St. Joe places fourth ahead of multiple national powers, Righter captures title for St. Joe, McHenry repeats for St. Paul’s


by  Billy Loverocket

The Beast of the East wrestling tournament held at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware is considered the second toughest in-season tournament in high school after the Walsh Ironman in Ohio.

St. Joe did not perform up to its abilities at the Ironman, earlier this month, with no wrestlers reaching the podium, but that changed this weekend at the Beast.

The Gaels had three placers, including one champion, Isaac Righter (285). But the bigger outcome, was team oriented, as the Gaels, who are unranked nationally by FloWrestling outpaced traditional powers, No. 5 Bethlehem Catholic (PA), No. 6 Lake Highland Prep (FL), and No. 15 Elyria (OH).

New Jersey’s Blair Academy (No. 1) won the team title by a startling 127 points over No. 2 Wyoming Seminary (PA), 365.5-238.5. No. 4 Bergen Catholic (NJ) was third, St. Joe was fourth, and Bethlehem Catholic (PA) rounded out the top five.

“(I’m) very Happy with the entire team’s performance this past weekend at the Beast of the East,” said Mount St. Joe coach Harry Barnabae. “They have increased their intensity in the practice room and were focused on a strong showing at the Beast. I was impressed with Isaac Righter bouncing back from the Ironman and not giving up an offensive point on his way to a title.

“Chris Barnabae knocked off two top ten wrestlers on his way to his second year in a row placing fifth at the Beast. Connor Strong weathered a very tough field at 145lbs on his way to an eighth-place finish. His transitioning from one position to another was outstanding. The team as a whole finished with 19 pins which is remarkable in a tournament of this stature.”

Righter had a frustrating experience at the Ironman earlier this month. The junior was disqualified in his first bout there and was out of the tournament. There would be no such pitfalls this weekend though, as Righter, who was unranked by FloWrestling, picked off the nation’s No. 5 heavyweight, John Birchmeier (Broad Run, VA), in overtime, 2-1, in the semifinals. Righter used an escape for the only scoring in his finals match win over Jervey Sistruck (Bound Brook, NJ).

At 120lbs junior Chris Barnabae, now a three-time Beast placer, shocked the wrestling world with an 11-4 beating of Blair Academy’s Trevor Mastrogiovanni (No. 2 in the nation) in the quarterfinals. Mastrogiovanni is the wrestler that beat St. Paul’s Kurt McHenry in last year’s National Prep finals.

Barnabae couldn’t sustain that momentum though, dropping his next two matches to land in the fifth-place bout. Here, the junior who is unranked nationally, pulled off his next upset of a top-ten competitor, registering a 52 second fall over No. 10 Lachlan McNeil (Wyoming Seminary, PA).

Strong’s eighth place showing at 145 didn’t feature any upsets on the level of Barnabae’s or Righter’s, but Strong, who was the eleventh seed, downed the six seed, Richard Mack III (Notre Dame, PA), 6-1, to spur his run to the podium.

St. Paul’s World Champion, McHenry, won his third straight Beast of the East title (runner-up as a freshman) edging Blair’s unranked Anthony Ferrari, 5-4, in the 113lb finals. Teammate Will Guida was eighth at 120lbs.

Cooper Flynn (113) and Jack Wimmer (195) followed up their Ironman placings by bringing home more hardware from the Beast. Flynn was fifth and Wimmer was sixth for McDonogh.

Georgetown Prep’s Kyonte Hamilton, a sophomore, put his name on the national scene map by reaching the championship bout at 220. The unranked Hamilton, took out Wyoming Seminary’s No. 8 Jake Kaminski, 8-5, in the quarterfinals. In the finals, Hamilton defaulted to Blair’s Owen Trephan (No. 5).

Pictured above: Mount St. Joseph’s Isaac Righter won a Beast of the East crown at 285.

Team Scores (Top 10)
1-Blair Academy (NJ) 365.5
2-Wyoming Seminary (PA) 238.5
3-Bergen Catholic (NJ) 162
4-Mount St. Joe 133
5-Bethlehem Catholic (PA) 126
6-Delbarton (NJ) 119.5
7-Lake Highland Prep (FL) 117.5
8-Northampton (PA) 116.5
9-Elyria (OH) 108.5
10-Malvern Prep (PA) 107.5
22-St. Paul’s 68
29-McDonogh 55

