Raritan High School
419 Middle Road
Hazlet, New Jersey 07730
732-264-8411
(Monmouth County)

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Mascot
Rockets

Colors
Green & Silver

Athletic Director
John DeGenito

Head Coach
Rob Nucci
(18th Season in 2019)

Assistants
Chris Villa '99
Dan Seidenberg '09
Dylan Seidenberg '15
Allen Mui '05
Melissa Gardner (Girls)


Section
CJ Group 2

Division
A-Central

District
21

Region
6



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TEAM TITLES

1 - Group 2 Title

3 - CJG2 Titles


8 - District Titles

16 -  Division Titles


INDIVIDUALS


11 State Placers
(Last: Pat Toal - 2014)

9 Region Champs
(Last: Benson & Wolf  -  2018

120 District Champs
(Last: 6 in 2018)

RECORDS

Career Wins - 158
Dan Seidenberg
(2006-2009)

Season Wins - 44
Dan Seidenberg
(2009)

100 WIN CLUB

Dan Seidenberg - 158
Russell Benson - 140
Ryan Lynch - 112
Dave Seidenberg - 109
TJ Mitchell - 107
Cody Mooney - 107
Dylan Seidenberg - 102
Matt Lindo - 101


George Burdick will enter the 2019 season with 100 wins





Raritan Wrestling

Overall Record:  0-0  /  Shore Conference:  0-0  /  A-Central:  0-0


Head Coach: Rob Nucci (18th Season / 352-94)

Returning Wins Leader From 2018
George Burdick (41-7)

Returning Career Wins Leader in 2019
George Burdick (100 wins)

Milestone Watch
Anthony Aquilano needs 27 wins to reach 100 for his career. 

Fun Fact
The Raritan program had 31 girls sign up for wrestling this season.

Where They Open
12/15: @ Caldwell Tournament

Circle The Date
1/23: @ St John Vianney  -  The Lancers ended the Rockets run of seven straight A-Central Championships last season. Raritan heads to Vianney for revenge.


2019 Season Preview

At first glance, one would think that a Group 2 school that lost six starters with at least 24 wins, including a pair of 41-bout winners, to graduation would be in pretty big trouble. But those expecting some sort of big drop off from one of the most consistent programs in the Shore, might be a bit disappointed.

Raritan received a huge contribution from their upperweights in 2018, and the majority of that group is back. Leading the way for the Green Machine up top are a senior trio of returning State Qualifiers. Justin Acevedo was under the radar pretty much all of last year in a lineup with a lot of big names, but all he did was record 32 wins and finish 2nd in Region 5. George Burdick was a bonus machine for the Rockets, with all but one of his 41 wins coming with bonus. Anthony Aquilano punched his AC ticket with a 4th place finish in the Region and finished with 34 wins. It's this trio, along with heavyweight Matt Spirko (27 wins), Charles Barrale (a District Champ in 2017), and James Ecklyn (15 wins), among others, gives the Rockets what should be one of the Shore's best crop of uppers.

With the graduation of four starters from the lower half of the lineup that combined for 128 wins, there will be some work to do. There were will be a few new faces being broken into the lineup, so the Rockets will rely on returning upperclass starters Mike Lonnay (21 wins / 3rd D20) and Cameron Rafalko (13 wins) to lead the way, especially early on. There is more experience back here too, with Aiden Dennehy and Jordan Rafalko, who split duties at 106 last season, as well as Matt Vargas and Vin Mangano, who saw action in the lineup, as well.

Since head coach Rob Nucci took over the program in 2002, Raritan has been one of the Shore Conference's most consistent teams, amassing 352 wins over that period. A number made more impressive in that, as a Group 2, the Rockets are one of the Shore's smaller schools, yet have consistently challenged the larger, powerful schools. As mentioned previously, there were some significant losses to graduation, but a big advantage for Raritan is they are loaded with talent in the upperweights, a spot where many teams are thin in numbers and overall talent. They're going to win a lot of matches through the big guys alone. Looking ahead to the dual season, the Rockets had a run of seven straight seasons as the A-Central Champs snapped by St John Vianney in 2018. No doubt, they have January 23rd circled on the calendar as there shot at payback against the Lancers. The Rockets' road to a repeat as CJG2 Sectional Champions got a lot tougher as 2018's overall Group 3 Champs, South Plainfield, has dropped down to Group 2 and into CJG2. Also joining CJG2 this season will be last season's SJG2 Champion, Pt. Boro, making the Section Raritan coasted through last season, now one of the State's toughest.












Possible Lineup in 2019
Wgt
 Wrestler
Record
2018
106
 (Fr) Alex Auletta


113
 (Sr) Aidan Dennehy
7-17

113
 (So) Jordan Rafalko
3-12

120
 (So) Matt Vargas
1-4

120
 (So) Perry Mangano


126
 (Jr) Mike Lonnay
21-17
3rd D20
126
 (Fr) Cole Bailey


132
 (Sr) Cameron Rafalko
13-20

138
 (Jr) Jake Spirko


138
 (Fr) Nick Cadoo


145
 (Jr) Vincent Mangano
6-4

152
 (Sr) James Ecklyn
15-8
3rd D20
160
 (Sr) Charles Barrale
5-6

160
 (Jr) Anthony Bailey
1-3

170
 (Sr) Anthony Aquilano
34-10
1st D20 / 4th R5
182
 (Sr) George Burdick
41-7
3rd D20 / 3rd R5
182
 (Jr) Nick Aquilano


195
 (Sr) Justin Acevedo
32-12
3rd D20 / 2nd R5
220
 (Jr) Kevin Lind
2-0

Hwt
 (Sr) Matt Spirko
27-9
2nd D20
                  
                                                      
                     
                                                                  



Graduated in 2018
Wgt
 Wrestler
Record
2018
113
 Robert Taddeo 24-17 1st D20
132
 Russell Benson 41-4 2nd SCT / 1st D20 / 1st R5
138
 AJ Erven 32-10 1st D20 / 2nd R5
145
 Christian Sookdeo 31-11 1st D20
152
 Andrew Bohal 8-3
152
 Nick Polaco 11-8
170
 Dylan Lonnay 24-12 2nd D20
220
 Ethan Wolf 41-4 3rd SCT / 1st D20 / 1st R5
              
                                      
               
                                                                   























































































































Raritan High School Wrestling