Howell freshman Kris Lindemann continued to impress on Saturday as the Rebels went 2-1 in an intriguing quad at Warren Hills.
The Rebels defeated High Point on criteria — most first points scored — after the teams wrestled to a 28-28 tie. Howell was defeated by Warren Hills, 31-26, and defeated Timber Creek 37-24.
Lindemann (126), who went 3-0 on the day, played a key role in the High Point win as he majored Mike Derin, the Region I third-place finisher at 120 last year, 10-2.
Ben Esposito, a two-time District 21 champion, also had a key win against High Point as he defeated Collin Grimm, the District 3 runner-up at 113 last year, 5-3.
The Rebels won nine of the 14 bouts against Timber Creek, the three-time defending NJSIAA South Group III champion. Lindemann had a pin and Esposito defeated Brandon Virgilio, the District 30 runner-up at 130 last year.
Warren Hills defeated Howell by winning four of the last five bouts with three pins.
IN THE WATCHUNG HILLS QUAD:
Raritan went 2-1 on the day. The Rockets defeated St. Augustine, 36-24 and Haddonfield, 39-27, and lost to Watchung Hills, 41-24.
Against St. Augustine, consecutive pins by Kyle Polansky (220) and Pat Toal (heavyweight) in the third-to-last and second-to-last bouts gave the Rockets an insurmountable 36-21 lead.
The Rockets grinded out four straight decisions from 126-145 to build an 18-3 lead. Anthony Scarcella (126), the Region VI third-place finisher at 120 last year, had a key 7-5 win over Ed Donahue, the District 32 runner-up at 126 last year.
Jason Bohal, the District 22 champion at 132 last year, and Vin Masi (138) each won their bouts by a point.
Also, Raritan sophomore Dylan Seidenberg (120) held Tom Gattanella, the Region VIII runner-up at 113 last year, to a 5-3 decision.
Against Haddonfield, Scarcella (126) and Bohal (132) pinned and Masi (138) won by decision to enable Raritan to jump out to a 15-0 lead after three bouts.
Watchung Hills won nine of the 14 bouts as Alex Murray (138), the District 12 runner-up at 126 last year, defeated Bohal, 3-0.
Seidenberg (120) recorded an impressive 10-6 win over Alex Pollera, the District 12 champion at 106 last year.
IN THE BEAST OF THE EAST TOURNAMENT:
Jackson Memorial senior Brian Hamman (138) won three bouts to advance to the quarterfinals of the prestigious tournament at the University of Delaware, Newark, Del.
Hamann, a two-time state fourth-place finisher and the No. 5 seed, recorded a pin, a 5-0 win and a 1-0 win.
The tournament concludes today with the quarterfinals, semifinals, championships, wrestleback bouts and third-, fifth- and seventh-place bouts
Hamann was the only wrestler from either Jackson Memorial or Southern to advance to the quarterfinals.
Southern, which after the quarterfinal round was in 11th place in the 102-team tournament with 52.5 points, had 11 wrestlers alive in the wrestlebacks heading into the third round of wrestlebacks on Saturday night.
Jackson Memorial, which was tied for 43rd place with 32 points after the quarterfinal round, had three wrestlers alive in the wrestlebacks heading into the third round of wrestlebacks, in addition to Hamann being in the quarterfinals.
IN THE TR SOUTH QUAD:
TR SOUTH 35, TR NORTH 31: A win by major decision by Marvin Hayden (220) clinched the short-handed Indians’ win over the Mariners in a Class A South match.
Toms River South wrestled without B.J. Clagon, last season’s 138-pound state champion, in this match because of a stiff neck, coach Ron Laycock said. Clagon wrestled against Moorestown and pinned in 21 seconds and took a forfeit against Neptune. The Indians defeated Moorestown, 42-28, and Neptune, 44-16.
Clagon is expected to be in the lineup on Thursday when Toms River South competes in the Walter Woods Holiday Tournament at Middletown South.
Matt Theobold, a two-time state tournament participant, did not wrestle at all because of a sore shoulder, Laycock said. Theobold is expected back Thursday.
Toms River North earned a 7-7 split in bouts against Toms River South and pinned late in two bouts that were close and won another in overtime.
Hayden had a good day. He defeated Neptune’s John Seidle, the District 23 champion at 220 last year, 7-6 on a four-point move in the final seconds.
Kevin Corrigan (120), the state fifth-place finisher at 113 last year, had three pins in a combined 3:36.
Toms River North defeated Neptune, 41-30, as Ryan Davis (132), Kyle Henninger (138) and Dylan DaSilva (152) all pinned.
IN THE MIDDLETOWN SOUTH TRI:
OCEAN 45, MIDD. SOUTH 24: A pin by Max Rallo (120), the Region VI third-place finisher at 106 last year, started a four-bout, 21-point run as the Spartans expanded an 18-12 lead to 39-12 and concluded a sweep of the quad that also involved Red Bank Regional and Middletown North.
Jordan Eugenis (126) followed with a 2-1 win and Andrew MacNeille (132) and Zach Hertling (138), the state third-place finisher at 120 last year, both pinned.
IN THE SOUTH BRUNSWICK QUAD:
MANALAPAN 44, SOUTH BRUNSWICL 24: A 10-8 decision by Chris Baran (132) started a 24-3 six-bout run as the Braves defeated the Vikings in a nonconference match.
Manalapan lost to East Brunswick, 38-28, and Old Bridge, 33-25, in its other matches in the quad.