Winter Sports Arrive with Huge Wins for Hawks, Crusaders

Wrestling returned to Oradell with 14 individual titles split between the two high schools

With all winter athletics in full swing, the River Dell and Bergen Catholic matmen brought home several titles following their opening tournaments, hockey is struggling and basketball will face uphill battles.


The Crusaders traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa., for the Central Catholic Invitational to open their season and returned with seven titles after sending 10 matmen to the finals. Carmine Goldsack (285) and Kevin Mulligan (170) led the way and were followed by Nick Suriano (106), Troy Schaafsma (126), Gianni Hallha (160), Johnny Sebastian (182) and Christian Jenco (195). 

Bergen returned for a pair of dual meets on the road this week, a 40-26 loss at South Plainfield and a 56-12 victory over Paramus Catholic. Sebastian (22 second pin), Goldsack (technical fall) and Suriano (major decision) provided big wins for the Crusaders before the Tigers, led by three-time state champ Anthony Ashnault (138) proved a difficult opponent, especially as the middleweights powered through the remaing for bouts towards victory. The Crusaders bounced back facing the Paladins, breezing through 12 of 14 bouts.

The Golden Hawks returned from the Fair Lawn Cutter Classic with seven individual titles (six by pin), the most out of any school that competed. Drew Nirchio (106), DJ Tirelli (120), Chris Kallensee (126), Danny Lynch (132), Cenzo Cariddi (138), Brendan Campbell (145) and four-time Cutter Classic winner Nick Baranello (195) all claimed titles with Baranello picking up the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler award. 

Nirchio, Tirelli, Kallensee, Lynch,Campbell and Baranello each won by a pin with Cariddi recording a 9-3 decision. River Dell defeated Mahwah 51-18 in the first dual meet of the season via two forfeit's, six pins and one decision.

Ice Hockey

The Hawks hit a rought spot of their schedule, dropping back-to-back games to Ridgewood 4-2, Dumont/Demarest 2-1 and Fair Lawn 2-0. Goalie Connor O'Reilly has stopped 66 shots this week as Jack Schaefer, Ben Shapiro and Nick Parke recorded the lone goals.

Twice this week, Bergen Catholic has had to come from behind for a win and tie and survive their difficult Gordon Conference schedule. The Crusaders scoring three times in just over a one minute span to defeat St. Peter's Prep, 4-3 on the road. Tucker James scored twice for the Crusaders, while Kyle Marano scored the game-winning goal late in the third period. Sam Field had the other tally. James netted a late third period goal for a 1-1 tie with Randolph. Gennero Anzevino stopped 40 shots between the pipes.


Bergen Catholic dropped their first meet of the season, a 95-75 decision by Demarest. The Crusaders were led by the 200 medley relay (Josh Sembrano, John Om, Sebastian Lopez, Liam Kelly); Sembrano in the 200 free and 100 back and Kelly in the 100 free.


BC placed 10th overall with 2,602 points in the Holiday Team Classic after defeating Lyndhurst 666-622 in the first round but fell to Hackensack in the quarterfinals. The Crusaders won their fifth straight match in the regular season handing Northern Highlands a 5-2 loss at T-Bowl Lanes. Patrick Sucero had the high series for BC with a 638, while Simon Lezaja rolled a high game of 222.

Indoor Track

Bergen Catholic opened their 2012-2013 indoor track season against national power St. Anthony's (NY) and produced first place finishes in the following events: Kyle Ellerson (55m), Dan Lynch (55HH), Jack Lippin (shot put) and Jack Hawkins (high jump).

Additional finishers included Mike Whalen (4th, 3200m; 5th 1500m), Mike Martinez (3rd, 55m), Brian Castro (4th, 55m; 5th 300m), Matt Morano (3rd, 1000m), Chris Sheldon (5th 1000m), Eddie Dehais (4th 300m), Rich Capone (7th, 300m), Chris Robinson (3rd 55HH), Cafasso, (4th, 55HH), Craig Scheuring (3rd, 600m), Lynch (6th 600m), Frank Minson (7th 1600m), Garret Hessman (2nd Discuss, 4th Shot), Lippin (2nd Discuss), Frank Ahearn (9th discuss, 4th shot), Matt Troya (6th long jump, 2nd triple jump), Hawkins (8th long jump, 3rd triple jump), Mike McGee (9th long jump, 5th triple jump, 2nd high jump), Marco Aranda (4th triple jump), Ted D'Amico (3rd pole vault), Mike More (6th pole vault), Corey Gitleman (8th pole vault), the 4X800 relay (4th), 4x400 relay (2nd) and 4x200 relay (2nd).

River Dell had six individuals and three relay teams place at the Spiked Shoe Holiday Festival, Armory Track Center in Manhatten. Anthony Tummino placed 6th in the shot put; Brandon Jurasin died for 2nd place in the high jump with Indian Hills Danny Thompson; Christian DeSanctis took first in the triple jump; Calivin Hartman was first in the pole vault; Bridget Brindley was sixth in the pole vault; and Laura Oh was second in the shot put. The boys 4x800 relay finished fifth with the girls' 4x800 relay in third and the sprint medley relay in 4th.


The Lady Hawks are 2-1 for the season after downing Ramsey, 38-28, in the opener and Mahwah 44-31 with a 30-28 loss to Summit in the Autism Speaks Benefit.

Bergen Catholic, plagued by turnovers and problems behind the arc, dropped their season opener 60-58 to DePaul in spite of a 24-point scoring spree in the final quarter. Gilberto Cue, after a scoreless first half, finished with a team-high 13 points, while PJ Reed scored 11 and Brian Ward 10.

River Dell is 2-0 after beating out rivals Ramsey, 58-51 and Mahwah, 62-55 as the Hawks are powered by Dan Desierdero and C.J. Doorn­heim.

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