550 West Park Ave.
Oakhurst, NJ 07755
732-531-5650

Head Coach
Cippy Apicelli
(10th Season in 2021)

Assistants
Ben Duronio
Dave Illaria


Volunteers
Joey Falco
Danny Lopes
Garry Falco


Intermediate
Ken Hoff

Athletic Director
H. Rusty Todd

Athletic Trainer
Katelyn Zimmerman

Section
CJ Group 3

Division
A-Central


District
21

Region
6


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      TEAM TITLES     


8 Sectional Titles

18 District Titles

14 Division Titles


       INDIVIDUALS     

3 State Champs
(Jake Benner - 2017)

33 State Medalists
(Jack Nies - 2020)

23 Region Champs
(Jack Nies & Joe Teresi - 2020)

113 District Champs
(Demetri Poniros, Jack Nies, Alex Poniros, & Joe Teresi - 2020)

         RECORDS        

Career Wins - 146
Jake Benner (2015-2018)

Season Wins - 42
Jake Benner
(2017)

     100 WIN CLUB     


Jake Benner - 146
Kyle Kiss - 139
Andrew Van Dyk - 138*
Jack Nies - 136
Zac Coulas - 130
Danny Lopes - 125
Joey Falco - 118
Nick Menditto - 116
Zack Hertling - 113
Alex Poniros - 111
Max Rallo - 107
Colton Bigelow - 102**

* Includes wins from Ramapo

** Includes wins from St John Vianney





Overall Record:  8-0  /  Shore Conference:  7-0  /  A-Central:  4-0


4/1: NON-CONFERENCE
Ocean Township  61  -  New Brunswick  9  (BOX SCORE)
OT: AJ Benner, M Poniros, Phillips win by pin; N Benner & Tracey win by tech



3/31: A-CENTRAL
Ocean Township  60  -  Holmdel  18  (BOX SCORE)
OT: N Benner, Teresi, G Poniros, AJ Benner win by fall



3/27: NON-DIVISION
Ocean Township  52  -  Shore 24  (BOX SCORE)
OT: D Poniros, G Poniros, N Benner, K Cartagena Walsh, Tracey, Teresi win by pin



3/24: A-CENTRAL
Ocean Township  39  -  Rumson  32  (BOX SCORE)
OT: Spartans rally from 28-0 defecit, win 7 of final 8 bouts with 6 pins



3/22: NON-DIVISION
Ocean Township  64  -  Jackson Liberty  12  (BOX SCORE)
OT: 9 Spartans win by fall; Farina d. Urso in matchup of undefeated frosh at 106 



3/20: A-CENTRAL
Ocean Township  53  -  RBC  19  (BOX SCORE)
OT: Farina, D Poniros, AJ Benner, N Benner, S Cartagena Walsh, Teresi win by pin



3/18: NON-DIVISION
Ocean Township  51  -  Wall  18  (BOX SCORE)
OT: S Cartagena Walsh p. Zamaloff; Farina, G Poniros win by fall



3/17: A-CENTRAL
Ocean Township  49  -  Raritan  18  (BOX SCORE)
OT: S Cartagena-Walsh, Teresi, Farina, D Poniros, AJ Benner, N Benner win by pin









2021 Ocean Township Wrestling 


The Spartans return a good portion of last year's lineup, including four State Qualifiers, and have some key new additions, giving them a strong, balanced lineup.

A trio of seniors return down low. Demetri Poniros is a 3-time District Champion, and 2-time State Qualifier. Blake Tarnowski also punched a ticket to AC in 2020 after finishing 2nd at Regions. The third senior down here, AJ Benner, is a 2-time District medalist. Also back down low is another 2-time District Medalist in junior Gio Poniros. James Farina and Michael Poniros enter the program coming off of strong intermediate careers, and are among the frosh down low looking to make in immediate impact.

In the middle, D24 runner-up Tah-Jay Phillips, a senior, and junior Nick Benner, a 17-bout winner last season are returning starters. They will be joined by Kevin & Shane Cartagena-Walsh, who transfer in from Monmouth Regional. Kevin, a senior, was a D19 runner-up in 2020.

Up top, Joe Teresi enters his 4th-year as the starter at heavyweight for the Spartans. The senior, who will play football at Fairleigh Dickinson next Fall, is a 2-time State Qualifier, a Region Champ in 2020, and enters the year 13 wins away from 100 career wins. He's joined up top by another returning State Qualifier in junior Jared Tracey, as well as returning starter Alejandro Villarraga, an 18-bout winner last year.

With no Sectionals this season, the Spartans won't get a chance to defend their Sectional Title. Instead, the team will take aim at winning their first outright Divisional Title since 2012. Divisional realignment saw the Spartans moved into A-Central for the first time in program history, and they go right to work in the divisional chase by hosting Raritan on March 17th. 



Possible Lineup in 2021

Wgt
 Wrestler
Record
2020 Post-Season
106
 (Fr) Chaunci Jones
 
106
 (So) Noah Bard1-10
106/113
 (Fr) James Farina

113/120
 (Sr) Blake Tarnowski26-9D24-2nd / R6-2nd / NJ-WB1
120/126
 (Sr) Demetri Poniros11-6D24-1st / R6-3rd / NJ-WB2
126/132
 (Jr) Gio Poniros26-13D24-2nd / R6-5th
132/138
 (Sr) AJ Benner7-8D24-3rd / R6-PQ
132/138
 (Jr) Alex Derose

132/138
 (Fr) Michael Poniros
 
132/138
 (Fr) Marc Destin
 
138/145
 (Jr) Nick Benner17-11
145/152
 (Fr) Jon Barragan

145/152
 (Jr) Shane Cartagena-Walsh15-3 
145/152
 (Jr) Sahmi Noorzaie

145/152
 (Sr) Abrahan Diaz  
152/160
 (Fr) Rodley Petit

152/160
 (Fr) Makai Mitchell

152/160
 (Sr) Kevin Cartagena-Walsh27-8D19-2nd / R5-PQ
152/160
 (Jr) Christian Larosa  
152/160
 (Jr) Najib Noorzaie0-1 
160/170
 (Sr) Tah-Jay Phillips23-12D24-2nd / R6-PQ
170/182
 (Jr) Jared Tracey30-9D24-2nd / R6-4th / NJ-WB1
182/195
 (Jr) Ethan Brandimarte1-4
182/195
 (So) Iqbal Ahmadi

195/220
 (Fr) Reuvin Israel 
195/220
 (Sr) Mateo Chavariagga3-9
220
 (Sr) Alejandro Villarraga18-19
Hwt
 (Sr) Joe Teresi39-5D24-1st / R6-1st / NJ-WB2
Hwt
 (Sr) Ryan Ross

Hwt
 (Fr) Alphonso Dickerson

              
                                                           
                  
                                                           





Graduated in 2020

Wgt
 Wrestler
Record
Post-Season 
120
 Alex Taylor3-18  
132
 Jack Nies41-4D24-1st / R6-1st / NJ-7th 
132
 Nicholas Schneider0-1 
138
 Alex Poniros34-6D24-1st / R6-3rd / NJ-WB3 
152
 Williams Larosiliere1-9  
182
 Christian Petit7-18  
195
 Isaiah Cooper0-6  
        
                                                    
                  
                                                           

























































































































Ocean Township Spartans Wrestling