The Panthers will come into the 2017-2018 season with high hopes due to a balanced lineup that will look to carry them this season. Although Point Boro graduated seven seniors last year, Matt Sulzer, Jared Marshall, John Duggan and Tyler Tweedie finished the season consistently in the starting lineup. The rest of the lineup was primarily junior and sophomore-heavy with Anthony Bonavito, Ryan Sansone, Gabe Fattizzi, Dylan Ippolito, John McTaggart, Ben Sabo, and Ben Gilmore all returning for their senior seasons. The Panthers will also benefit from senior Francis Marshall who transferred from Manasquan for his senior season. Additionally, Billy Borowsky and Spencer Robinson will top the returning juniors for Point Boro.
There will be plenty of eyes on the Panther Sophomore class this season which will be led by Ty Bailey. In addition to Bailey, James Latendorf, and Jake Magley will return after picking up valuable experience as freshmen. Lastly, Point Boro will again look to break in multiple freshmen in Nick Torree, Jack Bailey, Peter Karras, and Luke Schumatti.
With aspirations to be a top team in the Shore Conference, Point Boro’s schedule features key match ups with Southern Regional, Long Branch, Point Beach, and Jackson Memorial. In addition, the battle for the Class B South crown will most likely be decided when the Panthers travel to Lacey on January 12th. With a tough schedule this season, the Panthers will eye a top seed as new members of the South Jersey Group II bracket. The change moves Point Boro out of Central Jersey Group II where Delaware Valley and Raritan are anticipated to battle for a sectional title. While South Jersey Group II still features many powerful teams, the balance is there for Point Boro to make a run this season.
Point Boro Wrestling Lineup
106/113- James Latendorf (So.) 2016-2017 record: 11-14 / Nick Torree (Fr.)
There is plenty of optimism between these two skilled wrestlers as both look to represent the 106-pound spot in the lineup. Sophomore James Latendorf returns after a freshman campaign that saw him win 11 matches. Nick Torree, on the other hand, is the first of three talented brothers to make it to the high school level. He will look to gain valuable experience at the varsity level after reaching the Ocean County Championship last season at the intermediate level. I caught up with Latendorf as we talked about the battle for the starting position.
“I’ve been wrestling with him [Nick Torree] and he’s pretty good,” Latendorf said. “Right now I’m just trying to get better every day. This off season I was able to go to Shore Thing a lot and get plenty of work in,” Latendorf explained.
Cameron Frankenfeld could also see some time at 113 lbs. this season.
113/120- Ben Sabo (Sr.) 2016-2017 record: 24-8
The three-time district medalist returns for his senior season where he will serve as the leader. He will look to surpass his 24 wins from a season ago which totaled second only to Anthony Bonavito who finished with 26. Sabo will serve as a huge asset to the Panthers in their dual meets this season. Additionally, Ben will eye his first trip to Atlantic City after taking fifth place at regions last season.
Sabo will look to get off to another fast start when he wrestles in the annual TCNJ tournament beginning next week. Like Ty Bailey, Sabo also placed first in last years tournament at Delaware Valley. That kind of success is something that Ben hopes will continue into this year’s tournament, into dual meets again, and into the team and individual postseason.
“I know I just have to stay calm this season and go into every match with energy,” Sabo said.
Freshman Jack Bailey could also see some time at this weight.
120/126- Luke Schumatti
126/132- Jack Bailey (Fr.), Peter Karras (Fr.)
The younger of the two Bailey brothers, Jack now joins Ty as a Point Boro Varsity wrestler. Much like the other members of his freshmen class, Bailey comes in with a solid intermediate career record. As an eighth-grader last season, Bailey made a run for the Tri-County championship falling just one win short. He will look to build on that success this season as a starter for the high school program.
When asked about being part of a talented freshmen class, Bailey explained how it all comes down to hard work and guidance that they have all received. “I think it all comes to down to our coaches,” Bailey said.
“It shows you just how tough everyone is getting. We are all working together in the room and I think that’s what it’s all about. It is a really good thing to have,” Jack Bailey said.
Peter Karras will also see some time at the varsity level this season after a solid career at the intermediate level.
132- Jake Magley (So.) 2016-2017 record: 4-3
Magley will be in competition for the 132lb spot and is the front-runner to land the starting position. One of the tough things for Magley this season will be getting used to wrestling more matches at the varsity level. A season ago, Magley was 4-3, with 3 victories coming by way of forfeit. With that said, Jake Magley was very active in the off-season and has been putting in a lot of work since practice has started.
138- Ty Bailey (So.) 2016-2017 record: 21-7 / Cale Langen 2016-2017 record 1-0
Ty emerged onto the scene in explosive fashion, capturing the 126-pound title in the Wendy Panda Ley tournament last December. Additionally, Bailey went on to win 21 matches overall against just 7 loses in his freshman campaign. With a year of experience under his belt, there is no question that Ty will look to get off to another fast start after a 4-0 start to last year.
“Last year gave me a lot of confidence. I learned last season that even as a freshman I could compete against guys that were seniors. It was a nice feeling,” Bailey said.
