Schibell wins gold as CBA takes third in District 22 Raritan, Middletown South advance eight to Regions

first_img By chris kelly Staff Writer Schibell wins gold as CBA takes third in District 22 Raritan, Middletown South advance eight to Regions Chris Kelly Christian Brothers Academy’s Paul Schibell pins Raritan’s Dominick Mangione in the 160-pound District 22 final at Monmouth Regional High School on Friday night. Paul Schibell is no stranger to the competitive arena. For years the West Long Branch native has been a force to be seen on the local and national lifeguard circuits — and now he can add a gold medal in wrestling to his list of achievements. Schibell, seeded first, defended his 2001 title by recording a 45-second and a 4:56 pinfall in the quarter and semifinal rounds of the District 22 wrestling tournament at Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Falls, last weekend. The Christian Brothers Academy wrestler had his toughest match in the finals against John McAuliffe, but prevailed for a 4-3 win. The Colts put five other wrestlers in the finals, resulting in a quintet of silver honors for the Lincroft school. John Niedrich (140 pounds), Eric Spargimino (145 pounds), Edward Allegra (171 pounds), Kyle Hrymack (189 pounds) and Bruce DeCotiis (heavyweight) earned a shot at the gold, but all lost narrowly by decisions. Jeff Raymond won CBA’s only bronze, beating David Bedad by a 1:41 pinfall. Other wrestlers who won a match but failed to medal were Frank Quigley (103 pounds) and Andrew Chianese (130 pounds) — both placed fourth. The Colts finished third in the team standings, with 148 points, behind Middletown North (first – 188 points) and Ocean (second – 159 points) Although the Colts fell short of their goal of winning a district title, they continue to prove they are an improved program, and one that will be a force within the district from this point on. With team competitions officially out of the way, it’s time for individual wrestlers to step forward and concentrate on their personal goals. With that in mind, both the Raritan and Middletown South wrestling teams took part in the District 22 wrestling tournament, at Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Falls, over the weekend, looking to advance some wrestlers to regional competition this week. When it was all said and done, the two teams combined for eight medals, thereby sending eight into regions this week. For the Rockets, who finished fourth in the team standings, a quartet of representatives advanced to the tournament finals, and a trio to the consolation round. Jason Sagos, Andy Voutsinas and Rob Steiner all won their quarterfinal bouts, then were sent into the consolation round by losing in the semifinals. Voutsinas (130 pounds) won the bronze by beating Christian Brothers’ Academy’s Andrew Chianese, 4-2; while Steiner (215 pounds) defeated Middletown North’s Mark Fields 4-3. Sagos (119 pounds) ended the tournament in fourth place, after losing to Rumson’s Greg Redman 9-0. Out of the four the Rockets sent to the finals, two won gold, and two finished second. Number-one seeds Chad Bonnell (103 pounds) and Lep Irwin (189 pounds) were crowned with their respective District titles after winning three straight matches. Placing second for Raritan were Matt Pendle (125 pounds) and Tom Johnson (152 pounds). Middletown South found less success in the tough tournament, winning only two medals, and two fourth places. Scott Barbour (112 pounds, third seed) won his first two matches, 9-1 and 6-4, before meeting top seed Patrick Berger (RFH) in the finals. Barbour had to defeat Monmouth’s Tim Tupy (seventh seed), who upset the second seed, 6-4, before losing 13-5 in the finals. The Eagles’ only other medal winner was Dan Fish, 171 pounds, who finished third. Fish needed overtime to defeat Raritan’s Rob Kinzel, 9-7, in the quarterfinals; then lost in overtime, 10-8, to Ocean’s Matt Siciliano in the semifinals. Fish earned the bronze behind a 25-10 technical fall over Middletown North’s Joe Bisking. Raritan placed fourth behind Middletown North (first, 188), Ocean (second – 159) and CBA. (third – 148). Rumson-Fair Haven and Red Bank Regional finished ahead of the Eagles for fifth and sixth place. Middletown South ended in seventh, with 51.5 points. All of the District winners, runners-up and third-place finishers advanced to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Region VI championships at Brick Memorial High School this week. The runners-up and third-place finishers wrestled yesterday in the preliminaries. The quarterfinals are Friday, with the semifinals, consolations and finals on Saturday. The top three at the Region tournament will advance to the Super Region, also held at Brick Memorial, on Tuesdaylast_img

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