Long Branch has grinded its way to another NJSIAA Central Group II championship match.
The Green Wave won nine bouts, eight by decision, to record a 30-18 victory at Delaware Valley in a Central Group II semifinal.
Long Branch, which has won five sectional championships and three Group II state championships since 2008, will host No. 4 seed Wall tentatively on Friday night in the sectional final. It is the sixth time in the last seven years Long Branch has advanced to a sectional final. The Green Wave defeated Wall, 31-23, on Jan. 17.
A pin by Nick Menkin (152) gave the Green Wave (23-3) the lead for good at 21-15 with four bouts left. Brandon Perez (160) then followed with a 6-3 win and Arturo Rios (170) followed with a 3-2 win to clinch the match with two bouts left because Long Branch had already won eight bouts.
SOUTHERN 45, MILLVILLE 10: Frank Amiano’s 3-2 win over Josh Forand on a late takedown started a 10-bout 42-point run that enabled the No. 1 seed Rams (18-0) to pull away and record the win over the No. 4 seed Thunderbolts in a South IV semifinal.
Southern, ranked No. 7 in the NJWWA Top 20, will host No. 2 seed Cherry Hill West tentatively on Friday night in the sectional final. The Rams will be trying to win the South IV championship for the fourth straight year and ninth time in the last 10 years. Southern won the Group IV championship in 2005 and has been in the Group IV final five other times since.
Southern’s run also included a pin from James Knoller (113), technical falls from Chris Crane (120) and Andrew Tonnessen (126) and a pin from Zach Wilhelm (145).
Jesse Bauta (220) gave the Rams their first win of the match when he rallied for an 8-7 win over Obi Kali with a five-point move that erased a 6-3 third period deficit.
“We’re ready to go all the way,” Bauta said. “We’re ready to win. We’ve been working on this for way too long to let this go and we just know where we want to be.”
HOWELL 43, MONROE 16: The Rebels received pins from Jimmy Slendorn (120), Josue Pierre-Louis (138), Joey Schultz (170) and Nathan Litowsky (Heavyweight) in their NJSIAA Central Group IV semfinal against the Falcons.
In addition, Mikey Sisolak (113) picked up a major decision, 12-4, over Monroe’s Joe Zargo.
Howell will attempt to win its first sectional final when it hosts defending Group IV state champion and two-time defending Central IV champion Brick Memorial in the sectional final. That match is tentatively scheduled for Friday night, but may not take place until Saturday.
Brick Memorial defeated Howell in last year’s sectional final and defeated the Rebels in 2012 in a sectional semifinal.
Howell has now been in five sectional finals since 2006.
POINT BEACH 41, BURLINGTON CITY 26: The Garnet Gulls three straight bouts between 138-152 and that helped Point Beach gain a NJSIAA Central I victory over Burlington City.
Point Beach’s James Finnerty (138) started that streak with an 8-6 overtime victory over Joe Baer. Point Beach’s Tore Capriglione (145) then pinned Saleem Mboge in 3:43 and Point Beach’s Riley Kelly (152) pinned David Simtin in 57 seconds.
Point Beach will wrestle at Bound Brook, the two-time defending Group I state champion and the No. 2 ranked team in the New Jersey Wrestling Writers Association Top 20 in the sectional final tentatively on Friday night.
CBA 45, ST. JOHN VIANNEY 22: Mike Oxley (195), the Region VI champion at 195 last year, started the match with a pin and Alex Petrocelli (220) followed with a 1-0 decision to send the No. 2 seed Colts (18-6) on their way to the win over the No. 3 seed Lancers (14-6) in a Non-Public South A semifinal.
CBA, the two-time defending South A champion, will wrestle No. 1 seed St. Augustine tentatively on Friday night. CBA has defeated St. Augustine in the sectional final the last two years.
CHERRY HILL WEST 37, TOMS RIVER NORTH 28: Jose Valentin’s pin at heavyweight started a four-bout, 16-point run that gave the No. 2 seed Lions a 13-point lead with three bouts left as they defeated the No. 6 Mariners in a South IV semifinal.
Toms River North had grabbed a 23-16 lead on a decision by Alex Scherer (195) and a pin by Mike Siwiec (220).
KINGSWAY 39, TOMS RIVER SOUTH 29: A win by Trent Tutko (120) followed by a pin by Stanley Atkinson (126) enabled the No. 2 seed Dragons to pull away for the win over the No. 3 seed Indians (14-9) in a South III semifinal.
Toms River South had pulled within 30-29 on a pin by Owen McClave (113).
ST. AUGUSTINE 64, RED BANK CATHOLIC 7: The fifth-seeded Caseys (12-8) fell to the top-seed Hermits (20-2) in an Non-Public South A semifinal. Red Bank Catholic’s Thomas Meer (138) defeated Branden Cirillo, 6-2 and Shawn McCord (220) earned a major decision over Ryan Lynd, 23-14 for the Caseys victories.