CBA wrestling team takes a giant step forward Colts knock off JERRY WOLKOWITZ CBA’s John Niedrich works on St. John Vianney’s Brian McNally during their 140-pound bout on Thursday. Niedrich’s pin was an important one for the Colts, who beat the Lancers, 26-23, for their first sectional title in team history. St. John Vianney for first-ever sectional title By doug mckenzie Staff Writer For years, the Christian Brothers Academy wrestling program has been fighting to reach a level of respectability within the Shore Conference wrestling scene. JERRY WOLKOWITZ St. John Vianney’s Anthony Castro tries to turn CBA’s Drew Chianese during a 130-pound bout on Thursday. Castro defeated Chianese, 11-4, to run his record to a perfect 24-0. At a school where the basketball, swimming, and track and field teams annually dominate the headlines with their solid performances, the Colts’ wrestling teams have never reached that powerhouse status. That is all about to change. The Colts took a very big step toward respectability last week when they knocked off rival St. John Vianney, 26-23, in the NJSIAA Parochial A South final Thursday night in Holmdel. From there, the Colts went to Trenton’s Sovereign Bank Arena Saturday in search of their first state title, but came up just short, falling to Bergen Catholic, 35-29. But despite the disappointment of losing the state final by a single match, the young Colts have officially sent a message to the Shore that they have finally become a force to be reckoned with. Going into the St. John Vianney match, both sides agreed that the coin flip would probably have a lot to do with deciding the winner. Both teams had match-up advantages, but the toss would decide how they would play out. CBA won the toss, and as a result, was able to run off six straight wins in the middle weights to build up enough points to hold off a late Vianney charge. The match started at 119, where CBA freshman Charles Favia recorded a 6-3 win over Vianney’s Mike Brogan. Vianney then took the lead when junior Justin Algorin major decisioned Patrick Bulvanoski, 10-0. The Lancers increased that mark when undefeated Anthony Castro (24-0) beat Andrew Chianese, 11-4 at 130 pounds. In the 135 match, the Vianney again padded its lead when Brian Michalkowski topped Mike Tesalona 9-2. CBA then ripped off their six wins in a row, starting with John Niedrich’s pin of Brian McNally at 140, which cut the lead to 10-9. The following bout turned out to be the key match-up of the contest. Vianney (14-4) sent out Mike Lombardi, allowing CBA to bump up senior captain Eric Spargimino to 152, and send out Vincent Buffalino instead. Buffalino then registered a crucial 12-9 win, scoring a pair of late takedowns to seal the win. Spargimino then followed that with a 12-1 major decision, and the Colts were beginning to pull away. CBA’s Paul Schibell then added another major decision, 15-4, at 160, while Ed Allegra followed that with a 7-0 win at 171. The Colts’ final win came at 189, where Kyle Hrymak scored a 7-1 win. From there it was all Vianney, as the Lancers reeled off four straight wins. However, their inability to notch bonus points kept them from overcoming CBA’s lead. Joe Tenpenny started the comeback effort with a 9-1 major decision, and was followed by Jon Lazarchick, who major decisioned Bruce DeCottis 9-1 in the heavyweight bout. Vianney then kept its hopes alive when Bryan Fasano won a thrilling double-overtime match against Frank Quigley with a rideout at 103 pounds. That left the match at 26-20, meaning SJV would need a pin in the final bout to tie. There were some anxious moments in the 112-pound bout, as Vianney’s Kyle Pardun had Anthony Aldorasi locked in a cradle with 10 seconds left. But Aldorasi fought his way off the pin, sealing the team win despite dropping the bout, 8-2. The visiting Colts celebrated their first ever sectional title, while the young Lancers dejectedly came to grips with the fact that they fell a few bonus points shy of a trip to the state finals. Following the match, the Colts set their sights on Bergen Catholic, while the Lancers began to talk about the upcoming district tournament. But what everyone agreed on is that these two young squads will make up one of the Shore’s better rivalries over the next few years. The Colts gave another heroic effort Saturday, but fell just short against Bergen Catholic, winding up on the other side of the bonus point dilemma. The match started at 152, where Spargimino scored an 8-6 win to give the Colts the early edge. From there, Schibell increased the lead with a 9-5 win at 160, before Bergen Catholic got on the board with a pin at 171. That set up an important decision for CBA coach Mike Baldi. Baldi chose to bump undefeated Allegra from 171 to 189 to avoid pairing him against Bergen’s region place-winner Brian Lucas. Lucas then pinned backup Pat Betterton at 2:16, while Allegra, giving up 17 pounds to Tom Layman, could only muster a 4-2 win. That left the match at 9-6, but gave the Crusaders the early edge in bonus points. At heavyweight, the Crusaders got another big break when CBA’s DeCottis was called for locking hands while trying to ride out Brian Fischer during double-overtime. The call gave Bergen Catholic the 3-2 win, and their first lead. State place-winner Bryan Nunziato followed with a pin at 103, and Derek Sickles then added a technical fall at 112 to give the Crusaders a 26-9 lead. But to their credit, the Colts fought back, with Favia starting things off with a 6-2 win. That was followed by a Bergen Catholic pin at 125, before Chianese scored a technical fall at 130. The Colts had a chance to tie the match with a win at 135, but Tesalona was topped by Nick Matteo, 6-4, after Matteo scored a two-point tilt at the start of the third period and effectively rode Tesalona out the rest of the way. CBA closed the match with a pair of pins, but still fell six points short of a state title. But the Colts will be back, with only three senior starters graduating at the end of the year, and will look to continue the progress they made this year. There’s a new power emerging in Lincroft.