ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Three Lancer wrestlers made the trek to Atlantic City’s infamous Boardwalk Hall for the 2019 NJSIAA Individual Wrestling Championships on Thursday and Friday.
Livingston’s Sean Neary (113 pounds), Agostino Petrillo (126 pounds) and Austin Paris (195 pounds) earned their spot in the field by placing in the top four of their weight class in last week’s Region 3 tournament.
Paris was one victory away from a medal, after working his way through the entire consolation bracket. After landing in the wrestleback rounds following a Thursday night loss, Paris rattled off three wins in a row on Friday to move into medal contention.
After beating Clayton/Glassboro’s Noah Putney via a second period pin, Paris won his next two matches by one point decisions to make that much closer to a medal.
With Eastern’s Anthony Franden standing in the way, Paris’s magical run of one-point victories ended in devastating fashion as Franden bounced him with a 10-1 major decision.
Paris ended his senior campaign with a 33-3 record and an Essex County title.
Neary lost both his first two matches, ending his tournament early Friday morning. The senior was pinned by Fort Lee’s Alex Almeyda in the first period of Thursday’s opening round match. He followed that with a technical fall at the hands of Brearley/Dayton’s Patrick Phillips, 16-0.
Neary’s senior year ended with a 24-15 record.
Petrillo’s tournament also ended fairly quickly. The sophomore was pinned midway through the second period of his opening round match on Thursday. Things didn’t go much better on Friday, as Petrillo lost by fall in the first period to Long Branch’s Ryan Zimmerman.
Petrillo’s junior season ended with a 25-13 record.