Windt Rises to Next Level as WMC Wrestlers Beat Morristown

Jesse Windt won both his matches this week for the West Morris Central High School wrestling team against Morristown and Hanover Park, nothing less than what the team expected.

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Jesse Windt won both his matches this week for the West Morris Central High School wrestling team against Morristown and Hanover Park -- nothing less than what the team expected.  Last year, he was a solid starter, going 18-18 for the Wolfpack. This year, he’s taken his performance to new heights – even while making high honor roll in school.

Often wrestling up one or two weight classes to help the team (from 182 to 195 or 220), Windt is now 13-1 on the season. His only loss came in the finals of the ultra-competitive John Goles Tournament, versus Constantine Rissiotis of South Brunswick (who is 15-1).* Now a junior, Windt started the season winning the West Morris Central Wrestling Tournament, along with teammates Cory Fleming, David Migliaccio, Nick Matthews, Brandon Carcuffe and Adam Kratch. 

Along the way, Windt has been victorious against a series of powerhouse wrestlers, gaining bonus points for the Wolfpack (by pinning his opponent or winning by more than 7 points) in nine of his 13 wins – including five pins.

Not surprisingly, Windt was exceptionally dedicated in the off season. His intensive training included frequent workouts and private lessons with SIR Wrestling. Wind’ts father, Mike Windt, arranged for SIR to run sessions at West Morris Central during the off season, helping the entire team benefit from the training.

The Wolfpack won an exciting home match Wednesday versus Morristown, 38-24. Fleming, Migliaccio, Matthews, Carcuffe, John Sickles, Kratch, and Windt all contributed wins for the Wolfpack. But it was senior Scott DeBoey, returning from injury, who secured the win with a thrilling overtime victory. Nick Stanzione, also returning from injury, helped the Wolfpack by preventing bonus points against 11-5 Derek Campbell -- despite losing a gut-wrenching overtime match.

The team lost a heartbreaking thriller at Hanover Park Saturday, as controversy filled the air all night. Wolfpack parents loudly protested frequent dangerous moves – including Hanover’s state champion Anthony Cefolo’s perilous arm-bending on Mike Oros -- and numerous after-whistle throws not reined in by the referees.  Despite an exhilarating overtime fall by Zach McGuire and six more Wolfpack wins, WMC lost the match 30-27 on the evening’s final, controversial play.

With the Wolfpack leading by six team points, Hanover Park won the final bout via disqualification, resulting in a three team-point penalty for West Morris.  Hanover’s Zecca was winning, but needed more for a team victory. He hurled Anthony Rivera off the mat seconds after the whistle blew to stop the clock. Rivera charged Zecca in retaliation, resulting in the disqualification and the Hanover victory 30-27. Head coach Ken Rossi protested as Wolfpack parents booed loudly, and the home crowd cheered.  The team is now 6-3.

On Sunday, the team hosted the West Morris Central JV Tournament.  Junior Nick Stanzione triumphed at 113 with a gold, while sophomore Ben Piraneo (106) and freshman Ben Yaskulka (152) took home silver.  After winning a thrilling squeaker in the semi-finals, “Stanz” made quick work of his opponent in the finals, earning his place at the top of the podium by first-period pin.  It’s his second consecutive tournament title.

After pinning his first two opponents, Yaskulka lost in the finals to Roxbury senior Mike Larusso, a former varsity starter coming back from injury. Noah Yaskulka joined his brother and Piraneo with two wins (by fall) on the day, while Michael Brown (who placed 4th), Greg Ierokomos, Shea Owens and Cole Solsky all had their hands raised at the tournament.

The team’s next match is Tuesday 1/15 at home versus rival West Morris Mendham.  It's Wolfpack night, when Long Valley Wrestling youth program participants will be introduced to the home crowd at West Morris Central. The JV matches start at 5:30 PM, and varsity at 7 PM.  On Saturday the team  wrestles at North Warren High School, versus North Warren, Warren Hills and Hackettstown.

Visit the Wolfpack on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WMCwrestling.

*Note:   The National Wrestling Coaches Association Stat Tracker web site incorrectly attributes a 2nd lost to Windt, showing him with both a win via forfeit (which is correct) and a loss (which was a teammate’s) in a dual versus Morris Knolls.  A wrestler cannot wrestle twice in the same dual.

