04/23/02 - Wrestlers Celebrate.
The Bridgewater Recreation Wrestling Team celebrated the conclusion of another successful season with a pizza party on April 23, 2002. The following awards were presented in recognition of individual achievements during the 2001-2002 season:
A special thanks to Irene D'Ovidio and Ulla Meade for all their fine work in coordinating and making arrangements for the party.
03/17/02 - Post-Season Wrestling Action Begins With Metuchen Grapplers Novice Tournament - All Six Competitors From Bridgewater Win Placefinishes.
The 20th Annual Metuchen Grapplers Novice Tournament was conducted at Metuchen High School today. Six wrestlers from Bridgewater competed and all six finished within the top four of their respective division/weight class.
Placefinishes: 1st Place - Peter Machala, 2nd Place - Nolan Meade, 3rd Place - Matt Polanco and Eric Van Houten, 4th Place - Patrick Ronk and Dominic Diaz. Congratulations!
And special thanks to Coach Diaz and Coach Machala for coaching our wrestlers throughout the day.
03/03/02 - Season Finale . . . Wrestlers Win Honors at Central Jersey League Tournament: Wayne Hampton 92-lb. league champ, Joey Vega 2nd at 52-lbs., three others place 3rd, and several place in JV division.
31 of our wrestlers participated in today's Central Jersey League tournament conducted at David Brearly High School in Kenilworth competing against 16 other teams of wrestlers for honors in their respective weight classes. In the varsity finals "wrestled under the light", Wayne Hampton closed another chapter in his wrestling record book by winning the league title at 92-lbs. with a 2:46 fall over Matt Loffa of Kenilworth, finishing 19-0 this season in league competition. And rookie first year wrestler Joey Vega had a good day also, taking 2nd at 52-lbs. and finishing 15-5 in league matches this season. Three wrestlers from Bridgewater took home 3rd place honors in the varsity tournament - Erik Willis at 79-lbs., Jon Friedman at 87-lbs., and Andrew Hampton at 112-lbs. In addition, heavyweight wrestler Matt Fernandez won a 6th place medal.
In the junior varsity tournament, Willie Collins won 2nd place at 87-lbs., Dylan Reilly and Brian Robbins placed 3rd at 52-lbs. and 87-lbs. respectively, and Peter Machala took 4th at 112-lbs.
Great job T E A M !
Today's tournament brings our team season to a close. Our boys had a good season . . . they worked hard, they learned a lot, they competed well, and they had fun. Hopefully next year we can continue to keep our momentum alive and build on what we accomplished this season.
In the meanwhile, there are plenty of opportunities in the off-season for wrestlers to keep their flame lit . . . off-season tournaments, wrestling camp, and club events are just a few worthy of mention. We will continue to maintain this site during the off-season and offer some practical suggestions of activities and events that will supplement their personal development with the sport.
02/27/02 - Central Jersey Team Conclude Dual Meet Season Losing a Close One to Hillsborough, 40-35.
What was heralded to be the match-up of season was wrestled tonight. Hillsborough came to town and it came down to the final bout of the evening before either team could proclaim victory. Of the 16 bouts wrestled, both teams split the wins at eight each. The end result - Hillsborough 40, Bridgewater 35.
"Hillsborough's pins are what cost us the match," explained coach Boemio after the meet. They had five pin wins to our two pin wins."
And this season was most certainly a season filled with a number of close dual meets. First it was Middlesex, then it was North Hunterdon followed by Voorhees, and now Hillsborough - four close meets that could have just as easily gone the other way.
Among the most exciting bouts of the evening . . .
70-pounder Russell Barbee losing 4-0 in the start of the 3rd period was able to come back with a reversal and 2-point near fall to extend his bout into a sudden death overtime period. In overtime, Russell secured a takedown to win 6-4.
And Matt D'Ovidio, wrestling at 95-lbs., losing 5-0 halfway through the 3rd period, skillfully came back with takedown and 3-point near fall to bring his bout into overtime. In overtime, Matt secured the takedown and went on to pin his opponent 14 seconds into the period.
These bouts alone were well worth the cost of admission.