One thing is certain, he will be a critical component of a lineup that will be particularly strong from 138-HWT. Individually, Ty Bailey will try to advance to the Region VI tournament after falling just short a year ago. Ty is an extremely skilled offensive wrestler that has spent a lot of time working on his defense this offseason. One match that stood out last season was a 13-11 loss to Lacey’s Luke Moynihan.
“If you look at my matches, particularly my losses, my defense played a big part of it,” Bailey said.
145/152/160- Spencer Robinson (Jr.) 2016-2017 record 23-11, John Mctaggart (Sr) 2016-2017 record 16-12, Francis Marshall (Sr) 2016-2017 record 23-11, Ben Gilmore (Sr.) 2016-2017 record 4-9
This here is the “meat” of the Point Boro Wrestling lineup. This group consists of two state qualifiers from a year ago [Marshall and Robinson] as well as district 21 medalist John Mctaggart. Spencer Robinson made his way to Atlantic City last year as a sophomore and will be looking to further his way into the state tournament this season.
“I expect to wrestle hard every match,” Robinson said. “I do know that I want to get back down to states again and that I want to get on that podium. I know that I will have to work hard every day to get there,” Spencer explained.
Spencer’s 23 wins last season were third on the team behind Anthony Bonavito and Ben Sabo.
At 152, John Mctaggart and Francis Marshall will split the wrestling duties based on the matchup. Either way, this will be another strong weight for the Panthers. Marshall also hopes that he will be able to make a run and get back to AC this season. However, he knows that the road is always tough. “Developing my top game more may be a possible challenge. I know that the SCT and postseason won’t be a cakewalk but I am confident that with Coach Brady and my training partners, I can aim for a top 5 spot,” Marshall said.
Mctaggart will be looking to punch his ticket to AC for the first time as a senior.
Francis Marshall will also look to do big things for Point Boro in 2018. After making history for Manasquan last season, Marshall will now hope to repeat the season he had last year and make a deeper run in the state tournament.
Ben Gilmore is a senior who will round out this group of middleweights.
170- Ryan Sansone
“From a point saver to a point gainer” is the quote that can certainly be associated with Ryan Sansone. From an under .500 record his Sophomore year to a 14-10 record his junior year, Sansone was able to use his hard work ethic to put together a winning season. His goal this season will be to advance to Regions for the first time in his career. If he is able to stay healthy, Sansone is primed for a big year. One of Ryan Sansone’s notable matches came last season against Point Pleasant Beach. In this match, Ryan was able to come back from a 4-1 deficit to record a Fall. Another goal for Ryan will be to hit the 20 win mark this season.
My number one goal is to stay healthy,” Sansone said after battling with injury last season.
“At the same time, I would like to finish this season knowing that I have nothing left. I do not want to have any regrets after this season. I truly believe if I and my teammates give it one hundred percent every day, there is no limit as to how far we can go this season”.
182- Dylan Ippolito
Dylan comes into the season with high confidence after making his way to regions a season ago. He finished with 16 wins and took 3rd in the District. This year, Dylan will have his eyes set on advancing in the region tournament and qualifying for the state tournament for the first time in his high school career.
195- Billy Borowsky
It was a breakout year for Billy as he captured the District 21 title at 195 lbs. Despite losing in the Region VI PQs, it was a successful season for the sophomore. Now a junior, Borowosky will look to build upon a 23 win season and advance to Atlantic City. Billy will look to be the first Panther since Dan Nobbs to win back to back district titles. His win last season made it 21 years in a row that Point Boro claimed a district champion.
220- Gabe Fattizzi
After missing his entire sophomore year, Fattizzi rebounded nicely to win 14 matches. The goal this year for him will be to improve on that record from a year ago and place in districts.
“My goal is to improve my record from last year, place in the district, make a run at a spot on the podium at Regions and fulfill my dream of wrestling a match in Atlantic City”.
With a tough dual schedule this season, Fattizzi knows his importance and how he will have a big team role. “I’m definitely looking to be in the top 10 for 200lbers this season,” Fattizzi said. One match up he is particularly looking forward to is his bout against Jackson Memorial’s Dave Lemay on December 22nd.
HWT- Anthony Bonavito
Considered one of the top heavies in the Shore Conference, Bonavito comes into his senior season after posting 26 wins a year ago. While he will serve an anchor for the Panthers up top, Bonavito will also be a major factor in every individual tournament this season. While talent is something that Bonavito has always had, it is a more composed mentality that could help him achieve his best season yet. After placing 4th in Regions and becoming one of two Point Boro state qualifiers, Bonavito is primed to return to AC. This time around, he will use his experience from a year ago and attempt to make a deeper run in the state tournament. Additionally, he will look to represent the Panthers in the first-ever individual Shore Conference tournament, set for late January at Red Bank Regional High School.
There is no telling what could happen over the course of a wrestling season. However, if the Panthers are able to stay healthy, they have a shot to have success both individually and as a team this season. With so much talent returning, there is alot of excitement for the season to get going in Point Pleasant.