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The Falcons, competing without four starters in last weekend’s Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament, still crowned a school-record three champions and managed to finish runner-up to South Plainfield.

The steadily improving Bears, with eight medal winners, including 113-pound champion Mark Schleifer, placed third in the GMCT and will get another shot at Monroe in the District 20 Tournament later this month.

"It’s important that the kids realize that we are hitting a stride right now," East Brunswick coach Matt Pazinko said. "We are doing some good things. I told them to be disappointed with the loss, but don’t be disappointed with how we are progressing as a team and coming together."

In a dual that started at 138 pounds, Pazinko made a move, bumping his first four wrestlers, including Jason Minikel, who opened the meet with a 27-12 loss by technical fall in 5:58 to Monroe’s Chris Muce.

The bout illustrated and foreshadowed how precious points would be as Muce repeatedly cut Minikel, who fought valiantly to stay off his back.

"We knew (Minikel) was going to get one of their studs," Pazinko said, referring to league tournament finalist Muce or Profaci, who may be the state’s best 132-pounder. "We told him beforehand, whatever points you can save us is going to help the team. He knew his role going out and he did great."

Monroe won four of the next seven bouts and took a 23-14 lead, its second biggest of the night, on Nick Goff’s 1-0 decision over Sam Walker, who Goff decisioned 2-1 in overtime during the conference tournament quarterfinals.

East Brunswick responded, winning four in a row beginning at heavyweight, where Kevin Eid scored a takedown with 14 seconds left for a 3-2 victory over Nick Fromhold, who he decisioned 3-2 in an ultimate tiebreaker during the conference tournament quarterfinals

The strength of Pazinko’s lineup followed as Mitch Polito (technical fall), Schleifer (major decision) and Alex Gleason (major decision) won consecutive bouts to give East Brunswick its short-lived 29-23 lead.

"We absolutely knew it was going to be tough," Jacoutot said. "We did realize they matched up well with us and we are a little banged up. I told the kids, if everybody contributes, we can get it done. It was satisfying because it was a total team effort."

Monroe remained without 113-pounder Nicky Lombard (hamstring), 145-pounder Donny Albach (elbow) and 182-pounder Kaylon Bradley (elbow) but did get 106-pounder Andy Lombard back in the lineup.

"I know they’ve got some injuries," Pazinko said, "but they still took second in the conference and they still are a powerhouse to go through in the GMC."

Monroe Township (MOTO) 32.00 East Brunswick H.S. (EBHS) 29.00

138: Chris Muce (MOTO) over Jason Minikel (EBHS) (TF 27-11 5:58) 145: Paul Pichirallo (EBHS) over Christopher Ryan (MOTO) (MD 16-4) 152: Jared Parisen (MOTO) over Harrison Cosentino (EBHS) (Dec 6-4) 160: Kevin Creech (MOTO) over Matthew Miskanic (EBHS) (Fall 1:20) 170: Anthony Tamayo (EBHS) over Christopher Turchio (MOTO) (Fall 1:34) 182: Rafael Pescasio (EBHS) over Clint Hetzell (MOTO) (MD 11-1) 195: Dennis Dressel (MOTO) over Damien Ruiz (EBHS) (Fall 0:29) 220: Nicholas Goff (MOTO) over Samual Walker (EBHS) (Dec 1-0) 285: Kevin Eid (EBHS) over Nicholas Fromhold (MOTO) (Dec 3-2) 106: Mitchell Polito (EBHS) over Nicholas DePalma (MOTO) (TF 19-3 0:00) 113: Mark Schleifer (EBHS) over Andrew Lombard (MOTO) (Dec 8-2) 120: Alec Gleason (EBHS) over Shawn Gardini (MOTO) (MD 16-2) 126: Joe Zargo (MOTO) over Tyler Shwartz (EBHS) (Dec 3-0) 132: Salvatore Profaci (MOTO) over David Laureta (EBHS) (Fall 0:30)

via Wrestling: No. 2 Monroe rallies to defeat No. 5 East Brunswick.

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East Brunswick lost a very hard fought battle against Monroe Township high school by a score of 32-29. The evening came down to a slim 3 points which was especially tough since the Bears were leading by 3 going into the final match. Unfortunately the last match was a pin and thus Monroe got 6 points and the victory. The wrestlers for both sides really gave their all and in the end it was a great match to watch.

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Jan 102015
 
East Brunswick Wrestling

East Brunswick at Perth Amboy
Fri, Jan. 9, 2015, 12:00 a.m.

Team Final
East Brunswick 67
Perth Amboy 6
MATCH RESULTS

120 lbs
Alec Gleason East Brunswick 16
Justin Justiniano Perth Amboy 1
Technical Fall – 4:11

126 lbs
Tyler Shwartz East Brunswick 11
Pedro Vera Perth Amboy 3
Major Decision

132 lbs
Jason Minikel East Brunswick W
Forfeit
138 lbs
Paul Pichirallo East Brunswick W
Forfeit

145 lbs
Harrison Cosentino East Brunswick W
Forfeit

152 lbs
Aditya Pillai East Brunswick W
Forfeit

160 lbs
Matthew Miskanic East Brunswick W
Forfeit

170 lbs
Anthony TamayoEast Brunswick W
Forfeit

182 lbs
Rafael Pescasio East Brunswick 3
Emelvis Batista Perth Amboy 2
Decision

195 lbs
Kelvyn Ortiz Perth Amboy W
Michael Kersh East Brunswick L
Pin – 3:42

220 lbs
Samual Walker East Brunswick 12
Jeremiah McNear Perth Amboy 1
Major Decision

285 lbs
Kevin Eid East Brunswick W
Jose Caceres Perth Amboy L
Pin – 0:55

106 lbs
Mitchell Polito East Brunswick W
Forfeit

113 lbs
Mark Schleifer East Brunswick 1
Norberto Torres Perth Amboy 0
Decision

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via New Jersey High School Wrestling – NJ.com.