106
1st Place Match
Daniel Wask (Blair Academy) 6-0, Fr. over Erik Roggie (St Christophers) 13-3, So. (Dec 5-0)
3rd Place Match
Joe Cangro (Bergen Catholic) 11-2, Fr. over Joe Manno (St. Joes Regional) 6-2, Fr. (Dec 4-0)
5th Place Match
Matt Vulakh (Pope John Paull II) 8-2, So. over Evan Holloway (New Kent) 17-6, Fr. (Dec 4-0)
7th Place Match
Gabe Giampietro (Smyrna) 18-2, Fr. over Kenneth Crosby (St Vincent St Mary) 6-3, So. (SV-1 4-2)

113
1st Place Match
Kurt McHenry (St Pauls School for Boys) 9-0, Sr. over Anthony Ferrari (Blair Academy) 5-1, Fr. (Dec 5-4)
3rd Place Match
Nick Kayal (Bergen Catholic) 11-1, Jr. over Troy Spratley (Wyoming Seminary) 15-3, . (SV-1 2-0)
5th Place Match
Cooper Flynn (McDonogh) 41-10, So. over Nico Nardone (Delbarton) 9-4, . (Dec 4-1)
7th Place Match
Dayton Delviscio (Malvern Prep) 7-2, Jr. over Mike Tandurella (Don Bosco Prep) 4-3, So. (Dec 17-13)

120
1st Place Match
Nic Bouzakis (Lake Highland Prep) 13-3, Fr. over Eddie Ventresca (Pope John XXIII) 9-1, Jr. (Dec 4-3)
3rd Place Match
Ryan Crookham (Notre Dame) 14-2, Fr. over Anthony Clark (Delbarton) 10-2, . (Dec 5-4)
5th Place Match
Chris Barnabae (Mount St Joes) 57-8, Jr. over Lachlan McNeil (Wyoming Seminary) 15-5, Jr. (Fall 0:52)
7th Place Match
Trevor Mastrogiovanni (Blair Academy) 5-2, Jr. over Will Guida (St Pauls School for Boys) 4-3, . (Dec 5-0)

126
1st Place Match
Michael Colaiocco (Blair Academy) 6-0, Sr. over Dylan Shawver (Elyria) 96-20, Jr. (Dec 5-2)
3rd Place Match
Robert Howard (Bergen Catholic) 11-1, Jr. over RYAN JACK (Danbury) 9-2, RS Fr. (Dec 6-4)
5th Place Match
Joey Olivieri (Hanover Park) 6-2, So. over Brandon Wittenberg (Battlefield HS) 12-5, Sr. (Dec 1-0)
7th Place Match
Drew Munch (Wyoming Seminary) 19-6, . over Nicky Cabanillas (DePaul Catholic) 7-3, Sr. (DQ)

132
1st Place Match
Shane VanNess (Blair Academy) 6-0, So. over Nicholas Raimo (Hanover Park) 5-1, Sr. (SV-1 6-4)
3rd Place Match
Connor McGonagle (Timberlane) 151-6, Sr. over Justin Rivera (Lake Highland Prep) 14-4, Jr. (TB-1 3-1)
5th Place Match
Beau Bartlett (Wyoming Seminary) 20-4, . over Julian Chlebove (Northampton) 87-6, Sr. (Dec 3-2)
7th Place Match
Mick Burnett (Elyria) 83-23, Jr. over Josh Jones (Saucon Valley) 9-3, Sr. (SV-1 3-1)

138
1st Place Match
Joseph Aragona (Pope John XXIII) 10-0, Sr. over Travis Mastrogiovanni (Blair Academy) 5-1, So. (Dec 3-1)
3rd Place Match
Marco Regalbuto (Brecksville) 32-7, Sr. over Devon Britton (Northampton) 93-35, Sr. (Fall 2:05)
5th Place Match
Dalton Harkins (Malvern Prep) 6-2, Jr. over CRAIG MANNO (St. Joes Regional) 71-21, Sr. (Dec 5-0)
7th Place Match
Jackson Dean (Caesar Rodney) 43-6, Jr. over Domenic Difrancescantonio (Hanover Park) 5-3, Sr. (Fall 4:23)

145
1st Place Match
Ryan Anderson (Bethlehem Catholic) 73-9, Sr. over Ricky Cabanillas (DePaul Catholic) 8-1, Sr. (Dec 13-6)
3rd Place Match
Lucas Revano (Camden Catholic) 45-5, Sr. over Connor Kievman (Wyoming Seminary) 20-4, . (SV-1 4-2)
5th Place Match
Trey Howard (Waynesburg) 15-2, Sr. over Kolby Allred (Great Bridge) 23-4, Jr. (Dec 4-3)
7th Place Match
Jagger Condomitti (Northampton) 43-14, So. over Connor Strong (Mount St Joes) 69-26, Jr. (Dec 6-1)

