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Wrestlers reaching new levels on Freestyle Circuit

In the past month many Wrestler Nutrition Members have been making a name for themselves at several national level events. Since, the Journeymen Freestyle Classic and Northeast Regionals we have had several wrestlers see success at Cadet Duals, Cadet World Team Trials and University World Team Trials.

Cadet National Duals

Excerpts from: New Jersey Wrestling News. Click here for the full article.

Congratulations to Nick Raimo, Pat Glory, Michael O’Malley, and Joe McCarthy on their performances.

Freestyle: “That led to the the third place contest, in which New Jersey prevailed 44-30 over the Minnesota Storm. The team was powered by pins by Chris Foca and Mark Montgomery; tech falls by Zach DelVecchio, Anthony Clark, Carmen Ferrante, Nick Raimo, Pat Glory and Rick Cabanillas; and additional wins by Billy Janzer and Joe Heilman.

Nick Raimo registered a 7-0 mark during the tournament, with six tech falls and an injury default, while several others went 6-1 — Joe Heilman, Pat Glory, Michael O’Malley, Chris Foca, Billy Janzer and Zach DelVecchio. Claiming five victories were Anthony Clark, Mark Montgomery and Rick Cabanillas.”

Wyatt McCarthy led the way with a perfect 8-0 record at 152 pounds. Trevor Mastrogiovanni went 7-1 with all his wins by technical fall. Meanwhile, Chris Cannonand Joe McCarthy also had six victories.”

Greco-Roman: “Afterwards, in the Gold/Silver pool, the team ended on a high note with a 39-37 victory over Missouri Red to take seventh place overall. Earning key victories in that contest were Kyle Lightner (pin), Brett Ungar, Wil Guida, Anthony Clark (tech), Mark Montgomery, Joe Heilman, Carmen Ferrante (tech), Michael O’Malley (pin) and Chris Foca (tech).

Michael O’Malley led the charge with a 9-0 record, with three of those wins by fall in less than a minute. He also had five other victories by tech fall or forfeit.  ”

Cadet and University World Team Trials

Cadet Championships:

Nick Raimo, last years USA Wrestling Cadet National Champion in Freestyle and Greco-Roman, competed in his first UWW Cadet World Team Trial. Nick got off to a fast start before going down to the eventual champion, Roman Bravo-Young, in the semi-finals. Nick would wrestle back earning 3rd place with an overall 4-1 record for the tournament.

Michael O’Malley, also competed in his first world team trials at 69kg. Michael is a 2 time NJ place-finsher (5th in 2015, 2nd in 2016) and a 2x NHSCA National Champion. Competing in one of the most loaded weight-classes of the tournament Michael posted a 3-2 record losing only to returning freestyle All-Americans.

Sean O’Malley- Sean competed at 85kg and started the tournament with a dominant 7-1 performance in the pre-quarters. In the quarter finals he would lose to the eventual runner-up Michael Beard of Pennsylvania. In the wrestle-backs he lost a very close 6-4 decision.

University Trials:

Matt Zovistoski (App State)- The former St. Joes Montvale star and NHSCA Senior All-American, competed in his first national level freestyle tournament going 1-2 at 70kg.

Anthony Pafumi (Rutgers)- Anthony got off to a hot start at 80kgs with three consecutive wins including an inj. Default over the number 1 seed. Pafumi would go on to win his first wrestle back match before having his tournament cut short due to injury.

John “Jack” Clark (UNC)- Jack put together an extremely impressive performance at his first University World Team Trials. Competing at 74kgs Jack went 6-2, taking 4th place. His two loses were to the same opponent, Thomas Gantt, the 3 seed from NC State.

Nicholas Gravina (Rutgers)- Gravina, a NCAA Qualifier this season for Rutgers, competed at 86kgs. Nick’s tournament got off to a hot start as he posted two straight technical falls before being bumped into the wrestle-backs. Once there Nick got back to his winning ways with two more technical falls before losing a heart breaking 11-10 decision to Carr from UTC.

Congratulations to everyone who competed this past weekend. Many of you are young for your division and we looking forward to continuing to support you in your efforts to earn All-American status and make next years World Team!

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