The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey on February 2, 1981 · 29
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The Record from Hackensack, New Jersey · 29

Hackensack, New Jersey
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Monday, February 2, 1981
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High School College o o 33 Championship form KX w hiiii .ii.ihwi, nium ' wpiip-y s , in.wwwm'yk' mm nmrninmrn: ipww mmim iu --"V - ) y i V - - : - y ) . .in. , - j , Syracuse's Gene Mills, a former State and NCAA champion, scored the only pin yesterday in the Orangemen's 19-16 victory over Navy. Former New Jersey State wrestling champions Gene Mills of Pompton Lakes and Tim Catalfo of Montvale helped lead Syracuse to a 19-16 college wrestling victory over Navy yesterday. Mills, a former DePaul High School standout and an All-American for the Orangemen last year, pinned Doug Heinmbach in the 118-pound bout. Mills is also a former NCAA champion and a member of the 1980 Olympic team. Catalfo, a State champion at Pascack Hills in 1977, added to the Syracuse victory drive with a decision at 158 pounds. He is currently rated No. 2 among the nation's wrestlers in that weight class. The Orangemen, however, didn't claim victory until the final bout when heavyweight Mike Rotunda recorded a 7-2 decision. The Syracuse squad includes a host of famous North Jersey names: Chris Catalfo, Tim's brother, who originally wrestled at the University of Florida; Dale Mills, Gene's brother, and Mark Cannon, New Jersey's 148-pound champ last year while at Ramapo. Edwin Diaz of Hackensack, who finished fourth in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament last year, is competing for Seton Hall. Yesterday, he took a third in the National Catholic Intercollegiate Wrestling Championships, in which Seton Hall finished fourth among 14 teams. John Carroll won the team championship, followed by Marquette, Scranton, Notre Dame, and Seton Hall. By Ron Fox Staff Writer Proving once more that wrestling is a sport of seconds, inches, and second efforts, Pascack Hills suffered losses to Hunterdon Central and Phillipsburg Saturday at Princeton University. "We don't regret going," says Cowboy coach Bucky Rehain, but he imagines his wrestlers regret their mistakes. "Phillipsburg should be ranked No. 1 by the State Wrestling Coaches Association and Hunterdon should be 2 or 3. We should be in the top 10," said Rehain. "We were in there with Hunterdon." , - The Cowboys had to endure many frustrating moments in their 24-23 loss to Hunterdon Central. "Bob Hamilton 101 was pinning, but the other kid bridged up and rerolled to pin him in the last second of the second period. That was a swing of 12 points right off the bat," Rehain said. "Nelson Thomas was taken down with one second to go in the first period for the only points in that 141 bout and 148-pounder Frank Strazza was winning, 3-2, but was called for a clasp in the last 20 seconds and wound up with a draw." Strazza continued luckless in the 32-23 loss to Phillipsburg when he went from an apparent winner to a pinned loser six seconds from the final buzzer. Further frustration H.S. Wrestling plagued Cowboy Jack Inserra, who didn't even get to wrestle. With their wins over Hills sewn up, each school forfeited its final match to keep its heavyweights fresh for their meet, which Phillipsburg won in the last bout of the triangular meet Emerson, which continually comes up with varsity sophomores who possess nerves of steel, topped those discoveries Saturday by introducing freshman Henry Byra to the visiting Westwood crowd. Byra, subbing for the ailing Rob Venere, had a 13-2 lead in the first bout before winning on a disqualification. "He has two varsity wins, which is about as many as he has on freshman and J V," said Cavo coach Stan Woods. "He just seems to get psyched up more for the big matches." Byra's win for Emerson, the No. 1 Group 1-2 team in The Record's wrestling poll, sparked the 37-15 victory over the Cardinals, No. 4 in Group 3-4. So did the 141-pound triumph by senior Dan Mazzo (15-1) over Cardinal sophomore Steve Cascio, who was 10-1 entering the bout Other big wins were turned in by sophomores Clay Og-den and John Donnelly, and senior Kevin McGuinness, who was rested during the Cavos' afternoon win over Hasbrouck Heights because of a knee injury. NOTES A late juggling of the Cliffside Park lineup was not reported correctly in The Record Sunday. Joe Al-pert moved in at 141 for the Raiders and defeated Tim Archer, 9-6; Tony Policastro and Lum Pang each moved up a notch, to 148 and 158, respectively, Policastro losing on a 3:30 pin to Vanya Bojanovic and Pang (9-2-1) recording a superior decision, 14-5, over John Moskanas . . . Ridgcfield won its second straight Bergen County Scholastic League Olympic Division championship with its 30-26 victory Saturday over Bergen Tech. Steve Ferrante (10-0) pulled out the win with a 47-second pin. mm When the All-Bergen selections were made last fall, the name of Pete Uzzilino was missing. But the 6-foot 5-inch, 235-pound senior tackle from Ridgcfield Park didn't mind being left out, especially since he has agreed to attend Michigan State University this fall on a football scholarship. "It doesn't make any difference that I didn't make All-County," says Uzzilino, a two-time AU-Bcrgcn County Scholastic League American Division first-team selection. "I know what I put into it and I don't need any personal glory. But going to Michigan State is like a dream come true." Head coach Bob Morris thinks that Uzzilino is the first legitimate "big" player at Ridgcfield Park during the 12 years he has served as varsity head and assistant football coach, even though the Scarlets consistently have turned out top squads, including two State Sectional championships. "They have him projected as an offon- s H.S. Notes Mzziim mmBWm W 0) paui Schwartz L. 1 sive tackle and some coaches have said he's the only offensive lineman in the State worth looking at" says Morris. "I picked Michigan State because it's blg-titnc football and there arc opportunities for mo to contribute, like making the traveling squad the first year. I love the school," said Uzzilino, who played offense and defense for the 6-3 Scarlets In 1900. He also was recruited by the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia, North Carolina State, and Richmond. THE FOURTH ANNUAL Demarcst Shot Put Invitational will be held Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at Demarcst High School. The meet has featured some outstanding performances In lis first three years as some of the East's top shot-putters have thrown. State champion Mitch Recder of Asbury Park won last year's event with a throw of 58 feet 8 Inches. This year, Elizabeth's Scott Vrabel, John Passalacqua of Clarkstown South, and Joe Napoll and John DcLaflora of St Peter's of Slaten Island are the leading entries. Each has thrown more than 57 feet alreody this winter. Vern Kelly of Hackensack and John Lampert of Demarcst are the County's top hopes. THE MOVEMENT towards creating more and more oil-star events for senior athletes continues, this time In scholastic wrestling. The most highly ranked high- school senior wrestlers in each weight class from New Jersey and Pennsylvania will meet on Saturday, Apr. 4 at the Nelson Field House at Bloomsburg State College at 3 p.m., with proceeds going for the benefit of Easter Seals. Tickets will be priced at $5. THE FINAL Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey rankings placed Wayne Hills firth, Bloomficld seventh, Harrison 11th, Ridgewood 17th, and Ramsey In a tie for 20th. Ramapo's Roger Vergnci was a first-team back, while Jme Cunha of Harrison was first team In goal. Racks Jim Woods of Harrison and Ed McCarroll of Bloomficld joined Wayne Hills't high-scoring Dan lonesen on second team, and Nick Mareinno of Cliffside Park was a third team forward. Vergnes, lonescu, and Marclano are first team All Croup 3, while Lconla's Jeff fnniillrrl, Jim Ylnpliino of Cresskill, And Thnhnnl Muller of Glen Hock were All Group 1. 5 re 3D ro CD I CD I U i

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