Army Strong Wrestling Team of the Week: Point Boro
New for this winter season, the United States Army and Shore Sports Network will be selecting a wrestling Team of the Week based on its performance over the past weekend.
The first recipient of the Army Strong Team of the Week for the week of Jan. 8 to Jan. 14 is Point Boro, which went 5-0 with a key victory over Lacey that put the Panthers in line to secure the Class B South division title. Shore Sports Network and Staff Sergeant Kevin McCurley from the U.S. Army were at practice Thursday to present the Panthers and head coach Pat Brady with a special banner to commemorate their accomplishments.
The crown jewel of Point Boro's undefeated week was a 35-16 victory over Lacey in a matchup of the top two teams in Class B South. The Panthers won 10 of 14 bouts with technical falls by senior Francis Marshall at 152 and freshman Nick Torre at 106, a major decision by senior Anthony Bonavito at heavyweight and an 8-4 decision by sophomore Ty Bailey over Lacey state qualifier Luke Moynihan at 138 pounds.
Point Boro also scored a 45-33 victory over a solid Colts Neck team, bested Allentown, 51-22 and scored lopsided victories over Barnegat (60-8) and Manchester (71-3) to take care of business within the division.
Point Boro can clinch the outright Class B South title for the second straight season and third time in five years with a win over Pinelands on Monday, Jan. 29.
The Panthers have enjoyed a great season so far with a 15-1 record and their only loss coming to Southern, which is ranked No. 2 in the Shore and No. 12 in New Jersey. Point Boro defeated Jackson Memorial earlier this season for its first win over the Jaguars since at least the 1980s and won team titles at the TCNJ Pride Tournament and the Watler Woods Tournament to complete a perfect first month. The Panthers then won the team title at the Elizabeth Minutemen Classic.
Following the Lacey win, Point Boro also beat Point Beach, 57-6, in the schools' annual rivalry and edged Ocean, 30-27, on a walk-off pin by Marshall.
Point Boro's calling card has been a balanced lineup, but they also have several individuals having great seasons. Senior Ben Sabo is 24-1 and the No. 1 seed at 113 pounds for this weekend's Shore Conference Tournament. Marshall is 22-3 at 152 pounds, junior Billy Borowsky is 23-1 at 195 pounds and Bonavito is undefeated (20-0) at 285 pounds.
Point Boro currently holds the top spot in the South Jersey Group II power point rankings. The Panthers only sectional title in program history came in 2007.