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St Marys State Team Wrestling Champs

St Marys State Team Wrestling Champs

St. Marys HS Wins 4th Consecutive Team State Wrestling Title

Congrats to all coaches and wrestlers on another championship season
St Marys State Team Wrestling Champs

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Gaels Continue Dominance  

Friday, March 23, 2007  

By IVES GALARCEP

HERALD NEWS  

That St. Mary Finished The Year As The Area's Best Wrestling Team Was No Real Surprise. It Was How Dominant The Gaels Were In Maintaining The Top Spot In The Area That Proved Especially Jaw-dropping.

How Thorough Was Head Coach Scot Weaver's Squad In Demolishing Opponents? Team Titles In The Dover Tournament, Long Branch Tournament, BCSL, District 16 And Non-Public Group B Filled Up The Trophy Case As The Tiny Rutherford School Maintained Its Role Of State-level Power.

"Prior Seasons We Always Set Up Team Goals But This Year I Wanted Everyone To Focus On Their Individual Goals," Weaver Said. "If Everyone Could Focus On Trying To Wrestle Their Best Then All The Team Goals Would Take Care Of Themselves."  

St. Mary Started The Year With Convincing Tournament Victories At Dover And Long Branch. Perhaps The Team's Most Impressive Feat Of The Weekend Came In The BCCA Tournament, When The Gaels Finished In Second Place, Behind Bergen Catholic And Ahead Of Powerhouse Don Bosco Prep.

The Gaels' Only Speed Bump Of The Season Took Place During A Quad Meet At Brick Memorial When They Lost Two Matches, One By Tie-breaker, Without Three Starters, Including State Fifth-place Medalist Glen Cannici.  

St. Mary Rebounded From Those Losses And Never Looked Back, Winning 17 Straight Dual Meets, Including Impressive Victories Against Roselle Park, Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge And St. Benedict's Prep.  

Weaver's Team Delivered The School's Fourth Straight Non-Public B State Championship By Defeating Bishop Ahr, 53-19.  

The Winning Continued In The Post-season As St. Mary Won Its Second Straight District 16 Title Before Seeing Four Gaels Win Region 4 Titles, An Accomplishment That Helped Earn St. Mary The Ranking Of No. 1 Team In The Region.  

"I Was A Little Disappointed With How We Did At The Region Tournament Because I Felt We Should Have Taken Seven Or Eight Wrestlers To Atlantic City," Weaver Said. "It Was Still A Great Year And This Team Is Right Up There With Last Year's Team, Which Was Solid From Top To Bottom."

The 2007 Gaels Featured A Balanced Lineup With Strength From The Lightweights To The Upper Weights. Region Champions Mike DeMarco (103), Matt Fusco (125), Glen Cannici (130) And Juan Vega (160) Were The Most Well-known Standouts, But Lightweights Pete Ruiz, Mike Trasso, Jim Lombard And Senior Upper Weights Vinny Cevetello, Joe Regina And Matt Goods Gave The Gaels The Most Complete Lineup In The Area.  

Weaver Credited The Work Of His Assistant Coaches, Including Former College All-Americans Mike DeLuca, Mike Gibbons And Jason Silverstein, For Helping Maintain The Program's Success.

"The Coaches Keep That Intensity Up So That When We Get Into Our Matches It's Easy Compared To What We've Already Done In The Room," DeMarco Said. "Everyone Stepped It Up This Year."  

The 2007 Gaels Finished Ranked No. 18 In The State By The State Wrestling Coaches Association, The Highest Ranking In School History.  

The Gaels Could Be Dangerous Once Again Next Season, With Ruiz, Fusco, Trasso, Cannici And Lombard Expected To Return, As Well As 2006 Starter Chris Lombard, Who Missed The 2007 Season After Surviving A Near-death Experience And Liver Replacement Surgery A Year Ago.  

"This Team Went Through A Lot This Year And Just Kept On Battling," Weaver Said. "We Won A Lot Of Trophies And They Earned Every One Of Them."

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