Focus Exclusive: Three Whippany Park “Bobcat Wrestlers” qualify for State Wrestling Tournament

State Wrestling Tournament Will be Held in Atlantic City on Thursday, February 28; Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2

Head Coach Devon Engelberger; District Assistant Coach of the Year Joe Ficchi; Dean Savercool, Sean Savercool, Thomas Stigliano and volunteer coach Vince Coiro

HANOVER TOWNSHIP — Three Whippany Park “Wildcats Wrestlers” will be heading to Atlantic City next weekend.

Sophomore Dean Savercool (106 pounds) took first place (District-11, Region-3); Senior Sean Savercool (152 pounds) took third place and Junior Thomas Stigliano (160 pounds) took fourth place (District-11, Region-3), will be heading to the New Jersey State High School Wrestling Championships to be held at the Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk.

Dean Savercool won the tournament as the 3rd seed. Had four wins over the three days; (Technical Fall) Verona’s Michael Garcia 15-0 (5:02) on Thursday, February 21 then pinned Belvidere’s Hunter Lensi Friday night, February 22 (1:28).

In the semis, Dean wrestled Caldwell’s Ricardo Caamano that beat him on Saturday, February 16; abs Dean dominated 8-0.

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In the finals, Dean Savercool won by decision 3-0 over Mendham’s Jack Bertha. Dean is Region 3 champion at 106.

Sean Savercool (Senior, 152) finished third to qualify for Atlantic City for the first time in his career.

After winning the district 11 tournament, Sean has a bye during the preliminary round and advanced to the semis after pinning an opponent from Becton High School.

In the semi, he lost 7-1 to a West Morris Senior Justin LeMay.

In the qualifying match, Sean was in a tight match with a Verona’s Frank Riggio (5:55) and pinned him in the third period to secure a spot at states. From there, Sean had a very familiar opponent from Randolph, Janny Lopez-Valle, someone he had already seen two times this year. Sean pinned him in the third period to earn his bronze medal.

Thomas Stigliano won the deciding bout to Qualify. He was losing by points and the opponent charged at him when Thomas grabbed an underhook and threw Victor Jorge from Lyndhurst to his back pinning him, in 2:47.

All three wrestlers are graduates of the Hanover Township Bobcat recreation program led under the coaching leadership of Peter Monteverdi.


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