EAST HANOVER, NJ - Hanover Park fell just short of Queen of Peace 228.5 to 224.5 in District 11 matches that were held in Morristown last weekend.
Hanover Park had nine wrestlers in the finals and Queen of Peace had six, the difference was Queen of Peace won five of their six matches while the Hornets only had four victors. The four first place finishers for Hanover Park were Nick Raimo 126lbs, Sean Conley 138lbs, Matt Liberato 160lbs and Rory Deluca 195lbs. Dom DiFrancescantonio, Michael Rubin, Lou Raimo, Daniel Jimenez and Giancarlo Dellano all earned second place finishes. Jake Bursese and Nick Zarra also earned trips to the regions, being held in West Orange starting February 22nd by placing third.
The districts Most Outstanding Wrestler went to Hanover Park Sophomore, Nick Raimo, who is ranked sixth in NJ.com's pound for pound top 50. The match went into a third overtime before Raimo was able to secure a 10-5 victory. Coach Lavalle is looking forward to see how his team will perform in the regions and at A.C.
Hanover Park's Lady Hornets were unsuccessful in their effort to reach the MCT finals when they fell to Jefferson 44-40 on Friday, February 17th. Hanover Park held a 36-29 advantage going into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 15-4. Ava Gammo led Hanover Park with 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds, Alexa Bursese had 12 points, but Jfferson was able to make their free throws in the final minute and sealed the victory to move on to the finals. Taylor Langan led Jefferson with 12 points, including clutch free throws to secure the win.
Hanover Park boys basketball concluded a busy week at home when they defeated Morris Knolls 80-68 on Saturday, February 18th to cap off a 4-0 week. The Hornets were led by Senior Matt Winschuh who scored a season high personal best 38 points, drilling six three-pointers. Hanover Park built a 68-47 lead after three periods and once again scored 80 or more points at home for the sixth time this season. Joey Jandoli tallied 18 points along with seven boards. Alex Malofienko had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Hornets.
Both basketball teams conclude their regular season this week and play State Tournament games at home on Monday, February 27th. Girls will play at 5pm, and Boys will play at 7pm.