Author: Mat Werkinoff

Apex Alumn Trasso earns 100th College Win

Apex Wrestling School Alumni Mike Trasso earned his 100th career win and the Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Week award.  A senior for NCAA Div III Rhode Island College Trasso has been one of the most consistent wrestlers for the Anchormen.  For the season Mike is 17-4 with and impressive 40 takedowns.  As a Junior Mike finished fifth at the NEWA Championships and was named a Second Team Pilgrim League All-Star.  He also earned that honor as a Sophomore and first team All-Star Honors as a Freshman. In High School Mike wrestled for Scott Weaver at Queen of Peace High School and trained at Apex Wrestling School.  While at Apex he earned All-League honors and won his district and region his senior year.  A member of our travel team Mike consistantly provided the Apex team with great leadership both on the mat and off.  Aside from wrestling Mike is also an experienced grappler studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Hapkido, Sambo and Kickboxing.  Mike began studying BJJ at the age of 5 and is one of the top grapplers in the country having won over 50 tournaments including NAGA and Grapplers Quest events around the country.  Trasso hopes to open his own school after...

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Joe Cummings clinches win for Appalachian State

True Freshman and Apex Wrestling School Alum Joe Cummings stepped up huge for Division I Appalachian State this past weekend!  With his team down by two points, heading into the final bout, Joe found himself in a position few freshman find themselves in their first year of Division I wrestling;  the match came down to him.  Joe defeated Harvard Freshman David Ng 7-3 to improve to 9-9 on the season.  David Ng was a standout wrestler in Long Island, NY and this was a great victory for Joe and the improving Appalachian State Wrestling Team! Joe was a huge part of the success of Apex’s travel team in 2011.  With Joe anchoring the team Apex was able to reach the finals of the Blair Invitational Duals, win several other tournaments and most importantly win the 2011 Pop-N-Flo National Duals!  Good luck Joe! Also, wrestling at the Lone Star Duals was Harvard True Freshman and Apex Alum James Fox.  James majored his Appalachian State opponent 9-1 and has compiled a 17-9.  James, an undersized 197lber, has stepped up to fill a hole for Harvard at 197 and has shown that he is one of the hardest workers in all of Division I wrestling.  His most notable win this season was a thrilling one point victory over 4 time state champion Andrew Campolattano.  Good luck the second half of the season James!...

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Trombetta wins Star Ledger Athlete of the Week

Nutley’s Bobby Trumbetta earned the Star Ledgers Athlete of the Week Award.  Bobby is a Junior and captain for Nutley High School where he has compiled a 90-12 career record.  Bobby is one of the hardest working kids in the state.  A two time state qualifier Bobby took 7th in the state last year and is projected to finish in the top 4 this year at 120.   Bobby is the second wrestler to win this award from Apex this season. Week 1: Sal Mastriani Week 2: Bobby...

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Anthony Ashnault Earns 100th Career Win!

Anthony Ashnault, of South Plainfield, NJ, earned his 100th career win on Monday with a 15-4 major over Franklin’s Jake Balestrieri.  Anthony is a two time NJ State Champion and the third wrestler in NJ history to reach 100 wins without a loss. Anthony is coming into this season as one of the top 5 wrestlers in the country after an exteremly impressive victory at the 2011 Super 32 Wrestling Tournament.  This season Anthony is going for his 3rd high school state championship.  No wrestler in NJ history has every won four state championships and finished their career undefeated.  Good luck this year...

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