Sunday, January 27, 2013

Wrestling: Kittatinny, P'burg pin down Saturday wins

It is was a pretty tame Saturday by our standards in the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex area with the lack of a marquee dual meet in these parts. But nonetheless here's a few highlights from Saturday:

1. Phillipsburg defended our honor against the mighty Shore Conference with an impressive 33-18 victory at Howell, despite missing starters Corey Zinsmeister (126 pounds) and Kyle Kinney (195). Zach Fisher came through with a clutch 9-4 win over Jimmy Slendorn at 113, as the 'Liners won the first three bouts for a quick 9-0 lead. Jake Kocsis (160) and Broderick Bupivi (170) added key victories, while fan favorite Jarrett Williams closed it out with a pin at 285. Even sophomore Yann Ondele got in on the act with his first varsity win over Nathan Listowsky (15-5). The 'Liners won nine bouts, as sophomore Jimmy Schuitema (152) earned his 50th career win.

2. High Point had the day off, while archrival Kittatinny (16-1) rolled to a 43-21 win over Northern Highlands. Jake Van Wingerden (106), Austin Scrivani (126), Tom Murphy (138) and Brandon Olsen (160) had pins for the Cougars. Junior Kieran Gerrity dropped a 3-2 decision to Nick Gravina in a good matchup at 170. Junior Nick Romyns got his 70th career win -- 2-1 in sudden victory over Sean Kelly at 145.

3. Newton ventured to the Jack Welch Duals and went 2-3 -- beating Riverside, 43-30, and Holy Cross, 45-28. The Braves lost to Delran (49-30), Collingswood (57-18) and Cherokee (50-20). The loss to Delran was longtime coach Dennis Smith's 602nd career win -- moving him pass Highland's Ralph Ross for the most victories in South Jersey. Newton sophomore Gus Protogeropoulos went 4-0 at 195/220, while freshman Ethan Reczka went 4-1 at 220/285. Trevor Morales also went 4-1 at 106/113 for the Braves.

4. Warren Hills and Voorhees both went 3-0 in quad meets. The Blue Streaks knocked off Paramus (33-30), Ramsey (50-13) and Roselle Park (32-15) at home, while the Vikings dumped Hackettstown (66-13), Lenape Valley (45-19) and Belvidere (44-18). In that same event, Belvidere knocked off an undermanned Lenape Valley squad, 34-31. Lenape senior Matt Benvenuto earned his 100th win.

5. North Hunterdon stated its case for a spot in the New Jersey Wrestling Writers Association Top 20 -- capping off a perfect 4-0 week by sweeping a quad against Watchung Hills (37-28), Hillsborough (48-17) and Franklin (47-22). Coach Tim Flynn's Lions are rolling after a 34-15 road win over Warren Hills on Wednesday.

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