Tyler Vazquez of Delbarton wrestling defeats Anthony Santaniello in Beast of the East final

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Delbarton junior 132-pound Tyler Vazquez made a statement Sunday in the Beast of the East Wrestling Tournament Sunday at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.

Vazquez, the NJSIAA third-place finisher at 120 last season and 106 in 2020, defeated Brick Memorial junior and returning state champion Anthony Santaniello 6-5 in the 132-pound championship bout.

Vazquez was one of five Delbarton finalists.

Cross Wasilewski (126), Andy Troczynski (152) and Simon Ruiz (160) and Vincent Lee (182) were all defeated in finals.

It was just the second defeat of Santaniello's scholastic career. The other was to Kinnelon's Evan Mougalian in the 2020 NJSIAA 106-pound final. Santaniello won the NJSIAA 120-pound championship over Mougalian last season. Mougalian was the runner-up in the Beast of the East at 126 pounds Sunday.

Delbarton's Tyler Vazquez, shown wrestling St. Augustine's Kaden Naame in February, 2020, won the Beast of the East Tournament 132-pound championship Sunday with a win over Brick Memorial's Anthony Santaniello.
Delbarton's Tyler Vazquez, shown wrestling St. Augustine's Kaden Naame in February, 2020, won the Beast of the East Tournament 132-pound championship Sunday with a win over Brick Memorial's Anthony Santaniello.

In the first scholastic bout the two have wrestled against each other even though they competed at the same weight the last two seasons, Vazquez, the No. 2 seed, took down the top-seeded Santaniello less than 10 seconds into the bout.

He then fought off an attempted Peterson by Santaniello and held Santaniello to an escape later in the first period.

Vazquez reversed Santaniello in the first minute of the second period after Santaniello was close to turning him and increased the lead to 6-2 with a takedown off a front headlock late in the second period.

Santaniello closed to within 6-4 on a reversal in the third period and then rode Vazquez, but could not turn him. A stalling point in the final seconds accounted for the final score.

Five other Shore Conference medaled in the prestigious tournament.

Christian Brothers Academy sophomore Alex Nini and junior Julian George finished third at 120 and 138 pounds respectively.

George began the tournament as the No. 58 seed in the 64-man field and had advanced to the semifinal by defeating the No. 7, 39, 23 and 2 seeds. He then defeated the No. 44 and 12 seeds to finish third

Rumson-Fair Haven sophomore Hudson Skove finished sixth at 195, Middletown South junior Jack Zaleski was seventh at 126 and St. John Vianney freshman Patrick O'Keefe was eighth at 106.

Nini defeated Coleman Nogle of Mount St. Joseph 3-1 in the third-place bout. He had advanced to the third-place bout with a 1-0 win over Jack Consiglio of Malvern Prep in a wrestleback semifinal.

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Nini, the No. 5 seed, was defeated 2-1 in tiebreaker period No. 1 by eventual champion and No. 1 seed Mark Anthony McGowan of Blair Academy in the semifinal. McGowan rode Nini out in the first portion of the first tiebreaker period and then escaped in the second.

George defeated Delbarton's Alessio Perentin 5-4 in the third-place bout. He advanced to the third-place bout with a 6-1 win over Dom Findora of Downingtown West (Pa.) in a wrestleback semifinal after he was pinned by No. 3 seed Hunter Mason of Greeneville in the semifinal.

O'Keefe, Zaleski and Skove were all defeated in the quarterfinals.

Zaleski cradled and pinned St. Augustine's three-time state qualifier D'Amani Almodvar in the seventh-place bout.

O'Keefe finished eighth after he was defeated 3-1 in the seventh-place bout.

Skove medically forfeited the fifth-place bout.

Blair Academy crowned three straight champions in freshman Leo DeLuca (113), McGowan, who is a junior and sophomore Matthew Lopes (126) and another one in senior Daniel Wask (170)

Lopes defeated Mougalian 2-1 in the final.

Washliewski, the NJSIAA fifth-place finisher at 126 last season, was defeated 6-3 in tiebreaker period No. 1 by Ethan Mojena of Lake Highland Prep in the final.

Troczynski, the state champion at 152 last season, was majored 13-5 by Joe Sealey of Wyoming (Pa.) Seminary and Ruiz, the state runner-up at 145 last season, was defeated 5-4 by Jonathan Ley of Lake Highland Park in the final.

Lee was defeated 7-5 on a takedown with 23 seconds remaining in sudden victory period No. 1 by Kingsley Menifee of Fauquier. Lee, who as the No. 31 seed, had defeated the No. 2, 18, 7 and 3 seeds en-route to the final, tied it on a takedown with 10 seconds left in regulation.

Powerful Blair Academy had five champions, including three straight from 113-126 in freshman Leo DeLuca (113), McGowan, who is a junior and sophomore Matthew Lopes (126).

Lopes defeated Mougalian 2-1 in the final.

Blair's other champions were senior Daniel Wask (170) and senior and No. 1 seed Thomas Stewart (220).

Blair Academy won the team championshi with 269.5 points. Delbarton was second with 226.5 points.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Beast of the East Wrestling: Tyler Vazquez defeats Anthony Santaniello

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