Apex Wrestling would like to congratulate our 23 athletes who placed in the 2012 New Jersey State Wrestling Championships.  The school had 43 wrestlers qualifiy for this years event and 12 of those made the semi-finals.  Out of the 4 wresttlers who made the finals we had 3 champions!

At 126 Anthony Ashnault’s run to the finals couldn’t be stopped by sophomore sensation Gary Dinmore.  Anthony dominated on his feet and earned a 5-2 decision for his 3rd straight state championship and to improve to 130-0 for his career.

At 160 Sophomore Johnny Sebastian found himself down 3-2 with 15 second to go.  His opponent, Phil Bakuckas, was keeping head position and defending as Johnny tried to string together multiple attacks.  Johnny managed to get to an over under tie where he put three moves together, a snap down, to knee pick, to hip toss on the line where he was able to earn 5 points and his first state championship.

At 145, Senior, Lenny Richardson dominated his opponent in the finals with a pin in just :54 seconds.  Lenny, a 2011 NHSCA Junior National Champion, had a hard fought win in the semi-finals over fellow Apex member Nick Gravina.  Gravina had been on a tear for the first couple of rounds and gave Lenny all he could handle.  On the other side of the bracket returning State Champion TJ Miller and Ken Theobold wrestled one of the most exciting matches of the entire tournament.  Theobold hit the throw of the tournament, a body lock, in the opening seconds of the match and ultimately was able to keep the lead and go to the finals.  Lenny came out on fire in the finals taking Theobold down with a high crotch, turking him and then seconds later hit a cross face craddle and secured the fall.

Congratulations to all 3 of our state champions and state finalist Sal Mastriani from Don Bosco Prep!

Below is a list of all of our state place finishers:

106

Craig DeLaCruz 4th

Joe Travato 5th

113

Luis Gonzalez 4th

120

Zach Hertling 3rd

Bobby Trumbetta 6th

126

Anthony Ashnault 1st

Justin Colon 6th

132

Jason Estevez 3rd

Richie Lewis 5th

145

Lenny Richardson 1st

Nick Gravina 4th

Nick Lospinoso 7th

Mike Paskas 8th

152

Sal Mastriani 2nd

Dan Ressler 7th

Frankie Colom 8th

160

Johnny Sebastian 1st

Keith Lemongello 4th

John Balboni 8th

170

Tony Pafumi 3rd

182

Vic Pozsonyi 3rd

Bryan Loughlin 4th

285

Mike Spencer