The state wrestling tournament starts Friday in Atlantic City and features several Timber Creek competitors.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Brandon Keller received a top seed for the NJSIAA state wrestling tournament, March 8-10 in Atlantic City.
Four Timber Creek Regional High School wrestlers will grapple for a state title beginning this week in Atlantic City. The wrestlers learned their seeds Monday morning, NJ.com reports. Appearing in the state tournament are: 113 pounds, bottom bracket: John Amato (No. 5) 138 pounds, bottom bracket: Brandon Keller (No. 1) 152 pounds, top bracket: Dom Ruggierrio (No. 4) 160 pounds, top bracket: Bryce Shade (No. 2) The state tournament will unfold at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall March 8, 9 and 10. The final wrestler standing in each weight class will be crowned a state champion. Tickets are on sale via ticketmaster.com for the tournament. For the full wrestling state tournament seeds, visit NJ.com’s coverage.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Brandon Keller is a four-time District 30 Wrestling Tournament champion.
Brandon Keller has had the same vision ever since he emerged as a standout wrestler his freshman year at Timber Creek Regional High School. He sees himself as standing on the top of the podium in Atlantic City, crowned as a state champion. “You have to (have that vision). If you are not picturing yourself on the top of that podium, then you are not going to be on the top of the podium,” Keller said. “As a freshman, I pictured myself at the top when I placed and every year I have done that. It doesn’t matter who is in front of you, if you step on the line and wrestle your match, you can beat anyone.” Keller took the first step toward achieving that goal Saturday, claiming his fourth District 30 Wrestling Tournament championship. Keller …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Highland's Tom Nolan is one of 25 local athletes who advanced to the semifinals.
Tom Nolan only competed in six matches this season, and even though he won five of them, little was known about the Highland Regional High School junior. That changed on Friday. Nolan, a No. 7 seed, recorded the biggest upset of the NJSIAA District 30 Wrestling Tournament, defeating No. 2 Emanuel Mitchell, of Winslow, 5-1. Nolan’s victory shook up the 170-pound bracket. He will take on Timber Creek’s Keith Bauberger in the semifinals with the winner advancing to the district final. While Nolan’s victory was one of the biggest storylines of the night, he was far from the only local athlete to make a statement. Highland, Timber Creek and Triton combined to advance 25 wrestlers into today’s semifinal round. The Tartan’s led the way with 11 …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Timber Creek has six No. 1 seeds in the tournament.
The Timber Creek Regional High School wrestling team has made the District 30 Wrestling Tournament its own competition the last two years, capturing 13 individual titles. The Chargers are hoping this year provides more of the same. The NJSIAA released the District 30 brackets Thursday and, as expected, there are plenty of top-seeded Chargers on the list. Timber Creek has six wrestlers who earned the top slot in their weight class: John Amato, Isiah DeGuzman, Brandon Keller, Brandon Virgilio, Dom Ruggerrio and Bryce Shade. All expect DeGuzman and Virgilio are defending district champions. Standing in their way will be a host of wrestlers from Highland and Triton who have their own title aspirations. Highland's Martel Harrison is the No. 3 …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
John Amato strives to not only make it back to the state tournament, but find success there.
After pulling off a tremendous come-from-behind win in the 106-pound final of the Region 8 wrestling tournament last spring, John Amato was on top of the world. The Timber Creek High School grappler had achieved his goal of becoming a region champion and was on his way to show the rest of New Jersey what he was all about at the state tournament. That part of the equation didn’t work out too well. “I went to states and I went downhill,” said Amato. “I went 0-2 and I wasn’t expecting it.” Amato’s short stay at the state meet stuck with him for much of the offseason. While he was happy to have earned a chance to compete at that level, he also knew he was capable of more. So he intensified his training in the offseason, gained a little weight …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Timber Creek wrestling team got all they could handle from Highland in a 31-22 victory.
When a final wrestling bout of Friday night’s match between Highland Regional High School and Timber Creek came to a close, fans of the victorious Chargers rose to their feet to applaud a hard-fought victory. At the same time, fans of the Tartans also stood up and let their wrestlers know that only on the scoreboard was Friday night’s match considered a loss. Timber Creek reaffirmed its place as the area’s dominating wrestling team with a 31-22 victory over Highland, while the Tartans proved that youth doesn’t mean weakness in a valiant effort. On a night filled with drama, excitement, loud crowd noise and even a few bursts of temper, just about everyone left Timber Creek satisfied. “I love these kids,” Highland coach Mike Davidson said. “…
Sunday, March 11, 2012
This Timber Creek athlete charged ahead on the wrestling mats, grappling his way to the state finals.
Although already respected as one of the area’s top wrestlers, Timber Creek junior Brandon Keller took his reputation to a new level when he won his third Region 8 title and made it all the way to the state finals. The result will be surreal expectations in his senior season that will be extremely hard to match or surpass. Yet, Keller said the expectations from the wrestling community are nothing compared to what he expects from himself. “I’m going to have pressure from outside people, but I have pressure from myself, too,” he said. “The outside stuff won’t bother me because it’s nothing more than the pressure I put on myself. It’s not like outside people will tell me something I don’t believe myself.” Keller—Gloucester Township Patch's …
Monday, March 5, 2012
The winter sports season has come to an end for Highland, Timber Creek and Triton.
The winter season officially came to a close for all Black Horse Pike Regional teams this past week. The last seven days saw the playoffs come and go for five basketball teams, while a pair of Timber Creek wrestlers demonstrated that they are among the best in the state. Before we turn our attention to the spring season, we take one final look at the winter in this edition of Week in Review. BOYS' BASKETBALL After ending the season on a four-game losing streak, things looked bleak for Triton entering the playoffs. Yet, whatever momentum was lost during that slide didn’t stop the No. 11 Mustangs from knocking off No. 6 Clearview, 56-45, in the opening round of the Group 4 playoffs. Brian Keller led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds. …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Brandon Keller falls to South Plainfield’s Scott DelVecchio, 3-1, in the 132-pound championship.
When Timber Creek wrestler Brandon Keller returns to the mat next season for his senior year, he will do so as one of the top-regarded wrestlers in the state, regardless of weight. He will have the chance to push his career win total above 140 and can put the final touches on a legacy that could result in him being regarded as the greatest wrestler to ever come out of Timber Creek. He will also return looking to accomplish a goal he came ever-so-close to achieving on Sunday: winning a state title. Keller saw his title hopes dashed Sunday afternoon as he was defeated by South Plainfield’s Scott DelVecchio, 3-1, in the 132-pound championship bout at the State Wrestling Tournament in Atlantic City. Keller, who finished the season 35-6 and …