Other winners for Bridgewater were Joey Vega at 50-lbs. with a 6-4 decision win, Erik Willis at 80-lbs. with a 5-3 decision win, Jon Friedman at 85-lbs. with a 10-1 major decision win, Mike Fischer at 90-lbs. with a forfeit win, Wayne Hampton at 102-lbs. with a fall in 2:32, and Andrew Hampton at 110-lbs. with an 11-0 major decision win.
The Central Jersey Team finished their dual meet season with a 500 record - eight wins and eight losses. The season will conclude with the Central Jersey League Tournament in Kenilworth on Sunday. Regular starting members on the Panther Central Jersey Team will wrestle in the varsity tournament and all other wrestlers on the Bridgewater Rec. Team will compete in the "B" division tournament.
02/24/02 - Raritan Valley Wrestlers Gain Individual Honors at League Tournament in Hillsborough.
Congratulations to all 22 of our Raritan Valley wrestlers for a fine performance at the league tournament today. The team wrestled hard and well . . . win or lose, individually and collectively as team, we have progressed far along this season.
Placefinishers for Bridgewater were:
Way to go T E A M !
02/16/02 - Raritan Valley Wrestlers Conclude Dual Meet Season Losing to Hillsborough, 60-19.
When your team is beaten and you know that you were beaten by a better team, I suppose it's a bit easier to accept than if you were beaten by a weaker team. That appears to be the case today as our Raritan Valley wrestlers lost to Hillsborough by a score of 60-19.
The Panthers only had four winners at today's match with Hillsborough - Micah Weinflash with a 9-0 major decision win at 60-lbs., Bryan DeAbrantes with a win by fall in 2:53 at 67-lbs., Mike Fischer with a 7-6 decision win at 85-lbs., and Peter Machala with a forfeit win at 105-lbs.
"We would grade our team performance a 'C' today. We didn't wrestle at our best nor did we wrestle at our worst. Some bouts were wrestled well and some were wrestled not so well. At a point in the season when we should be wrestling at our peak, our performance was just average," was the general consensus of the coaching staff as they provided feedback to team members and parents after today's meet. "Next Sunday is the league tournament which will give many of our wrestlers the opportunity to rewrestle those that they might have faced previously in dual meets. If they lost to them early on in the season, maybe this time they've improved enough to beat them. That's the greatest advantage of the league tournament - it will provides us with a forum to show how well our boys have improved during the course of the season."
The Raritan Valley League Tournament will be held at Hillsborough High School next Sunday, February 24th. Wrestling will begin at 8:30 a.m. All varsity and subvarsity wrestlers will compete.
02/13/02 - Two Evenly Matched Teams, One Winner - Bridgewater Central Jersey Wrestlers Fall Victim to Voorhees, 38-34.
It was frustrating night at Voorhees for our Panther Team as they wrestled their way through their lineup with Voorhees, wrestling some tough bouts en route, but they just couldn't chalk up enough points for the win. Of the 14 bouts wrestled, Bridgewater won 8 and Voorhees won 6, but the forfeit at 60-lbs. and pin losses in the final seconds of two matches is what cost Bridgewater the meet.
"There were some really good bouts wrestled this evening and all of our wrestlers gave their best", explained Coach Hampton, "and for the first time, those bouts that came down wrestling overtime periods were won in our favor." Hampton was speaking of the 85-lb. bout won by Jon Friedman and the 95-lb. bout won by Matt D'Ovidio. "Jon and Matt both put forth 110% effort to pull-in those wins."
Winning by pin for the Panthers was KJ O'Sullivan at 53-lbs., Nick Brandofino at 63-lbs., and Erik Willis at 77-lbs. Other winners from Bridgewater were Joe Vega with 6-2 decision at 50-lbs., Jon Friedman with a 4-2 OT decision at 85-lbs., Wayne Hampton with an 11-0 major decision at 90-lbs., Matt D'Ovidio with a 7-5 OT decision at 95-lbs., and Andrew Hampton with a 7-0 decision at 100-lbs.
The Panther Central Jersey Team will wrestle their last meet of season on Monday, Feb. 25th, at home against neighboring town rival Hillsborough. Both Hillsborough and Bridgewater match up evenly, so it should be another exciting action-packed evening of good wrestling for both squads.
02/10/02 - Panther Wrestling Teams Win Big at Piscataway Tournament Taking Home 21 Placefinishes.
