcay (MH)
285ParamusZackery Dolack (P) — Pin 3:26
Tyler Fro (MH)
106ParamusChris Hong (P) — Pin 2:40
Ivan Pachas (MH)
113Morris HillsOmar Vasquez (MH) — Technical Fall (25-10)
Olivia Klein (P)
120Morris HillsFrank Brody (MH) — Forfeit3117
126ParamusDaniel Hong (P) — Major Decision 15-3
Jaydin Barreto (MH)
132ParamusJonathan Cherba (P) — Pin 2:54
Brandon Carro (MH)
138Morris HillsJames Johnson (MH) — Pin 1:05
Alex Morales (MH)
144ParamusDylan DeMaio (P) — Major Decision 12-1
Peter Bode (MH)

Sectional Semifinals:
Mon, February 07, 2022
Montville (11-5)21
Paramus (14-3)51
215ParamusZackery Dolack (P) — Pin 1:30
Muhammad Sari (M)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Major Decision 9-1
Mohammad Gaber (M)
106ParamusOlivia Klein (P) — Decision 3-0
Rylan Jones (M)
113ParamusChris Hong (P) — Technical Fall (20-5) 5:30
Aiden Dembowski (M)
120MontvilleBilly Elsmore (M) — Forfeit618
126ParamusDaniel Hong (P) — Decision 6-5
Anthony Monetti (M)
132MontvilleAaron Kurzer (M) — Pin 2:50
Jonathan Cherba (P)
138MontvilleJustin Ciliotta (M) — Decision 4-0
Randall Gonzalez - Manzanero (P)
144ParamusMatthew Field (P) — Pin 0:30
Isaam Gaber (M)
150MontvilleKarl Monaco (M) — Pin 0:47
Dylan DeMaio (P)
157ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Pin 3:27
Derek Giordano (M)
165ParamusEric Freeman (P) — Pin 0:36
Billy Templeton (M)
175ParamusKevin Carmichael (P) — Pin 1:13
Dominick Kraemer (M)
190ParamusBrandon Myack (P) — Forfeit2151

Sectional Quarterfinals:
Mon, February 07, 2022
Garfield (9-7)15
Paramus (14-3)65
190ParamusBrandon Myack (P) — Pin 1:55
Haniel Ferreira (G)
215ParamusZackery Dolack (P) — Pin 5:35
Michal Kapolka (G)
285ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Forfeit018
106GarfieldJake DeMeester (G) — Pin 0:32
Seamus Donoghue (P)
113ParamusChris Hong (P) — Technical Fall (22-7) 6:00
Gabriel Artizzone (G)
120GarfieldRyan Cortez (G) — Forfeit1223
126ParamusDaniel Hong (P) — Pin 2:09
Sean Lee (G)
132ParamusJonathan Cherba (P) — Injury Default
Mateo Martinez (G)
138ParamusAlexander Guerriero (P) — Pin 5:30
Jensin Devargas (G)
144ParamusRandall Gonzalez - Manzanero (P) — Forfeit1247
150ParamusMatthew Field (P) — Pin 0:35
Markel Stewart (G)
157GarfieldNathaniel Tylki (G) — Decision 4-0
Tyler Falen (P)
165ParamusEric Freeman (P) — Pin 3:45
Kyle Demeester (G)
175ParamusKevin Carmichael (P) — Pin 1:12
Johanny Tapia (G)

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Paramus’ Eric Freeman wins first title
Eric Freeman of Paramus is on his way to defeat Owen Delgado of Ramsey in the 165 pound match of their quarter final during the Bergen County Wrestling Tournament Day 2 at Hackensack High School in Hackensack on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022.
Paramus senior Eric Freeman claimed his first Bergen County title on Sunday when he scored a 5-1 victory over St. Joseph senior Roberto Padilla in the 165-pound final. “This keeps me up there with the best of the best. I’m going to continue working hard to reach my main goal of winning a state title,” said Freeman, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler for the upper weights. “Every tournament is a grind, but as the day goes on, I feel like I get better every time.”Your stories live here.Fuel your hometown passion and plug into the stories that define it.Create AccountFreeman, the top seed, recorded three pins in his first three matches and earned a 6-0 victory against Kosta Mavrikidis of Paramus Catholic in the semifinals.
Last March, Freeman wrestled back to finish third in the state to extend the Spartans' state medal streak to 11 years.
Paramus won the Group B team title on Sunday and was the highest scoring public school, finishing fourth overall with 144.5 points.
“Our team is really coming along. Some first-year wrestlers took second and we had a few place winners," Freeman said. "We’re shooting for a team state title.”

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Paramus is the Group B County Champ, and top scoring Public School!
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Wrestling: Complete list of medalists from the Bergen County Tournament

Paramus HS Wrestling
Congrats to the 7 Paramus wrestlers who placed in the 2022 BCCA tournament:
106: Chris Hong - 4th 
126: Daniel Hong - 3rd 
150: Matt Field - 6th 
165: Eric Freeman - 1st 
175: Kevin Carmichael - 5th 
190: Brandon Myack - 7th 
215: Zach Dolack - 2nd
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Paramus HS Wrestling

Paramus retains #4 ranking (#1 public) in North Jersey.
Individual wrestler rankings: 113 Chris Hong 4th / 126 Daniel Hong 5th / 165 Eric Freeman 1st / 215 Daniel Elyash 5th

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Varsity Aces
Top performances, results from the Bergen County girls wrestling tournament
100: Olivia Klein (Paramus) Dec Aaliyah Payne-Parris (Newton), 4-2.
132: Angelina Leone (Egg Harbor Township) Fall Kayla Franson (Paramus), 1:22.

Olivia Klein (Paramus) Fall Yasmine Yalowitz (Fort Lee), 1:48.
Aaliyah Payne-Parris (Newton) Fall Mariah Koster (Nutley), 1:24.
Angelina Leone (Egg Harbor Twp) Fall Emmalyne Dugan (Bayonne), 0:33.
Kayla Franson (Paramus) Fall Ayesha Payne-Parris (Newton), 2:10.

Olivia Klein (Paramus) Fall Reeve Fatuova (Ramsey), 2:52.
Yasmine Yalowitz (Fort Lee) Maj-Dec Adrana Urbina (Pennsauken), 13-3.
Mariah Koster (Nutley) Fall Marlen Castillo (Lakewood), 1:25.
Aaliyah Payne-Parris (Newton) Fall McKenzie Markham (Kingsway), 0:27.
Angelina Leone (Egg Harbor Twp) Fall Nicolle Castro (Garfield), 1:09.
Emmalyne Dugan (Bayonne) Fall Angela Gjini (Ramsey), 3:38.
Kayla Franson (Paramus) Fall Charlotte Flatt (Vernon), 3:02.
Ayesha Payne-Parris (Newton) Fall Carolina Marquez (Lakewood), 3:48.
Alexa Firestone (Kingsway) Fall Kamila Castro (Ridgewood), 1:54.
Ve`Shae Polite (Elmwood Park) Fall Emma Mees (Paramus), 4:24.
Skyla Ortiz (Ridgefield Park/Bogota) Fall Sarah Spitzer (River Dell), 2:25.
Taylor Peterson (Garfield) Fall Janiesha Dureny (High Point), 1:25.
Paramus wrestling beats Passaic Tech, crowned top public school at River Dell/Westwood Duals
ORADELL – The big men came up huge for Paramus on Saturday. Enough to take over bragging rights in the Big North Conference.
The Spartans rallied back with four straight wins in the upper-weights and clipped Passaic Tech, 34-31, in the second-annual River Dell/Westwood Duals championship. The final was a blood-stained, chess match where every bonus point was so heavily coveted.
Olivia Klein closed out the meet with a forfeit at 106 to lift Paramus (8-2) in the rematch of last week's two-point victory.
The wrestling tournament is a two-day, 16-team event that unofficially crowns the top public school team in the Big North.
"We knew this year we could have tremendous team success and we've had our eyes on it all summer long," coach Chris Falato said. "We've been talking about it since the first day of practice. It's very rewarding."
The Paramus wrestling team celebrates with the trophy after beating Passaic Tech in the River Dell/Westwood Duals championship. Jan. 15, 2021.T
The reward did not come easy for the Spartans, who won four of the nine contested bouts. Paramus raced back from a 25-7 deficit behind the heavy hitters at the end of the lineup. Tyler Falen started the comeback with a pin at 165, followed by forfeits to state medalist Eric Freeman (175) and Zach Dolack (215).A decision by Brandon Myack at 190 allowed Paramus to rest unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Elyash, who is nursing an injury.
"I was looking at the scoreboard and knew that if I don't win this match, we're not winning," said Myack, after a 3-0 triumph. "I just pushed through."
What it meansThe fifth-ranked Spartans knocked off a defending sectional champion and passed one of their final tests before the Bergen County Tournament.Falato pointed out that since winning a state title in 2016, the Spartans have produced great individual wrestlers but not necessarily the team success they are accustomed to.
"We've bought into the whole team concept," Falato said. "Everybody knows. This match came down to two of our lesser-known wrestlers – (Alexander) Guerriero and (Jonathan) Cherba – in not giving up pins and fighting like hell to stay off their back."
In the third-place match, River Dell slipped past Ridgewood thanks to a winner-take-all victory by Evan Krakower in the finale.
Daniel Hong of Paramus defeated Andrew Ivanovski of Saddle Brook in a 113 lb. match at the BCCA Holiday Wrestling Tournament on December 27, 2019 at Hackensack.Turning point
The most exciting match of the day came at 126 pounds when Daniel Hong beat Passaic Tech standout Alex Vertedor, 6-2, in a sudden victory. The outcome was especially sweet for Hong, considering he lost an overtime thriller with Vertedor earlier this month."I knew Hong was going to step up for the team because he's sacrificed so much for us this year," Falato said.
"He's just the total package."
The rematch was full of twists and turns, including in the third period when Vertedor was called for an illegal slam. Trainers stopped the match with 1:19 left and the score tied at 2. Hong said he felt dizzy but undeterred after landing on the top of his head.
"No matter what it was – even if I was bleeding from my heart – I was still going to wrestle," Hong said. "We don't give up."
That persistent spirit was put to the test again in the sudden victory period. Hong was briefly awarded the winning takedown until the other official over-ruled the call. The Paramus senior had already taken off his head-gear in celebration before being told to stay on the mat.
"I was all jacked up," Hong said. "I thought I got it, then the ref blew it off. Obviously I was a little angry. A few seconds later, right to his back."
Sam Cali Invitational, 2021: Medal-round results and placement for each weight class
Updated: Dec. 28, 2021, 4:34 p.m. | Published: Dec. 28, 2021, 2:42 p.m.
By Patrick Lanni | NJ Advance Media for
Below are the medal-round results from the Sam Cali Invitational.
The tournament, which was held Monday and Tuesday at the Ferguson Recreation Center on the campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, is named in memory of a former Don Bosco Prep and Rutgers wrestler who died in a 2016 car crash.
First-place results
165: 1-Eric Freeman (Paramus) p. 3-Kosta Mavrikidis (Paramus Catholic), 3:20

Third-place matches
126: Daniel Hong (Paramus) dec. Colin Menier (West Milford), 10-6
215: Zachery Dolack (Paramus) p. Luke Maxwell (Delsea), 3:05

Medalists by weight
126 pounds
  1. Caedyn Ricciardi (St. Peter’s Prep)
  2. Zach Hentschel (Pope John)
  3. Daniel Hong (Paramus)
  4. Colin Menier (West Milford)
  5. Shaun Quirk (Livingston)
  6. Blake Geibel (St. John Vianney)
165 pounds
  1. Eric Freeman (Paramus)
  2. Kosta Mavrikidis (Paramus Catholic)
  3. Anthony Harris (St. Peter’s Prep)
  4. Dennis Virelli (St. Augustine)
  5. Tyson Dereberger (Delsea)
  6. Zach Kitchell (Collingswood)
215 pounds
  1. Brendan Raley (North Hunterdon)
  2. Edward Padilla (Livingston)
  3. Zachery Dolack (Paramus)
  4. Luke Maxwell (Delsea)
  5. Connor Martin (Delbarton)
  6. Aidan Mackenzie (South Plainfield)
Freedom Division

106: Nico Nucifora, Indian Hills, freshman
106: Chris Hong, Paramus, sophomore
113: Daniel Hong, Paramus, junior

120: Brian Vargas, Hackensack, junior
126: Demitri Rainey, Indian Hills
132: Brendan Connolly, Northern Highlands, junior
132: Steven Ciambrone, Paramus, senior
138: Logan Hurwitt, Northern Highlands, junior
145: Vincent DeMaria, Northern Highlands, senior
145: Jordan Diab, Hackensack, senior
152: Nicollino Berlingeri, Northern Highlands, senior
160: Eric Freeman, Paramus, junior
170: Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus, senior

182: Jake Leonard, Ramapo, senior
195: Bobby Turso, Ridgewood, junior
220: Brian McKinnon, Ridgewood, senior
285: Justin Gradzki, Northern Highlands, junior
285: Anthony Vacarella, Ridgewood, senior
Coach of the Year: Dan Rehain, Northern Highlands
106: Erick Naravaez, Northern Highlands, senior
113: Collin Lake, Ridgewood, freshman
120: Nick Patel, Northern Highlands, senior
126: Jacob McCoy, Northern Highlands
132: Stefano Bruni, Ramapo, junior
138: Danny Gaffney, Indian Hills, senior
138: Tyler Falon, Paramus, sophomore
152: Shane Trattner, Ridgewood, senior
160: Jack Brantley, Ramapo, senior
182: Dylan Hauver, Ridgewood, senior
195: Daniel Ellash, Paramus, freshman
220: Michael Grant, Hackensack, junior
120: Matthew Lichult, Indian Hills, senior. 132: Konnor Kovalchik, Indian Hills, junior. 126: David Rosenblum, Ramapo, sophomore. 145: Stefano Galasso, Ramapo, senior. 120: Anthony Egbert, Paramus, senior. 152: Matthew Field, Paramus, junior. 220: Michael Greenbaum, Northern Highlands, junior. 160: Ethan Mendel, Northern Highlands, freshman. 195: Ian Gross, Ridgewood, senior. 138: Yunte Trattner, Ridgewood, freshman. 106: Evan McGinnity, Hackensack, freshman.
Wrestling: Final team rankings, 5 takeaways from the 2021 season in North Jersey
Sean Farrell
Here's what stood out from the 2021 high school wrestling season.
Winner, winner
The best news to come out of the 2021 season was the survival of the state individual tournament.
There were fewer fans and less pageantry at the new finals venue at Phillipsburg, but the chance to compete was embraced by coaches and wrestlers alike, especially North Jersey's two champions: Becton's Izabella Frezzo and Paramus' Aaron Ayzerov.
No other winter sport crowned state champions this season, an illustration of just how much the tournament means on the high school calendar.
North Jersey took advantage by producing four female finalists in its best season to date. This was also the first year the girls had a stage to themselves, rather than sharing a championship week with their male counterparts.
On the boys side, the region was limited to a single champion for only the second time in 10 years.
Picture perfect
Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus takes a selfie with head coach Chris Falato after winning the 170-pound state final on the second day of the 2021 NJSIAA wrestling championships on Sunday, April 25, 2021, in Phillipsburg, N.J.

