Pennsylvania Claims 35 Beast of The East Medalists Including Three Champions

The Beast of The East is considered one of the toughest tournaments in the Nation for a reason – it features ten teams ranked in Intermat’s Fab 50 including the top three ranked teams; Blair Academy, Wyoming Seminary, and Bergen Catholic. The Pennsylvania contingent, in addition to National Prep power Wyoming Seminary, included nine State ranked teams; Bethlehem Catholic, Northampton Area, Nazareth Area, Chambersburg Area, Waynesburg Central, Saucon Valley, Notre Dame – Green Pond, Central Dauphin, and Garnet Valley. There was only one weight where a Pennsylvania wrestler failed to make the podium and two weights with five of the medalist all being from the Keystone State. Overall, it was an impressive performance for Pennsylvania who walked away with 35 Medalists including three Championship titles.Pennsylvania native JoJo Aragona (Pope John Paul XXIII, NJ) defended his #1 National Ranking by Flo as he downed Blair’s Travis Mastrogiovanni in the 138 pound finals (3-1) to capture his first ever Beast title. The Rutgers recruit was the first of three Champions from Pennsylvania as he was followed up BECAHI’s #1 Ryan Anderson at 145 pounds and senior #1 Ryan Vulakh (Pope John Paul II) at 152 pounds. For Anderson it was his second major title of the young season as he won the Ironman two weeks ago. Like Aragona, it was Ryan Anderson’s first career Beast of The East Championship after finishing as the runner-up in 2016. The PIAA State Champion, ranked #1 in the Nation by Flo, took out #8 Ricky Cabanillas (DePaul, NJ) in the finals (13-6) to win the 145 pounds bracket. 

Pope John Paul II senior and 2-time PIAA State Medalist Ryan Vulakh improved on his fifth place finish from a season ago to capture the 152 pound championship. Vulakh, ranked #1 in the State in Class AA, defeated fellow Pennsylvania wrestler Cole Handlovic (Bethlehem Catholic) in the finals (3-0). Handlovic, a junior, is ranked #1 in the State in Class AAA. Vulakh and Handlovic were two of five Pennsylvania wrestlers on the 152 pound podium – joined by fourth place Andrew Cerniglia (Notre Dame – Green Pond), fifth place Luca Augustine (Waynesburg Central), and sixth place Harry Hague (Malvern Prep). 

Another five Keystone State wrestlers earned top eight finishes at 160 pounds with Gettysburg junior and 2-time State Qualifier #7 Dylan Reinert taking third place. He entered as the 11th seed but took out the sixth seed and third seed (twice) en route to the third place finish. He was the highest placing Pennsylvania wrestler which included fifth place Matt Arciuolo (Saucon Valley), sixth place Luca Frinzi (Bethlehem Catholic), seventh place Michael Kistler (Northampton Area), and eighth place Nicholas Feldman (Malvern Prep). In the fifth place match Arciuolo, now at Saucon Valley, defeated his former BECAHI teammate and PIAA State Medalist Luca Frinzi (8-3).

In his first Tournament for Northampton since winning his second PIAA State Title in 2017 – senior Julian Chlebove finished in fifth place at 132 pounds. In the semifinals Chlebove took on 2017 Beast Champion Nick Ramio (Hanover Park, NJ) – a rematch of both the 2016 Beast of the East and 2017 Escape The Rock finals at 120 pounds. Chlebove won the 2016 Beast of the East by defeating Ramio (3-2) but was upended by him in the ETR finals a month later in January 2017. This time around Ramio once again took out the Konkrete Kid with a (5-1 SV) decision in overtime. In the fifth place match Chlebove dropped a (3-2) decision to fellow Pennsylvania wrestler and Wyoming Seminary junior Beau Bartlett.



106 lbs.

1st Place – Daniel Wask of Blair Academy

2nd Place – Erik Roggie of St Christophers

3rd Place – Joe Cangro of Bergen Catholic

4th Place – Joe Manno of St. Joes Regional

5th Place – Matt Vulakh of Pope John Paull II

6th Place – Evan Holloway of New Kent

7th Place – Gabe Giampietro of Smyrna

8th Place – Kenneth Crosby of St Vincent St Mary



113 lbs.

1st Place – Kurt McHenry of St Pauls School for Boys

2nd Place – Anthony Ferrari of Blair Academy

3rd Place – Nick Kayal of Bergen Catholic

4th Place – Troy Spratley of Wyoming Seminary

5th Place – Cooper Flynn of McDonogh

6th Place – Nico Nardone of Delbarton

7th Place – Dayton Delviscio of Malvern Prep

8th Place – Mike Tandurella of Don Bosco Prep



120 lbs.

1st Place – Nic Bouzakis of Lake Highland Prep

2nd Place – Eddie Ventresca of Pope John XXIII

3rd Place – Ryan Crookham of Notre Dame

4th Place – Anthony Clark of Delbarton

5th Place – Chris Barnabae of Mount St Joes

6th Place – Lachlan McNeil of Wyoming Seminary

7th Place – Trevor Mastrogiovanni of Blair Academy

8th Place – Will Guida of St Pauls School for Boys



126 lbs.

