The 2009-2010 Season has officially come to an end!  This year proved to be a banner year for Apex Wrestling School!  Including New York we had 2 State Champions, 6 State Finalists, 20 Medalists, and 38 State Qualifiers.

The New York State Championships proved to be one of the most successful tournaments for Apex this year.  We had 12 qualifiers and 9 of them placed, including our 3 state finalists!  At 96lbs. John Stromiello, only an 8th grader, battled with the top kids in the state but failed to place going 0-2.  John racked up over 40 wins this season and placed 7th in the Eastern States Wrestling Classic, one of the toughest tournaments on the East Coast.

103 saw Asher Kramer, a 2X State Qualifier, place 4th.  Asher used his speed on his feet and tough mat work to earn his first state medal!  Nick Oliveto, a Junior, managed to scrape his way to a 7th/8th finish.  Although Nick fell short of his goals in the post-season, Nick proved throughout the season that he will be a force to be rekoned with when we took defending State Champion Brian Realbuto of Somers or OT, twice.

Special congratulations has to go out to our three State Finalists, Grant Greene, Justis Flamio and Cody Ruggirello.  Grant, a state champion last year still has two more years.  Justis finished his career as a 3X State Finalist and will be attending the Naval Academy this Fall.  Good Luck Justis!  Cody, a 4X state place finisher and State Champion finished with New York States All-time Wins Leader, with 270 career victories and over 100 career pins.  Cody will be attending NCAA DI power, Hofstra University, where his older brother, a 3X NY State Champion, Lou will be competing as a senior.

For more of our New York results click here!

The 2010 NJSIAA State Championships are finally over!  Attendance might have been down this year but those in the crowd know it certainly had nothing to do with the action.  This year’s state tournament proved to be one of the most exciting in recent memory with several state champions and place finishers failing to place.

Through the craziness and intense action Apex produced one of the best finishes in school history.  Apex placed 12 wrestlers in the quarter finals, 8 in the Semi-finals and 3 in the finals!

At 103 Freshman Anthony Ashnault, a year round Apex member, capped off a perfect season with a hard fought victory over Senior Tyler Fraley.  Anthony’s explosive speed and superior takedown technique proved to be the difference maker in this year’s tournament.

At 130 Senior Frank Cagnina completed his High School career with his 3rd NJ State title.  With that victory Frank moved to 164-4 for his career passing Mike Grey’s 158 career victories for most in New Jersey wrestling history!  Frank is attending Lehigh University this coming fall.  Frank has been a member of Apex since the 5th grade and has also been trained privately by Apex coach Pete Gonzalez for nearly as long.  He is also trained by former Apex coach and current Queen of Peace assistant coach Jason Silverstein.   Good luck next year Frank!

To read an interview with Frank Cagnina from earlier this year click here!

Kevin Innis, a 215 pound senior from St. Peters Prep suffered a heartbreaking loss in overtime in the finals.  Kevin, one of the hardest working kids to have come through the Apex program.  A member since grade school Kevin is a multiple time High School All-American and a serious contender for a Senior National Championship at this months NHSCA Senior Nationals, where he might get to avenge his loss to Paulsboro’s Zach Greenwald.

The following wrestlers also placed in this year’s state championships:

Anthony Ashnault 1st at 103

Chris Lantz 5th at 112

Joe Orecchio 4th at 119

Andrew Polidore 5th at 125*

Frank Cagnina 1st at 130

Dan Ries 8th at 140

John Guzzo 3rd at 160

Jamie Westwood 3rd at 171

Mike Khoury 4th at 171

Khusen Taramov 5th at 189

Kevin Innis 2nd at 215

*Andrew was a member of Apex for 5 years but was unable to attend this past year due to a change in location of our school.  We continue to support Andrew and wish him success in his future endeavors.