The Green Wave lost five District medal winners, including State
placer Peter Wersinger, to graduation, but still return an extremely
strong group, and have plenty of talent to pull from their depth pool to
keep it business as usual in the LB.
down low where junior Ryan Zimmerman (38-7 / 2nd D23, 2nd R6), a
returning State qualifier, gives the Green Wave a big time hammer in the
lower portion of the lineup. Also back for the Green Wave is senior Rey
Guzman, a 20-bout winner who placed 3rd in the District. Junior Dylan
Kelleher and sophomore Joseph Conlon split the duties at 106 last
season, and form a nice 1-2 punch at 106/113. Newcomers to the lineup
should include juniors Victor Lemus and Anthony Bonanno, as well as
freshman Angel Bonanno.
Junior Ryan Carey
(20-17 / 1st D23) and seniors Steve Pabone (11-10) and Stivini Silva
(14-12) give the Wave a strong returning core in the middle. Junior
Isaiah Gonzalez and sophomore Jack Friedman both saw action last season
and are looking to make solid contributions in larger roles this year.
upperweights has the potential to be a big strength for Long Branch.
Senior Kevin Cerruti (39-6 / 2nd D23, 1st R6, 7th NJ) is a returning
State placer, and gives LB one of the state's top heavyweights. Two more
returning starters are back up top as well in senior Luke Arnold (21-5)
and junior Edgar Padilla (13-18). Senior La'Qym Morris (13-2) had some
big wins last season, and has the potential to have a huge year for the
Wave at 195. Junior Tracey Taylor (8-3) is also capable of having a big
year at 220.
The big offseason news for
Long Branch was their move from B-North, where they won the division
last year, and into A-North, setting up a potential battle with Howell.
The two will meet on January 30th, in one of the most anticipated
matches in the Shore this season. The Green Wave will also look to
successfully defend their Sectional crown and make a return trip to the
Group Championships. With the talent returning, and their depth, they
are capable once again of big things in 2019.