Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Montvale, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Montvale, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
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YOUNGSTOWN (Ohio) – Will Barbieri wasn’t sure which season-opening road trip he enjoyed more, but they both ended just the way he wanted: with convincing wins for St. Joseph Regional.“I can’t really choose,” said the Green Knights junior safety. “I loved both.”A week after going down to North Carolina and posting an impressive win over Christ School, the Green Knights went west to Ohio Saturday and pounded Michigan power Cass Tech, 49-14, at Stambaugh Stadium on the campu...
YOUNGSTOWN (Ohio) – Will Barbieri wasn’t sure which season-opening road trip he enjoyed more, but they both ended just the way he wanted: with convincing wins for St. Joseph Regional.
“I can’t really choose,” said the Green Knights junior safety. “I loved both.”
A week after going down to North Carolina and posting an impressive win over Christ School, the Green Knights went west to Ohio Saturday and pounded Michigan power Cass Tech, 49-14, at Stambaugh Stadium on the campus of Youngstown State.
The Green Knights scored touchdowns on five straight possessions in the first half, with quarterback Patrick Grusser throwing for three and running for one. St. Joe’s also forced two turnovers and blocked a punt in the second half with Jovon Williams scooping it up and running it back 11 yards.
“I like the way we’re playing, we’re playing fast,” said Green Knights coach Dan Marangi. “I like the way we are getting after it. I told them to be relentless in everything we do.”
Cass Tech features standout quarterback/receiver Corey Sadler Jr. but the Green Knights defense held him in check except for one burst in the first half, when he caught three passes on a single drive to set up a score.
The Green Knights, No. 2 in the USA Today Network New Jersey Non-Public Top 10, are 2-0 and may have fixed a porous defense that was their undoing last year. Last year, the Green Knights allowed 14 or less points only twice all season. This year it’s already happened twice.
All throughout the off-season, Marangi said improving the defense was the goal. Saturday, they only allowed 164 yards and one score – Cass Tech’s other TD came on a kickoff return.
“Everyone wants to run to the ball,” said Barbieri. “Last year, I don’t really think we had that. Our defense is really flying around making plays.”
Marangi is pleased, but said there’s still work to do.
“I think just the attitude they are playing with, play fast, play physical, that’s what we want our M.O. to be,” Marangi said. “We have a long way to go. I like what I have seen so far, but we have to clean up some of the fundamentals, and if we don’t clean it up it will come back to bite us.”
There was an interesting sequence early in the second quarter with St. Joe’s up 21-0 and Cass Tech going for it on fourth-and-one at their own 29. First the Technicians (yes, that’s their nickname) tried to get the Green Knights to jump offsides. Then they called timeout.
Cass Tech got back out on the field and then the Green Knights called timeout. During the break, Marangi told the defense to watch for Sadler Jr. on a quarterback iso. Sure enough, Sadler Jr. tried to run but Green Knights star defensive back Jahmir Joseph cut him down for a loss. A few plays later Yasin Willis scored to make it 28-0 for St. Joe’s.
Marangi said after the game that Green Knights talented wide receiver John Forster was held out with an injury, but would be back next week.
Back-up quarterback Monte Krkuti threw a touchdown pass to Mekhi Rossignol in the third quarter.
The Green Knights are 2-0 for the first time since 2019.
This was St. Joe’s first trip for a game to Ohio since 2014 when they lost to St. Edward 42-0.
The Green Knights finally return home to face rival Don Bosco Saturday at Karcich Field. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
“It’s always a fight,” Marangi said about facing a school where he was a defensive coordinator for almost two decades. “It will go down to the wire and be a physical, smashmouth game.”
St. Joseph Regional was one of the SFC teams that released its football schedule Monday. The Green Knights are entering their third year under coach Dan Marangi. They finished 6-4 in 2021 and 6-5 last year.The Green Knights changed offensive philosophies in 2022, shifting to a up-tempo style under new offensive coordinator Brian Gibbs. In 2023, they could have a new quarterback under center with DePaul transfer Patrick Grusser, and they will return one of North Jersey’s top recruits in running back Yasin Willis....
St. Joseph Regional was one of the SFC teams that released its football schedule Monday. The Green Knights are entering their third year under coach Dan Marangi. They finished 6-4 in 2021 and 6-5 last year.
The Green Knights changed offensive philosophies in 2022, shifting to a up-tempo style under new offensive coordinator Brian Gibbs. In 2023, they could have a new quarterback under center with DePaul transfer Patrick Grusser, and they will return one of North Jersey’s top recruits in running back Yasin Willis.