Final Top 25 rankings
  1. Bergen Catholic 3-0
  2. St. Joseph 5-0
  3. Paramus Catholic 5-0
  4. Northern Highlands 11-0
  5. River Dell 14-0
  6. Emerson/Park Ridge 8-0
  7. Passaic Tech 4-2
  8. Paramus 5-4
  9. Clifton 5-4
  10. Pascack Valley 7-2
  11. Pascack Hills 11-2
  12. Ridgewood 9-2
  13. Passaic Valley 7-1
  14. Hawthorne 12-1
  15. Lakeland 7-2
  16. Ramsey 8-4
  17. West Milford 7-6
  18. Butler 9-4
  19. Westwood 6-5
  20. Don Bosco 2-5
  21. Pompton Lakes 10-5
  22. NV/Demarest 8-2
  23. Hasbrouck Heights 9-3
  24. Cresskill 9-5
  25. Rutherford 8-3
Wrestling: 2021 All-North Jersey teams

Sean Farrell
After an exciting season, the following wrestlers have been selected to the 2021 All-North Jersey wrestling teams.
Later this month, we will unveil the nominees for Boys Wrestler of the Year, which will be announced at the 2021 North Jersey High School Sports Awards.
Eric Freeman
Paramus junior, 160 pounds

In one season, Freeman (15-1) went from off the state podium to third. He gave Paramus a medalist for the 11th straight year by winning his last four matches in consolations.
Aaron Ayzerov
Paramus senior, 170 pounds

The Columbia-bound Ayzerov captured his first state title by defeating Red Bank Catholic's Sabino Portella, 8-2, in the final. Not even a completely torn meniscus could stop Ayzerov from getting his 106th career win and redemption from last year's championship loss.
Eric Freeman, Paramus, junior, 160 pounds
Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus, senior, 170 pounds
Paramus: Chris Hong, 106, sophomore. Daniel Hong, 113, junior. Steven Ciambrone, 132, senior.
One good knee, one state title for Paramus wrestler Aaron Ayzerov
Darren Cooper
Aaron Ayzerov hugs Paramus head coach Chris Falato after winning the 170-pound semifinal bout. The second day of the 2021 NJSIAA wrestling championships on Sunday, April 25, 2021, in Phillipsburg, N.J.PHILLIPSBURG – North Jersey only had one state wrestling champion in 2021. That’s OK. He only had one fully operational meniscus.Competing with a “completely torn” meniscus that will require surgery in the coming days, Paramus senior Aaron Ayzerov rose through the adversity to win the state title at 170 pounds on the final day of the two-day state championships at Phillipsburg High School.“Completely torn,” said Ayzerov minutes after his 8-2 win over Sabino Portella of Red Bank Catholic. “The cat is out of the bag now. I was cleared to wrestle, but they couldn’t do anything else. I couldn’t walk after Regions. I was in bad shape. I gave up, but I told myself that’s not how I was raised. That’s not how I am.”
What Ayzerov was this season was North Jersey’s most complete wrestler. If an opponent wanted to go quick, he could scramble with you. Want to try strength? Bring it on. Smarts? That too.
Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus, top, wrestles Sabino Portella of Red Bank Catholic in the 170-pound state final on the second day of the 2021 NJSIAA wrestling championships on Sunday, April 25, 2021, in Phillipsburg, N.J.
Ayzerov, the top seed at his weight class, said he was dealing with pain throughout the day. It may have explained his slow start. His closest match was in the quarterfinals, where he survived a hard challenge from Norman Cella (North Hunterdon) before winning, 2-0.“I was protecting it,” Ayzerov said. “I knew though that I worked the hardest in the state. I knew it would be four tough matches here. There are no easy matches at States.”The injury happened a few days before Regions when Ayzerov was working late at practice with teammate Eric Freeman, who finished third Sunday in a breakthrough performance. Ayzerov said it wasn’t a weird move or anything, it just popped.
Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus takes a selfie with head coach Chris Falato after winning the 170-pound state final on the second day of the 2021 NJSIAA wrestling championships on Sunday, April 25, 2021, in Phillipsburg, N.J.
Ayzerov went to club practice later that night and made it through that, but had a bad feeling something was wrong. The next morning, he said he couldn’t walk. He seriously thought about giving up.“I was like, ‘I’m done, whatever, great season, I had a great career, but whatever,’” he said.He gritted through Regions, but then was in a lot of pain again, and was on crutches and couldn’t move well. He wore a big brace on the knee Sunday.
Against Portella, Ayzerov made it look easy, getting takedowns in the first two periods and some back points to build an 8-0 lead. Portella did put a bit of a scare in to Ayzerov in the final seconds with a quick throw – “He had a nasty throw on me,” said Ayzerov – but by then it was too late.
“I wanted to dominate,” Ayzerov said. “I wanted that major so bad, but my plan was to dominate. I wanted those bonus points.”
Ayzerov is the school's first state champion since Kyle Cochran, who won at 160 pounds in 2016. He is the school's third state champion overall.
The smiling Columbia-bound Ayzerov joked about how he’d never won a state title, saying he’d finished second multiple times in grade school, and last year as a junior. He was looking forward to seeing his family and thanking everyone who had supported him in his career.
“I finally got one,” Ayzerov said.
He meant a state title, but remember, he only had one good knee too.
Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus captures long-awaited state wrestling title
Updated 9:23 PM; Today 9:21 PM
By Patrick Lanni | NJ Advance Media for
Aaron Ayzerov waited his whole life to finally get his championship moment. So as the blood trickled down the Paramus senior’s lips and his nose continued to bleed, the waiting game continued.
And for Ayzerov, blood time was lost time.
With a comfortable lead, the only thing standing between Ayzerov and his long-awaited state title was time on Sunday at the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedic State Championships.
Ayzerov dominated his way to the 170-pound title and defeated Red Bank Catholic sophomore Sabino Portellain the final-round, 8-2, on Sunday at Phillipsburg High.
This was his seventh try at winning a state title. He’s lost in freestyle and folkstyle. In middle school and high school wrestling, and his championship loss last season in Atlantic City set the stage for a senior year he’ll never forget.
“I was just never the guy, but I told myself after losing last year that I’m going to be the guy, and I’m going to do it with authority,” Ayzerov said. “There was no way I was losing.”
And he did it with a serious knee injury that got so bad he couldn’t walk leading up to last weekend’s regional tournament.
Ayzerov dropped a 7-3 decision to Nick Boggiano in the state finals last season at 152 pounds. It pushed him to the top Sunday after Ayzerov got a takedown and two-point nearfall in the first period and never looked back.
Portella got a reversal with eight seconds left. It was the first time Ayzerov gave up points from the neutral or offensive position in his four matches.
He came in as the No. 1 seed and proved he was the top wrestler in the bracket winning two bouts by fall and surviving a tough quarterfinal match against Hunterdon Central’s Norman Cella when Ayzerov got a takedown in the first period for the only points scored in a 2-0 victory.
“This is his place,” Paramus coach Chris Falato said. “You can see him smiling. He had an hour long conversation with every kid he wrestled. He loves to be here. He loves wrestling and loves this environment. He got exactly what he deserves.”
2021 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships, Sunday sessionsAaron Ayzerov of Paramus takes a selfie with coach Chris Falato (right) after he beat Sabino Portella of Red Bank Catholic in the 170-pound final at the 2021 NJSIAA Wrestling State Championships at Phillipsburg High School on Sunday April 25, 2021. Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media
Before getting his arm raised, Ayzerov showcased that smile, snapping a selfie with a Falato in the corner as the public-address announcer this year’s state champion at 160 pounds ... Aaron Ayzerov.“I just love to wrestle,” Ayzerov said. “There’s no certain thing I’m great at. I think I’m great in every position. I came here, had fun and I know I’m having the most fun out of everyone here.”
Weight-by-weight analysis of Day 2 of the NJ Wrestling Championships
Darren Cooper
At Phillipsburg High School
160 pounds
Paramus junior Eric Freeman finished third, setting himself up for a big 2022. Freeman took care of Nicholas Franco (Paramus Catholic) 1-0 in the first round. He had top seed Blake Bahna (Watchung Hills) in trouble in the quarterfinals, but Bahna came back for a 3-2 win. Freeman came back to win four matches in the wrestlebacks. Lyndhurst star Dylan Weaver was bested by Hunter Mays (Howell) in the quarterfinals and fought back to place seventh. Weaver was fourth in 2020 and 2019. Mays would win the state title with a rough 6-5 win over Dakota Morris (Kingsway).
170 pounds
Who needs a meniscus? Paramus senior Aaron Ayzerov won the state title at 170 pounds competing just weeks after tearing the meniscus in his left knee. He dominated Sabino Portella (Red Bank Catholic), 8-2, in the final. Elsewhere in the bracket, it was a story of two matches between North Jersey rivals Justin Onello (Bergen Catholic) and Michael Dellagatta (St. Joe’s). The two met in the quarterfinal round, with Onello taking an early lead and holding off Dellagatta, 7-6, to advance. Onello would lose a heartbreaker to Portella in the semifinals. Meanwhile, Dellagatta was ripping through wrestlebacks, and about six hours after their first meeting of the day, the duo met again. This time, Dellagatta recorded a pin in 2:18 to finish third.
Weight-by-weight analysis of the 2021 NJ state wrestling brackets
Sean Farrell

160 pounds
Eric Freeman of Paramus, left, wrestles Nicholas Franco of Paramus Catholic in the 160-pound final during the North 1 Region wrestling meet at Mount Olive High School on Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Flanders.
North Jersey qualifiers: Eric Freeman of Paramus, Nick Franco of Paramus Catholic, Roberto Padilla of St. Joseph and Dylan Weaver of Lyndhurst/North Arlington.2019 medalists: Dylan Weaver of Lyndhurst/North Arlington (fourth), Colton Washleski of Hunterdon Central (sixth), Blake Bahna of Watchung Hills (sixth) and Dakota Morris of Kingsway (seventh).Outlook: Three of the top four seeds competed last week in Union: No. 1 Blake Bahna of Watchung Hills finished ahead of No. 3 Louis Cerchio of Delbarton and No. 4 Dylan Weaver of Lyndhurst.
Cerchio, a freshman, put the state on notice when he stunned a two-time NJSIAA medalist in Weaver during Sunday's semifinals.
170 pounds
Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus, right, wrestles Alex Strashinsky of Bergen Catholic in the 152-pound quarterfinal on Day 2 of the NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday, March 6, 2020.
North Jersey qualifiers: Michael Dellagatta of St. Joseph, Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus and Justin Onello of Bergen Catholic.2019 medalists: Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus (second), Michael Dellagatta of St. Joseph (fourth), Colin Calvetti of Delbarton (fifth), Shay Addison of Rumson-Fair Haven (fifth), Jared Schoppe of Delsea (eighth) and Norman Cella of Hunterdon Central (eighth).Outlook: Get ready for a possible Bergen County special on Sunday night between No. 1 seed Aaron Ayzerov and No. 2 Michael Dellagatta. The friendly rivals met back on Opening Day with Ayzerov winning the first round. The rematch was called off last weekend when Ayzerov backed out of the Region final for precautionary reasons.
Both wrestlers must bring their best since this weight (along with 120) has the most returning medalists with six.
Pairings for NJSIAA Wrestling Individual Championships
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160 weight class
1. Blake Bahna (Watchung Hills, 9-1)) vs. 16. Luke Ciampa (Jefferson, 14-2).
9. Nicholas Franco (Paramus Catholic, 7-1) vs. 8. Eric Freeman (Paramus, 10-0). 
5. Hunter Mays (Howell) vs. 12. Shawn Williams (Paulsboro, 13-2)
13. Adam Coleman (Matawan) vs. 4. Dylan Weaver (Lyndhurst, 13-1).
3. Louic Cerchio (Delbarton, 9-2)) vs. 14. Zander Silva (Christian Brothers Academy, 3-2).
11. Joshua Palacio (North Bergen, 8-2) vs. 6. Colton Washleski (Hunterdon Central).
7. Jurius Clark (Camden Catholic, 10-1) vs. 10. Brock Zurawski (St. Augustine, 10-2).
15. Roberto Padilla (St. Joseph (Montvale), 7-3) vs. 2. Dakota Morris (Kingsway, 12-0).
170 weight class
1. Aaron Ayzerov (Paramus, 8-2) vs. 16. D.J. Henry (Howel).
9. James Holder (North Hunterdon, 7-1) vs. 8. Norman Cella (Hunterdon Central).
5. David DiPietro (Kingsway, 12-1) vs. 12. Alex Marshall (St. Augustine, 9-3).
13. Raymond Weed (Absegami) vs. 4. Jared Schoppe (Delsea, 16-0).
3. Sabino Portella (Red Bank Catholic) vs. 14. Brett Miller (Bound Brook, 9-2).
11. Hunter Perez (Mount Olive, 11-3) vs. 6. Shay Addison (Rumson-Fair Haven).
7. Colin Calvetti (Delbarton, 9-1) vs. 10. Justin Onello (Bergen Catholic, 7-1).
15. Stratos Kantanas (Livingston, 10-3) vs. 2. Michael Dellagatta (St. Joseph (Montvale), 8-1).
Tue, April 20, 2021
Paramus (5-4-10)27
West Essex (11-1-23)30
106ParamusChris Hong (P) — Decision 9-5
Ethan Kerlin (WE)
126ParamusDaniel Hong (P) — Decision 7-5
Anthony Barra (WE)
132ParamusSteven Ciambrone (P) — Pin 2:45
Mike Bartley (WE)
138West EssexRicky Cassidy (WE) — Technical Fall (20-5) 5:53
Randall Gonzalez-Manzan (P)
145West EssexCarson Barry (WE) — Forfeit1211
152ParamusMatthew Field (P) — Decision 5-3
Mike Maglione (WE)
160West EssexAnthony Lombardi (WE) — Major Decision 11-2
Ibraheim Habeeh (P)
170West EssexMatt Zaccaria (WE) — Forfeit1521
182ParamusBrandon Myack (P) — Pin 1:38
Amro Salem (WE)
Fri, April 16, 2021
Paramus (5-3-10)52
Dumont (3-9-4)25
106DumontZachary Lizzi (D) — Major Decision 8-0
Olivia Klein (P)
113ParamusChris Hong (P) — Forfeit64
120ParamusAnthony Egbert (P) — Pin 2:41
Aidan McKenna (D)
126ParamusEmily Klein (P) — Forfeit184
132DumontJeremy Quezedo (D) — Decision 2-0
Jonathan Cherba (P)
138ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Pin 0:44
JAke Urso (D)
145ParamusAidan Amaro (P) — Technical Fall (15-0) 5:10
Kyle O'Neill (D)
152ParamusMatthew Field (P) — Pin 1:23
Zachary Cetera (D)
160DumontDevon Turner (D) — Pin 4:40
Ibraheim Habeeh (P)
170DumontThomas Yates (D) — Forfeit3519
182ParamusBrandon Myack (P) — Pin 0:41
AIdan Graham (D)
195ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Technical Fall (16-0) 5:20
Daniel Ramos (D)
220ParamusDaniel Casey (P) — Forfeit5219
285DumontStephen Brennan (D) — Forfeit5225
Wed, April 14, 2021
Paramus (5-3-10)22
River Dell (14-0-10)42
106ParamusChris Hong (P) — Major Decision 9-0
Evan Krakower (RD)
113River DellNicolas Peralta (RD) — Forfeit46
120River DellNoah Krakower (RD) — Decision 5-3
Anthony Egbert (P)
126ParamusJonathan Cherba (P) — Pin 1:19
Gavin Lehmann (RD)
132River DellKanbar Tutal (RD) — Forfeit1015
138River DellDylan Mullen (RD) — Pin 2:53
Tyler Falen (P)
145ParamusAidan Amaro (P) — Forfeit1621
152River DellCharlie Racine (RD) — Pin 4:58
Matthew Field (P)
160ParamusIbraheim Habeeh (P) — Decision 15-12
Colin Chambers (RD)
170River DellMatt Basil (RD) — Forfeit1933
182River DellKyle Link (RD) — Decision 6-2
Brandon Myack (P)
195ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Decision 4-0
Ren Yoshikubo (RD)
220River DellBrendan Solinas (RD) — Pin 1:10
Daniel Casey (P)
State Wrestling Qualifiers: Meet the 224 wrestlers advancing from the regions, 2021
Updated Apr 19, 10:11 AM; Posted Apr 17, 1:39 PM
By Joe Zedalis | NJ Advance Media for and Chris Faytok | NJ Advance Media for
160 Pounds: Region Champions
  • Eric Freeman, Paramus, Region: North 1 - (Reg. 2)
  • Blake Bahna, Watchung Hills, Region: North 2 - (Reg. 4)
  • Hunter Mays, Howell, Region: Central - (Reg. 6)
  • Dakota Morris, Kingsway, Region: South - (Reg. 8)
160 Pounds: Region Runners-up
  • Nicholas Franco, Paramus Catholic, Region: North 1 - (Reg. 2)
  • Louis Cerchio, Delbarton, Region: North 2 - (Reg. 3)
  • Colton Washleski, Hunterdon Central, Region: Central - (Reg. 5)
  • Jurius Clark, Camden Catholic, Region: South - (Reg. 7)
160 Pounds: Region Third Place
  • Roberto Padilla, St. Joseph (Mont.), Region: North 1 - (Reg. 1)
  • Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst, Region: North 2 - (Reg. 3)
  • Adam Coleman, Matawan, Region: Central - (Reg. 5)
  • Brock Zurawski, St. Augustine, Region: South - (Reg. 8)
160 Pounds: Region Fourth Place
  • Roberto Padilla, St. Joseph (Mont.), Region: North 1 - (Reg. 1)
  • Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst, Region: North 2 - (Reg. 3)
  • Adam Coleman, Matawan, Region: Central - (Reg. 5)
  • Brock Zurawski, St. Augustine, Region: South - (Reg. 8)
170 Pounds: Region Champions
  • Michael Dellagatta, St. Joseph (Mont.), Region: North 1 - (Reg. 1)
  • Colin Calvetti, Delbarton, Region: North 2 - (Reg. 3)
  • Sabino Portella, Red Bank Catholic, Region: Central - (Reg. 5)
  • Jared Schoppe, Delsea, Region: South - (Reg. 8)
170 Pounds: Region Runners-up
  • Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus, Region: North 1 - (Reg. 2)
  • James Holder, North Hunterdon, Region: North 2 - (Reg. 4)
  • Shay Addison, Rumson-Fair Haven, Region: Central - (Reg. 5)
  • David DiPietro, Kingsway, Region: South - (Reg. 8)
170 Pounds: Region Third Place
  • Justin Onello, Bergen Catholic, Region: North 1 - (Reg. 2)
  • Brett Miller, Bound Brook, Region: North 2 - (Reg. 4)
  • DJ Henry, Howell, Region: Central - (Reg. 6)
  • Alex Marshall, St. Augustine, Region: South - (Reg. 8)
170 Pounds: Region Fourth Place
  • Justin Onello, Bergen Catholic, Region: North 1 - (Reg. 2)
  • Brett Miller, Bound Brook, Region: North 2 - (Reg. 4)
  • DJ Henry, Howell, Region: Central - (Reg. 6)
  • Alex Marshall, St. Augustine, Region: South - (Reg. 8)
Complete results: North 1 Region wrestling meet at Mount Olive High School
Andrew Tredinnick, Sean Farrell

