MOUNT OLIVE, NJ – Morris Knolls senior 285-pound wrestler Shane Beston leads a trio of Golden Eagles grapplers looking to advance to the holy grail of New Jersey high school wrestling, the NJSIAA Individual Championships.
Beston, along with fellow senior Connor Fortune (No. 6 in the 160 pound weight class) and junior Jacob Cougle (No. 7 seed in the 170 pound class) will all participate in the NJSIAA Region 1 Tournament at Mount Olive High School this week.
Both Beston and Cougle wrestled in Region 1 last year, however neither advanced. Cougle lost in the first round, while Beston lost in the wrestleback semifinals to Parker Fox (Montville). Fox is the top seed in this year’s tournament.
This is Fortune’s first region appearance.
First round matches begin on Wednesday night, with the 1-4 seeds receiving “byes” to Friday’s quarterfinals. Saturday will feature the semifinal and championship rounds, as well as the entire “wrestleback” and consolation final rounds.
In 2017, all wrestlers who finish in the top 4 of their weight class advance to the state championship tournament.
Here is a list of all Morris Knolls wrestlers participating in the tournament, along with their 2017 District 8 tournament results and prior region/state tournament outcomes:
160 - No. 6 seed Connor Fortune, senior, placed first in District 8 tournament
170 – No. 7 seed Jacob Cougle, junior, placed second in District 8 tournament, lost in first round of Region 1 last year
285 – No. 2 seed Shane Beston, senior, placed second in District 8 tournament, lost to Montville’s Parker Fox in last year’s Region 1 wrestleback semifinals