The schedule includes St. Joseph's first trip to North Carolina in Week 0, and a visit from a Florida school in Week 1.
Here’s a game-by-game look at the Green Knights' 2023 schedule. The Green Knights will have a bye in Week 6. Times and locations are still subject to change.
Arden, North Carolina, the home of Christ School, is 718 miles from the St. Joe’s campus in Montvale. The Greenies went 6-6 last season and feature four-star recruit Cayden Jones at linebacker (offers from Alabama, Kentucky and Duke). The school lists an enrollment of fewer than 300.
It will be the first meeting between the two schools and the first time the Green Knights have played in North Carolina. Under Marangi, the Green Knights are 1-2 against out-of-state teams, losing to Good Counsel (Md.) twice and beating St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) last year.
The Tigers were 10-1 last year, losing in the Class 3M semifinals to St. Thomas Aquinas one year after going 1-9. The Tigers have a pair of talented wide receivers in Marcel and Marcus Williams. This will be the first time the Green Knights have played a team from Florida since 2018, when they lost to American Heritage, 20-17, on the road.
This has turned into one of North Jersey’s fiercest rivalries with Marangi’s connections to Don Bosco, where he was a longtime assistant coach. The Ironmen have won four of the last six meetings, including a 44-35 triumph in Ramsey in 2022.
Both teams lit up the Rutgers scoreboard during their 2022 Battle For the Bridge encounter, with the Green Knights coming out on top 63-49. It was the most points the Green Knights scored since they put 63 on the board against Belleville in 1997. These teams played four straight years (1998-2001) with St. Joe’s winning three.
The Green Knights have won four of the last six match-ups with the Marauders, but lost on a late touchdown in Week 4 last year, 41-38. It was the first time St. Peter’s Prep won in Montvale since 2008.
The Griffins and Green Knights met for the first time last year at MetLife Stadium, with the Green Knights rolling to a 41-13 win, scoring on offense, defense and special teams. Donovan Catholic went 6-4 last year.
The Green Knights haven’t beaten the Crusaders since 2019, a string of three straight. Last year in Oradell, Bergen Catholic opened up a big first-half lead before downing the Green Knights 31-21.
The Green Knights and Pirates played twice last year, with St. Joe’s winning 42-17 in the regular season but losing 34-30 in the playoffs on a Pirates' TD pass with 7.4 seconds to play. Seton Hall Prep leads the all-time series 9-4.
This was one of the best games of the North Jersey football season last year when the Green Knights batted away a two-point pass attempt in overtime to edge the Green Wave, 28-27, in the regular season finale. Delbarton hasn’t beaten St. Joe’s since 1994.
St. Joseph won its first state title since 1998 by beating Delbarton, 28-24, in the Non-Public A final on Sunday afternoon at Rutgers.The match was tied 24-24 heading into the final bout. Read on for a match-by-match recap of the Green Knights' stunning upset.FULL STORY:...
St. Joseph won its first state title since 1998 by beating Delbarton, 28-24, in the Non-Public A final on Sunday afternoon at Rutgers.
The match was tied 24-24 heading into the final bout. Read on for a match-by-match recap of the Green Knights' stunning upset.
Schlett, who out-weighed his opponent by just over 30 pounds, muscled his way to two takedowns in the second period in the match-opening bout.
Team score: St. Joseph 3, Delbarton 0.
The two-time state champion stayed undefeated against NJSIAA wrestlers with another first-period pin.
Team score: St. Joseph 9, Delbarton 0.
The Green Knights' freshman showed off his quickness by recording all four takedowns, including two in the second period. Palentchar was nearly flipped to his back near the buzzer, but managed to avoid near fall points for a major decision.
Team score: St. Joseph 12, Delbarton 0.
Bautista put the state No. 1 on upset alert with a takedown and three back points on the way to a 5-1 lead. But James roared back in the third by scoring the last five points to get Delbarton on the board.
Team score: St. Joseph 12, Delbarton 3.
Jones kept the Delbarton momentum going with a takedown 23 seconds into the bout. The score was 2-1 to start the third when a quick Jones escape and takedown sealed the deal.
Team score: St. Joseph 12, Delbarton 6.
Sloan sent the Green Knights bench into a frenzy with a shocking reversal and pin while down 10-0 late in the third period. Quenault had overpowered Sloan with two sets of back points late in the second.
Team score: St. Joseph 18, Delbarton 6.
Jones gives the Green Wave a swing bout victory with a huge third period after trailing 2-1. He nearly pinned Almeyda, but settled for a go-ahead takedown and three back points.
Team score: St. Joseph 18, Delbarton 9.
