Jefferson Wrestling: Round Two of Sectionals Calls for Round Two Against Newton Braves

Jefferson Township wrestling confidently moves on in their sectional division after dominantly managing the scoreboard on Monday, January 4th against the Glen Rock Panthers. Jefferson was able to lay their claws on a first-round win with an impressive 55-18 victory Monday night. As the season dwindles down, teams from all over North Jersey are battling for a sectional title and JTHS has a hungry squad this week. The Jefferson Township Athletics rolled out their brand new blue-and-gold mat for the wrestling team just in time for a prominent win.

The whistle blew at 220 pounds and one of Jefferson’s vital Freshmen, Dylan Patscher, gave head coach, Matthew Moscatello a relieving start with a 1:23 pin against Marteen Mwangi. The Falcons headed into the lower weights already ahead 12-0 after Glen Rock allowed Jefferson Senior, Tyler Smolt, to effortlessly raise his arm in a forfeited 285 pound bout. Panthers Junior, Ryan Romeo called it quits for Freshman, Gavin Mullin as he put his team on the board thanks to a pin halfway through his 106 match. Evidently, weights were shuffled and bumped up on Monday due to the Falcons sending their usual 106, Thomas Verrone, out for 113, only to claim their second forfeit of the night. Sophomore, Luke Ciampa racked in the points when he snatched his second major-decision of the season after a final score 12-0 to Glen Rock Junior, Bryan Novick. Numerous times did Jefferson’s, Austin Jack, turn Ben Or-Chen on his back until a 3:53 pin had the home-team winning 28-6.

The Falcons kept the ball rolling throughout the night with six consecutive wins, enough to settle down and gracely finish the night off. Senior, Ryan Tripodi gave the Falcons that extra push after he battled a 8-1 win against Glen Rock Junior, Owen Stephenson, remarkably having no choice but to wrestle in a bumped up weight class. Things were still red hot as Lawrence DiBiase claimed the fourth pin of the night for Jefferson after reversing back on top immediately after the whistle blew for the start of the second period. DiBiase pinned Justin Sanowski at 2:37, now giving his squad a 43-6 lead. Senior, John Bohn shamefully walked off the mat with a physically as well as mentally draining bout to Glen Rock Sophomore, Ben Katzman at 152 pounds. The Panthers got a quick second of glory when they were able to triumph their 160 bout. Glen Rock Junior, Greg Schlett refused to let Sophomore, Michael Gould pass him up on the scoreboard as the clocked buzzed with a 7-6 decision. The Glen Rock Panthers were still significantly trailing behind, however, 43-12.

Though Bohn and Gould’s matches would not ultimately determine the outcome of the overall match, Moscatello refused to start giving up. Up next, at 170 pounds was Jefferson’s stupendous and victorious wrestler, Mason Godfrey. Just last week, on his very own Senior night, Godfrey’s four years of hard work paid off when he held a 100-wins poster all thanks to a literal ten-second pin against Kinnelon High School. The 2016 state-qualifier proved his continuous strength after pinning Glen Rock’s Terence O’Toole in 1:35. Back-to-back pins were crystal clear Monday night after another Jefferson Senior, Justin Randzio, acquired one of his fastest pins this season against Zach Hart at 53 seconds. Randzio’s bout would cap off Jefferson’s nightly wins as Freshman, Anthony Bacigalupo fell on his back to Glen Rock Sophomore, Anthony Pizazzo in third period.

The Jefferson Falcons will be advancing on to the next round tonight, February 6th and coincidentally traveling to Newton High School twice in one season. Last time JTHS faced the Newton Braves, it was their first match of the new year and it was a grievous 16-44 loss. With only one day of practice after their Glen Rock victory, the Falcons will have to bring their A-game if they are truly seeking revenge.

When asked about the team’s mentality for going into a dangerous face off against the now 13-6 Braves, who just came off a 68-9 win against Pascack Hills, Randzio mentioned, “Coach Musket just told us to treat each match like a district match.” Hopefully the Falcons will put on brave faces and leave Sussex County tonight, moving on to the next round, otherwise they will be returning to the nest for the winter.


106 lbs
Ryan Romeo
Gavin Mullin
Pin – 3:03

113 lbs
Thomas Verrone 0

120 lbs
Luke Ciampa
Bryan Novick
Major Decision

126 lbs
Austin Jack
Ben Or-Chen
Pin – 3:54

132 lbs
Luke Hughen 0

138 lbs
Ryan Tripodi 8
Owen Stephenson 1

145 lbs
Lawrence DiBiase
Justin Sanowski
Pin – 2:33

152 lbs
Ben Katsman 4
John Bohn 3

160 lbs
Greg Schlett 7
Michael Gould 6

170 lbs
Mason Godfrey
Terence O’Toole
Pin – 1:35

182 lbs
Justin Randzio
Zach Hart
Pin – 0:53

195 lbs
Angelo Piazzo
Anthony Bacigalupo
Pin- 4:41

220 lbs
Dylan Patscher
Marteen Mwangi
Pin – 1:21

285 lbs
Tyler Smolt 0

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