160 pounds
(2) Eric Freeman (Paramus) d. (1) Nicholas Franco (Paramus Catholic), 5-1
170 pounds
(2) Michael Dellagatta (St. Joseph) won by medical forfeit over (1) Aaron Ayzerov (Paramus)
160 pounds
(1) Nicholas Franco (Paramus Catholic) Dec (4) Roberto Padilla (St. Joseph), 3-1.
(2) Eric Freeman (Paramus) Fall (3) Luke Petaccia (Pascack Valley), 1:48.
170 pounds
(1) Aaron Ayzerov (Paramus) Dec (4) Justin Onello (Bergen Catholic), 3-1.
(2) Michael Dellagatta (St. Joseph) Dec (3) Hunter Perez (Mount Olive), 6-1.
Wrestling: Complete notebook, best storylines from North 1 Regional Tourney
Updated Apr 19, 2:11 AM; Posted Apr 17, 3:59 PM

By Ryan Patti | NJ Advance Media for
The Paladins will be represented by senior 160-pounder Nick Franco, who lost in the championship bout to Paramus’ second-seeded junior Eric Freeman by 5-1 decision. Despite not being a parochial, the Spartans will put Freeman and senior 170-pound top seed Aaron Ayzerov into states. Ayzerov forfeited his title bout for precautionary reasons against St. Joseph second-seeded sophomore Michael Dellagatta.
Wrestling: 5 things to watch at this weekend's Region tournaments
Sean Farrell

Best matchup
Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus smiles at his coaches as he wins the 152-pound semifinal against Brandon Mooney of Camden Catholic on Day 2 of the NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Friday, March 6, 2020.
In North 1, it's all about the 170-pounders. That's where you can find Paramus' Aaron Ayzerov, a returning state finalist, and St. Joseph's Michael Dellagatta, a state fourth from last season.The Bergen County stars will likely face off for the Region title and perhaps, again for state gold.Ayzerov enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed, having beaten Dellagatta 5-2 on Opening Day. The Paramus senior will go for his 100th career win in the first round against Dylan Connors of West Milford.

High school box scores for April 14

River Dell 42, Paramus 22
106: Chris Hong (P) m.d. Evan Krakower 9-0. 113: Nicolas Peralta (RD) by forfeit. 120: Noah Krawkower (RD) d. Anthony Egbert 5-3. 126: Jonathan Cherba (P) p. Gavin Lehmann 1:19. 132: Kanbar Tutal (RD) by forfeit. 138: Dylan Mullen (RD) p. Tyler Falen 2:53. 145: Aidan Amaro (P) by forfeit. 152: Charlie Racine (RD) p. Matthew Field 4:58. 160: Ibraheem Habehh (P) d. Colin Chambers 15-12. 170: Matt Basil (RD) by forfeit. 182: Kyle Link (RD) d. Brandon Myack 6-2. 195: Daniel Elyash (P) d. Ren Yoshikubo 4-0. 220: Brendan Solinas (RD) p. Daniel Casey 1:10. 285: double forfeit.
Wrestling: North Jersey individual and team rankings heading into the postseason
Sean Farrell

Published Apr 13, 2021

  1. Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst/North Arlington 9-0
  2. Nick Franco, Paramus Catholic 4-0
  3. Eric Freeman, Paramus 6-0
  4. Luke Petaccia, Pascack Valley 7-0
  5. Roberto Padilla, St. Joseph 3-2
  1. Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus 5-1
  2. Michael Dellagatta, St. Joseph, 4-1
  3. Damian Weaver, Lyndhurst/North Arlington 9-0
  4. Justin Onello, Bergen Catholic 3-0
  5. Billy Barna, Lakeland 7-0
North Jersey team rankings
  1. Bergen Catholic 3-0
  2. St. Joseph 5-0
  3. Paramus Catholic 5-0
  4. Northern Highlands 8-0
  5. Passaic Tech 3-2
  6. River Dell 11-0
  7. Emerson/Park Ridge 6-0
  8. Clifton 3-3
  9. Paramus 4-2
  10. Pascack Valley 5-2
  11. Pascack Hills 4-2
  12. Ridgewood 9-2
  13. Passaic Valley 5-1
  14. Hawthorne 10-1
  15. Ramsey 6-1
  16. Lakeland 6-1
  17. West Milford 7-5
  18. Butler 9-2
  19. Westwood 5-4
  20. Don Bosco 2-5
  21. Pompton Lakes 8-5
  22. Cresskill 6-3
  23. NV/Demarest 6-0
  24. Hasbrouck Heights 8-1
  25. Rutherford 6-2
NJSIAA North 1 Region wrestling pairings
Sean Farrell

Updated Apr 13, 2021; Posted Apr 13, 2021
1. Luke Stanich (Roxbury) vs. 16. Malik Asfow (Lodi)
8. Tyler Hagensen (Mount Olive) vs. 9. Benjamin Bautista (Paramus Catholic)
5. Ryan Hartung (New Milford) vs. 12. Benjamin Garcia (Mahwah)
4. Tanner Thatcher (North Warren) vs. 13. Joseph Ribitzki (Lakeland)
3. Adam Albino (Bogota/Ridgefield Park) vs. 14.Daniel Hong (Paramus)
6. Ryan Ford (Bergen Catholic) vs. 11. Joey Macrino (West Essex)
7. Jack Nauta (Sparta) vs. 10. Omar Vasquez (Morris Hills)
2. Clayton Utter (High Point) vs. 15. van Schoening (Ramsey)
1. Joseph Cangro (Bergen Catholic) vs. 16. Shady Ibrahim (Wayne Hills)
8. Alex Vertedor (Passaic Tech) vs. 9. Ryan Kozdra (Mahwah)
5. Nick Bottazzi (DePaul) vs. 12. Anthony Monetti (Montville)
4. Nathan Fitt (Newton) vs. 13. Randall Gonzalez-Manzan (Paramus)
3. Mike Tandurella (Don Bosco) vs. 14. Austin McBride (Mountain Lakes)
6. William Matistic (Paramus Catholic) vs. 11. Gregory Hadoulis (Fort Lee/Palisades Park)
7. Mike Pescatore (West Essex) vs. 10. Zachary Hentschel (Pope John)
2. Ethan Fernandez (Westwood) vs. 15. Thomas Conselyea (Roxbury)
1. Kelly Dunnigan (Don Bosco) vs. 16. Jake Sheiner (Fair Lawn)
8. Dante Imperiose (Parsippany) vs. 9. Peret Shed (Manchester)
5. Karl Monaco (Montville) vs. (12) Daniel Rella (Paramus Catholic)
4. Louden Mazzeo (Emerson/Park Ridge) vs. 13. Attila Valy (Wayne Valley)
3. David Ryerson (Mount Olive) vs. 14. Mateo Sgambellone (St. Joseph)
6. Karl Monaco (Montville) vs. 11. Julian Garcia (Pequannock)
7. JoJo Lotruglio (Newton) vs. 10. Julian Garcia (Pequannock)
2. Joe Fongaro (Boonton) vs. 15. Steven Ciambrone (Paramus)
1. Nicholas Franco (Paramus Catholic) vs. 16. Nick Stathopoulos (Clifton)
8. Troy Schmitzer (Sparta) vs. 9. Jacob Gerish (DePaul)
5. Luke Ciampa (Jefferson) vs. 12. Thomas LaScala (Montville)
4. Roberto Padilla (St. Joseph) vs. 13. Daniel Govin (Fort Lee/Palisades Park)
3. Luke Petaccia (Pascack Valley) vs. 14. Joey DelleMonache (Morris Knolls)
6. Nick Costa (Newton) vs. 11. Andrew Costa (Hopatcong)
7. Matt Leslie (Morris Hills) vs. 10 Thomas Lee (Demarest)
2. Eric Freeman (Paramus) vs. 15. Michael Ritacco (Pope John)
1. Aaron Ayzerov (Paramus)
vs. 16. Dylan Connors (West Milford)
8. Jimmy Dolan (Pequannock) vs. (9) Lawrence DiBiase (Jefferson)
5. William Barna (Lakeland) vs. 12. Hunter Freschi (Hasbrouck Heights)
4. Justin Onello (Bergen Catholic) vs. 13. Romel Vazquez (New Milford)
3. Hunter Perez (Mount Olive) vs. 14. Zachary Maksimiak (Pompton Lakes)
6. Joseph Sogable (Mahwah) vs. 11. William Hales (Morris Catholic/Newark Academy)
7. Michael Mastroeni (Hopatcong) vs. 10. Alfred Faison (Teaneck)
2. Michael Dellagatta (St. Joseph) vs. 15. Luke Tully (Passaic Tech)
Updated seed projections for all 4 Regions: Which wrestlers have chance to compete?
N.J. Girls Wrestling State Championships: Final round results
Updated Apr 10, 7:59 PM; Posted Apr 10, 2:39 PM
By Tim McClain | NJ Advance Media for
It all comes down to this.
State titles are on the line Saturday at Phillipsburg High School, where the state’s top girls wresters will conclude their season at the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics State Championships.
Eleven wrestlers will be crowned champions by the end of the day and will bring you all the results.
The breakdown of the final round:
Isabella Santos, Elizabeth p. Olivia Klein, Paramus, 2:27.

Izabella Frezzo, Becton d. Alisa Safforld, Belleville, 6-2.
Chloe Ayres, Princeton p. Riley Lerner, Cedar Creek, 4:40.
Kira Pipkins, Bloomfield d. Katrina Kling, Warren Hills, 2-0.
Gabriella Miller, Old Bridge d. Emily Klein, Paramus, 6-2.

Emma Matera, Delran p. Carley Anderson, Mount Olive, 1:23.
Jayla Hahn, Lakewood d. Jodi Holder, North Hunterdon, 10-8.
Katherine Bott, Kingsway p. Abigail Stanberry, Jackson Memorial, 3:58.
Jess Johnson, Manalapan p. Kierra Hubmaster, Kittatinny, 1:42.
Amanda Pace, North Bergen p. Maria Taseva, Elmwood Park, 5:25.
Mia Lazaurs, Raritan p. Gianna Faura, Bloomfield, 1:59.

Semifinal Round Results
Olivia Klein, Paramus p. Aaliyah Payne-Parris, Newton, 2:46.

Isabella Santos, Elizabeth won by inj. def. Julia Manolas, Manalapan, 0:47.
Alisa Safforld, Belleville d. Lililiana Zaku-Ramos, Kittatinny, 8-4.
Izabella Frezzo, Becton d. Valerie Maldonado, Somerville, 4-0.
Riley Lerner, Cedar Creek d. Lennix Horsburgh, Bound Brook, 15-0 (TF 4:55).
Chloe Ayres, Princeton p. Gianna DeDreux, Brick Township, 2:00.
Katrina Kling, Warren Hills d. Kalli Roskos, Delran, 9-5.
Kira Pipkins, Bloomfield p. Kayla Vazquez, Kinnelon, 3:17.
Emily Klein, Paramus d. Karielys Reyes, Trenton, 6-0.

Gabriella Miller, Old Bridge d. Chloe Lawler, Jackson Memorial, 7-0.

Quarterfinal Round Results
Olivia Klein, Paramus p. Rosemary Santiago, Paulsboro, 3:09.

Aaliyah Payne-Parris, Newton md. Jaclyn McDowell, Gloucester, 11-1.
Isabella Santos, Elizabeth p. Sheila Cortez, Lakewood, 0:24.
Julia Manolas, Manalapan p. Julianna Van Ness, St. Thomas Aquinas, 3:47.
Liliana Zaku-Ramos, Kittatinny p. Ava Rose, Princeton, 1:48.
Alisa Safforld, Belleville p. Marissa Plumeri, Steinert, 3:09.
Valerie Maldonado, Somerville d. Jennifer Estrada, Trenton, 8-4.
Izabella Frezzo, Becton p. Chloe Wong, Raritan, 0:27.
Lennix Horsburgh, Bound Brook p. Sophia Hibbs, Kingsway, 1:36.
Riley Lerner, Cedar Creek d. Ahlexa Montalvo, Bloomfield, 5-1.
Gianna DeDreux, Brick Township p. Soraya Safforld, Belleville, 0:52.
Chloe Ayres, Princeton p. Emily Popek, Kittatinny, 3:13.
Kalli Roskos, Delran p. Ariana Prado, West Orange, 1:37.
Katrina Kling, Warren Hills md. Maya Hemo, Cherry Hill East, 8-0.
Kayla Vazquez, Kinnelon md. Madison Trotman, Rancocas Valley, 10-1.
Kira Pipkins, Bloomfield p. Angelina Leone, Egg Harbor, 3:59.
Emily Klein, Paramus d. Skyy Hills, Cherry Hill West, 5-3.

Karielys Reyes, Trenton p. Amanda Connors, Northern Highlands, 6:00.
Chloe Lawler, Jackson Memorial d. Kyara Montoya, Morris Hills, 15-14.
Gabriella Miller, Old Bridge md. Jillian Dugenio, Somerville, 12-4.
Girls wrestling: North Region notebook, storylines from both sessions
Updated Apr 03, 2021; Posted Apr 03, 2021

By Ryan Patti | NJ Advance Media for and Andrew Koob | NJ Advance Media for
Regional champions earned their crowns at the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics North Region Girls Wrestling Tournament in Union.
Families came away with several medals while athletes etched their name in school lore with marquee performances en route to gold medals.
What else happened during a full day of wrestling at Union High School? Scroll below to find out.
Klein sisters take gold

Sophomore 100-pound third seed Olivia Klein pinned (2:56) top-seeded Elizabeth sophomore Isabella Santos in her title bout and then watched her top-seeded older sister, Emily, put a bow on her regional championship at 128 with a 13-0 major decision over second-seeded Morris Hills sophomore Kyara Montoya. Both are first-time winners.
“I’ve been working really hard and this shows that my hard work has really paid off,” Emily said. “Even though I was the top seed, I knew I had to work for it. I’ve wrestled a bunch of the girls and I knew it could be a struggle.”
“I came in and I didn’t know anyone besides a few girls that I had wrestled before,” Olivia said. “I didn’t know the No. 1 seed and I didn’t know the No. 2 seed. It was nerve-wracking for me as a sophomore. I listened to my coach and believed in myself and it paid off.”

3/30/2021 North Jersey Individual Rankings (The Record):

3/28/2021 Full Circle NJ Rankings:
Wrestling: Top North Jersey performers for the week of March 21-27
Sean Farrell
With an eventful second week of the high school wrestling season behind us, it's time to look back on the best 6 performances.
Emily Klein
Paramus senior

The top-seeded Klein won her second BCWCA title last weekend when she defeated Jefferson's Maura White, 8-3, at 130 pounds. Klein advanced past the first two rounds by pin.
Olivia Klein
Paramus sophomore

Klein was the only champion at the BCWCA tournament who pinned three opponents in the first period. She collected victories in 0:17, 1:55 and 1:20 on the way to the title.
Twitter: @seanfarrell92
Wrestling: No. 19 High Point, Soldano top Paramus
Updated Mar 27, 2021; Posted Mar 27, 2021
By Chris Nalwasky | NJ Advance Media for
High Point, No. 19 in the Top 20, won its first dual of the season, 43-25, over Paramus in Paramus.

