Elite Wrestling New Jersey
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Head Trainer & Club Director: Steve Rivera

photo“With over 20 years competitive wrestling and over 20 years advance training wrestlers, I am confident that I can increase your wrestlers efficiency and effectiveness on the mat. The results are proven in every CHAMPION I’ve helped develop”… ” And the list of Champions continues to grow “

~Steve Rivera – Director – Head Trainer

USAW-NJ Bronze Certified

HIGH SCHOOL
NJSIAA State Tournament Outstanding Wrestler (1987)
NJSIAA State Champion (1987)
2x NJSIAA State Finalist (1986,1987)
1x Region 6 Champ (1987)
2x Region 6 Finalist (1986,1987)
2x District 21 Champ (1986,1987)

COLLEGE
1x NCAA National Champion (1992)
4x NCAA All American (8,3,2,1) (1989-92)
3x Metropolitan Conference Champ
Trenton State College (TCNJ) Team Captain (1986,1987)

POST COLLEGE
NCAA National Hall of Fame Champions
Top 50 NJ Wrestlers of all time
Manalapan High School Hall of Fame Inductee
Region VI Hall of Fame Inductee
Central Connecticut State University Assistant Coach (1993-1994)
Toms River Wrestling Club Coach (1996-2002)
3x Jersey Shore Wrestling League Champions (2000,2001,2002)
Manalapan Mat Rats Inc. (2001-2005)
(B Division Monmouth County League Champs)
Elite Wrestling Club (1992-1994 -Glastonbury, CT)
Elite Wrestling Club (1994-2002 -Toms River, NJ)
Elite Wrestling Club (2003-Present -Jackson, NJ)
2x Jersey Shore HS Summer League Champs
2004 Head Coach Team NJ-Shore NHSCA Team Duals
2004 Charlie Perez Banquet Guest Speaker
Multiple NHSCA National Team Duals Quarter Finalists
Owner & Webmaster: www.njwrestlingtournaments.com
2006- Present Proud Team Member of UFC Team Frankie Edgar
2011 UFC Lightweight World Champions “Frankie Edgar”
2013 Winner UFC The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 Assistant Coach Team Edgar
2015 UFC Featherweight #1 Contender “Frankie Edgar”
2015 New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
2015- Present USA Wrestling – NJ VP Kids
2016 NJ’s Second Father-Son State Champions (1987 Steve & 2016 Sebastian)

Coaching Staff

Scott Winston – ELITE JACKSON Scott Winston is arguably one of the best high school wrestlers New Jersey has ever produced. Three (3) time State Champion, (2) State OW, Fargo Champ, Super32 Champ, NHSCA Senior Champ. 137 wins – 0 losses. Four (4) time NCAA Qualifier for Rutgers University.

Ryan Lyons – ELITE JACKSON US Military Freestyle National Champion for the Marines. Ryan wrestled for me in High School (Central Regional) then went on to wrestle for short periods at Lock Haven & Johnson Wales before deciding Military was his path. Competed at 87Kg so he’s a great addition to the upper weight coaching/wrestling staff.

BJ Young – ELITE JACKSON Home grown from Middle School age, BJ has always been a focused and determined minded person. With a successful high school career at Jackson Memorial he found his glory stride in College. A 3x All American for the Wolves placing 2nd, 2nd and 6th at the NCAA’s for D2 powerhouse Newberry College in South Carolina. Today he still owns the all-time wins record with 143.

Ethan Waller – ELITE – JACKSON & LINCROFT District, Region Champ, NJSIAA State Place Winner, A childhood friend of mine, Ethan and I grew up on the local mats. Currently he is the Manalapan Mat Rats coach and doing a great job of bringing that program back. Ethan brings fun and a great attitude to the game and his accomplishments show he knows how to get it done.

Vincent Dellefave – ELITE – TOMS RIVER 2013 and 2014 NCAA Division 1 National Qualifier, Vinnie and I started way back when he was a puppy. Winning several youth state championships and then going onto high school winning districts 3x, Regions 4x and 4x NJSIAA State place winner (3,2,1,1). Graduated High School as one of the top recruit in the country at 119lbs, chose Rutgers University. Graduated with Bachelor of Arts Labor Relations & Employment. We are excited to have him on board.

Frank EdgarELITE – TOMS RIVER One of Elite’s original students, wrestled for Toms River East HS then Clarion University, 2x NJISAA State Place Winner, 2003 FreeStyle All-American, EWL Champion, 4x NCAA Qualifier, UFC 155lbs Lightweight World Champion, Rutgers University Assistant Wrestling coach. As you know Frankie is real busy these days concentrating on his UFC career but he’s around.

Hayden Hrymack – ELITE – TOMS RIVER Rutger’s graduate 2016 NCAA Championships qualifier … 2016 Big Ten Championships placewinner, finishing sixth … 2015 Midlands Championships placewinner (sixth) … 2015 Academic All-Big Ten selection. Prior to Rutgers: Placed fifth at the 2012 NJSIAA Championships, compiling an outstanding 46-2 senior season record at 195 pounds … led the CBA squad with 27 pins in his final prep season … repeated as District 22 champion, advancing to win Region Six … won District 22 as a junior in 2011 after placing third as a sophomore in 2010 … compiled a 31-6 record as a junior at 189 pounds

Dan Seidenberg – ELITE LINCROFT Like the others Danny wrestled for me as a youth and high school wrestler. At one point Danny had the NJ all time wins at 153. District, Region Winner. He was a 3 time state place winner. He placed 3rd and 2nd two times. Went on to wrestle for Rutgers, started, qualified for Nationals and graduated.

