Jackson Memorial senior Brian Hamann finished fifth at 138-pounds and Southern junior Zach Wilhelm finished eighth at 132 pounds on Sunday in the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.
Hamann, a two-time NJSIAA fourth-place finisher, went 6-2 in the tournament. He advanced to the quarterfinals before he was defeated 4-0 by eventual third-place finisher Patrick Duggan of Cumberland (Pa.) Valley.
He won two wrestleback bouts before losing by major decision to fourth-place finisher Tyson Dippery of Central (Pa.) Dauphin in the wrestleback semifinals.
Hamann then defeated Isaac Bast of Perry (Ohio) Massilion, 6-0, in the fifth-place bout.
Five of Hamann’s wins in the tournament were by shutout. He pinned in his other win.
Wilhelm, the NJSIAA eighth-place finisher at 112 in 2011, went, 5-3, in the tournament.
He was majored by eventual runner-up PJ Klee of Blair Academy in the third round.
Wilhelm won three wrestleback bouts before being majored by eventual fifth-place finisher Bryce Killian of Middletown (N.Y.) in the wrestleback quarterfinals.
He was defeated 8-4 by Daniel Sanchez of Georgetown (Del.) prep in the seventh-place bout.
Southern finished 21st in the 102-team tournament with 66.5 points. The Rams were fifth among NJSIAA teams in the standings.
Jackson Memorial was 46th in the team standings with 43 points. The Jaguars were ninth among NJSIAA teams in the standings.
Powerful Blair Academy, which had a champion and four finalists ran away with the team title with 309 points.
Two NJSIAA wrestlers won their respective weight classes.
Bergen Catholic’s talented freshman Nick Suriano won at 106. Camden Catholic senior T.J. Miller, the NJSIAA champion at 135 in 2011 and NJSIAA third-place finisher at 145 last year, won at 145. Miller figures to be one of the main obstacles in Toms River South senior B.J. Clagon’s attempt to repeat as a state champion.
Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco Prep, who figure to battle for the NJSIAA Non-Public North A championship, finished seventh and ninth, respectively in the team standings.