The Parsippany Hills wrestling team’s road to the first sectional championship in school history was blocked by Voorhees last night.
The Vikings traveled out to the Hunterdon County school and came away on the short end of a 44-15 setback in the Section 2, Group II championship match.
Voorhees will go on to wrestle Long Branch in the state Group II semifinal at Toms River High School North.
Parsippany Hills was only able to come up with four wins over Voorhees, which also came up with four pins.
Coach Jason Lodato’s team was able to split the first four bouts – the match began at 113 pounds – but Voorhees took off from that point. The home school won its 15th sectional champion and is now gunning for its fifth state Group championship.
After Voorhees’ Cody Ihling opened the match by pinning Reed Osterman in 1:27, Parsippany Hills’ Robert Fornini beat Thomas Beishke with a 12-11 decision.
Voorhees’ Tyler Yarnell beat Aric Imhoff with a 10-2 major before Parsippany Hills’ Christian Signorelli beat Christian Okulicz, 7-2.
After that, it was all Voorhees, which won six of the next seven bouts to pull away.
At 138, Voorhees’ Matt Muscatello beat Kyle Bota, 7-3, before teammate William Gonsiewski majored Parsippany Hills’ Devon Cochran, 20-8.
Parsippany Hills’ 152-pound Sam Mual came away with a 42-second pin over Devon Thomas, but Voorhees responded with three straight wins.
At 160, Jordan Juliano decisioned Steven Stringas, 7-3. In the next weight, state contender Jadaen Bernstein pinned James McGinley in 3:04.
At 182, Voorhees’ Nicholas Ruggiero came away with a 2-1 squeaker over Michael Weiss. Kyle Levy of Voorhees followed with a pin in 3:30 over Nick D’Uva.
Parsippany Hills’ Steven Hill (220) pulled out a 4-3 win over Emilio Guevara, but Voorhees completed the night with two more victories.
At 285, Alex Fischetti of Voorhees decisioned Adrian Macko, 9-8, before teammate Kyle DiNapoli pinned Jeel Patel in 3:35.