SEWELL, NJ - NJCAA Region 19 congratulates Dan Pak (Gloucester CC) and Michael Amaro (Bergen CC) on earning NJCAA All-American status at the NJCAA National Wrestling Championships in Spokane, Washington. Both will compete on Saturday, March 1st with a chance to finish as high as third place in their respective weight classes and neither wrestler can now finish in less than eigth place. NJCAA wrestling is arguably the most difficult sport for any athlete at our level to earn the status of All-American due to the nature of the national tournament that combines both scholarhsip and non-scholarship programs.
Paramus, NJ - District 11 named Coach Mike Massenzio 2013 Man of the Year. Massenzio was awarded this honor for the terrific job he has done as head coach at Bergen Community College. Massenzio will be nominated for the National Award at the 2013 National Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, IA
MEDIA, Pa- Thaddeus Stevens wrestler Matt Flynn has been named Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week, as announced by the league office this afternoon.
Flynn, a sophomore from Newtown Square, Pa. finished first in the 125 pound weight class at the Messiah Open in Grantham, Pa. over the weekend. Flynn finished 3-0 on the day which included 2 pins.
Bergen Community College assistant wrestling coach Ed Kochakji has been inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) Wrestling Hall of Fame on February 25 at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota.
The Roadrunners followed the direction of first year Head Coach Pete DiPol who made it a point of emphasis all week to treat each match as it were for the championship, whether it be a main draw match or a wrestleback. The Roadrunners took that to heart as each wrestler earned team points on the way to the victory and battled in wrestleback matches so no wrestler finished worse than fourth in his weight class. Sophomores Justin Pencook 157lb. and Lou Shearer 133lb. both won District Championships while Hugh Nawn 125lb., Ray Martinez 165lb., and Brian Lussier 197lb. were runners-up in their weight classes. Chalie Huff 141lb., John Chillem 149lb., Anthony Dawson 174lb., Josh Ploof 184lb., and Alex Green 285lb. all did tremendous work in the wrestleback matches to earn team points and qualify themselves for the National Tournament.
While there were great moments throughout the day the standout moment came when Shearer turned a precarious position into a pinfall victory in his championship match over Nassau CC which gave GCC a strong hold on the lead in the tournament. Minutes later Pencook ground to a patient and technical win in his championship round match over Spartanburg Methodist to seal the win for GCC.
The Roadrunner wrestlers now have nearly two weeks to prepare themselves for the toughest test of the season at the NJCAA Nationals. The tournament will be hosted in Rochester, MN from February 23-25. The tournament website is: http://www.rochsports.org/2012njcaawrestling.php