WRESTLING: North Hunterdon edges Hunterdon Central

WRESTLING: North Hunterdon edges Hunterdon Central


WRESTLING: North Hunterdon edges Hunterdon Central


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.


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