March 2, 2014 at 7:02 AM
UNION, NJ - Watchung Hills' Mike Magaldo earned his first region title on Saturday, March 1, despite three places in the state tournament and winning the state title in 2012.
Magaldo won his 150th career bout in the semifinals and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
The senior and Oklahoma State commit cruised through the 132-pound bracket, pinning Hanover Park's Christian Bassolino in the third period of the final.
At 285 lbs, Nick LaShell -Hanover Park came out on top of Anthony Carbajal - Watchung Hills in a 7 -3 Decision.
And at 138 lbs, Gavin Murray -Cranford got a 3-0 decision over Alex Murray -Watchung Hills.
As for repeat winners:
Brearley's Joey Balboni defeated Roselle Park's Phil Woods, 18-4, in the final at 182 pounds, just one point shy of a technical fall.
Delbarton's Ty Agaisse, the top-ranked 106-pounder, won his second title with an injury default victory over Seton Hall Prep's Nick Fierro.
Also from Delbarton, Joseph Johnson picked up his second title at 170 lbs with a third-period fall over Whippany Park's Vincent Mattia, and Nick Farro repeated as champion at 120 lbs with a 5-4 victory over Hanover Park's Anthony Cefolo.
All of the finals:
Dan Reed -Delbarton over Raymond Jazikoff -South Plainfield
Nick Velez -Westfield over Inan Sikel -South Plainfield
Anthony Bassolino-Hanover Park over Brian Matthews-Roselle Park
3- 2 Decision
Josef Johnson-Delbarton over Vin Mattia- Whippany Park
Pin - 5:58
Joe Balboni -Brearley over Phil Woods Roselle Park
18-4 Major Decision
Jeff Velez -Brearley over Nick D'Uva Parsippany Hills
14- 6 Major Decision
Stephen Hill -Parsippany Hills over Donovan Mantone -Madison
10- 5 Decision
Nick LaShell -Hanover Park over Anthony Carbajal - Watchung Hills
7 -3 Decision
Ty Agaisse - Delbarton over Nicholas Fierro -Seton Hall Prep
Injury Default - 4:22
Lou Ramio -Hanover Park over John Fuller- Westfield
7- 3 Decision
Nick Farro Delbarton over Anthony Cefolo -Hanover Park
Christian Innarella Delbarton over Tyler Gazaway -New Providence
12- 2 Major Decision
Mike Magaldo -Watchung Hills over Christian Bassolino -Hanover Park
Pin - 5:33
Gavin Murray -Cranford over Alex Murray -Watchung Hills