On Feb. 1st 1994, Jon Frent became the winningest wrestler in Ocean Twp. history with a 10-3 decision over Jeff Brand of Marlboro. He would go on to win 21 more matches in a season that culminated with an appearance in the NJSIAA State Tournament Finals, the first for any wrestler in Ocean history. Frent's 95 career wins stood as a school record for over 10 years, until December 28, 2005 when it was broken by Danny Lopes. Despite Jon's amazing success on the mat, he was a star wrestler second, a teammate first.
Jon's exceptional mat skills would help him earn a full scholarship to the University of Virginia. As in high school, Jon once again excelled on both the mat and in the classroom.
He earned his bachelor's degree in 1998 and continued on to obtain his master's degree from the Curry School of Commerce where he finished with a 4.0 average.
Frent would go on to work on Wall Street where he landed a job trading crude oil on the Mercantile Exchange. He would later pass his Series 7 test which would have allowed him to trade individual securities.
On June 17, 2000, Jon passed away in his parents' home at the age of 24. Jon left behind two loving parents, Janice and David, as well as countless teammates and friends that will never forget him.
The Jon Frent Endowed Memorial Scholarship was created in a way to preserve Jon's legacy and has been awarded every year since 2002 to a wrestler in the Region 6 Tournament in which Jon is a member of the Hall of Fame.
Previous winners of the Jon Frent Scholarship are:
2002 - Devin Mesanko (Toms River East)
2003 - Dan Hilt (Manalapan)
2004 - Matt Pendle (Raritan)
2005 - Oscar Orellana (Lakewood)
2006 - Danny Lopes (Ocean Township)
2007 - Ken Carney (Jackson Memorial) / TJ Mitchell (Raritan)
2008 - Nick Menditto (Ocean Township)
95 Career Wins (A school record for over 10 years)
3 Time 1st-Team All-Shore Selection (91,92,94)
2nd Team All-Shore Selection in 1993
Neptune Classic Champion / 4 Time Finalist
3 Time Middletown South Tourn. Champion
3 Time District Champion / 4 Time Finalist
3 Time Region Champion / 4 Time Finalist
4 Time NJSIAA Tournament Qualifier
1994 NJSIAA Tournament Runner-up
1994 Ocean Township Wrestling Team Captain
2nd Place 1994 USA National High School Tournament
1st Wrestler in New Jersey History to Reach NHSCA Finals
Shore Conference's 1st National High School All-American
Ocean Township High School Hall of Fame
Region 6 Hall of Fame
Edge School of Wrestling Hall of Fame
2 Time New Jersey Freestyle Champion
3 Time ACC Athletic Honor Roll
Varsity Letterman in Cross Country and Tennis
National Student Athlete Association Board Member
McIntire School of Commerce - UVA Graduate
Curry School of Commerce Masters Degree
Jon, his mother Janice, his father David, and Coach Mike Vescovi moments after Jon set the school record for most career victories.
Jon, along with David Kreizman (top) and Tommy Means (bottom right)
Coach Vescovi telling everyone that one day he is going to be an official!
1994 Senior Wrestling Class
Back Left Standing: Jerry Levin, Woo Jae Lee, Guy Battaglia, Brian Patterson
Back Middle on Couch: Frank D'Esposito, Andrew Klapholz, John Magnotta
Front Middle: Jung Kil Yoo (Being Pushed), Jon Frent (Push Up Machine), Alon Bercovicz (Encouragement)
Front Right Posing: Evan Darnell, James Travers, Senator Jon Karen