No. 1 Brick Memorial pushes past Lacey

No. 1 Brick Memorial pushes past Lacey

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No. 1 Brick Memorial pushes past Lacey

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It was a very good debut for Mike Denver as the head wrestling coach at the tradition-rich Brick Memorial wrestling program.

Denver and everybody associated with the Brick Memorial program know there are more difficult matches ahead for the Mustangs.

Brick Memorial, ranked No. 1 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10, won the first 11 bouts and rolled to a 60-7 win over Lacey in a Shore Conference Class A South match Friday.

Junior Cliff Ruggiero, a two-time District 23 finalist, began the match with a pin in 19 seconds.

Freshman Giovanni Ghione, the younger brother of senior 132-pounder and two-time state placewinner and three-time state qualifier Joe Ghione, pinned in 69 seconds in his first varsity bout.

Luis Bocalnan (120) and Alec Donovan (145), a two-time District 23 champion and the Region VI third-place finisher at 138 last year, also pinned. Donovan’s pin came in 38 seconds.

Brick Memorial will compete today in the TCNJ Pride Tournament at The College of New Jersey. Toms River South will also be among the other Shore Conference schools competing in that tournament.

Boys Swimming

SHORE REGIONAL 87, RANNEY SCHOOL 75: Paced by Pat Thormann’s two wins, the host Blue Devils downed the Panthers in Class A Central at Monmouth University.

Thormann captured the 200-yard freestyle (2:09) and the 100 backstroke (1:05.22). Ranney’s Charlie Sabaitis won the 200 individual medley (2:19.20) and the 100 butterfly (57.66).

Girls Swimming

SHORE REGIONAL 93, RANNEY SCHOOL 71: Helen Grossman and Julia Dunzleman each won two events, leading the host Blue Devils (2-1, 1-1) past the Panthers in Class A Central at Monmouth.

Grossman won the 200 freestyle in 2:04.00 and the 100 butterfly (59.67). Dunzleman took the 50 freestyle (26.02) and the 100 freestyle (1:00.82).

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