Wrestlers Destined For Glory


(Photo Courtesy of Jared Lee)

Senior Jared Lee taking down 144 lb Stateliner wrestler, Liam Packer.

Frankie LoPresti, Editor

To say the boys Warren Hills Wrestling team are emerging as true contenders is a massive understatement. From the dominant victory at the 63rd Annual John Goles Tournament in late December to recently beating the Stateliners for the first time in 32 years, the Streaks are off to one helluva start.

The 63rd Annual John Goles Tournament was a remarkable success for the team as nine wrestlers won gold, with Warren Hills having a wrestler in all weight classes make it to the finals. 

Those who were crowned champions include 106 lb wrestler, Charlie Piccione, 113 lb wrestler, Kevin Reidlinger, 120 lb wrestler, Josh Lee, 126 lb wrestler, Shawn Reidfield,  Michael Galka, 144 lb wrestler,  Jared Lee, 165 lb wrestler, Stephen Malia, 175 lb wrestler, Owen Frizzell and 285 lb wrestler, Tyler McCatharn.

Highlights of the tournament also included #9 seeded Michael Galka take down of Matthew Jones in the finals with a score of 7-4, Piccione’s win over Owen Kucharski with a score of 7-0 in the finals, Jared Lee’s 14-1 major victory over Logan Wiecoreck and several other dominant victories at the John Goles Tournament.

When asked about the experience at the tournament senior Tyler McCatharn said, “The win at John Goles was amazing and always a dream of mine,” but he added that the tournament was, “just a warm up for regionals and states.” 

The Streaks didn’t stop with the John Goles win, however, as one of the most highly anticipated matches of the season took place mid-January where the Streaks took on the Stateliners and pulled off the stun of the season, beating the Stateliners 35-15. 

This was a huge win for the program as it is the first time that the Streaks have beaten the Liners in 32 years. Ironically, the Streaks dominant performance would start with a 32-0 run against the Stateliners, before ultimately ending with a final score of 35-15.  This was an historic moment for the Streaks.

 “The win over Phillipsburg was amazing and well deserved,” McCatharn said. “The win for the program just goes to show that if you work hard enough and have confidence, anything is possible.” 

After the stunning win against the Liners, the Streaks then  proceeded to win eight of their next nine matches, only losing to Delbarton in a crushing 53-17 loss, still holding them to an impressive record of 12-3 on the season thus far. 

So where do the Streaks stand and what are the expectations for the rest of their season?

 Head Coach David Sbriscia had this to say:

 “Our goals for the remainder of the season are to win a sectional Championship and Group 3 State Championship.  We also plan on winning a District Championship and qualifying 12 wrestlers to the State Tournament.”