As we head into the individual postseason, Phillipsburg senior Drew Horun will be unable to compete for a second straight district title.
Horun, who would have been a big favorite this weekend to win in District 9 at 195 pounds, will miss the tournament with a season-ending knee injury he sustained on Friday in the North 2, Group 4 sectional final against Middletown North.
Stateliners coach Dave Post confirmed via text message on Tuesday afternoon that Horun won't be included among his team's entries for Saturday' tournament, which will be held at the new Phillipsburg High School. The 'Liners had no entry at 195 when the pairings were released on Wednesday night.
Horun (28-4) was injured during his bout against Middletown North's Kevin McCarthney, but he was able to record a pin in 5:33 to help P'burg capture the program's 36th sectional title with a 36-27 victory. Horun did not wrestle on Sunday in the wins over Kingsway (41-21 in the Group 4 semifinals) or Mendham (35-24 in the Group 4 final) as the 'Liners won their 21st state championship.
"He had the green light to wrestle, and we left it up to him," Post said on Sunday. "But he said it didn't feel right."
Horun won a District 1 title and finished fourth in Region 1 as a junior after placing third in the district as a sophomore. He won a Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex championship as a sophomore and placed second this season -- losing 5-1 to Delaware Valley junior Kyle Lightner in their 195-pound final.
Horun, who also missed the postseason as a freshman, is tied for 13th place on the school's all-time wins list with a mark of 105-28.