HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: Raamiah Bethea tops All-CVC team
Monday, March 5,2012
The wealth is spread around on this year's Trentonian All-Colonial Valley Conference Wrestling team with nine different schools represented on the first team.
Trenton's Raamiah Bethea is the CVC Wrestler of the Year, while Steinert's Adam Jankos is our Coach of the Year.
The Robbinsville sophomore 106-pounder compiled a 26-7 record to raise his career win total to 45. Tan was first at the Mercer County Tourney, second at District 25 and came up one win short of advancing to states.
The top 113-pounder in the county, Lawrence's Wolf went 28-4 in his sophomore year and now has 56 career victories. Wolf won the MCT and was the impressive champion at District 17 where he beat state place-winner Ryan Pomrinca of North Hunterdon. He ended up fourth in a stacked weight at Region V.
A three-year starter for the Spartans, Michel went 29-3 and captured both MCT and District 25 titles. From there, he finished second at Region VII. His career record was 77-16, and he also won Mercer County and district championships as a junior.
The Hamilton junior finished second in his district at 120 pounds behind Michel, but makes our first team at 126, where he often wrestled. Staub was 27-5, first at the MCT and third at Region VII. Should he advance out of regions next year, he will join Trenton's Raamiah Bethea as the county's only four-time state qualifier.
On course to possibly become the CVC's all-time winningest wrestler, Bethea went 36-2 and won MCT and District 25 titles for the second straight year. He was also the Region VII champion and placed at states by finishing seventh. Bethea will take a 66-5 career record into his junior year.
A sophomore 138-pounder at Lawrence, Jennings compiled a 31-6 record to up his career victory total to 56. Jennings was the MCT champ and was second at District 17 when he dropped a one-point decision in the final. Jennings came within an overtime loss at regions of advancing to states.
The Hamilton 145-pounder really picked it up in his junior year. Kubish was 22-4 and finished first at the MCT. He also was a District 25 champion and won a bout at Region VII.
The CVC's Wrestler of the Year, Bethea finished off a perfect 37-0 campaign by winning the second state title in Mercer County history when he captured the 152-pound weight class Sunday in Atlantic City. He is also the only Mercer wrestler to advance to states four times and now holds the CVC record for most career victories at 132. He was also a four-time Mercer County Tournament champion.
A key component of Steinert's outstanding season, McDonald went 23-5 at 160 pounds in his sophomore season. He was an MCT champion and took a third in a strong weight class at District 25.
The Allentown junior 171 pounds had an excellent 29-9 season after finishing with a .500 record the year before. Rugo was first at the MCT, first at District 25 and took a third at regions. He also won a bout at states.
There was a real battle at 182 pounds between Nottingham's Nunez and Highstown's Joe DeCristofaro. The two wrestled five times with Nunez winning three of the bouts, including the last at states. Nunez was 35-5 and had the furthest advancement at states in school history. He was first at the MCT, and third at districts and regions.
A junior at Allentown, Juba had a superlative year that included Mercer County Tournament and District 25 titles. He finished third at Region VII and had a 28-7 record with a ton of pins.
The Hopewell sophomore is well on his way to be one of the top wrestlers in the history of his school. Markulec was 32-4 and has 57 career wins. He was first at the MCT, first at District 17 and advanced to the semifinals of Region V. He's a pinner too with 14 falls on the season.
For some reason the Princeton senior decided to wrestle at 220 at districts, where he finished second behind Markulec, and then advanced to the semifinals of Region V. Prior to moving down a weight, Gillete was the top heavyweight in the county and won an MCT title. He beat state qualifier Donovan Morris of Lawrence twice.
Jankos is our Coach of the Year after guiding Steinert to arguably its greatst season in school history. Steinert went 16-4, set a school record for most consecutive dual match wins and was the CVC's Colonial Division champion. Steinert also won a sectional match on the mat for the first time.