1st Place – Michael Colaiocco of Blair Academy

2nd Place – Dylan Shawver of Elyria

3rd Place – Robert Howard of Bergen Catholic

4th Place – Ryan Jack of Danbury

5th Place – Joey Olivieri of Hanover Park

6th Place – Brandon Wittenberg of Battlefield HS

7th Place – Drew Munch of Wyoming Seminary

8th Place – Nicky Cabanillas of DePaul Catholic



132 lbs.

1st Place – Shane VanNess of Blair Academy

2nd Place – Nicholas Raimo of Hanover Park

4th Place – Justin Rivera of Lake Highland Prep

5th Place – Beau Bartlett of Wyoming Seminary

6th Place – Julian Chlebove of Northampton

7th Place – Mick Burnett of Elyria

8th Place – Josh Jones of Saucon Valley



138 lbs.

1st Place – Joseph Aragona of Pope John XXIII

2nd Place – Travis Mastrogiovanni of Blair Academy

3rd Place – Marco Regalbuto of Brecksville

4th Place – Devon Britton of Northampton

5th Place – Dalton Harkins of Malvern Prep

6th Place – Craig Manno of St. Joes Regional

7th Place – Jackson Dean of Caesar Rodney

8th Place – Domenic Difrancescantonio of Hanover Park



145 lbs.

1st Place – Ryan Anderson of Bethlehem Catholic

2nd Place – Ricky Cabanillas of DePaul Catholic

3rd Place – Lucas Revano of Camden Catholic

4th Place – Connor Kievman of Wyoming Seminary

5th Place – Trey Howard of Waynesburg

6th Place – Kolby Allred of Great Bridge

7th Place – Jagger Condomitti of Northampton

8th Place – Connor Strong of Mount St Joes



152 lbs.

1st Place – Ryan Vulakh of Pope John Paull II

2nd Place – Cole Handlovic of Bethlehem Catholic

3rd Place – Nicholas Incontrera of Blair Academy

4th Place – Andrew Cerniglia of Notre Dame

5th Place – Luca Augustine of Waynesburg

6th Place – Henry Hague of Malvern Prep

7th Place – Enrique Munguia of Elyria

8th Place – Justin Phillips of Liberty Christian Academy



160 lbs.

1st Place – Domonic Mata of Blair Academy

2nd Place – Connor O`Neil of DePaul Catholic

3rd Place – Dylan Reinert of Gettysburg

4th Place – Vincent Andreano of Delbarton

5th Place – Matt Arciuolo of Saucon Valley

6th Place – Luca Frinzi of Bethlehem Catholic

7th Place – Michael Kistler of Northampton

8th Place – Nicholas Feldman of Malvern Prep



170 lbs.

1st Place – Julian Ramirez of Blair Academy

2nd Place – Luke Nichter of Chambersburg

3rd Place – Jake Stefanowicz of Wyoming Seminary

4th Place – Jake Evans of Elyria

5th Place – Angel Garcia of Mariana Bracetti Academy

6th Place – Nathan Warden of Christiansburg

7th Place – Luca Pontone of Belmont Hill

8th Place – Azeem Bell of AI DuPont



182 lbs.

1st Place – Chris Foca of Bergen Catholic

2nd Place – Jackson Turley of St Christophers

3rd Place – John Poznanski of Colonia

4th Place – Darrien Roberts of Wyoming Seminary

5th Place – Peyton Craft of Blair Academy

6th Place – Nicholas Florschutz of Malvern Prep

7th Place – Sam Fisher of Fauquier

8th Place – JT Davis of Smyrna



195 lbs.

1st Place – Albert Ferrari of Blair Academy

2nd Place – Jacob Cardenas of Bergen Catholic

3rd Place – Ethan Hatcher of Brecksville

4th Place – Zac Brown of Eastern View

5th Place – Mike Doggett of Wyoming Seminary

6th Place – Jack Wimmer of McDonogh

7th Place – Mason Kump of Independence

8th Place – Jackson Talbott of Central Dauphin



220 lbs.

1st Place – Owen Trephan of Blair Academy

2nd Place – Kyonte Hamilton of Georgetown Prep

3rd Place – Jake Kaminski of Wyoming Seminary

4th Place – Ryan Boyle of Rootstown

5th Place – Andy Smith of Christiansburg

6th Place – Niccolo Colucci of St Peter Prepatory

7th Place – Jarin Curtis of Perry (Massillon)

8th Place – PJ Casale of Delbarton



285 lbs.

1st Place – Isaac Righter of Mount St Joes

2nd Place – Jervey Sistrunk of Bound Brook

3rd Place – John Birchmeier of Broad Run

4th Place – Max Millin of Perry (Massillon)

5th Place – Nate Miller of Wyoming Seminary

6th Place – Coltin Deery of Garnet Valley

7th Place – Paul Liseno of St John Vianney

8th Place – Jase Crouse of Bethlehem Catholic



Top 10 Team Scores

1. Blair Academy, NJ  365.5
2. Wyoming Seminary, PA  238.5
3. Bergen Catholic, NJ  162.0
4. Mount St Joes, MD  133.0
5. Bethlehem Catholic, PA . 126.0
6. Delbarton, NJ  119.5
7. Lake Highland Prep, FL . 117.5
8. Northampton, PA  116.5
9. Elyria, OH  108.5
10. Malvern Prep, PA  107.5

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