Hanover Park, NJ; Saturday December 20, 2008: Hanover Park High School recently held its annual varsity boys wrestling tournament.
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SEMIFINALS, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th PLACES
By Anthony Caruso III for NJSI.net
Cody Wallace, a Senior Moorestown High School Offensive Lineman, recently took time to do a Q & A feature interview with njsi.net. His Q & A feature interview is about his playing career.
njsi.net: Could you talk about your overall experience playing football for Moorestown High School?
Cody Wallace: “It was a great experience the past couple of years, especially with the coaches. We had a great coaching staff and they really worked hard to help us (the players). They brought out the best in all of the players. It’s a great team to play for and a great town to play for.”
njsi.net: Your head coach at Moorestown High School is Russ Horton. Could you talk about playing for him the past few years?
CW: “He’s a really great coach to play for. He sets high standards and you really have to play hard. He’s a really good guy to play for, and he brings out the best in most of the players.”
njsi.net: What is the best advice that you have ever received from Coach Horton from your time playing for him?
CW: “Just to play hard and never have any regrets when you play.”
njsi.net: What did it mean to you guys to go to the State Championship game last year at Rutgers Stadium and winning it?
CW: “It was unbelievable. No words can really describe it. It was a long road to get there and we won when we got there. It’s the great feeling ever!”
njsi.net: During your sophomore year, Coach Horton and some of his coaching staff knew that you were starting to get recognized for your play on the field by colleges. Could you talk about getting recognized, starting your sophomore year and building off of that this year, your senior year?
CW: “I was surprised that I was getting as much recognition sophomore year as I did. But it was all a positive thing and its still soaking in with what has happened. Coming up through these years, I’ve gotten better each year and getting more recognition. Its been great!”
njsi.net: You’ve also played on the defensive line in high school. And some media outlets were saying that you were being recruited to play defense in college by some schools, which is still possible. Would you just like to be an offensive lineman in college or play both ways, even though the majority of the players do not play both ways in college?
CW: “I would rather play offense. That’s where my strong point is rather than playing defense.”
njsi.net: You also were a member of the wrestling team at Moorestown. Could you talk about being a member of the wrestling team at Moorestown?
CW: “Again, we have very good coaches. I am not wrestling this year, though. The head coach Bill Clark is a really great guy, and does everything he can to help the team win. He’s also another great coach to play for. Words can’t describe what a great guy he is to his family and to his players. He really cares about the sport and his players.”
njsi.net: Some reports say you were recruited by UCF (University of Central Florida), Rutgers, Maryland, Penn St., Miami, and Virginia. Why did you chose to go to Virginia?
CW: “I took a visit in June, and I really liked the campus and the town — the community and the atmosphere around it was unbelievable. I think it was a really great pick for me, and I can’t wait to get down there.”
njsi.net: During your recruiting visit, were you able to meet with Virginia head coach Al Groh? And what was it like meeting with him?
CW: “It was brief, because it was before a game. And he was really excited about the game that day. Prior to the game, I talked to him in his office and its really good down there. He’s a really good coach and its more family-based, which I liked. He really cares about the players and he puts the players in a position to succeed from what he was telling me.”
njsi.net: Al Groh was previously the New York Jets head coach, before arriving in Charlottesville, Virginia. Did his prior coaching experience in the NFL have anything to do with you signing there?
CW: “Sort of, but not really, though. I just really liked the team. His prior coaching experience is pretty impressive and he’s had a really good coaching career. His knowledge of the game and the way he coaches the game helped. I really liked the team and the community in general.”
njsi.net: In June, you were the third offensive lineman to sign with Virginia at that time. Why do you think colleges are signing players so early on in the recruiting process?
CW: “I would assume that they would like to get a jump on the players early on, because there’s a lot more competition between schools. There’s only so many lineman and so many other players to go around. They just want to get a jump, before other schools do.”
njsi.net: As you are probably aware of, Chris Long — 2008 first-round pick, D’Brickashaw Ferguson —2006 first-round pick, among others, have went on to the NFL from the University of Virginia. Do you realize that you could go on to the next level from playing at Virginia?
CW: “That would be unbelievable. Virginia is a really good team and really brings out the best in most of its players to help them go onto the next level. And I hope that works out for me, too. They really bring out the best in the offensive lineman at the school. Its just a really good situation for me.”
Dover, NJ – The Dover Tigers swept through Saturday’s Quad meet, defeating Boonton, Whippany Park and Bogota. The match of the day turned out to be the Whippany Park and Dover. Dover jumped out to 22-6 lead, only to watch as the Wildcats rallied back to tie the match 33 with only one bout. Dover’s Peter Laverdi and Joe Cecere went into the third period tied at 4 only to see Laverdi bring Cecere to his back and secure the victory for Dover.
Dover 39, Whippany Park 33 — Saturday February 9, 2008
Roxbury, NJ – The 22nd Annual Morris County Wrestling Tournament was held this weekend at Roxbury High School. The two-day event culminated with crowning 14 Champions and a Most Outstanding Wrestling. Joe Serrao, Parsippany’s Heavyweight, locked up MOW honors by pinning his final two opponents and stunning the packed gymnasium. Randolph took home the team crown, rolling past all opponents and surpassing second place Roxbury by 50 points. Randolph’s Mike Suk was one of three champions for the Rams. Suk’s father is Randolph’s head coach. Whippany Park was treated to their second ever County Champion as Steve Godine was able to mount a 3rd period comeback in the opening match of the finals. Morris Knoll’s Dan Herr broke the Morris Knolls School Record for wins as he locked up his County Championship and improved to 24-2 on the season.
1. Randolph 195; 2. Roxbury 145; 3. Parsippany 142; 4. Mount Olive 97 1/2 ; 5. Montville 85 1/2; 6. Mendham 77; 8. Madison 72 1/2; 9. Parsippany Hills 67; 10. Kinnelon 66 1/2; 11. Delbarton 63; 12. Pequannock 59; 13. Whippany Park 58 1/2; 14. Hanover Park 57; 15. Jefferson 55; 16. Morristown 54; 17. Morris Knolls 53; 18. West Morris 43; 19. Morris Hills 32; 20. Dover 25 1/2; 21. Mountain Lakes 16; 22. Chatham 12; 23. Morris Catholic 10; 24. Butler 8.
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