John Post – ELITE LINCROFT John isn’t one of my wrestlers but as I coached against him I have always been impressed with his ability to coach and get great things out of the kids. Years back I approached him with the Elite opportunity and he’s been amazing from day one.

Doug Hamann – ELITE JACKSON Home -grown is a common theme with my club staff and Doug is no different. Since our early meeting at Manalapan Mat Rats and now through Rutgers and TCNJ, Doug has always been very technical and motivated to share. Now with his TCNJ All American honors he has proven to be one of the best in the country and we are thrilled to add him to our stacked staff.

Matt PletcherELITE JACKSON & HAMILTON & LINCROFT Eastampton NJ, Matt Wrestled and Graduated from Rutgers University last year, As a Senior Matt Pletcher took home the Nist-Sachsel Memorial trophy as the Most Improved Wrestler. He also earned a wildcard bid to the NCAA Championships in the 165-pound weight class. He completed his collegiate career as one of the winningest wrestlers in school history with 77 career victories, ranking him 21st all-time at Rutgers. Pletcher finished with a 33-13 record in his final season, including a 21-3 mark in dual action. He placed fourth at the EIWA Championships.

Blaine Woszczak – ELITE – JACKSON Elite Trained in HS. NJSIAA State Place- Winners, 3x D3 All American. Ithaca College 2009-10: Woszczak was the nation’s top-ranked wrestler during most of the season and earned all-America honors with his second consecutive fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He won 38 matches – matching Ithaca’s second-highest single-season total – and became the first Bomber to reach 100 career victories during his junior season. Woszczak won his first career conference title, beating four opponents at the ECWC Championships. He also won individual titles at both the season-opening Ithaca Invitational and York’s Spartan Classic (earning Most Outstanding Wrestler at the latter), helping the Bombers win team crowns at both events. He earned all-state recognition by placing fourth at the New York State Championships for the second year in a row. Woszczak was named an NWCA Scholar All-American and earned a spot on the inaugural ECWC All-Academic Team. He led Ithaca in victories, major decisions and technical falls.

Fred Pontoriero – ELITE – JACKSON Attended McDaniels and Wagner College, now two years on staff with Elite Wrestling, Fred has proven to be a strong asset to both the Youth and High School classes. With 20 years wrestling at this point and now 3-0 in his Amateur MMA Career, Fred continues to evolve as a competitor and trainer and we love having him.

These are guys that have stopped through Elite over the years.

Chad Walsh – Rider – All American
Anthony Ashnault – Rutgers – 2x All American
Anthony Perrotti – Rutgers – 2x All American
Jason Welsh – Northwestern – All American
Joey McKenna -Stanford – All American
Nick Suriano – Penn State – 4x NJ State Champ
Sean Gray – Virginia Tech – 2x All American
Darren Schulman – Syracuse – All American, State Champ
Joe Favia – Stevens Institute – All American
Joe Pollard – Rutgers Assistant Coach
Matt Oliver – Newberry – All American, State Champ
BJ Young – Newberry – 2x All American
Bubba Jenkins – National Champ – Arizona State
Max Askren – National Champ – Missouri
Ryan Morningstar – 2x All American – Iowa
Tom Brands- National Champ, World Champ, Olympic Champ
Doug Schwab- National Champ, RPW Champ, World Champ, Olympian
Donnie Pritzlaff- National Champ, RPW Champ, World Champ, Olympian
Joe Dubuque- National Champ – Indiana
Damain Hahn – Cornell Assistant, National Champ, World Champ
Scott Winston – 3x NJ State Champ, Undefeated: NJ’s Best
Dave SantaMaria – 3x NJ State Finalist
Royce Alger – National Champ, Pan-American Champion, 2x Big 10 Champion
Cory Cooperman – Lehigh, College: EIWA Champ, 2x All-American,
Royce Alger – 2x NCAA Champion, Pan-Am Champion, 2x Big 10 Champion
Vin Salek – TRE State Champion, 3x State Place Winner
Scott Goodale – Rutgers University Head Coach
Duey Withstanley – State Champ, Jackson Memorial Head Coach
Dante Puorro – Rutgers University
Matt Anderson – Lehigh University
Blaine Woszcak – Ithaca College, NJSIAA Place Winner, NCAA All-American
Luke Lanno – 3x NJSIAA Place Winner, Lock Haven University
Ron Laycock – TR South Head Coach
Craig Salvatore – Assistant JMHS, Real Pro Wrestling Competitor
Bill Terrel – USAW Director of Coaching
Damian Logan – All American University of Michigan
Rick Rivera – 2x State Place Winner
Dan Transue – All American Springfield College
Ethan Waller – State Place Winner, NE National Judo Champ
Tim Jacoutot – 3x DivIII National Champ
Ben Wissel – Purdue University
Jimmy Kirschner – State Champ, Rider University Rookie
Mark DeStefano – Rider University
Mike DeStefano – All American Trenton State
Steve Mays – 119 lbs./54 kg – Greco – TEAM USA