Dec 272014
 
Jonathan Schleifer - East Brunswick Wrestler

The ‘Hebrew Hammer’

Jonathan Schleifer, who spoke little English upon moving to East Brunswick from Israel as a fourth-grader, became the school’s first state titlist in a quarter century, winning the 160-pound NJSIAA Individual Championship.

Jonathan Schleifer wins 160-pound state title(Photo: Pete Ackerman)

Schleifer committed to Princeton University after compiling an academic resume (4.3 GPA) as impressive as his career on the mat.

The parents of Schleifer, who entered East Brunswick Public Schools as an English as a Second Language Student, read countless books to him and encouraged him to watch TV shows with English subtitles, beginning his transition from ESL to the Ivy League.

Known as the "Hebrew Hammer," Schleifer was a four-time conference, district and region champion (only four others have won four Region V titles). He set school records for wins, pins and team points and ended a distinguished career with a 153-8 mark.

Schleiefer placed eighth in the state at 145 pounds as a freshman, fifth in the state at 152 pounds as a sophomore and second in the state at 160 pounds as a junior.

After defeating Bound Brook’s Josh Ugalde 8-4 in the state final, East Brunswick teammate Michael Quintin found Schleifer jumping rope alone on the stage behind the bleachers at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.

Quintin told Schleifer to stop jumping rope because all the matches were over.

"They are for today," Schleifer replied, illustrating the commitment that enabled him to become East Brunswick’s first state champion in 25 years.

via Most inspirational, memorable 2014 GMC sports stories.

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Dec 202014
 
East Brunswick Wrestling

The following pictures are of East Brunswick wrestlers competing in the Matawan Ice Breaker Wrestling Tournament. East Brunswick won two individual titles, Mark Schliefer and Tyler Schwartz winning titles at 113 and 126 pounds, respectively. Mitch Polito (106 pounds), 120: Alec Gleason (120 pounds) and Sam Walker(220 pounds) got 3rd. The Bears finished third with a team score of 195.

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Having recorded a 35-4 record as a freshman and finishing eighth in the state tournament, followed by a school record 40-2 mark and third place finish as a 152- pounder in his sophomore year, Schleifer is now 37-1 as a junior and is East Brunswick’s best chance to capture a state individual title. As the top seed in the top bracket, Schleifer will wait until the outcome of the match between Cesar Balmaceda (33-1) of Atlantic City High School and Ken Long (28-10) of Holy Cross High School.

Two other Bears will come along for the ride to Atlantic City with Schleifer — Sean Glasgow (132 pounds) and Michael Quintin (220 pounds), who finished first and second, respectively, in their weight classes. Glasgow (32-4) edged previously undefeated Gordon Wolf of Lawrence High School, 7-6, to win the region crown. In two bouts leading up to the finals, the East Brunswick sophomore disposed of Nick Boylan of Hunterdon Central High School, 8-4, and followed that with a 4-2 victory over top seed Nick Wahba of Somerville High School.

via East Brunswick, Spotswood, Monroe wrestlers heading to A.C. | eb.gmnews.com | East Brunswick Sentinel.

Mar 042012
 

Wrestling in the 152lb semifinal round of the NJSIAA state tournament, Sal Mastriani of Don Bosco defeated Jonathan Schleifer of East Brunswick 10-4.

via Sal Mastriani of Don Bosco defeats Jonathan Schleifer of East Brunswick, 152lb state tournament semifinals – Video | NJ.com.

Feb 212012
 

The East Brunswick High School wrestling team, led by sophomore Jonathan Schleifer, one of five Greater Middlesex Conference grapplers to earn a top seed for the Region V Tournament, is built for the future.With one senior in its lineup — reigning District 20 champion Gregory Krueger — the Bears began to peak at the right time, just before the start of the district tournament.East Brunswick, which closed the dual meet season with a 37-34 victory over reigning District 19 champion J.F. Kennedy, advanced nine wrestlers to regions.

via Schleifer leads Bears into regions | MyCentralJersey.com | MyCentralJersey.com.

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As for host East Brunswick who finished fourth in the overall standings with a score of 147.5, the Bears had themselves three finalists and came through on each one of them. The first came from freshman Sean Glasgow defeating Perth Amboy’s Humberto Argueta in an 8-5 decision for the 126-pound title.

“He’s learning how to wrestle on a varsity level,” East Brunswick coach Matt Pazinko said of Glasgow. “It was different when he was on the eighth-grade level because he was able to out maneuver and out muscle most of his opponents. This year he’s got to learn how to wrestle and score points when he can.”

via Bishop Ahr captures top honors at Bear Invitational | MyCentralJersey.com | MyCentralJersey.com.