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Jerzeeflygirl January 15, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Wolfpack team wrestled strong, hard and most importantly fair. Sat night was riveting. As a parent who was at the Saturday night match it was frustrating to see how biased the refs from Hanover Parks match were.. Parents, team and coaches were all aware of the blatant unfair calls beg thrown out at Wolfpack.. That Hanover Park team, the coaches and the refs are dirty and corrupt and it is a shame that our team was subjected to all that. That was not an isolated match...it's been ongoing. It's disappointing to know that there will be no recourse to the refs for the blatant disregard and unfair hits that were given to our team. Those refs should be subjected to watching 3 hours of video and having to justify why they made the calls they did or did not...then should have their privileges suspended. I have been told that most teams have their refs picked randomly..apparently Hanover Park uses the same ones on a regular basis....Shameful and disgusting..And a big BOO to Hanover Park coaches for allowing their team to continue that poor behavior..
Jerzeeflygirl January 15, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Refs #227 AND #267.............. 50 Shades of Shady Grey!
johnbanta January 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Shameful and disgusting that our wrestler selfishly threw a punch at a HP wrestler and cost his team the match. Put the blame for the loss where it belongs.
Jerzeeflygirl January 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Johnbanta.....were YOU there? DID you see the 3 hours that our team was forced to take it on the chin with dirty moves and pushing? You disgust me with that comment! I put the blame on the Hanover team and most importantly the refs for allowing it to continue... NOT ONE LONG VALLEY parent that I spoke to that night felt our wrestler was at fault...Our team was forced to take it....I don't blame him...it was frustrating... Unless you know the facts...STFU!
Jerzeeflygirl January 16, 2013 at 01:05 PM
That team even had Hanover won that last match they would have still lost by team points... We were penalized with an UNPRECEDENTED 3 point penalty....Unfair.... our wrestler was SHOVED off that mat AFTER the whistle blew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hanover park is dirty and it goes from their HS down to their rec program. Even the Police officers were appalled at the penalty given to us. Obviously you are cut from the same mold the parents are from the opposing team... They saw no problem or wrong doing in their teams pushing and shoving of wrestlers off the mat. We don't need people like you in the stands....stay home...
David Yaskulka January 16, 2013 at 03:43 PM
My $.02: -johnbanta, you are right, the WMC wrestler deserves blame, and should not have done what he did. -but Jerzeeflygirl is also right -- if you were in the audience, I believe you would not call his actions shameful or disgusting, in the context of what went on the entire night, and to this WMC wrestler in particular. I feel most WMC parents knew what our wrestler should have done. But few were certain they could have done better if they were in his place.
johnbanta January 16, 2013 at 10:16 PM
The WMC wrestler threw a punch at the other wrestler, and you don't place any blame on him? If he is such a tough guy, why didn't he retaliate on the mat? I fear for your children if this is the type of personal responsibility (or lack thereof) that you are teaching them.
Jerzeeflygirl January 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Riiiiiight...again...you weren't there..Ohhhh a dig on child rearing now....PRICELESS..... We are going to agree to disagree....... For the last time he was shoved off the mat into the bleachers seconds after the whistle was blown....and that is acceptable? Do us all a favor....go back into your world with rose colored glasses, tree hug and sing Kumbaya. Maybe when you grow a set you will understand that you can only poke the sleeping bear so long.
Jerzeeflygirl January 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM
You there JohnyB are in essence advocating the behavior of the other team and making it seem "acceptable". I fear for the safety and well being of other peoples children if you happen to have to have spawned your own. In a nut shell it's bullying on a team sport level... Bravo......you are one fine individual!!
Hope Fleming January 17, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Sorry Jerzeeflygirl It was EAST Hanover not Hanover. Hanover has and forever will never want to be associated with East Hanover. Unfortunetly since the late 60's the highschools remain under the same district.
Hope Fleming January 17, 2013 at 12:39 AM
East Hanover, Livingston, Florham Park go to Hanover Park HS, East Hanover NJ Whippany, Cedar Knolls go to Whipany Park HS, Whippany, Hanover Twsp, NJ
Jerzeeflygirl January 17, 2013 at 12:41 AM
I stand corrected Hope...I thought that "Hanover Park" automatically meant East Hanover and had no clue that they were under the same district and I can understand why Hanover would never want to be associated with East Hanover.
Hope Fleming January 17, 2013 at 12:44 AM
: )
johnnyb January 17, 2013 at 04:16 PM
I most certainly am not advocating the behavior of the other team. What you are doing is stating that the poor behavior of the WMC wrestler was justified by the poor behavior of the EH wrestler. If you want to teach your children that when they are confronted with poor behavior they should respond with even poorer behavior that is up to you. Good day to you.
Jerzeeflygirl January 17, 2013 at 06:35 PM
JohhnyB ( exasperaing sigh...)sorry but you present yourself as closed minded or at least single minded focusing ONLY on that on event at the last and final event of the match. You fail to acknowledge the fact that the other team multiple times and I emphasize MULTIPLE times engaged in poor behavior in which the refs chose to show a blind eye and 3 hours of that invoked that last incident. You have your opinion and I have mine. I stand behind this team and our wrestler.. While his action was not in his or the teams best interest it happened..ALL because the home team wrestled DIRTY over a 3 hour time frame...THAT MY DEAR IS THE POINT! Peace out!
johnnyb January 17, 2013 at 06:58 PM
You present yourself as no-minded. So if the poor behavior of the other party lasts for 3 hours, then our children have the right to react with even poorer behavior? I see. Thanks for the clarification.
Richard Vernon January 17, 2013 at 08:19 PM
John Bender: I wanna be just like you. I figure all I need, is a lobotomy and some tights. Brian Johnson: You wear tights? Andrew Clark: No I don't wear tights. I wear the required uniform. Brian Johnson: Tights. Andrew Clark: Shut up.
Hope Fleming January 17, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Jerseyflygirl-there is no way you can win the battle of dirty wrestling in EAST HANOVERs Hanover Park. It has been that way for over 30 years and unfortunetly the refs that ref the home matches are from that area. I doubt very much that you will see the two that were there at any other match. Hanover Park has had its history of dirt and has never washed it away, you will see the difference when they are at County or Districts the true refs do not put up with it.


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