  • 3/27 - 12:00 AM WrestlingFinal
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The highlight of the match was at 182 pounds, as Brian Soldano, a state individual champion at 160 last season, faced Aaron Ayzerov. Ayzerov, a second-place finisher at 152 a year ago, bumped up from his normal 170 weight this season to wrestle Soldano.
Soldano, who is headed to Rutgers, made quick work against his close friend by pinning him in just 38 seconds.
Nationally, Soldano is ranked No. 3 in the country at 182 by both Flowrestling and Trackwrestling, while Ayzerov is ranked No. 12 by Flo and No. 10 by Track at 170.
High Point (1-1) won six of the first seven bouts and seven of nine. The match started at 195 pounds.
Alex Buchwald got things going with a 12-0 major decision, and Sean Van Wingerden at 220 and Justin Klass at 285 followed with two pins in 38 seconds and in 2:13, respectively.
Roman Citro also recorded a pin at 120 in 5:03. Clayton Utter (113), Nick Douma (126), and Josh Gervey (138) each won by decision.
For Paramus (4-2), Chris Hong (106), Matthew Field (152), and Eric Freeman (160) all recorded falls, while Aidan Amaro won 13-1 for a major decision at 145, and Steven Ciambrone won by decision at 132.
Hong notched his pin in just 51 seconds and Freeman produced his in just 48 seconds. Field won in 2:35.
High Point was originally scheduled to face Hunterdon Central.
195High PointAlex Buchwald (HP) — Major Decision 12-0
Daniel Elyash (P)
220High PointSean Van Wingerden (HP) — Pin 0:38
Daniel Casey (P)
285High PointJustin Klass (HP) — Pin 2:13
Jorge Bermudez (P)
106ParamusChris Hong (P) — Pin 0:51
Ryan Mangano (HP)
113High PointClayton Utter (HP) — Decision 2-0
Daniel Hong (P)
120High PointRoman Citro (HP) — Pin 5:03
Anthony Egbert (P)
126High PointNick Douma (HP) — Decision 9-7
Jonathan Cherba (P)
132ParamusSteven Ciambrone (P) — Decision 7-4
Andrew Brevot (HP)
138High PointJosh Gervey (HP) — Decision 9-5
Tyler Falen (P)
145ParamusAidan Amaro (P) — Major Decision 13-1
Clay Sytsema (HP)
152ParamusMatthew Field (P) — Pin 2:35
Liam Carroll (HP)
160ParamusEric Freeman (P) — Pin 0:48
Will Gomez (HP)
170High PointShane Woolf (HP) — Forfeit
182High PointBrian Soldano (HP) — Pin 0:38
Aaron Ayzerov (P)

Thu, March 25, 2021
Teaneck (0-5)3
Paramus (4-1)72
106ParamusChris Hong (P) — Forfeit06
113ParamusDaniel Hong (P) — Forfeit012
120ParamusAnthony Egbert (P) — Forfeit018
126ParamusEmily Klein (P) — Forfeit024
132ParamusSteven Ciambrone (P) — Forfeit030
138ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Forfeit036
145ParamusIbraheim Habeeh (P) — Decision 10-8
Jordan Coffee (T)
152ParamusMatthew Field (P) — Forfeit045
160ParamusEric Freeman (P) — Pin 0:55
Ahmmad Halak (T)
170ParamusAaron Ayzerov (P) — Forfeit057
182TeaneckSebastian Jusma (T) — Decision 7-3
Brandon Myack (P)
195ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Decision 7-1
Isaic Saba (T)
220ParamusDaniel Casey (P) — Pin 0:37
Jordan Ruffin (T)
285ParamusJorge Bermudez (P) — Pin 2:47
Jamal Simon (T)

Tue, March 23, 2021, 6:00pm
Paramus (3-1)57
Hackensack (2-2)16
145HackensackJordan Diab (H) — Major Decision 14-3
Aidan Amaro (P)
152ParamusMatthew Field (P) — Pin 1:01
Alex Paguay (H)
160ParamusEric Freeman (P) — Pin 1:02
Daniel Csogor (H)
170ParamusAaron Ayzerov (P) — Forfeit184
182ParamusBrandon Myack (P) — Forfeit244
195ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 2:35
John Stallone (H)
220HackensackMichael Grant (H) — Decision 6-1
Daniel Casey (P)
285ParamusJorge Bermudez (P) — Pin 5:24
Charles Bourne (H)
106ParamusChris Hong (P) — Technical Fall (18-3) 4:12
Evan McGinnity (H)
113ParamusDaniel Hong (P) — Forfeit477
120HackensackBrian Vargas (H) — Pin 0:40
Anthony Egbert (P)
126HackensackKevin Sayago (H) — Decision 6-2
Emily Klein (P)
132ParamusSteven Ciambrone (P) — Major Decision 14-3
Amir Williams (H)
138ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Pin 1:52
Pablo Villa (H)

Girls wrestling: Paramus sisters double up, Becton star named OW at BCWCA Invitational
Sean Farrell

MONTVALE — The Kleins counted on a sister for motivation. Izabella Frezzo just used her lucky socks. Good luck charms came in all shapes and sizes on Sunday at the Bergen County Women Coaches Association Girls Wrestling Invitational. The Klein sisters, Olivia and Emily, got an extra push from having a familiar voice in each other's corner. Olivia Klein started the championship round with a pin at 102 pounds and stayed near the mat to watch her older sister wrestle. Emily Klein gave Paramus its second champion when she captured the gold at 130.
"I think I get more scared watching her," Emily Klein said. "I just love pushing her and I love hearing her say, 'Go Emily, you got this.' It's definitely motivation."
Wrestlers from 30 schools competed at the championship event at Pascack Hills – and many were from outside the county borders. In fact, only four of the 10 weight classes were won by North Jersey wrestlers. But perhaps the most special moments of the day belonged to a pair of seniors from southern Bergen County. The most riveting final came at 153 pounds when Bogota/Ridgefield Park's Kayla Zeppetelli outlasted Taylor Peterson of Garfield, 12-10.Becton's Frezzo took home Most Outstanding Wrestlers honors for the second straight year after triumphing at 109. In the process, she became the first two-time champion in BCWCA history.
The Kleins were happy to join the Wildcat star in the winners' circle.
Olivia Klein bulled her way through the bracket after placing third last year as a freshman. She pinned all three opponents in the first period and showed composure after giving up a takedown early in the final.
"Last year I felt like I went in there blind," Olivia Klein said. "This year, I feel like I've learned so much."
Part of that learning experience came from facing a fellow champion in Emily Klein, who won 8-3 in her final.
"She's my No. 1 partner for sure," Emily Klein said. "Sometimes in practice, we'll go after each other. Just a little bit."
Sean Farrell is a high school sports reporter for For full access to live scores, breaking news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team, subscribe today. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter and download our app.
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Sat, March 20, 2021, 12:00pm
Ramapo (0-1)9
Paramus (2-1)65

Paramus over Ramapo - Wrestling recap
Mike Byrne | NJ Advance Media for | a day ago

106ParamusChris Hong (P) — Forfeit
113ParamusDaniel Hong (P) — Pin 1:26
Ori Young (R)
120ParamusAnthony Egbert (P) — Forfeit
126RamapoDavid Rozenblum (R) — Pin 1:02
Emily Klein (P)
132ParamusSteven Ciambrone (P) — Decision 5-4
Stefano Bruni (R)
138ParamusTyler Falen (P) — Pin 1:52
Eric Hittinger (R)
145ParamusIbraheim Habeeh (P) — Pin 3:12
Steven Galasso (R)
152ParamusMatthew Field (P) — Technical Fall (19-3) 4:48
Tyler Schnorrbusch (R)
160ParamusEric Freeman (P) — Pin 1:03
Jake Brantly (R)
170ParamusAaron Ayzerov (P) — Pin 1:55
Sean Rowen (R)
182RamapoJake Leonard (R) — Decision 6-2
Brandon Myack (P)
195ParamusDaniel Elyash (P) — Pin 3:11
Tom Shokoff (R)
220ParamusDaniel Casey (P) — Decision 12-6
Rocoo Otazu (R)
285ParamusJorge Bermudez (P) — Forfeit

Paramus wrestling records six pins en route to victory over Fair Lawn
Updated Mar 19, 10:06 PM; Posted Mar 19, 8:22 PM
Wrestling: Paramus defeats Fair Lawn 65-7.
By Connor Mount | For NJ Advance Media
The Paramus wrestling team (1-1) won its first match of the year with an emphatic 65-7 victory over Fair Lawn (0-2) on Friday in Fair Lawn.
Daniel Hong (113 pounds), Anthony Egbert (120), Tyler Falen (138), Matthew Field (152), Aaron Ayzerov (170) and Brandon Myack (182) all collected pins for Paramus. The Spartans claimed three upper-weight forfeits to end the dual.
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Paramus consistently collected back points throughout the match, with Steven Ciambrone (132) and Eric Freeman (160) picking up five back points each in their respective bouts. Ciambrone needed each back point he earned in a 9-5 decision over Jake Sheiner, while Freeman coasted to a technical fall.
“We always work a lot of top and bottom, a big part of our philosophy is that you (have to) escape and you (have to) ride guys out,” Paramus coach Chris Falato said. “And through that, we were able to get a lot of back points tonight and a lot of pinning combinations. It’s just part of our philosophy and part of our culture, what we do, and it paid dividends tonight.”
The Spartans rebounded from a difficult season-opening matchup with St. Joseph (Mont.), No. 2 in the Top 20. Paramus lost that match 45-24, with 18 of those points coming via forfeit. Only Freeman (9-2 decision) and Ayzerov (5-2 decision) won their bouts. Falato said he thought it would be important for his wrestlers to compete with opponents at the Green Knights’ skill level, so he fought to bring a meeting with St. Joe’s back onto the calendar after it was temporarily scrapped.
“We had them scheduled and we lost the match, and I sought them out because I told the kids, ‘Usually we go to the Beast of the East (tournament) and we have the counties, and we go against the top-caliber kids,’” Falato said. “And we sought St. Joe’s out to get that match. We knew we weren’t (going to) win, we knew they had a better team, but I think that match and our guys wrestling the best of the best in St. Joe’s will prepare us for the rest of our schedule throughout the rest of the year.”
Freeman and Ayzerov both picked up their second wins of the young season on Friday.
“Freeman’s an absolute animal. Him and Aaron have (had) great battles in practice, and they feed off each other and make each other better,” Falato said. “So between the two of them, we’re very blessed to have them back-to-back in the lineup.”
Picking up Fair Lawn’s lone victories, Matthew Murri (145) took an 11-5 decision over Aidan Amaro and Guy Ben-Sadigh (126) won a 12-1 major decision over Emily Klein.
In the absence of two Paramus wrestlers in the 126-pound weight class, Klein joined the lineup and wrestled two days before she’s scheduled to compete in the Bergen County girls wrestling invitational tournament. Klein finished third in the state at 121 pounds last year.
“I was excited to see her wrestle. I thought she did an amazing job, showed her skillset,” Falato said. “Obviously tough against a big, strong opponent like she had today, but yeah, we needed her. She’ll be a big part of our team moving forward, I have no hesitation wrestling her on varsity. She’s good enough.”
In a problem that continued from Fair Lawn’s season-opening 42-41 loss to Hackensack on Wednesday, the Cutters had holes in their lineup in the higher weight classes. Fair Lawn forfeited the final two bouts of Wednesday’s match and the last three on Friday as a result of a mix of injuries and COVID-related complications.
“We’re kind of coming back and had some injuries, didn’t have our full starting lineup in there,” Fair Lawn coach Richard Eichenlaub said. “We knew it was going to be a tough test. We lost a lot last year, especially at upper weights. So we had a lot of new guys in there right now. It’s a learning year.”
Fair Lawn will wrestle against Wayne Hills Saturday morning. Paramus will face Ramapo Saturday at noon.

Wrestling countdown: No. 9 team bolstered by depth and experience

Team: ParamusCoach: Chris FalatoLast year’s record: 15-17
2019-20 final ranking: No. 18

Rearview mirror
Paramus was plagued by injuries throughout the season, forcing several underclassmen into the lineup.
Despite those setbacks and a manic regular season, the Spartans reached the semifinal round of the North 1, Group 3 team tournament, falling to eventual champion Montville.
On an individual level, three Spartans qualified for the NJSIAA Tournament in Atlantic City and two – region runner-up Aaron Ayzerov (152) and region champion Kyle Jacob (220) – reached the title bouts in their respective weight classes.
Best assets
Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus looks at the clock during the 152-pound final bout against Nick Boggiano of Toms River North during the NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
The Spartans’ strength lies in the middle wights with returning state runner-up Ayzerov leading the charge. Despite missing most of the 2019-20 season with a torn meniscus, the Columbia commit finished with a 31-4 record and is 94-25 in his career. He is a three-time district champion.“Aaron is like another coach. He’s a tremendous asset to this team and contributes in so many way,” Falato said. “He makes everyone around him better.”Expected to join Ayzerov in the middle are juniors Matt Field (152) and Eric Freeman (160), who both have something to prove in 2021. Field returns after missing the entire 2020 campaign with an injury, while Freeman, a region-runner-up, looks to feed off of last year’s state tournament appearance.
Will Grater from Bergen Catholic wrestles Eric Freeman from Paramus in a 138 pound match during the NJSIAA Region 2 wrestling tournament at Mount Olive High School on Saturday February 29, 2020. Cedeno won the match.
The Spartans possess balance and chemistry heading into this season, two traits that were missing the last few years.Expect Paramus to be much improved with the return of several starters and the addition of freshman Daniel Elyash (195) and Bound Brook transfer Randall Manzanero (126). “We had a strong sophomore class last season that earned valuable mat time due to injuries. That year of experience will go a long way this year,” Falato said. “Add in a quality group of upperclassmen and I expect we’ll be much better this year.”
Down low, sophomore Chris Hong (106) and junior Daniel Hong (113) bring experience along with Steven Ciambrone (132), a fourth-place finisher in District 5.
Look for Paramus to continue to extend its 10-year streak of having an individual place at the state tournament. No other public school in North Jersey has a streak of more than three years.
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Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus (top) battles Jack Kelly of Rumson-Fair Haven during the 170 pound wrestling final of the Mobbin Classic at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen on Monday, February 15, 202113 / 72John Jones | For NJ Advance Media
HS WRESTLING: Mobbin Classic
Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus (top) battles Jack Kelly of Rumson-Fair Haven during the 170 pound wrestling final of the Mobbin Classic at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen on Monday, February 15, 202

Wrestling: 2020 All-North Jersey teams
Sean Farrell, / Published 4:02 a.m. ET March 27, 2020

All North Jersey:
1st Team, 220, Senior, Kyle Jacob
1st Team, 152, Junior, Aaron Ayzerov

Kyle Jacob
Paramus senior, 220 pounds
Despite committing to play football at Fordham, his talent on the mat was undeniable as a two-time NJSIAA finalist. Jacob extended the Spartans' state medal streak to 10 years, going 43-2 this season and 125-29 for his career.

Aaron Ayzerov
Paramus junior, 152 pounds
The little-known Spartans wrestler fought back from a torn meniscus this season, reaching the state final about 10 weeks after having surgery. Ayzerov will head into his senior year with three district titles and a 94-25 career record, following a breakthrough run.

Girls wrestling: 2020 All-North Jersey teams
1st Team, 121, Junior, Emily Klein

Emily Klein
Paramus junior, 121 pounds
This first-year wrestler was one of the breakout stars of the season, taking first in the county and third in the state.

