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(MAHWAH, NJ) – The Ramapo College bass fishing team won the National Guard College Fishing Division Regional championship this month at State College, PA.  Jeff Voss, of Secaucus, NJ, a junior systems information major, and Joseph Zapf, of Whippany, NJ, a sophomore accounting major, caught a three day total of 14 bass weighing 27 pounds, two ounces.  The team beat out other colleges such as Virginia Tech and Fairmount State University.

Voss and Zapf also come from the ranks of the New Jersey Bass Federation Youth Division.

Ramapo also took fourth place as two teams from the College qualified for the tournament.  The second team, consisting of Charles Danza, of Ringwood, NJ and Bob Rieder, of West Milford, NJ, founder and president of the College’s bass fishing club, caught 11 bass, weighing 16 pounds, one ounce.

“It’s pretty huge what they accomplished,” said Bradley Center and Equipment Manager P.J. Bartolotto, also the bass fishing club advisor for the College.  “They [went] up against…premier colleges.  They’re competing across the board with big time schools.”

Bartolotto is the Conservation Director for the state of New Jersey with the New Jersey Bass Fishing Federation.

The first place team won a bass fishing boat for the College and $12,500 for both Ramapo College and the school’s bass fishing club.  The fourth place team won $5,000 split between the College and the club.  Both teams entered by the College qualified for the nationals.

The tournament will be broadcast on television on October 16 at 1 p.m. on Versus Country TV.

The College Fishing championship is free to enter and is sponsored by the National Guard.  Participants are provided with free boats and drivers for teams.  Teams compete in one of five divisions.  Winners then compete in four regional tournaments.  The top five winners qualify for the College Fishing championship.

For more information about the National Guard College Fishing Division Regional championship, please visit  For more information about Ramapo’s bass fishing club, contact Bob Rieder, the club’s president via email at or visit the club’s Web page on


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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