Rotunda becomes PJ wrestling's all-time wins leader

By ANTHONY SPAULDING
Director of Communications
Pope John XXIII Regional High School
anthonyspaulding@popejohn.org

SPARTA — Pope John XXIII Regional High School senior wrestler Jake Rotunda became the school’s all-time wins leader on Saturday while picking up three victories during the wrestling team’s sweep of a quad featuring Delaware Valley (Pa.), St. John Vianney and Don Bosco Prep at Pope John XXIII Regional High School.

In the Lions’ 60-9 win over Delaware Valley in the first match, Rotunda earned an 8-4 decision over Mikey McKinney at 132 pounds to notch his 110th career victory and surpass former state champion Brian Unkert’s program-best mark. Unkert had held the record for 28 years after going 109-8-1 from 1986-90, including 29-0 in his senior year during which he won the state title at 145 —the last time any Pope John wrestler won a state crown.

“It’s a pretty good feeling to be in the record books for the school,” Rotunda said. “It’s something to be proud of.”

Rotunda, who is one of only six Pope John wrestlers with 100 career wins along with Unkert, Devin Perez (102-19), Chris Castro (101-23-2), Sam Chey (100-22) and Austin Sisco (100-45), added two more wins in the Lions’ victories over St. John Vianney (59-12) and Don Bosco Prep (58-10) to improve to 112-22 for his career and 22-4 on the season. Rotunda, who recently became a three-time Hunterdon Warren Sussex Tournament champion, posted a 15-0 technical fall over St. John Vianney’s Gabe Jones and a 12-4 major decision over Don Bosco’s Nick Franco.

He also helped the Lions, ranked No. 5 in both the New Jersey Wrestling Writers Association Top 20 poll and NJ.com Top 20 poll, move their record to 10-1 overall.

Besides Rotunda, junior JoJo Aragona is now two wins shy of 100 for his career after also posting three wins in the quad for the Lions. Aragona currently stands at 98-5 for his career.

The Lions will look to keep up their winning ways on Tuesday when they take on Mount Olive in a NJAC American Division clash.

Pope John 58, Don Bosco Prep 10

106: Shane Percelay (PJ) won by forfeit
113: Eddie Ventresca (PJ) tech. fall. Michael Tandurella, 17-2
120: Kaya Sement (PJ) dec. William Grater Jr., 4-0
126: Matthew Garcia (PJ) maj. dec. Kenneth Langenmayr, 9-1
132: Jake Rotunda (PJ) maj. dec. Nick Franco, 12-4
138: JoJo Aragona (PJ) maj. dec. Jean Carlos Sanjuan, 15-5
145: Robbie Garcia (PJ) tech. fall. Christian Jimenez, 15-0
152: Ryan Cawood (DB) pin. Cosmo Esposito, n/a
160: Joe Arbolino (PJ) pin. Torin Jacobs, n/a
170: James Swentzel (PJ) pin. Lucio Biancamano, n/a
182: Reece Muldoon (PJ) won by forfeit
195: Jake Brown (PJ) dec. Luke Chakonis, 3-1
220: Peter Acciardi (DB) maj. dec. Chris Jhong, 18-4
285: Jack Morelli (PJ) pin. Jack Swords, n/a
Records: Don Bosco Prep 3-5, Pope John 10-1

 

Pope John 59, St. John Vianney 12

106: Shane Percelay (PJ) pin. Nick Cammarano, n/a
113: Eddie Ventresca (PJ) won by forfeit
120: Kaya Sement (PJ) dec. Tyler Pepe, 7-2
126: Matthew Garcia (PJ) dec. Seth Rotondella, 4-3
132: Jake Rotunda (PJ) tech. fall. Gabe Jones, 15-0
138: JoJo Aragona (PJ) pin. Giovanni Fernandes, n/a
145: Robbie Garcia (PJ) pin. Isaac Holt, n/a
152: Blake Clayton (SJV) dec. Cosmo Esposito, 9-6
160: Joe Arbolino (PJ) won by forfeit
170: James Swentzel (PJ) won by forfeit
182: Quinn Muldoon (PJ) pin. Nicholas Caracappa, n/a
195: Jake Brown (PJ) pin. Josiah Walker, n/a
220: Steven Giannios (SJV) dec. Chris Jhong, 7-2
285: Paul Liseno (SJV) pin. Jack Morelli, n/a
Records: St. John Vianney 9-1, Pope John 9-1

Pope John 60, Delaware Valley (Pa.) 9

106: Shane Percelay (PJ) dec. Travis Norman, 6-0
113: Eddie Ventresca (PJ) pin. Preston Machado,n/a
120: Kaya Sement (PJ) tech. fall. Joe Casella, 17-2
126: Matthew Garcia (PJ) tech. fall. William Gianesses, 15-0
132: Jake Rotunda (PJ) dec. Mikey McKinney, 8-4
138: JoJo Aragona (PJ) pin. Jack Dardia, n/a
145: Robbie Garcia (PJ) pin. Damien Lobello, n/a
152: Cosmo Esposito (PJ) dec. Shawn Davis, 4-1
160: Joe Arbolino (PJ) pin. Gavin Brazanskas, n/a
170: Jason Henderson (DV) dec. James Swentzel, 16-12
182: Reece Muldoon (PJ) tech. fall. Shane Fagan, 15-0
195: Jake Brown (PJ) pin. Ryan Wehner, n/a
220: John McCarthy (DV) pin. Cole Zydel, n/a
285: Jack Morelli (PJ) pin. Dave Kharatishvili, n/a
Records: Delaware Valley (Pa.) 9-2, Pope John 8-1

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