HOLMDEL, N.J. - Jaden Duncan knew going into his 220-pound bout against Holmdel’s Dean Kaplan that he needed a victory to help the St. John Vianney wrestling team win the match.


His team down 31-30 and up 3-1 in the second period of his match, Duncan saw his opportunity to help the Lancers gain a victory and took full advantage of it. Sprawling on Kaplan’s shot attempt, Duncan flipped his opponent right down to the mat for a pinfall victory at 3:06 to put St. John Vianney back in front and ultimately give the Lancers 42-31 victory.


“He took a bad shot that I sprawled on and I just turned him,” Duncan said. “Feels great to help my team win. My blood is pumping. I want to get right back out there.”

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It was a back-and-forth affair between both teams on the mat.


The two traded pinfalls to begin the match with St. John Vianney’s Nicholas Diaz winning his 106-pound bout at 3:44 and Holmdel’s Nicholas Ammirati quickly scoring a 1:06 pinfall at 113.



VIDEO: St John Vianney's Jaden Duncan wins the 220-pound bout against Holmdel's Dean Kaplan via pinfall at 3:06. St. John Vianney went on to defeat Holmdel 42-31

St. John Vianney won the next three matches in a row.


Dean Peterson cruised to victory at 120 via a 1:06 pinfall to put the Lancers back in front as did teammate Seth Rotondella at 132, scoring the third pin of the night for St. John Vianney at 2:56.


Peterson is 14-0 on the season.


Joseph Butler earned a 10-6 decision over Holmdel’s Jaden Gallo in a highly fought 126-pound match.


Down 21-6, Holmdel this time pulled off a string of wins of its own, beginning with Tom Ammirati winning by a 6-3 decision over St. John Vianney’s Gabe Jones in the 138-pound bout.


Dean Gallo followed with a dominating performance in the 145-pound match for Holmdel, earning a 16-6 major decision win to cut the St. John Vianney lead to 21-13.


Holmdel cut its deficit to two when Thomas Ilvento hooked the right arm of the Lancers’ Daniel McGarry and turned him over for the Hornets’ second pin of the night at 1:14 in the 152-pound match.


Holmdel saw it third pin of the match come in the very next bout at 160 as Chris Bell gave the Hornets their first lead at 25-21, countering a cradle move by St. John Vianney’s Isaac Montavlo and turning it into a pinning combination of his own for the match win.


“He tried to cradle me and I fought through it by breaking the grip and turning him onto his back,” Bell said. “It’s awesome to get a pin. I felt all the energy from the crowd during the match.”


David O’Keefe won the 170-pound match to give St. John Vianney back the lead with a pinfall at 2:37.


St. John Vianney’s Blake Clayton edged out Holmdel’s Victor Wladica in a very entertaining match at the 182-pound weight class 8-2 to extend the Lancers’ lead to 29-25 with three matches to go.


St. John Vianney’s lead, however, didn’t last long as Michael Pavlinetz earned the fourth pinfall of the night for Holmdel in the 195-pound match at 3:00 to put the Hornets back up one.


Needing a win of sorts to win the match, Duncan came through for the Lancers at 220.


Wrestling for the first time ever in high school this season, Duncan said getting a huge pin like that is one of the greatest feelings ever.


“It’s a great feel. Getting your hand raised at the end is the greatest feeling ever,” Duncan said.


Holmdel forfeited the final match at 285 that made it a 42-31 win for St. John Vianney.


“A win is a win,” said St. John Vianney wrestling coach Denny D’Andrea. “It was a back-and-forth match. A lot of pins.”


In dual matches, St. John Vianney is 2-1 on the season.


Holmdel drops to 7-7 in dual matches on the season. They will try to rebound when they host New Brunswick on Wednesday.


“It came down to a couple toss up matches that unfortunately didn’t go our way,” said Holmdel wrestling coach Dan Franke. “Chris Bell got a huge pin for us at 160 pounds. Dean Gallo’s major decision was big. Bonus points are huge in these types of matches. We just couldn’t get that signature win. The more we compete in these types of the matches, the more we’ll be able to compete next time.”

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