Junior Scott Dupont (152lbs) recorded his 100th career win on his way to a 3rd place finish at 152 in Region 5. He will also be Holmdel’s first State Tournament qualifier since 1984. Scott started his career on the HYAA mats and it has been great watching him grow into a powerhouse in his weight class.
Feb 22, 2017
Michael Todisco rolled into Shore Regional High School last night with a 15-0 Jersey Shore Junior Wrestling League (JSJWL) record at 56 lbs along with the ‘B’ Division crown. He was on a mission to win on the biggest stage of the JSWJL season, the ‘Civil War’.
The Civil War match pits the ‘A’ bracket winners against the ‘B’ bracket winners from last weekend’s individual JSJWL tournaments. It is an intense night of competition where making mistakes is not an option. At the end of the night the winners of each match at the Civil War form a team that practices together and represents the JSJWL in state wide matches against other grade school All Star teams.
The ‘A’ Division has some stiff competition but Michael did not let that stop him from believing he could win. Michael faced a strong opponent in AJ Falcone from Howell’s ‘A’ Team and they wrestled within a point of each other the entire match. Michael was behind by one point late in the third and it was not looking good, Falcone rode him out of bounds a few times and the clock was ticking down. With two seconds left, Michael scored a two point reversal to win the match. It was one of the most exciting matches of the night and the large Holmdel contingent roared when the referee raised his hand.
Michael is now part of the Jersey Shore All Star team. The Jersey Shore All Star team is consistently strong every year and wins the state championship frequently. With Michael on the team we have a feeling this trend will continue.
Good luck Moose from the entire Holmdel Wrestling Family!
Thomas Ilvento also was part of the ‘B’ team. Thomas entered the tournament undefeated and wrestled Portella from Shore. He wrestled tough throughout the match but lost the decision. Congratulations to Thomas on a great season!
Results of the JSWJL “B” Division Individual Tournament from Sunday:
1st Place: Michael Todisco
2nd place: Anthony Paulino, Brian Frothingham, Tommy Ilvento
3rd Place: Dylan Placca, AJ Todisco, Jaden Gallo, Jake Leroux
4th Place: Zach Rabkin
5th place: Rowen Blackmore, AJ Fernandez, Thomas Cleary
Overall the team came in 3rd place.
Congratulations to all the wrestlers, we took home a lot of hardware!
Another HYAA Alumni is in the news! Congratulations to Chris Ammirati, a senior at Holmdel High School. Chris is now the third wrestler to have 100 wins. Chris is one of four wrestlers in the Ammirati family and we all wish him well in the year end tournaments.