Saturday, July 22, 2017

Wrestling: Streaks-'Liners set for Pin Cancer clash

The must-see high school wrestling event of the summer in our area is on tap for Thursday as the sixth annual Pin Cancer match between Washington and Phillipsburg will be held at Phillipsburg High School due to rain in the forecast.

There will be 14 junior high bouts starting at 5:30 p.m., with the high school match to follow. Doors open at 5. Ticket price is $5. All proceeds go to cancer research and development. Check out for more information about this tremendous organization.

Phillipsburg defeated Warren Hills, 37-24, when the teams met during the 2016-17 high school season.

Phillipsburg won the first four Pin Cancer matches before Washington ended that run with a 28-24 victory last year at Warren Hills Regional High School's auxiliary gym. The event was moved indoors for the first time due to rain.

This year's clash features three New Jersey state qualifiers in Phillipsburg's Cullen Day (112), Travis Jones (119) and Brian Meyer (155). Two others who earned trips to Atlantic City, Phillipsburg's Cody Harrison and Washington's Jarod Ostir, will not compete due to injuries.

Harrison (26-8) won a District 9 title, finished third in Region 3 and placed eighth in the state tournament last season at 126 pounds as a sophomore. Ostir (30-11) won a District 12 title and placed second in Region 3 at 170 as a junior.

Meyer (39-8), who won district and region titles and has 92 career wins, finished third in the state at 145 pounds, while District 9 champions Day and Jones finished second and fourth at 106 and 113, respectively, in Region 3.

Both team's lineups will likely look vastly different come this winter. P'burg coach Dave Post, whose team is gearing for the upcoming 1,000 Island Duals in New York, provided a sneak preview of what the 2017-18 lineup may be at this mid-summer stage for his defending Group 4 champions.

106 -- Fr. Logan Maczko or Fr. Jason Tino; 113 -- Sr. Cullen Day; 120 -- Jr. Travis Jones; 126 -- Jr. Brenden Fox; 132 -- Fr. Tyler Marason or Fr. Sean Ricker; 138 -- Jr. Kyle Tino; 145 -- Jr. Cody Harrison; 152 -- Jr. Jayson Zinsmeister; 160 -- Sr. Brian Meyer; 170 -- Sr. Lance Wissing; 182 -- Sr. Shamyr Brodders; 195 -- Jr. Austin Roth; 220 -- So. Cody Cruts; 285 -- Sr. Pat Sharpe

Tentative Pin Cancer matchups (Washington listed first)

Walker Heller vs. Logan Maczko
Greg Slivka vs. Cullen Day
TBA vs. Travis Jones
Logan Nauta vs. Luke Hardin or Jones
Kyle Wulff vs. Tyler Marason
Chris Ostir vs. Jared Kukor
Cameron Nauta vs. Kyle Tino
Geir Nemeth vs. Jayson Zinsmeister
Pedro Cruz vs. Brian Meyer
Logan Polcari vs. Lance Wissing
Nick Hildebrant vs. Shamyr Brodders
Dave Shafer vs. Austin Roth
Nick Galka vs. Cody Cruts
TBA vs. Pat Sharpe

(Box from last season's high school dual)


126 -- Cody Harrison, P, md. Codey O'Rourke, 10-0.
132 -- Matt Valli, WH, d. Kyle Tino, 18-11.
138 -- Zach Nauta, WH, d. Lance Wissing, 8-4.
145 -- Jayson Zinsmeister, P, d. Cameron Nauta, 7-6.
152 -- Brian Meyer, P, p. Rashon Wade Taylor, 3:16.
160 -- Shamyr Brodders, P, d. Ryan Beckler, 3-1 SV.
170 -- Jarod Ostir, WH, p. Cody Cruts, :24.
182 -- Nick Galka, WH, d. Dan Fisher, 3-2.
195 -- Drew Horun, P, p. Ethan Young, :21.
220 -- Robert Melise, P, p. Brody Oberly, :29.
285 -- Taylan Zafis, WH, p. Justen Caraballo, 5:47.
106 -- Cullen Day, P, tf. Greg Slivka, 17-1, 6:00.
113 -- Travis Jones, P, md. Logan Nauta, 17-4.
120 -- Kyle Wulff, WH, d. Tyris Manley, 5-1.

(2016 Pin Cancer results)


105 -- Cullen Day, P, p. Greg Slivka, :57.
112 -- Logan Nauta, W, d. Travis Jones, 8-7.
119 -- Kyle Wulff, W, p. Tyris Manley, 4:23.
125 -- Cody Harrison, W, md. Brenden Fox, 10-0.
130 -- Matt Valli, W, d. Kyle Tino, 9-4.
135 -- Pedro Cruz, W, d. Ryan Mitzak, 2-1.
140 -- Cameron Nauta, W, d. Lance Wissing, 4-3.
147 -- Zach Nauta, W, d. Jayson Zinsmeister, 5-1.
155 -- Brian Meyer, P, p. Rashon Wade Taylor, 2:22.
167 -- Shamyr Brodders, P, d. Kyle Henderson, 11-4.
177 -- Austin Roth, P, d. Ryan Beckler, 4-1.
190 -- Drew Horun, P, d. Nick Galka, 4-2.
220 -- Robert Melise, P, d. Brody Oberly, 5-1.
285 -- Taylan Zafis, P, d. Justen Caraballo, 3-2.

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