ROXBURY, NJ - When it comes to high school wrestling, most schools have the goal of getting a wrestler or two into the state tournament. Roxbury is not most schools. It did not just get into the state tournament, it won three different weight titles this weekend.
Going into the final day of the NJSIAA regional tournament, Roxbury had strong representation with seven wrestlers having a chance to qualify for the state tournament. While not all of them made it, the school’s seniors ended up delivering for the Gaels.
Troy Stanich was the second seed in the 126-pound weight class and delivered when the Gaels needed it most. He won his quarterfinal match with a 1:25 fall, won his semi-finals match 10-6 and won his weight championship in the longest match of the night with a 3-1 overtime win.
Perhaps the most surprising weight title win for Roxbury came from Tommy Miller in the 152-pound weight class. He was the fourth seed in his bracket and was able to upset the top two seeds 7-4 and 5-2 respectively.
“I just took it one match at a time and came through,” said Miller.
If that was not enough, Miller made things more interesting because he has been battling two torn labrums all season and one of them popped out in the middle of the regional title match. Nevertheless, Miller was still able to tough it out and went on to win the match.
“People come up to me and congratulate me for being able to tough it out all season,” noted Miller. “I pat myself on the back for being able to get through this.”
Right after Miller won his weight title, Craig Roumes was able to continue his remarkable undefeated season with a 4-1 win in the 160-pound title match to join Miller and Stanich as regional champions.
“Craig and I have been best friends since pre-school,” noted Miller. “We got voted best friends in our school. I love him and hope he does good things down there (Atlantic City). He should do well.”
While the Gaels claimed a lot of weight titles, they also snuck one additional wrestler into the state tournament. Todd Eckert, in the 220-pound weight class, won the wrestle backs and claimed third place in his weight class to join his fellow seniors in the state tournament.
Now, the four upperclassmen will get ready for the grand stage and look to do big things in Atlantic City.
“We have to keep working hard in the practice room, take it one match at a time, use our conditioning to our strengths, and just lett it fly,” noted Miller.