Wrestling: All-County and All-League honors
Joe Ragozzino and Ryan Rivero, / Published 3:45 a.m. ET March 27, 2020

All Bergen County:
1st Team, 220, Senior, Kyle Jacob
1st Team, 152, Junior, Aaron Ayzerov
3rd Team, 138, Sophomore, Eric Freeman

GIRLS All Bergen County:
1st Team, 121, Junior, Emily Klein

#8  Kyle Jacob
  • Team: Paramus, NJ
  • Previous Rank: 9

Big North All Conference - Freedom Division:
1st Team, 138, Eric Freeman

1st Team, 152, Aaron Ayzerov

1st Team, 220, Kyle Jacob

2nd Team, 126, Steven Ciambrone

Honorable Mention, 106, Daniel Hong

Honorable Mention, 152, Brandon Myack

9 Kyle Jacob Sr.
  • Team: Paramus, NJ
  • Previous Rank: 10
Paramus’ Aaron Ayzerov was one of the most dominant wrestlers in the state Saturday, cruising to a District 4 title at 152 pound with three wins by fall in a grand total of 3:28, including a pin of Joey DelleMonac in 1:48 in the final bout. It was Ayzerov’s third straight District title - and he’s just a junior. Ayzerov’s teammate, Kyle Jacob, was equally as impressive in his third District title, too, winning by forfeit in the quarters before pinning in the semis and final.
  • Four-time champions: None
  • Three-peats: Nick Babin, Emerson/Park Ridge, Sr. (120); Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus, Jr. (152); Kyle Jacob, Paramus, Sr. (220)

Survival of the fittest: Rating N.J.'s 10 toughest wrestling districts

By Joe Zedalis | NJ Advance Media for
It is the first step on the road to Atlantic City.
The top three finishers in all 32 of the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics District Wrestling Tournament will advance to next week’s eight regional tournament.
While the NJSIAA has gone to great efforts to balance the power in each district, some are still better than others.
The wrestling staff ranked the 10 toughest districts in New Jersey.
Share the list with your wrestling-loving friends.

4-District 5 at West Essex
Teams: Bogota/Ridgefield Park, Dover, Emerson/Park Ridge, Morris Knolls, Mount Olive, Paramus, Paterson Kennedy, Teaneck, West Essex
He enters as an undefeated senior and returning state finalist, but Bardhyl Gashi of West Essex wasn’t even the best heavyweight in his own district a season ago. Gashi’s emergence in the postseason in 2019 sums up what makes District 5 one of the toughest. While there may not be any juggernaut programs, West Essex, Mount Olive, Paramus and Emerson/Park Ridge all bring some highly ranked individual talent and perennially turn in some sleepers - like Gashi -- capable of putting together spectacular postseason runs. This year alone, District 5 will feature three returning state finalists: Gashi, Emerson/Park Ridge’s Nick Babin and Kyle Jacob of Paramus.
Returning champions: 113: Nick Babin, Emerson, Sr.; 120: Logan Mazzeo, Emerson, Sr.; 138: Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus, Jr.; 145: Hunter Perez, Mount Olive, So.; 195: Kyle Jacob, Paramus, Sr.

What district is my team in? Everything to know for the NJ wrestling tournament

Sean Farrell, NorthJerseyPublished 3:10 p.m. ET Feb. 19, 2020 | Updated 11:00 a.m. ET Feb. 20, 2020
District 5
at West Essex
Schedule: Saturday 9 a.m. start, consolations at 4 p.m. with finals to follow.
Teams: Bogota/Ridgefield Park, Dover, Emerson/Park Ridge, Kennedy, Morris Knolls, Mount Olive, Paramus, Teaneck and West Essex.
North Jersey returning champions (2019 weight): Bogota/Ridgefield Park's Adam Albino (106), Emerson/Park Ridge's Nick Babin (113) and Logan Mazzeo (120), Paramus' Aaron Ayzerov (138) and Kyle Jacob (195).
What to watch: The redemption tour begins for two Bergen County wrestlers who made the state final last year: seniors Nick Babin and Kyle Jacob.
Babin is a three-time Bergen County champion and his most recent title came with three pins in 38 seconds. Jacob, the star running back from Paramus, is a freakishly-gifted wrestler who earned respect in defeat to national No. 1 Jacob Cardenas.

InterMat Wrestling High School National Rankings-2/19/2020

Rankings updated Feb. 19
Photo/Sam Janicki,
1Braxton AmosParkersburg SouthSenior
2Kyle HaasMaizeJunior
3Kyonte HamiltonGeorgetown PrepJunior
4Ethan HatcherBrecksvilleSenior
5Konner DoucetComancheSenior
6Cade LauttSt. James AcademySenior
7Kale SchraderCarthageSenior
8Grady GriessNorthwestSenior
9Kolby FranklinWyoming SeminarySophomore
10Kyle JacobParamusSenior
11Noah PettigrewBlair AcademySophomore
12Chase HorneWest LaurensSophomore
13Chad NixFleming IslandSenior
14Dorian CrosbyErie Cathedral PrepSenior
15Nate SchonSelinsgroveJunior
16Danny StriggowOronoSenior
17Evan BatesChestertonJunior
18Cody FisherWoodward-GrangerSenior
19Chase StegallNorthwest Cedar HillSenior
20Bennett TaborSimleyJunior

Track Wrestling National High School 220-pound rankings - 2/18/2020
10 Kyle Jacob Sr.
  • Team: Paramus, NJ
  • Previous Rank: 11

Wrestling individual rankings for Feb. 18: Changes coming with districts looming
Updated Feb 18, 2020; Posted Feb 18, 2020

By Patrick Lanni | NJ Advance Media for
All last week, we saw some exciting action during the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics team tournament, but now our rankings really get put to the test.
The three-week march to Atlantic City starts right now.
District, regions, states ... the individual postseason has arrived.
Check out all of the rankings below and get ready for plenty of changes in the final three weeks of the season.

Ranking, wrestler, school, yearLast weekKey winsKey losses
1-Andy Clark, Collingswood, Sr.No. 1Constantino Pavlides, Eastern; Connor Strong, Mount St. JosephLuke Nichter, Chambersburg
2-Nick Boggiano, Toms River North, Sr.No. 2Nicholas Vargas, Wall (2x), Brian Zeglarski, Hopewell ValleyUndefeated
3-Brandon Mooney, Camden Catholic, Sr.No. 3Matt Donofrio, Phillipsburg; Costantinos PavlidesMatthew Park, James W. Robinson (D.C.)
4-Alex Strashinsky, Bergen Catholic, Sr.No. 5Enrique Mungaia, Elyria; Stefano Sgambellone, St. Joseph (Mont.)Noah Castillo, Lake Highland
5-Dominic DeIntinis, Parsippany, Sr.No. 6Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst; Nicholas Vargas, Wall; Brandon Teresa, MontvilleNick Vafiadis, New Kent (Conn.); Conner Vill, Gov. Livingston (Injury default)
6-Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst/North Arlington, Jr.No. 7Phil Smith, Owings Mills (Md.); Stefano Sgambellone, St. Joseph (Mont.)Nick Stonecheck, Buford (Ga.); Dominic DeIntinis, Parsippany
7-Stefano Sgambellone, St. Joseph (Mont.), Sr.No. 8Matthew Garcia, Pope John; Alejandro Leon, St. Peter’s PrepDylan Weaver, Lyndhurst; Alex Strashinsky, Bergen Catholic
8-Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus, Jr.NRGreg Schlett, Glen Rock; Matthew Park, James J. Robinson (D.C.)Dalton Harkins, Malvern Prep (Pa.); Grant Mackay, North Allegheny (Pa.)
THIS WEEK: No changes


Ranking, wrestler, school, yearLast weekKey winsKey losses
1-Kyle Jacob, Paramus, Sr.No. 1Noah Pettigrew, Blair; JT Cornelius, SouthernEthan Hatcher, Brecksville-Broadview Heights
2-P.J. Casale, Delbarton, So.No. 2Nick Lisco, St. Edward (Ohio); Gage Armijo, MendhamNoah Pettigrew, Blair; Kolby Franklin, Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
3-Hunter Suter, Camden Catholic, Jr.No. 3Brad Galassi, Jackson; Gage Armijo, West Morris; Max Acciardi, Paramus CatholicUndefeated
4-Gage Armijo, Mendham, Sr.No. 5John Dusza, Watchung Hills; Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny; Andrew Mitzak, Seton Hall PrepP.J. Casale, Delbarton
5-Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny, Jr.No. 6Gage Horvath, Phillipsburg; Ian Gaburo, North Hunterdon; Anthony Vacarella, RidgewoodGage Armijo, Mendham
6-Michael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.), Jr.No. 7Charles Davis, Garfield; Remy Brencato, Bergen CatholicHunter Suter, Camden Catholic
7-Zane Coles, Pitman, Sr.No. 8Tom Goetz, Gateway; Matt Richardson, Chichester (Pa.)Undefeated
8-Michael Nakano, Toms River North, Sr.NRJ.T. Cornelius, Southern; Vincent Ceglie; Brad Galassi, Jackson Memorial; Cody Cruts, PhillipsburgMichael Misita, St. Augustine; Vincent Ceglie, Lacey
THIS WEEK: Toms River North’s Michael Nakano joined the rankings after a win over Southern’s J.T. Cornelius, who dropped out.
Wrestling P4P rankings: 6 new names with districts on the horizon - 2/12/2020
11-Kyle Jacob, Paramus, Sr.220No. 12019: 2nd, 1953rd at Beast of the East; 1st at Bergen CountyFordham (football)

Wrestling community honors 2-time state medalist one year after his tragic death

Updated Feb 08, 2020; Posted Feb 08, 2020
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Wrestling: Paramus Catholic defeats Paramus 42-17.
By JJ Conrad | NJ Advance Media for
For much of Friday night, Issa Sebahie sat in the same spot – front row of the bleachers, just to the right of the scorer’s table – watching the same Paramus wrestling team compete on the same mat that his son, Alex, once dominated on.
Except on this night, the affable and elder Sebahie was not there cheering on his gone far-too-soon son, but rather for a night of honor and remembrance celebrating the life of one of the most decorated wrestlers in Paramus history – and that’s saying something in a program as storied as Paramus’ has been.
The Class of 2016 Spartans graduate died tragically in an auto accident early on New Year’s Day 2019 at the age of 21. He would have celebrated his 23rd birthday last Monday.
Instead, on Friday, Sebahie’s legacy and memory were honored by friends, family and former teammates, coaches and classmates – a tight-knit Bergen County community still in mourning after the fatal Paramus bus crash in May 2018.
But few in town personified #ParamusStrong more than Alex Sebahie.
To honor him Friday, a 52-second moment of silence was taken with his parents and three brothers in the center of the mat just prior to the 152-pound bout – a tribute to the weight class Alex wrestled at his senior year – and the Never Back Down Foundation took centerstage.
Both teams sported new Never Back Down memorial T-shirts and all proceeds from the night will be split evenly to create two scholarships for one Paramus and Paramus Catholic wrestler and awarded later this year.
The foundation itself was created in Alex’s name last year – in short time after his passing, too, thanks to the tireless work and effort put in by his mother, Rosie – to help turn tragedy into opportunity for local wrestlers and teams in need of financial assistance.
It’s exactly the kind of foundation Alex would have wanted.
He was a young man described by many as kind-hearted, caring and selfless – the type of person who, his father said, once had his car towed after leaving it unattended, only briefly, to walk around the corner to buy a homeless man in Paterson a sandwich.
That’s who Alex Sebahie was and this is a foundation those closest to him know he would be proud of.
“If there’s a kid out there in need, a family out there in need, really anyone in the wrestling community in need, send us an e-mail and we’re going to do what we can,” his mother said. “That’s what we want to do with this.”
In the last year alone, thanks to the work of Never Back Down, nine scholarships were awarded in Sebahie’s name and, additionally, singlets were donated to the Bogota/Ridgefield Park wrestling program.
It is all being done to keep the the proud memory of Sebahie alive.
“Alex had this never back down attitude about everything,” his mother said, holding back tears, just outside the Paramus gymnasium prior to the ceremony.
"He didn’t care if you were a state champ or if you were a senior and he was a freshman. He didn’t care how strong you were or what your record was. He just kept going. And that’s what we’re trying to keep going. We want kids to follow that mentality, for all kids to be strong, no matter what.
"We want Alex's memory to live on in this kind of positive light. That's what gives me, and our family, strength at the end of the day. Having people remember him for everything he's done."
Sebahie, who went on the wrestle at Rider University briefly his freshman year, was among the state's best during his high school days. His father is the first to admit Sebahie was never the most gifted wrestler technique-wise.
But what he lacked in technical skill, he more than made up for with his strength, his heart, his will and his undeniable refusal to quit. He truly was the ultimate competitor.
“He was the toughest kid I ever met in my life,” Paramus coach Chris Falato said. “And I’ve been around a lot of tough ones. Just the toughest, fiercest wrestler I’ve been around, but such a team-oriented kid, too.”
It all led to four state qualifying seasons, two Paramus sectional titles and a 121-14 career record as he became a member of the prestigious Paramus 100-win club, joining fellow former Spartan greats like Joe Trovato (158), Nick Alpher (139) and former state champion, good friend and former workout partner Kyle Cochran (143), currently a sophomore wrestler at Maryland.
“And he should’ve had even more, too,” his father said with a smile, looking up at the banner in the gymnasium honoring the program’s all-time wins leaders. “If he wasn’t getting hurt all the time.”
Wrestling: Paramus Catholic defeats Paramus 42-17.
Alex Sebahie's name stands hung up on the banner that represents all former Paramus wrestlers with 100 wins or more on Alex Sebahie Night at Paramus High School on 2/7/20.Tom Horak | For NJ Advance MediaDespite battling multiple injuries, Sebahie still made four trips to Boardwalk Hall and twice reached the podium, taking eighth at 132 pounds in 2014 and sixth at 138 pounds in 2015. A late-season shoulder injury during a Region semifinal win his senior year almost certainly cost him a potential third podium visit.At far less than 100 percent, Sebahie – the No. 1 seed at 152 that year – withdrew after a second-round loss in Atlantic City, a 1-0 decision against an opponent he had beaten, 11-0, earlier that season.
"He just wanted to try," his mother said of her son, who very well may have attended Navy had it not been for that shoulder injury. "He had to try, in his mind."
Ironically, two of the four bouts Paramus won Friday against Paramus Catholic came at the only two weights Sebahie placed in Atlantic City at – 132 and 138 pounds, courtesy of Ardan Amora and Eric Freeman, respectively.
Another came courtesy of current state No. 1 220-pounder Kyle Jacob, who was never teammates with Sebahie, but the two knew each other well and, in fact, wrestled against each other during a Paramus practice shortly before Sebahie’s passing just over a year ago.
Keep in mind, Jacob had roughly 60 pounds on Sebahie at the time.
“[Alex’s] dad was telling this story of how Alex came home after they wrestled that day and just started eating and working out,” Falato said. “His dad was like, ‘What’s going on?’ And Alex just goes, ‘I just wrestled Jacob and he’s the strongest kid I ever wrestled. But I’m going to go back and beat him tomorrow.’ He was all motivated to get him the next day.”
True to his foundation’s motto, Sebahie never backed down – not well after his graduation and not to an eventual state runner-up opponent who had 60 pounds on him.
That was Alex Sebahie.
Now, it’s memories like those that the Sebahie family cherishes.
Even Friday, his mother walked the Paramus halls intermittently throughout the night looking back at commemorative plaques honoring her son’s past accomplishments, such as his individual state finishes and All-American honors.
“That’s all we’ve got now,” she said. “The photos and the memories.”
Gone but never forgotten, the memory of Sebahie will undoubtedly live on.
“I believe everything happens for a reason,” Issa Sebahie said. "And wherever he is now, I know he’s helping someone somewhere. People over the past year keep asking how I stay so strong through all this. I say it’s because I want to be as strong as he was. We all grow up trying to teach our kids something; he’s the one teaching me something.
“I want to live through him. Treat everyone with respect. Stay positive. Pay it back – like he would want. That’s what we’re all doing. That’s what this is all about.”
How can you get involved? For more information on the Never Back Down Foundation, please visit to inquire further regarding scholarship applications, possible donations and contact info.

JJ Conrad focuses on the Super Football Conference and North Jersey Interscholastic Conference. He may be reached at Follow him on Twitter, @JJ_Conrad.

