NJSIAA Wrestling Sectional Semifinals Scoreboard, 2/10
Results from Wednesday's NJSIAA sectional semifinal matches involving Shore Conference teams.
North Jersey Section 2, Group IV
Middletown North at Phillipsburg Friday night in sectional final
A pin by sophomore Stanley Wojdylak in the second-to-last bout helped the Lions hold off the Barrons and reach their first sectional final since 1996. Wojdylak pinned Harry Brand in 3:04 at 145 pounds to put Middletown North up 31-26, and NIcko Cofone stayed off his back long enough to hold Marquan Payne to a major decision in the final bout at 152 pounds.
Brian Winz (170) and Chad Freshnock (220) also won by fall for the Lions, while John Provenzano recorded a major decision at 106 pounds to deliver crucial bonus points.
The Lions will try to shock the state when they head to Phillipsburg to take on the two-time defending Group IV champion Stateliners. Friday's 7 p.m. sectional final is potentially the last match ever in Phillipsburg's famed "The Pit" gymnasium with a new school set to open next year.
Central Jersey Group V
Old Bridge at Howell on Friday night in sectional final
Junior Eric Keosseian, a state qualifier, won by 8-4 decision over reigning Region V 220-pound champion Nick Goff as the Rebels won nine bouts to flatten the Falcons and reach their fourth straight sectional final.
Freshman Darby Diedrich at 113, sophomore Kyle Slendorn at 120, seniors Peter Dee (138), Anthony Gagliano (145), Kris Lindemann (152), Frank Leonardis (160) and Ryan Marter (195) each won by fall for Howell, and sophomore Dan Esposito won by major decision at 132 pounds.
Howell will host Old Bridge, which stunned Hunterdon Central 30-29 in the other semifinal, in Friday's sectional championship match. Howell's only sectional championship came in 2014.
Central Jersey Group IV
Long Branch at Jackson Memorial on Friday night in sectional final
A 4-2 decision by senior Kyle Johnson over Garrett Thesing at 160 pounds in the next-to-last bout clinched a return trip to the sectional final for the top-seeded Jaguars.
Jackson was trailing 24-23 before winning the final four bouts. Junior Tim Hamann won by 13-4 major decision over Liam Hoagland at 145 and senior Jay Epperly scored a 3-1 decision over Nick Cilea at 152. Johnson's win gave the Jags a seven-point lead heading to the final bout where sophomore Justin Martin-Culet pinned Robert Giuliano in 59 seconds to put the finishing touches on the win.
Senior Adante Davis went up two weight classes from his usual spot at 195 and won by fall at heavyweight, and junior Mat McGowen also won by fall when he pinned Dominick Esposito in 4:17 at 126 pounds. Senior Tanner Kelly recorded a technical fall at 182 pounds.
Jackson will go for its eighth sectional title when it hosts second-seeded Long Branch at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Jaguars already own a 30-19 victory over the Green Wave during the Shore Conference Tournament.
Long Branch at Jackson Memorial on Friday night in sectional final
Senior T.J. Conlon won by 5-4 decision at 132 pounds over Vincent Foggia, the third-place finisher in the Region VII Tournament, and the Green Wave won 10 of 14 bouts to pound the Greyhounds and reach their third sectional final in the last four seasons.
Sophomore Chris Dean at 113 and senior Mike Shohet at 152 won by fall, and junior Carlos Irizarry at 120 and seniors Lamont Reid (160), Joey Jasio (220) and John Tomlinson (285) each won by major decision.
Long Branch will go for its sixth sectional title at 7 p.m. on Friday when it travels back to Jackson Memorial's Joe Perry gymnasium. The Green Wave were defeated by the Jaguars, 30-19, in the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament.
Central Jersey Group III
Central Jersey Group II
Raritan at Delaware Valley on Friday night in sectional final
Central Jersey Group I
Point Beach at Manville on Friday night in sectional final
A 5-2 decision by sophomore Jude Lovgren over Matt Klemser at 120 pounds in the second-to-last bout delivered the Garnet Gulls a measure of revenge and secured their third consecutive trip to the sectional championship match.
Lovgren missed all of last season with an injury, and is now 15-9 in his first year of varsity action.
Shore had defeated Point Beach 36-24 in Jan. 13 in a match that decided the Class B Central division title. The last word goes to the Gulls, however, as they will travel to top-seeded Manville at 7 p.m. on Friday in search of the first sectional title in program history.
Point Beach won eight bouts, including pins by senior John Finnerty at 145 and junior Cade Watkins at 220 pounds. Senior Forrest Gardner received a forfeit at heavyweight. Senior Giancarlo Crivelli went nuclear in scoring 27 points to record a technical fall at 152 pounds.
South Jersey Group V
Kingsway at Southern on Friday night in sectional final
The heavily-favored Rams cruised into their 12th sectional final in the last 13 seasons by overpowering the Chiefs. Southern won 10 of 14 bouts, including pins by junior Seon Bowker at 160, sophomore Owen Kretschmer at 106, freshman Nick Pepe at 120, senior Gianni Bennett at 132, freshman Nick O'Connell at 138 and senior Pat Mooney at 152. Senior Joe Toci won by technical fall at 182 pounds.
The Rams will host Kingsway at 7 p.m. on Friday where they will go for their 11th state sectional championship.
South Jersey Group III
Wall at Delsea on Friday night in sectional final
Freshman Rob Kanniard won by technical fall over District 27 runner-up Randy Black at 145 pounds and senior Joe Demuner pinned District 27 third-place finisher Jack Graff at 126 pounds as the Crimson Knights won eight of 14 bouts to book a return trip to the sectional final.
Senior Brett Donner won by major decision over district runner-up Roosevelt Jordan, 18-5, at 170 pounds and senior Josh Glantzman defeated District 27 champion Sam Jordan 4-1 at 182 pounds. Junior Matt McKenzie won by fall at 195 pounds as Wall built a 24-6 through seven bouts. A win by junior Nick Wagner at 132 pounds with one bout left clinched the match.
Wall now has the herculean task of taking down Delsea, which is the reigning Group II champion and is undefeated and ranked No. 2 in New Jersey this season. The Crimson Knights were defeated by Delsea 33-25 in last season's sectional final.
Non-Public South A
St. Augustine at CBA on Friday night in sectional final
Senior Sebastian Rivera weighed in at 113 for the second straight match and defeated standout freshman Lucas Revano 7-1 for his 100th career victory, leading the Colts to a lopsided victory over the Irish and into the sectional final for the fifth straight season.
Senior Dylan VanSickell remained undefeated (22-0) with a 4-1 decision over District 27 champion Jarret Ziegler at 132 pounds.
There were just five contested bouts in the match as Camden Catholic forfeited eight weights and CBA forfeited twice.
The Colts will host St. Augustine at 7 p.m. on Friday where they will seek their fourth sectional title and first since 2013. They have been defeated by the Hermits in each of the last two sectional championship matches.
Non-Public South B