The Non-Public schools take to the mats Tuesday in the opening round of the NJSIAA/Rothman Orthopaedics team wrestling tournament.
There are nine matches on tap at four sites in the Non-Public A field, as teams seek spots in the semifinals, set for Thursday, and the finals on Sunday at Rutgers.
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Top-seeded Delbarton, No. 1 in the NJ.com Top 20, won the first nine matches and never looked back as it rolled to a 64-9 victory over eighth-seeded St. Augustine in the quarterfinals in Morristown.
Vincent Lee earned a first period pin at 190 pound in the night’s first match for Delbarton (15-3) and teammates Henry Forte (215), Connor Martin (285) and Dylan Palentchar (106) followed with wins by fall to quickly build a 24-0 lead. In total, Delbarton won six matches by pin fall.
Delbarton hosts fourth-seeded and No. 4 St. Peter’s Prep in the semifinals on Thursday.
St. Augustine (12-10) earned a 37-31 victory over ninth-seeded Pope John (8-8) in the first round. Delbarton earned a first round bye.
At St. Peter’s Prep
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One year after having its season come to an end at the hand of Paramus Catholic, fourth-seeded St. Peter’s Prep, No. 4 in the NJ.com Top 20, got its revenge with a 40-16 victory over the fifth-seeded and No. 8 Paladins in the quarterfinals in Jersey City.
St. Peter’s Prep (17-1) won the first six matches, picking up bonus points in four of them, a streak that culminated with freshman Joe Ruiz’s decision at 150 pounds to
Paramus Catholic (14-4) blanked 12th-seeded Paul VI, 81-0, in the opening round. St. Peter’s Prep advanced with a 78-0 victory over 13th-seeded Notre Dame.
At Bergen Catholic
Third-seeded Bergen Catholic, No. 4 in the NJ.com Top 20, dominated in the middle weights to pull away and defeat sixth-seeded and No. 7 Christian Brothers in the quarterfinals in Oradell.
Bergen Catholic (13-3) found itself trailing 9-3 after four matches, but stormed back with five straight wins , starting with Christopher Bacchioni’s 3-1 decision at 150 pounds. Aidan Wallace (157 pounds) and Eric Broadie (165) followed with consecutive Sudden Victories before Justin Onello won by decision at 175 and Pantaleo Varga won by pin at 190 to give Bergen Catholic a 21-9 lead.
Christian Brothers (10-9) used that very same group of weights to seize control of its 40-23 first round win over 11th-seeded Don Bosco Prep (10-5). James Jakub won by forfeit at 144 pounds in the fifth bout of the night, sparking a streak of six-straight wins for Christian Brothers, which included pins from Julian George (150) and Tyler Barrett (157).
Bergen Catholic now faces second-seeded and No. 2 St. Joseph (Mont.) in the semifinals on Thursday. St Joseph defeated Bergen Catholic for the first time since 1998 on Jan. 25 when it earned a 34-21 victory.
At St. Joseph (Mont.)
Second-seeded St. Joseph (Mont.), won 12 of 14 bouts, seven coming via pin as it rolled to a 59-9 victory over seventh-seeded and No. 9 St. Joseph (Met.) in the quarterfinals in Montvale.
Mikey Bautista started things off with a first period pin at 113 pounds, as St. Joseph (Mont.) jumped out to a 24-0 lead after four matches and improved to 15-2 on the season. The Green Knights concluded the dual with five pins in the final six matches, concluding with Johnathon McGinty’s pin at 106 pounds.
St. Joseph (Mont.), now hosts third-seeded and No. 4 Bergen Catholic in the semifinals on Thursday in a rematch of a Jan. 25 showdown that the Green Knights won 34-21.
St. Joseph of Metuchen (16-5), defeated 10th-seeded and No. 10 Seton Hall Prep, 55-12, in the first round.
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