MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Broncos wrestling coaches awarded the Sam Cali Most Valuable Player Award to Gino Gorga.

The award is given to the wrestler who embodies Sam’s commitment and dedication to not only wrestling but also the team, according to a release from the Samuel D.J. Cali Foundation. The award has been presented by the Broncos coaching staff since 2017.

Sam Cali was a Towaco resident who was killed in a car accident in 2016 when he was 19.

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Sam’s father Michael coached Montville Broncos wrestling for 11 years while he and his brother Michael Jr. were on the team, according to the release. Sam wrestled for the Montville Broncos from 1st through 8th grade and was a five-time champion of the tri-county tournament, holding the most wins.

Even after joining the Don Bosco wrestling team, Sam stayed in contact with the Montville Broncos, training with and helping some of the wrestlers.

“The Sam Cali award is our highest award given to our most valuable wrestler for his leadership, commitment, performance, and work ethic,” Broncos Coach Brian Kapral told TAPinto Montville. “Gino is a tremendous wrestler and a huge asset to our program. He’s a great teammate and a young leader already.” Gorga is a sixth grader at Lazar Middle School.

Kapral, Coach Billy Templeton and his son and last year’s award recipient Billy Templeton Jr. travelled to the Gorga home recently to present Gino with a plaque and to offer their congratulations.

“You are a team player and your mentality is great – the things you do for the team – you walk off the mat and your head is up every single time,” Kapral told Gorga as Billy Templeton (jr.) handed him the plaque.

Montville Broncos wrestling is for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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