FloWrestling High School National Rankings-2/12/2020
11Sr.Kyle JacobParamusNJFordham (FB)11
1Sr.Braxton AmosParkersburg SouthWVWisconsin1
2Jr.Kyle HaasMaizeKSOK State2
3Jr. Kyonte HamiltonGeorgetownMDRutgers3
4Sr.Ethan HatcherBrecksvilleOHCornell4
5Sr.Isaac TrumbleMillard S.NENC State5
6Sr.Cade LauttSt. JamesKSN. Carolina6
7Sr.Konner DoucetCommancheOKOK State7
8Jr.Nate SchonSelinsgrovePA
9Sr.Grady GriessNorthwestNE
10So.Kolby FranklinWyoming SeminaryPA
11Sr.Kyle JacobParamusNJFordham (FB)11
12So.Noah PettigrewBlairNJ
13So.Chase HorneWest LaurensGA
14Sr. Chad NixFleming IslandFLCampbell14
15Sr.Dorian CrosbyErie PrepPABucknell15
16Sr.Danny StriggowOronoMNMinnesota16
17Sr.Cody FisherWoodwardIAIowa St.17
18Jr.Bennett TaborSimleyMN
19Sr.Chase StegallCedar HillMOMaryville19
20Sr. Brendin YatoomaDetroit CCMI

Paramus over Pascack Valley - Wrestling - NJSIAA N1G3 1st round

Updated Feb 10, 11:50 PM; Posted Feb 10, 10:24 PM

By Ryan Patti | NJ Advance Media for

Fifth-seeded Paramus defeated fourth-seeded Pascack Valley 43-27 in Hillsdale in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 Wrestling Tournament.
Paramus (12-13) will visit top-seeded Montville, No. 18 in the Top 20, in the semifinal round on Wednesday in Montville.
Pascack Valley is now 13-15.
How Paramus wrestling improves with Aaron Ayzerov's return
Sean Farrell, NorthJersey.comPublished 7:16 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2020 | Updated 11:59 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2020
HILLSDALE – When it first happened, Aaron Ayzerov knew it was bad.
The Paramus wrestler felt a snap in his leg and the pain overwhelmed him on the mat. He tore his right meniscus in December and it threatened to end his season just days after it began. It was a crushing blow for a Spartan team with state title ambitions.
"We were very concerned," coach Chris Falato said. "We thought we were going to lose him for the year."
Ayzerov managed to save his season and keep the Spartans alive for at least another round. The 152-pounder chose the quicker route back and was rewarded again on Monday night. His pin in the opening match helped the Spartans roll to a 43-27 win over Pascack Valley in the North 1, Group 3 quarterfinals.
"Aaron brings energy back to the room," Falato said. "He's the unquestioned leader of the team and having him on the bench is huge for us. It's not just his physical ability to win wrestling matches."

Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus, left, faces Kyle Tino of Phillipsburg in a 138-pound wrestle-back match on Day 2 of the NJSIAA state wrestling tournament on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Atlantic City. (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran/
Paramus is a different team with Ayzerov back and this match showed its potential. The Spartans lost to the Indians by nine points in the regular season, but that came without three starters: Daniel Casey (elbow), Eric Freeman (concussion) and Ayzerov.
All three Spartans returned for the rematch and each factored into the victory. Casey saved bonus points in the 285-pound bout and the others both pinned their opponent.

Paramus also received pins from Daniel Hong (106), Anthony Egbert (113), Brandon Myack (160) and Kyle Jacob (220).
"I want to wrestle," said Ayzerov, whose team will face defending-champion Montville. "I did everything to get back as fast as I could."
SCOREBOARD: Wrestling scores from state quarterfinal duals across New Jersey
Ayzerov came into the season with high expectations after qualifying for the state championships as a sophomore. He was dealing with a minor meniscus injury at the Beast of the East, but that didn't keep him from reaching the blood round. His fate suddenly changed in the third period of a 3-3 match when the injury went from bad to worse.

Doctors told him he could either get a full repair on the meniscus or try a less invasive surgery with a shorter recovery time.
"Aaron chose instead of repairing the meniscus to get it taken out," Falato said. "It basically guarantees that he'll have arthritis when he gets older, but he doesn't care. He wants to wrestle because wrestling is his life. He gives everything into wrestling."

Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus wins a decision over Brandon Teresa of Montville in the 138 lb. semi final match at the Region 2 wrestling tournament at Mt. Olive HS on February 23, 2019. (Photo: Chris Pedota, Today Network)
Within a month, Ayzerov went from crutches to the starting lineup. He returned more than two weeks ahead of schedule and now hopes to put Paramus on the state podium for the 10th straight season. No other public school in North Jersey has a streak of more than three years.
"I feel it in the practice room every day," Freeman said. "He pushes me to the limit and helps me get better. It's good to have a guy like him on the team. He's a really good role model to me and to the rest of the team."
Ayzerov said he is excited to go up against Montville after facing them every year in youth wrestling. The Spartans almost had that opportunity in last year's sectional championship, but were knocked out a round early on criteria.
"We really wanted Montville last year," Falato said. "We matched up well with them."
"All the kids coming back from that team last year were just angry," Ayzerov said. "We took that over the summer and trained hard. That was what we were thinking about and talking about on the bus. We're not letting that happen again."
'I love the sport.' Why athletes committed to college in other sports keep wrestling
Sean Farrell, NorthJersey.comPublished 5:01 a.m. ET Feb. 10, 2020 | Updated 9:22 a.m. ET Feb. 10, 2020

One of the most well-known crossovers is Paramus senior Kyle Jacob. The 220-pounder received interest from Big Ten wrestling schools including Rutgers and Maryland, but chose to sign with Fordham for football. He's one of eight nationally-ranked wrestlers committed to college for another sport.

Kyle Jacob of Paramus wrestled in the 195-pound final at the 2019 NJSIAA wrestling tournament. (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran/
"I think he could be an amazing heavyweight wrestler," Paramus wrestling coach Chris Falato said. "I can't imagine there are many other kids who focus on another sport and still succeed in this sport to the level that Kyle has."
Jacob is ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 11 in the country, despite wrestling a total of three times this past summer. He never allowed a point in the Bergen County tournament and accepted his gold medal while wearing a white football sweatshirt. The senior expects his work on the mat will come in handy next year, as a safety or lineman.
"Wrestling, honestly, throughout my whole life has helped me with football with tackling," Jacob said. "It made me more aggressive and made me a better player. I just love the sport."
The college perspective
Wrestling: North Jersey individual rankings for Jan. 29
Sean Farrell, / The RECORD / Published 5:02 a.m. ET Jan. 29, 2020
Individual wrestler rankings for Jan. 28: Welcome back, champ ... and others
By Patrick Lanni | NJ Advance Media, for
There are only a few weeks left in the dual-meet season and then it will be time for wrestlers to compete for district, region and state titles.
Each week we have ranked the top wrestlers in the 14 weight classes one through eight. This week there are significant changes, including a state champion returning from injury and others changing weights.
Check below as we rank the weight classes from 106 to 285.
Ranking, wrestler, school, gradeKey winsKey losses
1-Kyle Jacob, ParamusNoah Pettigrew, Blair; JT Cornelius, SouthernEthan Hatcher, Brecksville-Broadview Heights
2-P.J. Casale, DelbartonNick Lisco, St. Edward (Ohio)Noah Pettigrew, Blair
3-Hunter Suter, Camden CatholicBrad Galassi, Jackson; Gage Armijo, West Morris; Max Acciardi, Paramus CatholicUndefeated
4-Gage Armijo, Mendham, Sr.John Dusza, Watchung HillsHunter Suter, Camden Catholic
5-Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny, Jr.Gage Horvath, Phillipsburg; Ian Gaburo, North HunterdonGage Armijo, Mendham
6-Michael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.), Jr.Charles Davis, Garfield; Remy Brencato, Bergen CatholicMichael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.); Hunter Suter, Camden Catholic
7-Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic, Fr.Charles Davis, Garfield; Andrew Mitzak, Seton Hall PrepMichael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.); Hunter Suter, Camden Catholic
8-Josh Darisme, Rahway, Sr.Gerome Abad, Elizabeth; Jonathan Heard, Westfeld (2x)Undefeated
Notes: No Changes.
Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus voted North Jersey Wrestler of the Week for Jan. 20-26
Sean Farrell, NorthJersey.comPublished 5:30 a.m. ET Jan. 28, 2020 | Updated 7:07 p.m. ET Jan. 30, 2020
Aaron Ayzerov
Paramus junior
Ayzerov, a 2019 state qualifier, returned to the mat last week after recovering from a torn meniscus. He won all five of his matches and pinned Bergen County champion Greg Schlett of Glen Rock.

Male Athlete of the Week: Kyle Jacob, Paramus - 1/21/2020 imageMale Athlete of the Week: Kyle Jacob, Paramus - 1/21/2020 image
Male Athlete of the Week: Kyle Jacob, Paramus  Published 7:07 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2020
Accomplishment: Jacob, who competes in the 220-pound weight class, went 3-0 during the week, all first-period pins, including earning his 100th career victory. He raised his season record to 20-1 with 13 pins and has not allowed a point since the semifinals of the prestigious Beast of the East tournament last month.

Kyle Jacob, Paramus wrestling (Photo: Charlie McGill/"He's been an an amazing athlete for us for four years. He's arguably the best athlete in Paramus High School history, with his wrestling and football accomplishments. With his blend of power and speed, he is such an amazing athlete. He is so quick and nimble on his feet and so powerful and explosive on his attacks."
— Coach Chris Falato
Wrestling: Paramus senior and Divison I football commit reaches 100 wins
Sean Farrell, NorthJersey.comPublished 5:12 p.m. ET Jan. 7, 2020 | Updated 3:47 p.m. ET Jan. 22, 2020

Kyle Jacob has tackled another one of his biggest goals.
The Paramus senior and star safety hit the 100-win mark on Friday night – even while taking the road less traveled to get there.
Jacob is a returning state finalist and one of the nation's best wrestlers at 220 pounds, but he's dedicated most of his time to football. It's hard to tell that he wrestled just three times this past summer.
"I had a lot of accomplishments (on my mind) coming into the season: winning the districts, regions, states, counties and definitely getting my 100th win," said Jacob, a Fordham football commit. "It definitely means a lot to me."
If Jacob is not the most dominant wrestler in the state right now, he's at least in the conversation. He rolled through the Bergen County Tournament this season without giving up a point and hasn't been scored on in over a month.

The BCCA Holiday Wrestling Tournament at Hackensack High School on Saturday December 28, 2019. Kyle Jacob of Paramus High School beat Mike Toranzo of St. Joseph in the 220 lb. match to become the champion. (Photo: Anne-Marie Caruso/ missed some time a year ago with scar tissue in his right knee, but nothing is slowing him down this winter. He's put together a 20-1 record as a senior, which includes 13 pins and a win over the state's No. 3 heavyweight."I feel a lot better," Jacob said. "I feel more confident. I feel stronger, bigger and faster."
Jacob put it all together last season with a run to the state finals at 195 pounds and now ranks 11th at his weight on InterMat. Eight of the ten wrestlers above him are committed to Division I wrestling schools and the other two are uncommitted.

"He's probably the most physically gifted wrestler that we've ever had," Paramus coach Chris Falato said. "The fact that he doesn't have to focus that much on wrestling and still has the success that he has is a tribute to the outstanding athlete that he is."
While other wrestlers came into the season refreshed and ready to go, Jacob had about a week to recuperate between seasons. He paid the price as the Spartans' all-time leading rusher and took a few days off before resuming his lifting program.

Jacob said it took some time to get back in the swing of things on the mat, but his opponents might disagree.
"I had to wrestle him so I know," Falato said. "He's obviously gotten better, but he didn't feel rusty to me. He gets better every day."

Wrestling pound-for pound rankings: Shakeups and 7 additions make list 30 deep - 1/22/2020
By Bill Evans | NJ Advance Media for
11-Kyle Jacob, Paramus, Sr.220No. 12019: 3rd, 2203rd at Beast of the East; 1st at Bergen CountyFordham (football)
2019-20 High School NATIONAL Rankings
Apr 15, 2019 Brock Hite

1Sr.Braxton AmosParkersburg S.WVWisconsin2
2Jr.Kyle HaasMaizeKSOK State3
3Jr. Kyonte HamiltonGeorgetownMDRutgers4
4Sr.Ethan HatcherBrecksvilleOHCornell5
5Sr.Isaac TrumbleMillard S.NENC State6
6Sr.Cade LauttSt. JamesKSN. Carolina7
7Sr.Konner DoucetCommancheOKOK State8
8Jr.Nate SchonSelinsgrovePA
9Sr.Grady GriessNorthwestNE
10So.Kolby FranklinWy SemPA
11Sr.Kyle JacobParamusNJ
12So.Noah PettigrewBlairNJ
13So.Chase HorneW. LaurensGA
14Sr. Chad NixFleming IslandFLCampbell15
15Sr.Dorian CrosbyErie PrepPABucknell16
16Sr.Danny StriggowOronoMNMinnesota17
17Sr.Cody FisherWoodwardIAIowa St.18
18Jr.Bennett TaborSimleyMN
19Sr.Chase StegallCedar HillMOMaryville20
20Sr. Brendin YatoomaDCCMI
Wrestling: North Jersey individual rankings for Jan. 15
Sean Farrell, NorthJersey.comPublished 5:02 a.m. ET Jan. 15, 2020
Here are the latest individual wrestling rankings for North Jersey, with records updated through Jan. 13.
  1. Mike Cetta, St. Joseph 12-4
  2. Eric Freeman, Paramus 12-3
  3. Damian Weaver, Lyndhurst 12-1
  4. Paul DiMarco, New Milford 9-3
  5. Nick Motta, Fair Lawn 12-3
  1. Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst 12-1
  2. Alex Strashinsky, Bergen Catholic 7-0
  3. Stefano Sgambellone, St. Joseph 10-0
  4. Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus 4-2
  5. Elijah Lugo, Wayne Valley 13-1
  1. Kyle Jacob, Paramus 17-1
  2. Mike Toranzo, St. Joseph 12-3
  3. Yosue Gomez, Passaic Tech 17-0
  4. Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic 13-3
  5. Jonas Hyman, Ramsey 13-2
Updated Jan 15, 2020;Posted Jan 15, 2020

12-Kyle Jacob, Paramus, Sr.220No. 12019: 3rd, 1383rd at Beast of the East; 1st at Bergen CountyFordham (football)

By Joe Zedalis | NJ Advance Media for
What constitutes toughness?
Ask 100 people and you’ll likely receive 100 different answers.
It’s the subjectivity of a question like: “Who’s the toughest of them all?” that makes the discussion worth having.
The three members of the wrestling staff asked that question. Together, they attempted to formulate an answer. The result? The Pound-for-Pound Wrestler Rankings.
In March, we get to find out who’s the best in each of the state’s 14 weight classes, we can only speculate and argue about who are the best wrestlers in New Jersey regardless of size.
That’s where the pound-for-pound rankings come in.
This is our annual feature on the guys who aren’t afraid to tough it out against anyone. They welcome challenges and live up to the hype week in and week out. They win with big offense or tough defense and somehow leave us amazed every time they strap on their headgear.
So check out the rankings below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
  • P4P rankings are chosen and updated by’s wrestling reporters Pat Lanni, Joe Zedalis and Bill Evans and posted every Wednesday for the next six weeks. The rankings are based on matches and results reported through Jan. 11.
  • We will add five new wrestlers every week until we get to a final 50. Wrestlers will move up and down the rankings accordingly based on performance.
  • Wrestlers are ranked at their lowest weights or where they’re expected to compete in the postseason.
  • We will not rank wrestlers who are injured or have not competed recently.
Individual wrestler rankings: Major shifts as wrestlers change weight classes
Updated Jan 14, 2020;Posted Jan 14, 2020 
By Bill Evans | NJ Advance Media for
The 2019-2020 wrestling season is several weeks old and wrestlers are starting to drop down to their postseason weights.
Wrestlers dropping down a class caused some significant shifts in the rankings this week, including new No. 1s and key wins and upsets led to further changes.
Check out’s top eight rankings at all 14 weight classes with explanations of all the changes.

Ranking, wrestler, school / Key wins / Key losses
1-Kyle Jacob, ParamusNoah Pettigrew, Blair; JT Cornelius, SouthernEthan Hatcher, Brecksville-Broadview Heights
2-P.J. Casale, DelbartonNick Lisco, St. Edward (Ohio)Noah Pettigrew, Blair
3-Hunter Suter, Camden CatholicBrad Galassi, Jackson; Gage Armijo, West MorrisUndefeated
4-Gage Armijo, West MorrisJohn Dusza, Watchung HillsHunter Suter, Camden Catholic
5-Jackson Crawn, KittatinnyGage Horvath, Phillipsburg; Ian Gaburo, North HunterdonGage Armijo, West Morris
6-Michael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.)Max Acciardi, Paramus CatholicKyle Jacob, Paramus
7-Max Acciardi, Paramus CatholicCharles Davis, GarfieldMichael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.)
8-Josh Darisme, RahwayGerome Abad, ElizanethUndefeated
Changes: Toranzo, who has a win over Acciardi, enters the rankings, replacing Gateway’s Tom Goetz, who lost to Pitman’s Zane Coles.

