TRENTON – Alec Donovan, Rob Ruggiero and Cliff Ruggiero pinned in a combined 5:19 in the first three bouts of the match to start Brick Memorial on its way to a 43-15 win over North Bergen in a NJSIAA Group V semifinal at Sun National Bank Center.
Donovan (145), the state seventh-place finisher at 145 last year, pinned Mike Mejia in 2:38 in the first bout. Rob Ruggiero (152), the Region VI fourth-place finisher at 152 last year, pinned Jeff Rivera in 55 seconds and Cliff Ruggiero (160), a three-time District 23 finalist, pinned Antonio Alvarez in 1:46.
Gianni Ghione (113), the Region VI champion at 106 last year, and Luis Bocalman (120) also pinned for Brick Memorial, which won nine bouts and did not give up any bonus points in the five bouts it lost.
Brick Memorial (20-1) will seek its ninth state group championship when it meets Hunterdon Central in the Group V championship match at 3:30 p.m. Hunterdon Central defeated North Hunterdon 30-27 in the other Group V semifinal