Coming off a stellar 2008-2009 high school wrestling season that saw 38 state qualifiers in both New York and New Jersey, Apex wrestling looks forward to the 2010 state tournament in Atlantic City. In the 2009 New Jersey state tournament, Apex posted and amazing 12 state medalists. Combined with the 4 state medalists in the New York state tournament, it was Apex’s best year yet! Apex had 2 state champions in Frank Cagnina and Emanuel Ajagbe aswell as New York state champ Grant Greene. This accomplishment makes 8 state championships for Apex Wrestling! Apex Wrestling looks forward to another strong finish to the 2009-2010 high school wrestling season as we approach the home stretch.
As of the January high school rankings made by the Star Ledger, 9 Apex wrestlers are ranked in the top eight in the state. 3 wrestlers are currently ranked number one. At 103, Anthony Ashnault is ranked first. At 119, Joey Orecchio is ranked third. At 125, Alex Richardson is ranked fifth. At 130, Frank Cagnina is ranked first. At 160, Tony Pafumi is ranked sixth. At 171, Mike Khoury is ranked third and Jamie Westwood is ranked fourth. And at 215, Kevin Innis is ranked first. Several other wrestlers also have state credibility. At 130, Joe Dequenzio is a returning state medalist. At 140, Nick Alpher has defeated # 7 Sal Mastriani. At 152, Keith Lemongello has beaten #1 Kevin Brown. At 189, Taramov beat #5 Steven Mihail and is currently ranked 7th at 189.
Also among others, Danny Reis, Devin Geoghan, Nick Lospinoso, Zack Zotollo, Chris Lantz, and Joe Giaccio will hopefully lead the way to Atlantic City. Also, over the last 4 years, Apex has taken many of the best members to the NHSCA high school national championships in Virginia Beach, VA. In 2009, of the nearly 40 Apex wrestlers whom attended, 10 made All-American status. An additional 4 Apex members fell short in the round of 12 which is a major accomplishment in itself. 3 other All-Americans didn’t attend due to post-season injuries. Apex also looks forward to another strong performance in Virginia Beach in 2010.