152
1st Place Match
Ryan Vulakh (Pope John Paull II) 10-0, Sr. over Cole Handlovic (Bethlehem Catholic) 49-16, Jr. (Dec 3-0)
3rd Place Match
Nicholas Incontrera (Blair Academy) 6-1, Sr. over Andrew Cerniglia (Notre Dame) 10-5, Jr. (Dec 6-4)
5th Place Match
Luca Augustine (Waynesburg) 15-2, So. over Henry Hague (Malvern Prep) 6-3, Sr. (Dec 5-3)
7th Place Match
Enrique Munguia (Elyria) 40-17, So. over Justin Phillips (Liberty Christian Academy) 20-3, Sr. (Dec 4-1)

160
1st Place Match
Domonic Mata (Blair Academy) 6-0, Jr. over Connor O`Neil (DePaul Catholic) 8-1, Jr. (Dec 5-0)
3rd Place Match
Dylan Reinert (Gettysburg) 39-7, Jr. over Vincent Andreano (Delbarton) 9-2, . (Dec 6-2)
5th Place Match
Matt Arciuolo (Saucon Valley) 12-2, Jr. over Luca Frinzi (Bethlehem Catholic) 74-31, Sr. (Dec 8-3)
7th Place Match
Michael Kistler (Northampton) 72-45, Sr. over Nicholas Feldman (Malvern Prep) 4-3, Fr. (Dec 8-5)

170
1st Place Match
Julian Ramirez (Blair Academy) 6-0, Sr. over Luke Nichter (Chambersburg) 46-8, Jr. (Dec 7-3)
3rd Place Match
Jake Stefanowicz (Wyoming Seminary) 20-5, Sr. over Jake Evans (Elyria) 49-16, So. (UTB 2-1)
5th Place Match
Angel Garcia (Mariana Bracetti Academy) 14-3, Jr. over Nathan Warden (Christiansburg) 17-5, Jr. (Dec 4-2)
7th Place Match
Luca Pontone (Belmont Hill) 12-2, . over Azeem Bell (AI DuPont) 11-3, Jr. (Dec 1-0)

182
1st Place Match
Chris Foca (Bergen Catholic) 9-1, Sr. over Jackson Turley (St Christophers) 14-2, Sr. (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match
John Poznanski (Colonia) 81-12, Jr. over Darrien Roberts (Wyoming Seminary) 19-2, . (Fall 2:56)
5th Place Match
Peyton Craft (Blair Academy) 6-2, So. over Nicholas Florschutz (Malvern Prep) 5-3, Sr. (Dec 10-6)
7th Place Match
Sam Fisher (Fauquier) 19-5, Jr. over JT Davis (Smyrna) 17-3, Jr. (M. For.)

195
1st Place Match
Albert Ferrari (Blair Academy) 6-0, Jr. over Jacob Cardenas (Bergen Catholic) 8-1, Sr. (Dec 5-2)
3rd Place Match
Ethan Hatcher (Brecksville) 29-8, Jr. over Zac Brown (Eastern View) 104-10, Sr. (Fall 1:35)
5th Place Match
Mike Doggett (Wyoming Seminary) 18-7, Sr. over Jack Wimmer (McDonogh) 49-16, Jr. (Dec 3-0)
7th Place Match
Mason Kump (Independence) 16-2, Sr. over Jackson Talbott (Central Dauphin HS) 12-3, Jr. (Dec 8-1)

220
1st Place Match
Owen Trephan (Blair Academy) 6-0, Sr. over Kyonte Hamilton (Georgetown Prep) 49-6, So. (Inj. 0:00)
3rd Place Match
Jake Kaminski (Wyoming Seminary) 22-2, . over Ryan Boyle (Rootstown) 57-11, Sr. (Dec 3-2)
5th Place Match
Andy Smith (Christiansburg) 16-5, Sr. over Niccolo Colucci (St Peter Prepatory) 5-4, Sr. (M. For.)
7th Place Match
Jarin Curtis (Perry (Massillon)) 11-6, Sr. over PJ Casale (Delbarton) 9-3, . (Dec 3-2)

285
1st Place Match
Isaac Righter (Mount St Joes) 44-6, Jr. over Jervey Sistrunk (Bound Brook) 98-30, Sr. (Dec 1-0)
3rd Place Match
John Birchmeier (Broad Run) 13-2, Sr. over Max Millin (Perry (Massillon)) 13-6, Sr. (Dec 5-1)
5th Place Match
Nate Miller (Wyoming Seminary) 16-5, . over Coltin Deery (Garnet Valley) 9-3, So. (Dec 4-2)
7th Place Match
Paul Liseno (St John Vianney) 32-8, Sr. over Jase Crouse (Bethlehem Catholic) 46-34, Sr. (Fall 1:53)