Sgambellone stunned the state champion with a takedown with 25 seconds left in sudden victory. The wrestlers went to OT after trading escapes in regulation.
Team score: St. Joseph 21, Delbarton 9.
A Charles takedown with 48 seconds left makes the difference and extends the Green Knights' lead with five bouts to go.
Team score: St. Joseph 24, Delbarton 9.
DiBella managed to avoid being dragged back into the circle for a go-ahead takedown midway through the third. Neither wrestler scores on the restart to require overtime at 1-1. Wasilewski starts on top in the first overtime and allows an escape. Wasilewski quickly escapes in double overtime to force the ultimate tiebreak. Wasilewski wins on a stalling point at the buzzer in UTB. St. Joseph still leads with four bouts left.
Team score: St. Joseph 24, Delbarton 12.
Perentin keeps Delbarton in striking distance with another fall.
Team score: St. Joseph 24, Delbarton 18.
Cerchio races out to a 4-0 lead in the first period on two takedowns for a 5-1 win to pull the Green Wave within three with two bouts to go.
Team score: St. Joseph 24, Delbarton 21
Ruiz scores a 7-2 decision over Dellagatta. The state champion scores on a reversal in the first period and a reversal and two back points in the third.
Team score: St. Joseph 24, Delbarton 24
Dellagatta seals it for the Green Knights. The senior scores an early takedown and two back points in the first period and goes on to a 9-0 major decision to stun Lee and the Delbarton bench for a 28-24 victory.
Team score: St. Joseph 28, Delbarton 24
ORADELL – What was once unthinkable finally happened on Wednesday night.St. Joseph took down national power Bergen Catholic on a night when both wrestling teams were at full strength.Senior Jim Mullen collected his 100th career win and led the second-ranked Green Knights past their archrivals, 34-21, to become the first Bergen County team in over a decade to beat the Crusaders in a dual.The turning point came at 215 when Aidan Schlett beat state finalist and former teammate AJ Fricchione on a takedow...
ORADELL – What was once unthinkable finally happened on Wednesday night.
St. Joseph took down national power Bergen Catholic on a night when both wrestling teams were at full strength.
Senior Jim Mullen collected his 100th career win and led the second-ranked Green Knights past their archrivals, 34-21, to become the first Bergen County team in over a decade to beat the Crusaders in a dual.
The turning point came at 215 when Aidan Schlett beat state finalist and former teammate AJ Fricchione on a takedown in sudden victory. It sent the visitors on the way to their first win over No. 1 Bergen Catholic in 25 years.
"We've been striving to get to the level that Bergen Catholic has been at for a while," coach Tom Farinaro said.
"When I got here five years ago, that was the mark. Bergen was the mark. They were the No. 1 team that we try to emulate and get to. Tonight was a lot of years of putting this together and believing in what we're doing here. It's a great night."
The Green Knights hit the mark by winning eight bouts and clinching on Johnathon McGinty's one-point loss in the penultimate bout. It validated their title run at the Bergen County tournament on Sunday when the Crusaders were short-handed.
Scaling the mountain took a dominant display in the upper-weights with Ryan Burton (165) starting a run of five straight wins along with brothers Rocco (175) and Michael Dellagatta (190).
The magnitude of the night could be felt about a half-hour before the match with the parking lot filled to capacity and cars lining Oradell Avenue like a Saturday in the fall. There wasn't an empty seat to be had by the time Bergen Catholic's Brian Melamud met Vinny Paino in the opening bout.
"This is my first time being in an environment like this," South Carolina transfer Yannis Charles said. "Jimmy and the whole team told me it was insane. I thought they were hyping it a little bit but as soon as I walked in with everybody here, I was like, damn. This is insane. I've never seen anything like it in my life."
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The No. 1 ranking in North Jersey is about to change hands for the first time in a long time.
Bergen Catholic had won 67 straight matches against in-county opponents since falling to Don Bosco and former coach Nunzio Campanile in the 2010 state sectional finals.
And while the Green Knights outscored everyone at the Bergen County Tournament this year, their championship came with a small caveat – none of Bergen Catholic's six state medalists took the mat in Suffern with coach Dave Bell sending out a team full of backups.
In the end, St. Joseph carried over the success into the dual setting after three straight losses to Bergen Catholic by between five and 15 points.
"It was getting these kids to buy in and believe in the system and being a brotherhood," Farinaro said. "It's knowing that if we wrestle together as a team, there's nothing we can't accomplish."
Bergen Catholic gained the advantage up top with Melamud dropping down to 120 in his first appearance since Dec. 29. Melamud opened the night with a 4-2 decision over Paino in a battle of Bergen County champions.