Here were the rest of the nominees:
Kyle Jacob
Paramus senior
Jacob came through with a last-round pin to lift Paramus to a 37-36 win over NV/Old Tappan on Friday. The Spartan 220-pounder bumped up a weight class and defeated county fifth Simon Yung in 50 seconds.
RESULTS: Wrestling results for Friday, Jan. 10
Wrestling: 34 N.J. wrestlers - 10 from Blair - in the national rankings
Updated Jan 09, 2020;Posted Jan 09, 2020
By Bill Evans | NJ Advance Media for
Following are the national sites which have New Jersey wrestlers in their national rankings. Listed are the most recent updates and dates of those updates.
Kyle Jacob, Paramus, Sr.

  • Flowrestling: No. 12
  • Intermat: No. 11
  • Trackwrestling: No. 11
Kyle Jacob
Paramus senior

The Spartans' 220-pounder made the state finals last season and gave an impressive effort in defeat against national No. 1 Jacob Cardenas of Bergen Catholic.
Top returners: senior Kyle Jacob, junior Aaron Ayzerov, sophomores Eric Freeman and Matthew Field.
Outlook: State finalist Kyle Jacob leads the Spartans at 220 and state qualifier Aaron Ayzerov gives them another dose of star power. A division title is in reach if Paramus builds depth behind the middle weights.

220 pounds: Semifinal recap - Jacob yet to surrender a point with Casale on deck in finals

Updated Mar 06, 2020; Posted Mar 06, 2020
NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships, Quarters and Semis - 220
By Ryan Patti | NJ Advance Media for
It will be a battle of North Jersey standouts in the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics State Wrestling Individual Championships 220-pound title at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Top-seeded Paramus senior Kyle Jacob and Delbarton second-seeded sophomore P.J. Casale are set to meet in Saturday’s finale, which will be the second-to-last bout of the weekend and a fitting ending for the top two grapplers in the bracket. It also could spell an unprecedented achievement for Jacob, who has yet to allow a point in his four bouts.
Jacob has credited his dominance to the work that was done in the wrestling room, which has led to a District 5 championship, Region 2 championship and 43-1 record this winter.
“I knew that working hard throughout the season and taking it match by match would send me to the finals this year,” he said. “I’m using my explosiveness and quickness and getting to my leg attacks well. I’m finishing strong on top and when I’m on bottom, I’m being smart.”
The 2019 second-place state finisher won by major decision (9-0) over Pitman fourth-seeded senior Zane Coles, who entered the bout at 41-0. Jacob tipped his cap to Coles and found a bit of trouble when he was on top.
“He was a strong kid,” he said. “It’s tiring when you have a strong kid on bottom and you’re trying to get his wrists and push forward. I treated him like how I treat every kid on the mat. I just wrestle my hardest.”
Jacob will come into his final bout as a Spartan like he has most of his career – as the favorite.
He refuses to take anything for granted, though, and he’s bracing for Casale’s strategy on the mat knowing how prepared he will be.
“Delbarton is one of the best programs in the state and a top program in the country,” he said. “P.J. is a great wrestler and he’s technical for a young kid, so he’s going to be tough to wrestle.”
Buy these 2020 Wrestling Championships photos: We offer reprints in a variety of sizes. Open the gallery above and select “BUY IMAGE” to purchase yours now.Casale ended the night out of gas following his 9-2 decision win over St. Joseph (Mont.) sixth-seeded junior Michael Toranzo, but thinks he has the right mental state heading into Saturday’s action.
“I’m a little tired, but I feel accomplished and excited already for the finals,” he said. “I’ll probably go home, eat good, get a good night’s rest, and probably not talk or think about wrestling until tomorrow though.”
Toranzo is a familiar face for Casale as the two grappled in 2019 at the Beast of the East tournament in Delaware. Casale has had respect for him for quite some time and saw improvement in his skill set since they last crossed paths.
“Mike’s a great kid and I’ve known him since I was little because we used to train with each other,” he said. “We actually stopped this year since we felt like we would compete against each other. I’m happy for him that he got this far and he’s obviously a tough opponent every time I wrestle him. He’s stronger and he has some great fakes. I had to set him up because he moves so well for a 220.”
Casale learned a few lessons during his first trip to ‘America’s Playground’ last March. He sees his mental state making a big impact on his final bout of the year.
“Last year I had a freshman mentality and I thought that since I was so young, it didn’t matter if I won or not,” he said. “Now, I feel like I can beat anyone in the weight. I know Kyle is a good wrestler and I’m going to have to wrestle tough.”

152 pounds:Semifinal recap-Boggiano shocks with “Spider” pin; Ayzerov earns upset UTB win

By Mak Ojutiku | NJ Advance Media for
Beating a top-seed in the state tournament with a defensive pin is pretty rare, to say the least.
Thanks to a move Toms River North fourth-seed Nick Boggiano calls “The Spider”, the rare became reality in the semifinals of the 152-pound bracket of the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics State Wrestling Tournament at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Boggiano, a senior, used the move in bottom position to earn a fall over Lyndhurst top-seed Dylan Weaver, and to book his way to Saturday’s championship match.
“It’s just about staying confident and staying calm,” the Toms River North grappler said after the match. “There’s no point in getting all juiced up before your matches. You just gotta know your stuff and then go out and do it.”
With Weaver throwing legs in top position in the second period, Boggiano got himself into a back bridge, reached back with his arms and turned his own body around, to put the top-seeded Lyndhurst standout on his shoulders to secure the pin.
“I’m very flexible and I don’t really feel uncomfortable when kids throw legs,” Boggiano said.
Boggiano, an eighth-place finisher in last year’s 145-pound bracket, said he brought a different kind of focus into the semifinal than he had earlier in the season. The Toms River North standout credited his sole loss of the season, which happened to come at the hands of the loser of the other semifinal match, Camden Catholic’s Brandon Mooney, as a positive difference maker to his mentality.
“It helped me focus.," the 39-1 wrestler said. "The loss brought me back down, and I knew it wasn’t gonna happen again.”
While Boggiano’s win was impressive for its sudden, shocking conclusion, Aaron Ayzerov’s victory was amazing for how long and hard fought it was.
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To call the Paramus sixth-seed’s 1-1 ultimate tie breaker win a marathon would be an understatement.
Ayzerov and Mooney, the second-seed, traded escapes in the first two periods, and a third-period rideout by Mooney sent the match to overtime.
After a scoreless sudden victory period, and two rideouts, Ayzerov was given top position in the deciding ultimate tie-breaker. Ayzerov said just four words flashed in his mind as he took position: “Hold this man down.”
And hold him down, he did. In the very end, Ayzerov 's top game came through for him and gave him the victory and the finals berth.
“(Mooney’s) shifty and I know he’s good, but I’m best on top,” Ayzerov said after the match. “I’m not letting the match come down to my best position to just let it slip away. That was just mental toughness right there.”
The mental aspect of the sport is something that’s certainly not lost on Ayzerov. The 30-3 Paramus junior wrote the words “2020 152-pound state title” in a notebook every day since the end of last year’s season.
That mentality has brought Ayzerov a long way from his finish in last year’s state tournament, where he went 0-2.
“I came in here saying I was gonna win a state title, and I’m one step closer,"Ayzerov said. “I love these kind of matches, it’s what I train for. My partner and I go a half an hour extra every day to win matches like that. I believe (the win) is what I deserve. I work too hard to go and lose in overtime.”
Ayzerov and Boggiano will square off on Saturday at 3 p.m.
State wrestling finals Tale of the Tape: Pairings & paths to the final round NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships, Semifinal Round
Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus hangs on to defeat Brandon Mooney of Camden Catholic in the UTB during a 152-pound semifinal bout of the NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Friday, March 6, 2020.
Chris Faytok | NJ Advance Media for

152-Boggiano shocks with “Spider” pin; Ayzerov earns upset UTB winBeating a top-seed in the state tournament with a defensive pin is pretty rare, to say the least.
Thanks to a move Toms River North fourth-seed Nick Boggiano calls “The Spider”, the rare became reality in the semifinals of the 152-pound bracket of the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics State Wrestling Tournament at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
While Boggiano’s win was impressive for its sudden, shocking conclusion, Aaron Ayzerov’s victory was amazing for how long and hard fought it was.
To call the Paramus sixth-seed’s 1-1 ultimate tie breaker win a marathon would be an understatement.
Read more about the 152-pound semifinals here.
152-pound final: Tale of the tape
4-Nick Boggiano, Toms River North (40-1) vs. 6-Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus (31-3)
Path to Finals
  • Boggiano: first round - 11-1 major decision over 29-Cole Velardi, Southern; pre quarterfinal - 6-0 decision over 13-Jared Schoppe, Delsea; quarterfinal - 5-0 decision over 5-Stefano Sgambellone, St. Joseph (Mont.); semifinal - fall in 2:48 over 1-Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst/North Arlington
  • Ayzerov: first round - 8-4 decision over 27-Dominick DeIntinis, Parsippany; pre quarterfinal - fall in 1:45 over 11-Ian McCabe, Monroe; quarterfinal - fall in 4:19 over 3-Alex Strashinsky, Bergen Catholic; semifinal - 2-1 ultimate tiebreaker over 2-Brandon Mooney, Camden Catholic
Previous Places
  • Boggiano: 8th in 145 (2019)
  • Ayzerov: First AC appearance
  • No prior meetings
2020 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships, semifinal round
Kyle Jacob of Paramus (top) beat Zane Coles of Pitman in a 220-pound semifinal bout of the NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Friday, March 6, 2020.
Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for
220-Jacob yet to surrender a point with Casale on deck in finals
It will be a battle of North Jersey standouts in the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics State Wrestling Individual Championships 220-pound title at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Top-seeded Paramus senior Kyle Jacob and Delbarton second-seeded sophomore P.J. Casale are set to meet in Saturday’s finale, which will be the second-to-last bout of the weekend and a fitting ending for the top two grapplers in the bracket. It also could spell an unprecedented achievement for Jacob, who has yet to allow a point in his four bouts.
Reade more about the 220-pound semifinals here.
220-pound final: Tale of the tape
1-Kyle Jacob, Paramus (43-1) vs. 2-P.J. Casale, Delbarton (41-3)
Path to Finals
  • Jacob: first round - fall in 0:56 over 32-Michael Carey, Haddonfield; pre quarterfinal - fall in 2:16 over 17-Michael Pavlinetz, Holmdel; quarterfinal - 5-0 decision over 8-Robert Damerjian, Moorestown; semifinal - 9-0 decision over 4-Zane Coles, Pitman
  • Casale: first round - technical fall in 2:07 over 31-Jonas Hyman, Ramsey; pre quarterfinal - technical fall in 4:20 over 15-Tracey Taylor, Long Branch; quarterfinal - technical fall in 4:26 over 7-Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny; semifinal - 9-2 decision over 6-Michael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.)
Previous Places
  • Jacob: 2nd in 195 (2019)
  • Casale: 5th in 220 (2019)
  • No prior meetings

220 NJSIAA quarterfinal recap: Jacob, Casale continue on collision course

Updated Mar 06, 2020; Posted Mar 06, 2020
NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships, opening round - 220
By Bill Evans | NJ Advance Media for
Delbarton sophomore P.J. Casale continued to tech his way through the 220-pound bracket at the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics State Wrestling Championships and top seed Kyle Jacob of Paramus ended the impressive postseason run of Moorestown’s Robert Damerjian.
Casale won all three matches by technical fall, including a 15-0 win over Kittatinny’s Jackson Crawn in the quarterfinals. Casale will face St. Joseph (Mont.'s) Michael Toranzo, an 8-5 winner over Gage Armijo of West Morris Mendham in the semifinal on Friday night.
On the other side of the bracket, Jacob – a state finalist a year ago – defeated Damerjian, who had taken the state by storm after returning from a broken thumb just a week-and-a-half before districts.Damerjian roared to district and region titles and reached the state quarterfinal before running into Jacob.
Jacob will face another South Jersey standout, Pitman’s Zane Coles, in the semifinal. Coles was impressive in defeating Rahway’s Joshua Darisme, 11-1.
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152: Quarterfinal recap - He’s got no meniscus in his knee, but a semifinal showdown upcoming
Updated Mar 06, 2020; Posted Mar 06, 2020
1032020 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships, opening round - 152
By JJ Conrad | NJ Advance Media for
Aaron Ayzerov had two options and one decision to make.
A torn meniscus he had been dealing with for months had finally reached a breaking point at the Beast of the East in December, with the Paramus junior laying on the mat writhering in pain in a blood-round match.
"It locked again and normally I could unlock it," he said. "I couldn't unlock it this time."
Days later, doctors gave him two potential courses of action -- remove the meniscus completely for a few-week recovery and rehab stint, all but guaranteeing arthritis later on in life, or repair it and face a six-month recovery period, but have a healthier knee in the future at the cost of his junior season coming to a premature end.
The choice should have been difficult.
But you can probably guess which option Ayzerov went with rather easily.
"I just thought I've worked too hard and this matters too much," Ayzerov said. "I'd rather be wrestling now than in 40 years. I love wrestling too much."
Ayzerov may not have a meniscus in his right knee any longer, but he does have a 152-pound semifinal showdown upcoming - just three months removed from surgery - after a thrilling upset in Friday’s quarterfinals of the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics Wrestling State Championships.
Trailing, 4-0, into the third period against Bergen Catholic's third-seeded Alex Strashinsky - an opponent who got the best of Ayzerov in the last two Region finals and once last summer, two ending by pin - Ayzerov took Strashinsky to his back and landed a pin of his own in 4:20."Exhillerating," he said. "I've never beaten this kid. I wanted this one for so long. Every time I've faced him I've gotten closer and closer. I might not be the most technically skilled wrestler on my feet, but I wrestle at a higher pace, I'm good on the mat, I can wrestle and I break kids."
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Ayzerov welcomed the challenge that was likely coming against Strashinsky when the brackets were revealed and he ended up on the same side and even happier when, on Thursday, Strashinsky came from behind and eventually pinned Delbarton's Colin Calvetti in the pre-quarterfinals to set the stage for Friday.
“Most kids wouldn’t want that,” Paramus coach Chris Falato said. "But he’s such a competitor and he said avenging those losses would make placing even sweeter. ... What he did with his knee, that’s the price he’s willing to pay as a wrestler on this stage. Wrestling is the most important thing in his life right now.
“But he’s still focused on not being done. He doesn’t want to just place. He wants to win it.”
Ayzerov will meet Camden Catholic’s second-seeded Brandon Mooney - a 3-2 winner over Pope John’s Mathew Garcia in the quarterfinals - later on Friday in the semifinals.
He is now two wins shy of becoming Paramus’ first state champion since Kyle Cochran won the 160-pound title in 2016 (Ayzerov’s teammate Kyle Jacob also remains alive in the 220-pound semifinals).
“I’m going to take five minutes and be happy for myself about this, but I’m not happy just placing,” Ayzerov said. “That’s not what I came here to do. I have a notebook I write in every day, ’2020 state champion.' So, this is not it yet. I’m not done.”
Top-seeded Dylan Weaver of Lyndhurst/North Arlington downed Shore’s Michael McGhee, 9-4, in quarterfinal action. Weaver, junior, is now two wins away from becoming Lyndhurst’s first state champion since Rutgers coach Donny Pritzlaff three-peated from 1995-97.
Weaver will meet Toms River North’s fourth-seeded Nick Boggiano, who downed Delsea’s Jared Schoppe, 6-0, in other quarterfinal action.
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121 Pound medalists
  • First Place: Noran Elmahroukey, New Providence
  • Second Place: Kalli Roskos, Delran
  • Third Place: Emily Klein, Paramus
  • Fourth Place: Courtney Hoff, Warren Hills
  • Fifth Place: Angelina Romero, Notre Dame
  • Sixth Place: Jessica Rivera, Lakewood
2020 State Wrestling Championships: Complete pre-quarterfinals results
Updated Mar 05, 2020; Posted Mar 05, 2020
152 pound
1-Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst p. 16-David DiPietro, Kingsway, 0:29.
9-Michael McGhee, Shore d. 8-Brandon Teresa, Montville, 3-2 (UTB).
5-Stefano Sgambellone, St. Joseph (Mont.) d. 12-Jurius Clark, Highland, 4-3.
4-Nick Boggiano, Toms River North d. 13-Jared Schoppe, Delsea, 6-0.
3-Alex Strashinsky, Bergen Catholic p. 14-Colin Calvetti, Delbarton, 5:36.
6-Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus p. 11-Ian McCabe, Monroe, 1:45.
7-Mathew Garcia, Pope John md. 10-Nicholas Vargas, Wall, 13-4.
2-Brandon Mooney, Camden Catholic md. 18-Anthony Romaniello, Hunterdon Central, 10-0.
220 pound
1-Kyle Jacob, Paramus p. 17-Michael Pavlinetz, Holmdel, 2:16.
8-Robert Damerjian, Moorestown d. 9-Tom Goetz, Gateway, 5-0.
5-Joshua Darisme, Rahway d. 12-Cody Thurston, West Deptford, 7-4.
4-Zane Coles, Pitman d. 13-Michael Nakano, Toms River North, 7-2.
3-Gage Armijo, Mendham p. 14-Ameir Pittman, Burlington City, 0:13.
6-Michael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.) d. 11-Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic, 3-1.
7-Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny p. 10-Remy Brancato, Bergen Catholic, 2:30.
2-P.J. Casale, Delbarton d. 15-Tracey Taylor, Long Branch, 16-1 (TF 4:20).

