North Hunterdon’s wrestling team didn’t need reminding of what kind of effort it needed Tuesday night if it was to beat Hunterdon Central. Several Lions had experienced the topsy-turvy turns of the series to impart to younger teammates.
Last year’s 29-27 loss at Clinton and a 28-27 pre-Christmas win in 2011 at the Central Fieldhouse were pretty fresh in both team’s minds.
The two put on another memorable dual meet with the Lions (4-1) winning 28-27.
The two split 14 bouts and North clinching it when senior 182-pounder Joe Guzzo edged Nester Crespo 4-3 in the second to last bout of the match. Last season, Crespo limited state place winner Liam Korbul to a 9-2 decision win at 195 in the last match of the night to clinch the Red Devils’ win.
The match was rescheduled after Friday’s snow forced a postponement. North coach Tim Flynn said he and assistant Jason Hawk had different plans for different days.
Two years ago, senior 132-pounder Eric Martin (9-4) was at 120 when he delivered with a loss – a 7-2 setback to Central’s Dylan Nace in the final bout of the night. The two met again with Nace winning 1-0, but it was the kind of effort the Lions desperately needed.
Another was at 160 where senior Mike Ciavarro battled two-time state runner-up Gary Dinmore, losing 5-0, but again not allowing Dinmore bonus points. Dinmore and Ciavarro (11-1) were both wrestling up a weight.
Other key performances were turned in by Tim Bartlett, who started the meet with a 7-5 win at 220 and other close wins by junior 113-pounder Lucas Approvato and sophomore 138-pounder Derek Ciavarro. Unbeaten junior 126-pounder Ryan Pomrinca (11-0) and junior 106-pounder Paul Robinson (8-2) won by fall and sophomore 152-pounder Brian Smolinsky (10-3) had a major decision win, wrestling up from his usual spot at 145.
“Every point counted,” Flynn said.
MANVILLE 48, NORTH PLAINFIELD 30: The Mustangs improved to 6-0 on the strength of seven falls.
MIDDLESEX 55, NEW BRUNSWICK 16: Edson Flores and Jack Sweeney had falls at 48 and 49 seconds respectively at 285 and 220 respectively for M:iddlesex.