28 wrestlers from our Bridgewater Team traveled to Piscataway today to participate in their 6th Grade & Under Wrestling Tournament and 21 returned home with metals recognizing their accomplishment of placing in the top four within their respective weight class. Participating teams included Bridgewater, East Brunswick, North Brunswick, Metuchen, Monroe, Piscataway, Sayreville, and South River. The team scored 26 pins for the day. Although the tournament did not feature competition for a team title, Bridgewater and Piscataway surely would have been contenders for such a title if there were one.
Placefinishers for Bridgewater were:
02/09/02 - Bridgewater Wrestlers Back On Track with Wins over Somerville, Union, and Del. Valley.
Two Panther teams, three dual meets, one day . . . boy what a busy day it was! Our boys wrestled well . . . they won! . . . the first win of the season for our Raritan Valley Team and two more victories to lock in a winning season for our Central Jersey Team.
Our Raritan Valley Team defeated Somerville in their home court, 54-37. Winning by fall was Dominic Diaz at 45-lbs., Dylan Reilly at 53-lbs., Erik Meade at 63-lbs., Jon Roche at 80-lbs., Mike Nobrega at 90-lbs., and Willie Collins at 95-lbs. Eric Van Houten and Brian Robbins won by decision, 11-4 and 6-2 respectively. In addition, Andy Goodberlet and Peter Machala both won by forfeit.
Our Central Jersey Team hosted a tri-meet today with Union and Delaware Valley. They pounced on Union 60-32, and later came back after Union and Del. Valley wrestled to crush Del. Valley 56-20. Winning against Union was Joe Vega (fall 0:19), KJ O'Sullivan (fall 0:44), Nick Brandofino (fall 2:33), Russell Barbee (fall 2:55), Dustin Smith (injury default 2:00), Erik Willis (forfeit), Jon Friedman (forfeit), Matt D'Ovidio (forfeit), Wayne Hampton (fall 0:12), and Andrew Hampton (forfeit). Winning their matches against Del. Valley was Joe Vega (decision 4-3), Tom Barletta (forfeit), Nick Brandofino (decision 8-1), Tyler Barbee (forfeit), Russell Barbee (forfeit), Dustin Smith (forfeit), Erik Willis (fall 0:42), Brett Hoppel (forfeit), Jon Friedman (tech fall 17-0), Matt D'Ovidio (decision 11-4), and Wayne Hampton (fall 0:16).
The next match for the Central Jersey Team will an away meet at Voorhees on Wednesday. The next match for the Raritan Valley Team will be an away match at Hillsborough on Saturday. All of our rec. wrestlers will be wrestling in the Piscataway 6th Grade & Under Tournament tomorrow.
02/04/02 - Another Close One Gets Away From Central Jersey Wrestlers - North Hunterdon 42 Bridgewater 36.
North Hunterdon paid a visit to Bridgewater this evening and the two teams wrestled a close contest, but Bridgewater's Central Jersey Team just couldn't rack up the points and as result ended up falling to North Hunterdon by a score of 42-36.
"Both teams knew in advance that it was going to be a close contest but the match-ups just didn't work in our favor. We got hammered in the lower weights and we just didn't have enough strength to retaliate in the upper weights," explained Panther Head Coach Wayne Hampton. "In addition to this frustration, we also placed in a situation where we had to give away six points in the heavyweight bout because we learned minutes before weigh-ins that our normal starter was home sick and we didn't have the opportunity to arrange for our back-up heavyweight to be available for the meet. We also juggled our team lineup a bit in an effort to play into our strengths - maybe it worked to our advantage, then again maybe it didn't; I just don't know for certain."
Winning for the Panther Team was Nick Brandofino by fall at 60-lbs., Erik Willis by fall at 77-lbs., Brett Hoppel by decision at 80-lbs., Jon Friedman by fall at 85-lbs., Matt D'Ovidio by fall at 95-lbs., Wayne Hampton by decision at 102-lbs, and Andrew Hampton by forfeit at 110-lbs. Tonight's defeat brings Bridgewater's Central Jersey Team record to 6-6.
The next match for the Central Jersey Team will a tri-meet at home on
Saturday with Del. Valley and Union.
02/03/02 - Bridgewater Wrestlers Compete in Kenilworth Tournament; Erik Meade, Dominic Diaz, and Bryan DeAbrantes all Place in Top Four.
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