Winter Sports Recap

The winter sports season has come to a close and WMC found success on the court, in the pool, on the mat, on the ice and around the track.

Boy’s Basketball

Senior Eli Stoute shoots a free throw (Photo via Jen Sheppard).

Seeing success yet again, the boys basketball team ended their season with a 20-8 record with only two losses  within their conference. The beginning of January brought on a ten game winning streak for the Wolfpack with wins over Randolph, Mount Olive, Delbarton and Mendham. The boys took home the conference championship after beating Morristown. They made it to the quarter finals of the Morris County tournament but fell to Madison. The boys also made it to the North Jersey Section 2 Group 3 quarterfinal but lost a tough competitive game to Payne Tech. 


Girl’s Basketball

Madison Lamb shoots a three pointer (Photo via Jen Sheppard).

The WMC girls basketball team finished their season 14-9 going 5-5 in the conference. They began the season with a four game winning streak and had a few good win streaks throughout the season. They made it into the first round of the county tournament but lost to Jefferson 48-19. In the state tournament they fell to cross town rival Mendham in the first round.

Boy’s Fencing

With an overall record of 5-7 the boys fencing team had great achievements throughout their season. As a team, they placed fourth in the Morris County Tournament. Tyler Kometani and Kieran Jackson both placed in the top six for their respective weapons. 

Girl’s Fencing 

Girls fencing ended their season going 3-9. Julia DiPaolo placed first at the Morris County Tournament for Foil. Sanjana Kuttikat placed third in foil. The foil squad took home the championship at the county tournament as well. Sam Graff placed fifth in saber at counties. They took third at the district tournament which punched their ticket to team state championships but they lost a tough match to West Windsor Plainsboro North. At districts the girls foil squad took first and three fencers qualified for individual state championships. This season, DiPaolo, Kuttikat and Graff all reached 100 wins. 

Nick Dargel takes a shot in the Haas Cup Final (Photo via Jen Sheppard).

Ice Hockey

WMC ice hockey was Haas Cup champions once again.  They are the third team this year to bring a back-to-back championship to West Morris Central. Their season saw ups and downs ultimately ending with a record of 8-9-4, but they showed up when it mattered most. They fought through three periods each game and in some cases even beyond that. Goalie Phil Togno reached 2000 saves on the season.  They fell to Chatham in the first round of the NJSIAA Public B tournament. 

Boy’s Swimming

WMC’s boy’s swim team had a record of 3-6-1 this season. Senior Itay Ben-Yoseph broke records in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 500/400 freestyle and 100 backstroke. In the Morris County Tournament Ben-Yoseph took home gold in the 400 meter freestyle. The boys lost in the first round of the North 2 Group C tournament. 

Abby Ford helped bring the team to their first state final appearance (Photo via Jen Sheppard).

Girl’s Swimming

The girl’s swim team made history this season. They made it to the state sectional final for the first time in program history but fell in a close meet to Madison. Many records were broken this season; Taylor Weth for the 50 free, Alexandra Lozanguiez in the 100 free, Lozanguiez, and Weth, Taylor Ford and Abby Ford in the 200 free relay. In the county tournament they placed fourth as a team. Lozanguiez took second place in the 100 meter freestyle.

Winter Track and Field 

Many runners on the track team saw great success this indoor season. Sophomore pole vaulter Cade Zeolla achieved a personal record to win him a Morris County title at 13’6”, he won a section title and qualified for the Meet of Champions. He had the highest pole vault of any sophomore in the state of New Jersey. Junior Lydia Stepenanko placed fourth in sectionals to qualify for the group championships. At groups she ran for a PR of 7.59 in the 55 dash to earn herself a spot in the finals. The girls 4×400 consisting of Stepenanko, Macy Sabo, Savannah Johnson and Allie Tuleya placed in the sectional meet to qualify for groups. Alan Tai won the 55 dash at the Wayne Valentine Invitational and then would later qualify for the finals at the Morris County Tournament with a PR of 6.82. 


Brandon Dean looks to score in his regional championship match (Photo via Jen Sheppard).

Continuing to improve over the last few years, the wrestling team achieved their goal of winning ten or more matches on the season. The boys won the conference after beating Roxbury. Michael Campanaro reached 100 wins in his career during his senior season. Henry Frayne set a new all-time pin record for the program on his senior night this year. In the Morris County Tournament seven WMC wrestlers placed in the top four and Brandon Dean won the title at his weight class. In the district round of the state tournament, four wrestlers took home a championship at their weight and four more qualified to move onto regions. Of the eight who qualified for regions, four are ready to take on Boardwalk Hall for the state championship. Brandon Dean won the region, bringing back a triple crown, the first since 2015. Dean was also named outstanding wrestler at the tournament. Campanaro, Michael Hare and Tommy Borgia will join him in Atlantic City.