Indians' long dry spell finally over

Indians' long dry spell finally over


Indians' long dry spell finally over


The Toms River South wrestling program’s title drought ended Wednesday night when it clinched a tie for the Shore Conference Class A South championship with a 54-9 victory over host Brick (8-4, 2-4).

It was the first divisional crown for South, which shares this season’s title with Brick Memorial, in at least 30 years.

The Indians (16-2, 6-1) won the first seven bouts of the match. Marvin Hayden opened the run with a 10-3 win over Anthony Dzugan at 220 pounds. James Kearney followed with a 6-1 conquest of Mike Nasen at heavyweight. Owen McClave scored a 6-3 win over Daniel Rackliffe at 106. Kevin Corrigan won 8-3 over Connor Mulligan at 113.

Brandon Murray pinned Thomas Wright in 5:18 at 120. Zachary Maikisch pinned Thomas Costanza in 3:52 at 126. Matt Theobold closed the run with a forfeit win at 132.

HOWELL 49, COLTS NECK 17: The host Rebels (19-1, 7-0) clinched the Class A North title for the eighth straight season, downing the Cougars (2-12, 0-6).

Posting pins for the Rebels were Joey Schultz (160), Joe Sportiello (heavyweight) and Mikey Sisolak (106).

Schultz pinned Connor McDonnell in 1:36, Sportiello pinned Joseph Machu in 1:54 and Sisolak pinned Dane Bongartz in 58 seconds.

RARITAN 59, RED BANK CATHOLIC 12: The host Rockets (14-3, 6-0) clinched the Class A Central championship with a win over the Caseys (8-7, 3-2).

Raritan won the title for the third straight season and the eighth time in the last nine years. Keying the win with pins were Tyler Jones (182), Kyle Polonsky (220), Pat Toal (heavyweight), Eric Drake (113) and Anthony Scarella (126).

JACKSON LIBERTY 45, CENTRAL 28: The Lions (9-3, 6-0) beat the Golden Eagles (5-11, 3-3) and won the first divisional title in school history, clinching at least a tie for the Class B South crown.

Jackson Liberty won the match’s final three bouts behind freshman Jeremy Bollard (106) and sophomores Mike Russo (113) and Nick McConnel (120).

JACKSON MEMORIAL 59, TOMS RIVER EAST 6: The visiting Jaguars (11-5, 4-2) captured the first seven bouts as they cruised past the Raiders (1-11, 0-5) in Class A South. Scoring wins were Connor Bohringer (160), Daylan Wellstead (170), James Langschultz (182), Kenneth Bradley (195), Broderick Graham (220), Max Mondello (heavyweight) and John Moss (106).

TOMS RIVER NORTH 52, ST. JOHN VIANNEY 15: The visiting Mariners (6-8) cruised past the Lancers (9-3) in a nondivisional match.

Securing pins were sophomores Dave Mitchell (220), Alex Sherer (heavyweight), Vince Fichera (113), Ricky Diaz (120) and Dylan DaSilva (152) and senior Angel Orellana (160).

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