The senior won his first-career regional title on April 17. He placed second at the state tournament April 24. He also won the Mobbin Classic title. Hummel wrestled the individual tournaments at 138 pounds. He finished 16-3. Hummel is a three-time state placewinner, finishing sixth in 2019 and third in 2020. He will wrestle next year at the United States Military Academy.
Wrestler of the Year
Eddie Hummel, Southern Regional
Kaden Naame, St. Augustine Prep
The sophomore won the South Region title. He placed eighth at the state tournament, earning a medal. He did not even qualify for the district tournament as a freshman in 2020 as the Hermits featured two wrestlers at 106. He finished 12-4.
Conor Collins , Southern Regional
The sophomore won the South Region title. He also advanced to the state tournament for the second consecutive season, placing second out of the top-eight in his weight class. He finished 17-2.
Sean Dever, Egg Harbor Township
The sophomore placed fourth at the region tournament, advancing to states for the first time in his career. He was among the top 16 in the state at 120. Dever finished 10-4.
Matt Henrich, Southern Regional
The freshman placed fourth in the region tournament. He wrestled in the state tournament, finishing in the top 12. He was one match away from placing in the top eight at states. He went 11-6.
Matt Brielmeier, Southern Regional
The senior placed second at the South Region. He wrestled in his second straight state tournament, finishing among the top 16 in his weight class. He finished 12-4.
Richie Grungo, St. Augustine Prep
Entering the state tournament as the No. 16 seed, the sophomore finished fifth, earning a medal. He did not make states in 2020. Grungo placed fourth in the South Regions. He finished 12-6.
Jake Slotnick, St. Augustine Prep
The sophomore placed fourth in the South Region. He wrestled at the state tournament for the first time in his career, finishing just one match short of placing in the top eight. He finished 9-4.
Brock Zurawski, St. Augustine Prep
The sophomore placed third at the region tournament. He advanced to the state tournament for the second straight year. He finished 11-4.
Ray Weed, Absegami
After taking the year off in 2020, the junior finished seventh at the state tournament. He was fourth in the Region. He also made the state tournament as a freshman in 2019. He finished 13-6.
George Rhodes, Absegami
The sophomore placed second in the South Region, advancing to the state tournament for the second consecutive season. Rhodes, who finished in the top 12 at states, was one match away from placing in the top eight. He finished 12-3
Vincent Ceglie, Lacey Township
The senior tore an anterior cruciate ligament and minuses in the region tournament in 2020. But he bounced back to place fourth at regions this season and sixth at the state tournament. It was his second appearance at states in three years. He finished 10-5.
Shane Whitney, Lower Cape May Regional
The senior transferred from Cox High School in Virginia, immediately making an impact in South Jersey. Whitney placed second at the South Region and fifth at the state tournaments. He finished 15-3.
Jaydan Wright , Millville
The junior was the only Press-area wrestler at the heavyweight class to win at least one match at the South Region tournament, which was a “super region” consisting of Regions 7 and 8. He finished 8-3, beating some good opponents in the process.
Riley Lerner, Cedar Creek
The freshman placed second at both the region and state tournament. Lerner also won the Bergen County Women Coaches Association Girls Wrestling Invitational and Middlesex County Invitational titles.
Angelina Leone, Egg Harbor Township
The sophomore placed fourth in the South Region. She placed sixth at the state tournament, good enough to earn a medal.
Ella Yanuzzelli , Southern Regional
The freshman finished third at regions, qualifying for the state tournament. The first-year wrestler, however, did not place in the top six at states as she was forced to forfeit early in the tournament due to an injury.
Max Elton, Holy Spirit
Gabe Baldosaro, Vineland
Brady Carter, Lacey Township
D'Amani Almodovar, St. Augustine Prep
Hunter Horsey, Oakcrest
KJ Sherman, Holy Spirit
Cael Aretz, Buena Regional
Charley Cossaboone, Ocean City
Cole Velardi, Southern Regional
Alex Marshall, St. Augustine Prep
David Giulian, Middle Township
Marcus Hebron, Lower Cape May Regional
Mikal Taylor, Absegami
Tony Thompson, Buena Regional
Egg Harbor Township
Lower Cape May Regional
St. Augustine Prep
St. Joseph Academy