Nottingham’s Andaluz takes 2nd in Region 6 to earn second straight trip to Atlantic City

Nottingham’s Jerry Andaluz (right) stands in second place on the podium after the third-seeded Northstar made it to the Region 6 finals before losing. Andaluz is making his second straight trip to the states. 

By Rich Fisher

Feb. 23:
He’s baaaack!

Jerry Andaluz did not reach his goal of winning a regional championship, but he has a chance to make up for that as he is making his second straight trip to the NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships in Atlantic City.

As a third-seed, Andaluz reached the 152-pound finals at today’s Region 6 Tournament before being pinned by Monroe’s 4th-seeded Ian McCabe in the second period.

“He was a man on a mission until he got caught in a headlock,” Northstars coach Jason “The Rock” Marasco said. “I think Jerry wins if that doesn’t happen. I watched the kids wrestle the last couple of days. I think Jerry is a better all-around wrestler.”

Andaluz had a first-round bye and then pinned Trenton’s Tee Lormia in 3:46 before decisioning Allentown’s Nicholas Golden, 6-2, in the semifinals to secure his second straight trip to AC.

Nottingham’s Jim “The Boulder” Becker was named the Region 6 Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Northstar was Hamilton Township’s lone wrestler to reach states. Hamilton West’s 6th-seeded Daniel Ornosky, who upset 3rd-seed Joseph Teresi of Ocean Township in the quarterfinals; and Steinert’s 5th-seeded Thomas Waslyenko, who upset 4th-seeded Matt Spirko, both lost in their semifinal bouts and could not wrestle back to the third-place final. Nottingham had another bright spot on the day, as Jim “The Boulder” Becker was named Region 6 Assistant Coach of the Year.

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.