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West Brunswick opened its home wrestling season by splitting two duals Nov. 25. West, with four seniors in the 14-match lineup, lost its opening dual to South View 58-13. The Trojans then beat North Brunswick 65-12.
Against South View, West had three winners. At 112, Dylan Bernier won by pin with 2:01 left in the second period. At 125, Caleb Hawkins won 8-4. At 170, Joey Moreno won 14-3.
Three other Trojans lost by decision: Aldo DeNardi, 8-5 at 145; Brian Murdaugh, 5-3 at 160; and Seth Strickland, 11-0 at 215. West’s other wrestlers lost by pin.
“I don’t think we wrestled very well at all,” coach Jim Caraway said. “Against South View, we looked sluggish and slow. We had a few matches I thought we could have won, and that hurt us. And then our confidence got down.”
West’s confidence improved against North, as the Trojans won nine matches by pin: at 112, junior Dylan Bernier (24 seconds); at 119, sophomore Troy Ruane; at 125, sophomore James Hall; at 130, junior Jesse Miller; at 140, senior Jake Boudreau; at 145, senior Aldo DeNardi; at 152, senior Deven Ruane (19 seconds); at 171, junior Joey Moreno; at heavyweight, Ted King.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by one West wrestler cost the team one point.
“But I’m still not satisfied,” Caraway said. “Giving up a team point hurt us—that’s uncalled for. We don’t do that here. And we’re going to fix that problem quick.”
It’s too early to project how West will fare once the conference season begins.
“We finished second last year,” Carraway said. “We lost a lot of guys, but our conference is pretty competitive. We have to work hard to be one of the top three in the conference. It’s going to be tough. There is not going to be an easy conference match, that’s for sure.”
The other goal is to qualify wrestlers from the regional next year to the state tournament.
“Our goal is to have at least three state qualifiers,” Carraway said. “And there are going to be some surprises. Some juniors or sophomores may make it. But it’s going to be the guys who work the hardest, and at the end of the year, the guys who want it. Because at the end of the year everybody’s hurting, everybody’s ready for the season to be over. The guy who wants it the most is going to be able to do it.”
North had three winners in a 66-18 loss to South View, the first match of the meet. Jose Farias won by pin 31 seconds into his match at 189, and heavyweight Robert Irwin won by pin with 11.9 seconds left in the first period. The most stunning victory was by Joseph Mills at 145. Trailing 13-3 in the 145-pound match, he won by pin.
Against West, D.J. Graham (189) and Jose Farias (215) won by pin.
West Brunswick 65, North Brunswick 12
103 DaltonWalker WB technical fall Al Baker 17-0.
112 Dylan Bernier WB pin Bryan Rising :24.
119 Troy Ruane WB pin Stephen Byrd 1:26.
125 James Hall WB pin Alexander Pellom 1:39
130 Jesse Miller WB Patrick Heath :50.
135 Caleb Hawkins WB maj. dec. James Fitzpatrick NB 12-4.
140 Jake Boudreau WB pin Jonathan Green NB 1:19
145 Aldo DeNardi WB pin 1:31.
152 Deven Ruane WB pin Matthew Lowry NB :19
160 Brian Murdaugh dec. WB Jackson Green NB 10-3.
171 Joey Moreno WB pin Ronald David 1:29
189 D.J. Graham NB pin Jr. Justin Davis 1:37
215 Jose Farias NB pin FR. Seth Strickland 1:35
H Ted King WB Robert Irwin NB 3:02