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Denville PAL grapplers finish strong

Denville's PAL wrestling team routed Bloomingdale 84-26 in the final match of the regular season in the Tri-County Youth Wrestling League on Friday. Denville finished with an 8-3-1 mark.
A pair of Denville grapplers picked up bronze medals in the Madison Novice Tournament last week. Mark Gilson finished third in the Midget 92-pound weight division. Seeded No. 4, he opened his quest for a medal by defeating Hanover's Ryan DeCovrsey in the quarterfinals before losing to second-seeded Moises Vazceuz, the eventual champion, in the semifinals. He picked up the bronze medal when he was awarded a forfeit victory top-seeded Brice Hernandez of West Orange in the consolation third place bracket.
Seam Daly finished third in the Junior 65-pound. He lost to Madison's Tom Sapio in the semifinals and was awarded a forfeit win over Roxbury's Erick Duckin in the third place consolation round.
Willie Rzudilo put the first six points in the Denville scoring column when he packed up Bloomingdale's Keith Damiano in the 54-pound bout. T.J. Durako won a decision over Jake DeBonte at 62-pounds but Denville trailed 20-9 entering the competition in the 74-pound bracket. Joey Casale started a run of four straight victories when he registered a decision over Tyler Cotton. Dan Herr was awarded a forfeit win at 78 pounds and John Sternlicht gave Denville the lead for good at 21-20 when he won a decision against Casey Cotton. Rick Stark padded the advantage to 27-20 when he added six points to the Denville scoring column by picking up a forfeit win in the 86-pound bracket.
Denville cruised to the win in the upper weights with Matt Herr (94) and Billy Steinmetz (98) picking up forfeits. Mike Eagen showed Kevin Johnson the gym lights at 102 pounds and Brian Lake won a decision against Chris Dwane at 109 pounds. The final six weight classes went to the PAL grapplers as a result of forfeits. Picking up six team points apiece were Brigham Farrand (116), Nick Huelsenbeck (123), Joe Augenti (130), Zach Walsh (137), Adam Siljanowski (147) and Michael Clark (174).

PAL grapplers fall to Falcons

Denville suffered its second setback of the Tri-County Youth Wrestling League campaign on Monday when the PAL squad which includes Denville and Rockaway grapplers, dropped a 62-39 decision to Jefferson. Denville dropped to 5-2-1 as the PAL grapplers prepare for the weekend's league tournament that starts at 9:00 AM on Sunday at Mount Olive High School.
Steven Donald put the first six points in the Denville scoring column and upped his record to 5-3 when he wrapped up Brian VanderPloeg and pinned him in the meeting of 58-pounders. T.J. Durako won by a decision over Anthony Vasile in the 62-pound bout as he claimed his first "W" of the season after seven setbacks.
John Sternlicht showed Derrick Arsenault the gym lights in the 82-pound match to improve to 5-3 while T.J. McKowen packed up Alex Ardanis in the 90-pound bout for his fifth win in eight outings. Mike Eagen won by a fall over Max Becker in the 102-pound bracket as he upped his record to 7-1.
In the upper weight classes, Zach Walsh was awarded a forfeit win at 137 pounds, raising his record to 4-3 and Adam Siljanowski picked up six team points with a forfeit at 147 pounds to improve to 5-3 before the seeding committee meets to select the brackets for the league tournament.
Other Denville PAL grapplers who currently sport .500 or better records include 50-pounder Justin Masino (3-2), 54-pounder William Rzucidlo (4-3) 70-pounder Austin DiMarco (4-4), 78-pounder Dan Herr (6-2), 82-pounder Rick Stark (3-3), 98-pounder Billy Steinmetz (4-3), 102-pounder Brian Lake (5-3) and 116-pounder Brigham Farrand (5-2).
Wrestlers have two locations but must weigh in as a team on Saturday for the Tri-County Youth Wrestling League Tournament. One site is the Montville Barn which will be open from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM and the second is Mount Olive High School which will operate from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Denville youth grapplers decision Boonton

Denville edged Boonton 64-56 in a Tri-County Youth Wrestling League match contested in Boonton on Tuesday. The victory was the fourth in five outings for the Denville PAL squad.
Justin Masino got Denville off on the winning track when he decked Joe Brennen in the opening 50-pound bout while Willie Rzucidlo made it 12-0 when he packed up Luke Maroldi at 54 pounds. Steven Donald made it back-to-back-to-back falls when he showed Joe DeGroot the gym lights in the 58-pound bracket.
Mike Guadara broke the ice for Boonton when he showed T.J. Durako the gym lights in the meeting of 62 pounders before Dan Traglia put four points in the Denville column after recording a major decision against Joe Matarrazzo. Boonton claimed victories in the next bouts with Billy Matarrazzo pinning Joe Casale in the 70-pound bout and Brian Sampson recorded a technical fall over Austin DiMarco to narrow the Denville advantage to 22-17.
At 78 pounds, Daniel Herr flattened Nick Maroldi and John Sternlicht made it back-to-back falls for Denville when he planted Will Milesky in the 82-pound match to raise the margin to 34-17.
Alex Anest pinned Rich Stark at 86 pounds and Shane Brennen turned T.J. McKowen on his back at 90 pounds as Boonton pulled to within five points at 34-29. Matt Herr won by default over Eric Guardara at 94 pounds to start Denville on a run of four straight wins. Billy Steinmetz followed by pinning Jeremy Jones in the 98-pound bot and Brian Lake touched Bill Herman's shoulder blades to the canvas at 102 pounds with Mike Eagen picking up six points as he was awarded a forfeit win at 109 pounds to increase Denville's advantage to 58-29.
James Anest added six points to the Boonton column when he was awarded a forfeit at 16 pounds but Brigham Farrand responded for Denville by pinning Dustin Brooks in the 123-pound weight class. Boonton's Sam Harrison was awarded a forfeit "W" at 130 pounds and Josh Pelham wrestled to a decision over Zach Walsh in the 137-pound confrontation. Matt Rathbun pinned Adam Siljanowski at 147 pounds and Dan Brennan concluded the team competition by pinning Michael Clark in the 174-pound finale as Boonton narrowed the gap to eight points at the conclusion of the competition.

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