2020 State Wrestling Championships: Complete prelim results & pre-quarters pairings
Updated Mar 05, 2020; Posted Mar 05, 2020
152 pound
1-Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst p. 32-Zach Kitchell, Collingswood, 1:28.
16-David DiPietro, Kingsway d. 17-James Romaine, Princeton, 6-2.
9-Michael McGhee, Shore d. 24-Jack Murray, Watchung Hills, 7-1.
8-Brandon Teresa, Montville p. 25-Allan Devries, Pompton Lakes, 1:58.
5-Stefano Sgambellone, St. Joseph (Mont.) md. 28-William Schlegel, Mendham, 10-1.
12-Jurius Clark, Highland d. 21-Ryan Carey, Long Branch, 4-2.
13-Jared Schoppe, Delsea d. 20-Aiden Weingrad, Cherry Hill East, 4-1.
4-Nick Boggiano, Toms River North md. 29-Cole Velardi, Southern, 11-1.
3-Alex Strashinsky, Bergen Catholic p. 30-Tyler Brignola, Rumson-Fair Haven, 5:44.
14-Colin Calvetti, Delbarton d. 19-Devin Iannelli, Northern Highlands, 7-4.
11-Ian McCabe, Monroe md. 22-Patrick Nevins, Roselle Park, 11-1.
6-Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus d. 27-Dominick DeIntinis, Parsippany, 8-4.
7-Mathew Garcia, Pope John md. 26-Conner Vill, Gov. Livingston, 15-6.
10-Nicholas Vargas, Wall d. 23-Stephen Malia, Warren Hills, 8-2.
18-Anthony Romaniello, Hunterdon Central p. 15-Alexander Martinez, Bound Brook, 5:40.
2-Brandon Mooney, Camden Catholic md. 31-Eren Ibas, Delran, 9-0.
220 pound
1-Kyle Jacob, Paramus p. 32-Michael Carey, Haddonfield, 0:56.

17-Michael Pavlinetz, Holmdel p. 16-Tony Thompson, Buena, 4:15.
9-Tom Goetz, Gateway md. 24-Cole Zydel, Pope John, 9-0.
8-Robert Damerjian, Moorestown p. 25-Joshua Ortiz, Highland, 2:30.
5-Joshua Darisme, Rahway d. 28-Keith Simon, Bayonne, 4-2.
12-Cody Thurston, West Deptford p. 21-Jordan Campbell, Middlesex, 3:47.
13-Michael Nakano, Toms River North p. 20-Gage Horvath, Phillipsburg, 3:03.
4-Zane Coles, Pitman p. 29-Danny Hasbani, Passaic Valley, 2:35.
3-Gage Armijo, Mendham p. 30-Nicolas Polewka, Nutley, 0:22.
14-Ameir Pittman, Burlington City md. 19-Joseph Porcaro, Sayreville, 15-6.
11-Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic md. 22-Mike Sierra, North Bergen, 9-1.
6-Michael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.) md. 27-Bryan Bonilla, Hightstown, 19-7.
7-Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny p. 26-Nnamdi James, Franklin, 2:09.
10-Remy Brancato, Bergen Catholic md. 23-Kevin Lind, Raritan, 9-1.
15-Tracey Taylor, Long Branch d. 18-Christian Cacciabaudo, Hopewell Valley, 5-2.
2-P.J. Casale, Delbarton d. 31-Jonas Hyman, Ramsey, 17-2 (TF 2:07).

Weight-by-weight analysis of the 2020 NJ state wrestling brackets

Sean Farrell, NorthJersey.comPublished 5:31 p.m. ET March 3, 2020 | Updated 6:24 p.m. ET March 3, 2020

220 Pounds

Kyle Jacob (Photo: Anne-Marie Caruso/

North Jersey qualifiers: Michael Toranzo of St. Joseph, Jonas Hyman of Ramsey, Kyle Jacob of Paramus, Remy Brancato of Bergen Catholic, Max Acciardi of Paramus Catholic, Danny Hasbani of Passaic Valley.
2019 medalists: Jacob (second), Gage Armijo of Mendham (third), P.J. Casale of Delbarton (fifth).
Outlook: Paramus' Kyle Jacob (39-1) has been unstoppable since his run last year to the state final and enters as the No. 1 seed. The Fordham football commit is bound to give the Spartans a state medalist for the 10th straight year, but will it be gold?
No. 6 Michael Toranzo and No. 10 Remy Brancato give the field a distinct Bergen County flair.

North Jersey qualifiers: Stefano Sgambellone of St. Joseph, Devin Ianelli of Northern Highlands, Alan Devries of Pompton Lakes, Alex Strashinsky of Bergen Catholic, Aaron Ayzerov of Paramus, Dylan Weaver of Lyndhurst/North Arlington.
2019 medalists: Weaver (third), Brandon Mooney of Camden Catholic (fifth), Strashinsky (sixth), Nick Boggiano of Toms River North (eighth).
Outlook: Rutgers-bound Dylan Weaver starts his bid to become the first state champion from Lyndhurst since Donny Pritzlaff, now an assistant coach with the Scarlet Knights. Weaver placed third in the state last season, giving him the top finish by a Golden Bear in 18 years.
Now, Weaver will headline a bracket full of Bergen County flavor, with Alex Strashinsky (third seed), Stefano Sgambellone (fifth) and Aaron Ayzerov (sixth).
North Jersey qualifiers: Michael Cetta of St. Joseph, Vincent DeMaria of Northern Highlands, William Grater of Bergen Catholic, Eric Freeman of Paramus, Damian Weaver of Lyndhurst/North Arlington.
Wrestling individual rankings for March 4: The last look before Atlantic City
By Patrick Lanni | NJ Advance Media for

Ranking, wrestler, school, year, Last week, Regions, Key wins, Key losses
1-Kyle Jacob, Paramus, Sr.No. 11st at R2Noah Pettigrew, Blair; JT Cornelius, Southern; Remy Brancato, Bergen CatholicEthan Hatcher, Brecksville-Broadview Heights
2-P.J. Casale, Delbarton, So.No. 21st at R3Nick Lisco, St. Edward (Ohio); Gage Armijo, Mendham (twice)Noah Pettigrew, Blair; Kolby Franklin, Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)
3-Michael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.), Jr.No. 61st at R1Charles Davis, Garfield; Remy Brencato, Bergen Catholic; Jackson Crawn, KittatinnyHunter Suter, Camden Catholic
4-Zane Coles, Pitman, Sr.No. 71st at R8Tom Goetz, Gateway (twice); Matt Richardson, Chichester (Pa.)Undefeated
5-Robert Damerjian, Moorestown, Sr.No. 81st at R7Michael Nakano, Toms River North; Vincent Ceglie, Lacey; Hunter Suter, Camden CatholicUndefeated
6-Gage Armijo, Mendham, Sr.No. 52nd at R3John Dusza, Watchung Hills; Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny; Andrew Mitzak, Seton Hall PrepP.J. Casale, Delbarton (twice)
7-Jackson Crawn, Kittatinny, Jr.No. 62nd at R1Gage Horvath, Phillipsburg; Ian Gaburo, North Hunterdon; Anthony Vacarella, RidgewoodGage Armijo, Mendham; Michael Toranzo, St. Joseph (Mont.)
8-Joshua Darisme, Rahway, Sr.NR1st at R4Gage Horvath, Phillipsburg and Andrew Mitzak, Seton Hall PrepUndefeated
THIS WEEK: Toranzo, Coles and Damerjian moved up after region wins, while Armijo and Crawn dropped a couple spots after losing to ranked wrestlers. Darisme replaced Camden Catholic’s Hunter Suter, who suffered a knee injury in the Region 7 final and will not continue in the state tournament.

Ranking, wrestler, school, yearLast weekRegionsKey winsKey losses
1-Brandon Mooney, Camden Catholic, Sr.No. 21st at R7Matt Donofrio, Phillipsburg; Costantinos Pavlides, Eastern; Nick Boggiano, Toms River NorthMatthew Park, James W. Robinson (D.C.)
2-Alex Strashinsky, Bergen Catholic, Sr.No. 31st at R2Enrique Mungaia, Elyria; Stefano Sgambellone, St. Joseph (Mont.); Aaron Ayzerov, ParamusNoah Castillo, Lake Highland
3-Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst/North Arlington, Jr.No. 51st at R3Phil Smith, Owings Mills (Md.); Stefano Sgambellone, St. Joseph (Mont.)Nick Stonecheck, Buford (Ga.); Dominic DeIntinis, Parsippany
4-Nick Boggiano, Toms River North, Sr.No. 12nd at R7Nicholas Vargas, Wall (2x), Brian Zeglarski, Hopewell ValleyBrandon Mooney, Camden Catholic
5-Stefano Sgambellone, St. Joseph (Mont.), Sr.No. 61st at R1Matthew Garcia, Pope John; Alejandro Leon, St. Peter’s PrepDylan Weaver, Lyndhurst; Alex Strashinsky, Bergen Catholic
6-Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus, Jr.No. 72nd at R2Greg Schlett, Glen Rock; Matthew Park, James J. Robinson (D.C.)Dalton Harkins, Malvern Prep (Pa.); Grant Mackay, North Allegheny (Pa.); Alex Strashinsky, Bergen Catholic
7-Mike McGhee, Shore, Jr.No. 81st at R5Tyler Brignola, Rumson-Fair Haven; Kyle Anderson, North Hunterdon; Paul Jakub, HowellBrandon Teresa, Montville; Nick Boggiano, Toms River
8-Dominic DeIntinis, Parsippany, Sr.No. 44th at R4Dylan Weaver, Lyndhurst; Nicholas Vargas, Wall; Brandon Teresa, MontvilleNick Vafiadis, New Kent (Conn.); Conner Vill, Gov. Livingston (Injury default); Aaron Ayzerov
THIS WEEK: Mooney moved up to No. 1 after beating the previous top-ranked wrestler, Boggiano, in the Region 7 final. Dominic DeIntinnis dropped to 8 after losing to Paramus’ Aaron Ayzerov in the semifinals and taking an injury default in his third-place match.
220: Kyle Jacob, Paramus vs. Robert Damerjian, Moorestown
Jacob was a state finalist a year ago and has held down the No. 1 spot in this weight class. He has rolled through the postseason with nothing less than a 14-1 major. Damerjian returned from a broken thumb just in time for the postseason and he’s dominated state qualifiers Josh Ortiz of Highland, West Deptford’s Cody Thurston and Toms River North’s Michael Nakano. His highly-anticipated region final against Camden Catholic’s Hunter Suter was cut short when Suter was injured. Damerjian’s physical, aggressive style is different than most 220-pounders and would make for a fascinating

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Wrestling: Paramus Catholic defeats Paramus 42-17.Paramus' Kyle Jacob has his hand raised after defeating Paramus Catholic's Max Acciardi in the 220 pound match at Paramus High School on 2/7/20.Tom Horak | For NJ Advance Media

220 POUNDS: Our picks
  • 1-Kyle Jacob, Paramus, Sr.
  • 2-Max Acciardi, Paramus Catholic, Fr.
  • 3-Remy Brancato, Bergen Catholic, So.
  • 4-Danny Hasbani, Passaic Valley, Sr.
THE SKINNY: One year after finishing runner-up in the state at 195 pounds, Paramus senior Kyle Jacob is the favorite to win his first state title at 220 this season. Jacob enters Region 2 with a 36-1 mark after claiming his third career District title. The state’s top-ranked 220-pounder is still eyeing his first Region title after reaching last year’s final for the first time before falling to Bergen Catholic’s Jacob Cardenas in what served as a preview of the eventual state final. Jacob could meet Paramus Catholic freshman Max Acciardi, the No. 2 seed here, in the Region final. Those two met in a regular season dual meet earlier this year with Jacob winning by decision.

152 POUNDS: Our picks
  • 1-Alex Strashinsky, Bergen Catholic, Sr.
  • 2-Aaron Ayzerov, Paramus, Jr.
  • 3-Dominick DeIntinis, Parsippany, Sr.
  • 4-Brandon Teresa, Montville, Sr.
THE SKINNY: This bracket features a strong top four in Bergen Catholic's Alex Strashinsky, Paramus' Aaron Ayzerov, Parsippany's Dominick DeIntinis and Montville's Brandon Teresa. Strashinsky, making his fourth Region appearance, is the top seed, and looking for his second straight Region title after winning the 138-pound title last year before finishing sixth in the state. He could meet Ayzerov in the final, with Ayzerov looking to punch his third career ticket to Atlantic City. These two met in last year's 138-pound final, with Strashinsky winning by fall in 21 seconds. A potential third-place match could be a rematch of this year's Morris County final between DeIntinis and Teresa, which DeIntinis won, 9-5. Teresa was a state qualifier last year at 138, while DeIntinis took fifth at 145.
NJ wrestling: Paramus’ Kyle Kaiser Stuns Fair Lawn’s Dylan Cedeno in State WinATLANTIC CITY – The doubt set in as soon as he saw it.Kyle Kaiser felt his state championship dream slipping away even before taking the mat in Atlantic City. The Paramus senior took one look at the bracket and knew what he was going up against. Who he was was facing.
And it wasn’t good.
Kaiser“Right away, doubt,” Kaiser said. “I thought man, I can’t get as far as I wanted to. I’m going to have to be wrestling back. That’s honestly how I felt. But then I thought that it’s my senior year and I’ve got to leave everything on the mat. That’s what I did.”Kaiser left with both hands in the air after shocking No. 5 seeded Dylan Cedeno of Fair Lawn in the second round of the state tournament. The Spartans’ 113-pounder had gone 0-3 to Cedeno this season, including the district and region finals. But he tweaked his strategy and scored an early takedown in a 4-1 decision at Boardwalk Hall. He earned one of the biggest upsets of the day by handing Cedeno his first loss of the year. Next up is Kingsway’s McKenzie Bell.“It’s total redemption,” Kaiser said. “This is the only match that matters. This is what you’re wrestling for. This one means the most. The other matches are nothing.”Kaiser is one of the most decorated wrestlers in Paramus history. He owns 133 career victories and will wrestle at Maryland next season. But Kaiser wasn’t satisfied, not after taking silver at the Bergen County tournament and throughout the postseason. He worked on his conditioning and defense and focused on getting the first takedown. With 20 to 30 friends and family in attendance, he wanted to put on a show.“We knew he could win,” coach Chris Falato said. “Dylan is a great wrestler and he’s had our number for the last few matches. But Kyle’s a very stingy competitor. He’s been in a lot of big matches and this is his third time down here. We were very confident that he would step up when it mattered the most as he just did. He got to his offense, and that’s what he needed to do. We weren’t able to get to [Cedeno’s] legs the past few matches. We got to his legs and had a nice move to put him on his back to go up 4-0 and then was in to control the rest of the match.” Kaiser has stood out since the start of his career.
He impressed coaches as a secondgrader on his first day at Paramus rec practice, only to be told he was too young. So Kaiser came back the next year and his career started to take off. This year, he’s become the marquee wrestler at Paramus after sharing the spotlight with Kyle Cochran and Brian Bonino in recent years.
“Kyle is the clear-cut leader now instead of being with the three amigos,” Falato said. “It’s just Kyle and he’s stepped up and done an amazing job this season, not only in wrestling but in leading the team. And he’s turning into a great young man.”
When Cochran won a state title in 2016, Kaiser was following from home. Kaiser was knocked out earlier in the tournament and his parents wanted to leave. So he watched on a computer screen when Paramus’ last champion was crowned. He wants to be on the mat for the next one.
“[I visualize it] all the time,” Kaiser said. “It would mean everything in the world to me to show what I can do.”

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