RED BANK, NJ – The results are in from Saturday’s NJSIAA District 18 Wrestling Tournament at Red Bank Regional High School.

While Bound Brook took home the District title with 182.5 points, the Piscataway Chiefs put up a battle to place 3rd with a total score of 159 points. Hopewell Valley came in 2nd with 172.5 points, losing by just 10 points to the Crusaders.

Daniel Smith, who started as head coach this year was selected Coach of the Year after leading the Chiefs to their first ever North Jersey Section 2, Group 5 title earlier this month and to a second place finish in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament.

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Two of the Piscataway’s best wrestlers took home individual titles in the district tournament.  Wrestling at 170 lbs. Nick Recine won by decision defeating East Brunswick’s Jason Minikel, 11-4 while Paris Foster (195) outmuscled Hopewell Valley’s Ben Markulec,1-0 by decision.

But two other Piscataway standouts were defeated by the Bound Brook Crusaders in their finals rounds.

The previously unbeaten Joseph Hatcher, who has 30 straight wins had to settle for 2nd place after losing 17-8 by major decision to Crusaders’ Stephan Glasgow. And the Chiefs’ Michael Petite also placed 2nd after losing the 160 lb. finals match to Mekhi Lewis who pinned him in 2:41.

Hopewell Valley’s Will Ortman went home with the 220 lb. title after pinning Piscataway’s Samuel Rogers at 2:51. Rogers placed 2nd.

The Chiefs next compete at the Region 5 Tournament at Hunterdon Central Regional High School.


106: Daniel Mikita (Piscataway) - DNP
Champ. Round 1 - Daniel Mikita (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Jonathan Ahorrio (Manville Hs) over Daniel Mikita (Piscataway) (MD 9-1)

113: Maximus Parra (Piscataway) - 3rd
Champ. Round 1 - Maximus Parra (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Maximus Parra (Piscataway) over Max  Greenberg (Montgomery) (Fall 2:46)
Semifinals - Hunter Martel (Hopewell Valley Hs) over Maximus Parra (Piscataway) (SV-1 7-5)
3rd Place Match - Maximus Parra (Piscataway) over Mark Venson (Bound Brook HS) (Dec 5-1)

120: Erick Valentin (Piscataway) - 4th
Champ. Round 1 - Erick Valentin (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Erick Valentin (Piscataway) over Christopher Rodriguez (North Brunswick Township) (Fall 1:48)
Semifinals - Matthew Lisanti (Montgomery) over Erick Valentin (Piscataway) (Dec 5-3)
3rd Place Match - Finn Smith (Red Bank Regional) over Erick Valentin (Piscataway) (Fall 2:42)

126: Robert McEvoy (Piscataway) - DNP
Champ. Round 1 - Robert McEvoy (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Justin Venezia (Hopewell Valley Hs) over Robert McEvoy (Piscataway) (Dec 10-6)

132: Chris Aikens (Piscataway) - DNP
Champ. Round 1 - Chris Aikens (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Shane Demeter (Manville Hs) over Chris Aikens (Piscataway) (Fall 1:27)

138: Marcus  Petite (Piscataway) - 3rd
Champ. Round 1 - Marcus  Petite (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Marcus  Petite (Piscataway) over Sean Murphy (Red Bank Regional) (Fall 3:02)
Semifinals - Ryan Butcavage (Hopewell Valley Hs) over Marcus  Petite (Piscataway) (Fall 3:10)
3rd Place Match - Marcus  Petite (Piscataway) over Trent Stocki (East Brunswick H.S.) (Dec 10-3)

145: Gabriel Rodrigues (Piscataway) - 3rd
Champ. Round 1 - Gabriel Rodrigues (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Gabriel Rodrigues (Piscataway) over Amos Barnes (Hopewell Valley Hs) (Dec 3-2)
Semifinals - TJ Caswell (Manville Hs) over Gabriel Rodrigues (Piscataway) (Dec 6-2)
3rd Place Match - Gabriel Rodrigues (Piscataway) over Jacob  McCarthy (Montgomery) (Fall 1:11)

152: Joseph Hatcher (Piscataway) - 2nd
Champ. Round 1 - Joseph Hatcher (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Joseph Hatcher (Piscataway) over Spencer Fink (Rutgers Prep School) (Fall 1:48)
Semifinals - Joseph Hatcher (Piscataway) over Ray Lauricella (Hopewell Valley Hs) (Fall 1:08)
1st Place Match - Stephan Glasgow (Bound Brook HS) over Joseph Hatcher (Piscataway) (MD 17-8)

160: Michael Petite (Piscataway) - 2nd
Champ. Round 1 - Michael Petite (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Michael Petite (Piscataway) over Alex Angeles (North Brunswick Township) (Fall 1:49)
Semifinals - Michael Petite (Piscataway) over Kyle Marrapodi (Montgomery) (MD 17-6)
1st Place Match - Mekhi Lewis (Bound Brook HS) over Michael Petite (Piscataway) (Fall 2:41)

170: Nick Recine (Piscataway) - 1st
Champ. Round 1 - Nick Recine (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Nick Recine (Piscataway) over Alex Abarca (Manville Hs) (Fall 0:36)
Semifinals - Nick Recine (Piscataway) over Kenny Abode (North Brunswick Township) (Fall 3:16)
1st Place Match - Nick Recine (Piscataway) over Jason Minikel (East Brunswick H.S.) (Dec 11-4)

182: Elijah Pitt-Goodson (Piscataway) - 4th
Champ. Round 1 - Elijah Pitt-Goodson (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Elijah Pitt-Goodson (Piscataway) over Kerolos Danyal (East Brunswick H.S.) (Dec 10-5)
Semifinals - George Walton (Bound Brook HS) over Elijah Pitt-Goodson (Piscataway) (MD 11-1)
3rd Place Match - James Smith (Montgomery) over Elijah Pitt-Goodson (Piscataway) (Fall 5:03)

195: Paris Foster (Piscataway) - 1st
Champ. Round 1 - Paris Foster (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Paris Foster (Piscataway) over David Ugalde (Bound Brook HS) (MD 11-3)
Semifinals - Paris Foster (Piscataway) over Matthew Rogalski (Manville Hs) (Dec 3-0)
1st Place Match - Paris Foster (Piscataway) over Ben Markulec (Hopewell Valley Hs) (Dec 1-0)

220: Samuel  Rogers (Piscataway) - 2nd
Champ. Round 1 - Samuel Rogers (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Samuel Rogers (Piscataway) over Robert Rittenhouse (Rutgers Prep School) (Fall 1:27)
Semifinals - Samuel  Rogers (Piscataway) over Nicolas Ipeker (Montgomery) (Dec 8-6)
1st Place Match - Will Ortman (Hopewell Valley Hs) over Samuel  Rogers (Piscataway) (Fall 2:51)

285: David Greene (Piscataway) - DNP
Champ. Round 1 - David Greene (Piscataway) received a bye
Quarterfinals - Jervey Sistrunk (Bound Brook HS) over David Greene (Piscataway) (Fall 1:56) is an online newspaper serving the Township of Piscataway. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @PiscatawayTAP.

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