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
Steven Falk Asbury Park Press

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.

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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