The Crusaders extended their lead with August Hibler (138) knocking off No. 1 Mateo Sgambellone by a 7-1 score and Chris Bacchioni accepting a forfeit at 150. Aidan Wallace (157) overpowered state medalist Frank DiBella in the next bout to give Bergen Catholic a 18-7 lead at the halfway point.
The tide started to swing in the Green Knights' favor at 175. That's when sophomore Rocco Dellagatta beat Bergen Catholic's Justin Onello, 1-0, on an escape to avenge two losses from a year ago.
"Once we got up to 165 and I saw it was a close dual, I knew it was going to be our match," Mullen said. "We have a murderer's row right there."
A technical fall by Michael Dellagatta gave St. Joseph its first lead at 19-18 with four bouts to go.
Schett followed it up with what he called the biggest win of his career. The Glen Rock native traded escapes with the Penn State-bound Fricchione before pulling away for a 3-1 overtime decision.
"I wrapped him in a body lock and squeezed for my life," Schlett said, after avenging a county tournament loss from last year.
Bergen Catholic's Nathan Braun handed the top-ranked McGinty a 1-0 loss at 106, but the St. Joseph freshman still sealed the deal by avoiding any bonus points with one bout to go. One reason for the cushion was a milestone pin from the two-time state champion Mullen (285).
"It sucked losing in the Escape the Rock finals, but on the bus ride home, my coached looked at me and said hey, the bright side is your 100th win will be against Bergen Catholic now," Mullen said.
ATLANTIC CITY — Michael Dellagatta will need a new phone background and a place to store his gold medal.The Frisco kid is finally a New Jersey state champion.The St. Joseph senior overcame years of close calls and a tough finals opponent, beating Anthony Harris (St. Peter's Prep), 6-3, in Saturday's title match at 190 pounds.Dellagatta came onto the mat with confidence, then set the tone by scoring first."I don't have words," Dellagatta said. "I prayed to God every night. I writ...
ATLANTIC CITY — Michael Dellagatta will need a new phone background and a place to store his gold medal.
The Frisco kid is finally a New Jersey state champion.
The St. Joseph senior overcame years of close calls and a tough finals opponent, beating Anthony Harris (St. Peter's Prep), 6-3, in Saturday's title match at 190 pounds.
Dellagatta came onto the mat with confidence, then set the tone by scoring first.
"I don't have words," Dellagatta said. "I prayed to God every night. I write it on my wall. It's my background on my phone, all the losses that I took."
Dellagatta (39-3) moved from the Dallas suburb of Frisco in eighth grade and still remembers people laughing when he talked about winning a state title freshman year.
For three years, Dellagatta came close but wasn't quite able to prove them wrong. Dellagatta placed fourth as a freshman and third the next two years.
The Cornell commit said he was crushed last year after expecting to win and then falling to eventual champion Harvey Ludington of Brick Memorial.
"That one pushed me to get over the goal," Dellagatta said. "I work out with him three times a week too."
Dellagatta never looked back on Saturday after scoring a takedown 15 seconds into the championship bout. The Old Tappan native extended his lead in the second period with an escape and another takedown. It wasn't until roughly a minute left when Harris wrapped up Dellagatta for his first two points.
"I got taken down, which was sloppy, and had a stall point," Dellagatta said. "But a win is a win. I grinded it out. I'm so grateful for everything. New Jersey, I love it. Coming here in eighth grade, I've always loved this place."
Dellagatta was happy to complete the goal with his dad, Ricky, in the corner of the mat as the Green Knights' assistant coach. His brother, Rocco, was nearby too after placing fourth as a sophomore at 175.
"We fight in the room, like fist-fight, every day," Dellagatta said. "We grind to make each other better. My dad sits there and pulls out his phone and videos us. We go back and we watch it. It's awesome. I love it now. When you're doing it, it sucks. But for this, it's so worth it."
This weekend at Boardwalk Hall was the cherry on top for what's been a storybook season for the top seed.
Dellagatta gave the Green Knights their first group title in 25 years on a last-bout win over Delbarton. Now he goes down as the second Green Knight to reach the podium in all four years, along with three-time champion Damion Logan (1993-96).
Dellagatta finished as a three-time district and region champion with a career record of 122-12.
"In that match, I took the lap and I was unfazed," Dellagatta said. "I'm like, I'm doing it. I'm doing it. This is not happening to me again.
"I have family in South Jersey who's all right there (in the stands). I love them so much, man. They come to everything. We found St. Joe's was the closest thing to my house. Damion Logan and Tom Farinaro both said, 'C'mon, Mike, we'll take you in.' They turned me into a state place-winner."