Bergen Catholic to host St. Anthony's (N.Y.)
Two of the top wrestling teams in the tri-state clash on Saturday afternoon, when Bergen Catholic hosts St. Anthony’s of Long Island.
The meet is slated to begin between 1:30 and 2 p.m. and will be shown live on MSGVarsity.com.
The Crusaders have had an impressive start to their season, as they placed seventh overall at the 102-team field at the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament, the second highest finish of any Jersey team behind national power and tournament champion Blair Academy.
Most recently, BC captured the 16th Bergen County Team Championship in program history, doing so in dominant fashion as four wrestlers claimed individual titles, and a record seven Crusaders advanced to the finals. The Scarlet and Gold won the team title by more than 60 points, and have now claimed a county championship in 10 of the past 14 years.
Freshman Nick Suriano is ranked No. 1 in the nation at 106 lbs, and has already claimed his fair share of championship hardware. Suriano became the first-ever BC wrestler to win the Beast of the East Tournament, and also won a thrilling BCCA championship.
Junior Johnny Sebastian is ranked No. 8 in the nation at 182 lbs and once again claimed a BCCA Championship, his third straight title in as many years. The state champion also placed third at the Beast of the East, his second top three finish.
Junior Tyler Casamenti (113 lbs) and sophomore Laurien Anghelina (138 lbs) each claimed their first BCCA titles, as the BC program dominated the awards podium, placing nine wrestlers in the top three of their respective weight classes.
Meanwhile, the Friars have been the class of the New York Catholic wrestling scene for the past couple of years. Last year St. Anthony's boasted a state champion in Jamel Hudson capturing the crown in the 132-pound division.
St. Anthony's has had a slow start to its 2012-13 dual meet season, winning only one of its first three meets. Its only victory came on Dec. 15 in the Wyoming Seminary Dual Meet in a 60-15 victory over the Pennsylvania-based school.
Expect a strong showing from John Vrasidas in the 170-pound division. Two of his three dual meet victories have come via a pinfall, and he will look to complete for a state tournament slot come February.
MSG Varsity's Tom Liodice and Bergen Catholic's Dan Long contributed to this report.